The Parish of the Good Samaritan
Knights of St Columba Burnley Council 110
The results of the 2021 KSC Christmas Draw. Thanks for your support.
Following the recent Mass for Deceased Brothers, two Brothers were presented with Awards.
Bill Tracey was presented with his Golden Jubilee medal for 50 years KSC service.
Bill is a Burnley man. He worked at Hapton Valley Colliery for seven years before joining the Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service in 1962. He served until 1991, when he retired after 29 active years and where he made lifelong friends.
He was married to Pat at St. Mary's in 1964 and they bought a house in the parish where he had served as an altar boy since the age of seven.
In 1967, the family moved to Christ the King parish where he became a member of SVP visiting the sick and lonely in their care homes, hospitals and houses.
Cleaning troughings and decorating for one parent families were a thing the group undertook alongside delivering Christmas parcels and organising coach trips from church.
At the same time he was a member of the KSC helping out when he could. His faith is everything to him and was very proud to be members of these two Catholic organisations.
He helped make the side lawn at Christ the King Church and moved the altar to where it is today (when the Priest turned to face the congregation). All this going on while serving as a fireman at Burnley Fire Station. Towards the end of his service he took charge of fund raising for the Benevolent Fund.
Bill is a keen snooker player (perhaps his skills were honed in the quiet hours on the fire station table). He and Pat have been keen active members of KSC110 Club, supporting many events over the years.
Bill and his wife Pat have three grown up children who live locally and take great care of them.
James Capstick has been awarded a prestigious award by the Knights of St Columba. Following the recent Mass for Deceased Brothers of KSC Council 110, Brother Steve McMillan KSC Area Director presented James with the Meritorious Medal.
James has raised many thousands of pounds with his charitable activity. These have included a recent, James completed a 770-mile bike ride from Burnley to Inverness and then back to Leeds for the Rob Burrows Foundation for Motor Neurone Disease. Over £2000 was raised.
In 2020, James cycled from Burnley to Morecambe and back via the Trough of Bowland for the KSC Council 110 - amount raised £500
In 2019, James cycled from Burnley to Arsenal’s Highbury Ground for Great Ormond St. Hospital, raising £4500.
Previously James cycled for the ‘Make a Wish’ charity, visiting London, Edinburgh Cardiff, Belfast and Dublin, raising £2500
Every year James completes the Great North Run for different charities including Mary`s Meals, Guide Dogs for the Blind, Cafod, Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital, Willow Foundation, Dementia UK, MacMillan Nurses, Children with Leukaemia, Diversions, Derian House Children’s Hospice, National Autistic Society.
In addition, James also leads a team from KSC Council 110 who take part in the Lady of the Valley Right to Life Walk, organised by Clitheroe Knights of St. Columba. As part of his Action Convenor and Youth Officer role, he runs a Quiz and ten pin bowling for our Catholic Junior Schools.
Finally, by organising and hosting Race Nights and Quiz Nights, James has also raised money for several local schools, for the Injured Jockeys Fund, Burnley Wolves Children’s Football Team and Life Teen Charity Nelson.
In recent years, James`s efforts have made over £40,000 pounds for various local, regional and national charities. The work of a true Knight.
The annual Mass for Deceased Brothers of KSC Council will be held at Christ the King on Monday 15 November at 1900. All welcome.
The November KSC Council meeting will be held in the Club at 2000 on Monday 8 November.
The KSC Rosary Crusade for Peace will be held at the 7pm Mass at St John's on Wednesday 6 October.
KSC Youth Competitions
KSC Council Meeting
There will be a meeting of KSC Council 110 in the 110 Club on Monday 13 September 2021 at 2000.
KSC Council 110 had two recent causes for celebration:
Two long-serving Brothers were awarded the Order's Golden Jubilee Awards marking 50 years of service at the Mass for the Feast of St Columba at Christ the King Church.
Bro Peter Nuttall
Bro Peter is an accountant by profession and has used his financial acumen as a former Council Treasurer and current Council Auditor. He has been responsible for the finances of Christ the King Church for a number of years and is auditor for the New Neighbours Charity. He served as a member of the KSC 110 Club Management Committee and was long term Saturday Club transport organiser for Handicapped Children's Fellowship. He is also Treasurer of the Burnley Catenian Circle.
Bro Frank McNamara MBE
Throughout his life Bro Frank has been active in local catholic activities, often focussed on the Knight’s charity and social work. He has held office as Action Convener for Council 110, and in the management committee of the KSC 110 Club. He keeps a keen interest in the Council and its work through the many friends he has made throughout his membership.
For several years he has been editor of the weekly Newsletter for the parish of the Good Samaritan, and before that for St Mary’s parish. He sings in the choir and is part of the parish Reading Ministry. With Barbara he has run several pilgrimages to Krakow, Poland – ‘In the Footsteps of Saint John Paul’ which brought people together from across the Deanery. He works extensively for New Neighbours together, the local charity which supports refugees and asylum seekers resettle into life in Burnley.
KSC Council 110 supports Youth Competitions
The Council can report two successes in the KSC Youth Competitions in the past year. The latest was the first prize in the 2021 Easter Painting Competition. The photo shows Heidi, the winning pupil with John Robertshaw, Headteacher at Sacred Heart RC Primary School, Colne.
There will be a KSC Council meeting in the KSC 110 Club on Monday 10 July at 2000.
James Capstick, KSC Council action and Youth Officer, has completed his 770 mile bike ride. The photos show him at the Scotland England Border on his return journey and with Trevor Ireland (his support team) at Headlingly - the final destination. Currently the funds raised are about £1500 but donations can still be made via James Capstick is fundraising for Rob Burrow 7 Discretionary Trust (justgiving.com) .
The (delayed) Mass for the Feast of St Columba will be held at Christ the King Church at 1900 on Monday 14 June. Mass will be followed by a socially distanced meeting of KSC Council 110 at KSC 110 Club at 2000.
KSC Member Jamie Capstick will be fundraising for the Rob Burrow Foundation (Motor Neurone Disease) - details on the image attached.
The KSC 110 Club has reopened.
Normal opening hours will be:
Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Monday 19:00 – 00:00; Sunday will be 14:30 – 22:00. There will be live Music on Fridays starting at 21:30 and Sundays at 18:00.
Safety measures will be in place: Customers be required to scan a QR code on entry or sign in. Table service only, face masks to be worn by staff and customers moving around the club, a maximum of six per table. Tables will be cleaned when customers leave tables, hand sanitizer is available on entry and around the club, masks will be worn by staff and by customers when moving around.
Snooker and darts are resuming with cleaning equipment in place.
The Car Park will be accessible with the registration number recorded at the bar.
WHO ARE THE KNIGHTS OF SAINT COLUMBA AND WHAT DO THEY DO?
The Knights of St Columba (KSC) were founded in Glasgow in the year 1919 – so the organisation recently celebrated its Centenary. The KSC is the largest Catholic fraternal service organisation of its kind in Britain.
The Order is named after the missionary Saint Columba of Ireland. The saint helped to bring Christianity to the people of Northern Britain. Our membership cuts across people from different walks of life, who by dedication, share in the principles of Charity, Unity and Fraternity.
We have about 4,000 members in over 300 Councils (local groups) across England, Scotland and Wales. Membership is limited to men who faithfully practise Catholicism and are aged 16 or over. We support the doctrine as well as the missionary work of the Holy Catholic Church.
Burnley Council is a bit younger, we formed in 1925 partly at the instigation of a Glaswegian who came to Burnley to play football and was already involved in the KSC. Our activities mirror those of the national organisation and Councils across the country. We are not a secret organisation, we hold many of our activities in public.
- Support the clergy;
- We support young people by organising events for our Catholic Primary Schools and supporting achievement at our Secondary School;
- We promote Catholic Action eg by engaging with politicians on Right to Life issues;
- We raise funds for local, regional, national and international charities – in the last year before Covid we donated £3000 – split between the Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital and the Catholic Handicapped Fellowship; in late 2020 we made donations to the Catholic Handicapped Fellowship and Holly Grove School (Georgia Fourie Butterfly Fund) who each received cheques for £1,000.
- We foster the spiritual and material wellbeing of members and their families, spending a lot of time visiting and supporting our members and their widows who are unwell. We hold regular Masses and Rosaries; we participate in pilgrimages;
- We have an active social life – largely centred on the KSC 110 Club on Yorkshire Street where we have been since 1962. It’s where we are able to hold events to support our fundraising aim. Covid is currently preventing such activity.
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