Castlecomer Union Pew News & Prayer Diary 16 July 2017: 5th after Trinity liturgical colour ??? Green

Posted on July 15, 2017 at 3:25 PM

Please remember to maintain Holy Silence both before and after the service to allow others to pray quietly before the Lord

3.30 pm today: Songs of Praise, Castletown, with Dean Philip Knowles and the 'In Cantorum' Choir


+Monday 17

But he answered them, ‘An evil and adulterous generation asks for a sign, but no sign will be given to it except the sign of the prophet Jonah.' Matthew 12.21


Those without faith often cry 'extraordinary claims requires extraordinary proof.' Yet all the proof needed exists in the world around us. Demands for more in the shape of signs and wonders is a sign in itself – of an evil and adulterous generation.


+Tuesday 18

Let both of them grow together until the harvest; and at harvest time I will tell the reapers, Collect the weeds first and bind them in bundles to be burned, but gather the wheat into my barn.' Matthew 13.30


It may sometimes seem that there are those who escape justice in this life. But life does not end with the grave and justice must at last be faced. And severe indeed is the judgement for those who have refused to serve the Lord.


+Wednesday 19

'Other seeds fell among thorns, and the thorns grew up and choked them.' Matthew 13.7


Jesus explained that the seed that fell among thorns are those who lose faith in the face of the cares of the world. Take his warning then and do not lose eternal life for the sake of things that are passing.


+Thursday 20

Jesus said: 'Truly I tell you, many prophets and righteous people longed to see what you see, but did not see it, and to hear what you hear, but did not hear it.' Mttw 13.17


We are among those blessed to see and hear what so many longed for. Do not waste so precious a gift by taking it for granted. Instead daily give thanks to the Lord and serve him with all your heart, strength, mind, and soul.


+Friday 21 (day of discipline and self-denial)

'whoever wishes to be first among you must be your slave.' Matthew 20.27

Reflection: The only glory in the Christian life is that of humble service. But what glory it is! For in so doing we serve not only God also, but walk the path that leads to his kingdom.

+Saturday 22 (St Mary Magdalene)

Mary Magdalene went and announced to the disciples, ‘I have seen the Lord.’ John 20.18

Reflection Privileged with the first post-resurrection appearance, Mary's first response was a declaration of faith. We also have the privilege of seeing the Lord, but through the eyes of faith. And like Mary we must publicly proclaim him as Lord.


+Sun 23 July 5th after Trinity; Liturgical colour Green (4th Sunday of Month –see changes to usual pattern as listed below)


Changes to service times in July

Sunday 16 July: 9.15 am The Colliery; 10.30am Bilboa

Sunday 23 July: 10.30am St Mary's; noon Mothel

Sunday 30 July: (Fifth Sunday) 11am The Colliery Church


+Special note of thanks: to all who helped with the fund-raising Raffle outside Eurospar in 'Comer . Thanks to Rachel Treacy, Ruth Prendergast, & Sylvia Ward for donating hamper prizes, to Ruth for making them up, and to Frances Bradley, Rebecca Wilson, Linda Ward, June & Jamie Wilson, Emily Condell, Sandra Parr, Sylvia Ward, Herbert Wilson, & Rosemary Watchorn for selling the lines. Special thanks to Herbert for taking two slots selling. The final count isn't in, but approx €1600 was raised. Well done to our winners: Mildred Neale, Ena Wallace, & Margaret Kelly (all of whom have already been contacted with the good news!).

Notices and Advance Notices

+'Comer & Colliery grass money now due. €40

+Those hoping to be confirmed in the coming cycle of confirmations should let the rector know so he can organise a date with the Bishop.

+20 Aug Parish BBQ Wandesforde Hall (United Service at 11 am in St May's)

+29 Sep Whist Drive Wandesforde Hall

+13 Oct Bilboa Dinner Dance

+24 Nov 'Comer Autumn Fayre


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, in rotation (30 July – The Colliery)


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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