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“Do You Hear What I Hear?”   Celebrating With Joyful Noise.

One of the longest held traditions at St. Joseph’s is our employee Christmas parties.  These gatherings have been organized for many years to celebrate and thank our wonderful St. Joseph’s family of staff and sisters in both Assisted Living and the Nursing Center.  This year, on Decemebr 13th, we had something  new to celebrate, one big party for the Nursing Center and Assisted Living combined. One big family together again!  COVID did not overcome us! 

 

The main elements of the party included the gathering of our dear staff and a variety of foods prepared by our dietary department and sisters.  We thank  especially, Sister Teresa and Sr. Lucy for the varied and delicious menu.  Before eating, the foods were blessed by Fr. Paul, our chaplain. Then, Best Wishes were extended by the administering sisters, Sister Elizabeth and Sister Zdzisława.  They reminded us that “ Staff is the face of love for all of our residents, and we can see that every time you give of yourself in service to them, you bring the love of a family to our Home.”   

 

The food was delicious and plentiful, there was more than enough for everyone. With good food comes good conversation and there was plenty of it. Along with Christmas music in the background you could hear the laughter and joy. 

Once everyone had settled in, it was time for the raffle. The raffle prizes included many small and thoughtful gifts that could be won by our employees. This year we prepared so many gifts that almost everyone won one!   

The party brought to life the diversity of our staff, sisters and residents!  There are so many ways to say Merry Christmas and our songs, dance and conversations all expressed that.   The best part of our party was the dancing time – we all danced! Our DJ Chester played wonderful music and we were dancing and singing to the end!  Once the party was over there were still some folks dancing and clapping their hands. What a joy to witness!

As another year passes, we continue on despite what life may throw at us. The staff, sisters, and Residents of St. Joseph’s prove that no matter what circumstances may be presented to us we will always find a way to keep going.

Thank the Lord for this special day together!

Merry Christmas and a Blessed, Happy and Healthy New Year”

 

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