Castlecomer Union Pew News & Prayer Diary 3 Dec 2017: Advent Sunday (liturgical colour ??? violet)

Posted on December 2, 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


Commissioning service of Lay Readers today at 5.30 pm in St Canice's Cathedral. Please give our readers your fullest support by affirming them in this important ministry


+Monday 4 Dec (day of discipline and self-denial)

'Lord, I am not worthy to have you come under my roof.' Matthew 8.8


How many of us approach God and all his gifts to us with a sense of entitlement; rather than humbly, with a true sense of our own unworthiness?


+Tuesday 5 (day of discipline and self-denial)

Jesus said: 'Blessed are the eyes that see what you see! For I tell you that many prophets & kings desired to see what you see, but did not see it.' Luke 10.23,24


How aware are we of the privilege we have of knowing Jesus? It is a blessing beyond compare from God himself. Are we correspondingly grateful?


+Wednesday 6 (day of discipline and self-denial)

They put them at Jesus feet and he cured them, so that the crowd was amazed when they saw … And they praised the God of Israel. Matthew 15. 30,31



The crowds reaction was to praise God when they witnessed all that Jesus could do. Do we do likewise? And do we do it it for all the world to see?


+Thursday 7 (day of discipline and self-denial)

No one can serve two masters. Matthew 7.24


Where does your true loyalty lie? Are the values praised by the world your guide or those given us by Christ? And have you the courage to proclaim it?


+Friday 8 (day of discipline and self-denial)

The blind men came to him; and Jesus said to them 'Do you believe that I am able to do this?' They said to him 'Yes, Lord.' Matthew 9. 28


Jesus offers us many things. Do we say yes to his promises?


+Saturday 9 (Rector's Day Off; day of discipline and self-denial))

The harvest is plentiful, but the labourers are few. Matthew 9.37


To truly say 'Yes, Lord' to Jesus means serving him and working for the salvation of souls. In what ways do you answer his call on your life?


+Sun 10 Dec, 2nd of Advent – Liturgical colour Violet (2nd Sunday of month; Services according to usual schedule – see below)


Coming up this week

+Wed 8pm Advent mid-week Eucharist, St Mary's (in the vestry)


Notes & Advance notices

+Please contact your treasurer to see if you need to 'top up' your giving before 31 Dec.

+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.

+Advent mid-week Eucharists (Wednesdays): 6 Dec St Mary's; 13 Dec Bilboa; 20 Dec The Colliery. All at 8pm

+Profit on the Autumn Fayre: €4775. Well done all!


+17 Dec Carol Service, The Colliery, w/the Castlecomer MVC; 7pm (pls note time change)

+19 Dec WNS Nativity Play, 7pm, Wandesforde Hall

+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) 10 am HC The Colliery (pls note time change)

+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.

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

+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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