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 organised 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. 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 had ten briefings all in all at which we saw 93 people, 52 of whom were parish volunteers. We received lots of useful feedback and had some good, healthy discussions. People seemed to really appreciate being able to talk about various things and hear updates on the emergency situations throughout the world.
Our thanks go to all those who hosted and came to our meetings. We will keep you in our prayers over Fast Day in the hope that all goes well in church.
- Click to be taken to a map of our briefings Harvest Briefings
We will be planning more briefings for January and February before Lent Fast Day. If your parish would like to host one then please get in touch.
Dancing the night away
A Harvest barn dance organised by CAFOD volunteers at Sacred Heart Cobham brings their charity fundraising total to over £9,500. On Saturday 8 October, nearly 100 people attended a barn dance organised by Jackie and Brian Trewby and their Team of CAFOD volunteers, who all attend Sacred Heart parish, Cobham. The event was attended by parishioners and new parish priest, Father Jonathan.
Eduardo Niebla in concert
Many thanks to Julian Lewry our CAFOD parish volunteer at St Edmund’s parish in Godalming for organising a superb concert by Eduardo Niebla an amazing Spanish guitarist at St John’s Church, Farncombe on Friday 7th October. The audience were enthralled with Eduardo’s skilful guitar playing and spellbinding flamenco jazz compositions.
Julain Lewry told us ” It was an amazing concert and many of the audience commented on Eduardo’s and his accompanier Matthew Robinson’s outstanding performance as they left.”
Many thanks to all those who supported the concert which raised an fantastic amount of £700 for CAFOD. Julian would like to thank his team of volunteers Mary Waight, Damian Wheeler and Ben Lewry for their help with setting up, running the bar and clearing away afterwards.
Don’t forget that Julian has organised another fund raising concert in aid of CAFOD next Saturday 15th October at Windlesham Club, when Any Colour You Like will be performing the music of Pink Floyd. So do come and along and support it. Jo Lewry