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Lancashire: Ormskirk Catenians summer event

Ormskirk President Steve Marston-Yim entertains kids

Local Catenians hosted a great summer event on Sunday at St Anne's Pastoral Centre, Ormskirk. 150 guests attended, including Peter Rogers, National GB President of the Association, the Mayor of West Lancashire and local Clergy.

A great buffet, activities for children, live music and most importantly the sun shone all day. No longer will those in the Parish say "Who are the Catenians" they...

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West Lancashire man becomes National GB Catenian President

L-R: Vice President Elias Sanctus Mangaluru,  National GB President Peter Rogers,  President of Mangaluru Circle Gilbert D'Souza

Peter Rogers, from West Lancashire has been elected as the new GB National President of the Catenian Association. This year the annual Catenian conference was held in Bristol over the weekend of 12-14 May. Many flew in from around the world to attend conference. Peter, a member and President of St Helen's Catenian Circle now heads the Association which dates back to its formation i...

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Grimsby Catenians support hospital unit

During his year as President of the Grimsby Circle of the Catenian Association, Jonathan Read selected the Amethyst Unit at Diana, Princess of Wales Hospital as his chosen charity. The Amethyst unit which opened in 2013, serves haematology, oncology and rheumatology patients.

Money was raised throughout the year at the regular meetings by holding raffles and by people making donations. Jo...

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Chiltern Catenians support St Joseph & The Helpers Charity

Catenian Jim Fitzpatrick chose St Joseph & The Helpers as his President's charity for 2015/16. As a result of a number of initiatives, the brothers of Chiltern Circle raised more than £4,300. Jim is pictured here presenting the cheque to the Charity's Chairman, Pat Henry. The Charity was established in 2004 by Pat's brother Arthur McCluskey and its prime objective is to give help and assis...

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London: Polish children's choir steals the show at Catenian evening

Schola Swiatlo

A Polish children's choir stole the show at the Catenian annual Polish evening in Osterley, west London last night.

The youngsters from Schola Swiatlo, (The School of Light), at St Andrew's Bobola's Church in Hammersmith, gave a beautiful performance - singing praise songs with charm and gusto - before the delicious Polish dinner.

The principal guest was Bro David Rowley from Derb...

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London: Mgr Bronislaw Gostomski honoured in Evening of Polish Culture

Frank Bajorek with  Mike O'Neill

Ninety members of the Catenian Association and their wives took part in the fifth Evening of Polish Culture held by Osterley Catenian Circle at Hounslow Conservative Club on Wednesday 20th May 2015.

The evening was held to honour the memory of Monsignor Gostomski who was killed five years ago in the Smolensk plane crash with other prominent members of the Polish community.

Guest o...

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Gaza - the world's largest prison

During the last few months I have been privileged to have entered Gaza on two occasions during recent visits to the Holy Land. The first was during the Westminster Diocese Pilgrimage led by His Eminence Cardinal Vincent Nichols, when he took a day away from pilgrimage. I accompanied him and the Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem, His Beatitude Fouad Twal, on a day visit. It was the first time I had r...

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New Catenian groups established in India

John Rayer with Simon D’Souza

The spread of Catenianism – faith, family, friendship and fellowship – took significant strides forward with the formation of two new circles in India this month,  in Goa and Mumbai. This Catholic laymen’s association’s party of 42 Catenians and wives lead by Grand President, John Rayer and his wife Anne and International Development Officer Tony Godden and his...

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Catenians in North Sea charity swim

Chris Rhodes and Jamie Brown

Even dipping a toe in the icy North Sea at this time of the year is too much for most of us – but big-hearted Chris Rhodes took a two-kilometre swim in the aid of charity.  Chris took on the daunting task to raise funds for the Lourdes Sick Fund and Middlesbrough Youth Mission Team as part of a year-long fundraising commitment as president of the Middlesbrough Circle of the Catenians...

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Robin Humphreys RIP

L-R Robin Humphreys, Garth Morrison Chief Scout, Bernard Weatherill, House of Commons Speaker, Doug Smith

The death has just been announced at the age 63 of Mr Robin Humphreys, a professional photographer, who was based in the Crouch End, north London. Robin's work embraced a wide range of assignments including Parliamentary jobs. Robin converted to Catholicism about six years ago and became a member of London Central Circle of the Catenian Association where his professional expertise be...

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Catenians raise quarter of a million for CAFOD

The London Central Circle of the Catenian Association celebrated its 100th birthday last Saturday (12 December) in the Victoria Suite of the Park Plaza Hotel in London. The Circle's first meeting took place on 13 December, 1909.   During dinner, the Grand President,  Joe McNally presented a cheque for £250,000 to Chris Bain, director of the aid agency CAFOD. ...

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Catenians launch centenary appeal for Zimbabwe

 To mark one hundred years of friendship, faith, and family, the Catenians are launching a major fundraising appeal to help provide water for people in Zimbabwe and Southern Africa. The appeal 'Give Water Life and Hope' could not come at a better time as increasing numbers of people in Zimbabwe are forced to resort to unsafe water sources as the country's crisis deepens. The country is curre...

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Tolkein was a Catenian

 LONDON - 30 January 2002 - 102 words Tolkein was a Catenian The Catholic men's society, the Catenians, have just revealed that the author of Lord of the Rings, JR Tolkein was one of their members. In the February edition of the association's magazine, Catena, the editor writes that Tolkein was "a Birmingham man, and Professor of English at Oxford." He became f...

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Archbishop Nichols speaks on fatherhood

 Archbishop Vincent Nichols highlighted the meaning and importance of fatherhood, during a special Mass that he celebrated in Lichfield Anglican Cathedral, to mark the Centenary of the Catenian Association, on Saturday, writes Peter Jennings. The Archbishop of Birmingham emphasised: "It is here at Mass that we learn who we are - men who wish to follow Christ, men who know that their...

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