Looking out of my window I can see the beautiful Magnolia tree in the garden in full bloom, with its cup-shaped flowers of silky pink and white petals just opening up. It makes me believe that we are experiencing a new beginning – after all, we will be opening up our lives, our hearts and our homes to relatives and friends once more. Of course, in the month of May many more flowers will be out for us to enjoy in parks and gardens, God willing.
As the Union of Catholic Mothers’ annual pilgrimage to Walsingham has had to be cancelled for a second year, the committee have had a wonderful idea – that we should organise a substitute event. And so, Father Grant Maddock from Our Lady's, Lydiate has offered his grounds for us to hold an outdoor Mass followed by a Rosary procession to the Parish grotto. This will take place on Wednesday 19 May. We will follow all Covid restrictions that apply at that time and further information will be given in the ‘UCM Matters’ newsletter.
Traditionally, the retiring national president organises a Mass in her own diocese before the end of her term of office. This Mass was to be celebrated for Margaret McDonald here in our own Metropolitan Cathedral, but it has had to be postponed from 17 April this year until April 2022. There is some good news, though: Liverpool UCM's Annual Mass is still scheduled to go ahead on Saturday 26 June at 2pm at the Cathedral.
Our diocesan president, Maureen Finnegan, is thankfully home from hospital and progressing well. She wishes to thank everyone for their prayers and good wishes. Margaret McDonald, our national president, also thanks everybody for their Masses, prayers, condolences and support on the death of her youngest daughter, Helen. May she rest in peace.
Our prayers are with them and all who have suffered bereavement at this time.
May God bless us all.