St Patrick’s Broughshane Mothers’ Union branch celebrates its 60th anniversary this year.
The occasion was marked with a special service of Holy Communion, led by the Very Rev John Bond, Dean of Connor and branch Chaplain, on May 23. The guest speaker was Mrs Margaret Crawford, former All-Ireland President of MU.
In her address she highlighted various MU projects and the ways in which the MU’s four million members world-wide offer help and support to families at local, national and international level.
During the service Mrs Cathy Doig was enrolled and branch members participated by reading lessons, leading intercessions and lifting the offering. An MU choir was formed for the occasion and sang two pieces, one of which had been specially composed for the service. Branch Leader, Mrs Sally Cotter, who had trained the choir, also gave the children’s address, with the aid of an MU teddy bear.
The celebrations continued on Wednesday May 26, when branch members were joined by guests, including Diocesan President Mrs Moira Thom, and former Branch Leader Mrs Denise Rooney, for a dinner at the Adair Arms Hotel, Ballymena. Mrs Brownie Esler made the special celebration cake and the beautiful floral display was created by Mrs Sheila King.
During the summer months Broughshane residents have enjoyed a flowerbed specially planted to show the MU logo. This has really put MU on the map not just in the village but province-wide as Broughshane is famous for its flowers!
The anniversary events are not over yet, as it is planned to round off the year (DV) with a wine and cheese party.