The Knights of St Columba is an Order of Catholic laymen, open to all practicing Catholic men over the age of 16. The organisation, which is non-political, exists to support the mission of the Catholic Church by undertaking Catholic Action and Charitable and Benevolent work under the general direction of the Hierarchy.
The Knights’ motto is “Serving God by Serving Others” and members of the Order strive to achieve their aims through the fundamental virtues of charity, unity and fraternity.
The Order was founded in the UK in 1919 by Catholic Gentlemen in Glasgow and today has about eight thousand members organised into Provinces and Councils.
Details of the history of the Order and its current national and international activities can be seen on the Knights of Saint Columba official web site at www.ksc.org.uk.
Meetings of Council 468 Penwortham of the Knights of St Columba are held on the second Wednesday of each month at 7.45pm in St Teresa's Church Meeting Room.
A Service of the Word and Holy Communion, which all are welcome to attend, is usually held at 7.30pm before each Council meeting.
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Penwortham Council was founded in 1952.
Our Council covers the parishes of :
Our Lady’s Tarleton,
St Oswald’s Longton,
St Teresa’s Penwortham and
St Mary Magdalen's, Penwortham
We provide support for our parish priests, parish events, youth in the parishes and charitable organisations in our area.
The work of the Knights is carried out at both local and national level.
In the National Action Project which ended in 2008 the Knights of St. Columba launched a life-saving partnership with the Samaritans through a three-year fundraising scheme. The ‘Unsung Heroes’ campaign ran from 2005 to 2008 with the Knights raising a total of £66,635. The Samaritans have 183 branches nationwide and receive over 5.3 million calls for help each year. Almost one in five callers is suicidal - see www.samaritans.org.uk.
Vision Aid Overseas
Our current National Project aims to raise funds for Vision Aid Overseas, a British Charity dedicated to people in the developing world whose lives are blighted by poor eyesight.
The organisation sends volunteer opticians to a number of developing countries to carry out eye tests and provide spectacles free of charge to the many thousands who need them.
Since it was founded in 1985 Vision Aid Overseas has carried out 600,000 eye tests and given 300,000 people the ability to see with a pair of spectacles. Look out for our boxes at the back of the Church if you have any old pairs of spectacles you wish to donate to Vision Aid.
At a local level our Council is involved in numerous activities which provide help and support to our Parish Priest, young people and the community at large. For example we support the young people of the parish who act as helpers on the Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes, we campaign on Right to Life issues, we represent our parishes on the Penwortham Churches Together Forum, and we raise awareness of the Christian Faith through distribution of Christmas and Easter posters and erecting Christmas cribs in prominent places in Penwortham.
For Christmas 2010 the crib was once again displayed in the window of Cutting Crew Ladies Hairdressers at 79, Liverpool Rd. where it received many favourable comments.
On the Social side we run a weekly Bingo session in St. Teresa’ Social Centre (Every Tuesday at 8pm – Jackpot £100 - all welcome!) and we organize our own Social events for the parish on a regular basis which as well as contributing to the social life of the community help to raise funds for the charities we support.
Many thanks to all who supported our events in 2010.We look forward to seeing you again in 2011. The next event is on Friday 18th March at 7.30 pm – see below.
PLEASE NOTE THAT DUE TO UNFORSEEN CIRCUMSTANCES WE CANNOT HOLD THIS EVENT AT ST. TERESA’S SOCIAL CLUB AND IT WILL BE HELD AT ST. ANTHONY’S PARISH SOCIAL CENTRE, CADLEY CAUSEWAY, FULWOOD
Charities which benefited in 2009 from funds raised at these social events included :
Derian House Children's Hospice
Baby Beat (Royal Preston Hospital)
Donna's Dream House(Children's Charity Blackpool)
Galloway's Home for the blind
North West Childrens' Support Group ( Holidays for disadvantaged children)
Vine House (Preston Cancer charity)
|January||8th / 9th||White Flower Appeal||Collection after all the Masses at St Teresa's and St Mary Magdalen's|
|February||9th||Service of the Word and||7.30pm, St Teresa’s Church|
|Holy Communion followed|
|by Council Meeting|
|March||18th||Irish night cabaret featuring Lorraine and the Shamrock Irish Dancers||St. Anthony’s Parish Social Centre, Cadley Causeway. Preston|
Membership in the Knights of St Columba is open to practicing Catholic men who are at least 16 years old.
We would encourage anyone who might be interested in joining the Knights to contact :
Allan Hill on 749579 or
Tony Fitzpatrick on 747777.
Potential members are welcome to attend our Council Meetings to get to know us better.
Further Information on the Knights is on the Notice Boards at the rear of the Churches.
If you have any queries about the detail shown on the Knights of St Columba pages, please contact :
Andrew Walker whose telephone number is 743085.
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