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Thy Word Newsletter - August 2017
First Saturday Mass & Devotions 
With Ministry Presentation
Saturday, August 5th, 10:30 am

Along with our regularly scheduled First Saturday Mass and devotions, OLC hosts a brief presentation by a ministry each month. This month, we welcome Joyce Hoelzer, the Coordinator of Project Linus, Ho. Co. Chapter. Project Linus is a non-profit organization which provides snuggly blankets lovingly handmade by "blanketeers" to children in need. Please join us to hear more about this gentle ministry.
Children's Story Time & Craft
Two Wednesdays, August 9th & 16th,
10:30 - 11:30 am

Join us in the conference room for a fun and faith-filled time together including a storybook reading and activity. We will provide a snack and juice for the kids. RSVP to help us anticipate how many snacks to have on hand! And, since you'll be here anyway, why not stay for Mass? August 9th: "Hildegard's Gift." August 16th: The Puppy That No One Wanted."
2000 Hail Marys Day of Devotions
Saturday, August 12th, 8:00 am - evening
Our Legion of Mary "Our Lady Undoer of Knots" Praesidium is once again hosting a 2000 Hail Marys Day of Devotions in OLC's chapel on Saturday, August 12th, in honor of the Feast of the Assumption. It will begin with 8:30 am Mass and continue with the Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament and devotions throughout the day. The devotions begin with praying a complete Rosary, then each of 20 petitions is read and followed by 100 Hail Marys. Come for part or all of the day. Refreshments available. Email us for more info.
August Fatima Apparition Centennial
SUNDAY, August 13th, 11:30 am - 3:30 pm
This month's Fatima Apparition Centennial, in commemoration of the 100th Anniversary of the fourth apparition, falls on a Sunday. Although Our Lady actually appeared five days later (due to the children's imprisonment), the 13th is still designated as the day of plenary indulgence. Mass will be celebrated at 12:00 Noon, followed by a Holy Hour of devotions including Fatima prayers, the Rosary, and a Consecration to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. Confession will be available. Remember to fulfill the necessary requirements to receive a plenary indulgence!
Thank You Reception for Fr. Canisius
Thursday, August 17th, 1:00 pm

Our Lady's Center is throwing a Thank You Reception for Fr. Canisius Tah in gratitude for the three years of dedicated service he has given to Our Lady's Center while Associate Pastor of the Church of the Resurrection in Ellicott City. Fr. Canisius regularly celebrated two of Our Lady's Center's daily Masses per week, as well as most of our monthly Latin Masses. He also filled in on short notice on a number of occasions as well as covering various special events here. Please come join us after Mass for some cake and coffee and to wish Father well in his new assignment at Sacred Heart in Glyndon.


3 Flame of Love Cenacles Launched at OLC!
Our Lady’s Center is pleased to announce the successful launch of three cenacle prayer groups of the Flame of Love of the Immaculate Heart of Mary Movement. ​This movement is based on the church-approved revelations of Our Lady and Our Lord to Elizabeth Kindelmann in Hungary between 1961 and 1982. More information on the movement is HERE. Our first week was well attended, with 29 enthusiastic prayer warriors and more inquiries. OLC Board Member Ada Vergne and Joan Kane are co-leading these cenacles, heeding Our Lady’s and Our Lord’s request to join forces to blind Satan, helping with the salvation of souls, and thus facilitating the Triumph of the Immaculate Heart of Our Lady and the 2nd Pentecost! All who embark on this mission receive from Our Lady’s Immaculate Heart a Signal Grace which will unfold into many other graces as we receive it into our hearts and pass it on to others.

Each cenacle prayer group meets once a week for approximately 1 hour. Choose the Cenacle whose day and time works better for you: 

Tuesdays at 10 a.m., Thursdays at 10 a.m., OR Thursdays at 3 p.m. 
Sign up in the bookstore or by contacting Ada Vergne. All are welcome!
Flash Flood Watch on Anniversary of Ellicott City Deluge
It's hard to believe a whole year has passed already. We will be forever grateful for all the help our patrons and community gave us as we recovered from the damaging flood of July 29, 2016. Almost exactly one year from that fateful day, we found ourselves again under an ominous flood watch, and more than a few of us kept one eye on the radar. Significant amounts of rain did fall that Friday, although not nearly as much and in a far less concentrated span of time than before. Still, we were not without incident. One hour before our Friday evening Mass, a large branch entangled with vines, fell across our lane, blocking traffic for a couple hours and stranding some of us, including several patrons who were here for Adoration. Our very dedicated volunteer, Dave Fodel, had just been leaving when he discovered the branch had blocked his path. He spent the next two hours helping to direct cars that had turned down the lane back out to Rogers Ave. and working, with two of our stranded patrons, Gary and Keith, to move the heavy branch to the side (no easy feat as it was entangled by thick vines). Board Member Carolyn Niebauer, who had arrived just after the branch fell and was unable to reach the Center itself also assisted in directing patrons and those arriving for Mass. BGE arrived in time to cut the last vine, and our lane was opened up again around 8:30 pm. Although we had had to cancel Mass, Adoration continued on undeterred until board member Msgr. Joseph Lizor arrived to consume the Blessed Sacrament at 9 pm. and everyone returned safely home, relieved that we had once again weathered the storm.
July Storytimes: "Brigid & the Butter"
& "The Sheep That No One Could Find"

Storytime and crafts with Miss Ginny continues to be a fun event for all. Be sure to mark your calendars for the August 9th & 16th dates! You can also email us to be added to the list to receive reminder emails on the day before the event.
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August Dates at a Glance

Saturday, August 5th:
First Saturday Mass & Devotions, 10:30 am

Wednesday, August 9th
Children's Storytime and Craft, 10:30 am

Saturday, August 12th
2000 Hail Marys Day of Devotions, 8:30 am

Sunday, August 13th
Centennial Anniversary of the August Fatima Apparition (observed)
​OLC will be OPEN

Wednesday, August 16th
​Children's Storytime and Craft, 10:30 am

Save the September Dates:

Saturday, September 2nd:
First Saturday Mass & Devotions, 10:30 am

Monday, September 4th

Wednesday, September 6th
Children's Storytime and Craft, 10:30 am

Friday, September 8th
Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary,
Birthday Party for Blessed Mother 1:00 pm

Wednesday, September 13th:
Centennial Anniversary of the September Apparition at Fatima, Holy Hour after Noon Mass

Wednesday, September 20th
​Children's Storytime and Craft, 10:30 pm

August Special Feasts 

  1 - St. Alphonsus Liguori

  4 - St. John Vianney

  5 - Dedication of the Basilica of
        St. Mary Major in Rome

  6 - Transfiguration of Our Lord

  8 - St. Dominic

  9 - St. Teresa Benedicta of the Cross

10 - St. Lawrence

11 - St. Clare of Assisi

12 - St. Jane Francis de Chantal

14 - St. Maximilian Kolbe

15 - The Assumption of the
        Blessed Virgin Mary

16 - St. Stephen

20 - St. Bernard of Clairvaux

22 - Queenship of the Blessed Virgin Mary

23 - St. Rose of Lima

25 - St. Louis IX of France

27 - St. Monica

28 - St. Augustine

29 - The Passion of St. John the Baptist


Come see what we have to help you celebrate all the special days in August.

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Check out this NEW children's story, a beautiful allegory of God's tender mercy.

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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:
Our Lady's crepe myrtle has enjoyed the fresh river silt from last year's flood and grown to be quite enormous, but its blooms are lovely!
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.