Castlecomer Union Pew News & Prayer Diary 26 Nov 2017: Sunday before Advent - The Kingship of Christ

Posted on November 25, 2017 at 1:00 AM

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


Today's noon Eucharist in Bilboa will also serve as a memorial to John Graham. His brother, Canon Isaac Graham, will celebrate & preach)


+Monday 27 The blind man shouted, ‘Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!’ Those who were in front sternly ordered him to be quiet; but he shouted even more loudly.‘Luke 18.38, 39

Reflection Do not let anyone or anything persuade you from bringing your problems to God. Persevere in prayer; God hears and answers all, even if we do not understand how.


+Tuesday 28 When Jesus came to the place, he looked up and said to him, ‘Zacchaeus, hurry and come down; for I must stay at your house today.’ Luke 19.5

Reflection Zacchaeus' desire to come closer to Christ was rewarded in the most unexpected way. So too must we strive always to draw nearer to Jesus by trying to be more and more like him, not letting any obstacle prevent us.

 +Wednesday 29 The first came forward and said, “Lord, your pound has made ten more pounds.” He said to him, “Well done, good slave! Because you have been trustworthy in a very small thing, take charge of ten cities.” Luke 19. 16, 17

Reflection Faithfulness in the ultimately trivial things of this life leads to great rewards in the next. Stand firm in your faith whatever the difficulties or temptations you face.

 +Thursday 30 (St Andrew) And he said to Peter and Andrew "Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men." Immediately they left their nets and followed him. Matthew 4.19-20 Reflection Christ calls us all to bring others into his kingdom. Will we do as St Andrew did and answer that call; or will we, like so many others, ignore our Lord?

+Friday 1 Dec (day of discipline and self-denial) Then he entered the temple and began to drive out those who were selling things there. Luke 19. 45

Reflection Our Lord was moved to anger to see his Father's house treated shamefully. Never neglect to treat holy places with the reverence they deserve.

 +Saturday 2 (Rector's Day Off) 'He is God not of the dead, but of the living; for to him all of them are alive.’ Luke 19. 38

Reflection Our Lord was quite clear that death means passing from this life to the next. Live this life with that hope always before you; and let Christ's promise of eternal life guide all your actions.


+Sun 3 Dec, Advent Sunday – Liturgical colour Violet (1st Sunday of month; Services according to usual schedule – see below)


Coming up this week

+Friday: Castlecomer 'Festival of Lights'; entertainment on the Square from about 5.30pm on – events include; Santa arriving on a Fire Engine; Parade with music to Christmas Village in Discovery Park; grand finale Italian Flag Wavers in Estate Yard 7.15pm approx. All welcome – fun for children aged 1 to 100!

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


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.


+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 7-9pm – a 'thank you' to all on the Select Vestry and others in ministry in the parish.

+7 Jan: Epiphany Carol Service, Mothel, 4pm; the only other service in the Union that Sunday is that of Holy Communion at 10.30 am.

+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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