Castlecomer Union Pew News & Prayer Diary 17 June 2018: 3rd after Trinity (liturgical colour ??? Green)

Posted on June 16, 2018 at 7:30 PM

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+Monday 18

'Foxes have holes, the birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay his head.' Matthew 8. 20

Reflection The material things of this world matter little. All that matters is following Christ.


+ Tuesday 19

And Jesus said to them 'why are you afraid, you of little faith?' Then he got up and rebuked the winds and the sea; and there was a dead calm.' Matthew 8. 26

Reflection Death comes to us all. But for those who put their faith in Christ, there is nothing to fear in this world.


+Wednesday 20

Thomas answered him 'My Lord and my God.' John 20.28

Reflection: the phrase 'doubting Thomas' has entered indelibly into common parlance. Yet this is the same man who was the first to clearly and unambiguously recognise and declare the divinity of Christ. We who walk the path he first trod should daily give thanks for his inspired witness to the truth of whom Christ is.


+Thursday 21

When Jesus saw their faith, he said to the paralytic 'take heart, son; your sins are forgiven.' Matthew 9. 2

Reflection: We all remember that Jesus told the man to take up his mat and walk; how many remember that he did so that he might display to the world he had the authority to forgive sins? For that was why he came, to save us from our sins. Do not deceive yourself, and thereby reject Christ, by believing you have no sins to be forgiven of.


+ Friday 22 (day of discipline & self-denial)

'For I have come to call not the righteous, but sinners.' Matthew 9. 13

Reflection: And we know, of course, that Christ came to call all people to himself; for all indeed are sinners. But woe onto those who think they are without sin; for in that way they reject Christ's mercy and his promise of eternal life.


Saturday 23 (Rector's Day Off')

The day will come when the bridegroom is taken from them, and then they will fast.' Matthew 9.15

Reflection: Fasting, along with many traditional penitential practices, have gone somewhat out of favour. Yet we know from Sacred Scripture that they were recommended by Christ himself. Should not then we, who call ourselves his followers, follow his teaching as much concerning this as we do with all other matters?


+Sun 24 June, 4th after Trinity, 4th Sunday of Month – Liturgical colour Green - services according to usual pattern – see below


Coming up this Week

+The parish fund-raising raffle takes place in Euro Spar in 'Comer Friday and Saturday. This raised over €1600 for the parish last year. Please drop donations for the hampers into the rectory. Also, volunteers needed to man the 'desk' and sell lines! Please give your name to the rector.

Notes & Advance notices

+GDPR – the new data protection regulations – are now in force. The advice from the diocese is that information held by the rector on parishioners – names, address, phone numbers – is covered on the 'legitimate interest' test – ie, it is legitimately held to fasciculate the ordinary day-to-day running of the parish. Nonetheless, the 'belt and braces' approach advises that it is no harm to get parishioners to also fill out consent forms regarding this data. These will be prepared shortly and available at the back of the churches and you are asked to fill one out and return to the rector (one per household).

+Through 2 Sep there is an exhibition of Katie Watchorn's artwork in the Visual in Carlow. She will be in conversation with Paddy McGovern at 3pm 24 June, talking about life on her family farm and the artistic processes this life inspires. Free admission.

+28 June (Thurs) Annual MU tour; Names & €50 to Iris, Jackie or Emelda ASAP

+Sep 15th: Bishop Burrows invites those confirmed by him to a Confirmation Celebration in Bishop’s House, Kilkenny. Please contact the rector for details for how to get an invitation for this RSVP event.

Summer Services Schedule for July

1 July 9.15 The Colliery; 10.30 St Mary's; noon Mothel

8 July 9.15. The Colliery; 10.30 St Mary's; noon Bilboa

15 July 10.30 St Mary's; Noon Mothel

22 July: 9.15 The Colliery; Noon Bilboa

29 July: 5th Sunday – United Service 11 am St Mary's


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!

Please observe Holy Silence while waiting for Divine Worship to begin.

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