A SPECIAL Mass for
Madeleine McCann will be said in
Liverpool tomorrow ' to mark the
of her disappearance
during a family holiday in Portugal.
It will take place at 7.30pm at
Our Lady of the Annunciation, Bishop
Eton, in Woolton Road, Childwall ' the parish church of Liverpool-born
and Susan Healy, and also the church where Kate and her
Each Sunday the church holds a children's Mass at which Madeleine is
Her grandmother, Mrs Healy, said: 'The support we have had from our
Father Desmond Keegan has been solid all along. Whenever we
have needed his help he has been there.
'He is leaving the parish soon and moving to Edinburgh and we want to
say he's been absolutely tremendous.'
Meanwhile Kate McCann's
384-page book ' Madeleine ' is being published on May 12, her daughter's eighth birthday.
Mrs Healy said: 'Kate has to tell her story, even though it's been the
most terribly painful process over the last nine months. We just hope
that something will come from the book. It's something that may just
force someone to come forward. It's also an account for Madeleine and
for the twins (six-year-old
Sean and Amelie).'
Transworld won the rights to publish Kate's account of how her daughter
vanished during the 2007 holiday and the subsequent efforts to find her.
When the deal was announced Kate explained: 'There are several different
reasons as to why I finally came to the decision with my husband Gerry
to write and publish this book. Many factors needed to be given thorough
and careful consideration, not least the impact of such a book on the
lives of our three children. My reason for writing it is simple; to give
an account of the truth.
'Publishing this book has been a very difficult decision and is one that
we have taken after much deliberation and with a very heavy heart.'
But she also stressed with 'the depletion of
Madeleine's Fund (Leaving No Stone Unturned Ltd) it is a decision that has virtually been
taken out of our hands'.
She added: 'Every penny we raise through its sales will be spent on our
search for Madeleine. Nothing is more important to us than finding our
And Gerry McCann said: 'Our hope is that it may prompt those who have
relevant information (knowingly or not) to come forward and share it
with our team. Somebody holds that key piece of the jigsaw.'
The publishers have secured an exclusive serialisation deal with a
national newspaper group.