November 2015

Spirituality and You: Advent

Monday, November 30, 2015

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The word Advent derives from the Latin word that means “coming.” The Lord is coming…During Advent we recall the history of God’s people and reflect on how the prophecies and promises of the Old Testament were fulfilled. This gives us a background for the present. Some Advent practices include keeping an Advent calendar, lighting an Advent wreath, praying an Advent daily devotional, as well as other ways of preparing for Christmas, such as setting up Christmas decorations.

Let us reflect on God’s coming throughout history and so begin to understand what it means to us now for the sake of what is to come, in our own future and that of our world.

Sister Valerie Sweeney, SND is the Director of Mission and Ministry at Jennings. She contributes Spirituality and You, weekly reflections in spirituality.

“On that day, the Lord will bind up the wounds of his people.” Isaiah 30:26

Christine is a beautiful woman, inside and out. She is as vital as fresh air or summer sun. She is successful, strong, sincere and faith-filled. But her heart is a fragile, hidden glass, ready to break at any moment, from a family member’s risk taking. Like spilled ink, that darkness regularly invades her joy and conspires to steal her hope.

Spiritual darkness holds a profound contradiction. It is the place where we may be deeply lost but even more deeply found. It is an interior tunnel through which every person walks at least once in life, the deep chasm from which Isaiah pointed to the distant mountaintop.

During the thrilling season of Advent, we step out into the land of promises and prophets. The language of hope unfurls in a galaxy across the heavens, calling us out of darkness toward an Infinite and Incarnate Light. In this first week’s glorious readings, the prophet Isaiah points to our salvation, star by prophetic star:

  • There is a Day coming, he tells us, and on the Day, the Lord will bind up the wounds of his people.
  • In a very little while, he tells us, Lebanon will be changed. A shoot shall sprout from the tree we had thought to be withered.
  • On this very mountain, he tells us, we will behold our God.

For all of us who, like Christine, carry human sorrow in the shadowed valleys of our spirits, there is healing on the near horizon. The Daystar of Jesus Christ is about to dawn through the darkness. God is about to put on the very humanness that is our burden and transform it into glory. Let us begin, with an eager faith, to enter the divine mystery being sung among the stars.

Written by Sr. Renee Yann, RSM, D. Min. Catholic Health Association (CHA) has produced a reflection for each week of Advent and a Christmas reflection. We hope they will become a source of comfort, joy and inspiration.

Copyright 2015 Catholic Health Association of the United States.

Jennings joins global #GivingTuesday movement

Friday, November 27, 2015

Jennings has joined #GivingTuesday, a global day of giving that harnesses the collective power of individuals, communities and organizations to encourage philanthropy and to celebrate generosity worldwide. Participants can make a difference in the lives of older adults by making a gift to Jennings’ annual campaign at www.jenningscenter.org/donatenow . Occurring this year on December 1, #GivingTuesday is [more…]

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Happy Thanksgiving!

Thursday, November 26, 2015

Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family. We are grateful for the privilege to serve individuals and their families every day. If you are looking for a prayer before your meal, Jennings’ Executive Chef Michael Mills wrote this prayer which we will say before our family meal.

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Spirituality and You: Thanksgiving

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

As we look ahead to the celebration of Thanksgiving this Thursday, we recall our blessings large and small. We thank God for the gifts and challenges that each day brings, which shape our lives in unique ways. Thank YOU for the gift you are to Jennings! May God bless you abundantly on Thanksgiving and always.
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Congratulations, Trinity student Daija Young

Monday, November 23, 2015

Congratulations to Trinity senior Daija Young on her track accomplishments that landed her a full scholarship to BGSU! Daija was an intern with The Learning Circle last year and was very well liked by the children. What a great accomplishment for her! https://bit.ly/1Ibme62

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Support family caregivers during National Family Caregiving Month

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Do you help care for someone? According to AARP, nearly 40 million people provide care (not as their profession) for someone 18 and older who is ill or has a disability. These caregivers are unpaid, and often neglect their own health needs. November is National Family Caregivers Month, a time to remind caregivers that they [more…]

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Spirituality and You: Gratitude (part 2)

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

GRATITUDE: We continue our reflections on gratitude this week as we approach the celebration of Thanksgiving Day:

“You cannot do a kindness too soon because you never know how soon it will be too late.” Ralph Waldo Emerson
“When I started counting my blessings, my whole life turned around.” Willie Nelson
“It is impossible to feel grateful and depressed in [more…]

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Thank you, Garfield Heights High School!

Thursday, November 12, 2015

We enjoyed meeting students after a performance of “Fools & Dreamers” performed at Jennings by the Garfield Heights City Schools​ High School Theater.

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Thank you, veterans!

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

On Veterans Day we honor and thank all veterans who have served our country. We salute your courage and honor in defending our freedom. It was our privilege to celebrate veterans who live, work, volunteer or receive services on the Jennings campus.
In our annual tradition we began indoors for the flag-folding ceremony, in which the [more…]

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