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First Pre-Vatican II portable altar

Portable altar set up ready for Mass.
Reverse: "Fr Mac2's First Pre-Vatican II portable altar. It was in two pieces - a fairly heavy folding table (made of beechwood) - there was an oblong hole in the centre of the top for the altar stone. The other piece was an oblong beechwood frame which screwed onto the top back edge of the table and on which the reredos curtain and crucifix were hung. All other altar prerequisites I carried in a big case (as seen in the photo). This photo I took in a pub in Histon (Cambs) one Sunday in 1959 - Notice I turned the dartboard to face the wall!
Altar No 1"

Northampton Travelling Mission (1948-1975)

Travelling mission vehicle unloaded [plus loading key]

A vehicle unloaded with resources for the Travelling Mission Mass placed nearby. The words "Catholic Travelling Mission" are just discernable on the white side of the vehicle.
Reverse: "This is the first of four Land Rovers which Fr McCormick used on his Travelling Mission work ending in August 1975.
It was taken outside what was his base for 10 years at 'Foxden' Burnham Bucks. Bishop Leo Parker thought it was haunted!
Key to Numbers:
1 = Portable Altar No.2
2 = Portable Altar No3.
3 = Carved statue of O. Lady in oak case
4 = Tape recorder & player for churchy music.
5 = Box of piety goods - Prayer Bks, Rosaries, etc."

Northampton Travelling Mission (1948-1975)

First Pre-Vatican II portable altar (2)

Portable altar with people stood around; candles lit; (during?) Mass.
Reverse: "Fr Mac2's First Pre-Vatican II portable altar as used in Travelling Mission work. I took this at a "house-Mass" in 1959. The man with the glasses looking into the camera used to be deputy head of All Souls School at Peterborough.
Altar No 1."

Northampton Travelling Mission (1948-1975)

Travelling mission vehicle loaded [plus loading key]

A vehicle loaded with resources for the Travelling Mission Mass.
Reverse: "This is the first of four Land Rovers which Fr McCormick used on his Travelling Mission work ending in August 1975.
It was taken outside what was his base for 10 years at 'Foxden' Burnham Bucks. Bishop Leo Parker thought it was haunted!
Key to Numbers:
1 = Portable Alktar No.2
3 = My carved statue of O. Lady in oak case
4 = Tape recorder & player for churchy music.
5 = Box of piety goods - Prayer Bks, Rosaries, etc."

Northampton Travelling Mission (1948-1975)

Altar #3 at Long Melton

Image of altar fully dressed.
Reverse: "Fr Mac2's Pre Vat II Portable Altar - Third Model.
This altar was made of oak by my friend. It was completely one folding unit. The op opened up to form the reredos, the bottom folded down to form the legs, the cabinet between the top and the bottom contained all the other mass requisites. Including the telescopic credence table! The whole altar fitted into a heavy brown canvas cover with carrying straps. See Landrover photo when I was loading all my gear! Taken in a house at Long Melford (Suffolk)(haunted?!)
Altar No. 3"

Northampton Travelling Mission (1948-1975)

Travelling mission altar dressed, in a field

Travelling Mission Mass ready for use from the back of the Land Rover, in a field.
Reverse: "Fr Mac2's Second Pre Vat II Portable Altar, In this photo it is on the tail-board of my mission land-rover at a pony club camp near Woodbridge in early 1960s.
This altar did not have a folding table - it was in a stout wooden case the hinged lid of the case opened to form the reredos complete opening altar cards & screw on crucifix & candles. When this had been lifted into place the next layer was unfolded to form the altar top - under which were stowed the altar requisites.
The whole thing was placed on any convenient table or sideboard.
Altar No. 2"

Northampton Travelling Mission (1948-1975)

Travelling Mission News - compendium of newsletters (1961 to 1971) and biographical notes

Collation of newsletters, notes and comments by Fr McCormick.
pg1: title page with map of Northampton Dioses pre-1976
pg2-4: comments by Fr McCormick on hid life as a Travelling Missionary. Note: the newsletters (produced from February 1961) are scanned from the remaining copies he had, "I lost quite a few ... production was somewhat erratic."
pg4-6: newsletter No.1 8 February 1961
pg6-7: newsletter No.2 10 May 1961
pg7-9: newsletter No.4 1 November 1961
pg9-11: newsletter No.5 1 February 1962
pg11-12: newsletter No.6 14 May 1962
pg12-13: Travelling Mission entry for Diocesan Year Book 1963
pg13-15: newsletter No.7 1 February 1963
pg15-17: newsletter No.8 15 August 1963
pg17-18: newsletter No.9 21 January 1964
pg18-20: newsletter No.10 16 July 1964
pg20-21: Travelling Mission notes for Diocesan Magazine 15 April 1965
pg21-22: Changes in the Liturgy of the Church [personal view]
pg22-23: Newsletter No.11 21 April 1965
pg23-25: newsletter No.12 16 March 1966
pg25-26: Travelling Mission Notes 2 June 1970
pg26: Travelling Mission Notes 15 July 1970
pg26-27: Travelling Mission Notes 4 August 1970
pg27: Travelling Mission work in Stowmarket Parish (May 1979 - for Parish magazine)
Pg27-28: Travelling Mission Mass Centre at YUp Well, Norfolk 1959-1975 (27 July 1982 - notes written for Diocese of Northampton)
Pg28: Postscript - "In August 1975 Bishop Charles Grant of Northampton closed down the Travelling Mission. He told me he had reluctantly decided to do this in view of the pending division of the Northampton Diocese in June 1976 and the setting up of the new Diocese of East Anglia. Needless to say there was great sadness in all Travelling Mission Mass Centres. After seventeen years as Diocesan Travelling Missioner I too was greatly saddened! As I mentioned on the first page of this brief outline of the Travelling Mission work I can once again see the day when in order to keep the presence of the church alive in the community today there will have to be another form of mobile approach. Alas I am no longer strong enough to do such work but could, I am sure, give any interested bishops a few hints and tips!"

McCormick, Robert L. Rev (-2015)

"Where's that Bus going to?" - an appeal for funds

Extract from Northampton Diocesan Magazine, Spring 1961. Text and image of the bus.
An appeal for funds for Fr McCormick to complete the conversion of his bus as a chapel for the Travelling Mission. The bus is paid for and has a new set of wheels. Once completed there will be a fixed altar, stations of the cross, and seating, with kneeling space, for 34 people.


Novena to Our Lady of Ransom - leaflet

pg1: index
pg2-3: letter to Ransomers, signed Laurance Goulson, Master of the Guild
pg4: The Wilderness - image of rubble and scrub
pg5: Mass in the Cafe - image of priest elevating the host with a number of worshippers, crockery in the foreground (annotation: "Robert L McCormick")
pg6: The Travelling Chapel - image of Fr McCormick's converted bus (annotation: "Robert's mobile chapel")
pg7: Inside the Bus: Image of Fr McComick saying Mass (annotation: "Robert saying Mass in mobile chapel")
pg8: The Temporary Church: image of front of church with priest, ladies and children. (annotation: "St Matthew's / Barton Le Clay (Beds) 1961 / This was my record - from my first visit when there was no church to getting this was six months and then they got a permanent church"
pg9: A Church at Last - image of a church. (annotation "This is the new church at Newmarket opened in 1966")
pg10: What the priests say (6 comments from diocesan priests).

Guild of Our Lady Of Ransom

Travelling Altar - Northampton Travelling Mission

Case with drawer; carrying handles (note glued inside: "This altar and all its equipment is the property of the Northampton Diocesan Travelling Mission")
Certificate of Consecration: "This altar stone, containing the relic of S. Bonifacii M., and S. Felicissisi M., was consecrated by the Rt. Rev H Gibney, Vicar General, delegated by His Lordship the Bishop Of Southwark. Date: 8 April 1968 Signature: H Gibney VG"
Altar Stone - white marble; 5 inscribed crosses; circular marble plug where relics inserted
Equipment: 4 candles; no other items

21 March 2022: Relics removed from altar stone and are to be placed in the new altar in SJB Chapel of the Blessed Blood for consecration later in the month by Bishop A Hopes.

McCormick, Robert L. Rev (-2015)

PACE - Northampton Diocese Newspaper

Text from June 1970 edition (see image):
A Dream becomes Reality
Why PACE was started
This is "PACE" the new Catholic paper for the diocese of Northampton. You may have already heard something about it in your parish and as you will see from the letter on this page the Holy Father has heard about "PACE"; The idea for it has evolved in the Administrator's mind over the past 10 years. There has been a need for better communication in the diocese and a newspaper format was thought to be the best. "PACE" it was felt should belong to the Church with all Catholics playing their part in its production.

It is to be a medium through which everybody can make their activities known, but because of its 25 localised editions people in Bedford or Northampton will not have to read the "parish pump” activities of Yarmouth or Norwich.

The activities and events organised by sodalities and parish organisations, stories written by members of the diocese, letters, queries, photographs, cartoons - all will have their place in ‘PACE’ because it is YOUR paper. The whole presentation of it except printing is done by lay people, and you are encouraged to contribute to its content

When “PACE” was devised it was thought 62 different editions would be needed but by mutual amalgamation of parishes this has been cut to 25. It will circulate in all seven counties of the diocese - Bedford, Buckingham, Cambs., Huntingdon, Norfolk, Northamptonshire and Suffolk - distribution being done by the parishes. Forty thousand copies are being printed to begin with and the long term aim is for every Catholic family in the Diocese to have one.

Dedicated to Our Lady of Lourdes it was appropriate that the Dedication was personally placed in the Grotto at Lourdes by the Administrator.

Why “PACE” as a name? Many names were thought of and among them ‘VIATOR', suggesting the pilgrim road this paper is travelling and the road the Church travels. However, in this age of the vernacular an English name was thought better and “PACE” indicated the “healthy pace at which the Church is moving". Somebody has also suggested it is the link between the Parish and the diocese and that is what we hope it will be.

Setting the PACE for us
Printing of “PACE” is carried out by Tilbury Printers Limited on a Planeta Brilliant machine, which is the first in this country. It is the fastest sheet-fed litho offset machine in the world with a speed of 11.000 copies per hour. Illustrations are reproduced on 133 screen. Collating of pages, packing and dispatch is all done at Tilbury.

Holy Father sends His Blessing
DAL VATICANO. April 23, 1970
My Lord Bishop,

The Holy Father has learned with pleasure of the new diocesan magazine "Pace", which you plan to begin to publish shortly and he has bidden me convey his good wishes for the success of the venture.

In view of the immense power of the press, it is important that Catholics should play their full part in publishing and supporting newspapers and magazines that will conscientiously fulfil their high mission of spreading knowledge of the truth in a manner consonant with the Gospel.

Accordingly His Holiness is very happy to bestow his Apostolic Blessing on all who are collaborating with Your Lordship in the realization of this project, which he prays may be of great benefit to the Diocese of Northampton.

With my personal good wishes and regard, I am
Yours sincerely in Christ, J. Card. Villot

Welcome Note from the Bishop
I welcome PACE. In these days of increased sharing by everyone in the life of the church it is more important than ever that news of this life should be readily available. PACE with it's many local editions, will provide the news in each neighbourhood which is the first interest of those that live there, while the diocesan coverage will help the local community to look to the diocese, which is it's link with the universal church, and so avoid a narrow concern with it's own affairs exclusively. I hope to make great use of it myself as an excellent means of communication with the diocese. I express my thanks and blessing to all those who have worked so hard to make PACE the success it deserves to be.

This publication is dedicated to Our Lady of Lourdes and we will at all times endeavour to be worthy of such a dedication.

Grant, Charles Alexander Rev LCL BA (1906-1989)

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