Peter Apostle Roman Catholic Church, Rushden, Northamptonshire
of Catholic Mothers
SUPPORTING FAMILIES, THE PARISH, MOTHERS AND ALL WOMEN, WITH LOVE, CARE, PRACTICAL HELP AND A POWERHOUSE OF PRAYER!
The UCM meets in the Parish Hall Lounge at 7.30 p.m.on 2nd and 4th Wednesdays from February to June, and from August to December. Any variation from this is usually published in the Parish Newsletter.
For details of Our Programme of Events and Activities, Click Here
(Details of all events are also included in the Parish Monthly Calendar located here)
The Union of Catholic Mothers was founded in 1913 to unite Catholic married women and our aim is to follow the full Christian ideal of marriage and family life.
Membership is open to all Catholic women, married or single, and may be extended to other Christian women in sympathy with the Objectives.
We embody the full ideals of marriage and family life to the full providing commitment, stability and security in the home, the church, the world.
We help the poor, the homeless, the marginalized, the refugee, the ill and the weary, and we work to support those in need where ever they may be.
Where possible we inter-act with women of other denominations and we are invited to attend church services or events, mostly with a common interest. The Service for Prayer for Christian Unity, The Women’s World Day of Prayer, Lent Lunches and The Good Friday March of Witness, to name a few.
Our aims and objectives are as follows:-
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 practising Catholics and public-spirited citizens.
3. To teach and defend Christian values in family life and to ensure for their children a Catholic education.
4. To offer love, sympathy and practical help to a family in difficulty.
5. To foster vocations in Life, especially in Christian Marriage and Family Life and in the Priesthood and Religious Life.
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 meetings, 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 extended 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 organisation believes strongly in:-
Marriage and family – The Power of Prayer.
Justice and Peace – Helping the marginalized and those in difficulty.
Upholding Christian Values – Friendship and fun and lots more…..
The Late Pope John Paul II stated that ‘The family which lives love even though imperfectly, and opens itself generously to the rest of society, is the primary agent of a future of peace. A civilisation of peace is not possible if love is lacking’. The UCM is ‘family’.
We have a Daily Mass Scheme for all members when we pray for all of the above, especially for those who suffer for their faith. Every day one or more UCM Foundations attend Mass under the scheme. A fixed rota of dates is sent to each Diocesan President and all members are urged to offer Mass and Holy Communion on the days allocated to their Foundations.
The UCM Friends Circle of Prayer is open to anyone unable to actively partake in the work of the Foundations who, by their prayers, offer support, strength and encouragement to those working to uphold the aims and objectives of the UCM. The circle encompasses prayer partners, those who have no foundation in the Parish or those in scattered foundations in the diocese.
The Friends Circle of Prayer can be found on the National UCM website www.theucm.co.uk as can all other information about UCM and we urge women of the Parish to look at the website for more information and up to date news of events taking place country wide.
Should any lady be interested in finding out more about our Foundation, St Peter Apostle, Rushden, please do not hesitate to contact any of the following members:-
Mary Curtis - President - 01933 355921
Kathleen Mitchell – Secretary - 01933 664683
Janet O’Leary - Treasurer – 01933 355692
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