Our Lady of Victories News

N.B. ESSENTIAL: 

 

It is absolutely essential to pre book your intention of coming to Mass. Unless you have previously booked, and all places are filled to our limited capacity, it will not be possible or permissible for us to let you in. It goes without saying that this disappoints and hurts us as much as  it does you, and especially so the stewards who have the responsibility to implement the very strict rules and regulations imposed on us by Government Law, together with our Church Compliance and implementing of those laws. Also please note that nobody should, or can enter the Church for Mass without being greeted and taken to a seat by one of the stewards.

 

Who do I contact to reserve a place?

 

For those wishing to come to the 6.00 pm Mass on Saturday please ring Angela Wade on 01858 462293 between 5.00 pm and 7.00 pm on either Wednesday, Thursday or Friday.

 

For those wishing to come to the 9.00 am Mass on Sunday please ring Jo Shellard on 01858 440983 between 5.00 pm and 7.00 pm on either Wednesday, Thursday or Friday.

 

For those wishing to come to the 11.00 am Mass on Sunday please ring Stephen McGlone on 01858 465939 between 5.00 pm and 7.00 pm on either Wednesday, Thursday or Friday.

 

Please only ring on the above stated evenings and times.

 

Reminders

 

Don’t forget to bring and wear a Face Mask.

 

Please follow the stewards requests at all times.

 

Sanitise your hands on entering and leaving the Church.

 

 

Please remain seated or standing during Mass. Do not kneel.

 

Remember the Church must be cleaned and sanitised after every service.

 

Please remember also that all toilets WILL NOT be in use.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Your help and cooperation in everyway is required and expected.

 

You must book beforehand to come to Mass because of limited places.

 

Because we are observing the distance of a metre plus, face Masks must be worn by all from the moment you step inside the Church door, to the end of Mass when you step outside the Church door.

 

If you happen to forget to bring your mask, we have some disposable ones available for you to purchase at 60p. each. We would request that children of 12 years and upwards, wear a mask during Mass.

 

Both Church doors will be open. Those wishing to sit on Our Lady’s statue side of the Church, please enter through the front door entrance on Coventry Road.

      

Those wishing to sit on the Sacred Heart Altar side, please enter by the side doors on Fairfield Road.

 

After you have sanitised your hands, you will be taken to your seat by a steward. During Mass, you can remain seated or stand as you wish, but please do not kneel. You will leave the Church through the door you came in through.

 

Whilst our car parks will be opened, you will have to walk around the outside to enter the Church. You will not be able to come through the Hall doors as you normally will have done.

 

Also please be aware that the toilets will not be in use.

 

With every good wish to you all, and God’s blessings to you and your loved ones.

 

Fr Owen

 

ALSO PLEASE NOTE:

 

A) All Face Masks must cover both mouth and nose.

B) Exit via Church door you entered through.

C) Please try your utmost to social distance within the Church, whilst exiting and outside the church doors.

D) DO NOT KNEEL during Mass, so as to avoid less contact with pew fronts and also to regulate and control the social distancing.

E) Try to follow the directives of the stewards and cooperate with them all the way.

F) As the church itself and all contact points within the building that might have been touched have to be sanitised immediately after every Mass it is essential that the church is emptied as smoothly and quickly as possible after every service.

G) Make sure you sanitise your hands on entry and exiting the church.

H) Mass books or any kind of handout are not permitted on entry.

I) Thanks to our stewards and thank you to all for your great understanding of the need and your cooperation.

 

FOR THOSE WHO HAVE NOT VENTURED BACK TO MASS AS YET! 

 

You maybe interested to know that there are some changes:

1. As already printed, you must pre-book for weekend Mass. This is necessary to maintain the social distancing in Church. When you book you will be told which door to come through, also exiting through that same door.

2. Sunday Masses will be much shorter than previous. No music or Singing is permitted.

3. Priests are encouraged to give shorter homilies.

4. Strict guidelines must be follows in approaching for Holy Communion.

5. The Church doors will be left open during the celebration to allow a

6.  healthy airflow through the Church.

7. A shorter and quicker celebration means a shorter time together in the building.

 

In short: Come back to your Sunday Mass when you feel you are ready and comfortable with that responsibility.  The choice is yours.  We will do our best to welcome you back to your “Spiritual Home” and ensure your safety.

 

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

 

Alicja Una McEvoy 1985; Gibson Archibald Mack 1987; Philip Anthony Green 1987; Victor Norton 1988;

Mary Brett 1988;  Feliksa Palka 1989; Frederick Cross 1990; Dominic Matthew Stewart 1991;

Mary Agnes Kelleher 1993; Thomas Michael Minogue 1994; Albert Appleyard 1995; John Kelleher 1995;

Geoffrey Plowright 1996; Marie Jeanne Fincham 1996; Vincent Carroll 1997; Evelyn Dora Marshall 1997;

Julie Glenda Pignalosa 1997; Joan Gladys Eugenie Franc 1997; John Tadensz Rayford 1997; Leslie John Fagg 1998;

Elizabeth Skokoski 1998; George Roger Sullivan 1998; Eileen Colette Byford 2000; Wilfred (Bill) Whatton 2001;

Maureen Irons 2001; Fiorella Smedley 2002; James Cecil Kirby 2004; William Francis Tufts 2005;

Carlo Ventriglia 2006; Marian Kwacz  2007; Bill Potter 2009; Eileen Wade 2010; Johann Gandorfer 2010;

Anthony Scampton 2010; Michael Molyneux 2011; Gary Wayne McAllister 2011; Mary Monica Delbridge 2012;

Patrick Desmond Kennedy 2012; John Mitchell 2013; Karen Patricia Perry 2013; John Henry Byford 2013;

Helen Ann Crowe 2014; Michael Patrick Easden 2014; Sheila Bartlette 2014; Maureen McGeorge. R.I.P. 2019;

Pat Curran R.I.P. 2019; Rita Rielly R.I.P. 2019; Brian Skelham R.I.P. 2019; Eugenijus Morkunas R.I.P. 2019;

Fr Douglas Key 1958; Fr John Goodwin 1965; Fr David Bradbury 1967; Canon Michael Gilleran 1976;

Fr John Grimshaw 1978; Mgr Maurice Parmentier; Fr Henry McDonald 1981; Mgr Mark Swaby 1987;

Fr Brian Bergin 1992; Fr Vincent Rush 1998; Fr James Leahy 1999; Fr Michael Quane 1999; Fr Oliver Wilson 2002;

Fr Anthony O’Dowd 2010

 

May they rest in peace.

 

LAST WEEK’S  OBSERVATION:

 

As I referred to in last week’s newsletter, it is virtually impossible to fill the newsletter currently with Parish News, because there simply isn’t any.  Everything is so quiet, calm and peaceful.  So many families would appear to be having a little break in this beautiful spell of weather. Obviously Covid has changes the plans, hopes and dreams of many. The “new normal” will take some adapting to for all of us. When our schools open before long, I suppose there will be some semblance of “former normality” for family life, but of course adjustments and changes are inevitable. Anyway enough “rabbiting on” from me on nothing!

 

THANKS AND APPRECIATION:

 

As I have referred to in a previous Newsletter, through the kindness and generosity of one of our parishioners, I am privileged to receive my own personal weekly copy of a Catholic publication called “The Tablet”. Two of last week’s published articles drew my special attention.

 

The first was written by Catherine Pepinster, a former editor of The Tablet and well known writer on the Catholic Church and a “Thought for the Day” contributor on Radio 4. The theme of her Tablet article this past week was “The Virus and the Churches Financial Crisis.” She refers to the great financial loss to many priests who will have missed out on the Easter  offerings this year because of the Lockdown. But more importantly, she speaks of the great financial loss of income to the Church during the Lockdown, and even now, the ongoing loss through the very limited numbers being able to attend Church services because of  the regulations imposed for everybody’s safety. She refers to a number of Diocese and their current financial situation and  how Dioceses are trying to cope, having to eat into their investments that were set aside for “the rainy day”. Among the Dioceses she refers to are Leeds, Portsmouth, Southampton, Salford, Birmingham, Southwark and Westminster. She does refer to the recommendation by the Bishops of England and Wales, that where possible, parishioners should be encouraged to set us Direct payments, thus ensuring an ongoing weekly, monthly or quarterly payments and support for their local parish. Finally, she writes that the Lockdown has been more than a passing crisis for the Church in England and Wales. It has been a wake up call that is challenging the way parishes and diocese are funded and managed.

 

The second article that attracted special attention is titled “The Roots of a Saint” by Gerzim Alpion, who is a lecturer in Sociology  at the University of Birmingham. The saint referred to is Mother Teresa of Calcutta. The article deals or refers to a new publication by Bloomsbury Academic, which explores the ethnicity and background of Gonxhe Agnes Bojaxiu, born in  Skopje, now the capital of North Macedonia. Gonxhe was later to become Mother Teresa of Calcutta and on September 4th 2016 was canonised by the Church to become St Teresa of Calcutta.

 

She said herself that “By blood and origin, I am all Albanian. My Citizenship is Indian. I am a  Catholic Nun. As to my calling, I belong to the whole world. As to my heart, I belong entirely to the  heart of Jesus.”

 

Although her ethnicity and calling are  crystal clear, there was a private side to a story that she very seldom referred to or spoke about, that being her father, who died a painful death from poisoning in 1919, probably from a political assassination carried out by Slav nationalists keen to eliminate “incorrigible” Albanian patriots opposed to the Annexation  of Albanian terrorists by the Kingdom of Yugoslavia. The claim that the Yugoslavs were implicated in Nikolle’s murder were first made public by Mother Teresa’s brother, Lazar, in 1979.

 

Despite his insistence that she speak out about this, and discrimination against Albanians across the Yugoslav federation, Mother Teresa maintained her silence till her death on the 5th September 1997. Though she knew that Enver Hoxna’s government in Albania had mistreated her mother and sister partly because of her growing fame, she remained equally reticent about the brutal persecution of Christians - including Catholic priests and faithful - in Albanian throughout the period of Communist rule.

 

The Details surrounding the death of Mother Teresa’s father will probably always remain murky. But her life long silence about her father’s death was also partly a determination to block a deeply painful memory. By her own admission, her father “remained” with her forever. I believe she never recovered from this inconsolable loss. Even if she had been sure that Serbian Nationalists were behind her father’s murder, Mother Teresa would still not have condemned the killers. Forgiveness was fundamental to her. And her silence was also dictated by her loyalty to the Vatican. Knowing how important she had increasingly become to the Church following her foundation of the Missionaries of Charity in 1950, and her growing international profile, especially in the wake of of the Nobel Peace Prize, Mother Teresa was aware that any loose remark from her on the Balkan politics could have repercussions for the Vatican’s sensitive relations with Yugoslavia and the Serbs in particular.

 

But I have learnt that Mother Teresa chose to ignore the subject of her father’s death for another reason. Shortly after he was murdered, nine -year - old Gonxhe lost her maternal uncle, Mark, and six members of his family, who lived close by the family home in Skopje. They all died in the Spanish flu pandemic which raged between 1918 and 1920. The only person to survive from her uncle’s family was six-year-old Filomena, who was adopted by Mother Teresa’s mother, Roza. Filomena became Gonxhe’s closest friend. They shared the same bedroom in the family home until 1928 when Gonxhe left Skopje to travel to Dublin to join the Sisters of Loreto, at Loreto Abbey in Rathfarnham. After six weeks she embarked on a long voyage to India to fulfil her dream of becoming a missionary.

 

NEW LIGHTING SYSTEM

 

Please note that the long delayed electrical work of replacing the Church lighting (delay due to COVID-19) started on Monday 3 August 2020.

 

There will be no access to the Church on weekdays.

 

Masses on Saturday evening and Sunday morning will not be affected by the work and will be celebrated as usual.

 

YOUR NEW PARISH PRIEST:

 

As I announced at our Masses on Sunday morning, your new parish priest, taking over from me in mid-September will be Canon Christopher O’Connor or Fr Chris as he wishes to be called. Fr Chris is currently parish priest at Grantham. He celebrates his silver  of Ordination this year. Fr Chris has a brother a priest, currently parish priest at Skegness. His mother lives in Leicester. Fr Chris is familiar, even if  vaguely, with this area. He spent part of his childhood in the Lutterworth area and his family have lived in St Thomas More parish in Leicester for many years.

 

When our Bishop Patrick informed me approximately a month ago who my successor was going to be, I thanked him and told him of my relief and delight of his choice of my successor. I really meant that. Fr Chris is a lovely man, gentle, kind and a “real people’s person”. I’m absolutely convinced that you will love him and that he will love all of you, and serve you spiritually and pastorally with great dedication and love.

 

Fr Chris is an experienced Prison Chaplain and is still involved with Stockon and Whatton Prisons. This experience will serve him greatly in his role as the R.C. Chaplain at Gartree Prison. I know you will give Fr Chris a great welcome, and your full support and love. If he is half as happy here as I have been over the past 19 years, he will be a very happy and fulfilled priest indeed.

 

LACY Leicestershire Active Catholic Youth

 

will be celebrating the feast of The Assumption on line, via Zoom, on Sunday 16th August at 4.00 pm.  We warmly invite all young people, their families, friends and parishioners to share this exciting liturgy with us.  We will be remembering especially in our prayers those young people receiving their exam results in August.  Fr. Simon Gillespie will be leading us in our prayer and reflection.  We are also looking for people to share in the liturgy and this could be YOU!  We will enjoy to hear from you as we are looking forward to another AMAZING celebration!  Contact us via email at paulinepayne@hotmail.com  Please ensure that all under 18 years of age do ask parents/guardians to make the contact and when sharing the celebration should be on line with the young person.  On the Solemnity of the Assumption, let us remember our Mother Mary who is in Heaven and who loves us very much.

 

 

QUESTIONS PEOPLE ARE ASKING:

 

 

 

 

 

 

Why have you changed Mass times?

 

This is a temporary measure, so that those who have to clean and sanitise the Church after everybody has gone on a Saturday evening, can do so without disturbance and get to their homes in reasonable time. Likewise on Sunday Mornings, there must be at least an hour to give time for cleaning and getting ready for the 11a.m Mass.

 

Why no Mass at Husbands Bosworth?

 

The Church has not been approved for reopening for services. Because it is so small and narrow, Social Distancing would create big problems, with very few being able to attend, so it will remain without it’s Sunday Morning Mass until further notice.

 

Why are only so few allowed to go to any one Mass:

 

As already stated many, many times, we must adhere to Social Distancing. The Church has had to be adapted to the maximum it can admit for any one service.

 

Why are we asked to wear a Face Mask in Church?

 

Again because we have opted for the metre plus in distancing, as against the 2 metre, we are required to wear a Mask for obvious reasons.

 

Why can’t we sing our hymns and have music?

 

To prevent the droplets from your mouth from spreading further out. Apparently singing spreads the droplets further afield than just speaking.

 

Why are we not using our Mass books?

 

To prevent the spread of any germs which might be already there, or which may attach themselves from your hands to the surface of the cover or the pages.

 

Why only one Reader and why must she/he sanitise and wear gloves during that ministry?

 

One Reader cuts down the movement within the Church, also helping to curtail any possibility of passing on any signs of the virus to anybody else. Gloves are worn because the Lectionary and microphone may be touched inadvertently or otherwise by the Reader.

 

Why are we not allowed to pick up a Newsletter on our way in to Mass as against when leaving?

 

Any paper, books etc. that you might touch can become infected. So the idea is that any loose leaflets such as the Newsletter, should be picked up on your way out and taken away with you. Please, please, do not leave any loose leaflets, papers, sheets of any kind behind you in Church. Take them home with you and dispose of them appropriately.

 

Why are we not allowed to walk along the Cloister and go through the Rooms etc. to the Hall and into the car park as we have always done.? 

 

Again for very practical reasons. Any area that has been used for whatever reason or for access, must be cleaned and sanitised. The less area and equipment used, the less the cleaning afterwards by our volunteer stewards.

 

What is the biggest change we can expect next Sunday, or whenever we feel ready and able to go back to Mass:

 

The biggest change will be the lay out of the Church and being shepherded by stewards, remembering that you will not be able to sit in your customary seat, that you will not be able to ramble around to greet or chat with your friends whom you have not seen for weeks. There will be a complete change in atmosphere in the Church. The celebration of Mass will be much shorter than usual, to try and prevent you being “indoors together” for as short as possible. But your great reward, happiness and joy, will be in being able to receive our Divine Lord again in Holy Communion. What a blessing that will be for all of you who have been denied that joy, that great privilege of receiving your Eucharistic Lord for such a long time. Like St. Paul you will be saying :  “I live, now not I, but Christ lives in me”.

 

Will we be able to receive Holy Communion?

 

Yes indeed you will in the hand only, through the Sacred Host. You will not be able to receive from the Chalice. You will receive further instructions at Mass re. approach, keeping the correct distance, stretching out your hand as far as possible, and how you will return to your place. Again following the advice of the stewards will be absolutely essential for all of us. By the way, you will not see any Altar Servers on the Altar for the time being, or anybody allowed on to the Sanctuary except the Eucharistic Minister(s) on duty. He/she will have to sanitise, keeping the Social Distancing, as will the Priest, before and after distribution.

 

Why are we using both Church doors for entry and exit?

 

Again in the hope that this will help with the Social Distancing required. Those entering the side doors will be asked to use the seats on the Sacred Heart Altar side. Those who come through the front doors on Coventry Road will be asked to use the seats on Our Lady’s Statue side of the Church. You will leave the Church via the door you entered through.

 

Please remember the importance of the required Social Distancing.

 

Lastly, remember that during this time of pandemic, only those who feel ready, those who feel comfortable with it, those who are fit and healthy, should consider coming to Mass. Those with serious underlying health issues, and those who are very elderly, should not consider coming at this time. Remember your Sunday obligation to attend Mass has been suspended during this time. So please do not take any chances if you are not comfortable. Do not take any risk, and certainly do not put others in any danger of risk. For those who cannot come for whatever reason, at this time, be assured that you will be in the thoughts and prayers of all who can, and will come to Mass. God bless you all and keep safe.

 

WANTED: WANTED:

 

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.

 

DATA PROTECTION:

 

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

 

WHO SHOULD REGISTER?

 

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.

 

FAIR TRADE:

 

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.

 

RELAXING SCRABBLE

 

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.

 

STEP BY STEP:  

 

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.

 

WE NEED THEM!

 

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.

 

HAVE YOU BEEN AWAY?  WANT TO CATCH UP ON PARISH NEWS?

 

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.

 

JUBILEE FOODBANK: 

 

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

 

ACTIVE GROUP FOR PEOPLE WITH DEMENTIA:

 

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

 

THE THIRD WORLD GROUP

 

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.

 

GOING INTO HOSPITAL FOR ANY REASON!

 

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

 

MOTHERS PRAYER MEETING

 

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.

 

SUPPORT FOR CARERS:

 

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.

 

BOWER HOUSE: 

 

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.

 

TORCH BOOK GROUP:

 

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.

 

AFRICAN CHURCH NEEDS ROSARY BEADS

 

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.

 

USED CLOTHES FOR THE THIRD WORLD:

 

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.

 

THE LIFE GROUP:

 

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.

 

INTERPRETING THE LAW:

 

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.

 

VOLUNTEERS FOR TORCH:

 

Torch Trust is an international Christian Mission that aims to help people with sightless to discover faith in Christ and live fulfilling Christian lives.  They are continually developing their service for blind and partially sighted people and as a result the volunteer needs are also changing.   Perhaps you know someone who has recently retired and is looking to use their gifts and skills, honed in the workplace, in a new avenue.  Or perhaps you know someone who has been long termed unemployed, volunteering can help to raise self esteem and build new skills that can go on the CV with a view of getting back into work. 

 

Further information on what volunteering roles are available can be found on the poster on the notice board.

 

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