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November 2021 Newsletter
Our Lady's Center Marian Shrine
"To Jesus through Mary"
410-461-5066 • 240-581-8013 (c) 

3301 S. Rogers Avenue, Ellicott City, MD 21043

Turn between the blue mailbox and guardrail and follow our lane to lovely oasis of peace!
www.ourladyscenter.net • email@ourladyscenter.net

Complete Event Calendar HERE
All Saints Day* Celebration
Monday, November 1st, 11 am - 12 noon
Calling all our tiniest saints in the making! Little Marys and Josephs, Clares and Francises, Thereses and Patricks and Roses and Nicholases. Come to hear Mrs. Ginny read stories about saints, do a craft, get a treat, and join in a parade of saints into Mass.

Parents, please do not stress! Costumes are not mandatory. Also, any child who would like to tell us about their special saint is encouraged to do so! 


*All Saints Day is a Holy Day of Obligation! Join us for Mass at 12:00 Noon.
All Souls Day Memorial Mass
Tuesday, November 2nd, 12:00 noon
We shall remember and pray for our loved ones who have passed on and especially remember the souls of all the patrons and benefactors who supported OLC through their time, talent and treasure throughout these past 47 years. The official name of this Mass is the Commemoration of All the Faithful Departed, a day of remembrance. On this important day we Catholics pray, celebrate Mass, visit cemeteries, and give alms in memory of those who may be in Purgatory, in hopes that their souls will be released to Heaven. Be sure to have the names of your loved ones added to our book of remembrance which will be placed on the altar at Mass on All Souls Day.
Veteran's Day Military Mass
Thursday, Nov. 11th, 12:00 noon Mass
OLC invites all those who have served in the United States Armed Forces and those who have family members who have served to a special Military Mass and Patriotic Rosary. Join us as we honor our beloved veterans. If you served, be prepared to provide your name, rank and military occupation specialty. We are so thankful to all who have served their country with honor!

All Veterans of Military Service will receive a discount in the store!
Announcing OLC
Basket Raffles!

Our Raffle Baskets are legendary, and it is that time again! Get your tickets now.

​First up is the
Thanksgiving Basket Raffle
loaded with nearly everything you need to set a gorgeous table for your Thanksgiving feast. The drawing for this basket will be held on Monday, November 22nd after noon Mass & Confessions.

Raffle Basket

$520 Value!
Includes everything pictured above
(much more than fits in a basket!)
  • Autumn Center Piece w/Candle
  • Decorative pillows (set of 2)
  • Festive Plaque
  • Set of 4 Coasters
  • Wine Glasses (set of 4)
  • Service for 4 Dinner Set (Dinner Plates, Salad Plates, Cups)
  • Thanksgiving Napkins (set of 4)
  • Fall Serving Boat (Set of 4)
  • Cheese Board with Spreader
  • Thanksgiving Salt & Pepper Shakers
  • Brine Turkey Seasoning
  • Jar of Apple Butter
  • Fall Baking Cups
  • Pumpkin Cookie Mix
  • Trappestine Chocolates or Fudge (you choice!)
  • Black & White Plaid Basket
  • $100.00 - Giant Food
  • $25.00 - Shell Gas
  • $25.00 - Ellicott City Diner
  • $25.00 - Shannon’s Saloon
  • $25.00 - Our Lady Center Marian Shrine

Tickets for the Thanksgiving Basket Raffle & the Four Christmas* Basket Raffles are 
$5 ea. 

5 tickets for
Tickets can be purchased in person or over the phone. They can be put all in one entry box or divided up among all the Thanksgiving and Christmas raffle baskets. You could potentially win them all!

*The Christmas Baskets are nearly all assembled and will be arriving in the store in the next few days!
Look for a separate email coming very soon with photos and listing of contents! The Christmas Baskets will be drawn at our Annual Patron Pot-Luck Christmas Party on Tuesday, December 21st following 12:00 noon Mass! See the invitation further down in this newsletter. 

You need not be present to win any of the raffles, but we hope you are!
We will be CLOSED on Thursday-Sunday, November 25th -28th
​We will reopen on Monday, November 29th


Off Site Parish Shows
Catch us after Masses at the following locations:
11/27-28 - St. Louis Parish, Clarksville
12/5 - St. Philip Neri, Linthicum


St. Nicholas Coming to Town!
Monday, December 6th 10:30 am
Bring the children to OLC to meet St. Nicholas, Bishop of Myra, on his feast day! Children will leave their shoes in the downstairs hallway and then head up to the Chapel with their parents and grandparents. St. Nicholas will surprise them there and tell them about his life, his love of the Lord, and his joy of giving. Afterwards, all are invited to the Conference room for Cookies, coloring and an opportunity to get photos with St. Nick!

Please RSVP if you can so St. Nicholas knows how many bags of chocolate coins to have on hand for the children's shoes or if an alternate treat is needed due to dietary restrictions.
Feast of the Immaculate Conception -
TWO Masses

Tuesday, Dec. 7th, 7:00 pm Vigil
Wednesday, Dec. 8th, 12:00 Noon

We have added a special vigil evening Mass to accommodate all those who may wish to come to Our Lady's Center to honor the Blessed Virgin on this Marian holy day of obligation.

The Bookstore will be open Tuesday, December 7th until 7:00 pm Vigil Mass for those who would like to shop beforehand.

​Learn about the history and theology of this doctrine HERE and join us beginning Nov. 30th in praying this novena to the patroness of our suffering and torn nation, she who crushes the head of the serpent.

Bring a dish if you wish. We hope that you do.
The more food the merrier for this hungry crew!
Let us know what you're bringing. We do like Egg Nog.
Baked Ham, Wassail, perhaps a Yule Log.
Sugar Cookies and Chocolates are always in fashion. 
Just bring enough (we don't want to ration).
Most importantly though, just bring your good cheer
All those who love Christmas are welcome here!


First Fridays Mass & Devotions
November 5th at 12:00 Noon & 7:30 pm
Masses are followed by Exposition, Devotions and Confessions. Adoration continues between Masses.
Shop open 10 am - 12 pm & 1 pm - 7:30 pm
First Friday Promises 
First Saturdays Mass & Devotions
November 6th, 10:30 am 

Mass is followed by Exposition, Devotions and Confessions. Concluding with Benediction around 12:00 noon. Shop 10-10:30 am and 11:30 am-2 pm
First Saturday Promises

Many who attend Mass join in praying a 100 FOOT LIVING ROSARY on the sidewalk in front of the Hillcrest abortion mill in Catonsville at 9 am before coming to First Saturday Mass.  What a special way to honor the Immaculate Heart of Mary, to save the lives of her unborn children. More info HERE.
Holy Hour of Reparation
to the Sacred Heart before the Blessed Sacrament
Second Fridays of the Month following Noon Mass
Friday, November 12th
In light of the affronts against God and his creation which are being perpetrated and increasingly promoted in our world, we are again making this powerful devotion a regular activity. Come join in these vocal 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! Booklets provided.
Blanket Making Workshops
2nd & 4th Tuesdays, 
1:00 pm in the Conference Room

November Dates: 11/9 & 11/23
All are welcome after Mass in the Conference room to help knot more blankets for Project Linus. If you can cut and make knots, you can make a blanket! Material and supplies are provided.
Nearly 800 blankets have been donated through OLC to date!

Children's Storytime & Craft
2nd & 4th Wednesdays of the month, 
10:30-11:30 am in the Conference Room

November Dates: 11/10 & 11/24
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! 
Flame of Love Cenacles
Every Tuesday at 10 am and Thursday at 10 am & 2 pm (choose one) 
Come join us 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.

Candlelight Vigil in Thanksgiving for Prayers Answered!
The Owings Mills 40 Days for Life campaign to end abortion in Owings Mills is overjoyed to announce the closing of the abortion facility before which they have been praying. There will be a Candlelight Prayer Vigil at 6 pm on Thursday, November 4th in celebration of the event before the facility that housed Femi-Care at 100 Painters Mill Rd., Owings Mills, 6 pm. Please attend if you can.

NEW! Jobs Board at OLC!
These are challenging times! We want to help our patrons who are searching for employment to connect with those who have openings. We also want to help support the businesses of our patrons. You are welcome to post your need or a business card. Take a photo of anything of interest rather than removing the posting. All items posted are subject to Board approval and may be removed at our discretion.
OLC wished a very Happy 100th Birthday to Manager Christine's mother, Sylvia James George. She attended Mass, received a special blessing, and enjoyed cake, ice cream, flowers and well-wishes from the staff and patrons of OLC. She is a beautiful reflection of Our Lady in her life-affirming love that has born as its fruit 60 direct descendants! Sylvia also enjoyed a very successful career as a Master Fine Artist at Savage Mill for over 30 years after raising her children.
Dozens of blankets recently completed by the Blanketeers at OLC were recently blessed at Mass and then loaded into Carolyn's SUV to be distributed to children in need. To date almost 800 blankets have been completed by the volunteers who come twice a month, on the second and fourth Tuesdays after noon Mass. More blanketeers are always needed. If you can tie a knot, you can make a blanket. Also, donations toward the cost of the material are very helpful. Kam Comastro, pictured with Carolyn, has discovered how to get the most bang for the buck from JoAnn Fabrics through a bulk buying program, acquiring bolts of fleece in various adorable patterns at bargain pricing.
We were honored to host a visit by Msgr. Jeremiah Kenney who spoke of the many saints he has known in his time as a priest.
Former employee Paul Krebs, who is attending Benedictine college in Kansas, surprised us with a visit. It was good to see him.
The annual America Needs Fatima Rosary Rally held at OLC was well attended. 
Many thanks to Kelly Molino and her lovely daughter Faith in leading a little lesson on Rosary Making for our patrons on the Feast of the Holy Rosary. We will be planning another lesson soon!

Why Shop at OLC?
You can feel good about shopping here! We have been trying for some time now, for both ethical and quality reasons, to avoid stocking many items produced in China. As a result, we have not suffered the supply chain issues that many other establishments have been experiencing. In fact, we are very well-stocked, full of items made in the USA, Italy, Portugal, Colombia, Equador, Brazil, South America and other countries, and our items are produced by Catholic religious orders, companies and apostolates. OLC is a non-profit 501c3, and all sales go toward supporting our little shrine and ministry of bringing people to Christ through Mary. And, while Amazon will likely not miss your support, we are very, very grateful for it! Every First Saturday Mass is offered for the intentions of our patrons and benefactors, and this means you! For those items you do need to purchase on Amazon, please use AmazonSmile and select "Our Lady's Center" as your charity. We will receive a donation from each sale. Thank you! - OLC Staff
Christmas-themed Jigsaw Puzzles are wonderful gifts for children and adults to enjoy cozy evenings at home! We have a large selection in stock now.
Catholics Who Don't Do Anything is a party game creating an opportunity for us to laugh at all the things we do (or don't do) as Catholics.
Players share and "confess" to a mix of hilarious Catholic happenings.
Catholic Doctrine Playing Cards created by a priest to help us all learn our faith and become better at evangelizing.
Great books for Christmas arriving daily too!
Don't forget to get your 2022 Wall Calendars & Spiral Day Planners
Advent begins November 28th! Make sure you have your Advent candles, wreaths, devotionals and calendars!


One ADVENT ITEM in Stock
15% OFF
No coupon necessary. One use per person please. Valid on regularly priced, new, in-stock items only. Cannot be combined with other coupons or discounts. Some exclusions apply.
Expires 11/30/2021

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Our Lady's Center Marian Shrine

3301 Rogers Ave

Ellicott City, MD 21043

(410) 461-5066

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
Holy Sacrifice of the Mass
Monday-Friday: 12:00pm
Friday evenings: 7:30 pm
1st Saturdays: 10:30 am

Confessions Follow all Masses

Adoration Friday: 12:30 - 2:00 pm
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.