The Catenian Association

In an increasingly secular society, the Association provides a sociable and supporting haven (an oasis of calm) for those facing challenges to their beliefs and moral values in their business, professional and family lives. Through their membership Catenians are helped to enjoy and fulfil their various vocations in life as baptised Christians; in their family as a husband and father; in their chosen profession or workplace; within the civil community and within the church.

The Catenian AssociationThe Catenian Association is an international brotherhood of practising Catholic laymen who meet socially in local branches. The City of Salford Circle ranges from the Cathedral to Boothstown Holy Family parish with active members in St Charles’.  It meets at Clifton Cricket Club on the third Thursday evening of the month with a short formal meeting followed by a social gathering of like-minded Catholic gentlemen, often their wives.

The year’s social activities have included a Warners weekend break, ‘black tie’ Ladies Evening at Buile Hill, children’s Santa Cruise at the Anderton Lift,  ‘underground Manchester’ and ‘Catholic Manchester’ guided walks, barbecues and, always aware of the value and importance of our supporting wives, ladies’ evening meals and choc, cheese and wine evening.

Members refer to each other as ‘brother’, reflecting the strength of the mutual support they give to each other and their families, which is based on the shared values of their Catholic belief and practice.  The Association is not a fund raising agent for the Catholic Church, nor is it a Catholic action group. The Association is non-political though Catenians are prominent in many aspects of public life and service. However, it is a group of active Catholics. Individually, Catenians take an active part in the life of their parishes and many play a leading role in their dioceses and Catholic lay organisations locally and nationally.


For general information on the Association, please check out the web site, web site  will introduce you to local circles including Salford, or drop an e-mail to Bill Cameron of our parish on or take the short-cut to discussing joining the circle with membership officer Dave Callan,

St Ambrose Barlow, Moorside Road, Swinton, Manchester M27 9PD
Parish Priest: Rev Mgr Paul F Smith STL

Tel: 0161 794 1089 Email:



 The Week Ahead …..

 Sunday 29 November.  First Sunday of Advent. 10.00am Zoom Mass.  (access code in newsletter)                                     

Monday 30 November .   Saint Andrew. Apostle. Patron of Scotland.   Churches are closed today.

Tuesday 1 December.   Advent weekday. Churches are closed today.

Wednesday 2 December.  Advent weekday.   Churches are closed today.

Thursday 3 December.  Saint Francis Xavier. Priest and missionary.   8.30am Mass in Saint Charles.    10.00am Funeral Mass in Saint Mark's for Leonora Broadbent RIP.

 Friday 4 December.    Advent Weekday  10.00am Mass in Saint Marks.  11.30am Funeral Service in Saint Charles church for Mary Frances Kennedy RIP.

 Saturday 5 December.    No Mass in the parish this Saturday, including Saint Mary's chapel, Wardley

Sunday  6 December.  Second Sunday in Advent.    Masses -  9.30am Saint Mark's.  11.15am Saint Charles. 4.00pm Saint Mark's.


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