Mum's the word: August

By Madelaine McDonald

The Union of Catholic Mothers' annual pilgrimage to the National Shrine of Our Lady at Walsingham was a great success with Liverpool the lead diocese this year, and Bishop Tom Williams at the front alongside our national chaplain Bishop Alan Williams. He said that though there may be other Bishop Williamses in the Church, these two were definitely the best – and we all agreed.

The three coaches from Liverpool Archdiocese joined with hundreds of women from all over the country to make this a holy and memorable event. Our thanks go to Angela Moore, our deputy president, for her excellent organisation for the Liverpool contingent.

• Do you remember how in last September's column I wrote about the UCM joining with the Society for the Protection of Unborn Children (SPUC) to arrange a postcard petition to the Royal College of Midwives (RCM)? This was to protest against the support the RCM chief executive Professor Cathy Warwick was giving to the complete decriminalisation of abortion, which could have led to abortion up to full term. There were 10,000 postcards delivered to the RCM and in January, Prof Warwick announced she would be retiring this month as CEO. Whether or not this was the result of the campaign we do not know, but it was good news all the same.

• In recognition of the UCM's work, national president Val Ward, secretary Irene Mitchell and treasurer Angela Higginson were invited to attend a Royal Garden Party at Buckingham Palace. They thoroughly enjoyed the occasion, representing all of us members. This could be you next time if you volunteer to be an officer.

Enjoy your summer breaks, and see you at St Paul's for the bi-monthly Mass on 27 September.