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 August 17, 2013

 

THE ROCK ON WHICH THE CHURCH IS BUILT

In the Gospel Reading, Christ tells Peter that he is the rock on which Christ will found his Church. And, Jesus promises, the gates of Hell will not prevail against this rock or against the Church built on it. This is a comforting thought, isn’t it? In the darkness of the world, there is something – the apostle Peter, the Church – that evil cannot wreck! The apostle, Peter, who was supposed to be the rock of the Church, betrayed the Lord he loved in his Lord’s worst need. How does Peter differ from Judas? Judas betrayed Christ too. Here is the real difference between them. When Judas saw the sin of his betrayal for what it was, he killed himself. He threw himself away as hopeless, as irredeemable. But Peter came back to Christ. He cleaved to the Lord he loved even in the face of his own betrayal of him. That is why Peter is the rock on which the Church is founded. The Church is not a collection of the sinless. The Church was founded on Peter who loved, sinned, and held on to the Lord  anyway. The gates of Hell cannot prevail against this kind of love.

TIME AWAY

Fr. Phil is in Maine at this time, taking a vacation and visiting family members. He will return to the parish on Tuesday, August 26th.

CRISIS IN IRAQ

The news in recent weeks about the terrible persecution and killing of Christians and others in Iraq has been very disturbing for all of us. Pope Francis has deplored the violence and has urged the international community to put an end to what he calls this “humanitarian crisis” and to protect those who are threatened. Let us join him in prayer for our fellow Catholics and other Christians and for all others also who suffer from these barbaric attacks. Let us pray, too, that other nations will join together to stop this injustice.

SUNDAY MASS

August is a time when many people take vacations, and the Labor Day weekend is coming soon. We all recognize the importance of attending Sunday Mass even during vacation time. To help you find a church and the times of Mass in any city or town in the U.S., the following websites may be helpful: masstimes.org or catholic-mass-times.com.

SANCTUARY LAMP MEMORIALS

The Sanctuary Lamp near the Blessed Sacrament in the church is available as a memorial. The candle 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 call the parish office and schedule the particular week. The donation for these Sanctuary Lamp memorials will be $25.00. The Sanctuary Lamp will be lighted this week in memory of the D’Amico Family. Please keep them in your prayers.


CONTRIBUTIONS

This past week we received $270.00 from the week-day collection, $480.00 from the Assumption of Our Lady, and $1,099.00 from the week-end collection. We thank you for your generosity.

TWENTY-FIRST SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME

In today’s reading, St. Paul reminds the Romans – and us – that all things come from God. “For from Him and through Him and for Him all things are.” Good stewards understand that all is a gift and share generously the gifts of time, talent, and treasure with which they’ve been blessed. (Romans 11:36)

WALK FOR THE POOR

On Saturday, September 20, 2014, the local St. Vincent de Paul (SVDP) Society will be hosting the 2nd Annual Friends of the Poor Walk, a fundraising effort held across the United States to change and save the lives of those living in poverty. Please come join us in walking and collecting pledges, or make a donation to sponsor a walker. Many of our neighbors are struggling in this economy to make ends meet. SVDP provides food, clothing, bedding holiday meals, furniture, assistance with utility payments, etc. We help people of all faiths, without discrimination or judgment. Please join us today, and change lives! The walk will begin at the Mission Church on Tremont St. and extend in a loop along the Southwest Corridor rail for a total of 5.2 miles. SVDP is looking for sponsors, walkers, and volunteers to participate in the event. For more information, please contact Jean Lee (508-735-0864) or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ) or donate at www.svdpusa.net/walk/1013. Thank you.

PRAYERS

Please keep in your prayers the repose of the souls of Corey Griffin who passed away in Nantucket and for Nicholas Sann from Dracut. May they receive God’s peace and healing love.

MISSIONARY CO-OPERATIVE

 

This weekend, as part of the annual Missionary Co-Operative Program, Father Joseph Ngidjoi of the PIME missionaries will speak at all Masses about the Society of Saint Peter Apostle, one of the four Pontifical Mission Societies represented here in the Archdiocese of Boston. Father Ngidjoi is from Yabassi, Cameroon and currently resides at St. Ann’s Church in East Harlem in New York City. He will share his experience in the missions with us as a way to raise awareness about the need to spread the Good News to the more than one billion people in the world who have yet to hear it proclaimed. The Society of St. Peter Apostle is the official mission agency of the Church, dedicated to educating men and women in the missions who would like to answer a religious call but cannot afford to because of their poverty.

 

 



 

 

Last Updated on Friday, 22 August 2014 11:12
 

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:

7:45am - 12:00pm

 

Monday Bible Study:

5:00pm - 6:00pm

(ring at 27 Isabella St.)

 

Spiritual Direction available:

Please call (617) 426-4448

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