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St. Mary Magdalen's
Catholic Church
Willesden Green
London NW10
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Friday, June 08, 2007
THE UNION OF CATHOLIC MOTHERS FIFTY YEARS IN OUR PARISH
In 1957 our parish priest. Fr Byant helped to set up our Union Of Catholic Mothers foundation. Last Thursday we celebrated the golden anniversary of our still thriving Union of Catholic Mothers Foundation.

In attendance were the diocesan president Mrs Norrie Fox, our own president Mrs Breda Kelleher, as well as members of nine other local foundations. Our Previous parish priest Fr Tony Dwyer and assistant priest David Barrow were present. Fr David Irwin the former Anglican Vicar of St Andrews and St Francis preached on the dignity of always striving for and witnessing to, with God’s help, for faithful marriage and family, even when it is beconig unfashionable, such as in our own society.

Four young mothers were enrolled. Congratulations got to Eileen Bannis, Kathleen Reddington, Maureen McHugh and Denise Pambakian.

At the reception afterwards we saw photos on an inaugural boat trip which the ladies went on with Fr Bryant.

The Aims and Objectives of the UCM state:

1. To help Catholic women to appreciate the sacramental character, responsibilities and permanence of marriage and to live in unselfish love, observing the laws of God and his Church.
2. To assist them to bring up their children as practicing Catholics and public-spirited citizens.
3. To teach and defend Christian values in family life and to ensure for their children Catholic education.
4. To offer love, sympathy and practical help to the family in difficulty.
5. To foster vocations in Life, especially in Christian Marriage and Family Life and in the Priesthood and Religious Life.

Membership of the UCM is open to all Catholic women, married and single - also non-Catholic wives of Catholic husbands, and may be extended to other women in sympathy with its Aims and Objectives.

posted by Sinead Reekie at 11:47 am