Union of Catholic Mothers unveils new baby memorial

By Madelaine McDonald

The ladies of St Wilfred's Union of Catholic Mothers in Widnes have established a baby memorial in St Bede's church. It is dedicated to all stillborn babies, babies who died soon after birth, miscarried babies, aborted babies and babies who have no known grave. The memorial will serve as a quiet focal point and a place of comfort for all affected by these tragedies. Our thanks to all at St Wilfred's for a wonderful memorial which complements the diocesan UCM baby memorial in the Metropolitan Cathedral.

• The focus of the recent UCM study afternoon at Holy Cross and St Helen parish in St Helens was the Year of Mercy. Father Sean Riley, the parish priest, held a special service which began with us passing through the dedicated holy door at Holy Cross and into the beautiful church. We started the holy hour with quiet contemplation followed by a reflection on the themes of mercy in all its forms. The sacrament of Reconciliation was offered and then Benediction, after which we were invited to join the congregation for Holy Mass. We thank Father Sean for a memorable and uplifting afternoon.

• As 7 September was the Vigil of Our Lady's Birthday, our September bi-monthly Mass at St Margaret Mary's was celebrated in her honour. Father David Potter, the UCM spiritual adviser, and Father Julius (visiting from Nigeria) concelebrated with the assistance of Deacon Michael Bennett. Father David reminded us of the joy that Joachim and Ann must have felt at the birth of Mary, a joy which is felt by parents everywhere at the birth of their children, a wonderful gift from God. He asked us to pray that the day will come when each and every child will be treasured.

Date for the diary
The UCM business meeting will take place on Saturday 22 October. Among the items on the agenda will be the vote to choose the charities we intend to support this year, with the selection list formed of charities nominated by our foundations.