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410-461-5066 • 3301 S. Rogers Avenue, Ellicott City, Maryland 21043
Turn between the blue mailbox and guardrail and follow our lane to lovely oasis of peace!
www.ourladyscenter.net • email@ourladyscenter.net

January 2020 Newsletter
 
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Our Lady's Center wishes you a very
Happy and Blessed New Year!
We dedicate the January newsletter 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." At 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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Call 410-461-5066 and press "5"
for up-to-the-minute weather related announcements or check our website www.ourladyscenter.net before heading out.

 

JANUARY EVENTS...
 
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Eucharistic Adoration during the March for Life
Friday, January 24h, 12:30 pm - 7:30 pm
The 46th Annual March for Life in Washington DC takes place on January 24th. 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 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, that hardened hearts will be softened and eyes opened to the beauty and dignity that each human life inherently contains, from the moment of conception to natural death. If we see with the eyes of Christ, every single human life is infinitely valuable.

REGULAR MONTHLY ACTIVITIES...
 
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​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 14th & 28th, 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 15th & 29th, 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!

First Fridays Mass & Devotions: 12:00 Noon & 7:30 pm

First Saturdays Mass & Devotions: 10:30 am

Holy Rosary daily Monday-Friday at 11:30 am

Our Lady of Perpetual Help Novena: Thursdays after 12:00 Noon Mass

Adoration: Fridays between the 12:00 Noon & 7:30 pm Masses

2nd Fridays Holy Hour of Reparation (Jan 10th) 2nd Fridays of the Month
1 pm English, 5 pm Spanish


Legion of Mary, Our Lady, Undoer of Knots Praesidium: Fridays 5:30 pm
 
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Pray for Vocations with the Ecce Homo Traveling Bust of Our Lord & Blessed Chalice
Sign up in the Bookstore to take home the Ecce Homo bust of Our Lord and blessed chalice for a two week interval. Set them up in a place of honor in your home and, during that period, pray for vocations to the priesthood and religious life as well as your own personal intentions. Instructions and optional prayers and devotional materials are included, as well as a diary filled with the entries of those who have hosted the bust and chalice in their homes previously. Many miracles and wonders have happened as a result of this devotion. For more information, contact Ada Vergne HERE
Weeks during Lent still available!

SAVE THE DATE...
 
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Blessing of the Throats
Monday, February 3rd, 12:00 Noon Mass
Join us for Mass and have your throat blessed with candles. This tradition dates back to the 4th century after St. Blaise, a bishop and martyr, saved a boy choking on a fishbone. While we invoke St. Blaise for his protection against any physical ailment of the throat, let us also ask his protection against any spiritual ailment—, profanity, cursing, unkind remarks, or gossip. St. James warns us, "If a man who does not control his tongue imagines that he is devout, he is self-deceived; his worship is pointless." This warning is particularly appropriate in a society whose interactions have become increasingly uncivil. St. Blaise, pray for us!

IN THE NEWS...
 
Our 2019 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 with Msgr. Joseph Lizor, who is on our Board of Directors, pulling the winning tickets. 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 over $4000! 
Our annual Christmas Basket Raffle was an enormous success! How amazing that we were able to exactly match the value of the contents of all the donated giftware and certificates in our baskets. Our baskets were worth more than ever before, and you helped us make the whole endeavor an amazing success. 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!
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Our raffle winners are #1) Downee Ocean Hon Basket: Ward DeGrange; #2) Fine as Wine Holiday Shine Basket: Jim Smith; #3) Pray for Peace Basket: Michele Nagle; #4: Crab Feast Basket:Joe Winterlang; #5) Home for the Holidays Basket: Sue Smith; #6) Elegant Entertainment Basket: Colleen Sniezek. Congratulations!

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!
 
St. Nick 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 45 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 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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Once again, must not forget to acknowledge the amazing efforts of Boardmember Diane Andrews in decorating the chapel so elegantly for Christmas. We are enormously grateful for her dedication creative talent!
 
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A Message from your OLC Staff:
Dear Beloved Patrons,

Your support in the Bookstore and Gift Shop has helped to make 2019, our 45th Anniversary, the most successful year ever 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 2020. 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 own orders to save you shipping (and we are tax-exempt!) Please bring your friends to OLC and spread the word about this very special place of grace, so many more 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, Ginny and Christine

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January Events at a Glance:

Saturday, January 4th:
First Saturday Mass, 10:30 am followed by Devotions

Friday, January 10th
2nd Fridays Holy Hour of Reparation after 12:00 Noon Mass, Spanish Holy Hour at 5 pm.

Tuesday, January 14th:
Linus Blanket Making Workshop 1:00 pm

Wednesday, January 15th:
Children' Storytime & Craft, 10:30 am

Friday, January 24th:

Adoration during the March for Life, 12:30 pm-7:30 pm

Tuesday, January 28th:
Linus Blanket Making Workshop 1:00 pm

Wednesday, January 29th:
Children' Storytime & Craft, 10:30 am
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: The Epiphany of the Lord

1/12: 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

1/31: St. John Bosco

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

 
Excellent New Releases Arriving Daily!
Build a library of solidly Catholic spiritual resources so that you have the book you need to read when the Holy Spirit prompts you...or to lend or give to someone in your life at a moment when they need the wisdom, guidance, encouragement or comfort these books contain. One can not have too many good Catholic books! 
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NEW! CONSECRATION TO ST. JOSEPH: THE WONDERS OF OUR SPIRITUAL FATHER
In the midst of crisis, confusion, and a world at war with the Church, it's time to come home again to our spiritual father, St. Joseph. In this richly researched and lovingly presented program of consecration to St. Joseph, Fr. Donald Calloway, MIC, brings to life the wonders, the power, and the ceaseless love of St. Joseph, Patron of the Universal Church and the Terror of Demons.

 
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NEW! MY UNCLE FULTON SHEEN
Joan Sheen Cunningham presents her uncle as a man of prayer, generosity, and missionary zeal who interacted with countless people from all walks of life, illustrating how this great man’s chief concern was sharing the mercy of God with everyone.
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NEW! LENTEN JOURNEY WITH MARY: Walk with the world’s singular model of faith and purity each day of your Lenten spiritual pilgrimage to Easter. Explore Mary’s messages one by one, dedicating each week of Lent to an overarching theme from her apparitions and drawing from each a vibrant new spiritual lesson for your life.
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BACK IN STOCK! Hugely popular because everyone needs this book.
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SHIPPING SOON! Reserve your copy now and be ready for the battle for souls.

HUGE BOOK CLEARANCE SALE
GOING ON NOW!


Hundreds of books on sale discounted up to
 45% OFF  
regular prices!
More books are being added daily as ​we make room for new inventory. 
Come pick up some bargain reads and spend the rest of the winter in a cozy chair by the fire
feeding your heart, mind and soul with Catholic books.

 

JANUARY NO-CLIP COUPON:
15% OFF
ONE PASHMINA, INFINITY SCARF or CHAPEL VEIL in stock!
 
No coupon necessary. Valid on regularly priced, in-stock books only. Not valid on previously purchased or discounted items. Cannot be combined with other coupons or discounts. Some restrictions apply.
Expires 01/31/2020
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Our Hail Mary Pashmina in Medjugorje
Patron Kathy Clugg, OFS recently traveled to Medjugorje on pilgrimage led by Fr. Jon Kightlinger, and she brought along one of our Hail Mary Pashmina Scarves, appropriately colored Blessed Mother Blue. She said she loves it and wore it everywhere there. We are so honored that a product we helped develop to honor Our Lady was taken along on such a meaningful journey. If you have photos of items you purchased at OLC in special places, email them to us. We'd love to see and perhaps feature them in upcoming newsletters.
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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