Meocou at St C’s






C’hazh Chester, Cat Clarach, Kayt-Cheshire, Gath a Bow Chester, Gath Sir Gaer. All are names, in other languages of that well known character from Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland The Cheshire Cat. (Does any linguist recognise the languages – and what do they have in common?)

Our grinning friend, the Cheshire cat, has been represented in different ways by artists. There are a few above, and here are some more:






One of the most well known modern representations, although not perhaps the most artistically pleasing, is undoubtedly from Disney’s Alice. And in the Disney guise the cat is at St Chrysostom’s! Like Alice’s cat, our Cheshire Cat is seen then vanishes for a while.

This academic year Izzy and Jasmine, our parish assistants have a special task – to encourage the Cat to appear at Church at differing times to join in our events. Our faith encourages us to be positive and hopeful, and to have a sense of fun. The Cheshire Cat will remind us not to take ourselves too seriously.

Alice only refers to the cat as ‘the Cheshire Cat’ but we thought we’d like to give ours a name.

We asked Viet, a young man from Vietnam who often comes along to Church to name our cat, and he suggested a Vietnamese name Meocou. So there we are!

Look out for Meocou at Church, and return the smile.


About stchrysostoms

St Chrysostom’s is an Anglican (Church of England) parish church in Manchester, UK. We’re an inclusive, diverse and welcoming faith community rejoicing in our Anglo Catholic tradition, where people of many differing backgrounds make friends. Find our Facebook group at
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