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September 2022 Newsletter
We dedicate this month to Our Lady of Sorrows.
The Memorial of Our Lady of Sorrows falls on September 15th,
the day after the
Feast of the Exultation of the Holy Cross.
 
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"To Jesus through Mary" for 48 years!
410-461-5066 • 3301 S. Rogers Avenue, Ellicott City, Maryland 21043
Turn between the blue mailbox and guardrail and follow our lane to lovely oasis of peace!
www.ourladyscenter.net • email@ourladyscenter.net

SPECIAL ACTIVITIES THIS MONTH
 
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OLC OPEN REGULAR HOURS FOR LABOR DAY!
Labor Day Blessing of Workers
Monday, September 5th, 12:00 Noon Mass
The Noon Mass intention will be for the sanctification of all who labor to support themselves and their loved ones. We will pray especially for the welfare and safety of all our patrons who are employed, seeking employment, or in danger of losing employment. The Catholic understanding of Labor Day is that the dignity of human work is rooted in the dignity of the human person who is made in the image and likeness of God.
Come to me, all you who labor and are burdened, and I will give you rest. Matthew 11:28.
 
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Happy Birthday, Mother Mary!
Thursday, September 8th,
following Noon Mass & the OLPH Novena

Join us on the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary as we celebrate the beautiful gift of our sweet Mother! Our Birthday Celebration will take place in the Conference Room with prayer and song. Birthday cake will be provided
 
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Feast of the Exultation of the Holy Cross
Blessing with the Relic of the True Cross
Wednesday, September 14th, 12:00 Mass
Join us for a special opportunity to to be blessed with a sliver of the actual cross upon which Our Lord died for our salvation! Our Lady's Center is the humble steward of this relic which is displayed only twice a year, during Lent and on the Feast of the Exultation of the Holy Cross, when we celebrate St. Helena's discovery of the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ. The relic has been verified by Msgr. Jeremiah Kenney.
 
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Sorrowful Mother Devotions
Thursday, September 15th, following 12:00 Noon Mass
Join us on the Feast of Our Lady of Sorrows as we pray the Chaplet of the Seven Sorrows of Mary. This devotion will follow noon Mass and the Our Lady of Perpetual Help Novena which is prayed regularly on Thursdays.

The Blessed Virgin Mary grants seven graces to the souls who honor her daily by saying seven Hail Mary's and meditating on her tears and dolors (sorrows). The devotion was passed on by St. Bridget. Learn more about this devotion and the graces promised HERE.
 

  REGULAR ACTIVITIES & EVENTS...
Complete Event Calendar HERE
 
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First Fridays Mass & Devotions
in reparation for sins committed against the Sacred Heart of Jesus
Sept. 2nd at 12:00 Noon & 7:30 pm Masses
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
in reparation for sins committed against the Immaculate Heart of Mary
September 3rd
9:45 am:
Rosary in Latin,
instructions provided
10:30 am: Mass followed by Exposition, Devotions and Confessions. Concluding with Benediction around 12:00 noon. 
Shop open 10-10:30 am and 11:30 am-2 pm

First Saturday Promises
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Devotions to St. Joseph
First Wednesday of the Month
September 7th, following 12:00 Noon Mass

The world desperately needs the intercession of St. Joseph, patron of fathers, families, the Universal Church and the Terror of Demons! Learn about the Nine First Wednesdays HERE.
 
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Our Lady of Perpetual Help Novena
Thursdays after 12:00 Noon Mass
Join millions of Catholics who have called upon Our Lady of Perpetual Help in their great needs and have been given consolation.
 
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Holy Hour of Reparation
to the Sacred Heart before the Blessed Sacrament
Second Fridays of the Month following Noon Mass
September 9th, following Noon Mass
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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Blessing of the Blankets
Tuesday, Sept. 13th, 12:00 Noon Mass
Blankets created by OLC Blanketeers will be blessed and sprinkled with Holy Water before being distributed to children in crisis situations through Project Linus. Nearly 1000 blankets have been donated through OLC to date! See the news section for a special message from the Ho.Co. Chapter.

Blanket Making Workshops
2nd & 4th Tuesdays of the month 
1:00 pm in the Conference Room

September Dates: 9/13 & 9/27
All are welcome after Mass in the Conference room to help create more blankets. Material, supplies, simple instructions, and lively conversation all provided. Come make some new friends!
 
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Children's Storytime & Craft
2nd & 4th Wednesdays of the month, 
10:30-11:30 am in the Conference Room

September Dates: 9/14 & 9/28
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
Revised times:
Tuesdays at 10 am live-streamed
Thursdays at 2 pm In OLC Chapel & live-streamed

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. 

 

SAVE THE DATE...
 
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The Maroney's to Speak at OLC
Friday, October 7th
Dave and Joan Maroney, founders and directors of Mother of Mercy Messengers, are returning to speak at OLC on the Feast of Our Lady of the Rosary. This will be the final day of the 54 Day Novena and the day before the National Rosary Rally in DC! The Mother of Mercy Messengers is an apostolate of the Marian Fathers, and the Maroneys have taken the message emanating from the National Shrine of The Divine Mercy in Stockbridge, MA to parishes, schools, and conferences across the United States and beyond since 1999. We are excited to welcome them back to OLC. More details to come! The Maroneys are shown on a previous visit to OLC with board member Ada Vergne who is a friend of theirs.

IN THE NEWS...
 
Fr. Gerard's and Our Prayers Answered!
We have wonderful news to share from Fr. Gerard Lynch, O.SS.T., our regular Monday noon Mass celebrant. His dear friend, an 83 year old Marianite sister from Louisiana, had been kidnapped in Burkino Faso, West Africa earlier this year while doing missionary work. Fr. Gerard had pleaded for our prayers at Masses here for her safe return. Just this morning, Father shared the wonderful news that Sr. Suellen is free! Here is the message from him:

“I just received the news that Sister Suellen Tennyson has been found and she is safe. She is not in the United States yet, but she is on American territory. This is a miracle after 5 months in captivity. A true answer to prayer. Now I will begin my prayers of thanksgiving. Thanks to all for your prayers. Fr. Gerard."

Father had already joyfully agreed to fill in as the celebrant for this coming First Saturday Mass because, he said, "Our Lady is so good to me, so this is my way of saying thank you." Our Lady can never be out done in generosity. Come rejoice with us if you can.
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Suellen Tennyson (right). Source: Facebook/Marianites of Holy Cross
 
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THREE CURRENT AUCTIONS GOING ON NOW! 
Auctions end Monday, September 5th at 4 pm. All proceeds benefit OLC. 
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#006: Our Lady of Prompt Succor Statue
Official 12" statue from the Shrine of Prompt Succor in New Orleans. Made in Italy and currently unavailable through Shrine. Includes heavy gold metal jewel-encrusted crowns that alone are $54 value. Made in Italy. Current bid $90

#007: St. George & the Dragon Icon Plaque 
Beautiful 10x13" mounted, laminated icon print from Skete. Current Bid $55

#008: Annalisa "Joyful Spirit" Collector Musical Figurine
13" musical angel statue from the Seraphim Classics, numbered limited edition. Plays Pachelbel's Canon in D. Current bid $100
Bidding information:
Contact Manager Christine at 410-461-5066 or email for more information or to place a bid. If you need to leave a message, you will be called back to confirm bid. You may also email us, but please include a cell phone number so we can confirm and text updates on the bidding progress. Bidding ends promptly at 4 pm on Monday, September 5th. Place absolute final bids by then.

Winning Bids on previous Silent Auctions: #001 Home Altar $150. #002 Home Altar $150. #003 St. Therese Votive Holder $25. #004 Beeswax Crucifixion Scene $150. St. Francis Indoor/Outdoor Statue $75. Total proceeds to date: $550 Thank you to all who placed bids!
 
Why Silent Auctions? Our Lady's Center has amassed dozens and dozens of gently-used, lovely, unique and possibly valuable Catholic treasures throughout the years. Many families have brought them to us in hopes that they will find loving homes in faithful households. We have been praying about how to be faithful stewards of these items and how best to reverently and respectfully use them to help raise funds for OLC. Well, what better way than to feature a choice selection every couple weeks, and let our patrons place bids on them? This way, these sacred treasures will go to homes that will treasure them, needed funds will be raised to support OLC, and we will regain much square footage of useable space in our multi-purpose Conference room! We are featuring one or more items for two-week period, with suggested starting bids and as much description and information as we can discover about them. These items will be on display for the two weeks prior to the end of the auction. If you would like to place a bid, call us or stop in. Bidders can also request texted updates before the close of the auction to try to avoid being outbid. Bidding ends at 4 pm every other Monday. Winners will then be notified and payment collected as soon as possible. The next highest bidder will be contacted after a reasonable time has been given for payment.
 
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A Record Turn-Out at Children's Storytime!
18 children came to the final summertime Children's Storytime and Craft last week. That is, we believe, the largest turnout yet. The children enjoyed hearing the story, "My Guardian Angel" and decorated Guardian Angel prayer cards for their rooms. Our Storytime days run throughout the year. Also, keep your eye out for our special children's events, such as our upcoming  All Saints Day Storytime and Parade in November and Our Visit from St. Nicholas in December. More information to come.
 
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A Message from Project Linus to the OLC Blanketeers & Supporters:

"I’m so happy to be working with Carolyn Niebauer and Diane Andrews and all the volunteers from Our Lady’s Center. Please send them and the church my gratitude for their hard work."
Marsha Kessler,
Director, Project Linus,
Howard County Chapter

LOCAL EVENTS...
 
Your Presence is Needed to Save More Lives!
PLEASE consider signing up for the Fall 40 Days for Life campaign to end abortion. It runs from September 28th through November 6th, 2022. There are many slots still open. The vigil hours are 7 am to 6 pm. Over 22,000 lives have been saved since 40 Days began in 2007, and baby #22,000 was saved at this location! Also, there will be a Eucharistic Procession on Sat. Oct 22, following 8am Mass at St. Agnes. More details and downloadable flyer HERE.
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IN THE BOOKSTORE*
*We are a non-profit. All sales go towards supporting the Shrine! 

 
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Insight Journals from Ascension are here!
The Insight Journal provides Catholics with a system and a place to keep track of insights revealed through walking with the Lord and keeps precious memories of God’s goodness, key Bible verses, quotes, and more from fading with time. It provides a space to write them down, remember them, and praise God for each one. Gift-boxed, cloth-bound, hard cover in grey and burgundy. A beautiful and thoughtful gift!
 
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A new shipment of Pauline Books have arrived, including this sweet trilogy of Jesus, Mary & Joseph board books.
 
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Children's Tableware from Be A Heart. Limited stock. Come get yours now.
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2023 16-Month Saints Planners and Calendars have arrived. We've always sold out of these popular items.

SEPTEMBER NO-CLIP COUPON:
15% OFF
One Wall or Standing Crucifix

in honor of the Feast of
the Exultation of the Holy Cross


Every room should have one!
 
No coupon necessary. Valid on regularly priced, new, in-stock items only.
Cannot be combined with other coupons or discounts. Some exclusions apply.
Expires 09/30/2022
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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
 
CHAPEL SCHEDULE:

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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