Jesus brings life to Our Lady of Victory Parish when He says “I am the vine, you are the branches.” Guided by the Holy Spirit in the Roman Catholic tradition, we are called to minister to the spiritual formation as well as the emotional, physical and social needs of our members and the community at large. We imitate Mary whose faith led her to accept God’s mission so that we may live out our mission. As Mary serves as a model of hope for us, we as people of hope remain as life-giving branches on the vine.
Lenten Fasting and Abstinence Regulations
All Catholics 14 years and older are required to abstain from meat on Ash Wednesday and all Fridays during Lent. In addition, Catholics who are between 18 and 59 are required to fast on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday. When fasting, a person is permitted to eat one full meatless meal, as well as two smaller meatless meals that together are not equal to a full meal.
Lenten Soup and Bread, Stations of the Cross
Join us every Friday during Lent for Lenten Soup and Bread at 6:00 p.m., followed by Stations of the Cross at 7:00 p.m.
Short Lenten Retreat for Men, March 30
The Knights of Columbus organization is sponsoring a short Lenten retreat for men on Saturday, March 30, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. There will be a presentation, lunch, and time for prayer and reflection. For more information, contact David Ofstead at 443-604-5572 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Living Stations of the Cross, April 5
Join us for Soup & Bread o Friday, April 5 at 6:00 p.m. and stay for a presentation of the Living Stations of the Cross performed by the young people of our parish. Experience the Way of the Cross as portrayed with insightful reflection and moving music. Please bring your family and friends to experience this Lenten tradition.
OLV School Spring Open House, April 12
OLV school will host is spring open house from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. on Friday, April 12. There will be student-lead tours and an opportunity to meet the principal and see the school in action. For more information, contact Mrs. Green at email@example.com.
40 Days for Life
The 40 Days for Life will begin on March 6 and end on April 13. Beginning on March 9 and continuing every Saturday through April 13, the OLV Pro Life Group will pray the rosary at Hillcrest abortion mill from 8 to 9 a.m. There will be a sign up sheet and someone to answer your questions in the Gathering Space. Please join us in prayer to end the scourge of abortion in our society. Prayer is powerful, and whether you can give a full hour or just a few minutes, you can speak for the innocent victims who have no voice.
Here Comes Everybody
Please see the bulletin for suggestions on how you can support the catechumens and candidates enrolled in our Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) program. For more information or to volunteer to help, contact Deacon Bill Jauquet through the Parish Office.
Friday Afternoon Mass Starting on February 8
Starting on February 8 and continuing through Lent, we will hold an additional Mass here at OLV: Fridays at 3:30pm. It will be a regular, 30 minute daily Mass, and will close with Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament, beginning our normal 4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. time of Adoration. Anyone can come, but the homily and intentions will be more geared to parents and teachers.
I know the time is at the end of a long school week, and the timing is meant to be a bridge from that into the weekend. Our hope is that it provides a place for you to:
1) Thank God for His grace the previous week.
2) Place on the altar your concerns from the week.
3) Ask the Lord’s blessing on the weekend.
Mostly, though, it’s a time simply to encounter the Lord in the Eucharist and receive His mercy and grace. It’s a time to let Him remind you that He is working in and through you for the good of the children entrusted to your care.
Pilgrimage to Italy Hosted by Father John Rapisarda, November 4 – 14, 2019
Click on the following link to see the flyer for more information: Pilgrimage to Italy Flyer
If you are interested in being part of our Music Ministry, please contact Mary Kurek at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Inclement Weather Policy
We follow Baltimore County Public Schools for closings and late openings. If schools open late, morning Mass will be held at 10:00 a.m. and the Parish Office will open late. If schools are dismissed early, the Parish Office will close and all evening meetings and events will be cancelled. If schools are closed, the Parish Office will be closed and all services, meetings, and events will be cancelled.
Sunday morning Religious Education activities will be held unless you receive e-mail notification of cancellation.
Information will be posted on our Facebook page, MyParishApp, and Flocknotes.