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Our 2014 weekend exceeded expectations with around 180 men attending.
Bishop John Sherrington
Bishop John Sherrington celebrated Mass with us on the Sunday.
Likely Lads to... Lancaster in July 2008!
(Posted March 18, 2008)
Change is underway for the 2008 Northern Men's Weekend. After two successful years at Mount St Mary's College, near Sheffield, Harvesters is heading further north to the city of Lancaster where the weekend will be hosted by none other than Lancaster University from Saturday 5th to Sunday 6th July 2008.
Another key change is also taking place. This will beHarvesters' first one-night only weekend.
Many men understandably mention that it is difficult to be away from the family for both Friday and Saturday nights. So, having listened to your comments, we have chosen to opt for a new timetable enabling men to be at home with family and loved ones on Friday evenings while also benefitting from necessary time away.
The Northern weekend will kick off on Saturday morning and end on Sunday afternoon so as to accommodate those travelling from the Midlands, North East and further afield.
Greg McCrave, one of the team organising the weekend, says: "Many men who regularly attend the Northern weekend come from the North West. We hope that by moving back closer to this area, rather than being in the East Midlands as we have the past two years, that even more men will be drawn to attend, and hopefully will bring along a friend, workmate or family member who is also in need of spiritual input and renewal."
For more information about this weekend, and the other summer weekends hosted by Harvesters, please...
A Tenner for Tanzania
(Posted April 17, 2007)
"Four pints, please..."
Harvesters has for the first time in 2007 been invited to send a team to East Africa in both May and November. This is to meet the needs of Tanzanian men crying out for sound teaching, ministry, support and encouragement from their English brothers.
Roy Hendy, a member of the Harvesters organising team, decided some years ago to ask people in the UK to give a 'Fiver for Africa' to help provide food (especially for orphans), water supplies, education and building funds for some of the poorest people in Eastern Africa. As he will go to Africa twice this year along with Gerard Pomfret, the figure has been upped to a ten pounds.
On the last visit, Roy and Gerard managed to take £25,000 to Kenya and Tanzania and, with the help of two wise bishops, were able to distribute the funds directly to those most in need.
"People in Dar-es-Salaam don't have too much food," said Roy, "or clean water, and their life expectancy is well below our own. Lots of children don't receive education, and we can help them in so many different ways.
"At the meetings we help to facilitate deliverances are expected and we experience several hundred people being healed, almost in a moment, as we ask God to meet the needs of His people.
"At the men's conferences we see men confessing their sins publicly with some amazing altar calls resulting. Shame and guilt really get left at the Cross, and the testimonies flow of the Holy Spirit at work in these men's lives. "Faith is in the air," he says, "and my hope is that by encountering it regularly we may catch some of it for England."
Should you wish to give ten (or more) pounds towards Harvesters' outreach work in Tanzania, please contact Roy on (tel) 01386 852084 or at (e-mail) [email protected] May God bless you for your generosity.
Scotland Hosts First Men's Weekend
(Posted March 20, 2007)
Still, calm setting of Scotus College chapel
For nearly ten years, groups of men from Scotland have travelled down into the depths of England to attend one or other of Harvesters Weekends Away For Men. With commitment and fervour being on a constant high among the Scots, June 2007 sees Scotland hosting its first weekend on home territory at the Scotus College in Bearsden, North West Glasgow from Friday 10 to Sunday 12.
The Scotus College is known as a the peaceful setting on the edge of Glasgow, and is home of the National Seminary in Scotland. It is also where the Bishops’ Conference of Scotland meets.
Nearby are opportunities to play football, get in a round of golf or go swimming. There are great country walks too, such as the first stage of the West Highland Way. Or you can nip into the city centre to see the famous Salvador Dali painting: Christ of St John of the Cross.
Fr Jim McManus CSsR
A strong line up of speakers has been put into place to include Fr Jim McManus CSsR, one of the best retreat speakers known in our islands. He is a Redemptorist priest based in St Mary's, Kinnoull and his publications include: Healing Power of the Sacraments; Healing in the Spirit; Inside Job: Spirituality of True Self-Esteem; Finding Forgiveness.
There is also Charles Whitehead, a former businessman who is married to Sue, an Anglican. Charles if former President of ICCRS (International Catholic Charismatic Renewal Services) and was awarded a papal knighthood. Today he is Chairman of ecumenical ICCOWE (the International Charismatic Consultation on World Evangelisation).
Additionally there is Fr Richard Reid CSsR, also a Redemptorist and based in St Patrick's Parish in the heart of Edinburgh's Old Town, has served in Plymouth, Canterbury, London and Perth. He has travelled widely giving missions and retreats and has a special interest in male spirituality.
And finally, Fr Keith Herrera, Parish Priest of St Peter’s in Aberdeen will also be one of the speakers. Fr Keith is a great communicator with the younger generation and has a particular interest in personal spiritual development. He is known for helping to facilitate Cursillo weekends.
To obtain a booking form for this weekend, or merely to find out more, click here...
LOOKING BACK TO 2010
• FOLLOWING TWO PREVIOUS WEEKENDS AT MOUNT ST MARY'S, the historical Jesuit college on the outskirts of Sheffield, Harvesters is to again host its 2010 Weekend for Men back here in the North.
Bookings begin in early 2010. We look forward to welcoming you and any of the men you know to this exciting weekend.
• …TO FR DENIS BLACKLEDGE SJ, the Superior at Stonyhurst College, for his inspiring homily at our final Mass in July 2005 when he "quoted us happy", inspiring the men present to lead lives worthy of our faith in Christ.