+ JUNE 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!


This falls on Friday, 23rd June, when we shall pray for all persecuted Christians who love our Divine Lord in His most Sacred Heart. Bishop Anthony will offer the main Mass that day at 7pm at Worthing (Solemn with Benediction) – it is their Patronal Feast. There will also be Solemn Mass at Hampstead at 11am. Will our Londoners please note. Gareth Shellard, one of our Holborn students, will drive Bishop Anthony to Worthing in the afternoon, and stay overnight, so that he can also be present at the Midhurst Mass, next day, and meet all our Sussex people.


This was overdue, and took place between May 15th and May 19th . Our Scots brethren knew about it: in fact it was only advertised in Scotland. Many blessings came out of it, and it has re-enforced the ArchConfraternity North of the Border. What Border?? Surely we are all one in the British Isles, and may it be so! Bishop Anthony stayed at Falkirk with members of the ArchConfraternity, and it was certainly a good base for the four day visit. Tuesday 16 th was a most memorable day with the institution of a new Mission and the re-inauguration of one that had ‘lapsed' since the departure from Scotland of the former parish priest at Bo'ness. The day began with a carefully planned mystery tour on a boat from Queensferry over the River Forth (under the famous Firth of Forth Bridge) to Inchcomb Island with its medieval monastery: a place of spectacular beauty with its seals and puffins. Our new Mission was not planned by the Metropolitan, but by those who took him there! Though the monastery was dissolved during the Scottish “reformation”, it is still a substantial structure which welcomes countless pilgrims on a daily basis. Scottish Heritage has given permission to the ArchConfraternity to offer the Old Mass on Inchcomb whenever a priest is able to say it. The cloisters are intact, although the original High Altar is now exposed to the elements. Prayers were offered at the High Altar, when the new Mission of St. Augustine of Hippo was established. The Monastery was previously of the Augustinian Order. It was indeed reminiscent of the founding of our Mission at Saint Andrews. Negotiations with our Scottish Clergy will, we are sure, mean that Masses will be offered regularly. Pray for this new work. Many pilgrims who were only previously able to pray on Inchcomb will now, as often as we are able, hear the Mass of Ages as well! Lord, for the years! Deo Gratias! Back on the mainland we headed for Linlithgow where there was Holy Mass at Mrs Carron's house, near the loch, offered by the Metropolitan. Fourteen were present for the first Mass at Linlithgow in two years. Father McPherson at Saint Andrews has offered his services, but he has found for us a retired priest, Father Malcolm, who lives in West Lothian. So the Mission of St. John Ogilvie has been re-established at Linlithgow, the birthplace of Mary, Queen of Scots. The next day Bishop Anthony was up at Arbroath in Angus for talks with Canon Harry Anson, Vicar General for Scotland. His great work goes on at Dundee and at Forfar and Kirriemuir. Father Harry: it was just a delight to be with you again! Your welcome was most moving, and we all love you!! The final visit was a Pilgrimage on Thursday, May 18 th , when Bishop Anthony was taken to the Shrine of Our Lady of Campsie, in Dumbartonshire, beneath the spectacular Campsie Fells. The Shrine, in immaculate gardens and parkland, was founded after the second world war, by German nuns, as a place of healing and reconciliation. The message of reconciliation is still at the heart of the Shrine which is now overseen by Scottish Sisters of Mary - and in honour of Our Lady of Campsie. Catholic school children from Airdrie had come, by coach, for Mass and for a pilgrimage which is called ‘In the feet of Christ'. The sisters made Bishop Anthony most welcome, and he was glad to impart a special blessing to many present, children and adults alike, who requested it. Our Scottish May Devotion was offered, with great joy, in the Shrine of Our Lady of Campsie, with Rosary and Salve Regina. We felt that our Lady had visited us that day in an unique, special way. There was nothing of the unpleasant, and frankly, commercial atmosphere of Walsingham – just peace in the bosom of our Holy Mother, the Roman Catholic Church. We drove back to Falkirk over the stupendous Campsie Fells, blessed by glorious sunny, warm weather. For the Metropolitan it was a day, not even expected, when earth and heaven truly met. +



Another forthcoming Patronal Feast is that of St. Aloysius at Battersea, on Wednesday, June 21st . There will be Pontifical Solemn Mass at Queenstown Road at 7pm, with Veneration of the Relic of St. Aloysius. Magda and our Battersea folk are hoping for a grand turn-out of all Londoners!

Some of our students will be taking exams, but please make the effort to be present on this special day. Holy Mass will be followed (inevitably!) by a special Bring-and-Share Buffet. Magda, Ruth and Eileen are already in collaboration regarding it! There will also be Solemn Mass at Battersea at Noon on Sunday, June 11th – Feast of the Most Holy Trinity, during which Aidan O'Leary, a recent student recruit, will be confirmed.

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 June Offering for The Sacred Heart. 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; Mani Manasuni; 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; Eileen Snook (Cwmtillery) 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 & Robin Bencard; Kitty Davis (Battersea) Mavis Boylan (Whitehaven) Teresa Mitchell; James Milton (Worthing) Richard Conrad (Warwick) Tom Smith (Chesham) Netta Piotrowska; Ian Linman ( Shepherds Bush) Father Robert Aird; Elizabeth Aird (Chulmleigh) Jim Ford (Chatham) Jimmy O'Leary; Agnes Murphy (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) Ann and Colin Ward (Coventry) Stuart Laing (Bedford) David Bradley (Huntingdon) Trudi Spare (Leicester) Dave Gibson (Stepney) George Hodges; Noel Clarke (Huddersfield) Jim Nowell (Yeovil) Paul Roberts (Cambridge) Dorothy Unwin (Kilburn) Fr. Alan Page (Usk) Hilda Turner; Cherrie Williams (Hitchin) Yvonne Evans (Finchley) Nicholas Johnson (Chester) Marie Argyll (Gosport) Diana Praud (Hove) Andrew Skedd (Livingstone) Nicholas Boles (Grantham) Angela Green (Brynmawr) David Davies (Swansea) Ryan and Sheila Wordsworth; Jill Emery; Louise Hepburn (Hampstead)

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.


Another June Patronal falls on Tuesday, 13th , when there will be Pontifical Solemn Mass at the Hampstead Oratory at 7pm, followed by supper. After Mass there will be the customary blessing and distribution of lilies and prayers at St. Anthony's shrine, including ‘Si Quaeris'. Do please make an effort to attend and celebrate the Metropolitan's Name Day and the Mission's dedication.


We are richly blessed in June! Thursday, 15th , is the Solemnity of Corpus Christi (NOTE: it is NOT on Sunday, 18th , as in the modern Rite!) A fortnight later, on Thursday, 29th , we celebrate the Feast of Saints Peter and Paul (again NOT the following Sunday!) For Mass times in all Missions, do please consult Clergy and Guardians. On June 29th there will be Pontifical Solemn Mass at Russell Square (Holborn) at 6pm. Supper and student meeting will follow. On Sunday, 18th , Second after Pentecost, there will be Solemn Mass at Shepherds Bush at Noon, followed by Benediction, in honour of our Divine Saviour in His Most Holy Sacrament. After lunch there will be Vespers of the Blessed Sacrament. Do please make a note of this now, and let Eileen know if you propose coming. There will also, on Sunday 18th , be Solemn Mass at Monmouth, at Noon, followed by Procession of the Blessed Sacrament and Benediction. As ever, this will be held at Usk, at Renee Peterson's lovely house. Father Flynn hopes that as many of our South Wales & Monmouthshire people as possible will make the effort to come. It is on account of Renee's magnificent grounds that they are able to hold a Procession of the Blessed Sacrament. Don't miss it! Lunch !


This, perhaps one of the most gracious feasts of our Saviour, falls on Tuesday, 27th June. Please see the June Devotional page. Solemn Mass, Shepherds Bush at 7pm. If our own beating hearts sometimes reach out with love to our suffering neighbour and to our suffering world, think how much more the Heart of GOD enfolds everyone! Eucharistic Heart of Jesus: have mercy upon us! +


So much more happens in Cardiganshire (Ceredigion) than we are able to report. They have their own newsletter!! Mass “Stations” vary between Lampeter and Llandysul, and we thank Paul and Llew for their constant faithfulness. The listed May Mass (very recent) was offered by our dear Fr. Flynn on Friday, 26th May, Feast of St. Augustine, when 37 were present at Llandysul: a couple of ‘car loads' of our Rhondda stalwarts too. The listed June Mass will be offered on Wednesday, 28th at 6pm – back with Llew Davies. Supper and meeting follow. We happen to know that Angela and Marie are making the trip to Cardigan from Sussex (a short holiday) and will attend Mass. A warm Welsh welcome certain!!



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