Castlecomer Union Pew News & Prayer Diary 19 Nov 2017: 2nd before Advent liturgical colour â?? Green

Posted on November 18, 2017 at 7:05 PM

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


+Monday 20

‘Truly I tell you, this poor widow has put in more than all of them; for all of them have contributed out of their abundance, but she out of her poverty has put in all she had to live on.’ Luke 21. 3-4


Christian giving is about more than giving what we hardly notice or can easily spare. It involves self-denial and sacrifice. In Christian giving one can see the Cross.

+Tuesday 21

And he said, ‘Beware that you are not led astray; for many will come in my name and say, “I am he!” and, “The time is near!” Do not go after them.' Luke 21.8


Christ warned us that we would not know when he would come again. Wait for that day patiently, living as if it might be tomorrow, according to the way that he taught.

+Wednesday 22

'They will arrest you & persecute you; they will hand you over to synagogues & prisons, & you will be brought before kings and governors because of my name.' Luke 21.13


Christ warned his followers that their lives would be dangerous and difficult for his sake. Perhaps that means we should wonder when our own lives are too comfortable.

+Thursday 23

'Then they will see “the Son of Man coming in a cloud” with power and great glory.' Luke 21. 27


Christ will come again to judge the living and the dead. Ponder that this Advent, rather than treating it as a party season instead of a penitential one.

+Friday 24 (day of discipline and self-denial)

'Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away.' Luke 21. 33


Christ in his teaching spoke eternal truths. And what he taught is as true today as the day he first spoke his words to mortal men.

+Saturday 25 (Rector's Day Off)

‘Be on guard so that your hearts are not weighed down with dissipation and drunkenness and the worries of this life, and that day does not catch you unexpectedly, like a trap.  Luke 21. 34.35


Our Lord warned that the things of this life can be a danger to us, both in its pleasures and its concerns. Whatever comes your way, focus always on the true goal of this life – the eternal life Christ promised.


+Sun 26th Nov, The Sunday before Advent – The Kingship of Christ; Liturgical colour Green (4th Sunday of month; Service according to usual schedule – see below; the noon Eucharist in Bilboa will also serve as a memorial to John Graham. His brother, Canon Isaac Graham, who lives in Canada, will celebrate & preach)


Coming up this week

+Mon 8pm 'Dads' Killeshin Schoolhouse: initial meeting for fathers who wish to give their families their best; a support group for men to help them find ways of being comfortable in the new roles society has cast for them.

+Friday 'Comer Autumn Fayre 7pm (set up the night before from 6.30pm) Helpers needed – and cakes! (suggestions: Tray bakes, tea bracks, biscuit cakes, small Christmas puddings?)

+Saturday 2.30-3.30 pm MU Prayer Vigil against gender-based violence, St Laserian's

+Saturday 7.30 pm fund-raising concert, Stradbally Co Laois


Notes & Advance notices

+Please contact your treasurer to see if you need to 'top up' your giving before 31 Dec. Thank you in advance for your generous support of our church community.

+"The Holy Spirit in the Bible" Fr Sean Maher (PP Stadbally), Wed 22 & 29 Nov, 6 Dec, 7.30pm Killeshin Schoolhouse

+Readers Wanted! If you are willing to read lessons in church, please let the rector know. Young people, especially children, are particularly encouraged to take part.

+1 Dec: Christmas Whist Drive, Wandesforde Hall 8.30pm. There will be a beginners/refreshers class at 7.30pm on the night.

+17 Dec Carol Service, The Colliery, w/the Castlecomer MVC

+24 Dec Sunday 11am Holy Communion, St Mary's

+24 Dec Christmas Eve: 7pm Bilboa, HC; Christmas Eve: 9pm The Colliery, HC

+25 Dec Christmas Day: 10 am Mothel, HC; 11.30am St Mary's HC

+31 Dec Sunday (& New Year's Eve) 1)am HC The Colliery (pls note time change)

+Parish Confirmation date: 15 April 2018. Please give names to the rector

+6 January: Rectory Christmas Party – a 'thank you' to all on the Select Vestry and others in ministry in the parish.

+April 16th - 25th 2018 'Tour To Israel'; contact Rachel at 087 9905059 for details


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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