Union of Catholic Mothers: September 2020

By Madelaine McDonald

I hope that many of you have been able to return to Mass in your own parish churches by now, albeit in a very different fashion. It is wonderful to meet fellow members and friends again even if we can't recognise them behind their masks. Perhaps the resumption of UCM meetings will not be too far behind. Let us pray that we have turned a corner and that cases of coronavirus will continue to fall.

Maureen Finnegan, the diocesan president, and the committee have been holding monthly meetings via Zoom (with the aid of children and grandchildren). We are hoping to arrange for the bi-monthly Mass at St George's on 9 September (7.30pm) to be live-streamed on the internet so that as many members as possible will be able to join in. St George's are marking the 65th anniversary of the UCM in their parish and although it won't be the same as all of us being together, I am sure their ladies will have a great celebration. They have all our congratulations and best wishes.

Our national president, Margaret McDonald (St Paul's Parish, Liverpool), had to cancel her proposed national pilgrimage to Banneux in Belgium this month owing to Covid-19. It has been rearranged for 19-25 September next year. It is a UCM tradition for the president to arrange a national pilgrimage during her term of office, so let us hope and pray that things will be back to normal by then.

We celebrate Our Lady's birthday on 8 September and the feast of Our Lady of Walsingham on the 24th. Let us turn to her, our best advocate, and pray for the discovery of a vaccine against the virus. May it soon be found and be offered to all throughout the world.

May God bless us all.