A Harvest of Briefings, Meetings and Get-Togethers in September

Harvest is a time where we celebrate God’s generosity in the goodness and abundance of creation. We also share from our abundance with those who are in need.

Harvest Fast Day is one of our most important events of the year. We ask people to miss a meal or eat lightly, to pray for those in poverty and to donate to our work. Parishes and schools hold collections and send the donations on to us.

We organise local meetings to ensure that all our parish volunteers are up to date, know all about the stories and situations behind Fast Day and have a chance to explore the topic with other local volunteers. It gives us a great chance to meet and hear news from churches and local communities.

Blessed Oscar Romero "It is not God's will for some to have everything and others to have nothing."

Blessed Oscar Romero. Illustrator: Julie Lonnemon

This year Harvest Fast Day will focus on our work in El Salvador, quite fitting considering that it’s 100 years since Blessed Oscar Romero’s birth. We worked with Blessed Romero, not least in rebuilding his radio station when it was destroyed by his enemies.




We have ten briefings around the diocese this September so please do come along to your nearest, or if you are busy when it’s happening, consider nipping over to a different one.

Please do let us, or your Area Coordinator, know whether or not you are going to make it. Here is a full list of get-togethers. Also click on the image below and you’ll be taken to a google map with all the information you need.

  • 2nd September 10-11:30am – Our Lady of Sorrows Meeting Room in church hall,
    Click to be taken to a map of our upcoming Harvest Briefings

    Click to be taken to a map of our upcoming Harvest Briefings

    Hislop Walk, Bognor Regis, PO21 1LP.

  • 6th September St Leonards 7pm – at private address, contact us for details.
  • 9th of September – St Peter’s, Shoreham (Adur Valley Parish) Saturday morning, 9:30am-12:30pm. This will be combined with activities with the local J&P group.
  • 12th September 7:30pm St Mary’s Rydes Hill, Guildford  GU2 8BP
  • 13th September 7pm Our Lady Immaculate and St Philip Neri Church Hall, High Street, Newtown, Uckfield, TN22 5DJ.
  • 14th September 8pm St Clement’s, Ewell  KT19 0BW
  • 16th September 10:30am – midday. The Friary, Crawley RH10 1HR. Special guest speaker on El Salvador to be announced shortly.
  • 18th September 7:30pm  Sacred Heart Cobham KT11 1AA
  • 19th September 7:30pm Sacred Heart, Hove, BN3 3BF. Contact us for parking instructions and directions.
  • 23rd September 10am to 11:30 Christ the King, Eastbourne.

St Joseph’s Dorking Connect2 El Salvador

Tania Dalton

Tania Dalton Communications Officer for Latin America

Many thanks to Helen Barcellona and her team of CAFOD volunteers for organising a fantastic fairtrade breakfast and talk about CAFOD’s work and how to connect to it last Sunday 4th December. Tania Dalton Communications Officer for Latin America gave a very insightful and interesting talk on the Connect2 project in Puentecitos, El Salvador. She explained how donations from parishes in England helped to support the communities in Puentecitos and difference this money makes to the lives of the women living there as it enables them to support their families by setting up small businesses.

St Joseph Dorking

Parishioners from St Joseph Dorking


” It was a very informative meeting and I now appreciate how our donations can help this community”, said one of the participants to me after the talk. Jo Lewry




Inspired by St Joseph’s could your parish also sign up to a Connect2 project ?