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September 2023 Newsletter
We dedicate this month to Our Lady of Sorrows.
The Memorial of Our Lady of Sorrows is on September 15th,
the day after the
Feast of the Exultation of the Holy Cross.
"To Jesus through Mary" for 49 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!
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What is the Seven Sorrows Rosary Devotion?
Come Learn About it!

First Saturday, September 2nd, 12:00 pm, Conference Room
Those not familiar with this powerful devotion are invited for an introduction. Following 10:30 am Mass & First Saturday Devotions and Benediction, come down to the Conference Room for a brief presentation by local devotee Geeta Etwaroo, who helped start the devotion here at OLC. She will cover the origins of the devotion and the connection with Our Lady of Kibeho. Seven graces are granted to the souls who honor her daily by saying seven Hail Mary's and meditating on her tears and dolors (sorrows). 

Our Lady of Sorrows' Feast Day
Friday, September 15th, 11:00 am
The next opportunity to join us to pray the Rosary of the Seven Sorrows of Mary together will actually be on her feast day!, as it lands on a Friday this year. 
It is prayed in the OLC Chapel every Tuesday and Friday at 11:00 am.

(Photo: Recently, Mgr. Christine had the joy of speaking with Rwandan genocide survivor Immaculee Ilibagiza at a weekend retreat in Malvern, PA. Immaculee is a well-known champion of this devotion. We are hoping she will come to OLC sometime in the future).



Blessing of All Who Labor
Monday, September 4th, 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.
Happy Birthday, Mama Mary!
Friday, September 8th, following Noon Mass 
Exactly nine months after the Feast of the Immaculate Conception is the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Join us as we celebrate the beautiful gift of our sweet Mother!

Our Lady's  Birthday Celebration will take place in the Conference Room. Birthday cake will be provided. Bring flowers for her or gift her a promise in your heart to 
amend some personal fault out of love for her. 
Feast of the Exultation of the Holy Cross
Blessing with the Relic of the True Cross
Thursday, 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 integrity of the relic inside it's antique reliquary was recently verified by Msgr. Jeremiah Kenney. It is one of a number that were bestowed upon Catholic bishops by the Vatican early last century.
The Defend Life Lecture Series Presents:
"Living A Joyful Life
in Very Challenging Times"

A Talk by Barry Sullivan
Nuclear Engineer and Adoptive Father
Friday, Sept. 15th, 1:00 pm, Conference Room
Join us after noon Mass in the Conference room to hear this encouraging talk. Although his resume includes N
uclear Engineer, Project Manager for the Department of Energy and candidate for Congress in 1990 in Southern Maryland, Barry Sullivan's greatest achievements have been in the cause for Life. He is the father of two adopted children, and he has worked diligently to bring a future and hope to people in desperate situations, staying focused by keeping ever before him the prospect of answering to God. Come hear his compelling and inspiring story, then stay for lively conversation. Refreshments will be provided.

Finding God Through Caregiving
Friday, October 6th. 1:00 pm in the Conference Room
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. 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. 
Holy Souls, "Lost" Souls & Divine Mercy
Friday, October 27th. 1:00 pm in the Chapel
(Blessed Sacrament will be reposed during talk)

Witnessing the monstrosities and injustices being perpetrated in our world, it is easy to feel that some people are so evil that they would never, could never, turn to Divine Mercy. They appear to be hopeless cases, but are they? And how much actually relies on us and our prayers for them? Will we be held accountable for our lack of faith in the power of the Holy Spirit to convert even the hardest of hearts? Are there loved ones (and loathed ones) foundering in Purgatory with no one to pray for them? As we approach the Feast of the Holy Souls, let us examine our understanding of Divine Mercy and our own role in the salvation of sinners, even those who have long since passed. 

Dave and Joan Maroney, directors of Mother of Mercy Messengers, are returning to speak at OLC in anticipation of the Feast of the Holy Souls. Their previous talk on Divine Mercy and the Illumination of Conscience, recorded in the OLC Chapel last Spring, has already garnered over 140,000 views on YouTube!

Complete Event Calendar HERE
First Fridays Mass & Devotions
in reparation for sins committed against the Sacred Heart of Jesus
Sept. 1st at 12:00 Noon & 7:30 pm Masses
Masses are followed by Exposition, Devotions and Confessions. Adoration continues between Masses.
Shop: 10 am - 12 pm & 1 pm - 7:30 pm

First Friday Promises 
First Saturdays Mass & Devotions
in reparation for sins committed against the Immaculate Heart of Mary
September 2nd, 10:30 am Mass followed by Exposition, Devotions and Confessions.. Benediction around 12:00 noon. 
Shop: 9:45-10:30 am & 11:30 am-2:00 pm

First Saturday Promises
Rosary in Latin, 9:45 am
instructions provided
Devotions to St. Joseph
First Wednesday of the Month
September 6th, 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.
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.
Holy Hour of Reparation
to the Sacred Heart before the Blessed Sacrament
Second Fridays of the Month following Noon Mass
September 8th, 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.
Blanket Making Workshops
1:00 pm in the Conference Room
2nd & 4th Tuesdays of the month 
1:00 pm in the Conference Room

September Dates: 9/12 & 9/26
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!
Children's Storytime & Craft
2nd & 4th Wednesdays of the month, 
10:30-11:30 am in the Conference Room

September Dates: 9/13 & 9/27
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
Tuesdays at 10 am live-streamed only
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.

November 11th, St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, Severna Park, MD
Learn about the holy women we can look to for inspiration for living holy lives as women in the modern world. This day-long conference is an opportunity for up to 600 women to deepen their faith through confession, adoration, and Mass, as well as listen to dynamic Catholic speakers and enjoy fellowship. Women of any age or stage of life, including young adults, stay-at-home moms, business professionals, retirees, religious, mothers, daughters, aunties, and grandmas are invited. This year, there will be talks in Spanish and limited childcare services to make the conference accessible to even more women.

OLC will be there selling our wonderful religious articles. Stop by and say hello!

Thank You for Your Prayers!
Our dear Fr. Gerard Lynch, OLC's regular Monday Mass priest wants to share his gratitude with all who have been praying for him through his health challenges:
"I wish to thank the staff of Our Lady’s Center and everyone who attends Mass there and to express the gratitude, the FULLNESS of gratitude, in my heart, to each and every one of you for all your prayers. I attribute the power of your prayers to my good recovery. I am so blessed! Thank you so much." - Fr. Gerard
Papal Honors for Msgr. Lizor!
Msgr. Joseph Lizor was for many years our Monday Mass celebrant and also served as the chaplain on the OLC Board of Directors. He is beloved to many who come here, and so we were overjoyed to hear that he was selected by Archbishop Lori to receive the Cross Pro Ecclesia et Pontifice, first issued in 1888 by Pope Leo XIII. Read the article HERE, and send Msgr. Lizor a personal message of congratulations HERE. 


Your Loving 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 27th through November 5th, 2023. There are many slots still open. The vigil hours are 7 am to 6 pm.
Over 23,500 lives have been saved since 40 Days For Life began in 2007!
NEW PRO-LIFE BOOK! Little Spark of Life: A Celebration of Born and Pre-Born Human Life.

*We are a non-profit. All sales go towards supporting the Shrine! 

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Stunning hand-painted chapel-quality Statues & Plaques imported from Ecuador. These make unique and beautiful gifts.
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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 night: 7:30 pm
1st Saturdays: 10:30 am
Monday-Friday: 11:30 am
Following all Masses
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.