Our Lady of Victories News



With the approval of our Parish Pastoral Council members our Christmas Masses will be as follows:


Christmas Eve at 6.30 pm -   A FAMILY MASS

                         9.30 pm  -  A CAROL SERVICE

                         10.00 pm - MASS -  remembering that it is 12 midnight in Bethlehem.

                                         So NO Midnight Mass here


Christmas Morning - 8.30 am at Husbands Bosworth

                              10.00.am Mass here




are offered to the family of Ken Payne of Husbands Bosworth, who died during this past week. Ken was predeceased by his wife, Ann, who was a faithful and trustworthy Sacristan at St Mary’s, Husbands Bosworth for many years. Ann and Ken were a faithful, dedicated couple, who lived for each other. After Ann’s death some 12 years ago Ken’s loneliness and gradual weakening of health took its toll, and he spent the last 4 years or so in residential care. May Ann and Ken be now reunited in eternal love and share in the joy and resurrection of new life together.




are offered to Claire Haynes and her 2 young boys and to Claire’s Mum and Dad, Mr and Mrs Graham Kershaw and all the family, on the death of Claire’s husband Stephen, only 44 years of age. It is very hard to understand why such a young man should be taken from all he loved and all who loved him. Such is the mystery of life, death and resurrection to a new and another way of life. Claire you are blessed to have 2 such lovely boys. Stephen will always live on in them. You are blessed to have such loving, supportive parents and your siblings and their families. They will carry you through this awful time of pain and suffering and wonderment. Your many friends will weep with you, will laugh with you, will be there for you, and your School, St Joseph's, will be there for your boys. Your Parish family will hold you in prayer and surround you with the power of prayer. You will hear a gentle whisper from the Lord Himself saying to you “Do not be afraid. Know that I am with you.”




are offered to Mrs Maureen McGeorge on the death of her brother, Brendan, after failing health for sometime. Maureen was in frequent contact with him, but unfortunately, because of her own failing health, was unable to visit him. May Brendan now be welcomed to his eternal home and share in the fullness of redemption.




that Mass this Saturday evening (15th) will start 5 minutes earlier than normal at 6.25 pm. The reason for this is because Mass will be followed by our Christmas Concert special with the Harborough Brass Band and special stars Siobhan Moore and Tracey Holderness. Tickets on sale for the concert after all Masses today.




It is with joyful anticipation that we await what is now our annual Christmas Concert  with the Harborough Brass Band on Saturday evening December 15th. Entrance to the Church for this event will be from 7.15 pm for a 7.45 pm start. Tickets available from Celia Wilson. An evening of truly great entertainment is guaranteed with guest stars Tracey Holderness and Siobhan Moore. This year's concert in our Church will be the 10th consecutive year and what a wonderful annual entertainment they have been. If you haven't attended a concert in previous years, give yourself an early Christmas treat. You will love it.




In response to our Bishop’s request to each and everyone of us in the Diocese to ENCOUNTER the Lord himself in a deep spiritual way this Advent time and beyond. I invite each and everyone of our parishioners and all connected to our church and parish in anyway to ENCOUNTER THE LORD THROUGH THE CELEBRATION OF CONFESSION during this Advent season. Fr Owen is offering opportunities and times to suit everybody, so please see the following times and keep this newsletter handy, so that you can easily refer to a time that suits you. Special arrangements will be made for Reconciliation at St Joseph’s school.




Thursday 13th at 11.00 am - 11.30 am and 7.00 pm - 7.30 pm


Friday 14th at 6.15 pm - 6.45 pm and 7.30 pm - 8.00 pm


Saturday 15th - 11.00 am - 11.45 am and 5.30 pm - 6.00 pm


Monday 17th at 7.00 pm at St Thomas More’s, Knighton


Thursday 20th at 10.30 am - 11.00 am and 7.00 pm - 7.30 pm


Saturday 22nd at 11.00 am - 12 noon


Sunday 23rd at 5.00 pm - 6.00 pm


Monday 24th at 10.00 am - 11.00 am





This coming Saturday, during the 6.30pm Mass, I will have the great joy of welcoming and receiving Graham Hewitt and Lynne and Graham Cooper into full union and Communion with the Catholic Faith and Church. On behalf of the Entire parish family welcome them into their new family of the faith and pray that they will be happy and fulfilled on their onward faith journey. God bless and keep them in His love and our love.




It is time to compile the Readers' Rota to begin in January, 2019. Anyone wanting to read at the weekend masses, or any reader wishing to withdraw from the rota, please contact Fr Owen, or Margaret Atkins (01858 446369 or margaretatkins52@gmail.com) as soon as possible.




Any reader who would like to read at the Carol Service and Masses on 24th and 25th December, please, as soon as possible, sign your name in the appropriate column on the list on the notice board.





Now available to collect from the table in the Cloister. We could do with a few more volunteers to count the Sunday collection on a rota basis in the company of two other volunteers. Your rota turn would be approximately 5 times a year for approximately 1 hour after the 10.00 am Mass. Willing volunteers please see Valerie English or Fr Owen.




Are you alone at Christmas? You needn’t be! The Rotary Club of Welland Valley are hosting a “Christmas Together” lunch on Christmas Day at the Congregational Jubilee Hall in Bowden Lane, Market Harborough. There will be a three course lunch and festive entertainment. The cost is £5.00 - this includes transport if necessary. There are places available, apply (before 14th December) by phoning 07973 122100 or email : gabbyb@tiscali.co.uk




The K.S.C invites everybody again to sing Carols for the residents at The Willows Nursing Home and at Lenthall House. The residents are looking forward to the evening and we would like as many as possible to join us. Young and old; singers and musicians - regulars and especially newcomers. And there is a mince pie and a glass of sherry! Meet at the Willows at 6.15 pm on Monday 17th December and after at 7.00 pm at Lenthall House (Radio Broadcast)!!




is now with us and as usual is full of Diocesan news of Clergy, Deacons and Religious to Schools, Catholic societies and organisations, to jubilees and anniversaries; to retired priests and obituaries and many, many more items of interest and information. Each Yearbook costs £3.50, which you can pop into the basket on the table.




In child-friendly language, accompanied by talking points for parents and teachers, YOUCAT for Kids explores: Creation; The Creed; The Sacraments; The Ten Commandments; Prayer; The Life of Jesus. It has all the much-loved characteristics of the bestselling YOUCAT series - including fun graphics, quotes from Saints, and thought-provoking images – which have been adapted to suit a younger audience. Designed in consultation with parents and families, YOUCAT for Kids is an essential addition to every family bookshelf to help children and parents discover their Catholic faith together. The book can be previewed and ordered online from CTS: http://www.ctsbooks.org/youcatforkids-1




Every year the Third World Group create a Christmas Card Board opposite the notice boards in The Cloisters.  You  are invited to put one card on the board extending your Christmas greetings to Fr Owen  and all your friends in the parish. The money you save by only using the one card we kindly ask you to donate to the charities we support. A box will be placed on the table to the right of the board for your donations. Thank you for your generosity and thoughtfulness.



So has it finally happened? Has winter arrived? The nights are drawing in and we will soon be into the Post B Era (Post Bazaar). Time to put away the celebrated and much worn summer/autumn clothes and hang the winter woollies firmly in the wardrobe.  Should you have any clothes, for any season, in good condition, that you no longer require TWG would be most grateful for them. Please place them in the TWG box under the table in the cloisters. They will be sold on eBay and ALL proceeds will go DIRECTLY to the charities in the Third World that we support. Thank you for your generosity.


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.



Youth Group N. Compass at the Cube (secondary school age) Alternative Sunday evenings. Come along and help us all understand God in bigger and deeper ways.

Also Youth led service called Live in 3D every term at St Hugh’s church. Our Facebook page will tell you when it is. Ady White 07484 879043 or follow us on Facebook.






at HMP SUDBURY  and HM Prison Gartree: This is a chaplaincy job in an establishment which provides pastoral and faith specific care to prisoners and staff. 12 hours a week. Further information from:


For HMP Gartree: https://justicejobs.tal.net/vx/lang-en-GB/mobile-0/appcentre-1/brand-2/candidate/so/pm/1/pl/3/opp/22825-22825-HMP-Sudbury-Band-5-Chaplain-RC-Priest-Deacon-Lay-Person-12-hours-Per-week/en-GB


For HMP Sudbury: https://justicejobs.tal.net/vx/lang-en-GB/mobile-0/appcentre-1/brand-2/candidate/so/pm/1/pl/3/opp/22825-22825-HMP-Sudbury-Band-5-Chaplain-RC-Priest-Deacon-Lay-Person-12-hours-Per-week/en-GB




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.




You may have noticed that our hymn books have had a little overhaul. The spines of many of them had shattered and fractured in many ways. A kind parishioner has spent many hours trying to repair the damage done through “wear and tear” and sometimes through “little fingers”. Can I request please for more tender care for our hymn books from adults and children alike. Also can I request that when the hymn books are being stacked on their shelves that they are laid flat rather than upwards, thus taking the strain off the spines of the books. Thank you for your co-operation in this matter.




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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