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September is well on and next week sees Harvest Thanksgiving for many parishes. For us in urban situations what does it mean? Many will not have witnessed the gathering of cereal crops, so much a traditional picture of harvest time. I was lucky enough to be in Norfolk at the beginning of the cereal harvest and watched the great combine harvesters kicking up dust as they reaped the wheat and barley. In urban areas we are at least able to give thanks for the finished products of bread, beer and whiskey! As we give thanks for these and so many other products of the hard work of the agricultural and fishery workers which arrive for most of us without the manual or mechanised toil involved, we should in a response of gratitude remember those who have to toil at agriculture and fishing in a subsistence way-barely gathering enough to allow family to survive, and be readily generous to give of our surpluses to those who struggle. Big business will always come up with the excuses of expense and logistics to getting food to the needy far away. However in our own situation in whatever town, there seem to be an increase in food banks. That we should need such charitable giving in a rich nation could be construed as scandalous. There will always be those who cannot manage money, who must "keep up with the Jones's" with all the latest techno gizmos and neglect to spend on the necessities of life. Education could go a long way. Be that as it may, there are people in need in our communities and food banks are sure way of helping those who are out of work, those without adequate income for rents and utilities etc..

Our harvest at St Peter's will have again an eye to our local food bank for home and abroad. pray God for a generous response nationally at this time of our plenty.

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Our parish is affiliated to The Society of St Wilfred and St Hilda and registered with Forward in Faith; it is also wedded to the Five Guiding Principles of the House of Bishop’s Declaration on Holy Order, trying to maintain the highest possible unity of the Church of England.

Our family Masses are due for an overhaul and hopefully a new style.

Whilst these Masses will hopefully allow the newcomer to appreciate the central role of the Mass in the Christian life, solemn Masses will also be offered on other Sundays.

These Masses will continue to be at 10am.

The 8am Mass will continue to be said.

Evening services on Sundays are also being re-considered under various guises. There is likely to be a form of “healing service” once a month.

The particular service and its time will be advertised in church and in the pages of this website.

A prayer for England:

O Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of God and our most gentle Queen and Mother, look down in mercy on England thy Dowry and upon us all who greatly hope and trust in thee. By thee it was that Jesus, our Saviour and our hope, was given to the world; and he has given thee to us that we might hope still more. Plead for us thy children, whom thou didst accept at the foot of the Cross, O Sorrowful Mother. Intercede for our separated brethren that with us in the one true fold they may be united to the One True Shepherd. Pray for us all, dear Mother, that by faith fruitful in good works we may all deserve to see and serve God, together with thee, in our heavenly home. Amen.

The Mission Society of St Wilfred & St Hilda was launched at St. Peter’s Crabbs Cross Redditch by Bishop Jonathan Baker. The Society’s aims and constitution can be read on its own website www.sswsh.com .

We are still fund raising to restore our church roof. One way to help is to visit www.easyfundraising.org.uk , sign in and look for St Peters Crabbs Cross-Church Roof Appeal. Thanks to all who have contributed in this and other ways. We have collected almost half the required amount.