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BURNLEY CATENIANS CELEBRATE 100 YEARS
Fr Damien celebrates the Cantenians Centenary Mass,
which doubled up as the annual Mass for Deceased Brothers
A hundred years ago, on the 17th November 1920, Burnley Circle 54 of the Catenian Association was formed when they held their inaugural meeting at the Empress Hotel in the town.
Under normal circumstances, the Circle would have celebrated their centenary celebrations, led by their President Jim Livesey, with a meeting and a lavish ball at Burnley Football Club, their usual meeting venue. However, due to the Corona Virus pandemic, like everything else, things had to be done a little differently this year.
Move on a hundred years, the evening commenced with a virtual Mass beautifully celebrated by Fr. Damien Louden from St. Mary's Church. This doubled up as the annual Mass for Deceased Brothers when the names of the 62 Brothers from the Circle who have died over the past 100 years were read out and remembered.
The Circle centenary meeting was a relatively low-key affair as it was not possible to hold a physical meeting, and once again had to be by virtual means using the Zoom application. There were nearly 50 Catenians and their families present from far and wide, including the guest of honour, the Great Britain National President, Eddie O'Donnell. How times have changed in that hundred years period!
It was also fitting that, in the centenary year, that the two most senior positions in Province 10 (the North West area), the Director and Provincial President, are held by Burnley members Mark Conroy and Bernard Swarbrick respectively.
The National President gave a brief speech in which he highlighted a sample of historic facts from the past 100 year period. He also referred to his fondness for Burnley Football Club, where he almost signed as a professional player, and to the achievements of the club over the last century. Prior to offering a toast of congratulations to Burnley Circle on achieving their 100 year milestone, he stated that he looked forward to be able to attend the 101st anniversary celebration, in person, on the 12th November 2021.
At the end of the meeting, Bernard Swarbrick offered congratulations on behalf of Province 10, written in his own inimitable style, by offering the following toast in verse.
Ode to BURNLEY CIRCLE 1920-2020
Let’s give a toast to Burnley’s big ton,
100 years of friendship and fun.
From Harry Fitzpatrick in the year 1920
Who, all told, led the Circle for 7 years, which is plenty,
To Jim Livesey today, just into his second,
Who no doubt looks round and thinks… several more beckon!
We’ve had 10 Province 10 Presidents, and one’s done it twice,
And Directors (some Grand) have come from us thrice.
We’re the 3rd oldest Circle in Province 10 now,
After Preston and Chorley have all had their bow,
And Blackburn alas could not just quite last
To be here as we celebrate 100 years past.
We’ve had meetings and balls and Masses and trips,
And some of our members still have their own hips!
We’ve had bowls, darts and snooker, and sung Christmas Carols,
And over the years we’ve drunk several barrels!
There’s been Presidents’ Sundays and boats on canals;
We’ve had some disagreements but still remained pals.
So, Brothers and ladies who’re all gathered here,
Reach out for your glasses of wine, pop or beer,
And raise them up high and give praises galore
To our very own Circle: Burnley 54!
President Province 10
After the meeting, a quiz was held with the questions being set by Burnley Circle member Mick Armfield and his wife Alison, who also acted as the quizmaster for the evening. One of the rounds featured questions from events over the past 100 years. We were delighted that many of the Burnley Circle and our visitors stayed on for the quiz and all found it interesting and, at times, challenging. There were some disputes between partners over the answers to some questions but, thankfully, everyone finished as friends.
Finally, the event epitomised the Catenian Association mantra of Faith, Family, Friendship and Fun. Here’s to the next 100 years!!
Knights of St Columba
Sponsored 100 Mile Bike Ride
Knights of St Columba
Young People's Zoom Seminar
Queen's Award for Voluntary Service
Two Burnley Groups are amongst the nine Lancashire winners (a record number) of the 2020 Queen's Award for Voluntary Service (QAVS) announced on Tuesday.
The Groups are:
Belvedere & Calder Vale Sports Club
Fulledge Colts Youth Football Club
See the congratulations to them both, below, and below those are further posters about next year's awards and how to nominate:
Have you ever thought about joining the Catenians
or are you new to the area and want to make new friends?
The Catenian Association, which has been in existence for over a hundred years, is a group of Catholic men who meet socially at least once a month to help and encourage one another in both their Catholic and social lives. We support each other, the Catholic Church, young people and those who are in need.
The Burnley Circle of the Association organises a wide range of social events such as a family bowls day, barge trips, weekends away, trips to the theatre, and family days. These are held throughout the year for members, their wives, families and friends.
In addition, we also have a Bursary Fund which can be accessed to help young Catholics aged between 16 and 24 who take part in community based projects both at home and abroad.
The only real qualifications for joining are that you must be a practising Catholic, male and over 21 years of age.
If you would like to hear more about the Catenians please speak with your Catenain Parish contact, who will only be too happy to answer any questions you may have.
Your Parish Contacts are:
Christ the King: Terry Hephrun
St Mary’s: Ken Tyson
St John’s: Peter Marsland
Alternatively, telephone Mick Armfield, who is the Membership Officer, on 01282 459424
or visit the Catenian website at www.thecatenians.co.uk
We look forward to hearing from you.
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