Castlecomer Union Pew News & Prayer Diary 18 Feb 2018: The 1st Sunday in Lent (liturgical colour ??? purple)

Posted on February 17, 2018 at 1:00 AM

Please remember to maintain Holy Silence both before and after the service


+Monday 19 (Day of Discipline and Self-denial)

'And (those at his left hand) will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous into eternal life.’  Matthew 25. 46


Christ warned of the judgement to come. Make this season of Lent your spiritual training ground so that, with God's grace, you may be counted amongst the righteous at the last.


+ Tuesday 20 (Day of Discipline and Self-denial)

'Your kingdom come.  Your will be done,  on earth as it is in heaven.' Matthew 6.10


Christ taught these words to all who follow them, words that we pray every day. As you pray them, consider the many ways in which you wilfully ignore or flout God's holy laws. Pray daily this Lent for his forgivenss and help to do better.


+ Wednesday 21 (Day of Discipline and Self-denial)

'For just as Jonah became a sign to the people of Nineveh, so the Son of Man will be to this generation.' Luke 11. 30


The people of Ninevah repented and were saved. How much more should we, to whom God sent his only Son, turn from all that is evil within us and in the world around us, hoping to be saved.


+Thursday 22 (Day of Discipline and Self-denial)

Ask, and it will be given to you; search, and you will find; knock, and the door will be opened for you.' Matthew 7.7


What is it that you truly seek? Is it not to achieve the purpose for which you were made and be with your Father in heaven? Listen then to his Son and make the changes in your life that will bring you to that which you seek.


+Friday 23 (Day of Discipline and Self-denial)

‘You have heard it said ... “You shall not murder” … But I say to you that if you are angry with a brother or sister, you will be liable to judgement.' Matthew 5. 21,22


Christ calls us to be perfect, as he is perfect. Let this season of discipline and self-denial be an aid to you in answering that call, even as you pray for his help.


+Saturday 24 (Rector's Day Off; Day of Discipline and Self-denial)

'You have heard that it was said, “You shall love your neighbour and hate your enemy.” But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you.' Matthew 5. 43, 44


How can Christ tell us to love our enemies? How are we to control our feelings and do such a thing? But our Lord does not ask the impossible because love is not an emotion, it is a decision. To love God, love our neighbour, and love our enemies all are equally possible; it is a matter of deciding to do so and then living it out in our lives.


+Sun 26 February, The first Sunday in Lent – Liturgical colour purple

3rd Sunday of month; services according to usual pattern (see below)


Notes & Advance notices

Tue: Information Evening on Draft Castlecomer Local Area Plan, view proposed changes & meet KKCOCO planning team, Castlecomer Library from 5-8 pm

Wednesday: Frugal lunch, confirmation classes, and Lenten mid-week services begin – see below for details


+21 Feb Frugal Lunch begins in the Rectory, 1-2pm, Wednesdays in Lent (excluding Ash Wed & Holy Week); donations to Parish Poor Fund and local VdeP

+Wed: Lenten Midweek Services begin, 8pm: Feb 21st Mothel; 29th Bilboa; March 7th St Mary's; 15th The Colliery; 21st Bilboa. These all are at 8pm and all are Wednesdays except on March 15th which is a Thursday.

3,4 Mar, extra performances of 'The Maiden Aunt', in Coon

+14 Mar Bilboa Cookery Demonstration with Edward Hayden 8pm Lord Bagenal €15. This is a ticketed event and all interested are advised to purchase early to avoid disappointment. Tickets available from Bilboa parishioners.

+17-19 Mar Ovoca training weekend for Holiday Club. Booking forms from rector.


+15 April Parish Confirmation date: preparation classes at 6.45pm the Vestry, St Mary's, Feb 21 & 28, Mar 7, 15, 21. Punctuality important! Preparation book €10


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!

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