+ SEPTEMBER 2016 +


The first thing to say is how very sorry we are that the Feast of Saint David Lewis, our famous Monmouthshire Saint, was omitted from the August Kalendar. His Feast Day was, of course, August 25 th . It was kept, as ever, in great style and solemnity, by our Monmouth and Usk Faithful, with the annual official Pilgrimage to the tomb in Usk Churchyard. The Mission does, at least, have its own monthly news letter, so everyone locally turned up – including people from Abertillery, the Rhondda and Ebbw Vale - to the Solemn Mass – all bearing goodies for the following picnic lunch!!

Renee: renewed thanks for everything, even though we know you want no thanks! Somehow, as the years pass, the ArchConfraternity has become “our life” and we can't really remember things any other way!!!

The Listed September Mass will be sung on Friday, 23 rd , Feast of Saint Linus, Pope and Martyr. It will, as ever, be at Renee's, at 6pm, followed by a Friday Fish and Chip Supper! Glenys & Dai say that a lot of our Rhondda lot will be coming. We don't yet know from where the fish and chips are coming - but they are certain to be delicious! Three Catholic schoolboys from Monmouth School come to the Usk Masses as often as they are able - with their parents' permission, obviously. They are always “brought and returned” and we always love to see them. One, Toby, who is 17, is hoping to go to Oxford to read Theology next year.

There will be a second September Mass at Usk – the date to be decided between Renee and Father Flynn .

Our Czech Faithful need no reminder that this Solemnity is soon here, on Wednesday, 28 th September. It is an holyday of Obligation in Bohemia and Moravia, as well as a nice Bank Holiday! There will be a Solemn Mass in all our Czech Missions. So far known, Father Zezulek is singing High Mass, with Deacon and Subdeacon, up at Bila Hora in Prague at 11am. Bishop Anthony will offer Mass of St. Wenceslaus at Hampstead at 7pm; this will be followed by the Veneration of the Relic of Saint Wenceslaus which the Hampstead Mission possesses. A Czech Supper to follow! Will our Londoners please come! There is far more to this brave, saintly Martyr than our English Christmass carol ‘Good King Wenceslaus looked out.' He did indeed “look out” for the poor and needy of Bohemia until, in 935, he was assassinated by his wicked brother – even on the orders of his own mother. They saw Saint Wenceslaus as too “religious and pious” and not a strong King. In the Czech Lands this evil act was never forgotten, and dear Wenceslaus was soon canonised, and became the Principal Patron of the Czechs. Please pray on 28 th September for the Czech nation, and for Bishop Anthony whose late mother was, of course, born there. We thank God and Our Lady of Bohemia for all the ArchConfraternity has managed to achieve there over now quite a long time. Pray too for +Dominik Duka, Cardinal Archbishop of Prague, who has been so generous and kind to us in all ways. +SVATY VACLAV: ORODUJ ZA NAS!+ (St. Wenceslaus pray for us!)


The pattern of Masses continues at Goldhawk Road, and we thank Mrs Eileen O'Connor for all she does, week in and week out. The heart of our work in the area is, of course, the beautiful, permanent chapel which Eileen has created in her house. There are more Masses than those listed – three in July. Saint Sebastian's is different from our Battersea and Holborn Missions in that it is mainly made up faithful, traditional Irish Catholics who live locally: Catholics who have always remained loyal to the Old Rite. In September there will be Solemn Mass at Noon on Sunday 11 th – Seventeenth after Pentecost. It will be followed by the inevitable Bring-and-Share Lunch. Eileen hopes people from the other London Missions will come. Also in September there will be Solemn Mass on Thursday, 29 th - Feast of Saint Michael, Archangel. This will be at 7pm. All welcome. It is possible that Bishop Anthony will have gone up to Barnsley to be with Bishop Dennis at that time; if so, Father O'Dowd, a retired Irish priest who helps us sometimes, will offer the Mass. We thank him for his generosity and kindness on several occasions.


Kath, Mary and Co greet everyone reading these Notes! Our work there also goes on apace with Father Flynn saying more Masses than those that we list. In August there were two, including August 29 th , the Martyrdom of Saint John Baptist, when Kath reported 26 present. The listed September Mass will be offered on Saturday, 10 th (Feast of St. Nicholas of Tolentino) at Tredegar [Mary's] at Noon. It will actually be offered as the Mass of Pentecost 17, with Collect, Secret and PostCommunion of Saint Nicholas. Lunch and Parish Meeting will follow. Mary hopes some of our other South Wales stalwarts will come. Please let her know, on account of catering. There will also be a Mass on Sunday, 25 th , Nineteenth after Pentecost, at Ebbw Vale [Kath's] at Noon. Thanks for all you do!


Clearly devotion to the Cross is the oldest devotion in the Church. It is represented by the Liturgy of Good Friday, but also by the Finding of the Cross (May 3 rd ) and the Feast on September 14 th of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross: this year a Wednesday. For Mass times, consult our Clergy and Guardians. The Power of the Cross is our Salvation! +Protect Thy people, Lord, by the sign of the Holy Cross, from the wiles of all their enemies; that we may render service pleasing unto Thee. Amen +


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 September Offering for Saint Michael. 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 Hughes; Daphne Ellis; Jimmy Duffy; Shelley and Rita 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 (Harrow) 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) Dolly McGuire; 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) 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) David Bradley (Lynmouth) Trudi Spare (Leicester) Clive Murphy; Dave Gibson (Stepney) George Hodges; Noel Clarke (Huddersfield) Jim Nowell (Yeovill) Paul Roberts (Cambridge) Dorothy Unwin (Kilburn) Father 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) June Stubbs (Victoria)

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.


This Mission, apart from the one at Hampstead, is our oldest, founded by dear Jessica Boggis (+RIP) back in the late 1990s. We owe Marie Todd, the Guardian, an enormous debt of gratitude for having, so faithfully, guided the Mission since Jessica's death in 2002. The September Mass is early, on Friday 2 nd at 7pm, Feast of St. Stephen of Hungary. Supper follows! Will our Hove people please come, but let Marie know! This early date was chosen because next day................


.........is the Solemnity of Saint Pius X, when there will, of course, be a Solemn Mass at Midhurst [Angela] at Noon. It is the Midhurst Patronal Festival. Benediction will follow Mass – as will a rather special celebration Bring-and-Share Lunch to which all our Sussex people are most cordially invited. If you are coming, contact Angela. The Mission has its own monthly newsletter, so everybody will already know the arrangements before they receive the official ArchConfraternity Notes. Bishop Anthony was also at Midhurst on Saturday, 27 th August, so just lately our Midhurst people are being well served! Fr. McPherson thoroughly enjoyed his annual visit south. He was at Midhurst from Friday, August 12 th until Monday, August 22 nd . Angela says that many spiritual blessings were gained during Father's visit to them. It was part holiday and part Pilgrimage. Father told the Metropolitan that he returned to St. Andrews really restored and refreshed. He thanks everyone in Sussex for making him so truly welcome. Next year again!



The August Mass was sung at 6pm on Friday, 12 th , Feast of Saint Clare. 34 were present, Moira bringing two car loads from Rochdale. It was lovely to see her again! As reported in earlier Notes, the Urmston folk hold Exposition & Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament several times a week. They also have their own monthly news sheet, so everyone knows the times of all the Services and other activities. The September Mass will be offered on Thursday, 15 th , Feast of Our Lady of Sorrows, at 6pm. Bishop Anthony will stay the night with Penny, so there will also be Mass the following morning at 10am on the 16 th , Feast of Saint Ninian, before he returns to London. Make a note of it now!


This falls on Saturday, 24 th September when there will be Mass at Hampstead at Noon. It commemorates the protection of our Lady shown to the Christian captives held by the mohammedans, and the founding of the Order of Our Lady of Mercy by Saint Peter Nolasco.



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