The mission of Harvest House is to recognize and harvest all the gifts being returned to the parish and diocesan family in love by Catholics during the 3rd stage of their lives for the glory of God and the good of neighbor.
Harvest House is a ministry for Catholic senior adults aged 55 or older. Membership is open to younger adults if retired and to both spouses even if one does not meet the age requirements. Our mission statement is To recognize and harvest all the gifts being returned to the parish and diocesan family in love by Catholics during the 3rd stage of their lives for the glory of God and the good of neighbor. We remain true to the vision of Fr. Louis J. Putz, C.S.C. the founder of Harvest House by following the six goals he envisioned.
1. Social Awareness. Older adults have made significant contributions to society. Harvest House provides mutual support and sets the stage for proving that older persons are still first-class citizens with much to contribute to the Church and society. Members work to change prevalent negative attitudes towards senior adults.
2. Service. Harvest House members are called to take advantage of the countless opportunities to make productive use of their leisure time, to remain active stewards in their parish by giving of their time and talents.
3. New religious experience. Harvest House should make available to its members many avenues for spiritual growth.
4. Continuing education. There is no appreciable loss of mental ability as people grow older. Most losses are due to disuse or lack of motivation to keep mentally alert. Harvest House provides a forum in which older adults can share their educational background with others through a peer ministry of teaching. Also, during monthly meetings, guest speakers knowledgeable in many areas can make presentations on timely topics.
5. Recreation and celebration. Catholicism is religion of joy! Thus, Harvest House plans wholesome recreational activities in keeping with the pace and dignity of its members.
6. Community Involvement. In our country at this time there are over 36 million people aged 65 or over. Sheer numbers make older Catholics a powerful source of pressure on lawmakers. Members must keep abreast of important issues and legislations that need their support or opposition.
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