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Tuesday, 01 March 2016 12:51

March 1, 2016

Our Lady of Lourdes Shrine
Sisters of the Most Holy Trinity
21281 Chardon Rd.
Euclid, OH 44117
Convent: 216-481-8232 Gift Shop: 216-481-0900
March, 2016

Dear Friends,
Last month we spoke about how Mary slowly prepared St. Bernadette by interior change begun by prayer. This month we will address the beginning of Bernadette’s public mission given to her at the eighth apparition. During this apparition Bernadette’s face showed many expressions. She would look like she was extremely happy at one moment and extremely sad the next. When she came out of her ecstasy she could be heard saying the words: “Penance, Penance, Penance”. In fact, Mary had told her to do penance for sinners in the world and later that would be the instruction for all of us. It was Lent when Mary began these visits to Bernadette just like it is Lent now today. What penance have we offered up for sinners? We too are the
sinners. How do we try to make reparation with the Lord for our sins? Confession is the most obvious way. Prayer, fasting and almsgiving are what the Church advises us to do anyway. Mary has a way of reminding us of the good things that we need to do. Mary takes things one step further, in the ninth apparition. We will continue next month with the next apparition.
Many of you have been to our Lady of Lourdes Shrine in Euclid, Ohio, and we will get to that story too. For now, we would like to share with you a great honor given to our Shrine. We have been designated by the Bishop to be a site of pilgrimage that has the Official Holy Door. As you know this is a year of jubilee and a Year of Mercy for the Church. The Holy Door is a means of reconciling with the Lord. An indulgence is spiritually bestowed upon the person who walks through the door and fulfills other obligations. Bishop Lennon will be here at the Shrine on Sunday, April 3rd. (Mercy Sunday) for a 10:00 AM Mass at which he will officially open the Holy Door at the Shrine. Our chapel can only hold a limited amount of people so admission is by ticket only. You can get your tickets by going on line at All tickets are free. The link will also give you more information. In the mean time we ask you to please support our French Toast Breakfast, Sunday, March 6th and our Fish Dinner, Friday, March 11th Also we ask you to please help us to decorate the chapel for Easter by donating for flowers. See the form on the other side. Thank you, the Sisters.

Blessed Saint Joseph, holy guardian of Jesus and Mary, assist us by your prayers in all necessities of life. Ask of Jesus that special grace which he granted to you to watch over our home, at the pillow of the sick and the dying and our country so that with Mary and with you, heaven may find our family and country unbroken in the Sacred Heart of Jesus. Amen.

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Monday, 22 February 2016 08:42

Motivational Monday 2-22-15

Crazy good inventive

by Ralph Marston

Invention is not just for mechanical contraptions or software applications. You can and often do invent new ways to optimize and energize life.

Creativity is not limited to artists, musicians and film directors. You can benefit from your own creativity in everything you do.

The purpose of your life is not to be like every other person’s life. You’re here to invent unique ways for expressing joy, experiencing wonder, giving love and raising life to a higher level.

Jump away from the well-worn path, rebooting your senses and sensibilities with refreshing stimulation. Give yourself permission to feel what you feel, then take those feelings and invent with them.

If you’re bored, or angry, dismayed or burned out, you’re not paying attention to the swarm of creative opportunities each moment delivers. Practice a little less self absorption and a lot more self invention.

The moment calls you to invent, and you’re made for it. Be crazy good inventive with big things, little and in between.

© 2016 Ralph S. Marston, Jr.
From The Daily Motivator website at
Wednesday, 17 February 2016 09:15

February 17, 2016

SHRINE: 216-481-8232 GIFT SHOP: 216-481-8232

Lent is a time for prayer, fasting and almsgiving.
Looking for an opportunity of prayer this Lent?

Spend some time with the Lord on Sunday, February 28th. The Blessed Sacrament will be exposed after the 8:00 AM Mass until 4:00 PM.
Rosary will be at 4:00 PM followed by

The word Benediction means blessing. Come and be blest by with the Eucharist. Spend some time with Jesus at His Mother’s House.

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Monday, 15 February 2016 08:22

Monday Motivation 2-15-16

Already well on the way

by Ralph Marston

The achievement is already in place. Allow it to unfold through your actions.

It’s not a matter of whether you can do it, because you can. The possibilities, the time, the resources and the pathway are all here now.

It’s a matter of whether you will. Set aside fear, rise above doubt, throw out hesitation and do what you know you can do.

Laugh at how flimsy your excuses now appear. Smile with confidence as you get the job done.

Crush old negative assumptions with new positive actions. Transform time and possibility into progress and value.

Feel your passion as it grows stronger and more engaged with every action. You can do this, and you’re already well on the way.

© 2016 Ralph S. Marston, Jr.
From The Daily Motivator website at
Wednesday, 10 February 2016 13:48

February 10, 2016


Mrs. Knuckles, Sr. Mary, Mr. Knuckles



Sr. Mary O.SS.T., Sr. Rochelle O.SS.T., Sr. Mary Donald O.SS.T.



Tuesday, 09 February 2016 16:19

February 9, 2016

Our Lady of Lourdes Shrine
Sisters of the Most Holy Trinity
21281 Chardon Rd.
Euclid, OH 44117
Convent: 216-481-8232 Gift Shop: 216-481-0900
February, 2016

Dear Friends,
Our last installment of the story of Lourdes left off when Bernadette was brought before the prosecutor. Although we look at that as a sorrow for Bernadette, it was a good thing for us. Just think because these interrogations were written down as an official document we have a complete story of the apparition of Our Lady of Lourdes. So when bad things happen something good just might happen. The “Beautiful Lady” as Bernadette called her asked Bernadette to come to the grotto to pray every day for two weeks. The Lady did not promise to appear each day, and she didn’t. The crowd would go with Bernadette some to pray others were just curious. At the end of the two weeks the Lady did appear to Bernadette and gave her three secrets. Bernadette tells us that the secrets were for her alone and were to be kept secret. She never revealed the secrets, only that they were personal. Over the years two of the secrets have been speculated to be that Bernadette would become a Sister and that she was given a prayer to help her in difficult times. These secrets made Bernadette very sad and it has been said that the other secret was that she would suffer much. What would we do if Mary told us that we would suffer much for Her Son? Would we accept it? Bernadette’s suffering had already begun during the apparitions when people doubted her. That two-week period of prayer before the next apparition was very difficult. Folks ridiculed her for going to the grotto to pray. Why go if the Lady wasn’t there? Maybe Mary wanted her to pray for two weeks to prepare her soul for the secrets that she would be telling Bernadette in the next apparition? Mary calls us to pray also. Mary calls us to our novena at the Shrine. Nine days of prayer. When we lift up our voices and present our petitions to the Lord through His Mother.

Fish Dinners: Ash Wednesday, Feb10th, Friday, Feb. 26th. and March 11th from 4:30 PM to 6:45 PM. Tickets are $8.50. Hope to see you at the novena, the Fish Dinners.
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Prayer to Our Lady of Lourdes
O ever Immaculate Virgin, Mother of mercy, health of the sick, refuge of sinners, comfort of the afflicted, you know my wants, my troubles, my sufferings; deign to cast upon me a look of mercy. By appearing in the Grotto of Lourdes, you were pleased to make it a privileged sanctuary, whence you dispense your favors, and already many sufferers have obtained the cure of their infirmities, both spiritual and corporal. I come, therefore, with unbounded confidence to implore your maternal intercession. Obtain, O loving Mother, the grant of my request. I will endeavor to imitate your virtues, that I may one day share your glory, and bless you in eternity. Amen.
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Monday, 08 February 2016 16:48

Monday February 8, 2016

Bible Vs.: Tobit 3: 16-17 “At that very time, the prayer of these two suppliants was heard in the glorious presence of Almighty God. So Raphael was sent to them both…”

Prayer: Angel of God my guardian dear, to whom God’s love commits me here, ever this day be at my side to light and guard, to rule and guide. Amen

Spot Light: To help tune yourself into your guardian angel come to spend some time here at Our Lady of Lourdes Shrine, 21281 Chardon Road, Euclid, Ohio 44117. Ask your guardian angel to protect and enlighten you to God’s will for you. Visit the beautiful Shrine, pray in the Chapel or at the Grotto and look in the Gift Shop.

Friday, 05 February 2016 15:36

Friday February 5, 2016

Faith page: We are fast approaching the feast of Our Lady of Lourdes. That is important to us because it is who the Shrine was dedicated to and named after. In France, on February 11, 1858, Mary, Jesus’s mother, appeared to a young girly the name of Bernadette Soubirous. Mary appeared to her 18 times. During one of those appearances, a miraculous spring of water was discovered where Bernadette had been praying. Since 1858, miracles have occurred at this place calle Lourdes. Millions of people continue to visit the Shrine. Here in Euclid, Ohio. our Shrine of Our Lady of Lourdes, commemorates these visits of Mary to Bernadette by having a novena which is a period of nine days of prayer. You see, the message that Mary gave to Bernadette was not about the miracles. Mary gave Bernadette the specific message to have the people pray to her Son, Jesus. There are so many problems today and the only solution is prayer. Join us!

Bible Vs.: 1 Jn. 5:4 In this way we know that we love the children of God when we love God and obey his commandments.

Prayer: O, dear Lord, please accept my humble prayers. Help me to know your will and to do it. I beg you to help me to carry out the tasks that you set before me. Help me to love all as you did. Amen

Spotlight: Please come to our Shrine and pray. It is only in humbling ourselves before our God that we can accomplish anything. The novena will begin Wednesday, February 3rd and go through Thursday, February 11th. Rosary will begin at 7:00 PM each evening followed by Mass. Our Lady of Lourdes Shrine, 21281 Chardon Rd., Euclid, Ohio 44117, 216-481-8232.

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Thursday, 04 February 2016 13:02

Thursday February 4, 2016

Bible Vs. Ps 89 Forever I will maintain my love for my servant. “I have made a covenant with my chosen one; I have sworn to David my servant: I will make your dynasty stand forever and establish your throne for all ages.”

Spotlight: Come on down to Our Lady of Lourdes Shrine and surprise your loved one with a different type of token of love purchased from the gift shop 216-481-0900. Also begin to prepare for Lent by attending our Lenten Fish dinners, February 10th, February 26th and March 11th. See our website for details

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Wednesday, 03 February 2016 08:56

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Bible Vs. Ps. 34:5 “The Lord delivered me from all my fears.”

Prayer: We pray, almighty God, that receiving the grace by which you bring us to new life, we may always glory in your gift. Amen

Local Spotlight: Come to Our Lady of Lourdes Shrine to get the Lord’s perspective in your life. Just come up and visit from 10:00 AM until 4:30 PM (see our website for specifics or attend our novena February 3 until February 11, 7:00 PM rosary followed by Mass. As Pope Francis tells us, it is time for Mercy. Hungry? We also have the French toast breakfast Sunday, February 7th after the 8:00 AM Mass until 11:45 AM. 

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