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Monday, 28 January 2019 09:25

February Newsletter

Our Lady of Lourdes Shrine

Owned and Operated by

The Sisters of the Most Holy Trinity

21281 Chardon Rd.

Euclid, OH 44117

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

 

February, 2019

Mary’s advice to us in the last letter was that we should have faith and live with faith. We see the Holy Family fleeing to Egypt to save Jesus the fate of the first martyrs.  Those baby boys two years and younger were murdered because Herod feared this “new born king.” What did the Holy Family do in the mean time? Scripture tells us, that as prescribed by Jewish law, the child had to be circumcised and named and so Jesus was.  When it was time, as was required by the Law of Moses for purification, Mary and Joseph brought Jesus to the Temple in Jerusalem. From what scripture tells us this family lived a life faithful to the Law of Moses.

We are not given details as to what an ordinary day would have been like for this Jewish family, but likely this family lived a life of faith.  Imagine Joseph working as a carpenter. Imagine Mary cooking and cleaning as any other mother would. Imagine Jesus learning a trade from his father, playing, being bathed and dressed by his mother.  Imagine the family worshiping in the Temple. Does any of this sound like what you may have done or are doing? So, Mary’s advice to us is: “Do what you are supposed to do.” If you are a mom or dad, then be that, the best parent that you can be.  Keep your child safe and close to you. Teach that child the ways of God. Keep God in the center of your family. Don’t look for some extraordinary task to perform. God calls all of us to do the ordinary well. Do what your station in life requires of you.  God will do the rest.

Come and join us for the Lourdes Novena, February 3 thru 11.  The rosary will be at 7:00 PM followed by Mass. In addition, on February 3rd, the feast of St. Blaise, there will be blessing of the throats.  Confessions will be heard February 5th, 6th,8thand 10th, from 6:30 PM until 7:00 PM. Bring in your petitions or mail them in.  We will place them at the feet of Our Lady of Lourdes. Please note in your calendar that the French Toast Breakfast will be Sunday, February 3rd and March 3rd.

 

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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