Castlecomer Union Pew News & Prayer Diary 25 Feb 2018: The 2nd Sunday in Lent (liturgical colour ??? purple)

Posted on February 24, 2018 at 1:00 AM

Please remember to maintain Holy Silence both before and after the service

Condolences to the family of George Bradley on his sudden passing. May he rest in Peace to rise in Glory


+Monday 26 (Day of Discipline and Self-denial)

‘Do not judge, and you will not be judged; do not condemn, and you will not be condemned.' Luke 6.36

Reflection: This does not mean we do not teach what the Church has always taught, for the Church teaches what she was given by Christ. But it behooves us to remember that part of that teaching is that judgement is the prerogative of the Lord, the one who did not decline to sit at table with all manner of sinners.


+ Tuesday 27 (Day of Discipline and Self-denial)

'All who exalt themselves will be humbled, and all who humble themselves will be exalted.' Matthew 23.12

Reflection: The Christian must be humble because he knows himself to be a sinner, in need of God's mercy and forgiveness. Through that humility comes the only true exaltation: to be welcomed at the last into the presence of our Creator.


+Wednesday 28 (Day of Discipline and Self-denial)

‘Are you able to drink the cup that I am about to drink?’ They said to him, ‘We are able.’ He said to them, ‘You will indeed drink my cup.' Matthew 20. 22,23

Reflection: Christ offers his cup of suffering to all who would be his disciple; those who accept it must deny themselves and take up their cross. For some this means persecution or even a martyr's crown; but for all it means being faithful even unto death.


+Thursday 1 Mar (Day of Discipline and Self-denial)

Abraham said to him, 'If they do not listen to Moses and the prophets, neither will they be convinced even if someone rises from the dead.' Luke 16.31

Reflection: The parable of Dives and Lazarus tells us of a man who learns too late the error of his ways. The tragedy is that Dives had in this life all he needed to gain eternal life. We stand in the place of his brothers and therefore must ask ourselves if we will make the same mistake as he.


+Friday 2 (Day of Discipline and Self-denial)

‘The works that the Father has given me to complete, the very works that I am doing, testify on my behalf that the Father has sent me.' John 5. 36

Reflection: It sometimes seems impossible for us to understand how anyone can reject Christ. Yet even in his own day there were those who witnessed his deeds of power who refused to believe in him. Those who chose unbelief can always find a reason for doing so, whatever age they live in.


+Saturday 3 (Rector's Day Off; Day of Discipline and Self-denial)

And the Pharisees and the scribes were grumbling and saying, ‘This fellow welcomes sinners and eats with them.’ Luke 15. 2

Reflection: Great is the irony of those men's words. For they saw no reason that Jesus should not welcome or eat with them. And yet they also were sinners, as are we all.


+Sun 4 March, The 3rd Sunday in Lent – Liturgical colour purple

1st Sunday of month; services according to usual pattern (see below)


Notes & Advance notices

+Wednesday: Frugal lunch 1-2pm, The Rectory

+Wednesday: Confirmation class 6.45pm, the vestry, St Mary's

+Wednesday: Lenten mid-week service 8pm Bilboa


+Frugal Lunches in the Rectory, 1-2pm, Wednesdays in Lent (excluding Ash Wed & Holy Week); donations to Parish Poor Fund and local VdeP

+Lenten Midweek Services 8pm: March 7th St Mary's; 15th The Colliery; 21st Bilboa. These all are at 8pm and all are Wednesdays except on March 15th which is a Thursday.

+3,4 Mar, extra performances of 'The Maiden Aunt', in Coon

+7 Mar Men's Shed: Information Session/Coffee Morning in Castlecomer Library 11am to 1pm. Light refreshments will be served. All are welcome.

+10 Mar National Rally to protect the unborn, Parnell Square Dublin 2pm. Bus leaving Loughboy at 10am. Call Ron at 086 669 6632 for details.

+14 Mar Bilboa Cookery Demonstration with Edward Hayden 8pm Lord Bagenal €15. This is a ticketed event and all interested are advised to purchase early to avoid disappointment. Tickets available from Bilboa parishioners.

+17-19 Mar Ovoca training weekend for Holiday Club. Booking forms from rector.


+15 April Parish Confirmation date: preparation classes at 6.45pm the Vestry, St Mary's, Feb 28, Mar 7, 15, 21. Punctuality important! Preparation book €10


Rector: Rev Patrick Burke: 056 4441677 [email protected]

Sunday Services:

The Colliery 9.15am / St Mary's 10.30 am;

Mothel noon 1st and 3rd Sun; 2nd Sun Evening Prayer 7pm;

Bilboa noon 2nd & 4th Sunday, & 10.30am on 3rd Sundays.;

5th Sundays 11am, as announced


Please use recorded giving (envelope, etc)! The parish gets 45c extra for every euro you give, if you pay tax, from Revenue (if you give €250 pa or more) if it is recorded!

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