For information about the Catenian Bursary Fund scan the QR code.
You've heard it from Cardinal Nichols - Catenians strengthen Catholic communities. If you want to learn more about what we do, or you want to get involved with your local group then please email:
A group of Burnley Catenians joined a concert by a Beatles Tribute Band, the Upbeat Beatles, at Burnley Mechanics Theatre. They enjoyed an excellent pre-show meal in the 1855 Bistro.
Forthcoming events: Mass for Deceased Brothers at Blessed Trinity RC College Chapel at 1830 on Wednesday 8 November followed by the monthly meeting and meal; Ladies' Night Dinner Dance at Nelson House on Friday 17 November; December meeting, Christmas meal with Carols also at Nelson House on Wednesday 14 December. Please get in touch for more information.
Event coming up in November for Burnley Catenians.
And for KSC
You will all no doubt be shocked and deeply saddened by what has unfolded over the last two weeks in Israel and Gaza. CAFOD is in close contact with its partners in the region and is putting in place emergency plans to help those in most need as soon as it is safe to do so. However, one essential thing that we all can do is pray for peace. Here is a prayer from CAFOD to help us do that.
For more information on the situation in the Holy Land and all the latest CAFOD news just visit the CAFOD Group's webpage:
"When you have more than you need build a longer table not a higher fence."
From Safe Passage:
Monday 9th October was the Feast Day of Saint John Henry Newman.
If you've ever been puzzled as to your lot in life, this little article by him may help...
The CAFOD Group page has just been updated. To read the latest news on the tragic situations in Morocco and Libya, how CAFOD are helping and how you can help just click here. You can also sign an open letter to Rishi Sunak regarding the recently passed Illegal Immigration Act by clicking the above link. Many thanks for your continuing generous support.
A programme of events, from Building Bridges in Burnley,
from September to December 2023.
Reciept from Right to Life - the proceeds of the Sponsored walk.
The CAFOD Group page has just been updated. To read the latest news and take part in CAFOD's campaign action to "Stop Cowboy Lenders", just click here! Many thanks to Fr Brian for raising funds for CAFOD's Ukraine Appeal and congratulations to him on the occasion of his 40th anniversary of ordination.
Walk for Life update:
A cheque for£2,176 has been sent to the Right to Life Charity as a result of the Walk for Life Sponsored Walk organised by Burnley KSC and Catenians on May Bank Holiday Monday.
BURNLEY COUNCIL 110 BROTHER COMPLETES MARATHON CHARITY CYCLE RIDE
Brother James Capstick, KSC Action and Youth Officer has completed a cycle ride of Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way. James completed the 1600-mile route in under a fortnight staying at B&Bs and, in the absence of a better offer, in a tent or the support van.
The route is one of the longest defined coastal routes in the world; James started at Malon Head, County Donegal and finished at Kinsale, County Cork. James planned to undertake the challenge pre-pandemic but finally managed it this year. The ride was in memory of the great Pat Smullen, nine times Irish champion flat race jockey who sadly died of pancreatic cancer at 43. James coped with the vagaries of the Irish weather and a challenging route. He was ably assisted by his support team – PGK Trevor Ireland in a hired Intack van.
The amount raised currently stands at £1,400 (for Cancer Research Ireland for whom Pat did so much to raise awareness.
James said: “The memories of the magical country and the generosity of its people will never fade”.
James is no stranger to marathon fund raisers. In 2022, he cycled to all 10 English Rugby League (The Bet Fred Super League) grounds, covering 300 miles in just four days. The marathon was in aid of the Rob Burrow Motor Neurone Disease (MND) Centre. In 2021, he cycled from Burnley to Leeds (via Inverness) and raised more than £2000 – again for MND. He has also run marathons in support of his fund-raising activity.
We look forward to his next adventure – Pennine Way on a unicycle, Route 66 on a tandem, James?
Please look at the KSC page on this website for photos
Burnley Catenians held their first Family Bowls afternoon for five years at Greenhill Bowling Club in sun blessed conditions. Winners were Circle Treasurer Peter Nuttall and KSC Council 110 Brother Myles Moore. Circle President Terry Hephrun with Janet were runners up - again. Thanks to Mick Armfield for organising.
Terry with Miles and Peter with their prizes
Group of semi finalists and supporters
Come and join us at Saint John the Baptist for the parish summer Sizzler
Blessed Trinity RC College is putting on a show at the Mechanics.
As part of the 2022/23 Catenian President's Charity, John and Jancie McNabb recently handed over a cheque for £400 to MacMaillan Cancer Support.
The photo shows John and Janice flanked by Kelly and Danielle from Mcmillan.
Burnley KSC and Catenians held a sponsored Walk for Life on May Bank Holiday. The 10k route took us along the canal, through Bank Hall and to Netherwood and Rowley and back finishing with refreshments in KSC 110 Club. In addition to KSC, Catenians and parishioners, we were joined by a group from the Hidden Gem in Manchester. As usual in Burnley, the weather was glorious.
James Capstick, St Mary's parishioner and KSC Action & Youth Officer has offered his thanks to all parishioners who helped him raise £1100 for the Motor Neurone Disease Association by sponsoring him in the recent Rob Burrow Leeds Marathon. He is always very grateful for the support and generosity.
His next fund raising venture will be cycling The Wild Atlantic Way in Ireland from Malin Head to Kinsale - 1,600 miles in total. The journey will be 11 to 25 June. This time he will be raising money and awareness for Irish Cancer Research in memory of Pat Smullen, nine times champion jockey. Donations can be made online: justgiving.com/crowdfunding/jamescapstick . Your amazing support help will be very much appreciated - again.
Have a look at the Catenians page for updates about the new Catenian Assocation National President - who is from Burnley Circle.
KSC Burnley Council 110 had a Celebration Night at KSC 110 Club with Good Samaritan Parish Priest Fr David and Friends providing the musical entertainment.
Council 110 Grand Knight Tony Young handed over cheques for £1000 each to Holly Grove School’s Georgia Fourie Butterfly Fund and to the Catholic Fellowship for the Handicapped following the last year’s fundraising activity.
Then two Council members received the KSC Award for Meritorious Service. Past Grand Knight Trevor Ireland was recognised for his contribution to Council welfare during the Covid pandemic, his support for the Church not least his practical help in providing transport to African priests to serve the Good Samaritan parish and his practical involvement in the Council’s organisation of the Province 21 Christmas poster campaign and, this year, the Easter posters. This year alone the Council has delivered in excess of 40,000 Christmas posters and 27,000 Easter posters to help spread the Gospel message. Trevor has also been the support team on many of the Council Action and Youth Officer James Capstick’s amazing fund-raising efforts.
Spiritualistic and Welfare Officer Steve Hird was unwell on the night and will receive his Award later. His work on welfare of Brothers, wives and widows is exceptional and he offers the Council detailed monthly reports on his activities. Steve also helped with the poster campaigns transporting the posters from printer to Post Office thus saving costs.
Mrs Ita Thomas received a bunch of flowers for her work as Secretary to the Christmas poster campaign.
Mrs Maureen Heys received a bunch of flowers for her help with the catering at the Club on matchdays and other occasions.
Three priests received the KSC Member of Honour Certificates. Fr Job and Fr Benjamin are based at St John the Baptist Church in Good Samaritan Parish. Fr Peter Hapgood-Strickland was formerly an Anglican priest working in Burnley and has recently been ordained in the Roman Catholic Church. He is a regular supporter of the Monday night KSC quiz in spite of being based in Ramsbottom.
KSC Supreme Director for Action and Social, Stephen McMillan was present for the evening and took away a cheque for £1000 for the Let the Children Live charity. Bro Stephen kept attendees up to date with the results of the KSC Grand National Draw which was made concurrently in Glasgow.
Finally, £695 was raised on the night for CAFOD which was made up to £1000 by Province.
Please see the KSC page for photos of the event.
For more information on KSC and Catenian activities please refer to the relevant page.
As this awful earthquake fades into yesterday's news and then into non-news in the public's mind, please don't forget:
The Turin Shroud
The parish visit to the replica of the Turin Shroud was "thought provoking" "inspirational" "emotional" - these are a few comments of the over thirty people, plus several with us in spirit, that visited Stoneyhurst College last Sunday. The support given to each other across the parish was a real sign of our growing and flourishing!!
(accompanying music: 'Easy Day' by Kevin McCloud (https://directory.audio/free-music/country-folk/4611-kevin-macleod-easy-day)
used courtesy of Creative Commons Licence (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/legalcode) )
Could you save a life?
update from Nelsons Secret Singers
"Nelson Secret Singers" are of all abilities, sharing songs in rounds, four part harmonies - with fun - and its only week three!!! Several members of the Good Samaritan Parish family are involved so you will see a familiar face if you are free to join in. It's Thursdays 730pm to 930pm at Christchurch Nelson. Interested? - our Parish contact is Maria Boys 07929 256406
Have a look at the Catenians page for the latest updates.
Single Catholic North West Walking Group
This is the first Meetup group of it's kind in the North West of England! A walking group specificaly for single practicing Catholics and those who are interested in knowing more about the Catholic faith.
An opportunity to walk in the beautiful countryside and talk about anything from the faith, the Church and the world. Rosaries will be prayed and sung along the way and there will be opportunities to socialise afterwards.
When available a priest may be walking with us to give guidance in the faith, on vocations and be available for discrete confession.
The aim of this group is to bring like minded people together to form friendships, marriages, and other holy vocations, God willing!
Join us on Meetup:
If you have any questions please contact the organiser, Sean
Nelson Secret Singers begins Thursday January 5th 7.30pm to 9.30pm at Christ Church 15 Cross Street Nelson - "can't sing" ? This is for you - songs from various styles and cultures will hopefully give us confidence in singing - to bring along to our parish community. There is a charge to cover costs however the first session is being offered for free as a 'taste and sing'. Maria Boys 07929 256406 is our parish contact and
Christopher Whittle of the St John's congregation sent us this:
"My new book on the Hillsborough Tragedy is out now. It is also about my life in general, my many health issues, family life and the role within the church. The book is available at £12 each, which includes a £2 donation to the parish for each book sold.
Lest We Forget...
Today we remember all the young men who fell in the Great War of 1914 - 1918:
To view a list of those from our parish who fell in the Great War, and where we have information learn a little about them, click on the links below:
St Mary's (which in those days covered the area which later became Christ the King Parish) click here
St John's - click here
Please click here for news of the latest marathon fundraiser by a KSC Brother and a Pre-Christmas event.
Prayer For The Sick
Today we pray for
The sick and suffering
In Burnley today
And I will light a candle
For them every night
And say a little prayer tonight
That our Lord Jesus Christ
Heals all sick and suffering
In Burnley tonight Amen.
David P Carroll
Burnley Catenians - 50 Years Membership Presentation
Burnley Catenian Circle Past President, Aidan Stockton, was enrolled as a member of the Association in August 1970. However, because of the COVID pandemic, it was not possible to present his 50 years membership scroll in the usual manner in August 2020.
Face-to-face Circle meetings only resumed in late 2021 and arrangements were made to present the scroll to Aidan, a former teacher at St. Theodore's School, at the September meeting. Brother Eddie O’Donnell, Immediate Past GB National President, was invited to make the presentation as he would have done in his year of office.
Unfortunately, Aidan was unwell and unable to attend the meeting and, sadly, he died in October 2021 without ever receiving his scroll.
To ensure that Aidan's valued membership and service was marked in the correct way, invitations were made to his daughter Gill and granddaughter Aimee to receive the scroll and miniature on behalf of the family at the February Circle meeting held at Burnley Football Club.
Aidan's daughter Gill and granddaughter Aimee
receiving the scroll from Province 10 Director Mark Conroy
Following the presentation, which was made by Mark Conroy, Director of Province 10 and a member of Burnley Circle, Mark asked everyone to stand as he proposed a toast to Aidan and absent friends.
On receiving the 50-year Scroll, Gill said she would take it to her mother, Sheila, where it would take pride of place in her room.
Burnley Catenians have started their social activities again after a hiatus of two years.
In recent weeks, the Circle has:
- Reintroduced the monthly meetings and meals at Burnley FC;
- Beaten Accrington Circle to each the semi-final the Regional Snooker competition (played at KSC 110 Club);
- Attended a Provincial weekend in York;
- Held an end of Circle year meal at the New Waggoners where retiring President Jim Livesey was presented with a print of a mini rally car (Jim is a motor sports enthusiast);
- Planned a Curry Night in May at the Usha (all welcome);
- Organised a theatre trip and meal at the Mechanics in July.
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