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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@ourladyscenter.net

January 2024 Newsletter
Be sure to scroll all the way down for photos of events!
Complete Event Calendar HERE.


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, employing a trusted snow clearing service whenever necessary. We do not follow Howard County closings.

Eucharistic Adoration during the March for Life
Friday, January 19th, 12:30 pm - 7:30 pm
The 51st Annual March for Life in Washington DC takes place on January 19th. Whether in person or virtually, hundreds of thousands will take part, people of all walks of life who share the deep conviction that the sanctity of all human life must be defended for a just culture to exist. If you are not physically able to attend the March, please join us in spirit by coming to the OLC chapel that day anytime between our 12:00 Noon and 7:30 pm Masses to pray before the Blessed Sacrament for the cause of Life, that hardened hearts will be softened and eyes opened to the beauty and dignity that each human life inherently contains, from the moment of conception to natural death. If we see with the eyes of Christ, every single human life is infinitely valuable.

First Friday Mass & Devotions
January 5th 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 Mass & Activities
January 6th
Latin Rosary - 9:45 am
, booklets provided.
Mass & Devotions - 10:30 am 
Mass is followed by Exposition, Devotions and Confessions. Benediction around 12:00 noon. Shop 9:45-10:30 am and 11:30 am-2 pm
First Saturday Promises
Every First Saturday Mass is offered for the intentions of our patrons and benefactors, and that means you!
Holy Hour of Reparation
to the Sacred Heart before the Blessed Sacrament
Second Friday of the Month following Noon Mass,
Friday, January 12th
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.
The Seven Sorrows Devotions
Weekly on Tuesdays & Fridays at 11 am
llowed by our regular rosary at 11:30 pm and Mass at noon.
Join us as we honor Our Lady of Sorrows.
We pray this Rosary to learn to suffer with love, as did the Blessed Mother. The Seven Sorrows Rosary leads us to understand suffering, sins, and sorrows. As we pray with our Sorrowful Mother, we begin to feel empathy for the suffering Our Lady, Our Lord, our neighbors, and ourselves.Learn more about it HERE.
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 Joan & Paul Kane for the materials and to sign up.
Blanket Making Workshops
2nd & 4th Tuesdays of the month, 
1:00 pm in the Conference Room

January Dates: 1/9 & 1/23
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 tied and donated through OLC to date!
Children's Storytime & Craft
2nd & 4th Wednesdays of the month, 
10:30-11:30 am in the Conference Room

January Dates: 1/10 & 1/24
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! 
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!

First Friday, Candlemas, Feast of the Purification of Mary AND the Flame of Love Feast Day...WOW!!

Traditional Blessing of Candles
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, traditionally the 40th day of the Christmas-Epiphany season.
Candles are available for sale in the Bookstore: 6-Day Candles $5 ea.; 3-Day (72 hour) 100% Beeswax Candles In Glass $30 ea.; 12” 51% Beeswax Taper Candles $7 ea.
If possible, please purchase your candles beforehand and take them upstairs to Mass to be blessed. We do not sell already-blessed candles.
First Saturday with St. Blaise Feast Day Blessing of Throats
at the 10:30 am 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.

Preparing for the Feast of Mercy,
the Greatest Day of Grace"

Friday, February 23rd, 1 pm

We are so excited to have the Maroneys back to speak again, this time focusing on The Mercy Sunday Momentum Campaign which provides practical help and guidelines for individuals and parishes to prepare for, promote, and celebrate Divine Mercy Sunday.

OLC Christmas Party 2023
Celebrating Christ's Birth with Old Friends and New
Many thanks to all who came out to our Patron Pot Luck Party and brought delicious treats to share. We loved having you! Our beloved and joyful Fr. Gerard Lynch came down after Mass to bless the food before so dutifully returning to the Chapel to hear confessions. Thankfully, he was able to rejoin the party and enjoy the delicious food and lively conversation. He sends his love and gratitude for all your prayers for his health and recovery.
Raffles Raise Over $5500!
Our annual Christmas Basket Raffle was another enormous success. Thank you to all who donated items and services and to all who entered. We wish that every single one of you could have won, but it is our hope that you at least feel rewarded in knowing that your generous, enthusiastic support enables us to continue this unique and holy ministry of bringing people to Christ through Mary.

Here are the 
Basket #1 Light of the World:
Selina Conant

We recall Selina asking if she needed to be present to win as she'd be traveling to the Philippines and Singapore visiting family at the time of the drawing. We had assured her that winners need not be present, and so she bought her ticket. She was absolutely delighted to hear the news on the other side of the world that she had won and can't wait to get back to retrieve her basket.
Basket #2 Step into Christmas: Rosemary Scherba
Rosemary actually bought a bunch of tickets the very morning of the raffle drawing! We were very careful to shuffle the tickets well before the drawing. 
Basket #3 Where Charity & Love Prevail: Deborah Catherine
Deborah bought her ticket while attending the St. Nick Day event at OLC on Dec. 6th with her grandchildren. Along with winning the contents of the basket, she also got to designate a charity for half the proceeds of this basket ($450). Deborah spent some time discerning which charity to choose but in the end decided to donate those proceeds right back to OLC! We are so very grateful!
Basket #4 Family Basket of Blessings: Carol Zieba
The owner of the first ticket drawn, Mary Matthews, told us to choose another as she had won in the past and wished to share the joy. The next ticket drawn belonged to Carol who was completing the 33 Days preparation at OLC for consecration to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. She is immensely grateful because her dear family member who just received custody of their child is in need of many items to make their house a home! God is so good!

These awesome businesses generously donated
Gift Cards for the Raffles! Please support them with your business!

St. Nicholas Day 2023!
Once again, our illustrious president, Jack Kissane, reprised his role as St. Nicholas to the general delight of children, parents and shopping patrons alike. This is one of our favorite traditions, complete with chocolate gold coins left in the children's shoes for them to find!
And More Happenings...
"Life After Death"
Fr. Kenneth Lukong discussed his recently released book, and the response was wonderful. We hope to have him reprise his talk, as many who wished to attend were unable. Fr. Maurice Akwa left a glowing review on Amazon, which you can view HERE. But buy the book through us if you can!
Ties That Bind
A well earned celebration was thrown for our Project Linus Blanketeers and their remarkably productive fingers. As more people wander down after Mass to discover just how simple this knot-forming process is to learn and how rewarding it can be, deep and lasting friendships are being formed. Everyone is welcome on the second and fourth Tuesdays of the month. Marsha Kessler, Howard County Project Linus Chapter Coordinator, is a regular attendee of the sessions at OLC, and she and Carolyn Niebauer have become inseparable pals. Marsha routinely posts on her chapter's Facebook page about OLC. You can fire it HERE.


Christmas Clearance 
Going on Now!
25% OFF
listed prices of
remaining Christmas & Advent Items through January.


Lent is just Six Weeks Away!
Ash Wednesday is February 14th this year! We are stocking up on a lovely selection of statues, prints, devotionals and sacramentals to help us prepare as we journey with Our Lord and Our Lady through Lent to Easter Sunday.

"Compassion" by Bouguereau beautifully framed and ready to hang.
Solid wood standing and wall crucifixes from South Korea, Italy and USA
New release arriving soon!
New release!


One Excellent Catholic Book
to read on a snowy evening

15% 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.
Expires 01/31/2024
A most blessed Advent & Christmastide in Our Lady's Chapel. Although there are different customs as to when to take down the Christmas decorations, we tend to keep the chapel decorated until the Feast of the Presentation of the Lord, Candlemas, February 2nd.

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Our Lady's Center Marian Shrine

3301 Rogers Ave

Ellicott City, MD 21043

(410) 461-5066

Mass Times:
Holy Sacrifice of the Mass
Monday-Friday: 12:00pm
Friday evenings: 7:30 pm
Firstt Saturdays: 10:30 am
​Confessions Follow all Masses
Adoration Friday: 12:30 - 7:30 pm
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
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.