+ MARCH 2017 +


...for all he does for The ArchConfraternity down in North Devon . The Chapter of Advice particularly thanks him for running The ArchConfraternity Web Site so very efficiently, and over such a long period now. May the Lord +Bless and keep him – ad multos annos!


Eileen O'Connor, our esteemed Guardian at Shepherds Bush, and all the ‘gang' send love and greetings, and are always so pleased when our Faithful from other Missions pay them a visit. There are, with all our London Missions, many more Masses than those listed. St. Seb's, as some of our people call the Mission, has its own fortnightly newsletter which is sent to the other Missions in London as well as down to Sussex. As Eileen says: we never know who is going to turn up to Mass, and it is always a delight to welcome old and new friends. The listed February Mass was sung on Thursday, 16th at 6pm when over 43 were present, including 4 from Midhurst who then stayed overnight at Goldhawk Road. If it weren't for Eileen's large house, and her great generosity, we would be most unlikely to have such a flourishing Mission in “W6”!! The listed March Mass will be offered on Friday, 24th at 6pm, the Feast of Saint Gabriel, Archangel, who brought the news of our Salvation to Our Lady. There will be the 5 Joyful Mysteries of the Rosary before Mass at 5.30, even though it is the day for the Sorrowful Mysteries, and it's well into Lent! There will also be a Solemn Mass at Goldhawk Road on 12th March, the Second Sunday in Lent, at Noon, followed by Bring-and-Share Lunch and Parish Meeting. Then there will also be Low Mass on Wednesday, 29th March at 6pm. This will be followed by Benediction. Will our other Londoners note!!


This refers, of course, to the devotional Refreshment that has always been associated with the Fourth Sunday in Lent. It is also Mothering Sunday. The vestments are pink or rose-coloured and, for the only Lenten Sunday, flowers are allowed. Laetare is a true spiritual opportunity, in the middle of Lent, to take stock of how we have been keeping this holy, penitential season! If you haven't been particularly good at keeping Lent so far, you still have three more weeks to improve! Which brings us on to.................



This occurs on Wednesday, March 1st (sorry St. David!) and, though not an Holyday of Obligation, is, in Holy Tradition, a privileged Feria when we hear Holy Mass if physically able to do so. As the Holy Ashes are imposed upon our foreheads, we remember that we are dust - and to dust we shall return. Let us keep Lent to the best of our ability, whether by reading a spiritual book or text, or by giving up some foodstuff. Or you might choose to say the Rosary on a daily basis, and certainly try to be present at an extra Mass, when possible. We shall rejoice more fully in the coming Resurrection of our Holy Redeemer if we have tried our very best to keep Lent as a preparation for the Queen of Festivals! For Confessions in Lent, do please, obviously, consult the Clergy, or the Guardians who will know when a priest is available.


Renee and all our Monmouth & Usk Faithful greet you all.

They have, as has been said before, their own programme of Masses, other services and social events, and so only a limited report is published in these Notes. Fr. Flynn recently blessed & authorised a new Eucharistic Minister for the Mission – a local farmer, Mr. Andrew Phillips. This means that the Mission is able to have Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament whenever they like. They usually hold Adoration twice a week, for an hour, and combine it with Vespers - sometimes with Rosary. A monthly Bring-and-Buy Sale helps to raise much needed funds for the Mission, and Renee advises other Missions to hold similar fund raising events – not least because they attract new people who might just come out of curiosity, then possibly return for a service. There is obvious logic in this! The listed February Mass on Tuesday, 28th has yet to take place, but there was also a Solemn Mass on Septuagesima Sunday, February 12th. The listed March Mass will be sung early in the month, on Monday, 6th, Feast of Saints Felicity & Perpetua. Mass will be of the First in Lent, with commemoration of the Feast. Bring-and-Share Supper follows, as does Parish Meeting. Glenys has, as ever, promised to bring a group from the Rhondda. Our Rhondda folk really do enjoy their visits to Usk!! There will also be a Mass at Usk on Sunday, 26th March at Noon. It is Laetare Sunday (see above) and the ladies present will be given a small bouquet of flowers at the end of Mass. Lunch, of course, follows!

Because March 19th is the Third Sunday in Lent, the Solemn Feast of St. Joseph will, this year, be kept on Saturday, 18th . It remains an Holyday of Obligation in Scotland, in the Old Rite. For times of Masses, please consult Clergy & Guardians. There will be Solemn Pontifical Mass at Midhurst at the usual time of Noon, and Angela hopes as many as possible of our Sussex people will come. There will, unfortunately, not be a Hampstead Mass for St. Joseph, but he will be commemorated on the following day, Sunday, Lent III, at the Noon Mass, with the Collect, Secret and Post-Communion of St. Joseph.


This falls on Saturday, March 4th . Casimir was the son of King Casimir III of Poland.

He made himself celebrated in the Church for his devotion to the Passion of our Lord and the Eucharist – so apt during Lent. He was canonised in 1522. We remember Kazimierz Klak +RIP, one of our founders.

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 March Offering for Lent. 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; Margaret Hepburn; Shelley & Rita Breach (Hampstead)

Meryl Lay; Frank Lay (Bracknell) Megan Edwards (Cardigan) 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; Brian Tidey (Abertillery) Eileen Jones; Elizabeth Parr; Mary Rees (Cwmtillery) John Aylesbury; 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.


The listed Mass on Saturday, 18th was followed by Benediction. It was of Sexagesima Sunday with commemoration of St. Simeon. Catrina reported 46 present, with groups from Monmouth and Ebbw Vale in attendance. Lunch and Meeting followed. Tuesday, March 21st is the Solemnity of Saint Benedict, Patron of the Mission. There will be Solemn Mass at 7pm, back with Mrs Churchill at Six Bells. Though it is Lent, there will nonetheless be a celebration supper after Mass. If people from neighbouring Missions intend coming, will they please let our Abertillery people know. There will also be Solemn Mass at Abertillery (Catrina) on Sunday, March 12th at Noon, the Second in Lent. We hope that some of the Faithful from neighbouring Missions will do their best to come. The Mission has its own news sheet, and more events occur than those listed, especially public recitation of the Office, usually with Rosary. Sometimes there is a simple devotional Service at Noon, attended by those who can come.


Fr. Flynn manages to get to Ceredigion (Cardigan, as Bishop Anthony stubbornly calls it!) at least twice a month, either to Llew at Lampeter, or to Paul at Llandysul. There is a welcome addition to the rota for chauffeuring Father back and forth. Mrs Mair Protheroe is a convert to Catholicism, going back twelve years. Eighteen months ago she stumbled upon the ArchConfraternity via our Website, and says she has never looked back! Living near Lampeter, Mair is now one of the drivers who collects Father and returns him! Father always says it's a bit like being a parcel! Well, we all know that if it weren't for ‘the parcel' there would be very few Masses indeed – if any in some places. We renew profound thanks for all he does. The Cardigan folk also have their own local bulletin, and meet regularly to say Holy Rosary and the evening Office. There is also Adoration twice a month on alternate Wednesdays. It's not the intention, in these general Notes, to record everything that is happening – this would be impossible, and we hope you understand. The listed March Mass will be sung on 2nd , Feast of St. Chad. It will, however, be the Mass of Ash Wednesday, on account of our circumstances, with commemoration of St. Chad. It is at 6pm, back with Paul at Llandysul. Supper follows. Father will bring a few from Breconshire: they always like the outing, and our Cardigan stalwarts always love to welcome them! There will be Solemn Mass too at Llew's (Lampeter) on the Third Sunday in Lent, March 19th , at Noon, followed by Bring-and-Share Lunch and a Meeting. Benediction round 3.30pm. Anyone proposing to travel should let Paul or Llew know, please. Do keep our faithful, largely Welsh speaking West Wales Mission in your constant prayers. +Pob Bendith+



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