Comprising of All Saints Mullingar - Killucan - Kilbixy & Almoritia
MULLINGAR UNION OF PARISHES
Issue 81 "UNION NEWS" November 2016
November in the Parish is certainly a month to remember and again this year we will be
holding a number of very special occasions. I hope parishioners will show their full support
for these events by their attendance.
Sunday 6th November
All Saints' 11.00 a.m. All Saints' Patronal Festival of Sung Matins. Preacher Bishop Richard
Henderson, formerly Bishop of Tuam. Bishop Henderson is an outstanding preacher and we
warmly welcome him back to the Parish for this Service.
Sunday 13th November
All Saints' 11.00 a.m. All Saints' Remembrance Service
Special preacher the Very Rev. Professor Dr. Gordon McPhate - Dean of Chester Cathedral,
England. We are deeply honoured that the Dean has kindly
accepted our invitation. The Dean is a prominent leader in the Church of England and his
visit is an enormous privilege. Also in attendance will be ex-servicemen, British Legion, the
Irish Army, the Irish Navy, Civil Defence and the Gardai.
There will be special music with the Parish Choir and the cascading of the poppies. Lunch will
be served in the Greville Arms Hotel following the Service and if you would like to attend the
lunch please advise the churchwardens in the Parish Church you attend.
Sunday 20th November
All Saints' 11.00 a.m. All Saints' - Children's Festival of Music and Dance This is the second year
of the Festival. Last year was a truly stimulating occasion with over 100 children. Everyone is
more than welcome to come to this "spirit lifting" Service with amazing music and beautiful
Sunday 27th November - Advent Sunday
All Saints' 11.00 a.m. All Saints' BB and GB Enrolment Service
On this occasion we celebrate and support a very important youth organisation in the Parish
and it would be lovely to see the Leaders and young people supported by the attendance of
parishioners and former members of the company.
All Saints 7.00 p.m. All Saints Ecumenical Advent Candlelit Carol Service
Again this year we will be welcoming Christians from all the different church denominations
to this inspiring and uplifting Service. The Service will be held on Advent Sunday, the
beginning of the Church year and is an opportunity for parishioners to enjoy the singing of
the traditional Advent carols.
Parish Gift Day - Advent Sunday 27th November
Your gifts help support all the work we are undertaking in the Parish which is designed to
build up God's family and nurture each of us in the Christian faith. There will be an
opportunity to present your Gift Day envelope at the church services on this Sunday.
All Saints' Day - Tuesday 1st November
There will be a celebration of Holy Communion to celebrate and remember All Saints' Day at
11.30 a.m. in All Saints' Church.
November Whist Drive - Friday 4th November
The November Whist Drive will be held in All Saints' Parish Hall on Friday 4th November at
8.30 p.m. This is always most enjoyable with a delicious supper and you are all most welcome.
For further details please contact Olive Graham on 044-9348376.
Parish Showcase and Fayre - Saturday 26th November
This is the second year we have held the Showcase which gives entrepreneurs & Locl Parish
businesses the opportunity to showcase their skills and products. The Showcase will run from
10.00 a.m. - 3.00 p.m. in All Saints' and everyone will be most welcome. For further details
please contact Lorraine Hales on 086-6052292 or Email firstname.lastname@example.org
Select Vestry - Tuesday 29th November
The next meeting of the Select Vestry will be held at 8.00 p.m. in the Rectory.
A special day of Bible Study on "The Old Testament Story" will be held in the Mullingar
Christian Fellowship in Sproutwell Lane, Mullingar, on Saturday 19th November from 10.00
a.m. - 5.00 p.m. The day will be led by an eminent Bible scholar and I warmly commend this
occasion to you. I will be attending and if anyone would like to join me perhaps they could
let me know and I can give them further details.
Westmeath Protestant Orphan Society
The AGM will be held in the Rectory on Thursday 10th November at 3.00 p.m.
St. Loman's Graveyard
There will be a special Ecumenical Service held in the graveyard, in the grounds of St. Loman's
Hospital, on Saturday 5th November at 2.00 p.m.
Year of Faith
As part of our Year of Faith in the Parish there will be a meeting of the Faith Forum in All
Saints' on Thursday 10th November at 8.00 p.m. If you would like to attend you would be
Each Thursday during November a Coffee Morning will be held in All Saints' from 10.30 am -
12.00 noon. Everyone will be most welcome - please call in.
The Tiny Tots will meet on Friday 11th, 18th and 25th November from 9.30 a.m. - 12.00 noon
in All Saints'. Contact Zoe Hales 0852026188
All Saints' Sunday School
All Saints' Sunday School will be held on Sunday 13th November at 11.00 a.m
The Harvest Services were very well attended this year. Indeed, the attendances in each of
the four churches were larger than last year. I would like to thank each of the preachers for
their inspiring addresses and to all the parishioners who decorated the churches so
The church reopened following its' recent restoration at the Harvest Festival on Sunday 23rd
October. The restored church looks magnificent and I would like to thank all the parishioners
and members of the community for their hard work and great commitment. A Service of
Thanksgiving and Rededication will be held on Sunday 12th February 2017 at 11.30 a.m.
We offer our deepest sympathy to Patrick and Caroline Pilkington following the death of
Patrick's uncle, Benny, who resided at Oldcastle. Benny shared his warm gift of humanity in
the family and community and he will be very sadly missed by both his family and friends. He
bore his recent illness with great courage and dignity and we pray that, now in the fuller
presence of God, he may rest in peace.
You may like to keep in touch with the Parish through the website and your family and
friends may also like to have the web address. The address is
www.mullingarunionofparishes.net. I encourage you to continue to look at the website and
to also advise your family and friends about it.
https://www.facebook.com/mullingarunionofparishes.net Keep up to date
on our Parish Facebook page or follow us on Twitter @MullingarUP
With God's blessings,
Rev. Alastair Graham, Rector
The Rectory, Gaol's Hill, Mullingar, Co. Westmeath.
Telephone No. 044-934 8376
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