October 2020 – News Update

Dear Parishioners,

Due to the recent Government restrictions the holding of Church Services has been postponed for the moment. The details of the Church Services in the October Union Notes will not now apply

However, God’s providence is still something that is very important to many people and a source of great strength, comfort and inspiration.  For centuries Christians have believed that God does intervene in the life of His people and provides loves, support and protection to those in need.  This is borne out through the prayers of so many people who truly value the opportunity of coming into the Lord’s Church and presence in times of need, to pray that His intervention and His love will make a difference, not only to individual lives but to the lives of the wider community and world.

God’s peace is a precious gift.  By coming to Him in prayer we can know His peace for our stress, anxiety and worry – a peace that passes all understanding.

While we will not be holding formal Church Services at the moment we are pleased to let you know that the churches will be open for private prayer on Sundays and during the week.  I warmly invite parishioners, their families and neighbours to avail of this.  Sitting in the sacredness of the churches in our Parish, listening to sacred music and offering our own prayers provides a very peaceful and comforting time.

During the restrictions I will conduct a short Service online every Sunday morning which I entitle “Sunday Moment’s in God’s Presence”.

The postage for this leaflet has been very kindly paid for.

I wish everyone well in our current circumstances and pray that you will remain safe and healthy.

Revd. Alastair Graham

 

Church Opening Times for Prayer  

Sundays           10.00 a.m. – 12.00 noon            All Saints’ Mullingar

11.30 a.m.                                St. Etchen’s Killucan

4.00 p.m.                                  Kilbixy

Monday            10.00 a.m. – 12.00 noon            All Saints’ Mullingar

Wednesday    12.00 noon – 2.00 p.m.              All Saints’ Mullingar

Friday               1.00 p.m. – 3.00 p.m.                All Saints’ Mullingar

“Our heart is restless until it finds rest in thee”

St. Augustine

Lighten Our Darkness

The young leaders got a wonderful surprise recently when a handwritten letter arrived for them from Sir David Attenborough, on his personal writing paper.  In his letter to the young leaders Sir David said he was delighted to hear of their Initiative and warmly congratulated them, wishing them every encouragement and support with the very important work they are undertaking.

Sir David’s endorsement is also supported by Bishop Pat Storey who, along with Sir David, offers her congratulations and looks forward to seeing the presentation in All Saints’ on Sunday 7th March 2021

CHRISTMAS RAFFLE

 The Select Vestry hope to organise a big Christmas Raffle to help support the Parish finances due to the cancellation of the Annual Mayfair fundraiser which had to be cancelled due to the pandemic.

Details of the Christmas Raffle will be given in the November Union Notes.  We hope parishioners will generously support the Raffle this year.

For your Daily Prayer

Prayers

Lord, we come to you in the assurance that you are present with us now, we do not have to seek your presence, we are daily living in your presence.  Make us aware of it, make it real to us and help us in these moments of prayer to know that we are speaking to one who is near and not far off, whose love is all around us and who knows our every need.  Amen.

Remember in mercy our Father those who are passing through illness and especially of whom we are now thinking in our prayers.  Bless all that is being done for their good and surround them with your healing love and power, for the sake of Jesus Christ our Saviour.   Amen.

We continue to thank God for the dedication and compassion shown by so many who in their work support and care for those who are suffering during the pandemic.

 MULLINGAR UNION OF PARISHES

 

‘The Lord is my shepherd.’

Psalm 23

Issue 127  “UNION NEWS” October 2020

MULLINGAR UNION OF PARISHES

Issue 127                    “UNION NEWS”                           October 2020

 

Dear Parishioners,

 

Keeping Focused

As we continue our journey through the pandemic it is so important that all of us keep our focus on just doing the “right things” in terms of our personal hygiene and contact with others.  There is no doubt that this pandemic will eventually come to an end but, as we journey towards the “finishing line”, we must not lose our concentration or our personal responsibility to do all that we can in supporting all the efforts to keep everyone safe and well.

For Christians, of course, there is an added dimension.  We know we are not alone on this journey and that God is with us.  We have the lovely story in St. John’s Gospel, Chapter 20, when Mary Magdalene, feeling at a very low point following the death of Jesus, was suddenly strengthened and encouraged when she met Jesus and went to the disciples with the news “I have seen the Lord”.  Through our prayer and worship we, too, experience the presence of the Lord which is a comfort, strength and consolation in these challenging times.  Christians are people of hope and it is so important that we remain hopeful as well as being responsible.

 

Harvest Festivals

At this time of year parishes hold Harvest Services to give thanks to God for, yet again, crowning the year with His goodness by giving us the fruits of the earth in their season.  This month there will be three Harvest Services, each held in the Open Air which, we hope, will be very well supported.  The services will be held as follows:

Sunday 4th October

11.30 a.m.    Killucan      Outside the Parish Hall on the Mullingar Road.

Sunday 4th October

3.30 p.m.     Almoritia     In the Church Grounds

Sunday 11th October

11.00 a.m.   All Saints’    At the rear of the church

The Service in All Saints’ will be conducted by the young people from the Lighten Our Darkness initiative.  Due to the pandemic the churches will not be decorated for Harvest this year but we invite people to bring gifts of fruit, flowers and vegetables with them to the Harvest Service, which they will be asked to take home afterwards.  At each of the Services we will have the opportunity to hear the familiar Harvest hymns.

 

Bible Study- 10.30 a.m. Saturday 17th October – All Saints’

Open for Prayer – All Saints’ Wednesdays 7th, 14th, 21st, 28th Oct – 12noon to 2p.m

Healing Service

Sunday 18th October is St. Luke’s Day.  As we know, St. Luke was a physician and, in celebrating St. Luke’s Day, we remember God’s gift of healing and the importance of the healing ministry in the Church.  There will be a special Healing Services in All Saints’ at 10.00 a.m.

 

Church Attendance

FOLLOWING LEVEL 3 GOVERMENT ADVISORY THERE WILL BE NO CHURCH SERVICES FROM MIDNIGHT 6th October for 3 weeks we will update as this progresses.

I warmly invite parishioners to come to church.  You will find that in the church you will feel completely safe, and the guidelines are adhered to.  I am pleased to say that this month we will start having monthly Services in both Almoritia and Kilbixy, in addition to the Services in All Saints’ and Killucan.

 

Ecumenical Prayer Initiative

I am currently in discussion with the leaders of the other Christian churches in the Mullingar area to discuss the holding of a special Christian Prayer Initiative.  I will announce further details when the arrangements are finalised.

 

Family Services

On Sunday 25th October, at Services in All Saints’ and Killucan, we will invite parents to bring children to church for a short Prayer Service.  This is experimental but, I hope, it may set a nice pattern to enable children to attend church.

 

All Saints’ Patronal Festival

This year All Saints’ Day falls on Sunday 1st November.  Each year we have a special celebration to mark the Patronal Festival.  This year the Service will be at 11.00 a.m. and will be conducted by the young people from the Lighten Our Darkness initiative.  Given the significance of their initiative the Service will be a United Service for all the churches in the Union, and I do hope that the Service will be well attended.  Further details will be provided in the November Union Notes.

 

Parish Website and Facebook – www.mullingarunionofparishes.net.

I warmly commend both the website and the Facebook to you.  You will not only find news of our Parish but also news of other Parishes and Dioceses that will be of interest to you.

 

General Easter Vestry

The General Easter Vestry Service on Sunday 20th September went very well and I would like to congratulate those who have been appointed and elected to Office in the Parish.  I would also like to again thank those who have given such service to the Parish, particularly during these last few months.  I hope we can look forward to the next year with confidence and hope.

Bereavement –We offer our deepest sympathy to Patrick and Caroline Pilkington. Patrick’s mother passed away peacefully following an illness she bore with courage and dignity. Patrick and his family provided a wonderful prayerful and loving presence for their mother which I know was a great comfort to her as was the close loving presence of Almighty God. May she rest in peace and rise in glory.

 

Daily Reflection

Last month I included some comforting words and prayers which I hope you had the opportunity to use.  This month I am including on the back page, “The Great Realisation” by Tomas Roberts and I hope you will take some time to use the reflection as a time of discernment. I would again like to thank you for your support and I hope you will all keep safe and well.  As you know, I am always available if needed and I will look forward to hearing from you.

 

With God’s blessings,

Rev. Alastair Graham, Rector

087-7870985

 

 

CHURCH SERVICES THIS MONTH

           

Sunday 4th October

All Saints’        10.00 a.m.        Holy Communion (said), Rector

Killucan           11.30 a.m.        Harvest Thanksgiving Service

(Venue – Outside the Parish Hall)

Almoritia            3.30 p.m.        Harvest Thanksgiving Service

(Venue – Church grounds)

Sunday 11th October

All Saints’        11.00 a.m.        Harvest Thanksgiving Service

(Venue – Church grounds)

 

Sunday 18th October

All Saints’        10.00 a.m.        Healing Prayer Service

Killucan           11.30 a.m.        Children and Family Service

Kilbixy                4.p.m.             Evening Prayer

 

Sunday 25th October

All Saints’          9.30 a.m.        Holy Communion

11.00 a.m.        Children and Family Service

Killucan           11.30 a.m.        Morning Prayer- Richard Tansley

 

 

 

The Great Realisation by Tomas Roberts

 

It was a world of waste and wonder, of poverty and plenty,

back before we understood why hindsight is 20/20.

You see the people came up with Companies to trade across all lands

but they swelled and got much bigger than ever we had planned.

We had always had our wants but now things go so quick,

we could have everything we dreamed of, today, or with a click.

We noticed families had stopped talking, that didn’t mean they never spoke,

but the meaning must have melted and the work/life balance broke.

The children’s eyes grew squarer and every toddler had a phone,

they filtered out the imperfections but amidst the noise they felt alone.

And every day the skies grew thicker till we couldn’t see the stars,

so we flew in planes to find them and down below we filled our cars.

We’d drive around all day in circles, we’d forgotten how to run,

we swapped the grass for tarmac, shrunk the parks till there were none.

We filled the sea with plastic because our waste was never capped,

until each day when we went fishing we pulled them out already wrapped.

And while we drank and smoked and gambled, our leaders taught us that it’s best not to upset the Lobbies, more convenient to die,

But then in 2020 a new virus came our way, the governments reacted and told us all to hide away.

But while we were hidden amidst the fear and all the while,

the people dusted off their instincts, they remembered how to smile,

They started clapping to say ‘thank you’ and calling up their mums,

and while the car keys gathered dust they would look forward to their runs,

And with the skies less full of voyagers the earth began to breathe,

and the beaches bore new wildlife that scuttled off in to the seas,

Some people started dancing, some were singing, some were baking,

we’d grown so used to bad news but some good news was in the making.

And so, when we found the cure and were allowed to go outside,

we all preferred the world we found to the one we left behind.

Old habits became extinct and they made up for the new,

and every act of kindness was now given its’ due.

But why did it take a virus to bring the people back together?

Well, sometimes you’ve got to get sick my boy before you start feeling better.

Now lie down and dream of tomorrow and all the things that you can do

And who knows if you dream hard enough maybe some will come true.

We now call it The Great Realisation and since then there have been many,

but that’s the story of how it started and why hindsight is 20/20.

 

I pray you will keep well and safe.

Union Notes September 2020

 

MULLINGAR UNION OF PARISHES

 

Issue 126                    “UNION NEWS”                       September 2020

 

Dear Parishioners,

 

Return to Church

We were happily able to open the churches again for worship on Sunday 5th July.  The Services since then have gone very well and those who have attended have, I hope, felt safe and uplifted by being able to again worship Almighty God in church.  I warmly commend the Services to all parishioners, young and old.

At the General Vestry Service I will give details of the Services that we hope to hold over the coming weeks.  Like other activities in the community, it is very important that parishioners find a way to support the church.

In our Parish we can all draw strength from God’s love and protection and from the support we offer each other.  Together we stand and under God’s love we will overcome adversity.

September

Normally September heralds the reopening of many Parish organisations after the summer break.  Due to the ongoing pandemic this will not be happening in the way we normally expect.  Little by little we hope to be able to continue the momentum of witnessing to God’s love and grace, always keeping in mind the medical advice concerning the Corona virus.  In that regard, we would continue to urge everyone to take personal responsibility for their own hygiene and to encourage others to do likewise.  If we all behave responsibly, we will be supporting the common good and helping to repress the spread of the virus.

I would again like to express our deep appreciation to all those in the Health Service who have so courageously and compassionately provided the much-needed care for those who have succumbed to the virus.

 General Easter Vestry

Following a consultation with the Diocese, a General Easter Vestry Service will be held in All Saints’ Parish church on Sunday 20th September at 11.00 a.m.  This is always a very important occasion in the Parish and I am sure, as always, it will be well supported.

All Saints’ National School

In accordance with the government’s guidelines, the School re-opened on Thursday 27th August and the daily life of the School is going exceptionally well.  We warmly welcome all the new children who have just started attending school and we hope their school experience will be both enjoyable and beneficial for them.  I would also like to thank the Principal, teachers and staff for all the good work they undertook to prepare the School for the re-opening and to all the parents and the Board of Management for their kind cooperation with all the protocols and procedures.  It is a delight to hear the voices of the children in the church precincts and we hope that everything will go well in the life of the School this school year.

 Students at Secondary School and College

We also offer all those attending Secondary School and Third Level Colleges, and all the teaching staff, our best wishes for the academic year.  We pray that the academic year will proceed without disruption.

Harvest Festivals

Each year the Harvest Thanksgiving Services are greatly enjoyed by parishioners.  This year, complying with the guidelines, I hope it will be possible to hold Harvest Thanksgiving Services in the Parish and times and dates will be given in the October issue of the Union Notes.

Bereavement

Following the sad death of Peter McGill, we offer our deepest sympathy to Sheila and their children Rachel, Clare and David, and all the grandchildren, family, and their many friends.  We pray that Sheila and the family will be comforted by their wonderful memories of Peter.   Peter passed away peacefully after a long illness borne with such courage and dignity.  Peter, of course, was the highly respected and much-loved surgeon in Mullingar Hospital for many, many years and was also highly regarded by everyone in the community and in the societies and organisations in which he was involved.  Peter was also a devoted husband to Sheila and a deeply loved father, grandfather, and dear friend.  We pray that Peter, now in the fuller presence of God, may rest in peace.

Lighten Our Darkness

The amazing group of young people working on this project spent a lot of their time during the summer months developing the project and researching a lot of the facts and details that will be an integral part of the programme moving forward.  From September, in addition to their Prayer Ministry, they will become more involved in the worship of God in the Parish.  I would invite everyone to continue to pray for the good work the Holy Spirit is doing among the young people, both enhancing and enriching their faith and understanding of the Bible.

Vocation Sunday

On Sunday 13th September special prayers will be said in all churches in the Church of Ireland as we remember those who are responding to God’s call to a vocation in the church, and also for all those who may feel that God is calling them to ministry in the church.  This is a significant Christian calling and as Diocesan Director of Ordinands I will be very happy to meet with anyone who might like to discuss a call to ministry with me.

Parish Website Address – www.mullingarunionofparishes.net.

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

Rev. Alastair Graham, Rector

087-7870985

Some comforting words to support each day

 Jesus said, “Come to me all you who are weary and heavy laden and I will give you rest.  Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.  For my yoke is easy and my burden is light”.

The psalmist wrote, “I lift up mine eyes to the hills from whence comes my help, my  help comes from the Lord, the maker of heaven and earth, the Lord will keep you from all harm, he will watch over your life, the Lord will watch over your coming and going, both now and forever more”

Prayers

 The Presence of God

Lord, we come to you in the assurance that you are present with us now, we do not have to seek your presence, we are daily living in your presence.  Make us aware of it, make it real to us and help us in these moments of prayer to know that we are speaking to one who is near and not far off, whose love is all around us and who knows our every need.  Amen.

We lift our hearts and minds in prayer in the faith of God the Father who loves us, in the name of God the Son who forever lives to intercede for us, in the power of the Holy Spirit who comes to aid our weakness.  Hear us in your mercy O God this day and always.  Amen.

Remember in mercy our Father those who are passing through illness and especially of whom we are now thinking in our prayers.  Bless all that is being done for their good and surround them with your healing love and power, for the sake of Jesus Christ our Saviour.   Amen.

May the God of peace who through the blood of the eternal covenant brought back from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great shepherd of the sheep, equip you with everything good for doing His will and may He work in us what is pleasing to Him and may the blessing of God Almighty, the Father, Son and the Holy Spirit be with you now and always.

We pray that everyone in the Parish will keep safe and well.

 

Union Notes July 2020

 

Corona Virus Pandemic

  “The Lord is my shepherd”

Psalm 23

 

Dear Parishioners,

Return to In-Church Worship

We are all delighted to know that, from Monday 29th June, Parish churches reopen for public worship and we look forward to welcoming you back to church.   Our last Service before the pandemic was midday prayers in All Saints’ on Monday 16th March.  That was 16 weeks ago and so it will be very nice to open the church for worship from this Sunday 5th July.  In response to national guidelines the Church of Ireland has drawn up protocols which we will observe on our return to church and details of these are in the Union Notes.  The Select Vestry will be very grateful if parishioners would follow the protocols and guidance of the churchwardens.  Initially we have been given permission to open two churches for worship – All Saints’ Mullingar and St. Etchen’s Killucan.  The Service in Mullingar will be at 10.00 a.m. and in Killucan at 11.30 a.m. every Sunday.

Online Services

While the churches were closed for public worship we were so blessed to be able to provide online Services every Sunday and Wednesday and a Friday school assembly during term time.  I would like to thank everyone who participated in the Services – the readers, those who led the prayers, the Choir and those who provided the floral arrangements each week.  We also owe an enormous debt of gratitude to Lorraine Hales who prepared the presentations for the online Services.  She did a truly wonderful job and enabled everyone to still have a church connection while the churches were closed.

Virtual Coffee Mornings

Each Thursday in All Saints’ Church Hall we gather together for coffee and conversation to raise money for local charities.  Arthur and Marion O’Toole are fantastic hosts – Arthur’s “Tasty Treats” will always leave you coming back for more.

With the Church closed these charities are missing out – so recently virtual coffee mornings have been held in the form of an online Zoom Meeting and Facebook chats.  I would like to thank those who participated in the virtual coffee mornings and also to those who have contributed so generously to the Go Fund me campaign  https://www.gofundme.com/manage/allsaintscofeeforcharity

The Zoom Coffee Mornings will continue for the moment and details can be found on the Parish website.

Lighten Our Darkness

The Bishop sent a special message of thanks and encouragement to all the young people who undertook the Candle Prayer Initiative for 102 days.  We will continue to pray for those who have succumbed to the corona virus and those who compassionately are responding to help.  However, the Group Prayer Initiative came to an end after 102 days but individually the young people will continue to offer their own prayers.

 

Christians Supporting the Common Good

In the June issue of the Union Notes I encouraged everyone to take personal responsibility for complying with the hygiene guidance we are now so familiar with.  I would urge everyone to continue “being hygienic”.  As we know, the Christian faith strongly encourages us to think of others as well as ourselves and so there is an added imperative to keep up our “hygienic habits” to ensure that we are part of helping the common good and the welfare of all people.  In our church Services we will continue every Sunday to remember those suffering from Covid19 in both our own country and in the wider world.

 

Select Vestry

The Select Vestry met on Monday 29th June and approved the protocols for in-church worship.  The Select Vestry will meet again on Monday 27th July at 7.30 p.m.

 

 County Westmeath

This is the third week since the onset of the pandemic that there are no cases of Covid19 in the county.   Let us hope that through the good efforts of others and ourselves this will continue.

I do hope you are all keeping well and safe and if I can be of any assistance or help to you in any way please do not hesitate to contact me at the Rectory – 044 9348376.

With kind regards and with God’s blessings,

Rev. Alastair Graham

Rector

 

Return to In-Church Worship Protocols

We ask all parishioners to follow these protocols on returning to church.

  • On entering church parishioners are asked to go to their seats or pews as requested by the churchwardens.  In All Saints’, families will sit together in the Gallery where possible.
  • Parishioners are asked to be flexible in the use of seats and pews.  Parishioners are asked to arrive before the Service.  The Service Sheet will be placed on the seats and, in All Saints’, seats must not be moved.
  • Prayer Books and Hymnals will not be used.
  • There will be no singing at present but organ music is permitted.
  • Tissues will be provided if required.
  • Hand sanitizer is provided and parishioners are requested to use this on entrance and exit.
  • Safe distancing both inside and outside the church is required.  Little movement should take place in church.
  • If you intend to wear a mask please bring your own mask.
  • Holy Communion.  The clergy will wear shields and sanitize their hands before and after Communion.  Parishioners are asked to stand for Communion and are also asked to neither kneel nor queue.
  • Please avoid bottlenecks as parishioners exit the church.
  • Fresh flowers will not be used at present.
  • Churchwardens will keep the names of attendees for 3 weeks for social tracing purposes.
  • Outside the church, after the Service, people are asked to observe social distancing in meeting each other.

 

The Church of Ireland authorities have asked churchwardens to take on the important role of overseeing the protocols and I am sure you will give them your full co-operation and support.  I would like to thank the churchwardens for generously agreeing to undertake this role.

We look forward to welcoming you back to church.

Prayer has been a wonderful source of strength to all of us during these very challenging weeks and months and we will continue to have a very strong focus of prayer as we now return to the worship of Almighty God in church.

Union Notes May 2020

MULLINGAR UNION OF PARISHES

 Corona Virus Outbreak

Prayerful Thoughts and Comforting Words and

Parish Information at a time of National crisis

  May God be gracious to us, bless us and make His face shine on us”

Psalm 67

 

May 2020

Dear Parishioners,

The Covid-19 pandemic has been hard for everyone and, sadly, tragic for many.  While the phased reopening plan outlined by An Taoiseach has give some confidence, we are still in a very challenging situation.  I am very conscious of the financial, employment, farming, health, social and personal pressures so many people are suffering in the Parish.

We remember in prayer and offer our deepest sympathy to two families in the Parish who have recently been bereaved.  On Sunday 26th April, Ivan Bourke sadly passed away.  Everyone in the Parish and the wider community was heartbroken on hearing the sad news.  Ivan was a legend in the business community with his ownership of Hutchison’s store, in the Parish community of All Saints’ where he played the organ for over 60 years, in the wider community through his involvement in the Mullingar Choral Society and many other organisations.  He was the epitome of the true gentleman, with a graceful, generous, compassionate and kind personality which won the admiration and affection of everyone who had the pleasure of knowing him.  Ivan was pre-deceased by his beloved wife Elsie and we offer our deepest sympathy to David, Olwyn, Shirley, Adele, his grandchildren, great-grandchildren, sister and all members of the wider family.

Sadly, on Monday 27th April, Ann Hill of Killynon, Mullingar, passed away suddenly at her home. Ann was a warm-hearted loving person whose welcome to visitors was unsurpassed, with her lovely friendliness and her great generosity and hospitality, with plenty of cups of tea.  Her beloved husband, Bob, passed away last August and we offer our deepest sympathy to Robert, Anna and Aidan, her adoring grandchildren and her great-granddaughter, her brothers and sisters, and all the members of the wider family.

We pray that both Ivan and Ann may rest in peace and rise in glory.

Every week through the Parish website, (mullingarunionofparishes.net), and Facebook, Lorraine Hales is working exceptionally hard to keep everyone in the Parish up to date with Parish news.  I would like to sincerely thank Lorraine for her wonderful work and kindness, and if you are able to convey your own appreciation please do so.

Remember the Parish community Noticeboard : Text or Whats app   089 2497078  or email info@mullingarunionofparishes.net  It’s a lovely way to keep in touch and remind us that we are still together and united as a parish.

PARISH COMMUNITY NOTICEBOARD

The Sunday Service at 12.00 noon is now well established.  The Bible Reflection continues every Wednesday at 8.00pm on the website and the virtual School Assembly is held every Friday morning at 11.00 a.m. on the All Saints’ School website. www.allsaintsns.org

The phased reopening will allow for churches to reopen for public worship on 20th July.  I will be liaising with the churchwardens and Select Vestry to agree what arrangements the Parish will be making and I hope to be able to give you details in the next issue of “Union Notes” in June.

I hope you will continue to keep well and safe and prayerfully benefit from the select readings and prayers I am including in this issue of the Union Notes.

If I can be of any assistance to you at any time, please do not hesitate to contact me in the Rectory on 044-9348376.

With kind regards and with God’s blessings,

Rev. Alastair Graham

Rector

 

Prayerful Thoughts and Comforting Words

Psalm 67

May God be gracious to us and bless us and make his face shine on us—

so that your ways may be known on earth, your salvation among all nations.

May the peoples praise you, God; may all the peoples praise you.

May the nations be glad and sing for joy, for you rule the peoples with equity and guide the nations of the earth.

May the peoples praise you, God; may all the peoples praise you.

The land yields its harvest; God, our God, blesses us.

May God bless us still, so that all the ends of the earth will fear him.

 

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1 Peter, Chapter 1, verses 3-9

Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,

and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade. This inheritance is kept in heaven for you,

who through faith are shielded by God’s power until the coming of the salvation that is ready to be revealed in the last time.

In all this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials. These have come so that the proven genuineness of your faith—of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire—may result in praise, glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed.

Though you have not seen him, you love him; and even though you do not see him now, you believe in him and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy, for you are receiving the end result of your faith, the salvation of your souls.

Matthew 6, verses 25-34

Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes?

Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they?

Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?

And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin.

Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these.

If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you—you of little faith?

So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’

For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them.

But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.

Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.

 

Reflection:  We live in a world filled with anxiety, and it’s easy to let it rub off on us.  Jesus in this passage is talking about the Creator, who has filled the world with wonderful and mysterious things, full of beauty, energy and excitement, and who wants people above all to trust Him and love Him and receive their own beauty, energy and excitement from Him.  Jesus watched a thousand different kinds of flowers growing in the fertile Galilean soil.  He held his breath at their fragile beauty.  One sweep of a scythe, one passing donkey and this beautiful flower is gone.  Where did its’ beauty come from?  It didn’t spend hours in front of the mirror putting on makeup.  It didn’t go shopping in the market for fine clothes.  It was just itself, glorious, God-given, beautiful, showing us the goodness of God our heavenly Father.

 

Psalm 31, verses 1-5

In you, LORD, I have taken refuge; let me never be put to shame; deliver me in your righteousness.

Turn your ear to me, come quickly to my rescue; be my rock of refuge, a strong fortress to save me.

Since you are my rock and my fortress, for the sake of your name lead and guide me.

Keep me free from the trap that is set for me, for you are my refuge.

Into your hands I commit my spirit; deliver me, LORD, my faithful God.

Prayers

For those fearful of the future:

Living God, we pray for everyone in Ireland as we face the future with uncertainty and anxiety.  We pray for those who feel troubled in any way and long for peace and an end to conflict.  We pray for those who face trauma and upheaval in their lives, feel insecure and search for hope.  We pray for those who doubt their ability to cope with what life may bring, those overwhelmed by pressures, paralysed by fears, crushed by sorrows.  We pray for those faced with difficult decisions, circumstances beyond their control, unexpected dangers, awkward choices.  Living God, reach out to all of us for whom the future seems uncertain and unwelcome, and bring the assurance that, even in the darkest moments, greatest challenges, most worrying times, you are always there, able to bring light out of darkness, hope out of despair, joy out of sorrow and good out of evil.  Amen.

 

Most merciful Father, we commend to your care and protection those who succumbed to the Corona virus and those whose work is dangerous, especially those who risk their lives in providing care to those with Covid-19.  We thank you for their courage and their devotion to duty and pray that in every hour of need they may know that you are with them and need fear no evil.  Amen.

 

Lighten our darkness O Lord, we pray, and in your great mercy defend us from all perils and dangers at this time, for the love of your only Son, our Saviour Jesus Christ.  Amen.

 

The Great Realisation by Tomas Roberts

This has already been read by over 18 million people:

It was a world of waste and wonder, of poverty and plenty,

back before we understood why hindsight is 20/20.

You see the people came up with Companies to trade across all lands

but they swelled and got much bigger than ever we had planned.

We had always had our wants but now things go so quick,

we could have everything we dreamed of, today, or with a click.

We noticed families had stopped talking, that didn’t mean they never spoke,

but the meaning must have melted and the work/life balance broke.

The children’s eyes grew squarer and every toddler had a phone,

they filtered out the imperfections but amidst the noise they felt alone.

And every day the skies grew thicker till we couldn’t see the stars,

so we flew in planes to find them and down below we filled our cars.

We’d drive around all day in circles, we’d forgotten how to run,

we swapped the grass for tarmac, shrunk the parks till there were none.

We filled the sea with plastic because our waste was never capped,

until each day when we went fishing we pulled them out already wrapped.

And while we drank and smoked and gambled, our leaders taught us that it’s best not to upset the Lobbies, more convenient to die,

But then in 2020 a new virus came our way, the governments reacted and told us all to hide away.

But while we were hidden amidst the fear and all the while,

the people dusted off their instincts, they remembered how to smile,

They started clapping to say ‘thank you’ and calling up their mums,

and while the car keys gathered dust they would look forward to their runs,

And with the skies less full of voyagers the earth began to breathe,

and the beaches bore new wildlife that scuttled off in to the seas,

Some people started dancing, some were singing, some were baking,

we’d grown so used to bad news but some good news was in the making.

And so, when we found the cure and were allowed to go outside,

we all preferred the world we found to the one we left behind.

Old habits became extinct and they made up for the new,

and every act of kindness was now given its’ due.

But why did it take a virus to bring the people back together?

Well, sometimes you’ve got to get sick my boy before you start feeling better.

Now lie down and dream of tomorrow and all the things that you can do

And who knows if you dream hard enough maybe some will come true.

We now call it The Great Realisation and since then there have been many,

but that’s the story of how it started and why hindsight is 20/20.

Keep safe, keep well.

 

Mullingar Union Notes April 2020

Corona Virus Outbreak

 Prayerful thoughts and comforting  words and Parish information at a time of  National Crisis.

‘The Lord is my Shepherd’

Psalm 23

Dear Parishioners,

I would like to thank you very much indeed for the kind and generous comments regarding the prayers and readings I sent out to you following the outbreak of the Corona Virus.  I thought you might like to receive some more suggested readings and prayers which I hope will be of comfort to you during the challenging time we are all experiencing.   However, first may I just wish you all a very happy and holy Easter.  I hope it was a nice time for you given the social restrictions we were all asked to observe.  I would also like to update you on what has been happening in the Parish in recent weeks.

 

Church Services

As everyone will know, the holding of public church services is not permitted at the moment, and in the Parish we were fortunate to have been able to live stream a church service every Sunday morning.  During Holy Week we were able to live stream a Prayer Service each evening.  I am greatly indebted to Lorraine Hales who has so generously made her experience and expertise of technology available to the Parish, so that everyone can enjoy watching these church services.  Lorraine has been ably assisted by her husband John and I know I would be speaking for everyone when I offer them our sincere thanks and appreciation.  The numbers watching the Services have been quite remarkable.  Last Sunday, Easter Day, well over 1200 people watched the Service from All Saints’ and during the evenings of Holy Week over 500 people watched each evening.  On Good Friday evening that number rose to over 700.  The church services will continue to be live streamed every Sunday at 12.00 noon and everyone has very easy access by simply going to the Parish website or Facebook – www.Mullingar Union of Parishes.net – and follow the very straightforward instructions Lorraine has provided.

 

Community Noticeboard

We have now put up a Community Noticeboard for messages.  Parishioners might like to share a comment or idea and again the procedure is very straightforward either by WhatsApp or text 0892497078 or by e mail to info.@mullingarunionof parishes.net.  You are invited to send a message to either the Mullingar Union of Parishes website or Facebook and it will then be posted on Community Noticeboard.

 

Wednesdays – Bible Reflections

Starting on Wednesday 22nd April, at 8.00 p.m., I will be giving a live streaming Bible reflection.  If you would like to join me just go to the website and Facebook every Wednesday evening at 8p.m.and the instructions will be very clear.

 

Lighten Our Darkness Project

Every evening at 7.00 p.m. the young people light a candle and offer prayers in their own homes.  You are very welcome to join them by also praying in your own home every evening at 7.00 p.m.  The words of the prayers can be found on the Parish website.

 

Let’s Keep Talking

At this time we are encouraging everyone to keep in touch by telephone and I am trying to contact as many people as I can.  You, too, might like to join us by ringing people in Parish that you know.  The young people involved in Lighten Our Darkness Project telephoned a number of people over the Easter weekend and will continue to do so.

 

Bereavements

Recently there have been four bereavements in the Parish and we offer each of the families our deepest sympathy.

 

Billy Walshe of Anneville passed away peacefully and we offer our sympathy to George his son and Avril his daughter, Charlie and Mervyn, his grandchildren Sophie, Steven, Benjamin and Rebecca, and everyone else in the family circle and all friends.

 

Ivor Fogg of Lynn Avenue passed away peacefully and we offer to our sympathy to Janet his daughter and Gerald his son and Ivor’s wider family and many friends.

Douglas Matthews of Ballinea passed away peacefully and we offer our deepest sympathy to his daughters Olwen and Lorna, Martin and his grandchildren Carolyn, Leah, Joshua, Alison, Vicky,  Muriel Ray and Ilona and his wider family and circle of friends.

 

Frank Small of Newcastle passed away peacefully and we offer our deepest sympathy to Mary his wife, Mark and Vicky his son and daughter, Billy his brother, Marie his sister, his grandchildren and wider family and circle of friends.

 

Keeping in Touch

We will be updating both the Parish website and Facebook regularly with all the news in the Parish.  Please do go on the website, or ask a family member to do it for you, so that you can keep abreast of all that is happening.  I will always be very pleased to hear from you in the Rectory and my mobile telephone number is  087-787 0985.

 

Prayerful Thoughts and Comforting Prayers

 

Psalm 40, verses 1-5, 16 and 17

I waited patiently for the Lord;  he turned to me and heard my cry.
He lifted me out of the slimy pit,  out of the mud and mire;
he set my feet on a rock  and gave me a firm place to stand.
He put a new song in my mouth,  a hymn of praise to our God.
Many will see and fear the Lord  and put their trust in him.

Blessed is the one  who trusts in the Lord,
who does not look to the proud,  to those who turn aside to false gods
Many, Lord my God,  are the wonders you have done,
the things you planned for us. None can compare with you;
were I to speak and tell of your deeds,  they would be too many to declare.

Psalm 40:16-17

16 But may all who seek you  rejoice and be glad in you;
may those who long for your saving help always say,   “The Lord is great!”                                                        17 But as for me, I am poor and needy;  may the Lord think of me.
You are my help and my deliverer;  you are my God, do not delay.

 

Psalm 42, verses 1-5

As the deer pants for streams of water,   so my soul pants for you, my God.
My soul thirsts for God, for the living God.    When can I go and meet with God?
My tears have been my food  day and night, while people say to me all day long,   “Where is your God?”
These things I remember  as I pour out my soul: how I used to go to the house of God under the protection of the Mighty One with shouts of joy and praise  among the festive throng.

Why, my soul, are you downcast? Why so disturbed within me?
Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise him, my Savior and my God.

 

Acts 5, verses 12-16

12 The apostles performed many signs and wonders among the people. And all the believers used to meet together in Solomon’s Colonnade. 13 No one else dared join them, even though they were highly regarded by the people. 14 Nevertheless, more and more men and women believed in the Lord and were added to their number. 15 As a result, people brought the sick into the streets and laid them on beds and mats so that at least Peter’s shadow might fall on some of them as he passed by. 16 Crowds gathered also from the towns around Jerusalem, bringing their sick and those tormented by impure spirits, and all of them were healed.

 

Romans 8, verses 35-39

35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword? 36 As it is written:

“For your sake we face death all day long;
we are considered as sheep to be slaughtered.”[a]

37 No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. 38 For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons,[b] neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, 39 neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

 

Colossians 3, verses 1-4

Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God. When Christ, who is your] life, appears, then you also will appear with him in glory.

 

Prayers – Let us Pray

Almighty God, whose son our Lord Jesus Christ was made perfect by the things that He suffered: have compassion on those who are passing through illness and pain.  Uphold their faith that they may trust and not be afraid and give them the comfort and strength of your presence for your tender mercies sake.

  Amen.

 

We remember in mercy, Our Father, those who have succumbed to the Corona virus and those who have thankfully recovered and their families and friends and those who have sadly passed away. We ask you to bless all that is being done for their good by doctors, nurses, ambulance paramedics, medical staff, carers and pharmacists. We pray that you will surround everyone with your healing love and power. We make this our prayer through Jesus Christ our Lord and saviour.

Amen

Most merciful Father, we commend to your care and protection those whose work is dangerous, and especially those who risk their lives for the lives of others. We thank you for their courage and their devotion to duty; and we pray that in every hour of need they may know that you are with them and may fear no evil.

We ask it in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord.

Amen.

Lighten our darkness, O Lord , we pray and in your great mercy defend us from all  perils and dangers at this time for the love of your only son, our Saviour Jesus Christ.

Amen 

Living Lord, conqueror of death, we remember with gladness how on the day of your resurrection you appeared to your disciples in your risen power and said to them ‘Peace be with you’.   Speak that word to our hearts today, O Lord. Lift us above all our doubts and fears; and help us to practice your presence and to rest upon your victory that your peace may be with us, now and for ever more.

Amen.

Living God,     Speak to each one in your still small voice,                                                                                And grant them your peace which passes understanding,                                                                                           that quiet confidence that only you can bring,                                                                                                      And so may their burdens be lifted,                                                                                                                         And their souls refreshed.                                                                                                                                    Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer, through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Amen.

In time of National anxiety

O God our refuge and strength in every hour of need, raise up among us at this time faithful and fearless people who know that through loyalty to your word and will alone can a nation find true peace and security.

 

To such and to all in authority give a right judgment and the courage to follow your way for the good of all people and for the honour of your name.

 

Amen.

 

The Lord’s Prayer  

                                                                                                                                                     May the Almighty and merciful Lord, grant us all peace and preserve each of us this day and forever more.

 

With God’s blessings,

Rev. Alastair Graham.                                                                                                                    Rector

 

Issue 121 “UNION NEWS” March 2020

Dear Parishioners,

UPDATE 16th March 2020

ALL SERVICES CANCELLED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE DUE TO CORONAVIRUS PRECAUTIONS TO KEEP OUR PARISHIONERS SAFE 

All of the following services are now cancelled  –  All saints Church will be open from 10am – 11am each Sunday for quite prayer and reflection  – please do not attend if you are unwell in any way  – please observe social distancing and physical contact with each other in order to keep our most vulnrable members safe and well. 

We have reactivated our Facebook Page to keep you all updated and advised on a regular basis you can follow the parish on Facebook here 

Parish Conference – Lighten Our Darkness – Sunday 1st March 10.30 am

The final preparations are being made for our Parish Conference and I sincerely urge everyone in the Parish to come to hear what the young people have to say in their Presentation and to support them by your presence.  For the last nine months the young people have given a great amount of their time to prepare for the Conference and it would be lovely to see their good efforts rewarded by your support.

Lent

The season of Lent provides the opportunity for prayer and reflection on faith and life issues.  This year All Saints’ Church will be open each day for prayer from 11.30 a.m. – 12.30 p.m.  A prayer Service will be held at 12.00 noon.  This gives a daily opportunity for prayer and reflection in church.  In addition, there will be Lenten Bible Study on Saturday 7th and 21st March at 10.30 a.m. in All Saints’.   The Lenten Parish Retreat will be held on Saturday 28th March and there will be a Lenten Songs of Praise in All Saints’ on Sunday 15th March at 11.00 a.m.  The Lenten occasions for April will be outlined in the April Union Notes.

St. Etchen’s Day

While St. Etchen’s Day falls in February, this year we are holding our Patronal Festival on Sunday 8th March in Killucan at 11.30 a.m.  We will combine the Women’s World Day of Prayer with this Service.  I am sure this special Service and occasion will be very well supported by parishioners.  Poppy Tansley, a young parishioner in Killucan, has kindly offered to hold a Cake Sale at the Patronal Festival in aid of the Mullingar Hospital MRI Scanner Appeal.  All contributions, baked or bought, will be gladly accepted by Poppy on the day.  Poppy will be selling the cakes during the Refreshments at the end of the Service and all monies raised is going to a great cause.  It is inspiring that a young parishioner has come forward with this offer of help for such a worthy cause.  I know Poppy will be very well supported.

St. Patrick’s Day -Now Cancelled  

There is always a special Service held in All Saints’ on St. Patrick’s Day, Tuesday 17th March at 11.00 a.m.  At the Service there will be the Blessing of the Shamrock and the inspiring singing of the Breastplate by the Senior Parish Choir.

All Saints’ Whist Drive

The March Whist Drive will be held on Friday 6th March at 8.30 p.m. in All Saints’ Church.  The Whist Drive is always a most enjoyable evening with a delicious supper and a good selection of prizes.  I commend the Whist Drive to you.  This will be the last Whist Drive until November.  If anyone has a gift which they would like to present as a prize we would be very grateful if you could leave it in to the Rectory any time before 6th March.

Select Vestry There will be a meeting of the Select Vestry on Monday 30th March at 7.30pm in  The Church Hall to allow for social distancing.

General Easter Vestry – TBA Going Forward

The General Easter Vestry will be held on Sunday 26th April at 11.00 a.m. in All Saints’.  Last year we held the General Easter Vestry on a Sunday and parishioners expressed their support for the meeting to be held on Sunday rather than the practice of a weekday evening meeting.  I hope you will put this date in your diary to attend.

Mothering Sunday – Sunday 22nd March – Service Now Cancelled 

There is always a special Service held to ma – rk Mothering Sunday in the Parish at 10.00 a.m. in All Saints’ and 11.30 a.m. in Killucan.  Mothering Sunday provides a wonderful opportunity for families to come to church and celebrate with thanksgiving the care and love mothers provide.

Rock Solid Parish Youth Club

The Rock Solid Parish Youth Club will meet on Thursday 2nd April at 7.30pm in All Saints’.

Lenten Retreat TBA 

The Lenten Retreat will be held on Saturday 28th March in St. Anne’s Retreat Centre, Killenard.  At the Retreat we will be prayerfully reflecting on some important passages from the Bible.  The setting for the Retreat is ideal.  The prayerful ethos in Killenard facilitates a wonderful opportunity for quiet discernment and those parishioners who attended last year benefited greatly from the day.  If you would like to come and join us this year you will be most welcome and, if you speak to either the churchwardens or myself, we can give you more details and also provide transport if required.

Coffee on Thursdays – Now Cancelled 

The coffee mornings have become very popular and it is lovely to see so many people enjoying good company and conversation week by week.  I would like to warmly invite you to attend and your presence will be greatly appreciated.

Bereavements

We offer our deepest sympathy to Rev. Trevor and Anne Holmes on the death of Trevor’s father, Norman.  The funeral Service was held in Taney Parish Church on Thursday 6th February.  Norman was a wonderful person who won the admiration and affection of so many people over the years and in every aspect of his life he was held with the highest respect.  We would like to sympathise with Trevor and Anne at this sad time for them and the family.  Trevor preached a most inspiring address at the funeral, reminding us of the Christian hope we have in Christ, and the assurance of knowing that death is not an end but an entrance into a fuller life in God’s presence.  We pray that Norman, now in the fuller presence of God, may rest in peace and rise in glory, and that Trevor, Anne and their family will be comforted with the lovely memories they have of Norman.

Thank You

Olive would like to thank everyone for their prayerful support recently and for the many lovely cards she has received.  Olive’s knee surgery has been very successful and she is recovering well.  The support, love, kindness and prayers of parishioners has been a great comfort and encouragement.  Olive would like to thank everyone very much indeed.

 Parish Website Address – www.mullingarunionofparishes.net.

You may like to keep in touch with the Parish through the website or the facebook page 

Rev. Canon Alastair Graham

  Lent 

I hope everyone in the Parish will find time during Lent for prayer and bible reading and opportunities to reflect on faith and support charitable work.

Issue 119 “UNION NEWS” January 2020

MULLINGAR UNION OF PARISHES

 

 Dear Parishioners,

I would like to wish you all a very happy and healthy New Year and I hope you had a lovely Christmas with your family and friends.  The Services and events in the parish were very well supported and enjoyed.  I would like to thank everyone who contributed and participated in any way.  Thank you all so very much.

 

Parish Conference CHANGE OF DATE  Sunday 1st March  2020

This very important and special occasion will be held from 10.30a.m – 12.30p.m. in All Saints’ Church. I am appealing to everyone to attend as we will be discussing the future of the Parish. At a time when many parishes lament the absence of young people, we are so fortunate to have young people and young adults wanting to be involved. Indeed the main presentation at the Conference will be by young people and I sincerely hope adult parishioners will attend to show the young people how much they are supported.

Parish Dinner Saturday 1st February 2020

The Parish Dinner, which is always so enjoyable, will be held on Saturday 1st February at 8p.m. in the Greville Arms Hotel.  Tickets cost €25 including wine. Do come and join us for a most enjoyable occasion.

 

Week of Prayer for Christian Unity Saturday 18 – 25th January.

Prayers will be said every day in All Saints’ at 12 noon. The annual Christian Unity Service will be held on Sunday 19th January at 7p.m. in All Saints’. Members of all the churches in the Mullingar area will attend and the special preacher will be Fr. Derek Darby, Administrator of the Cathedral. I hope the Parish will be well represented.

New Year’s Day – 1st January

There will be a service of Holy Communion at 11a.m. in All Saints’. Attending church on New Year’s Day is a wonderful way to begin the New Year.

Epiphany Carols- “All the Parish Coming Together”

The Epiphany Carol Service will be held on Sunday 5th January at 11a.m. in All Saints’. Last year was the first year we held the Carol Service and it was well attended. It is a lovely occasion and a joy to attend.  I hope parishioners from each Parish and all the young parishioners and J.A.M. will come to make Epiphany a real celebration of God’s love.

Epiphany 6th January

On Monday 6th January there will be two Services in All Saints’ to celebrate this important liturgical occasion. Children’s Service at 9.30a.m. and the Holy Communion Service at 11a.m.

Service of Crowns Sunday 19th January at 11a.m.

This annual service is the Children’s Gift Day Service. We invite all children in the Parish to bring a small gift of money to show their appreciation for all they received at Christmas.  Their gifts support worthy charity work in Africa.

Canon Lawrence

Canon Lawrence will be on duty for all emergencies from Tuesday 7th – Friday 17th January. His telephone number is 0449222109 or 0860562944

Bereavements

We offer our deepest sympathy to Annette and Bill McConnell following the death of Annette’s brother Michael. Michael bore his illness with both courage and dignity.  Annette’s empathic care and support was a great comfort to him and we pray that Michael may rest in peace.

We also offer our deepest sympathy to Richard, Pear, Douglas, Gavin and Sam Lawrence following the death of Richard’s mother Adice.  Adice had been unwell for many years and had borne her illness with great courage and was graciously supported by her loving husband David. We pray that now in the fuller presence of God, Adice may rest in peace and rise in glory

Tiny Tots group will continue Friday Mornings 10 – 12 with Zoe  – you may text her for details on 085 2026188

Parish Website Address – www.mullingarunionofparishes.net.

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.

Rev. Alastair Graham, Rector,

0877870985

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 

Issue 117 “UNION NEWS”November 2019

MULLINGAR UNION OF PARISHES

Dear Parishioners,

November is known as “the month to remember” and this month we will have a number of special Parish occasions which I hope you will be able to attend.

Sunday Services

To accommodate the needs of younger families in the Parish we hold the Children’s Service in All Saints’ at 11.00 a.m. each month, and the Children’s Service in Killucan at 11.30 a.m.  From November, on the first Sunday in the month, the Sunday School J.A.M. will be held in All Saints’ and the Service time will be 11.00 a.m.  I hope this change of time will not be too inconvenient and, of course, I will always do my best to keep to the regular Sunday Service times as often as possible.

 All Saints’ Day

The Patronal Festival for All Saints’ will be held on All Saints’ Day, Friday 1st November and there will be a special Service with music in All Saints’, at 11.00 a.m.  Everyone will be most welcome.

Remembrance Day – Sunday 10th November

The traditional Remembrance Service will be held in All Saints’ at 10.30 a.m. and the special preacher this year will be Very Rev. Tim Wright, Dean of Kildare and former Deputy Head Chaplain in the RAF.  This is always a very moving occasion with inspiring music and words and a reflection by Ruth Illingworth.  All the Organisations in the town will be represented.

Rock Solid Youth Club

The Youth Club will meet twice this month – on Thursday 7th November and Thursday 28th November, from 7.30 p.m. – 9.00 p.m.  The Youth Club is for all young people in secondary school.  The feedback from the young people who attend is always very positive.  I warmly commend the Youth Club to all parents and young people in the Parish.

J.A.M. Sunday School

All Saints’        Sunday 3rd November, Sunday 1st December at 11.00 a.m.

Killucan           Sunday 3rd, 17th and 24th November November at 11.30 a.m.

Breakfast Holy Communion

Starting this month, on the first Sunday in each month, at 8.30 a.m. there will be a Breakfast Holy Communion for young people.  The format will be a short Service followed by a cooked breakfast in All Saints’.  I hope young people will look forward to attending.

 Westmeath Protestant Orphans Society – 175th Anniversary

The last anniversary event this year will be a Coffee Morning in All Saints’ on Thursday 7th November at 11.30 a.m.  Ruth Illingworth, the renowned historian, will give a lecture on the work of the Society in the first few decades of its’ foundation.  This will be a most interesting lecture and will provide a very interesting Westmeath historical perspective.

Select Vestry

There will be a meeting of the Select Vestry on Monday 18th November at 8.00 p.m. in the Rectory.

Diocesan Celebration of Lay Ministry

On Sunday 10th November, at 5.00 pm in All Saints’, the Bishop will celebrate Communion at a special occasion to mark the 40th anniversary of those commissioned 40 years ago for lay ministry in the Diocese.  All will be most welcome.

Children’s Inspiring Festival – Sunday 17th November

This year the Festival of Song, Dance and Music will be held on Sunday 17th November at 11.00 a.m. in All Saints’.  This is a truly joyful and uplifting celebration of the Gospel.

Bible Study

The monthly Bible Study will be held in All Saints’ on Saturday 23rd November at 10.30 a.m.

 

 

Westmeath Choral

The 150th anniversary of the formation of the Westmeath Choral will be celebrated at Evensong on Sunday 24th November at 7.00 p.m. in All Saints’.

Lighten Our Darkness – Parish Conference

The next Planning Meeting will be held in All Saints’ at 8.00 p.m. on Monday 4th November.

Killucan Coffee Morning and Advent Art

On Saturday 30th November, from 11.30 a.m. – 1.30 p.m., a Coffee Morning will be held in Killucan church for all parishioners and neighbours in the community.  At the Coffee Morning there will be an Advent Art workshop for children who will have the opportunity to prepare art which will be displayed in the church during Advent.

Concert – Sunday 17th November

The Lynn Singers will hold a concert in All Saints’ church on Sunday 17th November at 7.00 p.m.

All Saints’ Whist Drives

The November Whist Drive will be held on Friday 1st November at 8.30 p.m. in All Saints’.  Everyone is most welcome.  The Christmas Whist Drive will be held on Friday 6th December at 8.30 p.m.

Coffee on Thursdays

You will always be most welcome at Coffee between 10.30 a.m. and 1.00 p.m. every Thursday in All Saints’.

 Boys’ Brigade and Girls’ Association

The Company will be meeting during November, and on Tuesday 5th the Company will visit Rock and Bowl for the evening.

Saints’ Days this month – St. Cecilia and St. Andrew

There will be a celebration of Holy Communion at 11.00a.m on Friday 22nd November to celebrate St. Cecilia’s Day, the patron saint of music, and on Saturday 30th November at 10.00 a.m. to celebrate St. Andrew’s Day, the patron saint of Scotland.

 Parish Website Address – www.mullingarunionofparishes.net.

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.

With Gods Blessings

Rev.  Alastair Graham