Knights of St Columba: June 2019

By David Keane

We are now well into our centenary year, which started with an Inaugural Mass at the Church of Our Holy Redeemer, Clydebank, on 21 October 2018 and will conclude with Mass at St Andrew’s Cathedral, Glasgow, on 5 October.

During this centenary, many special events have taken place all over the country and will continue until the autumn. In the Liverpool Province, we had our centenary celebration dinner at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in February and we will be making a pilgrimage to Iona in September. Additionally, through the efforts of the Aintree council, we have obtained kind permission from the Blessed Sacrament Shrine in Liverpool city centre to erect a centenary plaque in their downstairs tearoom, as indicated in our photo.

The plaque was blessed by Father Raphael O’Halloran following the 1.10pm Mass at the Shrine on 23 April, and we thank him for performing this ceremony. We also take this opportunity to thank Fr Raphael and the Blessed Sacrament community for granting us use of the tearoom premises on numerous occasions to hold meetings, many of them to discuss and plan arrangements for these centenary activities.

• The Annual Northern Catholic Conference will be held at Hope University from 7–9 June, and once again the Order has been requested to help by providing stewarding and other assistance over the three-day period.

• It is with great sadness we report the deaths of two esteemed members of Aintree council. Brother John McQuade was laid to rest following 12 noon Mass at St Edmund of Canterbury on 24 April, and Bro Peter Boyle after 11am Mass at Our Lady Star of the Sea, Seaforth, on 25 April. We convey our deepest sympathy to their families. May they rest in peace.
• Sunday 9 June is the feast day of St Columba and so members and their families will be attending specially arranged Masses in honour of our patron. Liverpool Province will celebrate the feast day at St Columba’s, Huyton, where we always receive a very warm welcome from Fr Chris McCoy and his parishioners. We thank him for again arranging the Mass this year.
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