Castlecomer Union Pew News & Prayer Diary 24 June 2018: 4th after Trinity (liturgical colour ??? Green)

Posted on June 23, 2018 at 10:10 AM

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+ Monday 25

'Judge not, that you be not judged.' Matthew 7.1

Reflection: Judging the eternal destiny of any soul lies in the hands of God alone. That does not mean, however, that we should not warn people of the danger they face when they break God's law. Indeed, Scripture itself commands us to do so.


+ Tuesday 26

Render unto Caesar what is Caesar's; and unto God what is God's Mark 12. 17

Reflection: We fret if we are late with some trivial bill or how we will pay some new tax; do we give even a fraction of the same concern over what it is that we owe to the God who created us and sustains us?


+Wednesday 27

Jesus said: He is not God of the dead but of the living Mark 12.27

Reflection: Eternal life is ours in Christ. Never forget to live your life in the knowledge that how we live our lives in this life determines our fate in the next.


+Thursday 28

(After the scribe had spoken publicly in support of Jesus' teaching) he said to him: 'You are not far from the kingdom of God.' Mark 12.34

Reflection: The more closely you align your heart & mind & soul to the will of God, the more nearly you draw to him; bringing true happiness in this life; and in the next, eternal life.


+ Friday 29 (day of discipline & self-denial) St Peter

'Get thee behind me Satan!' Matthew 16.23

Reflection Even the holiest can become an unwitting agent of the powers of darkness. Be alert therefore, for as St Peter himself warns 'your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring line, looking for someone to devour. Resist him, steadfast in the faith.'


+Saturday 30

Jesus said 'Truly I tell you that this widow has put in more than all those who are contributing to the treasury.' Mark 12.43


Reflection: Of your weekly 'budget' of time and money, how much goes to the Lord? Is it only from what is 'left over' that you wouldn't miss? Or is it more – like the widow, everything that you have to live on?



+Sun 1 July, 5th after Trinity, 1st Sunday of Month – Liturgical colour Green - services: 9.15 The Colliery; 10.30 St Mary's; noon Mothel


Coming up this Week

+28 June (Thurs) Annual MU tour


Notes & Advance notices

+GDPR – the new data protection regulations – are now in force. The advice from the diocese is that information held by the rector on parishioners – names, address, phone numbers – is covered on the 'legitimate interest' test – ie, it is legitimately held to fasciculate the ordinary day-to-day running of the parish. Nonetheless, the 'belt and braces' approach advises that it is no harm to get parishioners to also fill out consent forms regarding this data. These will be prepared shortly and available at the back of the churches and you are asked to fill one out and return to the rector (one per household).

+Through 2 Sep there is an exhibition of Katie Watchorn's artwork in the Visual in Carlow. She will be in conversation with Paddy McGovern at 3pm 24 June, talking about life on her family farm and the artistic processes this life inspires. Free admission.

+Sep 15th: Bishop Burrows invites those confirmed by him to a Confirmation Celebration in Bishop’s House, Kilkenny. Please contact the rector for details for how to get an invitation for this RSVP event.


Summer Services Schedule for July

1 July 9.15 The Colliery; 10.30 St Mary's; noon Mothel

8 July 9.15. The Colliery; 10.30 St Mary's; noon Bilboa

15 July 10.30 St Mary's; Noon Mothel

22 July: 9.15 The Colliery; Noon Bilboa

29 July: 5th Sunday – United Service 11 am St Mary's (the 50th anniversary of the passing of Canon Curry, former rector of Castlecomer, occurs around this time and will be specially remembered at this service).


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, as announced

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!


Please observe Holy Silence while waiting for Divine Worship to begin.

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