Knights of St Columba: March 2019

By David Keane

The Knights of St Columba undertake a major fundraising initiative every year for a specific worthy cause and in 2014/15 the beneficiary was Mary’s Meals – a charity founded in Scotland in 2002 with the simple objective of providing every child in their place of education with a daily meal. It started its work in Malawi by feeding just 200 children; today more than 1 million children across 17 countries receive a life-changing meal every day.

The KSC nationally raised £120,000 in that 2014/15 campaign and Mary’s Meals used this sum to sponsor a school in Malawi on our behalf. Chisalankhanga Primary School has over 600 pupils and KSC funding will cover the cost of supplying their daily meals until 2030. The photo (above) shows a group of students outside the Mary’s Meals Centre at the school – to learn more, visit
• It is with great sadness that we report the death of Brother Bob Nesbitt of KSC Council 9, just two weeks short of his 96th birthday. Bob was the oldest member of the council and until two years ago was still serving Mass daily. His funeral Mass was at St Dominic’s, Huyton on 11 February and we extend our deepest sympathy to his family. May he rest in peace.
• The first Council 9 recruitment drive of 2019 took place at Our Lady of Mount Carmel and St Patrick’s churches over the weekend of 19–20 January, with pulpit appeals made for new members. We thank Father Silviu Clement, the parish priest, for allowing us to appeal, as well as the parishioners and staff who made us so welcome. For further information, contact Brother Aiden Carney on 427 7126.

• All brothers are invited to support our new members at the full knighthood ceremony taking place at 11am Mass at St Joseph’s, Church Upton on Sunday 31 March.

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