St Albans & District Council of the KSC includes the
parishes of Harpenden, London Colney, Potters Bar, Radlett, Redbourn as well
as those in St Albans
What do you know about the Knights
of St Columba (KSC)? Did you know that we are a fraternal
Catholic men’s organisation that has branches (Councils) throughout the UK
and that our local Council is based in St Albans?
Why do we exist? What do we do? Our activities
are largely caring, spiritual and social. In these activities we support
our local Priests and aim to involve our wives and families as much as possible.
Our caring activities
Include visiting and supporting not only our members and
their families but also others whom we believe we can help. But
this is not all! By involving ourselves in fund-raising ventures,
we are able to help people financially. For example during the last
two years our monthly Bingo sessions have generated money for TOSE, a care
home supporting severely disabled people in Zimbabwe, LIFE, a Claretian Mission
in Belize, SVP, HCPT, and Catholic schools in Batam, an Indonesian island
about ten miles from Singapore. We also support national KSC
projects such as Help the Hospices and Vision Aid Overseas and we provide
stewards for various events throughout the year including for the visit of
Pope Benedict XVI to the UK.
Our spiritual activities Include opening and closing prayers
at all meetings with prayers for special intentions as necessary and scripture
readings and monthly Adoration
of the Blessed Sacrament. In addition,
we have our annual afternoon of recollection held jointly with the Catholic
Women’s League. These afternoons are led by inspiring people
who stimulate thoughts of who we are and our relationship with God and others.
Other spiritual activities have taken us to Aylesford, Walsingham and even
France. Special Masses include occasional house Masses and, in
particular, our annual Mass for our deceased members which by being followed
by a lunch at a local restaurant enable us to combine the spiritual and social
aspects of our existence.
Other social activities Include our annual barbecue in the
garden of one of our members. These have always been very successful
as they bring together not only our members but also their wives, families
and friends. Also we meet for lunches and evening meals at a
variety of local restaurants. Indeed we have a luncheon club
that meets monthly with our Christmas lunch being especially popular.