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410-461-5066 • 240-581-8013​ (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"
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.

Our Lady's Center Marian Shrine
February 2024 Newsletter


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. We do not follow Howard County closings. 

This month is packed! Be sure to scroll all the way down.
February 2nd...A Very Special FIRST FRIDAY
Candlemas, Feast of the Purification of Mary
AND the Flame of Love Feast Day!

First Friday Promises

Traditional Blessings of Candles
& Sacramentals on Candlemas

12:00 Noon & 7:30 PM Masses
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.

Bring your candles & sacramentals to be blessed!
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.
February 3rd...A Very Special FIRST SATURDAY
Blessing of the Throats
at 10:30 am Mass
Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament, Confessions & First Saturday Devotions will follow Mass and end with Benediction.
Shop will be open 11:15 am - 2:00 pm
Our Lady's First Saturday Promises

Join us in making reparation for the sins committed against the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Immaculate Heart of Mary. Our Lord and Our Lady will grant you a peace beyond all understanding and guard your heart in these troubled times.

St. Blaise Feast Day Blessing of Throats
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. St. James warns us, "If a man who does not control his tongue imagines that he is devout, he is self-deceived; his worship is pointless." This warning is particularly appropriate in a society whose interactions have become increasingly uncivil. St. Blaise, pray for us!
Prayer warriors, remember to come early (9:45 am) for the
Rosary in Latin every First Saturday
Exorcists such as Fr. Gabriel Amorth have attested to the fact that the devil hates Latin. You are invited to come early before First Saturday Mass, to pray a Rosary in Latin with us. Print outs and instruction will be provided. Discover the many reasons why we should consider praying in Latin HERE. View Raymond Cardinal Burke praying it HERE.
"Garabandal: The Warning & the Great Miracle"
by Author & Speaker Ted Flynn
Wednesday, February 7th, 7:00 pm
Ted Flynn will be returning to present his new book on the divine reset called the Warning, which supposedly will occur to correct the conscience of the whole world. His understanding is based on his extensive research on the messages allegedly conveyed to four young visionaries by the Blessed Mother herself from 1961-1965 in Garabandal, Spain.

Some have raised questions concerning the status of these messages. As of this writing, they have neither been approved nor disproved by the Church. As such, they are up for personal discernment. Holy Mother Church moves cautiously, as she should. Most private revelations and alleged apparitions never do receive the formal approval of the Holy See and so are left to Catholics to judge for themselves whether they are credible. Most importantly, they must not contradict any of the Church's doctrine. Read more HERE.

All are invited to listen to Ted Flynn's presentation with prudence and in humility and take part in Q&A and discussion after. The Center will remain open all day until the talk. Come early to browse and to purchase a book. If you would like Ted Flynn to sign it for you, he will be happy to do so after the talk.
Holy Hour of Reparation
February 9th, following 12 pm Mass
Come join us on the second Friday of each month in reciting aloud these vocal prayers in reparation for sins committed against the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus. In the Garden of Gethsemane, Jesus asked his disciples, "Could you not watch one hour with me?" Perhaps the comfort that the angel came to give Our Lord was the message of so many souls down through time who would come to be with him and make reparation. Booklets provided
Shrove Tuesday Mass of the Holy Face
Tuesday, Feb. 13th, 12:00 noon*
Following Mass, we will pray in reparation before a blessed image of the Holy Face which was installed in our chapel in 2016. This image, which hangs between the confessional doors, is a copy of the very same image to which St. Therese was dedicated, a reproduction of the image known as "Vera Effigies” of the veil of Veronica. In 1958, Pope Pius XII declared the feast of the Holy Face to be the day before Ash Wednesday so that this devotion could be practiced in the Church. More Info. HERE.

*Begin the 9 Day Novena to the Holy Face on Sun., Feb. 4th.
In preparation for the Holy Face Feast Day, we will pray this novena together at OLC after all 12:00 Noon Weekday Masses. As we are closed on the weekends, we will pray on our own. Prayer intentions and daily novena prayers are posted HERE. 

​If you are interested in joining a Confraternity of the Holy Face, along with St. Therese of Lisieaux and Sr. Wilhelmina, one will be starting in our area soon. Information HERE. Email us for details on a local chapter.
Ash Wednesday Mass & Distribution of Ashes
February 14th12:00 Noon
If you can not make it to Mass at your parish, come to OLC and receive your ashes at noon Mass, and stay for Confession to kick off your Lenten journey cleansed of sin and spiritual impurities.

Stations of the Cross
Fridays during Lent in the Chapel after both the 12:00 Noon and 7:30 pm Masses. Join us as we pray the Way of the Cross together. They enable us to feel Jesus’ suffering, give us strength in times of suffering, instill in us a compassion for those who suffer, remind us of the vast love of God, and give us a sign of great hope as we look forward to the Resurrection. Learn how the Stations began HERE.
President's Day Holy Hour
Monday, Feb. 19th following 12:00 Noon Mass
Come spend an hour with us in solemn Adoration before the Blessed Sacrament as we honor our former presidents who defended and upheld our freedoms and also to pray for the office of the presidency and for its current and future occupants. We will never cease calling for the defense of our freedoms, especially the freedom of religion. Nor will we cease to pray for those entrusted with authority over us, that they allow themselves to be humbly guided by Truth and blessed with true wisdom, knowledge and understanding.
"Divine Mercy, Lent & Our Lady"
Preparing for Divine Mercy Sunday, the Feast of Mercy, the Greatest Day of Grace
Dave & Joan Maroney
Friday February 23rd, 1 pm
The Maroneys of Mother of Mercy Messengers will be discussing the Mercy Sunday Momentum Campaign which provides practical help and guidelines for individuals and parishes to prepare for, promote, and celebrate Divine Mercy Sunday. We are always excited to have them speak when they are in town. The video they recorded here last year has received nearly a quarter of a million views from all over the world.  You can view it HERE.

Divine Mercy Sunday Pilgrimage to Holy Rosary
in Baltimore
(The Archdiocesan Divine Mercy Shrine with relics of St. Faustina and Pope JPII!)
Sunday, April 7th, leaving OLC at 10:00 am
Join us for another Pilgrimage to Holy Rosary Church in Baltimore, the Archdiocesan Shrine for Divine Mercy, on Divine Mercy Sunday. OLC has chartered a bus which will leave the Center at 10:00am. Mass will be celebrated at Holy Rosary at 1:00pm. Seats are still available. The cost is $40 per seat. Sign the form, and mail it and a check to OLC or drop it off. The Bookstore will be open at 9 am for those who arrive early to shop.
Registration form HERE.
Please sign up by April 2nd, if possible, to ensure cost of bus is covered. Cancellation deadline is 3/29. After that we may not be able to issue a refund.
Receive a plenary indulgence. Learn about the Extraordinary Graces promised to us when we observe the Feast Divine Mercy.
Regularly Scheduled Activities:
Seven Sorrows Rosary
Every Tuesday & Friday 11:00 am 
(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 and materials available in the store. Learn more HERE.
Blanket Making
2nd & 4th Tuesdays of the month
following 12 pm Mass
Feb. dates: 2/13 & 2/27

These simple no-sew blankets will be blessed and distributed to children in crisis through Project Linus. Donations appreciated to cover the cost of the fleece.
Next Blanket Blessing: 2/13!
First Wed. Devotions to St. Joseph
First Wed. of the Month following 12 pm Mass
Feb. date: 2/7
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.
Children's Storytime & Craft
2nd & 4th Wed. of the month, 10:30-11:30
Feb. dates: 2/14 & 2/28
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 if possible. Drop-ins always welcome!
Our Lady of Perpetual Help Novena
Thursdays following 12 pm 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!
Ecce Homo Traveling Bust of Our Lord & Blessed Chalice
Sign up in the Bookstore 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, during that period, pray for vocations to the priesthood and religious life as well as your own personal intentions. 

March First Saturday Guest Speaker:
Elizabeth Smithauthor of "The Coin Flip"
Saturday, March 2nd, 12:00 noon
Following 10:30 am First Saturday Mass & Devotions.
As we approach St. Patrick's Feast Day, come hear an amazing TRUE story of the incredible act of faith of an Irish Immigrant from his very own great-granddaughter! Elizabeth Smith is a local author who we met at the Maryland Catholic Women's Conference. She will be signing copies of her wonderful, engaging book after her talk.

In 1857, Joe Quigley and Jim McDermott emigrated from Ireland to America, wanting to become priests. Neither able to afford seminary, they agreed to flip a coin and have the loser work to pay the winner's tuition. When Joe lost, he was devastated. "Why, Lord, did I lose the coin flip?" His struggle to accept God's will is an incredible story illustrating how God works through ordinary people to do extraordinary things!
Calling all Catholic Men
Register Now, and be sure to bring a friend! OLC will be displaying religious articles and books, so we will see you there!

Tell your friends about OLC. They can sign up for the newsletter HERE
Like us on Facebook for the most up to date info!
February Events at a Glance:
2/02 Fri:     First Friday, Candlemas, Blessing of Candles after 12:00 & 7:30 pm Masses.
2/03 Sat:    First Saturday, St. Blaise Feast Day Blessing of the Throats, 10:30 am Mass
2/04 Sun:   Holy Face Novena begins (start at home)
2/07 Wed:  Garabandal Talk by Ted Flynn
2/09 Fri:     Holy Hour of Reparation after 12 pm Mass
2/13 Tues:  Shrove Tuesday, Mass of the Holy Face, 12 pm
                  Project Linus Blessing of Blankets & Blanket Making Session following 12 pm Mass

2/14 Wed:   ASH WEDNESDAY: Children's Storytime & Craft, 10:30 am, Mass with Ashes, 12 pm
2/19 Mon:  President's Day Holy Hour after 12 pm Mass
2/23 Fri:    Dave & Joan Maroney Talk after 1 pm Mass
2/27 Tues: Linus Project Blanket Making, 1 pm
2/28 Wed:  Children's Storytime & Craft, 10:30 am

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

Valentine's Day Gifts for Sweethearts
Celebrate early! St Valentine won't mind.
We've just received another shipment of Trappistine Candy including Milk and Dark Chocolate Hearts and Fudge, all freshly made and prayed over by the Trappistine Nuns of Mount St. Mary's Abbey in Massachusetts. Come pick up a box or two before they disappear, along with a card and perhaps a little gift that conveys your love in light of Christ's abundant, unconditional and everlasting love. Watch a video showing the nuns at work creating their wonderful candy and discussing their vocation HERE!
Lent Begins on February 14th
We have a wealth of resources for you to make this a holy Lent: Devotionals, sacramentals, beautiful framed prints, crucifixes and children's items as well.
We carry Cafe 4 Life Pro-life Coffee, the official coffee of the March for Life. Your coffee dollars will help save the unborn and support mothers in need as well as the monks of Our Lady of Guadalupe and, modestly, Our Lady's Center too! Makes a thoughtful pro-life gift! Learn more HERE.
Prepare for a Holy Lent & Easter
NEW! Cardinal Zen's Lenten Reflections. A path to healing amid suffering on the path to resurrected love.
NEW! The Cries of Jesus from the Cross, an Anthology by Archbishop Fulton Sheen
Precious insights for our Lenten journey that take us to the heart of the interior life of St. John Henry Newman.
NEW! Anthony DeStefano's sweet retelling of the story of the Easter Bunny as a symbol for hope in Christ's Resurrection.
Gorgeous Icon Easter Egg Wraps
Simply drop them in hot water and you have beautiful decorated eggs.

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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
Chapel Hours:

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 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.