2021 OLPH Advent Offerings

Live temperately, justly, and devoutly in this age, as we await the blessed hope, the appearance of the glory of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ…

– Titus 2:12b-13

Daily Mass, Holy Days & Eucharistic Adoration

Daily Mass: Monday – Saturday 8:15 am (Church & Livestream)

Immaculate Conception Masses – Tuesday, Dec 7, 5 pm (outdoors, Harrison Hall Landing), Wednesday, Dec 8, 8:15 am & 7 pm 

Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament in the monstrance (Adoration) from Wednesdays at 9 am through Saturdays at 8 am.

Private prayer in the Chapel is available twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week. Please visit www.olphparish.org/access to gain after-hours access.

Extended Hours at OLPH

Sacrament of Reconciliation

Every Wednesday from Dec 1 through Dec 22:
11 am – 12 -noon – Good Shepherd Room
6 – 7 pm – Outside – Back Parking Lot

Every Friday from Dec 3 through Dec 17:
4-6 pm – Church

Additional Monday & Tuesday Opportunities during Advent:
Tuesday, Dec 14: 4 -7 pm – Church
Monday, Dec 20: 4 -7 pm – Church
Tuesday, Dec 21: 4 -7 pm – Church

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Advent Wreath Lighting Signup

Be a part of lighting the Advent Wreath before Indoor Mass each weekend of Advent!  Additionally, we invite you to bring up the gifts in preparation for Communion.

Advent reflection book for Advent 2021

Advent Reflection Book

Available Nov 20 & 21

This year’s Advent Gospel Reflection books contain reflections from Bishop Barron, the full Gospel reading for each day, questions for reflection, and journal pages. It’s short, simple, but extremely powerful. It’s like getting a mini-homily each morning from Bishop Barron! Copies will be available to grab after Mass the weekend of Nov 20 & 21 in the Narthex. Do consider grabbing a copy for a friend or neighbor who you believe would benefit from growing closer to Jesus this Advent season.

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Prepare Him Room

Nov 22 | 9 :15 am | 4 Weeks

Make time to prepare your hearts for the Lord this Advent through Lectio Divina prayer. Join us after daily Mass starting November 22 at 9:15 – 9:45 am in the church every Monday for 4 weeks to pray through the Sunday readings for Advent.
The Lectio Divina will be focused on the Gospel reading. Feel free to bring your bible and a prayer journal. Everyone is welcome!
No advance sign-up is required.

Giving Tree Program

Nov 28 | Pick up Tags

Dec 4/5 & 11/12 | Drop Off Gifts

You are invited to purchase Christmas presents as we do our small part to bring joy in the form of a gift to children at St. Wenceslaus in East Baltimore, St. Veronica’s in South Baltimore, the Franciscan Center, Sarah’s Hope shelter for mothers and children, and Grassroots Shelter here in Howard County.

Guest Speaker & Festival of Praise

Dec 3 | 7 pm

Come join us for the Festival of Praise on December 3rd at 7:00 pm. We’ll be joined by Catholic author and speaker, Meg Hunter-Kilmer, who will be sharing her love of the Eucharist and the saints with us. Meg calls herself a”speaker, blogger, and hobo for Christ” and travels all over the country sharing her love of Jesus with young people and their families. Find out more about Meg on her website HERE. All are invited to stay for fellowship and refreshments afterward.  Bring a friend and come join the fun! 

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Book Reading & Signing

Dec. 4 | 10:00-11:30 am

Saturday, December 4
Join us in the Good Shepherd room for a Book Reading Party and book signing with Meg Hunter-Kilmer, author of Saints Around the World. Fellowship and refreshments afterward.

Outdoor Cocoa with Santa

Dec 11 | 1 – 4pm (Photos from 2-4 pm)

Join us for an outdoors as the OLPH parking lot is transformed into a Winter Wonderland as children young and old enjoy photos with Santa, Cookies, Cocoa, Crafts, Raffle baskets, Games, Christmas Store with a Secret Shop!

Visit olphschool.org/santa for presales.

Boxes for Baltimore

Dec 11/12 | Drop off Boxes

Help us bring JOY to those experiencing homelessness in Baltimore City by participating in OLPH’s SALT Ministry’s Boxes for Baltimore program. Assemble a box by using the shopping list (or two or twenty) with your family, friends, small groups, or neighbors!

Deliver the assembled and wrapped boxes to the OLPH Parish Center (Upper Level) during the weekend Masses of December 12, 2021.

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Family Holy Hour

Dec 10 | 6 pm

Families join us in the church, from 6-7 pm for kid-friendly family reflection time, with music, and the opportunity to enjoy the true presence of Jesus in their midst.

Celtic Christmas Concert

Dec 11 | 7 pm

Get into the Christmas spirit and come out to hear what’s sure to be an unforgettable full-band, acoustic, Celtic Christmas concert experience! Gather a group and join us at OLPH Church in Ellicott City for the festivities as Ben-David Warner, Singer, songwriter, and OLPH Music Director along with his friends performs a blend of Celtic, Classical, and Christmas Carol music.

Healing Mass with Father Ambrose

Dec 17 | 7 pm

imagine entering into Christmas without any grudges!

Choosing forgiveness releases us from the burden of holding a grudge and frees us to become closer to God and one another. As you prepare your heart for Christmas, choose to open the door to physical and spiritual healing offered to us through the Lord. Join this special evening with Fr. Ambrose as we pray for and receive God’s healing.

Blessing of Bambinelli

Dec 19 | Weekend Masses

Bring the baby Jesus from your Nativity to be blessed at our 4th Sunday of Advent Masses! Join us for Mass at 4:30 pm, 9 am, 11 am, or 5 pm on Dec. 18/19 as we continue this beautiful Church tradition that began with the Popes in Rome.

Blue Christmas Prayer Service

Dec 20 | 7 pm

Christmas is supposed to be a joyful season, but perhaps this past year has brought the loss of a loved one, a marriage, or a job.  Maybe this year has been riddled with stress.  There are many moments in our lives when we need comfort.  When we yearn for consolation and for hope.  It is important to acknowledge our sadness and pain during this season and to know that we are not alone. Join us in our Church or by livestream for a service of prayer and reflection where we will acknowledge that God’s presence is in the midst of our pain, and remember that HE shines a light in our deepest darkness. A time of light refreshments and fellowship will follow.

We’d Love for You to Join us for Mass