St. Dominic’s Union of Catholic Mothers (1)
The UCM in Dursley was founded on 17th February 1960. Our Foundation is part of the Clifton Diocesan UCM. In turn the Clifton UCM is part of the National Association and regularly sends representatives to National Council meetings and Welfare and Study Days, as well as taking part in the annual pilgrimage to Walsingham. Members from St. Dominic’s have always supported these events as well as joining other pilgrimages such as those to the Holy Land and Oberamagauh.
During the year Quarterly Masses are held at various churches throughout the diocese.
A varied and challenging programme is planned each year. We meet in the church hall on the second Tuesday in the month. Topics range from Cake Icing, Wood Turning, and Travel to social issues as explained by speakers from the Samaritans, help for those involved with Prostitution to return to a more stable life style and Winston’s Wish, the charity set up to help bereaved children. We raise considerable sums of money for CAFOD, the annual Diocesan charity, this year for GEAR, and for us to send cards of congratulation or sympathy to parishioners, as well as contributing to officers expenses. In addition, we are currently masterminding Appeal Fund activities to raise money to improve the church and its hall.
One of the objects of the UCM is “to offer love, sympathy and practical help to the family in difficulty”. All our members certainly try to live up to this ideal by supporting members in time of need, by their work in the community, such as Meals on Wheels, helping Charities by fund raising or working in their shops, running a Lunch Club for the Frail and Elderly, providing tape recordings of news from the local paper for the Blind and many other activities.
St. Dominic’s is a very active foundation whose members are tireless in their work for the church and the wider community. The UCM is a national organisation, which takes seriously the many social, moral, ethical and religious issues of the day. It is a valuable forum for debate as well as providing a wonderful network of friends.
I hope that anyone reading this page might be encouraged to join us - there would be a warm welcome.