+ MAY 2016 +


Because of the rich Kalendar during May, and the days upon which Feasts fall, the ArchConfraternity bishops have agreed that certain Feasts of note shall be transferred. Thus, so that it may be kept, the Solemnity of Saints Philip & James which, in the Old Rite is kept on May 1st (this year the Fifth Sunday after Easter) will be observed on Tuesday, 10th . The Feast of Saint Jan Nepomuk of Bohemia is transferred, just by one day, to Tuesday, 17th , because Monday, 16th is Whit Monday which must take precedence. This is of particular important, of course, for our many Czech Faithful. The Feast of Saint Pius V, on Thursday, 5th , is suppressed this year because that day is Ascension Day, and a Day of Obligation. And.........on the subject of Holy Days of Obligation:


The annual Reminder that both these Festivals are Days of Obligation and STILL fall, by the Old Kalendar, on their respective Thursdays (The Ascension on 5th and Corpus Christi, this year, on 26th . These two Feasts do NOT fall on the following Sunday as in the New Rite (simply because modern Catholics are too lazy to go to a Thursday Mass!!) and, in the ArchConfraternity, must be observed in the traditional manner. For all Mass times, please consult Clergy and Guardians. The Sunday following Ascension Day has always been kept as ‘The Sunday after the Ascension', and remains so.

It is permitted to keep commemoration of Corpus Christi on (this year) Sunday, 29th with, for instance, the Procession of the Blessed Sacrament in Missions with suitable premises, but that Sunday is the Second after Pentecost! Because of our circumstances, Missions may include Collect, Secret & Post Communion prayers of Corpus Christi on Sunday, 29th . This is not intended, dear brethren, to sound pedantic, even if it does. We remain Catholics in Holy Tradition – and that is the whole point of the ArchConfraternity!

As with the other London Missions, more Masses are offered down in Holborn than those listed. Ruth and our student committee have full details for those of you who attend Mass at Ruth's in Russell Square. There is a most convenient Underground Station near Ruth's apartment, where all our Holborn Masses are offered. Without going into full detail, there were two Sunday Masses at Russell Square during April, as well as the listed one, which serves as the monthly day when we pray for our friends in that Mission. Our University students in both Holborn & Battersea remain the vital backbone of so very much of our missionary endeavours, and the two Missions co-operate totally and support each other.

The Mass of Ages is here to stay – DEO GRATIAS!!+ The listed May Mass at Holborn will be offered very late in the month on Monday 30th , but we know that our Holborn people will be with us the day before (29th ) at Battersea. There will also be Sunday Solemn Mass at Russell Square, at Noon, on May 8th , ‘The Sunday after The Ascension'. Bring-and-Share lunch will follow. Be there please! Our other Londoners know they are always invited. Ruth and Kieran (one of our student co-ordinators) are planning to spend a weekend in early June, down with Angela in Midhurst - that won't be long before Angela pays her own annual visit to Usk to stay with Renee Peterson! The Chapter of Advice really does encourage this growing friendship and dialogue between our Missions all over Britain. We must support each other physically as well as in spirit!

There was Mass in Holy Week at Mrs Churchill's, as well as Mass at Catrina's during the Easter Octave. Both were well attended, and supported by people from Ebbw Vale. In addition to this, the Abertillery & Six Bells people are always made most welcome when they go over to the Masses at Ebbw Vale, Tredegar and Usk. The April Mass was very late in the month, on 28th : a Thursday, at 6pm. Bring-and-Share Supper followed, with a Parish Meeting. The May Mass will be sung on Wednesday, 4th at Abertillery at 6pm, followed by Supper. Father Flynn will also offer Mass on Trinity Sunday, 22nd May, at Noon. This will be at Aberbeeg at Mrs McGinn's, and, as ever, Lunch will follow! We thank our Abertillery stalwarts for all they have done over the years. God +Bless and keep you all.


At time of writing, the April Mass on Friday, 29th at Palmeira Avenue has still to take place. The May Mass will be offered on Wednesday, 25th , back with Mrs Powell at Portslade, at the usual 2pm time. A Meeting will follow. As a change from a late lunch, there will, following Mass, be a traditional High Tea - old-fashioned these days, but enjoyable! Some of our Worthing/Midhurst Faithful have promised to come, and will help with the refreshments. Note the date now, please!


The April Mass was sung late in the month, on 27th , Wednesday, at 6pm. Moira brought a party from Rochdale, so, in all, 37 were present. Benediction followed Mass, as did the usual bun fight! Jonny Quinn, Moira's son, produced a dozen mixed bottles of wine, and we thank him warmly for his great generosity. Penny recently found, and bought, a 19th Century silver thurible at an Antiques Fayre at Doncaster. It was not cheap, but everyone at the Urmston Mission was delighted to contribute. All our Missions are, slowly but surely, acquiring more and more essentials of the Sanctuary!

The May Mass will include a May Devotion to our Blessed Lady. It will be sung on Friday, 13th at 6pm, and will be of the Vigil of Pentecost which occurs the next day. Rosary and Benediction will follow, and, again, all our Lancashire people are heartily welcome – not to say expected! Bring-and-Share Supper follows.


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 May Offering for Our Blessed 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, ArchConfraternity Treasurer:

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

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

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) Bernadette Dolan (Solihull) Della Edling (Covent Garden) John Baker (Swanley) John Crouch (Oxford) Neil Hedgeland; Paul O'Farrell (Edinburgh) Robert McBride (Kettering) Doug Coleman (Spain) Neil Gordon; 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 (Surbiton) Paul Roberts (Cambridge) Dot Unwin (Kilburn) Fr. Alan Page (Usk) Hilda 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.


This falls on Thursday, May 12th and is a Feast of special Devotion throughout the ArchConfraternity, not least in Prague, where we have a strong Mission in the suburb of Svaty Pankrac. It is, of course, the primary part of Bishop Anthony's Episcopal Title. There will be Pontifical Solemn Mass at the Hampstead Oratory at 6pm . It will be followed by Rosary – and a celebratory Supper! Please come!


Canon Harry Anson greets one and all! His tireless work in Angus keeps him extremely busy. Before Dundee became a city in its own right, it was part of the old County of Angus. Apart from his two weekly Masses in Dundee, Father Harry (as we call him) has a busy home visiting routine that brings great comfort to many housebound and lonely people. The other Masses at Forfar, Kirriemuir and Arbroath continue apace – all amongst the ‘backdrop' of the absolute beauty of Angus, which, as many will know, was the birthplace of the late Queen Mother, at Glamis. Father Harry is an Englishman – a native of Wallasey on Merseyside (where Bishop Daryl Woodward runs a successful Mission) but this fact does not at all inhibit his work. Father Harry always talks about his “beloved Picts” - an ancient tribe which settled in the Mearns area of Angus. Our Scottish brethren are so integral to all we do: please pray for them often!


On Sunday, May 29th there will be an additional Battersea Mass at Noon. It is the Second Sunday after Pentecost, but we shall keep it as the Mission's external Corpus Christi Devotion with Rosary and Benediction at 3.30pm. Will our Londoners please come! There will also be Solemn Mass at Queenstown Road at Noon on Whit Monday, May 16th . A special Pentecost Luncheon will inevitably follow!


Please keep all our Czech Faithful in your prayers, not least on 17th May, Feast of St. Jan Nepomuk, Martyr. All Czech Missions will offer a Solemn Mass that day. The London Mass that day will be at 2pm at Primrose Hill [Dame Joan Rawlins] + Svaty Jan Nepomuk: oroduj za nas!+



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