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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 a lovely oasis of peace.

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.

February 2022 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.
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SNOW in the Forecast?
Call 410-461-5066 and press "5" for up-to-the-minute weather related announcements or check Facebook before heading out.
We will be open if possible and prudent. We do not follow County closings. 
 

EVENTS & ACTIVITIES...
This month is packed! Be sure to scroll all the way down.
 
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Venerate a First Class Relic of Padre Pio
Tuesday, February 1st, 12:00 Noon Mass.
Msgr. Jeremiah Kenney, who we are delighted to have as our regular Tuesday celebrant, will be making a relic of the great saint Padre Pio of Pietrelcina from his personal collection available for veneration. View a timeline of his life HERE. Why do Catholics venerate relics? Find out HERE.

Image courtesy of https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Padre_Pio_during_Mass.jpg
 
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One Day, Three Celebrations!
Wednesday, February 2nd 11:30 am - 1:00 pm
• FEAST OF THE FLAME OF LOVE 
• PRESENTATION OF THE CHILD JESUS 
• CANDLEMAS with Blessing of Candles & Sacramentals

Candlemas, also known as the Feast of the Purification of the Blessed Virgin Mary and Feast of the Presentation of Our Lord Jesus, is a Christian holiday commemorating the Presentation of Jesus at the Temple. It falls on February 2, which is traditionally the 40th day of the Christmas-Epiphany season. This is also the day which Our Lady requested to Elizabeth Kindleman be the day on which the Feast of the Flame of Love of the Immaculate Heart of Mary be observed.

We will celebrate with the following schedule:
11:30 am - Rosary and Prayers followed by a reflection on the Flame of Love feast.
12:00 Noon - Flame of Love Procession & Mass with Blessing of Candles* & Sacramentals
12:40 - Passing & receiving of the Flame of Love & short meditation. Confessions will be heard during this time.

Bring your sacramentals and candles to be blessed!
Candles are available for sale in the Bookstore: 6-Day Candles $4 ea.; 3-Day 51% Beeswax Candles In Glass $12 ea.; 12” 51% Beeswax Taper Candles $4 ea.

If possible, please purchase your candles beforehand and take them upstairs to Mass to be blessed. We do not sell already-blessed candles.
 
Join a Flame of Love Cenacle
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.
Learn about the Flame of Love movement by watching this newly-released video HERE
 
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St. Blaise Feast Day
Blessing of the Throats

Thursday, 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. We invoke St. Blaise for his protection against any physical ailment of the throat. Let us also pray for protection against any spiritual ailment which may find vent through our throats: 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!
 
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First Friday Mass
February 4th, 12:00 Noon & 7:30 pm
Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament, Confessions & Devotions will follow both Masses.
Our Lord's First Friday Promises


First Saturday Mass
February 5th, 10:30 am
Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament, Confessions & Devotions will follow Mass and end with Benediction.
Shop will be open 11:15 am - 2:00 pm
Our Lady's First Saturday Promises


Join us in making reparation for the sins committed against the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Immaculate Heart of Mary. Our Lord and Our Lady will grant you a peace beyond all understanding and guard your heart in these troubled times.
 
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Prayer warriors needed!
Learn to Pray the Rosary in Latin
First Saturdays at 10 am
February Date: Saturday 2/5

Have you ever wanted to learn how to pray the Rosary in Latin? Perhaps you grew up with the Latin tongue and miss hearing it prayed. Exorcists such as Fr. Gabriel Amorth have attested to the fact that the devil hates Latin. You are invited to come early before First Saturday Mass, to pray a Rosary in Latin with us. Print outs and instruction will be provided. Discover the many reasons why we should consider praying in Latin HERE. View Raymond Cardinal Burke praying it HERE.
 
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Blessing of the Blankets
Tuesday, February 8th, after 12:00 Noon Mass
It's time to bless our freshly-knotted bevy of blankets at 12:00 Noon Mass so they can be distributed to area children in need through Project Linus. Those who helped create the blankets also receive a special blessing! Donations are always needed to cover the cost of the fleece. The blankets will be on display in the chapel during Mass.
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Children's Storytime & Craft
2nd & 4th Wednesdays of the month,
10:30-11:30 am in the Conference Room

February Dates: 2/9 & 2/23
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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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!
 
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Holy Hour of Reparation
to the Sacred Heart before the Blessed Sacrament
Second Fridays of the Month
Friday, February 11th following 12:00 Noon MassBooklets provided
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!

 
 
DEFEND LIFE SPECIAL EVENT! - NOTE THURSDAY DATE
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Former Satanist High Wizard Zachary King
The Mobile Mass Movement to Save Lives: how celebrating the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass and Eucharistic Processions outside abortion mills will shut them down.
Thursday, February 17th, following 12:00 Noon Mass in the Chapel*
We are excited to welcome back an incredible witness of Christ's redeeming mercy and Our Lady's intercessory power. Zachary King has spoken at OLC twice in the past, sharing his personal journey from the occult to grace and the Catholic Church. He will be speaking on the connection of the demonic and abortion and the powerful effect of celebrating Holy Mass at abortion clinics, the key to shutting them down for good. Refreshments and lively conversation to follow in the conference room.
* The talk will follow after the Novena to the Holy Face and the regular OLPH Novena. Those who regularly attend the Thurs. afternoon Flame of Love cenacle should plan to attend the 10 am cenacle instead, if possible.
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Spread the word to the ordained!
​Zachary King will be guest speaker the following day at a
Luncheon for Priests & Deacons
hosted by Bishop Joseph Coffey at the Rock Creek Knights of Columbus, Bethesda. 
RSVP's are a must. Shareable flyer HERE.
 
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Novena to the Holy Face
Sunday, Feb. 20 - Monday, Feb. 28th
We will pray this novena together at OLC after all 12:00 Noon Weekday Masses. As we are closed on the weekends, we will pray virtually.  Email Ada Vergne with any questions and to join a prayer room for the weekends. Prayer intentions and daily novena prayers are posted HERE.
The Novena to the Holy Face of Jesus is prayed on the nine days leading up to and concluding on Shrove Tuesday, the Feast of the Holy Face, to make reparation for the blasphemies made against our Lord by atheists and the profaning of Sundays by Catholics. We will pray before the blessed image of the Holy Face which was installed in our chapel in 2016, the very same image to which St. Therese was dedicated, and a reproduction of the image known as "Vera Effigies” of the veil of Veronica.
 
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President's Day Holy Hour
Monday, February 21st following 12:00 Noon Mass
Come spend an hour with us in solemn Adoration before the Blessed Sacrament as we honor our former presidents who defended and upheld our freedoms and also to pray for the office of the presidency and for its current and future occupants. We will never cease calling for the defense of our freedoms, especially the freedom of religion. Nor will we cease to pray for those entrusted with authority over us, that they allow themselves to be humbly guided by Truth and blessed with true wisdom, knowledge and understanding.
 
LENT BEGINS MARCH 2ND!
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TWO Masses on Ash Wednesday
with Distribution of Ashes:
Wednesday, March 2nd12:00 Noon & 7:30 PM
If you can not make it to Mass at your parish, come to OLC and receive your ashes at noon Mass, and stay for Confession to kick off your Lenten journey cleansed of spiritual impurities.
 
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Pray for the Protection of Priests
Many of you joined our Prayer Wheels last year, pledging to faithfully pray a rosary and St. Michael prayer one day a week for a year for the protection of law enforcement officers and their families.
The effort was such a success that we have decided to begin a new Prayer Wheel campaign for the protection of Catholic priests, all of whom daily battle enemies within our world, within our Church, and, especially, within themselves. Sign up to commit to praying a Rosary and a St. Michael prayer on your chosen day for a year. Each Prayer Wheel consists of seven prayer warriors whose combined efforts cover all the days of the week. Sign up in the bookstore or email us.
 
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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. 
 
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SPREAD THE WORD!
Tell your friends about OLC. They can sign up for the newsletter HERE
Like us on Facebook for the most up to date info!
 
February Events at a Glance:
2/01 Tue.: Relic of Padre Pio visits OLC, 12 Noon Mass
2/02 Wed.: Candlemas, Presentation of Our Lord, & Flame of Love Feast Day, 11:30 am-1 pm
2/03 Thurs.: St. Blaise Feast Day Blessing of the Throats, 12:00 Noon Mass
2/04 Fri.: First Friday Mass & Devotions 12:00 Noon & 7:30 pm
2/05 Sat.: First Saturday Mass 10:30 am followed by Devotions. LATIN ROSARY AT 10 AM
2/08 Tues.: Linus Project Blanket Blessing, 12 pm Mass
2/09 Wed.: Children's Storytime & Craft, 10:30 am
2/11 Fri.: 2nd Fridays Holy Hour of Reparation, following 12 noon Mass
2/17 Thurs.: Talk by Zachary King, Chapel, 1 pm. 
2/20 Sun.: Holy Face Novena begins (start at home)
2/21 Mon.: President's Day Holy Hour after 12:00 Noon Mass
2/23 Wed.: Children's Storytime & Craft, 10:30 am

IN THE NEWS...
 
Farewell to a New & Dear Friend!
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Thank you to all who helped to make our farewell celebration for Fr. Cletus Tita such a success! This joyful, humble priest was blown away by the love and generosity shown him by the patrons of OLC. Fr. Cletus, who serves as a hospital chaplain in war-torn Cameroon, was able to help us out with Masses while staying in the US for a number of weeks. Fr. Maurice brought him to us to help us in a time of need when we were greatly lacking in priest coverage. Fr. Cletus took on three Masses a week regularly during his time with us, enabling us to continue our regular schedule. We are so very grateful! A purse was collected for his travel expenses, and as usual, you all were very generous. Fr. Cletus recently texted to let everyone know he arrived home safely to great jubilation and that he is continuing to pray for all his friends here. He hopes to visit again in the Fall.
 

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

 
Valentine's Day Gifts for Sweethearts
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We've just received another shipment of Trappistine Candy including Milk and Dark Chocolate Hearts and Fudge, all freshly made and prayed over by the Trappistine Nuns of Mount St. Mary's Abbey in Massachusetts. Come pick up a box or two before they disappear, along with a card and perhaps a little gift that conveys your love in light of Christ's abundant, unconditional and everlasting love. Watch a video showing the nuns at work creating their wonderful candy and discussing their vocation HERE!
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Our Lady of Lourdes Feast Day is February 11th. Immaculate Waters soaps and lotions made with pure Lourdes grotto water in Rose and Lavender scents. A perfect gift for all the special ladies in your life.
 
We Now Carry Pro-life Coffee!
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Introducing Cafe 4 Life Pro-life Coffee, the official coffee of the March for Life. Your coffee dollars will help save the unborn and support mothers in need as well as the monks of Our Lady of Guadalupe and, modestly, Our Lady's Center too! Makes a thoughtful pro-life gift! Learn more HERE.
 
Prepare for a Holy Lent & Easter
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NEW! Chef Geisser presents 75 tasty international recipes for a uniquely Catholic way of celebrating the penitential Lenten season.
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Magnifikid! Daily Lenten Journey features daily reflections, Scripture, intercessions, and small self-giving steps toward Easter.
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New! Precious insights for our Lenten journey that take us to the heart of the interior life of St. John Henry Newman.
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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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Saint & Animal Easter Egg Wraps from Shining Light Dolls. So Adorable!!
 

FEBRUARY NO-CLIP COUPON:
15% OFF
one Lent or Easter Book
 
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 02/28/2022
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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. Monthly Electronic Giving (preferred). Any amount will help. Contact us for form.
     
  2. Make a donation through PAYPAL anytime (Paypal takes a small fee).
     
  3. Purchase a Gift Certificate to use in the future. We'll mail it to you or to a loved one anytime.
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
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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