Castlecomer Union Pew News & Prayer Diary 20 August 2017: 10th after Trinity

Posted on August 19, 2017 at 5:50 PM

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


The Union BBQ takes place immediately following this service in the Wandesforde Hall (start time approximately noon)


Please note changes to regular service times next Sunday, when the only services will be at 10.30 am St Mary's & Noon Bilboa; both Morning Prayer


+ Monday 21

Jesus said to him, 'If you would be perfect, go, sell what you possess and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow me.' Matthew 19. 21



Not all are called to Holy Poverty for the sake of the Kingdom. But all are called to love God above all else and at all times strive to lay up treasure in heaven.


+Tuesday 22

And Jesus said to his disciples, 'Truly, I say to you, it will be hard for a rich man to enter the kingdom of heaven.' Matthew 19. 23



Do not say to yourself 'I am not wealthy' and think that therefore these words do not apply to you. Think rather of the great attachment you have to your material possessions and whether your love for them stands between you and God.


+Wednesday 23

And when those hired about the eleventh hour came, each of them received a denarius. Now when the first came, they thought they would receive more; but each of them also received a denarius. Matthew 20. 9-10



The Lord has but one reward for all who serve him – eternal life. Do not spend so much time thinking you are more worthy than others of God's free gift, lest by your vanity you lose this reward for yourself.


+Thursday 24 (St Bartholomew)

'For which is the greater, one who sits at table, or one who serves? Is it not the one who sits at table? But I am among you as one who serves.' Luke 22.27


Reflection The world sees success as the gathering together of many possessions; but all these mean nothing if at death you are without treasure in heaven. St Bartholomew left everything to follow Christ, giving up even life itself for his sake. And yet he died a richer man than many kings. And so may we, if only we follow his example.


+Friday 25 (day of discipline and self-denial)

And he said to him, 'You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.'  Matthew 22.37



Loving God totally and unreservedly is the first step on the road to holy living. Focus on this first; and from it all other virtues will flow.


+Saturday 26

'The scribes and the Pharisees sit on Moses' seat; so practice and observe whatever they tell you, but not what they do; for they preach, but do not practice' Matthew 23. 2,3



Sadly there are often sacred ministers who fail to lead holy lives. But their lack of holiness does not invalidate the Truth of what the Church teaches. However, be careful that what they teach is indeed in accord with that Truth; for there are those who will offer teaching intended to make their own misdeeds seem good.


+Sun 27th August 11th after Trinity; Liturgical colour Green - Please note changes to regular service times next Sunday, when the only services will be at 10.30 am St Mary's & Noon Bilboa; both Morning Prayer


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.

+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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