SAGES Ministry began as a group of senior SJA members who had retired or were nearing retirement and wanted to explore ways in which the collective wisdom gained by life experience might be shared with the wider SJA community and other seniors. The SAGES Coordinating Committee meets monthly to share learning, spiritual growth and to plan programs that benefit the SJA community. We work together and provide opportunities to share wisdom across generations and connect people who share similar values and also expand our collaboration with other ministries.
SAGES sponsors/presents workshops, retreats and opportunities for folks to gather, listen and talk. We are particularly proud of our Life Planning series, held each spring, with programs related to health, finances, and funeral planning. Watch the SJA Web site and bulletin for more news about SAGES programs and events.
2nd Monday Dialogues: Conversation Among Friends
Our newest initiative to bring people together for friendly conversation and coffee. Dialogues will be held in Hospitality Hall from 1:30-3:30pm on the 2nd Monday of the month, September-May. Our hope is that it leads to fruitful conversation and ways to meet new people. We invite you and anyone you know; everyone is welcome.
Monday, December 11: Enjoy coffee and dialogue with presenter Monica Nilsson, Director of St. Stephen’s Human Services. Monica has worked in direct service, advocacy and public education in the area of homelessness since 1993. She will be joined by Chris Lindberg, Research Associate with Wilder Research, who will provide data from their most recent study on homeless senior citizens, and Melea Blanchard, Program Supervisor of Catholic Charities Homeless Elders program,
Monday, January 8: Enjoy coffee and dialogue with presenter Dennis Callahan. He was a member of the Peace Corps and will present a slide show and answer questions about the 2 years he lived in Ghana, West Africa. Join us on in Hospitality Hall.
Monday, February 12: Enjoy coffee and dialogue with presenter, Duchess Harris, professor and chair of American studies at Macalester College, specializing in Black Feminism, U.S. law, and African American political movements. . She was author of the book, Hidden Human Computers; The Black Women of NASA. She will be discussing her new book, Race and Policing. Join us on in Hospitality Hall.
Thanksgiving: It’s More Than a Holiday
Monday, November 20, 7:00-8:30 pm, Upper Room in the Parish Center
Thanksgiving is so much more than a special meal and a springboard to Christmas. Join Mark Scannell as he talks about the history of our Thanksgiving holiday and the power of giving thanks on a regular basis. Everyone is welcome!
Wednesday, December 6, 11:30 am: SAGES Senior Mass and Luncheon, “SHARING CHRISTMAS JOY“. SAGES invites all seniors to join us for our annual Senior Christmas Luncheon. It begins with 11:30 mass in the church and proceeds to a wonderful lunch in Hospitality Hall. We will have musical entertainment and prizes. Space is limited so it is imperative to call the Parish Center to make reservations no later than Sunday, December 3. There is no fee for the event but a free will offering will help defray expense.
Life Transition Workshops: The SAGES Ministry invite you to explore Life Transitions through a series of workshops held in the Spring. Everyone is invited and encouraged to come.
Hospice & Palliative Care
We encourage your participation, comments, questions and suggestions: contact cmanns [at] stjoan.com (subject: SAGES) (Cynthia Bailey Manns).
Please check the calendar for upcoming events sponsored by the SAGES.