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Monday, 18 March 2019 08:43

March 18 - Motivational Monday

"Be nice to everyone you meet. You don't know when they will show up in your life again." Lisa Ryan

Monday, 11 March 2019 08:50

March 11 - Motivational Monday

“When you arise in the morning, think of what a precious privilege it is to be alive—to breathe, to think, to enjoy, to love — then make that day count!” ― Steve Maraboli

via Lisa Ryan, Grategy/Leadership USA
Monday, 04 March 2019 09:09

March. 4 - Motivational Monday

"Goodbyes make you think. They make you realize what you’ve had, what you’ve lost, and what you’ve taken for granted.” -Ritu Ghatourey

from Lisa Ryan of Grategy Leadership USA
Thursday, 28 February 2019 09:38

Upcoming Activities & Lent

Hello everyone!  We hope that everyone is in good health.  Attached you will find the March monthly letter and some activities that are coming up in the near future. Some of those activities include the French Toast Breakfast this Sunday, March 3rd. after the 8:00 AM Mass and the Ash Wednesday,March 6th. Fish Dinner from 4:30 PM until 6:45PM.  The tickets will be $9.00 this year.  Ashes will be distributed at the 7:00 AM and 5:00 PM Mass that day.  Hope that you can come.
We don't know if you have thought about Lent yet, but how about including the Shrine in your plans?  You can give up meat and patronize our Fish Dinners.  You can pray a bit more by attending one of our Masses.  We have Masses here everyday.  You can give alms in a different way.  How about visiting our gift shop and purchasing a Lenten book so that you can read a thought for the day?  How about finding out what family activities you can do together by seeing what the gift shop has in that category?  How about purchasing a religious Easter gift for a loved one?  These are just some ideas that perhaps you haven't thought of.  In any case hope that you can come and visit.
In the peace of the Trinity,

Sr. Phyllis Ann, O.SS.T.

Monday, 25 February 2019 09:51

Feb. 25 - Motivational Monday

"Life is but a fleeting moment so do not waste a second on something that doesn't make you smile" - Jamie Hall

Monday, 18 February 2019 08:58

Feb. 18 - Motivational Monday

“Opportunities are like sunrises. If you wait too long, you miss them." William Arthur Ward

Lisa Ryan, Grategy
Monday, 11 February 2019 13:41

Today's Reflection

Longing for God


“If you want to build a ship, don’t drum up people to collect wood and don’t assign them tasks and work, but rather teach them to long for the endless immensity of the sea.”

Antoine de Saint-Exupery

I know nothing about the art of shipbuilding, yet the vision offered by French aviator and award-winning author, Antoine de Saint-Exupery, suggests a depth of insight beyond mere construction techniques.  To me, he speaks eloquently not only of the mystery of the sea, but to that of contemplation!

While volumes have been written about the contemplative encounter, this Divine gift for which we can only prepare springs from our longing for the endless immensity of God.  Desire for love opens the door to our relationship with God; one that forms all others, those with self, neighbor and all creation.

Yes, we do pray, we do serve, we do face challenges, but “these tasks” are themselves transformed in and with my Lover, or rather ours, the Lover of us all.    

During these wintery days fraught with wind chills and frozen waters, perhaps we are being invited once again to long for the immensity of God.  Don’t miss the ship, it sails daily!

Monday, 11 February 2019 10:28

Feb. 11 - Motivational Monday

“Friends are like a second family, do not let the distance or lack of time keep you away from them. If we always keep communicating and then our friendship will become much stronger every day.” – Unknown

Lisa Ryan, Chief Appreciation Strategist at Grategy | Leadership USA

Thursday, 07 February 2019 13:37

Ursuline Reflection - 2/7/2019

I Arise Today


I arise today with winter in my being:

resting earth

gracious darkness

dreaming seeds

barren trees

frosty breath

glowing fireplaces

empty spaces.

This is my inheritance in this vibrant new season.

I arise today in the heart of winter.




WINTER, HUMBLE SERVANT OF CREATION, with brisk determination you encompass our land.  You clothe us into warm wraps, sending us out into the weather to gather the lessons you scatter. You call us to sit by the fireplace and feed each other stories. You invite us to listen to that which is invisible.  You are the contemplative season. In unseen and unknown places you faithfully do your work. In the winter storms of our lives, teach us patience. May we learn to trust the goodness of what we cannot see. As the ground becomes frozen may we have the courage to visit the frozen ground of our own lives, believing in the life that is hidden. You clear the air. You protect the seed. You embrace reality. You, O Winter, hold our fears until they can be transformed into trust. You are the beautiful season that we sometimes overlook. Share with us your virtues of solitude, contemplation, and faith. Surround us with your fresh, crisp breath and protect the seed that is sleeping in the depths of our being.

This reflection is taken from The Circle of Life

c  2005 by Joyce Rupp and Macrina Wiederkehr.  

Used by permission of Ave Maria Press.  All rights reserved.

Monday, 04 February 2019 08:43

Feb. 4 - Motivational Monday

"I've learned in my life that it's important to be able to step outside your comfort zone and be challenged with something you're not familiar or accustomed to. That challenge will allow you to see what you can do." J. R. Martinez

by way of Lisa Ryan of
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