The picture shows our new Archdiocesan president, Mrs Maureen Finnegan of St Margaret Mary's Foundation. She has been married to Jimmy for 48 years and has three children and six grandchildren. She is looking forward to her term in office with enthusiasm and we all send her our best wishes and pledge lots of support.
Looking through the calendar for June, the 16th is not just Holy Trinity Sunday but also Fathers’ Day. It is a wonderful day for children to appreciate their fathers, but I would also like it to be Husbands’ Day; to say a big thank you to all of the husbands who support their wives in their work for the UCM, especially the husbands of committee members and foundation officers. They answer the telephone, take messages, run us about, pick up parcels, type, print, fix computers, remember where we put things … the list is long and so is their patience. So thank you to UCM husbands everywhere (though this isn’t to say they can have control of the TV for a whole evening!).
During one of the talks we had during our UCM retreat at Belmont Abbey, the subject of Purgatory came up. Father David, our chaplain, said something I had never thought of: that if you were in Purgatory that meant that you were guaranteed a place in Heaven. Isn’t it wonderful how one remark can change your perspective on things? And heartening.
I hope to see as many of you as possible at the UCM Annual Mass at the Metropolitan Cathedral on Wednesday 5 June at 7.30pm. And finally, please note the venue has changed for our July Bi-monthly Mass, which will now be held at St George's, Maghull instead of St Joseph's, Penketh.