Our Lady of Victories News



are offered to Celia Jayne Marsh and her family, on the death of husband Christopher Reginald, whose funeral service will take place here this Wednesday at 12.15pm. Chris, as he was known by, will have installed TV aerials on many of your homes. If the Lord is looking for a celestial aerial installer, He now has one of the best in Chris. May he rest in peace and rise in glory.




this weekend at all Masses a Pastoral Letter from Bishop Patrick is being read on Academies, which is now the chosen way forward for our Catholic Schools, whilst retaining ownership and stewardship in line with the ethos of our Catholic faith.  Hopefully Academies will prove to be a great success in every way, for the academic and spiritual formation of future generations of children.




The Baptist Church have sent us an open invitation to the Farewell and Thanksgiving service at the Baptist Church next Sunday evening, September 23rd at 6pm. After 15 years of faithful and devoted ministry at the Baptist Church, Reverend Nick Cook is moving on. He will be greatly missed by the Baptist community, by Churches Together in Harborough and by the wider community.


Nick has been a stalwart in every sense of the word, breaking down barriers between the different Christian communities between the churches and civil authorities, building community links, community love and community response in every aspect of spiritual and civic life. Nick has been a tower of support and friendship to all his fellow ministers in Churches Together in Harborough.


Thank you Nick for your ministry, your enthusiasm, you friendship. May God bless you and your family on the next part of your journey wherever it may be.




are sending a container to Refugee camps beginning of October They require  Men’s and Ladies winter coats and boots. There is a box in the cloister for donations. Thank you for your support.




Open Evening for admissions into Year 7 for 2019 Thursday 20th September 6.00 - 8.00 pm. A great opportunity to see the school, meet the staff and pupils. Presentations in the theatre at 6.10 and 7.00 pm. The admissions team will also be available to answer questions. We look forward to seeing you.




Dress in 80’style(optional) 5th October 2018,  7.30 -11.30 at Kibworth Cricket Club, Fleckney Rd Kibworth. Great music. Fantastic DJ and Hog Roast (Veg. Alternative) Tickets £15 All proceeds to South Leicestershire Community Resettlement - finding Refugees a home. Tickets from the Well, St Wilfred’s Church or Marilyn Pinger 0116 2793622 email: marilyn.pinger@gmail.com


THANK YOU - from Mike Masding:


I completed my London to Paris bike ride to raise money for JDRF (Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation).


Day 1 - Crystal Palace to Newhaven - 63 miles

Day 2 - Dieppe to Gourney-en-Bary - 50 miles

Day 3 - Gourney-en-Bray to the Eiffel Tower - 71 miles


There were 15 of us in our group (4 of whom have type 1 diabetes) and between us we raised more than £25,000 for JDRF. Friends, colleagues, family and friends of my Mum and Dad and the good people of Our Lady of Victories helped me to raise over £2300. Thank you so much to those who donated.




1) On Saturday evening and Sunday morning next weekend, Allie will speak to us briefly about our Christmas Bazaar. A meeting was held on Monday evening last to update our plans for this year’s Bazaar on Saturday 24th November.


Our arrangements are all on track and we are hoping for another successful Bazaar. Of course this can only happen with the support of each  and everyone in our parish. Please male sure that Saturday 24th is firmly marked Bazaar Day in your diary. Fr Owen is making a special plea for full parish support.




this year is on Friday October 5th. Margaret Atkins will give us a reminder after all Masses the weekend before namely Saturday /Sunday 29th / 30th September.




Although we have had in the past, a Fair Trade Cupboard in the Cloister, it closed for the lack of support. However, Robert Knapp is keen for a display to be made visible, to see if any interest might be expressed. He will have his stall set up in the Cloister next weekend for our interest.




As you are aware the Bishops of England and Wales request an annual Mass count at all Masses in Churches and Chapels in England and Wales. This has taken place in the past over the 4 Sundays in October. This year, so as to avoid school mid-term breaks, the count will be taken on the last 2 Sundays in September - 23rd and 30th - and the first 2 Sundays in October, 6th and 13th. The numbers attending Masses will have a knock on effect on the number of Masses that might be celebrated in a particular parish. With priests now being asked to take on two or even three parishes, it is obvious that the number of Masses being celebrated in parishes will have to be rationalised. So we wait and see. I think it is fair to assume that there will be some reduction in the number of weekend Masses currently being celebrated in Leicester City and surrounds, and that this might have to take place sooner rather than later.




The Parish Harvest Supper will take place on Saturday 13th October in the Octagonal Hall starting at 7.45 pm.  There will be a 2 course meal, a quiz and a raffle. We will have a bar serving wines, beers and soft drinks. Tickets will be on sale at £9 each in the Cloister after Masses and will commence on Saturday 22nd September. This is a very popular event and so suggest getting your tickets as early as possible to avoid disappointment. If anyone would like more information please contact David Bebb on 01858 288348 or Judith Snaith on  01858 419108.




a Columban Priest working in Peru will make a visit to our parish on weekend October 20th / 21st. Fr Ed is a friend of our parish and well supported by our Third World Group.  His work in Peru was remembered by the late Angela Maidwell in her Will, where a school in her memory continues in a special way for the health and social wellbeing of ladies.




before the BIG DAY will be on Monday 22nd October. Please note it in your diary. All stall holders and willing volunteers will be expected to attend.




A series of talks on the Faith will take pace in the Kavanagh Room beginning on Wednesday evening October 3rd at 7.30pm. These talks and faith sharing are aimed at helping any non Catholics who might wish to know more about the Catholic Faith and Church. They are also intended for any baptised Catholic, who for whatever reason, has not been or felt part of the Church, and who might like to return, or be updated, or renewed, in their faith and knowledge of the Catholic Faith. Will all our Church goers who read this, or might be informed from some other source about these Faith sharing talks, please let your non Catholic spouse, boyfriend, girlfriend or just friend or neighbour, know about this course, and support and encourage them by coming along with them. Please contact Fr Owen or Judith Snaith of any interest.




for 2019 will be Saturday the 22nd June. Will children hoping to make their First Holy Communion, but not attending St Joseph’s School, please let Fr Owen or Mrs. Kate Crawford, know as soon as possible, and certainly not later than Sunday October 7th. No applicants accepted after that cut off date.




from the C of E Church in Husbands Bosworth writes inviting all who may so wish, to join them in a service of celebration and thanksgiving, sharing a mission of God’s love with others. The service will be at All Saint’s Church in Husband’s Bosworth at 6pm on Sunday 23rd September. The Bishop of Leicester, the Rt. Rev. Martin Snow will preach at this special Holy Communion service. All who so wish are invited to attend.


Data Protection Regulations: 


Data Protection Regulations now in force require changes to the way we can record information and disseminate it in the newsletter. We must have the permission of the person concerned before we can include their name in the list of prayers for the sick, or have a Mass celebrated for their recovery (we can still have a mass said for their intentions) We can only hold information about you as parishioners, which you wish us to have; otherwise it must be destroyed. We must put a ‘privacy notice’ on all requests for information. Privacy Notice. The personal information which we hold about parishioners is solely for the purpose of parish administration. We will only contact you by means which you have agreed that we may use for this purpose. You have the right to know what informa tion the parish holds about you, but you do not have the right to see any of the parish registers. We will not give personal information about you to any other organisation. If we need to collect more detailed information (for marriage, baptism, etc.) this information will only be used for that specific purpose. The ‘Data Controller’ is the Diocese of Nottingham.




The Data Protection regulations mean that the database in our parish will have to be destroyed, and replaced by another one, which we will need to create. Consequently, our Parish Pastoral Council will have to conduct a survey, where the cooperation of every parishioner will be absolutely necessary. It will be a fresh start for the entire parish, for parishioners who have lived here for years and for all, irrespective of how long you have lived in the parish. to comply with the Data regulations. We will have to have a Parish census requesting the information you feel you can give, and with your permission, to store and use it for Parish Administration purpose only. More on this in the near future.




A pilgrimage of Reparation and Prayer to Walsingham on Sunday 7th October 2018, led by Archbishop Kevin McDonald, beginning at 12 noon with a Pilgrims Mass in the Chapel of Reconciliation. By bus from Northampton Cathedral leaving at 7:30 am or by your own transport. Booking ring Caroline 07753105918. Tickets £15.00. See poster on notice board.




A job vacancy for a fundraiser for HOPE UK. HOPE UK is a National Christian Drugs Education Charity whose mission is to equip young people to made drug free choices. The Fundraiser would be located in the HOPE UK’s Kettering office. For further information please contact Recruitments, HOPE UK, 50 Gold Street, Kettering NN16 8JB.  web site www.hopeuk.org  or Facebook  www.faceboook.com/ Hope UK Official




Bishop Patrick, our Diocesan Bishop will be  presiding at a Mass for the Altar Servers of the Diocese, on Saturday 22nd September 2018, in the Cathedral of St Barnabas, Nottingham, at 11 am. Please encourage your altar servers to attend.  Refreshments will be served in Cathedral Hall following the Mass.


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.




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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