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 31, 2014

 

GOSPEL REFLECTION

Today’s Gospel goes further than just asking us to understand why the glory of Jesus, our King and Lord, was to be found through suffering and the shameful death of the Cross. There is a further call for us to walk the same road with Jesus. “If anyone (not just the heroic martyr or the saint) wants to be a follower of mine, let him renounce himself and take up his cross and follow me.” Jesus is asking each one of us to dedicate our lives in totally loving and serving others even if, at times, this involves misunderstanding, ridicule, pain, and even death itself. It would be altogether wrong to think that Jesus is asking us to lead miserable lives in order to be good Christians, although one gets the impression that some people interpret the passage in that way. To follow Jesus fully, we must be able to see life as he sees it; we must have that “mind of Christ.” When we have the mind of Christ then we can only see our lives in terms of loving and serving others and not in the pursuit of purely self-centered or even family-centered ambition. When we have the mind of Christ, the whole direction of our life changes. Our whole concept of happiness changes. Jesus is calling us not to a life of sacrifice and suffering, but rather to a life of total love and freedom. The person who can go to jail for his beliefs is more free and usually a lot happier than the one who is tied to the pursuit of material things, social position, pleasure, and the fear of pain.

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FIRST FRIDAY ADORATION

Next Friday, September 5th, is the First Friday of the month. We will expose the Blessed Sacrament after our 7:15 a.m. Mass until 10:00 a.m. If you are able, please join us in prayer.

BOOKS FOR FREE

At the entrance of the church there are some books that are interesting reads. Take one or two. There is also a fine, well written scripture series. It is a study guide with the books of scripture. Browse and see if there is a book you would like.

A NOTE TO OUR MANY WONDERFUL VISITORS

We are so pleased that we can offer the gift of a beautiful house of worship to celebrate Sunday Mass with you. On any given Sunday, three quarters of those participating in worship are visitors. The number of our parishioners is quite small. You can imagine how difficult it is to maintain such a beautiful church with the ordinary maintenance, repairs, and regular bills. Would you consider an extra offering or donation to help us continue this ministry to the thousands of travelers coming to Boston each year? If you need a tax statement, we will gladly provide you with one.

Sincerely, Fr. Joe McLaughlin, s.m.

CONTRIBUTIONS

This past week we received $221.00 from the week-day collection, $1,642.00 from the week-end collection, and $963.00 for the Missionary Co-Operative Program. We thank you for your generosity.

CLERGY BENEFIT TRUST

Next week’s second collection supports the retirement, medical, and financial needs of priests of the Archdiocese of Boston. On behalf of all of our priests, thank you in advance for your generosity.

LABOR DAY - HOLIDAY

On Monday, September 1st, Labor Day, the Church will be on its holiday schedule. There will be only one Mass at 9:00 a.m. The parish office will also be closed that day.

VISITATION OF THE SICK

Fr. Joe and Fr. Phil are available to visit those who are sick, homebound, or in a hospital or nursing home. They are ready to pray with those in need and to bring them the comfort of the sacraments. If you know someone who would like a visit, please call the Rectory.

VOCATIONS – POPE SAINT JOHN XXIII SEMINARY

Are you between the ages of 30 and 60, and ever considered a Vocation to the Catholic Priesthood? Pope Saint John XXIII National Seminary in Weston, Massachusetts, could be the place for you. This Seminary has been preparing second career Seminarians for fifty years. Almost 600 of our alumni are currently serving throughout the world. Learn in an environment attuned to the adult learner with men sharing similar backgrounds and life experiences. More information is available on their website: www.blessedjohnxxiii.edu or by contacting the Seminary: Rev. William Palardy, Rector or Ken Watts, Admissions Coordinator at 781-899-5500.

The Sanctuary Lamp.  This lamp in the Sanctuary showing that the Lord is present burns this full week for the intentions of the Carr Family. If you would like it to burn in memory of your loved ones, please contact the Parish Office. The offering for the Lamp is $25.00.

Think well. Speak well. Do Well.

These three things,

through the mercy of God,

 

will make a man go to heaven.

Last Updated on Friday, 29 August 2014 10:48
 

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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