+ APRIL 2016 +


More Masses are offered at Shepherds Bush than those listed: in fact at least one every week. At this time of the Resurrection of our Saviour Jesus Christ, the Chapter of Advice wishes to thank once again Mrs Eileen O'Connor for all she does (and has done over the years) for Saint Sebastian's, and for the wider ArchConfraternity. Yet our dear Guardians, all Traditional Catholics, all say that it is the ArchConfraternity which has returned to them (and many others) the Mass of Ages as well as the elegant dignity of Holy Tradition. The March listed Mass was offered early on Tuesday 8th – the 70th Birthday of Miss Marianne O'Neill, one of the Shepherds Bush stalwarts. Pontifical Mass was followed by a (rather un-Lenten!!) Birthday Supper at which we welcomed people from our other London Missions.

Over 40 were present. We thank Eileen and all the gang for a truly lovely evening. Bishop Anthony always boards the train to Goldhawk Road with a light step – not just because the journey from Hampstead is now so much easier than it used to be, but because of all the dear friends who are waiting at the other end! Mass on Palm Sunday was offered at Noon at Goldhawk Road, when 53 were present, including four new ladies who live locally, and some of our Holborn & Battersea people. All this is possible because Eileen has turned her large, first floor drawing room into a permanent Chapel where a lamp burns, day and night, before our dear Lord in the Blessed Sacrament. THANKS also, at this Holy Season, to Ruth in Holborn, and to Magda in Battersea – as to all our Guardians the length and breadth of Britain. God +Bless and keep you safe! +++

The listed April Mass at Shepherds Bush (this most Irish Catholic of areas!) will be sung on Tuesday, 12th , at 7pm. The usual Buffet follows, with a formal Parish Meeting. As the day is a Feria, Holy Mass will be of the Second Sunday after Easter. Will all our London lot make a note! On Saint Mark's Day, Monday April 25th , there will be Pontifical Solemn Mass at Goldhawk Road at 7pm, followed, inevitably, by a Bring-and-Share Supper. We shall, by then, be very glad to welcome the lighter evenings. By request, St. Mark's Mass will be followed immediately by Pontifical Benediction and, of course, Salve Regina with Regina Coeli, Laetare.

Easter Day may have been on March 27 th , but we have six glorious, happy weeks in which to celebrate our Saviour's Resurrection. Please spend the Forty Days of Easter as if each one were Easter Day!! Holy Church gives us so many wonderful Feasts (and happy treats, if one may put it so!) Please be greedy in your constant Catholic worship and observance! Jesus wishes us to cluster around the Tabernacle, but He wishes us, above all, to enjoy Him! As the Exultet reminds us: what would be the point of being born, if we had not been redeemed........ Please ponder this during Easter.


Things, since the retirement of Father Leslie Saywell, as well as his departure for pastures new in Andover, are slowly settling back into the normal routine. We are really confident that Father Norman (Norrie) McLeod will make an excellent Parish Priest, aided by a good band of supporters and, of course, the fact that we have a lovely church building there. Please pray often for Fr. McLeod as he embarks on his new journey. We are fortunate that he was already the assistant priest. All necessary documentation has now been completed, and all legal matters finalised with Falkirk Council. As was stated last month, the Chapter has gladly approved the occasional use of the ancient Celtic Catholic Rite of Mass, in honour of the Saints of Scotland. The Tridentine Latin Rite will continue to be used on Sunday.

We are happy to welcome the Knights of Saint John of Jerusalem to Holy Guardian Angels - they can only bring enhanced new enthusiasm and spiritual vigour to the Parish. GOD +Bless you all in your endeavours! Needless to say, the parish's established recycling scheme which brings added income, will continue as usual.

Kath and Mary, our joint Guardians, greet all of you, and wish you a Happy and Blessed Easter! In turn, we thank them, and the entire Mission Parish, for everything you do for the ArchConfraternity, but, above all, for Tradition: and for JESUS! Easter is a good (and salutary) time to remember why the ArchConfraternity has been so successful in South Wales, and in Monmouthshire, as well as mid-Wales Cardiganshire – the continuing opposition of the Welsh Hierarchy to the Old Rite. But Welsh Catholics have nothing to fear – for you have US!! +++ Father Flynn gets across to Ebbw Vale and Tredegar as often as possible, and we thank Don Skelly (Ebbw Vale) and Terence Donnelly (Tredegar) for their generous chauffeuring on such a regular basis. As we have said on countless occasions: without the absolute commitment of everyone who “ferries” Father hither and thither, there would not be all the many Masses. At time of writing, the listed Mass at Ebbw Vale on Easter Tuesday (29th ) has still to take place. We gather that a very pleasant surprise is planned for Father Flynn during the Easter Supper that will follow Mass! By the time you all receive these Notes, whatever is planned will have happened, and so we are not spoiling the ‘surprise'! The April listed Mass will be sung at Tredegar, only days later, on the Saturday in Easter Week, at Noon, at Mary's. Mass also at Ebbw Vale on Sunday, 17 th April, at Noon.


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 April Offering for Easter. 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; Ron & Doreen Hughes; 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 and Cathy Bosworth (Ammanford) Elsie Davies; Joan Reed; 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; Jim Morgan (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) Gill & Robin Bencard; Lorna Lane (Battersea) Peggy Witcombe (Blackwood) William Duncan (Worcestershire) Teresa Mitchell; James Milton; Anne Moccata (Worthing) Joanna Conrad (Warwick) Tom Smith (Chesham) Netta Piotrowska; Kevin Donnelly; Mair Davies (Shepherds Bush) Fr. Robert Aird; Elizabeth Aird (Chulmleigh) Jim Ford (Chatham) Mick Callaghan; Anne Doyle (Manchester) Neal Edwards; Josie Poultney (Ebbw Vale) Anthony Dunlavey (Walsall) Luke Mason (Bridgend) Timothy Williams (Midhurst) Herbert Buckingham (St. Albans) Vladimir Stursa (Chrudim) John Gardner (Helston) Yvonne Roberts (Harrogate) Marian Harrison; June Stubbs (Westminster) Bernard Phillips; Ian McKenzie (West Lothian) Kathy Higginson; Phillip McNulty (Rochdale) +Francis Dunlavey (Wittering) Barry Carroll (Clapham) Eileen & John Snook; Ann & 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 & Sarah Saywell (Surbiton) Dot Unwin (Kilburn) Fr. Alan Page (Usk) Hilda & Hedley Turner (Hitchin) Penny Lamble (Hornsey) Nicholas Johnson (Chester) Marie Argyll (Gosport) Diana & George Praud (Hove) Andrew Skedd (Livingstone)

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.


have asked us to pray for them. Please do!! In fact Mass is offered for everyone on the List on a regular basis. If you know of names that should be added, let us know.


There is sad news to report. Dear Bishop Francis Dunlavey, our Midlands Bishop, recently suffered a heart attack but was luckily admitted in good time to Papworth Hospital where he was treated, and has made a good recovery. Bishop Frank is now convalescing at home, having made a good recovery. He is able to say his morning Mass. We send him our loving, sincere wishes for a full recovery to health. Please remember him and all our Wittering stalwarts in your prayers. Bishop Francis has offered a special Mass for everyone who reads these monthly Notes.


When Father Flynn is not being transported here, there and everywhere, he remains firmly on his own patch in Breconshire, even though Ystradgynlais was, some years ago, transferred to the Swansea Valley! As has been noted before, when Father is in residence, there is daily Mass either at Ystradgynlais, or in Brecon [at Norah Herbert's] or at Crickhowell [June Williams]. We thank our joint Guardians for all they do for us, so enthusiastically. Please consult them regarding times of all Masses and other Services. The Welsh Feast of St. Padarn will be kept at Crickhowell on Monday, April 18th with Solemn Mass at 6pm. St. Padarn is “half” the Brecon Patronal, and a Buffet Supper follows Mass.

The listed April Mass is on Thursday, 21st, Feast of St. Beuno, when Norah will host the Mass at 6pm.

The March Mass was early on Saturday, 5th, when our Sussex stalwarts came in force. 44 were present, many bearing food and wine for the Luncheon which followed. The Mass was of Laetare which fell the next day. The April Mass will be sung on Saturday, 9th, and will be of the Second of Easter which occurs next day. Will our Sussex people make another effort to be present. Lunch follows! We thank Angela for all she does. The Midhurst people propose coming to London for Mass on Sunday, 24th.


Fr. McPherson sends Paschal Greetings to all. The Queens Terrace daily Masses continue as usual at 6pm. There is also morning Mass on Tuesdays and Fridays at 11am. Thanks so much to our student Faithful and, indeed, to those of you (averaging 25 now) who are ‘Town' not ‘Gown'!!

Father looks forward to his annual Sussex/London visit when he will stay with Angela and then with Magda.


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