Weekend Masses on September 14th and 15th had a Harvest Thanksgiving theme – an event which proved very popular. Harvest Thanksgiving is a very old tradition – especially within farming communities. It is always appropriate that all peoples (associated with farming or otherwise) should give thanks to God for the fruits of the earth and to ask His continued blessing on the land and all it yields.
Thanks to all parishioners who donated produce of the earth for the Ceremony of Thanksgiving and Blessing. The church was full of vegetables, fruit, jam, barley, oats, potatoes, eggs, milk, cheese, butter, bread, honey, turf, hay, straw and wool – all generously donated. In addition, home garden flowers decorated the church very appropriately and provided a fantastic display of autumnal colours.
Refreshments were provided after the Sunday 11:00am Mass while all donated produce were sold. Although the weather conditions were forecast to be very unfavourable, thankfully, the rain and strong winds abated for the duration of the Sunday morning ceremony and hospitality. All monies raised went towards the Church maintenance fund.
The weekend certainly was a huge success. Well done and many thanks to all involved – of whom there were quite a few.