By Kathy Mietlicki
The Baby Boomer generation, made up of those born between 1946 and 1964, has had a major impact on society for decades.
When Boomers were adolescents, parishes noticed them as a large, untapped resource that prompted church leaders to realize the significance of youth ministry.
Today, as Baby Boomers age, there’s a need to initiate a new senior ministry. The need is more urgent, perhaps, than when Boomers were young. The stakes are high. There is much to be gained for Christ – and much to be lost if we ignore them.
Baby Boomers are dealing with a number of issues: retirement, grand-parenting, caring for aging parents, and preparing for their own age-related issues. They are healthy and active and capable of serving God in remarkable ways. They have money, time, talent, knowledge, wisdom, and experience. Many are searching for a purpose as they transition out of their careers. They don’t want to be called “senior” and are doing all they can to stay young.
But, aging provides many blessings. We benefit from experience and mistakes and develop a mature perspective on life. Aging hones our skills and talents making us valuable assets for parishes. God puts no expiration date on his gifts. When the older members of our society are not recognized, respected, and given the opportunity to share their gifts, we all lose.
Pope Francis said: “Where there is no honor to the elderly, there is no future for the young.” Are the elderly in the home or parish being honored if the focus is solely on the youth?
I want to invite all of you – especially the Baby Boomer generation – all priests, leaders, and ministers of our church to the premier educational senior symposium Sept. 29 at Church of the Magdalen.
Mietlicki is a member of Church of the Magdalen and serves on the Senior Adult Ministries’ advisory council.

Want to participate in the ‘Boomer’ symposium?
Father John Lanzrath and Father John Jirak, will be among the speakers at the symposium entitled, “Prime Time: How to Make the Rest of Your Life the Best of Your Life.”
It will be held from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at Church of the Magdalen Saturday, Sept. 29. Those who wish may attend Mass at 8 a.m. Registration, along with coffee, will begin at 8 a.m. as well.
To register, mail $15, which includes lunch, by Sept. 22, to the Office of Marriage and Family Life 437 N. Topeka Wichita, KS 67202. Make checks payable to the Catholic Diocese of Wichita.