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410-461-5066 • 240-581-8013‚Äč (C)
3301 S. Rogers Avenue, Ellicott City, MD 21043
Turn between the blue mailbox and guardrail 
and follow our lane to a lovely oasis of peace.

UPDATE: COUNTY STREAM RESTORATION PROJECT UNDERWAY ON PREMISES. USE CAUTION.
www.ourladyscenter.net • email@ourladyscenter.net
"To Jesus through Mary"
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Hours: Mon-Thurs 10am-4pm with Rosary at 11:30 am and Mass at 12 noon.
Fridays 10am-7:30pm with Rosary at 11:30 am, Mass at 12 Noon, Adoration from 12:30-7:30 pm. Friday evening Mass 7:30 pm followed by Exposition & Devotions until 9 pm.
First Saturdays only: Open 10 am -2 pm, Mass at 10:30 followed by Exposition & devotions. 
Confessions follow every Mass. Bookstore always closed during Mass.

March 2021 Newsletter
 
The Church dedicates February to the HOLY FAMILY, our model of virtue for the Catholic home and the ideal of what family life should exemplify. The family is the school of virtue for both parents and children. It is where we learn to love God and others, to pray and to practice the gift of charity. “The family, more than any other human reality, is the place in which the person is loved for himself and in which he learns to live the sincere gift of self” (Pope St. JPII). Is it any wonder that the family is under attack? Let us pray for all families, especially for those suffering from the brokenness of estrangement.

UPCOMING EVENTS...
 
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THIS WEDNESDAY, MARCH 17TH!
Special Blessing on St. Patrick's Day
12:00 Noon Mass
Come celebrate this special feast day by enjoying a beautiful rendition of the hymn, Be Thou My Vision, receiving a special blessing, and praying the Lorica Prayer for Protection (lorica means armor or breastplate). In this critical time of spiritual warfare, let us follow St. Patrick's example and drive the snakes from our hearts, our homes, and our land through a brave and unwavering faith in Jesus Christ.
 
Also, as it is Wednesday, stay for the special devotions to St. Joseph we are praying during the Universal Year of St. Joseph. The world desperately needs the intercession of St. Joseph, patron of fathers, families, the Universal Church and the Terror of Demons! Prayers will be prayed with the purpose of receiving a plenary indulgence, other necessary conditions being met. Learn more about the plenary indulgences for the Year of St. Joseph HERE and how it all came about, through the efforts of Fr. Calloway and the Marians, HERE. Additionally, every FIRST Wednesday of the month is especially dedicated to St. Joseph. Learn about the Nine First Wednesdays HERE.
 
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THIS FRIDAY, MARCH 19TH!
Group Consecration to St. Joseph 
Immediately following 12:00 Noon Mass 
We will be celebrating the feast day of St. Joseph, spouse of the Blessed Virgin Mary, by having a group consecration after Mass at OLC for those who have been preparing. The priest will lead us in the consecration, and commemorative, frameable certificates will be presented to those who have consecrated. One year ago, Msgr. Lizor led a similar consecration outside at OLC on March 19th, and it was the last event we held before the Covid-19 pandemic forced us to temporarily close
 
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ALSO THIS FRIDAY, MARCH 19TH, 1:00 PM
The 2020 Defend Life Speaker Series Presents:
Kathleen Folan: A Pro-Life Story Like No Other
Kathleen Folan, young adults director, third order dominican, and mother of four, will share her inspiring story. 25 years ago, after being raped, she said “yes” to life and placed her son with a loving Maryland adoptive family. Her personal witness is sure to lift your hearts!
PLEASE NOTE: RSVP's NOT Required for this talk. Come to 12:00 noon Mass to ensure a seat. Confessions will take place in the confessionals during talk. No Stations of the Cross or Adoration while talk is taking place.
 
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Feast of the Annunciation featuring an encore visitation of the Missionary Image of Our Lady of America
Thursday, March 25th
Come Pray for Purity, Peace and Protection
Celebrate this beautiful Marian feast day by attending 12:00 noon Mass and pray before a large, beautiful holy icon of Our Lady of America. Let us beseech her most Immaculate Heart to intercede on behalf of our suffering nation and to assist us specifically in addressing the sins of impurity being perpetrated in our land. Learn more about this beautiful and growing devotion and Our Lady's promises on the Dan Lynch Apostolates website HERE, and scroll down to see some photos from the first visit.
 

TRIDUUM & EASTER CLOSING SCHEDULE:
We will be closed Holy Thursday & Good Friday, April 1st & 2nd.
Please attend services at your parish.

 
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Holy Saturday Tomb Watch (No Mass)
Saturday, April 3rd, 10:30 am - 11:30
April's First Saturday lands on Holy Saturday. Mass will not be offered, however we will open the chapel for First Saturday devotional prayers as well as Holy Saturday meditations.
*For those trying to complete the five First Saturdays in a row, the April First Saturday observance will transfer to May 1st.
 
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Join us on the last Friday before Holy Week, Friday, March 26th for
A Blessing with the Relic of the True Cross, Stations of the Cross & A Holy Hour of Reparation

12:00 Noon Mass:  A Blessing by the Relic of the True Cross during Mass. OLC is a humble steward of this sacred relic, which will remain on the altar for veneration for a time. Read about relics of the True Cross HERE

Mass will be followed by Exposition of the Blessed SacramentConfessions, and Stations of the Cross and then a  Holy Hour of Reparation  will be prayed, offering to 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, for a just and lasting peace in the world and more! Prayers of reparation are most needed for in light of the grievous sins which have been and are being perpetrated. Adoration continues in the chapel until evening Mass.

7:30 PM Mass A Blessing by the Relic of the True Cross during Mass will be followed by Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament, Confessions, and Stations of the Cross and regular Friday Night Devotions.

Please Note: There will be no Stations of the Cross after the 12 Noon Mass on 2/19 due to Defend Life talk in the chapel. We will have stations after the 7:30 pm Mass on that day. You are welcome to enjoy our outdoor Stations of the Cross, recently been relocated to the banks of the stream out back, on your own anytime.
 
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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. ALL NECESSARY SANITARY PRECAUTIONS ARE BEING TAKEN.
 
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SR. DEDE TALK RESCHEDULED WITH NEW DATE & TIME
Friday, May 7th at 10:00 am* - RSVP required
We will contact all those on ORIGINAL RSVP LIST to confirm new date and time. We are also accepting additions to wait list in case of cancelations or increase in capacity restrictions. 
 
 

The 2021 Defend Life Speaker Series Presents:
Sr. Dede Byrne: Serving God & Country
Dede Byrne - a religious sister, soldier, and surgeon - is clearly a ROCK STAR in the pro-life movement. Who will ever forget her most memorable words at the 2020 Republican National Convention when she said, "I’m not just PRO-LIFE, I’m PRO-ETERNAL LIFE!" We especially loved when she pulled out her rosary, her "weapon of choice." Sister Dede is the older sister of Father Bill Byrne, Chaplain of the Catholic Student Center at the University of Maryland of College Park.
Space is limited. Overflow in conference room with livestream.

Noon Mass will follow the talk. After Mass, the Blessed Sacrament will be exposed and confessions will begin. The rosary, usually prayed at 11:30 am, will be prayed at the beginning of Exposition.

*For those who cannot attend, Defend Life talks are usually recorded and posted at their website, www.defendlife.org.
 

IN THE NEWS...
 
YOUR LENTEN GENEROSITY IS AMAZING!!!
As Lent began, we became aware that there were several instances of priests in need of immediate financial assistance. This afforded opportunities for almsgiving, and you, our wonderful patrons completely blew us away with your generosity by raising $9,000! On behalf of three grateful priests, we say thank you with all of our hearts. You make us proud.

1) Last October, some serious floods struck the Upper East region of Ghana, including St. Anthony of Padua parish where Fr. David Azambawu is pastor. There was some loss of life and crops were destroyed, devastating to the poor farmers who make up most of the population of the parish. The price of food rose to levels that many of them could not afford. Fr. David had resided for a time at the Shrine of St. Anthony here in Ellicott City and had celebrated Masses for the St. Louis Knights of Columbus in Clarksville when Mike Leumas was Grand Knight. When the Knights heard of Fr. David's need, they jumped to his assistance. One of their members, Deputy Grand Knight, Joe Knight, is a server at OLC, and he brought the matter to our attention. We collected a large amount to assist in relief efforts which we presented to Mike Leumas, who deposited it for immediate relief and was able to come and thank everyone before Mass on March 12th.
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2) Fr. Emile Yuban, a student from Cameroon studying in the US, was on his way to celebrate Friday evening Mass at OLC when he was involved in a hit and run on the beltway which caused significant damage to his car. Thankfully, he was not injured. His car, however, was not drivable and needed significant repairs. Again our OLC patrons came to the rescue, virtually covering the cost of the repairs. Fr. Emile, who celebrates Wednesday and Friday evening Masses at OLC, is extremely grateful for your assistance through Our Lady's intercession and wants you to know he is offering Masses for your intentions.
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3) Fr. Ambrose Onuegbuchulem, currently serving as a hospital chaplain in the Archdiocese of Baltimore, is from Nigeria. Incredibly, he also became the victim of a hit and run accident. Thankfully, he also was not injured However, his older model car was totaled, and the amount he received could not possibly cover the cost of a reliable replacement vehicle. When his need became known to us by a mutual friend, we turned once more to our patrons, and again you stepped up and assisted in covering the need of a priest. Through your incredible generosity, he was able to procure a dependable, gently used car which will enable him to fulfill all his duties, including celebrating Friday noon and First Saturday Masses here at OLC. Fr. Ambrose could not find the words to adequately express his appreciation. He wants everyone to know you are in his prayers and that he considers all of us his family.
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Flame of Love Feast Day 
Blessings to all who came and celebrated the Flame of Love Feast Day on the Feast of the Presentation of the Lord. The Flame of Love of the Immaculate Heart of Mary was passed to those in attendance. OLC Flame of Love Cenacles meet Tues. at 10 am, Thurs. at 10 am & Thurs. at 2 pm. These prayer groups meet weekly in the Chapel to pray for the Flame of Love of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, which is Christ Himself, to be enkindled in our hearts and bring about a new Pentecost. There is no denying that this is exactly what our broken and hurting world needs. Learn more about this powerful and growing devotion HERE. Contact Board Member Ada Vergne for the materials and to sign up. Live streaming available for those who cannot attend in person.
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Honoring the Holy Face on Shrove Tuesday
What a lovely day we had, honoring the Holy Face on Shrove Tuesday. Cantor Sherry Hohl was accompanied by Diane Jones.
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Our Lady of America Missionary Image Visit
Many thanks to Sherry Hohl who agreed to be the custodian of this beautiful traveling image and ensuring that we had an opportunity to host it on a special Saturday, the 13th of the month.
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Passion Talk
Matt Commins, son of the late OLC patron and server Bill Commins, gave a presentation on the passion of Christ on Ash Wednesday evening as wintery weather threatened. Those who attended despite the forecast experienced an intense, thorough and riveting explanation of just some of what Our Lord experienced in his physical body, enough to leave a deep and lasting impression. This was a most effective way to begin our journey of Lent.

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

 
St. Patrick's Day & St. Joseph's Feast Day Gifts 
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Celebrate the Resurrection
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A beautiful guide to the customs and devotions of Lent and the season of Christ's Resurrection. It includes the tradition of St. Joseph's table!
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The Thief Who Stole Heaven by Raymond Arroyo tells the story of the Dysmas, the Good Thief. Wonderful Easter story of Redemption.
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Easter is almost here! Come pick up your Toffee House Barks and Toffee Popcorn, Trappistine Chocolates and Fudge and Mouth Party Caramels for the Easter Baskets!
 
First Holy Communion & Confirmation Gifts!
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Exciting NEW Releases by Great Local Catholic Authors!
Speaking Dates and Book Signings at OLC will be announced soon!
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Support your local Catholic Authors and your local Catholic Bookstore!
30 Days to Christian Meditation by Steve Smith. Journey into Christian Mysticism to discover your authentic life in Christ. Don't get confused by the name. This is a deeply Catholic book steeped in the fullness of the Faith and drawing deeply on Carmelite and Ignatian spirituality.
A Catholic Guide to Spending Less: Advice from a Debt-free Family of 16 by Sam and Rob Fatzinger, a legendary dynamic duo in local Catholic and homeschooling circles. Their book is filled with 
practical wisdom, hard-won spiritual insights, and Catholic perspectives.
Priest and Beggar: the Heroic Life of Venerable Aloysius Schwartz by Kevin Wells, the best-selling author of The Priests We Need to Save the Church. This is a deeply moving biography of a self-sacrifising priest  recently fetured in EWTN's new They Might Be Saints documentary.
 

MARCH NO-CLIP COUPON:
15% OFF
One Bag of Toffee House Toffee
 
No coupon necessary. Valid on regularly priced, in-stock items only. Not valid on previously purchased or discounted items. Cannot be combined with other coupons or discounts. Some restrictions apply.
Expires 03/31/2021

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Ways to Help Support OLC:
Through the last 46 years, countless patrons have paid it forward to help this little family apostolate grow and thrive, ensuring that countless lives and hearts would be touched by the gentle hand of Mary through our efforts. If you are so moved, please consider helping us continue this beautiful legacy which is needed perhaps now more than ever. Help us continue our mission to bring people to Christ through Mary. We are registered 501 (c)3 non-profit. Thank you, and God bless you!
  1. Set up a Monthly Electronic Donation. Any amount will help! Contact us for details.
     
  2. Purchase a Gift Certificate to use in the future. We'll mail it to you or to a loved one anytime.
     
  3. Make a donation through PAYPAL anytime.
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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