Young at Heart

On April 11, members of our “Young at Heart” ministry took a pilgrimage to the National Shrine of Saint John Neumann. Scheduled originally for March 2020, Jannet Zanger and her core team were pleased to organize this opportunity available to the ministry. Before embarking on the short trip to Philadelphia, the attendees said the Pilgrim’s Prayer of St. James. Once at the Shrine, Sister Koreen, IHM, Assistant Director and Father Gerry Chylko, C.Ss.R, warmly welcomed us. Like many visitors, Kathy Chesbro had previously been to the Shrine; it was about 20 years earlier when she visited the crypt with a friend. At that same time, she was lucky enough to receive a relic of the saint, credited with healing. Hopeful for healing after recently sustaining another injury to her arm that requires surgery, Kathy signed up to attend. She was amazed at how much more she learned on this second visit to the Shrine and agreed that Father Gerry expertly guided the group on the history of the original church building, the life of St. John Neumman, and the Redemptorist Order. She remarked that she was grateful to share this day with fellow parishioners and deeply moved when Father bestowed a special blessing upon her. After Mass, the pilgrims enjoyed lunch and conversation together. They marveled at the beauty of the stained glass windows and the hand painted murals that covered the ceiling of St. Peter the Apostle Church.  The next meeting is May 9 at noon in MH; the presenter is from Vitality Catholic Healthcare Services.