Health Announcement: All's well here so far, and rest assured that we are taking precautions to prevent any spread of illness through the frequent use of disinfectants on surfaces and following Archbishop Lori's guidelines, which you can read HERE, until the threat has passed. Please refrain from physical contact during the Sign of the Peace. Also, please consider making a Spiritual Communion instead if you feel unwell. Thank you for your understanding, and please keep all those suffering from the virus or its effects throughout the world in your prayers.
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Lent is a liturgical season when all members of the Universal Church must seek to distance ourselves from earthly attachments, to retreat to the desert like Jesus for 40 days. We participate in abstinence, fasting, confession, devotions and acts of mercy and resist temptations in order to strengthen our spiritual discipline and grow in holiness. We walk the Via Dolorosa with our Lord, wait at the tomb, and anticipate Easter Sunday when we will rejoice in the Resurrection of Our Lord.
Saturday, March 7th: 10:30 am Masswill be 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. The Legion of Mary, Our Lady Undoer of Knots Praesidium will continue the DVD Bible Study on "Revelations" in the Conference room beginning at 12:30 pm. It will cover Session 6: Revelation 12-13: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly.
Relic of the True Cross Blessing
& Holy Hour of Reparation Friday, March 13th 12:00 Noon Mass will be followed immediately by a blessing of all presentwith the Relic of the True Cross, of which OLC is a humble steward. The Relic will remain on the altar for veneration for a time. Read about relics of the True Cross HERE. We will be praying especially for an end of the spreading of the corona virus.
Stations of the Cross will then be prayed,during which the priest will begin hearing Confessions. When Stations are complete, confessions will be paused for Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament and then will resume. At this time, for those who wish to take part, a Holy Hour of Reparation before the Blessed Sacrament will be prayed, offering our Lord prayers of thanksgiving and reparation and entreating the intercession of the Blessed Mother and all the saints for unity in the Church, for sinners of all types, and for a just and lasting peace in the world. Adoration will continue until evening Mass.
7:30 PM Mass will be followed by another Blessing with the Relic of the True Cross, Confessions, Stations of the Cross and regular Friday Night Devotions.
Stations of the Cross Fridays after Masses
Fridays during Lent after both the 12:00 Noon and 7:30 pm Masses. Also, enjoy our outdoor Stations of the Cross on the banks of the stream out front on your own anytime.
Special March Storytime & Booksigning
with local authorPamela Love
Wednesday, March 18th, 10:30 am We are so excited to have local author Pamela Love visiting us to read one of her delightful creations, "Brigid and the Butter, a legend of Saint Brigid of Ireland." We also carry "Staircase for the Sisters," a story of prayer and St. Joseph, and "The Sword and the Cape," a tale about St. Martin of Tours. With St. Patrick's Day celebrated the day before and St. Joseph's Feast Day celebrated the day after, March 18th is the perfect day to highlight Pamela's books! We will have a supply of them on hand for purchase, and Pamela will sign your copy! We will also have a fun activity and snacks. Please RSVP so we can anticipate how many crafts and snacks to have on hand and if you would like us to reserve a book or two or three for you, let us know!
Consecration to St. Joseph at OLC Thursday, March 19th following 12:00 Noon Mass For first time ever, Catholics all over the world have been joining together to prepare for consecration to St. Joseph, in recognition of his role as our spiritual father. Fr. Don Calloway's new book, "Consecration to St. Joseph" has been the guide for the preparation. The first of many waves of consecrations will take place on St. Joseph's feast day, March 19th. Please join us in the chapel after Mass if you are completing the preparation. We will recite the consecration together and will have certificates available for you to sign.
If you would like to begin your preparation, Fr. Calloway's book is for sale in the Bookstore. The next start date is March 30th in order to consecrate 33 days later, on the Feast Day of St. Joseph the Worker.
Why Consecration to St. Joseph? He is the patron of Fathers, the Patron of Families, and the Patron of the Universal Church, all of which have been suffering great persecution and division in recent times. AND he's the terror of demons, the source of so much of our suffering. Now is the time for our Spiritual Father to take our hands and guide us in becoming more holy.
The 2020 Defend Life Speaker Series Presents: Talk by Kevin Wells Author of "The Priests We Need to Save the Church" Friday, March 20th, 1:00 pm We are excited to welcome back local best-selling author and journalist, Kevin Wells. Kevin is the president of the Msgr. Thomas Wells Society for Vocations, a foundation created in honor of his holy uncle who was slain in Germantown, MD twenty years ago. Kevin spoke at Our Lady's Center several months ago on the subject of his best-selling book, what qualities are necessary for holy priests, qualities his uncle embodied, as well as Kevins own personal story which includes miraculous healing. If you missed his talk before, you have another chance to hear it! Please join us for this very important talk and stay for refreshments and lively discussion.
OLC Annual Spring Clean-Up Day Saturday, March 21th, 9:00 am - 1 pm. 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 and cleaning. 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.
REGULAR MONTHLY ACTIVITIES...
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, March 10th & 24th, 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 600 blankets have been donated and thank you letters are rolling in!
Children's Storytime & Craft Wednesday, March 18th, 10:30 am
This month, we have just one storytime with a guest author (see above!) Normally, we have two, with Mrs. Ginny reading books, and children doing a fun craft, and enjoying 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 (March 13th)2nd Fridays of the Month
1 pm English, 5 pm Spanish
Legion of Mary, Our Lady, Undoer of Knots Praesidium: Fridays 5:30 pm
TRIDUUM & EASTER CLOSING SCHEDULE: We will be closed Holy Thursday, Good Friday,
Holy Saturday and Easter Sunday.
Please attend services at your local parishes.
We are looking forward to again being vendors at the Catholic Men's Fellowship of Maryland Annual Conference. This year's theme is A One Day Lenten Retreat: The Holy Family • Your Holy Family Saturday, March 21st, 7am- 3:30 pm St. Phillip Neri Church in Linthicum
Don't miss it! We'll be bringing much of our huge selection of Catholic books, sacramentals and giftware to the Conference, and we hope to see you there! Register HERE!
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March Events at a Glance:
Saturday, March 7th, 10:30 am: First Saturday Mass & Devotion
Tuesday, March 10th 1:00 pm: Blanket Making Workshop
Wednesday, March 18th, 10:30 am: Storytime with guest author Pamela Love who will read "Brigid and the Butter"
Thursday, March 19th, 12:30 pm: Consecration to St Joseph after 12:00 noon Mass for those who have completed the 33 day preparation
Friday, March 20th, 1:00 pm: Defend Life Speaker: Kevin Wells, author of "The Priests We Need to Save the Church" returns. (Save the date 4/17: Bishop Joseph Coffey, auxiliary Bishop of the military)
Saturday, March 21th, 9 am-1 pm: Annual Spring Clean-Up Day
Tuesday, March 24th, 1:00 pm: Blanket Making Workshop
Stations of the Cross Fridays during Lent after both 12:00 noon and 7:30 pm Masses
We will be CLOSED Holy Thursday through Easter Sunday, 4/9-4/12
March Special Feasts
3/04 St. Casimir of Poland
3/07 Sts. Perpetua & Felicity;
St. Thomas Aquinas
3/08 St. John of God
3/12 St. Gregory the Great
3/17 St. Patrick
3/18 St. Cyril of Jerusalem
3/19 Joseph, spouse of Mary
3/25 The Annunciation
OLC BOOKSTORE & GIFT SHOP *We are a non-profit. All sales go towards supporting the Shrine!
Your First Holy Communion & Confirmation Giftware Headquarters! We are stocked up with Handmade Veils, Purses, Neckties and beautiful gifts such as Missal and Rosary Kits, Miraculous Medals, Crucifixes, Bracelets, Statues, Frames, Books, Greeting Cards and more!
Celebrate St. Joseph's & St. Patrick's Feast Days We have beautiful statues, devotionals, books and gifts in stock.
Exciting NEW Gift Items Arriving Daily!
NEW DESIGNS! Stainless Steel Tumblers The 20 oz. engraved front and back, double-wall vacuum insulation, 2X heat and cold resistant.
NEW! Catholic Stone Coasters Cut from real rock. Packs of 4 in a variety of Catholic images and quotes.
Saint-ify Your Easter Eggs
NEW!Saint & Animal Easter Egg Wraps from Shining Light Dolls. So Adorable!! 12 Saints per pack.
MARCH NO-CLIP COUPON: 15% OFF one First Communion or Confirmation
Item 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.
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
of the Mass
Friday night: 7:30 pm
1st Saturdays: 10:30 am
Rosary 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.