Knights of St Columba: July 2018

Wirral members mark feast day with cathedral Mass

Saturday 9 June was the feast day of our patron, St Columba. All members of the order make a particular effort each year to make it a memorable occasion and the Wirral Knights did just that by holding their Mass for St Columba in the Columba Chapel of the Metropolitan Cathedral.

This took place at 11am on the 9th and was arranged and celebrated by Father Bernard Forshaw, Council 51 chaplain and parish priest at St Anne’s, Rock Ferry and St John’s, New Ferry. He was assisted by Deacon David Cottrell of St Joseph’s, Upton. We are grateful to them both for providing such an uplifting spiritual experience in the private and tranquil setting of the Columba Chapel.

We also thank Brothers John Hamilton and Charlie Newport for leading the hymn singing and providing the musical accompaniment. Our thanks go also to the members of other councils, and their families, who gave their support to this unique event. The help of the Cathedral staff was also much appreciated.

• Other councils in the Liverpool area celebrated the feast with Mass at St Columba’s, Huyton where members and their families always receive a very warm welcome from the parish priest, Father Chris McCoy, and his congregation. Father Chris kindly provided us with a room on the parish premises to hold our quarterly meeting following the Mass.

• For the Isle of Man council, there was a Mass at St Columba’s, Port Erin followed by a buffet in the parish hall.