+ JULY 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 tirelessly, faithfully, and efficiently – and over now such a long period.


Even though the monthly Notes & Kalendar are on The ArchConfraternity Website, we send out scores of copies by old-fashioned post at considerable expense. We don't mind doing this for some of our older or housebound people who do not have access to a computer, but we can no longer afford to spend so much postage sending to people (CLERGY INCLUDED!) who never send us a donation or a single stamp! They will know who they are, and can rectify this!!! From August the Notes will ONLY be posted to a handful of people who faithfully support the monthly appeal for stamps or donations. Even a dozen Second Class stamps pays for your annual receipt of the Notes!! If you wish to receive the Notes by post, please contribute. If not, you may still read them on Line. If you have no computer access, you can go to your local library and set up an account – cheaply! Already several of our Clergy and Guardians have told us to cease sending by post. Kathleen O'Shea, at Ebbw Vale, prints them herself, at her expense, and delivers to all members of the Mission there. This also applies to Magda, Eileen and Ruth in London, and to Renee at Usk, and to Angela and Marie in Sussex. A handful of Kalendars will still go by post, but only to those who have sent postage stamps in recent months. We all know how utterly horrendous postal charges now are!! The Chapter of Advice decided at the last meeting, at Covent Garden, that this change was inevitable. Sorry if you miss out – but you know how to rectify that! Of course, it will hardly be spiritually edifying to read the Devotions on Line in a Library, but one of the kind Library staff in your area is sure to help you print that particular page, if you ask!! A final thought is that, already, a good number of Missions are producing their own local newsletter - using the ArchConfraterity Kalendar.



This report follows the joyful news that we reported in June, just last month, after the Metropolitan's May Visitation to Scotland. Father Joe, a true Scot, originally from Glasgow, has returned home after 23 years on the Missions in India, A devotee of the Old Rite, he has, at the age of 68, put himself entirely at our disposal. We must thank Father McPherson for bringing Father Joe to us: they are friends from distant seminary days, and are themselves still catching up with each other. Father Joe had no inclination whatever to return to the Scots Novus Ordo Mass – well, The ArchConfraternity has found something infinitely more sublime for him to do, in two utterly perfect settings in West Lothian! Already he has offered two Masses at Linlithgow for the revived Mission of Saint John Ogilvey; and he has been over to Inchcomb Island, on the Forth, for talks with the staff there, and to visit the beautiful ruined Abbey where, shortly, our first Mass will be offered. Many Catholics (pilgrims or just visitors) come almost every day to Inchcomb, so we are sure of a ready-made congregation! We thank Almighty God for these new opportunities. The Inchcomb Mission has been titled Saint Augustine of Hippo because the original monks there were of the Augustinian Order. Pray please for all our Scottish brethren!



As was mentioned above, Eileen O'Connor and our Faithful at Goldhawk Road produce their own newsletter – in their case fortnightly. More Masses are offered than the listed ones, which makes a local news bulletin all the more sensible. Their listed June Mass was offered very early in the month on Friday, 2 nd . It was of the Precious Blood, and followed by Benediction. In all 46 were present, as ever people from Battersea & Holborn coming. A lovely Bring-and-Share Supper followed, and because the weather was dry again after heavy London rain, those who wanted to, could spend some time in the garden, to avoid the crush indoors! Some of our Battersea students did so! Solemn Mass was offered by Bishop Anthony also on Sunday, 18 th , Second after Pentecost at Noon; this was followed by Benediction, in honour of Corpus Christi which had occurred on Thursday, 15 th . The listed July Mass is on Tuesday, 18 th at 7pm. It is the transferred Feast {from 16 th } of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, and Eileen and our contingent of largely Irish folk at Goldhawk Road had particularly requested a Mass for that Feast. At it we will, in the Canon of the Mass, remember, among others, the soul of Primrose Scanlan (+RIP) a great and loving friend of the Metropolitan in his younger years, who had deep devotion to our Lady under this Title, and who, in fact lead him gently towards his priestly vocation. Mass also on Sunday, 9 th at Noon, followed by lunch.



This falls on Saturday, July 1 st , and is a day of special devotion. For all Masses, consult Clergy & Guardians. It is the Patronal Title of Westminster Cathedral, so we are in good company in celebrating it with them! It may also be kept the next day, Sunday 2nd , because of our circumstances. The entire month of July is, of course, dedicated to the Precious Blood. Ask our Saviour for many Blessings!



They are the chief Patrons of the Czech Lands, and their Feast falls on Friday, 7 th . Bishop Anthony's Visitation to Bohemia begins on September 5 th for two and a half weeks.


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 July Offering for The Precious Blood. 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.


All our Faithful there are looking forward to their Solemn Patronal on Sunday, July 9th . Moira has invited all our Lancashire folk to come for Solemn Mass at Noon, offered by Fr. Flynn. A special Buffet Lunch has been planned! Father will be spending nearly a week with Moira and family (his annual treat!), and there will be daily Mass and times for Confession & Offices. There will be Mass on Saturday, 8th at Southport (Frances) at Noon, and certainly another Southport Mass.


This falls on Tuesday, 25th and is another Day of special devotion when we bless the sea shells which surround a small boat (the Grotto), in honour of the voyage of Saint James to Spain, There will be Solemn Mass at Hampstead at 7pm. It is possible that Bishop Anthony will be in Abertillery at that time, but Fr. McPherson is coming from Scotland for a week shared between Angela at Midhurst & Magda in Battersea (as last year), so if the Metropolitan is away, the Hampstead Mass will still be offered at 7pm!

We pray that day for Fr. Emilio Tundidor and all Spanish Catholics, including the King & Queen of Spain.

As you surely all know, the Feast of Our Lady of Penrhys falls on July 17th , a Monday. This year, it has been transferred to Sunday, 16th , and is of absolute Obligation in the ArchConfraternity – on the Sunday. Penrhys is half of the Metropolitan's Episcopal Title, and our Lady's most important Welsh Feast. Our Rhondda Faithful have been preparing for the day for some time, and an invitation has been sent to all our Welsh people to come for Solemn Mass at Noon, followed by a celebration lunch, before the annual Pilgrimage to the mountain top Shrine of Our Lady of Penrhys. Cars are, as most of you obviously know, provided for some of the journey, but the final part does involve a fairly steep climb. At the Shrine there will be Rosary and Sprinklings. For those not physically able to be present, there will be Rosary and Vespers back at Treorchy. Glenys and Dai have hired the scout hut for the day – once the Altar is erected, and the flower-bedecked statues of Our Lady of Penrhys & St. David are in place, the hut truly is transformed into a Catholic Shrine! Please inform Glenys or Eve if you propose coming, because of catering.


On Tuesday, 4th we keep the Feast of Ss Julius and Aaron of Caerleon (near Usk). They were, with St. Alban, the first of the British Martyrs at the beginning of the 4 th Century AD. They perished in the Diocletian persecution. There will be Solemn Mass at Usk at 6pm –then a Buffet Supper. Please consult Renee. They were the first Monmouthshire Martyrs. Father Flynn will also be offering Mass at Usk on Sunday, July 23 rd , Seventh after Pentecost, at Noon. Come if you are able! +++



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