Union of Catholic Mothers: January 2019

By Madelaine McDonald, media officer

Greetings to you all as we enter 2019. May it be a happy and holy year for us all, and our families. And, to quote an Irish blessing, a particular favourite of mine: ‘May the road rise to meet you. May the wind be always at your back. May the sun shine warm upon your face, the rains fall soft upon your fields; and until we meet again may God hold you in the palm of his hand.’

On Wednesday 9 January at 7.30pm we will be celebrating our bi-monthly Mass at St Margaret Mary's parish on Pilch Lane (L14 0JG). The annual presentation of cheques to our chosen charities for last year will take place. These are the Beacon Trust, nominated by the Our Lady of Walsingham foundation; Twinkle House, nominated by St Richard's; the Southport Kitchen, nominated by St Jerome's; and the Priests Training Fund which we support every year.

In December I attended a talk at LACE called ‘Living the Liturgy’, given by American professor Brian Schmisek, in which he mentioned that most of the Gospels leading up to Easter were from Saint Luke. I have not studied theology and so it had not occurred to me that many of the stories we hear about women are contained only in Luke’s Gospels. He tells us of Mary's visit to Elizabeth after the Immaculate Conception, of Mary and Martha and their battle over listening to Jesus or doing the housework. We also learn from Luke about the numbers of women who were followers of Jesus right up to the Resurrection. Perhaps we could listen out for more examples in the coming weeks and give thanks to Luke for championing women in the establishment of our Church.

May we all enjoy God's blessings and a peaceful new year.