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January is dedicated to the Holy Name of Jesus. The name Jesus was given at God's command (Luke 1:31). It is all-powerful because of the Person Who bears it. We honor it because of the command of Christ that we should pray in His Name, because it reminds us of all the blessings we receive through our Holy Redeemer, and because through this devotion we also make amends for improper use of the Holy Name. More here. 
In the Name of Jesus let every knee bow, of those that are in heaven, on earth, and under the earth and let every tongue confess that the Lord Jesus Christ is in the glory of God the Father.
Thy Word Newsletter
January 2016
New Years Resolutions
That are Good
for Your Soul
Eucharistic Adoration for Life
Friday, January 22nd 
12:30 pm-7:30 pm
Traditional Latin Mass
Tuesday, January 26th
6:30 pm
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Cross-fit Training for Your Soul
Let your New Year's Resolution be about getting your soul in shape. St. Ignatius Loyola knew spiritual exercises prepare our souls for the difficult tasks and heavy lifting that life brings, and OLC is committed to helping you however we can. Here are a few suggestions:
  • Pray a Daily Rosary...or start with a decade a day and work your way up.
  • Attend Daily Mass as often as you can. Come to OLC on your lunch break!
  • Pray the Divine Mercy Chaplet every day at 3:00 pm during this Holy Year of Mercy.
  • Sign up for a regular Holy Hour each week. OLC has Adoration right here every Friday.
  • Do the 33 Day Consecration to the Blessed Mother either on your own or in a group.
  • Go to Confession at least once a month. We have Confession after every Mass here.
  • Start the First Saturdays devotion. OLC has Mass at 10:30 am on First Saturdays.
  • Make a list of Spiritual Reading goals for the year and stick to it. Consider reading Consoling the Heart of Jesus, The Imitation of Christ, I Believe in Love, or The Secret of the Rosary. Stop in the book store for more suggestions.
  • Begin wearing the Brown Scapular, the garment of grace.
  • Spiritually Adopt a priest and pray for him. Priests do the heaviest lifting of all as they take up their crosses daily and follow Christ. They need our prayers.
  • Join us for the Novena to Our Lady of Perpetual Help on Thursdays after Mass or for the Rosary before Mass every day of the week.
  • Become a regular donor to Our Lady's Center and support this amazing apostolate!
Eucharistic Adoration during March for Life 
Friday, January 22nd
12:30 pm - 7:30 pm

 The Annual March for Life in Washington DC takes place on January 22nd. Hundreds of thousands will march, people of all walks of life who share the deep conviction that the sanctity of human life must be defended for a just culture to exist. Many area parishes will have busses ready to transport those who can attend. If you cannot physically attend, please join us in spirit by coming to the chapel that day anytime between the 12:00 pm and 7:30 pm Masses to pray before the Blessed Sacrament for the cause of Life. More about the March here.
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Traditional Latin Mass
& Pot Luck

Tuesday, January 26, 6:30 pm
Please join us for a meditative low Mass offered by Fr. Canisius Tah of the Church of the Resurrection in Ellicott City. Missals are provided with Latin on one side and English on the other, so it is not difficult to follow along. After Mass, we will enjoy another fun potluck in the conference room. Please bring something to share if you can and take advantage of a great chance to ask Father questions and to make some new friends. Find out why Traditional Latin Mass is so awesome here
The 2nd Annual St. Nicholas Visit a Great Success
Our Lady's Center honored the Feast of St. Nicholas with a lively visit by St. Nicholas, Bishop of Myra (none other than our own President of the Board, Jack Kissane, in very convincing disguise!) Children who attended sang Christmas carols, learned all about St. Nick's life and mission of charity, had their pictures taken with him, and were excited to discover gold coins and other treats in their shoes which they had left under the Christmas tree. This was the second year in what has become an instant tradition here at OLC!
2015 Patron Pot Luck Christmas Party
OLC warmly welcomed our friends, patrons, and benefactors to a Christmas celebration in their honor in the week before Christmas. There was a ton of delectable dishes and goodies furnished by those who attended along with, of course, another OLC cake! The conference room became a bit cozy for a good portion of the day (but we are all basically family anyway!) New acquaintances and friendships were formed, and many who came lingered into the afternoon to talk with each other and to witness the Christmas raffle drawings which took place that afternoon. The joy of the season was evident, but even more so, the joy that permeates Our Lady's Center throughout the year was on full and glorious display. We are so blessed by all of you!
Raffle Winners Get the Call!
The November Book Raffle, a basket loaded with signed new editions of great Catholic books, was won by Joan McDaniel. Joan said she actually had been expecting a phone call, but had certainly not expected to hear Fr. Anthony Anichukwu's voice when she picked up the phone announcing that she had won a raffle! We're so happy to have brought a smile to Joan's sweet face and look forward to hearing back from her with any book recommendations.
Christmas Raffle #1: The Beauty Basket Raffle was won by Courtney McDevitt. Msgr. Lizor drew her name, and Mary Sharp made the call. Courtney, who is a teacher, came to pick up her basket in her pajamas, as it was pajama day at school. She assured us she did not mind appearing as such in the newsletter. She also shared that she often wins drawings and believes it is because she gives away so much of what she wins. We are quite certain Courtney made many others happy with her generosity this Christmas!
Christmas Raffle #2: The Our Lady of Grace Statue and OLC Gift Certificate was won by Brenda Patrick. Msgr. Lizor drew the winning ticket, and Gail Segedy made the call. Brenda came to pick up her prizes accompanied by her children, and she shared that she feels truly blessed to have won the lovely statue and that it means a great deal at this time.
Christmas Raffle #3: The Looney's Bucket Raffle with Christmas Cake was won by Kevin Morgan. Msgr. Lizor picked the winning ticket, and the call was made by Carolyn Niebauer. Kevin and his wife were thrilled to hear they had won as they enjoy discovering new area restaurants, particularly good Irish ones. They also relayed that their three tall sons would make short work of the Christmas cake.
Christmas Raffle #4: The Grand Prize Basket loaded with prizes and gift certificates was won by Rubie Mize, the founding member of the Legion of Mary "Mary Undoer of Knots" Praesidium here at OLC. Msgr. Lizor picked the winning ticket, and Manager Christine made the call. Rubie was very shocked and excited to have won the big basket. One of the items in the basket was a lovely Hail Mary pashmina donated by OLC staff. As Rubie had previously purchased others and given them away as gifts, this one was obviously meant for her to keep.

We at OLC thank all who entered the raffles and all who contributed to them, and we look forward to doing it again next year. If you or someone you know would like to donate items or gift certificates for our next raffle, let us know. We love to support local businesses while giving our patrons wonderful opportunities to win fantastic prizes!

Volunteer Spotlight: Diane Andrews
We'd like to give a huge thank you to Diane Andrews for again decorating our chapel so elegantly for Christmas. Decorations included a beautiful Advent wreath on a stand with flickering LED candles, white lights and greenery swags bedecking the altar rails, wreaths and lighted trees behind the altar, arrangements on the windows, lighted trees in the back of the chapel, and Diane's own magnificent Fontanini nativity! If you haven't seen the decorated chapel yet, please come in soon before the end of the Christmas season. Diane, thank you for your readiness to assist us in such a special task as preparing our chapel to honor and glorify the birth of Our Savior, Jesus Christ.
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January Special Feasts 
Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God
January 1

Sts. Basil & Gregory
January 2

Holy Name of Jesus
January 3

St. Elizabeth Ann Seton
January 4

St. John Neumann
January 5

Epiphany of Our Lord
January 6

Baptism of the Lord
January 11

St. Agnes
January 21

Our Lady, Queen of Peace;
St. Francis de Sales

January 24

Conversion of St. Paul
January 25

Sts. Timothy & Titus
January 26

St. Thomas Aquinas
December 28

St. John Bosco
December 31
On the Road
with OLC's Spring Parish Tour

OLC is ordering now for First Holy Communion Season, our busiest time of year! We will soon be displaying a huge selection of gifts at the Center. But if you can't come to us, don't worry. We very likely will be coming to you! Many area parishes host us on weekends throughout the Spring season, and we bring with us a beautiful assortment of First Holy Communion merchandise, including medals, rosaries, missals, children's bibles, gift sets, greeting cards and gift bags. Check with your parish office for dates and times or to place a request that we come.

Upcoming stop:  January 24th, St. John's in Columbia, 2:30-4:00 pm.

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Our Lady's Center Marian Shrine

Can't Get to our Store?
Our homebound and out-of-town patrons have found shopping at our online store convenient and helpful. We carry a wide variety of medals, crucifixes, and rosaries there for your convenience. You can shop anytime and choose to have your items shipped either to your home address or to anywhere you need them sent. We thank you for supporting OLC and appreciate any and all patronage as the proceeds of all sales go toward supporting our unique apostolate. Click here to visit now:
Our Lady's grotto deer paying their respects. Many thanks to Ada Vergne for doing such a lovely job decorating the grotto for Christmas!
Our Lady's Center Marian Shrine

3301 Rogers Ave
Ellicott City, MD 21043
(410) 461-5066

Store Hours
Monday - Thursday: 10:00 am - 4:00 pm*
Friday: 10:00 am - 7:30 pm*
First Saturday: 10:00 am -10:30 am; 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm
*Please note that the store is always closed during the noon Mass

Chapel Hours:

Holy Sacrifice
of the Mass

Monday-Friday: 12:00pm
Friday night: 7:30 pm
1st Saturdays: 10:30 am
Monday-Friday: 11:30 am

Following all Masses

Friday: 12:30 - 7:30 pm

Friday Night Devotions

Holy Mass: 7:30 pm
Followed by: Confessions, Rosary, Divine Mercy Chaplet, Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament and Benediction
Our Lady's Center Marian Shrine is a 501(c)3 non-profit Catholic lay apostolate within the Archdiocese of Baltimore located outside of Baltimore, Maryland in Ellicott City. We offer the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass and confessions upstairs in our chapel each weekday and on first Saturdays. Downstairs in our beautiful store, we carry a large selection of Catholic books and religious articles to meet every need. We have many monthly events and activities.