On Saturday 21st September 2013, The Union of Catholic Mothers gathered at Westminster Cathedral to celebrate their Centenary Mass. There were more than a thousand members and their diocesan clergy representing all the foundations across England and our honoured guests, who came together in this magnificent Cathedral to help us celebrate.
The procession was led by the National Banner followed by National President Mrs Maureen Mayers, National Committee, Diocesan Officers and clergy.
The Most Reverend Peter Smith of Southwark was the principal celebrant and in his opening welcome gave a short and amusing observation of the Union of Catholic Mothers. The Right Reverend Bishop Terence Brain, Ecclesiastical Advisor to The UCM, reflecting in his homily on the 100 years of UCM said that one of the founding principles was 'to bring the light of faith into our families and communities, and I'm sure it is no coincidence that we celebrate our centenary during what is also the Year of Faith with its call for a new evangelisation. There are no coincidences with God - but there are surprises!'
The atmosphere during the Mass was of joyful reverence at such a momentous occasion and the singing was spectacular. At the end of Mass Bishop Brain presented Past National President Sheila Goodchild and Past National Secretary Angela Batey with the Bene Merenti Medal. Past National Treasurer Maureen Jones was also awarded the medal but due to ill health was unable to attend.
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