Castlecomer Union Pew News & Prayer Diary 6 August 2017: 7h after Trinity liturgical colour ??? Green

Posted on August 5, 2017 at 2:05 AM

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


+Monday 7 Jesus said to him, ‘If you wish to be perfect, go, sell your possessions, and give the money to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; then come, follow me.' Matthew 17.21

Reflection Not all are called to sell all we have; but we are to be detached from our possessions so they do not serve to distract us from our relationship with God. For if the focus of our lives becomes our earthly goods then we are without treasure in heaven.

+Tuesday 8

‘Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Whoever becomes humble like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.' Matthew 18. 3,4

Reflection It takes humility to enter God's kingdom. We must, with the joy and trust of children, let go of all our pride and accept that the One who created us asks that we hear and obey the holy laws he has given us in His Son's divine teaching.


+Wednesday 9

'When those hired about five o’clock came, each of them received the usual daily wage. Now when the first came, they thought they would receive more; but each of them also received the usual daily wage.' Matthew 20. 9,10

Reflection God has but one reward for all who truly love him, eternal life. But do not presume therefore to delay entering into his service lest, like the foolish virgins, you find that the chance has passed you by.


+Thursday 10

“Tell those who have been invited … come to the wedding banquet.”But they made light of it and went away, one to his farm, another to his business,while the rest seized his slaves, maltreated them, and killed them.  Matthew 22. 4-7

Reflection The pleasures of this world can distract some from the higher prize, some even to the point where they mock or abuse the faithful. But let not that dishearten you, but rather let knowing what they risk loosing cause you to work even harder for the salvation of their souls.


+Friday 11 (day of discipline and self-denial)

'And a second is like it: “You shall love your neighbour as yourself.” ' Matthew 22.39

Reflection What does it mean to love your neighbour? To do all you can to ensure that they are happy in this life is doubtless important. But earthly happiness must never be bought at the expense of eternal happiness in the world to come.

+Saturday 12

'All who exalt themselves will be humbled, and all who humble themselves will be exalted.' Matthew 23.12

Reflection Those who seek power and position in this life risk paying a high price. True glory lies in humbly serving both God and your fellow man.


+Sun 13 August 9th after Trinity; Liturgical colour Green (2nd Sunday of Month –services according to usual monthly schedule – see below)


coming up this week

+7 August (Bank Holiday Monday) Abbeyleix Parish Fête, Rectory Garden, 2pm


Notices and

+The Union BBQ takes place Sunday 20 Aug. Tickets available from Churchwardens (or contact the rector). €15 per adult, €5 per child. Catering by Dick Dooley! There will be a united service of Holy Communion at 11 am in St May's that Sunday, with the barbecue beginning at around noon. Please bring a dessert to share on the day. While this is primarily a social event, last year it made over €1000 profit which was shared with all the parishes in the Union. Please try to get your tickets as soon as possible so we will know numbers for catering purposes!


+'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.


Advance Notices

+19 Aug The Deenside Wheelers are having a fund-raising cycle in aid of the Castlecomer Daycare Centre. Please see notice in porch for details.

+27 August: Services MP 10.30 am St Mary's & Noon Bilboa

+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

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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