Castlecomer Union Pew News & Prayer Diary 9 July 2017: 4th after Trinity liturgical colour ??? Green

Posted on July 8, 2017 at 12:35 PM

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

+ Monday 10

‘Do not think that I have come to bring peace to the earth; I have not come to bring peace, but a sword.' Matthew 10.34

Reflection Christ does not, of course, want his followers going around attacking people with swords. But neither does he want them to back down in the face of every challenge for the sake of a quiet life. His Good News is not easy for every ear to hear – but that doesn't mean we must stop talking.


+Tuesday 11

'But I tell you that on the day of judgement it will be more tolerable for the land of Sodom than for you.’ Matthew 11. 24

Reflection Sodom was notorious in Scripture for its decadent living; and great was its fall. But its punishment will seem mild to that in store for those who respond to all that God does for them with contempt and ingratitude.


+Wednesday 12

Jesus said, ‘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

Reflection: Humility is the key to true wisdom. For those who think themselves wise often reject God's law; but those who are humble are grateful for what he teaches and so may enter into the eternal life that others fail to achieve.


+Thursday 13

‘Come to me, all you that are weary and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.' Matthew 11.28

Reflection Such famous words. And what true wisdom; for where else are we to find rest from all the troubles of this life other than in the one who created and sustains us?


+Friday 14 (day of discipline and self-denial)

'For the Son of Man is Lord of the Sabbath.’ Matthew 12.8

Reflection: Christ told the Pharisees he was Lord of the Sabbath; and indeed he is. But his dismissal of the petty and arbitrary rules that they imposed on the people of their day is not to be taken as an excuse for us to treat the Lord's Day as if it were no different than any other.


+Saturday 15

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

Reflection: Consider how the Pharisees, who thought themselves godly men, deliberately set out to break God's law with this conspiracy. Sometimes people fool themselves into thinking they can achieve good ends by evil means. But if the seed is not good, then neither can the fruit be. Do not be tempted to break God's laws for any reason.


+Sun 16 July 5th after Trinity; Liturgical colour Green (3rd Sunday of Month –see changes to usual pattern as listed below)


Changes to service times in July

Sunday 16 July: 9.15 am The Colliery; 10.30am Bilboa

Sunday 23 July: 10.30am St Mary's; noon Mothel

Sunday 30 July: (Fifth Sunday) 11am The Colliery Church


Coming up this week

+Friday/Saturday: fund-raising Raffle outside Eurospar in 'Comer 10am - 6pm. Many thanks to those who have already volunteered to sell lines. There are still some slots to be filled and it would be greatly appreciated if you would put you name down to help

– please see sign up sheet at rear of 'Comer/Colliery Church or contact the rector.


Notices and Advance Notices

+'Comer & Colliery grass money now due. €40

+Those hoping to be confirmed in the coming cycle of confirmations should let the rector know so he can organise a date with the Bishop.


+Special note of thanks: to those who assisted with the organisation, setting up, and running of this Year's Holiday camp. Particular thanks to Hannah, Gillian, and Linda Ward.


+16 July (Sunday) 3.30 pm Songs of Praise, Castletown, with Dean Philip Knowles and the 'In Cantorum' Choir

+20 Aug Parish BBQ Wandesforde Hall (United Service at 11 am in St May's)

+29 Sep Whist Drive Wandesforde Hall

+13 Oct Bilboa Dinner Dance

+24 Nov 'Comer Autumn Fayre


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 (30 July – The Colliery)


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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