Hi, We are living in a place called Bolgatty Island. Our parish is St Sebastian’s Church, Bolgatty established in 1842, which consists of 750 families, 3016 parishioners, in the Archdiocese of Verapoly. St Sebastian’s Church has received a major makeover and was consecrated in 2013. The feast of St Sebastian is celebrated on the Sunday after the 20th of January each year. There is a palace on our island called Bolgatty Palace, 1.5 miles from my home, built by the Dutch. One of the oldest existing Dutch palaces outside Holland, this quaint mansion was built in 1744 by Dutch traders and later extended and gardens landscaped around it. The building was then the Governor’s palace for the commander of Dutch Malabar, and in 1909 was leased to the British. It served as the home of the British governors, being the seat of the British Resident of Cochin during the British Raj. In 1947, when India attained independence, the palace became the property of the Kerala state and was converted into a heritage hotel resort. Bolgatty Palace has a swimming pool, 9-hole golf course, ayurvedic centre, marina and daily Kathakali performances and is a holiday destination for tourists.
A special Mass of thanksgiving was said for the brilliant school staff who have been bravely working throughout the pandemic. The Mass was celebrated at St Chad’s Cathedral, Birmingham, at 12.15 on Monday 6 July by Mgr Timothy Menezes, the Dean of St Chad’s. Mgr Tim has kindly agreed that the details of the Mass and his homily may be used by the Province and National Catenian publications.
This website does not usually carry advertisements but Katie Churn, daughter of Brother Bob Churn of Wolverhampton Circle will donate 10% of sales generated here to the Catenian Bursary Fund. Katy sells her hand-drawn animal prints and posters from her Etsy Shop KathrynChurnDesigns Just type Catenian in the note alongside each item.
Back: Jim Gillen, Mike Sherrard, Deacon Chris, Fr John Moran, Jim Quinn, Dave Prescott Front: Alan Smith, Paul Clancy, Danny Wright, John Minister, Steve Brain
Stourbridge Circle’s 600th meeting on Wednesday, 11 March took place not at its usual venue but at the impressively appointed Himley Hall in Dudley. There were visitors aplenty and the VIP guest was Bishop David McGough. Unusually for such an occasion, the dress was informal (and none the worse for that). A good meal was enjoyed by all, as were the speeches (not least because they did not go on too long!