By Madelaine McDonald, media officer
At our bi-monthly Mass on 1 July at St Richard's, Skelmersdale, Father Mike Thompson was presented with a Papal Blessing organised for him by the local Union of Catholic Mothers foundation to celebrate the silver jubilee of his ordination. Cath Lydon, president of the Skelmersdale foundation, made the presentation to Father Thompson (pictured) and there was also a bouquet of flowers for Angela Moore, our Archdiocesan president, as a thank you for her agreeing to stay in office for another year. The evening, which concluded with refreshments served in a marquee erected in the parish orchard, marked another celebration for St Richard’s which in June celebrated its 150th anniversary.
• Many of the UCM members present at St Richard’s on 1 July will have gone home with patterns for ‘Twiddlemuffs’. These are knitted hand muffs with ribbons, buttons, zips and other bits and pieces attached, and they help dementia sufferers sooth their anxieties by keeping their hands busy. I assume that our expert knitters will have no problem following the patterns distributed and if anyone has made one already, I would like to ask that they send a photograph to me, by post or email, so that others can see what they should look like.
• On a serious note, Rob Marris, MP for Wolverhampton South West, will be presenting his Assisted Dying Bill to Parliament on 11 September. Members are asked to write to their own MPs urging them to be in the Commons on that date and to vote against the bill. We cannot let this pass into law as how many elderly or disabled people will feel pressurised into ‘not wishing to be a burden to their families’? The Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) in their 2014 survey found that 77% of their members did not want a change in the law. Please write a short letter to your MP (a letter is better than an email), addressing the envelope to (name of MP), House of Commons, London, SW1A 0AA. By doing this we could have a real impact.
• Best wishes for a safe downward journey to Archdiocesan treasurer Margaret Kerbey who is to abseil from the top of the Anglican Cathedral to raise money for the UCM and Parkinson’s disease charities. his is not the first time that she has done this. Good luck, Margaret.