I wish you all a very happy new year and hope you enjoyed your Christmas break. We say good bye to a very busy 2017 after celebrating “13 Decades of Love and Service in Ireland”, It was a year of joy and celebration but it was also a year when many of our members and supporters have been touched by sadness as they lost a loved one. We ask for God’s blessing on all who mourn.
We embrace 2018 with our new theme “In Mary Sumner’s Footsteps”. Our resources for 2018 will focus on the example of our founder, and on the core principles of Mothers’ Union; listening to God and each other, having determination to take steps of faith as we journey together in response to His call.
From the 1900’s Mary Sumner and the members started to advocate on issues of key importance to families and children – Mary Sumner campaigned to stop children collecting alcohol from public houses for their families, and for the age of marriage for girls to be raised from 12 to 16. She was not afraid to speak up on difficult issues, despite resistance from members of the establishment. She was not afraid to act outside the social norms, to do what she believed to be right. At a time when unmarried girls with children were condemned and cast out, she cared for and protected her niece and her illegitimate son.
As we look to the future we want to build on our heritage, and in particular, the life and vision of Mary Sumner, her faith and resolve to follow God’s call to make a difference to families and society.
Simply by being a member you are already contributing immensely towards the work of Mothers’ Union. All members are part of an international fellowship of Christians who make positive changes within communities, you the members are the driving force behind Mothers’ Union, working tirelessly to transform communities across
- Hold an open meeting to tell your local church/community about what Mothers’ Union does in your area/diocese and how they could get involved;
- Have a branch discussion about the issues you think Mary Sumner would want to respond to today;
- Devote at least one meeting a year to look at current social issues affecting families.
and we, your Trustees, are here to help you continue your amazing work. Please take the time to contact me or any of your
trustees if you need advice or guidance on any matter/project.
Please note in your diaries that our ever popular Breakfast Meeting is being held on Saturday February 24th in the Springfield Hotel, Leixlip from 9.30 am to 11.30 am. This is an open meeting for both members and non-members. Our guest speaker this year is Syliva Thompson Recycling Ambassador of Voice Ireland’s Recycling Programme, she is also a daughter, wife and mother who aims to follow the five r’s…. refuse, reduce, reuse, recycle and repair as much as possible. I am sure like me we all need more advise on recycling. Tickets available from Jean Denner, Diocesan Treasurer. Come and enjoy this event now in its fourth year due to popular demand.
We continue to support Focus Ireland with our “Start Up Packs”, which should include cleaning products (sprays, cloths, bleach and air fresheners) dried foods to include cereals, pastas, rice, sauces, biscuits etc. The young residents of the Greenhills Centre in Tallaght were very appreciative of our support. These packs can be brought to Spring Council on Thursday 26th April 2018 in St. Brigid’s Parish Hall, Stillorgan.
Thank you all for your continued love and support and as we follow the example of our founder “let us not grow weary while doing good for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart (Galations 6 v9).
With Love and Blessings for 2018,