Our Lady of Victories News



Our Lady’s Rosary Group, Holy Cross Church, Whitwick warmly invite you to join them in their 32nd Rosary Rally at Mount St Bernard Abbey, Leicestershire  LE67 5UL to pray for world peace and young people.  On Sunday 26th August 2018. Commencing with concelebrated Mass at 2pm with the principal celebrant being Rev. Fr. Denis Geoghegan, O.C.S.O. There will be a break for picnics, refreshments etc. Resuming at 4pm with the Solemn Crowning of the statue of Our Lady and Act of Consecration; Rosary procession  with statue of Our Lady; Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament; Blessing of the Sick and Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament. Further information from Mrs. A. Gartland on 01530 451007 or email: anne.gartland@yahoo.co.uk




It is our hope to begin a course in September for non Catholics who may wish to know more about the Catholic faith or anyone already baptised a Catholic seeking return to the practice of their faith. This course, which will hopefully start in September will run on a weekly basis until Easter. No pressure will be put on anybody to become a Catholic. It will be up to the faith and conscience of each person to decide for himself or herself in the end. If you know of anybody who might be interested, be it husband, wife, partner, boyfriend, girlfriend, friend or neighbour, please do tell them about this course. Have a word with Judith Snaith or Fr Owen for further information.




Now that our schools have closed for their summer holidays, our hope and prayer is that all our children will be safe, happy and fulfilled in their holiday leisure, and that all our families will have a truly special and memorable time. Happy holiday everybody.




The Market Harborough Educational Trust would like to thank everyone who made the Ladies Lunch at Marston Trussell another successful and enjoyable event. After costs for the Lunch we made over £3,000 profit. This money and other monies raised by the Trust are donated to St Joseph’s School for additional curricular requirements, generally not covered by normal school funding. In the 12 years that the Trust has been operating it has donated over £90,000 to St Joseph’s for varying School needs including Computer, Library, Sports and various other school requests.




ProLife Coffee/Tea and Cake at home of Keith and Maureen Douglas, 43 Gardiner Street.  Saturday 11th August 2pm to 5 pm. All welcome.




UK sewing day. Back by popular demand! A group of sewers are getting together on Monday, 30 July from 10am to 3pm in the Octagonal Hall to make dresses from cotton pillowslips and fabric and shorts for boys. Children in the third world have few, if any, clothes and a new dress brings dignity and a feeling of worthiness. The dresses are distributed through orphanages, villages and schools to bring relief. During distribution, simple lessons are taught on nutrition, clean water and sanitation. The clothes are sent to Africa and other third world countries. The charity always acknowledges receipt and regularly sends photographs of the children receiving them.


Can you help? Can you sew and are you able to bring your sewing machine along for all or part of the day? Can’t sew but want to help?  We will need someone to cut out, iron and make coffee! Donations of new bright and patterned pillowcases are needed as well as a few pennies to buy thread, bias binding and elastic. We will also accept 2 metres of bright patterned cotton fabric to make dresses. Donations towards the postage to Africa would also be appreciated.  It costs the charity £400 to send a full load over to Africa. This year we have been asked not to send plain pale colours as they show the dirt easily, and for dignity, as children rarely wear underwear.


Interested? Please see Mary Danks (mary.danks@btinternet.com) or Carole Baldam (carolebaldam50@gmail.com, 01858 432370) for donations and further information. Do please tell us if you are coming along so that we can ensure there are enough tables/electricity points etc. Patterns, instructions, tea/coffee, cake and a sandwich lunch will be provided for volunteers. Planting the Seeds of Worthiness in the Hearts of Little Girlswww.littledressesforafrica.org.




Approximately 20 offers to buy the “special prayer book” for me to use at the Presidential Chair. I have accepted the first 2 offers. I am so grateful to all who enquired and wished to buy the Missal. Some of our Vestment sets are “looking tired” and are very worn. They will need replacing. Also some of our Ciboria are showing their age and need renewing. Those are items that can be bought in memory of a loved one and you can have their name inscribed as a lasting memory. I will offer those items for your consideration in September.




A real treat for older people in Market Harborough and surrounding area. Wednesday 8th to Friday 10th August. Based at the Methodist Church, Northampton Road. Each day you can choose from a variety of interesting activities, learn new skills, and enjoy helpful tasks and fun entertainment. You’ll find pleasant company and finish the morning with a lovely meal. Daily attendance charge £6, which includes a two-course lunch and other refreshments. Book your place by phone after 15th July. Ring Sue on 01858 465034. Transport is available if needed.




At the recommendation of our Parish Pastoral Council some new spiritual reading books have been bought by the parish, and are now available to borrow from our parish library in the Cloister. All the new books have been stamped with our parish stamp. I’m sure some of our parishioners will find some useful and refreshing spiritual reading from the following:




ONE ORDINARY SUNDAY - a meditation on the mystery of the Mass by Paula Huston.


AROUND THE TABLE - retelling the story of the Eucharist through the eyes of Jesus’ First  Followers.


THE WOW FACTOR - Bringing the Catholic Faith to life by William J O’Malley.


THE WAY WE WERE - a story of conversion and Renewal by Joan Chittister.


SAINT PETER - Walking with Peter from Galilee to Rome by Stephen J Binz.


POPE FRANCIS - GAUDETE ET EXSULTATE On the call to Holiness in today's world.


LAUDATO SI By Pope Francis - An Evangelical Letter on CARE FOR OUR COMMON HOME.


The latest editions to our library are “boxed together”. When you borrow one, please make sure you return it when you have finished with it. Thank you. Fr Owen




It is my intention to make the following appointments, which will take effect in the week beginning Monday, 17th September 2018:


Father Emmanuel Abbem - Assistant priest at St Peter’s, Hinckley and Saints Peter and Paul, Earl Shilton, Leicestershire and Our Lady and St Gregory, Market Bosworth.


Father Kevin Athiade - Assistant priest at St Thomas More, Knighton Road, Leicester and the Immaculate Conception, Oadby, Leicestershire and also serving the parishes of St Mary’s, South Wigston and St John Bosco, Eryes Monsell.


Fr Biju Joseph - Serving the Syro-Malabar Catholic community, and assistant priest in the Cathedral of St Barnabas and St Augustine’s, Woodborough Road, Nottingham.


Father Martin Hardy, VF - Parish Priest of St Peter’s, Welby Lane, and St John the Baptist, Thorpe End, Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire.


Father Dominic O’Connor - Parish Priest of the Sacred Heart, Grosvenor Road, Skegness, and Our Lady and the English Martyrs, Spilsby, Lincolnshire.


Father Daniel Palmer - Assistant priest at St Charles Borromeo, Hadfield, and The Immaculate Conception, Charlesworth, Derbyshire and the community in St Margaret’s School, Gamesley, Glossop.


Fr Peter Wade - Parish Priest of Our Lady of Lourdes, Ashby-de-la-Zouch, Leicestershire, and the community who gather in St Charles Church Hall, Measham, Leicestershire.


Reverend Jonathan Whitby-Smith - Following his ordination to the Priesthood on 30th June - Assistant Priest at St Philip Neri, Mansfield and St Theresa’s, Market Warsop, Nottinghamshire, and St Joseph’s Shirebrook, and St Bernadette’s, Bolsover, Derbyshire.


Reverend Paul Smith - Extended Pastoral Placement at Our Lady and St Edward’s, Gordon Road, St Ann’s, Nottingham and The Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, Carlton, Nottingham.


Mr Liam Carpenter - Extended Pastoral Placement at St Bernadette’s, Ashby Road, Scunthorpe and Holy Souls, Frodingham Road, Scunthorpe.


In addition there will be clergy appointments which will be announced next month.


I would like to thank all of the above for the generosity of spirit in accepting their new appointments, and for the good work they have done, and continue to do, in their present ministry.




For many of us, it will be holiday time coming up in the near future. Fr Owen will be off at the end of this month and Fr John from Ghana will be coming again to look after you all in Fr Owen’s absence.  As Fr Owen hasn’t had a break since last August, it is his intention to take an extra week with his family and friends in Ireland.  By the way, Fr Owen has a Catholic Directory for England and Wales, so can give you telephone numbers of Churches in your intended area of holidays.  It is always advisable to ring up beforehand, since Mass times in many Churches have now changed and are continuing to change, due to fewer priests available to celebrate Mass.




PAT WARING WRITES - I shall be travelling on the Mary's Pilgrims Trust 25th annual pilgrimage to Lourdes from 23 Aug to 1 Sept 2018. I am going as a carer for my Mum and we will be among 24 people travelling on the Across Jumbulance (a very special coach that is also an ambulance). The journey will take 2 days from Corby through the Channel Tunnel to Lourdes. There are 10 VIPs (someone who needs help to be able to go on pilgrimage to Lourdes) and each VIP has either a volunteer helper or carer. There are also at least 2 registered Nurses and a Spiritual Director. If anyone would like me to take a petition to Our Lady of Lourdes, or if they would like me to light a candle while I am there, I would be very happy to do this for them. Mary's Pilgrims Trust is a small registered charity formed in 1992, taking people from Corby, East Northants and Kettering who are sick, or who have disabilities, to Lourdes by Jumbulance. Across is a charity created specifically to provide transport and support to enable those with special care needs to go on pilgrimages to Lourdes. Please God we will have a safe journey and a blessed pilgrimage.




The Funeral of Roy Delbridge will be here on Friday 20th at 9.30am, followed by burial at Market Harborough Cemetery with his dear with Monica. May they rest in peace.


OUR QUADRANGLE/COURTYARD (between presbytery and Church).


As no doubt many of you have already noticed, and have given me some very complementary feed back, Ritchie, who looks after our Church grounds and general maintenance within his ability, has done a very good, presentable and colourful job in the quadrangle. As I reported in a newsletter of sometime ago, a parishioner donated £500 towards giving the Quadrangle a lift and an update.  A canopy has yet to be fitted over Our Lady’s statue.  Hope everybody will enjoy the finished article in time.






A quotation has now been accepted for the trimming of the 3 yew trees (2 in front of the Church and 1 opposite the Catholic Club). This work will be done by a professional company and hopefully will be done during the summer holidays when the schools are closed. They have submitted a copy of their Insurance cover.




A quotation has now been accepted for the decorating of the Kavanagh Room. Hopefully this work will again be done during the summer holidays. The intention is to refurbish the window half with soft comfortable chairs for a more comfortable and friendly meeting space, whilst retaining the entrance half with the “in situ table and chairs” for use by bigger groups, who if necessary can extend into the soft refurbished area.




The new rotas will be on the table for collection before the 6.30pm Mass this Saturday, ad onwards.  PLEASE tick your name on collection, so that I can keep a check.  Very many thanks for your efforts during the past year. Phil Danks 01858 463922.


AUTUMN LOURDES PILGRIMAGE - Saturday 20th to Friday 26th October 2018.


A Midlands Region HCPT group will be travelling to Lourdes this October staying for a week at Hosanna House, an attractive and tranquil home-from-home in nearby Bartrès - with spectacular views of the Pyrenees. The house was opened as a response to young pilgrims who wanted to enjoy the HCPT Lourdes experience as adults. Over each summer more than 1,500 people enjoy the house, its chapel and other fully accessible facilities, and its proximity to the shrine of Lourdes. Further information is available on the HCPT website:




The house has accessible transport available so that pilgrims can visit the shrine and participate in the Lourdes pilgrimage programme. The group will be accompanied by a chaplain and nurse. The cost of the pilgrimage, which includes a return flight from Birmingham Airport, transfers, full board and transport within Lourdes is £630.00. 


Anyone who is interested in joining the group as an assisted adult, independent adult or helper is welcome to contact Mary Mihovilovic, marymihovilovic@gmail.com or 01858 468480 as there is a small number of places available. HCPT is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults.




to be held at Hinsley Hall, Leeds between 24th - 27th July, a residential course organised by the Knights of St Columba, suitable for youngsters aged between 16 and 23. The theme this year is “Being a Young Catholic Today”. Details can be found on  the KSC and parish noticeboard. Further details from David Baugh on 01858565404 and/or david99baugh@gmail.com




The enhanced data protection regulations come into effect shortly (EDPR2018). Our parishes keep computer information on parishioners and their spouses and dependants. This information indicated names, contact details and any planned giving and received Gift Aid information. We also keep some Records of Liturgical events and parish social events, which might be used for publicity in and for our church, or on our website. This information is kept to meet our legitimate church and parish interests. All the stored information is regarded and treated as strictly confidential and will not be shared unless required to do so legally, e.g. for Gift Aid purposes. You have a right to access your personal information or have it deleted entirely. At the time of going to print Fr Owen is aware that some other information, authorisation and permission to store is required from you, but he is not quite sure what they are. As soon he has this information to hand, he will let you know via the newsletter what is required. Before long, our parish records will need updating, which will fulfil all the requirements of the Data Protection Act.




in September. Our Bishop Patrick is very anxious that all in our Diocese are made aware of this very important forthcoming event and that each and every parish in the diocese plays its part in spiritual preparation through prayer, through preaching, through a greater understanding and appreciation of the Mass and the Eucharist for all of us, on our onward journey in faith. In addition to Bishop Patrick’s prayer which will be printed each week on the back page of our newsletter, Bishop Patrick has requested that 4 Sundays during this Easter season should be given to sermons on the Mass and the Eucharist.


Fr David Palmer and Deacon Jonathan Whitby-Smith of our Diocese, have prepared possible homilies to help the clergy in their presentation and preaching. Instead of preaching and adapting their homilies, I will be offering them as they have come, on a separate sheet attached to our weekly newsletter. The homilies will need reflective reading, study and prayer to grasp their full message, history and scriptural background. Where, when and how he can, Fr Owen will try to answer any questions, or confusions you might have as a result. Peter Green and Judith Snaith will be our representatives at the Congress in September. The “Second homily” is now available for you from the table in the Cloister entrance where it says “Please take one”.




Throughout Ireland, preparations are well under way for the World Meeting of Families which will take place in Dublin from 21st - 26th August 2018. This event is held every three years and is a time when families from all over the world gather to pray, and to celebrate marriage and the  family as a cornerstone of our lives, of society and of the Church. The meeting is at the invitation of Pope Francis and is organised by the newly created Vatican Department of Laity, Family and Life. Pope Francis will be visiting Ireland during those days.


The theme of the meeting, chosen by the Holy Father, is the Gospel of the Family: Joy for the World. This is closely related to the themes of his 2016 exhortation Amoris Laetitiae (The Joy of Love).


The icon of the Holy Family, which was specially commissioned for the event, provides a focus for prayer in the time of preparation. The icon has now started to travel to each diocese in Ireland to encourage reflection and prayer as part of the journey of preparation. People are invited to write petitions which will be brought to the meeting in August.


NATIONAL EUCHARISTIC CONGRESS - 7th - 9th September 2018:


The Bishops of England and Wales will hold a National Eucharistic Pilgrimage and congress in Liverpool from 7th - 9th September 2018.


Eucharistic Congresses are gatherings of clergy, religious and laity which promote an awareness of the central place of the Eucharist in the life and mission of the Church. The last International Eucharistic Congress in England was held in 1908 when permission for a public procession of the Blessed Sacrament was refused.


Each Diocesan Bishop has nominated a representative whose task is to disseminate information to parishes, groups, religious communities about the Pilgrimage and Congress (Our representatives are Mrs Julia Palmer and Fr Neil Peoples).


The Eucharistic Congress has been given the title Adoremus: This pilgrimage will bring people together from across the dioceses and further the service of the poor and marginalised in our midst. It will also aim to provide practical resources to develop the mission of the Church in prayer, contemplation and adoration of the Blessed Sacrament.


For more information, please visit the following website address:






tea and a chat, every Tuesday 2.30pm 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 2-4pm. 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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