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 Fridays at Our Lady of Victory
Please join us for our observance of Lenten Fridays:
4:00 p.m. Adoration
6:00 p.m. Confessions
6:00 p.m. Bread and Soup
7:00 p.m. Benediction and Stations of the Cross
On Friday, March 31, our Confirmation candidates and Youth Group will participate in the Living Stations of the Cross.
Lent and Easter
The annual observance of Lent is the special season for the ascent to the holy mountain of Easter. Through its twofold theme of repentance and Baptism, the season of lent disposes both the catechumens and the faithful to celebrate the paschal mystery. Catechumens are led to the sacraments of initiation by means of the rite of election, the scrutinies, and catechesis. The faithful, listening more intently to the word of God and devoting themselves to prayer, are prepared through a spirit of repentance to renew their Baptismal promises.
(Ceremonial of Bishops CB, 249).
Regulations for Fast and Abstinence
Fasting, almsgiving, and prayer are the three traditional disciplines of Lent. The faithful and catechumens should undertake these practices seriously in a spirit of penance and of preparation for Baptism or of renewal of Baptism at Easter.
Fasting is to be observed on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday by all 18 years of age and older, who have not yet celebrated their 59th birthday. On a fast day one full meal is allowed. Two other meals, sufficient to maintain strength, may be taken according to each one’s needs, but together they should not equal another full meal. Eating between meals is not permitted, but liquids, including milk and juices, are allowed.
Abstinence is observed by all 14 years of age and older. On days of abstinence no meat is allowed. Note that when health or ability to work would be seriously affected, the law does not oblige. Ash Wednesday, all the Fridays of Lent and Good Friday are days of abstinence.
Note: If a person is unable to observe the above regulations due to ill health or other serious reasons, other suitable forms of self-denial are encouraged.
Inclement Weather Policy
With the changes in season upon us, we’d like to remind you of our inclement weather policy. We follow Baltimore County Schools for closings and late openings.
If schools open late, there will be no 8 a.m. Mass 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 an e-mail notification of cancellation.
Information will also be posted on our Facebook page and My Parish App.