Humility and a lifetime of service prohibits our St. Elijah Seniors from acknowledging the contributions they have made to our church and faith. However, their spiritual advisor, Father John Salem, believes the primary purpose of this organization is to honor our seniors by “spoiling them a bit”. It is an opportunity for St. Elijah Seniors to fellowship and, in some cases, spend time with other seniors they have known all their lives.
The group is mostly for those church members that have retired but is open to anyone over 50 years of age. The seniors get together several times a year for lunch and Father John likes to cook for them. They also play bingo and take trips from time to time. The group has been to the Marland Mansion in Ponca City, The Oklahoma Historical Society, the Chickasaw Cultural Center in Sulfur and the Santa Fe Depot in Shawnee just to name a few. You just never know what talents will be revealed. “One nice lady sat and played the piano for us at a meeting,” explained Father John.
Joining is simple. Seniors can just attend one of the activities. Events are announced in the church bulletin. The activities are usually on Thursdays. No matter if our seniors are new to the church or have been at St. Elijah their entire life, they deserve to be thanked for their service to others and are welcome in St. Elijah Seniors.