The CAFOD group at St Joseph’s had the following to say about their Harvest Day celebrations:
On Sunday October 6th we held our fourth harvest festival celebration at St Joseph’s. A little band of CAFOD supporters gathered on Saturday morning to decorate the church with produce donated by local stores. A big thanks to Tesco Express , the two local Coops , and Morrisons.
Members of the community, June and Maureen, used their magic to create beautiful floral displays with an Autumn theme using flowers and branches, heavy with berries, from their own gardens. Pete Shelley (from St Anne’s) loaned us beautiful harvest collages made from straw.
A wonderful harvest loaf, especially baked and donated by Morrisons, was placed in front of the altar alongside the flowers. The whole effect was stunning.
On Sunday morning many parishioners brought further produce – preserves, home grown vegetables and fruit – to swell the produce already on the table for selling after Mass to help the poor via CAFOD.
Our Harvest Mass was inspiring; we sang lovely, old-fashioned harvest hymns, Tony said bidding prayers for the work of CAFOD, and at the offertory Yvonne brought the liturgy children in to give gifts of fruit and vegetables to Father with the bread and wine. One little one carried a huge pumpkin! They had also created a beautiful poster echoing CAFOD’s current theme of welcoming the poor to our table . Father held this aloft for all to see.
After Mass members of the CAFOD group sold the produce. Lots of interest was shown and very little was left ! Alice and Peter sold the ever popular bacon sandwiches raising more than £40 for CAFOD. The total raised overall was an impressive £250. The little left was taken to the nursing home nearby for their residents.
The Harvest Mass and sale has now become something of a tradition at St Joseph’s. As a parish we are thanking God for his bounty and for our good fortune in having sufficient. We are also sharing this bounty via CAFOD with the one in eight around the world who go to bed hungry every night.
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