Monday, July 28, 2014

Come walk with us and Pilgrim George!

This year we are taking a greater leadership role with the annual pilgrimage at the Shrine of Our Lady of Mariapoch (across the street from our monastery).  Please watch this 2-minute video to get a taste of what the pilgrimage is all about!

All are invited to the Eparchy of Parma’s annual pilgrimage at the Shrine of Our Lady of Mariapoch in Burton, Ohio, August 16-17, for a weekend of prayer and fellowship in honor of the Mother of God.  This year, pilgrims will have the opportunity to make a 3.5-mile pilgrimage to the Shrine, beginning at St. Edward Church in Parkman, on Saturday at 1:00 p.m.  Life-long pilgrim, Pilgrim George, will lead us in this walk and will share his experiences on Saturday evening at 8:30 p.m., as well as a reflection on Sunday afternoon at 1:30 p.m. about this year’s theme: “Rejoice, O you who have borne the Guide of the lost.”  The weekend will culminate with a Hierarchical Divine Liturgy celebrated by Bishop John on Sunday at 3:30 p.m.  

Pre-pilgrimage activities are also planned for August 14-16 (including the celebration of the beautiful vigil service with burial procession for the Dormition of the Mother of God).  Teens wishing to participate in the chaperoned campout program must submit a release form and payment by August 8.  For the full schedule and other information, please visit the Eparchy of Parma website.  With questions, please call the nuns of Christ the Bridegroom Monastery at 440-834-0290.  Updates are also available on the new Facebook page for the Shrine of Our Lady of Mariapoch.  For more information about the shrine, visit

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

We're unTangled!

For the most part, we've recovered from our annual Girls' Camp which took place last weekend, June 26-29!  (Our theme was "unTangled: Understanding Our Identity in Christ Through Mary.") But all of the work and exhaustion is worth it: to witness these girls encounter God through each other and through prayer is an incredible gift!  We will share more about the weekend when we have time, but until then, please experience some of the joy of the camp through these photos!