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.
Fasting and Abstinence Guidance
All persons who have reached their 14th birthday are bound by the law of abstinence. All adults are bound by the law of fast up to their 60th year. The current canonical discipline of penance for the United States, in addition to the general character of the Lenten season, may thus be summed up:
- Ash Wednesday and Good Friday are days of abstinence from meat and also days of fast; that is, limited to a single full meal.
- The other Fridays of Lent remain days of abstinence from meat.
- The Fridays of the year outside Lent remain days of penance, but each individual may substitute for the traditional abstinence from meat some other practice of voluntary self-denial or personal penance; this may be physical mortification or temperance or acts of religion, charity, or Christian witness.
We are called to practice charity through our time, talent, and treasure at all times, but especially during Lent. This can be through a monetary gift to our Parish, UMBC Catholic Campus Ministry, or other worthy causes. It can also include using our time and talent for various outreach programs, including our parish food pantry, the Little Sisters of the Poor, My Brother’s Keeper, Sarah’s House, Pregnancy Center West, or other organizations that provide services to people in need.
Lent at Our Lady of Victory
Sacrament of Penance:
- Tuesdays, 4:30 to 6:00 p.m.
- Thursdays, 6:00 to 7:00 p.m (except for March 8)
- Saturdays, 3:00 to 3:50 p.m.
- Thursday, March 8, 7:00 p.m., Communal Penance Service in the Church
- Monday, March 19, 2:00 to 4:00 p.m.
- Thursdays, 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. in the CHURCH
- 4:00 to 7:00 p.m., Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament in the Church
- 6:00 p.m., Soup and bread meal in the Gathering Space
- 7:00 p.m., Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament followed by Stations of the Cross
- March 16, 7:00 p.m., Youth Living Stations
Save the Date: Shroud of Turin Presentation, March 15
Join us for a presentation of “One of the World’s Greatest Mysteries,” the Shroud of Turin on Thursday, March 15, at 7:00 p.m. in the church. The presentation will focus on the history and science behind the Shroud, and will include a full-sized Shroud replica.