December 2015

There is great news for philanthropists who contribute to non-profit organizations. President Obama has now signed into law a permanent IRA Charitable Rollover provision. The key charitable provision that is made permanent in this tax package that can benefit non-profits like Jennings is that taxpayers over 70½ years old are able to make donations directly from an IRA and will not be taxed on the amounts—up to $100,000.

There has been much conversation surrounding this bill in the past few years. In the past, extensions have been made at the last minute, not allowing ample time for donors to make their charitable arrangements. This current legislation removes the deadline, therefore giving donors more options for philanthropy.

Christmas reflection: grace

Thursday, December 24, 2015

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“Today is born our Savior, Christ the Lord.” Luke 2:11 

We knew only his name, not his story. Leon, just 37 years old, was one of those rootless souls who, by life’s violent incisions, become severed from their history and their future. He had come to us from a local boarding home, comatose and dying. He came with no friend or family to attend his imminent passage. So, through the night of Christmas Eve, Kathy, a young, off-duty nurse, sat silently with Leon, adamant that he should not die alone.

Leon had a quiet death. Very little changed in him except for stilled breathing and the relaxed mask that follows expiration. It was Kathy who changed. In that sterile hospital room, grey-lit with early morning, the palpable breath of God embraced her. She knew, and from that Christmas moment will always know, that all life beats within the Divine Heart; that we are sacred and immortal within its mysterious rhythm.

Over these celebratory days, we will orchestrate a series of Christmas moments in our decorations, carols, gifts and feasts. We will visit our treasured memories and revered mangers. We will be blessed by the love of family and friends who are the face of Christ to us.

May we also receive this singular grace: to know that any true Christmas moment comes only when the Spirit of Christ passes through us into the heart of another person. To receive this grace, we may, like Kathy, need to sit in a silent room with a dying stranger. We may need to welcome that ostracized family member who has carelessly injured us. We may need to rediscover, in our own quiet contrition, the radiant Gospel commitment that has paled in us.

Meister Eckhart, seven centuries ago, sought such a Christmas moment:

Today we celebrate the Eternal Birth
which God the Father has borne
and never ceases to bear in all eternity.
But if it takes not place in me, what avails it?
Everything lies in this, that it should take place in me.

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.

Advent reflection: hope fulfilled

Sunday, December 20, 2015

“O Radiant Dawn, come and shine on those who dwell in the darkness of the shadow of death.” O Antiphon – December 21

Have you ever been told not to get your hopes too high? The kind admonisher is trying to protect you. But you, like all human beings, still hope for everything, no matter the odds!
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Spirituality and You: The Year of Mercy

Sunday, December 20, 2015

Last Tuesday, December 8, Pope Francis pushed open the great bronze doors of St. Peter’s Basilica to launch his holy year of mercy. Francis declared the 12-month jubilee to emphasize the mercy and love of our good God. “How much wrong we do to God and his grace when we speak of sins being punished [more…]

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Arbonne brings Christmas cheer to nursing home residents

Monday, December 14, 2015

Sunday we had some extra special Christmas cheer. Lauren and Abbey Calevich and their Arbonne team brought Santa and treated nursing home residents to early Christmas gifts. The team had a hot chocolate social in each neighborhood where they visited and passed out beautiful gifts. We are so blessed by their generosity, and the residents [more…]

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Advent reflection: finding joy

Monday, December 14, 2015

“The Lord, your God … will rejoice over you with gladness.” Zephaniah 3:17
Is there a difference between happiness and joy? Walking through the Med-Surg area, the chaplain juggled that question. He had just left Betty whose test results had proven benign. Her reaction still echoed in his mind. Like someone waking from a bad dream, she [more…]

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Spirituality and You: Second Week of Advent

Monday, December 7, 2015

Jennings Director of Mission and Ministry Sister Valerie Sweeney, SND, reminds us about preparation during this second week of Advent. What are the key steps to enter into Advent? We can all slow down. We can all breathe more deeply. We can all begin to trust that this will be a blessed time. Then, when [more…]

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Advent reflection: A channel for holiness

Sunday, December 6, 2015

“From you rose the Sun of Justice, Christ our God.” Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe – Lectionary: 690A
There are a few places where nature offers an experience of darkness so absolute it can be terrifying. Assateague Island lies along the barrier coast of Virginia. On a winter night, darkness there feels complete, enveloping. As evening [more…]

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Diocese to have special collection for retired religious December 5-6

Saturday, December 5, 2015

The Diocese of Cleveland will have a special collection for the Retirement Fund for Religious during its weekend Masses. Per the Cleveland Catholic Diocese website:
Now in its 28th year, the appeal is coordinated by the National Religious Retirement Office (NRRO) and offers support for senior Catholic sisters, brothers and religious order priests whose communities lack [more…]

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Throwback Thursday photo: previous convent

Thursday, December 3, 2015

Since there were a few #CLE flurries today, it’s a good time to look back on a beautiful winter picture. This is the previous convent of our sponsor, the Sisters of the Holy Spirit.
Former Convent of the Sisters of the Holy Spirit (circa 1980s).

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