For the Union of Catholic Mothers, the January bi-monthly Mass is always extra special and this year’s was no different. It took place at St Mary’s, Woolton and went ahead thanks to the former parish priest there, Father Pat O’Brien, who came to the rescue by celebrating Mass when neither our chaplain, Fr Mark Madden, nor the parish priest, Fr Tim Buckley, were able to attend. It is a special Mass because each January we present cheques to the charities chosen by our members.
This year the cheque for the Priests’ Training Fund – our No1 charity – was presented to Fr James Preston who is the Archdiocese’s new vocations director. Meanwhile, Ged Flynn accepted a cheque on behalf of Papyrus, a charity dedicated to the prevention of young suicides, and Dr Alan Baron received a donation for the Wigan and Leigh Hospice. All three appear in the photograph along with our president, Angela Moore, and other UCM members.
The UCM raised funds for a fourth charity, the Alzheimer’s Society, but they were unable to send along a representative to the Mass.
Thank you all for your efforts in raising the sum of over £4,000 on top of the money you raise for you own charities. It is now time to start thinking of the charities you wish to nominate for 2015.
• Our business meeting will be held on 3 February at the Gibberd room at the Metropolitan Cathedral (7.30pm). With Angela Moore reaching the end of her term of office in April, we need nominations for her replacement as president. We also need nominations for two vice-presidents, a media officer, welfare officer and study officer. I am sure that there are members out there who could successfully fill these roles.
• Our next bi-monthly Mass is at St Jerome’s, Formby on 11 March. I look forward to seeing you there.
Ann Hogg, media officer