The high-light of the annual general meeting of the Catenian Association at Harrogate next week-end, June 2-5, is the visit of the Apostolic Delegate, Archbishop Godfrey.
His Grace, along with the Grand President, is to hold a reception at the Grand Hotel on Saturday evening, and will speak at the banquet.
The previous evening a civic reception is to be accorded to the members of the association by the Mayor of Harrogate, Councillor Herbert Dawson.
1n accordance with Catenian Irwin ion thc week-end programme will be pleasantly interspersed with social functions, to which ladies are invited, and it will be gathered, therefore, that the Yorkshire spa will be a popular rendezvous, pa rtictila rly amongst Northern Catenians.
ORIGINALLY " THE CHUMS"
It is about thirty years since the association (then known as The Chums) was founded in Manchester.
The movement caught on. London followed in the wake of the Lancashire town, and Leeds, not to be outdone in any good cause, secured a place in the first three circles.
To-day there are in England, Scotland and Wales nearly 150 circles with a total membership approximating 5,000, the highest in the history of the assoeia tin H.
The rules provide that the association shall be strictly Catholic, constitutional and non-political. The main objects are the cultivation of social intercourse amongst Catholic professional and commercial men, and the promotion of the interests of the brothers and their families.
CHILDREN'S FUND £36,000
Benevolence is one of the mainsprings of its policy. It has succeeded in raising for the Children's Fund no less a sum than £36,000. By means of this fund 98 eons and daughters of deceased members have been educated and placed in suitable positions, and 76 younger children are at present being cared ofrola're its charitable activities confined to members and dependents. It is worth recalling that the Association's response to the appeal on behalf of the Bede College in Rome amounted to 13,500.
Though not in the front line of Catholic Action, the members of the Association, thanks to the zealous and capable leadership of the Grand President (Bro. Taggart, Liverpool), are aware of their duties and opportunities if they are to play a worthy part in the Apostolate.
Individual circles, too, have rendered notable assistance to various diocesan funds of a religious and educational character, and there are very few Catholic lay organisations and movements to-day with which Catenians are not actively associated.
400 EXPECTED It is expected that between 300 and 400 members will assemble at Harrogate.
Grand Council (the governing body) meet on Friday morning and presidents and secretaries of Provincial councils in the afternoon.
The first of the social events is on Friday evening, when there will be a dinner at the Queen Hotel, followed by a ball and Mayoral Reception at the Royal Hall.
The chief business will be transacted on Saturday morning at the Royal Hall, where an address will be given by Grand President. and resolutions from circles relating to the constitution and other matters will be discussed.
The Apostolic Delegate, the Mayor and the Grand President will be the principal speakers at the banquet at the Queen Hotel on Saturday evening, and the sante evening there is also a dinner-dance at the Crown Hotel. On Sunday morning at 11 o'clock the
Bishop of Leeds will pontificate at Solemn High Mass at St. Robert's Church, and the final speech-making will follow at a luncheon at the Queen Hotel.