+ OCTOBER 2016 +


This major Feast for the ArchConfraternity is always kept on the last Sunday in October, this year, October 30th , which, in the Old Rite is kept as the Feast of Christ the King. The ArchConfraternity keeps Christ the King on the last Sunday of the Church's year – Sunday before Advent Sunday. Mass times for Our Lady of Victories will be as usual for Sunday, but do please check with local Clergy and Guardians. We ask you all to pray on October 30th for the work of the ArchConfraternity, for all our devoted, loyal people, and for all who remain adherents of Holy Tradition.


Our dear Ruth Seagle greets you all and says that everyone from any Mission is always welcome at the Russell Square Masses. There were two September Masses, both well attended. The listed October Mass will be offered on Thursday, 13th , Feast of Saint Edward the Confessor, with a Solemn Pontifical Mass at 6pm. This will be followed by the inevitable supper and a Meeting. It will be the first Mass of the new academic year, and we look forward so much to greeting all our students again, and, indeed, hopefully to welcoming a few new ones! We will once again have Freshers' Week stalls at a number of appropriate London University sites; we thank our Holborn and Battersea students for all their hard work on our behalf. May we soon be meeting some more traditional recruits! There will also be Mass at Russell Square on Sunday, 23rd October, 23 rd after Pentecost, at Noon. Lunch and Meeting follow.


The Metropolitan will be up in Barnsley with Bishop Dennis Beevers from October 18th (Feast of St. Luke) until October 22nd , during which we shall be visiting Whitby and Scarborough. Bishop Anthony so looks forward to seeing Bishop Dennis' new Chapel, and to offering Mass at Barnsley. There will be a Low Mass of St. Luke at the Hampstead Oratory at 8am (please note), and then no London Masses until the Holborn Mass on 23rd October.


October is, of course, the Month of Our Lady of the Rosary. The Feast itself is celebrated on October 7th , Friday this year, when there will be Solemn Mass at Hampstead at 7pm. We shall pray particularly that day for Bishop Francis Dunlavey and our Mission of BVM of the Rosary at Peterborough (Wittering). The Peterborough Mass that day will be at their usual time of 10am. Rosary Sunday falls on October 9 th when the Glorious Mysteries of the Rosary should be offered before or after all Masses. It is customary that day to distribute blessed roses to everyone present at Mass.


We are sincerely sorry to report that Dame Joan is now resident in a Residential Home for the elderly at Harrow Weald in Middlesex. She had become too frail to continue living in her own flat. Bishop Anthony has her new address, should anyone like to visit her. Bishop Anthony will take her the Blessed Sacrament at intervals, as will Father Graeme Rowlands of Saint Silas, Kentish Town. The Mission of St. John the Apostle at Primrose Hill has, inevitably, been disbanded. We thank dear Joan for all she has done for the ArchConfraternity over many years. Please keep her in your constant prayers.


After much thought, the Chapter of Advice has come to the conclusion that the monthly Kalendar & Notes should no longer be sent to the many people who never send any (second class) stamps to help with postage. Those of you who do send us stamps will continue to get the Kalendar as usual – and they will know who they are!! Even one book of 12 second class stamps would cover the cost for a whole year. This does not apply, of course, to the London Missions, nor to the Sussex & Lancashire Missions where the Kalendars are distributed by hand. You will all agree that the cost of even a second class stamp (55pence – 11 shillings in real money!!!) is prohibitive, if not downright wicked; and the ArchConfraternity can no longer afford the enormous monthly postage bill. Even some of our Clergy never send a single stamp..! We send a number of “discretionary” Kalendars to people who remain friends of the ArchConfraternity, and that is a different matter - but many of our own Faithful never contribute a penny to the rising postage costs. If you find a red asterisk at the side of this item, you will know that, without the contribution of a few stamps, we can no longer send you the monthly Kalendar. Those with a computer can, in any case, follow us on our web site, and, indeed, many people, even in America, do so already. The Notes are printed and distributed in a different way in Bohemia, after having been translated into Czech. We do not wish to sound mean or unkind, but this decision has now become one of necessity! Thank you.


Father Flynn says that he feels his life is now as much in Lancashire as it is in South Wales where he lives! We all thank him so very much for everything, and the Chapter also pays tribute to Moira and Johnny Quinn and family, as well as to Frances Duggan who has easily slipped into the role of Southport Guardian. Father says that Rochdale with Moira is now his second home. A special debt of gratitude is owed to Johnny, Moira's lovely son, for “collecting and returning” Father Flynn every month – and never taking a single penny for petrol, although it is offered. Father knows he can stay with the Quinns for as long as he likes, and, indeed, he'd spend longer with them, were it not for his many tasks in Wales.

The forthcoming October Masses will be: Thursday, 20 th at Southport at their usual time of 6pm, and then next day at Rochdale at 6pm. Supper will follow both Masses, as will an Autumn Meeting at Rochdale to plan their autumn/winter programme of events. Moira has particularly invited the Urmston people to come on Friday, 21 st , and Penny has promised that all who can make it will do so. Father will be spending a few days with Moira, so there will be more opportunities to hear Mass at both Rochdale and Southport, and to make Confessions. There will also be Benediction. We know that everyone will take full advantage, as you always do, of Father's time with you. We also know that our dear Faithful folk in Breconshire never begrudge Father's visits up North, even though they have to miss a few Masses!


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 an October 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 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) Jimmy O'Leary; 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.


Dame Della Edling, Chairman of the Chapter of Advice, greets one and all! Masses at the Mission in Shaftesbury Avenue are monthly – otherwise our Covent Garden people go, more or less, “round the corner” to the Holborn Masses! As ever, there will be Pontifical Solemn Mass at Shaftesbury Avenue on the Feast of Saints Simon and Jude, Apostles – Friday, 28th October, at 7pm. It will be followed by a buffet supper. Will any Londoners who propose coming, please contact Dame Della.


This is, of course, our Welsh speaking Mission, where part of every Mass is in Welsh. Ceredigion is a beautiful county with some superb beaches, and the Metropolitan envies those who have the good fortune to live there! Our Missionary endeavours are based in 2 centres: Lampeter and Llandysul where we have much active support, some of it from Welsh people who are Catholic converts, some from a small minority of Welsh speaking people who have always been Catholic, and remain faithful to the Old Rite, then the third segment (if we may call them that!) our dear Irish people, many of whom have become fluent Welsh speakers! Father Flynn has been learning Welsh over the years, but in no way regards himself as fluent – the Canon is always in Latin, as, indeed, it is in most of our Missions! The October Mass will be sung at Noon on Saturday, 8th , Feast of St. Bridget of Sweden, and will be followed by Rosary – then Bring-and-Share Lunch and Parish Meeting. Thanks again to Llew Davies at Lampeter. They all look very much forward to the Patronal Solemnity of St. Winifred on Thursday, 3rd November. Solemn Mass at 6pm, followed by Sprinklings from St. Winifred's Well – and a Parish Party! Put it in your diaries now, please!!



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