The Union of Catholic Mothers would like to thank Archbishop Malcolm McMahon for taking time out from his very busy schedule with the Synod to celebrate our annual Mass at the Metropolitan Cathedral on Saturday 26 June. It was a lovely occasion, with so many of us coming together for our special Mass.
The following weekend, on Sunday 4 July, the UCM committee and many members from his previous parishes were invited to Father Grant Maddock's celebration of the 25th anniversary of his Ordination. What a wonderful occasion it was at Our Lady's, Lydiate, with a Mass concelebrated by his priest and deacon friends. The UCM members from St Gregory's played a part in helping with refreshments and we even managed to stay dry during the 15-minute storm that arrived at the end of the afternoon by hiding under the huge canopy erected in the grounds. Thank you, Fr Grant, for a lovely afternoon.
Another thank you goes to all the delegates to the Synod who worked so hard on our behalf; we pray for success for all their efforts. We send our congratulations, meanwhile, to Canon Tom Neylon on his appointment as Auxiliary Bishop of Liverpool. Many of our members have fond memories of him as a young priest in Skelmersdale.
Now, how good do you think I am at forecasting the future? Well, I am going to try. The Annual General Meeting of UCM Liverpool will be held on Saturday 14 August at 1pm at St Albert the Great parish, 31 Hollow Croft, Stockbridge Village, L28 4EA, followed by Mass. This will be followed by our next bi-monthly Mass at St Anne's in Ormskirk on 15 September at 7.30pm. So you see: if restrictions are lifted, I can clearly see what will happen!
Finally, I hope you are all putting on your volunteer hats for the soon-to-be-vacant positions on the diocesan committee.