+ FEBUARY 2017 +


Fr. McPherson made an unexpected, but most welcome, visit to Sussex in late January, so there was an extra Mass at Hove on Sunday, 22nd at Mrs Powell's (Portslade) at Noon, when they welcomed some of our Worthing and Midhurst people. Father, a good, staunch man of Fife, does love his visits down South, and being with all our people there. They've all become true friends, for which we thank God. (There were also additional Masses at Worthing and Midhurst). The listed Mass for January was offered by Bishop Anthony on Tuesday, 26th , again at Portslade, with our dearest friend, Mary Powell. Even so soon after Fr. McPherson's visit, there were still 30 present. Mass was again followed by one of Mary's High Teas, which are becoming legendary!! Mary previously attended the little chapel of the Society of St. Pius X in Brighton, but transferred her loyalty to the ArchConfraternity a few years ago. Since then she has become one of our most staunch supporters. Hearty thanks for everything, Mary. The listed February Mass at Hove will be on Thursday, 23rd , at 2pm, back with the “gang” at Palmeira. Do be certain, you Sussex lot, to be there. Bring-and-Share Lunch follows, with a meeting to discuss dates for the months ahead with Bishop Anthony. The Solemn Mass will be of Saint Peter Damian.


There are more Masses at both Ebbw Vale and Tredegar than those advertised here. The Mission has its own fortnightly bulletin which Mary and Kath deliver by hand, so everyone knows when Father Flynn is coming! Father almost always manages to sing a Sunday Mass for the Mission each month. One of our American followers recently emailed to request that Father Emilio put every Missions' service schedules on our website. Sorry, Miranda, that would be a quite impossible task, not least because Father Emilio would not have time to do it: and it would hardly help you in Maryland! Let us know when you are next visiting the Old Country, please! The January listed Mass on Tuesday, 24th at Tredegar was very well attended with nearly 40 people. Glenys & Dai brought eight from the Rhondda. The following New Year Shared Supper was, by all accounts, a very merry affair! The Ebbw Vale listed February Mass follows close on the heels because it is on Wednesday, 1st , Feast of Saint Brigid of Ireland. It will be at 6pm, and again with Mary at Tredegar. There will also be a Solemn Mass with Kath at Ebbw Vale on Sexagesima Sunday, 19th February, at Noon. Bring-and-Share Lunch follows. Benediction at about 4pm. One excellent thing in regard to our South Wales and Monmouthshire Missions is that you all know about each others' events, and always do your very best to come and support. Above all, this means, obviously, that your souls are enriched by many more Masses than those in your own locality.


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!


This falls on Thursday, 2nd February. For Mass times do, as ever, consult local Clergy & Guardians. The Feast, traditionally, has also been entitled The Purification of Our Lady, and The Presentation of Christ in the Temple. It is, of course, all three - the day on which, in a mystical way, the past, the present & the future all meet: the past because the necessary liturgy of the Jews was fulfilled in a moment in history; the present because Christ is our Present - and His Presentation is as relevant to us today as it was when it happened; and the future because Jesus and Mary are our everlasting destiny . It is also, most touchingly, called ‘Little Christmass Day', because it actually is the last day of the Christmass Season. In Czech and Polish churches, in many places, the Crib and the Christmass Tree both remain until Candlemass - the great Feast and celebration of LIGHT. Try please to be at Mass that day!


Bishop Daryl Woodward greets everyone who reads these Notes.

The unsung work at Wallasey goes on in a dedicated, silent way, keeping many traditional Catholics in the Faith. Bishop Daryl's beautiful Oratory attracts many people to the Sunday and weekday Masses. Please pray for them all. As with all our Missions, the listed Intention for Wallasey is the day that we remember the Mission and all associated with it. Our people there have their own routine – and their own bulletin. If any of our Faithful are intending to visit Liverpool & Wallasey, do please let Bishop Daryl know. We keep, also, the Clergy and people at Saint Anthony's, Scotland Road, in our constant prayers.

Magda, our Guardian, and all our Battersea people (students and the rest of you!) send love and blessings to everyone. It should no longer be necessary to say that more Masses are offered at Queenstown Road, than those listed. Sometimes Bishop Anthony stays overnight with Magda, after an evening Mass; there is then, obviously, another Mass the next morning to which usually about 15 people come. The listed Mass on Wednesday, January 11 th was of the Baptism of the Lord. 46 people were present (Magda counted!). including some of our Faithful from the other London Missions. The New Year Bring-and-Share supper which followed was a really happy event, full of laughter and warm fellowship.

The listed February Mass will be sung on Monday, 27th at 6pm, but there will also be Solemn Mass down at Queenstown Road on Sunday, February 12th (Septuagesima) at Noon, followed by Lunch and a Meeting.

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 us a February Offering for Our Lady of Victories. 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.

Philomena Duffy; Jenny Rees; Ron Hughes; Daphne Ellis; Jimmy Duffy; Shelley and Rita Breach (Hampstead)

Meryl Lay; Frank Lay (Bracknell) Sara Coward ( Warwickshire) Elsie Davies; Joan Reed; Janina Harper; Edith Barraskell (Southampton) Alexandra Tundidor-Tungden (Barnsley) Matthew Calderwood; Dai Rees (The 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) Douglas Coleman (Spain) Neil Gordon; Sheena Warr (Aberdeen) Joan Rawlins (Harrow) Constance Vincent (Winchester ) Fr. Don Coleman (Suffolk) Tony Banks (Brighton) Gillian and Robin Bencard; Rosalind Worthington (Battersea) Mavis Boylan (Whitehaven) 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.


Though we featured our Brecon Mission in January, we must again, because Thursday, 9th February is the Solemnity of St. Teilo and the Patronal Feast. There will be Solemn Mass at Brecon, with Norah Herbert, at 6pm, and a celebration Supper Party will follow. Please all consult Norah and June regarding the refreshments, especially if you are coming from other Missions in the area. Thanks. You have your own newssheet, as well as the ArchConfraternity Notes, so you'll all know when Father Flynn is up in Lancashire - so not offering a daily Mass at Ystradgynlais! On Quinquagesima Sunday, February 26th , there will be Solemn Mass at Noon, back with June Williams at Crickhowell. This year Saint David's Day falls on Ash Wednesday (grrrr!!), but June tells Bishop Anthony that the Luncheon which will follow the Quinquagesima Mass will have a Saint David's Celebratory theme.


Should, perfectly fittingly, keep the Feast of St. David on Tuesday, 28th February, as, liturgically, it must not be kept on March 1st which is Ash Wednesday. The Shrove Tuesday has a traditional air of culinary celebration about it, before the rigours of Lent begin!!!


Our Hampstead Faithful greet everyone reading these Notes. With all the Metropolitan's constant travels in London, Sussex & Manchester, you might be lead to think that our “NW3” people can scarcely keep track of local Mass times! But, of course, we have our own weekly bulletin, just half a sheet of A4 paper, as well as an email system, so everyone knows when to arrive for Mass at the Hampstead Oratory!! Thanks to Ben and Vicki for all they do. Many of our Masses are at 11am, and Solemnities nearly always at 7.30pm. Many thanks to Ruth and some of our Holborn people for so generously supporting many of the Hampstead Masses. God +Bless you all. The Mass on Tuesday, 21st February, which is a Feria, will be a Votive of Our Lady of Victories. There will be Pontifical Solemn Mass at 7pm , and this will be followed by a Buffet Supper Party in honour of our Lady. Be sure to turn up!!


Canon Harry Anson not only has a most successful Mission among traditional Catholics in Dundee, he is also Parish Priest of our Mission at Forfar - a lovely market town in Angus, where he lives, and cares for our somewhat scattered, traditional Catholic flock of Scots who remain loyal to the Old Faith. It is always a pleasure for Bishop Anthony to visit Forfar, and to offer Holy Mass for our people there, in Father Harry's beautiful Oratory, with its views over the rolling hills. There is daily Mass (mainly late mornings), and Father also tends our other little flock at Kirriemuir.



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