Castlecomer Union Pew News & Prayer Diary 8 July 2018: 6th after Trinity (liturgical colour ??? Green)

Posted on July 7, 2018 at 1:00 AM

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+ Monday 9

‘Do not think that I have come to bring peace to the earth; I have not come to bring peace, but a sword.' Matthew 11. 34


The Prince of Peace sends his followers forth to challenge the consensus of the world. Difficulties should be no surprise; they are what we are called to face.


+ Tuesday 10

'Then he began to reproach the cities in which most of his deeds of power had been done, because they did not repent. … 'I tell you that on the day of judgement it will be more tolerable for the land of Sodom than for you.’ Matthew 11.20-24


The more gifts God grants you, the more he expects from you. And those who think they can take and take and yet reject him without consequence are wrong.


+Wednesday 11

‘I thank you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because you have hidden these things from the wise and the intelligent and have revealed them to infants.'

Matthew 11.25


Those who think themselves great can often miss that which is obvious to the humble of heart. And their self-importance, if not repented of, carries within it the seeds of destruction.


+Thursday 12

‘Come to me, all you that are weary and are carrying heavy burdens, and I will give you rest.' Matthew 22. 28


This world is no easy place. But Christ calls us all to him; and those who take up his yoke find peace, for the things of this world can trouble them no more.


+ Friday 13 (day of discipline & self-denial)

'For the Son of Man is lord of the sabbath.’ Matthew 12.8


The Lord's Day is for rest and worship. Necessity can make this difficult for some; but the necessity of the few does not grant license to the many. Consider this in relation to how you spend your own Sundays.



Saturday June 14 (Rector's day off)

The Pharisees went out and conspired against him, how to destroy him. Matthew 12.14

Reflection: This is something for all Christians to consider, for if the master was hated, why should the servants be surprised if they too face hatred? For the servant is not greater than the master and can expect no better treatment than he.


+Sun 15 July, 7th after Trinity, 2nd Sunday of Month – Liturgical colour Green - services: 10.30 St Mary's; Noon Mothel


Notes & Advance notices

+The 'grass money' for the 'Comer/Colliery end of the parish is now due - €40. Many thanks in advance.

+Through 2 Sep there is an exhibition of Katie Watchorn's artwork in the Visual, Carlow.

+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.

Note: the rector is currently 'in training'! All going well, he will run the Kilkenny half-marathon in September as a fund-raising effort for the Union. Please keep him in your prayers (especially during this extremely hot weather).

Further note: The current heat wave is causing distress to many, especially those in the farming community involved in animal husbandry or the growing of crops. Please keep them in your prayers at this difficult time.


Summer Services Schedule for July

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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