Issue 118 “UNION NEWS” December 2019

Dear Parishioners,

Save the Date

In preparation for our Parish Dinner, Saturday 1st February, in the Greville Arms Hotel, and our Parish Conference on Sunday 2nd February, I hope everyone in the Parish will save these dates and come to these two important occasions in the Parish.

 Advent, Christmas, Epiphany

From Advent Sunday, 1st December, until Epiphany on Monday 6th January, All Saints’ Church will be open every day of the week from 11.00am-1.00pm for quiet prayer and reflection.  Each day at 12.00 noon the mid-day prayers will be said.  We invite everyone in the Parish to avail of this opportunity in the church.  Against the frequent public comment that this liturgical season has become commercialised, we in the Parish are offering an opportunity for people to avail of a time of spiritual preparation for this wonderful season.

Advent, Christmas and Epiphany Events

There will be a number of special events held in the Parish from Advent to Epiphany and a warm welcome is extended to everyone.

December Dates

Thursday 5th   Coffee on Thursdays        All Saints 10.30 am

Friday 6th        Christmas Whist Drive  All Saints’  8.30 pm

Everyone is most welcome to come.

Great Prizes, delicious supper.

Saturday 7th    Christmas Carol Concert  -All Saints’ 7.30 pm  –  10th Anniversary. Come and enjoy the inspiring voices of the Mullingar Allsorts choir and soloists. Choir Director – Diane Ashmore

Thursday 12th   Coffee on Thursdays         All Saints’10.30 am

Tuesday 17th    Christmas Charity Nativity Play All Saints’ 11.00 am and 12 noon

Thursday 19th  Christmas Coffee and Carols    All Saints’10.30 am

Christmas Rock Solid Youth Party  7.00 pm

Classics at Christmas Concert –  7.30 pm   Rebecca Winckworth, Lynn Singers

Saturday 21st    Christmas Carol Party
2.00 pm  Roselodge Nursing Home, Killucan

Monday 23rd    All Saints’ Christmas Conversations with Mince Pies served  by young people 12.00 pm- 2.00 pm

 Bereavements

We would like to offer our deepest sympathy to those families in the parish who have recently been bereaved.

May Clarke, such a faithful parishioner in All Saints’, passed away peacefully on 19th November.  We offer our deepest sympathy to her husband Gerry, children Laura, Joanne, James, her grandchildren and all the members of the family. We pray that May now in the fuller presence of God may rest in peace.

We also offer our deepest sympathy to Maureen Jackson following the sad death of her husband John, who had not been well for many years. We pray that Maureen, her sons Steve and John, and the family, will be comforted by their memories of him and that John, now in the fuller presence of God, may rest in peace.

We also offer our deepest sympathy to Karen and Ron Lomax following the death of Karen’s father, Ron, in Spain.  Karen’s father had not been well for some time and, in praying for Karen and Ron, we also remember Karen’s mother and the other members of the family.  We pray that they, too, will be comforted at this sad time and that Ron may rest in peace.

We would also like to offer our deepest sympathy to Jennifer Moore and her family following the death of her husband Tim.  While residing in London, Jennifer and Tim made regular visits to Westmeath where, of course, Jennifer had family connections.  Tim had been unwell for quite some time and had been lovingly supported by Jennifer.  We pray that Jennifer will be comforted by her lovely memories of Tim and that he may rest in peace.

Edna Craig’s sister also passed away in Derry where she had been residing for the last number of years in a nursing home.  We offer our deepest sympathy to Edna and to Diane, Wendy and Malcolm, and all the other family members.  We pray that her sister, now in the fuller presence of God, may rest in peace.

We also offer our deepest sympathy to Joyce Smith following the death of her dear sister. We pray that Joyce’s sister, now in the fuller presence of God may rest in peace and that Joyce may take comfort with her family from their lovely memories of her.

Parish Website Address – www.mullingarunionofparishes.net.

You may like to keep in touch with the Parish through the website.

Happy Christmas to everyone. Olive and I wish everyone in the Parish a very holy and happy Christmas.  We hope that all the children and young families will have a really enjoyable Christmas and we also hope that those who have been saddened by the loss of loved ones will feel comforted by their wonderful memories of them and by the peace of God which we remember comes as a special gift through His Son, Jesus Christ, at Christmas.

Rev. Alastair Graham

 CHRISTMAS IN CHURCH MAKES IT TRULY SPECIAL