• The Union of Catholic Mothers celebrated their annual conference at Swanwick in Derbyshire from 16–18 May. Each diocese takes a turn at hosting the conference and this year it was Liverpool’s go, meaning our committee and helpers had the task of organising, directing and cajoling the 120 members and guests who attended.
As well as hearing from our national officers about the work carried out on our behalf by the UCM both nationally and internationally, we had two addresses from Bishop Williams – one from our own Bishop Tom, the other from Bishop Alan Williams, who is the national spiritual adviser. Our own spiritual adviser, Father David Potter, celebrated Masses and also compered the evening entertainment which we were obliged to provide. The audience clapped and laughed in all the right places – whether from enjoyment or sympathy, I will leave to your imagination!
At the conference, delegates were presented with a lovely booklet of poems and stories compiled by Kate Moss from issues of the Catholic Mother newspaper from 1950 to 2000. It is well worth a read and copies will be available for all to see at future business meetings.
• Many congratulations go to Alex Krol, son of Joyce, a member of Holy Rosary foundation. Alex won a gold medal for wheelchair tennis doubles at the Invictus Games in Florida. An ex-Marine, he helps young people overcome their disabilities by taking part in sport.
• Archbishop Malcolm McMahon presided over the UCM Annual Mass at the Metropolitan Cathedral on Wednesday 8 June. We were joined by guests from other dioceses, the Anglican Mothers' Union, the Salvation Army and ladies from the Liverpool Jewish Representative Council for a wonderful celebration featuring music from the Cathedral choristers and a procession of foundation banners. The sun shining through the stained glass completed a beautiful evening.