Every month we send a brief monthly update to our volunteers, packed with information, updates and stories from around Arundel and Brighton Diocese.
This month is a brief one but we have some important news from Martin, two people to help you encourage people in your parish to speak up for those in poverty, and a few dates you might want to get in your diary.
Arundel and Brighton printed ebulletin August 18
Some of the Bexhill Group Share The Journey Walkers, featured in this month’s bulletin
Kevin and Linda Dignum, parish volunteers from the Church of St. Thomas of Canterbury in the Parish of the Good Shepherd, St. Leonards-on-Sea tell us about their recent Harvest Supper.
A Harvest of Plenty (of cheese, bread, salad etc) – Just one of the courses on offer!
The sum of £454.70 was raised for Connect2:Peru at our annual Harvest Supper on Sunday October 1st. This year the menu consisted of home-made soup, a Ploughman’s supper and apple crumble – a 3 course meal for £5!
The CAFOD Harvest Fast Day Prayer cards were on the tables and used for our Grace. Harvest Gifts which had been donated at the morning’s Harvest Festival Mass were sold and the usual raffle was held.
We are extremely grateful to Sheila and Theresa for all their hard work in organising the event this year and for doing the catering – a very successful evening enjoyed by about 60 parishioners.
Our thanks go to Kevin and Linda, Sheila and Theresa and the Parish of the Good Shepherd for their kind support and generosity.
A Harvest Offering. Food donated was sold to help fund work in Peru.
Heidi Worrall, Parish Volunteer in Sacred Heart Parish, Hove, tells us what happened this Harvest Fast Day in her parish.
‘We held our soup lunch on Friday the 13th and it went well. About twenty people in total and our new parish priest Canon Colin came along so it was pleasant all around.
A hearty harvest in Hove
Parish community in action
‘Everyone’s favourite seemed to be the sweet potato, carrot and ginger soup. People were very generous indeed. There were many sealed envelopes, many were gift-aided. Someone even made a donation even though they weren’t present. We put the total, which was an amazing £197 into the parish collection for Harvest Fast Day. We’ll find out what that is soon.
We did an end of mass announcement with the kind permission of Canon Colin and three of us volunteers attended the four different Sat/Sun masses to do this. The Mass welcomers gave out the envelopes as people came in.’
We would like to thank Heidi and the other volunteers at Hove and around the diocese. It is the organisation of lunches and collections such as these that make it possible for so much good to happen throughout the world. You can still support our Harvest Appeal. Our sincere thanks to all who support our work.