CAFOD’S HARVEST FAST DAY. As we enter the last week of the Season of Creation, we are invited to give thanks to God for the gift of creation and the fruits of the earth which sustain us. Many churches and schools do this through Harvest Festivals – bringing the fruits of the earth and the work of human hands and sharing these offerings with those in need. In the UK, for the last sixty years, the Catholic Church has marked harvest time by observing CAFOD’s Harvest Fast Day on the first Friday in October. So, this coming Friday, 1 October, we are invited to give thanks by going without a meal or some form of amusement and giving what we save in this way to CAFOD. CAFOD uses our offerings to help those across the world who don’t have access to the fruits of the earth because of extreme poverty, food shortages, conflicts and natural disasters. You can find out more about this Friday’s Fast Day here: https://cafod.org.uk/Fundraise/Family-Fast-Day
Food Banks Although St Gabriel’s Food Bank is well stocked, the SVP of our parish are supporting the Leigh & Atherton Food Bank. Donations of food are encouraged directly to them to support those in need in our local community. Alternatively donations can be left at Holy Family
Church Hall Development at Holy Family This will cause some disruption to both parish and school as parking will be reduced and at times there will be no access at all as the project goes forward. Thank you foryour patience and understanding as we will no doubt enjoy and benefit greatly from new facilities and a proper car park.
THE POPE’S PRAYER INTENTIONS FOR SEPTEMBER 2021: An environmentally sustainable lifestyle: Let us pray that we all will make courageous choices, the choices necessary for a simple and environmentally sustainable lifestyle, taking inspiration from our young people who are resolutely committed to this.
Mass on the Phone - Parishioners who have no access to the internet and so are unable to watch online Mass may hear Mass at Middlesbrough Cathedral. The Mass is provided free of charge, except for the local phone charge. Phone: 01642 130 120 to be connected to the Mass for that week. You can listen at any time of day or night. If you are aware of anyone who may benefit from this service, please let them know.