Harvest Fast Day – focus on El Salvador

This Harvest Fast Day we draw inspiration from the Oscar Romero prayer which will be in all the Fast Day packs.

If your parish is holding a Harvest Fast Day collection, the pack will be with all parish priest and parish volunteers in the first week of September.

The Fast Day pack features Endelmira, a farmer in El Salvador, as she works to grow a harvest from good, local seed given to her by CAFOD’s local partner.

This strong, native seed means Endelmira can resist having to buy weak, commercial seed that won’t let her grow a second harvest with its yield. So, we and Endelmira are fighting for God’s natural abundance – the fertility of a seed – for her and for her children, and for future generations.

“We many never see the end results, but that is the difference between the master builder and the worker.

We are workers, not master builders; ministers, not messiahs.

We are prophets of a future not our own.

This is what we are about.

We plant the seeds that one day will grow.

We water the seeds already planted,

knowing that they hold future promise.

We lay foundations that will need further development.

We provide yeast that produces far beyond our capabilities.

We cannot do everything, and there is a sense of liberation in realising that.

This enables us to do something, and to do it very well.

“We plant the seeds,” the prayer says, “that one day will grow”: a perfect picture of both our work and also of each donation, given in faith.


Please join us to learn more about the work that is being done in El Salvador.

Harvest Fast day briefings will be held :

Hereford on Thursday, 21 September at 7 pm at Our Lady, Queen of Martyrs

Swansea on Monday, 11 September at St David’s Priory Church, time tbc

Vale of Glamorgan, Thursday, 7 September from 7.30-9 pm at St Joseph’s Parish Hall, Penarth

Central Cardiff, venue tbc

All welcome, tea and coffee provided.

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