Special Article for October 2018
We are starting a new feature where someone in the parish is invited to write an article about a particular venture or group. On the first Sunday of the month, the newsletter will contain a short article and this will be expanded in most cases for this special page. The Knights of St Columba (KSC) are creating the page for this month.
Knights of St Columba.
The Knights of Saint Columba is a Catholic organisation for practising Catholic men of 16 and over, it is the largest of its kind in Britain. The Order was founded in Glasgow in 1919 and is named in honour of Saint Columba, a Christian missionary from Ireland who helped to introduce Christianity to people in Northern Britain.
The Knights follow the social teachings of the Catholic Church and work for the moral and social welfare of our communities and in particular to help the development of young people; in doing so we strive to achieve all these aims through charity, unity and fraternity.
Throughout England, Scotland and Wales there are more than 4,000 members. Locally the Liverpool Province (the name given to regional branches) was the first one to be set up in England and now has numerous local groups, which are known as Councils.
Our Council is based in St Pauls and St Timothy’s Parish and currently supports those who are in need or are less fortunate in life.
Membership is open to any practising Catholic man of 16 or over. If you would like to consider joining our local Council then please contact any Knight or come to our meetings 8.00pm on the second Wednesday of every month in the Parish Centre at the bottom of Spring Grove.
Some of the projects which we have undertaken include;-
Raising funds by holding race nights, sponsored walks, social events
Distributing food provided by parishioners or which we have bought with donations made by them
Providing a team of men each Saturday to help distribute the food at the Foodbank at St John the Baptist in Tuebrook.
Amongst other projects we have given assistance to the parish priest of St Michaels, West Derby Road to help provide meals to the homeless; to the Asylum Seekers Refuge at St Anne’s, Overbury Street to help their projects; to St Johns, Tuebrook to assist them with their Food Bank accommodation: recently helping with decorating St. Paul’s presbytery and refurbishment of the Sanctuary lamp.
Supporting our parish by undertaking duty as Eucharistic Ministers in church and in hospitals, Readers and Offertory collectors in church, Counting the weekly parish offerings, Parish Councillors and School Governors
Arranging retreats/pilgrimage weekends to Holywell and Pantasaph.
Working as volunteers in The Africa Charity shop and also as a Visitor Guide at the Metropolitan Cathedral.
We try to hold a few social events and retreats throughout the year to maintain contact with our parishioners and, when these are arranged, notices will be placed in the Parish Newsletter and on the Parish Website (usually via the Upcoming Events page ) – so watch this space for more news!