News and Events for week beginning September 12th
Welcome this coming Sunday – September 12th to our Parish Mass at 9:00AM Fr Paul is our celebrant and preacher.
Sunday School today in the Hall.
Please join us for Coffee after Mass in the Hall.
A Reflection on the Gospel for today: People have a lot of different answers about who Jesus is; in today’s Gospel form Mark 8:28 the disciples say the word on the street reflects that fact that folks aren’t sure who Jesus is because there are three different answers.
In trying to answer the question of just who Jesus is, in both Mark 6 and Mark 8, we might borrow a phrase from the movie Casablanca, they “round up the usual suspects” – John the Baptist, Elijah – who according to Malachi 4:5-6 would return to deliver and restore Israel, or one of the prophets of old. None of those answers is correct. After asking the disciples what other people are saying about him, then Jesus asks them and all of us perhaps the most important and vital question in the whole Gospel of Mark, “But who do you say that I am?” Imagine Jesus standing before you looking at you in love and hope and asking you that question – what would you say? Our answer makes all the difference in the world to our lives, our relationships, and our destiny.
Our next Fundraiser will be on October 2nd and it will be a Harvest Fair with Soup & Roll, Ploughman’s Lunches and stalls and a Bottle Stall and a Grand Wine Hamper Raffle.
PATRONAL FESTIVAL AT ST MICHAEL AND ALL ANGELS. You are invited to join the people of Harbledown for their patronal festival Mass on September 29th at 7:00pm followed by a buffet supper.
Sunday October 10th St Francis Pet Blessing Service. If you have a pet, a beloved animal friend, please come to our special Pet Blessing Service on October 10th at 3:00PM
It may seem a long way off, but bookings are now being taken for next year’s Parish Pilgrimage to Walsingham – May 16th for three nights full board. Cost will be around £250. Please see forms in Church vestibule. £10 deposit is required to secure a place. If you have never been to Walsingham before, then please speak with Fr Paul who has a DVD you can borrow. Pilgrimage is not all prayers and self-denial, it is actually great fun.
HARVEST FESTIVAL – October 3rd at the 9:00AM Parish Mass. This year our charity will be the Thanet Food bank. Food is urgently needed. If you can donate any items of tined or packet foods, please bring them to Church with you and we will deliver them to the Food bank at The Salvation Army. For any further information, please telephone 01843 447187 Thank you for your support.
Please pray for Olivia Fay Rosevear who is to be baptised and welcomed into the family of the Church on September 25th.
The Church of England has recently published a landmark set of resources to aid discernment and decision-making on questions of identity, sexuality, relationships and marriage. Living in Love and Faith is the most extensive research into this area by any church, and it’s designed to enable a period of church-wide learning and engagement to take place during 2021, after which there will be recommendations made for the future life and mission of the Church.
To assist us all at Holy Trinity, Fr Paul will showing a film on Wednesday September 22nd after Mass at 6:30PM entitled “For the Bible tells me so.” This film documentary powerfully explores the vexed question of homosexual relationships and what the Bible really says about this emotive subject for many Christians.
All PCC members are particularly encouraged to attend as we are asked to discuss this for feed back to the Deanery Synod. The film draws together the bible, theology, science and history with powerful real-life stories designed to help every Christian explore questions of identity, sexuality, relationships and marriage.
Holy Trinity School will in Church for their Harvest Festival Service on Thursday September 30th at 1:30PM.
Every Friday morning in Church from 10:30AM we serve free Coffee and Tea. Just pop in for a chat or company. Everyone is very welcome. You are also invited to join us for the Celtic Mass at 12 Noon with music.
THE HYGIENE BANK – will you help us support this worthwhile cause. We ask you to donate toiletries or feminine hygiene products. There is a large container in the hall for your donations.
Also, we need any kind of bottles for our Bottle Stall at the Harvest Fair. Bottles might be Shampoo, soft drinks, sauce, anything in a bottle! See Maggie for details.