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 26, 2014



Recently I was in California visiting my sister and her family. At an evening pizza gathering my sister, her two married sons, and I were together sharing a pepperoni. The conversation turned toward the many troubling issues in the world: Ebola, ISIS, climate issues, and earthquakes in California. (Happy talk around good pizza.) The interchange drifted into preparedness and concern as to what will happen if there is general anarchy when a disaster strikes. (Again, happy thoughts.) I just listened and began to wonder at the fear they were exhibiting. My sister has put away food and water to last many days. I am not sure about my nephews’ readiness. Then came the clincher: getting guns to protect themselves when people try to get into their homes. My sister asked me to help her get a gun and to go to a shooting range with her. My one nephew already bought a shotgun and the other one is weighing in on the idea. I’ll stop here and simply reflect.

I know what it is like to get caught in fear. It happened to me in the Philippines. Depression sets in and happiness goes out the door. We begin to see things through a very narrow prism. So the question arises: How do we deal with all the fearful realities in our world? Jesus said, “Do not be afraid.” Heck, I’m afraid at times. I do know that fear is a natural God-given emotion. It is necessary for survival. How then do I “Fear Not”?

Franklin Roosevelt said: “So, first of all, let me assert my firm belief that the only thing we have to fear is fear itself – nameless, unreasoning, unjustified terror which paralyzes needed efforts to convert retreat into advance.” If I live fearing what could happen, I will not be able to deal with fearful things that do arise. Most often our fear arises from what I think might happen.

May I suggest a few things:

1. Be honest with yourself about what you are fearful of. What keeps you awake at night?

2. Look back at how you dealt with fearsome things in the past. What were positive reactions and what were negative? Don’t judge, just remember.

3. Sit with the fear and let it embrace you. (This is difficult. It may take many efforts.)

4. Talk with the fear. Is it reasonable? Is it a possible thing? What can I do if the fearsome thing happens?

5. Take a crucifix or image of Jesus and tell him about the fear. Go into detail. Give Him the fear and tell Him “I trust in You.” Change won’t happen all at once. It is step-by-step. Gradually, with work and prayers, we can learn not to let Fear overwhelm us.


Fr. Joe


We thank Annalisa and her friends for all the time and effort undertaken in the organization of the photo exhibit. It was a very interesting and varied exhibit from both parishioners and friends. Thank you.


This past week we received $403.00 from the week-day collection, $717.00 from the week-end collection, and $1,122.00 for World Missions. We thank you for your generosity


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.



The Catholic Church in our country has been marking the month of October as Respect Life Month. Our own Cardinal Sean O’Malley is Chairman of the Pro-Life Committee of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. What follows is a portion of his statement recently issued in the name of the all the bishops:

“Pope Francis has captivated the world with his humility, warmth, and compassion for each person. Vivid accounts of his tenderness for “the last of these: - the elderly, the imprisoned, those with disfiguring disabilities, the unborn, and many more – seize our attention. Why? At the heart of each of these interactions is a truth which resonates in our hearts, revealing to us something essential to understanding ourselves and our purpose: We are loved. The Pope has said: ‘even the weakest and most vulnerable, the sick, the old, the unborn, and the poor, are masterpieces of God’s creation, made in his own image, destined to live forever, and deserving of the utmost reverence and respect.’ We see Pope Francis living out the truth of these words in his actions. We want to be part of a society that makes affirmation and protection of human rights its primary objective and its boast. When God created each of us, he did so with precision and purpose, and he looks on each of us with love that cannot be outdone in intensity of tenderness. We must look at ourselves and at others in light of this truth and treat all people with the reverence and respect which is due.” We are coming to the end of October, but we must continue our efforts throughout the whole year to see that the life of all human beings is respected and protected by law.


It is that time of year: English as a Second Language (ESL) started 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.


Our parish offers a special invitation to those who wish to receive the sacraments of the Church as adults. The program called RCIA – the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults – is about to begin. It is for those: 1) who were never baptized in any Christian church and who now seek Baptism; 2) who were baptized in a Protestant church and now want to become Catholic; and 3) who, though baptized as Catholic, never received First Communion or Confirmation. Please speak with a priest or contact the rectory office this week if you want more information or want to register for the program. Catholics who made their First Communion but were not Confirmed are also welcome to be in touch with the parish. There is a separate program especially for you.


Because we have visitors each weekend, we see new faces all the time at Our Lady of Victories. However, we know that some of you who are new to us actually live in the Boston area and have begun to attend our parish Masses on a regular basis. We are grateful that you are joining us in prayer and worship! We encourage those of you who want to make this your parish to register with us so that we can get to know you. There are registration forms at the entrances of the church or you can call or come into the Rectory to register during business hours.



The Cardinal Medeiros Homeless Day Shelter for seniors located below our Church is asking for donations of men’s Sweaters, Winter Jackets, Scarves, Gloves, Socks, and Waterproof Shoes/Boots. Last winter’s response from our Parishioners really helped. Now the homeless are facing the winter of 2015. Items can be dropped off at the Shelter, Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. until 3:30 p.m.

Last Updated on Thursday, 23 October 2014 12:55

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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