Our Lady of Victories News



Many of you will have noticed a new family mostly attending the 10.00am Mass in recent weeks. The family in question is John Owens, his wife Megan and their 3 lovely sons. Up to almost 3 years ago, John was studying for the Anglican Priesthood and had in fact been ordained an Anglican Deacon with a view to being ordained an Anglican Priest. However, after much prayer, study and intellectual understanding and reasoning he came to the conclusion that could not continue his studies for the Anglican Priesthood. After he contacted me and after discussion and advice from our Bishop at that time, I received John and Megan into full membership of the Catholic Church. Because John had converted to Catholicism he had to give up his house and income provided by the Anglican Church. With the help and support of the St Barnabas Society, a house was rented for the Owens family near Uppingham. After almost 2 years living there they were able to move to Harborough, again with the support of the St Barnabas Society.


Over the past 2 years John has continued his studies, but through correspondence, electronically and occasionally in house supervision and examination at Maryvale Institute of Studies. His intellectual ability has been recognised and he has achieved the highest  possible grades and results from his studies. It was, and is, John’s hope and prayer to be ordained a Catholic Priest. After discussion and going before the interviewing panel for students for the Priesthood, John has been accepted by Bishop Patrick as a student for the priesthood in our Diocese. No doubt Bishop Patrick has had permission and approval of Rome in his decision.


John has begun his studies at the Seminary at Oscott, near Birmingham. He will be required to live in from Sunday evening to Tuesday evenings at the Seminary, with set studies, spiritually, discernment and pastoral support and practical guidance to be organised and put in place for the rest of each week at a parish level.


Because John was ordained a Deacon in the Anglican Church, the Catholic Church has accepted him as a student for the Priesthood as a married man previously ordained in the Anglican Ministry. The Church has done this foe many years. As you are aware a good number of married Anglican priests were received into the Catholic Church and subsequently were ordained Catholic Priests whilst living as husbands and fathers to their families. Hopefully and prayerfully the Church will remove its requirement for celibacy in the Catholic Priesthood sometime in the future. Maybe the shortage of vocations at the present the Holy Spirit prompting the Church to reconsider its current discipline. Who knows? I ask you to keep our Church student, John, in your prayers. I further ask you to continue to prayer for vocations in accordance to the guidance of the Holy Spirit and the future of the Church.




The Parish Prayer Group will be meeting again for an hours prayer and reflection at 7.00pm on Monday 25th September in the Chapel at the Convent, 60 Coventry Road. Everyone is most welcome to come along.




in Octagonal Hall on Saturday 23rd. September from 9.30a.m. to 12.30 pm. Proceeds to Church funds. Items for sale can be brought in during the previous few days.




are extremely pleased to announce that OLD FRIENDS are returning to give us A CONCERT on SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 23rd at 7.45 pm. In their own inimitable style and pitch perfect they will sing songs from the 60s and 70s. There will also be beautiful spirituals and delightful solos. So brush  off your blue suede shoes, don your maxi dress and floppy hat......or just don whatever turns you on and join us for a hugely enjoyable evening where you can just sit and listen, sing along, tap your feet or just have a bop if the mood takes you! There are NO tickets. Funds are raised through your donations. There will be nibbles to enjoy and drinks, soft and alcoholic, hot and cold, to buy. So I take it it's a date? Yah!




Cara Randle, former St Joseph’s student, excelled in her GCSE examinations this summer at St Paul’s.  Cara achieved Grade 8s in both the new English exams and the new Maths exam, along with a string of A* and A grades in a number of other subjects.  Congratulations and very well done Cara!

We were delighted to see this success reflected across the school at both GCSE and A-Level this year – including St Paul’s achieving the best A-Level results in Leicester, and in the history of the school.  This success is built on many different factors: the hard work, resilience and determination shown by the young people themselves is, of course, critical; the dedication, care and willingness to ‘go the extra mile’ by teachers and support staff, not just here at St Paul’s, but also in the earlier years at St Joseph’s and the other feeder primary schools is also fundamental to these outcomes; and finally, but just importantly, the engagement and support of parents, carers and wider families creates the right environment in which young people can flourish.

In a year in which there were many unknowns about these new, much more challenging exams, it is so gratifying to see the rewards of the hard work of our young people throughout their time in Catholic education.  We are delighted to be welcoming Cara, and so many others, back to complete that journey in our Sixth Form this year.




If a priest preaches for over ten minutes, he is long winded;

if his sermon is short, he didn’t prepare.

If the parish funds are low, he is a poor businessman;

if he mentions money, he is money-mad.

If he owns a good car, he is worldly;

if he doesn’t he is a disgrace to the parish.

If he starts Mass on time, his watch is fast,

if he starts Mass late, he is holding up the congregation.

If he redecorates the Church, he is spending too much money;

if he doesn’t he is letting it run down.

If he is young, he is not experienced; if he is old he should retire.

If he dies, “you’d think he would have taken better care of his health”.




raises the question of sin between brothers and sisters, that is, fellow-Christians. The psalm talks about the greatness of God’s forgiveness, (which contrasts with our miserly forgiveness). Anyone who is forgiven has an obligation to forgive. If we cannot bring ourselves to do this, it is an indication that we really haven’t experienced God’s forgiveness. The position of the servant in Jesus’ story was absolutely hopeless. HE owed the king so much money that even if he worked forever, he would not be able to repay him. This is our situation before God. We can’t win God’s forgiveness. All we can do is plead for his mercy.




Dr Delargy is undertaking a sponsored cycle ride of 264 miles in the Barcelona via Andorra region from September 20th - 23rd.  He would be most grateful for any sponsors of any amount with the guarantee that every penny of the sponsorship money will go directly to the McMillan Cancer Support Organisation. He would like to highlight the commitment and contribution made by the McMillan nurses in helping patients requiring palliative care in the community. Their work, alongside that of the District Nurses, is invaluable. You can contribute to Dr Delargy’s sponsor cycle ride in 2 ways: via his Justgiving site - Hugh Delargy3 or directly via the reception at the surgery.




A full time Damascus volunteer to work in the Chaplaincy for academic year 2017-2018. Term time 8.20am - 3.10pm. Volunteer expenses paid. Great training opportunity especially for those who would like to move into education or youth ministry employment.


Further details contact Seamus O’Looksan (Chaplain) solooskan@st-pauls.leicester.sch.uk  0116 241 4057


AUTUMN LOURDES PILGRIMAGE 20th to 27th October 2017:


A Midlands Region group will be travelling to Lourdes this October staying for a week at HCPT’s Hosanna House, an attractive and tranquil home-from-home in nearby Bartrès – with spectacular views of the Pyrenees. The house was  opened as a response to young pilgrims who wanted to enjoy the HCPT Lourdes experience as adults. Over each summer more than 1,500 people enjoy the house, its chapel and other fully accessible facilities, and its proximity to the shrine of Lourdes. Further information is available on the HCPT website http://www.hcpt.org.uk/pilgrimages/summer-pilgrimage.  The house has accessible transport available so that pilgrims can visit the shrine and participate in the Lourdes pilgrimage programme. The group will be accompanied by a chaplain and nurse. The cost of the pilgrimage, which includes a return flight from Birmingham Airport, transfers, full board and transport within Lourdes is £699.00. Anyone who is interested in joining the group as an assisted adult or helper is welcome to contact Mary Mihovilovic, group524@hcpt.org.uk or 01858 468480 as there is a small number of places available. CPT is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults. 




This October will mark the 50th anniversary of the passing of the Abortion Act in this country. Since then thousands of innocent lives have been destroyed in their mother’s womb. Although there are supposedly certain conditions in law for those requesting an abortion, it is generally accepted that abortion on  request is now generally accepted, or would appear to be so. We will pray for a greater reverence asnd appreciation for the gift of life as God’s gift to us. We will also have an invited Speaker to speak to us at all our Masses one week end in October, reminding us of the enormity of the current situation, and how we as a parish can raise a greater awareness of the threat to all life, from the unborn in the womb, to the fragile, and those who are deemed as a burden on society. Also we hope to enhance our plaque on the Church buttress, in memory of the unborn, by placing an appropriate base, properly constructed, for flowers in memory of.




Once a man asked- “What did you gain by praying to God”. The man replied- “Nothing”  but let me tell you what I lost: anger, ego, greed, depression, insecurity and fear of death. Sometimes the answer to our prayers is not gaining but losing; which ultimately is the gain




meets in the Kavanagh Room on Wednesdays at 1.00 pm. This Craft Club is run by one of our parishioners, who did so very successfully in her former parish. Please do support this venture.




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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