Our Lady of Victories News



are offered to Carmel and Howard Grant from Bruntingthorpe on the death of Carmel’s mother, Rita, who lived with Carmel and Howard for the last 16 years. May Rita’s gentle soul be welcomed into the fullness of New Life. She was such a special, kind and loving person in life. She must be one of God’s very special Saints in death.




are offered to Graham and Lynne Cooper on the unexpected death of Graham’s Dad. God has not taken your loved one’s in vain. He has endeared them to His heart in everlasting love, so that they can be forever engraved in the hearts of their loved ones. May they Rest in Peace.




to Eileen and Bill’s house on Saturday, 23rd June between 12 noon and 5 pm. pop along and share a coffee/tea and cake with them, also the customary raffle. All proceeds towards raising funds for the Protection of the Unborn Child through the work of S.P.U.C. All most welcome to 56 Granville Street, Market Harborough.




Sat. 23rd at 3pm Wedding at Husbands Bosworth - Amelia Griffin and Dean Barnett

Sun. 24th at noon Baptism of Elsie Verity Wright

Thurs. 28th Prison Chaplaincy meeting at Prison

Thurs. 28th Clergy Deanery meeting.




In honour of the English Martyrs The 42nd annual pilgrimage a Rodsley, the birthplace of St Ralph Sherwin. Main Celebrant will be The Right Rev Patrick McKinney, Bishop of Nottingham. 24th June, 2018.  Assembling at the Corner Barn, Rodsley crossroads. At 3 pm  ( for 3.15 pm) and processing a short walk to the barn for concelebrated Mass. Homily: Rev Canon Geoffrey Hunton STB BA St Mary’s Derby. Refreshments available.




Exploring God’s call for you! A Day for Altar Servers. Saturday,

7th July 2018. 10am (Mass) - 3pm. Open to boys and girls aged 11+. Please bring a packed lunch. Our Lady & St Edward’s Catholic Church. Gordon Road, Thorneywood, Nottingham NG3 2LG.




SATURDAY 7 JULY, SCHOOL GATES OPEN 3.30PM - LATE, Join us in celebrating another brilliant school year at St Joseph's with great food, stalls, bouncy castle, face painting, tombola and a great playlist of live music performed by local artists.  A licenced bar offering a selection of refreshments will also be available.


Tickets are £5 a head (preschoolers free) which includes food from our BBQ & Salad Bar. As this is a ticket only event & numbers are limited, please contact a member of the PTFA to reserve your tickets no later than Sunday 1 July to ensure you don't miss out on what promises to be a great community event and a celebration of summer!


Contact Ivana on 07768165451, Susanne 07946463062 or Allie 07973371001 to book.


Raffle Tickets are available now from the school office and will be available to buy on the day for our Grand Prize Draw.




It is our hope to begin a course in September for those who are not Catholics, and would like to know more about the Catholic faith and Church. This course is also open to those who may have been baptised as Catholics, but for whatever reason, may have ceased practice, and now wish to return. 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 simply be faith sharing, and giving each one an opportunity to ask questions and hopefully to receive answers. It will be up to the faith and conscience of each person at the end, to decide for himself or herself, what decision they wish to make. If you know of anybody who might be interested, be it husband or wife, boyfriend or girlfriend, friend, relative or neighbour, please do tell them about this course and invite them to come along. Should you wish for any further information at this point in time, please do have a word with Judith Snaith or Fr. Owen. You will be kept informed on the progress of our plans via the newsletter, and especially so at the beginning of September, when the holiday period will have finished for most people.




Please see in this week’s newsletter our parish accounts for 2017/18. These accounts have now been submitted to our Diocesan accounts office, who in turn, after examination, will have to submit them to the Charity Commission and the Inland Revenue appropriate departments. My sincere and humble thanks to each and every parishioner for your financial contribution, according to your means. Every amount is so gratefully appreciated. Whilst I would like to name and thank everybody individually, that of course would be impossible and imprudent, but you will understand me making special mention to our parish accountant and assistant, our Gift Aid Co-ordinator and support, our auditor, our weekly counting teams and our reconcilers and bankers. Thank you all so very much and that thanks is offered and extended on behalf of the entire parish.


Stephen McGlone have very kindly offered to speak on our parish finance at all our Masses this weekend. When you have read my personal letter to every parishioner on “the finance journey so far”, I hope as many as possible, will accept an open invitation to all parishioners, who possibly can, to pop into the Catholic Club next Saturday or Sunday, during opening times, to have a “drink and a nibble on the parish” as a small token of appreciation, for your most wonderful achievement.  God bless you all.




Churches Together in Harborough are again running Holiday at Home during August.  It will be slightly shorter than usual as work is scheduled to be carried out at the Methodist Church which hosts Holiday at Home. There will be just three days, Wednesday 8th to Friday 10th August, and each morning will provide a range of enjoyable activities, interesting short talks and other entertainment.


Each day will start with registration from 9.40 with tea or coffee and some nice biscuits before the first hour with a choice of activities to select from.  More refreshments follow before the ‘All-Together’ session, topped off with the 5-minute God-Spot.


A superb twocourse lunch brings each morning to a close. And all this for only £6 per day. Anyone who has been on previous years will know what a treat awaits them.  But why not share the blessing by inviting a friend or neighbour who does not normally attend a church to come with you?  Please note that bookings will not be taken prior to 16th July.  After that date book the days you plan to attend by phoning Sue on 01858 465 034. Share the blessing; bring a friend.




is an organisation which takes the sick, who may not be able to travel any other way, to Lourdes are looking for:


Experienced helpers - especially male carers - for National Group departing 12th July.


There may be funding available. Anyone who is interested should contact the Across office on 0203 542 1800 and ask to speak to Roisin Gallagher - Gallagher, the Across Pilgrimage coordinator.


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 Directors of the St Thérèse of Lisieux Catholic Multi- Academy Trust are seeking to appoint a Lead Lay Chaplain. For further details of the post please contact Louise Wilson, CEO esignate via email to louise.wilson@cmat-lincs.co.uk or visit: http://dioceseofnottingham.uk/education/recruitment/leadership-recruitment-guidance.  Closing date 2 July 2018.

AID TO THE CHURCH IN NEED: Peter Green writes:


Fr Owen has asked me to be our parish representative for  Aid to the Church in need (ACN), the Catholic charity which highlights the plight of persecuted Christians in our world today. This is a cause dear to my heart ever since Helen and I visited Egypt and Israel/Palestine with ACN. We met and talked with ordinary Christians and church leaders and heard stories of hardship, discrimination, burning of churches and other violent acts of persecution against believers, simply because they were followers, like us, of the Lord Jesus.


As I write we have heard in the media news of killings and burning of churches in Indonesia which is reckoned to be the most dangerous country of the world for Christians to live in. As our parish rep, I hope from time to time to provide news and updates via this newsletter ( and in other ways too ) to raise the profile of our suffering brothers and sisters whom ACN seeks to assist by pastoral and emergency support. Do please continue to pray for this work.




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”.




Would you like to join our group in LOURDES in July? We will be staying in Hosanna House from 13th - 20th July. The cost for  7 nights is £733. This includes travel to Stansted Airport, flight to Lourdes, FULL BOARD at Hosanna House, daily Mass and visits to Lourdes. More details From Fr Jim Cahill (our pilgrimage leader) Tel. 01530 832326.




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.




Fr Gregory Tobin (Lourdes Pilgrimage Director) writes: Why not come this year on the Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes? The dates are 16th - 20th July 2018. the price includes the full pilgrimage package with a Chartered flight from East Midlands airport, transfers in France, full board at hotels adjacent to the domain and Grotto area, together with the necessary badges, scarves and prayer book. We have a full compliment of medical staff, and an army of young people from the Diocesan universities and schools. The atmosphere is electric as you can imagine and the opportunity is there for a pilgrimage that is both memorable and full of grace.


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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