+ AUGUST 2016 +


Bishop Anthony was back in Monmouthshire, and staying in Six Bells, from July 4th until July 11th . This was actually not reported in the June Notes, but our people knew he was coming! There were Masses at Abertillery, Six Bells, Brecon and Tredegar. During the week, the Metropolitan, in consultation with Father Julian Meek and some of the Six Bells Faithful, inaugurated the new Guild of Our Lady of Six Bells in memory of Father Robert Henry Oscroft-Jones, parish priest at Six Bells from 1938 till 1964, and in memory also of the 45 miners killed in the tragic explosion at Six Bells Colliery in 1960. The Guild is also intended to be a point of unity between all our Missions in South Wales and Monmouthshire. A short Litany of Our Lady of Six Bells is being composed and will be distributed in due course to all our people there. The impressive Miners' Memorial (The Guardian) on the site of the old Colliery stands as a tall column with the statue of a miner with outstretched arms on top. The names of all the men killed are inscribed on the pillar. It is, somehow, so reminiscent of our Lord's Sacred Heart, as if embracing the people of Six Bells. The Colliery site is now transformed to beautiful parkland, surrounded by the lush, green mountains which tower the Six Bells Valley. The place is very dear to Bishop Anthony's heart. We thank God for all that the ArchConfraternity has achieved in the area, drawing so many Roman Catholics and Anglo Catholics who remain loyal to Holy Tradition. +++ Our Lady of Six Bells: pray for us!


There was Pontifical Solemn Mass at Brecon on Thursday, 7th July, and it was a true delight for the Metropolitan to be with our people there – not least our dear Father Flynn who is as hale and hearty as ever. The supper which followed was delicious! Thank you one and all. The listed August Mass will be offered at Crickhowell (at June's) on Monday, 8th at 6pm. There will also be a Solemn Mass on Sunday 21st at Noon, back at Brecon with Norah. But, as our Breconshire people know, there is a daily Mass, usually at Ystradgynlais, when Father Flynn is in residence – and not on his travels!!


This is, of course, an Holyday of Obligation, and falls on Monday, 15th August. It is NOT on Sunday, 14th , please note!! For Mass times please consult Clergy and Guardians. Because of our circumstances it is permitted to include the Collect, Secret and Postcommunion of the Feast on Sunday, 14 th which is the Thirteenth after Pentecost, if, in certain Missions, there cannot be a Mass on the Feast itself. Father Flynn will say Mass on the 15th at Ystradgynlais at 9am and at Abertillery at Noon. The next morning he goes to Southport. Other known Masses: Hampstead at 7pm and Wallasey at 11am.


This Feast is of the greatest solemnity and importance in the ArchConfraternity, and it falls on August 22nd , again a Monday. It was, previously, the Octave Day of the Assumption. The spiritual benefits which flow to us through our Lady's Immaculate Heart are immense, if only we approach her with the words: ‘Immaculate Heart of Mary: be my salvation!' We know that JESUS redeemed us by His Precious Blood, but our Lady is bound up entirely in the Sacrifice of the Cross. For all Mass times, please, as always, consult local Priests and Guardians. Pontifical Mass, Hampstead at 7pm.


Thanks once again to our dearest Ruth Seagle for all she has done over, now, such a long time! As is the case with several of our Missions, the Holborn people produce their own monthly news sheet. More Masses are offered down at Russell Square than those listed because Bishop Anthony only has to pop onto the 168 bus, and be in Holborn in no time! Every Tuesday and Friday now, there is Exposition and Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, from Noon until 6pm, in the permanent, most beautiful chapel, which Ruth has been able to create in her large apartment. Our beloved students have a rota for this, and the Monstrance is never without a “visitor” to greet our Redeemer! The Intention is now always for Peace in the world and for the Reign of Christ, as well as for the ArchConfraternity and all who are faithful to the Old Rite, wherever they be. Our Lady of Mercy: bring the whole world to knowledge of thy Son, without Whom there is no Salvation! +++ There is a similar weekly routine of Exposition and Adoration at both Battersea and at Shepherds Bush. Apart from the listed July Mass, there was a Solemn Mass at Russell Square on Sunday, 24th at Noon: The Tenth after Pentecost, when almost 50 were present from all our London Missions. We should not go into details of the delicious Bring-and-Share Buffet Lunch which followed Mass! Thanks to Jamie, Rich and Alison for the beautiful singing. The makings of our first choir, we think. The listed August Mass will be sung on Thursday, 18th at 1pm. Lunch & Meeting follow.

Bishop Anthony will be down at Lynmouth in North Devon with Father Emilio in the latter part of August, so the Mass times in London then may alter. Our Londoners will be kept well posted.

So many precious feasts of our Lady in August! Please remember Bishop Anthony on Friday, August 5th , Sancta Maria ad Nives, since it is the anniversary of his Ordination, in 2000, to the Sacred Priesthood. Remember also Bishop Robert McBride who ordained him.

+Robert is none too well these days, and we all send him our loving greetings and promises of prayers.

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 August 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, ArchConfraternity Treasurer:

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

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

Ryan Wordsworth; Jenny Rees; Ron & Doreen Hughes; Daphne Ellis; Jimmy Duffy; Shelley Breach (Hampstead) 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) Sylvia Foley; 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 ) Fr. Don Coleman (Suffolk) Tony Banks (Brighton) Gillian & Robin Bencard; Lorna Lane (Battersea) Peggy Witcombe (Blackwood) Teresa Mitchell; James Milton (Worthing) Richard 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) Tim 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 (Rochdale) +Francis Dunlavey (Wittering) Marie Jones (Brecon) Eileen and John Snook; Ann and Colin Ward (Coventry) Stuart Laing (Bedford) Gerald Wilson (Poole) Trudi Spare (Leicester) Clive Murphy; Dave Gibson (Stepney) George Hodges; Noel Clarke (Huddersfield) Jim Nowell (Yeovill) Paul Roberts (Cambridge) Dorothy 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) June Witcombe (Newport) Angela Green (Brynmawr)

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, do tell us.


The last day of August is the Feast of Saint Aiden, that great Bishop of the North of England. On this day we always remember the Catholic Church of Saint Aidan on Lindisfarne and all our friends there, especially Sister Tessa Fisk who is Guardian of the Parish. Bishops Anthony and Dennis are keen to organise another ArchConfraternity Pilgrimage to Lindisfarne. Please let us know if you would be interested in joining us for this. Saint Aidan's Church is next door to the Lindisfarne Hotel where we always stay. The Catholic Bishop of Hexham and Newcastle gives us permission to say Mass there.


Bishop Dennis Beevers greets all our readers of these Notes and assures you of his daily prayers for us all. The Sunday Parish Mass at Barnsley is at the early time of 8am, which seems to suit the congregation. There is also an 8am Mass every Wednesday and Friday, as well as on Feast Days and Holydays of Obligation. On Monday afternoons at 2pm there is a Healing Service. Bishop Dennis is happy to receive requests for absent Healing. Do please contact him regarding this. His number is: 01226. 791. 400. The Parish Relic of Saint Maria Goretti came via Bishop Dennis' Maltese friend, Helen Gaucborda. It was acquired by her uncle, Monsignor Vela of Saint John's Cathedral in Valetta.It was found under the pillow of Monsignor Vela's sister at the time of her death. Saint Maria Goretti was only eleven at the time of her martyrdom – stabbed fourteen times by a young man whose advances she refused. May she pray for us, and keep us close to Jesus and Mary! That young man repented and, later, became a monk.


Angela and our Midhurst people greet one and all! They are looking forward to the annual visit of Father McPherson, priest of our St. Andrews Mission. He will be with our Faithful at Midhurst from Friday, August 12th until Monday, August 22nd . There will be daily Mass, and it means that Father will be at Midhurst for two Sundays, as well as the Feasts of the Assumption and Immaculate Heart. At St. Andrews the summer vacation will be in full swing, thus this is the ideal time for Father's visit to the South!! Our Midhurst folk have the added treat of a visit from Bishop Anthony on Saturday, 27th August, when there will Solemn Mass at Noon, followed by lunch and a parish Meeting. Benediction about 3.30pm.

We really hope that all our Sussex Faithful will take every spiritual advantage of Fr. McPherson's visit, and come to as many Masses as possible. Father will obviously also offer Holy Mass at Worthing and at Hove.


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