The Winning Team

The Winning Team

Sutton Coldfield Circle held a quiz night at its March meeting with circle brothers and visitors from Stoke On Trent and Kenilworth Circles having to answer questions on a variety of subjects. Brothers were organised into teams of three or four with Brother Vice President Tony Walsh acting as quizmaster. After testing their knowledge and skills the winning team was declared consisting of Brother Provincial Chamberlain Jim Gillen of Stoke On Trent Circle, Brother Provincial President Danny McAree of Kenilworth Circle and Brother Mike McNamara of Sutton Coldfield Circle. Each was presented with a suitable bottle. Thanks was expressed to Brother Secretary Steve Broom for organising the quiz

Brother President raises 2032 for 232

Brother President raises 2032 for 232

The chosen charity of Brother President Mark McGrail of Sutton Coldfield Circle (232) during his term of office has been the Lisieux Trust, a local Sutton Coldfield charity which assists and gives advice to people in the community with disabilities. The charity has close links to the Circle as a number of Brothers were involved with its establishment over 30 years ago. During  Brother Mark’s year, a number of  fund-raising events have been held, including a very successful auction which raised £660. The total amount raised topped £2032 — a figure to equal the number of the Circle!

The photograph shows the presentation of the cheque outside Lisieux Trust  headquarters with (left to right) Brother President Mark McGrail. Helen McGrail, Jess Alsop- Greenacre (Chief Executive of the Trust) and Brother Secretary Steve Broom.

 

Were you connected?

Were you connected?

The church of the Sacred Heart and St Margaret Mary, situated in Prestbury Road, Aston, Birmingham  has recently seen extensive roof and renovation work undertaken on the church completed, totalling just under half a million pounds. To mark the completion, a special Thanksgiving Mass will be held on  Sunday 14 January 2018 at 11-00am. The main celebrant will be his Grace, the Archbishop of Birmingham, the Most Reverend Bernard Longley. The church, built in 1922, has a Catenian connection: the architect was our late Brother George Bernard Cox, a member of City of Birmingham (64) Circle and its President in 1924/25. The church community would like to invite anyone, including Catenians, who have had a connection with the church — perhaps being  baptised or married at the church, or a former parishioner — to join them at his special celebration. After the Mass, there will be a buffet and an exhibition at the Sacred Heart School in Earlsbury Gardens, Birchfield, Birmingham.

The church is a grade II listed building and the interior has an extraordinarily lavish decorative scheme which incorporates extensive mosaic work over the sanctuary. It is considered to be one of the finest churches in the  Archdiocese of Birmingham.

The church looks forward to seeing any Catenians who may have been connected with the church on Sunday 14 January .

Mike Gaffney — Sutton Coldfield Circle