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Northampton Diocesan Travelling Mission - Fr McCormick
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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)

Altar #4

Altar dressed for Mass; Madonna & Child to left (in its carrying case); framed poster of the crucifixion to right; seven chairs set for the congregation.
Reverse: "Fr Mac2's Altar No. 4. This is post Vat II.
This was in two main pieces - a heavy wooden folding table & a large wooden case made of marine plywood with aluminium protective moulding on all corner edges. The case has a detachable lid which when removed allowed the altar top to be unfolded outwards - under this folding top were stowed all the altar requisites.
This was the altar I left at Mr St John Foti's museum at Downham Market.
Note. This photo shows my hand-carved statue of O.Lady in a protective oak case - I used to stand it near my altar. On the left is one of my seasonal posters by an artist friend. (Boxford Suffolk)
Altar No. 4"

Northampton Travelling Mission (1948-1975)

Altar set for house Mass

Altar dressed for Mass with family[?] posing alongside.
Reverse: "Fr Mac2's Post Vat II Portable Mission Altar No. 4.
This is as described on the photo taken at Boxford, Suffolk.
This one was taken at the house-mass at Snettisham, Norfolk - can't remember the year!
Altar No. 4"

Northampton Travelling Mission (1948-1975)

Altar, man, boy

Undated / unknown location / unknown man & child.
The mix of household chairs indicated this venue is in a domestic residence.
Note the Madonna & Child on left - specially made and boxed for Fr McCormick

McCormick, Robert L. Rev (-2015)

Bishop Clark to Parishioner: Closure of Travelling Mission

Copied onto Travelling Mission headed paper [by Fr McCormick?].
Letter from Bishop Clark to Stephen Lennane of Reepham. Explains the reasons for the closure of the Travelling Mission. Suggest that others could be of help: Sister Maeve (St Louis Convent, Bury St Edmunds) and Canon McBride who has been asked to see how the Diocese can help those in Reepham.
"... we can work our an alternative to the devoted care of Fr McCormick."

Clark, Alan Charles Rev DD (1919-2002)

Bishop Parker to Fr McCormick: Motor crash; Final Christmas card

[headed notepaper for "Fox Den, Dorneywood Road, Burnham"]
Sorry to hear of Fr MvcCormick's crash - hopes insurance covers the wreckage - and that he takes proper respite and take rest here [Fox Den?]. Sends his Christmas greetings - "But please note this is my final [underlined] card, so keep for ensuing years! If I survive any!" Signed as Bishop "Emeritus"
postscript: "The Holy See ... asks retired Bishop, like me, to ignore the name of their old Diocese, as 'formerly' of it"

Parker, Thomas Leo Rev (1887-1975)

"Busilica" images montage

5 images associated with the converted bus used in NTM:
top: madonna & child image in destination board
mid-left - bus
mid-right: interior of the bus (altar, seats, etc.)
lower-left: close up of altar - Tridentine layout
lower-right: copy of press cutting with Fr McCormick celebrating Mass

McCormick, Robert L. Rev (-2015)

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