Our Lady of Victories News

REQUIESCANT IN PACE: (Anniversary 1st - 31st October)


Bertha Romancyk 1987; Paul Alfred Kuhnert 1987; Ethel Emma McCarthy 1987; Aleksander Hugo Turek;

Winifred Veronica Dudgeon 1987; Margaret Mary Roskell; Francis Doherty 1989; Jan Lubudek 1990;

Martyn Shiers 1991; Patrick William Murphy 1992; Antonio Guadagnini 1992; Zygmunt Raymond Partyka 1993;

Saivana (Pip) Magnani 1993; Dorothy Norah Payne 1994; Margaret Ann Langridge 1994;

Margaret Francis Jenkins 1994; Dawn Magdalen Robinson 1996; Sylvia Agnes Palmer 1997;

Daisy May Collins 1998; Helena Szymbirska 1998; Frederick Willoughby 1998; Michael Stanway 1999;

James Henry Aitkin 2000; Kethleen Monica Day 2000; Charlotte Mary Matthews 2001; Peter Stanley Tooms 2001;

Brian Cope 2001; Margaret Marie Thomas 2002; Gerald McCusker 2002; Margaret Mary Pickbourne 2002;

Caterina Palma Sellechia 2003; Joseph Francis Tatlock 2003; Margaret Watts 2003; John Joseph O’Connor 2003;

Rose Makin 2004; Edna May Bale 2005; Mikokaj 2005; James McCabe 2005; Tony Roy Patrick 2006;

Rosemary Frances Danby 2007; Rosemary Danby 2007; Joanna Leahy 2008; Maria Sedlak 2010;

Joseph Campbell 2010; Tony Moore 2011; Joan Goodman 2011; Patricia Mary Leeson 2011; Rene Wells 2012;

Winifred Caldwell  2012; Jimmy Brotherdale 2012; Pauline Tooms 2013; James Lawrence McAleer 2014;

Frank Cunningham 2014; Emma O’Malley 2014; Thomas Christopher Joseph O’Connell 2015; James Nicoll 2017;

Blanche Ringrose 2017; Celia McKay 2017; Eva Wood 2018; Patrick Webb 2018; Catherine (Cathy) Kane 2018;

Mgr Harry Hunt 1956; Fr Frederick Askew 1962; Fr Edward Rowles 1964; Canon John Buckley 1965;

Fr Frank Lang 1966; Canon Louis Williamson 1967; Canon James Beel 1981; Fr Frank Quinn 1983;

Fr James Day 1985; Mgr Kazimierz Krzyabowski 1988; Fr Bernard Brownbill 1990; Fr Ambrose Steen 1991;

Fr Laurence Connell 1991; Fr Patrick Blackwell 1992; Fr Eric Whitehouse 1992; Fr Dan Ainsworth 1993;

Fr Patrick Mulligan 1994; Fr Marian Cieselski 1994; Fr Philip O’Mara 1995; Fr John McDermott 1995;

Fr Joseph Calnan 1998; Fr Sylvester Cotter 1998; Fr William Ellis 1998


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




is SATURDAY JUNE 20th at 10 am. Hopefully this date will be suitable for all parents and their children involved. All application forms MUST be returned by next weekend. Will parents of children who will have completed the application form, please attend a PARENTS SPECIAL MEETING in the De Trafford Room on Wednesday evening October 23rd at 7.30 pm. The Children’s Preparation Classes will begin on Friday evening October 25th at 3.30pm in the upstairs room at St Joseph’s School.




will take place in the Kavanagh Room this coming Wednesday evening at 7.30 pm. Anybody wishing to know more about the Catholic Faith and Church will be most welcome. Please inform any non Catholic spouse, friend or neighbour who might be interested and encourage them to come along. Better still come with them.




at St Joseph’s Catholic Voluntary Academy.  October 26th from 12.00 noon - 6.00 pm in the School Hall. St Joseph's are holding a ‘Fun Music Day’, with bands, singers, musicians, ensemble special guests and past pupils. Lunches, teas and refreshments are served all day. All Welcome. Pop ...in and...out for a fun music day.




Already our Parish Bazaar buzz is very much in the air. As you will be handed a number of Raffle Tickets for you to sell to family, relatives and friends I know you will do your best to do so. Please do not let children sell any tickets. It is illegal to do so. Next weekend the Curtain in the Cloister will be in place. When the curtain goes up, it is your invitation and our request to you to start bringing in those saleable items for the White Elephant Stall, or indeed for any stall for which it is best suited and most appropriate. Remember the golden rule - DON’T BRING RUBBISH, also remember NO CLOTHES; BED LINEN; FOOTWEAR OR FURNITURE. I hope you have the date in your diary - SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 23rd from 9am - 2pm, at Welland Park Academy on Welland Park Road - SEE YOU THERE!  By the way, the donations board will also be in position in the Cloister as from next weekend.




This year, on October 13th, we mark Prisoner’s Sunday, the national day of prayer and action for prisoners and their dependants.  It is a day to direct our thoughts and prayers to prisoners, their families and their children. Prisoners’ Sunday provides an important opportunity to reflect on how we as a community can make a difference to the lives of those who are affected by the criminal justice system. It is time to identify those who are in crisis and find themselves in need of support in our own community. Our prayers are requested for all those whose lives are entwined with the criminal justice system on 13th October. Fr Owen invited our parishioners to come and mark this week at a service at the Methodist Church this afternoon at 4 pm.


THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK: What’s on the other side?


A sick man turned to his doctor as he was preparing to leave the examination room. “Doctor, I am afraid to die. Tell me what lies on the other side.” Very quietly, the doctor said, “I don’t know.”  “You don’t know? You, a Christian man, do not know what is on the other side?” The doctor was holding the handle of the door, On the other side came a sound of scratching and whining, and as he opened the door his golden retriever  sprang into the room and leaped on him with eager show of gladness. Turning to the patient, the doctor said, “Did you notice my dog? He’s never been in this room before. He didn’t know what was inside. He knew nothing except that his master was here, and when the door opened, he sprang in without fear. “I know little of what is on the other side of death, but I do now one thing. I know my Master is there and that is enough”



on Saturday 26th October, 10.30 am - 4.00 pm at St Joseph's, Leicester LE5 6RA. There is no charge for the day although a light lunch is available at £3.50.  Our theme  is "What is my calling? What are my gifts?" and the day will focus on our social responsibility to the communities and world we live in. Interviews with women actively involved in this vocational work begin our morning, which opens with prayer and concludes with a music meditation, followed by an afternoon of questions and small group discussions. The day is open to all women who identify as Catholic, whether they are actively involved in parish life or not, and we also welcome those who no longer practice their faith and perhaps even feel the Catholic Faith is no longer relevant to them. To book a place telephone 0116 2207881 or email Alison.CWS@outlook.com or CatherineMaryrady@gmail.com


Your Red Missio Boxes are due to be emptied. Please bring in your box and leave on the table in the Cloister to be counted. They will be ready for collection the following weekend.



There are a number of prizes needing to be claimed. Please check on the notice board to see if you are a winner.




Thousands of Catholics from England and Wales are expected to travel to Rome for the canonisation of John Henry Newman this weekend, when he will become the first English saint of modern times.


As many as 20,000 tickets have been reserved, with a large number of pilgrims attending from the English Oratories, which were founded by Cardinal Newman. They include 50 from the Oxford Oratory, about 40 from Manchester, 20 from Birmingham, and a group from the York Oratory, which is still in formation. The Schola Cantorum of the London Oratory School will sing at the Canonisation Mass on Sunday.


The Archdiocese of Birmingham, where Newman founded the first English Oratory, is sending nine different groups, including about 30 pilgrims from the cathedral, 30 from the Oratory schools, and groups from the Maryvale Institute and Newman University. As well as individual adult pilgrims, the Archdiocese of Westminster said that 25 young adults were travelling from London.


The Prince of Wales will lead the UK delegation – because the Queen no longer travels abroad, he is the highest-ranking royal who could attend – along with HM Ambassador to the Holy See, Sally Axworthy.


Cardinal Vincent Nichols will lead a delegation of 17 English and Welsh bishops, including the Archbishops of Birmingham, Southwark and Cardiff.


While there was not due to be any official presence from the Irish Government or University College Dublin, which Newman founded, the Irish Church is due to be represented by a group of four bishops, including the Bishop of Limerick, Brendan Leahy, and 30 pilgrims.



Because our Church is Grade II Listed Building, before any work that might change the character, style, architecture or any other feature of the church, can now take place, approval must be given by Historic Churches Committee for the Diocese of Nottingham and English Heritage. To this effect a Public Notice has been posted on the tree to the entrance of the church, informing the public of our intent, to change our current lighting system. The notice will remain in place for 21 days as required by law.



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.




This year the Prisons Week service will be held at Market Harborough Methodist Church on Sunday 13th October at 4 pm, 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


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" -


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




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