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Thursday, 23 May 2019 10:04

May 17 Newsletter

Hello to all!  Alleluia, He is risen!  Why do I begin with this statement because we are still in the Easter season.  Now, I know you have put everything “Eastery” away. You have eaten all that wonderful food.  Even the leftovers are gone. Maybe you are happy about that, but just think back to a few weeks ago.  

 

If you are a church going person you would have participated in the special Easter liturgies.  You would have carried a palm in church on Palm Sunday, reading about Jesus being hailed as a king.  On Holy Thursday you would have seen the acting out of the foot washing by Jesus. Good Friday would have brought the reading of Jesus’ crucifixion and death.  Holy Saturday would be the darkness of Jesus in the tomb. Then the fire being lit and all chanting “Light of Christ!” After forty days without Alleluias the bells would be rung the organ played and the choir singing Alleluia Christ is risen!  How exciting! We were given new life.

 

Stop, take a quick check is that how we are living now?  Are we living like Christians who have been given new life?  Not so exciting in church is it? Same old? Well what changed?  The fact is that we didn’t change. We’re not supposed to go back to the same old.  We are commissioned to bring this new life into the world. Jesus needs us to do this. Easier said than done.

 

As I was thinking about this, I happened to go out on a small patio that we have.  As I looked up into a nest that was built into an American Beauty climbing rose bush that we have. I noticed that among these brown thorns a bird had built a nest. The bush is beginning to look like it has some life, but the nest is nestled among the thorniest of its branches.  There is an egg in there and it is beginning to hatch. In a few weeks that bush will be full of blooms and the bird would have flown away, but we can sing Alleluia new life! The bird laid its egg in a place that it would be protected in what was brown and thorny, but the bush too would come alive with life.  Christ laid his life on a thorny painful cross, but he brought new life with His resurrection. What seems to the eye like something less than beautiful is in fact the means of our new life in Christ. So, do we forget the beauty of the resurrection? Just look around and we see signs of Christ all around us.

 

Bible V. Mt. 28: 20 “I am with you always until the end of the age.”

 

Prayer:  Lord help me to see your new life all around me every day. Help me to live, as I believe, that you are with me, that you have risen.  Help me to spread the good news to all people. Help my faith to be deep and to help others deepen their faith as well. Amen

 

Spotlight:  Come to Our Lady of Lourdes Shrine to find new life.  Come and pray at our Sunday Masses 8:00 AM and 9:30 AM (outdoor weather permitting.)  Come on Sunday and have breakfast after the 9:30 AM Mass and lunch from Noon until 2:30 PM.  Say the rosary at 4:00 PM and pray with Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament. Need spiritual reminders visit our Gift Shop at 216-481-0900.  Remember Christ has risen.

Tuesday, 21 May 2019 11:29

Cover 2 Podcast: Week of 05/25/19

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The Opioid epidemic is the deadliest drug crisis in American history, claiming over 350,000 lives since 1999. While many people have an idea of what caused the opioid crisis, few understand the why and how. 

For example, how did a tragedy that started 20 years ago, only start gaining attention in 2017? How was the greatest drug crisis in American history allowed to go virtually unchecked for nearly two decades? Why is there still no end in sight?

To help answer these questions and more, today we’re joined by the award-winning author of American Overdose: The Opioid Tragedy in Three Acts, Chris McGreal.

Together, in our first episode of a three-part series, we discuss the origin of the opioid epidemic, the negligent policies that allowed Big Pharma to profit from the suffering of patients, and new evidence on the FDA’s complicity in driving the mass over-prescription of opioids.
Listen to today’s podcast for Part 1 of our American Overdose discussion, with bestselling author Chris McGreal.

To follow along with our discussion, you can pick up Chris’ book American Overdose: The Opioid Tragedy in Three Acts here.

Monday, 20 May 2019 08:45

May 20 - Motivational Monday

"Each friend represents a world in us, a world possibly not born until they arrive, and it is only by this meeting that a new world is born." Anais Nin

by way of Lisa Ryan, Grategy Leadership, USA 
Wednesday, 15 May 2019 09:12

Cover 2 Podcast: Week of 05/18/19

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Many people that view addiction from the outside don’t understand the struggle addicts go through and can’t appreciate how addiction impacts their families. To educate people from that perspective, the new documentary, Heroin’s Grip, features the families of Frederick County Maryland, whose lives were transformed by addiction and the opioid epidemic.
 
Joining us today for a prerelease, behind the scenes, look at his film, is Heroin’s Grip director Conrad Weaver. A filmmaker by trade, Conrad was touched by the stories he experienced surrounding the opioid crisis in his community and was inspired to act. His documentary exposes the real, emotional stories, of several families whose lives have been forever altered by opioid addiction. 
 
Due to cultural stigma, we often push away people who are struggling with addiction when we should be offering support. Conrad hopes to use Heroin’s Grip as an educational tool and a rallying cry for communities across the country, that addiction isn’t someone else’s problem, it’s our problem.
 
On May7th, a screening of Heroin’s Grip will be held in Akron Ohio at The Chapel. 
 
To get in touch with Conrad and find out how you can bring a screening Heroin’s Grip to your community, click here.
Listen to today’s podcast for a behind the scenes look at Heroin’s Grip, with Director Conrad Weaver.
 
Listen to today’s podcast for a behind the scenes look at Heroin’s Grip, with Director Conrad Weaver.
Thursday, 09 May 2019 10:54

Cover 2 Podcast: Week of 05/11/19

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In March of 2019 the Center on Addiction, a nonprofit organization committed to supporting families struggling with substance use and addiction, published Uncovering Coverage Gaps II: A Review of Addiction Benefits in ACA Plans. A follow up to their 2016 report of the same name, this new report reviews and compares the addiction benefits in the Affordable Care Act (ACA) plans for all 50 states.

This most recent report was an eye-opener, both for what coverage was available through the state plans, but even more so, what was omitted.

Here to further our understanding of the 2019 report, is the Center on Addiction health law and policy director, Lindsey Vuolo. Lindsey is the research lead on the adequacy of SUD benefits offered in the ACA health plans, an expert on federal and state responses to the opioid crisis, and author of (Ending the Opioid Crisis: A Practical Guide for State Policymakers).

Drawing on her extensive experience in legal, regulatory, and policy work related to addiction prevention and treatment, Lindsey shares her discoveries of the essential coverage gaps in the ACA plans nationwide, and provides her insights regarding the current state of addiction health care coverage and policy in America.

Listen to today’s podcast for an extra-informative episode on your state’s addiction coverage, featuring Lindsey Vuolo.

Monday, 06 May 2019 09:31

MAY 2019

Dear Friends,

We hope that all had a very Happy Easter! Thank you for all your prayers and kindness shown to us.  The Lord is indeed risen! He did not leave us orphans. The Holy Spirit came to be with us. Another person who did not leave us is Mary.  She was with the early Church and the Apostles as they began to spread the Good News. It was her job, as it is for any mother, to give encouragement, to pray for and to remind those early followers who Jesus was and what his message was.  The early days were difficult ones, needing a mother’s love present in their midst. But we too have Mary in our midst. She has come to us in her apparitions with the same message that she gave to the early Church: “Pray to my Son. Go to my Son.  Follow what my Son has told you.” What a loving God we have to give us a mother that is there to nurture us. All we have to do is ask. Mary is here at Our Lady of Lourdes Shrine. She is at all her Shrines. Come and pray with her.

 

With that in mind the Shrine once again began its Outdoor Season on Sunday, May 5th.  (See the schedule below) As always you remain in our prayers come and visit us also on Pasta dinner days Thursdays: May16th and June 20th.       

 

God, bless you,

The Sisters of the Most Holy Trinity!  

 

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



PRAYER FOR VOCATIONS

 

Holy Mary, you were so generous and immediate in giving your yes to God, inspire young women and men to follow your example by voicing their yes to God as you did. As a Mother, we respectfully request that you petition your Son for us, to awaken in the hearts of young people the courage and insight to follow His way of life as a Religious.  If we may be so bold, Dearest Mother, may we petition that these young people are guided to help carry on the work of the Order of the Most Holy Trinity. We ask this as we ask all things through your Son Jesus. Amen

 

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Monday, 06 May 2019 08:39

May 6 - Motivational Monday

Gratitude is the healthiest of all human emotions. The more you express gratitude for what you have, the more likely you will have even more to express gratitude for.” —Zig Ziglar

by way of Lisa Ryan, Grategy Leadership USA 
Friday, 03 May 2019 09:14

Cover 2 Podcast: Week of 05/04/19

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The opioid epidemic has taken a deep toll on families throughout Appalachia. In Tennessee alone, over 1,631 people, (more than five per day), died from a drug overdose in 2016. To respond to such a massive loss of life, Tennessee state leaders developed a special program to unite faith-based communities and take coordinated action against substance abuse.
 
Faith communities have a long history in the struggle against substance abuse. By working together and building a Faith-Based Recovery Network, not only can the state of Tennessee provide educated, welcoming, and supportive places for individuals struggling with Substance Use Disorder (SUD), but also, they can increase outreach, and build more pathways to recovery.
 
Dr. Monty Burks, is the leader of Tennessee’s Faith-Based Recovery Network, and State Director of Special Projects and Faith-Based Initiatives. Fresh off his speech from the National Drug Abuse & Heroin Summit, Dr. Burks shares his insight into this program’s collaboration with Faith-based communities in Tennessee and beyond.
 
Listen to today’s podcast for a preview of Dr. Monty Burks, Fair-Based Recovery Network- empowering faith communities for substance abuse recovery.
Monday, 29 April 2019 08:51

April 29 - Motivational Monday

"Let's not be afraid to receive each day's surprise, whether it comes to us as sorrow or as joy It will open a new place in our hearts, a place where we can welcome new friends and celebrate more fully our shared humanity." Henri Nouwen

by way of Lisa Ryan, Grategy Leadership, USA.
Monday, 22 April 2019 08:47

April 22 - Motivational Monday

“Learn to enjoy every minute of your life. Be happy now. Don’t wait for something outside of yourself to make you happy in the future. Think how really precious is the time you have to spend, whether it’s at work or with your family. Every minute should be enjoyed and savored.”  Earl Nightingale

by way of Lisa Ryan, Grategy Leadership/Grategy.com
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