Our Lady of Victories

The First French Roman Catholic Parish in Boston

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Welcome to the Our Lady of Victories Web Site. It is the joy and privilege of the Marist Fathers to serve you on the Internet. As you can see in the photo, our Shrine, completed in 1891, is very beautiful. It is located in the Back Bay section of Boston about a five minute walk from the Back Bay Train Station and eight minutes from the South End of the Boston Common.
The Shrine is named for Our Blessed Mother, Mary, who leads us to Jesus and VICTORY over the struggles, hurts, addictions, sufferings, sicknesses and sins of life. The statue of Our Lady of Victories shows Mary holding her son on the globe of the world. Jesus wears the crown of Victory through his death on the cross. Mary wears a crown of Victory because she was the first to believe when the angel appeared to her at the Incarnation. She stood in silent belief at the foot of the cross and then saw the victory of her Son in the Resurrection and Ascension.

It is our hope that this Shrine will be a place of destination and pilgrimage when you are in Boston. Come and pray here and allow Mary to gently lead you to the open arms of her Son. We priests of the Society of Mary will happily pray and celebrate with you the sacraments of the Holy Eucharist, Reconciliation, and Anointing of the Sick.

Many have asked to have their Marriages here. It is our joy to serve you if it is possible. Please read the directives for Marriage in the special section locate here.

If you are not able to come to Boston and would like special prayers or advice, you can contact us through the email or phone number listed on the web page. You can have Masses offered for your intentions throughout the year.

May Mary watch over you and lead you to the Victory of peace in mind and heart which only Her Son, Jesus, can bring.

Sincerely in the love of Jesus and Mary,
The Parish Team

 

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THANKSGIVING MEMORY

I remember Thanksgiving growing up in Pittsburgh. It was celebrated close to Christmas so it meant toys were coming around the bend. We would be out of school for 4 whole days. Mom would cook a great meal and we could play.

I can picture my mother starting early with the turkey preparations. My dad would help with the vegetables and we kids would watch TV or run around raising a ruckus. The usual time for our meal was 3 or 4 in the afternoon. The dining table was set nicely and Mom would call us to dinner. The usual “Bless us O Lord” was said and food was passed. (Dad didn’t like turkey so he had a piece of beef.) My Mom would tell us to slow down our eating because we wolfed it down. It only took 15 or 20 minutes for us to finish and pretty soon we ran outside. We might say thanks and help clean up a bit.

Back then, when I was 10, 11, 12 years old, saying thanks came quickly out of the mouth but it was not from deep gratitude. Saying “thank you” to Mom and Dad or anyone was only parroting what you were supposed to do. Learning to say thank you from the heart takes time. It involves a deep appreciation of the other person and recognition of what they have done for you. True gratitude fills the heart with love and draws us to the other. I dare say we don’t often express profound gratefulness because it also involves a humbleness that embarrasses us. It is difficult to be in a humble state of gratitude.

Take a moment this week. Sit humbly with Jesus and thank Him. Go to at least one person and deeply thank them. It will make this Thanksgiving truly meaningful.

Peace and Happy Thanksgiving,

Fr. Joe

CHRISTMAS OPEN HOUSE AT OUR LADY OF VICTORIES

“TIS EARLY IN THE SEASON”

We open the doors of our Parish Center

for fellowship and Christmas cheer

Live Music, hot hors d’oeuvres, wine, hot cider

hot chocolate, homemade Christmas cookies

Bring the Whole Family

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 7, 4-6 PM

Our Lady of Victories Parish Center

CALL FOR CHRISTMAS COOKIES

Do you have a favorite holiday cookie recipe you would like to share? We’re looking for bakers to make cookies for our Christmas Open House on December 7. For information and to volunteer, call Kathy (908) 267-2397 or the Rectory (617) 426-4448.

ART EXHIBIT

Following our very successful Photograph Exhibit, we will be having an Art Exhibit in the Parish Center with works from both professional and amateur artists. The exhibit and reception will be on Friday, November 21 from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m., Saturday, November 22 from 2:00 - 7:00 p.m., and on Sunday, November 23 from 10:30 - 3:00 p.m. We look forward to seeing you then! Please tell your friends.

CONGRATULATIONS ARE IN ORDER

Each year the Archdiocese honors special people who give of themselves in ministry and service in the Archdiocese. Cardinal Sean presents this award at a special prayer service in the Cathedral. The award is called CHEVERUS and is named after the founding Bishop of Boston. Three years ago, Catharine-Mary Donovan, our parish secretary, was the recipient in grateful recognition of her many years of dedicated service to Our Lady of Victories.

This year we honor Kathleen Crozier who has been the organist and music director for many years here at Our Lady of Victories. In a quiet and unassuming way her gifts have truly enhanced our week-end Masses and the beauty of weddings. She organizes the music, trains and schedules the cantors for our Masses, and helps to plan special celebrations throughout the year. She will receive her award this Sunday, November 22, at 3:00 o’clock at Holy Cross Cathedral. You are most welcome to attend.

Thank you, Kathleen, for your devoted service and thanks to Catharine-Mary, our staff, and all those who give of themselves to Our Lady of Victories.

RETIRED RELIGIOUS SISTERS

A moment of thanks for a lifetime of service – Today’s second collection is used to assist religious communities to provide for the retirement and health care needs of Sisters who have served in the Archdiocese of Boston. Please take this opportunity to say thank you to Sisters who have served the Church of Boston so generously for so many years.

WEDNESDAYS AT OUR LADY OF VICTORIES

Each Wednesday during our 7:15 a.m. and 12:10 p.m. Masses, we pray for the intentions of those who ask the intercession of Our Lady of Victories by placing their petitions before Our Lady’s statue. We also pray a Litany to Our Lady of Victories after each Mass. On Wednesday afternoons at 3:30 p.m., the Blessed Sacrament is exposed and a priest is available in church for Confession. Our prayer time concludes with Benediction at 5:30 p.m. All of you are most welcome to join us when you are able for these times of prayer and worship.

THANKSGIVING

This year, the Thanksgiving holiday will be celebrated on November 27th. If you’ll be in the Boston area that day, you are invited to join us here for Mass at 9:00 a.m. We do have so many things to be thankful for! The celebration of the Eucharist is a great way to start our holiday as a parish community by joining together in thanks and praise. A collection will be taken up to help the parish respond to families in need in our area.

MARRIED IN THE CHURCH

On November 15, we celebrated the marriage of Michael Meehan and Stephanie Bell at Our Lady of Victories Church. May our loving Mother Mary watch over them throughout their married lives. Congratulations!

CLOTHING FOR THE HOMELESS

The Cardinal Medeiros Homeless Day Shelter for seniors located below our Church is asking for donations for men’s and women’s Sweaters, Winter Jackets, Scarves, Gloves, Socks, and Waterproof Shoes/Boots. Last winter’s response from our Parishioners really helped. Now the homeless are facing the winter of 2015. Items may be dropped off at the Rectory for delivery to the Medeiros Center.

 

Last Updated on Thursday, 20 November 2014 11:23
 

Litany of Our Lady of Victories

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LITANY OF OUR LADY OF VICTORIES

LET US PRAY:  Our Lady of Victories, we come before you in prayer.  You are in complete union with the will of the Father and with the mission of your Son, Jesus Christ.  We ask your intercession that all that binds us and burdens us will be overcome by the saving death and resurrection of your Son.  We pray in His name, Jesus Christ, our Lord, who lives forever and ever. Amen.

 

V.     Lord, have mercy.                                          R.     Lord, have mercy.

V.     Christ, have mercy.                                       R.     Christ, have mercy.

V.     Lord, have mercy.                                          R.     Lord, have mercy.

 

V.     God, the Father of heaven,                            R.     have mercy on us.

V.     God the Son, our Redeemer,                        R.     have mercy on us.

V.     God the Holy Spirit                                          R.     have mercy on us.

V.     Holy Trinity, One God,                                    R.     have mercy on us.

 

V.     Holy Mary, Mother of God,                                                R.     pray for us.

V.     Our Lady of Victories,                                                        R.     pray for us.

V.     For victory over lack of faith,                                             R.     pray for us.

V.     For victory over sin, both personal and social,              R.     pray of us.

V.     For victory over the culture of death,                               R.     pray for us.

V.     For victory over abortion and euthanasia,                      R.     pray for us.

V.     For victory over war and all forms of violence,              R.     pray for us.

V.     For victory of sexual and physical abuse,                      R.     pray for us.

V.     For victory over pornography and sexual exploitation, R.     pray for us.

V.     For victory over racial hatred and prejudice,                  R.     pray for us.

V.     For victory over poverty and homelessness,                  R.     pray for us.

V.     For victory over alcoholism and drug addiction,            R.     pray for us.

V.     For victory over nicotine and gambling addiction,         R.     pray for us.

V.     For victory over all forms of addiction,                             R.     pray for us.

V.     For victory over cancer and heart disease,                     R.     pray for us.

V.     For victory over dementia and Alzheimer’s disease,    R.     pray for us.

V.     For victory over HIV/AIDS,                                                R.     pray for us.

V.     For victory over mental and emotional illness,              R.     pray for us.

V.     For victory over all sickness and disease,                     R.     pray for us.

V.     For victory over family strife and discord,                       R.     pray for us.

V.     For victory over ignorance and fear,                               R.     pray for us.

V.     For victory over materialism and greed,                         R.     pray for us.

V.     For victory over indifference and negligence,               R.     pray for us.

V.     For victory over pride and a judgmental spirit,              R.     pray for us.

V.     For victory over despair and hopelessness,                 R.     pray for us.

V.     For victory over the bonds of death itself,                      R.     pray for us.

 

V.     That our parish might trust in your will,                                                                  R.    Hear us, O Lord.

V.     That our community might share more fully in the victory of your Son,              R.    Hear us, O Lord.

V.     That our community might grow, both in faith and in numbers,                            R.    Hear us, O Lord.

 

V.     Lamb of God, who takes away the sins of the world,                                          R.     spare us, O Lord.

V.     Lamb of God, who takes away the sins of the world,                                          R.    hear us, O Lord.

V.     Lamb of God, who takes away the sins of the world,                                           R.     have mercy on us.

 

LET US PRAY: Loving and merciful God, hear with a longing to share more fully in the victory of your

Son in His cross and resurrection.  With the intercession of Mary, our Mother and Our Lady of Victories, we offer this prayer in the name of Jesus Christ, our Lord, who lives and reigns forever and ever.  Amen.

 

27 Isabella Street

(Corner of Berkeley & Columbus)

Boston, MA 02116

(617) 426-4448
Fr. Joe McLaughlin, SM, Pastor

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Church Hours:

Monday through Saturday

7am - 5:30pm

Sunday 7am  - 12pm

 

Masses:

Monday through Friday

7:15 a.m.

12:10 p.m.

Saturday

9:00 a.m.

5:00 p.m. (vigil)

Sunday

8:00 a.m.

9:30 a.m.

11:00 a.m.

Civil Holidays

9:00 a.m. only

 

Confessions:

11:55 a.m. Mon-Fri

and 4:30 p.m. Saturday.

 

Adoration:

Wednesdays: 3:30 - 5:30pm

with Benediction at 5:30pm

First Friday Adoration:

7:15am - 10:00am

 

Monday Bible Study:

5:00pm - 6:00pm

(ring at 27 Isabella St.)

 

Spiritual Direction available:

Please call (617) 426-4448

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