AGM Union of Catholic Mothers report

UCM Report for Parish AGM 2020

 

Our Foundation continues to enjoy a variable & interesting programme throughout the year.

May Several of our members attended the Aylesford Pilgrimage, where Father Bart concelebrated Mass. We also helped with the KSC with the International food evening.

June. We arranged a mass to be said for the sister of our Secretary, who had died a few months earlier, to be held on our Thursday Coffee Morning. A good number of us were able to attend a memorable event. Our meeting included a talk from Lynne Peasron, our local novelist.

July. We ventured up to London in July, where we were treated to a Tour of the South Bank by London Tour Guide Kate Boyle, also a UCM Member. She runs these extra tours for The Holy Rosary Sisters in Brazil, a charity close to her heart. We were pleased to be able to make a donation. A second tour was organised for November touring Borough market. We also held our summer meal in Rowlands Bistro.

September. We attended the Rainham Foundation Cheese & wine in June and their Quiz night (where we came second?).  We also held a Beetle Drive which was quite well attended, and which was great fun. The president attended the Diocesan Formation Day which was held in Bromley.

October. Our 27th Anniversary Mass was held on 1st. Father Bart presided with Deacon Martin. Val Gilliers was our organist. We were delighted that Father was able enrol our newest member, Deidre Hinton.  Members from other local UCM Foundations were invited as well as Parishioners. It was very well attended and a lovely reception in the Parish Hall ended a brilliant evening. A couple of us attended a Rally Mass in St. Georges Cathedral. We were asked to write a bidding prayer on Vocations.

November. We made cakes & served refreshments for the Confirmation Mass. Our meeting involved craft making for the Christmas fairs, including knitted angels.

 December. We held our annual Christmas dinner, including the Secret Santa. Organised by our Social Secretary, we went to Rowlands Bistro again.

We have made a donation this year to both our Primary schools for their Breakfast Clubs. We have also donated an amount for the building project.

February. Part 3 of our family Fun Quiz had two winners who both received a small Chocalate Hamper. We raised £125 for the Development Fund.

Due to the current conditions, our meetings are suspended. However, we plan to meet virtually and say our UCM Prayer at 8pm on the day of our meetings until we can meet again.

All plans are on hold, but we do hope to be able to run a Bingo evening in the autumn.

We will continue to support our parish and St. Benedict’s by helping at their summer & Christmas fairs, and any other way we can.

Helen Appleby

President

 

 

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