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 30, 2014



‘It’s Christmas time in the city. Ring-a-ling, hear them ring, soon it will be Christmas day.” Are the twelve days of Christmas about the “Lords a Leaping” or “Ladies Dancing” or a “Partridge in a Pear tree?” Is it about “Santa Claus Coming to Town?” I do like Christmas Carols and seasonal songs. They add to the atmosphere: Lighting of the Christmas tree at Faneuil Hall; walking through the Common with the trees lighted; store decorations and shoppers; who knows, maybe this can be the “Hap, happiest time of the year!!”

What “makes Christmas?” The truth is, nothing can make Christmas. CHRISTMAS IS. Each of us approaches the season with memories. For some, the memories bring a smile, but for others there is only sadness and pain. Our collective years of Christmases somehow mingle to form a perceptible reality. May I suggest using your perceived experience of Christmas as a prayer during Advent.

1. Allow yourself to relax and permit your own collective memories of Christmas to surface.

2. Feelings will arise. Honor them by acknowledging them to yourself. They are neither right nor wrong. Be

angry or upset or lonely, or afraid, or happy or nostalgic, or grateful, etc.

3. If you want to react to the feelings, do so.

4. Now talk to God about them. Be very honest no matter what you are thinking or feeling.

5. Now ask Jesus to be with you in whatever is going on in your mind and heart. Give over everything to Him.

6. Now tell Jesus how you want your Christmas to be this year, how you want Him to be involved in it.

7. You may want to repeat this several times in the next four weeks.

Peace and prayers,

Fr. Joe


Do you have a favorite holiday cookie recipe you would like to share? We’re looking for bakers to make cookies for our Christmas Open House on December 7. For information and to volunteer, call Kathy (908) 267-2397 or the Rectory (617) 426-4448



We open the doors of our Parish Center

for fellowship and Christmas cheer

Live Music, hot hors d’oeuvres, wine, hot cider

hot chocolate, homemade Christmas cookies

Bring the Whole Family


Our Lady of Victories Parish Center


Each Wednesday during our 7:15 a.m. and 12:10 p.m. Masses, we pray for the intentions of those who ask the intercession of Our Lady of Victories by placing their petitions before Our Lady’s statue. We also pray a Litany to Our Lady of Victories after each Mass. On Wednesday afternoons at 3:30 p.m., the Blessed Sacrament is exposed and a priest is available in church for Confession. Our prayer time concludes with Benediction at 5:30 p.m. All of you are most welcome to join us when you are able for these times of prayer and worship.


This past week we received $282.00 from the week-day collection, $2,469.00 from the week-end collection, and $1,723.00 for the retired religious sisters who have served the Church of Boston so generously for so many years.


We are the servants of God, each with his or her own task. We will be judged good stewards if, at His coming, He finds us ready and conscientiously pursuing the tasks to which we have been called.


Beginning today, we enter the season of Advent. A new Church year begins today as we prepare for the joy of Christmas. This season is marked by several changes in our celebrations of Mass. The priest wears violet (purple) vestments today instead of the green of Ordinary Time. The Gloria is not sung or recited during this time, and we have our parish Advent wreath prominently displayed near the pulpit. The daily Scripture readings are specially chosen to highlight the different tone and emphasis of the season. The word “Advent” itself is taken from the Latin word “adventus,” which means “a coming” or “an arrival.” During these weeks, we recall God’s promise of a Messiah for His Chosen People and how that promise was fulfilled in the birth of Jesus. Second, we look forward in time to our Lord’s return at the end of the world. The third “Advent” we pay attention to is the coming of the Lord Jesus in the NOW – in each day, in each moment. We believe our Lord is present and makes Himself known to us, but do we notice? During these weeks before Christmas, let us pray that we will open our hearts and minds in preparing ourselves for the Lord’s coming.


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.


How important it is to let us know if you or a loved one is sick. We want to remember them at Mass. Also, Fr. Joe and Fr. Phil are happy to visit those who are sick. We will bring Holy Communion and the anointing of the Sick if you wish. This is one of the most  important ministries of our parish life. Please let us know and call the rectory.



The Cardinal Medeiros Homeless Day Shelter for seniors located below our Church is asking for donations for men’s and women’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 may be dropped off at the Rectory for delivery to the Medeiros Center.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 26 November 2014 15:02

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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