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
Letter from Msgr. Ronald Jameson (Canonical Administrator):
My dear OLV parishioners,
Recently we have experienced freezing temperatures, snow, sleet, freezing rain, and ice. Just a few days ago we saw the thermostat climb to 60 degrees. In a couple weeks we will see the change to daylight saving time. Hopefully, that means a transition to springtime and warmer weather.
You have also experienced a transition. It is never easy to have a pastor leave for a new assignment. It is even harder to see a pastor leave in mid-year and the reason being an ongoing health condition. We want what is best for Fr. Ted. You will miss him. But I am sure you have questions about the next four months or so. Be assured that the ministry of the parish, and the school as part of the ministry, is a priority of the Archbishop. I have been the Dean of the Northwest-West Deanery for many years. I know well the staff, school principal, and other parish leaders. In fact, some of my families have students here in the school.
I have been appointed the parish’s Canonical Administrator. Fr. Garrott will minister to the pastoral needs of the parish. He will be living here at the rectory. My responsibility will be for the general administration of the parish and to have oversight of the parish and school in general. I will be in frequent touch with the staff and will be available to them whenever they need me. However, I am still the Rector of the Cathedral and Lent and Holy Week are extremely busy times. I am sure you realize that. But I will always do my best to listen, to walk this journey with you, and to work with you during this period of transition.
Please pray for me and I will pray for you. I am here to be of service to you. If we all work together, with God’s help, this journey will work out well. God bless.
P.S. Someone who was well-known to many of you was very well-known to me. He was my pastor when I was a little kid in Southern Maryland. Later he came to OLV and was such a kind and caring priest to the patients and staff at Sibley as well as to the OLV family. Let us pray to Msgr. Harry Echle to intercede for us during these months.
Msgr. Ronald Jameson
Letter from Fr. Ted Hegnauer:
I have a piece of difficult news to share with you. I am going to be stepping down as pastor and leaving Our Lady of Victory this week. I’m going on a leave of absence to deal with some ongoing health issues.
I want to assure you all that everything is fine. With me and with OLV. I requested this move from the cardinal because I felt that it would be best to take a step back from the pastoral responsibilities I have here.
To care for the parish after my departure, Cardinal Gregory has appointed Monsignor Ron Jameson, the dean and Rector of the Cathedral, to be parish Administrator, effective Monday, February 22, and, in coordination with the Dominicans, Fr. William Garrott, OP, to provide full-time onsite pastoral ministry, effective Monday, March 1.
Both of these appointments are until the beginning of July when a full-time pastor from the archdiocese will be assigned to replace me. Our Mass schedule will be unchanged as a few guest priests will cover Masses until Fr. Garrott arrives.
My last day saying Mass at OLV is Wednesday February 24th; after that I will be moving to St Francis of Assisi Church in Montgomery County, where I’ll be in residence and assisting the pastor. I want to thank you all for the kindness and help and support that you’ve shown to me while I’ve been here during this time that’s been difficult for all of us. Please keep me in your prayers, and I will do the same for you.
Fr Ted Hegnauer
Changes due to the pandemic:
- Saturday evening confessions will be available 4:00-5:00 in the church sacristy (behind the altar).
- Please follow the protocol:
- All Mass attendees will need to wear masks during Mass and maintain appropriate social distancing.
- Hand sanitizer will be provided in the church.
- We are limited to a maximum of 50 people in the church. In order to maintain this limit, everyone attending Saturday evening and Sunday Mass is asked to register online here. (There is no need to register for weekday and Saturday morning Mass.)
Stations of the Cross: Please join us for stations every Friday during lent at 7:00pm beginning Friday the 26th.
Support a parish in need: At a time when the coronavirus shutdown of public Masses has impacted the offertory collections vital to parish operations, Archbishop Wilton Gregory has launched a parish support initiative to help Catholics in the Archdiocese of Washington make online donations directly to their parishes. Please go to adw.org to learn more.
Offertory: You might have noticed that our offertory has been down about 50% for the last six months. If after prayerful consideration you find that you would like to help meet the shortfall, we would appreciate it. Here is a form to sign up for Faith Direct if you would like to give that way. Thank you and God bless!
Poor Box Donations for the month of January will be given to the Christ Child Society. The Christ Child Society is a nonprofit volunteer and member organization serving the material, educational and emotional needs of children regardless of race or creed. They provide Layettes for single mothers, and run a program called Girls on the Rise which is an empowerment program for girls and their families in the Ward 8 section of D.C. focused on building leadership, self-esteem, and life skills in a nurturing environment. Please be generous.