March 2016

Spirituality and You: Easter Week

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

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“Set your hearts on things above.” (Col 3:1, NIV)

Easter is the event that confirms the wisdom teaching of the heart that leads to holiness. Easter celebrates Jesus’ resurrection from the dead—and his return to us. The Risen Jesus returns to reach out to those who abandoned and rejected him. His risen life continues the mission he lived prior to his resurrection. Jesus’ resurrection confirms his ministry and reveals to us the essential characteristics for living: returning to God; welcoming the sinner; and forgiving. These are the windows to holiness.

How we live now, in this life is an indication of how we will live then, in the new resurrected life. Our life is a journey that flows from where we set our heart. My heart holds my relationship to God—in mystery, paradox, questions, pain, grace, gratitude—until it transforms me and gives me new life.

For Catholic health care, belief in the Resurrection is more than the words we say, it is about the way we respond to others NOW. Our ministry is made manifest in what others experience when they encounter us TODAY.

  • In the way I serve others, is my heart set on things above?
  • How will the hearts of those I serve be touched? Will they experience an empty tomb or encounter Resurrected life?

–Dennis Winschel, MA

World Water Day

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

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International World Water Day is held annually on March 22 as a means of focusing attention on the importance of fresh water and advocating for the sustainable management of freshwater resources. The United Nations estimates that more than 1 billion people worldwide currently lack access to safe drinking water and that by 2025 two-thirds of the world’s population will not have access to drinking water.

Let us ask God to help us protect this precious resource for future generations:

Lord, God, we ask your blessing.

Water is essential to health. May we keep it pure and accessible for all.

Water is nature, ecosystems, the global water cycle. May we strive to minimize climate change.

Water is urbanization. May we build sustainable cities.

Water is industry. May we reduce the use of water in manufacturing.

Water is energy. May we expand renewable sources of energy that do not deplete water.

Water is food. May we reduce agricultural demands on freshwater resources.

Water is equality, dignity and justice. May we find ways to make clean water available for all people.

Almighty God, you have made us fellow workers in your creation. We praise you and thank you for this precious gift of the earth teeming with life. Give us prudence, reverence and unselfishness that no one will suffer from our abuse of nature. Help us to find new ways to sustain the ecosystems that support all humankind. May future generations enjoy this world of your creation with all the joy and fulfillment that you intend. Amen.

Spirituality and You: Holy Week

Monday, March 21, 2016

As we begin Holy Week, let’s consider holiness itself. The major religions observe “high holy days” which remind the faithful that the ultimate goal of life is holiness—that everything in one’s life is ordered for the purpose of holiness.
Holiness is participation in the life of God. It is beyond my control and my ability to [more…]

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Jennings celebrates March anniversary with Founder’s Day

Thursday, March 17, 2016

The month of March is special at Jennings, not just because of St. Patrick’s Day. March 17 is celebrated as Founder’s Day in honor of Monsignor Gilbert Patrick Jennings, whose vision began the original Jennings Hall. According to diocesan historian Father Nelson Callahan, Monsignor Jennings was very insightful for his time.  “He was always thinking bigger. [more…]

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Jennings joins LeadingAge colleagues in Washington, D.C.

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Jennings’ President and CEO Allison Q. Salopeck joins LeadingAge colleagues from around the country for the ‪#‎PEAK16‬ Leadership Summit in Washington, D.C. This unique annual gathering offers a multidisciplinary group of senior living executives, business leaders and experts the opportunity to find new inspiration, share information and build relationships. In addition to speakers, [more…]

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Greater Cleveland Caucus generates important discussions

Saturday, March 12, 2016

Jennings was one of many northeast Ohio organizations that participated in the inaugural Greater Cleveland Caucus, which convened a broad group of Greater Clevelanders to discuss key issues impacting our region, brainstorm community priorities, and connect with organizations working to address these community challenges.
Caucus areas and speakers included:

Education & Youth Development: Eric Gordon – Chief Executive Officer, more…]

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Jennings celebrates Founder’s Day with Mass

Sunday, March 6, 2016

In March 2016, Jennings celebrates its 74th anniversary. The annual Founder’s Day Mass, celebrated Sunday, March 6, was a time to remember founder Monsignor Gilbert P. Jennings, whose forethought and planned gift enabled the Sisters of the Holy Spirit to make his dream a reality.
Jennings’ President and CEO Allison Q. Salopeck discussed the organization’s growth and added, “We [more…]

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The Learning Circle celebrates Dr. Seuss Day

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

March 2nd is Dr. Seuss’s birthday—what better way to celebrate than to read? Did you know Dr. Seuss would be 112 this year? It’s a perfect day to celebrate Read Across America. Children at The Learning Circle are reading and celebrating, bringing Dr. Seuss’ imagination to life.
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