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Dad's Pinwheel Cookies


- 1 one-pound bag of dates

- 1 cup sugar

- 1 cup water 

- 1 cup nuts

- 2 cups brown sugar

- 4 eggs 

- 1 cup shortening

- 5 cups flour

- 1/2 teaspoon salt

- 1 teaspoon baking soda

- 1 teaspoon baking powder



Filling: Cook dates, sugar and water until it is a mush, then cool.

After the filling cools, mix in the nuts.

Dough: Mix eggs and shortening, then add salt, baking soda, baking powder,

and flour until the mixture is a solid consistency. Roll a portion of the dough 

into a rectangular shape. Spread some filling on the dough and sprinkle with 

brown sugar. Roll dough and filling into a log shape. Cut into slices 1/2 to 3/4 of 

an inch wide. Place slices on a cookie sheet and bake at 350 degrees until golden brown.

Shortuct: Instead of making the cookie dough, use rolls of refrigerated sugar cookie dough, 

roll into a rectangle and cut into circles with a biscuit cutter or a glass dipped in flour. Place 

a spoonful of filling in the center of the circle and bring the edges up, pinch closed, place 

on cookie sheet and bake at 350 degrees until goldne brown.


Our Lady of Lourdes Shrine

21281 Chardon Rd.

Euclid, Oh 44117


Sugar-free Spice Cookies


- 1 1/4 cups water

- 1/3 cup margarine/butter

- 2 cups raisins

- 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg

- 2 teaspoons cinnamon

- 2 eggs

- 1/4 teaspoon salt

- 1 teaspoon baking soda

- 10 teaspoons powdered artificial sweetener (Sweet'N Low, SPLENDA, Truvia or any other powdered 

sweeteneer that can be used for baking will work.)

- 2 cups flour



Boil water, margarine/butter, raisins, nutmeg and cinnamon for three minutes and cool. Mix dry ingredients

and add to the cooled raisin mixture, then add the eggs and blend well. Drop onto greased cookie sheet and

bake 15-20 minute in a 325-degree oven


Our Lady of Lourdes Shrine

21281 Chardon Rd. 

Euclid, Oh 44117

Monday, 21 May 2018 08:35

Motivational Monday 5-21-18

This day to live

This day will change you, and you will change this day. Today day can improve you, and you can improve today.

Progress is not ever inevitable, yet always possible, within reach. Today offers you the chance to make it happen.

Don’t curse those things that hinder you. Learn from them, understand, create a way around them, devise new ways to make your progress anyway.

Don’t take for granted the factors that assist you. Nurture, support, appreciate, encourage, and make good use of them while you can.

People, circumstances, and random events will do what they will. Step forward with confidence, knowing you can take it all in stride, adding value to each moment along the way.

You have every reason to be positive because you have this day to live. Start right now, giving new joy, meaning, and fulfillment to all of life.

— Ralph Marston

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Monday, 14 May 2018 08:43

Motivational Monday 5-14-18

The difficult work

It feels good to do good. It feels good to push yourself, to challenge yourself, and to meet those challenges.

Give yourself that good feeling. Find out, again and again, how much you can grow, improve, achieve, advance.

The more demanding the work, the more satisfying the reward you get from it. Demand the best from yourself, and deliver it.

The easy stuff won’t get you very far, won’t stimulate, inspire, or fulfill you. Be willing for the endeavor to be difficult, and you’ll be able to make it great.

Whatever is difficult to obtain, create, develop, is valuable to have. Envision the difficulty of the effort as a shield, protecting and maintaining the value of the fruit of that effort.

Do the difficult work, get through that protective layer. And reach the great value inside.

— Ralph Marston

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Monday, 30 April 2018 11:43

Home Sweet Home

Home Sweet Home

A while ago I came to our Motherhouse to receive treatment for a foot injury.

A little homesickness set in: for the people and the ministry I had to leave.

My perception changed with a scripture verse I read: “…abide in Me as I abide in you.”

John 15:4. A reflection on that phrase from the Catholic Youth Bible states,  “to abide means to stay with or make our home with.”

In other words, to abide with Jesus is to be ultimately at home wherever I may be.

St. Catherine of Sienna says “all the way to heaven is heaven because God is with us.”

This sense of being at home here and wherever I am has continued to grow in my hear.

And, oh, yes, the foot got better, thanks to God, the Ursulines, and Dr. E. Ross.

Sister Miriam Fidelis

SUNDAY MASSES: 8:00 AM (indoor) 
9:30 AM (outdoor, weather permitting) 
Sunday: Gift Shop open after 8:00 AM Mass 
until 4:30 PM all year round and everyday
Dining Room: Breakfast after the 9:30 AM Mass until 11:30 AM, Lunches Noon until 2:30 PM
Sunday Outdoor Stations 3:00 PM
Sunday Rosary and Benediction 4:00 PM
This year Rev. Fr. Peter Kovacina will inaugurate the outdoor season by conducting
the 4:00 PM Services on May 6, 2018
Shrine: 216-481-8232  Gift Shop: 216-481-0900
Monday, 23 April 2018 09:05

Motivational Monday 4-23-18

A little more adventure

Get yourself into places, into situations where life can surprise you. Add to the richness, add to the adventure by not always knowing what will happen next.

Actively open yourself to what you never knew was there. Life on this day is too precious to live it just like any other day.

Exercise your courage to start something without being sure exactly how it will end. Discover wonder, beauty, and awe in places you’ve never found them before.

When you were very young, the world was an amazing place, filled with adventure, new things to learn, exciting experiences to be lived every day. In fact, the world still is like that, when you once again allow it to be.

For the place where adventure resides is within you. That adventure springs to life the moment you open yourself to its possibilities.

Right now, life is longing to experience itself in new and surprising ways through you. Let go of your constant craving for certainty, and let a little more adventure come to life.

— Ralph Marston

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Monday, 16 April 2018 09:25

A Word from Our Lady of Lourdes Shrine

Dear Friends,

If you read last month’s letter you would remember the lady who would not consider giving 

one of her daughters to serve Christ.  Well, one young Lady who did say “Yes” was Mary. 

She said yes without any complaints, without any excuses or hesitation.  So, then whose example 

do we follow?  Mary was just a young girl like so many today.  What if she had said no?  

What if her parents had said no?  Yes, she became the Mother of God, but her reward and glory was

 given in heaven not on earth.  Mary gave birth in a dirty stable. She was homeless for a time. A widow

 in a world where a woman alone had no identity. She saw her Son brutally killed. When you pray today

 consider those two women: the woman who said no and Mary.  Did you decide who you will follow?

With that in mind the Shrine once again begins its Outdoor Season on Sunday, May 6th.  

(See the schedule below) Fr. Peter Kovacina will conduct the 4:00 PM Services.  

Come and visit Mary the woman who gave an eternal YES to God.  

As always you remain in our prayers come and visit us also on Pasta dinner days

 Thursdays: April 19th, May17th, and June 21st.       

God, bless you, 


The Sisters of the Most Holy Trinity!  

Our Lady of Lourdes Shrine 

21281 Chardon Road 

Euclid, Ohio 44117


Outdoor Season Sunday Schedule:

8:00 AM Mass in chapel

9:30 AM Mass (outside if possible)

Breakfast in dining room from 10:15 AM until 11:30 AM

Lunch in the dining room from 12:00 noon until 2:30 PM

3:00 PM Stations of the Cross

4:00 PM Rosary, Homily, Benediction

The Gift Shop is open every day from 10:00 AM until 4:30 PM. Sunday from after the 8:00 AM Mass 

Monday, 16 April 2018 09:23

Motivational Monday 4-16-18

Thankful for now

Be thankful for this moment, however it may be. Be thankful for the way you feel, whatever the feeling is.

Be thankful, and put yourself in the best position to respond. Be thankful, and enable yourself to see the positive possibilities going forward.

Yes, you could be resentful, but your resentment would not bring you anything of value. Yes, you could be angry, but your anger would separate you from your best possibilities.

What’s done is done, what’s happened has happened, the reality of the moment is as it is. Fill your heart with gratitude and open your eyes to the value that’s now yours.

Be at peace with the past and the present. Allow yourself to focus all your energy on creating a bright future.

Be thankful for this moment and be empowered to make the most of it. Let your sincere gratitude for right now fill you with positive energy and illuminate the best way forward.

— Ralph Marston

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Tuesday, 10 April 2018 08:53

Lake Perceptions

Lake Perceptions



stretching out before the mind's eye,

a vastness that speaks of depth,

of mystery.




crashing against the strongest walls,

digging up the dregs within,

creating unrest.





inviting participation from within,

a movement reaching outward,

to be at one.




belying inner power and strength,

waiting for winds to act upon

new creation.



Just as the lake changes day in and day out, so too, we experience changes within us.

During this Easter season we are called to look at ourselves honestly to perceive how we

are in relationship with the Risen Christ. To the degree we realize that Christ is with us,

the changing waters of our lives will always have an inner calm to deal with any storm

that comes our way.

~Sister Maureen McCarthy

From Ursuline Sisters of Cleveland 

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