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410.461.5066 
3301 S Rogers Ave
Ellicott City, MD 21043

Turn between the blue mailbox and the guardrail and follow our lane to the end.
www.ourladyscenter.net
email@ourladyscenter.net


JANUARY 2019
NEWSLETTER
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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.

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Our Lady's Center wishes you a very
Happy and Blessed New Year!
We're so grateful for our patrons, and we
hope to see even more of you in 2019!

 

JANUARY EVENTS...
 
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Saturday, January 5th: 10:30 am Mass 
followed by Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament and a First Saturday Holy Hour during which Confessions are heard, and closing with Benediction. The Bookstore is open 10-10:30 am and 12-2:00 pm.
 
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Eucharistic Adoration
during the March for Life

Friday, January 18th,
12:30 pm - 7:30 pm

The Annual March for Life in Washington DC takes place on January 18th. Hundreds of thousands will march, people of all walks of life who share the deep conviction that the sanctity of all human life must be defended for a just culture to exist. Many area parishes will have busses ready to for transportation. If you cannot physically attend the March, please join us in spirit by coming to the OLC chapel that day anytime between our 12:00 Noon and 7:30 pm Masses to pray before the Blessed Sacrament for the cause of Life!
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The Maroneys to Speak on the Connection Between the Divine Mercy Revelation and Life Issues
​Wednesday, January 23rd at 1:00 pm in the Chapel
We are excited to welcome Joan and Dave Maroney of Mother of Mercy Messengers back to OLC! They will be speaking here on the day after the Anniversary of Roe v. Wade, better remembered as the Day of Prayer for the Legal Protection of Unborn Children. Joan and Dave Maroney brilliantly connect the dots between the revelations experienced by St. Faustina Kowalska just prior to World War II and the dramatic rise of communism and practical atheism that envelopes the world today. Please come hear this wonderful and joyful husband and wife team witness to the dire importance of spreading the Divine Mercy message to a confused and hurting world and its relevance in advancing the cause for Life and the universal recognition of the dignity and respect of all human beings. Join us afterwards in the conference room for refreshments and lively discussion. Read more about the Maroney's HERE
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Photo: The Maroney's on their last visit to OLC with Board of Directors member Ada Vergne in the middle.
 
And join us for these ongoing events!
Flame of Love Cenacles
Tuesdays at 10 am, Thursdays at 10 am or Thursdays at 2 pm (choose one)
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. Come pray for the Holy Spirit to come into our hearts by means of the Flame of Love of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, a new Pentecost! You are welcome to come to any one of the cenacles to learn more.
Blanket Making Workshops
Tuesday, January 8th & 22nd, 1-3pm

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 200 blankets have been donated and thank you letters are rolling in!
Children's Storytime & Craft
Wednesday, January 9th & 23rd, 10:30 AM
Bring the children to hear Mrs. Ginny read entertaining and wonderfully virtuous Catholic children's books, do a fun craft, and enjoy a snack. RSVP so we know how many snacks and crafts to have on hand, but last minute drop-ins are always welcome!
 

IN THE NEWS...
 
Annual St. Nicholas Visit Brings Dozens of Smiles
Our Lady's Center celebrated the Feast of St. Nicholas with another lively visit by the great Bishop of Myra. St Nick was once again convincingly portrayed by our own President of the Board, Jack Kissane. Around 30 children 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. We are so joyful to provide this happily-anticipated tradition here at OLC, and we plan to continue it for years to come.
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Our 2018 Patron Christmas Party
Was Full of Good Cheer

OLC warmly welcomed our friends, patrons, and benefactors to a Christmas celebration in their honor in the week before Christmas. There were many delectable dishes and goodies furnished by those who attended, along with Christmas ham and all the fixings. 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!
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Christmas Basket Raffle Nets Nearly $3,500!
Our annual Christmas Basket Raffle was an enormous success! We sold nearly 5,000 tickets and raised $3,480! We wish that every single one of you who entered could have won, but it is our hope that you at least feel rewarded in knowing that your kind, generous, enthusiastic support enables us to continue this unique and holy ministry and that many will be blessed because of you!

Our raffle winners are #1) Holiday Baker Basket: Mary Craze; #2) His & Hers Basket: Michael Zanski; #3) O Holy Night Basket: Trish Williams; #4: Elegant Entertainer Basket: Marie Skowronek; and #5) Old Fashioned Christmas Basket: Christin Divver.

Thanks again to all who contributed their time, talents and treasures to this very successful endeavor. Please let us know if you have something to donate for next year's raffle baskets, such as Gift Certificates from your businesses. What a wonderful way to promote them!
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Thank You and Farewell, Fr. Justin!
We have counted ourselves blessed to have had Fr. Justin Okoro as a regular Mass celebrant here at OLC and are saddened to see him go. He has finished his studies here in the US and is heading back to his native Nigeria to continue his priestly mission there. Along with being our regular Tuesday and Wednesday Noon Mass celebrant, Fr. Justin also conducted the most wonderful heartfelt and thorough blessings of our Linus Project blankets for children in need. We took the opportunity to thank him and give him fleece crosses made with love from the scraps left over to bring back to Africa with him. Several days later, he celebrated his final Mass at OLC which was a special one. Our former server, seminarian James Lancelotta, was able to return to attend the Mass and to say farewell to a dear friend and mentor.
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Caution: Roadwork Ahead
We apologize for the state of our lane! Pot holes are a recurring issue, due in particular to the nature of the flood plane we occupy. You have been very generous in response to our Grateful Hearts Capitol Campaign, and we are currently assessing how best to employ these funds in addressing this most nagging issue. Ideally, we would like to repave the entire lane and parking area rather than continue to spot patch, but this would most certainly require the donation of paving materials (something we are praying for!) It would also need to be done soon, before the freeze or later on in Spring. Many factors are involved as we decide on a plan. Rest assured that we are on it, and in the mean time, please drive slowly and safely!
Exciting Changes are in the Works!
Thanks to the overwhelming generosity of our benefactors, we are moving forward with the following: landscaping and beautification, additional lighting outside including the grotto itself, new front and back doors, an awning for the front, and even a new, more visible sign for us at Rogers Ave! Additionally, we will be acquiring an appropriately-sized votive candle stand for beneath the Fatima statue in the chapel. We are very excited about all of these upgrades. What a wonderful year it will be, the 45th Anniversary of our founding!
 
A Message from your OLC Staff:

Dear Beloved Patrons,

Your support in the Bookstore and Gift Shop has helped to make 2018 a wonderfully successful year for Our Lady's Center Marian Shrine, and we are deeply grateful. We loved seeing each of you and meeting so many new patrons who discovered us this year. We count ourselves deeply blessed to be able to serve you as we carry out our duties as little handmaids to the Blessed Mother. Please continue to make OLC a part of your lives in 2019. Let us know if there is any Catholic resource or item we can help you find. We have thousands of items in catalogs that we can special order for you, often combining with our orders to save you shipping (and we are tax-exempt!) And please bring your friends to OLC and spread the word about this very special place of grace, so their hearts can be touched by the gentle love of Our Blessed Mother and the abiding peace that only her son can give. May God bless you and keep you in the coming year!
Love, Mary Sharp, Ginny Sniezek, and Christine Cunningham
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January Special Feasts
 
1/01: Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God

1/02: Sts. Basil & Gregory.

1/03: Most Holy Name of Jesus

1/04: St. Elizabeth Ann Seton

1/05: St. John Neumann

1/06: The Epiphany of the Lord

1/13: Baptism of the Lord

1/21: St. Agnes

1/24: St. Francis de Sales

1/25: Conversion of St. Paul

1/26: Sts. Timothy & Titus

1/28: St. Thomas Aquinas

1/29: St. Francis de Sales


1/31: St. John Bosco
 
January Events

1/05 - First Saturday Mass &
Devotions
10:30 am - 12:30 pm

1/08 - Linus Project Blanket Making Workshop - 1:00 pm


1/9 - Children's Storytime
& Craft
10:30 am - 11:30 am


1/18 - Eucharistic Adoration
during the March for Life
12:30 pm - 7:30 pm

1/22 - Linus Project Blanket Making Workshop - 1:00 pm


1/23 - Children's Storytime
& Craft
10:30 am - 11:30 am


1/23 - Talk by the Maroneys of Mother of Mercy Messengers
1:00 pm in the Chapel

 

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

 
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Wear the message of Divine Mercy with our Jesus I Trust in You Infinity Scarves like the ones Joan and Ada are wearing in the image above.
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It may be the middle of winter, but you can let the Son shine in with these beautiful gold framed prints of Divine Mercy

Christmas Season Sale!
25% OFF
All Remaining Christmas
& Advent Items in Stock!

 
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JANUARY NO-CLIP COUPON:
15% OFF
One BOOK in Stock
Some exclusions apply. See store for details.
No coupon necessary. Just mention you saw the no-clip coupon in the newsletter. Cannot be combined with other coupons or discounts. In stock items only. One time use per person, please! 
Expires 01/31/2019
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Our Lady's Center Marian Shrine

3301 S. Rogers Ave

Ellicott City, MD 21043

(410) 461-5066

http://www.ourladyscenter.net
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
Rosary
Monday-Friday: 11:30 am

Confessions
Following all Masses

Adoration
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 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 events and activities throughout each month.
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