News of the Knights of St Columba, Liverpool province

KSC donates £5,000 to Nepal earthquake appeal

The KSC has responded to the devastating earthquake in Nepal by donating £5,000 to the international relief effort. The order's supreme knight, Charlie McCluskey, and board of directors last month made donations of £2,500 to the Scottish Catholic International Aid Fund and of £2,500 to Caford – totalling £5,000 towards the Nepal Earthquake Emergency Appeal. The Order has also called on all members to pray for the repose of the souls of those who died and to pray for the survivors as they start to rebuild their lives in the aftermath of this unprecedented tragedy.

• The campaign to recruit new members continued with pulpit appeals at St Mark's and Holy Family churches, Halewood on 25/26 April. The next appeals will take place at Our Lady's and St Gregory the Great, Lydiate the weekend of 9/10 May. The KSC thanks the parish priests concerned, Fr Vincent McShane and Fr Tom Wood, for allowing the organisation to make these appeals in their churches.

• KSC members were honoured to be invited to act as stewards and 'catchers' at the Annual Healing Mass at the Metropolitan Cathedral on 1 May celebrated by Archbishop Malcolm McMahon. The Knights will also be providing stewards at the Annual Northern Catholic Conference at Liverpool Hope University from 12–14 June.

• The Annual Mass to celebrate the feast of the Order's patron, St Columba, will be held at St Columba's Parish Church, Huyton on Tuesday 9 June at 7pm. The KSC is grateful to Fr Chris McCoy for again facilitating this Mass, which is always such a memorable occasion for members and their families.

• The organisation also mourns the death of Fr Michael Lee, former parish priest of St Columba's, Huyton who died on 5 May. He was an enthusiastic supporter of the Knights and for many years before his retirement arranged our Annual Mass for the eponymous feast. May he rest in peace.

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