Harvest Thanksgiving Mass
On Saturday, 6th October, the community of theChurch ofSt. Nicholas celebrated the now annual Harvest Thanksgiving Mass in a church bedecked with a wide and most meaningful array of harvest produce.
Fr. Richard Geoghegan was the celebrant; the youth members of the parish liturgy group carried fruit, vegetables and eggs in the entrance procession, proclaimed the readings, read appropriate Prayers of the Faithful (each accompanied by the placing of a symbolic prayer candle on the altar), carried the gifts to the altar in the offertory procession, acted as special Ministers of the Eucharist and read a most moving communion reflection.
Their special input involved a blessing of water from the skies over Carrick on Suir (no shortage of this commodity this year!), a sprinkling of the congregation, and a thought-provoking meditation on God’s creation and our part in it, the high points emphasised by the presentation before the congregation of symbols asking for their involvement in keeping creation ‘good’: a bag of refuse, asking for cleanliness, a sapling tree asking for the planting of more trees, a jug of water, asking for care of our water supply, and a bunch of flowers, asking for more consideration for those who work to keep our parks and public gardens so beautiful.
As part of the offering of gifts, the local Camphill Community presented the people of the parish with large baskets of produce from their farm.
The Suir Valley Choir sang a series of fitting hymns. Many and sincere thanks to all those who helped to make this ‘liturgy as it should be done’, as one member of the congregation commented afterwards.