Our Lady of Victories News



As in previous years, I invite you to write the names of your deceased loved ones, place them in a sealed envelope and put them into the basket on the altar. Please do not put any money in the envelopes. Your loved ones on the dead list will be remembered at all Masses offered during November. At the end of November all envelopes will be shredded unopened.




to the 10.00am Mass today to our children preparing for their First Holy Communion and to their parents and families. During the 10.00am Mass the children will be enrolled as a sign of their acceptance and the parish support in prayer and example, as we are all on this faith preparation journey together. Our special thanks to our Catechists and their helpers as they willingly undertake this responsibility on behalf of the entire parish.




Yes, this coming Saturday at Welland Park Academy on Welland Park Road. Our parish Bazaar with doors open at 9.00am and concluding with our big raffle draw at 2.00pm. A great day for all of us - socially, financially and spiritually. Be there and remember:






Catholic Schools Carol Concert in support of Menphys. Friday, 8th December, 7.15pm at De Montfort Hall, Leicester. Tickets priced at £9 are available from De Montfort Hall. Tel: 0116 233 3111; email: dmh-tickets@leicester.gov.uk; www.demontforthall.co.uk.




are offered to our new Extraordinary Ministers of the Eucharist commissioned by our Bishop Patrick at a special Mass of Commissioning at our Cathedral in Nottingham on Saturday 18th November 2017. I welcome Wendy Kwacz, Mary O’Malley, Rebecca Blagburn, Dr. Brendan O’Malley and Nicola Tiney as they begin their ministry in our parish. I pray it will be a happy, long and prayerful ministry for them and for us.




Saturday 2nd December. Lead by Deacon William Myers from the Sacred Heart Parish Leicester. The day will begin in Church with Mass at 11am celebrated by Fr Owen. After Mass, all present will move to the Hall for Deacon William’s first talk with an opportunity to ask questions. The whole day will be focused on the Mass and the Sacrament of the Eucharist. There will be a break from 12.45 - 1.30pm for lunch and relaxation. Lunch, soup and rolls provided by K.S.C.


Our second talk will be in the Hall from 1.30 pm - 2.30 pm, again with an opportunity for questions and answers. The day will conclude in church from 2.30 - 3.00 pm with a Holy Half hour concluding with Benediction.


This Parish Retreat Day is being organised by our parish K.S.C. All parishioners and friends will be most welcome and it is Fr Owen’s hope that all who possibly can will make a special effort to be there. Mike O’Malley will be happy to answer any queries you might have in the lead up.


Summary of the Day:


11.00am - Mass in Church

11.45am - First talk in Hall with opportunity for questions and answers

12.45pm - Lunch and relaxation

1.30pm - Second talk in Hall with opportunity for questions and answers

2.30pm - In church for a Holy Half Hour finishing with Benediction


We are fortunate to have a very accomplished speaker to the Retreat in Bill Myers, a former lecturer of Leicester University, and now a Deacon at the Parish of Sacred Heart. A married father of five children and with seven grandchildren, Bill brings a wealth of experience to his ministry. His devotion to the Mass and Blessed Sacrament, will be an inspiration to us all. He has said he welcomes discussion and encourages questions and answers. We welcome Bill to our parish.




As in previous years CAFOD are again offering all who so wish to give a Christmas gift that will change lives this Christmas. There is a huge selection and variety of gifts on offer from growing seeds to provide food, to gifts of chickens for eggs and food, to goats to provide milk, to drought resistant crops; to the purchase of a cow and all it can produce; to medical outreach requisites; to community toilets; etc. etc. World gift brochures are available from the table in the Cloister entrance.




Prison Fellowship Market Harborough, will be running the Angel Tree project this year at two Prisons - HMP Gartree and HMP Sudbury, and would like your help. The purpose of this project is to purchase Christmas presents for children of some of the prisoners. The gifts will be sent to the children as from their dads. The value of each gift will be approx £15. The aim is to alleviate some of the sadness experienced by the prisoners and their families at Christmas time. Angel Tree provides a crucial link between innocent children and their imprisoned father. You can help with this project by either making a donation of approx £15 or purchasing a suitable gift.


If you would like to buy gift you will be given a gift tag with the first name, age and gender of the child. Please wrap the gift in Christmas paper and mention what the gift is so that the dad knows what was sent. A hand written note from their dad will be attached to make it extra special. All presents will be posted, so please keep them as light as possible. Thank you for your kindness.


This is very much appreciated by the prisoners, their families, staff and the chaplaincy of HMP Gartree Prison and Sudbury. Please contact Maureen Douglas for Gift Tags who will be coordinating the project, Thank you. Maureen Douglas, Angel Tree Co-coordinator. 43 Gardiner St, Market Harborough, LE16 9QN. Tel 01858 431157. 




Traditional blend of seasonal music, Mince pies and refreshments.  Music Director - Jeremy Jackman, Accompanist - Andrew King. On Friday, 8th December at 7.30pm. St Cuthbert’s Church, Church Road, Great Glen. LE8 9DW. Tickets to include wine and mince pies - £12.50 adults - £5.00 children are available from Moira Bartlett 0116 259 3747; Jane Cotton 0115 937 2993; jane.cotton2@ntlworld.com  www.ceciliansingers.co.uk




on Saturday, 9th December. I’m sure that many of our parishioners and many, many more from the local community will be looking forward to this annual event. It truly is a wonderful night of entertainment of the highest quality. The guest stars again this year will be Siobhan Moore and Tracey Holderness with our own lovely St Joseph’s School Choir. Tickets £9 each available after all Masses as from next week.


OUR REPOSITORY: (or Holy Shop as it is often referred to).


As you will have noticed there is a fine stock of “cards for every religious occasion”, a fine selection of good quality Christmas cards and a very good display of religious and devotional objects in our repository - all at very competitive prices. Do buy real, religious Christmas cards to send to your family and friends . Remember to “KEEP CHRIST IN CHRISTMAS”. Between now and Christmas, Christmas cards will be on display, and for sale after all weekend Masses.




In the past 2 weeks, via the post, I reckon I must have received 18 different appeals for different charities. Whilst all the charities are most deserving and very much in need, obviously all cannot be responded to. By the way I expect another 20 or so over the next few weeks. How many appeal letters have you had? How do you cope with them?


This is how I respond. I am very definite in my response - 2 charities - no more. Be strong enough to stick to your response of no more than your 2 favourite charities. And of course be always on the watch for “scams”. There are lots of them about this time of year.




Send a recycled woollen blanket to refugees in France sleeping in the open. For just £2.50 per blanket you can keep someone warm at night. The idea is that people donate £2.50 for a blanket and they can also write a message of love, solidarity or prayer if they wish. We will then use the money to purchase blankets which are taken by volunteers from LE Solidarity and Derbyshire Refugee Solidarity, with whom we work closely, to refugees in northern France who are living in the open. The messages will also go so they know they are not forgotten.




For Church Cleaning. At present we have a dedicated team of ladies and gentlemen who regularly clean the church on a rota basis. At the moment our turn comes round every 7 weeks. Unfortunately, 3 people have come off the rota. We are therefore requesting the help of members of the parish to fill these vacancies. We have a beautiful church, which we want to keep that way, with your help. Cleaning is usually done on a Thursday morning after Mass, but can be done at your convenience. Please give this your utmost consideration, to have the opportunity to clean God’s house. A team of 4 takes about 1 hour’s work. Names and telephone numbers can to given to Fr Owen or 440191 for further information.




Lisieux: March 9th - 12th 2018.


Full board £300 sharing, £220 single room all with En Suite facilities. Travel by Silverdale Coach and P&O Ferry to Lisieux in Normandy, France. Follow in the footsteps of St Therese of Lisieux. See the place where she was brought up, the Cathedral where she attended Mass with her family, celebrate a private group Mass in the Basilica and a private group Mass in the Carmel where she lived and died. Guided tour of the museum also included. Full guided pilgrimage by a guide from the Pilgrim Centre in Lisieux.


Lourdes & Nevers: June 9th - 16th 2018.


Full board £500. Travel by Luxury fully are conditioned Silverdale Coach with toilet and free refreshments from Nottingham to Lourdes and Nevers. We will be travelling by P&O Ferry from Dover to Calais. Price include bed and breakfast in Saran  (near Orleans) on the outbound journey and bed, breakfast and evening meal in Nevers on the return journey, full board in the Hotel Irlande in Lourdes and an optional excursion to Gavarnie in the Pyrenee mountains.


The coach will pick passengers up from Nottingham (Cathedral and Holy Spirit, West Bridgford) (Derby (Chaddesden) and Leicester (Southbound services M1 Junction 21). For more information or a booking form please contact Fr John McKay on 0115 981 0320; jmccay1982@yahoo.co.uk




On 21 August 2017, Archbishop Diarmuid Martin launched the preparation year for the World Meeting of Families which is due to take place in Dublin next summer from the 21st to the 26th August 2018. Pope Francis has indicated his intention to be present for the last part of the gathering, including the Final Mass on 26th August. I am aware that a number of people visit Ireland regularly, or have thought about doing so for some time. This could be a wonderful opportunity for those free and able to attend this global Church event. Details of attending and registering for the Meeting, are available on the WMoF website: http://www.worldmeeting2018.ie/en/


NATIONAL EUCHARISTIC CONGRESS - 7th - 9th September 2018:


The Bishops of England and Wales will hold a National Eucharistic Pilgrimage and congress in Liverpool from 7th - 9th September 2018.


Eucharistic Congresses are gatherings of clergy, religious and laity which promote an awareness of the central place of the Eucharist in the life and mission of the Church. The last International Eucharistic Congress in England was held in 1908 when permission for a public procession of the Blessed Sacrament was refused.


Each Diocesan Bishop has nominated a representative whose task is to disseminate information to parishes, groups, religious communities about the Pilgrimage and Congress (Our representatives are Mrs Julia Palmer and Fr Neil Peoples).


The Eucharistic Congress has been given the title Adoremus: This pilgrimage will bring people together from across the dioceses and further the service of the poor and marginalised in our midst. It will also aim to provide practical resources to develop the mission of the Church in prayer, contemplation and adoration of the Blessed Sacrament.


For more information, please visit the following website address:






Saturday 18th at Nottingham Cathedral at 11.30 am - Bishop Patrick commissioning new Eucharistic Ministers.


Sunday 19th at 10.00 am Mass - enrolment of First Communion Children.


Monday 20th at 7.30 pm - Churches Together Forum here at O.L.V.


Saturday 25th - Parish Bazaar.


Thursday 30th - St Joseph’s School children in Church for Mass.




Being a Street Pastor is indeed a rewarding experience.  Current conversation in churches tells us we should be out meeting people and showing God’s love for all; and being a Street Pastor is exactly that; being with people where they are and in their time of need. All street pastors receive training; starting with four mandatory modules, after which they join the team out on the street once a month on either Friday, Saturday or Bank Holiday Sunday evenings. We walk around the town praying for and talking to the people we meet; offering help to those who are ill, lost or in need of support.  The remaining six training modules are completed during the first two years.   All Street Pastors require a DBS check and they and/or their church will hopefully make a financial contribution towards the charity.  We patrol in teams of three or four and have the support of the District Council, Police and local businesses; using phones and radios which keep us connected to the Prayer Support team, CCTV and police or emergency services if required. Currently we have a team of 21 street pastors, all from local churches, and we are truly grateful for the tremendous support from our 7 prayer support team members. Prayer is at the heart of what we do in the name of Jesus.




Now that the long dark nights are quickly closing in, Fr Owen wants it to be known that the outer presbytery door will be locked at the time of darkness and that the door bell will be answered only by appointment. Anybody intending or hoping to call casually after darkness will not be seen. Please phone before your intended visit.




Leicester Theological Society have arranged a series of TALKS on Theological and faith matters at St Clements' Hall, Holy Cross Centre, Wellington Street, Leicester, LE1 6HW, on Friday evenings at 7.30pm as follows:


Friday 8th December: Peggy Morgan on A Journey through Ecumenism to the Wider Ecumenism and from Theology to Religious Studies

Friday 12th January: The Rev’d William F Myers on The Gospel according to Mark: Editor and Eye Witness.

Friday 9th February: Dr Martyn J Smith on Divine Violence and Salvation

Friday 9th March: Bishop Martyn Snow, Bishop of Leicester on What is Christian Mission




I am keen for our parish to have its own Parish Mission Statement. It is an item I will request for the agenda of our next Parish Pastoral Council meeting. If any parishioner or group of parishioners would like to have a go at suggesting a possible mission statement, I should indeed be most grateful.


TAIZE - Time, Space, Eternity:


A meditative and reflective service with prayer, silence and songs, inspired by the international and interdenominational Taize Community. Sundays 19th November and 10th December at 6pm. St Hugh’s Church, Northampton Road, Market Harborough.




will not be able to meet for the foreseeable future.




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.




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




Kate Corrigan is setting up a knitting and social group and would like anyone - men or women - to come along after coffee on Thursday for an informal meeting with regards to this. All welcome.




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 2-4pm. 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.




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 role are available can be found on the poster on the notice board.


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