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The month of August is dedicated to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. In ever seeking to imitate her virtues through consecration and reparation, we work towards uniting our hearts to Mary's heart and ultimately uniting humankind to God. Our Mother teaches us the way and advocates for her beloved children.

August 2018 • News & Events
Annual 2000 Hail Marys Day of Devotions
Saturday, August 11th, beginning with 8:00 am Mass
Join us for a Marian day of prayer hosted by the Legion of Mary, Our Lady Undoer of Knots Praesidium, on Saturday, August 11th, in honor of the upcoming Feast of the Assumption. Many prayers were answered at last year’s 2000 Hail Marys Devotion. Let us again run to Our Blessed Mother and seek her intercession for the many distressing events bombarding the Church, our families, culture, society, nation and world. After Mass, there will be Eucharistic Adoration all day. We will pray the 2000 Hail Marys with 20 petitions (each petition will be followed by 100 Hail Marys). Come for part or all of the day, and remember to bring your rosary. Parking is limited and carpooling is encouraged. Lunch, snacks and water will be provided. The bookstore will be open at some point during the day. Contact Diane Groth, President, Legion of Mary, Our Lady Undoer of Knots Praesidium HERE.

  • 8:00 am: Mass, followed by all day Eucharistic Adoration
  • 8:30 am: 2000 Hail Marys Devotion begins (no breaks and no specified lunch time; take breaks as needed)
  • 3:00 pm: Divine Mercy
  • 6:00-6:30 pm: Closing of Devotions

Flame of Love Cenacles
Tues. at 10 am & Thurs. at 10 am and 2 pm
About 30 prayer warriors per week on average are attending the Flame of Love Cenacles and experiencing the power of praying in groups, and more are discovering this devotion every week. They pray specifically for the Holy Spirit to come into our hearts by means of the Flame of Love of the Immaculate Heart of Mary and, in so doing effect a new Pentecost. You are welcome to come to any one of the cenacles to learn more.
Children's Storytime & Craft
Wednesday, August 8th & 22th, 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. 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.
Blanket Making Workshops
Tuesday, August 14th & 28th, 1-3 pm
Linus Project Blanket Making Workshops are held at 1:00 pm on the second and fourth Tuesdays of the month in our Conference room. Come learn to make colorful, knotted fleece blankets for Project Linus, a non-profit organization which provides snuggly handmade blankets to children in need. If you can cut and make knots, you can make a blanket! Material and supplies are provided. Already over 150 blankets have been donated and thank you letters are rolling in!

Stepping Up the Beautifying Efforts
We're grateful for the hard work that volunteers Bob Obst and Frank Caruso put in sanding and staining our weather-worn front steps. They look brand new! Bob had previously replaced the planks on the tops of all the steps and the landing. We are so grateful for our dedicated volunteers who help keep Our Lady's Center running strong.
Generosity from a Humble Soul
Volunteer Dave Fodel splits his time between being an usher at St. Agnes and carrying out various important duties for both the Little Sisters of the Poor and OLC. We are certain he must log far more hours as a volunteer than he ever did in the workforce. Dave has a gentle, quiet nature and avoids attention, but hopefully he will not mind us singing his praises and publicly acknowledging his very generous gift of a fine new altar cloth. Dave let it be known that he would like to replace our older one which was becoming quite threadbare, and we encouraged him to choose one of his liking. This one is embroidered with IHS, a monogram for the Holy Name of Jesus in golden thread. The fine linen cloth had to be laundered first due to a natural shrinkage of 7-8 inches, and we are very thankful to our patron, Ann Boland, who has training and experience with laundering altar linens and who took on the task. As a result, the cloth fits perfectly. Msgr. Lizor offered the first Mass using the new altar cloth, and Dave served. May Dave be abundantly blessed for his very generous donation!
Keep on Storming Heaven for Vocations
Praying for vocations is a huge part of what we do here at OLC, and we want you to know that your prayers, joined to those of the Universal Church, are having an effect. Three years ago, Katherine Rose sang a lovely soprano solo Ave Maria during the May Crowning, just as the statue of the Blessed Virgin Mary was crowned. Today, she is discerning a vocation, a journey which she says began in ernest after completing 33 Days to Morning Glory and consecrating herself to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. Please continue to keep Katherine, who is the niece and Goddaughter of Manager Christine, and all others who are discerning in your daily prayers. And may God bless them all for their surrender and willingness to do the Father's will
Storytime After a Rainy Week
Around a dozen young patrons escaped their houses after a very soggy summer week spent cooped up inside. Their joyful enthusiasm for Mrs. Ginny's Storytime and Craft made for a lively morning. Be sure to get your info added to the contact sheet to receive a reminder email on the day before each Storytime.

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August Events
  • 8/04: First Saturday Mass & Devotions, 10:30
  • 8/08, Tuesday: Children's Storytime and Craft, 10:30 am
  • 08/11, Saturday: 2000 Hail Marys Day of Devotions, beginning with 8:00 am Mass
  • 08/14, Tuesday: Blanket Making Workshop, 1:00 pm
  • 08/15, Wednesday: The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary (Holy Day of Obligation): 12:00 Noon Mass
  • 08/22, Wednesday:‚Äč Children's Storytime and Craft, 10:30
  • 08/28, Tuesday: Blanket Making Workshop, 1:00 pm
August 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 (Holy Day)

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

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

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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.