+March 2010 +



on Friday, February 19th.  Report in April.  Please pray for him. This is a great loss for the ArchConfraternity.  Sacred Heart of Jesus, Mercy!  Mary, Help!







This falls, of course, on Monday March 1st. There will be Solemn Mass in the Rhondda at Treorchy at 7pm, as ever thanks to Glenys and Dai. A very special Welsh Celebration Supper will follow, provided by members of the congregation, and will include specialities from various parts of Wales, including, Glenys informs us, Cawl Cennin (Leek Broth) and Teisennau Rhython (Cockle Cakes, the cockles gathered in the sea off the Gower). There will be no Lenten fast that evening! As these Notes are not for gourmet cooks, we shall say no more! Thanks a hundred-fold to all our Rhondda stalwarts. The little congregation from Saint Martin’s, Cardiff Central has been invited, as have the people from all the South Wales and Monmouthshire parishes and missions. The Cardiff people have now attached themselves to the Rhondda, and we are thankful. Bishop Anthony will come to Cardiff again before too long; but it was just impractical – and unfair – to expect our dear Father Flynn to undertake any more duties, and we know the Cardiff Faithful understand this. There were 34 people at the Solemn Mass at Treorchy on Ash Wednesday.

There will also be Solemn Mass on Sunday, March 21st, Passion Sunday, at 11am in the home of Mrs Eve Talbot at Llantrisant. This will be the second time that Eve has hosted a Mass and we are all most grateful and heartened by her hospitality. To make up for the excesses of Saint David’s Day, a simple Lenten picnic!



There were eleven people at the Russell Square Mass on Monday, February 22nd at 1pm. We thank Ruth for all she does – not least for the acquisition of yet another set of traditional vestments, violet this time, for the exclusive use of the Mission. Ruth, like all our inspirational Guardians, refuses thanks. (“The Old Mass is everything.”) but thanks she is getting. Four of our students were present and, after Mass, we discussed another leafleting campaign, this time centred on Kings College, London. We have asked the Battersea students to help us with this.  Next Mass in Holy Week, on Monday, March 29th, again at 1pm, which time suits our students and also those of you who work locally.


The Feast of Saint Kasimir of Poland falls on Thursday, March 4th, and is, in fact, the Foundation Day of the ArchConfraternity, under its original Title. It is also the Name Day of one of our most generous founders and benefactors, Mr. Kazimierz Klak (Kaz), who died in 2002 and whom we all still miss so very much. Kaz was interned in two concentration camps during the Second War, after helping to shelter many Jews in his native city of Krakow. He survived because 2 young Nazi guards at Matthausen, one of the worst of the camps, were Catholic, and did not want a fellow Catholic to die. They helped Kaz to escape in a coal train. Every year on Saint Kasimir’s day we remember our dear Kaz’s soul at Mass. Even in his late 80’s, when frail and scarcely able to walk, Kaz tottered along to Mass three times a week, when Mass was said daily in the house of the late Mrs Eileen Conrad-Frankowska, another of our staunchest founders. May they both have +Eternal Rest!  Bishop Robert McBride wishes to be associated with this short tribute.


We try to include a report from one of our Czech Missions as often as possible. Bishop Anthony was last with our Faithful there for the Feast of the Immaculate Heart of Mary on August 22nd last summer. The weather was bad, but the congregation large! Father Lukas Tenkrat recently phoned to say that things go from strength to strength in this ArchConfraternity Parish, entirely of the Old Rite but with the generous and loving support of the local Czech Ordinary. There are now 3 Sunday Masses in our Chapel-of-Ease, all obviously Tridentine but the evening one in Czech, including the Canon. Solemn Mass at 11am has a regular congregation of fifty to sixty; twenty attend the 9am Low Mass with a patriotic(!) thirty or more souls at the Czech Mass. “We do not know what we would do without Father’s sister – and neither does Father!” wrote Pani Valeria Kratkova,  the Parish Secretary, in a recent email to Bishop Anthony. Maria is  the physical backbone of our great work there - not only as Housekeeper to her brother, but parish visiting, providing constant hospitality and a myriad of good works. They are delighted that Father Zezulek will come from Prague during Lent to spend a few days and give a short Retreat.



Please continue to hold Bishop Daryl in your prayers during Lent. The date for the Regularisation of his Episcopal Orders  yet to be finalised. To be held at the Hampstead Oratory


Rt. Honourable Margaret, Baroness Thatcher,O.M., Rt. Honourable Michael Foot; Lady Jane Cambell

Mr.& Mrs Mistry;Jenny Rees; Rosette Irwin ;Peggy & Charles White; George Hepworth; Jill Emery;Tam McBride;Shelley Breach; Linzee Hickox; Mr.Aslan (Hampstead); Marie Jones; Peter Dean; Mavis Williams (Breconshire);
Meryl Lay(Bracknell); Richard & Heike Podger;Will Malyon(Canterbury); Valerie Crombie; Jan Harper; Olive Almond; Elsie Davies; Janina Harper;Doris Ford; Margaret Wyatt; Gertrude Perkin; Edith Barraskell;Mike Ryan;
Peggy Derwent(Southampton); Renata Bozonova;Father Bohuslav Smesny;Jaroslav Marel;Jirina Starkova;Jaroslav Havlicek;Sonja Trpikova;Marie Starkova(Czech Missions);Eileen Thomas;Tony Keane;Christine Pugh(Ebbw Vale) Lyndon Brain;Breda Williams(Cardiff); Brian Tidey; Brynfil Taylor; Marian James; Kate Haines; Clifford Carter;
Eileen Jones;(Abertillery);Mr.Aylesbury;Frances Duggan;Wendy Hillier;William Bard;Mrs Mason;Brian Williams;
Mrs Hopkins(Six Bells);Patrick & Irene Cornesh(Finchley);John & Mary Hart(Alton);Della Edling(Covent Garden);
John Crouch (Oxford);Mike Gould (Paddington);Norah Hughes (Dublin) Nigel Dawson; Lisa & Kath  Mitchell;Joan Rawlins;(St.Pancras);Constance Vincent(Winchester);Selina Harper;Phil O’Hare;Robin Bencard;Gordon Passmore
(Battersea);Peggy Witcombe (Blackwood, Monmouthshire);  Mrs Teresa Mitchell; James Milton; Pauline Hamilton;
Betty Baker; Ann Mocatta(Worthing);Gerald Wilson;Tom Smith;Lynda MacFadyn (Edinburgh); Netta Piotrowska;
Hanna Mlodnicka; Terence Warburton (Shepherds Bush);  Beryl Hickman; Patricia Earl-Williams (Southampton);
Christopher Biston; Pat Lane (Norwich);Ross Fraser(Dundee); Annie Evans(Usk);Sandra Cavacuiti(Golders Green);
Sheila Warr; Sylvia Wynn(Hove); Noel Clarke(Huddersfield);Linda Tillgallon;Rosemary McGagh (Bo’ness); Juliet Spicer(Edinburgh); Peter Casselton(Morden);Nigel Bunce (Swindon);Tracy Kerr(Jersey);Dot Unwin(Kilburn);Will Owen;Tony Gross (Chelsea);Francis Hudson(Barry);Tony Banks;Jacky Tuppen;Tanya Wolfman(Brighton);Bishop Trevor Twentyman(Oxfordshire);Frank Raymond; Tim Williams (Midhurst);  Katie Dorran; Ben Catty(Finchley); Sister Tessa Fisk(Lindisfarne);Phillip & Mavis Boylan(Whitehaven,Cumbria);Gladys Target;Ffion Edwards;Hefyn Walters(Rhondda); Mavis Harrison; George Robins (Barnsley);Bill Barnes(Cambridge); Kim Morgan; John Allen (Cardiff);Christopher & Cathy Bosworth(Northampton);Sister Patricia Wade (Teddington);Janet Girsman(Esher);
Jim Ford(Dulwich);David Foulkes;Terry Dwyer;Mary O’Dowd; Mary Molloy(Manchester); Josie Poultney ;David Noble;Glenys Price; Maud Baskerville (Ebbw Vale);Anthony Dunlavey (Walsall);June Dunlavey (Peterborough)
Herbert & Elsie Buckingham (St.Albans);Harry Young(Glasgow); Zdena Vychodilova; Eva Vojnova (Chrudim);    Gail Thomson (Burnt Island, Fife); Colin Fisher(Bath);Sister Aquinas(Kensington);Countess Maryse-Antoinette de Goutiere;Helen Mango;Rosemary Burton;June Stubbs (Westminster); Bernard Phillips; Daveen Saywell (Bo’ness);  Michael Farrar (Charterhouse, London); Julia Johnson; Bernadette Quinn (Rochdale);Eamonn Brophy (Hounslow)
DO PLEASE send in names for inclusion on the Sick List, and indeed tell us to delete the names of those physically recovered in health – or those who have departed to purgatory!!  Holy Mass is offered for them all every month  +


























Father Flynn will offer Solemn Mass on Saint Joseph’s Day, Friday, March 19th, at 7pm, at the home of our most faithful Quinn family. Father arrives on the Thursday, when there will be Stations and Benediction also at 7pm. On Saturday, February 20th, there were 37 people at Mass, including 13 from Manchester.  A report on the building work hopefully soon.
















They are a source of real income to the ArchConfraternity, helping tremendously with the postal bill for the despatch of the monthly Notes. As we’ve already stressed: many of our older Faithful don’t have access to a computer – and thus to our Web Site – and really do rely on the “old fashioned word” as a vital means of communication. Particular thanks to all who sent stamps during January. Please send a February donation for Our Lady. Cheques should be made payable to “The ArchConfraternity of Our Lady of Victories” and sent to Bishop Anthony at the address at the top of the Kalendar  or  to Mr. Simon Gibbs, our ArchConfraternity Treasurer, at:
Gibbs & Co., Blackwell House, Guildhall Yard, London,EC2V.5AE.
God will bless you.    Holy Mass is offered monthly for all our benefactors.
















This is the Lenten Sunday when we brighten our Liturgy with pink or rose coloured vestments to replace purple; also the organ and flowers are permitted. This mid Lent point is also known as Refreshment Sunday, and we remember too today all Christian mothers. This day we have the opportunity to reflect on how we have been keeping Lent so far – and to make a resolution to renew and strengthen our Lenten devotions in the remaining time before Easter!


















The entire ArchConfraternity keeps this Feast on the Friday in Passion Week, this year March 26th.  Dysmas was a poor, young man who was crucified with our Lord because he had stolen bread. Even in his crucifixion torture he begged Jesus to remember him in His Kingdom – and the Divine promise was given that Dysmas would inherit eternal life. This is the hope for all of us who are probably worse sinners than Saint Dysmas!  Let us ask this penitent saint to pray for us! +
















Bishop Anthony will be with our Sussex Faithful on the Tuesday and Wednesday in Holy Week. See Kalendar for times of the three Masses. There will be Benediction after the Noon Mass at Hove on the Wednesday, and short Holy Week Reflections at both Worthing & Midhurst, which will be an accompanying part, both days, of the Stations of the Cross.

















These are too many to list here. Please consult Clergy & Guardians. Solemn Mass &  Maundy Thursday ceremonies at the Hampstead Oratory, 6pm. London people please note.





























































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