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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


APRIL 2019
NEWSLETTER
 
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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.
 

EASTER CLOSING SCHEDULE:
We will be closed April 18-21st, Holy Thursday, Good Friday,
Holy Saturday and Easter Sunday.
Please attend services at your local parishes.

 

APRIL EVENTS...
 
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First Saturday Mass & Devotions
Saturday, April 6th: 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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Venerate a Relic of the True Cross
Friday, April 12th after 12:00 Noon & 7:00 pm Masses
OLC is the humble steward of a small fragment of the True Cross and will make it available for veneration during both Masses. Veneration will take place before Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament and will be followed by Confessions & Station's of the Cross. Come make this Lent an extra special one with us! More on relics of the True Cross HERE.
 
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Special Holy Hour of Reparation
Friday, April 12th after 12:00 Noon Mass only
We are delighted to offer a traditional Holy Hour that many will remember from earlier days at OLC and perhaps even your youth. Prayers of Thanksgiving and Reparation to the Blessed Trinity and especially our Savior, Prayers through Our dear Blessed Mother, and all the Saints for Unity in the Church, for Sinners of all types, for a just and lasting Peace in the world and More! We prayed this powerful novena on President's Day and we have decided to continue it in light of the egregious sins against God and his creation which are being perpetrated and increasingly promoted in our land. If response is positive, we may continue this Holy Hour monthly. Booklets provided and also for sale in the Bookstore.
 
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The Defend Life Lecture Tour:
Pro-life Activist & Whistle Blower
Siobhan O'Connor

"Doing the Right Thing No Matter What the Cost"
Friday, April 12th, 1:00pm
 Come hear one of the most courageous pro-life advocates in America tell her story of fighting for the truth. She was the Executive Asst. to Bishop Richard Malone of Buffalo until she learned that the names of priests credibly accused of abuse were withheld from authorities. A whistle-blower out of necessity, she is now focused on the reform and renewal of the Church she loves. Refreshments and lively discussion will follow. 
 
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OLC's Annual Spring Clean Up Day
Saturday, April 13th, 9:00 am through afternoon.
It's that time of year again! Spring cleaning is upon us, and it's time to give Our Lady's Center a good scrub, trim, and polish. We need lots of hands, so come join us for a day full of fun, laughter, cleaning, and food! If you're the outdoorsy type, we'll have tree-trimming, weeding, planting, mulching, and more. Please bring chain saws, garden tools, shovels, leaf rakes, etc. In the chapel, we'll have wood and brass polishing and window-washing. Come spend time with your OLC community, giving back to Our Lady for all that she does for us, and then enjoy a real feast! Bring a side or dessert to share at our after-cleanup pot luck, and we'll provide the hamburgers, hotdogs, & buns (or hoagies if we don't procure a grill and grill-master). You can sign up in the bookstore to let us know you're coming and what you're bringing!...or email us HERE!
 
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Dave & Joan Maroney Return!
"The Feast of Mercy:
A Day of Extraordinary Grace"

Monday, April 15th, 7:00 pm
Our Lady's Center is excited to welcome back the Maroneys, founders and directors of Mother of Mercy Messengers (MMOM), an apostolate of the Marian Fathers of the National Shrine of Divine Mercy in Stockbridge, MA. This time, the Maroneys will be leading a special multimedia presentation which will take place in the evening, to give an opportunity to those who work during the day to attend. Come hear, just two weeks before the Universal Church celebrates it, just how the Feast of Divine Mercy can transform the world!
 
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Act of Consecration of the Families to the Divine Mercy & Chaplet of Divine Mercy
Friday, April 26th during Noon & 7:30 pm Masses
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. And, while you are here, take advantage of the availability of the Sacrament of Confession. Extraordinary graces are available for those who fittingly prepare for and observe the Feast of Mercy. More HERE.
 
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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.
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Coast to Coast Consecration to Jesus through Mary
33 Day Preparation begins Sunday, April 28th
 In order to increase the effectiveness of our prayers and apostolic endeavors, let us all unite spiritually and consecrate ourselves and our apostolates to Jesus through Mary on one special day at the same time. Begin the 33 Day Preparation individually on Sunday, April 28, the feast of St. Louis de Montfort & Divine Mercy Sunday. Then we will consecrate on Friday, May 31, the Feast of The Visitation, the Lady of All Nations, and Mary, Mediatrix of All Graces. The Consecration will be live streamed from the National Divine Mercy Shrine in Stockbridge, MA on May 31. You can pick up a copy of the book, "33 Days to Morning Glory," in the bookstore to prepare for the consecration. The Flame of Love cenacles that meet at OLC will be completing the preparation together on days that they meet, and you are welcome to join them. 
 
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Blessing of the Blankets
​Tuesday, April 9th after 12:00 Noon Mass

Blanket Making Workshops
Tuesday, April 9th & 23rd, 1-3pm

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 300 blankets have been donated and thank you letters are rolling in, but WE NEED DONATIONS TO BUY MORE FLEECE!  Please help us buy more materials with a cash donation. 
 
April Children's Storytime & Craft Dates
Wednesday, April 10th & 24th, 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! Here are some photos of some of the little visitors at our March Storytimes.
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SAVE THE DATE...
 
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DVD SHOWING ON FIRST SATURDAY in MAY
An American Apparition:
Our Lady of Good Help

Saturday, May 4th, 12:30 pm
Following First Saturday Mass and Devotions in May, The Legion of Mary, Our Lady Undoer of Knots Praesidium will be showing and discussing a film about the only Vatican-approved apparition in the United States which took place near Green Bay, Wisconsin in 1859. Come learn about the Blessed Mother's Message and its relevance for our time. Refreshments will be provided.
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Blessed are they that believe without seeing. What are you doing here in idleness…while your companions are working in the vineyard of my Son?"
 
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May Crowning on the Feast Day of Our Lady of Fatima!
Monday, May 13th following 12:00 Noon Mass

All are invited to process outside to our lovely grotto to crown the statue of Our Lady, singing beautiful hymns to the Blessed Mother and laying flowers before her. Let us know if your child has just recently celebrated their First Holy Communion We'd love for them to come in their Communion finery 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. In the event of rain, the crowning will take place in the chapel.

IN THE NEWS...
 
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No Longer Holier than Thou
We are very grateful for your patience as we discerned the best way to proceed in repairing our humble little lane. Although more involved necessary improvements are slated for us down the road, we realized the monster potholes cropping up almost daily along our lane needed to be dealt with more immediately and in a decisive manner. No longer would merely filling the potholes suffice. Although a complete paving is not practical at this time, several problematic areas have now been resurfaced. We hope you visit us soon to enjoy the much smoother ride down to our little oasis of peace.

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April Events - Mark Your Calendars!

4/05, First Friday: 12:00 & 7:30 pm  Mass, Stations of the Cross, and Devotions

4/06, First Saturday: 10:30 am Mass followed by Devotions

4/09, Tuesday: Blanket Blessing after 12:00 Noon Mass. Blanket Making Workshop, 1:00 pm

4/10, Wednesday: Children's Storytime & Craft, 10:30 am

4/12, Friday: Veneration of the True Cross and Stations of the Cross after both 12:00 Noon & 7:30 pm Masses. 2nd Friday Holy Hour of Reparation after 12:00 Noon Mass only.

4/12, Defend Life Talk by Siobhan O'Connor, pro-life activist and whistle-blower, 1:00 pm

4/18-4/21, 
OLC CLOSED  Holy Thursday through Easter Sunday (Begin Divine Mercy Novena individually on Good Friday which ends on Divine Mercy Sunday)

4/23, Tuesday: Blanket Making Workshop, 1:00 pm

4/24, Wednesday: Children's Storytime & Craft, 10:30 am

4/28, Sunday, begin 33 Days of Morning Glory preparation for Consecration to the Immaculate Heart of Mary (individually).
 
April Special Feasts
  4 - St. Isadore of Seville
  5 - St. Vincent Ferrer
  7 - St. John Baptist de la Salle
11 - St. Stanislaus, St. Leo the Great
21 - Easter Sunday
25 - St. Mark
28 - St. Louis Marie de Montfort;
          St. Gianna Molla
29 - St. Catherine of Siena

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

 
FIRST HOLY COMMUNION GIFTS!!
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Beautiful gift sets for every budget for boys and girls containing Mass missals, rosaries, scapulars and pins. Some come with wallets and purses.
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A beautiful new book from Magnificat comprised of twelve inspiring true stories that help children get to know Jesus truly present in the Blessed Sacramant and encourage them to remain close to Him in the Eucharist all their lives.
 
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A lavishly illustrated coffee table book exploring the mysteries surrounding the Shroud of Turin and the mysterious Veil of Manoppello.
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Divine Mercy Sunday is the Sunday after Easter. Proclaim God's infinite mercy by hanging an image of the Divine Mercy for your home.

APRIL NO-CLIP COUPON:
15% OFF
One DIVINE MERCY Item in Stock
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 04/30/2019
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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