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December 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
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  SPECIAL DECEMBER EVENTS...
Complete Event Calendar HERE
 
 
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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.
 
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HOLY DAY OF OBLIGATION
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.

‚ÄčLearn about the history and theology of this doctrine HERE and join us in praying this novena to the patroness of our suffering and torn nation, she who crushes the head of the serpent.
 
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Enter Now!
Christmas Basket Raffle!

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

Tickets $5 ea. OR  5 tickets for $20!
Tickets can be purchased in person, online, or over the phone. They can be put all in one entry box or divided up among all the four Christmas raffle baskets. You could potentially win them all!
Winners will be drawn at our Annual Patron Pot-Luck Christmas Party. You need not be present to win any of the raffles, but we hope you are!
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We will be CLOSED on Christmas Eve, December 24th
& New Years Eve, Friday, December 31st.

 

REGULAR MONTHLY ACTIVITIES
 
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First Fridays Mass & Devotions
December 3rd 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 
 
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First Saturdays Mass & Devotions
December 4th, 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.
 
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Holy Hour of Reparation
to the Sacred Heart before the Blessed Sacrament
Second Fridays of the Month following Noon Mass
Friday, December 10th
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.
 
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Blanket Making Workshops
2nd & 4th Tuesdays, 
1:00 pm in the Conference Room

December Dates: 12/14 & 12/28
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!

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

December Dates: 12/8 & 12/22
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! 
 
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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.
 
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Our Lady of Perpetual Help Novena
Thursdays following 12:00 Noon Mass
In this novena to Our Lady of Perpetual Help, we pay tribute to the Blessed Virgin Mary in asking for her assistance. The image has helped her provide strength, comfort and miracles to the faithful for centuries!

IN THE NEWS...
 
The Saints Came Marching In!
What a wonderful turnout of little saints-in-the-making we had this year! St. Faustina aka Mrs. Ginny led off the festivities by reading, "Saintly Rhymes for Modern Times," Mrs. Mary led the children  in song, and Fr. Cletus gave a special blessing.
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Our Thanksgiving Basket Raffle Winner
The winning ticket which was drawn by Fr. Anthony turned out to belong to a longtime OLC patron and devoted volunteer, Ed Frankovic! Ed has been a regular server at OLC Masses as well as leading devotions such as the weekly Our Lady of Perpetual Help Novena. Congratulations, Ed! 
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IN THE BOOKSTORE & GIFT SHOP...
 
Christmas Gifts!
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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
 
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Sterling Silver Miraculous Medals, Rosaries and Bracelets
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Immaculate Waters soaps and lotions made with pure Lourdes water
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Unapologetically Catholic Neckties!
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The Catholic Card Game is hugely popular with our patrons
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Catholic Doctrine Playing Cards make great stocking stuffers
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Catholic Mothers Planners and Saints Spiral Calendars
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Toffee House candies made by a Catholic family
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Great Children's Christmas books are selling fast!

DECEMBER NO-CLIP COUPON:

One CHRISTMAS 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 12/30/2021
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Don't miss St. Nicholas Monday, December 6th!

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Our Lady's Center Marian Shrine

3301 S. Rogers Ave

Ellicott City, MD 21043

(410) 461-5066

https://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
Holy Sacrifice of the Mass
Monday-Friday: 12:00pm
Friday evenings: 7:30 pm
1st Saturdays: 10:30 am
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Confessions Follow all Masses

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