Our Lady of Victories News

We hope that the Coronavirus will ease soon as the vaccine rolls out. I have now joined the rolling test program of the Prison. (1st test negative!) As I said last week we must all keep safe and remember that the Sunday Mass obligation is suspended. Even if you are following the Mass from home on a live stream, it is good to share the Sunday scriptures within your family or household.
We remain open for Mass though this is under review. I received the following information from the Diocese.
We received an update from yesterday’s Coronavirus Places of Worship Task Force that meets with the Government. The Church was represented by Cardinal Nichols and Prof Jim McManus along with Canon Christopher Thomas at this meeting yesterday.  The highlights of the discussion were as follows: 
1.      Health professional research to date indicates that the new virus variant is as well
         controlled by social distancing and mitigations as the old.  Further studies are taking               
         place for a more concrete verification on this matter.
2.      HMG stressed that there would be no blanket closure of places of worship.  They   
         asked that each Place of Worship should re-evaluate their own local situation and   
         examine all factors that could affect the good Covid security demonstrated by places    
         of worship so far.  This is to include (but is not limited to):
3.      Sufficient stewarding and management of the venue
4.      Sufficient cleaning after acts of communal worship
5.      Maintaining good social distancing in the space available along with good ventilation
6.      Factors affecting travel to and from the place of worship, such as public transport
7.      The length of exposure time for an act of worship is critical and should be minimised – anything that is not  necessary should be omitted.
8.     Those who have gathered for worship should not mingle before or after the service outside of the church.  They should disperse immediately
9.     All non-essential worship should be postponed or cancelled (see below)
10.   The officials noted that keeping Covid secure places of worship open for public worship adds no extra burden to the NHS and provides recognised benefits for the community.
11.   The task force expressed with great clarity that the role of the Local Authority is one of enforcement of closure in particular circumstances on the basis of evidence of lack of COVID security.
12.   PHE will conduct an exercise in mapping exposure risks from different venues across the country for better data.
You should not turn up for Mass if you feel unwell particularly if you experience a new persistent cough, a high temperature, or a change in your sense of smell or taste.
All must enter the Church through the through the Fairfield Road door
Please come in good time so we do not have large gatherings.
Please sit where you are shown by the stewards for safety reasons. You can no longer choose which side.
Our Lady’s side to leave by the Coventry Road door and Sacred Heart side from Fairfield Road.
Please do not stop and linger near the doors as this is unsafe and causes a hold up for people leaving.
Please do not mix with people outside your bubble.
Remember to always keep your 2m distance and remember there is no rush to leave Church.
We will continue to review Mass in the light of our local situation.
Confessions is a difficult one at the moment!  But I will be available as always on Saturday at 11.00 am.
God Bless you all and especially all who are isolating and unable to come to Church.

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.
Fr Chris
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 Thursday or Friday ONLY.
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 Thursday or Friday ONLY.
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 Thursday or Friday ONLY.
Please only ring on the above stated evenings and times.
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.
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.
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 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:  www.youtube.com/channel/UCaf7upUMsn3Kl8GD79FotjQ/featured 
(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 https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCP-_eQ-lNxAhDYRhy8KdP8Q
In our first reading we hear the much beloved story of the Calling of the young Samuel whose mother has dedicated him to the Lord. In his childhood he had not yet had formation in the Jewish faith and when the Lord called him he had no idea what was happening. But guided by Eli he was able to answer and come to his vocation as a prophet and fulfil God’s plan for him.
I wonder how often the Lord calls to us or urges us to something. And more specifically I wonder how many young people have no knowledge of God and are never guided and therefore cannot recognise his voice or presence in their lives. They are unable to tune in as I said some weeks ago. They have a million things rushing about in their heads and cannot recognise that wonderful voice of the Lord speaking to them by name indeed. They have no formation in prayer or faith or scripture which are the means of hearing the voice of God. And he speaks & continues to speak to all through the Holy Spirit who dwells in all the Baptised in special way. That is true whether they can recognise his voice or not.
I wonder as Parents (and grandparents), do we have a truly supernatural outlook on the lives of our young people. We are generally very good at guiding them in their maturing in natural life. We are aware of their gifts and aptitudes as well as those skills they lack. We provide formation whether through school, clubs, sporting activities. We provide such things as music lessons to see if there is any aptitude there. We spare no effort.
Yet, in all our young people there is the supernatural aptitude. The Holy Spirit dwells in a special way in the Baptised with his impulses and graces. This is true of them all. The supernatural gifts of faith hope and charity are given to us. Yet, I wonder how much discernment do we give to this? How is God at work in my child (or grandchild)? How often do I reflect on this? What is God calling my child to be and do? Do I ask for the Holy Spirit to help me guide my children? What impulses of love are there in them that I can make them aware of?  Specifically we must have in our minds the call of God to each person.  We sometimes think about what we would like our children to be. But the great question is what is God calling them to be. For each within that call is a special friendship in which God speaks to each by their name. Mostly these things will happen in everyday living when we have a supernatural outlook on the whole of life.
In the Gospel the young disciples have been prepared and formed  by John the Baptist so that when the moment comes they can recognise and welcome Jesus. He had formed them in the Scriptures, the traditions and prayer of the Jewish faith and so when Jesus spoke to them, his voice struck a chord deep in their hearts, and they spent time with him and were able to recognise him as the Messiah. They were able to say with the Psalmist : here I am Lord I come to do your will! May all our young people be able to say the same thing and so fulfil themselves in the fullest possible way. 
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.
Sadly we have lost members of our Parish family recently. Please pray for Mary Marston whose funeral will take place on Thursday 12 noon and Sabatino Veneziale  whose funeral will take place on Wednesday l1.00 am. And also please pray for Arthur Johnson whose funeral will be on 29 January 9.45 am and Mollie Foster whose funeral is on Monday 1 February 10.00 am who died this last week.
We keep Fr Owen in our prayers as they continue to treat him in hospital. He is comfortable at the moment. We will publish any further news on the website.
Please pray for the appointment of a new Headteacher at St Joseph’s as we will soon be doing interviews.
Many thanks for the brilliant retiring collection of £346.76.  Donations can be made on line at:
REQUIESCANT IN PACE: (Anniversary 1st - 31st January)
Ellen Mary Capell 1885; Charles Webb 1951; Sydney Thomas Fortnum 1987; John Lindsay Moran 1988;
John Austin Smallman 1989; Mary Cooper 1989; Hilda Mary Louise 1991; William Goodman 1991;
Bronislaw Roman 1991; Robert Francis Preston 1992; Sheilagh Lillian Minogue 1992; Thomas Patrick Lennon 1992;
Norah Freer 1993; Ivy Dyer 1993; Thomas Kevin Reilly 1993; Joanna E Boyd 1994; Teresa Cecily Jays 1994;
Peter Morris Jones 1994; Nora Charlton 1995; Una Agnes Aitken 1995; Caroline (Kitty) Hall 1996;
Gladys Muriel Ormonde 1996; Teresa Ellen Marsh 1996; Beatrice Davey 1997; Mary Hudd 1997;
Lawrence Sidney Fortnum 1998; John Joseph Delaney 1998;Walter Smolicz 1999; Andrew John Skupinski 2000; Leokadis Pieslak 2001; Joyce Isaac 2001; Chris Blenkinsop 2001; Patricia Conaghan 2001;
Josephine Mary Bolton-Carter 2002; Ugo Terreni 2002; Winifred May Walton 2003; David Andrew Tilley 2003;
David Sean Riley 2004; Les Shiers 2004; Marion Agnes Campbell 2004; Margaret Ilson 2005;
Betty Patricia Daly 2006; Vincent Woodward 2006; Eugene McSweeney 2006; Joan Doreen Scampton 2006;
David Burns 2007; Edith Page 2008; Linda Mabbutt 2009; Alice O’Neill 2009; Joyce Scampton 2010;
Jean Marie Dicks 2010; Betty Winifred Draper 2010; Maureen Green 2010; Mary Soughton 2010;
Veronica Tennant 2010; Earnest Loakes 2011; Bruno Ziolkowski 2011; Mary Pamela Haynes 2012;
Sarah Ann Kelly 2012; Mary Margaret Perkins 2013; John Thomas Finnegan 2014; Estelle Frances Yarsley 2014;
Andrew Philip Priestley 2014; Maisie Lilian Herpin 2015; Philip David Palmer 2015; Joseph Leo Feetham 2015;
Frederick William (Bill) Cotton 2015; Alice Maureen Bernadette Soghayer 2016; Nigel James Stainton 2016;
Helen Mary Philomena Mulkerrin 2016; Baby Chloe Carmela Cox 2016; Arthur Leslie Wright 2016;        
Allen Victor Winter 2017; Elizabeth Edith Mary Goodchild Fish 2017; Peggy Irene Padvaiskas 2017;
Ferdinando Michaelangelo Ditri 2017; Margaret Mary Vials 2017; Carl Odell 2018; Audrey Pugh 2018;
Mary Marjorie Helen Frosi 2019; Brian Davies 2019; Michael John Gowing 2019; Sonia Jeffery 2019;
Alexandra Anna Halberda 2019; Thomas Edward Roy Percival 2019; James (Bernard) Brandrick 2019;
Maria Taylor; Mirek Nowakowski 2000; Fran Scampton; Fr. Louis Drury 1961; Mgr Edwin Henson 1961;
Fr. Stanley Burrows 1964; Fr. Michael Stewart 1982; Fr. Jeremiah McGillycuddy 1986; Fr. Bernard Kevill 1987;
Fr. Roger Binks 1992; Mgr Hugh Atkinson 1993; Fr. Robert Woodbridge 1994; Canon Emil Puttman 1994;
Fr. Patrick Kearney 1999; Fr. Daniel Reid 2000; Canon Peter Wilson 2002; Canon Bernard Mooney 2006;
Fr. Peter Tierney 2006; Fr. Philip O’Dowd 2009
‘Eternal rest give unto them, O Lord. Let perpetual light shine upon them. May they rest in peace.’
18 - 25 January 2021 This will be an unusual week this year. Our prayer sessions will be on zoom. They will be prayer meeting of about 30 - 40mins Monday 18, Wednesday 20 and Thursday 21, 12.00 noon. Then in the evening  Tuesday 19 and Wednesday 20, 7.00 pm United service Sunday 24 January 4.00 pm.
Leaders: various This will be a simple service of readings, music and prayer to round off the Week of Prayer and to bring to God both local and wider needs including the current pandemic and the issues it raises.
All to be held on zoom. For the links and details please email Fr Chris: Parishpriest@olvic.com and I will send you all the details. 
January is a time when we try and work at being a better person, why not explore how we can be a grow as a disciple of Jesus? On the 4 Thursdays of January we will explore a different aspect of what it means to be a Catholic disciple with Brendan Thompson the CEO of Catholic Voices in a web series on Zoom. Catholic Voices are an international organisation that shares the Good News in the global media. This will be a great foundation for parishes, chaplaincies and individuals to explore how we can support each other in growing as Catholic disciples. Register for the series here: https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJMrcuygqjwpGdNBRC5NIQ46Eu1bleEg246A
1st Prize £70 T Davis ticket No 261
2nd Prize £30 S McGlone ticket No 181
3rd Prize £20 A Whelan ticket No 53
Annual ticket holders are reminded that they need to renew.  Cheques to be made out to THE VICTORY PRIZE DRAW and forwarded to Keith Shiers, 23 Fairfax Road, Market Harborough LE16 9JT
We are so grateful to Our Lady of Victories Catholic Church for being involved in Angel Tree. Your generous donations have helped us to reach our target and we were able to send Christmas presents to children of prisoners at HMP Gartree.
The gifts were sent to children from 1-16 years, all the presents included a hand written message from the parent to the child. The Angel Tree project has been warmly received by prisoners and their families the chaplaincy and prison staff, they are thankful for the kindness shown from Christians in local churches through the practical application of Angel Tree.
In all England and Wales Prison Fellowship provides a crucial link by sending over 4000 presents to the innocent children of imprisoned parents.
Thank you so much for your commitment to Angel Tree and for helping to make it a success, it really dose makes a difference.
Please continue to remember HMP Gartree and the wider work of Prison Fellowship in your prayers.
Yours in Christ service, Maureen Douglas, Prison Fellowship Angel Tree Co-ordinator.
“So much can be asked of us at this time of year. It may be hard to always say yes. Mary said yes to being the Mother of Jesus and as a young, unmarried girl this must have been a terrifying moment for her. Yet her “yes” brought Jesus into the world and changed lives forever. Throughout this year of many challenges, thanks to our generous supporters, Mary’s Meals has continued to say yes to feeding desperately hungry children with a daily meal in a place of education. Now we are delighted to share with you a new opportunity to say yes and provide 43,000 hungry children in Bong County, Liberia, with a life-changing meal at school. From 2nd November until 31st January 2021, donations made to our Double The Love campaign will be matched by the UK government, up to £2 million. Please consider setting a place at our Big Family Christmas dinner table or buying a Christmas gift card on our website. More information on how to support us can be found at www.marysmeals.org.uk/doublethelove  Thank you.
GRAPEVINE 16 new edition:
Grapevine is the Diocesan Newsletter for Adult formation , Justice & Peace and Caritas in our diocese.
This week there are various bits of news and events.
Please click :

The Most Useful Foods Tinned Meat, Tinned

Chicken, Corned Beef, Hot Dogs, Fray Bentos Pies, Sugar (500g), 

Biscuits (small packets), Toothbrushes, Shampoo.


The following supermarkets are still kindly collecting for us: Sainsbury’s, Waitrose, B&M an both Coops. Refill Revolution at the Eco Village is our newest donation point.  Lidl is on board now too! Thank you to the supermarkets and the work of their teams!


We do not need: Beans, tinned tomatoes, tinned fish, soup, fizzy drinks, pasta & meatballs, pasta sauce, rice, cereal, tins or large/family size packets of


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
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
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.
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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