Monday, September 19, 2016

Bernadette's Example to Us


The Story of Our Lady of Lourdes is such a beautiful one, not only because Mary appeared to St. Bernadette, but also because of Bernadette's example to all of us!

Did you know that Mary told Bernadette three secrets?  She was faithful and kept her promise to Our Lady.  Everyone tried to guess what the secrets were, but all Bernadette would say was that the secrets were for her alone.

The message of the apparition were to pray for sinners, do penance, and to enable the people to come to Jesus in procession.  We do this every time we approach Jesus in the Eucharist.  The question remains, though, can we be as devout and faithful as Bernadette?  Can we give our lives to do what Jesus and Mary ask us to do?  Are we "Catholic" only on Sunday?  Bernadette gave everything to God.  After a child made their First Communion, if they were poor, they were expected to find work.  They were not able to pay for further education.  When Bernadette was asked what she wanted to do, her reply was that she wished to be a nun.  People thought she might change her mind, but Bernadette was firm in her decision.


Bernadette - Continued

Getting back to our story of Lourdes and Bernadette in 1858, with the drawing to the close of the apparitions, the Grotto was in a state of flux.

Many visionaries cropped up and were proven false.  Perhaps this was permitted so that they could be compared to Bernadette, and then it would quickly point out the difference between the two.

Bernadette herself finally made her First Holy Communion on June 3, 1858.  It was said that it took her a long time to prepare for this event because she had difficulty learning her catechism.  But just think - this was the person whom God chose to receive his Mother here on earth!

The final vision occurred on July 16th, the Feast of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel.  Bernadette tried to resume her life as it was before the apparitions.  She sought no attention, but she was in the middle of it because of all the visions to Lourdes seeking cures.  Bernadette's focus was upon Mary's main message - prayer and penance.  Mary's message to Bernadette is as relevant today as it was in 1858.  It is up to us to live this message in our own lives.  It wasn't glamorous then and it isn't now, but then Bernadette wasn't chosen for her glamor.  God Bless us all!


Assumption Novena - Picture Needed

Hello everyone!  The Assumption Novena was indeed a source of much grace!

Did anyone happen to get a photo of the rainbow that arched over the Shrine two nights during the Novena?  If so, would you please email us a copy at spalavalle@yahoo.com.  We would like to add it to our web page and blog.


Thanks!!

Sunday, July 31, 2016

Assumption of Mary


After the 'Beautiful Lady' identified herself as the Immaculate Conception, Bernadette began to take a minor role in the apparitions.  She had fulfilled what Mary had asked of her.  

It was the officials of the town who kept pulling her in.  They looked at all of the events as if they were non-spiritual occurrences.  They insisted that Bernadette be tested physically and psychologically.  All they discovered was that she had asthma and was telling the truth.

In the face of all the people coming to peacefully pray at the Grotto without Bernadette they were desperate to prove otherwise or make up stories that would discredit Bernadette and Mary.  The fact was that Lourdes had become the place where Mary appeared to Bernadette and miracles happened.  Do we believe?  Come and visit Our Lady of Lourdes National Shrine, right in your own backyard, in Euclid, Ohio.  Listen to what Mary says to you.


From August 7 - 15, the Sisters of the Most Holy Trinity will be hosting a Novena for the Assumption of Mary at Our Lady of Lourdes National Shrine.  The Novena Rosary will begin at 7:00pm each evening, followed by Mass.  

This year, Rev. Michael Gurnick, Secretary and Vicar for Clergy and Religious, Diocese of Cleveland, and Rev. timothy Kalista, Pastor of Immaculate Conception Parish in Willoughby, Ohio, will be conducting the Novena.  The theme this year is Mary in the Year of Mercy.

Confessions will be August 8, 10, 12, 14, and 15 from 6:00pm to 7:00pm.

Keep an eye out for updates on our Clambake, coming up on Saturday, September 17th.


Saturday, April 2, 2016

9th and 10th Apparitions






The 9th Apparition is perhaps the most famous because at this apparition, we were all given a remedy for our infirmities: the water.

It was nearly dawn when Bernadette was called to the Grotto and there were many people present. All these people could see was Bernadette looking under the rocks, going to the River Gave, and finally drinking the dirty, muddy water found under a rock at the Grotto and eating the weeds.  To those that observed this, Bernadette had lost her head.  To those without faith, she was a live comedy show, maybe what we today would call a reality show.  It wasn't until the next two Apparitions that things would become a little clearer.

People did not notice, as they laughed and doubted, Bernadette's behavior, the water was becoming clearer and flowing stronger.  The following day was the 10th Apparition.


At the 10th Apparition, we see Bernadette drink and wash a bit in the water.  We also see her on her knees kissing the ground and going up to the Grotto on her knees.  Bernadette tells us that the "beautiful lady" asked her to make this sacrifice for the sinners in the world.

Something very special is happening at Our Lady of Lourdes Shrine in Euclid as well.
In this Year of Mercy, Bishop Lennon has asked us to be one of the sites of the Holy Door in the Cleveland Diocese.  The other site is St. John's Cathedral.

Once again, Mary's Shrine becomes a site of great mercy and forgiveness.  For anyone who walks through the Holy Door, says an Our Father and Hail Mary for the intentions of the Holy Father, and goes to Mass and Confession a week before or a week after walking through the Holy Door, will receive a spiritual plenary indulgence.  This means that any time to be spent in Purgatory is lessened either for you, for a deceased person, a person you are praying for, or the Holy Souls in Purgatory.

Talk to your Parishes about making a Pilgrimage to Our Lady of Lourdes Shrine!  Experience the outpouring of Mercy!




Opening of the Holy Door




Sunday, April 3rd - 10:00am - Opning of the Holy Door



The Ceremony begins under the pavilion and continues with a procession to the front Doors of the Chapel, followed by Mass, celebrated by Bishop Richard Lennon.

Attendance is by ticket only, unfortunately all tickets have been distributed.  If you were unable to get a ticket, please visit the Shrine in the afternoon!





Receive an indulgence by making a Pilgrimage to Our Lady of Lourdes Shrine:

  • Walk through the Holy Door
  • Say an Our Father and Hail Mary for the intention of the Holy Father
  • Go to Mass and Communion
  • Go to Confession (a week before or a week after making the Pilgrimage)
Fulfill all of these holy practices and receive the Mercy of God: an indulgence for yourself, someone deceased, someone you are praying for, or those Holy Souls in Purgatory.

A plenary indulgence is the remission before God of the temporal punishment due to be suffered for sins that have already been forgiven.  

Shrine Masses:
Weekdays:  7:00am - Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday
                    5:00pm - Tuesday (Holy Hour 3:30-4:30pm)

Saturday:     8:00am

Sunday:        April - October
                     8:00am - in the Chapel
                     9:30am - (April - in the Chapel);  (May - October, weather permitting, in the Grotto)


Shrine Confessions:
Every 2nd and 4th Wednesday of the Month (April - October)  5:30pm - 7:00pm









Sunday, March 13, 2016

Holy Week Information

Below is the information for Holy Week at Our Lady of Lourdes Shrine
Join us these Holy Days



 March 20th:  Palm Sunday
8:00am Mass




March 22nd:
Mass:  7:00pm

(No Adoration or 5:00pm Mass)










March 24th

Holy Thursday
Mass of the Last Supper

7:00pm 







March 25th

Good Friday
Passion of Our Lord

2:00pm







March 26th

Holy Saturday
Easter Vigil

9:00pm






March 27th
EASTER SUNDAY

MASS:  8:00am









April 3rd

DIVINE MERCY SUNDAY
Mass:  8:00am


Pope Francis has declared this year the Year of Mercy, a Year of Jubilee.  With this in mind, let us take some time to put into action the corporal and spiritual works of mercy.  

The first corporal work of mercy is to feed the hungry.  
The first spiritual work of mercy is to instruct the ignorant.

How have we practiced those two works of mercy?  By practicing the works of mercy, we break the bonds of captives.  This is the charism of the Sisters of the Most Holy Trinity.




Corporal Works of Mercy
Spiritual Works of Mercy










Saturday, March 12, 2016

Holy Door Pilgrimage

Our Lady of Lourdes has been designated by Bishop Lennon to be a site of pilgrimage that has the Official Holy Door!
Bishop Lennon opens the Holy Door.  The rituals of opening Holy Doors for holy years date as far back as 1499 when a wooden door was opened by Pope Alexander VI on Christmas Eve, beginning the Holy Year 1500.  Most recently the new millennium was celebrated as a Jubilee Year in 2000.  http://www.dioceseofcleveland.org/holydooropening/


As you know, this is a year of jubilee and a Year of Mercy for the Church. The Holy Door is a means of reconciling with the Lord.  An indulgence is spiritually bestowed upon the person who walks through the door and fulfills other obligations. See more information about these indulgences here. 



Bishop Lennon will be at the Shrine on Sunday, April 3, 2016 (Mercy Sunday) for a 10:00am Mass at which, he will officially open the Holy Door at the Shrine.  Our Chapel can only hold a limited amount of people for the Mass and admission is by ticket only, however all tickets have been granted. 


Everyone is welcome to come on Sunday, April 3rd in the afternoon or at anytime during this Year of Mercy, visit the Shrine, and walk through the Holy Door.








Bernadette - 8th Apparition - Penance



Last month we spoke about how Mary slowly prepared St. Bernadette by interior change begun by prayer.  This month, we will address the beginning of Bernadette's public mission given to her at the 8th apparition.


During this apparition, Bernadette's face showed many expressions.  She would look like she was extremely happy at one moment and extremely sad at the next.  When she came out of her ecstasy, she could be heard saying the words: "Penance, Penance, Penance."

In fact, Mary had told her to do Penance for sinners in the world and later that would be the instruction for all of us.  It was Lent when Mary began these visits to Bernadette, just like it is Lent now today.



What Penance have we offered up for sinners?

We too are sinners.  How do we try to make reparation with the Lord for our sins?




Confession is the most obvious way.





Prayer, fasting, and alms giving are what the Church advises us to do anyway.  Mary has a way of reminding us of the good things that we need to do.  Mary takes things one step further, in the 9th apparition, which will be discussed next month.

Monday, December 14, 2015

Christmas Masses and Prayer

Just an update regarding the Christmas Masses at the Shrine:

Christmas Eve: December 24th - 10:00pm
Christmas morning:  December 25th - 8:00am



Christmas Prayer

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.

December 2015 - Our Lady of Lourdes story - 5

Happy Thanksgiving!  Happy Advent!  Merry Christmas!

Continuing the story ...

Mary appeared to Bernadette 18 times. 
On the 3rd apparition, Bernadette was accompanied by two women of the village.  When Bernadette saw the "beautiful lady", she began to say the Rosary as did the two women.  it was at this apparition that Mary asked Bernadette to come to the Grotto for 15 days.  Mary told Bernadette at this time she should come and not expect any favor of this world.  Mary said, "I did not come to make you happy here on earth, but in Heaven."

While they were praying, one of the women who was with her withdrew a bit.  She carried an internal weight and felt unworthy to be there.  When she asked if she should remain, Bernadette told her that the "beautiful lady" smiled at her and that there was no reason why she should not come.

The ladies wanted to know who this apparition was so they brought with them an inkwell and pen.  When Bernadette presented this to the Lady, she simply said, "It is not necessary." 

This beautiful story continues, but isn't it a bit like ours?  How many times do we approach Jesus and his Mother and think we are not worthy?  Just imagine in your heart, Mary smiling at you and saying there is no reason why you should not come.

As we approach Jesus' birth at Christmas, we should be there with him and the other adorers in the manger.


November 2015 - Our Lady of Lourdes story - 4

We pick up our Lourdes story with the beginning of apparitions. 

News spread like wildfire ... the entire town heard that Bernadette had seen a "beautiful lady" at the garbage dump called Massabielle.  Some people thought Bernadette was making it all up for attention.  Why would a "beautiful lady" appear to an uneducated peasant girl with a questionable family reputation in a garbage dump?


 
Stop for a moment.  Identify that moment in your life when what seemed signed, sealed, and delivered was turned totally upside down.  Did any good come of that experience?  In hindsight, was the change in the situation even better than what you were expecting?  If we cooperate with God, he will always send us what is better for us even if at first it seems to be the worst thing possible. 
 
That is what the apparitions were for Bernadette and her family.  It turned everything upside down.  Bernadette's experience was not that much different than ours is today.  We might not have an apparition, but we face the same problems.  
 
Her aunts convinced Mrs. Soubirous to allow Bernadette to go to the next apparitions.  They accompanied Bernadette to the Grotto, protecting her from the crowd hemming her in.  All of a sudden, everyone wanted to touch Bernadette, a little poor girl, and to give her items to give the "beautiful lady".
 
 
We invite you to come into the Grotto of Our Lady of Lourdes Shrine and visit the "beautiful lady." 
 
 
 

October 2015 - Our Lady of Lourdes story - 3

We left our story with Bernadette promising to visit the "beautiful lady" again.  In her mind, Bernadette was just going to visit the Lady without telling anyone.  But her sister, Toinette, noticed that Bernadette was different.  She said that Bernadette had a glow about her.

Bernadette did tell her story to Toinette and her friend that was with them, but they had to promise not to tell anyone, especially her mother, Louise.  This was to be kept a secret.  Well, anytime you tell someone a secret, it is no longer a secret, and the first thing that Toinette did was to tell their mother.  No only that, but their friend told her mother as well.  Before you knew it, the whole town heard about the "beautiful lady" in the Grotto. 

Mrs. Soubirous (Louise) did not know that the whole town already knew so she had Bernadette promise that she would not go into the Grotto.  They would just keep it to their family.  Her reason for this was that her husband had just been let out of jail for stealing a sack of flour, well, that was the accusation.  No one would hire Mr. Soubirous so they lost their reputation and their house.  They ended up living in a jail cell that was too bad for prisoners.  The family of six ended up paying rent for a one room abandoned jail.  They became "that kind of family." 

Do you know people that are "that kind" of people, so we stay away from them?  Mrs. Soubirous wanted to stay "under the radar" so that the family could get on with their lives.  Did you ever want to do that too ... just get on with life? 

If it got out that Bernadette said that she saw this lady, there was no way the family could stay anonymous. 

St. Michael the Archangel prayer

When you need some protection, say the St. Michael the Archangel prayer:

"St. Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle.  Be our protection against the wickedness and snares of the devil.  May God rebuke him, we humbly pray, and do thou o prince of the Heavenly Hosts, by the power of God, thrust into hell, Satan and all the other evil spirits, who prowl about the world seeking the ruin of souls. Amen"


Remember to keep the holy souls in your prayers, especially at Mass.

September 2015 - Our Lady of Lourdes Shrine story - 2

We pick up our story when Bernadette, her sister, and a friend were looking for firewood.  Bernadette waded across the river and was astounded to see a "beautiful lady" in the Grotto. 


Her first reaction was fear, so she reached into her pocket to find her rosary. 
What is our first reaction to a fearful situation? 

Bernadette said she could not move.  That it wasn't until the beautiful lady began praying on her rosary that she, Bernadette, could take out her rosary and say it with her.

So the First Encounter with the beautiful lady was in prayer.
What is our first encounter with the Lord and his Mother?  Isn't the definition of prayer 'conversation' with God? 

After they finished, the Lady asked Bernadette if she would be so kind and come back to the Grotto again.  Bernadette tells us that the Lady was kind and that she wanted to come back so as not to hurt the Lady's feelings. 

Imagine that!  Bernadette's intention was to come back and not to tell anyone.  How can we learn from Bernadette's behavior and attitude?


Assumption - August 2015

We were very active during the week of the Assumption with many groups. It is so satisfying to share the story of Our Lady of Lourdes with all those who visit the Shrine.  The one that that is a bit disturbing is that some of these visitors are not familiar with the story of Our Lady and Bernadette.  with that in mind, we would like to share this story with monthly posts.  Now that it is December, we have some catching up to do.


 
We begin the story with Mary appearing to Bernadette in Lourdes, France on 1858 on February 11th. 
 
 
Bernadette was looking for firewood in a garbage dump.  Imagine that, the place was not beautiful at all. 
 
 
 
Today we make sure that it is beautiful because of the special person who appeared to Bernadette. 
 
 
Did you also know that before Bernadette saw the "beautiful lady" she felt a strong wind?  Do you think that the wind was actually nature or do you think that maybe it was the Holy Spirit or an angel heralding Mary's apparition?  Just bring this much of the story to prayer and see what the Lord tells you. 
 

Sunday, December 13, 2015

Hi, everyone!  I'm starting this new adventure called "Blogging".

I am very excited about it because I will get to share what is most important to me, and that is my life as a Trinitarian Religious.  Not only that, but I get to share life living at Our Lady of Lourdes Shrine.

I hope that we can travel on a journey together to a deeper relationship with Mary and through her, her Son, Jesus.  Stay tuned for more updates ... and bear with us, please.