April – what a wonderful month. We will be celebrating Easter and the joy of Our Saviour's Resurrection. At the time of writing this month's column I feel sure that we are looking forward to better times, when we will be able to celebrate our bi-monthly Masses together again with friends that we have not seen for 12 months.
Father David Potter, our spiritual adviser, celebrated an unusual March bi-monthly Mass for us on the 10th at his parish of St Albert the Great. Twenty-seven members managed to get there on a wet and windy evening. We were all suitably masked and socially distanced, but it was lovely to see some familiar faces again.
Maria Bruns, our deputy president, led us in the UCM prayers, especially for all sick members including Maureen Finnegan, our Liverpool president who has been in hospital. We also prayed for our departed members and their families, including national president Margaret McDonald, who has lost two daughters within months of each other. Our hearts and prayers go out to her and her family in their great loss.
The Committee are hoping to organise an outdoor bi-monthly Mass on the afternoon of Wednesday 19 May at Our Lady's, Lydiate, with a procession to their grotto. Please God that restrictions will be lifted and this will be allowed, so that we can have a wonderful reunion. For now, put the date in your diaries; more information will follow in next month’s column.
I close with with a lovely quote from Pope Francis: ‘Let us not quench the wavering flame that never falters, and let us allow hope to be rekindled.’