Our Lady of Victories News

REQUIESCANT IN PACE: (Anniversary 1st - 29th February)


James William Frederick Maidwell 1972; Vera Gwendoline Quinn 1988; Anna Bryan 1988;

Edward Arthur Baker 1988; Yvonne Maria Murray 1988; Mario Orlindo Daggaianti 1989;

John Patrick Hayden 1989; Edna Mary 1990; Eva Egie Ada Reedman 1991; Brenda Gwendoline Parsons 1991;

Thomas Samuel David Bower 1992; Joseph Docherty Devine 1993; Adeline Bower 1993; Edna Mary Henry 1993;

Kathleen Helen James 1994; Kathleen Mary Teear 1994; Michael Philip Wilson 1994; Herbert Henry Tomblin 1995;

Omelan Luckyj 1995; Alice Henrietta Cross 1995; Keith Sarjeant 1996; Alexander Kavanagh 1996;

Dorothy Hayden 1996; Evelyn Florence Robins 1996; Irene Maguire 1997; Mary Jane Connolly 1997;

Marie Josephine Roeber 1998; Maurice Denzel Jones 1998; John Philip Weldon 1998; Dr. Peter Charles Smith 1999;

Clare Beard 1999; Jenny Kelly 1999; Charles Denzel Gawler 2000; Patricia Charlotte Achurch 2002;

Peter Frederick Crotty 2002; Winifred Gertrude Welch 2002; Monica Margaret Heighton 2003;

Margaret Ososki 2004; Sheila Winifrid Smallman 2004; Kathleen Maud Loakes 2004; Helen Joanna Kennedy 2004;

Margaret Illson 2005; Teena Shiers 2005; Gary John Hillyard 2006; Elizabeth Clare Hamer 2006;

Nora Ziolkowski 2006; Mieczyslaw Czarnocki 2008; Giovanna Domenica DiCicco 2008; Kay Riley 2008;

Bridget Devine 2008; Derek Fortnum 2008; Paul Bennett 2009; George Ernest Mayes 2009; Paul Davis 2010;

Jan Zemlak 2010; June Spence 2010; Vincent Melia 2011;  Ewan James Bowen 2012; Terence Stray 2012;

Stuart Taylor 2012; Jean Mary Elizabeth Webb 2013; Matilda Jane Gowing 2015;  Nancy Lilian Burns 2015;

Mikolaj Kociuba 2015; John Joseph Darcy 2015;  Wadealene Hamer 2016; Carol Denise Drew 2016;

William (Will) Brown 2018;  Archbishop Bagshawe (3rd Bishop of Nottingham) 1915; Mgr John Hadican 1958;

Mgr Edwin Henson 1961; Fr Francis Brennan 1962; Canon Leo Arendzen 1963; Fr. Finian O’Sullivan 1972;

Fr. Herbert Bowker 1981; Fr. Christopher O’Brien 1982; Fr. Stephen Hodskinson 1989; Fr. Albert Basil IC1990;

Fr. Patrick Kelly SMA 1990; Fr. William O’Dowd 1992; Bishop Cyril Restieaux 1996; Fr. Edward Carrick 2004;

Canon Leo McReavy 2004; Fr. William O’Neill 2005


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




are offered to Dale Heathcote and his children on the death of a dear wife and mother, Franca (nee Stifanelli) No words can take away the sadness and sorrow of this family at this time. but the assurance of our thoughts and prayers will be a comfort for them. May Franca be given a merciful welcome to her eternal home and be reunited now in eternal love, with her departed loved ones who have gone before her. Funeral Mass here on Monday 24th at 12 noon.




As all of you have already been informed, our lighting systems in the church must be renewed. I have now been told that the Electricians will start work on Monday, 2nd March beginning with the choir area and the lights underneath the choir gallery. The fittings for that part of the church are to hand, but we are still awaiting the fittings for the main body of the church. The complete work is estimated to take a month.


During that time the church will be out of use during the week, but will be made available for our use at weekends with temporary lighting. Weekday Masses will be celebrated in the De Trafford Room. I know you will all appreciate the need for this work which must be done, and that you will appreciate the necessary inconvenience whilst the work is being carried out.




Following on from our attempt at “LECTIO DIVINA” a few weeks ago, many of the 25 people who attended have asked the question - WHAT NEXT? As I explained then, I personally feel inadequate to lead “Lection Divina” (holy praying based on the readings in Scripture). I have invited Fr Anthony Pateman to come and lead a session for us. Fr Anthony has had considerable experience in  “Lectio Divina” and he has agreed to come to us on Sunday, February 23rd to lead us in an hour of “Lectio Divina” from 3pm - 4pm in the Kavanagh Room. I hope all, or most of you, who came a few weeks ago, will come again and of course ALL who possibly can will indeed be most welcome.




To mark the “YEAR OF THE WORD” I will be arranging for two sessions on Scripture on two Sunday afternoons during Lent. The first session will be on St Matthew’s Gospel - its construction, its many parables, how it differs from

Mark, Luke and John, and how we must truly learn to know, to love and to live the Word of God.


The second session will be on “using St Matthew’s Gospel as a source of prayer, finding suitable texts to meet every emotion of daily life and knowing Christ Our Lord and Saviour as a real friend, on our journey of faith, hope and love.




26th June to 3rd July.  Travel to and from the airport  and flight to Lourdes. FULL BOARD - staying at Hosanna House for 7 nights. Cost - £758. Contact Fr Jim Cahill on 01530 832326 or John Masding on 01858466682 for more information.




after all Masses this weekend to support S.P.U.C. and LIFE with their efforts to protect the unborn child  in its mother’s womb.




at Marston Trussell this year will be on June 11th.  Further information and tickets from Kate Crawford on 446873. Further details on Poster on Noticeboard.




The following is a letter from the Tour Company as accepted by our Diocesan Lourdes Co-ordinators. The Pilgrimage will travel by air and train to Lourdes on the 12th - 17th July. The flights will be from East Midlands airport direct to Lourdes. The train will depart from Nottingham via London and Paris and then to Lourdes. Booking forms etc. available from Fr Owen. Further details on poster on Church Notice board.




Teacher (KS1 or KS2) (Temporary in the first instance from 24/08/2020 – 31/8/2021 possibility of permanent contract following). Main Pay Scale. Are you an inspirational and dynamic experienced teacher who would like to become part of our lovely school team? Our children are delightful and deserve the best opportunities to learn. You will have an appreciation of our Catholic Ethos and how to contribute towards it. Our staffroom is full of fun and laughter and as part of the St Thomas Aquinas Catholic Academy Trust, we will offer the successful applicant a welcoming and supportive team where everyone is committed to staff development and raising standards for all in an enjoyable and purposeful environment. This post is not suitable for NQTs.


You will need to be committed to children’s learning; have high aspirations, drive and ambition and work collaboratively with all stakeholders. We warmly encourage applicants to visit our school. Please contact the school office to arrange an appointment. Our telephone number is 01858 465359. Application packs are available from the school website: www.stjosephs.leics.sch.uk


Closing Date: 10am Tuesday 25th February 2020    Interviews: Tuesday 3rd March 2020


We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expect all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. This post is subject to an enhanced DBS (Disclosure & Barring Service) check.




Starting Date: 1 September 2020 (or earlier if available)     Salary Range: £40,000 - £50,000 pa


The Nottingham Roman Catholic Diocesan Education Service is seeking to appoint a highly professional and talented Assistant Director of Education to join a committed, hardworking team. The successful applicant will assist the Director of Education in providing a strategic lead on the areas of Catholic Life (including Relationships and Sex Education), Religious Education and Collective Worship within the Diocese of Nottingham and by representing the Bishop and the Director of Education with professionalism and integrity at all times.


If you would like an informal conversation about the post, please contact Peter Giorgio, (Director of Education) on 01332 293833 ext. 202. Application packs are available from Julie Sweeney at the NRCDES, The Diocesan Centre, Mornington Crescent, Mackworth, Derby, DE22 4BD or can be downloaded from the following website: www.dioceseofnottingham.uk/education.


Closing Date: 2 April 2020.  Interviews: 21 and 22 April 2020




The Scripture Tour will be in the Diocese of Nottingham next Saturday 22nd February 2020 at the Holy Trinity Parish Centre, Newark, Notts NG24 4AU, visit anytime between 10 am and 4.30 pm. The artist Pete Codling will be explaining his artwork at 12.30 with other presentations before and after on Mary & The Word, Seeing The Word, Exploring The Word, Sharing The Word, Living The Word with food and refreshments available. Visit: www.dioceseofnottingham.uk There will also be a chance to win  ‘The God Who Roars’ lion, see Cardinal Vincent Nichols trailer: https://www.cbcew.org.uk/home/events/the-god-who-speaks/




On 4th to 5th July, 2020 there is an opportunity for all married couples to enrich their marriage and renew their commitment to one another.  A non-residential Marriage Encounter Weekend will be held at Savio House, Bollington, Nr Macclesfield, SK10 5RW.  Most couples and many priests find this a very rewarding experience.  Book now at www.wwme.org.uk or for more information contact:


Charles and Krysia Golabek on 01625 263627 charles.golabek@ntlworld.com or Mark and Liz Dutton on 01625 428498 lizmark@lizmark1.co.uk.  There are Travel Lodges in Adlington & Macclesfield and a Premier Inn in Tytherington – all within 3 miles.




Are you interested in a career in teaching?  Our Catholic primary schools are looking for educators to help our young people to grow in their faith.  Our dedicated School Direct route guarantees a placement in a faith school and is run by an outstanding provider of Initial Teacher Training.  If you have a degree in any subject, contact teachingschool@ctk.leicester.sch.uk for more information.




Saturday 29th February 2020, from 1pm -4pm. Cakes; Silent Auction; hand massage; nail painting. At Market Harborough Baptist Church, New horizons Hall. In memory of Marissa Hendry 31/5/79 - 7/12/19. All proceeds to Harborough Guide Dog Support. £5 is needed to name a guide dog ‘Marissa’




The TORCH TRUST have recently published some practical guide tips to enable church congregations to assist those with sight loss, attending, wishing to attend, or simply visiting churches. Whilst most of our tips are practical and common sense guidelines, it is my intention to have the publication on our next Parish Pastoral Council agenda, to see, if and where we can become more aware and more open to meet and serve the needs of those with sight loss of any degree.  More on this later, when available.




As you must be aware from the inserts in the weekly newsletter over a 3 week period and the presence of an “ECO CHURCH SUGGESTON BOX” on the table in the cloister, it is absolutely imperative  on all of us to respond not only as individuals and families, but also as a faith Family, a Church Community, I understand that a number of suggestions for consideration have been submitted via the “ECO SUGGESTION BOX” and also via social media. Again these suggestions will be brought to our Parish Pastoral Council for consideration and practical application, when and where possible in our church and community . Further information when available.




This Annual Diocesan Mass to celebrate the gift of Christian marriage, is where married couples are able to renew their vows before the Bishop, and receive his Apostolic blessing on their Marriages. This year, it will take place on Sunday 16th February, 3 pm at St Barnabas Cathedral. This Mass is open to all married couples, but is especially appropriate to those recently married, or celebrating a significant anniversary.  All are Welcome. (If you require more details please contact Fr. David Palmer: catholicdavid@mac.com)




It’s Wild and Precious. Has the thought ever crossed your  mind about  becoming a Religious Sister or Brother? ‘Come and Ask afternoons’ at Our Lady and St Edwards Gordon Road , St. Ann's, Nottingham, NG3 2LG on 14 March 2020, 2.30 – 4.00 pm. If further information is required contact:


Sr Maureen Brennan maureenbrennancsjp@gmail.com,


Sr Susan Richert religious@nrcdt.org.uk  07751196124 or


The Nottingham Vocation team nottinghamvocations@hotmail.co.uk



Saturday 15th - at 12 noon Baptism of Agatha Teresa Craven at Husbands Bosworth

Saturday 15th / Sunday16th - Voluntary retiring collection after all Masses for LIFE and SPUC

Saturday 22nd / Sunday 23rd - Knights of St Columba brief input for volunteers after all Masses

Wednesday 26th - Ash Wednesday

Saturday 29th / Sunday March 1st - After all Masses Margaret Atkins to remind us of

                                                    CAFOD Family Fast Day on Friday, March 6th




formerly Woman’s World Day of Prayer is on Friday 6th March 4 pm at Harborough Community Church, Bath St.  It has been written by the Christian women of Zimbabwe. The Theme is Rise! Take Your Mat and Walk. All are welcome. Refreshments following service.




The dates for Sunday nights are as follows.


As a rule we meet the 2nd and 4th Sunday of the month 6:30 - 8.00 pm and not every other Sunday as that balances with other groups in the town and takes into account 5th Sundays etc. 23rd February, 8th March, 22nd March.


The group is for all secondary school age young people.  We'll be doing a series this term called 'Blurred Lines' looking at difficult issues like alcohol and drug use, fast fashion, relationships, gender and sexuality and many others where there are different perspectives that Christians across the world hold, we'll be exploring those together so prepare for some interesting conversations!




The Rosmini Centre is sited at 433 Fosse Way, Ratcliffe- on-the-Wreake, Leicester, LE7 4SJ - off the A46 on the entrance approximately 1/2 mile past that to Ratcliffe College. It is owned and run by the Rosminian Fathers as a junior seminary, and a centre for Prayer, Retreats, Spiritual direction, opportunities for Confession etc. etc. Please contact Fr Tobin IC at the address above for further information. The Centre has now published its 2020 programme of Spirituality and Celebrations for 2020. It provides something for everybody. See programme 2020 on our notice board for your information and action.




Year of The Word - Days of Prayer:


Encounter Jesus and be Missionary Disciples through St Matthew's Gospel - day begins at 10.00 am (refreshments from 9.30 am) and ends with Liturgy at 3.00 pm.


19 February 2020 - St Mary's, Boston Lincolnshire, PE21 9BU


16 May 2020 - St Hugh's, Lincoln, LN2 5AQ


16 May 2020 - St Joseph's, Matlock, DE4 3NG


10 October 2020 - Our Lady and St Thomas, Ilkeston, DE7 5RF


For further details contact: 


Ann Neale - ann@perkeo.co.uk  -  07730 956156

Mary Robinson - chris.and.mary@talktalk.net  -  07443 841223


Tea and coffee provided - bring a packed lunch.




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. February 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.




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.




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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