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


Bulletin this week

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Download the Bulletin for October 119, 2014



Dear Parishiners and Visitors:

I am happy to be back from my vacation. I was visiting my sister and brother-in-law in California for two weeks. Now that the Fall season envelopes us with the beauty of colored trees, we can realize the grandeur of God’s love.

I am excited with the growth taking place here at Our Lady of Victories. You are reading this in our new Shrine bulletin. It is a work in progress and we are indebted to Catharine-Mary Donovan, our secretary, and Fr. Ed Sheehan who assists her. This week-end we have a photo exhibit in the parish center next to the Church. We hope you will all visit this exposition which is due to the efforts of Annalisa O’Neill and several Parish members.

Our Finance Council meets regularly and assists me in the on-going financial issues of our parish community. The new Parish Council has met four times and several ministries are beginning to function. Please consider joining a committee ministry. You may want to help for a particular Liturgical occasion like Christmas or Easter. Maybe assisting with the Church buildings and their ongoing development may be of interest to you. Helping to organize a parish gathering may suit your fancy. Involvement in the spiritual development of our parish life might be your desire. Pleae let me or Fr. Phil know of your particular interest and the time you are able to give. I continue to feel gratitude to God and to you for the involvement and interest which so many have shown as we grow into a more alive Christian Community.

Our continued prayers for you and your loved ones.                                          Peace in Jesus,

Fr. Joe


Celebrating both professional and amateur photography, October 18th and 19th.  Reception in the Parish Center, Saturday from 2:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. and Sunday from 10:30 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. Come, look, mingle, taste, sit, talk, meet.


This past week we received $293.00 from the week-day collection and $2,623.00 from the week-end collection. We thank you for your generosity.


This week’s second collection supports Catholic World Missions. By Baptism, all Catholics are called to participate in the mission of the Church and share their faith as missionaries. World Mission Sunday gathers support for the pastoral and evangelizing programs and needs of more than 1,150 mission dioceses in Africa, Asia, the Pacific Islands, and remote regions of Latin America. The funds gathered on World Mission Sunday are distributed in the Pope’s name by the Society for the Propagation of the Faith.


The novena will continue every Wednesday until December 3rd after the 12:10 p.m. Mass. Mary is our mother who loves and cares for us and who intercedes to God for us. She is also our sister, who experienced all of life’s challenges, sufferings, and victories. Looking at her life we try to understand in a deeper way what may be holding us back from entering deeply into the fullness of life God holds out to each of us. Please call 617-426-4448 for more information.


Observe how crafty Jesus’ enemies are, the ones he calls “hypocrites.” They go off and plot how they might trap Jesus “in speech.” This sounds like presidential electoral debates in the United States, where opponents study their adversaries’ beliefs ahead of time, regardless of what these might mean in real life. The point is not to understand but to make them utter words that will repulse voters.

This was the intent of the Pharisees in our Gospel reading. A political contest. Could this rude upstart be made to utter words that would condemn him?

How about this: first compliment him, to catch him off guard.

“Teacher, we know that you are a truthful man and that you teach the way of God in accordance with the truth.”

He will like those words and he will relax. Then we will hit him with The Question, “Is it lawful to pay the census tax to Caesar or not?” Whichever way he answered the question they asked, he would be liable either for tax evasion or else loyalty to the hated conquerors. They were testing him. And he knew it.

What would you have answered? Pause for a moment and see if you have an answer.

Jesus himself seems quite unworried by the problem. The answer was obvious and not troublesome to him. First he calls the questioners for what they are: “Why are you testing me, you hypocrites?” This term is quite bold, since the formal meaning of hypocrites is “imposter” or “fraud.” This is insulting but true of these plotters.

Then he makes them take part in the answer. “Show me the coin that pays the census tax.” They do. Next he tightens the knot: “Whose image is this and whose inscription?” They are sucked into answering, not seeing what is coming.


It remains for Jesus only to sum up what they themselves have said. “Then repay to Caesar what belongs to Caesar and to God what belongs to God.” Do you see what Jesus’ seemingly slick and yet smart answer means? The Pharisees has set up a false opposition between God and the secular. One or the other. But we live in both worlds at the same time. The Pharisees’ question implies that either everything of Caesar must go away because it is not God, or on the other hand that God must go away because science and secularism are so powerful.

Truth is. God and Caesar are meant to co-exist. Human beings are created to be containers for God’s presence right in the midst of the warring and secular world. Copyright 2014, John Foley, S.J. All rights reserved.


It is that time of year: English as a Second Language (ESL) starts up again at OLV on Sunday, October 19th, from 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. in the Cardinal Medeiros Center. The classes will continue on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday from 9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. in the Parish Center. Fr. Paul Frechette SM is coordinating this ministry.

Ingles como Segundo idioma empieza el proximo Domingo 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. en la tarade y Lunes, Martes, Miercoles 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Hay 6 maestros por esta semester. Padre Pablo es el coordinador nuevamente. Gracias!


How important it is to let us know if you or a loved one is sick. We want to remember them at Mass. Also, Fr. Phil and Fr. Joe are happy to visit those who are sick. We will bring Holy Communion and the Anointing of the Sick if you wish. This is one of the most important ministries of our parish life. Please let us know and call the rectory.




Very few of us think about serious illness when we are healthy. But when we are healthy we should think about what would happen if we become incapable of making medical decisions for ourselves. Having someone legally empowered to make these decisions lessens the likelihood of family discord regarding a loved one’s treatment or the decisions being made by a court.

Last Updated on Thursday, 16 October 2014 13:10

Litany of Our Lady of Victories

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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


Church Hours:

Monday through Saturday

7am - 5:30pm

Sunday 7am  - 12pm



Monday through Friday

7:15 a.m.

12:10 p.m.


9:00 a.m.

5:00 p.m. (vigil)


8:00 a.m.

9:30 a.m.

11:00 a.m.

Civil Holidays

9:00 a.m. only



11:55 a.m. Mon-Fri

and 4:30 p.m. Saturday.



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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