St. Joseph’s Day
Our Archbishop, Joseph E. Kurtz was determined to celebrate St. Joseph’s Day with us. As the Vice President of the United Sated Conference of Catholic Bishops his schedule is very busy, so Mass was scheduled for 4:00 p.m. to accommodate his schedule. Six priests assisted him at Mass, including our new chaplain, Fr. Leon Spaulding, and our two Resident priests. Our chapel was filled with Residents, family, friends and our volunteers, Auxiliary and AJJ members. Gifted with a strong voice, the Archbishop really encouraged everyone to give their very best to praising and thanking God and St. Joseph for the many blessings we receive daily. After Mass the Archbishop greeted everyone and then joined everyone for lunch in the auditorium.
Staff Appreciation Day
All staff members were invited to a recognition and appreciation celebration in their honor on Thursday, March 10. Every staff member received their own personal card of appreciation and a gift. Certificates of Achievement for years of service were awarded to different staff members and several received certificates for perfect attendance.
Two of our staff members, Donna Cutsinger and Joanie Melhart were recognized for their years of dedication and service to our home. How grateful we are for our devoted staff members, who are the extension of our hands and hearts!
Resident Valentine Dance
The Valentine Dance would not have taken place without the tenacity and hard work of our wonderful volunteers who created and served breathtaking dishes for the Residents and visitors to enjoy. Hearts dangled from the ceiling and floated from the walls all to give a magical and romantic atmosphere. The dance floor was in full swing all afternoon. Bob Holt and Prime Time played an array of ballads such as Always and Stardust, as well as and upbeat swing tunes such as the Jersey Bounce. Age was no barrier for anyone to get into the swing of old time favorites the Duck Dance and Hokey Pokey.
Pancakes were available both to play with and eat as we celebrated Mardi Gras. Everyone managed to participate well in both events! The staff served the Residents pancakes with toppings fit for a royal banquet and appetites were well satisfied. Being versatile we also managed to play many games—often very competitive—with pancakes, tossing them high in the air, racing along competing rows and throwing across an ever-widening gap to one’s partner. Would it be too corny to say that we really flipped out?