On Saturday 20 February, over 90 members of the Liverpool Archdiocesan Union of Catholic Mothers gathered for our business meeting in the Gibberd Room at the Metropolitan Cathedral, followed by a penitential service.
Father David Potter, our spiritual adviser, led us through the Holy Door of Mercy (despite the rain) and on to the Blessed Sacrament Chapel where he conducted a simple and prayerful service which touched us all. This was followed by the Sacrament of Reconciliation. It was a wonderful way for us all to celebrate the Year of Mercy together.
A few days earlier, on 17 February, Maria Bruns, the UCM study officer, had organised an evening for nearly 70 members at St Margaret Mary's foundation. Due to unforeseen circumstances, the planned speaker was unable to come but thanks to the quick thinking of Maria and the wonderful team at Nugent Care, the evening was saved. Francesca Darcy, fundraising assistant at Nugent Care, gave a very interesting talk on their work, which spreads far beyond Liverpool.
• I attended a National UCM Study Day for media officers in Birmingham on 27 February. The theme of the day was how to get our UCM message across to the public. We looked at using the internet, email and Facebook. Mrs Val Ward, our national president, conducted two of the sessions and showed us the new UCM web page – ucm.co.uk – which, I must say, is very good and full of information.
She was also keen for as many members as possible to join the UCM Facebook page. You need to be a member of Facebook (ask a child/grandchild!) and then search for the Union of Catholic Mothers page. This is a closed page for UCM members only so you can join without worrying about others outside our organisation accessing your details.
• Saturday 16 April is the date for our AGM at the Cathedral, starting with lunch at 12pm. This will be a wonderful opportunity to say a big thank you to our retiring diocesan president Angela Moore and secretary Kate Moss, and to welcome the new officers – Maria Bruns (president, St Paul’s) and Catherine Lydon (secretary, St Richard’s). I look forward to seeing you all there in the spring sunshine.