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


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 –

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


Issue 110 “UNION NEWS” April 2019

Dear Parishioners,

Holy Week- Palm Sunday 14th April- Good Friday 19th April

Holy Week is a very important time of prayer in the parish and the details of the Services are in the Union Notes. I hope the numbers attending will increase this year as in recent years the numbers at Church have been very small.

  •  Lenten Lunches

The Lenten Lunch at Kilbixy on the 23rd March was a wonderful success and thanks is due to the organisers.

This month the Lenten Lunch will be held on Friday 12th April 12 noon to 2p.m. in All Saints’. Your support would be very much appreciated.

A Lenten Study- Growing Together in Christ

I warmly invite you to two evening meetings in Holy Week – Monday 15th April and Thursday 18th at 8p.m. in All Saints’. We will gather to prayerfully consider how the Bible teaches us to grow together in Christ as a parish. I hope you will find both occasions of interest and everyone will be most welcome,



Children’s Passion Musical- All Saints’ Sunday 14th April

This beautifully poignant occasion will be held on Palm Sunday, 14th April, at  12.00 noon in All Saints’.  I do commend this musical to you, the children present Our Lord’s Passion in a most moving musical presentation under the direction of Mrs. Ashmore. This is an inspiring occasion to begin Holy Week each year.


Good Friday- 19th April- Sacred Words and Sacred Music

This will be the tenth year for the special Service of Sacred Words and Sacred Music at 8p.m. in All Saints’. This Service is prayerfully uplifting and perfect for a Good Friday evening. This year we are privileged to have the Lynn Singers and our Senior Parish Choir. For the first time some young people from the parish will be performing liturgical dance. I hope a good number of parishioners will attend.  Last year sadly the attendance was very small.


Easter Day

Details of all the Easter Services are provided in the Union Notes.  I look forward to welcoming you to church on Easter Day which is one of the most important Sundays in the year for Christians to attend church.  After the Services in All Saints’ and Killucan an Easter Egg Hunt will be provided for the children.


This year the Parish Mayfair will be held on Saturday 11th May from 10.00 am – 2.00 pm in All Saints’ church.  The MayFair is always very well supported and there are always wonderful plants for sale and delicious cakes, along with many other interesting stalls.  Refreshments are available.  This is an annual opportunity to come along and support in a special way your Parish.   I hope you will make a special effort to not only attend but also to help.  We would like to thank Emma Coburn for agreeing to be Organiser again this year and she will be delighted to hear from you if you are available to help.

Rock Solid – Easter Camp

On Tuesday 23rd, Wednesday 24th and Thursday 25th April there will be a special youth Camp for young people from 11 years each evening at 6.30p.m. and ending at 8.30 p.m. the camp will be run by the leaders from Youth For Christ and I warmly commend the Easter Camp to young people and the patents- it will be a time of great fun and enjoyment.

 Coffee on Thursdays
You are warmly invited to join us for coffee in All Saints’ every Thursday from 10.30 a.m. – 1.00 p.m. Midday prayers at 12.00 noon.
Tiny Tots  – Parent & Baby group for  Newborns to Preschoolers
Fridays 10am – 12pm  – Check with Zoe for Schedule .
All Are welcome to come along to this lovely supportive group  – Contact Zoe Hales for More  information 085 2026188

Parish Website

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  I encourage you to continue to look at the website and to also advise your family and friends about it.


Rev. Alastair Graham

Issue 103 “UNION NEWS” September 2018


Dear Parishioner(s)


This month Parish activities resume. We look forward to a very interesting and inspiring autumn.  On Sunday 16th September at 11.00 a.m. in All Saints’ we will have a special Service for Grandparents and Grandchildren.  Last year this was a lovely occasion and I hope that grandparents will invite their grandchildren, and grandchildren invite their grandparents to the Service.


Harvest Festivals

Each autumn we look forward to the Harvest Thanksgiving Services in the Parish.  On Sunday 30th September at 4.30 p.m. the Harvest Service at Kilbixy will be held.  This year we welcome Rev. Isaac Delamere, Rector of Tullamore, as our special preacher.  This is also an ecumenical service and the Parish Priest and parishioners of Ballynacargy will also be in attendance. The Harvest Service in Killucan will be on Sunday 30th at 11.30a.m. Nigel Foley – Fisher will be the preacher. Almoritia Harvest Sunday 14th October at 3.30p.m. All Saints’ Harvest Festival will be held on Sunday 21st October at 11.00 a.m.



The Confirmation Service will be held on Sunday 28th October in All Saints’ at 11.00 a.m.  We will remember the candidates in our prayers as they prepare for this important occasion in their lives.


All Saints’ School

The School recommenced on Thursday 30th August.   We remember the Principal, teachers, members of staff, the children and their parents in our prayers as they begin a new school year.


Heritage Week

This year was the most successful year for visitors to the churches.  I thank everyone who acted as stewards in the four churches during the week, and who took the time to welcome our visitors.  In All Saints’ the inaugural Civic Service was held on Wednesday 22nd August and went very well indeed.  I would like to thank Harry Haskins for his help and assistance in organising the different occasions in All Saints’ and Brigid Geoghegan who led the liturgy at the Civic Service and also gave the talk at the Cooke Mausoleum.


Christ Church Cathedral

Bill McConnell, our Musical Director, Lesley Denniston our organist, and the members of the Choir are to be warmly congratulated on their singing of Evensong in Christ Church Cathedral on Sunday 19th August.  It was truly inspirational and their singing matched the quality of any choir.  So many compliments have been forwarded from people in Dublin who were delighted to attend the Service or watch on the Cathedral webcam.


J.A.M. Sunday School Outing

The J.A.M. Outing will take place on Sunday 9th September, leaving All Saints’ Church at 10.30 a.m.  All the children from All Saints’ and Killucan are invited to attend. I would be very grateful if parents would contact Anne McDonnell (All Saints’) or Jean Gorrison (Killucan) by Thurs. 6th September to book a place.  The Outing is to Glendeer Park in Athlone and the children are assured of a very special occasion.  The bus will return by 4.30 p.m.


Coffee on Thursdays

The coffee morning in All Saints’ is held every Thursday morning from 10.30 a.m.–1.00 p.m. with midday prayers at 12.00 noon.  All proceeds support the work of local charities.  I warmly invite parishioners to attend.


Ploughing Championship

There was a very good response from parishioners to help at the Diocesan marquee.  I would like to thank those who are giving so generously of their time and I am sure the occasion will be most enjoyable.


Rock Solid Youth Club

The new Rock Solid Youth Club will hold their first session on Thursday 20th September from 7.30 p.m.–9.00 p.m. in All Saints’ church.  I hope parents will give their very full support to this important initiative and we are so fortunate to be able to avail of the services of Youth for Christ.  The youth club is for young people aged from 11 years.


Bible Study

The September Bible Study will be held on Saturday 15th September at 10.30 a.m. in All Saints’.  The Bible Study is both important and informative and helps us have a clear understanding and appreciation of our faith.  I warmly invite parishioners of all ages to attend and you will all be most welcome.


Saints’ Days in September We will celebrate St. Matthew’s Day on Friday 21st September at 11.00 a.m. at a Service of Holy Communion and St. Michael and All Angel at 9.30a.m. on Saturday 29th September, in All Saints’.


Stained Glass Windows

Three valuable and beautiful windows from Moylisker Church have been erected in All Saints’ and will be dedicated by the Bishop on her visit for Confirmation.  These are truly outstanding and I would like to thank Norman Black who proposed this initiative and who has given the whole project his fullest support.  Information about each window will be included in the new booklet on items of interest in All Saints’ church.



As was mentioned in the last Issue, we offer our prayers for the new rectors of Athlone and Galway who will be instituted this month.


A Day of Faith Raising – Would you like to come?

A day of Faith Raising will be held on Saturday 22nd September from 11.00 a.m. to 3.30 p.m. in St. Anne’s Retreat Centre, Killenard, Co. Laois.  The Bishop will preside and participants will include Emma Rothwell, Chaplain of Wilson’s Hospital School, and Rev. Philip Heak, Rector of Naas.  Please either email me or telephone to confirm your reservation.


Emma Rothwell

At the end of last month Emma Rothwell concluded her time as Diocesan Youth Officer.  I would like to warmly thank Emma for her inspiring ministry and for all the good work she did among the young people in the Diocese.  Emma is a wonderful witness of Christ’s love and grace and we wish her continued success with her invaluable ministry at Wilson’s Hospital School.


Select Vestry

The Select Vestry meeting will be on 1st October at 8.00 p.m. in the Rectory.


Memorial Service

The Midland Branch of the British Legion will be holding a special Service for Remembrance for Alan Brabazon on Sunday 16th September at 2.30 p.m. in Almoritia.



We offer our sincere sympathy to Cathy and Michael Finnegan following the passing of Cathy’s mother.  Cathy and Michael provided outstanding support to Cathy’s mother who benefited greatly from their sensitive care and devotion.  We pray that Cathy’s mother, now in the fuller presence of God, may rest in peace and that Cathy and Michael and the members of their family will be comforted by God’s grace and by their fond memories of her.


We also offer our deepest sympathy to Brendan McKeogh whose brother passed away in Chicago over the summer.  Brendan’s brother had spent most of his adult life living in the United States.  We pray that he will rest in peace and that Brendan, Susan and the family will be comforted by knowing that God’s promises are true and that those who die in faith rise in glory.

Ordination of new Bishop of Meath

I will be representing the Parish at the Ordination of the new Bishop of Meath on Sunday 2nd September.  This will be a very special occasion and the new Administrator has extended a very warm invitation to the Church of Ireland for this significant occasion for the Roman Catholic Diocese of Meath.  We pray with the new Bishop as he prepares for his new role in the Diocese.

Blessing at St. Biseach’s Well

The Ecumenical Blessing will be held on Sunday 9th September at 6.30 p.m.  The location of the Well is on the back road from Kilbixy to Slanemore.  Parishioners from Kilbixy will be able to advise on directions.

With God’s blessings,

Rev. Alastair Graham, Rector,

The Rectory, Gaol’s Hill, Mullingar, Co.Westmeath.  Phone No. 044-934 8376