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Our Lady's Center Marian Shrine
August 2023 Newsletter

 
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The Immaculate Heart of Mary signifies, first of all, the great purity and love of the heart of the Blessed Virgin Mary for God. This purity is manifested in her “Yes” to the Father at the Incarnation, Her love for, and cooperation with, the Incarnate Son in His redemptive mission, and her docility to the Holy Spirit, enabling her to remain free of the stain of personal sin throughout her life. Mary’s Immaculate Heart, therefore, points us to her profound interior life, where she experienced both joys and sorrows, yet remained faithful, as we, too, are called to do. In 2023, we celebrate the Memorial of the Immaculate Heart of Mary on June 17 (EWTN).
 
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.

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.

SPECIAL EVENTS...
 
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The Annual 2000 Hail Marys Day of Devotions
in anticipation of the Feast of the Assumption
Saturday, August 12th, 8 am Mass - 6:00 pm
Come pray this powerful devotion hosted by the Legion of Mary, Our Lady Undoer of Knots Praesidium, in OLC's chapel. The day will begin with 8:00 am Mass and continue with the Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament and devotions throughout the day, ending around 6:30 pm with Benediction. The devotions begin with praying a complete Rosary, then each of 20 petitions is read and followed by 100 Hail Marys. If you wish to lead a petition, see contact information in link below.

SCHEDULE OF THE DAY
8:00 am: Mass, followed by all day Eucharistic Adoration
8:30 am: 2000 Hail Marys Devotion begins (no breaks and no specified lunch time; take breaks as needed. Lunch, snacks and beverages will be provided.
3:00 pm: Divine Mercy
6:00 pm: Closing of devotions & Benediction

HAVE YOU TAKEN THE OLC SURVEY YET?
 
As we prepare to celebrate our 50TH ANNIVERSARY in 2024, we need your help! We're trying to track interest in a celebration and also to locate early patrons who have knowledge, stories and/or photos of our early history for possible publication. Please fill out this survey and contact Manager Christine with any info or materials you may have.

Responses have come from 25 unique zip codes! 
One quarter of respondents hail from just two parishes (St. Louis & Resurrection EC), and the other three quarters from over 20 others. That's quite a draw! The pie chart to the right is a colorful illustration how OLC really is a thriving regional Catholic hub and a destination in the heart of Maryland.

Click the button below to complete the survey. It takes just a few minutes! Thank you! 
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Just a sample of some survey results so far!
ONLINE SURVEY


 

SAVE THE DATES...
 
Introducing Our First Saturday Talk Series!
Talks will follow First Saturday Mass & Devotions and take place in the Conference Room.
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SEPTEMBER
Discover the
Seven Sorrows Rosary Devotion

Saturday, September 2nd, 12:00 Noon
Those who are not familiar with this powerful devotion are invited to come to a brief presentation which will be given by Gheeta Etwaroo. She will cover the origins of the devotion and the connection with Our Lady of Kibeho. The Seven Sorrows rosary is prayed two times each week at OLC. See below for more info.
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OCTOBER
"Finding God Through Caregiving"
a Talk by Michelle Laque Johnson

Saturday October 6th, 12:00 noon
Michelle is the author of "Walking the Way of the Cross for Caregivers," an excellent resource for those of us struggling to provide emotional and physical support for those we love who are suffering or incapacitated. Mgr. Christine recently met Michelle at the Catholic Marketing Network Conference just days after having the book recommended to her. As a caregiver herself for her 101 year-old-mother, Christine has found this book to be immensely encouraging and insightful, and she can not wait to hear Michelle's talk. Michelle cared for her own beloved husband until his passing and also experienced the loss of her vibrant sister, Marian Frentz, founder of the TASTE Program at St. Mary's in Laurel. 
Michelle's talk will take place in the Conference Room and will be followed by a Q & A and book signing.
November and December speakers to be announced!

REGULAR DEVOTIONS & ACTIVITIES...
 
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First Friday Mass & Devotions
Friday, August 4th at 12:00 Noon & 7:30 pm Masses
Masses are followed by Exposition and Confessions.
First Friday Promises
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First Saturday Mass & Devotions
Saturday, August 5th at 10:30 am
Mass is followed by Exposition and Confessions.
First Saturday Promises
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Seven Sorrows Rosary
Every Tues. and Fri. at 11:00 am in the Chapel.
(followed by our regular Rosary at 11:30 pm) Join us as we honor Our Lady of Sorrows. Learn about Our Lady of Kibeho and the promises associated with this devotion. Booklets provided. Learn more HERE.
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Flame of Love Cenacles
Every Tues. at 10 am virtually. Every Thurs. at 2 pm in Chapel & virtually. 
Praying for the Flame of Love of the Immaculate Heart of Mary to be enkindled in our hearts and bring about a new Pentecost. More HERE. Contact Joan & Paul Kane for more info. Live streaming for those who cannot attend in person.
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Our Lady of Perpetual Help Novena
Thursdays following 12:00 Noon Mass
Our Lady of Perpetual Help is the advocate, the hope, and the refuge of sinners. Our world needs her help now more than ever. Come join us in beseeching her intercession.
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Holy Hour of Reparation
to the Sacred Heart before the Blessed Sacrament

Second Fridays following 12:00 pm Mass
AUGUST DATE: 8/11

Come join in these vocal prayers of thanksgiving and in reparation for sins committed against His Most Sacred Heart. Booklets provided.
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Pray for Vocations with the Traveling Bust of Our Lord & Blessed Chalice
Sign up 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 pray for vocations to the priesthood and religious life as well as your own personal intentions. Email us for more information
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Blanket Making Workshops
NOTE DATE CHANGE FOR AUG:
SESSIONS ON 8/15 & 8/29
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Normally 2nd & 4th Tuesdays, 1:00 pm)

All are welcome after Mass in the Conference room to help knot more blankets for children in need. If you can cut and make knots, you can make a blanket! Material provided.
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Children's Storytime & Craft
2nd & 4th Weds, 10:30 am
AUGUST DATES: 8/9 & 8/23
Bring the children to hear a wholesome, edifying story read by Mrs. Ginny, do a fun craft, enjoy a snack and make new friends! RSVP if possible so we know how many to expect, but drop-ins are always welcome!

IN THE NEWS...
 
No Longer Holier Than Thou!
Many of you have expressed overwhelming gratitude for the recent repairs to our driveway and parking lot which have resulted in a much smoother experience for all. Some of you have even donated toward the cost of the extensive (and expensive) hot asphalt repairs. We appreciate your feedback and thank you for your generosity.
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OLC BOOKSTORE & GIFT SHOP
*We are a non-profit. All sales go towards supporting the Shrine! 

 
NEW ITEMS ARRIVING DAILY!
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"Mary, Mother of God" is the next fantastic coffee table book in this incredible series containing an astonishing amount of information, photos,  and illustrations on Our Lady! 
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The perennially popular Spiral Saints Calendars are here for 2024! Begin using the 16 month planner next month! The 2024 Wall Calendars have also arrived.
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"God's Will" definitive book on Sr. Wilhelmina from the Benedictines of Mary, Queen of Apostles, the order which she founded. It is magnificently filled with glossy photos and information on the life of this joyful and apparently incorrupt nun!
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The Secret of the Holy Face: The Devotion Destined to Save Society, written by Fr. Lawrence Carney III, the chaplain to Sr. Wilhelmena's order and her confessor in the last years. She was a member of the Confraternity of the Holy Face. Learn more HERE.
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We've carried the CD's from Sr. Wilhelmena's order for years! These CD's, from the Benedictines of Mary, Queen of the Apostles' Abbey of Our Lady of Ephesus in Gower MO, are back in stock!
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"My Name is Philomena" is a new release from Tan Books telling the story of this amazing miracle worker who made herself known in astonishing ways.
Our Lady's Center Marian Shrine

3301 Rogers Ave

Ellicott City, MD 21043

(410) 461-5066

https://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
Holy Sacrifice
of the Mass:

Monday-Friday: 12:00pm
Friday night: 7:30 pm
1st Saturdays: 10:30 am

Chapel otherwise open during regular store hours for private meditation.
Rosary
Monday-Friday: 11:30 am

Confessions
Following all Masses

Adoration Fridays
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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