Those were among the takeaways from a Mass of thanksgiving celebrated Oct. 18 at Our Lady’s Center, which includes a chapel, a Marian shrine and Stations of the Cross tucked south of Route 40 in Howard County.
While it is located up the hill from historic Ellicott City, it did not escape the floodwaters that ravaged the area July 31, when two streams that border the center property overflowed their banks and did considerable damage.
Enter State Sen. Bill Ferguson (Baltimore City-D), and his mother, Marie.
She resides in Rockville, where he was raised and went to Georgetown Preparatory for high school. Looking for the perfect baptism gift for her granddaughter, Cora Justine Ferguson, she finally found the right picture book – at Our Lady’s Center.
In early August, hearing of the death and destruction in Ellicott City, she alerted her son.
“My Mom said, ‘this is a terrible situation,’ and I felt compelled to do something about it,” said Ferguson, a parishioner of St. Matthew in Northwood. “There had to be a way to help.”
Jack Kissane (right), president of Our Lady’s Center, thanks Pierce J. Flanigan IV, president of P. Flanigan & Sons, for Flanigan’s help in restoring the Marian shrine’s property. (Courtesy Our Lady’s Center)
The campus of Our Lady’s Center in Ellicott City sustained significant damage following a July flood. (Courtesy Our Lady’s Center)