• 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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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. 

The people at St. Mary of Victories are warm, reverent and welcoming. You'll find that character at both the 9 am and the 11 am Masses. Visitors often commment at how welcoming the people here are.  One couple visiting from Texas, after having visited other parishes in the city commented in a letter back to us that they found St. Mary of Victories to be "the heart of Catholic St. Louis."  We hope you can visit too, and enjoy some coffee and donuts, or on third Sundays a hearty Hungarian lunch in the Hall with us, while we get to know you better! 

St. Mary of Victories is the personal Hungarian parish for the Archdiocese of St. Louis.  It was founded by Bishop Kenrick for German immigrants who were flooding into St. Louis in the 1840s, but in 1957 the Archdiocese designated it a spiritual home for Hungarian-Americans.  Some of these Hungarian-Americans came from the old St. Stephen of Hungary Parish at 12th and Chouteau, now a part of the Purina complex.  Some of them were coming from Hungary after the failed revolution against the occupying forces of the Soviet Union.  Thus you will sometimes see the description "St. Stephen of Hungary Parish Community at St. Mary of Victories."  A few of the parishioners who came here in their youth are still attending the 11 am Mass.  We hope you can meet them.

Find out more about the Hungarian Revolution and our parishioners who participated, in this article written by St. Louis National Public Radio.

110416 CH hungarianchurch 01The Hungarian flavor of the parish is unmistakable, and part of that is the 11 am Mass. The Mass is celebrated in the "ordinary form," that is versus populum (facing the people) and is mostly in English.  The second reading is in Hungarian (an English translation is in our hymnal), as are the last two hymns sung by the Hungarian choir.  

There is a special devotional prayer that the choir will recite in Hungarian at the elevation of the Host and Chalice.  The translation is as follows:

I praise You and I bless You, dearest holy Body [Blood] 
Who for our salvation died on the Cross 
and gloriously resurrected.
 O sweet Jesus, O gracious Jesus, O merciful Jesus,
I bless You from the bottom of my soul; 
I love You with all my heart,
 I live for You, I die for You, I am Yours
 In my life as well as in my death.  Amen. 

On the Third Sunday of the Month, before the final hymn, the choir (and many of the congregation) sing the Hungarian National Anthem.  This song is a rousing but touching prayer for the Hungarian people in the classical style:




Isten, áldd meg a magyart, 
Jó kedvvel, bőséggel, 
Nyújts feléje védő kart,
 Ha küzd ellenséggel; 
Bal sors akit régen tép, 
Hozz rá víg esztendőt, 
Megbűnhődte már e nép
 A múltat s jövendőt!


O Lord, bless the nation of Hungary
With your grace and bounty
Extend over it your guarding arm
During strife with its enemies
Long torn by ill fate
Bring upon it a time of relief
This nation has suffered for all sins
Of the past and of the future!

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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