Castlecomer Union Pew News & Prayer Diary 8 October 2017: 16th after Trinity liturgical colour ??? Green

Posted on October 7, 2017 at 1:25 PM

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


+ Monday 9

'Which of these three ... was a neighbour to the man who fell into the hands of the robbers?’ He said, ‘The one who showed him mercy.’ Jesus said to him, ‘Go and do likewise.’ Luke 10. 36, 37


In the parable, the Samaritan says that on his return he will pay whatever extra is owed the innkeeper. For us to do likewise means that neither must we count the cost of helping those in need.


+Tuesday 10

‘Martha, Martha, you are worried and distracted by many things;there is need of only one thing. Mary has chosen the better part, which will not be taken away from her.’ Luke 10. 41, 42


How many of us spend so much time on the cares of this world that we neglect to prepare for the next? Take time for prayer, worship, Scripture, and spiritual reading; for the time you spend with the Lord is the most productive of all.


+Wednesday 11 (St Philip the Deacon)

The Lord appointed seventy others and sent them on ahead of him in pairs to every town and place where he himself intended to go. Luke 10.1


Tradition teaches that St Philip was one of those sent out by the Lord. So also are we sent and every human heart we meet is a place he intends to go. Consider carefully then how every act and word of yours serves to prepare them to meet the Living Lord.


+Thursday 12

So I say to you, Ask, and it will be given to you; search, and you will find; knock, and the door will be opened for you. Luke 11. 9


Our Father in heaven answers all prayers in the way that he knows is best for us. As you pray, then, strive to ask only for that which will be pleasing to him.


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

‘When the unclean spirit … returns … it finds (the house) swept and put in order. Then it goes and brings seven other spirits more evil than itself, and ... and the last state of that person is worse than the first.’ Luke 11. 24-26

Reflection Beware when you think you have made some spiritual progress. That may be the time of greatest spiritual danger as a sense of pride may make you more vulnerable than before. Remember that no achievement is yours but a gift from God; and with deep humility give thanks to Him.


+Saturday 14 (Rector's Day Off)

'Give us each day our daily bread.' Luke 11. 3


Christ told us to pray for what we need for each day. How many of us labour for a future that is months, years, or decades away, a future we may never see? If you have enough for today be content; and labour instead for the kingdom of heaven.


+Sun 15 Oct, 18h after Trinity; Liturgical colour Green (Harvest 'Songs of Praise' 7pm St Mary's. The only other service that day is HC in Mothel at noon.)


Coming up this week

+10 Oct WNS AGM, 8pm. At least one parent per family should please attend.

+13 Oct Bilboa Dinner Dance: Music by Michael Collins & his Band. Meal at 8pm sharp. Dancing from 9.30pm. Tickets €25 each, available from parishioners +14 Oct 2.30pm Interment of Ashes, John Humpreys, Bilboa. John was a son of the parish who went to live in England many years ago. He was a cousin of Harry Condell, and the service will be led by another cousin, the Rev Hazel Minion.

Notes & advance notices

+Whist Drive total: €894. Well done to all involved!

+The annual collection for the Carlow Protestant Orphans Society is now taking place. This charity has provided great support to families in this Union both in the past and currently. Please get donations to Mrs Marion Minion as soon as you can.

+Bilboa 'Sale' money now due; Comer/Colliery grass money €40 due.

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

+Sandra Parr has kindly offered to organise a 'cuppa' after the service in the Colliery on the first Sunday of each month, starting in November.

+18 Oct Diocesan Synod, Woodford Dolman, Carlow. Begins with HC at 2.45pm

+24 Nov 'Comer Autumn Fayre

+1 Dec: Christmas Whist Drive, Wandesforde Hall 8.30pm. There will be a beginners/refreshers class at 7.30pm on the night.

+April 16th - 25th 2018 'Tour To Israel' led by Rachel Treacy & Sophie Shirley. Anyone interested can contact Rachel at 087 9905059 for more details and brochure.


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 (29 Oct – Bilboa)

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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