Our Lady of Victories News

OUR CONDOLENCE AND PRAYERS

 

to the families of the late Eva Wood and Patrick Webb.

 

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; 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.

 

TO PARENTS OF CHILDREN HOPING TO MAKE THEIR FIRST HOLY COMMUNION NEXT JUNE:  

 

Parents please note that there will be a special meeting for you to prepare you and present you, with the proposed programme for your child’s First holy Communion. It is essential for you to attend this meeting on Wednesday evening, October 24th in the De Trafford Room from 7.30 pm - 8.30 pm.

 

UNBORN BABIES AND THEIR MOTHERS ETC:

 

Please take a postcard from the table in the  Church Cloister and send it to your M.P. at the House of Commons.  An important message to my MP: On 23rd October 2018 please vote AGAINST the abortion Ten Minute Rule Bill. Unborn babies and their mothers must be protected from the abortion industry by the criminal law.

 

MENPHYS CATHOLIC SCHOOLS CAROL CONCERT  

 

in support of Menphys. Friday 7th December 2018. Time: 7.15pm. Venue: De Montfort Hall, Leicester. Tickets £9, available to purchase from De Montfort Hall from Tuesday 30th October. Tel: 0116 233 3111; email: dmh-tickets@leicester.gov.uk. www.demontforthall.co.uk.

 

CALLING ALL PARISHIONERS:

 

On Saturday November 24th we will be holding our annual Parish Bazaar. Now is the time of preparation and action by every parishioner. You may have noticed that the curtains have now been positioned in the Cloister to receive your items for the Bazaar stalls. PLEASE! PLEASE! bring items of good quality only - no rubbish. Please remember no items of clothing, cloth of any kind or footwear. Our annual Bazaar is such an important occasion socially as well as financially. Fr Owen expects to see every parishioner at the Bazaar for some period of time. By the way your quota of raffle tickets will be offered to you within the next week or two.

 

FR OWEN’S COFFEE MORNING

 

with proceeds to our Bazaar Fund will be on Thursday November 8th from 10.30am - 12 noon. Hope you will put this date in your diary and where possible to attend.

 

ANGEL TREE:

 

Prison Fellowship Market Harborough will be running the Angel Tree Project this Christmas at HMP Gartree and Sudbury. If you would like to get involved this year, either buying a present for the child of an imprisoned parent or making a donation of £15 for a present to be bought on your behalf please contact Maureen Douglas 07966 515115. Thank you for your support which  is greatly appreciated by the prisoners and their families.

 

PRISONS WEEK:  

 

A week of Prayer 14th -20th October. Leaflets are available in the cloister to help pray each day for those affected by prisons.

 

OLD FRIENDS:  

 

The Cube, Symington Rec, off St Mary’s Road, Market Harborough, LE16 7DN. Spend an evening with the original coalition of chaos known as - Old Friends. Performing the songs they love, from spirituals and Lonnie Donegan via Nancy Sinatra to Neil Diamond and the Beatles. 7.30pm on Saturday 10th November. Donations in aid of Work with Refugees in Harborough District. Refreshments available.

 

THANK YOU:

Heather and Graham would like to thank everyone who came to their coffee morning on Oct 5th. £290 was raised for Riding for the Disabled.

PARISH DAY OF RECOLLECTION/REFLECTION

on Saturday November 3rd. Organised by the K.S.C. and directed by Monsignor Brian Dazeley - a must day of prayer, meditation and reflection. More details in next weeks newsletter.

RE. CANONISATION OF OSCAR ROMERO:

Bishop Patrick is hosting an evening at The Becket School on Monday 26th November 2018 to celebrate the Canonisation of Oscar Romero. With refreshments from 7pm, at 7.30pm we have the opportunity to hear more about the life, witness and legacy of Oscar Romero with input from Clare Dixon, CAFOD Head of Latin America Programme (with whom Bishop Patrick travelled to Nicaragua and El Salvador earlier this year) and Ciara Hogan, former CAFOD Gap year volunteer who was based at the Briars and also visited El Salvador. 

OSCAR ROMERO,

the Salvadoran priest who championed social justice for the poor and dispossessed, will be proclaimed a saint by Pope Francis in a canonisation ceremony in Rome on Sunday, almost four decades after he was assassinated by a rightwing death squad.  The former archbishop of San Salvador, who was closely associated with the Latin American liberation theology movement of the 1960s and 70s, will be canonised along with six others at the ceremony in St Peter’s Square. They include Pope Paul VI, who oversaw the sweeping Vatican II reforms of the Catholic church in the 1960s. For years, conservatives within the church sought to block Romero’s canonisation because of his association with liberation theology, a movement whose followers argued that it was not enough for the church to empathise with and care for the poor. Instead, they said, the church needed to push for political and structural changes to eradicate poverty, even – some believed – if this meant supporting armed struggle against oppressors.

A BIG WELCOME

to Fr Ed O’Connell, a Columban Priest working in Peru who will be with us this coming weekend on a goodwill visit. Fr Ed has close ties of friendship and support with our parish. His missionary work in Peru is one of the chosen charities adopted by our parish Third World Group. Also Angela Maidwell, God rest her soul, was so impressed by her visit to Peru, that in her will she left her house to Fr Ed in Peru, the proceeds from sale, to be put towards a school in Peru for girls with special emphasis on healthcare, hygiene and sanitary wellbeing. This request by Angela and the bequeathing of her home to a school in Peru, has been proudly honoured and is of great benefit to the many. Fr Ed will not be making an appeal, but will share a few stories with us on his missionary work, and on what God has called him and his fellow missionaries, male and female, to do. After both the 6.30 pm Mass on Saturday evening and the 10.00 am on Sunday Morning Fr Ed will give a short electronic presentation in the Hall, whilst you enjoy a cup of tea/coffee.

YOUR RED MISSION BOXES

are now due for their half year emptying. Please bring yours with you to whatever Mass you will be attending next week or the following week. Leave on “counter” in the Cloister, from where it will be collected and counted, and ready for you to pick up the following week or week after. Please make sure that your name is clearly written on you box.

LET EARTH BE GLAD’,

 

the Justice and Peace Commission’s annual assembly, is on 10 November 2018 at St Hugh’s in Lincoln, a short walk from the railway station. Come and join other Catholics who care about justice, peace and care for creation. With Graham Gordon, CAFOD’s Head of Public Policy, and Cllr Chris Burke, recent Mayor of Lincoln, we’ll imagine what a 'zero-carbon' diocese will look like. Join us for a day of inspiration, challenge and networking, opening with Mass celebrated by Bishop Patrick. Share exciting new plans for justice and peace in the diocese. Booking is free at jpnottingham.eventbrite.co.uk or call 07470 907656.

 

ADOREMUS - LET US ADORE:

 

As you are aware Peter Green and Judith Snaith from our parish attended the recent EUCHARISTIC CONGRESS at Liverpool. They were our parish representatives among reps from every parish in England and Wales and elsewhere. Judith has written a report for our interest and information and inspiration.

 

Just over two weeks ago I was privileged to be able to attend the Adoremus 2018 Congress in Liverpool. It was the first Eucharistic Congress to be held in England for over a hundred years. The Congress took place over three days from the 7th – 9th September, and the title “Adoremus”, is a reflection of, and a pointer to the theme of the Congress, the centrality of the Eucharist in the life of the Church and in our lives.

 

On the Friday morning there were three presentations given to an audience of about three thousand. They were all engaging and very different from each other, the first on the scriptural context of the Eucharist, the second, the Eucharist as source and summit of the Church’s life and mission, and the third, the teaching of the Eucharist. In the afternoon there were various smaller workshops/ presentations (only about 850 delegates in each!) covering such diverse topics as prison and hospital ministry, sacraments of initiation for children, music and the Eucharist, John Henry Newman and ministry and practice for Eucharistic ministers. Each delegate could attend three, and because of the numbers involved, these had to be pre-booked.

 

We had been told that all the presentations would be available on the Adoremus website after the Congress, which meant delegates were able to listen and not frantically take notes the whole time.

 

The day concluded at 5.00pm, as it had begun, with a fifteen minute liturgy. It had been a challenging, demanding and fairly exhausting day, which had very explicitly shown the way that the Eucharist, and therefore Eucharistic adoration, should and could influence every aspect of the daily life and worship of the Church.

 

On Saturday, the venue changed to the arena and the number of delegates doubled. Many dioceses, as had our own, had organised buses to the Congress just for the day, and as it was a weekend, many more were able to attend.

   

On Saturday the highlights were the two keynote addresses by Bishop Robert Barron. Those of you who know, or have seen his series on Catholicism will know what an inspiring, knowledgeable and lively presenter he is. He did not disappoint! The morning was a passionate presentation about the mystery of the Mass, the source and summit of Christian life. The second in the afternoon, was called Sainthood, sanctity and what makes us holy – and it wasn’t at all off-putting!

 

All of the talks and presentations are on the Adoremus website; catholicnews.org.uk./Home/Special-Events/Adoremus. The site is very easy to navigate. Some are written and some are video presentations and most have now been put up. If you only manage to listen to one, listen to Bishop Barron’s first presentation on the Mass.

 

In between the two addresses by Bishop Barron, there were short testimonies and presentations from various groups, encouragingly, most from young people. Two stand-out ones for me were Nightfever and the World Meeting of Families (WMofF) which took place in Dublin towards the end of August.

 

Nightfever began in Cologne, Germany, in 2005 after World Youth Day. The young people there wanted to keep the spirit of the event alive and they came up with the idea of Nightfever. The idea behind it is very simple; open the church in the evening as people, especially young people, are going out, personally invite them in to light a candle, say a prayer or just take a minute, and see what happens. The church is warm, welcoming and mostly candlelit, live music is quietly played and most important, the Blessed Sacrament is exposed. So, the doors are open, Jesus is on the altar, there is music, often a priest available for counsel or confession, a welcoming environment and a personal invitation. From Cologne, the movement has spread to twenty-seven countries including several cities in the UK, and now takes place regularly in many hundreds of churches. There was to be a Nightfever at a church in central Liverpool on the Saturday night.

 

The other presentation which stood out for me was one by a diocese which I can’t remember. Each deanery in the diocese had sponsored a family to go to the WMofF in Dublin. The families were socially and ethnically very diverse and the presentation showed their preparations, their reactions while in Dublin and their reflections afterwards. The families came together after the WMofF for Mass and adoration and the interviews showed what an effect the whole event  had on everyone, from the youngest child to the oldest. It was inspiring.

 

Saturday concluded with a Holy hour and Benediction led by Cardinal Nichols. In a place which usually hosts pop concerts and political conferences for audiences of thousands, it was very moving to have total silence and veneration of the Blessed Sacrament and Benediction. Cardinal Nichols gave a thoughtful and thought-provoking reflection. That can also be found on the website.

 

Because of commitments, I wasn’t able to stay for the Mass on Sunday at the Cathedral, and I came home late on Saturday evening, exhausted, but uplifted and challenged both on a deeply personal level, and on how to bring something of the Congress back to the parish.

 

STATEMENT FROM BISHOP ‘S CONFERENCE

 

now in Rome for their “Ad Limina” visit ( 5 yearly visit) to the Vatican and directly to the Pope. Bishop Patrick asks that this statement be given to all Parishioners this week end:

 

STATEMENT FROM THE CATHOLIC BISHOPS OF ENGLAND AND WALES 24 SEPTEMBER 2018

 

As we gather in Rome for our visit 'ad Limina Apostolorum', we have spent time together reflecting again on the impact of the recent reports containing stark revelations of child sexual abuse within the Catholic Church, including in England and Wales, and of evident failures of local leadership.

 

These reports make it clear that both bishops and religious leaders, in various places, failed to protect the children in their care from those who have done them great harm. In particular, the failures of bishops to listen or give credence to those who have courageously spoken out about the profound damage they have suffered through childhood abuse, together with the steps some have taken in order to cover up or minimise the abuse that became known, are a great betrayal of the trust placed in them by the faithful and of the responsibilities that come with episcopal office.

 

Throughout our 'ad Limina' visit here in Rome, the impact and consequences of the shame and sorrow we feel will constantly be in our hearts and in our prayers, especially as we come to pray at the tomb of St Peter and at the tomb of St Paul, key moments in our visit. These themes will also be part of our conversation with Pope Francis, when we meet with him on Friday. Our visit, then, has a penitential heart, as in communion with bishops throughout the world, we seek forgiveness from the Lord and grace for our future ministry.

 

We have also reflected on the practical steps we must take. We do so in the light of all that has been achieved since the Report of Lord Nolan in 2001. We have endeavoured to build a culture of safeguarding within the Church's parishes and religious communities in England and Wales, thereby providing a safe environment for all. In every parish there is a Parish Safeguarding Representative. In every Diocese, there is a Safeguarding Coordinator and a Diocesan Safeguarding Commission, composed of experts in the main disciplines needed for effective safeguarding. It is these experts and independent Commissions that take the lead in handling every allegation of abuse, whether from the distant past or the present day. They do so in accordance with our nationally agreed protocols, to be followed in all cases, including the steps to be taken if allegations of abusive behaviour were to be made against a bishop. We have established a National Catholic Safeguarding Commission (the NCSC), with a strong majority membership of experts, independent of the authority structures of the Catholic Church. Much has been achieved. Much is to be learned.

 

These recent reports, shocking as they are, have caused us to reflect again on our own leadership and on the responsibilities we hold in England and Wales for ensuring that safeguarding is embedded in every aspect of the life of the Church.

 

Today we have decided to ask the National Catholic Safeguarding Commission to commission an entirely independent and comprehensive review of the safeguarding structures that currently operate within the Catholic Church in England and Wales. Importantly, we will seek to ensure that the voices of the victims and survivors of abuse, through the Survivors Advisory Panel established by the NCSC, fully inform the review and its recommendations.

 

In calling for this review, we are taking an important step towards meeting the Holy Father’s recent injunction in his ‘Letter to the People of God’ in respect of sexual abuse: “no effort must be spared to create a culture able to prevent such situations from happening” (20 August 2018).

 

Each bishop has decided that he will take steps to set aside time for the purpose of meeting with victims and survivors of clerical abuse who live in his diocese. This will be done in cooperation with the Diocesan Safeguarding Coordinator, to assist the bishop in responding in the best possible way to those who speak to him, in his pastoral role as their bishop, of their pain, hurt and anger.

 

May God guide us during this week and in this work, that the voice of Christ, crying out in those who have suffered, may be heard with compassion and discernment.

 

OUR FAITH SHARING PROGRAMME:  

 

A series of talks on the Faith will take pace in the Kavanagh Room beginning on Wednesday evening October 3rd at 7.30pm. These talks and faith sharing are aimed at helping any non Catholics who might wish to know more about the Catholic Faith and Church. They are also intended for any baptised Catholic, who for whatever reason, has not been or felt part of the church, and who might like to return, or be updated, or renewed, in their faith and knowledge of the Catholic Faith. Will all our Church goers who read of this, or might be informed from some other source about these Faith sharing talks, please let your non Catholic spouse, boyfriend, girlfriend or just friend or neighbour, know about this course, and support and encourage them by coming along with them. Please contact Fr Owen or Judith Snaith of any interest.

 

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.

 

Data Protection Regulations: 

 

Data Protection Regulations now in force require changes to the way we can record information and disseminate it in the newsletter. We must have the permission of the person concerned before we can include their name in the list of prayers for the sick, or have a Mass celebrated for their recovery (we can still have a mass said for their intentions) We can only hold information about you as parishioners, which you wish us to have; otherwise it must be destroyed. We must put a ‘privacy notice’ on all requests for information. Privacy Notice. The personal information which we hold about parishioners is solely for the purpose of parish administration. We will only contact you by means which you have agreed that we may use for this purpose. You have the right to know what informa tion the parish holds about you, but you do not have the right to see any of the parish registers. We will not give personal information about you to any other organisation. If we need to collect more detailed information (for marriage, baptism, etc.) this information will only be used for that specific purpose. The ‘Data Controller’ is the Diocese of Nottingham.

 

PARISH CENSUS;

 

The Data Protection regulations mean that the database in our parish will have to be destroyed, and replaced by another one, which we will need to create. Consequently, our Parish Pastoral Council will have to conduct a survey, where the cooperation of every parishioner will be absolutely necessary. It will be a fresh start for the entire parish, for parishioners who have lived here for years and for all, irrespective of how long you have lived in the parish. to comply with the Data regulations. We will have to have a Parish census requesting the information you feel you can give, and with your permission, to store and use it for Parish Administration purpose only. More on this in the near future.

 

RELAXING SCRABBLE

 

tea and a chat, every Tuesday 2.30pm 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 2-4pm. 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 role are available can be found on the poster on the notice board.

 

"The Lord's Day" -

 

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