Our Lady of Victories News

On-line Booking for Mass
Latest News: If you are a couple living in the same house or bubble you only need to book one seat!

As we gradually come out of lockdown, after long reflection I have decided to move to on-line booking for Mass.  I have been asked to do this by many of the younger families who find this much more convenient  and it is easy for those who have internet access. Also you can see at a glance if a Mass is full. This will be happening more and more as numbers increase with the vaccine roll out but social distancing remains.
We have our own Diocesan website for all the Churches to book Mass:  https://massbooking.uk/
How do I do it?
  • You just sign up with your details and create a password (write it down!)  NB confirmation email could go to spam folder
  • Click on the Churches tab and select our Church which is under Leicester and you will see a booking button next to the particular Mass.  (They appear about a week ahead.) Now you can book your seat or seats or choose to book for someone else.
  • Some seats are allocated as family benches which are particularly for those who are 4 or more in a family or part of a “social bubble”. (there are 2 family benches at present)
  • For Couples or 3 people in a bubble, I suggest you book one place as you can sit together giving all your names. 
  • For 4 people in a bubble if there are no family benches left I suggest you book 2 places
  • If you cannot come please cancel the booking. You can go to my details  on the web page when you have signed in. Someone else can use your place.
  • Booking closes 4 hours before the Mass. 
How do I book if I am not online or find it difficult?
You can ask a family member or friend to do it for you. I would ask people to help those they know who do not have internet access. You can book for others with their details.  That would help me. Otherwise you can email me parishpriest@olvic.com or ring me at the Church (01858 462359).  It will only take me a couple of seconds to book you in. 
What about weekday Masses?
Booking is not strictly necessary at the moment as they are not full. However it is helpful to the Stewards who will only have to tick your name.
There is a very good help section on the website.
Please remember the following:
You should not turn up for Mass if you feel unwell particularly if you experience a new persistent cough, a high temperature, or a change in your sense of smell or taste.
All must enter the Church through the through the Fairfield Road door
Please come in good time so we do not have large gatherings.
Please sit where you are shown by the stewards for safety reasons. You can no longer choose which side.
Our Lady’s side to leave by the Coventry Road door and Sacred Heart side from Fairfield Road.
Please do not stop and linger near the doors as this is unsafe and causes a hold up for people leaving.
Please do not mix with people outside your bubble.
Remember to always keep your 2m distance and remember there is no rush to leave Church.
We will continue to review Mass in the light of our local situation.
Confessions is a difficult one at the moment!  But I will be available as always on Saturday at 11.00 am.
God Bless you all and especially all who are isolating and unable to come to Church.

Those of you with internet please print off a copy of the Newsletter for Parishioners who do not have the internet. Paper copies are available at church.
May God bless you all and your loved ones in these coming days of grace.
Fr Chris
It is absolutely essential to pre book your intention of coming to Mass. Unless you have previously booked, and all places are filled to our limited capacity, it will not be possible or permissible for us to let you in. It goes without saying that this disappoints and hurts us as much as  it does you, and especially so the stewards who have the responsibility to implement the very strict rules and regulations imposed on us by Government Law, together with our Church Compliance and implementing of those laws. Also please note that nobody should, or can enter the Church for Mass without being greeted and taken to a seat by one of the stewards.
Don’t forget to bring and wear a Face Mask.
Please follow the stewards requests at all times.
Sanitise your hands on entering and leaving the Church.
Please remain seated or standing during Mass. Do not kneel.
Remember the Church must be cleaned and sanitised after every service.
Please remember also that all toilets WILL NOT be in use.
Your help and cooperation in everyway is required and expected.
You must book beforehand to come to Mass because of limited places.
Because we are observing the distance of a metre plus, face Masks must be worn by all from the moment you step inside the Church door, to the end of Mass when you step outside the Church door.
If you happen to forget to bring your mask, we have some disposable ones available for you to purchase at 60p. each. We would request that children of 12 years and upwards, wear a mask during Mass.
Both Church doors will be open.
After you have sanitised your hands, you will be taken to your seat by a steward. During Mass, you can remain seated or stand as you wish, but please do not kneel.
Whilst our car parks will be opened, you will have to walk around the outside to enter the Church. You will not be able to come through the Hall doors as you normally will have done.
Also please be aware that the toilets will not be in use.
With every good wish to you all, and God’s blessings to you and your loved ones.
Fr Chris
There is a good website:  www.churchservices.tv with regular Masses from all over the country.
St Barnabas Cathedral will be live streaming Mass accessed at:
Also Walsingham is very popular at:  https://www.walsingham.org.uk
Bishop Patrick tends to stream his Mass on Sundays via:
(This can be found by searching for 'Bishop Patrick McKinney' on YouTube)
CAFOD also have Children's Liturgy activity resources on their website. Please see the link:
There is also https://video.ewtn.com/kids/ which has videos for children including Stations of the Cross.
Also St Mary's Parish and School Derby have a podcast channel - https://www.mixcloud.com/DerbyCatholic/ Sundays 9 am - Children's Liturgy.
Also check out our Youth Service NDCYS for their live streaming on you tube: https://ndcys.com
NDCYS (Nottingham Diocese Catholic Youth Service) have a "YouTube" Channel
“Prayer by the Church was fervently being made to God” (Acts 12:5)
This verse of scripture has been chosen by the Holy Father to mark his prayer initiative for the month of May in which we seek an end to the pandemic that has troubled the whole world. We are asked to seek the intercession of Mary especially through the prayer of the rosary. This verse refers to the church in Jerusalem praying for Saint Peter when he was arrested and imprisoned by Herod and for the church that was being persecuted.
The prayer of intercession is a powerful one. We unite ourselves to Christ the one intercessor with the Father on behalf of all men and women, especially sinners. We join in his intercession as part of the Church, the Body of Christ. Of course, this had been part of prayer in the Old testament with figures such as Abraham and Moses who interceded for the people. By our Baptism we have this special ministry to pray for all good and bad alike. As St Paul teaches: "for all men, for kings and all who are in high positions," for persecutors, for the salvation of those who reject the Gospel. Hence we have the General Intercessions at Mass.
Mary stands out as an intercessor par excellence of the New Testament: in several ways. She saw the needs of the people at the wedding feast of Cana and pointed out to her Son their need. She was also there with her son at the foot of the cross uniting herself totally with her sons offering. And was given to John as a spiritual mother. Thirdly she was there in the church at the beginning gathered with the disciples praying for the coming of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost in constant prayer as we are told.  So it is not surprising that Christians throughout the ages have sought her maternal intercession for their needs every day especially in times of crisis.  And the Rosary has had pride of place both as a prayer of meditation and supplication. People throughout the ages have entrusted to it the most difficult problems. Often when Christianity itself seemed under threat, its deliverance was attributed to the power of this prayer, and Our Lady of the Rosary was acclaimed as the one whose intercession brought salvation.
We may think of the Battle of Lepanto in the 16th Century the Fall of Communism in the last century and the Rosary revolution of the Philippines. The examples are countless. Many individuals can give witness to the power of Mary’s intercession in their personal lives. We could not have anyone better since Mary was always at one with her Son even unto the Cross. She knows him better than anyone and Our Lord as a good son always want to honour his Mother in obedience to the Commandment of his Father in heaven. Insistent prayer to the Mother of God is based on confidence that her maternal intercession can obtain all things from the heart of her Son.  The supreme poet Dante expresses it marvellously in the lines sung by Saint Bernard: “Lady, thou art so great and so powerful, that whoever desires grace yet does not turn to thee, would have his desire fly without wings”.
So let us make fervent prayer to God this May for the whole world through the intercession of Our Lady of Victories.
God bless you and your families! 
Fr. Chris
I recommend that you pray this prayer every. morning.
A “Spiritual Communion” encouraged when we are unable to receive Holy Communion Sacramentally. This prayer was composed by St Alphonsus  Liguori:
My Jesus, I believe that you are truly present in the Most Holy Sacrament. I love you above all things, and I desire to receive you into my soul. Since this moment I cannot receive you sacramentally, I embrace you as being already there and unite myself wholly to you. Never permit me to be separated from you. Amen.
Baptisms and Weddings from 17 May 2021 with up to 30 people
1st Holy Communion will be celebrated in late June
Please pray for young Jim McCann who died this week and also Theresa James and Ann Fagg whose funeral is on 20 May 2021.  Our condolences to all their families.
In response to the Holy Father's heartfelt wish, the month of May will be dedicated to a "marathon" of prayer, to ask for the end of the pandemic, which has afflicted the world for more than a year now, and to ask for the resumption of social and work activities with particular intentions for each day for those affected by the Pandemic. The initiative, behind which the Pope has thrown his support, involves 30 Marian Shrines from various parts of the world. It takes place under the theme “The whole Church was fervently praying to God,” which recalls a verse in the Book of Acts (12:5).
Prayer initiative “The initiative will involve all the Shrines of the world in a special way, so that they might encourage the faithful, families, and communities to recite the Rosary to pray for an end to the pandemic,” read a statement released by the Pontifical Council for Promoting the New Evangelization. Each day will see  https://www.vaticannews.va/en.html   broadcast the recitation of the Rosary at 6.00 pm Rome time (5.00 pm UK) from the various Shines taking part in the initiative. Please could we all pray the Rosary each day for this intention. Cf https://www.walsingham.org.uk/
Pray intentions for the Particular days this week: 8th May: For all communication workers; 9th  Holy house of Loreto (Italia) For all seniors; 10 Our Lady of Knock (Ireland) For all people with disabilities; 11 Virgin of the Poor (Belgium); For all the poor, the homeless, and the economically distressed; 12 Our Lady of Africa (Algeria) For all people who live alone and those who have lost hope; 13 Blessed Virgen del Rosario (Portugal) For all prisoners; 14 Our Lady of Health (India) For all scientists and medical research institutions; 15 Our Lady Queen of Peace (Bosnia) For all migrants; 16 St. Mary’s Cathedral (Australia) For all victims of violence and human trafficking.
PS: The Holy Father has asked us to include a Hail Mary for the people of Myanmar.
Leicestershire Active Catholic Youth extend a warm invitation to all young people, their families and friends to share a Celebration with them on the Feast of Pentecost, Sunday 23 May via Zoom at 7.00 pm.  Fr. Simon Gillespie will lead us in the celebration.  Perhaps you are preparing for the Sacrament of Confirmation and would like to join together to share more thoughts about the Holy Spirit giving the disciples the power to proclaim God’s wonderful word.  An opportunity to hear young people’s thoughts, connecting and sharing discipleship through energy and enthusiasm as we recognise that Youth is a flame!  Youth is a fire!  Interactive discussion, Prayers, Readings, Reflection and Music will take place. 
For link in details contact claudiacoxon@googlemail.com or paulinepayne@hotmail.com.  All young people under the age of 18 present on Zoom should be accompanied by an adult.
Today – 9 May 2021 -  is the Day of Prayer for Eastern Christians. Fellowship and Aid to the Christians of the East (FACE) is launching a prayer group to receive a monthly pair prayer intention for eastern Christians. To join visit www.facecharity.org. FACE has also published a short document which informs you about the Eastern Churches in union with Rome you can download it from their website. You may wish to make a donation to support eastern Christian communities. You can donate online or £10 directly by texting day of prayer to 70450. We all know what they have suffered in the Middle East.
Saturday 22 May 2021 at 4.00 pm. “The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor.” (Luke 4: 18) Join online prayer for the eve of Pentecost with Bishop Patrick, parishioners and Caritas volunteers from around the Diocese of Nottingham.  We’ll be marking the launch of Caritas, the new ministry supporting charitable service in parishes in Nottingham diocese, and justice, peace and care for creation in the wider world.  Meet fellow Catholics and find out how Caritas can help you live the Gospel: book your place at dioceseofnottingham.uk/kindlethefire.
is available on http://funeralslive.ie/canon-owen-o-neill.  It has been re-edited as the first attempt was patchy.
You are invited to join Catholics from around the Diocese of Nottingham for an interactive online course over six Monday evenings in June and July.  As life starts afresh after lockdown, it's a rare opportunity to sow seeds of the Gospel. Discover how Scripture and Catholic Social Teaching can help us seize this moment and build a society that reflects God's Kingdom. Build bridges following a year of social distancing and foster a new 'culture of encounter' Form new friendships, renew old ones, and help to build our parish communities for mission.
The sessions begin on Monday 7 June at 7.00 pm for six weeks. 
To find out more: visit dioceseofnottingham.uk/here-now-us 
Join an Open Evening on Monday 17 May
has started looking for someone to take on some of the responsibilities currently carried by Barry Osborne, its CEO based in Market Harborough. The job description is still being designed but the calibre of person being sought would be an Operations Manager or Senior Administrator.  It will be a paid part-time post,  It might suit someone with appropriate experience who has retired but would welcome an opportunity of Christian service.  There will be significant responsibilities but the time commitment might be only one day a week. I would be happy to start a conversation should anyone locally be interested.  I am available by email or on 01858 414930.
Thank you. Rev Barry Osborne, CEO Rural Mission Solutions.
After the great success of Bishop Patrick’s Lent Talks on Discipleship, the Formation for Mission Team are offering two talks on Zoom in May on ‘being a Missionary Disciple’. The first talk ‘The Ascension & the Great Commission’ will be given by Canon Christopher Thomas (General Secretary of the Bishops’ Conference of England & Wales) on Thursday 13th May at 7.00pm. This talk will explore the importance of the Ascension and how we can live Jesus final instructions to us. The second talk ‘Pentecost & Mission’ will be given by Pippa Baker (A Catholic Missionary, Speaker & Musician) on Wednesday 19th May at 7.00pm. This talk will examine the significance of Pentecost for us and how the Holy Spirit equips us for mission in our every day lives. To register visit: www.dioceseofnottingham.uk
Last year, when the green envelopes were being distributed, a number of people asked us if they could set up a bank transfer, but, at the time, we thought this was not possible because our funds are held in Market Harborough Building Society.  However, we have now been told that payments can be made via the same account into which we make our regular donations to the parish, provided the donor puts THIRD WORLD GROUP in the reference box.  This is a Standing Order, NOT a Direct Debit, so you would have full control over the amount and payment dates and intervals.
As you all probably realise, our income has drastically reduced during the past 15 months, just when our beneficiaries need help the most - they have suffered because of Covid19 too and are situated in countries where vaccinations are scarce if available at all – so, if you are not a member of this scheme yet, please consider joining.  Existing members can also change their payment method if they wish.  You can set up a donation online or, if you prefer to take instructions to your bank, we can provide a form for this. 
We just need some very basic details so, anyone considering taking this step, please contact Margaret Atkins:  margaretatkins52@gmail.com or 01858 446369.
Just a gentle reminder that the Third World Group is still selling clothes and other items through Ebay to try and maintain donations to our  six charities.  Please could you possibly make us your first choice Charity Shop at the moment by leaving any unwanted clothing, shoes, books etc in our box in the cloister or arrangements could be made to collect from your home - with strictest safety measures in place.  Please contact Chris 01536 711560, or Judith or Margaret at church.
Many thanks to everyone for continuing to help all those in our world who are so very needy.
First Prize - £70 - ticket No 49 - L K Edwards
Second Prize - £30 - ticket No 15 - M Hall
Third Prize - £20 - ticket No 122 - V Ball
Bishop Patrick would like to hear from you!  The Diocese of Nottingham has launched a short survey in order to deepen its understanding of Covid-19’s impact on all Catholics across the diocese. Bishop Patrick is eager to know more about peoples’ experiences of the pandemic, with a view to ensuring that the faithful are well supported and understood in the years ahead. Please visit https://www.dioceseofnottingham.uk/whats-on/news/share-your-story-how-has-covid-19-affected-you-and-your-faith and fill out the short questionnaire. Please encourage other parishioners to do so.  The deadline for submissions is July 4th 2021.
At the moment you are unable to collect your paper at Mass, but you can get it delivered direct to your home every week, POST FREE.   Please go to www.thecatholicuniverse.com or call them on 0161 820 5722 and they will arrange for you. SPECIAL OFFER 3 MONTHS :-£25.00; 12 Months:-  £99.00 Or DIGITAL COPY:- 12 Months: £55.00.
in England and Wales Please see the Bishop’s website: https://www.cbcew.org.uk/home/news-and-media/news/
GRAPEVINE - News from Justice & Peace and Caritas:
Grapevine is the Diocesan Newsletter for Adult formation , Justice & Peace and Caritas in our diocese.

The Most Useful Foods Cartons of long life semi-skimmed milk, Tinned Meat, Tinned

Chicken, Instant Mash Potato sachets, Porridge Oats, 1 litre cartons of Fruit Juice, Sandwich Paste, Tinned Vegetables (potatoes, carrots, sweetcorn, peas), Soap.


The following supermarkets are still kindly collecting for us: Sainsbury’s, Waitrose, B&M an both Coops. Refill Revolution at the Eco Village is our newest donation point.  Lidl is on board now too! Thank you to the supermarkets and the work of their teams!


We do not need: Beans, tinned tomatoes, tinned fish, soup, fizzy drinks, pasta & meatballs, pasta sauce, rice, cereal, tins or large/family size packets of


Your foreign coins and used or unused stamps - all can be sorted and valued, with profits to our Bazaar fund.
See Fr Chris or Mick Crook for further information.
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.
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.
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
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 Chris.
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 roles are available can be found on the poster on the notice board.
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