Photos © 2023 Peter Harrington
Provincial Council held its first meeting of the Catenian year at the Lea Marston Hotel last week. After Prayers, Brother Provincial President Andrew Bodger (City of Lichfield) installed his successor, Brother Joe Martin (Leamington Spa), in office.
We wish Brother Joe and Pam all the very best for 2023–2024.
(photo © 2023 Peter Harrington)
This year’s Requiem Mass for the deceased Brothers and Ladies of Province 6 was celebrated on Saturday, 5 November in St Chad’s Cathedral. The Cathedral Dean, Mgr Timothy Menezes, was the Celebrant and Homilist, and he was assisted by Deacon Brother Peter Tibke; MC Brother John Neale and his team of Catenian servers; cantors Anne Tible and Brother Ed Coxhead; and organist Professor David Saint. Brother Provincial Vice President Joe Martin read the First Reading and Brother Provincial President Andrew Bodger read the Second Reading. The liturgy was prepared by Brother Alan Smith, assisted by the Dean’s PA, Trish Brookes. Photographs are © 2022, Brother Peter Harrington.
The Mass was live-streamed for the benefit of those who could not attend in person and a collection was taken in aid of the Cathedral Development Fund.
The winner of Redditch Circle’s annual Mastermind Quiz for 2021 is Brother Bernard O’Keefe of Vale of Evesham Circle, pictured here with Quizmaster Adrian Morris.
After the four “official” candidates had done their stuff, several members of the audience had a go, just for fun. Fortunately, none of them beat Bernard’s score, though a couple did come close.
Congratulations to Brother Bernard and to Redditch Circle for their hospitality and impressive organisation.
70 members of Province 6 gathered at St Chad’s Cathedral in Birmingham at noon last Saturday, 6 November, while innumerable others participated via live stream from their homes. The occasion was the annual Requiem Mass for the Deceased Brothers and Ladies of Province 6. Co-ordinated by Brother Provincial Secretary, it was a real team effort: the Cathedral Dean, Mgr Timothy Menezes, and his team spared no efforts to facilitate our arrangements and make us welcome; Bishop David Evans was the principal celebrant; Anne Tibke and Cathedral Organist, Professor David Saint led us in song; and the readers, deacons, and servers were all Catenians.
Our main photo shows Provincial President Jim Gillen with Bishop David Evans. Brother Jim read the Old Testament reading and Brother Vice President Andrew Bodger read the New Testament epistle. Deacon Daniel Hurd proclaimed the Gospel.
Next year, this Mass will take place on Saturday, 5 November — as always, on the first Saturday of that month.
All photographs © 2021 Brother Peter Harrington