Marketing and Membership Workshop

Marketing and Membership Workshop

On Saturday 29th February the Province held a Marketing & Membership workshop at Lea Marston Hotel. Circle marketing and membership officers were invited to attend and the response was brilliant!
All 22 Circles in the Province were represented with 43 brothers in attendance. They were treated to some very inspirational speakers on subjects such as Marketing, LinkedIn, Whatsapp, Strategy and Membership statistics & retention. Brother Ed Murphy from Hastings-Bexhill Circle travelled up from Sussex to talk about marketing our Circles in a positive way that brings the message to Catholic men in our parishes. Brothers Raymundo (Stafford) Tom Brassil (North Warks) and Bernard Baxter and Ciaran Convey (both Kenilworth) also gave very interesting perspectives on the use of social media, statistics and retention.  More information will be available in the summer edition of Newslink.



Kenilworth Circle 700th meeting

Kenilworth Circle 700th meeting

Kenilworth Circle celebrated their 700th meeting in style on Wednesday 19th February at Chesford Grange Hotel. Over 200 ladies, brothers and visitors enjoyed a very convivial evening in the company of His Grace Bernard Longley, Archbishop of Birmingham and Catenian National Presdent Phil Brown and his wife Linda.

More information on the occasion will be in the spring edition of Newslink.

Thanks to Brother Harold Hands for the excellent photographs.

200 Club: October 2019 to January 2020

200 Club: October 2019 to January 2020

Province 6 runs a 200 Club to raise money for the Bursary Fund.

The October 2019 winners were:

£70 Bro Olaf Da Costa Stourbridge

£45 Bro Paul Clancy Droitwich

£30 Bro Guy Filhol Kenilworth

£20 Bro Brendan Quigley Stourbridge

The November 2019 winners were:

£70 Kenilworth Circle

£45 Bro Michael Gafney Sutton Coldfield

£30 Bro Brian Basford Streetly

£20 Bro Alan Burgess Stratford on Avon

The December 2019 winners were:

Dec2019 £70 Bro Louis Walmsley Lichfield

£45 Bro John Loughran Stafford

£30 Bro Joe Cooper Lichfield

£20 Bro In Salmon Birmingham

And the January 2020 winners were:

£70 Bro David Symonds Birmingham/Vale

£45 Pat Curran ex Lichfield

£30 Bro Tony O’Leary Lichfield

£20 Bro Brendan Quigley Stourbridge

St Chad’s Cathedral Flower Festival

St Chad’s Cathedral Flower Festival


Circles in Province 6: come and join us for the 2020 Annual Flower Festival of St Chad’s Cathedral. Throughout 2020, the Catholic Church in England and Wales, in partnership with the Bible Society, is focusing on meeting Christ in the Scriptures with their exciting new campaign: ‘The God who Speaks’.  2020 will be the 10th anniversary of Verbum Domini – Pope Benedict XVI’s Apostolic Exhortation on: ‘The Word of the Lord’ and the 1,600th anniversary of St Jerome’s death, providing us with a strong rationale for deeper diocesan–wide Scripture engagement. This gives us an opportunity to make this an even more spectacular event than ever. We hope you will put the dates in your diary straight away. We are keen to encourage people of all faiths to join us to make this a truly ecumenical event. Due to the link to the diocesan-wide initiative the flower festival will need more careful planning from our point of view. Not only will there be your flowers in the Cathedral but also the publicity material that is touring every diocese in England and Wales throughout the year.

The theme will be ‘The God who Speaks’ for all three categories: parishes, convents and flower clubs, primary schools and secondary schools. This is a very wide theme and may be approached in many different ways.

A coffee morning has been arranged on Wednesday 18 March at 9.30 am, in the Canons’ Dining Room at Cathedral House, St Chad’s Queensway, Birmingham B4 6EU, organised by Anne Symonds, Vice Chairman of the St Chad’s Cathedral Association. The morning will include guidance being given on the interpretation of the theme, a walk around the Cathedral to choose locations for displays and any questions answered. Wives and widows of Province 6 members: why not encourage your parish to organise a display this year or if you know any flower arrangers who might like to take part.  You will be made very welcome and make many new friends. Please ask them to contact: Anne Symonds on 0121 249 1487 , 07976165799 or

To see photographs of previous flower festivals go to the St Chad’s Cathedral website and search under galleries. They are also on the diocesan website.

Day Retreat at St Ambrose Parish Hall, Kidderminster, on 2 May 2020

Day Retreat at St Ambrose Parish Hall, Kidderminster, on 2 May 2020

Kidderminster Catenians  are pleased to invite brothers and their wives to a day retreat at St Ambrose Parish Hall, Kidderminster DY10 2BY on Saturday 2nd May. Monsignor Tim Menzes from St Chad’s Cathedral will be leading  the retreat. There will be discussions on Catholic social teaching, an opportunity for questions and also quiet time for prayers and reflection. The day will conclude with Fr. Tim celebrating Mass. The cost  will be approximately £12.00. The brothers of Kidderminster circle will be delighted to meet up with you at this special event.

Plan for Day Retreat

10.00am                                           Arrival and Introductions with tea or Coffee

10.30am – 11.15 am                        Msgr Tim “ Catholic Social Teaching”

11.15am – 11.45am                         Participants quiet time for prayer and reflection

(Possible Confessions by request)

11.45am – 12.15pm                         Seminar and questions on first talk

12.15pm – 1.00pm                           Lunch

1.00pm – 1.30pm                             Participants quiet time for prayer and reflection

(Possible Confessions by request)

1.30pm – 2.15pm                             Msgr Tim “ Catholic Social Teaching”

2.15pm – 2.45pm                             Seminar and Questions

2.45pm – 2.50pm                             Comfort break

2.50pm – 3.15pm                             Preparation and reflection for Mass

3.15pm                                             Mass and concluding prayer

(Cost per person will be advised closer to the time and when final numbers are known but should be in the region of £12.00 per head)

Should you wish to attend please contact either or

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