Our Lady of Victories News



to Fr Ed O’Connell, a Columban Priest working in Peru who will be with us this weekend on a goodwill visit. Fr Ed has close ties of friendship and support with our parish. His missionary work in Peru is one of the chosen charities adopted by our parish Third World Group. Also Angela Maidwell, God rest her soul, was so impressed by her visit to Peru, that in her will she left her house to Fr Ed in Peru, the proceeds from sale, to be put towards a school in Peru for girls with special emphasis on healthcare, hygiene and sanitary wellbeing. This request by Angela and the bequeathing of her home to a school in Peru, has been proudly honoured and is of great benefit to the many. Fr Ed will not be making an appeal, but will share a few stories with us on his missionary work, and on what God has called him and his fellow missionaries, male and female, to do. After both the 6.30 pm Mass on Saturday evening and the 10.00 am on Sunday Morning Fr Ed will give a short electronic presentation in the Hall, whilst you enjoy a cup of tea/coffee.




You are expected to attend a meeting especially arranged for you, to discuss and prepare you for the responsibility you are undertaking, in requesting that your child will be excepted on our First Reconciliation and First Holy Communion programme. This meeting on Wednesday evening in the De Trafford Room at 7.30 pm is a MUST. See you there.




Your first meeting is this coming Friday at St Joseph’s School at 3.30 pm for a 3.45 pm prompt start. All children are expected to attend all sessions on a Friday afternoon during school term - no flimsy excuses accepted.




Our final preparation meeting will be tomorrow evening, Monday 22nd at 7.30 pm, in the De Trafford Room. It is so very important for all stall holders, willing volunteers or anybody willing to help in anyway to come along - the more the better for all.




Have you got the “Bazaar Buzz” yet? If not, I hope you will very soon. You will receive your quota of raffle tickets this weekend. How you love them!! Make sure you have Saturday November 24th written in your diary - be there yourself. Bring the family, relatives, neighbours and friends.


The following is but a guide, a suggestion only. Feel free to bring good saleable items for any stall, any weekend, but on designated weekends, a stall holder will be on the watch for particular items for particular stalls.  So the following guideline/suggestion is offered to you:


White Elephant stall items - every weekend, every day.








As we approach the month of November - the month of Remembrance, I invite you, as in former years, to write the names of your departed loved ones in an sealed envelope and to place your envelope in the basket on the altar, when all those on our November Dead List, will be remembered at all Masses celebrated in the parish during November. At the end of November, all the envelopes will be shredded unopened. Please, please do not put any money is any of the envelopes.


HARVEST SUPPER on Saturday  13th October:


The Knights of St Columba and the Third World group worked together to provide the event. It was a very pleasant evening for the 75 parishioners who sat down to a fantastic meal. The contribution as a whole raised £948.50 and the ladies are to be congratulated on the meal they provided and served. After expenses were paid the final total was £729.99 meaning the Knights charities and Third world group will benefit from £365 each. Just for information, the raffle brought in £139 and the bar £120. Both organisation want to thank everyone for their support and are looking forward to next year.  Submitted by Ken Lilley.




will be on Sunday November 11th at 3 pm.




The Bower House invite you to a Barn Dance on Saturday 27th October 2018. at the Congregational Church, Market Harborough, from 7 pm ‘til 11 pm. A fun and friendly evening. Tickets £15 to include supper - Fish and Chips, Chicken and Chips. Vegetarian option, Food choice on booking. Tickets are available from Bower House, 32 Coventry Road. 01858 469257.




with proceeds to our Bazaar Fund will be on Thursday November 8th from 10.30 am - 12 noon. Hope you will put this date in your diary and where possible to attend.




are now due for their half year emptying. Please bring yours with you to whatever Mass you will be attending next week or the following week. Leave on “counter” in the Cloister, from where it will be collected and counted, and ready for you to pick up the following week or week after. Please make sure that your name is clearly written on you box.




Prison Fellowship Market Harborough will be running the Angel Tree Project this Christmas at HMP Gartree and Sudbury. If you would like to get involved this year, either buying a present for the child of an imprisoned parent or making a donation of £15 for a present to be bought on your behalf please contact Maureen Douglas 07966 515115. Thank you for your support which  is greatly appreciated by the prisoners and their families.




The Cube, Symington Rec, off St Mary’s Road, Market Harborough, LE16 7DN. Spend an evening with the original coalition of chaos known as - Old Friends. Performing the songs they love, from spirituals and Lonnie Donegan via Nancy Sinatra to Neil Diamond and the Beatles. 7.30 pm on Saturday 10th November. Donations in aid of Work with Refugees in Harborough District. Refreshments available.




this Thursday evening at 7.30 pm for a prompt 7.45 pm start. All welcome. Proceeds to our parish funds.




warmly invite all those working and sharing faith with young people to have an informal time together - to talk and reflect on "Myself and My Faith", led by Fr. Simon Gillespie, helping us to be inspired and encouraged to pass on our Faith to those young people we spend time with. Saturday 3rd November at St. Mary and St. Augustine Church, Broad Street, Stamford, PE9 1PG. Commencing at 1.00 p.m.  Bring a packed lunch - drinks provided, 2.00p.m. our retreat begins and then later in the afternoon an opportunity to see a little of Stamford before Mass at 6.00p.m. Join us! We look forward to seeing you. Contact claudiacoxon@googlemail.com or paulinepayne@hotmail.com for more information.




on Saturday November 3rd. Organised by the K.S.C. and directed by Monsignor Brian Dazeley - a must day of prayer, meditation and reflection. See notice on Notice board for your name and also giving a possible timetable. Fr Owen highly recommends and encourages your attendance at this special time of reflection and prayer.




Heartfelt congratulations and thank you all for your most generous response to the CAFOD FAMILY FAST DAY. To date, through the Family Fast envelopes and donations you have contributed £1,675. 57. St Joseph’s school, through their no uniform day  raised £285. The parish is making a donation of £500 towards to the Indonesia Disaster Appeal Fund. So Today (Thursday) I am forwarding a cheque totalling £2,460.57 to CAFOD from our parish community here in Market Harborough. God bless you and thank you.




I have asked the Headteacher, Mrs McVea for snippets of information from the school and about the school. The children themselves provided the following:


It’s been a busy week for St Josephs CVA. On Monday 8th October, the year 4 children took part in a Unihoc tournament at Robert Smyth Academy. They came amazingly 2nd out of 9 schools with one of the goals scored by their goalie (Luke Parsons).


The next day, the Year 5 and 6 girls took part in a girls’ football tournament at Harborough Town Football Club. They came 5th out of 6 schools with Eve Abbott scoring 2 goals along with Violet Agnus and Amaia Bilbao.


On Wednesday, Year 2 had a singing day with Leicestershire Music Hub. It was an enjoyable day for all!


On Thursday (as most of you know) it was the Parish Harvest Mass and the CAFOD Bright Clothes Day. Each child had to come in with bright clothes worn and give in £1 each. They also had to give in food for the Food Bank.


It was also Cross Country and the highest was Eve Abbott coming 2nd place. Well done Eve!


On Friday there was a PTFA bake-sale. They sold delicious cakes!


Written by Amy Knight, Bronagh Mckenna and Ella Moffatt



in support of Menphys. Friday 7th December 2018. Time: 7.15pm. Venue: De Montfort Hall, Leicester. Tickets £9, available to purchase from De Montfort Hall from Tuesday 30th October. Tel: 0116 233 3111; email: dmh-tickets@leicester.gov.uk. www.demontforthall.co.uk.




the Justice and Peace Commission’s annual assembly, is on 10 November 2018 at St Hugh’s in Lincoln, a short walk from the railway station. Come and join other Catholics who care about justice, peace and care for creation. With Graham Gordon, CAFOD’s Head of Public Policy, and Cllr Chris Burke, recent Mayor of Lincoln, we’ll imagine what a 'zero-carbon' diocese will look like. Join us for a day of inspiration, challenge and networking, opening with Mass celebrated by Bishop Patrick. Share exciting new plans for justice and peace in the diocese. Booking is free at jpnottingham.eventbrite.co.uk or call 07470 907656.




A series of talks on the Faith will take pace in the Kavanagh Room beginning on Wednesday evening October 3rd at 7.30 pm. These talks and faith sharing are aimed at helping any non Catholics who might wish to know more about the Catholic Faith and Church. They are also intended for any baptised Catholic, who for whatever reason, has not been or felt part of the church, and who might like to return, or be updated, or renewed, in their faith and knowledge of the Catholic Faith. Will all our Church goers who read of this, or might be informed from some other source about these Faith sharing talks, please let your non Catholic spouse, boyfriend, girlfriend or just friend or neighbour, know about this course, and support and encourage them by coming along with them. Please contact Fr Owen or Judith Snaith of any interest.




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.


Data Protection Regulations: 


Data Protection Regulations now in force require changes to the way we can record information and disseminate it in the newsletter. We must have the permission of the person concerned before we can include their name in the list of prayers for the sick, or have a Mass celebrated for their recovery (we can still have a mass said for their intentions) We can only hold information about you as parishioners, which you wish us to have; otherwise it must be destroyed. We must put a ‘privacy notice’ on all requests for information. Privacy Notice. The personal information which we hold about parishioners is solely for the purpose of parish administration. We will only contact you by means which you have agreed that we may use for this purpose. You have the right to know what informa tion the parish holds about you, but you do not have the right to see any of the parish registers. We will not give personal information about you to any other organisation. If we need to collect more detailed information (for marriage, baptism, etc.) this information will only be used for that specific purpose. The ‘Data Controller’ is the Diocese of Nottingham.




The Data Protection regulations mean that the database in our parish will have to be destroyed, and replaced by another one, which we will need to create. Consequently, our Parish Pastoral Council will have to conduct a survey, where the cooperation of every parishioner will be absolutely necessary. It will be a fresh start for the entire parish, for parishioners who have lived here for years and for all, irrespective of how long you have lived in the parish. to comply with the Data regulations. We will have to have a Parish census requesting the information you feel you can give, and with your permission, to store and use it for Parish Administration purpose only. More on this in the near future.




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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