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OUR LADY OF LOURDES SHRINE

21281 CHARDON RD.

EUCLID, OHIO 44117

216-481-8232

PASTA DINNER

Thursday: April 20, May 18,

June 15

4:30 PM-6:45 PM

 TICKETS: $8.50

Pasta, Meatballs, Salad or Apple Sauce, Bread and Butter, Coffee or Tea

ALL ARE WELCOME

Monday, 12 June 2017 11:34

Motivational Monday 6-12-17

 When he was much younger, our son, Jared, used to greet each morning with the declaration, "I waked up!"  He was genuinely excited about having another chance to be alive and have fun.  

Anticipation and excitement need not be limited to childhood, sporting events, and holiday seasons. It is possible to deliberately create significant levels of anticipation, excitement, and fulfillment on a regular basis by remembering to focus on three simple but strikingly powerful life-enhancing practices:
1. Be Grateful. Life is something we never see coming and never know when is departing.  By being grateful on purpose we acknowledge the gift of life and reenergize ourselves at the same time. 
2. Look to Explore. There is no finding or creating passion and purpose in life without exploring. Each day offers the chance to discover and engage something new, even if we are in the same place doing the same thing. New adventures and discoveries have more to do with inner attitude than outer location. 
3. Own Your Joy. As children we never hesitate to express our full feelings about being fully satisfied. Being free to express our joy enhances our experience of joy.
For more information on creating anticipation and excitement in life, read Fulfilled: Living and Leading with Unusual Wisdom, Peace, and Joy (Abingdon Press, 2013) by Kirk Byron Jones.
Monday, 05 June 2017 08:21

Motivational Monday 6-5-17

Make it a joy

Don’t make it a chore. Make it a joy.

Instead of avoiding the effort, what if you could be thankful for the opportunity to do it? Instead of resenting the effort, imagine filling it with your own joy.

Each moment is what you choose to make of it. What influences it more than the time, the place, the circumstance, is your attitude.

Be good to yourself and be much more effective at what you’re doing. Find a way to put joy into it.

Let go of blame, worry, anxiety, distraction, and let yourself focus on joyful completion of the task. Feel great about being you, right here, right now, in this situation, able to do what you must do.

You have work to do, and you might as well get the very most out of the time you spend at it. Put joy into it and get maximum value out of it.

— Ralph Marston


Read more at http://greatday.com/#ltkDke9RKba6bkRC.99

 

Friday, 02 June 2017 09:12

The Nest of the Father

Living at Our Lady of Lourdes Shrine is like living among nature in the middle of a city. Look around and one sees chipmunks, deer, racoons, squirrels and all kinds of birds. Walking down one of the sidewalks an unusual thing happened. A bird walked with me down the sidewalk. Birds usually fly away when approached by humans.
As I was walking I noticed that this bird was on the walk with me. It kept up with my pace. When I stopped it stopped. When I looked down it looked up right at me. When I reached my destination, it looked at me swiveled its head and flew away.
What an unusual occurrence! I didn’t know that birds did that.
The experience reminded me of the children’s book Are You My Mother? by P.D. Eastman. I hope that you remember it. A mother bird flies away to look for food leaving her hatchling in the nest certain that the hatchling will stay in the nest. The baby bird leaves the nest looking for its mother. Having never seen his mother the baby bird even walks by his mother not recognizing her. He asks a kitten, hen, dog and a cow if they are his mother, only to be disappointed that they are not. Finally, he climbs onto a power shovel totally frustrated, asking it if it his mother. There is a happy ending. The power shovel places the little bird in his nest and he and his mother are reunited.
I believe that this is our story of our search for God the Father. We are the hatchling. We are sometimes so independent that we go in search of the happiness that the Father promises, only to find that we left the nest too soon. We need to be brought along slowly learning the lessons of the Father. We don’t recognize the Father along the way because we have not bothered to see him, to look in his eyes, to be nourished by him. We search and experience all the wrong things only to be finally frustrated and await our “power shovel” to rescue us. Where do we find our nourishment our sense of security? We find it in the “nest” of the Father. Let’s see if we can stay grounded and grow in the love of the Father in the house of the Father on his timetable. Only then can we grow to be what we were meant to be.

Bible Vs. 14: 25-28 “These things I have spoken to you, while I was still with you. But the Counselor the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, he will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all that I have said to you. Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you; not as the world gives do I give it to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid. You heard me say to you, ‘I go away, and I will come to you.’ If you loved me, you would have rejoiced because I go to the Father, for the Father is greater than I.”
Prayer: O dearest Father, help us to love you more and more. Every time we deepen our love for you then we know your Spirit even deeper. Only then do we recognize you. Help us to be patient and learn every lesson that you wish to teach us. Remind us that we are your children and that it is so natural to run into your open arms. O, Father help us to be all that you want us to be. Amen

Spotlight: Please come to Our Lady of Lourdes Shrine and see all the nature that is here. Take some time out to pray. Also help us to keep the Shrine such a desirable place. We will be having a Pasta Dinner Thursday, June 16th 4:30 PM-6:45 PM Tickets $8.50. Also, please come to our Corpus Christi (Body of Christ) Procession at 3:45 PM on Sunday, June 18th. Our Lady of Lourdes Shrine at 21281 Chardon Rd., Euclid, Ohio 216-481-8232. COME PRAY WITH US!

Monday, 22 May 2017 11:36

Monday Motivation

The Daily Motivator message for
Monday, May 22, 2017

Deal with life

by Ralph Marston

You’ll often be tempted to take the easy way out. Do your future self a big favor, and remember that the easy way is almost never the best way.

Even when you feel like quitting, you have the strength to keep going. Even when the work is difficult and demanding, you can get it done.

Cutting corners now creates even bigger problems later. Being less than honest with yourself or others only magnifies the power of a difficult truth that will eventually be unavoidable.

Success, achievement, fulfillment, and satisfaction are never reached by avoiding life’s demands. Instead, call upon yourself to fully deal with life as it unfolds.

Much of the work of living is not fun or glamorous or convenient. Yet what makes life good at its deepest level is when you rise to the challenges as they appear.

Use your strength, deal with life, and add to its rich and magnificent substance. Make yourself always thankful for the way you’ve lived each moment.

© 2017 Ralph S. Marston, Jr.
From The Daily Motivator website at http://greatday.com/motivate/170522.html
 
Monday, 15 May 2017 16:41

Monday Motivation

SAY YES TO GRACE: HOW TO BURN BRIGHT WITHOUT BURNING OUT
 

We Bless the World Best When We Rest
 

Many have difficulty taking time to play, pause, and rest because they see it as being selfish. Whenever they do break, they are constantly haunted by feelings of guilt and the need to return to action as soon as possible. If this is your predicament, I want you to carefully consider a major shift in perception: Not taking time to rest is selfish because lack of rest insures that the world rarely sees you at your best.
 

    Your non-stop lifestyle does not serve your interests and the interests of others as well as you may think.  Living on limited rest gives the world a limited version of who you are. Being in the world constantly fatigued and chronically stressed offers the illusion of your actual presence, at best. Just because you are in attendance, it doesn’t mean that you are present. We may be in attendance here or there, but when we are weary and worn, we are not wholly present. A real danger is that we can get so used to living tired, we never get a sense of who we are at our freshest and fullest.  Some of us are so used to living on an "empty tank,” it’s hard to even imagine what living on a "full tank” feels like.
 

     Yet, living full, flourishing, is your natural calling as an energized and empowered spiritual being.  Our challenge is to reject fatigue and embrace vitality as our living norm. Moreover, living rested and well is precisely what will insure your best offering to the world no matter what your labor in life may be.
 

    Learn to live full. Love the world enough to rest.  A rested you means that the world will see you at your finest.  Not resting is the selfish act. Resting is not a sign of failure, negligence, or weakness; it is an act of unsung benevolence.

    We bless the world best when we rest.

 

Brought to you by the Ursuline Sisters of Cleveland.

Friday, 12 May 2017 09:14

Where are you going?

There is a church on the Appian Way just outside of Rome, Italy called Domine, Quo Vadis? It is an unusual title for a church. It is a question in Latin which means Lord, where are you going? The story goes that St. Peter was fleeing the persecution in Rome and was headed out of town. Jesus appeared in front of Peter. The Lord was headed the other way back to Rome and right into the persecution. Peter asked Jesus, “Lord, where are you going? The Lord’s reply was, “To Rome to be crucified again.” The Lord then vanished and left the imprint of his feet on the road.

A church was erected on the spot with the imprint of the Lord’s feet as a reminder to all of us. Peter was chosen the leader of the new Christian Church. He was taking the Lord’s place. A leader does not abandon his flock. Peter got the message and returned to Rome. He was arrested and sentenced to death by crucifixion. Peter asked to be crucified upside down because he said that he was not worthy to die like the master.

So, what is the meaning of the story? Jesus’ shoes are very big to fill. If we follow the master then chances are we too will be asked to sacrifice as he did. Now hopefully we will not be asked to give up our lives, but there will be something the Lord will ask us to do. If humanity can treat the Son of God in that way well, how do you think it will treat the Lord’s followers? A short time ago we celebrated the holy day of Easter. Think of the joy of seeing the Master resurrected. We experienced that joy too. Now it’s reality time. This is not meant to be a downer. Just a message that helps us realize that there is more to life than the pleasures that this world offers. Lasting joy can be found with the Lord. If someone were to ask us: “Where are you going?” what would be our response. What if that person was Jesus?

Bible Vs.: John 6:67-69 Jesus said to the Twelve. “Will you also go away?” Simon Peter answered him, “Lord to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life; and we have believed, and have come to know, that you are the Holy One of God.”


Prayer: Lord show us the way to go and give us the courage to follow through with your plans not ours. Help us to always remember that you give us eternal happiness. Keep our loved ones safe and always close to you. We ask this as we ask all things through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Spotlight: One of the places to find the quiet to listen to what God has to say is Our Lady of Lourdes Shrine. Come for that quiet and the word that the Lord will speak in your heart. Located at 21281 Chardon Rd. Euclid, Ohio 44117. Check out our website at www. srstrintiy.com or telephone at 216-481-8232 (shrine) or 216-481-0900 (gift shop).  

Tuesday, 09 May 2017 11:44

2017 Outdoor Season Begins

OUR LADY OF LOURDES SHRINE

21281 Chardon Rd.

Euclid, Ohio 44117

Convent: 216-481-8232 Gift Shop 216-481-0900

2017 OUR OUTDOOR SEASON BEGINS SUNDAY, MAY 7TH UP TO AND INCLUDING SUNDAY OCTOBER 29TH

MASSES: 8:00 AM (IN CHAPEL)

9:30 AM (OUTDOOR WEATHER PERMITTING)

BREAKFAST: AFTER THE 9:30 AM MASS UNTIL 11:30AM

LUNCH: NOON UNTIL 2:30PM

STATIONS OF THE CROSS: 3:00 PM

ROSARY AND BENEDICITON: 4:00 PM

GIFT SHOP OPEN AFTER 8:00 AM MASS UNTIL 4:30PM

COME AND JOIN US!

Tuesday, 09 May 2017 11:37

Monday Motivation

The Daily Motivator message for
Monday, May 8, 2017

Live with vision

by Ralph Marston

Look clearly at what is and then, look past it. Look, with eyes of wonder and positive expectation, at what can be.

See the world in all its rock solid reality and then, look a little further. Discover what good effort and strong purpose can build from such a reality.

Fall completely in love with life in this moment. Then push that love into the future and make from it a great vision.

Dare to expect the highest and best from yourself. Dare to see the good that has not yet manifest, and dare to make it be.

When others talk of trouble and toil, listen, understand, empathize. Then step forward with a great and shining vision, and make life better for everyone who lives it.

Know that the best is always yet to come. Live with vision, and live to make it happen.

© 2017 Ralph S. Marston, Jr.
From The Daily Motivator website at http://greatday.com/motivate/170508.html

The Greater Abyssinia Baptist Church

Women’s Day Committee

1161 East 105th Street

Cleveland OH 44108

Need a spiritual boost? Come out to the Greater Abyssinia Baptist Church for the annual Women’s Day Pre Mother’s Day Prayer and Praise Luncheon, Saturday May 13, 2017.

Local vendors will have booths opening at 10:00 a.m. The luncheon begins at 11:00 A.M. in the E. T. and James Pitts Caviness Dining hall. The theme is "Christian Women Walking in the Path of the Lord.”

Elder Ramona Davis is our guest speaker. You don’t want to miss this dynamic speaker who is a preacher, teacher, psalmist, Student of the word and lover of God. Come and experience the power of prayer.

 

Tickets are $15 and are available by calling the church and at the door. The Greater Abyssinia Baptist Church is located at 1161 East 105th. Free parking is available.

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