How sorry we were to cancel our January Bi-monthly Mass at St Gregory's because of the new Covid restrictions coming into force. As you know, January's Mass is usually when we present cheques to the charities chosen by our members, but this year foundations have not been able to to hold their usual fundraising events so the committee decided just to support the Priests' Training Fund, which we include every year, with a cheque for £1,000 from UCM donations.
You may have heard that a Liverpool UCM member received an MBE in the recent Queen's Honours List. She is a very shy lady and does not want publicity so we will not mention her name but will simply say many congratulations from us all.
Pope Francis in his Apostolic letter ‘Patris Corde’ (With a Father's Heart) has declared the year 2021 to be the Year of St Joseph as it is the 150th anniversary of the declaration of St Joseph as Patron of the Universal Church. When we pray ‘St Joseph, Protector of the Family’ as part of our UCM prayers, we acknowledge the wonderful role that he played in the upbringing of Jesus. God our Father entrusted to him the care and protection of His only Son. As St Joseph has a special place in our hearts already, let us pray to him all the more in this, his special year.
Sadly, we are hearing from foundations that many of our members have died or are sick or their families have been affected by the virus. It is hard to know what to say other than that part of our prayer to ‘make us understanding and caring to all experiencing difficulties, and generous in support’.
May our Blessed Mother pray for us all.