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May 2020 - The Order is rededicated to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. Rosary is held every Monday during May   -----    13th May 2020 - "Light a candle for the deceased" - The Director for Spirituality& Welfare asks everyone to join us in lighting a candle for all of our deceased. (see "What We Do/Action News" for more details)   -----   23rd April 2020 - SPUC and Catholic Concern release articles and letters about "Abortion at Home" (click on SPUC at the bottom of the page for more details    -----   19th March 2020 - KSC Launches Corona Virus News page. Click on COVID 19 link above

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Most Rev. Malcolm McMahon OP 
Archbishop of Liverpool 
KSC Ecclesiastical Advisor

Every Christian is called to holiness and sent out to live the Gospel. 

Becoming a Knight of St Columba will enable you to answer Pope Francis' call to become a missionary disciple. 

As a Knight you will deepen your spirituality through prayer, good works and friendship. I can know this to be so because as a young man I joined the Knights of St Columba.
From time to time there will be various needs and requests for assistance.  
These include: the giving of help and advice to a member or to the dependants, particularly the widow of a member; the giving of help to any children of a deceased member who are still in full time education or who are disabled in any way; the giving of help to students who are studying for the priesthood, permanent diaconate or the religious


life; organising visits to sick members or to widows; organising transport to meetings or Mass for sick, disabled or elderly members wherever possible; being aware of the potential need of a member or his family; the making of gifts (not necessarily only at Christmas) to widows and other dependants of deceased members; pro-actively assessing the needs of widows and other dependants of deceased members, and where appropriate instigating assistance from the Council’s Benevolent Fund; making application on behalf of a member or his dependants to the Provincial or Central Benevolent Funds.




"From Rerum Novarum onwards the Church has insisted on the rights of fair pay so that employees can meet the needs of their families. This concept has in very recent years gained momentum through minimum wage legislation and now the Living Wage scheme, endorsed by political leaders and accepted by hundreds of businesses. And yet, in-work poverty is simultaneously gathering pace: more than five million workers bring home an income insufficient to cover basic outgoings, the significant majority of child poverty exists in working households, and low paid workers now make up the largest group relying on food banks for their meals." 
Cardinal Vincent Nicholls 

Our work as Lay Apostles is in the forefront of the Order’s Aims and Objectives.  
This work has been appreciated by the Hierarchies of England/Wales and Scotland to whom we give our full support. The Order contains a great amount of expertise on many subjects and at all levels and it is our duty to make good use of that expertise. By the promotion of our Action Policy we will be in a far better position to recruit new members, and therefore have more workers for the vineyard.  
The four main areas of our work are :-  
?1. the Dignity of the Human Person, where we are involved in issues relating to Life, Human Rights and freedom;

2. the support of the Family, where we work with and for the family in general, recognising and enhancing family values;

3. the support of young people realising they are the future of the Church in the World;

4. the People of God Ė the Spiritual Family, where we put into effect the gospel values, work for vocations to the priesthood and religious life, and work with other Christian lay organisations who share our values and principles.

The Dignity of the Human Person


Human Life is a gift from God and, as such, is sacred and inviolable. For this reason procured abortion and euthanasia are absolutely unacceptable. Not only must human life not be taken, but it must be protected with loving concern. (Gospel of Life 81).
The sanctity of life is at the very heart of our Action programme. We support ALL Pro-Life Groups and Councils/Provinces are encouraged to become involved with the work of these groups at local level.

Human Rights and Freedom

In Christifideles Laici Pope John Paul II has again emphasised the dignity of every individual as a person created by God in his own image and likeness. Since we are all made in the likeness of God we cannot tolerate any form of prejudice or injustice, to anyone, on any grounds. Godís Law requires respect for all human beings and a duty to defend their human rights.

The Order’s objectives regarding youth and young people are quite clear and simply stated viz: 


As members of the organised Lay Apostolate we should hold upper most in our minds that:


We should acknowledge that our young people are vibrant, energetic and have a wish to learn and ‘be involved’, to be helpful, and above all to be heard.

We must also recognise that the young of today live constantly in environments of materialism and secularism and are therefore constantly facing challenges the likes of which those of us of older generations did not face when we were young.

We cannot, and must not, claim to be experts in youth ministry activities and development; there are others trained in these fields.

Nevertheless, the Order has unique skills and abilities in national networking, facilitation and organisation. Through our dedication these skills can be effectively used in working with others to achieve the Order’s objective of assisting youth and young people.

The current national activities are structured for participation of young people in primary, junior, senior and tertiary education and beyond. The indicative age range of participants is from say five years of age thru to say twenty - three years of age.

The activities are structured to assist in developing and encouraging faith awareness, faith learning and faith practice, linked to developing social awareness, social and inter-personal skills, personal talents and good citizenship.

The activities are basically built around an annual schedule of events staged at intervals through the academic year; broad details are:


Nativity Scene Painting: 5 to 7 years of age. 
Nativity Scene Painting; 8 to 11 years of age. 

Easter Season Painting: 8 to 11 years of age. 
Easter Season Painting: 12 to 14 years of age. 
Easter Season Painting: 15 to 18 years of age. 

Prayer Composition: 8 to 11 years of age. 
Prayer Composition: 12 to 14 years of age. 
Prayer Composition: 15 to 18 years of age. 

Essay Writing: 12 to 14 years of age. 
Essay Writing: 15 to 18 years of age. 
Youth Seminar: 16 to 23 years of age.


Catholic Social Teaching


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