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I I The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana August 30, 1996 Residences provide religious services to elderly, ailing By BILL PRITCHARD Catholic News Service ing in the community. St John of God Retirement and Care Center in Los Angeles, owned and operated by the an- cient Catholic order, the Hospi- taller Order of St. John of God, also provides a variety of services for residents, of whom about 70 percent are Catholic. The center includes housing for those who are able Co live in- dependently and residents who require long-term skilled care. Although the center is "right in the heart of downtown," Brother Gabriel Monarch, a staff member of the center and a member of the order, said the property, with its gardens and areas to walk, "is very conducive to meditation" for the residents who are able to get out and around. Daily Mass is available to the Catholic residents and an ecu- menical service is held once every two weeks, he said. "For those who are unable to attend Mass we have Commu- nion rounds," Brother Monarch said. Residents have also taken ac- tive roles in various ministries, he said. One man was a perma- nent deacon until his death, and some of the women residents are lectors. The brother said the pastoral work could be considered to ex- tend to the health and other types of care that any resident of a home for the aged might ex- pect. "If you have good care, it's al- Life in the family home might end for a person who has become too old or infirm to live alone. But, as many residents in re- tirement and long-term care homes have discovered, faith life goes on and can flourish. Many residences for the el- derly and infirm provide for reli- gious services and pastoral care for residents The larger ones have chaplains on the staff. Oth- ers make arrangements with Catholic priests, Protestant min- isters, rabbis and Muslim clerics to provide care, counseling and prayer for their residents on a regular basis. In Ellicott City, Md., a resident of the Heartlands retirement community said the atmosphere among the people living there, who average about 80 years of age, is ecumenical. "The emphasis here is inter- faith," said Dr. Kenneth Hor- vath, a Catholic who has lived at the community for eight years. "We had a focus group" and the community's owner asked what kind of services people wanted, Horvath said. "We all said interfaith," he said, adding, "we wanted a chapel here" and "wanted it to be ecumenical." "It has been done and we have kept that spirit here," he said. The Heartlands has Catholic, Jewish and Protestant residents, with Catholics making up about 60 percent of the 185 people liv- FLECK INSURANCE AGENCY Jasper, Indiana THOMAS A. RUDER Timely Information for Tri-State Investors Since 1976 Thomas A. 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