• Saint Mary of Victories

    Catholic Church

    Reverent  Faithful  Welcoming 

    Since 1843

  • Saint Mary of Victories

    Catholic Church

    Reverent  Faithful  Welcoming 

    Since 1843

  • Saint Mary of Victories

    Catholic Church

    Reverent  Faithful  Welcoming 

    Since 1843

  • Saint Mary of Victories

    Catholic Church

    Reverent  Faithful  Welcoming 

    Since 1843

  • Saint Mary of Victories

    Catholic Church

    Reverent  Faithful  Welcoming 

    Since 1843

  • Saint Mary of Victories

    Catholic Church

    Reverent  Faithful  Welcoming 

    Since 1843

  • Saint Mary of Victories

    Catholic Church

    Reverent  Faithful  Welcoming 

    Since 1843

  • Saint Mary of Victories

    Catholic Church

    Reverent  Faithful  Welcoming 

    Since 1843

  • Saint Mary of Victories

    Catholic Church

    Reverent  Faithful  Welcoming 

    Since 1843

  • Saint Mary of Victories

    Catholic Church

    Reverent  Faithful  Welcoming 

    Since 1843

  • Saint Mary of Victories

    Catholic Church

    Reverent  Faithful  Welcoming 

    Since 1843

  • Saint Mary of Victories

    Catholic Church

    Reverent  Faithful  Welcoming 

    Since 1843

  • Saint Mary of Victories

    Catholic Church

    Reverent  Faithful  Welcoming 

    Since 1843

  • Saint Mary of Victories

    Catholic Church

    Reverent  Faithful  Welcoming 

    Since 1843

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About St. Mary of Victories

Historic Saint Mary of Victories Catholic Church, just south of the Gateway Arch, is a splendid and unique part of the heritage of old Saint Louis.

Founded in 1843 for German immigrants, it became the city's Hungarian Catholic Church and cultural center in 1956. Its acclaimed architecture, beautiful old paintings, ornate statuary and noted historical personalities have earned it a spot on the National Register of Historic Places. It is one of the few consecrated churches in the Archdiocese of St. Louis, and has a magnificent high altar with hundreds of sacred relics.

Saint Mary’s accordingly offers a classically reverent style of worship in proclaiming the joy of Christ's Gospel to locals and tourists alike. The 11 a.m. Sunday Mass is mainly in English, with a touch of Hungarian in Scripture and song, while the 9 a.m. Mass shows the continuity between contemporary Catholic worship and its ancient sources: the modern rite is celebrated, but with plentiful use of Latin, Gregorian chant and other traditional options.

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Reflections From Our Saints...

  • SMOV - Infant of Prague
  • St. Therese of Liseaux
  • St. Elizabeth of Hungary
  • SMOV - Cabrini
  • SMOV - Anthony (1)
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Hungarian Parish

St. Mary of Victories has been the official home of the Hungarian Catholics in St. Louis since 1957... Read More
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Blessed Francis Xavier Seelos

Blessed Francis Xavier Seelos once preached at St. Mary of Victories... Read More
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Latin Novus Ordo Mass

St. Mary of Victories is the only place in St. Louis that celebrates the Modern Rite, ad orientem, with Gregorian Chant... Read More
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Oblates of Wisdom

The priestly Society of the Oblates of Wisdom was founded in 1979 to foster love for Jesus through Mary... Read More
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History

St. Mary of Victories has played an important role in the development of St. Louis... Read More
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Architecture

St. Mary of Victories is an excellent example of pre-Civil War architecture in St. Louis... Read More
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Latest Homilies and Videos

Liturgy Schedule

Mass Times

 9:00 AM  -  Latin-English Mass
 The Modern Roman Rite in Latin with Gregorian Chant
Coffee and Donuts After 9 am Mass
Pot Luck Brunch - First Sundays (Except July and August)

11:00 AM - English / Hungarian Mass
The Modern Rite in English with a "touch of Hungarian"
Hungarian Lunches After Mass - Third Sunday of the Month

Confessions: Sundays 8:30 - 9:00 a.m and 10:45 - 11:00 a.m.
On other days, by appointment.
                                                                                                           

Eucharistic Adoration

Fridays (except First Friday) at 9:00 AM (Following 8 AM Mass in the Extraordinary Form).

Fatima First Saturday Devotion

Confession at 7;30 am, Mass 8:00 am (Extraordinary Form), followed by Rosary, Adoration, and Benediction at 9:00 am.

Monthly Tridentine Missae Cantatae

Sung Mass in the Extraordinary Form with Gregorian Chant. 

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St. Louis Review - "Historic Downtown treasure feast for the senses."

St. Louis Review - Street evangelizers hit the sidewalk, bring the faith to St. Louis

Saving Grace:  St. Mary of Victories, St. Louis' Second Oldest Church (St. Louis Magazine)

Archdiocese of St. Louis Press Release - Mass Mob

Catholics join "Mass Mob" to preserve historic churches - Channel 2, KTVI TV

Fr. Harrison - Mass Mob Homliy (Archdiocese Blog) 

St. Louis Review - Mass Mob Fills Pews Again at Historic St. Mary of Victories 

 

 

 

 

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Posted 2/11/2016

Formerly a German parish community, new life was bestowed on St. Mary of Victories in 1957 when the church was designated the official Hungarian Church for the Archdiocese of St. Louis.  St. Mary's became home to a Hungarian congregation who had been worshiping in St. Stephen's at 12th and Chouteau Streets, and many of whom were refugees from Hungary after World War II and the 1956 Hungarian Uprising.  Historic St. Mary of Victories - St. Stephen of Hungary Church and the adjoining hall became the symbolic home to immigrants of all faiths and walks of life who longed to celebrate and commemorate the important events of over 1,000 years of Hungarian history.  
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Hungarian Cardinal Jozsef Mindszenty's visit to St. Louis in 1974 brought strong words of encouragement and inspired the establishment of a small school named in his honor to provide children with instruction in Hungarian culture and language.  The visit is commemorated with a carved white marble plaque in the sanctuary and in the parish hall where he spoke, which has been named in his honor.

The German heritage of St. Mary's is a proud foundation for our Hungarian-American parishioners who strive to preserve the language and culture through parish-sponsored activities.  Among these are the Annual Homecoming Picnic which is celebrated in Mindszenty Hall every August, during the week of the Feast of St. Stephen of Hungary, co patron of the Church.  The Homecoming Picnic features Hungarian food such as sausages and stuffed cabbages, embroidery and crafts, and of course music and dancing!  

The weekly 11 am Sunday Mass celebrated in the Ordinary Form, features a touch of Hungarian.  The second reading is typically read in Hungarian (English translation is in the Missal), and the closing hymn is also sung in Hungarian as well.   We traditionally sing the

with the choir prior to the closing hymn on the third Sunday of the month.

Within the Church itself, the Hungarian influence is obvious.  The High Altar as well as the numerous side altars are covered with altar cloths lovingly adorned with traditional Hungarian hand-ebroidered flowers.  Across from St. Joseph and the Baby Jesus on the right, a statue of St. Stephen the Great, King of Hungary stands at attention to the left of the main altar.  To the left of St. Stephen is a large original oil painting of St. Elizabeth of Hungary distributing bread to the poor.  Her statue dressed in beautiful white and purple hues is present with the others on the north wall of the Church.  A statue of St. Stephen given to the Church in the 1950s also stands guard in our European-style garden and courtyard outside the north entrance.  Many prominent members of the Hungarian community are pictured in the rear of the Church, and in photographs displayed in Mindszenty Hall.

Today, the Hungarian members of our faith community  travel to St. Mary's from the entire metropolitian area, including the Diocese of Belleville, Illinois.  Tradition holds that when Belleville closed their Hungarian Parish, Bishop William M. Cosgrove designated St. Mary of Victories - St. Stephen of Hungary as the official church for those of Hungarian heritage living in the diocese.  St. Mary's remains a vital faith community for Hungarians and non-Hungarians, and all who seek reverent Catholic worship.

In order to maintain the buildings and fund parish activities, dedicated parishioners organize fund-raising projects including concerts, Hungarian luncheons and suppers, and the annual Hungarian Sausage Sale.  Please visit our web site often for announcements of these special events!  

Anyone insterested in making a much-needed donation to support St. Mary of Victories - St. Stephen of Hungary Chapel should contact the parish office at 314-231-8101 or send us an This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

Please come and celebrate Hungarian Culture and Heritage with us!

 

 

 

 

Mass Times

9:00 AM  -  Latin / English "Novus Ordo" Mass
   The Modern Roman Rite in Latin with Gregorian Chant

 11:00 AM - English / Hungarian Mass
   The Modern Rite in English with a "touch of Hungarian"

Hungarian Lunches on Third Sundays ater 11 am Mass

 Confession 30 Minutes Before Every Mass

Holy Hour / Benediction - Fridays at 9 am (after 8 am Extraordinary Form Mass)

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Address and Phone

744 South 3rd Street (at Gratiot)
Saint Louis, MO 63102-1645
(314) 231-8101

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Our Lady of Victories, Pray for Us!  St. Stephen of Hungary, Pray for Us!
Blessed Francis Xavier Seelos and Venerable Cardinal Mindszenty, Pray for Us!
 Ad Majorem Dei Gloriam