Our Lady's Center Marian Shrine "To Jesus through Mary" 410-461-5066 • 3301 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@example.com
DECEMBER EVENTS... Scroll all the way down! It's another packed newsletter.
Complete Event Calendar HERE
First Friday Mass & Devotions December 1st 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
First Saturday Schedule December 2nd Rosary in Latin - 9:45 am, booklets provided. Mass & First Saturday Devotions - 10:30 am
Mass is followed by Exposition, Devotions and Confessions. Benediction around 12:00 noon. First Saturday Promises Every First Saturday Mass is offered for the intentions of our patrons and benefactors, and that means you!
"Life After Death" Presentation by Fr. Kenneth Lukong - Dec. 2nd, 12:00 Noon
We are honored to welcome Fr. Kenneth Lukong, Associate Pastor of St. Louis and St. Francis Parishes in Clarksville, who will be celebrating First Saturday Mass at 10:30 am. Following Mass, Devotions, and confessions, Fr Lukong will discuss his recently published book, "Life After Death," which addresses a gaping need in our society, providing readers with numerous emotional, intellectual, and spiritual benefits including the following: • Answers to fundamental questions on human existence • A proper understanding of Church teaching about life and life after death • Aid in reflecting on this universal natural reality • Valuable insights into human behavior
• Resources for those grieving loved ones • Knowledge to walk with purposefulness, find fulfillment, and navigate the path to salvation
Fr. Lukong's book is available for purchase in the Bookstore. Following the presentation, all are invited downstairs for a book signing and light refreshments.
St. Nicholas Coming to Town! Wednesday, 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 (we'll have some extras for last minute drop-ins). Also, let us know if an alternate treat is needed due to dietary restrictions.
Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception
of the Blessed Virgin Mary Friday, December 8th, 12:00 Noon & 7:30 pm Masses Both Masses followed by Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament & Confessions
HOLY DAY OF OBLIGATION For those of you planning on attending our 12:00 Noon Mass on Friday, December 8th, please be aware that attendance is often high on Marian feast days, so plan to come early to ensure you find a parking space and a seat.
Learn about the history and theology of this doctrine HERE . She is the patroness of our suffering and torn nation, she who crushes the head of the serpent. Let us turn to her for help.
Holy Hour of Reparation to the Sacred Heart before the Blessed Sacrament
Second Friday of the Month following Noon Mass, Friday, December 8th
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.
2023 Annual Patron Pot Luck Christmas Party & Basket Raffle Tuesday, December 19th, 1-3 pm
Our Christmas party is always a fun time and an opportunity to get to know some of the people you see at Mass. Bring something delicious to share. Sign up in the bookstore or email us when you know what you're bringing (so we don't have four hams!)
Four Amazing Christmas Raffle Baskets! Our Raffle Baskets are Legendary! ClickHERE!for descriptions of basket contents
including $$$ in GIFT CARDS to local area businesses! Raffle Tickets:$5ea. OR5 for $20! (Best deal)
Purchase in person, charge over the phone or click the button below to purchase tickets (Be sure to let us know which baskets to put the tickets in).All tickets can be put in one entry box or divided up among the baskets. You could potentially win them all!
The Christmas Basket 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! There will be door prizes for the attendees!
"Light of the World"
"Step into Christmas"
"Where Charity & Love Prevail"
"All in the Family" Basket of Blessings
Please support these awesome businesses that generously donated Gift Cards for the Raffles!
ANNOUNCING... A Special Saturday Mass & Last Minute
Shopping Day! December 23rd
10:30 am Mass
11:00 am - 2 pm Shop! Our regular hours are challenging for those who work or come from a distance, so we have decided to open on the Saturday close to Christmas. Come browse the wonderful selection of gifts at your favorite non-profit Catholic bookstore and gift shop! We will have FLASH SALES & DRAWINGSall day for instant winners of signed books, store merchandise, and store discounts!We do always try to have Mass celebrated on all the days we operate, as Christ is the source of all our strength.
OLC will be CLOSED for Christmas
on Monday & Tuesday, Dec. 25th & 26th
as well as on New Years Day, Monday, Jan. 1st.
REGULAR MONTHLY ACTIVITIES
Blanket Making Workshops 2nd & 4th Tuesdays (normally),
1:00 pm in the Conference Room December Date: 12/12 ONLY with a Blanket Blessing at 12:00 Noon Mass All are welcome after Mass in the Conference room to help make no-sew blankets for Project Linus to be distributed to children in crisis situations. Material and simple instructions are provided. Over 1600 blankets have been donated through OLC to date!
Children's Storytime & Craft 2nd & 4th Wednesdays of the month (normally) 10:30-11:30 am in the Conference Room December Dates: 12/6 (St Nick Day!) & 12/27
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. Contact Board Member Joan & Paul Kane for the materials and to sign up.
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...
Winner of Thanksgiving Raffle Never Actually Entered!
The winning ticket was purchased on October 12th by a generous patron who wanted to just support OLC and who indicated we could donate the tickets at our discretion. It was decided that any such donated tickets would be divided among our wonderful regular priests as a way of saying thank you for all their selfless service.
Fr. Patrick Mbomnda, who was filling in for Mass that day, agreed to draw the winning ticket for us. When he looked at the enormous basket, he wondered out loud, "What do I have to do to win this basket?" We all laughed. The jar was shaken and stirred thoroughly several times. Then Fr. Patrick drew out one ticket from the hundreds in the jar. All the ticket entries are recorded in a spreadsheet for convenience and legibility. The tickets themselves have only the raffle numbers on them.
When we consulted our spreadsheet to discover the identity of the winner, our jaws dropped. Amazingly, it was his donated ticket. Fr. Patrick was thoroughly shocked to discover he had actually won a raffle he had never even entered!! God has blessed this generous, humble priest in a very unexpected way! He could not wait to tell his sister who lives only a short distance away. The next time he celebrated Mass, he expressed his sincere gratitude for OLC and all the patrons who come and support us. We also want to thank all who entered the 2023 Thanksgiving Basket Raffle.
Msgr. Lizor Celebrates 65 Years of Priesthood Our beloved former chaplain and regular celebrant, Msgr. Joseph Lizor, reached another milestone last month. Please join us in wishing him well. Read the full article in the Catholic Review HERE. If you wish to contact Msgr. Lizor, you can email himHERE. He would love to hear fro you. You can also congratulate him on receiving a papal honor earlier this year, the Cross Pro Ecclesia et Pontifice!
On the Road at the MCWC OLC exhibited at the 2023 Maryland Catholic Women's Conference, this time held at St. John the Evangelist in Severna Park and attended by 600 women! We saw many friends and patrons there and met many more. Former OLC Manager Theresa Conlan was exhibiting as well, selling her lovely creations. She had her fourth child, a sweet baby girl, with her! She sends her love to her OLC family. Unfortunately, we didn't get a photo with her.
IN THE BOOKSTORE & GIFT SHOP...
Come Get Your Christmas Presents!
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 source most of our items from the USA, Italy, Portugal, Colombia, Equador, Brazil, South Korea and various other countries.
Our products are produced by Catholic companies, religious orders, apostolates and local artisans. We trust our vendors, and they stand behind their work. Buying from us supports them too, and they need it.
OLC is a non-profit 501c3, and all revenue generated goes toward supporting our little shrine and ministry of bringing people to Christ through Mary.
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!
Fresh Trasppistine chocolates and Toffeehouse Bark just arrived!
We've expanded our line from Franciscan Peacemakers to include not only the Gift Packs and Bath Bombs but also Salt Scrubs and Scented Candles! Proceeds benefit women who have been trafficked through a rehabilitation program and employment. These items make such wonderful, meaningful gifts for anyone!
It's not too late to pick up your Advent items!
We love these handmade wooden Jesse Tree Ornaments & Book!
We have a huge selection of Sock Religious socks in stock for adults & children!
Beautiful Christmas Cards - Mix & Match!
Printed by Baltimore's own Barton Cotton, Inc.
We even have some printed in Spanish.
Excellent stocking stuffers: Catholic Doctrine Playing Cards created by a priest to help us all learn our faith.
DECEMBER NO-CLIP COUPON:
One ADVENT OR CHRISTMAS
ITEM in Stock 10% 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.
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Holy Sacrifice of the Mass
Friday evenings: 7:30 pm
Firstt Saturdays: 10:30 am
Confessions Follow all Masses
Adoration Friday: 12:30 - 7:30 pm
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
Our Lady's Center Marian Shrine is a 501(c)3 non-profit 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 monthly events and activities.