The Catholic Church
You will find Catenians (and their wives) over represented for their numbers in all aspects of parish life. We befriend the clergy by inviting them to our meetings and social events. We are major financial contributors to the Office of Vocations and each year Circles have an annual Mass said for vocations: a Mass on most days of the year somewhere around the world.
In response to a suggestion from Bishop John Arnold, and with the full approval of the Bishops' Conference of England and Wales, we have developed the ‘Catenian Catechist Initiative’. This seeks to support the wish of Pope Francis that we should become Missionaries. As our Priests become ever more hard pressed, there is a vital need for more trained Catechists in the Parishes. This Initiative seeks to raise awareness of the problem; point Parishes at appropriate training resources such as the Maryvale Institute: http://www.maryvale.ac.uk/certificate-in-catechesis.html and The School of the Annunciation (SOTA) at Buckfast Abbey: http://www.buckfast.org.uk/ and help Parishes raise the funds for the training. The Initiative is being rolled out Diocese by Diocese with the full co-operation of the local Bishops and support from local Catenian Circles.
Supporting young Catholics is one of our declared aims. Many school Governors are Catenians. Circles are encouraged to work with their local Catholic schools providing mentoring, CV preparation, interview practice and so on. We work closely with CYMFed and provided over £28k to support Flame2. Involvement with University Chaplaincies is developing.
In the UK Catholic Secondary Schools are invited to enter regional heats of a Public Speaking Competition with the Finals held at Manchester University each year.
For 25 years the Catenian Bursary Fund has helped young Catholics between the ages of 16 and 24 with grants to assist in covering their costs when volunteering overseas and while working in Lourdes on Diocesan or HCPT pilgrimages.
Catenians in Western Australia run a Youth Project to assist young people there.
Those in need
The Catenians in the UK raise about £300,000 each year for the local President’s Charity. Those in other countries are equally committed to helping those less fortunate. Funds are raised for a huge variety of good causes at home and overseas.