+ NOVEMBER 2010 +


The October Mass was offered at Crickhowell on Saint Luke’s Day, Monday 18th at 7pm when Father Flynn reported 23 present. Thanks to Miss Williams for her hospitality. On Saturday, September 25th, Feast of Saint Cadoc, there was Solemn Mass at Ystradgynlais at Noon when an excellent crowd of our Breconshire Faithful gathered. The Mass was followed by a lovely Buffet Lunch, prepared in part by Father Flynn’s fair hand, assisted by our Ysradgynlais ladies.  It was a heartfelt Thank You from Father to the people of the Breconshire parish who have been so loyal over the last few years, and also his way of returning a little of the hospitality afforded to him month after month.

The listed November Mass is on Monday 8th, Feast of All the Saints of Britain, at 6pm at the Brecon home of Mrs Norah Herbert who has become a great stalwart of the ArchConfraternity. The Mass will be followed by supper and a meeting to discuss Advent plans.

Simon visited Bishop Anthony on Monday, 13th September to discuss ArchConfraternity financial matters. There was an evening Mass at 7.30 which was offered for the Gibbs family, and the +Repose of the souls of Simon’s parents who both died in the last year. It was decided that we maintain the ArchConfraternity account with the Yorkshire Building Society in the Strand. We thank all our benefactors for their continuing generosity, in particular at this time Father Don Coleman, Father Leslie Saywell, Dame Peggy Derwent, Mrs Valerie Ramsden and Mrs Norah Herbert. Grateful thanks also to Dame Patricia Earl-Williams and all members of the congregation of Saint Teresa, Southampton who gave, as ever, very generously following the Mass there on September 25th.


The main October Mass was at 7pm at Goldhawk Road on Tuesday 19th .  Sixteen were present, including three from Battersea. Thanks so much, Eileen.  At time of writing, the evening Mass with Benediction on the Solemnity of Our Lady of Victories has still to take place. It will be followed by a celebration supper and all our London people have been invited. November’s Mass is on Saturday 20th at Noon, again at Goldhawk Road. It will anticipate the Feast of Christ the King which falls the next day.   For this reason Mass will end with Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament.


In the afternoon of Saturday, September 25th, following the Mass at Southampton, Bishop Anthony installed both Mrs Peggy Derwent and Mr. Ken Bell into the Order of Saint Pancras. The ceremony took place at Peggy’s home because she had been unable to attend the earlier Mass. All our Knights and Dames in the Order offer Peggy and Ken congratulations and a warm welcome.


Mass attendances continue good in this our most Welsh (and very largely Welsh speaking) Mission. We thank all our Faithful for what they do, especially Paul Martin. The October Mass at Llandysul was supported by fourteen people. Their Patronal Festival is, of course, that of Saint Winifred on Wednesday, November 3rd ,when there will be Solemn Mass at 7pm, again at Llandysul.
Although the Holy Father, on his recent Visit to Britain, was unable to go to Wales, it was at least uplifting that the Statue of Our Lady of Cardigan (Our Lady of the Taper) was brought to Westminster Cathedral, and prayers offered for the Catholics of Wales. The Mass on 3rd will, as usual, be in Latin, with Epistle and Gospel in Welsh.  There will be three spare seats in the car which will take Father Flynn to Llandysul that afternoon, so if anyone from Breconshire can make their way to Ystradgynlais in time, they will be able to attend the special Saint Winifred celebration. Or perhaps some can drive themselves and take others?

The inevitable supper will follow, when dates for forthcoming Masses in next few months will be discussed.

The Inaugural Mass at Primrose Hill will be offered at 1pm on Tuesday, November 23rd, Feast of Saint Clement 1, Pope & Martyr.  This will be at Auden Place in Manley Street, NW1. We are most grateful to Dame Joan Rawlins for her loyal support over a long period.
A buffet lunch will follow the Mass as a celebration of this our first service and the Mission’s foundation.

It is our intention to offer a monthly Mass at Primrose Hill, and people from our other London Missions are obviously welcome to attend.  The “theme” on November 23rd will focus on the imminent Advent Season.

Mrs Churchill reported 34 communicants (plus a young married couple who had previously been Methodist) at the Solemn Mass on Saturday, October 16th, Feast of Saint Hedwig. Father Flynn offered the following day’s Mass, that of the Twenty First Sunday after Pentecost. It is a well known fact that Methodists, with their strong scriptural background, make the best converts to Catholicism!! Welcome to Peter and Gaynor who are now under instruction, much of it provided by the Abertillery laity.  Deo Gratias.  Angela Ullathorne and Marie Todd are coming from Sussex to stay a few days with Catrina Morgan; they are looking forward to the Feast of Saint Illtyd on Saturday, November 6th when there will be Solemn Mass at 11am, once again, please note, at Mrs Churchill’s in Arael Street.

This earlier time than the customary Noon is on account of the annual Pilgrimage to the ancient Church of Saint Illtyd in the beautiful hills above Llanhilleth, which will follow Mass and a Bring-and-Share Lunch.

Transport will be at hand. Solemn Vespers and Sprinklings will take place in the churchyard at about 3pm while it is still light.  Everything worked well last year and the arrangements are the same.

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 continue to stress, 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 October. Do PLEASE send an November Offering 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.

Rt. Honourable Margaret, Baroness Thatcher,O.M.;  Lady Jane Cambell;  Canon William Clements; Mr & Mrs Mistry; Jenny Rees; Ron Rees; Rosette Irwin; Charles White; George & Louis Hepworth; Jimmy Duffy; Shelley Breach; Linzee Hickox; Mr. Aslan (Hampstead); Marie Jones; Peter Dean; Mavis Williams (Breconshire); Meryl Lay; Len Barrett (Bracknell); Heike Podger;Roger Pendry(Canterbury); Valerie Crombie; Jan Harper; Elsie Davies; Nina Harper; Doris Ford; Margaret Wyatt; Gertrude Perkin; Edith Barraskell; Mike Ryan; Johnny Carr; Peggy Derwent(Southampton); Vaclav Vojen; Father Bohuslav Smesny; Jaroslav Marel; Jirina Starkova; Jaroslav Havlicek;Sonja Trpikova;Marie Starkova;Anna Grafova(Czech Missions);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; Will Bard; Mrs Mason; Christine Carter; 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);Gill Bencard ;Phil O’Hare;Robin Bencard;Gordon Passmore
(Battersea);Peggy Witcombe (Blackwood, Monmouthshire);  Mrs Teresa Mitchell; James Milton; Dolly Carmichael; Betty Baker; Ann Mocatta(Worthing);Gerald Wilson; Tom Smith(Edinburgh) Tracy and Alex Kerr (Jersey); Netta Piotrowska;Hanna Mlodnicka;Mrs Murphy (Shepherds Bush) Beryl Hickman; Patricia Earl-Williams(Southampton) Christopher Biston (Norwich); Ross Fraser(Dundee); Richard O’Shea (Prague); Kevin Soraghan(Walthamstow) Sheila Warr; Sylvia Wynn(Hove);Noel Clarke(Huddersfield); Rosie  McFadyn; Rosemary McGagh (Bo’ness);Juliet Spicer(Edinburgh); Peter Casselton(Morden); Nigel Bunce; Peter Smith (Swindon);  Dot Unwin (Kilburn);William Owen; Ann Price (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); Mavis Boylan(Whitehaven);Gladys Target; Ffion Edwards; Hefyn Walters;Jean Price (Rhondda);Mavis Harrison; George Robins (Barnsley);Bill Barnes; Neville Line(Cambridge)Kim Morgan;John Allen (Cardiff);Christopher & Cathy Bosworth(Northampton);Sister Patricia Wade (Teddington); Gwyn Davies(Swansea); Jim Ford(Dulwich);Lily O’Connor;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 and Elsie Buckingham (St. Albans); Harry Young(Glasgow);  Zdena Vychodilova; Eva Vojnova (Chrudim);    Colin Fisher(Bath); Marian Harrison; Countess Maryse-Antoinette de Goutiere; Helen Mango; Rosemary Burton; June Stubbs (Westminster); Bernard Phillips; Daveen Saywell (West Lothian)  Teresa Singleton; Bernadette Quinn (Rochdale); Vera Chopping (Reading); Anne Costello (St. Pancras); Sean McFadyn; John Constable (West Lothian)

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 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



Bishop Anthony and Father Josef had recently a long telephone conversation regarding our ArchConfraternity Masses at Ulice Minoritski.  The Wednesday congregation at Noon flourishes; frequently, and especially in the tourist season, the Chapel of Panny Marie Snihova is too crowded, and Mass is then offered at the Nave Altar, although obviously facing East!!  There are many Czech students (and American tourists!) at our Masses, as well as the dear, faithful elderly who suffered so terribly in the communist time. The latter, in particular, value the spiritual comfort of the Mass of Ages. The Sunday Mass has been moved to 4pm for the winter season, and there is now an early Friday morning Mass at 7am – which for many Czechs is not so early! Father Bruno, in his thirties, is learning the Old Rite, and this news brought tears to Bishop Anthony’s eyes. He will be with you soon. +++God bless you


We thank Almighty God for his Beatification at Birmingham during the Holy Father’s Visitation. He will always be a strong link between us and the remnant of Anglo Catholics who have yet to “make the journey”. His Feast is October 9th and is that of a Bishop and Confessor. +


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