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May 2018 • News & Events
Please Note: We will be CLOSED for Memorial Day, Monday, May 28th
as we honor those who paid the ultimate price and laid down their lives in service to their nation and in love of their neighbor.
The Bible & the Blessed Virgin Mary DVD Study Series on First Saturdays 
First Saturdays at OLC at 12:30 pm 
Come for First Saturday Mass & Devotions at 10:30 and stay for this DVD Study Series. Following in the footsteps of the very well received Queen of Heaven Study Series, the Legion of Mary, Our Lady Undoer of Knots Praesidium, which meets here at OLC, will be hosting this new DVD study series beginning this Saturday. Contact Ruby Mize for more info. You may also email her HERE. The registration, which is the cost of the participant workbook ($15.96), can be brought to first meeting. Make checks payable to Ruby Mize. Refreshments will be provided by the Legion of Mary as well..
May Procession & Crowning of the Blessed Virgin Mary
Monday, May 7th after 12:00 Noon Mass
Following Mass, all are invited to process outside with Msgr. Lizor to our lovely grotto to crown the statue of Our Lady. We shall sing beautiful hymns to her and lay flowers before her. Any children who have recently celebrated their First Holy Communion are encouraged to come in their dresses and suits to help lead the procession. Let us honor our lovely mother with this beautiful tradition! Confessions will follow, and we will be serving a cake in the conference room!
Msgr. Lizor's 60th Anniversary of Ordination & Birthday Celebration LIVE on WMET 1160 AM Radio!
Thursday, May 10th, 1-3 pm
WMET 1160 AM Guadalupe Radio will again be broadcasting LIVE from Our Lady's Center on Ascension Thursday. Msgr. Joseph Lizor, who serves on our Board of Directors and celebrates our Monday Masses regularly will be featured on the broadcast. We are honored and blessed to have Msgr. Lizor with us. Come help us celebrate his life of service. Refreshments and cake will be served!
Children's Storytime & Craft
Wednesday, May 16th & 30th, 10:30 am

Bring the little ones to hear Mrs. Ginny read some of the good Catholic children's books which we carry in the store. This month, we will feature two books on Mary: "Mary My Mother" and "Our Blessed Mother." A fun craft and snack will be provided. RSVP if possible so we are sure to have enough for all of our littlest patrons (but if your plans open up at the last minute, please feel free to drop in. We always have extra just in case). Also, be sure to get on our Storytime email list for reminders.
"Mary, Mother of the Church" Solemnity Devotions
NEW FEAST DAY! Monday, May 21st after Noon Mass
Earlier this year, Pope Francis decreed that this Marian feast day, the Solemnity of Mary, Mother of the Church (Mater Ecclesiae) become universally celebrated on the Monday after Pentecost Sunday. Mary is the proud Mother of the Upper Room, overjoyed to see the Apostles emboldened through the Holy Spirit and ready to spread the Gospel far and wide. Let us join them in joyful zeal, under the mantle of protection of the Blessed Mother and pray for her intercession for the unity of the Church. We will pray a decade of the rosary and a litany to Our Lady, then cake will be served in the Confererence room.
Flame of Love Regional Retreat 
You're Invited to the Flame of Love Maryland Regional Retreat on May 12th 10-5 at the National Seton Shrine in Emmitsburg, MD. For more information on the Flame of Love Movement or to RSVP  for the retreat, contact Ada Vergne. 

Our Flame of Love Cenacles (prayer groups) meet at OLC on Tuesday mornings at 10 am, and on Thursdays at 10 am and also at 2 pm (followed by the Chaplet of Divine Mercy). Please join us!
Annual 2000 Hail Marys Day of Devotions at OLC
Saturday, August 11th


Thank You for Sprucing Up
Our Lady's Chapel & Grounds!
Our dedicated patrons came to our rescue once again, hauling tons of dead wood, mulching, polishing and cleaning our grounds and chapel. It was a day full of fun, laughter, cleaning, and food! Thank you to all who helped, for giving back to Our Lady for all that she has done for us! A special thank you to Elsa Kane for heading up our chapel sprucing and Doug Schenk for overseeing the outdoor clean-up.
Kneeler Cushions Get Much Needed Repair
We are also very grateful to Kam Comastro and Mary Ellen Cote for taking on the job of repairing the torn pew kneelers and prie-dieux in our chapel. They even replaced the worn felt in our collection baskets. Kam and Mary Ellen make a dynamic duo getting things done. They are a force to be reckoned with, specially with power tools in hand.
Bountiful Blankets Were Blessed
A boatload of blankets were blessed after Mass at OLC. Our blanketeers have been busy cutting and knotting dozens of blankets for the Linus Project, a non-profit which distributes comfort blankets to children in need in hospitals, facilities and homes around Howard County. Fr. Okoro blessed the blankets with holy water, all in attendance prayed for the children who would be receiving them, and they were then taken away for distribution. Thanks to all our volunteers! Join us on the second and forth Tuesday of every month after the Noon Mass to learn how to make them. If you can tie a knot, you can make a blanket.
An International Warrior for
Human Rights Visits OLC
The Spring Defend Life Lecture Tour concluded with a compelling talk by Reggie Littlejohn: "Fighting Forced Abortion and Sexual Slavery in China." Ms. Littlejohn is the founder of "Women’s Rights Without Frontiers" and explained how any visibly pregnant woman in China who is not in possession of a birth permit can be legally arrested by Family Planning Police and forcibly aborted. Her audio/visual presentation was heart wrenching. We are grateful to Ms. Littlejohn and all who are on the forefront of fighting for basic human rights for all, especially the most vulnerable and innocent among us.
In Memorium: Frank Lancelotta Jr.
Frank Lancelotta Jr., the son of Our Lady's Center's legendary founder, Frank Lancelotta Sr., passed away after a long illness on April 25th in Oakland, MD. He was 79 years old. Our Lady's Center has thrived in large part due to the Lancelotta family's charitable foundation founded to honor Frank Sr. and which Frank Jr. greatly expanded, and we will forever be grateful. Read the obituary HERE, and please keep the Lancelotta family in your prayers, many of whom are still in the area and continue to attend Mass at Our Lady's Center.

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May Events:

5/5, First Saturday:
10:30 am - Mass & Devotions
12:30 pm - The Bible and the Blessed Virgin Mary DVD Series

5/7, Monday, after noon Mass:
May Procession & Crowning of the Blessed Virgin Mary

5/8, Tuesday, 1:00 pm:
Linus Project Blanket Making Workshop

5/10, Thursday:
Msgr. Lizor's Birthday and 60th Anniversary Celebration
WMET 1160 AM Guadalupe Radio Broadcasting Live from OLC

5/16, Wednesday, 
10:30 am
Children's Storytime & Craft

5/22, Tuesday, 1:00 pm:
Linus Project Blanket Making Workshop

5/28, Monday:

Memorial Day, OLC CLOSED

5/30, Wednesday, 1:00 pm
Children's Storytime & Craft

Ongoing at OLC:

Flame of Love Prayer Cenacles
Choose one day/time per week: Tues. 10:00 am, Thurs. 10:00 am, OR
Thurs. 2:00 pm (Note new time!)

Legion of Mary, Our Lady, Undoer of Knots Praesidium, Fridays 5:30

Linus Project Blanket Making Workshops, at 1:00 on the second and fourth Tuesday of each month


May Feasts

5/01 St. Joseph the Worker
5/02 St. Athanasius
5/03 St. Philip & James the Lesser
5/10 The Ascension of Our Lord
5/13 Our Lady of Fatima (Mother's Day)
5/15 St. Isadore the Farmer
5/20 Pentecost Sunday
5/21 Mary, Mother of the Church
5/22 St. Rita of Cascia
5/26 St. Philip Neri
5/27 The Most Holy Trinity
5/31 The Visitation

*We are a non-profit. All sales go towards supporting the Shrine! 

Mother's Day is May 13th!
Breathtaking framed prints and holy cards in honor of the newly proclaimed universal Marian feast, the Solemnity of Mary, Mother of the Church, Mater Ecclesiae. A perfect Mother's Day gift!
We have a beautiful selection on gifts for the beloved mothers in your life!
Hail Mary Scarves • Coaster Mugs • Statues • Rosaries • Devotionals • Candy
We've rolled out the cart of shameless temptation once again. Yes, shameless, because it's made by Trappist Nuns who pray as they make them. Choose from Fudge, Maple Walnut Penuche, Dark & Milk Chocolate Squares (with and without Almonds), and Simply Munch (Chocolate-covered toffee squares).

Just mention you saw this offer in the
April OLC Newsletter!

15% OFF
One Box of Candy in Stock

Must mention coupon at time of purchase. Limit offer good for ONE item only per visit, please. Valid on one regularly priced item only. Not valid on previously purchased items and cannot be combined with other coupons. 
Expires 05/31/2018

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:
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.