Issue 99 “UNION NEWS” May 2018

Dear Parishioner(s)
General Easter Vestry
The General Easter Vestry was held on Monday 30th April. The names of those appointed and elected to the Select Vestry are listed in these Notes. Just 11% of parishioners now attend church on Sunday. This is well below the national average for Church of Ireland parishes. Of the young people confirmed in the last 9 years, over 92% rarely, if ever, attend church. The puzzling irony is that those who don’t attend church expect the churches to be open, and the clergy available, for their family baptisms, weddings and funerals. The Parish is blessed that a small number of dedicated parishioners, who know the importance of faith and the upholding of Christian values and principles, work tirelessly to keep the church doors open. How long they can keep up this commitment is, of course, the question?

I will continue to work to promote Christian faith and practice, as I firmly believe it gives purpose and meaning to our lives. The absence of Church in our lives, communities, country and world, will create an impoverishment we will all regret.

Mayfair – Saturday 12th May – 10.00 a.m.-2.00 p.m.
I do hope the Parish Sale will be very well supported and all help and donations will be greatly appreciated. A Raffle Card is enclosed with these Notes. The organiser of the Sale Emma Coburn 0876374131, the Cake Stall (Olive Graham 087 2110521); the Plants Stall (Arie Gorrison 087 2742260) will be delighted to hear from parishioners with their donations. Help is required on Friday 11th at 7.00 p.m. to set up marquees, and on Saturday 12th at 2.00 p.m. to take them down. We need as much help as we can get – do please support the Sale.

Pentecost – Sunday 20th May – All Saints’ 11.00 a.m.
On this important Sunday there will be just one morning Service at 11.00 a.m. in All Saints’. I warmly invite parishioners of all ages to come and hope the church will be packed to capacity as we celebrate the birthday of the Church. The Confirmation Class will be invited to cut the birthday cake and there will be plenty of inspiring singing. Do come and support your Parish.

Ascension Day – Thursday 10th May
There will be a Service of Holy Communion to mark Ascension Day in All Saints’ at 12.00 noon on Thursday 10th May. We are blessed to have two inspiring stained glass windows depicting the Ascension and it would be lovely to have a good attendance.
Prayer Circle- There will be a meeting on Ascension Day, Thursday 10th May, at 8.00 p.m. in All Saints’ to establish a Circle of Prayer in the Parish. I do hope this meeting will be well supported.

Visit to Greystones Parish-We have been invited to share in the worship of Greystones Parish, on Sunday 27th May. The choir will be singing at the Service. A bus will be leaving All Saints’ at 8.00 a.m. to be in time for the 10.30 Service in Greystones. We will be provided with lunch after the Service. If you would like to come on this special visit please contact Arthur O’Toole 087 9733233 to book a seat on the bus.

Rock Solid Youth Club
As I mentioned at the General Easter Vestry, and in a letter to the families with young teenagers, we are going to begin a Parish Youth Programme with the support of Youth for Christ team leaders. The Rock Solid Club will hold its’ first meeting on Thursday 17th May at 8.00 p.m. in All Saints’. The first night is for parents only and parents will receive an invitation.

Emma Rothwell
Emma Rothwell, the Chaplain of Wilson’s Hospital School, will be preaching in All Saints’ at 10.00 a.m. this Sunday and some students from the school will be coming with her. I hope that young people attending Wilson’s Hospital School, and their parents, will also attend the Service. We warmly welcome Emma and support the good work she is undertaking.

Data Protection – New legislation will be enacted from 25th May. Church of Ireland House has advised the Parish as to what this will mean for Parish life. You will receive a letter next week with details of what each parishioner must do. I urge you to return the signed form enclosed with the letter to the Parish as quickly as possible.

Referendum on the 8th Amendment
Next month special prayers will be offered in the Parish as we prayerfully reflect on the sensitive and sacred issues arising from the forthcoming Referendum on the Appeal of the Eighth Amendment to the Irish Constitution. This is a very personal issue indeed. I invite you to discern the comments of the Archbishop of Armagh and the Archbishop of Dublin in their published statement, where they stated that what is now being proposed by the government, if the Article is repealed, is unrestricted access to abortion up to twelve weeks of pregnancy. “This is not an ethical position we can accept” the Archbishops state. They went on to say that there is, for Christians, a very clear witness in the scriptures, that all human life, including before physical birth, has a sacred dignity in the eyes of God. As we consider these sensitive and important matters, as Christians we are clearly called to prayerful discernment and I hope you will find time for prayerful discernment as we approach the Referendum on 25th May. The Archbishops position is supported by our own Bishop. I commend her statement to you in the Diocesan Notes. https://www.meathandkildare.org/news/item/1140-bishop-pat-storey-voices-opinion-on-the-eighth-ammendment-referendum

Westmeath Protestant Orphans Society -The Committee would like to thank everyone for their support at the Coffee Morning in All Saints’. The sum raised was €650 which is a wonderful amount.

Select Vestry Meeting
The next meeting will be held in the Rectory at 8.00 p.m on Monday 28th May.

Bank Holiday Concert – Monday 7th May – All Saints’ –
On Monday 7th May at 3.00 p.m. a classical concert will be held in All Saints’. Everyone is welcome.

Bible Study

: Bible Study will be held in All Saints’ on Saturday 26th May at 10.30a.m.
Killucan Sports Day – Sunday 3rd June
After a short Service at 11.30 a.m., a Sports Day will be held in the grounds of the Parish Hall. We look forward to welcoming all the younger families.

Select Vestry 2018
Churchwardens
• All Saints’ – Arthur O’Toole, Brigid Geoghegan;

Kilbixy – Watson Mills, Violet Medforth;

Killucan – Vivienne Mulligan, Arie Gorrison;

Almoritia – Annie O’Leary, Billy Small.

• Glebewardens – Christopher Manzira, Mark Potterton
• Members
David Miller, Doreen Lynch, Emma Coburn, Pat Tipper, David Webster, Jean Kilmartin (Hon.Trea), Richard Williamson (Hon. Sec), John Hales, David Gibson Brabazon, Patrick Pilkington, Hazel Scully

Baptism
We recently welcomed into God’s Family through Holy Baptism Millie and Jacob Doyle. We pray for them as they begin their journey of faith, and also for their parents and godparents.

Bereavement
We offer our deepest sympathy to John and Lorraine Hales following the death of John’s uncle in Cork, and to Rita and Augustin Uyi following the sudden death of Rita’s sister in Nigeria; to Ralph Tyrrell and his family following the death of Ralph’s mother, Phyllis, who passed away peacefully in Mullingar Hospital. She had lived all her life in Carbury, Co. Kildare and was very highly regarded by the parishioners of Killucan. Phyllis is buried in the churchyard at Carbury alongside her late husband.

We also offer our sympathy to Audrey and Justin Gunning following the death of Audrey’s delightful mother and to Annie O’Leary following the death of her much-loved aunt. We pray that both their loved ones are in the fuller presence of God and may rest in peace.

All Saints’ Parish was saddened to hear of the death of Hazel Mahood, a much-loved parishioner whose long-standing support for the Parish had won the admiration of everyone. We offer our deepest sympathy to Lesley, Eddie, Douglas, Winifred, Hazel’s three grandchildren in Mullingar – Caroline, David and Lauren – and her other grandchildren and all the members of the family and her wide circle of friends. In her life, Hazel represented all that is good in Christianity and faith. We pray that her good influence will continue to inspire us. May she now rest in peace as she is reunited with her husband Derrick and her much-loved son Sidney.

Parish Website
You may like to keep in touch with the Parish through the website.. The address is www.mullingarunionofparishes.net.
With God’s blessings,
Rev. Alastair Graham, Rector,
The Rectory, Gaol’s Hill, Mullingar, Co.Westmeath. Phone No. 044-934 8376

Issue 98 “UNION NEWS” April 2018

Dear Parishioner(s)

Easter and Holy Week
Next week is a very important time in the Christian year. This Sunday, Palm Sunday, Holy Week begins. Each day next week there will be special Services in the Parish, leading us through the Passion of Christ to the celebration of His Resurrection on Easter Day.

I invite you to make Holy Week a time for prayer and reflection, and encourage you to attend church each day.

Children’s Musical Passion
The Musical Passion will be held next Sunday 25th March at 12.00 noon in All Saints’ Church. This is always a very poignant musical and I hope you will come to support the young people of the Parish. After the musical the Parents’ Council of All Saints’ School will hold a Cake Sale. During Lent the young people in All Saints’ have been collecting money for Meals on Wheels in the Mullingar area. After the musical we are hoping to circle the church with all the proceeds of the children’s collection.

Palm Sunday Faith Reflection
In All Saints’ next Sunday evening, 25th March at 7.00 p.m., everyone is invited to a time of quiet reflection on Faith. Canon Lawrence and Charles Marshall and myself will be offering our personal reflections. Anyone who would like to share their reflection will be most welcome to do so. However if you just wish to attend and listen you will also be most welcome to do so.

The Days of Holy Week
On Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday of Holy Week there will be two Services held each day in All Saints’ – Morning Prayer at 8.30 a.m. and a short time for Sacred Music and Words at 12.00 noon.

Holy Thursday
A Service of Holy Communion will be held in each church.-
All Saints’ 8.30a.m. and 12 noon,
Kilbixy 10.30a.m.
Almoritia 5p.m.
Killucan 8p.m.

Good Friday
At the conclusion of the Services in the Parish on Good Friday, at 8.00 p.m., in All Saints’ there is the opportunity to attend a time of Sacred Music and Sacred Words, with the Senior Parish Choir and members of the Mullingar Choral Society. This Service has now been held for many years and provides a prayerful opportunity at the end of Good Friday.
All Saints’ 10.30a.m. and 8p.m.
Kixbixy 12noon -Holy Hour
Killucan 1p.m. – Holy Hour
Almoritia 5p.m.

Holy Saturday
I invite everyone in the Parish to come and decorate our churches for Easter Day. The decoration in All Saints’, Killucan and Almoritia will start at 10.00 a.m. and everyone will be most welcome.

Easter Day
Special celebrations will be held in each church and I hope parishioners will all make a special effort to attend church on this very important Sunday for Christians.

Killucan Coffee Morning
This Saturday, 24th March, from 11.00 a.m. – 1.00 p.m., the parishioners of Killucan invite you to come and visit the lovely church of St. Etchen.
Friendship and welcome will be offered to everyone.

Lenten Bible Study
Lenten Bible Study will be held on Saturday 24th March in All Saints’ from 10.30 a.m. – 11.30 a.m. Everyone will be most welcome.

Confirmation
A special day for those preparing for Confirmation will be held in All Saints’ on Saturday 14th April. The young people will be joined by other candidates from around the Diocese and the day will be led by Emma Rothwell, the Chaplain of Wilson’s Hospital. If there is anyone who would to make their confirmation this year but hasn’t informed me please let me know as soon as possible.

All Saints’ Choir Meeting
A special meeting of the Choir will be held at 7.30 p.m. on Wednesday 18th April in All Saints’.

Coffee on Thursdays
The very popular Coffee Mornings will continue to be held every Thursday in All Saints’. All donations are given to charity. On Thursday 19th April the charity to benefit will be the Westmeath Protestant Orphans Society. The Society is one of the oldest charities in Ireland and has provided much needed support to families over the years. The work of the Society is still very active and parishioners’ support at the Coffee Morning will be greatly appreciated. Please spread the word and invite your friends and neighbours as well.

Select Vestry
The next meeting of the Select Vestry will be held on Monday 16th April at 8.00 p.m. in the Rectory.

General Easter Vestry
The General Easter Vestry Meeting will be held on Monday 30th April at 8.00 p.m. in All Saints’.

Parish Sale of Work
The annual Parish Sale of Work will be held in All Saints’ on Saturday 12th May from 10.00 a.m. – 2.00 p.m. We look forward to the support of parishioners and the community. The money raised will support the important work the Parish is undertaking. If you would like to help at the Sale please contact Emma Coburn on 087 6374131 who has kindly agreed to act as Organiser again this year.

Bereavement
Everyone in the Parish, particularly in Killucan Parish, was saddened at the sudden death of George Cowen. George moved to his farm at Balrath fifty years ago and was a staunch and generous supporter of Killucan Parish. The very large congregation at his funeral showed the admiration and affection in which George was held and we will all greatly miss his company and conversation. We offer our deepest sympathy to all the members of his family at this time and also to his many many dear friends in Killucan Parish. George was a person of great faith and we pray that, now in the fuller presence of God, he may rest in peace.

All Saints’ Sunday School- JAM & Boys Brigade
We hope to reconvene in the next few weeks when Garda Vetting is complete.

With God’s blessings,
Rev. Alastair Graham, Rector,
The Rectory, Gaol’s Hill, Mullingar, Co.Westmeath. Phone No. 044-934 8376

REMEMBER

Thursday Coffee
Coffee is served every Thursday in All Saints’, from 10.30 a.m. to 1.30 p.m. Do join us for coffee and help support those organisations helping people in need in Mullingar. Your Hosts are Arthur and Marian and they bring with them a wonderful assortment of homemade delights.

Tiny Tots Club – EASTER BREAK will resume again on friday the 13th April
Each Friday morning during School Term from 10.00am – 12.00 noon in All Saints’ there is a lovely occasion for parents and their young children to meet. I extend a very warm invitation to all the younger parents in the Parish. You will be most welcome. You can Contact Zoe on 0852026188

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

Social Media
https://www.facebook.com/mullingarunionofparishes.net Keep up to date
on our Parish Facebook page or follow us on Twitter @MullingarUP

Issue 97 “UNION NEWS” March 2018

Dear Parishioner(s)

Women’s World Day of Prayer
We are so blessed with the invaluable contribution women make in all walks of life. The ‘Women’s World Day of Prayer’ provides an ideal opportunity to celebrate their contribution. Next Sunday in All Saints’ at 11a.m. there will be a special service led by women from each of the parishes and I hope this occasion will be very well supported by all parishioners.
This Friday evening at 7.30p.m. there will be an Ecumenical Service for the ‘Women’s World Day of Prayer’ in Killucan Church this provides another opportunity to celebrate the role of women.

Lenten Programme.
During this month there is the opportunity to attend the Ecumenical Prayers every Thursday in All Saints’ at 12 noon and the Service of Morning Prayer each Friday morning at 8.30a.m. In addition a Lenten bible Study will be held on Saturday 24th March at 10.30a.m. in All Saints’

Holy Week- for the last number of years a Service has been held in each church every day during Holy Week. This year there will be a variation to the pattern of Services. Details are included on the Holy Week Flyer with this issue of the Union Notes.

Christian Voices Together Lecture
A special lecture on the Bible will be held on Thursday 22nd March at 8p.m. in the Greville Arms hotel. The distinguished speaker will be Scott Evans, the Chaplain to UCD in Dublin. Scott is an inspirational speaker and his talks on the Bible are highly acclaimed I warmly commend this lecture to you and I hope our parish will be well represented in the attendance. The lecture will be held in the ballroom of the hotel.

Passion Musical
The Children’s Passion musical will be held on Sunday 25th March at 12 noon in All Saints.’ The Musical, under the direction of Mrs. Diane Ashmore is a truly uplifting and moving occasion and provides the ideal start to Holy Week. I do hope that the children will be well supported by the attendance of parishioners and those who have attended in previous years know the Children’s Musical is a very special event.

Lenten Appeal
During Lent the children of All Saints’ National School are collecting for Meals on Wheels, which is a most worthy charity in Mullingar. Paper plates, representing the meal will be sold for €1 each. After the Musical Passion the children and young people will be attempting to complete a full circle of plates around the outside of All Saints’ Church. So I hope many in the parish will lend their support to this most worthy cause by purchasing a plate.

Palm Sunday Evening- Sunday 25th March
At 7p.m. in All Saints’ Church we will meet for a quiet time to reflect on the meaning and purpose of life. Three speakers have kindly agreed to share their perspective on Faith and meaning. I warmly invite members of the parish to this occasion. Those who attend may just wish to listen or make their own contribution. At a time when so many in Ireland are wondering about the meaning and purpose of life this occasion provides an opportunity to hear and appreciate the Christian perspective.

Easter
Easter Sunday falls on the 1st April this year. I hope parishioners will be able to attend church to celebrate the Resurrection and the new life that God brings through the Risen Christ. Easter Day is a time for Christian joy and I look forward to celebrating this special day with you.

Killucan Coffee Morning – Saturday 24th March 11a.m. to 1p.m.
The coffee morning is the first of a number special events to be held in Killucan this year. I do hope the coffee morning will be well supported and it provides a lovely opportunity to visit the very beautiful church of Saint Etchen.

Circle of Prayer- We hope to establish a special circle of prayer in the Parish. The inaugural meeting will take place in All Saints’ on Thursday 1st March at 8p.m. I hope it will be very well supported.

Parish Whist Drive
The March whist drive will be held on Friday 2nd March at 8.30p.m. in All Saints’ this is always a very enjoyable evening and everyone will be most welcome.

Lenten Lunches
Lenten lunches will be held at Kilbixy on Tuesday 6th and 13th March from 12noon to 2p.m. Your support would be very much appreciated.

All Saints’ Dedication -At the Service in All Saints on Sunday 18th March the new history of the parish will be dedicated along with some recent furnishings. I would like to thank those who have taken such time preparing both the history and the work on the furnishings. The interior of the Church will be greatly enhanced.

St. Patrick’s Day- There will a special service held in All Saints’ at 11a.m. to celebrate Saint Patrick’s Day. The choir will sing the Breastplate.

Holy Baptism
We remember in our prayers Tony Mitchell following his recent Baptism as he begins his journey of faith and his parents and Godparents.

Bereavement
We offer our deepest sympathy to Eric Mills on the sudden death of his wife Barbara, and to their children Linda, Nigel, and Simon, the two grandchildren, Barbara’s brothers and sisters and the wider family. Barbara spent her life in Westmeath, first growing up in Castlepollard and then moving to live with Eric in Johnstown, Slanemore. She died very suddenly and was buried in the family plot in Castlepollard following the funeral Service in Kilbixy Parish Church. We pray that Barbara, now in the fuller presence of God, may rest in peace and that the family will be comforted by God’s love and the support of their family and friends and their fond memories of Barbara.

We would also like to offer our deepest sympathy to Yvonne, Lynn and Richard Williamson and their family following the sudden death of John. John was a very well known farmer and in earlier days was hugely successful in showing cattle. John had a very deep faith and was a valued and respected parishioner of Killucan Parish. He will be very sadly missed and we pray that now in the fuller presence of God he may rest in peace. We also pray that Yvonne, Lynn and Richard and the members of the family will be comforted by their lovely memories of John and in the assurance that God’s promises are true.

We would also like to offer our sympathy to David and Diane Miller following the death of David’s brother, Bob, in England. David’s brother thoughtfully donated his body for medical research. We pray he may rest in peace and that David and Diane may be comforted by their memories of him.

We also offer our sympathy to Sabine Kettelgerdes and Gregor and Anna following the death of Sabine’s father. Sabine’s Father bore his illness with great courage and dignity and he will be very sadly missed by his family and many friends. For some years he lived at Sallymount, County Westmeath and his expertise in horses was legend. We pray that he may rest in peace and that
Sabine and her family will be comforted by their memories of him and God’s love.

Parish Duty- Canon Lawrence will be available for pastoral emergencies from Friday 9th -Tuesday 13th March. His mobile number is 0860562944

All Saints’ Sunday School- JAM & Boys Brigade
We hope to reconvene in the next few weeks when Garda Vetting is complete.

With God’s blessings,
Rev. Alastair Graham, Rector,
The Rectory, Gaol’s Hill, Mullingar, Co.Westmeath. Phone No. 044-934 8376

Thursday Coffee
Coffee is served every Thursday in All Saints’, from 10.30 a.m. to 1.30 p.m. Do join us for coffee and help support those organisations helping people in need in Mullingar. Your Hosts are Arthur and Marian and they bring with them a wonderful assortment of homemade delights.

Tiny Tots Club
Each Friday morning from 10.00am – 12.00 noon in All Saints’ there is a lovely occasion for parents and their young children to meet. I extend a very warm invitation to all the younger parents in the Parish. You will be most welcome. You can Contact Zoe on 0852026188
Tiny Tots Group starts back on friday 12th 2018

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

Social Media
https://www.facebook.com/mullingarunionofparishes.net Keep up to date
on our Parish Facebook page or follow us on Twitter @MullingarUP

Issue 96 “UNION NEWS” February 2018

 

Dear Parishioner(s)

 

Ash Wednesday and Lent

This year Ash Wednesday falls on Wednesday 14th February, St. Valentine’s Day.  As is our custom, there will be a Service of Holy Communion in each of the churches:

Killucan           10.30 a.m.

Kilbixy             12.00 noon

Almoritia            5.00 p.m.

All Saints’          7.30 p.m.

I do hope parishioners will make a strong effort to attend the Services as Lent is still an important time in the Christian calendar.  This year I am providing an opportunity for those who wish to use Lent as a journey of prayer and reflection.  There will be a  Lenten Programme in the Parish and everyone will be most welcome to attend any or all of the special occasions.

 

Confirmation

Last year the Confirmation was held on the last Sunday in October and a number of families were supportive of it being held again this year at that time.  The Bishop will be with us for Confirmation on Sunday 28th October at 11.00 a.m. in All Saints’.  I would like to meet with the candidates who will be making their Confirmation this year on Sunday 04th March at 10.00 a.m. in All Saints’.  As you will know, attending church on Sundays is a very important part of preparation for Confirmation. This year I will be expecting the candidates to attend church most Sundays.  I hope to have the parents’ support for this as the Bishop expects the candidates to have attended church.  I am put in a very difficult situation when asked by the Bishop if candidates have not attended Church. I think it is not unreasonable to note that for commitments to other organisations, either sporting or otherwise, people are expected to attend if they want to participate and benefit. Confirmation is no different.

 

 

Whist Drives

The next Whist Drives will be held on Friday 2nd February and Friday 2nd March at 8.30 p.m. in All Saints’ Parish Hall.  As I have mentioned on many occasions, the Whist Drives provide an occasion for great enjoyment with a delicious supper and I warmly commend the Whist Drives to you.

 

 

 

Annual Parish Sale

The annual Parish Sale will be held on Saturday 12th May in All Saints’.  The first meeting to plan for the Sale will be held this Saturday, 3rd February, at 10.00 a.m. in All Saints’ Parish Hall.  Everyone is most welcome to attend.

 

 

Killucan Patronal Festival

Each year we hold the Patronal Festival in Killucan to remember and mark the ministry and Christian witness of St. Etchen.  This year the Service will be held on Sunday 11th February at 11.30 a.m. and the special preacher will be Rev. William Seale, Rector of Kells Union of Parishes.  We very much look forward to welcoming him to our Parish for this special occasion.  I hope this Service will be well attended and I invite the parishioners of Kilbixy and Almoritia to attend, along with the parishioners of All Saints’.  The Senior Parish Choir will be in attendance.

 

 

J.A.M. (Sunday School)

The legislation, which was enacted in December last, now requires the leaders to be fully vetted before they can act as a leader in the Sunday School.   As some of the leaders in All Saints’ are awaiting approval, the holding of the Sunday School in All Saints’ has had to be delayed.  We sincerely hope that the approval will come through in the near future.

Boys Brigade and Girls Association

A similar situation pertains as with the Sunday School. As soon as the vetting is complete the sessions will restart.

 

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Select Vestry

The next meeting of the Select Vestry will be held on Monday 26th February at 8.00 p.m. in the Rectory.

 

Thanksgiving Service for Muriel Ray and Douglas Matthews

As a mark of our appreciation to the long and outstanding service of Muriel and Douglas to the Parish, a special Service of Thanksgiving will be held in All Saints’ on Sunday 25th February at 11.00 a.m.  We have held similar Services in Kilbixy and Killucan and I believe it is very appropriate that these Services are held to show the appreciation of the Parish to those who have given such longstanding service.  We warmly welcome their family and friends and I hope parishioners from each of the churches will attend.

 

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

 

 

With God’s blessings,

Rev. Alastair Graham, Rector,

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

Issue 95 “UNION NEWS” January 2018

Dear Parishioner(s)

Happy New Year
I would like to wish you a very happy New Year and I hope you had a most enjoyable Christmas with your family and friends. It was lovely to meet everyone at the different Services over Christmas. Christmas Day 2017 will go down in the annals of Parish history as the day the parish broadcast the Christmas Day Service on R.T.E. 1 television. Congratulations to everyone who took part in the broadcast Service.

Christmas Parish Programme
The month of December was a very special time in the Parish and the different special events that were held were so memorable. It is so encouraging that the Programme of events is now becoming the ‘norm’ during the season of Advent in the Parish and we are already thinking of how we can strengthen and improve the Programme for Advent 2018. However, we were disappointed that the planned Christmas Party for elderly residents of Rose Lodge Nursing Home had to be cancelled due to the fact that there were less than 8 offers of help. I am sure this will be rectified this year and we will be able to provide plenty of Christian cheer for the residents in the Home next December.

January
We look forward to a number of different events during January and I hope they will give an inspiring lift to our hearts and souls after the Christmas festivities.

” Epiphany. On Saturday 6th January we celebrate the arrival of the Wise Men to visit the baby Jesus. There will be a special Service in All Saints’ at 12.00 noon and you will be most welcome to join us for this important occasion.

” J.A.M. Our new Sunday School programme in All Saints’ will commence on Sunday 14th January at 10.00 a.m. and at 11.30 a.m. in Killucan on Sunday 7th January. I would like to thank those who have offered their leadership and I hope the support by parents for J.A.M. this year will be encouraging.

” Service of Crowns. For the last number of years we have held a Children’s Gift Day in the Parish each January. All the children will be wearing crowns, remembering the gifts that the Wise Men brought to the baby Jesus. The Service will be held in All Saints’ at 11.00 a.m. Isabelle Brondzynski will tell us about how the children’s gifts of €1 will be used in the school in Kenya.

” Week of Prayer for Christian Unity. Every year Christians meet in January to pray for Christian Unity. The Week of Prayer will commence on Thursday 18th January and will conclude on Thursday 25th January – the day we remember the Conversion of St. Paul. There will be special events held on Thursday 18th, Sunday evening 21st and Thursday 25th. A leaflet giving details of the times and venues will be available shortly.

Holy Baptism
We welcomed into Holy Baptism Skye Erin Evangelista and Beckett Joseph Smith. We pray for them as they begin their journey of Faith and their parents and godparents.

Coffees on Thursday
One of the most successful undertakings in the Parish last year was the Coffee Mornings run by Arthur and Marion O’Toole. They have turned out to be enormously popular and successful and in the first year raised over €6,400 for local charities, as well as providing an oasis of friendship and companionship. We look forward to this year and I warmly commend the Thursday Coffee Mornings to you which will start on Thursday 4th January.

Hospital MRI Scanner Appeal
At the end of the All Saints’ Parish Carol Service on Sunday 17th December, a cheque for €7,500 was presented to the Chairman of the Hospital Appeal Committee, Mr. John McGrath. This was the total raised by parishioners and I would like to thank you for your generous support of this most worthy appeal.

Parish Gift Day
I would like to thank everyone who generously supported the Parish Gift Day. If you would still like to contribute the Honorary Treasurer will look forward to receiving your Gift.

Thank you.
Olive and I would like to thank you for your prayerful and caring support before Christmas when Olive had to be hospitalised. Your support was an amazing source of strength. Olive particularity appreciated receiving so many thoughtful cards and generous gifts and flowers which were left at the Rectory and at the Church. When she has recovered she looks forward to thanking you in person.

Looking to the Year Ahead
It is fashionable for people to make New Year’s resolutions and new beginnings at the start of the New Year, of course, many of these are not fulfilled as was planned. I hope you will make a resolution to confirm your support for the work in the Parish and to offer your help as we ensure that God’s story, God’s way, God’s principles, God’s care, and God’s love is upheld in all we do. It would be lovely to know that many parishioners are resolved to attend Church more frequently and to encourage their children to attend Sunday School.

With God’s blessings,
Rev. Alastair Graham, Rector,
The Rectory, Gaol’s Hill, Mullingar, Co.Westmeath. Phone No. 044-934 8376

Thursday Coffee
Coffee is served every Thursday in All Saints’, from 10.30 a.m. to 1.30 p.m. Do join us for coffee and help support those organisations helping people in need in Mullingar. Your Hosts are Arthur and Marian and they bring with them a wonderful assortment of homemade delights.

Tiny Tots Club
Each Friday morning from 10.00am – 12.00 noon in All Saints’ there is a lovely occasion for parents and their young children to meet. I extend a very warm invitation to all the younger parents in the Parish. You will be most welcome. You can Contact Zoe on 0852026188
Tiny Tots Group starts back on friday 12th 2018

In the light of the recent increase in postal charges the Select Vestry would like to offer options for parishioners on receiving the ‘Union Notes’ each month.
Please Email info@mullingarunionofparishes.net with your Name Address and Mobile number� And let us know if you would like to receive your Union Notes as�
Email Version �
Collect a printed copy in the church�
Continue to receive by post �(we are happy to continue to do so)
Some parishioners have returned the completed forms or emailed their details and have recieved an email friendly version of the Union Notes. There will be printed copies of the notes available in the church.

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

Social Media
https://www.facebook.com/mullingarunionofparishes.net Keep up to date
on our Parish Facebook page or follow us on Twitter @MullingarUP

Issue 94 “UNION NEWS” December 2017

Dear Parishioner(s)

Advent
We are so blessed in the church with the season of Advent. Advent provides an opportunity for prayer and reflection in preparation of Christmas. This year I invite you each Friday to All Saints’ at 12.30 p.m. for a short time of prayer, bible reading and reflection. Embracing the tradition of Advent with the social preparation for Christmas, provides a wonderful foundation for the true celebration of this important Christian festival.

Parish Gift Day
The Parish Gift Day this year will be held on Sunday 10th December. Each year we invite parishioners to give a gift to God to support all the work that is being done in His name in the Parish. Every gift, no matter how small, will be greatly appreciated and we will continue to be faithful stewards and to live by grace in God’s love. The Gift Day envelopes may be given at a church Service or sent directly to the Parish Treasurer.

December Events
A pamphlet is included with the Union Notes giving details of the different events being held in the Parish between now and Christmas. I hope you will be able to attend at least some of the events which, I am sure, you will find very enjoyable and uplifting. I would like to thank the organisers of the different events for the huge amount of time and effort they are putting in this year and I am sure all the occasions will be very successful.

Christmas Day RTE Television Service
As you know, RTE will be broadcasting the Christmas Day Service from our Parish this year. It is an occasion everyone is looking forward to and I hope you will have the opportunity to watch the Service which will be broadcast on R.T.E. 1 at 11.25a.m. on Christmas morning. In order to enable everyone to see the Service, and also attend church, the Services on Christmas Day morning will be over by 10.30 a.m., giving everyone the opportunity to get home in good time.

Christmas Charities
Every year the Parish gives very generously to the much-needed charitable work that is undertaken by so many organisations and individuals. Last year we raised a considerable sum of money any support you give will be warmly received and appreciated.

Church Flowers
Each church is always beautifully decorated throughout the year for the special church Services and, of course, the Sunday Services. In All Saints’, Doreen Lynch has kindly agreed to be the organiser of the Roster and to provide assistance the flower arrangers may require. If you would like to provide flowers for worship on a Sunday during the year, please contact Doreen (0876258398) who will be very pleased to hear from you. Church decoration for Christmas will take place on Saturday 16th December from 10.00 a.m. and everyone is most welcome to help in each of the churches.

The Ailish Tynan Concert -Friday 15t December at 8pm
Ailish, who comes from Mullingar, returns to give a special concert in All Saints’ on Friday 15th December at 8.00 p.m. Ailish is a world-renowned singer and performs all over the world, delighting audiences with her amazing voice. If you would like to come to the concert, please contact Doreen Lynch for tickets(0876258398).

Christmas Hamper
This year in Killucan, parishioners have suggested that it might be good to have items of non-perishable food given at the Carol Service on Sunday 17th December, and the hamper would then be presented to SVdP, who would distribute the food before Christmas. An invitation is extended to everyone attending the Killucan Carol Service to bring along small items of food.

Christmas Cribs
This year two new Christmas Cribs are being prepared for All Saints’ and Killucan churches and we will have two new sets of nativity figures. In both churches the cribs and figures have delighted parishioners over the years but with the passing of time the cribs and figures now need to be replaced. I would like to express the appreciation of the Parish to Peter Cruise, who is building the crib for All Saints’, and Ari Gorissen who is building the crib for Killucan. We look forward with eager anticipation to seeing the results of their handiwork.

Bereavement
We offer our deepest sympathy to David and Audrey Leahy, and Adam and Mark, following the death of David’s father, Des, on Saturday 4th November. Des was a much-loved husband, father and grandfather and was held in the highest regard by so many people. He had a very distinguished career as a pharmacist in Dublin before retiring to live in Enfield, Co. Meath. Des bore his illness with great courage and dignity and the family were all gathered by his bedside when he peacefully passed away. We pray that Des, now in the fuller presence of God, will rest in peace. We pray that David, Audrey, Adam, Mark, David’s mother, and all the members of the family will be comforted by their lovely memories of him and by knowing that God’s promises are true, that death is not the end but an entrance into God’s fuller presence.

We also offer our deepest sympathy to David and Phyllis O’Malley following the sudden death of David’s sister, Marie. Marie had coped all her life with some health problems, but in the end her death came as a very sad surprise to all the family members. We pray that Marie, now in the fuller presence of God, may rest in peace. We also pray that David, Phyllis, Jennifer and Niamh, and the wider family, will be comforted at this sad time by God’s love and by their loving memories of Marie.

We also offer our deepest sympathy to Ari and Jean Gorissen, on the sudden death of Jean’s cousin, Jack, in Canada. As these Notes are going to press, the news has just come in of Jack’s death in a road traffic accident, and so we remember all of the family, particularly Jack’s mother, Jean’s aunt, as they endeavour to cope with this very sudden and sad news.

Sensitive Remembrances
While there is joy at Christmas, we also sensitively remember those who have been bereaved in the Parish during the last year and before. Memories of their loved ones clearly bring a sadness and upset at this festive time of year. We would like those bereaved to know that we fondly and prayerfully remember them at this time. On Christmas Eve at each of the Services, those who have been bereaved and those who are not well and in hospital at this time, will be remembered in the prayers.

I would like to wish you all a very happy and Holy Christmas. Wherever you may be spending Christmas this year, I hope you will have a most enjoyable time and I wish you good health and happiness for the New Year. Olive and I would like to thank you very much indeed for your prayers and support for Olive during her illness, which both she and I appreciate beyond words.

With God’s blessings,
Rev. Alastair Graham, Rector,
The Rectory, Gaol’s Hill, Mullingar, Co.Westmeath. Phone No. 044-934 8376

Thursday Coffee
Coffee is served every Thursday in All Saints’, from 10.30 a.m. to 1.30 p.m. Do join us for coffee and help support those organisations helping people in need in Mullingar. Your Hosts are Arthur and Marian and they bring with them a wonderful assortment of homemade delights.

Tiny Tots Club
Each Friday morning from 10.00am – 12.00 noon in All Saints’ there is a lovely occasion for parents and their young children to meet. I extend a very warm invitation to all the younger parents in the Parish. You will be most welcome. You can Contact Zoe on 0852026188
There is No Tiny Tots Group on the 29th of December – The group will return in the New Year on the 5th January.

In the light of the recent increase in postal charges the Select Vestry would like to offer options for parishioners on receiving the ‘Union Notes’ each month.
Please Email info@mullingarunionofparishes.net with your Name Address and Mobile numberAnd let us know if you would like to receive your Union Notes as
Email Version
Collect a printed copy in the church
Continue to receive by post (we are happy to continue to do so)
Some parishioners have returned the completed forms or emailed their details and have recieved an email friendly version of the Union Notes. There will be printed copies of the notes available in the church.

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

Social Media
https://www.facebook.com/mullingarunionofparishes.net Keep up to date
on our Parish Facebook page or follow us on Twitter @MullingarUP

Issue 93 “UNION NEWS” November 2017

Dear Parishioner(s)
October
The month of October was a lovely time in the Parish. Each of the Harvest Festival Services were very special indeed, with large congregations and beautifully decorated churches – truly uplifting. We were also so fortunate with our special preachers whose preaching lifted our spirits and inspired our faith. I hope that the events during the month of November will be equally inspiring and uplifting. I warmly invite those parishioners who were not able to join us during October, to come to the various special Services this month.

Confirmation
The Confirmation Service will be held this Sunday, 29th October, at 11.00 a.m. in All Saints’. We look forward to welcoming Bishop Storey who will preside and preach at the Confirmation. We also hold in our prayers the young people who are to be confirmed: Josh Farrell, Ross Ashmore, Ronan O’Neill, Liam O’Fearghail, Rachel Holmes, Ciara Mulhern, and Ella Shaw. This is a very special occasion for the young people and their families and it would be lovely for them to be supported by parishioners at their Confirmation.

November Services
During the month of November we are blessed to be able to hold some very special occasions:
All Saints’ Patronal Festival. The Service will be held on Sunday 5th November at 11.00 a.m. in All Saints’. This year we are very privileged that the Dean of St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Dublin, has accepted our invitation to be the special preacher. This will be the Dean’s first visit to All Saints’ and I do hope parishioners will come in large numbers to give him a very warm welcome.

Remembrance Sunday. 12thNovember 11a.m. This is a very poignant Service each year and the Remembrance Service will be held in All Saints’. The special preacher will be Canon Patrick Lawrence. At the Service a number of organisations will be represented and we will have the cascading of the poppies during the 2 minute silence.

Children’s Festival Service- Sunday 19th November 11a.m. This Service will be held at 11.00 a.m. in All Saints’ Mullingar. This is a very special occasion of praise, music, dance and prayer. Last year just over 100 children took part in the Festival and I hope again, this year, that parishioners will come along to support the children at this very inspiring occasion.

Boys’ Brigade and Girls’ Association Enrolment Service. This will be held on Sunday 26th November at 11.00 a.m. in All Saints’. This year the Company has the largest number of children since the launch of the 1st Mullingar Company of the Boys’ Brigade and Girls’ Association in September 2009. I do hope that parishioners will attend to show their support to both the leaders and young people.

The Ecumenical Carol Service will be held in All Saints’ on Sunday 26th November at 7.00 p.m. This year the Carol Service is being held a week earlier as we want to give our full support to the Mullingar Choral Christmas Concert to be held on Sunday 3rd December.

Good for the Sole
A Diocesan Service led by our Bishop will be held in All Saints’ on Sunday 5th November at 6.00 p.m. At this Service we will be offering thanks to God for the amazing success of the Diocesan Appeal which supports those suffering from leprosy in India. Our Parish has contributed €5,000 to the Appeal and I would like to thank everyone for their generosity.

All Saints’ Day – Wednesday 1st November
There will be a Service of Communion in All Saints’ church at 12.00 noon.

All Saints’ Whist Drive- Friday 3rd November
The All Saints’ Whist Drive will be held on Friday 3rd November at 8.30 p.m. This is the first Whist Drive for this season and is always a most enjoyable occasion. I warmly commend the Whist Drive to you and everyone will be made most welcome.

Westmeath Protestant Orphan Society
The AGM will be held in the Rectory on Thursday 16th November at 2.00 p.m.

The North Westmeath Hospice Ball
This important fundraiser will be held on Saturday 18th November in the Park Hotel Mullingar. If you would like to attend the Ball, tickets are available from Veronica Larkin on 086-0272710.

The Road Safety Annual World Remembrance Day
This important occasion will be held on Sunday 19th November at 2.00 p.m. in Belvedere. Your presence will be very much appreciated.

Select Vestry
The next meeting of the Select Vestry will be held on Tuesday 28th November at 8.00 p.m. in the Rectory.

Christmas Whist Drive
The Christmas Whist Drive will be held in All Saints’ on Friday 1st December at 8.30 p.m. Wonderful festive prizes and a delicious supper to be enjoyed.

JAM – Parish Sunday Schools
The new session of JAM (Jesus and Me) will be held on Sunday 5th November in All Saints’ at 11.00 a.m., and in Killucan at 11.30 a.m. I would like to thank all the leaders for their support and encouragement and I earnestly invite parents to bring their children along as Sunday School is very important in helping children learn about the Christian faith. Support from grandparents would also be invaluable!!!

Holy Baptism
We warmly congratulate Harvey John Carr who was baptised in All Saints’ on Sunday 22nd October. We pray for Harvey, his parents and godparents as he begins his journey of faith.

Bereavement
On Saturday 30th September, Pat Farrell passed away peacefully at home following a long illness which he bore with enormous courage and dignity. Pat and Nicky Farrell had moved from Dublin to live in the Mullingar Parish a few years ago and, sadly, Nicky passed away almost four years ago. Following her death, Pat devoted his life to the loving care of their only son Josh who finished in All Saints’ National School last June. We pray that Pat, now in the fuller presence of God, may rest in peace. We offer our deepest sympathy to Josh and to both sets of his grandparents, who have given outstanding support and loving care to Josh, along with the members of both their families. Josh is a delightful boy, greatly admired and loved by everyone in the Parish. We will continue to surround Josh with our prayers and support at this very difficult time. We pray that God will provide him with the strength and confidence to meet the days ahead.

We offer our deepest sympathy to Arthur and Marian O’Toole following the death of Marian’s sister-in-law, Joan. Joan showed great dignity and courage with her very challenging illness and we pray that, after her long struggle, she may now rest in peace in the fuller presence of Almighty God. Her funeral took place in Tipperary and we pray for her husband and family. May Marian and Arthur be comforted by their warm memories of her and in knowing that God’s promises are true.

Thursday Coffee
Coffee is served every Thursday in All Saints’, from 10.30 a.m. to 1.30 p.m. Do join us for coffee and help support those organisations helping people in need in Mullingar. Your Hosts are Arthur and Marian and they bring with them a wonderful assortment of homemade delights. This Months Charity is St Dominiks Meals on Wheels Mullingar .

Tiny Tots Club
Each Friday morning from 10.00am – 12.00 noon in All Saints’ there is a lovely occasion for parents and their young children to meet. I extend a very warm invitation to all the younger parents in the Parish. You will be most welcome. You can Contact Zoe on 0852026188

In the light of the recent increase in postal charges the Select Vestry would like to offer options for parishioners on receiving the ‘Union Notes’ each month.
Please Email info@mullingarunionofparishes.net with your Name Address and Mobile number� And let us know if you would like to receive your Union Notes as�
Email Version �
Collect a printed copy in the church�
Continue to receive by post �(we are happy to continue to do so)
Some parishioners have returned the completed forms or emailed their details and have recieved an email friendly version of the Union Notes. There will be printed copies of the notes available in the church.

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

Social Media
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

Issue 92 “UNION NEWS” October 2017

Dear Parishioner(s)

Harvest Festivals
During this month the Harvest Festival Services will be held in each of the churches and I hope they will be very well supported. We are blessed to have four inspiring preachers. The Harvest in Killucan will be on Sunday 8th October at 11.30am, the Harvest in All Saints’ on Sunday 15th October at 11am, the Harvest in Kilbixy on Sunday 15th October at 3.30pm and the Harvest in Almoritia on Sunday 22ndOctober at 3.30pm. I am sure, as always, the churches will be decorated very beautifully. In Killucan the church will be decorated on Saturday 7th October, from 10.00 a.m. and in All Saints’ on Saturday 14th October from 10.00 a.m. Everyone is warmly invited to come to help with the decoration of the church and we would welcome plenty of flowers, greenery, fruit and other items to enrich the harvest atmosphere in all the churches. The arrangements for decorating in Kilbixy and Almoritia will be made locally.

Rev. Trevor Holmes
The Rev. Trevor Holmes was with us for the last two years and we greatly benefited from his ministry. The Bishop has now invited Trevor to take up duty in Dunboyne Parish. We wish him well with his new ministry but will also miss having him in the Parish. On Sunday 15th October we are holding a special Service of Evensong at 7.00 p.m. in All Saints’ to thank Trevor for his ministry and to make a presentation to him. I do hope parishioners will make a special effort to be present on this occasion.

Choir Festival- Saturday 21st October in All Saints’ at 8pm
The Choir Festival will be held on Saturday 21st October at 8.00 p.m. in All Saints’. The Festival is growing in popularity. Last year there was a wonderful attendance and we were inspired by some magnificent singing. This year, in addition to the All Saints’ Senior Choir, we will also have the pleasure of listening to the Mullingar Choral Society and other choirs. There will be a retiring collection for the MRI Scanner Appeal for Mullingar Hospital. I do hope everyone will come along to support the Choir, who put so much time and effort in to preparing for this occasion.

Bible Study
The Parish Bible Study is always a lovely occasion when we have the opportunity to learn more about our faith and the meaning of God’s story in the Bible. The next Bible Study will be held in All Saints’ on Saturday 21st October at 10.30 a.m. and I warmly invite everyone to come. I know you will not be disappointed.

St. Luke’s Day
St. Luke’s Day falls on Wednesday 18th October and we will be having a Service of Holy Communion in All Saints’ at 12.00 noon. This provides us with an inspiring opportunity to pray for healing and to seek God’s healing power in our lives. I warmly commend this Service to you.

Parish Whist Drive
The November Whist Drive will be held on Friday 3rd November at 8.30 p.m. in All Saints’ Parish Hall. The Whist Drives are wonderfully entertaining and most enjoyable and everyone is invited. I do hope you will come – you are assured of a great evening with a delicious supper. If you have any unwanted gifts or if you would like to donate a prize for the Whist Drive, please let Olive know as soon as possible as she will then know how many prizes she will need to buy for the Whist Drive on 3rd November. You can telephone Olive at the Rectory on 044-9348376.

Confirmation
The Confirmation Service will be held in All Saints’ on Sunday morning 29th October at 11.00 a.m. I do hope that parishioners from each of the churches will come to support the young people for this very special day in their lives. I would also like you to pray for the young people as they prepare for their Confirmation – Ross Ashmore, Ronan O’Neill, Rachel Holmes, Liam O’Fearghail, Ella Shaw, Ciara Mulhern, Josh Farrell. The Confirmation Service will be at 11.00 a.m. and we look forward to welcoming the Bishop again to our Parish.

All Saints’ Patronal Festival
The All Saints’ Patronal Festival Service will be held on Sunday 5th November at 11.00 a.m. The Patronal Service will be Sung Matins. Our special preacher this year will be Very Rev. William Morton, Dean of St. Patrick’s Cathedral in Dublin. We are very honoured that the Dean has agreed to preach as he has a very busy schedule and diary. This will be the Dean’s first visit to the Parish and I sincerely hope that all parishioners will attend this Service and give him a very warm welcome.

Sunday Schools
On Sunday 8th October at the Services in All Saints’ and Killucan, the new session of the Sunday Schools will be launched. This year we will be supported by a very fine group of parents who have agreed to help with the organisation of and teaching at the Sunday Schools. The Sunday Schools provide an important opportunity for children to learn about the Christian faith and I sincerely urge parents in the Parish to support the Sunday Schools and bring the children to church. None of us need any reminding of the importance of Christian values and Christian behaviour in today’s world and we have a great opportunity to provide children with a Christian foundation for their lives in our Parish.

CoffeeMorning every Thursday -10.30am – 1.30pm in All Saints’

Wedding Congratulations
I would like to warmly congratulate Sharon Coady and James Ennis who were married in All Saints’ on Saturday 23rd September. We pray that God will bless them richly with His love and with good health and happiness for their married life.

Tots Club every Friday 10am – 12 noon in All Saints’.

Mrs. Anne Purdon
Killucan church was full to capacity for a Service of Thanksgiving for Mrs. Anne Purdon on Sunday 24th September. For many years Anne, with other parishioners, has worked tirelessly for the Parish and her faith and care of people has been legend. At the Service we had a wonderful opportunity to show her our appreciation and thanks for all that she has done and to offer her the lovely Christian compliment – ‘well done good and faithful servant’. We wish Anne continued happiness and health for the future.

In the light of the recent increase in postal charges the Select Vestry would like to offer options for parishioners on receiving the ‘Union Notes’ each month.
Please Email info@mullingarunionofparishes.net with your Name Address and Mobile number� And let us know if you would like to receive your Union Notes as�
Email Version �
Collect a printed copy in the church�
Continue to receive by post �(we are happy to continue to do so)
Some parishioners have returned the completed forms or emailed their details and have recieved an email friendly version of the Union Notes. There will e printed copies of the notes available in the church.

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

Social Media
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

Issue 91 “UNION NEWS” September 2017

Dear Parishioner(s)
September
In September each year Parish activities recommence after the summer and we look forward to many months of special events and activities in the Parish.

All Saints’ School
The school year begins on Weds. 31st August. We look forward to welcoming all the new children who will be starting school. We extend our best wishes to all the young people in the Parish who are starting Secondary School. All Saints’ School has undergone a complete refurbishment over the summer and the children and teachers will be returning to a lovely fresh environment. We wish the Principal and staff everything good for the new school year. May I also wish all students going to Third Level every success and happiness.

Boys’ Brigade and Girls’ Association
The Boys’ Brigade and Girls’ Association will commence again on Tuesday 26th Sept. We wish the Captain, Leaders and the Company well.

Sunday Schools
The Sunday Schools in All Saints’ and Killucan will formally start again on Sunday 8th October. We are holding a special occasion in both churches on that Sunday and we look forward to welcoming the children, with the support of their parents. The focus of the Sunday Schools this year will be on teaching God’s story as it is found in Holy Scripture. I would like to thank all the leaders for the time they are giving to this important work in the Parish.

Bible Study
Each month we meet for Bible Study and I warmly invite parishioners to attend in All Saints’ on Saturday 16th September at 10.30 a.m.

Culture Night
National Culture Night will be held on Friday 22nd September. In All Saints’ there will be some beautiful music provided by Adele O’Dwyer and Charles Marshall, two highly accomplished musicians. Adele and Charles are going to perform three short sessions of approximately 20 minutes duration, starting at 8.00 p.m. and after each session there will be a short break. Everyone will be most welcome. We also look forward to welcoming visitors to the church.

Thanksgiving Service for Anne Purdon
Mrs. Purdon is a much loved and highly respected parishioner of Killucan Parish and, over many years, has given enormous support and encouragement to the Parish. As a mark of our appreciation a special Service will be held on Sunday 24th September at 11.30am followed by a reception. We are delighted that Mrs. Purdon’s family will be able to join us for the Service. We warmly invite all parishioners, and also the friends of Mrs. Purdon in the community and Diocese, who would like to join with us for this special occasion.

Ploughing Championship
The Ploughing Championship will take place between 19th-21st September and I know many parishioners will be attending. This year the Diocese will be providing hospitality and welcome at the Championship. If any parishioner would like to help in the organisation of the hospitality perhaps you would telephone Vanda Fryday, the Rector’s Churchwarden in Tullamore Parish, to make the arrangements. Vanda can be contacted on 086-2418016.

Ecumenical Blessing – Sunday 17th September
The Ecumenical Blessing of St. Bigseach’s Well will be held at 4.30 p.m. on Sunday 17th Sept. T his is a lovely occasion and I hope many parishioners will attend. If you are not familiar with the location please contact Violet Medforth, People’s Churchwarden at Kilbixy, on 0876181155 for directions.

Killucan Family Service
Killucan Family Service will be held on Sunday 10th September at 11.30 a.m. I warmly invite all the families and children to this first Family Service after the summer. I hope it will be very well supported.

Back to Church Sunday – 17th September 11.00 a.m.
Again this year I invite all grandparents, parents, those preparing for Confirmation, those who have been confirmed, godparents and parishioners to All Saints’ for a wonderful Inspirational Hymn Singing Service. Last year was a magnificent occasion giving everyone in the Parish the opportunity to join together as God’s Christian family to sing His praises. This year we will sing well known inspirational hymns, led by our Senior Parish Choir, and the children from All Saints’. Come to our Songs of Praise.

Harvest -The Harvest Services will be held in all churches next month.
Lecture on the Reformation
This year we are celebrating the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation in the Christian Church. To mark the occasion it had been planned to hold a special lecture by Bishop John McDowell on Sunday 10th September at 8.00 p.m. in All Saints’. Due to unforeseen circumstances, this lecture has had to be postponed and will be held at a later date.

Heritage Week -I would like to thank everyone who acted as steward in each of the four churches during Heritage Week last month, and welcomed our visitors.
Coffee on Thursdays
Coffee on Thursdays from 10.30am – 1.30pm is now well-established. The coffee mornings are providing much-needed funds to different charities in the town and I warmly commend the coffee mornings to you for your support.

Tiny Tots Club
Each Friday morning from 10.00am – 12.00 noon in All Saints’ there is a lovely occasion for parents and their young children to meet. I extend a very warm invitation to all the younger parents in the Parish. You will be most welcome.

Rev. Trevor Holmes
Trevor has worked in the Parish for the last two years as a non-stipendiary curate. His ministry has been greatly appreciated and he has endeared himself to everyone through his warm empathy, sincere faith and quiet kindness. The Bishop has appointed Trevor to take on other Diocesan duties. In wishing him well in his new ministry, we thank him sincerely for all that he has brought to the life of the Parish. We hope Trevor and Anne will be very happy in their new Parish. A special Service will be held on Sunday 15th October at 7.00 p.m. in All Saints’ at which Trevor will preach his final sermon. Following the Service we will make a presentation to show our appreciation for his ministry. There will not be a replacement for Trevor at the moment from the Diocese. I hope parishioners will understand if, from time to time, church Services are altered. I will do my very best to keep to the current pattern of Services but it may arise that I have no option but to change them from time to time.

Olive’s Appreciation
Olive had surgery at the end of June to remove a cancerous tumour and commences chemotherapy this month. Olive would like to sincerely thank everyone in the Parish for their wonderful support and kindness. She has also warmly appreciated being remembered by so many in prayer and is delighted to know that this prayerful support will continue during the treatment she is about to undergo.

Holy Baptism
We recently welcomed into God’s family through Holy Baptism, Evan Taylor Dargan and Edward Shaw Cooke. We pray for the children, their parents and godparents as they begin their journey of faith.

Confirmation:Confirmation Classes commence on Sunday 10th September at 5.00p.m. in All Saints’. The Confirmation will be held on Sunday 29th October at 11.00 a.m. in All Saints’. I look forward to meeting all the candidates who will be making their Confirmation this year.

Select Vestry
The next meeting of the Select Vestry will be held on Tuesday 19th September at 8.00 p.m. in the Rectory.

RTE Choir Practice
The choir practice due to be held on Saturday 7th October at 10.30 a.m. has had to be postponed. Bill McConnell, our musical director, will rearrange an alternative date.

Summer Duty
Canon Patrick Lawrence has kindly agreed to deal with all pastoral emergencies while Olive and I are away from Thursday 17th August – Wednesday 6th September. Canon Lawrence can be contacted on 044-9222109 or 086-0562944.

In the light of the recent increase in postal charges the Select Vestry would like to offer options for parishioners on receiving the ‘Union Notes’ each month.
Please Email info@mullingarunionofparishes.net with your Name Address and Mobile number� And let us know if you would like to receive your Union Notes as�
Email Version �
Collect a printed copy in the church�
Continue to receive by post �(we are happy to continue to do so)
Some parishioners have returned the completed forms or emailed their details and have recieved an email friendly version of the Union Notes. There will e printed copies of the notes available in the church.

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

Social Media
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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

Issue 90 “UNION NEWS” August 2017 

Print Version

Dear Parishioner(s)

August
Traditionally August is one of the holiday months in Ireland and I hope that, if you are taking your holidays this month, you will have a very enjoyable and restful time. During the month the Leaving Results will be announced. We wish all the young people who sat the Leaving, every success and wish them well for their future.

Heritage Week
Heritage Week will run from Saturday 19th- Sunday 27th August. During the week the churches in the Parish will be open for visitors and I would like to thank the parishioners who are so kindly giving their time to act as stewards in church.

All Saints’ will be open on 22nd August 2p.m. – 4p.m.
24th August 2p.m. – 4p.m.
27th August 2p.m. – 4p.m.

Kilbixy will be open from 26th – 27th August 2p.m. – 4p.m.

Almoritia will be open from 21st – 26th August 2p.m. – 4p.m.

Killucan will be open from 21st – 26th August 2p.m. – 4p.m.

Flowers at All Saints’
We recently erected three hanging baskets at All Saints’, which enhance the church and provide beautiful colour. We would like to thank Derek Farrell the florist in Mullingar who provided the flowers and has very kindly undertaken to maintain the hanging baskets at no cost to the Parish.

Christmas Day RTE Television Service.
RTE has invited the Parish to broadcast the Christmas Day television service this year. The Service will be pre recorded on Sunday 3rd December at 1p.m. in the RTE studios in Donnybrook, Dublin. This is a very special pleasure. If you would like to be part of the congregation at the Service will you please give your name as soon as possible to one of the Church Wardens in your Parish. We can either use the studio that accommodates 55 people or one that accommodates 100 people. I have to advise RTE which studio we require so please do not delay on advising the Church Wardens. A dress rehearsal for the service will be held in All Saints’ on Saturday morning 2nd December. Special choir rehearsals will be held on Saturday 7th October, 25 November and 2nd December from 10.30a.m. – 11.30 a.m.

Holy Baptism
We recently welcomed in to God’s family through baptism, Molly Kate Wright-Langley and Lydia Edith Clendenning. We pray for the children, their parents and godparents as they begin their journey of faith.

Holy Matrimony
We warmly congratulate James and Sarah Kane, and Pat and Frances Fletcher who were married last month. We pray that God will richly bless their marriages with good health and happiness.

Bereavement
We offer our deepest sympathy to three families who have recently been bereaved. Audrey Leahy’s uncle died and we offer our deepest sympathy to Audrey, David and the family, and pray that Audrey’s uncle, now in the fuller presence of God, may rest in peace.

We were also very sorry to hear of the death of Brendan McKeogh’s brother, James, who died in Chicago and whose funeral was held in the US. James emigrated to the US as a young man and made his life there. We remember his family and friends in the US, and Brendan and Susan and their family in Ireland, who grieve his passing. We offer them our deepest sympathy and pray that James, now in the fuller presence of God, may rest in peace.

We also offer our heartfelt sympathy to Annie O’Leary, the Rector’s Churchwarden in Almoritia, whose darling son, Donal, died suddenly on Saturday 29th July. Donal was just 24 years of age and during his short life he had touched the lives of so many people in such a very special and tender way. His charitable work was already legion and his good nature and care for all people was deeply admired. Since his birth Donal, with great courage and dignity, had coped with his disability and overcame so many hurdles in his short life. Annie, his mother, devoted her life to his care and the love they shared together as mother and son was truly special. We offer our heartfelt sympathy to Annie, her daughters Niamh and Mia, and all the members of her family at this very sad time. Donal’s funeral took place in All Saints’ on Wednesday 2nd August and we pray that, in God’s fuller presence, he may rest in peace and rise in glory.

St. Bartholomew’s Day – 24th August
A celebration of Holy Communion will be held in All Saints’ Church at 12.00 noon to mark the Feast of St. Bartholomew.

All Saints’ School
The new school year begins on Thursday 31st August and we look forward to welcoming all the new children who will be starting school. We extend our very best wishes to all the young people in the Parish who are starting Secondary School. All Saints’ School has undergone a complete refurbishment over the summer and the children and teachers will be returning to a lovely fresh environment. We wish the Principal and staff everything good for the new school year.

Summer Duty
Canon Patrick Lawrence has kindly agreed to deal with all pastoral emergencies while Olive and I are away from Thursday 17th August – Wednesday 6th September. Canon Lawrence can be contacted on 044-9222109 or 086-0562944.

In the light of the recent increase in postal charges the Select Vestry would like to offer options for parishioners on receiving the ‘Union Notes’ each month.
Please Email info@mullingarunionofparishes.net with your Name Address and Mobile number� And let us know if you would like to receive your Union Notes as�
Email Version �
Collect a printed copy in the church�
Continue to receive by post �(we are happy to continue to do so)
Some parishioners have returned the completed forms or emailed their details and have recieved an email friendly version of the Union Notes. There will e printed copies of the notes available in the church.

Coffee Morning
Each Thursday Marion and Arthur O’Toole provide the most wonderful social occasion with fabulous homemade fayre and support a nominated charity each month. July will see the North Westmeath Hospice CLG being the nominated charity for the month. We do hope that you will support them in their endeavours to raise much needed fund for these wonderful groups and enjoy a very special social morning with a delightful group of people �- bring a friend or come along and meet some new ones. 10.30am – 1.30pm

Tiny Tots
The Tiny Tots �Group continues to meet on Friday mornings�10am – 12 pm�in All Saints’ . It is lovely to meet the babies, small children and parents. Zoe & Lorraine Hales organises a most interesting programme. Do call in – you will be most welcome�text Zoe on 085 2026188 to confirm if group will be on on a particular Friday during the summer months. During term time the group will run each Friday. The Group is strictly for preschoolers and under no circumstances will older siblings be allowed to attend during holiday, this is for the safety of the young children that attend regularly.�

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

Social Media
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