The Beckenham Circle is part of the Catenian Association, which is an international brotherhood of Catholic business and professional gentlemen. We meet socially once a month for the free exchange of views, and to help and encourage one another and our families in our social and business lives.
Beckenham Circle was inaugurated on 30th April 1962, and although we meet in Beckenham and use St. Edmund of Canterbury's in Beckenham for our Masses, our members (or "brothers" as we are known) come from Beckenham and the surrounding parishes.
We meet on the fourth Monday of each month (except December, when we meet on the second Monday). Time: 8:15pm Location: The Club, 4a Bromley Road, Beckenham BR3 5JE (at the side of Ask Pizza, next to The Public Hall). Click for map. Our meetings usually last about an hour and are always followed by a convivial gathering usually with a drink and sandwiches in the bar.
Family and Social Events
The family is an important element in Catenianism and many of the Circle's events are designed so that wives, family and friends can participate. In order to provide a regular social programme for Catholic men and their families, with opportunities to develop positive social bonds that foster Christian values, in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere, the Circle hosts a variety of events including an annual dinner, a ladies' night, a clergy night, a May Supper, and a Christmas Supper. Other Circle social activities include - Quiz Evenings, 10 Pin Bowling, Walks around London, theatre and pub outings etc. Basically there should be something for everyone.
In addition to social functions we are concerned with the in addition to social functions we are concerned with the welfare of our families, the widows of Catenians and members who are sick or in particular difficulty or need. We have a substantial benevolent fund and also a bursary fund (see below) to assist young Catholics in voluntary work at home or abroad. We also arrange regular Masses for our deceased Brothers.
Outside the Association, Members and their wives individually contribute to the work of the parish and the wider community in many ways, for example, as readers or Eucharistic Ministers, or Altar Servers. In addition we give unobtrusive help and support in many other ways to the clergy and people of the parish, the diocese and the Church as a whole. Inside the Association they relax and enjoy a wider social life for themselves and their families.
Members are also encouraged to attend the meetings of other Circles as this provides opportunities to cultivate friendships over a wide area.
We always welcome new members
We always welcome new members.
Please book in through our President if you wish to attend by clicking here.
Click here for our full diary.
If you are interested in joining or would like to enquire further please contact one of the officers
of the circle listed below,
and they will invite you
to attend our meetings as
a "Visiting Gentleman".
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Need more cash to help with your expenses? Maybe the Catenian Bursary Fund can help.
If you are Catholic and aged between 16 to 24 you may be eligible.
Click here for a link to the website with the full list of acceptance criteria plus useful tips on how to successfully pitch your project.
Members of the 10,000 strong Catenian Association make regular contributions and raise funds to maintain a bursary fund. This is used to provide grants to young Catholics to help them with the costs incurred in volunteering to work on community-based projects at home and abroad. Each project must have a clear benefit for others as well as widening the life experience of the volunteer. Click on the link above for more details.