Our Lady of Victories News

REQUIESCANT IN PACE: (Anniversary 1st - 30th September)


Agnes Green 1976; Dr John Riley 1987; William Monks 1988; Genovella Manfredi 1988; Mary Savage 1988;

Mary Pamela Bratt 1990; Patrick Joseph Lee 1990; Ann Atkin 1992; Frank Harry Brown 1992;

Annie Lilian Sear 1992; Anne Sarah Maunder 1992; Edward Kaniwwicz 1993; Austin George Hamilton 1993;

Alice Marian Stanway 1994; Arthur Alfred Monk 1997; John Brown 1997; Joan Frances Oriel 1998;

Edward Ernest Wells 1998; Thomas Anthony Broughton 1999; Catherine Yvonne O’Neill 1999;

Edwin John Staples 1999; Philip Edwin Bromley 2000; Mary Ellen Delaney 2000; Bernard Shaw 2000;

Dr John Oriel 2000; Lawrence Brendon Levins 2001; Irma Lelia 2002; Barbara Stevens 2003;

John James Murphy 2004; Angela Patricia Brewer 2004; Mary Margaret Webb 2004;

Jean Roger Petillion Yves Herpin 2005; Francesco Colloto 2005; Mary Gabriel Atkinson 2006;

Robert Arthur Clare 2007; Agnes Mary Skeatham 2007; Dorothy Shiers 2008; Gary McAllister 2011;

Joan Williams 2011; Mary Nelly Price 2011; Barbara Mattock 2012; John Brian Maguire 2012;

Gioconda Mussari 2012; Beata Joanna Molnar 2012; Rene Wells 2012; Stefania Juszczyk 2014;

Brian George Jones 2014; Raymond Cunningham 2016; Norman Odell 2016; Anna Odell 2016;

Theresa O’Donovan 2017; Christopher Marsh 2018; Ermina Sagona 2018; Yvonne Clayton 2018;

Mgr John McLean 1885; Bishop Dunn 1931; Canon Bernard Farmer 1962; Fr Patrick O’Hanlon 1972;

Fr Joseph Jones 1980; Fr Oswald Lofthouse 1985; Canon Alfred Baldwin 1989; Fr Joseph Briffa SJ 1990;

Fr Patrick Mulligan 1994; Canon James Monaghan 2001; Fr Paul Casartelli 2001; Fr Joseph Carty 2005;

Fr John Troop 2006


Eternal rest give unto them, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon them. May they rest in peace.




to Fr Paddy Duffy, a Priest of the Xaverian community, who will be making an appeal for the Missions in our parish this very weekend. I know you will welcome Fr Paddy and respond to his appeal with your customary and generous response.




programme for 2019 - 2020, It’s only human to talk of God…..  At the Holy Cross Centre, Wellington Street, Leicester, LE1 6HW. Lectures are followed by discussion and refreshments. Oct 11th; Nov 8th; Dec 13th; Jan 10th; Feb 14th and March 13th.  Annual Subscription £15; One Lecture £5, students free.  For more information and to see topics of the lectures see notice board in Cloister or visit www.leicestertheologicalsociety.org.uk or on Facebook Leicester Theological Society.




Too late to save the planet? Humankind faces its greatest challenge: climate emergency and the threat to the environment. Decisions we make now will determine the future of life on earth and dramatically affect generations to come. At the Jubilee Hall, Bowden Lane (Congregational Church) on Friday, September 27th from 7.00 pm - 8.30 pm. If you have a question email if to Brian Davies: revbdavis@aol.con but please note that priority will be given to young people. See Poster on Wall or fliers on the table in the Cloister.




On behalf of the Catholic Community in Market Harborough and District, I welcome 2 new Church Ministers to the local Christian Churches in Harborough. Phil Walter was officially inducted at Harborough Community Church this weekend. He has been part of that Church for sometime already, but is now formally and officially inducted as the Pastor. Christopher Brown was formally and officially invested at the Baptist Church last weekend. Christopher has been a serving Minister as that Church for sometime  already, but is now officially their Minister.


We wish Christopher and Phil every blessing and joy in their ministry, and look forward to sharing with them at our local Fellowship meetings and at Churches Together in Harborough.




As reported in the newsletter of the last few weeks, a new roof is required over the De Trafford  and Kavanagh Rooms in our parish community centre. The old roof has stood the test of time since the “old school”, now the 2 rooms concerned, was built in 1877. The replacement of the roof comes as a result of the Diocesan Quinquennial property report of last year. Those of you who have come by the Hall area this evening/morning on your way into Church will have noticed that the scaffolding has been erected right round the areas concerned. The roofers of Jeremy Brown Builders are due to commence their work this Monday morning. It is good that local scaffolders and local builders are the chosen Company to do this work. All the work will be supervised by a Professional Manager employed by us. Apologies for any inconvenience that this work will cause and particularly so with restricted parking.




As you are aware, the lighting system in our Church has got to be renewed because the light fittings we currently use are no longer available from any source and have now been declared illegal by E.U. regulations. So it is now a question of “NEEDS MUST”. To us, ordinary parishioners, it is a crying shame that this change is necessary after only 15 years of installation. There is no other way round this situation.


Because our church us a Grade 2 listed building 2 separate consents are required from the Diocese, the first being from the Diocesan Building and Sites Commission, who gave us the go ahead with their blessing. The second consent is required from the Diocesan Historic Churches Commission which Paul Nelson, our lighting consultant, Benedict Cadbury FSLL and Fr Owen attended. This was more of a questioning meeting of the need and type of fittings to be used. After a fairly lengthy meeting with the examining of the detailed plan they were presented with, the Commission were sympathetic to our submission and proposed scheme, and were obviously going to give their approval. This approval has since been received in writing subject to the third approval that is required.




is from the English Heritage and Historic Churches Commission. The Diocesan Commission suggested that in addition to sending the design plans that we should supplement it with more photographs of the proposed fittings. On receipt  of these, English Heritage will require 28 days deliberation before giving their decision. I think it is fair to say that we don't anticipate any problems and will probably, or more correctly our Lighting Consultant , will be going out to tender 3 Electrical companies fairly soon, with a view to making a start on the proposed scheme. The Diocese must also approve our chosen tender.




Friday 4th October. Back by popular demand, St Joseph’s PTFA are hosting our next quiz night on Friday 4th October in the school hall. 


Tickets are £10 per head which includes a ‘Chip Shop Supper’ & 5 raffle tickets! Vegetarian option is available so please specify at the time of booking your tickets.


Maximum of 6 per team with a prize for the winning team! Doors pen 7.30 pm for an 8 pm start and please remember that this a BYOB (Bring Your Own Booze) event including your glasses! Book your team either by contacting a PTFA member in person, via Catherine on 0772 555 1009 or via the school office. Payment will be taken on the night but tickets must be prebooked by ticket by Wednesday 2nd October to help with the catering.




This year the Prisons Week service will be held at Market Harborough Methodist Church on Sunday 13th October at 4pm, to which all are welcome. The preacher will be Rev’d Emma Higgins, the new Church of England Chaplain at HMP Gartree, and there will be a chance to meet others involved in prison ministry and hear about volunteering opportunities. The service will be followed by tea and cake with an opportunity to discuss ways of further engagement and involvement at Gartree prison. For more information visit www.prisonsweek.org  




Earlier this year David Wells helped us to explore what the Church means by ‘Discipleship’ and ‘Missionary Discipleship’, and now I (Bishop Patrick) have invited him back to lead us in a session entitled, Renewed Personal Encounter’. He will help us to explore what the Church means by an ’Encounter’ with God and ways we can develop our personal relationship with God. Our nearest venue and arranged date is Tues. Oct. 1st. at the Catholic Church Hall, 63 Broad St, Syston,  LE7 1GH at 7. 30 pm.




As you are aware our Preparation Programme for the Sacrament of Confirmation is now in full swing. I am most grateful to our volunteer Catechists for their commitment and response to this Preparation Programme. Confirmation is on Friday, 8th May ay 7.00 pm.




will begin after the school mid term break.  A date has yet to be confirmed, but it will probably be decided within the next 2 weeks. Saturday 30th May is a strong probability, but until I meet with our volunteer Catechists  I cannot definitely confirm. Applicants hoping to make their First Holy Communion next year must have completed an application form by Friday 11th October. Children at St Joseph's School will be able to receive an application form from the school. Children not attending St Joseph’s, please see Fr Owen after any of our weekend Masses or ring me on 01858 462359.




This is a call to all our Catholic members to inform their non Catholic spouse, relative, neighbour, or anybody you think might be interested in knowing more about our Catholic Faith, without commitment, to have a word with Judith Snaith or Fr Owen about their interest. If we have sufficient interest, a programme of faith sharing will be arranged. So parishioners, please respond and help encourage others to share the joy of our faith.




Following the highly-acclaimed event last year the Third World Group is delighted to announce that Alan Sear has been able to persuade a number of his musical friends to put on a show for us again this year, on Friday, 20th September, arriving at 7.00 for a 7.30 start. Tickets, still only £6, will be on sale after mass from this weekend. See posters in the cloister and Hall for more details.




St Joseph's School on Saturday 26th October from 12 noon to 6.00 pm. Music and refreshments in the school hall. Save the date. More details to follow.




“Let Earth Be Glad” An ecumenical and inter-religious conversation about Care of Creation on Saturday  5th October 2019, 10 am to 3 pm, at St Barnabas Cathedral Hall, Nottingham. (Please bring food for a shared table).


Speakers from different perspectives and traditions will share their thoughts, followed by workshops. To book a place please contact - Fran Wickes – fran@brightshark.co.uk or Patricia Stoat – pmstoat@gmail.com  Organised by the Nottingham Catholic Justice and Peace and Ecumenical Commissions.




Clergy Health and Well-Being Coordinator. The Diocese of Nottingham seeks to appoint a clergy health and well-being coordinator to work with the Bishop and others to provide support for the health and well-being of clergy throughout their ministry and into retirement. This would suit an appropriately qualified person with experience in the fields of health and/or social care. This is a permanent post and is for a January 2020 start or sooner. Hours would be flexibly worked and initially set at 15 p/week Salary; £30,000 pro rata dependant on qualifications and experience. For more information and an application pack contact Fr Paul Chipchase, Diocese of Nottingham, Wilson House, 25 Derby Road, Nottingham. NG1 5AW email; holycrossrcchurch@outlook.com




On Sunday 29th September we are organising a memory walk in aid of The Alzheimer's Society. It is in Welland Park at 11.00 am .All ages and abilities welcome. Free entry , but suggested donation £5.00,(or sponsorship?) Could you promote this please? Further information available from johnfox001@hotmail.com or the Welland Valley Rotary page.




Mass for Altar Servers- Annual Guild of St Stephen Mass- Saturday 9 November 2019 


Bishop Patrick McKinney invites all Altar Servers and their families across the Diocese of Nottingham to the Annual Guild of St Stephen Mass on Saturday 9 November 2019 at St Barnabas Cathedral, Nottingham. Servers should bring their cassock and cotta or alb and be vested in Cathedral Hall at 10 am. There will be the opportunity for renewal of promises, to meet other servers and to pray for our ministry as Altar Servers. This year is a special year as the Cathedral marks 175 years and its 50th Anniversary of affiliation to the Arch Confraternity Guild of St Stephen in Westminster. For more information contact mail@nottinghamguildofststephen.co.uk




Your foreign coins and used or unused stamps - all can be sorted and valued, with profits to our Bazaar fund.

See Fr Owen or Mick Crook for further information.




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.




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 roles are available can be found on the poster on the notice board.


"The Lord's Day" -


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