Knights of Saint Columba: February 2019

By David Keane

We are now well into our centenary year and one particularly special activity we have embarked upon is a year-long ‘Rosary for the Unborn’ campaign in cooperation with the Society for the Protection of the Unborn Child (SPUC). The initiative will encourage members of our organisation, and others attracted to this endeavour, to make special efforts to pray for the unborn throughout the 12 months from December 2018.

The Knights of St Columba’s supreme knight, Bertie Grogan, together with SPUC’s chief executive, John Smeaton, and his deputy, John Deighan KSG, launched the campaign on 12 December. The launch took place at the Church of the Holy Child and St Joseph in Bedford – the National Shrine of the Miraculous Relic Image of Our Lady of Guadalupe – at a Mass celebrated by the Papal Nuncio, Archbishop Edward Adams, together with the Bishop of Northampton, Peter Doyle, and the parish priest, Canon Seamus Keenan. 

We will be distributing prayer cards to parishes across Britain through SPUC and KSC networks and asking parish priests to permit us to say rosaries in their churches, either with existing rosary groups or at specially arranged services, and to allow the display of posters and the distribution of prayer cards which will also include a special intention each month. We hope parishioners will join us in this campaign.

• As reported in previous editions, the 2018 sponsored walk for charity took place last September, with the Whitechapel Centre for the Homeless chosen as beneficiary. Our photo shows Hetty Miles from the Whitechapel Centre receiving a cheque at Liverpool Cricket Club in December from council grand knight Pat McCole and Mrs Barbara Dooley, widow of Steve Dooley, who had the original idea of an annual charity walk – and in whose honour the walk is named. Also present in the photo is Mrs Sue McCole from Barclays Bank. The final amount raised was £8,450, comprising £5,900 from sponsorship envelopes, £2,000 match funding from Barclays and £550 from Gift Aid. We wish to thank all who contributed so generously to this worthy cause.

• Our annual provincial dinner will be held at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Pier Head on Friday 15 February and this year will be an extra special occasion given our centenary celebrations. We will have a report and photo in the next edition.
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