On 20 February between 1pm and 4pm the Union of Catholic Mothers will be holding their business meeting in the Gibberd Room at the Metropolitan Cathedral. This is the first time that we have decided to stage the meeting on a Saturday afternoon to make it easier for everyone to attend – members as well as officers are invited. Following the meeting, Father David Potter, our diocesan spiritual adviser, will lead us through the designated Year of Mercy Holy Door for a penitential service in the Cathedral. This will be a wonderful opportunity for us to join together for a Lenten service.
• Parish UCM foundations raise money each year for diocesan charities. These are nominated by the foundations and then voted for by members, and the recipients of the 2015 collections were the Priests Training Fund (supported each year); Legacy Rainbow House (proposed by St Anne’s, Ormskirk); Place 2 Be (put forward by Blessed Sacrament, Walton Vale), and Litherland Moss (nominated by English Martyrs, Litherland). The Committee thanks everyone for their continued generosity.
• I know that Christmas is well behind us but I must share this story with you. Many of us will have seen the knitted Nativity scene in the Cathedral with a notice inviting children to play with the figures but not take them away. Theresa Morris, one of our vice-presidents, spent some time in the Cathedral over Christmas as her granddaughter is in the choir. She was pleased to see so many children playing with the figures, especially one little girl of about four who, during one service, was cradling the baby in her arms when the choir began to sing a hymn. In a high voice she cried out: "Hush, hush, the Baby Jesus is asleep." Isn’t that lovely? We must give credit to Sheila Weston, a friend of the Cathedral, who knitted the figures which gave so much pleasure ... but no, she does not have time to knit any more for other parishes!
I hope to see you all at the business meeting and the Lenten service on 20 February.