Our Lady of Victories News



Many of you will have remembered to bring one (or more) items for the local Food Bank. Our bidding prayers will reflect the poor and poverty in our world. The following prayer - a Malaysian Prayer - we will pray together post Communion.


Malaysian Prayer


Lord Jesus, open our eyes so that we can recognise

the injustice around us that is not always obvious.

Allow us  to be moved by compassion for the victims

of injustice and to act in accordance with your will,

to defend the poorest and to save the children in need.  Amen.


Lord God, you feel so strongly about the needy,

the afflicted, the weak, and the imprisoned - and you love them so deeply.

Inspire the leaders among us to uphold the rights of the downtrodden

and to serve with fairness, justice and integrity.  Amen.




During 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.




for our children being prepared for their First Holy Communion will take place during the 10am Mass this Sunday. ALL children involved are expected to be there.




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 is 12 midnight in Bethlehem.

                                         So NO Midnight Mass here


Christmas Morning - 8.30 am at Husbands Bosworth

                              10.00.am Mass here




As in November last year, so also this November, when we celebrate a special Mass of Remembrance for all for all in our parish who died over this past year, and for all the loved ones of parishioner, whenever and wherever they may have died. The names of those who died during this past year will be read our during Mass, and a family member will be invited to come forward and light a candle in their memory. All Parishioners present at the Mass will be invited to write the names of their deceased loved  ones, to bring them forward and place them on the altar. After Mass they will be put into our November Dead List basket on the altar for every Mass celebrated throughout November.


SO WEDNESDAY EVENING, 21st NOVEMBER  at 7.30 pm will be our special Remembrance Mass.




I am of course referring to our Bazaar next Saturday at Welland Park Academy on Welland Park Road. I hope to see you there between 9am and 2pm. As always it promises to be a great day - socially, spiritually, financially and any other way you can think of. Still lots and lots of items required for the different stalls - all kinds of bottles for the bottle stall, nice jewellery for the jewellery stall, your homemade cakes for the cake stall, lots and lots and lots for all the stalls. If you have any small baskets (empty ones) for Maggie’s stall - “HUMAN FRUIT MACHINE” please drop them in as soon as possible so they can be filled and ready for Saturday.




for all counterfoils and monies to be returned to the presbytery letter box as quickly as possible so that they can be folded and ready in good time for the Big Raffle Draw.




The Third World Group is sponsoring a Christmas flower arranging demonstration by Lynda Stamp, on Thursday 29th November at 7.30pm in the Octagonal Hall. Lynda is very well known for her beautiful flower arrangements, which will be raffled afterwards - it promises to be a very entertaining evening. Tickets cost £8 which  will include a glass of wine, and will be on sale in the Cloister after all Masses for the next three weekends.




As promised I am now presenting you with a summary report of our recent Quinquennial Inspection (our 5 yearly inspection by the Diocese on all Church property). Please note that this is just a summary of an 80 page report on work suggested on a priority scale. Please note too that the figures quoted are estimates and not actual.


(A) Works recommended to be carried out as soon as possible:

i If not already in place commission/produce the following:

a) Annual service of all gas boilers/equipment. (Estimated cost £500)  (done yearly)

b) 5 year inspection of fixed electrical systems. (Estimated cost £700)  (done yearly

c) Portable appliance testing of electrical equipment. (Estimated cost £200) (done yearly)

d) Produce Fire Risk Assessment. (No cost for volunteers)  (done yearly)

e) Annual lightning conductor test. (Estimated cost £150)   (done yearly)

ii Fill internal movement cracks in narthex to allow monitoring of future movement. (Estimated cost £250)


(B) Works recommended to be carried out within the next year:

i Roofer to check for and make good slipped slates to all slated roofs, clean out gutters and 

   check gutter alignments, clear out ground level gullies, point up verges and loose flashings 

   where existing pointing is loose. (Estimated cost £1,500)

ii Check for source of damp ingress around lantern to church foyer area. (Estimated cost for 

    repair/re-sealing £150)

iii Check for weak manhole covers and replace. (Estimated cost £350)

iv Paint metal cross/finial to Lady Chapel and repair lead weathering. (Estimated cost £1,500)


(C) Works recommended to be carried out within 2 years:

i Where possible check and modify outlets to narthex roofs to reduce risk of leakage.

  (Estimated cost £1,500)

ii Check for source of low level water ingress in social club male rear WC and remedy. (Cost

  for repair dependant on cause)


(D) Works recommended to be carried out within 5 years:

i Re-roofing of the pitched and mansard roofs of the club, including associated repairs to rain

  water goods, fascias etc. (Estimated cost £30,000)

ii Re-slate the roofs over the old school room, subject to conservation roofer checks and ad

   vice. (Estimated cost £20,000)

iii Likely need for routine re-decoration of all external joinery and cast iron rainwater goods.   

  (Estimated cost £5,000)

iv Stone conservator to check stonework to the chancel east window. (Estimated cost for re-

  pairs £3,000)

v Open joints to chancel gable copings to be re-pointed. (Estimated cost for steeplejack to

  re-point £1,000)

vi Closer inspection of condition of the spire by steeplejack or drone within 5 years to check

  condition at close hand advisable. (Estimated cost for inspection by steeplejack £1,000)


(E) Other works which are advisable:

i General upgrade and refurbishment of the social club.

ii Monitor condition of flat roofs and in due course replace coverings with high performance

  membranes, eg Sarnafil.

iii Need to replace carpet to church foyer area, which is starting to wear and ruck.




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.




Following the recent Eucharist Congress in Liverpool and it’s great focus and call to all of us for a deeper appreciation of the Lord Himself really and truly present in the Blessed Sacrament, and also responding to our Bishop’s Pastoral letter of last week and his call for a deeper ENCOUNTER with the Lord, and more opportunities for Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament, our Parish Pastoral Council have approved our intent to have Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament before each of our Masses here in Harborough for half an hour on the 3 last Saturday evenings, and Sunday mornings of December 8th/9th; 15th/16th; 22nd/23rd. One of our Extraordinary Members of the Eucharistic will expose the Blessed Sacrament, and give some input by way of a Scripture reading and some prayers. It is hoped that all of you will enter the Church in silence and respectfully and reverently spend the time encountering the Lord  in Adoration, and for your own spiritual wellbeing. More on this over the coming weeks.




A lay-led national initiative has suggested that all priests offer a Mass on Sunday 2nd December for this Intention, and that on Friday 30th November there be a Day of Prayer or some public devotions, in all parishes and religious houses for this same intention. I commend this initiative to you.”




I warmly commend this initiative from Aid to the Church in Need, which has been a great success nationally these last two years. It is a campaign to stand up for faith and freedom. The date this year is Wednesday, 28th November. It is an important opportunity for Christians to stand together and shine a light on the challenging message of the right to religious freedom and the injustice of Christian persecution today. You can find some guidance on how to celebrate the day at the ACN UK website: https://acnuk.org




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.




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.




Support Workers at the Bower House. Are you a people person? Are you retired or looking to get back into work and would enjoy a busy office environment? Requirements: able to offer a weekly 3 hour time block, be welcoming to clients, work in a busy office, able to lone-work and be part of a team. Attend training for the role (one morning bi-monthly). Identify as a Christian. There will be several opportunities to develop in your role within the service. If you are interested, please contact Trish or Philippa on 01858 469257.Can you put this into the Churches Together Harborough newsletter weekly if possible and if not then monthly, for at least for the next 6 months. We are really needing support workers for the work at the Bower House to continue so would really appreciate this being included in your newsletter.




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.




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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