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 November 2, 2014



Why pray for those who have died? I have asked myself that question many times and over the years have tried to help people understand the purpose and value of such prayers. Prayer is basically words of love given to God. When we pray we entrust to God the deepest desires of our heart. By praying for those who have died, we in effect tell God that we love this person and just as we love them we bring them to you for healing love. These words for one who has died are our desire to grow in deeper love with them and bring us together into a union of love with God.


Fr. Joe


We are pleased to announce the formation of a Choir. The Choir will be singing at selected Masses over the Christmas holidays. If you are interested, please join us at our rehearsal today, November 2 and on November 16 after the 11:00 am Mass in the choir loft.


Please join us for coffee, tea, and donuts in the rectory after all the Masses this Sunday, November 2. It’s an opportunity to share with fellow parishioners and visitors.


This past week we received $255.00 from the week-day collection and $873.00 from the week-end collection. We thank you for your generosity


The novena continues every Wednesday until December 3 after the 12:10 pm. 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.


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.


On October 18, we celebrated the marriage of Kevin Paul O’Connor, Jr. and Nicole Marie Loughlin and on November 1, the marriage of Christopher John Nadeau and Natalie Ann Drummy at Our Lady of Victories Church. May our loving Mother Mary watch over them throughout their married lives. Congratulations!


In the month of November the Catholic Church remembers her deceased and reminds us that we, too, should remember our deceased family members and friends. Although no longer among us, our deceased are more internally alive to us – in our memories, in our meditations, in our prayers, and in our dreams – than ever they were when they were still alive in the world. We remember them prayerfully by visiting their grave sites, having Masses celebrated for them in the parish church, or by writing their names in the BOOK OF REMEMBRANCE. This special BOOK OF REMEMBRANCE is found in the middle aisle of our church. Take the time to write in the names of your deceased. This book will be placed on the altar during Masses in November.


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


Friday, November 7, is the First Friday of the month. We will expose the Blessed Sacrament after our 7:15 am Mass until 10:00 am. If you are able, please join us in prayer.


Following our very successful Photograph Exhibit, we will be having an Art Exhibit in the Parish Center with works from both professional and amateur artists. The exhibit and reception will be on Friday, November 21 from 6:00 - 8:00 pm, Saturday, November 22 from 2:00 - 7:00 pm, and on Sunday, November 23 from 10:30 - 3:00 pm. We look forward to seeing you then! Please tell your friends.


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 am - 3:30 pm.


Last Updated on Thursday, 30 October 2014 12:37

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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