Catenians, family and friends from all corners of the midlands came to St Chad’s Cathedral on Saturday 4 November for their Association’s Provincial Mass to remember their deceased members and their families. The Mass was celebrated by the Right Reverend Robert Byrne Auxiliary Bishop of Birmingham and saw a full congregation in the Cathedral for this special event in the Catenian calendar.
Prior to Mass, special mention of the friends lost in the past 12 months was made by Provincial President of Province 6; John Minister who read out the names of the members of the Association and ladies who had died in the previous year.
Bishop Robert celebrated the Mass assisted by Brothers Deacon Peter Tibke and Deacon John Higgins. Servers, cantors and members of the choir were also all members or wives of the Association. The Offertory procession consisted of Margaret Pritchard, Patricia Harris and Anne Plummer widows of past members of the Association.
As usual, Bishop Robert gave a thoughtful and well prepared homily encouraging us to continue our Association’s tradition of remembering those departed friends who are, like us, all part of the Kingdom of God and in need of our prayers as we are of theirs.
Provincial President John said ‘I was delighted to see the cathedral full and thank brothers and families for supporting this most important event in our Association’s diary, as Bishop Robert said in his homily it is only right and fitting that we come together at this time of year to remember and pray for our members and families who have gone before us. It was a wonderful Catenian occasion’
The offertory collection was taken for the Cathedral Restoration Fund and even though Bishop Robert had to leave very soon after Mass he made the time to shake hands with everyone as they left the Cathedral. Brothers, family and friends then collected in the Grimshaw Room for light refreshments.
By Harold Hands,
The Catenian Association, Province 6