Sunday, October 29, 2017

Giving Tuesday - November 28, 2017

Our Lady of Lourdes Shrine is an oasis in the middle of the city.

The Shrine is a replica of the Grotto in Lourdes, France.  Incorporated into the Grotto are two stones taken from the stone upon which Our Lady appeared in Lourdes.  The water from the Grotto flows freely over one of these holy relics.

Since its opening (May 30, 1926) thousands of pilgrims from across the country and from Canada have come to honor Our Lady and place their petitions before her.  Hundreds of favors, both spiritual and temporal, have been reported as granted.

Today, the Shrine, staffed by the Sisters of the Most Holy Trinity, is available for pilgrims and parish groups to come for prayer and reflections.  The Sisters host and conduct retreats and days of recollection as requested.

For a prayerful and safe environment for all pilgrims who come to the Shrine.  It is necessary to lay underground piping in the Stations to help with the natural water flow and remove some dying trees.

Sunday, October 1, 2017

Last month we compared Mary and Bernadette.  Both followed the will of God in their lives.  We asked if our lives had any similarities to their lives.  If we don't already follow the will of God, we would do well to follow Mary's and Bernadette's examples.  We might not be famous, but we would be assured of our eternal home in Heaven.  We might encounter some problems and hard times, but these have a purpose.  We would be working for God, which brings great satisfaction and joy!

We would like to share with you something that happened a few weeks ago.  A woman came to the Shrine and shared that she had been diagnosed with breast cancer.  She and her daughter always came to the Shrine to pray.  With heavy hearts, they came to pray that 'everything would be okay.'  They prayed, took some blessed water home, and waited for the next doctor's appointment.  The amazing thing was that when they went to the doctor's office, the tumor was gone!  Prayers were answered!  Thank you, Lord!  Thank you, Mary, for asking your Son to help these people!

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 would be doing every day anyway.  During the month of November, we will be having the Novena of Masses for the Poor Souls.  Below is a form to list your deceased loved ones for this Novena.

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

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

Name: _________________________________________________

Address: _______________________________________________

City: ____________________________  State: ____  Zip: _______

Email: __________________________________________________

Intentions for the Poor Souls during November

Donation: _________________

Please include my loved ones during All Souls Masses during November