August 2021

Knutsford Circle (182) 

Newsletter – September 2021  

President: Sean McGhee 

August Circle Meeting: There were 15 Knutsford Brothers and 14 visitors present at the July meeting.   

Next meeting:  8 pm: 6 September, 2021 – First Monday of the Month (except Bank Holidays: Second Monday) 

September Anniversaries 

Enrollment Anniversaries: James Power (8yrs), James Meagher (21yrs), Stephen Graham (1yrs) 


Anthony Andrews (6), Paul Yearsley (12) 

Forthcoming Events 

Bike Ride from Thornicroft Hall – 18th August, 2021 

Starting at 10.30, 38km long – no big hills.  We will stop for a light lunch at Pastimes in Goostrey. 
For the route, please see: 
If interested, let Stuart or Felix know. 

Walk/Pub Crawl – Dunham Massey – 28 August 2021 

Visit to Lion Salt Works – 11th September 

Catenian Sunday Lunch – 19 September 

Toft Cricket Club – Informal Event –  24th September, details to follow. 

Keep Connected 

Use your Circle web-site: 

Keep up-to-date with circle events, news and chat – join the Circle WhatsApp Group. Email your name and mobile number to  You will need to have WhatsApp installed on your mobile phone. 

The Provincial Calendar tells you about meetings and events across the province.  Contact the Secretary or John Sutton to get access. 

The National Catenian web-site is at  To login to the Members Area: Username – ‘Members’; password – Prayers*0819 

Catena Magazine: The on-line edition:’. The login name is your own regular email address.

Reflection Corner 

On 9 August we celebrated the feast-day of St. Edith Stein aka Teresa Benedicta of the Cross, one of the six patron saints of Europe, together with Benedict of Nursia, Cyril and Methodius, Bridget of Sweden, and Catherine of Siena. 
Her story is noteworthy.  She was a distinguished phenomenologist philosopher in Germany, who converted to Catholicism on reading the live of St. Therese of the Child Jesus. She entered the Carmelite monastery of St. Maria vom Frieden (Our Lady of Peace) in Cologne-Lindenthal in October 1933. To avoid the growing Nazi threat, the Order transferred Edith and her sister, Rosa, who was also a convert and an extern sister of the Carmel, to the Discalced Carmelite monastery in Echt, Netherlands.  The Dutch Bishops’ Conference had a public statement read in all churches across the nation on 20 July 1942 condemning Nazi racism. In a retaliatory response on 26 July 1942 the Reichskommissar of the Netherlands, Arthur Seyss-Inquart, ordered the arrest of all Jewish converts who had previously been spared.  
Along with two hundred and forty-three baptized Jews living in the Netherlands, Stein was arrested by the SS on 2 August 1942. Stein and her sister Rosa were imprisoned at the concentration camps of Amersfoort and Westerbork before being deported to Auschwitz. A Dutch official at Westerbork was so impressed by her sense of faith and calm, he offered her an escape plan. Stein vehemently refused his assistance, stating: “If somebody intervened at this point and took away [her] chance to share in the fate of [her] brothers and sisters, that would be utter annihilation.” On 7 August 1942, early in the morning, 987 Jews were deported to the Auschwitz concentration camp. It was probably on 9 August that Sister Teresa Benedicta of the Cross, her sister Rosa, and many more Jewish people were killed en mass in the gas chambers.