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Sequel launched about Birkenhead Catholic parish life, seen through the eyes of a priest’s collie

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A sequel has been launched to a book about Catholic parish life in Birkenhead seen through the eyes of a dog.

The book, called Pawprints in the Sand: The Collie Curate’s Tail Continues, was launched after the 11.30am Mass at the Church of St Werburgh and St Lawrence on Sunday.

It comically recounts the fictional adventures of Finn Burke, a four-year-old border cross collie, who lives with Fr Ray Burke, the parish priest.

The pet is well-known to the parishioners of St Werburgh’s and even has his own weekly column in the parish newsletter.

Fr Burke said that the event in the parish centre was attended by Premier League referee Phil Dowd and all books sold on the day were signed by Finn with a paw print. Buyers were also given a free dog biscuit.

The book is a sequel to A Stray in the Manger, which was brought out last Christmas and which sold out of its entire print run of 1,000 copies.

Fr Burke said Finn is hugely popular in the parish.

He said: “I do about 500 newsletters each week and if I don’t do his column there are about 200 left over, but if he has done it they all go.”

He added that one women who worships at St Werburgh’s told him last week that if he was ever to be moved to another parish the local Catholics would still want Finn to remain in Birkenhead.


(Photo of Fr Ray Burke with Finn by Simon Caldwell)