Union of Catholic Mothers (UCM – usually called “The Mothers”)

Contact Person: Susan Beardshaw – Parish President.   Meetings:  First & Third Tuesdays at 7.15pm

Email: susan.beardshaw@hotmail.co.uk 

Origin/Roots: The Union of Catholic Mothers (UCM) began life in Devon in 1913 when Mrs Chichester was instrumental in fulfilling the Catholic Churches wish to support the sacramental character and permanence of marriage, Catholic education for children and an active share in good works in the world. In 1923 the UCM was reorganised and in 1926 Bishop Henshaw,  then Bishop of Salford requested that there should be a UCM in the diocese. The first group was formed in St Sebastian’s  Parish, Pendleton. One of those founders, Mrs Mary Kemball later became National President in 1952.

Local origin/foundation: The UCM at St Charles Parish was founded in 1927 and received a Papal Blessing in 1977 in celebration of 50 years. Our objectives are to help Catholic women to appreciate the sacramental character, responsibility and permanence of marriage, living in unselfish love, observing the laws of God and His Church; assist them to bring up their children as practising Catholics and public spirited Christians; teach and defend Christian values in family life and ensure a Catholic education for their children; offer love sympathy and practical help and to foster vocations in Christian marriage and family life and in the priesthood and religious life.

Activities: We serve the Church and parish community in many ways, such as church cleaning, Eucharistic ministry and flower arranging. We also raise funds and bringing awareness to such charities as: CAFOD, HCPT, The Rainbow Family Trust (Francis House), Caritas, The Mother and baby home in Bolton, Mary’s Meals, Fish & Chip Babies, Loves & Fishes, The Medaille Trust and many more. To do this we have many fund raising events throughout the year including:- Jewellery parties, Cocktail evenings, Chocolate tasting party, Race night, Quiz nights, we also use our artistic skills to produce gifts for sale.


St Charles' Parish, Moorside Road, Swinton, Manchester M27 9PD
Parish Priest: Rev Mgr Paul F Smith STL Tel: 0161 794 1089 Email: paulsmith@stcharlesswinton.co.uk

The Week Ahead

 Sunday  15 October.    Twenty-eighth Sunday of  Ordinary Time.   Mass 6.00pm (eve), 8.45am and 11.00am.  

 Monday 16 October .  8.30am Mass.     

Tuesday  17 October      8.30am Mass.  Saint Ignatius of Antioch, bishop and martyr. 6.30pm Sacramental Programme Unit One parents' session at 6.30pm.

 Wednesday 18 October   10.00am. Funeral Mass for Marion Duffy RIP. (no 8.30am Mass this morning).

Thursday 19 October. 8.30am Mass .

 Friday 20 October.    8.30am Mass.  Sains Michael, Gabriel and Raphael, archangels.

 Saturday 21 October    Saint Jerome, priest and Doctor of the Church.  9.00am Mass in Saint Mary's cemetery chapel.  10.00am Sacramental Programme Unit One, Children's session.  11.30 - 12.00non Sacrament of Reconciliation.

Sunday   22  October. Thirtieth  Sunday in Ordinary Time.  Mass 6.00pm (eve)  8.45am  11.00am.


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