'The doors are open – Just walk in'. This was the title of a successful event staged recently in Saint Joseph's Pastoral Area, a day of worship and workshops which drew over 140 people from the parishes of St Oswald, St Sebastian, St Paul and St Timothy, St Matthew, St Cecilia and St Margaret Mary.
The event, which took place on Saturday 24 September, also offered an opportunity for various organisations to set up stalls during the lunch hour to promote their work – including UCM, Nugent Care, Animate and the Knights of St Columba. UCM president Maria Bruns held the fort for us, and we have already heard of one new member joining through this initiative. So, ladies, please look out for such activities in your own area, as I know some of you already do. We could literally set out our stall and promote ourselves to the populace.
• The latest UCM National Officers' Report (October 2016) contained an article from two UCM delegates – Dorothy Pople from Portsmouth and Pat Rogers from Birmingham – about the National Justice and Peace Network's 38th annual conference. They were full of enthusiasm for the wonderful work done under the J&P banner throughout the world. One of the speakers was Jenny Sinclair, who was representing T4CG (Together for the Common Good). She is the daughter of Bishop David Shepherd, whom we knew so well in Liverpool. How wonderful it is that she is carrying on his excellent work.
• Finally, some information for our new members and a reminder to us all: at each bi-monthly Mass a selection of petitions from the Prayer Tree (which is part of the Baby Memorial in the Children's Chapel in the Metropolitan Cathedral) is carried to the altar during the offertory procession as a sign that every petition on the tree is remembered in our prayers.