August 2014

This week we look forward to the celebration of Labor Day next Monday. Labor Day in the United States is a holiday observed on the first Monday in September. It is a celebration of the American labor movement and is dedicated to the social and economic achievements of workers. It is a yearly national tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of our country.

From the beginning of creation, God blessed labor and saw it as good. Our work in the world gives us a share in God’s creative energy. Work is hard yet necessary, and in its best sense is life-giving, to us and to those who benefit from our efforts. Here at Jennings, our work makes a real difference in the lives of those we serve.

A helpful practice on Labor Day, amid our relaxing and celebrating, would be to take a few minutes to reflect on the deeper meaning of our work. We can ponder how our faith shapes our understanding of the value of our jobs. We ask, “How is my job creating good in the world?” or “How is my job helping to fix what is broken in the world?”

Sister Valerie Sweeney, SND, is the Director of Mission and Ministry at Jennings Center for Older Adults. She offers weekly reflections in writing “Spirituality and You.”

Every year, thousands of adults in the United States suffer serious health problems, are hospitalized, or even die from diseases that could have been prevented by vaccination.

To celebrate the importance of immunizations throughout life – and to help remind adults that they need vaccines, too – the Center for Disease Control is recognizing August as National Immunization Awareness Month. This is the perfect opportunity to make sure adults are protected against diseases like flu, whooping cough, tetanus, shingles, and pneumococcal disease.

The specific vaccines adults need are determined by factors such as age, lifestyle, risk conditions, locations of travel, and previous vaccines. All adults should talk to their health care providers about which vaccines are right for them.

According to the CDC, there is a misconception among many adults that vaccines are just for. The truth is, you never outgrow the need for immunizations.

To find out which vaccines might be right for you and where you can get vaccinated, visit

Frequently Asked Questions from the CDC web site:

Ask your health care professional which vaccines are right for you based on your age, lifestyle, medical conditions and previous vaccinations. You can also visit for more information and find a link to an adult vaccine quiz to see which vaccines are recommended for you.

What are potential risks from adult vaccines?

Side effects from vaccines are usually minor and temporary, such as soreness at the injection site or a slight fever that goes away in a few days. Some people may have allergic reactions to certain vaccines. Serious and long-term effects are rare.

As with any medical procedure, vaccination has some risks as well as important, proven benefits. Individuals react differently to vaccines, and there is no way to absolutely predict the reaction of a specific individual to a particular vaccine.

Anyone who takes a vaccine should be fully informed about both the benefits and the risks of vaccination. Any questions or concerns should be discussed with a physician or other health care professional.

Are adult vaccines safe?

Yes! The longstanding vaccine safety system in the U.S. ensures that vaccines are as safe as possible. In fact, the United States currently has the safest, most effective vaccine supply in its history.

Safety monitoring begins with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), which ensures the safety, and effectiveness of vaccines for the United States. Before a vaccine is approved by the FDA for use by the public, the results of studies on safety and effectiveness of the vaccine are evaluated by highly trained FDA scientists and doctors. FDA also inspects the sites where vaccines are made to make sure they follow strict manufacturing guidelines.

FDA and CDC continue to monitor vaccines after licensing to ensure continued safety of the vaccines in the U.S.

What are the ingredients in vaccines?

Vaccines contain ingredients, called antigens, which cause the body to develop immunity. Vaccines also contain very small amounts




Jennings celebrates 16th anniversary of Jennings Manor

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Today marks the 16th anniversary of the dedication of Jennings Manor, a 61-unit apartment building which provides housing with supportive services for people over 62 with very limited income. Jennings Manor was funded entirely by a $4.24 million federal grant from the Department of Housing and Urban Development.
Bishop Anthony Pilla, who was bishop of Cleveland [more…]

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Spirituality and You: Listening

Monday, August 11, 2014

Our topic this week is LISTENING:
One spiritual practice is often associated with others. Listening involves attention, being present, and hospitality, and it is a component of devotion, nurturing, and wonder. There is perhaps no greater way to show our regard for our friends, family, and associates than to truly listen to them. The “listening heart,” [more…]

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Mass Stipends

Sunday, August 3, 2014

Did you know that you can have a Mass celebrated here at Jennings for any intention you would like? The stipend is $10.00, and you can designate a certain date if it is available. Contact Sister Patricia Raelene at     216-581-2900 x 2293.

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Sponsorship shines through Catholic social tradition

Saturday, August 2, 2014

The history of Jennings Center for Older Adults is woven with that of the organization’s sponsors, the Sisters of the Holy Spirit. This sponsorship creates Jennings’ connection to the Diocese of Cleveland and its affiliation to other like-minded organizations who are considered part of Catholic health care. Sponsorship of health care ministry, according to Catholic [more…]

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All I Needed to Know About Leadership I Learned from Sister Loretta

Friday, August 1, 2014

This month I would like to share this synthesis of the talk given by Martha Kutik, Jennings’ Executive Advisor, at the Founder’s Day event on March 16, 2014. Martha dedicated Founder’s Day in honor of Sister Loretta, CSSp, the former administrator of Jennings Hall who died in 2004. We can each learn a lot from [more…]

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