Lord of the harvest inspire young women and men to say yes to your invitation to serve you. Help these young people to recognize that following your call will change the world. Bless all that give of themselves for others. We ask this as we ask all things in God’s name. Amen
We give thanks for many things. At Our Lady of Lourdes Shrine we give thanks that we get to live at such a beautiful place and that we have the privilege to share this beautiful place with the public. Thanksgiving is the time of actually making a list of all the people and things of which we give thanks. Come and take the time to come to Our Lady of Lourdes Shrine to make your list and to give thanks. It is truly a unique place to do that.
Come and visit Our Lady of Lourdes Shrine to help you focus on the true meaning of Christmas, the birth of Jesus. Come to pray. Visit the gift shop for items to help you get ready for Christmas. Open from 10:00 AM until 4:30 AM every day.
What you allow yourself
Everything you’ve achieved is what you’ve allowed yourself to achieve. What will you allow yourself to achieve today?
All the actions you’ve taken are based on what you expect yourself to do. What will you allow yourself to expect today?
You have the tools to make a difference in life. What tools will you allow yourself to utilize today?
You can allow the excuses to hold you back, or you can allow the possibilities to propel you forward. You can allow yourself to waste precious time or you can allow yourself to enjoy spending time in productive, creative effort.
Each day in your past has been lived the way you allowed yourself to live it. You now can allow yourself to live today in such a way that you’ll look back on it with satisfaction, and with no regrets.
Through all its ups and downs, life ultimately proceeds in the way you allow. Allow yourself to live today in the most positive, honest and fulfilling way you can imagine.© 2015 Ralph S. Marston, Jr.
O holy, patient, and loving God, in this season of grace-filled longing, we await the coming of your Son and our Savior. Many packages, gleaming and bright, will come our way. Help us to know that the one gift that will last will come from you alone. Bless all of us and help us to celebrate your birth. Amen
Sing to the Lord a new song; sing to the Lord, all the earth. Sing to the Lord, bless his name; announce his salvation day after day. Tell God’s glory among the nations; among all peoples, God’s marvelous deeds. Ps. 96: 1-3
Everyone is getting ready for Christmas and that is good, but maybe folks need to be reminded that getting ready for Christmas is called Advent. Remembering about Advent helps us to focus in on the fact that getting ready for Christmas should include the spiritual side as well as the material. How about doing a good deed for someone else? What about visiting that person who can’t get out or is at a nursing home? Have you ever prayed during Advent by using an Advent Wreath or setting up not just a Christmas tree, but a Jesse Tree or using an Advent calendar? An Advent Wreath has four candles which represent the four weeks before Christmas. A candle is lit each week reminding us to focus on the light of Christ coming at Christmas. A Jesse Tree is decorated with ornaments representing the ancestors of Jesus, and an Advent calendar opens a door for each day before Christmas.
You are all welcome at Our Lady of Lourdes Shrine. While the gift shop is closed on Thanksgiving Day you are welcome to join us in giving thanks by attending the 8:00 AM Mass on November 26, 2015 and the French Toast Breakfast on Sunday, December 6, 2015 after the 8:00 AM Mass until 11:30 AM. Tickets are $5.00 for the breakfast.
O bountiful God, you have blessed us in ways that we cannot even begin to number. We are aware that we take so much for granted. Be with us, members of your family, faithful followers of your Word. Bless the food that we share, bless our families and friends and remember those who go without: the poor, abandoned, lonely and forgotten. Help us to be a beacon of your light to them. Amen