+ JANUARY 2016 +


This falls on Friday, January 1st and remains, in the Old Rite, an Holyday of Obligation that honours, in a real sense, the sacred humanity of Christ. The Feast also recalls our Lord's first shedding of Blood in His Circumcision – that precious Blood which was shed ultimately on Calvary, and is the reason, by God's plan, for His Holy Nativity. For all Mass times, please consult Clergy and Guardians. Solemn Mass at Hampstead at 6pm.


The December Mass, on 19th , Ember Saturday, was of the Fourth Sunday of Advent. It was, as ever, followed by a Bring-and-Share Lunch and had a pre-Christmass flavour. Ruth and all our Holborn stalwarts send warm greetings to everyone reading these Notes. The listed Mass for January will be offered on Saturday, 9th - the Feast of the Infant of Prague (of which more below). It will be at Noon and followed by a New Year Lunch and a student meeting. There will also be a second Holborn Mass on Sunday, 24th , which is Septuagesima, so quickly transferring us to more sombre mood as we start to prepare for Lent! Will our Londoners please note these dates.


The December Mass on Tuesday, 15th was of Gaudete (Advent III) since it was a Feria. Benediction followed the Solemn Mass – as did a delicious Buffet! Glenys & Dai reported 38 present, including a group from Monmouth. We thank the scouts for their continuing great hospitality and kindness, now over a fairly long period. The listed January Mass will be offered very early in the month on Saturday, 2nd , and will, by the Kalendar, be of Our Lady of Victories, with commemoration of The Circumcision. It will be at Eve's at Llantrisant at Noon, and followed by New Year Lunch. Kath will be bringing a group from Ebbw Vale, and will be helping Glenys and Eve with the catering. All our South Wales Faithful most welcome to come. Father Flynn says it will be a lovely spiritual start to the New Year.

Please keep our Rhondda stalwarts in your constant prayers. So many people think, erroneously, of Wales as being very much nonconformist “chapel”. Historically this was so, but no longer! Most of the chapels in South and North Wales are derelict or turned into secular use. Catholicism is very much alive and well!!

This falls on Wednesday, January 6th and is an Holyday of Obligation when we are bound to hear Mass, unless there is a grave reason why we cannot. The Feast is categorically NOT on Sunday, January 3rd , as so many modern (lazy) Novus Ordo Catholics think!! ‘ Lazy' because the Hierarchy of England and Wales considers that people are not prepared to go to a weekday Mass. The new custom of celebrating Holydays of Obligation on the nearest Sunday is deeply to be deplored, and is indeed one of the many reasons that so many of us are loyal to Tradition and the Old Rite. All Epiphany Masses are followed by the Blessing of Chalk after which we inscribe the initials of the Magi on our doorposts and lintels [+K+M+B+2016] in honour of the pilgrimage of the Kings to our Lord. It is also a sign of welcome to strangers and those in need. Consult Clergy and Guardians regarding Mass times. The Mass at Hove on Thursday, January 7th (2pm) will also be of The Epiphany. Epiphany Masses known (6 th ): Hampstead, 7pm; Bo'ness, 11am; Peterborough, 10am; St. Andrews, 6pm; Brecon, 6pm; Abertillery, Noon


Father Flynn and all our Breconshire people wish everyone a happy and blessed New Year in our Lord's Service. Although we always list a Mass time with Intention each month for Breconshire, it is really for the Brecon Intention, because, as our people there know, Holy Mass is offered daily when Father is in residence! The Mass on December 9 th , Feast of the local Martyr Priest, Saint John Roberts, was attended by over 40 of our South Wales Faithful. Thanks so much to Norah Herbert for her tireless work on behalf of the ArchConfraternity, and also to June Williams over at Crickhowell. They both say: “Well, we have the space, and love to welcome you all!” Daily Mass at Ystradgynlais continues – consult Father and the Guardians for the times before you travel, please, since Father is every month up in Lancashire, serving our Missions there, on three or four days of the month. The listed January Mass (that is the day to pray for our Breconshire Faithful!) is Thursday, 14th , Feast of Saint Hilary, when there will be a Solemn Mass at Brecon at 6pm, followed by the inevitable Bring-and-Share Supper. Please all come!!


This we keep on January 9th , near enough to the Epiphany, when we celebrate the Boyhood (not Infancy) of our Lord Jesus Christ. The original statue of the Infant of Prague is, of course, enshrined in the Carmelite Church of Our Lady of Victories in Prague. Its origins go back to the Battle of the White Mountain (Bila Hora) in 1620 when Bohemia was reclaimed for Catholicism.

The original statue, still in its place, attracts countless thousands of pilgrims every year. But we must come to JESUS, the Divine Infant of Prague, as humble children, begging His Divine Mercy. We pray that day for the people of Prague and the Czech Lands, as well as for Dominik, Cardinal Archbishop of Prague, who is, indeed, mentioned, with our own bishops, in the Canon, at every ArchConfraternity Mass. We have, as you all know, a special relationship with the Czech Catholic Church. Please pray for Bohemia and Moravia! +++

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 recently. Do PLEASE send a January for The Infant of Prague. 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, ArchConfraternity Treasurer:

Gibbs & Co., Blackwell House, Guildhall Yard, London,EC2V.5AE.

God will bless you.    Holy Mass is offered monthly for all our benefactors.

Mother Angelica of the Bl. Sacrament; Lady Jane Cambell.

Mr & Mrs Mistry; Jenny Rees; ; Samantha Jackson; Daphne Ellis; Jimmy Duffy; Shelley Breach; Linzee Hickox (Hampstead) Marie Jones; Malcolm and Barbara Fouracre; Hayden Willis (Brecon) Freda Soraghan (Eltham) Meryl Lay; Frank Lay (Bracknell) Chris & Cathy Bosworth (Ammanford) Elsie Davies; Gertrude Perkin; Janina Harper; Edith Barraskell (Southampton) Alexandra Tundidor-Tungden (Barnsley) Matthew Calderwood (Wirral) Fr. Bohuslav Smesny; Judmila Navratilova; Jirina Starkova; Zdena Vychodilova; Irena Voseckova (Czech Missions) Tony Keane; Katherine Buffin; Pat Markey (Ebbw Vale) Derek Williams; John Rees (Cardiff) Anna Cavacuiti; Christine Tidey (Abertillery) Eileen Jones; Elizabeth Parr; Mary Rees (Cwmtillery) John Aylesbury; Ciss Duggan; William Bard; (Six Bells) Gee Cayley (Hove) Mary Hart (Alton) Della Edling (Covent Garden) John Baker (Swanley) John Crouch (Oxford) Neil Hedgeland; Paul O'Farrell (Edinburgh) Robert McBride (Kettering) Doug Coleman (Spain) Jill Walker (Liss) Sheena Warr (Aberdeen) Joan Rawlins (St. Pancras) Constance Vincent (Winchester) Tony Banks (Brighton) Gillian and Robin Bencard; (Battersea) Peggy Witcombe (Blackwood) William Duncan (Worcestershire) Teresa Mitchell; James Milton; Anne Moccata (Worthing) Joanna Conrad (Warwick) Tom Smith (Chesham) Netta Piotrowska; Hatty Hall (Shepherds Bush) Father Robert Aird; Elizabeth Aird (Chulmleigh) Jim Ford (Chatham) Michael Callaghan; Anne Doyle (Manchester) Neal Edwards; Josie Poultney (Ebbw Vale) Anthony Dunlavey (Walsall) June Dunlavey (Peterborough) Luke Mason (Bridgend) Tim Williams (Midhurst) Herbert Buckingham (St. Albans) Vladimir Stursa (Chrudim) John Gardner (Helston) Yvonne Roberts (Harrogate) Marian Harrison; June Stubbs (Westminster) Ian Graham; Bernard Phillips; Ian McKenzie (West Lothian) Kath Higginson; Phillip McNulty (Rochdale) Una Hudson (Barry) Barry Carroll (Clapham) Eileen and John Snook; Ann and Colin Ward (Coventry) Stuart Laing (Bedford) Gerald Wilson (Poole) Trudi Spare (Leicester) Clive Murphy; David Gibson (Stepney) George Hodges; Noel Clarke (Huddersfield) Shirley Kloster; Richard Saywell (Surbiton) Dorothy Unwin (Kilburn) Father Alan Page (Usk) Hilda and Hedley Turner (Hitchin) Penelope Lamble (Hornsey) Nicholas Johnson (Chester) Marie Argyll (Gosport) Diane and Paul Praud (Hove)

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.


Eileen O'Connor says that she very much enjoyed Christmass Day with Bishop Anthony, even though she did volunteer to do the washing up! We offer Mass at Eileen's house as often as we can, so, again, the listed Mass is one of several every month. There is always a large congregation because a good number of our Holborn and Battersea stalwarts always turn up. Eileen wants, through these Notes, to thank everyone who sent her cards and Christmass gifts. She prays daily for all of you. And all our staunch “Shepherds Bushers” wish everyone a Happy and Blessed New Year. Wednesday, 20 th January, is their Patronal Feast, Saints Fabian and Sebastian, and preparations are well in hand for it. There will be Pontifical Solemn Mass at Goldhawk Road at 6pm, followed, needless to say, by what all our ArchConfraternity Faithful do best – eat and drink !! Well, it was our Divine Redeemer who turned water into wine at Cana! There will also be Solemn Mass at Shepherds Bush on Sexagesima Sunday at Noon. It will be followed by a Parish Meeting, so will you all make a particular effort to be present on January 31 st .


Kath, Mary and all our stalwarts send love and warm greetings for the new year to you all! Mary says they have a most welcome new “recruit” in a local Abertysswg resident, Mr. Liam Hennelly, who decided he could no longer put up with the modern services at the Novus Ordo church at Tredegar! [Bishop Anthony can only say, naughtily: Quelle Surprise!!] We offer Liam the warmest of welcomes. He is already getting used to our ways (!) and smothered by so much love and friendship. At time of writing the Solemn Christmass Mass at Tredegar, on December 30th , is still to take place. The listed January Mass will be offered on Tuesday, 19th , back with Kath at Ebbw Vale. She says you are all to turn up. I don't know why, because you always do! Bring-and-Share Supper follows, as well as a Parish Meeting to discuss new year plans. God +Bless you all – and thanks for everything.


When our dear Father Flynn is not in South Wales, he is , as everyone knows, up with his “second family”, the Quinns at Rochdale. That also includes Mrs Duggan and all who are attached to the Southport Mission. Heartfelt thanks to you all. Of necessity, the Rochdale Mass on 23 rd December anticipated Christmass Eve. 44 were present. Southport & Rochdale Masses in January will be offered on Tuesday, 26th and Wednesday, 27th . Both at 6pm. A group Parish Meeting with supper will be held on the Wednesday at Moira's, after Mass, so do please be sure to attend!



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