Salford DIOCESAN BRANCH – Formed 1908
President: Mrs Anne Fox
Vice-President: Mrs Gaye Casey
Branch Secretary: Miss Beryl Wakefield
Branch Treasurer: Mrs Elizabeth Lilley
Branch Chaplain: Fr Gerard Byrne DMin MSW MA
Ashton , Bury, Chadderton, Heatons, Heywood, Rochdale, Whitefield and Worsley. We have several direct members.
Heatons and Whitefield Sections have recently celebrated their 40th anniversaries.
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The Branch hosts Branch meetings in rotation thus visiting all areas of the Diocese. All sections are involved with work at Parish level in all aspects of Parish life i.e. Eucharistic ministry, Lay reading, Church cleaning, membership of Parish councils, membership of the Justice and Peace Commission and many more activities. We have representatives on other bodies in both the Diocese and the community at large Some examples are: • Churches Together • W.W.D.O.P. • Council of Christians and Jews • SPUC • LIFE • Catholic Rescue Society • Marriage Care • Parish Child Protection • School Governors • Victim Support • Catholic Family Care • Limbless Ex- Soldiers Association • Blind and Partially Sighted Association • Hospital League of Friends • RNLI. Members are involved also in other social welfare activities such as, bereavement counselling, sick visiting, aid to refugees and asylum seekers, volunteering at hospices around the region including Rainbow Trust Children’s Hospice and Willow Wood Hospice, and working in their charity shops. Some members work in luncheon clubs for the elderly, hospital coffee bars and other charity shops.
We are fortunate to have a Social Committee, which arranges events for us to meet in a purely informal and relaxed atmosphere so that friendships are able to flourish throughout the Branch. They also arrange events of a more spiritual nature so that our work can be motivated and strengthened by our Catholic faith. Every year we celebrate our Annual General meeting when all the Section members come together. In the Spring our members spent a relaxing weekend by the sea at Blackpool. Some of the ladies from Heywood Section have been enjoying their visits to the Headlands Hotel on the South Shore for many years now, so this year it was decided to include the rest of the Branch. With excursions to Fleetwood Market and the nearby resorts of Cleveley’s and Lytham St Annes everyone had plenty to keep them busy.
The evenings were just as eventful with local musicians providing singing and dance music so our members were able to ‘trip the light fantastic’. In fact such a good time was had by all that the other guests in the hotel asked when we were coming again so that they could book their holidays at the same time!
Every year members are involved in providing refreshments at the Rescue Garden Party at Francis House.
We also hold an annual joint Celebration of the Mass with our sister organisation the Union of Catholic Mothers every October.