Our Lady of Victory Parish has been serving the Lord in the Palisades community since 1909. We welcome you to join us for worship, fellowship and religious education for all ages. Our mission is to faithfully embrace and promote the values and teachings of Christ through worship, education and service to others.
Latest News at Our Lady of Victory
Archdiocese of Washington Catholic schools will be closed and public Masses cancelled beginning Saturday, March 14. A statement regarding this decision is available here.
Dear OLV Parishioners,
Everyone is invited to join Archbishop Gregory for Holy Week and Easter liturgies on the Archdiocese YouTube channel. More information can be found here.
While we are unable to gather for the communal prayer of Mass during this time, we can all participate in the liturgical prayer of the Church from home. The Liturgy of the Hours is the cycle of prayer prayed by all clergy and consecrated religious throughout the world, along with many of the lay faithful. It is a way for the whole Church to join together in prayer throughout the day. If you would like to join in this prayer, you can find a free, printable version of the current prayer here.
There will be no exposition of the Blessed Sacrament at OLV on Good Friday or Holy Saturday, following church practice. The Eucharist will continue to be reserved in the chapel tabernacle. While the chapel remains accessible, everyone is reminded to observe proper hygienic practices if making a visit there.
As I find myself with extra time on my hands these days, I have started re-reading Dostoevsky's great novel The Brothers Karamazov. At the beginning of the book, the narrator introduces Alyosha, one of the titular brothers and the main character of the book, and explains that, as a young man, Alyosha desired to enter the monastery not because he was a fanatic or a mystic, but because "it alone struck him at the time and presented him, so to speak, with an ideal way out for his soul struggling from the darkness of worldly wickedness towards the light of love."
Isn't this what we are all striving for in our own way? To move from the the darkness of our own sins and failings and the evil and sorrow we experience in the world around us to the light of mercy and truth? Few of us would be likely to choose to join an eighteenth-century Russian monastery, but Alyosha is a great character because his desire speaks to something in each of us.
The narrator of the novel goes on to explain that Alyosha is a realist, someone who always takes the world as it comes to him. He is no "pale dreamer." Just so, we are called to approach the world around us with open and clear eyes, as Christ Himself did.
As Christians, we are called to be realists, and Easter is about reality; it is not a fantasy or dream. It shows us the pattern of our lives, our lives as individuals, as families, as a Church. What is this pattern? Good Fridays followed by Easter Sundays. Apparent failures blossoming into victories. Dying to ourselves in the painful surrender to follow God's will which then gives God's grace room to work in our lives so that we sprout new shoots of wisdom, virtue, and happiness.
This is the pattern of so many of the stories we love: fairy tales, Star Wars, the latest superhero epic. Struggles over conflict, difficulty, and pain leading to a great victory. We like these stories because we can relate to them. They are a reflection of our own hopes and adversities, and they are echoes of Christ's own victory over death through the Resurrection.
As we all continue to stay at home this Holy Week with our concerns and worries over the pandemic, let's remember this lesson of Easter: that Christ has given us the reason for hope that our Good Fridays will lead to the triumph of Easter Sunday.
Archbishop Gregory has also issued a dispensation from the obligation to attend Mass during this time to all parishioners of the Archdiocese of Washington. Learn more about the dispensation and how you can make a spiritual communion here.
“We are aware of the rapidly developing district and state guidelines regarding the coronavirus. My number one priority as your Archbishop is to ensure the safety and health of all who attend our Masses, the children in our schools, and those we welcome through our outreach and services. Please know that this decision does not come lightly to close our schools or cancel Masses. We are profoundly saddened that we are not able to celebrate our sacraments as a community for the time being but we know Christ remains with us at all times – specifically in times of worry like this.
I have made available pastoral and spiritual resources as well as TV Mass that I encourage you to use. I also invite you to join us for Mass and prayer via livestream in our social media. May the peace of Christ settle any anxieties and fear we may have. Let us continue to pray for the people whose lives have been impacted by the coronavirus as well as those who continue to care for them.” – Archbishop Wilton D. Gregory
- The Light is on for You: Come every Wednesday for Reconciliation and Prayer starting March 4th.
- Stations: Stations of the Cross will be held at 7:00pm Friday evenings during Lent.
Lenten Food Drive - Weekend of March 21/22: The recent difficult economic times continue to have a profound impact on many of the poor and vulnerable in the District of Columbia and the five surrounding Maryland counties in Archdiocese. Food pantries are calling with the increased need for food and the challenge of having enough food to meet the demand. As sons and daughters of God, we are called to know, love, and serve Him, our Lord. We do so by seeing and serving Him in every person we meet. Christ tells us, “As you did it to one of the least of these my brethren, you did it to Me” (Matt 25:40). What better way to serve our Lord during this season of Lent, than to help the poor and needy via our parishes and schools? Thus, once again the Archdiocese, Catholic Charities, the Capital Area Food Bank, and local food pantries are working together to coordinate the Lenten Food Drive, an archdiocesan-wide food collection during Lent 2019. Last year’s Lenten Food Drive was a huge success and the generosity of our community across the archdiocese provided much needed relief to many people in need. Be sure to pick up a bag the weekend of March 14/15 in the doorways of the Church.
Pray for our Seminarians: Please take a moment today to stop by the “Vocations Tree” in the church foyer, where you’ll see cards for each of the seminarians of the Archdiocese of Washington. Please choose one or more cards and pray for the seminarian(s) each day during Lent. You can make this as one of your sacrificial offerings to our Lord during this time of praying, fasting and almsgiving. Our seminarians need your prayers.
Parking Lot Reminders: Please remember that Gym classes are held on the parking lot beginning at 8:25am daily. In addition, recess occurs on the parking lot from 10:00am to 10:30am and 12:15pm to 1:15pm, and aftercare uses the parking lot from 3:30pm to 6:00pm. If you will be here during these time periods, please park your vehicle in the spaces available around the edge of the lot rather than in the middle. If no spaces are available around the perimeter of the lot, please park on the street. Please also keep in mind that the parking lot gates will remain closed during recess hours.
Poor Box Donations for the month of March is for Prison Ministry. The donations provide for programs to help the newly released integrate back into society. Please be generous.