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.

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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,

As we all settle into our strange new normal, I wanted to let you know that Fr. Leo and I are both healthy and carrying on as best we can. I hope you all are well-provisioned and are staying safe, and I am praying for your health. I wanted to give you a few updates this week:

While the adoration chapel is still accessible, we also now have the Eucharist displayed behind the church meeting room window facing the parking lot. This is to allow you to pray before the Blessed Sacrament while staying in your car. Please stop by on your way home from your "essential activities." We intend to have this available for the duration of the plague.

I am still going to be available for confessions in the church on Wednesday evenings from 7 to 8 pm. I will be hearing confessions in the sacristy (behind the altar, next to the chapel), which is large enough to maintain proper distancing while also allowing for privacy.

The archdiocese has informed us that FORMED is offering a free 40-day trial right now. FORMED is sort of a Catholic Netflix, offering a large selection of religious material, including movies and faith instruction and bible study series. They also have ebooks that can be downloaded onto an e-reader or smartphone. If you've finished watching all the Disney and Marvel movies and are looking for something worthwhile, you can find information at https://watch.formed.org/browse.

For the latest information from the archdiocese, please see https://adw.org/coronavirus/.

Please pray for one another, for all those suffering medically and financially right now, and for a swift end to this epidemic.

In Christ,
Fr Ted

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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

Lenten Services:

  • 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.

A Spiritual Devotion for Lent: You are invited to join fellow parishioners in a prayer group this Lent, reflecting on the Passion of Christ according to the writings of mystic Luisa Piccarreta. In this devotion, participants will, in private prayer, take turns reading daily reflections found in the book The Hours of the Passion. Such meditations are a rich tradition in the Catholic Lenten discipline and are a wonderful way to prepare for Holy Week and Easter. If you are interested in more information about the prayer group or in acquiring a copy of The Hours of the Passion, please contact Giovanna at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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.

Communion for the Sick: We are in need of Eucharistic Ministers to take Communion to the sick at Sibley Hospital. This is a very rewarding ministry. You would only volunteer one morning or afternoon a week. Please contact Janice in the parish office at 202‐337‐4835 ext. 100 or email her at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

RCIA: RCIA began in September and is ongoing. If you are an adult interested in becoming Catholic or need your sacraments, please contact the parish office. 202-337-4835 ext. 100 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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.

Read the bulletin for March 15, 2020 

 


 

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