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The month of April is dedicated to the Blessed Sacrament of the Holy Eucharist,
Jesus present to us body, blood, soul and divinity. More here.
O salutaris Hostia, Quae caeli pandis ostium: Bella premunt hostilia, Da robur, fer auxilium. Uni trinoque Domino Sit sempiterna gloria, Qui vitam sine termino Nobis donet in patria. Amen.
Thy Word Newsletter
April 2016
Consecration of Families
to the Divine Mercy 

all Masses April 1st & 2nd
Defend Life Talk
with Joan Andrews Bell

Friday, April 15, 1:00 pm
Monthly Latin Mass
Tuesday, April 26th, 
6:30 pm
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Act of Consecration
of the Families to
the Divine Mercy
Friday, April 1st during Noon & 7:30 pm Masses & Saturday, April 2nd (First Saturday Mass) at 10:30 am
OLC will begin celebrating the weekend of Divine Mercy Sunday by leading all present in the Act of Consecration of the Families to the Divine Mercy. Let us avail ourselves and our families of the graces of Divine Mercy and celebrate the infinite mercy of God.
"My daughter, do whatever is within your power to spread devotion to my mercy. I will  make up for what you lack." (1074, St. Faustina's Diary)
Defend Life Talk:
Joan Andrews Bell
Friday, April 15th, 1:00 pm
The Spring Defend Life Lecture Tour concludes with a visit from Joan Andrews Bell, a true hero in the pro-life movement. Her talk is titled “My Years Rescuing Babies from Abortion". Joan grew up on a farm in Tennessee and, as a teenager, began doing one-person rescues at abortion mills! She was arrested countless times and served five years in the worst of all of Florida’s women’s prisons. She is the mother of 13 including six adopted special needs children. Come hear all about Joan's fearless defense of the unborn. The talk will take place in the conference room.
Traditional Latin Mass 
& Pot Luck

Tuesday, April 26th 6:30 pm
Our monthly traditional Latin Mass will be celebrated by Fr. Canisius Tah of Resurrection Parish on Tuesday, April 26th at 6:30 in the evening. Missals will be provided with Latin on one side and English on the other, so it is not difficult to follow along. After Mass, we will enjoy a potluck in the conference room. Bring something to share and take advantage of a great chance to ask Father questions and make some new friends. Find out why Traditional Latin Mass is so awesome HERE
It's a Small, Small  Catholic World
Several months ago, Mary Johnston, Director of Religious Ed at St. Paul's, came in to OLC and remarked to Manager Christine that her smile looked just like that of her dear friend who lives in Newport News, VA. Well, her dear friend turned out to be Christine's own sister! It is indeed a small Catholic world. Mary invited OLC to exhibit our First Communion items at an upcoming St. Paul's Parents' Meeting, and we gratefully accepted. Thank you for including us, Mary. We had a wonderful time meeting so many parents and will be keeping their children in our prayers as they continue their preparation to receive Our Lord in the Blessed Sacrament.
Communion Season
is in Full Swing!
April Parish Tour Dates:
 4/09: St. Jane Frances, Glen Burnie
 4/09: Holy Trinity, Glen Burnie
 4/10: St. John's, Columbia
 4/16: St. Philip Neri, Linthicum
 4/16: Holy Trinity, Glen Burnie
 4/23: St. Augustine's, Elkridge

And you can always come visit the bookstore to browse our well-stocked First Holy Communion section filled with boys' and girls' missal sets, children's bibles, handmade veils, purses, communion jewelry, medals, pins, greeting cards, holy cards, statues, frames and giftware! 
In Memorium: Fr. José Salazar
Our dear friend and a former celebrant of Masses here at OLC until September of 2014, Fr. José Salazar-Solis, passed on to his eternal reward on March 7th. Some of his friends from OLC traveled down to DC for his funeral including Nikki, Ada and Theresa. We pray Fr. José's soul may finally be at rest after a long illness which involved much suffering. Fr. José is the author of the recently published book THE TRUE BELIEVER – Faith, Reason, and Truth in the Light of the Analogy of Being. Father José is shown above blessing the holy water at OLC and with Bl. Mother Teresa in a photo taken in Japan in 1982. Read Fr. José's bio HERE.
Zachary King: a Living Testament to Divine Mercy
Our Lady's Center hosted former Satanist high wizard turned devout Catholic warrior for Christ, Zachary King, for two evenings last month. Both of his talks were well attended, and few could say they were not either challenged in their understanding of the depths of God's mercy or moved by this story of sudden and immediate conversion through the intercession of the Blessed Mother. After each talk, Zachary and devoted wife Katie answered many questions from those in attendance. Deacon Brandon Justice brought a consecrated host, and Adoration and benediction were held after the talk on the second evening. Following the talks, all moved downstairs to enjoy refreshments. Zachary, who has been blind the last few years from diabetes, was kept occupied late into the evenings by many who engaged in deep conversations with him, and he showed no sign of fatigue. After the Kings departed OLC, they headed off for the National Shrine of Divine Mercy in Stockbridge, MA. Look to see Zachary King's testimony to be featured at 11:30 am on EWTN on Divine Mercy Sunday. More on Zachary King HERE and HERE.
A Traditional Latin High Mass on Easter Monday
On the Monday of Easter week, in celebration of the Resurrection of the Lord, a Latin High Mass was celebrated at OLC by Fr. Joseph Langan of St. Joseph's in Fullerton. We had a wonderful turnout, very likely the most in over a year. In a High Mass the schola cantorum will chant the Propers and Ordinaries of the Mass. High Mass with a schola gives glory to God and provides a magnificent, prayerful experience for the congregation. Stay tuned for possibly another High Mass to be celebrated in May.
A Sold Out 2016 MD Catholic Men's Conference
The Catholic Men's Conference was held at St. Philip Neri's in Linthicum, and it was such a success that it was soon decided a larger venue might be necessary next year. The Conference was sold out, and estimates of the number attending ran even to 1200. There were between 40 and 50 priests who heard around 1,000 confessions, including some men confessing for the first time in decades. Our religious articles and books were well received by many enthusiastic Catholic men, and it was truly an exciting event to witness. OLC was so grateful to be a part of it and we are looking forward to participating again next year, when the featured speaker will be Scott Hahn!

April Special Feasts
Divine Mercy Sunday
April 3

Annunciation of our Lord
April 4

St. Vincent Ferrer
April 5

John Baptist de la Salle
April 7

St. Stanislaus, St. Gemma Galgani 
April 11

St. Anselm
April 21

St. George
April 23

St. Mark
April 25

St. Catherine of Siena
April 29

St. Pius V
April 30

Who's On Board: Jean Ayoub
Jean Ayoub, OLC's newest board member, is a native of Lebanon. He traveled to Boston in 1983 to complete his BSEE and MSEE. After spending 13 years in MA and then four in MI, Jean and family relocated to Ellicott City. He has been employed with GE as an electrical engineer for 16 years. Jean has served on the Parish Council of Our Lady of Lebanon Maronite Catholic Church in Washington, DC for over two decades and also teaches Sunday School. For the last five years, he has served as Recruiting Leader for Boy Scouts Troop 1997 in Ellicott City. Jean and wife Eliana have been married 23 years and have two sons and one daughter. It was Eliana who first discovered OLC. Soon after, she and Jean began attending our Friday Mass regularly and becoming more involved. Their daughter Maria completed her Girl Scout Golden Award at OLC, beautifying our outdoor shrine by landscaping and planting shrubs. Their son Robert completed his Eagle Scouts project by building the tables and the picturesque picnic area which is enjoyed by so many patrons. Eliana donated to OLC the beautiful icon of St. Charbel of Lebanon which we have hanging behind the counter in the store. We are so grateful to Jean and his beautiful family for all they have done for OLC!
A baker's dozen of new New Tiny Saints have arrived and they are too adorable! 
A variety of Divine Mercy prints, plaques, books, booklets, CD's and DVD's available
Gorgeous tapestry icon rosary cases
are back in stock!
Click HERE for a printer-friendly coupon.
20% OFF

One Divine Mercy item

Must present coupon at time of purchase. Valid on regularly priced items only.
Coupon not valid on previously purchased items and cannot be combined with other coupons. Limit one coupon per visit.
Expires 04/30/2016
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 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:
Thank you, Ada Vergne, for decorating Our Lady's Grotto
so beautifully for the Easter season!
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.