Knights of Saint Columba: December 2019

By David Keane

Eight local charities have benefitted from the fundraising efforts of the Knights of St Columba in Southport. At the annual presentation evening of council 146 at St John Stone parish centre in Ainsdale in October, the charities each received a cheque for £750 in support of the excellent services they provide for their local communities.

Our photo shows the charity representatives with their cheques (left to right): Tony McCabe, Southport Soup Kitchen; Keith Mountain, Elim Pentecostal Church, Bootle; Ann Saltrees, Across (Jumbulance); Neil Frackleton, Sefton Women and Children’s Aid; John McCarthy, KSC grand knight; Rebecca Gomersal, Ainsdale Lunch and Leisure; Elizabeth Wallbank, Southport Street Pastors; Charles O’Hara, Southport Talking Newspaper; and Angela Williams, St Vincent de Paul Society.

After presenting the cheques, John McCarthy, the Southport grand knight, added that council 146 was able to offer support to the two food banks operating locally, at Lakeside Church (The Trussel Trust) and at Shoreline Church, both of which received groceries and essentials worth £300. The KSC offers special thanks to Morrisons for donating an additional £100 on top of the £500 initially raised.

• Wirral council held its annual day of recollection at the Bridgettine Convent, Holywell. The main speaker was Rev Paul Walker, permanent deacon at St Werburgh's Church in Birkenhead. Paul, a former Anglican, outlined his journey to the Catholic Church and later the diaconate. We then moved to the beautiful chapel where there was an opportunity for the Sacrament of Reconciliation followed by Mass, before an excellent lunch served by the Sisters. In the afternoon Paul resumed his reflections on our relationship with God, offering the chance for group participation, before the day ended with a brief visit to St Winifride's Well and Shrine.

• The recent KSC annual sponsored walk, this year in support of Zoe’s Place and a Sisters of Mercy project in Kenya, has so far raised £7,000 with donations still coming in. We hope to report the final amount and an account of the presentations in the next edition. Thanks again to all who supported these two worthy causes. /