Community – Societies and Organisations
Legion of Mary
Contact: Ann Machell on 01536 512497 email: firstname.lastname@example.org (please state the name of the person you wish to contact at the beginning of the message) or speak to any member of the Legion of Mary.
The Legion of Mary is a worldwide lay organisation, living and fulfilling the ideals of the Decree on the Lay Apostolate. Its’ objective is the spiritual formation of its members through a life of prayer and apostolic action under ecclesiastical guidance. The group helps the Parish priest in all forms of evangelisation and pastoral care.
Society of St. Vincent de Paul (SVP)
The SVP is dedicated to helping those who are disadvantaged, neglected or in need, without discrimination. The work is based on respect of people’s dignity and promotes the concept of helping people to help themselves. Within the parish, the SVP provide support for any people with need, such as those with a low income or older members who have become less mobile or even housebound. They raise money via such activities as the Christmas tree appeal (for Christmas parcels). They also offer practical help with transport and are willing to consider other requests for assistance. This group, together with the Knights of St Columba, offer support for people with disabilities.
Membership is open to men or women, Christians and non-Christians, in sympathy with the values and objectives of the Society.
Union of Catholic Mothers (UCM)
Originally started in 1913, the UCM strive to uphold the sanctity, responsibilities and permanence of marriage and family life; to ensure Catholic education for their children; and to extend a helping hand to those in difficulty. Kettering UCM began in 1955, closed around 1975 but reopened 17th March 2001. The group currently (2008) has 39 members.
The Union of Catholic Mothers holds social evenings and formal talks; help with Parish and school events (tea, coffee, food etc); organise outings to places of interest; fundraise via Table Top sales, a quiz, car boot sales and coffee mornings.