Union of Catholic Mothers: November 2020

By Maureen Finnegan

Just when we thought things were getting better, it has all started again. When we first went into lockdown my family decided it wasn’t safe for me and my husband to stay at home because we had three family members working on the front line and coming home each evening. We were evacuated to Meols. This was very upsetting for me as I get homesick if I am away more than 10 days but they said it would only be for two weeks.

It reminded me of war time when the children were evacuated and instead of a gas mask we had our face masks. We didn’t go to stay with strangers, though, but with my sister Barbara and her husband Phil. The two weeks turned out to be six and I can’t believe I lasted that long. Each day we would walk along the beach from Meols to West Kirkby which took about two hours there and back. We entertained ourselves with jigsaws and quizzes and made videos to send home.

Every day my sister and I would pray the rosary followed by a live-streamed Mass at Our Lady’s, Lydiate. This prayerful time really helped us to stay strong and get through lockdown. I recorded everything we did each day in a diary so that one day I can look back and say, ‘That’s what I did during the 2020 lockdown’.

• Our next bi-monthly Mass is on 18 November at St Margaret Mary’s. This will be live-streamed so anyone not able to attend can watch virtually. The last one had 950 views, so we need to try and top this. We will be praying for our deceased members and for Liverpool Archdiocese especially as we enter into more restrictions. 

Take care everyone and stay safe.