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Thursday, 17 May 2018 09:23

Cover 2 Podcast: Week of 05-19-18

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In 2016, more than 63,000 people died of drug overdoses in the United States, more than triple from 2000. Among the many cities that are affected by this crisis, Philadelphia has been drastically affected. Greg is joined by Dr. Tom Farley, the Commissioner of the Philadelphia Department of Health. Dr. Farley says that the opioid epidemic has surpassed the AIDS epidemic that was sweeping Philly in the 1990’s and surpasses the amount of deaths from the entire Vietnam War. 
 
Since Dr. Farley is the Commissioner of the Philadelphia Health Department, he considers himself the “doctor” of the city and is on a mission to help illuminate how Philly can take an active role in combating this epidemic through harm reduction programs. He says that they surveyed the general population of the city and found out that one-third received opioid prescriptions, and 1 in 7 were currently taking opioids. Many of those are predicted to graduate to heroin. 
 
They started a plan in the Fall of 2016 to find new ways to help the city control the epidemic and prevent people from dying. The Mayor appointed about 20 task force members which were joined by 150 people that have been affected by the opioid crisis to come up with recommendations. After much hard work, there were 18 recommendations that were concluded from the committee to help their city and communities. The final report and 18 recommendations will be published along with this episode.
 
Some of the recommendations include prevention, education, low-barrier housing, medical intervention, and overdose prevention (to name a few). Listen and learn more about the plans for the city of Philadelphia, along with other controversies they think will lead to positive change during this national crisis.​
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


Read more at http://greatday.com/#4SBHb67Hc8DX0xfd.99 

Wednesday, 09 May 2018 11:38

Cover 2 Podcast: Week of 05/12/18

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Greg is joined by Amy Dresner, a former professional stand-up comic who appeared at the Comedy Store, The Laugh Factory and the Improv. She is most recently known as the author of “My Fair Junkie: A Memoir of Getting Dirty and Staying Clean” where she describes her struggles with addiction, and the extreme circumstances that led her to sobriety. 
 
Amy’s book is brutally honest about addiction and how it affected her life. Amy tells Greg about the arrest that led her down an even darker path. She explains how her mandatory community service was life-changing, humbling, and when she started to realize the depth of her situation. Her epiphany came during those hours which has led to living a sober life. 
 
Listen as Greg talks to Amy about her journey and how it was like living with addiction and what she has done to overcome those challenges. Those who have read her book and other publishing’s have said it has helped them feel less ashamed, less alone and they appreciate her brutally honesty when it comes to addiction.
Tuesday, 01 May 2018 10:55

Cover 2 Podcast: Week of 05/05/18

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Greg is joined by Matt Ruth, the Chief Commercial Officer at Adapt Pharma, a privately-held company committed to expanding affordable access to NARCAN Nasal Spray. NARCAN is the brand name for Naloxone, which is a formulation used by first responders to reverse an overdose. 
 
During this episode they discuss the stigma attached to the use of this product, and Greg touches on the subject of the marketplace exploiting this opportunity to increase prices. Matt says that Adapt Pharma’s price has remained the same since the beginning and that they are working to make sure this solution is offered at an affordable price.
 
The goal for Adapt Pharma is to create more awareness about this product so that friends and families affected by the opioid crisis know about the reversal agent. In addition, they propose that all law enforcement should carry Naloxone because of the risk of the job and being exposed to Fentanyl.  
 
When someone is brought back from an overdose there is a window of opportunity to get them the treatment that they need to overcome their addiction. Matt says, “Naloxone is not a solution for treatment, but hopefully a bridge to treatment.” The ultimate goal is to save a life and hope that they have the proper treatment for another chance.
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

THE OUTDOOR SEASON AT OUR LADY OF LOURDES SHRINE BEGINS SUNDAY, MAY 6TH 
 
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
 
COME AND JOIN US!
 
OUR LADY OF LOURDES SHRINE
21281 CHARDON RD.
EUCLID, OHIO 44117
Shrine: 216-481-8232  Gift Shop: 216-481-0900
www.srstrinity.com
Tuesday, 24 April 2018 11:22

Cover 2 Podcast: 04/28/18

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Greg interviews Dr. Nora Volkow, Director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) who has also been named one of Time Magazine’s “Top 100 People Who Shape Our World.” Focusing on the science of addiction and the effects it can have on the human brain, Dr. Volkow discusses how physically addiction can take hold of the person and how each person has a unique fight with addiction due to their genetic makeup. Some environments can have a direct impact on each situation. Whether you come from an extremely protective environment or an environment of neglect, these elements can have a direct effect on your battle with addiction. 
 
Take a listen to discover more about the science and anatomy of addiction and how we as a community can support others through their battle.
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


Read more at http://greatday.com/#Awl0mdYpCB5eLLee.99 

Saturday, 21 April 2018 06:00

Cover 2 Podcast: Week of 04/21/18

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The week of April 9th through the 13th, Summit County Alcohol, Drug Addiction and Mental Health Services Board (ADM) recognized the first responders. These are the individuals on the frontlines of the opioid epidemic, and the first responders who witness the effects of the crisis firsthand. Greg McNeil sat down with Jerry Craig, Executive Director of the ADM Board, and with Barberton Police Chief, Vince Morber. The panel discussed the role of the quick response teams (QRTs) and how they took off, especially in Summit County. 
 
The QRTs partnered with the Fire Department to assist overdose victims and added another aspect to their plan by following-up. Chief Morber stated that, “You show up at a time that is a non-crisis situation, and [by doing so] you bring a message of caring.” People are more receptive to treatment when they see genuine concern and how these quick response teams come back multiple times after an overdose visit. It shows that these first responders are truly here to help and offer support. 
 
In the past two years, safety forces have responded to 4,700 overdoses within the community. This was an open door to deploy the quick response teams. In 2017, ten jurisdictions with QRTs made 2,986 post overdose visits to try and offer help to the victims. The community is encouraged to share messages and get involved in showing appreciation for those fighting the epidemic so selflessly and courageously.
 
Listen to the podcast here and learn more about First Responders Appreciation Week.
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 

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