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 10 December Second Sunday of Advent.    Mass 6.00pm (eve), 8.45am and 11.00am.  3.00-4.00pm. Exposition of Blessed Sacrament and Evening Prayer

 Monday 11 December.   8.30am Mass.     

Tuesday 12 December 10.45am Funeral Mass for Maureen Mills RIP. (No 8.30am Mass this morning)   

 Wednesday  13 December.  Saint Lucy, virgin and martyr.  8.30am Mass (in church)

Thursday 14 December. Saint John of the Cross, priest and Doctor of the Church.  8.30am Mass.

 Friday 15 December.   8.30am Mass.

 Saturday 16 December  9.00am Mass in Saint Mary's cemetery chapel. 11.30 - 12.00non Sacrament of Reconciliation. 12.00noon.  10.00am First Reconciliation for Children of Sacramental Programme.

Sunday  17 December. Third  Sunday of Advent - "Gaudete Sunday".  Mass 6.00pm (eve)  8.45am  11.00am. 10.000am.


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