Our Lady of Victories News




Dear All


On Thursday we celebrate the Solemnity of the Ascension, one of the great Feasts of our Year.


St Joseph’s will be joining us for Mass at 10.00 am. There is also a Mass at 7.30 pm. Please pray for the gift of the Holy Spirit for our Parish on the days from the Ascension to Pentecost.


Please also keep our First Communion children and their families in your prayers as they prepare for First Communion which will take place on 18 June 2022 and 2 July 2022.


Also there is an evening presentation in Nottingham on 9 June 2022 by Fr James Hanvey on the Synod.  If someone is interested in representing the Parish please let me know by 30 May 2022.


Next Sunday is World Communications Day and there is a Second Collection for the work of Catholic Media.


Fr Chris



Please pray for Charles van der Liet who died last week.  We pray for all the family in their grief.


You will see in the MESSAGE  (cf NEWS AND MEDIA - CATHOLIC BISHOPS’ CONFERENCE (cbcew.org.uk) from the Bishops of England and Wales that they are reintroducing the obligation to attend Mass on Sundays and Holy Days from Pentecost onwards. This was in last week's Newsletter. 


Of course, Sunday Mass is a joy and something we should feel the need of: to worship God and to receive his grace. It is vital for our lives as Christians and of course a serious duty to God as our Creator, sustainer, and redeemer. I want to remind people, however, that it is a reasonable obligation. As the Bishops say that there can be things that dismiss this obligation such as health, the call of Charity fear for one’s health and so on. This has always applied. In our Mass we celebrate together in a most special way as the People of God and the Body of Christ.




for supporting the Pro-Life Coffee and Cake sale and to all who baked & bought cakes.  £207.50 was raised and has been donated to SPUC.




Thank you for making Angel Tree a success and for giving hope to parents in prison by helping them to reconnect with the children through the joy of Christmas 2,532 parents in 93 prisons sent 4,624 gifts to the children. The Angel Tree Project is greatly appreciated by prisoners, their families and the staff. Please keep our local prison HMP Gartree in your prayers. 


Maureen Douglas - Angel Tree coordinator.




A virtual information session about being a foundation governor in one of our Catholic schools is taking place on Wednesday 22 June from 7.00 pm – 8.30 pm.  Please see the poster on the parish notice board.


For further information, please contact: Julie Sweeney at the Diocesan Education Service (julie.sweeney@nottingham-des.org.uk). This will be an online introduction.




We are now making all the benches available for people to sit on except those under the Choir gallery at the back. These remain for social distancing.


A reminder that if you do not want people to sit next to you, please put your Hymn book or mass book on the bench.




We pray that the Lord God send His Holy Spirit to all the people of Ukraine and gives them the grace of endurance in faith, hope and love amid the current ordeals; may peace be granted throughout Ukraine and may the Ukrainian nation be delivered from all enemies, so that we may glorify the good and merciful God in justice and truth. 

Lord hear us and have mercy. Amen.


Information from Caritas on the Ukraine and the Welcome scheme is available from the Grapevine Newsletter:




Also see Catholic Social Action Network (CSAN) https://www.csan.org.uk/ukraine/


Parishioners can be part of the Church’s response by giving to CAFOD’s Ukraine Humanitarian Appeal at cafod.org.uk/Ukraine




There are copies of the latest newsletter available in the church entrance, together with the Easter catalogue of items for purchase. ACN is the Catholic charity which supports the faithful wherever they are persecuted, oppressed or in pastoral need. The needs of Ukraine and E. Europe are especially highlighted. One way of supporting Ukrainian Christians would be to purchase one or more of the several items in the catalogue made and produced in that war-torn country.




takes place on  Saturday 11 June 2022. 


Join with Bishop Patrick on pilgrimage to the National Shrine of Our Lady to pray for vocations, peace in our world, and evangelisation. See Poster for details.




Please would people bring in their red Missio Boxes for emptying.  Thank you




Thank you so much to those who have volunteered so far.  We are however still short of volunteers to welcome at both the Saturday evening and Sunday 11am Masses.  Please do consider helping out if you are able.  Please contact Beatrice (01858 465492) or Theresa (07748 591398) if you would like to chat to us about it, or email tootskendrick@sky.com  Thank you.




We are hoping to restart our rota for arranging flowers in church. If you are interested in helping, would you please contact either Pauline Bebb tel 01858 682897 or Mary Penney 01858 440603




Bishop Patrick warmly invites people from across the Diocese to Saint Barnabas Cathedral on Thursday 2 June 2022 for HAPPY AND GLORIOUS, a musical celebration to mark the Platinum Jubilee of HM The Queen.  Tickets for the evening are available at www.dioceseofnottingham.uk/events/jubilee   Come and join HM’s Lord Lieutenant and other guests as we give thanks to God for The Queen. Tickets start at £8.00 and include a glass of wine/soft drink in the beautiful Cathedral gardens during the interval. Doors open at 6.30 pm for a 7.00 pm start.




Ladies Lunch Returns!!!  Ladies Lunch Marston Trussell Hall 23 June 2022 12.30 pm £37.50 / ticket.


All money raised to go to St. Joseph’s Catholic Academy.  For tickets please Contact Kate Crawford Tel 01858 446873 - please leave a message if there’s no answer.




Starting this weekend Fr Chris has agreed we can trial a ‘get back to normal’ experiment for Altar Servers. So, no rota from me until further notice, just come along to whichever mass you want and let’s see how we get on. Also, please feel free to come along every weekend, or ease yourself back into things your own way. No pressure, we are just happy to have you back. To keep everyone safe please make sure you are Covid free and if in any doubt leave it until you feel 100%. Thanks again to everyone and Stay Safe.


Dave Percival


M: 07981 205861   E:  dave.percival@ntlworld.com




1st Prize £70 D Morgan ticket No 38

2nd Prize £30 J Masding ticket No 105

3rd Prize £20 M Naef ticket No 75


Winnings are sent by letter, if you haven't received your letter, I may have the wrong address please contact Keith Shiers 07814419322 Thank you




at Our Lady’s Statue outside in front of the church. 4.30 - 5.00 pm every Sunday.


As Catholics we pray the Rosary for cohesion and reconciliation in society, for peace, and freedom. We pray for the people, for the rulers, and for the kingship of our Lord Jesus Christ in society. At the same time always for the freedom of the Church, for the clergy, for the bishops, for the Pope, and in reparation for the sins committed against God Almighty and His Holy Mother.


For more details contact Maureen Douglas 07966 515115




I just wanted to let you know about The Mark 10 Mission Little Liturgies.  We launched some new virtual liturgies a couple of weeks ago.  They have been created specifically for children under 8.  Thanks be to God, they are being very well received in our primary schools. We will be putting out a new little liturgy each Friday and they can always be found by following this link: https://www.themark10mission.co.uk/little-liturgies




Inaugurated in 2021 by the Cathedral Chapter and with Bishop Patrick as its President, 'The Friends of Nottingham Cathedral' aims to support the work and mission of the Cathedral through prayer, encouragement of social and cultural opportunities, and financially in order to maintain its position as a magnificent spiritual and culture gem at the heart of the city and Diocese.  Our Mother Church needs your support.  To find out more about the Friends or to become a ‘Friend’ please email: nottinghamcathedral.friends@gmail.com




is a series for members of parish outreach groups who would like to regroup and explore new mission challenges after the Covid-19 lockdown.   Six reflective Eastertide sessions, inspired by Scripture and the writings of Pope Francis, take place on Zoom on Tuesdays at 7.00 pm from 3 May 2022. 


You can find out more  www.bit.ly/JourneyinHopeSessions , and book your place at  www.bit.ly/JourneyinHopeZoom




Under the leadership of Bishop Patrick - bookings are now open - from Monday 4 July 2022 until Friday 8 July 2022. 


Full details are on the Tangney Tours website:  https://www.tangney-tours.com/nottingham, or for more details contact Father Simon Gillespie: simon.gillespie@dioceseofnottingham.uk




The summary of our Parish Consultation as part of the Universal Synod is available. It contains a summary of themes which emerged in the variety of responses from individuals and groups  as well as some quotes from particular responses. It may be that the Holy Spirit speaks though one voice. A small group and then the PPC members looked at all the responses.  A summary has also been sent to the Deanery and then the Bishop will discern the Diocesan response. 


As a Parish we will draw on these responses to discern a  vision and thus a way ahead for our community as please God COVID-19 recedes. Thank you to all for your participation.


The Diocesan draft RESPONSE TO THE SYNOD is published this weekend (available at the back of church / on the parish website).  Please take some time to read it, and send any further responses or reflections, by Saturday 19 March 2022, directly to the Diocesan Co-ordinators:


Fr David Cain  (david.cain@dioceseofnottingham.uk )


or Joe Hopkins, Adult Formation Director for Mission (joe.hopkins@dioceseofnottingham.uk)


Also the Deanery summary is on our website.  (See links below.)  These will both help us to discern as we go.


You may need a pdf viewer (eg Adobe Reader) to open these files


You can view the summary by clicking https://www.olvic.com/synod/olvresp.pdf


You can view the Leicester Deanery Synodal Journey Discussion and outcomes 20.01.2022 by clicking



You can view the Nottingham Diocesan Draft Synodal Response - February 2022 by clicking



You can view the Presentation by Pauline Payne on behalf of Leicester Deanery by clicking



Also please see Synod - Diocese of Nottingham:  https://www.dioceseofnottingham.uk/synod




Saturday 6.00 pm 21 May 2022:  M Atkins

Sunday 9.00 am 22 May 2022: T Snell

Sunday 11.00 am 22 May 2022: M Lewin


Saturday 6.00 pm 28 May 2022:  P Danks

Sunday 9.00 am 29 May 2022: C Goddard

Sunday 11.00 am 29 May 2022: R van der Liet




The Government directives have changed  and we have received new guidance from the Bishops’ Conference. We will be gradually adapting as the Pandemic becomes endemic. However, always in a safer manner as possible. Therefore we will proceed carefully with the transition to a more normal environment. The key protection is to be vaccinated:  this means two doses plus a booster for anyone aged 16 or over


Some Changes:

  • You no longer need to book for mass. The track and trace is not required. 

  • Masks are advised for the sake of other people if though no longer a legal requirement. 

  • Stewards will no longer direct people to come up for Holy Communion. Simply Our Lady’s side will begin and then we will proceed to the Sacred Heart Side. Please come slowly and leave a good space to the person in front – so that they do not feel there is someone breathing down their neck.

  • We wish to have a system which acknowledges people's wish to maintain distances. When entering a bench, if you wish to maintain a distance from those following you, please place your Mass/hymn books as far from you as you wish, to indicate your preferred gap. If someone is already in the bench, then watch out for where they have put their books.


Once again hand-made  Reusable Face masks for Sale: in Church £2.50 towards Church funds.




will continue in the Octagonal Hall on Thursdays after 10.00 am Mass.




Following helpful comments from members of the parish and in keeping with the modern age,  the THIRD WORLD GROUP is planning to change its title to Aid to Developing Countries.( ADC).  We would once again like to offer our very deep and sincere appreciation to everyone who continues to support our very needy causes through our envelope scheme and by donating clothes and goods for us to sell ( Ebay total is approaching £4000! )  We are so grateful that  your generous response  to our appeals has enabled us to donate some money throughout the pandemic to  each of our  six charities even though our fundraising events were severely curtailed.


Our collection box  for donated goods will be situated as usual under the table in the Cloister and will be labelled with our new title .  Please continue to help us support the very poor and underprivileged in our world .  The new sets of green envelopes will be available to collect from church in the near future.  Many thanks from ADC.




You are asked to leave food bank items in the trolleys at various supermarkets when you shopRefill Revolution at the Eco Village, Sainsbury’s, Waitrose, Both Co-op supermarkets, B&M, Nationwide, Co-op, Great Glen




Shopping List: We are out of certain items.  We have run out of: Tinned Fruit, Corned beef  ,Sweet corn. 


We are very short of: Custard, Pasta sauce, Sugar,


We do not need more of: Other beans (red kidney beans, chickpeas...) Biscuits




From the Parish Consultation, one of the themes that emerged was the need for good Communication. We realised we need to update the Parish List to build the community through good communication. We have now sent out a letter or email to all who are on the Parish List. If you did not receive either a letter or email, you are not on the Parish List. Please pick up a Parish registration form from the Narthex so we have your details or you can email Fr Chris: parishpriest@olvic.com Please check with any Catholic neighbours or friends to see if they have received the letter or want to be on our Parish List.


The Universe Catholic Weekly


is thrilled to announce that we have launched our new  online newspaper with the full support of our first subscriber none other than His Eminence Cardinal Vincent Nichols. 


Order your Digital copy by going to www.universecatholicweekly.co.uk or call us on 0743661 7650 and ask for Michelle. Special offer: Only £20 for 3 months.




There is a Churches Together initiative to gather volunteers to help in Schools. This is a town wide initiative to mobilise volunteers in all our primary schools. The flyer invites volunteers to complete a simple online form - https://forms.gle/HTDkPwYxneHq8Rvk9 - and identify which school they want to volunteer with. These will be distributed to the relevant schools at the end of January. See the flyers in Narthex.




Once again, we immerse ourselves in the wonderful words of our Lord at the Last Supper. These words bear ongoing meditation. Today very simply he asks us to keep his word. This is the great sign of our love for him in response to his unending love for us. To hear and keep his word, is to receive it and live it and make it our own and thus as Jesus says if we keep his word, he and the father will come to us and make their home in us. Jesus is saying that we will through his word become immersed in the relationship of love that the Father and the Son have.  We do that through prayer, listening and reading the Bible, living the commandment of love and our sacramental life. The scriptures especially contain the word of God and that is the word we're called to keep. And indeed Jesus promises us the Holy Spirit as his advocate and our help who will teach us and remind us of all that Jesus said. The Holy Spirit has been given to us in the church to teach us about Jesus' words and keep them alive in our hearts and also to keep us faithful to them through the guidance of the successors of the apostles.


We know from history that people can interpret Jesus’ teaching in contradictory ways and indeed from our present experience of disagreement amongst Christians and indeed within the church at times. The present time can bring up new questions which need the guidance of the Holy Spirit to keep us faithful to that word of Jesus. And the question is always: What is faithful to the word of Jesus? We see in our first reading such a question arose in the first community and led to the first council of the Church.


The problem was the arrival of Gentile converts in the early Christian communities particularly in Antioch. The first Christians were of course Jewish but now as Christianity expanded beyond Israel many gentiles had accepted Jesus as Saviour. However many of the Jewish converts thought that they must be circumcised to be saved as well as keeping  other rules.  They needed to be part of the Jewish people. And indeed some were aggressive in their opinion and disturbing the community. The question was referred to Peter and the elders. A delegation was sent to Jerusalem. The essential question was: what brings salvation? Is it circumcision and keeping the law? They discussed the question and listened and discerned the essential answer which was given by Peter in the end and accepted in silence. The answer is quite simply we are saved by faith in Christ. Through that faith we receive the grace of salvation. Therefore circumcision is not necessary. This is what we might call the dogmatic teaching of the council of Jerusalem. This was accepted by James and the Jewish community. And they expressed this decision with the phrase: . It has been decided by the Holy Spirit and by ourselves not to saddle you with any burden beyond these.. We see the guidance of the Holy Spirit teaching the church and keeping it faithful to the word of Jesus. Other matters that the letter refers to are simply disciplinary rules to help the Jews and gentiles live together and is a concession to the Jewish sensibilities.. They are practical things that will soon disappear as the church becomes overwhelmingly gentile. The church has continued to do this through the ages with each council's, which have declared dogmas of faith to keep us united and timebound pastoral measures to keep us living together in bonds of love. This guidance of the Holy Spirit enables us to keep the word of Christ and therefore a communion in his love. What we call the teaching authority of the church is a service to the word of God said that we may know it and keep it and live it. In our confusing times it is a great gift that the church guides us faithfully through stormy waters. And of course the church enjoy the Holy Spirit in all its members with their gifts which brings new life and new understanding of the word of Christ. That would be a matter for further reflection.




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.


The Church is open for Private prayer each day


Enter through Fairfield Road


Sanitize your hands on Entry and Exit


Please wear a face mask for the sake of others


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




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






PACT is a Catholic charity and their Prisoners’ Families Helpline are currently seeking to recruit more helpline volunteers. The role can be carried out remotely.  https://www.prisonadvice.org.uk/Pages/Category/volunteer




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.





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




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.




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" -


Weekly Newsletter of the Watermead Apostolate:  https://www.watermead-apostolate.co.uk/the-lords-day




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