Our Lady of Victories News




Dear All


We celebrate the wonderful feast of the Assumption this weekend in which we thank God for the Gift of Mary and draw hope from her full redemption body and soul as she has followed her Son into glory. She is a sign of hope for us that we will enjoy the fulness of redemption in body and soul at the resurrection of the dead and also, she exercises by will of her Son a special role as Intercessor for all of us. In the image we see the light of Christ shine through her maternal heart for her children.


Let us all pray a family Rosary for Church and for peace and family life.


Please pray for Michael Everitt who died.  His funeral will be on Wednesday 24 August 2022 at 2.00 pm.




to Walsingham will resume this year on August Bank Holiday Monday, 29 August 2022.  The pilgrimage will be led by Fr Anthony Meredith IC (Institute of Charity otherwise known as the Rosminians) and gather at the Catholic shrine at 1.15 pm. See poster.




is a fully funded year of volunteering with CAFOD in a UK placement with immersive and interactive experiences, developing leadership skills while learning about global justice and inspiring others  to use their faith in action. CAFOD’s Step into the Gap program offers young people a chance the volunteer with CAFOD for a year, in our diocese, and based at The Briars.  There is still a vacancy for this opportunity in 2022 - 2023, and applications are open. cf Further information from Will Cruddace – 07710 094455.


To find out more go to: youngleadership@cafod.org.uk; www.cafod.org.uk/gapyear


RETROUVILLE: A Programme for Couples Struggling in their Marriages 


Do you feel alone? Are you frustrated or angry with each other? Do you argue … or have you just stopped talking to each other? Does talking about it only make it worse? Retrouvaille is a programme to support couples who have difficulties in their marriage. It brings a positive focus, new hope and helps nourish and grow your marriage.


Tens of thousands of couples headed for divorce have successfully saved their marriages by attending and using the tools provided. The programme helps spouses uncover or re-awaken the love, trust and commitment that originally brought them together. It helps them through difficult times whether they are disillusioned or in deep misery. There is no group therapy or group work.


For confidential information about ‘Retrouvaille’ or to register for the next programme commencing with a Virtual weekend on 13 - 16 October or a Face to Face weekend in Welwyn Garden City on 24 - 26 February 2023, call or text 07887 296983 or 07973 380443 or email retrouvailleukinfo@gmail.com - or visit www.retrouvaille.org.uk




This year marks the sad milestone of 10 million abortions in the UK since the 1967 Abortion Act. It is more important than ever that all people of goodwill, and especially Catholics, give public witness to the inalienable dignity of human life. We can do so at the annual March for Life held on Saturday 3 September 2022.


Bishop John Sherrington will celebrate Mass at 11.00 am in Saint George's Cathedral, Southwark, LifeFest22 is a pro-life, family friendly festival held from 10.30 am until 1.30 pm at the Emmanuel Centre, Marsham Street SW1P 3DW.


The March itself starts at the Emmanuel Centre at 2.00 pm, proceeding to Parliament Square, where there will be testimony and speeches, with the day concluding at 4.30 pm. Our witness is vital; please do encourage parishioners to attend this event, or to join in prayer on that day. More information can be found at:  https://www.marchforlife.co.uk.




In September and October this year, the relics of St Bernadette will journey on pilgrimage to England, Scotland, and Wales for the very first time. This very special once in a lifetime event will provide an opportunity for people of all ages and backgrounds to experience the special gifts and charisms of Lourdes, in a church or cathedral near them. The Relics will be in our Diocese on:


• Thursday 6th October, in Saint Bernadette’s church, Scunthorpe; 8.00 am – 5.00 pm. 

• Thursday 6th October – Friday 7th October, in Saint Barnabas Cathedral; 6.30 pm (Thursday) – 10.30 am (Friday).




Thursday 8 September 2022 in Lutterworth. 10.30 am Parish Mass followed by coffee. Catch up and buffet lunch. Parking at the church which is right next to Father John Joe's house at 28 Bitteswell Road, Lutterworth, LE17 4EY. Please tell any former pilgrims who you think might be able to come.  Some people may need a lift if you can offer one. See poster in the porch.



The Bishop has also created several New parishes which are formed from the joining together of other Parishes:


Parish of Most Blessed Sacrament and Saint Peter, West Leicester, taking in the former parishes of Most Blessed Sacrament, Gooding Avenue; and Saint Peter, Hinckley Road; with effect from 8th September 2022. Fr John Cahill will be  Parish Priest.


Parish of Our Lady of Lourdes and Saint Charles Borromeo, Ashby-de-la-Zouch, taking in the former parishes of Our Lady of Lourdes, Ashby-de-la- Zouch; and Saint Charles Borromeo, Measham. Fr Andrew Harding will be Parish Priest. 


Parish of Saint Mary and Saint Augustine Webster, North Lincolnshire, taking in Saint Augustine Webster, Barton-upon-Humber; and Saint Mary, Brigg; with effect from 8th September 2022. Father Michael Gilligan will be Parish Priest of this new parish, 


Also sadly s few Churches are being closed:


Church of Saint Bernadette, Bolsover and  Church of Saint George, Rainworth,


Please pray for them.


There are various priests who are retiring this summer and autumn. We thank them and wish them well:


Canon Michael Brown (31st August)

Father James (Jim) Cahill (3rd October) – our former Parish Priest

Father Michael Eastwood (September)

Monsignor John Hadley (3rd October; although continuing as Chancellor, and Adjunct Vicar Judicial)

Father Peter Ingman (31st May; previously notified)

Monsignor John Lally (September)

Father Peter Wade (15th August). Fr Peter will be coming into our area later in the Autumn. We look forward to welcoming him.




We need to establish a list of key holders to Parish Property.  I do not have one.  Could those who hold keys to the Church, Hall or Presbytery let me know what keys they hold.  Many thanks.




are fundraising to redevelop their camp site and building in Mablethorpe, Lincs. The site provides holidays for up to 200 children from the diocese of Nottingham every summer. If you would like more information on the project or if you would like to donate to this appeal or are able to provide materials or resources for the project please contact Dom Merrison by email at mablethorpe@svp.org.uk.




 are hosting a conference called Sharing the Church’s Story. Join Catholics who are passionate about the renewal of the Church in the UK, and a host of dynamic speakers including Bishop Robert Barron.  This conference is for all: volunteers, parents, catechists, clergy, and religious.  The Conference is being held on Saturday 17 September 2022 from 10.00 am to 6.00 pm, at Friends House, Euston Road, London.


More details at: www.sharingthechurchsstory.com




We are delighted to be holding an Open Morning on Friday the 16 September 2022 to welcome parents / guardians and children who are looking for school places for August 2023.   Please come along to see our wonderful school.


Refreshments 9.00  - 9:30 am,  Welcome from Mrs. Dabbs, Headteacher 9:30, Tours of school 9:45 - 11.00 am


No bookings are necessary; please contact Mrs Liddle at the school office if you have any questions or would like to arrange an alternative time. 01858 465359 office@stjosephs.leics.sch.uk


There are New Year Books available for £4 with quite a few articles catching up since the Pandemic




The first edition of the brand new diocesan e-news in on the horizon, sign up to make sure you don’t miss it.  It only takes 60 seconds!


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People have been talking about Sunday Coffee and recently we discussed this at the PPC.  I am hoping to see if we can have Sunday Coffee after the 9.00am Mass.  I know some people have been meeting at Bars for a quick one after Mass or before going to the 11.00am. In the past groups took responsibility for a particular Sunday in the month.  So could the various groups in the Parish let me know if they would like to participate and we will see how it goes.




Due to the ongoing limitations on social events for fund-raising, our main source of income at the moment is selling items on eBay, but our stock is dwindling.  If we are to keep our promises to our beneficiaries we must maintain this activity.  Please look through your cupboards, drawers, lofts, even sheds and garages, for good quality items that you no longer need.  Clothing is the most popular but anything as long as it is in good condition and still has some value.  Our box is under the table opposite the noticeboard in the cloister.




You are asked to leave food bank items in the trolleys at : various supermarkets when you shop. Refill Revolution at the Eco Village, Sainsbury’s, Waitrose, Both Coop supermarkets, B&M, Nationwide, Coop Great Glen cf https://www.jubileefoodbankmh.uk/


Shopping List: MOST NEEDED​--URGENT​:Tomatoes (tinned), Rice pudding (tinned) Jam Chicken in white sauce (tinned) Hot dogs Beans with sausage (tinned)  Packets of rice, 500g Sweetcorn (tinned) Custard Other beans: chickpeas, red kidney beans...Spam/Ham (tinned) Corned Beef (tinned)’ We are also short of: Tinned red meat such as bolognaise or stewed beef Carrots (tinned) Fruit (tinned} Coffee Crackers  Sugar (small bags--500g)​  Smash/powdered mashed potato  Sandwich paste in small jars Fray Bentos pies Tinned Ham  Tinned peas Pasta sauce UHT juice or bottles of squash Baked beans: after a long time saying we have too many, we now need a few more. Thank you for checking our lists. :) Jars of curry sauce to go with rice UHT Semi-Skimmed milk UHT Whole milk  Tinned potatoes Tinned meatballs . Used, clean and strong carrier bags/'Bags for life




We are now making all the benches available for people to sit on except those under the Choir gallery at the back. These remain for social distancing.


A reminder that if you do not want people to sit next to you, please put your Hymn book or mass book on the bench.




We pray that the Lord God send His Holy Spirit to all the people of Ukraine and gives them the grace of endurance in faith, hope and love amid the current ordeals; may peace be granted throughout Ukraine and may the Ukrainian nation be delivered from all enemies, so that we may glorify the good and merciful God in justice and truth. 

Lord hear us and have mercy. Amen.


Information from Caritas on the Ukraine and the Welcome scheme is available from the Grapevine Newsletter:




Also see Catholic Social Action Network (CSAN) https://www.csan.org.uk/ukraine/


Parishioners can be part of the Church’s response by giving to CAFOD’s Ukraine Humanitarian Appeal at cafod.org.uk/Ukraine




Please would people bring in their red Missio Boxes for emptying.  Thank you.


If anyone would like a box please let myself or Christine Shepherd know.




1st Prize £70 J Rowland ticket No 73

2nd Prize £30 S McGlone ticket No 177

3rd Prize £20 J Nowakowski ticket No 126


Winnings are sent by letter, if you haven't received your letter, I may have the wrong address please contact Keith Shiers 07814419322 Thank you




at Our Lady’s Statue outside in front of the church. 4.30 - 5.00 pm every Sunday.


As Catholics we pray the Rosary for cohesion and reconciliation in society, for peace, and freedom. We pray for the people, for the rulers, and for the kingship of our Lord Jesus Christ in society. At the same time always for the freedom of the Church, for the clergy, for the bishops, for the Pope, and in reparation for the sins committed against God Almighty and His Holy Mother.


For more details contact Maureen Douglas 07966 515115




Saturday 6.00 pm 13 August 2022:  M Mihovilovic

Sunday 9.00 am 14 August 2022: M Crook

Sunday 11.00 am 14 August 2022: C Sellechia


Saturday 6.00 pm 20 August 2022: N Williamson

Sunday 9.00 am 21 August 2022: P Green

Sunday 11.00 am 21 August 2022: R Lewin




The Government directives have changed  and we have received new guidance from the Bishops’ Conference. We will be gradually adapting as the Pandemic becomes endemic. However, always in a safer manner as possible. Therefore we will proceed carefully with the transition to a more normal environment. The key protection is to be vaccinated:  this means two doses plus a booster for anyone aged 16 or over


Some Changes:

  • You no longer need to book for mass. The track and trace is not required. 

  • Masks are advised for the sake of other people if though no longer a legal requirement. 

  • Stewards will no longer direct people to come up for Holy Communion. Simply Our Lady’s side will begin and then we will proceed to the Sacred Heart Side. Please come slowly and leave a good space to the person in front – so that they do not feel there is someone breathing down their neck.

  • We wish to have a system which acknowledges people's wish to maintain distances. When entering a bench, if you wish to maintain a distance from those following you, please place your Mass/hymn books as far from you as you wish, to indicate your preferred gap. If someone is already in the bench, then watch out for where they have put their books.




will continue in the Octagonal Hall on Thursdays after 10.00 am Mass.


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A great Sign appeared in the heavens; a woman, adorned with the sun, standing on the moon, and with the twelve stars on her head for a crown. These words concerning a great mystery of faith were written by the apostle St John  the beloved disciple and who took Mary into his home. These words touch on the mystery of Mary and the mystery indeed of the church for the woman is both Mary and the Church.


We were taught by the Second Vatican council: “the Mother of Jesus in the glory which she possesses in body and soul in heaven is the image and the beginning of the church as it is to be perfected in the world to come. Likewise, she shines forth on earth, until the day of the Lord shall come” (no. 68). The Book of Revelation presents a vision of the struggle between the woman and the dragon. The woman represents the church that is us as both glorious and triumphant but also still struggling, in travail. We are both with the Lord in his glory in heaven but in history we continue to live through the difficulties trials and challenges of the battle between good and evil between God and the devil who seeks to attack the children of God. This is a very real struggle for all Christian disciples.


However, Mary does not leave us alone in this; she is  mother of Christ and our mother and is always with us. She walks with us and is with us as like St John we take her into our home - into our life. Mary is of course in glory body and soul in heaven experiencing the resurrection already, but this does not mean she is distant or far from us. Rather as we know through history Mary accompanies us and sustains us in our fight against the powers of evil against indeed the temptation to sin through her intercession. We draw close to Mary through the prayer of the rosary which should forms part of our everyday prayer.  It sustains us in the battle against the evil  through her motherly intercession and because  she teaches us the mysteries of Christ’s life death and resurrection and glory in heaven.


Saint Paul writing to the Corinthians presents the central truth of the Christian faith that Jesus is risen the first born from the dead. He is the first fruit of a great harvest to come. We are destined to share in his resurrection as we belong to him through faith. But as in that expression “in their proper order”,  Mary stands as the first in that order. For she who gave life to her Son and followed him in faith throughout her life with all her heart and soul in her entire being was taken body and soul after her death into heaven to experience immediately the fullness of salvation. This was indeed fitting and proper For one who was so close to Jesus. She stood by him experiencing the martyrdom of the cross and her body and soul. She fully lived the passion of her son was united in his death indeed consented to that death and so was given the gift of resurrection. Christ is the first fruit from the dead and Mary is the first of the redeemed. She is the first disciple. Thus she stands as the first Christian disciple our representative, our sister indeed we could say our eldest sister.


And so we can say she shines in the heaven as the great sign of hope for all of us. That sign of hope for us who are struggling between life and death, Good and evil in the Church and world. She is the sign of the victory of God's grace in each of us. The revelation of the Church no longer stained by sin. She reveals the true nature of the Church. Thus we can rejoice with Mary and that's great hymn of praise which she sings ever and again in heaven to the wonder of all the angels and Saints. It is the hymn that the church sings every evening: the Magnificat. As Pope Francis says: it is the song of hope, it is the song of the People of God walking through history. It is the song many saints, men and women, some famous, and very many others unknown to us but known to God: mums, dads, catechists, missionaries, priests, sisters, young people, even children and grandparents: these have faced the struggle of life while carrying in their heart the hope of the little and the humble.


And there is the key to Mary's greatness: her humility. Those who know they have nothing, that all comes from God. Those who are Poor, lowly, hungry, who fear God, have a space for God because they know they need God. The proud the rich the self-sufficient have no need of God. the humble had great power because they are humble. On this great feast day perhaps we may ask ourselves how is my humility. What space indeed what emptiness have I in my heart that God can fill?




I recommend that you pray this prayer every morning.


A “Spiritual Communion” encouraged when we are unable to receive Holy Communion Sacramentally. This prayer was composed by St Alphonsus  Liguori:


My Jesus, I believe that you are truly present in the Most Holy Sacrament. I love you above all things, and I desire to receive you into my soul. Since this moment I cannot receive you sacramentally, I embrace you as being already there and unite myself wholly to you. Never permit me to be separated from you. Amen.


The Church is open for Private prayer each day


Enter through Fairfield Road


Sanitize your hands on Entry and Exit


Please wear a face mask for the sake of others


Those of you with internet please print off a copy of the Newsletter for Parishioners who do not have the internet. Paper copies are available at church.


May God bless you all and your loved ones in these coming days of grace.


Fr Chris




There is a good website:  www.churchservices.tv with regular Masses from all over the country.


St Barnabas Cathedral will be live streaming Mass accessed at:




Also Walsingham is very popular at:  https://www.walsingham.org.uk


Bishop Patrick tends to stream his Mass on Sundays via:




(This can be found by searching for 'Bishop Patrick McKinney' on YouTube)




CAFOD also have Children's Liturgy activity resources on their website. Please see the link:




There is also https://video.ewtn.com/kids/ which has videos for children including Stations of the Cross.


Also St Mary's Parish and School Derby have a podcast channel - https://www.mixcloud.com/DerbyCatholic/ Sundays 9 am - Children's Liturgy.


Also check out our Youth Service NDCYS for their live streaming on you tube: https://ndcys.com


NDCYS (Nottingham Diocese Catholic Youth Service) have a "YouTube" Channel






PACT is a Catholic charity and their Prisoners’ Families Helpline are currently seeking to recruit more helpline volunteers. The role can be carried out remotely.  https://www.prisonadvice.org.uk/Pages/Category/volunteer




in England and Wales Please see the Bishop’s website: https://www.cbcew.org.uk/home/news-and-media/news/


GRAPEVINE - News from Justice & Peace and Caritas:

Grapevine is the Diocesan Newsletter for Adult formation , Justice & Peace and Caritas in our diocese.





Your foreign coins and used or unused stamps - all can be sorted and valued, with profits to our Bazaar fund.

See Fr Chris or Mick Crook for further information.




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.




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.




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




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




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.




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


"The Lord's Day" -


Weekly Newsletter of the Watermead Apostolate:  https://www.watermead-apostolate.co.uk/the-lords-day




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