Castlecomer Union Pew News & Prayer Diary 29 October 2017: 5h before Advent liturgical colour â?? Green

Posted on October 28, 2017 at 1:00 AM

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

Our condolences to the family and friends of Fr Joe Campion. May he rest in Peace to rise in Glory

+Monday 30

But the leader of the synagogue, indignant because Jesus had cured on the sabbath, kept saying to the crowd, ‘There are six days on which work ought to be done; come on those days and be cured, and not on the sabbath day.’ Luke 13.14


The leader of the synagogue, in his zeal for the sabbath, forgot the duties of love and mercy, and our Lord rightly chastises him. However, what would our Lord say to the carelessness with which his day is treated in our time by many?


+Tuesday 31

Jesus said: 'the kingdom of God … is like a mustard seed that someone took and sowed in the garden; it grew and became a tree, and the birds of the air made nests in its branches.’ Luke 13. 18-19


Sometimes we look at the world and worry about the future of the Church. But we must never give way to despair; for it is in God's hands and he has promised us that not even the Gates of Hell will prevail against his Church.


+Wednesday 1 November (All Saint's Day)

'Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God'. Matthew 5. 8


A saint is not some plaster figure, divorced from reality and untouched by the troubles and temptations of the world. A saint is one who has struggled with the messy reality of human life and managed to remain faithful to the end.


+Thursday 2

'Jerusalem, Jerusalem, … how often have I desired to gather your children together as a hen gathers her brood under her wings, and you were not willing!' Luke 13. 34


Our Lord shows tenderness and love even toward his enemies, and longs for their salvation. Will he not then give great help to those who love him, even if they sometimes stumble and fall?


+Friday 3 (day of discipline and self-denial)

When Jesus was going to the house of a leader of the Pharisees to eat a meal on the sabbath, they were watching him closely … and Jesus asked the lawyers and Pharisees, ‘Is it lawful to cure people on the sabbath, or not?’ But they were silent. Luke 14. 1-4


Blinded by their opposition to Christ, his enemies disregarded even basic mercy for a fellow man. We must never become fanatics like them, attacking everything that comes from a person we mistrust; for even an enemy may speak the truth on occassion.

+Saturday 4 (Rector's Day Off)

But when you are invited, go and sit down at the lowest place, so that when your host comes, he may say to you, “Friend, move up higher” Luke 14. 10


Prides often moves us to seek the riches and glory of this world. But the Christian is called to humility; which not only gives glory to God but makes us rich with treasure in heaven.


+Sun 5 Nov, 4th before Advent; Liturgical colour Green (1st Sunday of month; Service according to usual schedule – see below)


Coming up this week

+to all our young people – enjoy mid-term break!

*Wednesday – All Saints' Day – Holy Communion 7pm The Colliery Church


Notes & advance notices

+ Bilboa dinner dance raised €5000 – a marvellous result! Well done to all who organised, helped, and supported. The next one takes place 19 Oct 2018.

+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.

+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.

+17 Dec Carol Service, The Colliery, w/the Castlecomer MVC

+24 Dec Sunday 11am Holy Communion, St Mary's

+24 Dec Christmas Eve: 7pm Bilboa, HC; Christmas Eve: 9pm The Colliery, HC

+25 Dec Christmas Day: 10 am Mothel, HC; 11.30am St Mary's HC

+31 Dec Sunday (& New Year's Eve) 11am HC The Colliery

+April 16th - 25th 2018 'Tour To Israel'; contact Rachel at 087 9905059 for details


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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