Our Lady of Victories News

PRAYERFUL CONGRATULATIONS

 

to Rebecca Jones and Michael Eccles as they celebrate their wedding here this coming Saturday at 1.30 pm.

 

TORCH TRUST:

 

Wanted for our expanding services, Client Services Advisers – The Torch Trust Market Harborough – Immediate start. This is an exciting customer-facing opportunity for those looking for a paid position for Christian service. We are looking for a friendly, hospitable person who can learn and manage our computer systems to give information our clients are requesting, and/or offer encouragement and prayerful support where appropriate.

 

Working hours: Mon - Thu 9 am – 4.15 pm, and Fri 9 am – 1.15 pm - Total 31.25 Hours.

 

The option to work fewer hours around our core times of 10.00 a.m. to 2 p.m. can be discussed. For full details of the job description and a copy of the application form please visit our website: www.torchtrust.org. Alternatively contact Suzanne Powell, Operations Co-ordinator via suzannep@torchtrust.org or +44(0)1858 438267.

 

THE ACROSS (JUMBALANCE)

 

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

 

A Nurse and experienced helpers - especially female carers - for National; Group departing 31st May.

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.

 

HARBOROUGH THEATRE COFFEE MORNING

 

The Third World Group's annual coffee morning will take place in the Harborough Theatre, Church Square on Saturday, 2nd June, starting at 9.00 am. Please do come and join us and bring your friends and neighbours. As well as tea or coffee and biscuits there will be home-made cakes, a raffle and tombola. We would also be most grateful for donations of cakes or prizes for the raffle and tombola. Please speak to Margaret Atkins or Chris Shepherd.

 

IMMEDIATE STAFF VACANCIES - SISTERS OF ST JOSEPH OF PEACE:  

 

We are looking for new dedicated staff members to work for the Sisters of St. Joseph of Peace in the United Kingdom, who are soon to relocate to Nottingham from Rearsby, Leicestershire. Attractive salaries and working hours. The closing deadline for both positions is 6:00 PM on Friday 15 June 2018.

 

The new position of Business Manager will oversee all financial activities, personnel management, and coordination of maintenance needs of properties owned and rented by the Sisters The new Health and Wellbeing Coordinator will promote the holistic care, health and wellbeing of sisters. To obtain a job description or enquire further details of these positions see link - http://csjp.org/news/2018/05/18/ukjobs/ or contact Margaret Healy 01664 424 251 or email csjphumanresources@gmail.com 

 

THIRD WORLD GROUP  FASHION SHOW.

 

The Third World Group is hosting a Fashion Show (postponed from March) in the Octagonal Hall on Thursday 21st June at 7.30 p.m. The organisers, SOS Fashion Shows, will bring up to eleven rails of clothes (size range 6-30) both to show and to buy afterwards. Tickets £7 including 1st glass of wine or soft drink and nibbles, on sale from weekend 2/3 June. Tickets bought for the March show still valid. Hope you still have yours. Should be a great night of fun, entertainment, laughter, and hopefully a few bargains to keep everybody happy.

 

'EXPLORING OUR FAITH'

 

A number of people have expressed interest in forming a regular Home Group to discuss topics of interest relating to our Catholic Faith. A wide range of resources are available for such a group and it is hoped that each session would prove both interesting and enjoyable for those attending. An initial planning meeting will be held on WEDNESDAY JUNE 6th from 7.30 to 9.30 pm when we will decide such matters as : frequency of meeting, venue and time , ideas for  a programme of meetings. Anyone interested is very welcome to attend. Further information from Jill Bourne (07534 805183) or Peter Green (07858 414964).

 

‘CATHOLIC VOICES’ RETREAT DAY:

 

A Retreat Day for University Students and Young Adults (18-35) - Saturday, 9th June: The Catholic University Chaplaincies from the Diocese of Nottingham, in conjunction with the Dominicans at Leicester, and ‘Catholic Voices,’ will be offering a retreat day, for young adults, to be held at Holy Cross Priory, Leicester, LE1 6HW. The day is open to University Students and Young Adults aged 18-35. More details to follow. It is anticipated though that the retreat day will start at 11am; a simple lunch will be provided; the ‘Catholic Voices’ sessions will be supplemented by some time of Eucharistic Adoration, and the day will end by 5pm. the Cost will be £15 a head.

 

CONSCIENTIOUS OBJECTION (MEDICAL ACTIVITES) BILL:

Baroness Nuala O’Loan’s Conscientious Objection (Medical Activities) Bill is proceeding through Parliament. This Bill will protect medical staff from having to be involved in abortion-related activities and activities involving the withdrawal of medication, nutrition and fluids from patients at the end of life. This is an important Bill and further information about it, including how to contact your MP, can be found at: http://www.freeconscience.org.uk.

40th ANNIVERSAY OF THE DIOCESAN COMMISSION FOR EXTRAORDINARY MINISTERS OF HOLY COMMUNION - 2nd June 2018: 

The Bishop will preside at a Mass to celebrate the 40th Anniversary of this Diocesan Commission at 11.30 a.m. in St Barnabas Cathedral. Not all parishes have taken up their allocation of places for this event, so spaces are still available and parishes may request more. Please contact: Anita Kerry, 7 Chapel Lane, Spalding, Lincolnshire. PE11 1BP Telephone Number 01775 724958.

CLERGY CONFERENCE  

(for information) On Living The Eucharist - 5th - 7th June 2018. Hothorpe Hall and The Woodlands, Theddingworth, Leicestershire, LE17 6QX

DIOCESAN PILGRIMAGE TO WALSINGHAM - Saturday 16th June 2018:

Bishop Patrick writes: I will be leading the Diocesan Pilgrimage to Walsingham this year and I pray that we can build up our numbers. I would encourage you to think of joining with other local parishes and to bring a party by coach for this year’s pilgrimage from your area. I would also ask that you promote the Diocesan Pilgrimage in your parish. Please note that there have had to be some alterations to our normal Pilgrimage Programme for 2018 to meet the requirements of the National Shrine in Walsingham:

The Diocesan Pilgrimage will begin with the Angelus at 12 noon followed by the Pilgrimage Mass in the Catholic Basilica of the Reconciliation, at which I will preside- Catholic Shrine of Our Lady of Walsingham, Houghton St Giles, Norfolk NR22 6AL.

 

The procession in honour of Our Lady of Walsingham will leave the Catholic Shrine at 3 pm to walk the Holy Mile concluding with Benediction in the Abbey Grounds at 4.30 pm.

 

A coach will be provided for those who cannot walk the Holy Mile.

 

Buses home will depart from the Village Car park at 5 pm.

 

For more details please contact Seamus O'Looskan, (Diocesan Pilgrimage Organiser): solooskan@st-pauls.leicester.sch.uk

 

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.

 

ADVERTISMENT: Lead Lay Chaplain: Our Vision -

 

‘A Catholic family of schools providing service and witness to children, their families and the communities they serve. Stronger together, united in faith and working as one to enrich the learning experience of all our young people so that they fulfil their God-given potential’.

 

Our Mission - ‘Inspired by the life, message and example of Jesus Christ’

 

The appointee will be responsible for developing Lay Chaplaincy across the St Ralph Sherwin Catholic Multi-Academy Trust, co-ordinating and developing the provision of Lay Chaplaincy within the St Ralph Sherwin Catholic Multi-Academy Trust by working with the existing lay chaplains in our schools and developing opportunities for new Lay Chaplain roles.

 

The appointee will carry out this role as part of the executive committee for the St Ralph Sherwin Catholic Multi Academy Trust. The salary for the role is £30,153 to £34,538 depending on experience. This will be contracted for 39 weeks of the year (however there will be an additional 3 weeks during school holiday times, therefore a total of 42 weeks a year). How to apply: If you are interested in applying for this role, please write a short letter (no more than 2 sides of A4) describing how your skills and experience make you the ideal candidate. Please forward this to Sean McClafferty, CEO Designate at helen.helan@nottingham-des.org.uk by no later than 12 noon on Monday 4 June 2018. Interviews will be on 13 June 2018. Inspired by the life, message and example of Jesus Christ.

 

THE PURPLE HULLS

 

In Concert supported by the Rocky Road Pilgrims Sunday 3rd June from 7 pm Methodist Church, Northampton Road.  Come and hear some excellent Bluegrass music played by Twins Katy Lou and Penny Lea Clark from Texas. The concert is being promoted through Churches Together tickets £10 adult, £5 under 16 from Maureen Douglas 07966 515115 or on the door.www.thepurplehulls.com

 

LOOKING AHEAD:

 

Among the many “jobs” to be done in the parish, we are currently awaiting definite quotes for the pruning and trimming of the yew trees in the front of the church and the Catholic Club. A suggestion has been presented to us which would see the “Kavanagh Room” made more cosy and welcoming for such parish groups such as ‘a prayer group’, ‘RCIA meetings’, small parish groups and others, whilst the room would continue to be used by the AA Group meetings  (3 times a week) the occasional use by the After School Club, plus other community meetings by Churches Together, the Bower House, Prison Fellowship and some other occasional meetings. Also the wooden framed windows and doors to the Presbytery are badly in need of painting an especially to the rear of the Presbytery where paint has lifted in many areas. Our recent quinquennial inspection will surely present us with many, many more areas for attention, but I  will report on that when the inspection report is received.

 

DATA PROTECTION:

 

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.

 

WHAT POPE FRANCIS SAID ABOUT THE MASS as reproduced in Catholic Voice in an article by Elise Harris.

 

During one of his Wednesday addresses during April, Pope Francis said the Eucharist is key to living an authentic Christian witness, and that those who leave Mass unchanged, continuing to gossip or hold onto unholy habits, have missed the point.

 

“While the Mass ends, the commitment for Christian witness opens. We leave the church to go in peace to bring the blessing of God to our daily activities, to our homes, to our work, to the affairs of the earthly city, glorifying the Lord of our lives,” the Pope said.

 

The Mass, he said is not just a weekly commitment that can be forgotten once people exit the church doors.  “No. Christians go to Mass to Participate in the passion, death and resurrection of the Lord, and to live as better Christians,” he said. “If we leave the church gossiping” or talking badly about other people, then “the Mass didn’t enter into my heart, because I am not capable of living Christian testimony.”

 

“Every time I leave Mass I must leave better than I went in,” he said, adding that the Eucharist should leave a person with a better heart, a better spirit and “a stronger desire to live as a Christian.” Pope Francis spoke to pilgrims in a wet St Peter’s Square for his weekly general audience. It was dedicated to his last round catechesis on the Mass.

 

Francis said the flowers adorning the façade of St Peter’s Basilica are representative of the joy and happiness that blossom after Christ’s resurrection.

 

He asked pilgrims to join him in wishing retied Emeritus Pope Benedict XVI well - who  was watching the audience on television and the Pope led them giving his predecessor a big round of applause.

 

In his speech, the Pope focused on the concluding rite of Mass, in which believers are told to “go in peace to love and serve the Lord”.

 

The Mass, particularly with this commission, “finds fulfilment in the concrete choices one makes (and) involves us first hand in the mysteries of Christ.” he said We cannot forget that we celebrate the Eucharist to learn and become Eucharistic men and women,” he said, explaining that this means allowing Christ to act in and through the choices one makes, taking on his thoughts, feelings and actions. St Paul expresses this clearly when he speaks of his own assimilation to Jesus, saying he no longer lives, but Christ lives in him, Francis said, explaining the apostle's experience “also illuminates us.”

 

“In the measure in which we mortify our egoism, meaning we allow what opposes the Gospel and the love of Jesus to die, greater space is created in us for the power of his Spirit,” he said. And while the liturgy is a prime way to gain great unity with Jesus, Francis noted that the presence of Christ in the consecrated bread and wine “does not end with the Mass.”

 

Rather, the Eucharist is kept in the tabernacle in order to give communion to the sick who are unable to attend Mass, and it is also kept for moments of “silent adoration” through the exposition of the Blessed Sacrament.

 

GOOD NEWS FOR THE EAST MIDLANDS:

 

We are very proud to offer you the opportunity of owning a copy of “GOOD NEWS FOR THE EAST MIDLANDS, an account of the background to, and the story of, the Diocese of Nottingham.” Canon Anthony Dolan, a retired priest and former archivist of our diocese, has, together with many other contributors, compiled this book which contains more than 360 pages of information and photographs about our parishes, religious communities, schools, pilgrimage sites and martyrs. A limited number of copies of the book are available to purchase in your parish at a reduced price of £16, and extra copies can be ordered by emailing or contacting the Retired Priests Appeal Office 0115 888 2644. srpfappeal@nrcdt.org.uk. You can also order from the website www.retiredpriestsappeal.com. We hope you will enjoy reading this fascinating book, the first history of our diocese to be published since 1950.

 

FORTHCOMING EUCHARISTIC CONGRESS IN LIVERPOOL

 

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”.

 

TO LOURDES WITH FR JIM CAHILL:

 

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.

 

WORLD MEETING OF FAMILIES:

 

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.

 

TEAM GHANA 2018:

 

Team Ghana is made up of a group of sixth form students and staff from St Paul’s School, and they are aiming to raise £50,000 to provide the children of two primary schools in Ghana with fresh water and clean new sanitation facilities.

 

Team Ghana has been running since 2010 and a team goes out every 2 years to see the huge impact the money that’s been raised has had on the communities there. In that time the school has managed to fund the building of toilet blocks, bore holes and new classrooms for various primary and secondary schools, and also a new extension of a teacher training college, providing teachers to give the children the education that they value and deserve.

 

Cara Randle, a former pupil of St Joseph’s , and a current Parishioner, is part of the team travelling to Ghana in June. Each member of the 25-strong team has been asked to raise a minimum of £1,500 and contributions from parishioners large or small towards this fantastic cause would be much appreciated! Please see Cara after Mass on Sunday mornings or online, her Just Giving page is, https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/team-ghana-2018

 

DO YOU KNOW?

 

The old pound coins are no longer legal tender, so please do not dispose of them via the collection. Banks, I believe, will no longer accept them. Whilst shops will no longer accept old ten pound notes, the Banks will and so we can accept any you may still wish to dispose of.

 

THE YOUNG PERSONS SEMINAR

 

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 notice board. Further details from David Baugh on 01858 565404 and/or david99baugh@gmail.com

 

NOTTINGHAM DIOCESE LOURDES PILGRIMAGE 2018:

 

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.

 

PILGRIMAGES TO LISIEUX, LOURDES AND NEVERS:

 

Lourdes & Nevers: June 9th - 16th 2018.

 

Full board £500. Travel by Luxury fully are conditioned Silverdale Coach with toilet and free refreshments from Nottingham to Lourdes and Nevers. We will be travelling by P&O Ferry from Dover to Calais. Price include bed and breakfast in Saran  (near Orleans) on the outbound journey and bed, breakfast and evening meal in Nevers on the return journey, full board in the Hotel Irlande in Lourdes and an optional excursion to Gavarnie in the Pyrenee mountains.

 

The coach will pick passengers up from Nottingham (Cathedral and Holy Spirit, West Bridgford) (Derby (Chaddesden) and Leicester (Southbound services M1 Junction 21). For more information or a booking form please contact Fr John McKay on 0115 981 0320; jmccay1982@yahoo.co.uk

 

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:

 

http://www.catholicnews.org.uk/Home/News/Eucharistic-Pilgrimage

 

RELAXING SCRABBLE

 

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.

 

STEP BY STEP:  

 

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.

 

WE NEED THEM!

 

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.

 

HAVE YOU BEEN AWAY?  WANT TO CATCH UP ON PARISH NEWS?

 

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.

 

JUBILEE FOODBANK: 

 

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

 

ACTIVE GROUP FOR PEOPLE WITH DEMENTIA:

 

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

 

THE THIRD WORLD GROUP

 

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.

 

GOING INTO HOSPITAL FOR ANY REASON!

 

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

 

MOTHERS PRAYER MEETING

 

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.

 

SUPPORT FOR CARERS:

 

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.

 

BOWER HOUSE: 

 

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.

 

TORCH BOOK GROUP:

 

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.

 

AFRICAN CHURCH NEEDS ROSARY BEADS

 

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.

 

USED CLOTHES FOR THE THIRD WORLD:

 

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.

 

THE LIFE GROUP:

 

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.

 

INTERPRETING THE LAW:

 

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.

 

VOLUNTEERS FOR TORCH:

 

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.

 

"The Lord's Day" -

 

Weekly Newsletter of the Watermead Apostolate:  http://www.watermead-apostolate.com/lords_day.html

 

NEWS ITEMS FOR THE WEBSITE: 

 

This webpage is updated from the Weekly Newsletter.  Sometimes due to shortage of space it is not possible to include everything in the weekly Parish Newsletter. If you would like an item published on the website please email any items to newsletter@olvic.com 

 

We can only publish items which meet the criteria for inclusion in the weekly Parish Newsletter.