A HOLY WEEK: A VERY SPECIAL WEEK FOR YOU AND FOR ME:
No words of mine can describe, define or illustrate the importance for all of us, of this coming special week, we call HOLY WEEK. It is an experience you must celebrate and live through the Liturgy of the Church, through the fellowship and companionship of your parishioners, but above all through the faith, trust and love of walking with the Lord to the Upper Room in Jerusalem for the institution or the Eucharist; to the hill of Calvary on Good Friday, and to the triumph, the joy, the excitement of the resurrection on Easter Sunday. Come with me, come with your family, come with your fellow parishioners, to celebrate the mystery, the love, the joy of your faith and what it means to be a disciple of Christ.
This coming week is the most solemn and holy week in the Christian calendar as we recall, relive and re-enact through our beautiful liturgies, the events of that first Holy Week. Wednesday will draw us together in our Cathedral Church, the Mother Church of our diocese, when Priests, Deacons, Religious and the laity will gather around the altar with our Bishop to celebrate the Mass of the Holy Oils. During the Mass, all the Priests and Deacons present, will renew their commitment to their ministry and vocation, as all the people present offer their support and encouragement. During the Mass the Bishop will bless and consecrate the Holy Oils for use in our Diocese during the coming year. There are three holy oils used in the Church’s celebration of the Sacraments, the Holy Oil of Baptism used during Baptism, the Holy Oil of Chrism used also at Baptism, Confirmation and Ordination and the Holy Oil of the Sick used for the Anointing of the Sick. All anointing symbolises consecration and dedication to the Lord and also the healing power and touch of the Lord as He reaches out to us through the sacraments.
is truly a special day for all of us as we gather together at 8.00 pm to celebrate the Mass of the Lord’s Supper during which we will be having the Washing of the Feet as a sign of our service and love to and for each other. Fr. Owen will renew his commitment to his priestly ministry and service. (Ministers of the Eucharist will renew their commitment on the Feast of Corpus Christi.) Watching will take place until 10.30 pm recalling the Agony of Jesus in the Garden.
GOOD FRIDAY - a day of Fast and Abstinence,
a day of solemnity as we recall the events of the first Good Friday. I hope that every parishioner will make a special effort to give some time to the meaning and solemnity of this day and to a deeper understanding and appreciation of the mystery of the Cross and the story of our Redemption.
is a day of stillness as we recall Christ in the tomb. At our Easter Vigil Ceremonies beginning at 8.00 pm on Saturday evening we recall and relive through the beautiful liturgy of the church, beginning at the Church door with the lighting of the fire from which we will take a light to flame our Paschal candle, symbolising “LIGHT OF THE WORLD”. Taking a light from the fire recalls the Jewish people of old taking a light from the fire to light their lanterns as they prepared for the feast. So we too take a light to prepare for our feast as we proclaim the Exultet - the great Easter hymn of triumph, as we recall the story of Creation and Redemption through our Scripture Readings, as we bless the new Easter water and renew our baptismal vows followed by the first Mass of the Resurrection.
HOLY WEEK IN WESTERN CHRISTIANITY:
Holy Week begins with Palm Sunday, which may also be known as Passion Sunday in some denominations. Traditionally, Palm Sunday commemorates the Triumphal entry into Jerusalem described in all four canonical gospels. As described in the accounts, Jesus's entry into Jerusalem was noted by the crowds present who shouted praises and waved palm branches. In the Roman Rite, before 1955 it was known simply as Palm Sunday, and the preceding Sunday as Passion Sunday. From 1955 to 1971 it was called Second Sunday in Passiontide or Palm Sunday. Among Lutherans and Anglicans, the day is known as the Sunday of the Passion: Palm Sunday. In many liturgical denominations, to commemorate the Messiah's entry into Jerusalem to accomplish his paschal mystery, it is customary to have a blessing of palm leaves (or other branches, for example olive branches). The blessing ceremony includes the reading of a Gospel account of how Jesus rode into Jerusalem humbly on a donkey, reminiscent of a Davidic victory procession, and how people placed palms and other branches on the ground in front of him. Immediately following this great time of celebration over the entrance of Jesus into Jerusalem, he begins his journey to the cross.
GOOD FRIDAY WITH A DIFFERENCE:
This year’s Churches Together in Harborough Good Friday (19 April) open-air event begins with a large cross being carried through the Square at 10.55 am. Aiming to present the Easter story in contemporary terms, the 40-minute “One Friday” event, will include a busking band, free hot cross buns (kindly supplied by Tesco) and opportunities for creative participation by the audience. Suitable for all ages, it is intended to be a public witness to Christian faith, and to provoke thought and discussion. It is in addition to Good Friday services and meditations organised by individual churches.
OUR CONFIRMATION PROGRAMME:
It was good to meet so many of our candidates at the “TASTER EVENING” on Sunday evening last. It consisted of an introductory session. “getting to know you; getting to know me”. I think its fulfilled its purpose very well. The togetherness concluded with many of the parents present, for a very moving and meaningful liturgy, themed on light, pointing to Christ, the Light of the world.
CONFIRMATION APPLICATION FORMS
are still available and can be collected from the table in the Cloister. We would like all application forms to be definitely returned to us over Easter, so that we can know, and prepare, for exact numbers before the first formal session on Sunday evening, May 12th, from 5.00 pm to 6.30 pm in the Octagonal Hall.
MISSIO RED BOXES:
The time has come again to empty your Red Missio Boxes. Please bring them with you to Mass and leave in the box provided. The boxes will be emptied, and returned to you the following Sunday.
The Society for the Protection of Unborn children, are asking for people to join them every day in prayer, for the protection of the sanctity of life. They have produced a Prayer Guide which contains thoughts, prayers and scripture quotations. We believe that the protection of human life is mainly a spiritual issue, that will be best helped by prayer. Please pick up a copy in the cloister. Thank you.
PRO-LIFE CHAIN: Saturday 27th April 2019 from 10 am to 12 noon at Trent Bridge. SPUC invites you to mark the 51st anniversary of the Abortion Act coming into force in 1968, by joining our Pro-Life Chain. This is a peaceful, silent roadside vigil in solidarity with unborn children, their mothers, and anyone suffering from the effects of abortion. Please come, STAND UP AND BE COUNTED! For more information, contact John 07757 815 625, Caroline (01623) 795 062, or email email@example.com
MASS OF DIVINE MERCY:
Sunday 28th. April at 2.30 pm at St. Edward's, London Road, Kettering. Culmination of the Easter Octave, Low Sunday is the day Our Lord chose to fulfil the promise of a complete remission of sins and all reparation due, thus returning the soul to the purity of its Baptismal state as declared by St John-Paul II, and successive Popes. Please pray the Novena starting Good Friday and attend confession BEFORE the Feast Day as there will be no confession on the day itself. All are welcome to the parish feast in the hall afterwards.
UNIVERSITY OF NOTTINGHAM LAY CHAPLAINCY VACANCY
The University of Nottingham Catholic Chaplaincy are currently seeking a new Catholic Lay Chaplain for the coming academic year (2019 / 2020). This is a full time paid position (37.5 hours a week) with live in accommodation offered, and for an initial one year contract, starting in August 2019. The position offers a great opportunity for anyone recently graduating from University and thinking about a career within Lay Chaplaincy, taking a gap year out, or seeking to further their pastoral experience within a University setting. Previous experience is not essential as full training will be offered, but relevant pastoral/lay chaplaincy experience and experience of University life is preferable. The deadline for applications is Monday 6th May 2019 and interviews will be held on Friday 10th May 2019 at the University of Nottingham. For more information or to receive a detailed Job Specification or to arrange a time to speak informally about this position please make contact, in the first instance, with Father Jonathan Rose - Catholic Chaplain to the University of Nottingham by email: firstname.lastname@example.org
PRAYER PARTNERS WITH FIRST COMMUNION CHILDREN:
The children being prepared for their First holy Communion, invite their Prayer Partners on Friday May 10th at 3.45 pm in the school hall for coffee and cake, and have a chat about their preparation for First Communion. Please come to the school’s office and someone will be there to welcome you. We look forward to sharing our faith journey with you.
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.
FR JIM’S ANNUAL PILGRIMAGE TO LOURDES
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
FOR YOUR DIARY:
Saturday 13th April: Extraordinary Ministers of the Eucharist's renewal Day here at Our Lady’s
Wednesday 17th April: 11.30 - Mass of the Holy Oils at Nottingham Cathedral
Thursday 18th April: Holy Thursday
Friday 19th April: Good Friday
Sunday 21st April: Easter Sunday
THE NEW DATA PROTECTION ACT:
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 REGISTRATION:
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.
WHO SHOULD REGISTER?
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.
STEP BY STEP:
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.
WE NEED THEM!
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.
HAVE YOU BEEN AWAY? WANT TO CATCH UP ON PARISH NEWS?
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 email@example.com
ACTIVE GROUP FOR PEOPLE WITH DEMENTIA:
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
THE THIRD WORLD GROUP
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.
GOING INTO HOSPITAL FOR ANY REASON!
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
MOTHERS PRAYER MEETING
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.
SUPPORT FOR CARERS:
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org). 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.
TORCH BOOK GROUP:
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.
AFRICAN CHURCH NEEDS ROSARY BEADS:
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.
USED CLOTHES FOR THE THIRD WORLD:
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.
THE LIFE GROUP:
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.
INTERPRETING THE LAW:
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.
VOLUNTEERS FOR TORCH:
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" -
NEWS ITEMS FOR THE WEBSITE:
This webpage is updated from the Weekly Newsletter. Sometimes due to shortage of space it is not possible to include everything in the weekly Parish Newsletter. If you would like an item published on the website please email any items to email@example.com
We can only publish items which meet the criteria for inclusion in the weekly Parish Newsletter.