+ JANUARY 2017 +

APOLOGIES:

How the Metropolitan can have written last month that the Mass at Rochdale for Gaudete (3rd in Advent) would be of the 3rd in Lent, he just doesn't know!!!! It was a beautiful Gaudete Mass with sumptuous rose coloured vestments which the Mission acquired about two years ago.

 
 
THE CIRCUMCISION OF OUR LORD:

This falls on New Year's Day, January 1st , and is of Obligation in the Old Rite. We pray that day for the conversion of Jewry, as well as for our own good aspirations in the new year. “He came unto His own” to fulfil the promises which God made to the Jewish people, and Jesus submitted to the Jewish laws until He came to His Passion on Calvary, even though, by God's plan, those Jewish laws would be overturned, and the Catholic Church would be born. We are the New Israel. Please consult Clergy and Guardians for Mass times on January 1st . Hampstead: Solemn Mass at Noon.

 
 
OUR LADY OF MERCY, HOLBORN:

The Noon Mass on December 26th was attended by 44 people - the majority of our students being away. But Eileen and a good contingent of the Shepherds Bush gang made up the numbers, and Magda and Flo came from Battersea! We won't describe the super lunch which followed, because some of you think we make far too much mention of food! The listed Holborn Mass will be sung on Tuesday, 3 rd at Noon: the Feast of the Most Holy Name of Jesus. A lot of our students might still be away, but will as many as possible of our London lot please try to come. An excellent way to start the new year!

 
 
OUR LADY OF PENRHYS, RHONDDA:

Certainly more Rhondda Masses are offered than those listed. The Solemn Mass at Noon on December 26th, was attended by 53 Faithful from South Wales. Yet again the Scout Hut came to the rescue, as it always does! Many thanks. The Mass was of the Nativity, because of our circumstances, though with Collect, Secret and Post Communion of St. Stephen. The listed January Mass will be sung at 6pm on Wednesday, 4th , in the Octave of the Circumcision, back at Llantrisant with Eve. It will also pre-vent the Epiphany, two days later. New Year Bring-and-Share Supper. Eve hopes to welcome people from neighbouring Missions, so don't disappoint her! There will also be Sung Mass at Treorchy on Sunday, 22nd January, Third after Epiphany, at Noon. As ever, all our Monmouthshire and South Wales stalwarts are most welcome. Glenys, Eve, Dai, and all our Rhondda folk wish readers a Happy New Year!

 
 
ST. ALOYSIUS, BATTERSEA:

Happy New Year also from Magda and Co. down at Queenstown Road!!

The listed January Mass will be sung on Wednesday, 11th at 7pm, Feast of St. Hyginus. However, it will be of The Holy Family which occurs on the previous Sunday. By then, our students will be back for another University Term, so numbers will be up!! There was Mass at Battersea on the Fourth Sunday of Advent – thanks to people in the other London Missions for supporting this. We do rely on this joint co-operation, and, luckily, our London Guardians, Eileen, Magda and Ruth, have the space to make this possible. There will also be a Battersea Mass on Wednesday, 28th December, at Noon, before the Metropolitan goes down to Worthing and Midhurst for the Masses there. Luckily, there won't be travel problems with the pernicious and malicious Railway Staff on Southern Railways, because Steven Duggan, one of our Battersea students, will kindly drive Bishop Anthony to Worthing, and stay for Mass and Supper. Our Worthing crowd really look forward to meeting Steven, who is reading Geology at UCL, and Marie is happy to put him up for the night, and invites him to come whenever he wants. This invitation applies also to all our London/Cardigan students, and Angela in Midhurst conveys the same invitation. This kindness and co-operation is so vital.

And both Paul and Llew, in Cardigan, send offers of hospitality to our London students – but, for obvious reasons, you can't all turn up at the same time! Please be in touch with each other in 2017! The Notes and Kalendar will be posted by Mrs Eileen O'Connor on Thursday, 29 th December, since Bishop Anthony will then be in Midhurst – a report on all our Midhurst activities next time! Thank you all so very much.
 
 
FEAST OF THE INFANT OF PRAGUE:

This is kept, in the ArchConfraternity, every January, and this year falls on Sunday, 15th , in commemoration of the Sacred Humanity of Jesus, and to allow us time upon which to contemplate his Divine Childhood. It is of Obligation. The Mass of the Second Sunday after the Epiphany may be used, with the appropriate prayers for the Infant of Prague which all our Missions have.

This is a special binding link with our six Missions in Bohemia and Moravia – and, not least, Fr. Zezulek's flourishing ArchConfraternity Mission (really a genuine parish) in Prague. There is a particular poignancy to the Feast this year, because Bishop Anthony's Czech cousin, Pani Jirina Starkova, died, aged 89, on the evening of Christmass Day at Ostrava in Moravia, after a short illness. When the evil communist regime in Czechoslovakia fell in 1989, it was Jirina (whose late husband, Otto, had been half English) who instigated the reunion of our two families. From that time Bishop Anthony stayed with her at Ostrava every year. It was Jirina who introduced the Metropolitan to so many traditional Czech Clergy, which was the beginning of the ArchConfraternity in the Czech Lands. Pray for her soul, and for Bishop Anthony who was bereaved on Christmass Day. Please pray too for Jirina's children and grandchildren, and for all our Clergy there+
 
 
 
DO PLEASE KEEP THOSE SECOND CLASS STAMPS COMING!!

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 January Offering for The Infant of Prage. 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.
 
 
YOUR PRAYERS ARE REQUESTED FOR THE SICK

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; Zdena Vychodilova; Irena Voseckova (Czech Missions) Stan & Mary Lipscombe (Barnsley) Katherine Buffin; Pat Markey (Ebbw Vale) 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) Bishop 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; Rosalind Worthington (Battersea) Peggy Witcombe (Blackwood) Teresa Mitchell; James Milton (Worthing) Richard Conrad (Warwick) Tom Smith (Chesham) Netta Piotrowska; Ned McGinty( Shepherds Bush) Father 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 & John Snook; Ann & Colin Ward (Coventry) Stuart Laing (Bedford) David Bradley (Lynmouth) Trudi Spare (Leicester) Dave Gibson (Stepney) George Hodges; Noel Clarke (Huddersfield) Jim Nowell (Yeovil) 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) Nick Boles (Conservative MP for Grantham and Stamford) Angela Green (Brynmawr) June Stubbs (Guildford)

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.

 
 
SOMETIMES A MISSION MAY BE MISSING FROM THE INTENTIONS LIST:

This will either be an oversight for which we apologise, or it might be on account of a lack of space. The listings are intended to coincide with the dates when we know that Holy Mass is arranged to be offered in that Mission. Please do let the Chapter or Metropolitan know as soon as a Mass is arranged, so that all the Intentions are linked.

 
 
ST. BENEDICT, ABERTILLERY AND SIX BELLS:

Everyone sends New Year greetings! Many more Masses are offered than those listed, and they don't know what they'd do without Fr. Flynn. Apart from the listed December Mass, there will also be Solemn Mass on New Year's Eve at Noon, followed by lunch. Please ring Catrina if you wish to come. The Mass will, because of our circumstances, be of the Circumcision of Christ. The listed January Mass will be on Monday, 16 th at 6pm (Catrina) and a Votive of the Infant of Prague.

 
 
SAINT NINIANS AT SAINT ANDREWS:

Fr. McPherson and all our loyal stalwarts there greet you all - with every blessing for 2017. Father loves to help us ‘down South' as often as he can, but his main work is up in Fife at St. Andrews, in our unique “Town & Gown” Mission there. We are so privileged to have them with us as an integral part of the ArchConfraternity. The January listed Mass on Wednesday, 18th , is when we pray for all at St. Andrews. But there is daily Mass there at Queens Terrace, when Father is in residence.

 
 
SAINT SEBASTIAN, SHEPPHERDS BUSH:

Eileen and the gang send Greetings for 2017 to one and all!

There were several Advent & Christmass Masses at Goldhawk Road, and as they produce a monthly news letter for the Mission, everyone knows when to turn up! The Solemn Mass on Tuesday, 27th December at Noon was supported by over 50 of our Londoners. The following lunch was the usual hearty scramble of great love and fellowship. The listed January Mass is, of course, the Patronal Solemnity of Saint Sebastian on Friday, 20 th (Pontifical Solemn Mass at 7pm, with Benediction). Bring-and-Share Supper follows. Please liaise with Eileen and her ladies regarding that! It is a special time to thank Eileen for everything she does.
 
 
 
sS TEILO & PADARN, BRECON:

Fr. Flynn certainly had a very busy December both in South Wales, as well as up North. The listed Solemn Mass on St. Nicholas Day on December 6th was attended by 48 people from various Missions. The following supper was much appreciated. The listed January Mass will be sung at Brecon on Saturday, 21 st at Noon, at Norah's. Lunch follows – please bring and share! There is daily Mass over at Ystradgynlais at 10am when Father is in residence. Consult the Brecon newssheet for details.

 
 
ST. CHARLES STUART, KING AND MARTYR:

(30th January). We pray for the conversion of Britain.

 

 

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