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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To each of you joining us this Easter: Welcome to our parish! May you be filled with the joy and peace of heart and mind that our risen Savior alone can bring! After 40 days of Lenten preparation we now sing out: ALLELUIA! HE IS RISEN! We are so happy today to see such a large number of people at our Easter Masses, including parishioners, friends, and many visitors. We offer a special welcome to the marathon runners who join us, as well as their family members and friends. We’re pleased to pray with you ahead of tomorrow’s race. All of us who bear the name of Christian are disciples of the risen One, Jesus Christ. We are transformed because we are united to Him and to His Father in the power that flows from His resurrection from the dead. Today we celebrate the new life that we have received from the Lord of Glory. Even in the midst of a troubled and broken world, even in the aftermath of last year’s terrible bombings on Marathon Monday, we have hope because Jesus is ALIVE. We do not need to fear, because He offers us what we need most: forgiveness, consolation, and abiding love. The words of a beautiful hymn express this truth: “Because He lives, I can face tomorrow. Because He lives, all fear is gone. Because I know He holds the future, life is worth living, just because He lives.” A BLESSED AND HOLY EASTER TO EACH OF YOU AND TO YOUR LOVED ONES!

Fr.Joe and Fr. Phil


We are very grateful for the great generosity of so many who made offerings for our Easter flowers. Your donations have allowed us to decorate the church so beautifully for today and for the Easter season. Special thanks to Mark Bocash for his wonderful work. Also, the Marists who serve here are very thankful for your Easter wishes offered to us individually and as a community. May God bless you!


Within the Archdiocese of Boston, the Easter collection is taken up for the care of the sick and retired diocesan priests. We Marists are given permission to use the collection at Our Lady of Victories for the needs of our own retired priests who live here at 27 Isabella St. We thank you sincerely in the name of our older men.


We welcome all our marathoners, their family, and friends at all our Masses today. At the end of each Mass, we will offer a blessing for the runners and also pray for those who were killed or injured in last year’s bombings.


Very early in the morning afer the Sabbath, Mary Magdalene went to the tomb to anoint Jesus’ body with precious oils. The reward of this good and conscientious steward was to be among the first to know that Jesus had been raised from the dead! Alleluia


This past week we received $585.32 from the week-day collection and $2,228.00 from the week-end collection. We are grateful for your generosity.


Patriot’s Day, Monday, April 21, is celebrated as a holiday in Massachusetts. Our parish will have only one Mass that day at 9:00 a.m. The rectory office will also be closed for the holiday.


Next week’s second collection supports three important national Catholic missions. The Military Archdiocese collection provides for Catholic chaplains throughout the world for American servicemen and servicewomen. The Home Missions collection subsidizes the evangelization and formation activities of mission dioceses. The Black and Native American collection strengthens evangelization and outreach programs which would otherwise be in danger of disappearing among the Black, American Indian, Eskimo, and Aleut communities of the United States.


The following are the most recent intentions that have been placed before the Statue of Our Lady of Victories: for success in school; for physical healing; that a relationship be restored; for assistance in employment; for a successful retreat; for those suffering from addictions; for strength; for a return to the faith; for employment; that my faith journey be strengthened; for the firemen who lost their lives; for a return to health; for peace in the family and at work; for the release of someone in captivity; for guidance; for family reunification; and for peace in the world.



Volunteers are needed for the grand opening of the Park on Saturday, April 26. If you can, please come anytime after 9:00 a.m. to assist in setting up and in helping with other projects until 1:30 p.m. when we will welcome Mayor Walsh to open officially Childe Hassam Park. Please call Nicole at 617-756-3030 or e-mail This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . The Park is at the corner of Dartmouth and Chandler Streets.

Last Updated on Friday, 18 April 2014 10:12

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


Holy Week Schedule


7:15 a.m. & 12:10 a.m. Masses Monday through Wednesday


No Daily Masses Thursday through Saturday


Wednesday April 16

Eucharistic Exposition

3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Priest Available for Confession


5:30 p.m.


Holy Thursday

Mass of the Lord's Supper

7:00 p.m.

Eucharistic Adoration until 11:00 p.m.

No Scheduled Confessions


Good Friday

Service of the Passion of Jesus

12:10 p.m.

Stations of the Cross

3:00 p.m.

Confessions After Service & During and After Stations

Holy Saturday

Easter Vigil Service

8:30 p.m.

No other Scheduled Masses or Confessions


Easter Sunday Celebration

8:00 a.m.

9:30 a.m.

11:00 a.m.

Special Prayers for Marathon Runners at each Mass

Special Parish Offerings for Lent

"Catholicism" DVD:

Sundays 12:10 p.m. in the Rectory starting March 9th & Wednesdays after 12:10 p.m. Mass (Short Segments)


Wednesdays: 3:30 - 5:30pm with

Benediction at 5:30pm

First Friday Adoration:

7:45am - 12:00pm

Monday Bible Study:

4:00 - 5:00pm

(ring at 27 Isabella St.)

Spiritual Direction available:

Please call (617) 426-4448


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