News of the Knights of Saint Columba, Liverpool Province

Knight life: November

Wirral Council 51 organised a successful day of recollection in the beautiful surroundings of the Franciscan Friary at Pantasaph in north Wales. The council chaplain, Father Bernard Forshaw, led a group of 46 including members, their families and fellow parishioners from five Wirral parishes.

Deacon Tony Hunt was the main speaker at the day and his subjects included the story of Lourdes and the lives of many of the Saints, including Bernadette, Maximilian Kolbe, Padre Pio and newly canonised Mother Teresa. Later there was an opportunity for private prayer and Confessions.

Mass was celebrated by Father Bernard and afterwards there was time to visit the gardens, including the Padre Pio shrine, before the day concluded with a Holy Hour and Veneration of the Blessed Sacrament. Everyone returned home feeling renewal and encouragement from the experience.

• The photograph (top right) shows Brothers Terry Carroll, Peter Kinsey and Charlie Newport after the presentation of their meritorious medals and certificates during the Liverpool Archdiocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes, as reported in the September issue of the Pic. Archbishop Malcolm also presented a Liverpool Hospitalité medal to Brother Harry Knight (right) in recognition of his long association with the pilgrimage.

• In last month's edition we told you about our sponsored walk to raise funds for the CHICS children's charity. We extend a huge thank you to all the parishioners in south Liverpool who helped us raise a total amount of £6,100 in donations. We will also receive match funding of £3,000 from Barclays Bank and with the inclusion of Gift Aid, the final figure surpasses £10,000 – a magnificent boost for a very deserving cause.

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