• At the recent bi-monthly Mass at Blessed Sacrament, Aintree, it was wonderfully encouraging to have 10 new members enrolled – four from Blessed Sacrament, five from Saint Gregory's and one from Saint Richard's. This follows the six new enrolments at Saint Wilfred's, Widnes and two at Saint Helen's, Crosby. Let's keep up the prayers and the work, and shout about UCM from the rooftops.
At the Mass, Father David Potter also reminded us of the great blessings that the Year of Mercy can bestow on us – "enabling us to be lifted up in the Spirit of God and restored to His friendship". I find this a very comforting thought.
• On your behalf, the Union of Catholic Mothers is a member of the World Union of Catholic Women's Organisations (WUCWO) which represents Catholic women's views worldwide, serving as a link between us and other international bodies and faith communities. UCM's representative is our international officer Maureen Meacher, who has received the following lovely prayer (courtesy of regional vice-president for North America, Velma Harasen), asking if we would say it on the first Friday of every month or at our meetings:
During this Year of Mercy, Lord, we pray for all families of the world and seek to bring the Gospel of Mercy to each person. We pray for all mothers sacrificing to feed and clothe their children. Guide all new-borns and guide the young in their vocations. Open our eyes to see the beauty and future in our youth; give us the ears to listen to their stories; keep them safe from all addictions. Free the victims of human trafficking. With the loving patronage of Jesus, Mary and Joseph, the Holy Family of Nazareth, the WUCWO women of hope pray that the family be a sanctuary of peace, love and faith. Amen.
2016 Prayer for the family
• Lastly an early reminder that Archbishop Malcolm will be celebrating UCM's annual Mass at the Cathedral on Wednesday 8 June from 7.30pm. See you there!
Photo: The new members, plus two recipients of 40-year certificates, with Fr David at Blessed Sacrament