“Well done, good and faithful servant. You have been faithful and trustworthy over a little, I will put you in charge of many things; share in the joy of your master.” Matthew 25:21

God gifts each one of us with a unique combination of time, talent and treasure to use while we are on Earth for the good of all people. C.S. Lewis explains it in this way, “Every faculty you have, your power of thinking or of moving your limbs from movement to movement, is given you by God. If you devoted every moment of your whole life exclusively to His service, you could not give Him anything that was not in a sense His own already.”

In this season of reflection, we come face to face with a basic truth: we are neither in control of nor are we responsible for some of our dearest gifts. Our health. Our loved ones. Our security. Modern culture might tell us we earned, deserve, own or are entitled to any given thing. However, in reality, we are stewards and all we have is pure gift from a loving God.  

As we make manifest God’s healing activity in the world, we participate in stewarding a mission that began long before us and will outlast us all. Still, the contributions we make in this moment matter. Our decisions and behaviors to share the gifts God has so freely given the Catholic health ministry make the difference between sickness and health, welcome and exclusion, gainful employment and hourly labor, a vocation and a job, a flourishing Earth and an exploited one for our patients, their families, our associates, our planet and the communities in which we serve.

Material things and human capacities are resources for the benefit of the community and not solely personal or organizational possessions. What we do with the time, talent and treasure in our midst should witness to the goodness of God rather than our own cleverness, savvy or intellect. Then we can hope to hear. “Well done, good and faithful servant. … Come, share in the joy of your master.” Matthew 25:21

For Reflection

Ghanaian writer and teacher Ernest Yeboah wrote: “We are not born the same, we are all not born with the same abilities and capabilities, but no matter what seed God has given to us, be it small or big, He expects a good return from us in the end and we must endeavor to be good stewards and managers of our abilities and capabilities regardless of where we live and the challenges we face!” 

  • Am I / are we trustworthy stewards of the Catholic identity of our ministry?
  • Do I / we actively seek to reduce our carbon footprint?
  • Do I / we promote the well-being, advancement and full flourishing of our team and those people for whom we are responsible?
  • Do I / we care for the resources used at work as if they were our own?
  • Do I / we care for ourselves with the same care offered to others?


Let us pray together,

Giver of all good gifts, we thank you for all that you have given us; for the good work to do, for the means and talents with which we do it, and for the earth, which provides for all of our needs. We ask that you make us into good stewards of time, talent and treasure – our own and that of others – to build your kingdom. In this season of reflection and prayer, give us the graces we need to more fully follow you and become who we claim to be in your name. Amen.

(c) Catholic Health Association USA. Lenten reflections are republished with permission.


Jennings celebrates Founder’s Day

Saturday, March 17, 2018

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We’re proud to celebrate March 17 as our 76th anniversary of residences and services for older adults! Our namesake is a memorial to Monsignor Gilbert P. Jennings. Monsignor Jennings was the founding pastor of St. Agnes Parish, then located on Superior Avenue near the old Cleveland Playhouse. Considered to be a socially progressive thinker, Monsignor Jennings was truly a visionary in meeting the needs of his people.

Upon his death on April 17, 1941, Monsignor Jennings gave life to a new era of senior care. Having inherited a large sum of money from the estate of his brother, Monsignor Jennings designated in his will that a rest home be built. His vision was to provide safe, comfortable and affordable housing for aging citizens who would not otherwise be able to provide for themselves with a suitable home. What has evolved in his memory is a campus community with a full continuum of care, services and progressive programs that inspire and celebrate life.

Monsignor Jennings’ legacy of love continues today through the steadfast dedication of the Sisters of the Holy Spirit, as well as the generous hearts and hands of our staff, volunteers and benefactors. By bringing together the sights, sounds and traditions of neighborhood, family and faith, we remain true to Monsignor Jennings’ vision of a vibrant and compassionate community with the familiar feeling of home.


Reflection for the fourth week of Lent: do justice, love kindness and walk humbly

Sunday, March 11, 2018

“He has told you, O mortal, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?” Micah 6:8
The commitment to justice is essential in Catholic tradition. From the witness of the prophets who call us to “do justice, love kindness and [more…]

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Spring ahead! Move your clock ahead and check your smoke alarm

Sunday, March 11, 2018

You moved your clocks ahead this morning, right? The Ohio Fire Marshal reminds us about the crucial step of checking batteries in smoke and CO detectors too.
“Ohioans shouldn’t just move their clocks forward one hour this Sunday, they should also check to see if a potentially lifesaving device has expired – their smoke alarm. Along with [more…]

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Reflection for the third week of Lent: the human person is sacred

Sunday, March 4, 2018

“For even as the body is one and yet has many members, and all the members of the body, though they are many, are one body, so also is Christ.”
1 Corinthians 12:12
Created in the image and likeness of God, the human person is not only sacred, but also social. Just as God is a radical [more…]

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Reflection for the second week of Lent: identifying with the poor and vulnerable

Sunday, February 25, 2018

“And the king will say to them in reply, ‘Amen I say to you, whatever you did for one of these least brothers of mine, you did for me.’” Matthew 25:40
The Last Judgement in the Gospel of Matthew is both one of the most well-known and unsettling passages of scripture. Jesus clearly lays out the [more…]

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February is American Heart Month!

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women in the United States.  Every year, 1 in 4 deaths are caused by heart disease. The good news?  Heart disease can often be prevented when people make healthy choices and manage their health conditions.
You can make healthy changes to lower your risk [more…]

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Share your talents as a volunteer!

Monday, February 19, 2018

Share your talents and make a difference! Jennings is seeking volunteers for these and other meaningful #volunteer opportunities. For more information, contact volunteer coordinator Laura Resecker at 216-581-2900, ext. 2608.


Hospice Volunteers:

Renew your resolution! We are seeking hospice volunteers at Jennings to visit with and assist our friends in need. Support Jennings Hospice patients and families [more…]

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Hundreds attend Tetélestai passion play at Jennings

Sunday, February 18, 2018

It was an honor and privilege to host Cleveland Performing Arts Ministries’ Tetélestai musical passion play over the weekend (February 17-19). Hundreds of people from the community and Jennings residents attended. Thank you to the talented actors, volunteers and bakers who made this a success at Jennings. The word Tetélestai means “It is finished,” the last [more…]

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Reflection for first week of Lent: Care for the whole person

Sunday, February 18, 2018

“It is sown a natural body; it is raised a spiritual body. If there is a natural body, there is also a spiritual one.” 1 Corinthians 15:44
From the beginning, we are created as both physical and spiritual beings. Genesis Chapter 2 verse 7 tells us, “The Lord God formed man from the dust of the ground, and [more…]

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