Our Lady of Victories News



after all Masses today for the SICK AND RETIRED CLERGY of our Diocese.




are offered to Aaron and Pauline on the death of Aaron’s father. May his soul Rest in peace. “Those we love don’t go away; they walk beside us every day; unseen, unheard, but always near; still loved, still missed and always so very dear.”




on the funeral arrangements for he late John McCoy. The correct arrangements are that his funeral Mass will still be at Husbands Bosworth  on Monday, 22nd at 12 noon, followed by burial at Foxton with his dear wife Celia who died 2 months ago.




Every year from January 19th to the 25th, which is the Feast of the Conversion of St Paul, a week of prayer for greater Christian unity is observed nationally. Locally Churches Together in Harborough have hosted a united service on the Sunday during that week on a rota basis. The host church has celebrated it’s own traditional Sunday act of worship. Our Lady’s is the host Church  this January. on Sunday 21st January we will welcome our brothers and sisters from the local Christian churches in Harborough to worship with us at our 10am Mass. Hopefully it will be a prayerful, happy and enriching experience for each and all who will attend.




In the week leading up to our united service the different churches in the town have organised “PRAYER STATIONS” starting on Monday 15th - the 20th, from 11.30 am - 12 noon. Each church invites all who possibly can, on whatever day or everyday, to join in those Prayer Stations with a specific theme adopted to each church for their session. All the chosen themes have particular relevance to the different events and charities, under the umbrella of, or connected to, Churches Together in Harborough.


Monday, Evangelical Church – Bower House

Tuesday – Baptist Church – Street Pastors

Wednesday Congregational – Food bank

Thursday,  Methodist - Homelessness

Friday, Catholic – JandP

Saturday, St Dionysius – The Cube.




The Bower House have booked our Octagonal Hall for a “Burn’s Night Dinner” this coming Saturday - Doors open at 7 pm to start meal at 7.45 pm. This is a fund raising evening by the Bower House to help keep their Christian Counselling service on Coventry Road going. Sue Quintiliani will be selling tickers for this event after all our Masses this weekend.  It is hoped that many from our Church will support this event.




Fr Gregory Tobin (Lourdes Pilgrimage Director) writes: Why not come this year on the Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes? The dates are 16th - 20th July 2018. the price includes the full pilgrimage package with a Chartered flight from East Midlands airport, transfers in France, full board at hotels adjacent to the domain and Grotto area, together with the necessary badges, scarves and prayer book. We have a full compliment of medical staff, and an army of young people from the Diocesan universities and schools. The atmosphere is electric as you can imagine and the opportunity is there for a pilgrimage that is both memorable and full of grace.




Many thanks to all who donated funds at the Bazaar for a copy of the Christmas Quiz, hope it kept you entertained for a while over the holiday period!  Our congratulations to William Kerr who won the prize for the best entry.




Our next proposed date for our Parish Pastoral Council is Monday evening, February 5th at 7.30 pm in the De Trafford Room. We currently have a few vacancies and need parishioners who are committed to the practice of their faith and regard our Parish as their Church for their weekly Mass   Please see Fr Owen or Beatrice Tyrell or any current member of the P.P.C. for further information.




in the de Trafford Room tomorrow evening, Monday, January 15th at 7.30 pm. A chance to discuss our Parish Bazaar success, to see if and where any improvements might be made, and the opportunity to share a glass of wine. All welcome and hopefully all stall holders and helpers in an capacity, will make a special effort to come. See you there.




The Working Group of LACY will have their next meeting at the Franciscan Convent, Dalby Road, Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire, LE13 0BG on Wednesday 31st January 2018. We will be discussing and taking forward some major events that we have planned for 2018. These include “Countryside Stations” of the Cross during Lent, a “Confirmation Pre and Post Retreat Day” and a “Fun Day at Rutland Water”. People of all ages are invited to come along to the meeting to help us prepare the best way to engage with our young teenagers and encourage them to enjoy their Faith, have fun and last, but not least - socialise with food. Our  meeting will commence at 7.30 pm and finish by 9 pm. A warm welcome awaits you! Thank you to the Franciscan Sisters for hosting the meeting. We look forward to seeing you there! For more info. contact paulinepayne@hotmail.com




Each year the parish Clergy are requested to publish the Bishops of England and Wales statement on marriage:


God the Father has created marriage as a mutual and exclusive covenant between one man and one woman, by which they establish between themselves a loving and intimate partnership of their whole life, which of its own nature is ordered both to the well-being of the spouses themselves and to the procreation and education of children.


It is a true vocation entered into for life, for what God has joined together no one can put asunder. Our Lord Jesus Christ has raised marriage between two baptised people to the dignity of a sacrament.


The Church welcomes with joy those who wish to marry in accordance with her teaching. At the same time, the church is aware of the many pressures of modern life which can endanger their commitment, the relationship and their family life. She is constantly concerned to help those who wish to marry to be prepared as fully as they can be to make this loving and lifelong commitment. For this reason:


1. A couple who wish to marry should speak to their priest at least six months before their proposed wedding date, and should not make any other arrangement concerning their wedding until they have spoken to him.


2.The Parish priest is responsible for preparing couples for marriage. He will often be assisted in this important work by a deacon, a group of parishioners or members of other organisations.


3. Any marriage involving a Catholic should be celebrated in their parish church. With the permission of their parish priest, the marriage may be celebrated in another parish, a marriage between a Catholic and a non-Catholic partner may only be celebrated in a non-Catholic church with dispensation, which will only be granted for a serious reason.


4. If a Catholic wishes to marry a non-Catholic, the Catholic will be reminded of the obligation to preserve their faith, and will be invited to make a sincere promise to do all in their power to have their children baptised and brought up in the Catholic faith. The non-Catholic partner will be informed of this promise, but will not be asked to make any such promise.


All couples preparing for marriage need and are entitled  to receive the support of the Church, so that they will be strengthened by the Holy Spirit as they prepare for, celebrate, and live out the commitment which they make out at their wedding. The Church thanks all those married people who show great constancy and faithfulness in their vocation, and prays that their example may inspire all who are preparing to marry.




All of us will have an abundance of old stamps following our Christmas Post of cards etc. Please do remember that we can use you old stamps to fundraise. Do bring them in and place in “wanted box” in Cloister.




The First World War was a catastrophic conflict that cost the lives of hundreds of thousands of British and Commonwealth men and women in the Army, Navy and Air Force. Nine of the men were parishioners at Our Lady of Victories. They were Bernard Carroll; Frank Wilson; William Smith; Arthur Fox; George Waters; James Moran; George Buswell, who served with the Leicestershire Regiment. Harry Kirkham served with the Oxford and Bucks Light infantry and George Wilson served with the Durham Light Infantry. A plaque commemorating the lives of these men already hangs in our Church. However, to mark the centenary of the First World War, as a mark of remembrance, and for future generations to remember, a new memorial plaque recording the names of these men who gave their lives has been designed.


Also included on the plaque are the dates these men died, their final resting places, or where they have no known grave, details of the memorial on which their name appears. The regimental badges are also illustrated. The plaque is now mounted in the wall adjacent to the Sacred Heart altar. This is a very fitting way of remembering these men who sacrificed so much. Also there is a white cross which commemorates the white cross of sacrifice which is erected in all cemeteries of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.




in our villages, towns and cities. Churches Together in Harborough invite you to meet and listen to Roy Crowne from Hope 2018. Jubilee Hall, Market Harborough Congregational Church on Tuesday 6 February 2018 from 7.15 pm. For more information please contact CTH Secretary on 01858 ?????? or email: cthsecretary@gmail.com.




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.




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:






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 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.




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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