Union of Catholic Mothers: October 2020

By Madelaine McDonald

What a wonderful experience we had at Our Lady's, Lydiate, on Wednesday 9 September when we held our Bi-monthly Mass for the first time since March. We were celebrating the 65th anniversary of the founding of the Union of Catholic Mothers’ branch in St George's parish, Maghull. They could not livestream the Mass from there so Father Grant Maddock kindly offered the use of his church and his technological know-how.

The Mass was celebrated by the UCM's spiritual adviser, Fr David Potter, with Monsignor John Butchard as concelebrant. Music was supplied by seminarian James Finnegan, the grandson of Maureen, our Archdiocesan president. The ladies of St George's had prepared a beautiful Mass booklet, and were in turn presented with an illuminated certificate to mark the occasion.

In line with the Covid-19 requirements, only UCM members from St George's, some members from St Gregory's (the sister parish of Our Lady’s) and the diocesan committee were able to attend, but what we lacked in numbers we made up for with enthusiasm.

In his homily Fr David urged us to trust in God and keep praying urgently for an end to the coronavirus. It was lovely to see familiar faces smiling broadly behind their masks, but what an effort it was not to sing when we heard the strains of ‘When I Survey the Wondrous Cross’ and ‘Be Still My Soul’ soaring through the church. It was a truly moving occasion.

The next bi-monthly Mass will be on 18 November at St Margaret Mary's, Knotty Ash, and hopefully will be livestreamed (watch this space!).

I close with the words of Margaret Kelly, president of St Joseph's foundation, when she gathered together her socially-distanced members: ‘I wanted everyone to feel that although we cannot meet as before, we still exist and are there for each other.’