Our Lady of Victories News


from the Book of Numbers Ch.6. v.22-25.


"May the Lord bless you, and keep you.

May the Lord let his face shine on you and be gracious to you.

May the Lord uncover his face to you and bring you peace.”



will be taken down after Mass to-day, and stored away for another year. In some traditions, e.g. the Polish Community do not take down the Crib until the 2nd February - the Feast of the Purification.

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;

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.’




The Harborough Justice and Peace will be meeting together in the Town Square, by the War Memorial, for half an hour, to pray for peace throughout the world. All who possible can are asked to come and spend that half hour in silent prayer for this vital need of peace and reconciliation. Please bring some kind of candle that you can light, to symbolise Christ the light of the world, in our midst. To keep your candle lighting, it will be necessary to protect it by some kind of glass jar or anything that will protect it from the wind.




Stephen McGlone will speak to us briefly on the new DATA PROTECTION ACT and what we as a parish are expected to do, and be seen to do, to uphold and implement the requirements of the Act.




will be holding its first meeting of the new year at 9.45 am on Tuesday 8 January in the Kavanagh Room.  All are welcome.




for the many, many Christmas Cards, gifts and most generous Christmas offerings to Fr Owen. I am so very grateful to each and everyone. My sincere thanks to each and all who came to our Christmas Masses and to Mass on New Year's Day. As always the help, encouragement and participation of the many, ensured that all our celebrations were reverently and meaningfully celebrated. You did yourselves proud and made your parish priest proud to be with you all in this parish and community. To name individuals would be unwise. So to one and all, thank you, thank you, thank you.




Thursday 10th at 730 pm - Churches Together Forum at the Congregational Church.


Friday 11th at 5 pm - Peace Vigil in the Town Square.


Sat/Sun 12th/13th - After all Masses - Stephen McGlone to speak on the new Data Protection Act.


Wed 16th at 7 pm - First Reconciliation for our First Holy Communion Children.


Thursday 17th at 12.15 pm - Ministers Fellowship Meeting at Our Lady’s.

Thursday 17th at 4 pm - Prison Chaplains Meeting.


Friday 18th at 12 noon - Prayer station here, preparing for the week of prayer for greater unity between Christians.

Friday 18th at 1 pm - Diocesan Personnel to discuss with us the Church lighting situation.


Sunday 20th - United Service for Christian Unity week at the Baptist Church at 10.00 am.


Monday 28th - Our Parish Pastoral Council Meeting.




Thank you very much for participating in the Angel Tree Project this year at HMP Gartree and Sudbury. A total of 42 presents were sent to children of imprisoned Dads. It has been very well received by the families who are very appreciative for the kindness shown them. If you would like to know more about the work of Prison Fellowship and how you can be involved please look on line  - prisonfellowship.org.uk, or come along to the monthly group meeting Tuesday 8th January 1.30 - 3 pm at Bower House 32 Coventry Rd.  Maureen Douglas 07966 515115




The next meeting of our monthly home group is on Tuesday January 8th (7.15 pm for a prompt 7.30 pm start) at 17 Rhodes Close. The theme for the evening is 'Being a Catholic in Today's world' The meeting will finish promptly at 9.00 pm.




All parents requesting Baptism for their child are now required to attend a Baptism Preparation course before their child can be baptised. Our next course here will be on Sunday, January 20th at 11 am, that is following our 10 am Mass. The meeting will be in the Kavanagh Room. (Counters that day will use the Sacristy).  As a general rule, there will be 4 preparation courses each year - one every quarter. Following the course on January 20th, the next course after that will be after Easter. Expectant parents, who will be seeking baptism for their expected baby will be most welcome and in fact possibly your best time, to prepare for that special celebration in your child’s life to think about and prepare for that very special celebration in your child's life.




Welcomers are needed for the Saturday evening Masses. Would anyone who is interested in being on the rota for only three duties in six months please contact either: Beatrice on 465492 or Theresa on 680272.




in the newsletter a recently published short history of every parish in our Diocese by Canon Anthony Dolan, now retired, will carry his account of the beginnings and growth of our parish here in Market Harborough. The book is entitled “GOOD NEWS FOR THE EAST MIDLANDS”. The parish has purchased 10 copies. I will leave them on the entrance table in the Cloister for anybody who might like to take one. Should you wish, a donation towards the cost will be acceptable. Thank you.


The Parish of Market Harborough has some claim to be considered the lineal descendant of the Penal Times chaplaincy, six miles to the north-east, at Neville Holt. A priest had resided with the Neville's until 1848. From this year his place was taken by a visiting priest. The Dominicans from Leicester were serving the domestic chapel once a month in 1858, and in this year they opened a Mass centre at Market Harborough. The new centre seems to have been considered sufficient provision for the district, and the following year regular services at Neville Holt stopped. (to be cont.d).




Please note that for security and personal safety reasons, Fr Owen will not be answering the Presbytery doorbell during the hours of darkness, unless by appointment. Be wise and prudent and always ring beforehand for an appointment. Although the front doorbell, when pressed, is covered by a camera inside the house, many users become aware of this fact and stealthily ring the bell with precaution to cover their face or stand well back so that they cannot be seen on the inside camera.




Counters and Readers rotas now on the entrance table for you to collect for your ministry during 2019. Thank you.




A registration form to comply with the new Data protection Act has now been prepared for our parish, approved by the Diocese and accepted by our Parish Pastoral Council. Beginning in January every family in our Parish, or attached to our parish, will be invited to fill in a registration form.




The purpose of storing this data is to assist in the administration of the parish. The information also helps the priest in his pastoral role, e.g. at times of bereavement or family emergencies.




All data is stored securely on computer and access is limited to the Parish Priest and a small number of people authorised by the priest, to assist with parish administration. The Diocese remains the sole Data Controller (i.e. has responsibility for the use and control of this data), even where processing is carried out by parishes. The Diocesan Policy can be found at http//www.dioceseofnottingham.uk/data-protection-policy.




All who are associated with the Parish in any way are invited to register. When completing the form please use BLOCK CAPITALS and complete all relevant boxes. If there is not enough room on the form for any information please use the reverse. Thank you for your co-operation.




Market Harborough Fairtrade Town are promoting a bag of Rice can change a life in September and October. If they can sell NINETY one-kilogram bags of Kilombero rice then: ONE Malawian rice farmer can afford to send ONE of his/her children to secondary school for ONE year. Kilombero rice £2.99 will be available from The Oxfam Shop, The Growing Tree in Manor Walk,  Anita Beer 07910 073436.




tea and a chat, every Tuesday 2.30 pm in Octagonal Hall. All welcome, If anyone has a Scrabble game they don’t use please donate to the group. Thank you.




A new group for former carers. Supporting carers whose caring role has come to an end, helping them to rebuild their lives, explore new hobbies, coping strategies make new friends etc.  Every 4th Wednesday of the month. More information call Jackie or Gurjit on 0845 689 9510.




Yes, don’t forget to bring along your used postage stamps and foreign or old coins. We can use them. Just pop them into the box marked for that purpose in the cloister.




If you have been away and want to catch up on what's been happening in the parish you can now read the Parish Newsletters for the previous four weeks.  Click the "Newsletters" button at the top of this page.  You can also download a copy of this week's Newsletter.




We are grateful for your generous support and would ask you to continue with your donations please. The following items are urgently required:


· Fruit Juice

· Tinned Sponge Puddings

· Tinned Meat Pies

· Tinned Meat


All non perishable donations will be appreciated. There is also an urgent need for more volunteers to help at the Foodbank. Those interested can leave their details at the Congregational Church Office on 01858 462376 or via email at jubileefoodbankmh@gmail.com




Great news for Market Harborough. In addition to the Carers Support Group there will now be an Activity Group for people with Dementia. We are looking for people who would like to volunteer for the Activity Group on a Friday morning from 9.30 am - 12.30 pm. You will be involved in welcoming people with dementia and their carers and helping people with dementia to take part in a variety of discussions and activities. Please contact Alison Chaplin of Alzheimer's Society on 0116 231 1111




sell clothes on e-bay to raise funds for their charities.  Last year, thanks to your very generous donations, we raised £1,000 in this way.  Life is busy and we have had very few donations recently.  This is a gentle reminder that we still use this method to fundraise and are most grateful for your donations. When the weather breaks and you get out your winter wardrobe please remember us.  Clothes can be left in our box in the cloisters.  Thank you.




If so please ask your family, or if you are well enough to do so yourself, to let the Catholic Chaplain know that you are there. Otherwise you will not have a visit from the Catholic Chaplaincy or be able to receive Holy Communion. Under the Data Protection Act, the hospital staff can no longer reveal to any chaplain, or to anybody else enquiring, the religion of any patient in their care. The same applies to Residential Homes and other places of care. The onus is now on the patient or their family to inform the Chaplain.


COMMUNITY COMPANIONS - Supporting Older People back into the heart of their communities: 


Voluntary Action South Leicestershire (VASL) has been offering a befriending service in the Harborough District for over 14 years and are keen to recruit more volunteers who could visit an older person for 1 - 2 hours a week. Training and ongoing support are given, and travel costs are covered. If you could volunteer, or you would like a befriender to visit you, please contact Rohini Corfield (Community Champions Project Manager) or Jenny Young on 01858 439262.   More information is available at www.VASL.org.uk/our-projects/community-champions




every Thursday in the Parish room from 11.00 - 11.30 am. All are welcome including dads who wish to meet to pray for their children, grandchildren and great grandchildren.




The Market Harborough Carers Support Group facilitated by Alison Chaplin meets on the first Friday of every month at 10am at the Coffee Lounge of the Methodist Church on Northampton Road. This group gives carers an invaluable opportunity to share some of their experience of caring for a loved one with dementia. There is also an opportunity to hear about the latest news from Alzheimer’s Society and to look at books and leaflets about dementia, including many written from a Christian perspective. If you or anyone you know is in a caring situation, do let them know about the group. Contact Alison on 0116 031 1111 (alison.chaplin@alzheimers.or.uk). Or just turn up on the day and Alison will be thee to welcome you.


Alzheimer’s Society is also looking for volunteer befrienders in Market Harborough and area. The volunteer befriender enables a person with dementia to participate in an activity they would like to do in the community - perhaps going out for a cup of tea, shopping, going for a walk, doing a sport or taking a class. The befriender needs to be available for a session of up to 4 hours a week between the hours of 9 am and 4 pm Mondays to Fridays. It is useful to be able to drive too. Volunteers will receive induction and ongoing training and support from the Befriending Manager. If you would like to hear more, please contact Alison as above.




The Bower House Christian Counselling Service offers counselling and help to people of the local community. We are open from 9 am to 9 pm and need Support Worker volunteers to offer hospitality within the house as well as some admin. such as answering the phone and taking referrals.  We have a lovely band of volunteers but could do with more help. How will you be spending your time this autumn and winter? Could you offer a three hours slot once a week or once a fortnight? If you are interested please ring Jadz Bower, Chris Hodgson or Jeanette Payne on 01858 469257 or drop in to see us between 9 am and 5 pm.




The Torch Book Club requires sighted people to be part of their group. They meet at the Congregational Church room on 1st Friday of the month from 2 pm - 4 pm. Book of the month ‘Faith like Potatoes’. If you are interested in becoming a member or would like to find out more please contact Angela Butlin 01858 467419.




The developing Church in Africa is in need of Rosary Beads.  If you have a surplus Rosary, or part of a Rosary, beads, or crosses and centre pieces surplus to requirement, please hand them to Vanessa, Lisa or Fr Owen.




Just a reminder that the Third World Group eBay’s clothes in order to raise funds, so if you have been sorting out you wardrobes after incorporating all the Christmas newbie’s please pass your cast-off’s onto us.  We do get money for rags, so everything is most welcome.  Please mark bags clearly with “For 3rd World”.  Thank you for your continuing support.




wish to thank each and everyone for their gifts to the “LIFE SHOP”.  When bringing in goods for the LIFE SHOP, can they be clearly marked with “LIFE” on the outside of the plastic bag.  Small items of furniture will also be welcome, but please contact the Life Shop direct for collection.  Please DO NOT place small furniture in the Cloister for collection.




Our Diocesan advisors have informed us that legacies left in wills, directly to the parish, should really be directed to the  registered charity.  The Roman Catholic Diocese of Nottingham is the registered charity.  The advice given, is to encourage parishioners contemplating leaving a legacy via their will to their parish, and to make sure the parish will be the beneficiary , is to direct the legacy to the Registered Charity - the Roman Catholic Diocese of Nottingham with strict instruction that it is (in our case) for the parish of Our Lady of Victories, Market Harborough.




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


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