+ NOVEMBER 2016 +


We'll start on a ‘high note'! Eileen hired a mini bus in early October and twelve of our lovely Shepherds Bush Golden Oldies took themselves to Clacton for the day! Planned to the weather forecast being good. The driver was one of Eileen's nephews (who comes to Mass sometimes), so ensuring that the day was going to be sunny was not so difficult – if that makes sense! Tim says that the ladies tired him out by the end of the day! There was a paddle in the sea, cockles and mussels, and a great fish early supper before they all came home! Bishop Anthony wishes he'd been there, so you'll have to do it again. On a serious note, such an outing is a genuine way of bonding us together - and just as worthwhile as a day pilgrimage to a shrine. It was October, so the Rosary was, of course, said on the bus.

They'll have to get a coach next time because some of the Battersea & Holborn people said that they would have come along as well! There are more Masses said at Goldhawk Road than those listed, and there were actually three during October, all well attended. Our Shepherds Bush flock, mostly older Irish people, are a truly happy group, and they make the Metropolitan so proud of the ArchConfraternity, and so glad that we took the path we did. The listed November Mass will be sung on Saturday, 19th at Noon, and will be of Saint Elizabeth of Hungary. Will our other London lot please come. Bring-and-Share Lunch follows, as it always does!! There will also be a Pontifical Solemn Mass at Shepherds Bush on November 6th - 25th Sunday after Pentecost, again at Noon. Lunch! And as Eileen says: “Please bring bits and pieces!” Well, you always do! One of our Goldhawk Road ladies said recently to Bishop Anthony on the phone: “Do you know how much joy you've brought into our lives? I know I speak for us all in saying how much we hated the Novus Ordo Mass, specially the way it was done locally. Not only that, the ArchConfraternity has made us all a family.” That is from Mrs Mary Murphy who is happy to be quoted. Ultimately, it is our dearest Eileen O'Connor who is to be thanked for absolutely everything that happens at Shepherds Bush. God + Bless you, Eileen.

The first is, of course, an Holyday of Obligation, on Tuesday 1st November. (It is NOT on the preceding Sunday!) All Souls Day falls on Wednesday, 2nd , and is a Day of Devotion, on which we should be present at Holy Mass to remember all our loved ones. For Mass times on both days, do please consult Clergy and Guardians. Bishop Anthony will travel in London and will offer three Requiems on November 2nd (Hampstead at 11am, Holborn at 2pm, and Battersea at 7pm). Fr. Flynn will also offer three Masses: Brecon at 9am, Abertillery at Noon, then the Rhondda at 6pm, from where he will be taken by car to Lampeter for the next day's Festival of St. Winifred at our Cardigan Mission. Bishop Francis will offer Mass at Peterborough, as ever, at 10am on both those days. St. Andrews Masses: 11am and 7pm.


We always keep the solemnity of Christ the King on the last Sunday of the Church's year which is, this time, Sunday November 20th. That day there should be Benediction of the Most Holy Sacrament in every Mission where Mass is said, or, at least, Adoration in other places. As ever, consult Clergy & local Guardians. We shall be specially praying this day for Bishop Daryl Woodward and the Mission of Christ the King on Wallasey, where +Daryl does so much ‘unsung' work (as we have said before) for the ArchConfraternity. Pray also, please, for his Northern Diocese of Fountains & Hazelwood, and all our scattered Northern supporters who remain so loyal to us, not least those attached to the Mission of the Precious Blood at Liverpool. Please keep Bishop Daryl and all our Merseyside flock in your prayers.


Father Julian Meek was rather unwell during the summer months on account, we feel, of all his strenuous efforts for the ArchConfraternity in building up his Mission. This is, in part, why Bishop Anthony spent a week at Abertillery during July. Numbers at Cwmtillery continue to grow, for which we are thankful. Father Julian does much psychological counselling in the Abertillery area, and has brought much comfort to many – he has formal qualifications for all his counselling work. Bishop Anthony advised Father to rest during August and September, which he did, although the Sunday Masses continued as usual. We know that Father Julian has wanted, for some time, to take on the great parochial responsibility of Abertillery and Six Bells; the Metropolitan and the Chapter of Advice have decided that Father Flynn remain Parish Priest at Abertillery and Six Bells, and that Father Julian should concentrate upon Cwmtillery and his counselling skills – not least his bereavement work which has, we know, brought great comfort to so many. The Mass times at Cwmtillery remain as normal. Contact Father for details.


The October Mass at Mrs Powell's was well attended, with a good contingent of the Worthing & Midhurst people coming on Thursday, 6th. As the Feast of Our Lady of the Rosary fell the following day, the Mass was of that, with a distribution of blessed roses after Mass. Mrs Powell put on another of her lovely High Teas which are becoming quite legendary! Thanks so much, Mary!

We will be back at Palmeira Avenue for the November Mass which will be sung on Tuesday, 22nd at 2pm.

It is St. Cecilia's Day, so we will remember, at Mass, all Catholic musicians who enrich us spiritually.

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 November for the Holy Souls. 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) Leonard Reilly (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) Yvonne Evans (Finchley) 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.


So very much more goes on in Canon Harry Anson's Missions than is indicated by the reports we give! On Wednesday, 16th November we celebrate St. Margaret of Scotland, and that day the Intention is for dear Canon Harry and the Mission at Dundee. The Dundee Mass that day will be at 3pm. Every Friday there are two Masses at Dundee during the afternoon. Contact Father for details. On the Feast of Saint Andrews, Wednesday, 30th , we remember Father Norman McLeod and the Parish of Holy Guardian Angels, Bo'ness (where the Parish is now being rebuilt after the apostasy of Mr. Leslie Saywell). Please also pray that day for Saint Blane's at Arbroath, and again for dear Canon Harry and the Catholics of Arbroath. ease also remember the local fishermen who work off the beautiful Arbroath Coast, and who, obviously, are so delighted that we will be leaving the EU and the much discredited “Common Fisheries Policy” which has done such intense harm to British fishermen everywhere. The fishermen of Arbroath (and everywhere) need our prayers as we move into a brave, new world!


Glenys, Dai, Eve, and all our many Rhondda friends send their love to everyone who reads these Notes! The work continues apace, if quietly, with more Masses and other activities than those we are able to list. They have their own monthly newsletter. Our Rhondda folk always love to travel to support Masses in other South Wales Missions, and the Chapter of Advice thanks them so warmly for their kindness in doing it. At time of writing, the listed October Mass has yet to take place, but there was also Solemn Mass at Treorchy on Sunday, October 16th – 22nd after Pentecost at Noon, when 43 were present – some from Monmouth and Ebbw Vale. The scout hall was the usual venue. The listed Mass for November will be sung on Monday, 14th , Feast of St. Dyfrig, at 6pm, over at Llantrisant with Eve. She says make a special effort to be there! Supper & Meeting follow. There will also be Solemn Mass on Advent Sunday, November 27th , at Noon - back with Glenys and Dai at Treorchy. Will all our other South Walians make an effort to come! Bring-and-Share Lunch and Meeting to follow, with Benediction around 4pm.


This took place between October 18th and October 22nd. The Metropolitan offered two Masses in Bishop Dennis' beautiful, new Oratory, the first of St. Luke. We drove to Whitby with Fr. John Ridgeway-Wood, where we spent 2 days in glorious autumn sunshine, then on our way back to Barnsley, visited Scarborough where Bishop Anthony was taken to the site of one of his favourite ITV programmes “The Royal”. It was a lovely, relaxing break. Thank you, dear Bishop Dennis!



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