Catholic women join The UCM for a variety of reasons as meetings provide fellowship and friendship and are a blend of social and spiritual activities. The UCM meeting, literature and contacts provide ongoing fresh interests. There are opportunities for varied and valuable Catholic action but nothing should be undertaken at the expense of personal family life. Through unity with other members, many thousands strong, greater influence can be exerted on public affairs that affect marriage and family life. United in prayer, members never face life's difficulties alone but are strengthened by the support of fellow members. The UCM aims to follow the Christian ideal of marriage and family life. Meeting twice monthly, membership is open to all Catholic women, married and single, as well as women in sympathy with its aims. The Union of Catholic Mothers was founded in 1913, in Devon. Its patron saint is St Margaret Clitheroe and it has Foundations (groups) in 17 dioceses and nearly 7000 members. There are 7 Foundations in this diocese. Despite its name, not all the members are Catholics, and not all the members are mothers. We usually meet on the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays of each month, at 10 o’clock in the St Margaret Room. We currently have over 40 members, plus a Friends Circle of 20 who are no longer able to attend meetings. We are a mix of nationalities, including a member from as far away as Borneo!We have talks by visiting speakers, and an annual summer outing. Diocesan quarterly Masses and meetings are hosted by each Foundation in turn. We have a summer lunch in the Presbytery and a Christmas Dinner in the Newman Hall Club. Our meetings start with prayer, especially our UCM prayer in which we ask our Lord to help us to follow the example of the Holy Family in prayer love and active witness to marriage, family and Christian life in the world. We have Masses offered for our deceased members and for the sick.Our Welfare Officer alerts us when she is aware of anyone in the parish who needs our special prayers (not just UCM members). A guest recently remarked that he was very moved by the love and care we show to others. Every year our President chooses a charity which we support through coffee mornings and our Annual Sing a Hymn for Charity. Last year we donated over £1000 to the Apostleship of the Sea via their chaplaincy at Portbury. We also donate gift boxes for seafarers arriving at the docks over the Christmas season.

We are always delighted to welcome newcomers, so please come and join us. For more information see the link www.theucm.co.uk or contact Margaret.