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Wednesday, 07 November 2018 11:32

Our Lady of Lourdes Shrine December Newsletter






Dear Friends, December, 2018

So far Mary has given us the good advice telling us to allow God into our hearts and not to be afraid.  Mary did both of those things well. Her actions showed us how to use her advice. Mary was a woman of action.  She says very little in scripture, but after Christ, she has the most influence. She did not need words. She gave us, as any good Mother would, the perfect example of living God’s Word.  Take some time to read the Christmas story in Luke 2: 1-20 and Matthew 2: 1-12. A lot of action is happening. In addition to the Holy Family the other characters in the story are the animals, the shepherds and the three Kings.  All very different from one another. How did the Holy Family greet each of these visitors? We don’t know what they said, but they showed respect and hospitality. No one was better than the other. Mary’s advice, her example to us: all are called to visit her Son, Jesus.  As we prepare our homes for our Christmas visitors, yes, even our in-laws or nosy neighbor, let us be as kind and welcoming as was Mary. Sometimes that gets lost in all the Christmas “stuff.” We don’t have to use words, just our hearts.


Remember the Giving Tuesday Nov. 27th. Campaign! Don’t forget to come visit us and that December 2nd is the French Toast Breakfast after the 8:00AM Mass. It helps to pay the light bill.  We also get to see you!


If you can help us to prepare our Chapel by donating for flowers that would help us out too.  We will also begin our Christmas novena for your intentions. See the flyer below for both activities.

Come to our 10:00 PM Christmas Eve Mass on Monday, Dec. 24th or 8:00 AM Mass Tuesday, Christmas morning!  Masses from Dec. 25th up to and including January 1st will be at 8:00 AM. Pray for us as we pray for all of you.

Thank you and God bless you and all your loved ones,

Sisters of the Most Holy Trinity






Hail and blessed be the hour and the moment in which Jesus Christ was born of the Blessed Virgin Mary, at midnight, in Bethlehem in piercing cold.  In that hour, vouchsafe Oh my God, to hear my prayer and grant my desires through the merits of Our Savior Jesus Christ and of his Blessed Mother Mary. Amen.  

Novena Donation:


Intention for prayers during the Novena:


CHAPEL DONATIONS (Due on or before December 15th)


Donation for Chapel Decorations: $__________________ (PLEASE PRINT SO THAT THE NAME OR INTENTION CAN BE READ)


In Memory of / for the intention of:



Name: ___________________________________________________________

Address: __________________________________________________________


City: _______________________ State: _______   Zip: ____________



Wednesday, 07 November 2018 11:30

Our Lady of Lourdes Shrine November Newsletter







Dear Friends, November 2018

We have been looking at the good advice that Mary has given us found in scripture. Last month we meditated on Luke 1:26-38. Let’s look at that scripture a little closer. In Luke 1:29-30, Mary is troubled at the greeting of the angel. Remember his greeting of “Hail full of grace.” Gabriel says, “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God.” With her acceptance of God’s invitation, we know that Mary allowed God to take her fear away, and that is her advice to us. In prayer, hear Mary repeat the words of the angel:” Do not be afraid.” Those words are for us too. She gives us the example to do what God has asked us to do and not be afraid even if we do not at the time understand all that it might mean. Take this to prayer. What has God asked you to do that might bring you fear? Do you have the same trust that Mary showed?


It is no coincidence then that every year, on November 2nd All Souls Day, we are asked to pray for the Poor Souls. Again, this is something that we should be doing everyday anyway. During the Month of November, we will again be having the novena of Masses for the Poor Souls and you will find enclosed a form to list your deceased loved ones for this novena.


Many people think that at the end of October the Shrine closes. That is not the case. The only thing that changes is that we do not have a 9:30 AM Sunday Mass, Stations and Benediction. The Dining Room is also not open on Sundays. We have daily Mass Saturday and Sunday 8:00AM Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday 7:00 AM with 3:30PM adoration on Tuesday followed by 5:00PM Mass. The Shrine is still open from Dawn until Dusk. The gift shop will be open every day until 4:30 PM. On Sunday, November 4th after the 8:00AM Mass we will have our famous French Toast Breakfast from 8:45 AM until 11:30 AM with a mini-craft sale. Tickets are $5.50 Come join us.


God, bless you,

The Sisters of the Most Holy Trinity



Eternal rest grant unto them O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon them. May they rest in peace. Amen

May their souls and all the souls of the faithful departed through the mercy of God rest in peace. Amen

Realizing that many of you live far away or can not get here during the winter because of the weather, we will be making available to you our services to light candles for your intention during this time. To have us light the Large Candles, one a week for a month would be $20.00 or for one a week for 6 months it would be only $100.00. Donation must be enclosed.

Candle for a month $20.00 _____ Candle for 6 months $100.00 ___



Name: ___________________________________________________________


Address: __________________________________________________________


City: __________________________ State: _____________ Zip: ____________


Email: (If we don’t already have it.)


Intention for the Poor Souls during November:


Prayer Donation: $___________




Please include my loved ones in the Masses during November.


1.__________________________ 2.______________________


3.___________________________ 4._______________________


5.____________________________ 6._______________________


7.____________________________ 8._______________________


9.____________________________ 10._______________________

Tuesday, 06 November 2018 13:40

Cover 2 Podcast: Week of 11/10/18

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There have now been over 1,300 opioid lawsuits filed by states, cities, countries, Native American tribes and labor unions throughout our country. The New York Times said resolving these lawsuits could be the most daunting legal challenge our nation has faced. Last December all the opioid cases filed in federal court across the country were consolidated into what’s called multidistrict litigation or an MDL, to be presided over by a single judge in Cleveland, Ohio and his name is Judge Dan Polster. 
Today’s podcast features excerpts of community forum where Judge Polster spoke at the Siegal Lifelong Learning Program. He discusses the challenges of assigning responsibility and calculating damages. If cases are not settled under the MDL, they go back to their districts of origin. If a settlement is reached, the money goes towards funding recovery and to help communities offset the millions of dollars expended fighting the opioid crisis across our country. Tune in to this podcast to learn how settlement in these historic proceedings could fund America’s recovery for years to come.
Tuesday, 30 October 2018 13:36

Cover 2 Podcast: 11/03/18

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Stanford University researchers developed a mathematical model that could help public health officials and policymakers decrease the effects of the opioid epidemic, which took the lives of roughly 49,000 Americans in 2017. 
The model includes data about addictions, prescriptions and overdoses in the United States which can be used for “what if” scenarios similar to those that business leaders run through to project how changing product features or prices affect sales and profits, said Margaret Brandeau, PhD, the Coleman F. Fung Professor in the School of Engineering and a professor of management science and engineering who worked on the study.
The paper cites the hard facts of the opioid crisis: Between 1990 and 2010, there was a 400 percent spike in prescriptions for opioid painkillers. Today, roughly 3.5 million Americans suffer from an addiction to opioids as a result of being exposed to opioid pills. Yet, as doctors have begun responding to the crisis by reducing prescriptions, overdose deaths have increased because those addicted to pills and unable to obtain prescription medication, are buying heroin as an alternative. And much of the heroin supply found in the US is now laced with fentanyl, making it 50 times more potent. 
Unfortunately, the model indicates the interventions studied can only make a small dent in the death toll which just goes to show the magnitude of the crisis. Researchers hope this model can aid policymakers in selecting the best mix of interventions to fight the epidemic. 
Today Greg is joined today by Allison Pitt, one of the research team members from Stanford University to discuss this innovative study. Listen as they discuss how it can be used by policy makers and community leaders to help ease the opioid crisis in our country.
Tuesday, 23 October 2018 13:13

Cover 2 Podcast: Week of 10/27/18

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Treatment for addiction and rehabilitation is currently a $35 billion dollar industry and continues to climb. There are many honest and reputable organizations out there, but some are unfortunately often seeking personal gain from individuals who are in crisis. They exploit those seeking treatment with addiction treatment scams and those suffering from Substance Use Disorder (SUD) when people are most vulnerable. 
For today’s podcast, Greg met with Dan Sevigny, Mental Health Coach, and Co-Founder of Recovery X. This is an organization dedicated to providing people reliable treatment options and connecting them to the appropriate facilities based on their own specific needs. Recovery X is actually a growing movement of experts, thought leaders and even those in recovery themselves. These individuals are dedicated to providing high-quality resources to those who are fighting addiction and paving the way for a model organization.
Tuesday, 16 October 2018 11:45

Cover 2 Podcast: Week of 10/20/18

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The opioid epidemic has devastated our country claiming many loved ones along the way. Back in November of 2017, Bill Sternberg, USA Today editorial page Editor, lost his son Scott to an overdose. Through his grief, Bill decided to share Scott’s story in an attempt to help spread awareness and possibly help others struggling with this disease. 
Scott was prescribed a 30-day prescription for opioids coming off an emergency surgical procedure. Although it was considered common practice, this is, unfortunately many people’s introduction to opioids and can often start them down the path of addiction. Scott, like many others, lost his battle with opioids shortly after. 
Greg joins Bill as the two of them discuss many of the obstacles that people face when battling this disease. One of the largest hurdles is to break the stigma behind addiction and avoiding dangerous clichés, such as “hitting rock bottom.” Hear Greg and Bill discuss how the epidemic has evolved and various steps our country has taken to combat the crisis.

Our Lady of Lourdes Shrine

Sisters of the Most Holy Trinity

21281 Chardon Rd.

Euclid, Ohio 44117






Tuesday, 09 October 2018 10:56

Cover 2 Podcast: Week of 10/13/18

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Back in 2015, The White House confirmed that the opioid epidemic cost America around $504 billion. Employees with pain medication use disorder cost organizations more than three times the average worker. This has caused a new crisis to emerge in today’s economy. There aren’t enough workers who are able to pass a drug test to fill all of the available openings. Other than the skyrocketing cost of employee healthcare, absenteeism and high turnover rates have also plagued companies throughout America. 
Today’s podcast, Greg meets with Kathleen Herath, AVP of Well-Being and Safety at Nationwide Insurance. They are also joined by Robert Hardin-Leeth, Director of Safety to discuss employee wellness and the Nationwide Substance-Free Workplace Program. The program offers two different perspectives; monitoring and education. This includes not only random drug testing, but also counseling and intervention. Listen for more details on how Nationwide maintains a safe work environment, while also getting employees the treatment that they need.
Tuesday, 02 October 2018 12:05

Cover 2 Podcast: Week of 10/06/18

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Almost every single American has been impacted by the opioid crisis. Whether it’s a friend, loved one or our own personal struggle with addiction, the epidemic has affected millions in this nation. The book "American Fix" is a sort-of memoir of Ryan Hampton’s struggle with opioid abuse and his journey. Hampton is a National Addiction Recovery Advocate, as well as a former White House staffer who has dedicated his life to exposing and ending this crisis. 
In “American Fix,” Hampton calls for political leaders to rise up and take a firm stance on opioids and even challenges politicians to make a pledge to address this issue. He also touches on the Facing Addiction Across America Project, where Hampton himself documented his own travels across the country in which he visited various regions that were severely hit by the epidemic. Check out some of these programs that Hampton has partnered with, such as Rise Together, Rebel Recovery and also Indigo Life out of Dayton, OH. 
For this podcast, Greg joins Hampton and discusses his 10-year battle with addiction and then his journey through recovery. Listen to hear more of his story and how Hampton has become a leading voice for those in recovery today.
Wednesday, 26 September 2018 11:34

Cover 2 Podcast: Week of 09/29/18

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Since the birth of the U.S. Attorney’s Heroin and Opioid Task Force, there have been many advancements in the fight against opioid abuse. One of their many achievements is the availability of Narcan and making it more widespread throughout communities. Also, law enforcement has developed new protocols for booking drug traffickers and hospitals have furthered education with their physicians in an attempt to change prescribing practices.
In this second half of this two-part series, Greg continues to share highlights from the conference that was held in Cleveland on September 6th called “Opioids: A Crisis Still Facing Our Entire Community” and discusses the progress of The Northeast Ohio Hospital Opioid Consortium. 
Listen to today’s podcast to learn more about the innovative programs that are making a difference in the opioid epidemic here in Northeast Ohio.
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