Our Lady of Victories News



1. Jo Davies and family on the death of Jo’s husband ,Brian.

2. To the family of Mary Frossi R.I.P.

3. To the family and friends of Michael Gowing R.I.P.

4. To the family of Alexandra Halberda R.I.P.

5. To the sons and families of Roy Percival R.I.P.


We pray that our merciful God will have welcomed the above named departed loved ones with compassion and love. May they rest in peace and rise in glory. To their bereaved families and loved ones, I can only say that “your loved ones have only gone as far as God and God is so near to all of us”. Your loved ones will always be near to you and part of you. As St Ambrose said: “We loved them in life. He will not forget them in death”. Our prayers and condolences are offered to all the bereaved.




a Pre Baptismal Preparation meeting for all parents requesting Baptism for their already born, or expected child. This

Preparation meeting is now compulsory. There will be 4 such meeting this year, with the first today. The next one will be after Easter. (By the way, the Counters will meet in the sacristy today).




The Knights of St. Columba and our own Pro Life Group have recommended that we have Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament during which time the Rosary will be prayed, on Thursday mornings before Mass. Namely from 9.30am to 10.00am. The Rosary is to be offered for the protection of the UNBORN CHILD in its mother’s womb and in reparation to the Sacred Heart of Jesus for the loss of innocent life through direct abortion. This recommendation comes mainly from the Knights of St. Columba to mark the centenary of its foundation. Whilst the recommendation is for a monthly Exposition, I am very happy and willing to have exposition every Thursday morning when we usually pray the Rosary before Mass, the odd exception in the case of a funeral. More on this when finalised.




Each year from January 18th - 25th, the Christian Church celebrates a week of special  prayer for closer unity between all denominations professing the Christian faith, that they will come closer together in love, understanding, respect and appreciation of each others differences, that where possible, they will meet together for prayer and worship. The 25th January marks the closure of this special week, that date chosen because it is the feast day of the Conversion of St Paul. Thank God for the unity, which does not mean conformity, of Churches Together in Harborough. Please God, our Christian faith will continue to grow ever stronger, and more meaningful and prayerful, in love, charity and action, continuing to give witness to our unity as God’s family in Harborough and district.




there is a special united service at the Baptist Church. I hope that our parish will be there and especially some of you, who have been to our Saturday evening Mass. I don’t want anybody to miss out on our Sunday Mass which must take priority.




Many congratulations to Mrs Pat Waring who won the prize for the best entry in the OLV Christmas Quiz. Our thanks also to all who donated funds for a copy of the Quiz, which hopefully provided some fun and entertainment over the holiday period!




Back by popular demand, St Joseph’s PTFA are hosting another of their fun Quiz nights in the school hall to raise funds for those little extras that enhance the children’s learning experience. Tickets are £8.50 per head also includes a Chip Shop Supper courtesy of The Bluewave. Team max. 6 persons.  Raffle prize draw on the night. Doors open 7.30pm for a 8pm start. BYOB (don’t forget your glass). Book your team/space with a PTFA member or with the school office or text Ivana on 07768165451. Payment will be taken on the night but it would be appreciated if you could prebook your ticket by Wed 6th Feb to help with the catering. Everyone is welcome so please spread the word.




The Annual Diocesan Marriage Mass, where married couples are able to renew their vows before the Bishop and receive his blessing on their Marriages, will take place on Sunday 10th February, 3pm at St Barnabas Cathedral. This Mass is open to all couples who have received the sacrament of marriage and their families, but is especially appropriate to those recently married, or celebrating a significant anniversary or those who simply wish to renew their vows. Please just turn up on the day, but if you want more information do not hesitate to contact Fr David Palmer, Chair of the Marriage and family Life Commission at: catholicdavid@mac.com or 0115 9786236.




in Market Harborough at The CUBE, Market Harborough, South Leicestershire. Flexibility for the right candidate Salary - £25,000 -27,000. The Harborough Youth and Community Trust, a Christian youth work charity in Market Harborough, is looking to appoint a Youth Work Officer to develop its youth work through The CUBE Youth and Community Centre. This provides an exciting opportunity for The CUBE to develop youth work across the town. The ideal candidate will be professionally qualified and have experience in working in community settings missionally. We are looking for someone to join the staff team, build our role in work with young people and develop others. The working week will be 37 hours and at times will include evenings and weekends. The salary will be £25 - 27000 depending on the qualifications and experience the candidate brings. The start date for this post is dependent on the successful applicant, but we would anticipate this to be before the summer term of 2019. To explore further or to express an interest contact Dawn O’Connell, dawn@thecubeyouth.org.uk.


Further information and an Application Form contact Jean Molcher jeanmolcher@hotmail.co.uk or 07590 998234.  This post is subject to DBS enhanced disclosure and there is a Genuine Occupational Requirement that the holder of this post is a Christian.




This year, CTH will once again be holding Lent groups across the area. We will be following the York Course -  ‘Daring to see God now’. Lent groups leaders will be from across the churches following a fully formed, well described leaders booklet.  Please indicate on the sign up form if you are happy to carry out this role. Additionally, we will be looking for people to host in their homes. Again, if you are willing to sign up for this, please indicate on the form. It is expected that hosts and leader will be different people!  Please sign up by 31st January. Group info will be communicated mid February. Any queries, please contact CTH LENT  Group co-ordinator, Di Evans by email: di.evans13@sky.com or answer phone on 01858 466088.Churches Together in Harborough invited you to fill in a form from https://goo.gl/nOqFnNyQNV9aZQT2. These can be returned either by email or by taking to the Baptist Church or contact on the above telephone number.




Someone has just asked me,” What do the Knights do?”  The question should have been,” What do the Knights; their wives; their widows and the friends of the knights do, because that is the working team. Throughout the year we hold charity events which last year, you generously supported to the tune of £1,858.00. You can see how we spent this cash to support a variety of causes by looking on the Knights notice board situated by the side of the entry into the sacristy. Besides this charity giving, we give helpful service, doing whatever Fr Owen, our chaplain, asks of us. So, every Sunday for example you will find one of us at the Church door, as security during the Mass. This Christmas you may have noticed the art work from St Joseph’s, the winners of a competition organised by the Knights, an event that the whole school takes part in. Chocolate teddy bears were the prizes this year. We also ensured that chairs were put out for all of the Christmas Masses. Did you notice the Christmas tree that shines out to passers-by, in the foyer, or the only nativity scene in the high street in Santander?  Did you get a Christmas poster? They are supplied by the Knights to all the churches together. The Victory prize draw gives three prizes every month but is a fund dedicated to the education of priests and deacons both in our diocese and in Kumasi in Ghana. Please re-new your membership now and if you are not yet a member think about joining. It costs £1 a month and contributes to a very worthwhile cause. We also need new members both for full membership of the Knights and also for the ‘friends,’  This year 2019 is a centenary celebration for the Knights of St Columba, please think about giving service alongside the existing team.




Sunday 20th - United Service for Christian Unity week at the Baptist Church at 10.00 am.


Monday 28th - Our Parish Pastoral Council Meeting.




All parents requesting Baptism for their child are now required to attend a Baptism Preparation course before their child can be baptised. Our next course here will be on Sunday, January 20th at 11 am, that is following our 10 am Mass. The meeting will be in the Kavanagh Room. (Counters that day will use the Sacristy).  As a general rule, there will be 4 preparation courses each year - one every quarter. Following the course on January 20th, the next course after that will be after Easter. Expectant parents, who will be seeking baptism for their expected baby will be most welcome and in fact possibly your best time, to prepare for that special celebration in your child’s life to think about and prepare for that very special celebration in your child's life.




Please note that for security and personal safety reasons, Fr Owen will not be answering the Presbytery doorbell during the hours of darkness, unless by appointment. Be wise and prudent and always ring beforehand for an appointment. Although the front doorbell, when pressed, is covered by a camera inside the house, many users become aware of this fact and stealthily ring the bell with precaution to cover their face or stand well back so that they cannot be seen on the inside camera.




A registration form to comply with the new Data protection Act has now been prepared for our parish, approved by the Diocese and accepted by our Parish Pastoral Council. Beginning in January every family in our Parish, or attached to our parish, will be invited to fill in a registration form.




The purpose of storing this data is to assist in the administration of the parish. The information also helps the priest in his pastoral role, e.g. at times of bereavement or family emergencies.




All data is stored securely on computer and access is limited to the Parish Priest and a small number of people authorised by the priest, to assist with parish administration. The Diocese remains the sole Data Controller (i.e. has responsibility for the use and control of this data), even where processing is carried out by parishes. The Diocesan Policy can be found at http//www.dioceseofnottingham.uk/data-protection-policy.




All who are associated with the Parish in any way are invited to register. When completing the form please use BLOCK CAPITALS and complete all relevant boxes. If there is not enough room on the form for any information please use the reverse. Thank you for your co-operation.




Market Harborough Fairtrade Town are promoting a bag of Rice can change a life in September and October. If they can sell NINETY one-kilogram bags of Kilombero rice then: ONE Malawian rice farmer can afford to send ONE of his/her children to secondary school for ONE year. Kilombero rice £2.99 will be available from The Oxfam Shop, The Growing Tree in Manor Walk,  Anita Beer 07910 073436.




tea and a chat, every Tuesday 2.30 pm in Octagonal Hall. All welcome, If anyone has a Scrabble game they don’t use please donate to the group. Thank you.




A new group for former carers. Supporting carers whose caring role has come to an end, helping them to rebuild their lives, explore new hobbies, coping strategies make new friends etc.  Every 4th Wednesday of the month. More information call Jackie or Gurjit on 0845 689 9510.




Yes, don’t forget to bring along your used postage stamps and foreign or old coins. We can use them. Just pop them into the box marked for that purpose in the cloister.




If you have been away and want to catch up on what's been happening in the parish you can now read the Parish Newsletters for the previous four weeks.  Click the "Newsletters" button at the top of this page.  You can also download a copy of this week's Newsletter.




We are grateful for your generous support and would ask you to continue with your donations please. The following items are urgently required:


· Fruit Juice

· Tinned Sponge Puddings

· Tinned Meat Pies

· Tinned Meat


All non perishable donations will be appreciated. There is also an urgent need for more volunteers to help at the Foodbank. Those interested can leave their details at the Congregational Church Office on 01858 462376 or via email at jubileefoodbankmh@gmail.com




Great news for Market Harborough. In addition to the Carers Support Group there will now be an Activity Group for people with Dementia. We are looking for people who would like to volunteer for the Activity Group on a Friday morning from 9.30 am - 12.30 pm. You will be involved in welcoming people with dementia and their carers and helping people with dementia to take part in a variety of discussions and activities. Please contact Alison Chaplin of Alzheimer's Society on 0116 231 1111




sell clothes on e-bay to raise funds for their charities.  Last year, thanks to your very generous donations, we raised £1,000 in this way.  Life is busy and we have had very few donations recently.  This is a gentle reminder that we still use this method to fundraise and are most grateful for your donations. When the weather breaks and you get out your winter wardrobe please remember us.  Clothes can be left in our box in the cloisters.  Thank you.




If so please ask your family, or if you are well enough to do so yourself, to let the Catholic Chaplain know that you are there. Otherwise you will not have a visit from the Catholic Chaplaincy or be able to receive Holy Communion. Under the Data Protection Act, the hospital staff can no longer reveal to any chaplain, or to anybody else enquiring, the religion of any patient in their care. The same applies to Residential Homes and other places of care. The onus is now on the patient or their family to inform the Chaplain.


COMMUNITY COMPANIONS - Supporting Older People back into the heart of their communities: 


Voluntary Action South Leicestershire (VASL) has been offering a befriending service in the Harborough District for over 14 years and are keen to recruit more volunteers who could visit an older person for 1 - 2 hours a week. Training and ongoing support are given, and travel costs are covered. If you could volunteer, or you would like a befriender to visit you, please contact Rohini Corfield (Community Champions Project Manager) or Jenny Young on 01858 439262.   More information is available at www.VASL.org.uk/our-projects/community-champions




every Thursday in the Parish room from 11.00 - 11.30 am. All are welcome including dads who wish to meet to pray for their children, grandchildren and great grandchildren.




The Market Harborough Carers Support Group facilitated by Alison Chaplin meets on the first Friday of every month at 10am at the Coffee Lounge of the Methodist Church on Northampton Road. This group gives carers an invaluable opportunity to share some of their experience of caring for a loved one with dementia. There is also an opportunity to hear about the latest news from Alzheimer’s Society and to look at books and leaflets about dementia, including many written from a Christian perspective. If you or anyone you know is in a caring situation, do let them know about the group. Contact Alison on 0116 031 1111 (alison.chaplin@alzheimers.or.uk). Or just turn up on the day and Alison will be thee to welcome you.


Alzheimer’s Society is also looking for volunteer befrienders in Market Harborough and area. The volunteer befriender enables a person with dementia to participate in an activity they would like to do in the community - perhaps going out for a cup of tea, shopping, going for a walk, doing a sport or taking a class. The befriender needs to be available for a session of up to 4 hours a week between the hours of 9 am and 4 pm Mondays to Fridays. It is useful to be able to drive too. Volunteers will receive induction and ongoing training and support from the Befriending Manager. If you would like to hear more, please contact Alison as above.




The Bower House Christian Counselling Service offers counselling and help to people of the local community. We are open from 9 am to 9 pm and need Support Worker volunteers to offer hospitality within the house as well as some admin. such as answering the phone and taking referrals.  We have a lovely band of volunteers but could do with more help. How will you be spending your time this autumn and winter? Could you offer a three hours slot once a week or once a fortnight? If you are interested please ring Jadz Bower, Chris Hodgson or Jeanette Payne on 01858 469257 or drop in to see us between 9 am and 5 pm.




The Torch Book Club requires sighted people to be part of their group. They meet at the Congregational Church room on 1st Friday of the month from 2 pm - 4 pm. Book of the month ‘Faith like Potatoes’. If you are interested in becoming a member or would like to find out more please contact Angela Butlin 01858 467419.




The developing Church in Africa is in need of Rosary Beads.  If you have a surplus Rosary, or part of a Rosary, beads, or crosses and centre pieces surplus to requirement, please hand them to Vanessa, Lisa or Fr Owen.




Just a reminder that the Third World Group eBay’s clothes in order to raise funds, so if you have been sorting out you wardrobes after incorporating all the Christmas newbie’s please pass your cast-off’s onto us.  We do get money for rags, so everything is most welcome.  Please mark bags clearly with “For 3rd World”.  Thank you for your continuing support.




wish to thank each and everyone for their gifts to the “LIFE SHOP”.  When bringing in goods for the LIFE SHOP, can they be clearly marked with “LIFE” on the outside of the plastic bag.  Small items of furniture will also be welcome, but please contact the Life Shop direct for collection.  Please DO NOT place small furniture in the Cloister for collection.




Our Diocesan advisors have informed us that legacies left in wills, directly to the parish, should really be directed to the  registered charity.  The Roman Catholic Diocese of Nottingham is the registered charity.  The advice given, is to encourage parishioners contemplating leaving a legacy via their will to their parish, and to make sure the parish will be the beneficiary , is to direct the legacy to the Registered Charity - the Roman Catholic Diocese of Nottingham with strict instruction that it is (in our case) for the parish of Our Lady of Victories, Market Harborough.




Torch Trust is an international Christian Mission that aims to help people with sightless to discover faith in Christ and live fulfilling Christian lives.  They are continually developing their service for blind and partially sighted people and as a result the volunteer needs are also changing.   Perhaps you know someone who has recently retired and is looking to use their gifts and skills, honed in the workplace, in a new avenue.  Or perhaps you know someone who has been long termed unemployed, volunteering can help to raise self esteem and build new skills that can go on the CV with a view of getting back into work.  Further information on what volunteering role are available can be found on the poster on the notice board.


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