Union of Catholic Mothers: November 2018

By Madelaine McDonald, media officer

On Wednesday 10 October, a total of 70 members of the UCM from across the diocese gathered at St Margaret Mary’s parish for a study evening. Our theme was Pope Francis’ apostolic exhortation Amoris Laetitia (the Joy of Love), focusing on Chapter Four: Love in Marriage.

The study was delivered by the two vice-presidents of the diocese, Kathy Buck of St George’s Foundation and Caroline McMahon of St Richard’s. After the introduction outlining Pope Francis’ view that ‘joy and love are at the heart of family life – a love that is passionate, builds friendship, shows affection, and is sacrificial in caring for the needs of others’, we were split up into groups to discuss one of three topics:

1) Love is patient
2) Love is kind
3) Love bears all

The reports back from each group were insightful and considered, covering all aspects of love and
caring in family life. Listening was considered very important, as was spending time with people;
being non-judgemental; and putting the needs of those you love above your own. These views were delivered with wisdom, confidence and humour by women who have years of experience in various walks of life.

Thanks go to our two vice-presidents for a very successful evening; let us be proud of our organisation for giving us the opportunity for such discussions. The Holy Father states that ‘each of us by our love and care leaves a mark on the lives of others'. He invites us all to renew our love of the family, and in the family to find the joy of love.

Please note that due to unforeseen circumstances the 7 November Bi-Monthly Mass will not be held
at St Oswald’s, but at St Albert the Great, 31 Hollow Croft, Stockbridge Village, L28 4EA, starting at
7.30pm. We have been invited there by our diocesan chaplain, Father David Potter, whose parish it is.