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Monday, 11 June 2018 09:14

Motivational Monday 6-11-18

Do yourself a favor

Do yourself a favor and do the difficult, unpleasant stuff first. Get it out of the way so you can more fully enjoy the rest of the day.

Do yourself a favor and let go of your resentment toward whatever you have to do. Resentment hurts you, brings you down, serves no positive purpose, and you can easily do without it.

Do yourself a favor and forgive those who have wronged you, slighted you, or done anything to offend you. Forgive, and enable yourself to move on beyond the pain.

Do yourself a favor, and do something just because you love to do it. Express the joy of being alive in the most authentic way you can imagine.

Do yourself a favor, and let gratitude fill your heart. The more you can be thankful for, the more abundantly you will live.

Do yourself a favor, and seek new ways to be kind, considerate, generous, and genuine. Life is what you give it, so give life the best of what you want it to be.

— Ralph Marston

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Monday, 04 June 2018 14:27

World Priest Rosary Relay

World Priest Rosary Relay

June 8, 2018 Feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus


Please join the annual Global Rosary Relay for the sanctification of priests on the

Feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus on June 8, 2018 when we encircle the world in prayer once again,

in this its ninth year, with more shrines than ever taking part in what is now recognized as a truly significant

and powerful devotional initiative within the Catholic Church to recognize and bless the work of priests serving

the faithful the world over.


Each of the participating shrines in 50+ countries prays a particular mystery of the Rosary at a particular half hour on the day:


In thanksgiving to God for our priests and to implore the protection and loving care of Our Lady, Mother of all priests,

for all her priestly sons.


With the coming of midnight on the 8 June 2018, the entire world, by then, will have been encircled in prayer for our priests

on this The Annual Rosary Relay Day.


It was the great Irish priest Fr. Patrick Peyton who never tired of

saying that: ‘The Family that prays together stays together.’


As the family of the Church, you are invited to join your prayers to the prayers of millions throughout the world on June 8,  2018.

It is an opportunity for us to raise our hearts to God for all priests in the exercise of their ministry; that they will be blessed,

through our prayers, with God’s grace for their priesthood; that in this worldwide communion of prayer for them,

they may experience our gratitude and support; and finally that they will persevere in unity with Christ and his Church and shepherd

the Lord’s flock to the safe pastures of his Kingdom.




NOON at the Grotto






Monday, 04 June 2018 08:59

Motivational Monday 6-4-18

Better than before

When you expect the best, you have a way of finding it, of creating it. Today, countless possibilities are being born, and plenty of them are just right for you.

Soon, you’ll discover truths you’ve never considered. You’ll journey to places you never knew were there.

As such, it would be foolish to ever give up hope or to relinquish your dreams. More is possible for you now than ever before, and the possibilities continue to grow.

What now seems impossible will eventually become commonplace. The very area where you face the most stubborn obstacles can end up being the source of your greatest triumphs.

Embrace this day and each of its moments as they arrive. Connect with the opportunities to grow, experience, enjoy, appreciate, and to live fully.

Right now is better than before, filled with bright new possibilities. Imagine life at its best, and make it so.

— Ralph Marston

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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

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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
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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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