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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Download the Bulletin for September 21, 2014

 

GOD’S JUSTICE

The parable of the workers in the vineyard is rather startling. People who work an hour in the late afternoon are paid the same as those who work all day long. Obviously God doesn’t think like we do. We think of justice in terms of what is fair, of what people deserve. So we would say that the people who worked longer deserved more. But God doesn’t see it that way. God thinks of justice in terms of people’s dignity, their right to a decent life. The people who came late had the same right to a decent life as those who had worked all day, so they are all treated equally. Nothing is taken from anyone, but all are treated in accord with their dignity, their right to a decent life. Such is God’s justice. “My thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are your ways my ways, says the Lord.” Perhaps we would have a better world if we were to adopt some of God’s ways. After all, “the Lord is just in all his ways,” and that is something which cannot be said of all our ways. “Father, guide us according to your law of love.” Free us from our law of vindictive justice.

Biblical justice is more comprehensive than subsequent philosophical definitions. It is not concerned with a strict definition of rights and duties, but with the rightness of the human condition before God and within society. Nor is justice opposed to love; rather, it is both a manifestation of love and a condition for love to grow.

Reprinted from To Love and Serve Lectionary Based Meditations, Gerald Darring

CLERGY BENEFIT TRUST

This week, there is a special collection for the Clergy Health and Retirement Trust. The mission is to ensure the highest quality care and quality of life for our 628 Boston priests, especially when age or health dictates. Remember the priests who have made a difference in your life, and consider honoring them with a gift that helps care for them in their time of need, just as they have cared for us when we needed them. Thank you.

CONTRIBUTIONS

This past week we received $305.00 from the week-day collection, $2,413.00 from the week-end collection, and $914.00 providing Humanitarian Relief for those affected in the Middle East. We thank you for your generosity.

The sanctuary lamp near the Blessed Sacrament is available as a memorial. The candle for each week will be lighted in memory of loved ones. If you would like to have a sanctuary lamp lighted in memory of your family or loved ones, please book the particular week at the office. The donation for these sanctuary lamp memorials will be $25.00

BAPTIZED IN THE LORD

With great joy we welcome Charles Francis Marshall, son of Mr. and Mrs. Matthew Marshall, into the Catholic faith community. Charles is a child of God because he was baptized in a loving and personal relationship with Jesus. May God bless him with His love.

WHAT IS 10 DAYS?

10 Days is an annual opportunity for the Body of Christ to step away from normal routines of daily life and enter into an extended time of experiencing God and connecting with one another through worship, prayer, fasting, and fellowship.  It’s a way for all the believers in Boston to unite with Jesus at the center. It’s rooted in the 10 Days between the biblical Feasts of Trumpets and the Day of Atonement. This event will happen in different worship sites throughout Boston. Our Lady of Victories will host a Catholic Community gathering on October 3rd at 7:00 pm. For a complete listing of participating Communities and times pick up a 10 DAYS CARD AT THE ENTRANCE OF THE CHURCH. Also visit the web site: 10daysboston.com

MARRIED IN THE CHURCH

On September 20th, we celebrated the marriage of Sean Staid and Jenna Tracia here at Our Lady of Victories. We pray for this wonderful couple and ask our loving God to bless them abundantly. May our loving Mother Mary watch over them throughout their married lives. Congratulations!

TWELVE STEP PROGRAMS

Our Parish Center, in the basement area of the Rectory, is used by a variety of 12 Step support groups, with meetings held every day of the week except Monday. Alcoholics Anonymous holds the large majority of the meetings we host. Al Anon, for family members or others affected by someone else’s drinking, gathers on Wednesday evenings, and Overeaters Anonymous meets on Sunday morning. If you or someone you know would like to know the time for a specific meeting, please call the Rectory Office during the week.

MINISTRY TO THE SICK AND HOMEBOUND

Fathers Joe and Phil would gladly visit the sick and homebound. Call the Parish Office to schedule a mutually convenient time and day.

TWEETS FROM THE POPE

Trust in the power of Christ’s Cross!

Receive His reconciling grace and share it.

So many people have been driven from their homes

 

in Iraq, Lord, we pray they may go back soon.

Last Updated on Thursday, 18 September 2014 14:13
 

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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