Formed in 1961 covers the whole of
the Weston-Super-Mare Deanery area. Meetings, for members only, are held on the
first Tuesday of the month. All members are expected to attend as many of the
monthly meetings as they can. Most members are involved actively in their own
parishes and diocese, many have been called upon in the past by their parish
priests and bishop to provide expert help and advice. While not committed to
the type of large scale charitable fund raising associated with other
organisations, the Circle supports its President's chosen charity for the year
and the Association's Benevolent Fund and Bursary Fund.
Part of Province 12 consists of 14 circles
from Swansea to Swindon, Hereford to Weston-Super Mare. There
is inter-Circle visiting mostly within our Province 12. A member of the
Association may attend the meetings of any other Circle in the Association,
which is useful particularly for those who travel a great deal. The Catenian
Association gives you the opportunity to widen and deepen your understanding of
the Catholic Faith and increase range of your Catholic friends. Monthly Circle Meetings at the Cadbury
House Hotel on the first Tuesday are followed by a two course meal.
Also, there may be talks, a Restaurant Visit, a Debate, a Games Evening, a Quiz, a
Music Evening, an Open Evening etc..
Annual events include:
Mass for Vocations, Mass for Deceased Brothers followed by a meal
with widows of past members, Presidents Sunday (Mass followed by a Buffet
Lunch), each Christmas we have a Carols and Mince Pies Evening in
one of our members homes, Installation of new Circle Officers and
Installation Dinner in April, Circle AGM in May, Clergy Dinner. In the past the
circle has held other events for example: a Safari Supper, an Italian (or other
theme) Evening, an American Supper, Wine and Cheese Tasting,
or a Barbecue at a members home. We have a monthly Pub Lunch
(most months). Wives and families
are invited to many after Circle functions and other events. The wives of
deceased members are visited regularly and also invited to social functions. We
have visits to gardens and stately homes, trips on steam trains, river/canal
trips, a Circle Weekend away at a hotel, etc. We have an annual Skittles Match
or Pub Night with our neighbouring Circles - West Somerset Circle and Bristol .
Association and Provincial events
Conference Weekend, Provincial Presidents Sunday, Provincial Weekend, a
Provincial Quiz, a Provincial Games Night and a Provincial 'Big Break'
How you can join the
Membership is by
invitation. Prospective Members are introduced to a Circle either by an
existing member or by enquiring of a local Circle about membership. There are
notices in many churches, or details of a contact can be found usually in the
Diocesan Directory. An invitation is extended to attend after Circle meetings
and other social functions. Their ladies are often invited to these events.
During a 3 or 4 month period the prospective member and circle members have the
opportunity to get to know each other. He can then decide if he wants to make a
long-term commitment and join. If an invitation is offered and accepted, the
prospective member completes an application form with members of the Circle's
membership committee. The application is then considered by Head Office and the
Circle Council. If accepted, the prospective member is invited to attend a
Circle meeting as an observer, and then he can be enrolled at the next
convenient Circle meeting according to rule. It may take 6 months to join the
Association from the first introduction, but this is a relatively short period
for anyone who is making what is hoped will be a lifetime
How Much does it cost?
Details of the cost of membership
will be explained by either the Circle's membership officer or sponsor (the
member introducing a prospective member). Currently the Circle's subscription
is £87.00 pa. In general terms the annual subscription is made up of two
a) A capitation fee covers the
costs of running the Association, a contribution to the Benevolent Fund, the
cost of the monthly CATENA magazine ( The publication of the Catenian
Association). This fee is proposed by Head Office and subject to the approval
of the Association as a whole.
Circle fee which covers the annual running expenses of the local Circle. This
fee is decided annually by each Circle.
There is an enrolment fee for new members.
Each social event is paid for separately by those
committing themselves to attend.