Our Lady of Victories News



are offered to the family of the late Bernard Brandrick. Bernard has been a long and faithful member of our parish for many years. Having lived in Husbands Bosworth for a member of years he was a weekly attendee at Mass there and a leading member and voice in the church choir. Having moved  to Huntingdon Gardens, in Market Harborough, he continued going to Husbands Bosworth for many years until he had to give up driving. It was then that some kind parishioners picked him up on Sunday mornings and brought him to Mass here at Our Lady of Victories. He loved singing, was a staunch member and voice of the Harborough Choral Society. Also he was deeply involved in the Harborough theatre where he was held in great regard. Now in his 90’s, the good Lord has called him to join the Angelic Choir of Heaven. May he enjoy the fullness of new life, rest in peace and rise in glory. Funeral details being arranged.




after all Masses there will ne A RETIRING COLLECTION for  the ongoing important work of S.P.U.C. and LIFE in their efforts to uphold, and promote the life of the unborn child, as a child of God, sacred, unique and with the right to life in its unborn state.





is having a Jumble Sale on Saturday 23rd February from 9.30 am to 12.00 pm. As well as good quality clothing there will be books, CDs and bric-a-brac.  Tea, coffee and biscuits will also be served.  We would also be grateful for donations of suitable clothing, which can be put into the box marked Third World Group, under the table in the cloister.




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 invites 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.




Eco Church Harborough are asking people to sign  the Plastic Pledge Forms in the cloister showing your support to help reduce plastic in the environment. Please put a copy of the pledge in the box at St Dionysius Church or at the Refill Revolution Stall in the food hall at Harborough Market. Thank you for your support.




World Day of Prayer (formerly Women's World Day of prayer) Come Everything is Ready! Praying for Slovenia. A service for Everyone. Friday 1st March 2pm Baptist Church. Coventry Road. Refreshments following service.




On behalf of the Holiday at Home Team I would like to invite you and all the local church leaders to come for a coffee (or tea etc) and cake on Wednesday 27th February 10.30 am to 11.30 am. Holiday at Home has been operating under Churches Together in Harborough since around 2008. Often, as new church leaders have come into the town they have not been aware of this significant ministry which might have appeared to be operating "under the radar"! With almost one person in four in Market Harborough over the age of 65, this is a really important aspect of our churches' ministry and mission. Holiday at Home has been a significant and successful aspect of the churches' response to this need and challenge. The aim behind our invitation to coffee is to enable us to present briefly something of our history and experiences, what we do and why, and our plans for 2019.  We would also like to explain how people in your church could help us maintain this important outreach event. There is no commitment we just want to meet, talk, and invite your questions and suggestions. This invitation is specifically for church leaders, but if you really cannot make this occasion would you please arrange for someone in leadership in your church to deputise for you. But please come if you can. We have asked if we can use the Baptist Churchfor this event, but await confirmation. New Horizons will supply coffee, tea, and cakes. Our treat! In what is almost certain to be a busy life I do hope you will find this hour to help us explore this important outreach to this significant section of our local population. Will you be our rep at that meeting? See Maureen Douglas or Fr Owen.




has sent me the following article by Fr Richard Rohr, a Franciscan priest of the New Mexico Providence, a world known and recognised spiritual writer who has written many books and given talks all over the world. His article is entitled:  JESUS: MODELLING FAITH. OUR PRIORTY IS LOVE. (I recommend this to you for reflection, prayer and action).




Brian McLaren, a dear friend and fellow public theologian, shares my concern and hope that Christianity can evolve. In his book The Great Spiritual Migration, he writes:


For centuries, Christianity has been presented as a system of beliefs. That system has supported a wide range of unintended consequences, from colonialism to environmental destruction, subordination of women to stigmatising LGBT people, anti-Semitism to Islamophobia, clergy paedophilia to white privilege. What would it mean for Christians to rediscover their faith not as a problematic system of beliefs, but as a just and generous way of life, rooted in contemplation and expressed in compassion, that makes amends for its mistakes and is dedicated to a beloved community for all? Could Christians migrate from defining their faith as a system of beliefs to expressing it as a loving way of life?... 


For centuries, Christians have presented God as a Supreme Being who showers blessings upon insiders who share certain beliefs and proper institutional affiliation, but who punishers outsiders with eternal conscious torment. Yet Jesus revealed God as one who “eats with sinners,” welcomes outsiders in, and forgives even when being rejected, tortured and killed. Jesus associated God more  with gracious parental tenderness than strict authoritarian toughness. He preached that God was to be found in self-giving service rather than self-asserting domination. What would it mean for Christians to let Jesus and his message lead them to a new healing, reconciling Spirit in whom all creatures live, move and have their  being?


For centuries, Christianity has presented itself as an “organised religion” - a change-averse institution or set of beliefs that were handed down fully formed in the past. Yet Christianity’s actual history is a story of change and adaptation. We Christians have repeatedly adapted our message, methods and mission to the contours of our time [for example, the Second Vatican Council within Catholicism]. What might happen if we understood the core Christian ethos as creative, constructive and forward leaning - as an “organising religion” that challenges all institutions (including its own) [as Jesus did] to learn, grow and mature towards a deepening, enduring vision of reconciliation with God, self, neighbour, enemy and creation?


If such migration is possible, how would we describe that way of life toward which we are moving?


If we are to be truly Christian, it makes sense to turn to Jesus for the answer.


Of the many radical things said and done by Jesus, his unflinching emphasis on love was the greatest commandment….his prime directive - love for God, for self, for neighbour, for stranger, for alien, for outsider, for outcast, for even the enemy, as he himself modelled. The new commandment of love [John 13:34] meant that neither beliefs nor words, neither taboos, systems, structures nor the labels that enshrine them mattered most. Love decentred everything else; love revitalized everything else; love took priority over everything else - everything.




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 9.30 am to 10.00 am. 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.




As you may have seen in the news, the human suffering in Yemen is one of the gravest humanitarian crises in the world today. After nearly four years of war, more than 14 million people are facing starvation and 85,000 children may have already died from extreme hunger since 2015.  Following the desperate situation in Yemen, the international development faith agencies CAFOD, Christian Aid, Tearfund, World Vision and Islamic Relief are inviting supporters to pray for Yemen.




Giver of Life,

Who hears the cries from Yemen;

of mothers choosing between medicine or food,

of parents grieving children lost to starvation,

of those who have given up everything in hunger.

Hear our cries for hope, for change, for peace.


In your mercy,

Break political deadlocks, 

Soften hardened hearts, 

Change closed minds, 

Open unhearing ears.

Let people come before power 

Let life be holy again 

Let your justice and peace  

Shape the nation of Yemen 

And the lives of all people.





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.




St Luke Academies Trust require a School Improvement Director from September 2019. The Trust is a Multi-Academies Trust consisting of four school in Kettering and Corby. The School Improvement Director will work collaboratively with our Board, the diocese and schools to continue our journey of improvement and the next phase of our development. The School Improvement Director must possess strong interpersonal and communication skills, sound judgement and problem solving skills, be able to lead from the front and also to motivate and develop effective teams. The successful candidate will demonstrate a clear vision for education and be passionate and knowledgeable about teaching and learning. This role is an exciting opportunity for an experienced leader to make a real difference to the lives of young people. For an informal discussion about the role and any queries , please telephone Nicola Vaughan on 01536 203251 ot email Nicola.Vaughan@st-luke-at.co.uk. Application close date: Monday 11th February at 12 noon with interviews the week beginning 25th February 2019.




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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