What a momentous weekend it was for the Cathedral and Liverpool with the holding of a National Eucharistic Congress in this country for the first time since 1908. The only comparable event was probably the visit of Pope John Paul II in 1982. The Archdiocese and all who contributed to what was obviously a tremendous success must feel immensely proud of the outcome of their meticulous planning and hard work over many previous months.
The Knights of St Columba, nationally and locally, were very honoured and privileged to have been invited to assist, notably within the Cathedral where they helped with stewarding and took part in the closing procession. On the Sunday the Cathedral was almost full for the earlier Mass and completely full for the Mass at 11.30am and such numbers called for diligent and discrete crowd marshalling, with which the Knights assisted.
The vastness of the crowd was also a feature of the Blessed Sacrament Procession through the streets around the Cathedral. Our photo, reproduced with the kind permission of Paul Burnell from BBC News Online, provides a good indication of the extent of the numbers who took part.
• The Knights of St Columba in south Liverpool did their annual sponsored walk from Albert Dock to Liverpool Cricket Club on 30 September. This year’s beneficiary will be the Whitechapel Centre, which provides ‘real solutions to housing and homelessness’. We are grateful to all the parishes in south Liverpool for allowing us to distribute sponsorship envelopes and would again appeal to parishioners to support this worthy cause as generously as you have our past appeals. Envelopes were distributed in the week ending 22/23 September and will be collected in the week ending 6/7 October. Thank you in anticipation of your support in assisting us to help the homeless in Liverpool.
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