Our Lady of Victories News



are offered to Liz Duff and her family on the death of her dear husband Jim. May God give him a merciful welcome  to his eternal Home. May Mary, the Mother of Jesus, the Mother of the Church, comfort all who mourn the loss of a loved one. May our prayers be a comfort to all the bereaved.




is offered to the Monk family on the death of Phyllis, at a ripe old age. She has now gone to join her late husband and  more recently, her son Pip. May all the deceased members of the Monk family be now reunited in eternal love and peace.




Fridays of Lent as per previous years. The host church this year will be the Congregational Church. Each Friday service will be lay led (Peter Green and Maureen Douglas are our reps.) starting at 12.30pm sharp and finishing after 20minutes at 12.50pm. This timing gives lunchtime workers an opportunity to attend and get back to work on time. The service each Friday will be followed by a “Hunger Lunch” in which our third World Group are gracious soup makers and servers. I strongly support and recommend this Lenten services to all who possibly can.




Friday 8th May 2020. I have arranged with Bishop Patrick to come to our parish on May 8th 2020 to celebrate the Sacrament of Confirmation, the Sacrament when our young adults will publicly profess, and declare their intent, to live their Christian faith, and to be true disciples of Christ in their daily lives. Preparation will begin on a monthly basis after Easter, but please keep an eye on the newsletter for a preliminary meeting  fairly soon, and before the formal preparation meetings begin. Children who will be attending secondary school in 2020 will be eligible age wise.. “TASTER MEETING” NOW ON SUNDAY APRIL 7th. @ 5p.m . IN OCTAGONAL HALL




For all catholic men. From 09:30 Sunday 28th April. http://www.catholicmenspilgrimage.uk/




Come and join us for a peaceful day of reflection or 10.30am - 4.30 pm. To be Held at: Low Farm, Clipston Road, Sibbertoft, Market Harborough, LE16 9UB. What dictates the choices in our everyday lives? Are we truly free? During this day we will be exploring how, over time, we become distracted from our true pathway and abandon ourselves as we become swept up in the direction that the crowd is going. The day will be led by Magdalen Houlihan, who has led people of all faiths, and none, on the way of silent prayer in their search for spirituality in today's world. All Welcome. Wednesday 3rd April or Saturday 6th April 'The Second Exodus'. Tea, Coffee and biscuits provided and there will be a shared lunch. There is no charge for the day but to secure a place please contact

Carolyne Robinson on 01858 525150 or by email: cr@duncanuk.com




A great prayer for Life is urgently needed.  SATURDAY 23rd MARCH 2019: On 23rd March, the Saturday before The Annunciation, please pray, and fast, for the end of abortion and euthanasia. Your prayer and fasting is urgently needed. For information on the day of Prayer and Fasting, contact  - The Good Counsel Network on 020 7723 1740.




First of all my apologies for such a  “cold church” over this past week. As I stated last weekend, the Church boiler was on the blink. For sometime now our Heating Engineer has been nursing it through this current Winter. As I prepare this newsletter on Wednesday morning, I have been informed that our current boiler is beyond repair and must be replaced by a new boiler. Our current boiler could be 30 years or so old. It was not replaced in 2004/5 when the reordering of the church took place. So it’s time for the “Last Rites” for this old boiler. The Heating Engineer will try his best to have a new boiler installed and working for the weekend.




A lighting consultant has now been signed on by the parish to advise, devise, and project a new lighting system in the church. As explained in previous Newsletters, our current  church lighting fitting are now unobtainable, and the actual wattage illegal. From the current 172 lights in the Church, some 50 LED lights will be installed, giving more evenly spread light throughout the church, more ease of accessibility when the fitting might have to be changed, and a much simpler operational (switching on) system. Although the necessary change will cost something in the region of £20,000 to £25,000 plus VAT. Which is reclaimable on a listed building, running costs, which currently cost approximately  £3 per hour, should be reduced to approximately £1 per hour. Also very important in this day and age, is an awareness of the effects on the environment, and the installation of the LED lights should greatly help in this respect. When the scheme begins, three estimates will be required and must be approved by our Diocesan Building and Site Commission, before any word can begin. Also Historical Churches will  be involved because we area Grade II listed building.




Our recent quinquennial report has recommended certain actions to be undertaken over the next 5 years. These include a complete new roof on the De Trafford and Kavanagh Rooms, plus replacing many loose slates on all our Church property roofs. The roof on the Catholic Club will also need renewing over the next 5 years. Also a worry, is a crack between the roofs structure and the walls on both sides of the choir gallery. Many other minor areas were indentified, plus a planned system of decorating many areas of Church property, externally and internally. Because of the amount and gravity of the work and areas identified, your Parish Council members with responsibility for implementing the quinquennial report, have concluded that a project manager is required. This step is now being actioned. Further news, via the Newsletter, when available.



A family French friend is looking for an English similar aged family for their 15 year old son in July contact me on 01858 461 884



St Joseph’s After School Club is a busy Club with an oversubscribed waiting list, currently have a vacancy starting at the beginning of the Autumn term 2019 for a Childcare Assistant, working Monday to Friday, term time, 3 - 6 pm. (15hours). The applicant must be reliable, friendly, have some experience of childcare and be able to use their own initiative. Training is available to the right applicant. A clear DBS will be essential. They must also be willing to assist on a rota basis of preparing the children’s snacks and clearing away, as well as general housekeeping duties. Please contact Maggie Sparks or Jess Kelly if you are interested in applying  on 07967431698, or in writing to St Joseph’s Breakfast and After School Club, and hand in to St Joseph’s School office or Father Owen for passing on to the club. Alternatively you can email us at stjoeasc@gmail.com. Closing date for applicants is 12th April 2019.






Headteacher required, Starting 27th August 2019. The successful candidate will: Be a practising Catholic with a strong personal faith and a vision or whole school Catholic education. An excellent opportunity to lead a strong school to achieve outstanding. You will find a full application pack at www.bishopellis.leics.sch.uk  Visits to the school can be arranged by calling Sarah Kennedy at the school office on 0116 269 5510. Closing date for applications is 10 am Monday 11th March with interviews being held on Monday 18th March 2019.




Parents meeting on Wednesday evening, March 27th in the Parish Rooms at 7.30 pm. Sorry for any confusion.




June 13th at Marston Trussell Hall. £30 a ticket. Money raised goes to our School - St Joseph’s: More information

from Kate Crawford on 01858 446873.




The Royalist, 29 Western Avenue. LE16 9PL.  Second Wednesday of the month - 13th March; 10th April. 12 noon -  3 pm Lunch and good company, Charity raffle. £7 home cooked 2 course lunch includes activities.


To book call: 01858 438080.




28th June - 5th July. Flying from Stansted and staying at Hosanna House. £733 includes coach from Market Harborough; flight; 7 nights with Full Board at Hosanna House; travel into Lourdes and insurance. For more details contact Fr Jim Cahill on 01530 832326




Saturday 16th March at 11 am St Patrick’s Day Mass at St Patrick’s, Leicester.


Monday 18th March at 1 pm - Flower Demo in Hall.


Wednesday 20th at 7.30 pm - Deanery Lent Station Mass at St Mary's, South Wigston.


Thursday 21st March - Clergy Deanery meeting at Lutterworth.


Monday 25th March at 1 pm Flower Demo in Hall.


Wednesday 27th March - Deanery Station Mass at Hinckley.


Saturday 30th March - Rummage Sale.


Sunday 31st March at 12 noon - Baptism of Willow Phoebe Foster.


Monday 1st April at 1 pm - Flower Demo in Hall.


Thursday 4th April at 10 am - St Joseph's School coming to Church for Mass.


Thursday 4th April: 11am - Clergy Day of Prayer at Rosmini Centre.  


Wednesday 10th April - Deanery Lent Station Mass in Market Harborough.




Have you ever wished that you, or perhaps someone you are listening to, were more accustomed to speaking in public? Or that young people had an opportunity to practice public speaking? Well, for more than 10 years now, the Catenians have organised and facilitated an annual, national, public speaking contest, open to 5th / 6th form students at Catholic secondary schools, with contestants given the opportunity to speak in public at a prestigious venue. The local regional heat of this year’s contest, in which students from eight schools, guided by their tutors and supported by their families, are currently due to participate, will take place at the impressive Ratcliffe College, commencing at 2.00 p.m. on Sunday 24th March. Speakers at past events have been entertaining, informative, challenging, inspiring and enjoyable. Why not come along and show your support for these young people seeking to become more accustomed to public speaking? Tickets are £5 each (light refreshments provided from 1.00p.m.) available from Keith Webb (Tel. 01858 462997).




Torch is a Christian Mission working primarily with Christian organisations and Christian clients. This role requires that the appointed person is in close contact with our users and/or supporters who are likely to expect to be interacting with a Christian person and may be required to pray and share Christian experiences. It is therefore a requirement of Torch Trust for the Blind that the person appointed is a committed Christian and able to respect the Torch Basis of Faith. Torch House requires an Operations Assistant based at the Torch national office, Market Harborough . The main purpose of this role is to assist the Chief Operating Officer in particular and the wider Executive team in a range of administrative, practical and research assignments. Main Duties and responsibilities include: Administrative and I.T. duties, checking, recording, researching and investigating records and processes relating to clients, staff, volunteers, financial information, suppliers and partners. Practical support in overseeing the facilities of Torch House, engaging in supervised hands on work from time to time as required ensuring the highest possible presentation of the Charity’s facility. Person Specification: Potentially suited either for someone wishing to embark in a career in the third sector post graduation or studies at higher level, or someone who already has a wide ranging experience of numerous tasks. The following attributes are all essential requirements: Committed and practising Christian ; Confident in I.T. and range of system processes; Able to communicate effectively verbally and in writing; Proactive, creative, able to use initiative; Available to work flexibly, including some non-standard hours; Contract and Work Pattern This is a permanent contract of 32 hours per week over four days, Monday to Thursday. There will be occasional varied working pattern to cover events. Salary £14976 p.a.




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.


"The Lord's Day" -


Weekly Newsletter of the Watermead Apostolate:  http://www.watermead-apostolate.com/lords_day.html




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