Castlecomer Union Pew News & Prayer Diary 13 August 2017: 9h after Trinity liturgical colour ??? Green

Posted on August 12, 2017 at 6:20 PM

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

Congratulations to all in the Parr family on the arrival baby Harry!


+ Monday 14

The Son of Man is going to be betrayed into human hands, and they will kill him, and on the third day he will be raised.’ And they were greatly distressed. Matthew 17. 22,23


The disciples were distressed at our Lord's prophetic words, as are we when when we consider he suffered and died for our sins. Why then do we continue to sin wilfully?


+Tuesday 15

‘Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.' Matthew 18.3


Children are innocent and trusting. We must humble ourselves and be like them for the sake of the kingdom.


+Wednesday 16

'If the offender refuses to listen even to the church, let such a one be to you as a Gentile and a tax-collector.' Matthew 18.18


Harsh sounding words from our Lord. But what was the attitude of Christ's Church to those whom Jewish society saw as irredeemable sinners? Was it not to try and bring them to repentance and offer them welcome?  So too must we try gently and persistently to open the ears of those who refuse to listen to Christ's Church.


+Thursday 17

'Lord, if another member of the church sins against me, how often should I forgive? As many as seven times?’Jesus said to him, ‘Not seven times, but, I tell you, seventy-seven times.' Matthew 18. 21,22


God's forgiveness is limitless. And, hard though it may be, so must ours be also.


+Friday 18 (day of discipline and self-denial)

'So they are no longer two, but one flesh. Therefore what God has joined together, let no one separate.’ Matthew 19.6


Christ's disciples found this teaching so hard that they wondered if it would be better not to marry at all. But consider what is implicit in their thinking – that it was preferable to deny oneself and lead a celibate life than risk disobeying Christ.

+Saturday 19

But Jesus said, ‘Let the little children come to me, and do not stop them; for it is to such as these that the kingdom of heaven belongs.' Matthew 19.14


These words remind us that evangelisation begins in the home. Those who have children in their care must help bring them to Christ by diligently bringing them up in the faith.

+Sun 20th August 10th after Trinity; Liturgical colour Green - United Service of Holy Communion, St Mary's, 11am, followed by Union BBQ


Coming up this week

+The Union BBQ takes place next Sunday 20 Aug. Tickets available from Churchwardens (or contact the rector). €15 per adult, €5 per child. Catering by Dick Dooley!

There will be a united service of Holy Communion at 11 am in St May's that Sunday, with the barbecue beginning at around noon. Please bring a dessert to share on the day.

While this is primarily a social event, last year it made over €1000 profit which was shared with all the parishes in the Union. Please try to get your tickets as soon as possible so we will know numbers for catering purposes!

Note: we'll need to set up for the BBQ the day before. If you are available to help, please come to the Hall at 10 am on Saturday the 19th. Thanks in advance.


Notes & advance notices

+There has been changes to the scheduling of buses going through 'Comer. Please be sure and check the new timetable before making plans to travel

+'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.

+19 Aug The Deenside Wheelers are having a fund-raising cycle in aid of the Castlecomer Daycare Centre. Please see notice in porch for details.

+27 August: Services MP 10.30 am St Mary's & Noon Bilboa

+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

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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