+ DECEMBER 2010 +


The ArchConfraternity is compiling a ‘Little Office of Our Lady of the Snows’ as a means of imploring our Blessed Lady to protect Christian people in countries like Pakistan, Iran and Iraq where they suffer so much persecution. It should be ready by the beginning of the new year and will hopefully be added to the ArchConfraternity web site so that the site’s many visitors may download it for their private devotions. Good quality paper copies will be available in English & Czech.


It was most fortunate that our Cardiganshire congregation had been expecting a sizeable turn-out for the Solemn Patronal Mass on Saint Winifred’s Day, November 3rd. There was magnificent support from all our Wales and Monmouthshire parishes; Paul Martin telephoned Bishop Anthony the following day to report 67 people present! Our Abertillery and Ebbw Vale parishes hired three mini-buses and brought over 20 people, most of whom, in fact, had never visited Cardiganshire before. They “made a day of it” in order to see something of the county during the daylight hours – and, in typical form, brought more than their fair share of food for the subsequent buffet! Needless to say the Rhondda turned up trumps with fourteen people arriving in three cars!  Paul and our Cardigan stalwarts want to offer you all most heartfelt thanks for making the Patronal Feast so memorable. The venue was changed to the house of loyal supporters Mr and Mrs Dafydd Owen whose sitting room, combined with large conservatory, was just large enough for the numbers! An evening of great fellowship, Father Flynn said, as well as new friendships forged. The Mass began with the sprinklings of holy water from Saint Winifred’s Well, and ended with the Angelus and Salve Regina sung in Welsh.    Listed December Mass on Saturday 4th at Lampeter at Noon.


The listed November Mass was on Monday, 15th at 1pm when eleven people were present, including Rex, a student, and one of Magda’s new neighbours, a Catholic lad of twenty in his first term at Kings, London, reading French. Welcome, Rex!  Bishop Anthony arranged to introduce him to our Holborn students. Rex had attended a few Masses at the St. Pius X Church in Preston and knows the Latin Mass; he will be an asset as a server. The listed December Mass will be on 15th, Ember Wednesday in Advent, at 6pm -  again at our usual Queenstown Road venue.   Thanks so much, Magda, for all you do. Mass will conclude with Benediction.   We hope some of our other “London lot” can attend!


This occurs on Wednesday, 8th December and it is the custom that day to offer the London Mass at Saint Jude’s, Covent Garden, at the home of Dame Della Edling, Chairman of the Chapter of Advice. The Mass will be at 7pm and, as usual, offered for the +Repose of the soul of Mrs Della Joiner, the late mother of Dame Della, who had particular devotion to this feast. 7th  December is also Dame Della’s birthday!   In Scotland the Immaculate Conception is still of Obligation.


The December Mass will be offered on Friday, 10th at 7pm, as usual at Moira Quinn’s. It is the feast of The Translation of the Holy House of Our Lady of Loretto. The usual Supper and Meeting will follow Mass and the Manchester Faithful have been invited. The November Mass on Wednesday, 17th was well attended by 25 people, and Father Flynn went on to Southport for Mass there the following day. Pat and Kevin reported 14 at that Mass. He will again go on to Southport and there will be Mass there at 1pm on Saturday, 11th December. We hope the weekend timing will increase the congregation. Early in the new year  it truly is Bishop Anthony’s resolve to visit Rochdale for Mass and to stay a few days with Moira and family.


We are happy to report that Mrs June Dunlavey, wife of Bishop Francis, is restored to health after a recent small, but vital, operation. Please keep her in your prayers. The Peterborough Masses (at Wittering) continue the usual time of 10am which seems best to suit the congregation. A formal Bishops’ Meeting is being planned for early in 2011 and will be held at Wittering following Pontifical Mass.  Bishops Anthony and Francis have much to discuss, all of which will be reported to the Chapter of Advice.  We thank our Peterborough people for all they do.


Mrs O’Shea was in London to visit Bishop Anthony from Wednesday 17th November till Thursday, 18th. It was a longstanding invitation, and she took the opportunity to do a little Christmass shopping in Knightsbridge! Eileen O’Connor joined us for supper on the 17th. The November Mass was on Saturday, 27th at Tredegar at Noon and, in fact, anticipated Advent Sunday the following day. Thanks to Mary Riley for her generous love and support since the Foundation of the ArchConfraternity. The listed December Mass will be at Kath O’Shea’s on Monday, 20th at 6pm; it will be of the Fourth Sunday of Advent with commemoration of Saint Thomas, Apostle, which occurs next day.

Nobody reading these Notes will be surprised to learn that mulled wine and mince pies will follow Mass!!

Solemn Mass on the Third Sunday of Advent, December 12th, will, as ever, incorporate our annual Advent Readings after the Gospel. All welcome. 12 Noon prompt.  Lunch follows!!


Cannot be listed here. As always, please consult Clergy and Guardians. There are always far more Masses than the ones which we list, as our staunch Faithful know well.


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 November. Do PLEASE send an December 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

“The Grand Party held for me on October 30th, the day before my 90th Birthday, was a delightful, memorable occasion. Thank you, one and all: family, friends and, of course, members of our St. Teresa’s Mission for gathering in strength to give me such a lovely day. I was most moved that two of my Anglo-Czech cousins were able to come from Bohemia where I was born. Thank you all for the generous presents. God has granted me a long, happy life which I continue to enjoy. I am very aware of those, here and abroad, who have so much less than I. Please all pray for our suffering world.”


Father Jan Vojen wrote to Bishop Anthony to explain the slight change of parochial name. Our Chapel of Ease at Pardubice Central, so generously on ‘permanent loan’ from the local Ordinary, has been entitled Nanebevzeti Panny Marie – the Assumption of Our Lady, and our now very flourishing factory Mission at Semtin has been placed under the loving care of Svaty Vaclav – Saint Wenceslaus of Bohemia. The chief Sunday Mass continues to attract an excellent congregation of 70/80 and is entirely in Latin with Czech Gospel.   Daily Masses average 20 in the City centre. At Semtin in the factory canteen, Father brings yet more souls to Jesus; our two evening Masses there are regularly supported by anything up to 40 people, half of whom are young men! For good, pastoral reasons the factory Masses, although entirely Old Rite, are in Czech, apart from the Canon.  +Bohu Diky!



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