KSC ready to support Our Lady of Fatima statue visit

News of the Knights of St Columba, Liverpool province

The KSC in Liverpool will be playing an active role in the visit of the National Pilgrim Virgin Statue of Our Lady of Fatima to the Metropolitan Cathedral.

The statue, accompanied by the relics of Blessed Jacinta and Francisco Marto, two of the young Fatima seers, is on a tour of churches and cathedrals around the country to mark the centenary of the Marian apparitions in the Portuguese town in 1917. The Knights are promoting devotion to Our Lady throughout this entire centenary year with particular emphasis on devotion to the Rosary, which Our Lady asked the children to sustain. The statue and relics will be at the Cathedral on 6 and 7 October and the Knights will be honoured to act as stewards. We have already participated in a Fatima centenary procession through the city centre earlier this year.

The statue was blessed by Pope Paul VI at Fatima in May 1967 and given to this country by the Bishop of Fatima in 1968. Pope John Paul II later blessed it during his 1982 visit to Britain.

• The annual Steve Dooley memorial sponsored walk took place on Sunday 24 September following a route from the Albert Dock to Aigburth. This year's beneficiary is the Nugent Crisis Fund and we hope it will be as successful as last year when, with the contribution of match funding by Barclays Bank and Gift Aid, around £10,000 was raised for the children's cancer charity CHICS. We are again grateful for the support of parishes in south Liverpool and for the permission of parish priests to distribute envelopes after Masses.

• Our quarterly meeting was held at St Mary's, Little Crosby on Sunday 17 September and was the first meeting for our new chaplain, Father Dunstan Harrington, parish priest at both St Mary's and St William of York, Thornton. We take this opportunity to welcome Fr Dunstan to the order and thank him for his invitation to attend the harvest festival at St Mary's.

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