February 2017

Jennings celebrates Mardi Gras!

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

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“Oh when the saints go marching in…” it must be Mardi Gras! We celebrated Fat Tuesday with paczki, hurricanes, beads and the sounds of New Orleans jazz. Our seasonal favorite, the Mike Petrone Band, had us singing and dancing in our seats to jazz and Mardi Gras favorites like “Minnie the Moocher,” “Just a Gigolo,” and “When the Saints Go Marching In.” Chef Michael picked up 28 dozen paczki – enough for everyone who loves these traditional favorites.

Spirituality and You: Ash Wednesday

Monday, February 27, 2017

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Ash Wednesday—Beginning of Lent

As children, how we loved a treasure hunt—hidden jellybeans and pennies turned to gems and gold doubloons in our young imaginations!  Even as adults, perhaps on an antiques adventure, we thrill at the thought of a secret only we can know, at the challenges and possibilities of an undiscovered trove.

On Ash Wednesday, we begin the most extreme of treasure hunts. It is one in which we examine our lives in the Light of Jesus. We do this to unearth the Infinite Mystery revealed at the fractured tomb on Easter morning. The key to that mystery is hidden somewhere within us, and Lent is the pilgrimage to find it.

From the shadows where we pray, fast and give alms, an urgent question rises in our hearts. What might the treasure look like when we find it? When the stone is finally rolled away, might I meet Jesus anew in my life? Might I truly see the Mercy of God in human flesh? Now, in this acceptable time, we take our first steps toward God’s answer.

–Catholic Health Association

Spirituality and You: Heaven

Monday, February 20, 2017

You don’t go to heaven; you learn how to live in heaven now. And no one lives in heaven alone. Either you learn how to live in communion with the human race and with all that God has created, or, quite simply, you’re not ready for heaven. If you want to live an isolated life, [more…]

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Adult day services support adults living at home

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Where do you start when you have a loved one has memory or physical challenges but still desires to live at home?  Many families begin searching for care options when they notice a physical or cognitive decline in a loved one.  These declines often create safety risks at home and cause people to question what [more…]

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Celebrating History: Sister Philomena

Thursday, February 16, 2017

In honor of pitchers and catchers reporting, we remember our beloved Sister Philomena attending a Cleveland Indians game. She was a big fan, watching her team on television or listening to them on the radio. #75years
Sister Philomena, CSSp, attends a Cleveland Indians baseball game (2010). (c)Jennings

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In sickness and in health, love endures

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

“In sickness and in health,” love endures. Jennings celebrated Valentine’s Day by honoring love stories. For couples at Jennings, their commitment and perseverance exemplify their original wedding vows. Together 38 couples celebrated nearly 1,600 years of marriage; one couple has been married 69 years!
Today couples renewed their wedding vows in a Mass, followed by a [more…]

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Spirituality and You: Love

Monday, February 13, 2017

Love is Essential! 
Wendell Berry, writes, “I take literally the statement in the Gospel of John that God loves the world. I believe that the world was created and approved by love, that it subsists, coheres, and endures by love, and that, insofar as it is redeemable, it can be redeemed only by love. I believe [more…]

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World Day of the Sick

Saturday, February 11, 2017

25th World Day of the Sick: February 11, 2017
The World Day of the Sick was instituted by Pope Saint John Paul II in 1992 as a special time of prayer and sharing and of offering one’s suffering. Each year it is recognized on Feb. 11, the commemoration of Our Lady of Lourdes, recalling a series of [more…]

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Our history: intergenerational programs

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Visitors are sometimes surprised to see children at Jennings and find out that we established The Learning Circle infant and child care on the campus. The seed was planted decades ago when we realized how much joy children can bring. With a small daily preschool (as shown here) in the 90s, we began #intergenerational activities. [more…]

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Mission and Ministry Matters: Ethical and Religious Directives

Monday, February 6, 2017

(by Sister Valerie Sweeney, SND, Director of Mission and Ministry at Jennings)—You may know that Jennings is a Catholic organization, which is the foundation of our identity and mission. You may not be familiar with the document that helps to define and safeguard our Catholic mission.“The Ethical and Religious Directives for Health Care Services” (ERDs) [more…]

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