Issue 115 “UNION NEWS” September 2019

Dear Parishioners,

September sees the restarting of many of the Parish activities and special events which we all enjoy.  However, to begin with, it would be nice to remember two of the highlights of the summer in the Parish.

All Saints’ Senior Parish Choir

On Sunday 11th August the Choir sang Evensong in St. Patrick’s Cathedral.  The singing of the Office was both inspiring and magnificent and was complimented by the clergy in the Cathedral and by members of the large congregation.  We are so truly blessed with our Parish Choir who inspire our worship of almighty God.  I wish to thank all the members of the Choir for their dedication and for all their preparation for the Service in St. Patrick’s Cathedral.  I would also like to thank our new organist David Lambe, who played so well and put so much time into his preparation for the Service.  Thanks also to our Director of Music, Bill McConnell, whose leadership and teaching has enabled the Choir to grow in confidence and ability.  I am most grateful to Bill for the huge amount of work he put into the organisation and practice for the Service, which produced such a fine performance on the day.

 

Young People’s Lunch

A number of young people from the Parish organised a wonderful lunch on Tuesday 30th July for a number of more mature parishioners in the Parish.  The purpose of the lunch was to meet the older parishioners and also to have an interesting conversation with them about their experiences of life and faith.  It was a most enjoyable uplifting occasion and I certainly think a precedent has been set for similar occasions in the future.

Growing Together in Christ

The parishioners discussing the arrangements for the forthcoming Parish Conference will hold its’ next meeting on Monday 2nd September at 8.00 p.m. in All Saints’ Church.

Monthly Bible Study

The monthly bible study will be held on Saturday 21st September at 10.30am in All Saints’.  I extend a warm welcome to everyone who would like to attend.

Vocation Sunday

The Church of Ireland has asked each Parish to highlight vocations to ministry on Sunday 15th September.  As we know, there are a variety of ministries in the Church and at the 10.00 a.m. Service in All Saints’ we will be praying for God’s guidance for those who feel called to ministry in the church.

Select Vestry

The Select Vestry will hold a meeting in the Rectory on Monday evening 16th September at 8.00 p.m.

Grandparents, Parents and Children’s Sunday 15th September. 11a.m.

Last year we held the first special Grandparents, Parents and Children Sunday which was a wonderful success.  This year the Service will be held on Sunday 15th September at 11.00 a.m. in All Saints’.  I hope that grandparents and parents will invite their young people to attend church with them. This will be a United Service for all the churches and families in the Parish.

Westmeath Protestant Orphans Society

The 175th Anniversary Service will be held in Tyrrellspass Parish Church at 4.00 pm on Sunday 22nd September.  The Society has had a very distinguished history and has provided much-needed support to many families.  I warmly invite parishioners from our Parish to this Service.  The special preacher will be Bishop Pat Storey.  After the Service calendars for 2020 with photographs of all the churches open for worship in Westmeath will be on sale.

Confirmation

I would like to invite all the young people who are preparing for Confirmation on Sunday 27th  October, to attend a special meeting in All Saints’ at 5.00 p.m. on Sunday 1st September.

Diocesan Synod

The Diocesan Synod will be held on Saturday 28th September.

Harvest Festival

The Kilbixy Harvest Festival will be held at 7.00 p.m. on Sunday 29th September.

Faith Raising Day

The next Faith Raising Day will be held in St. Anne’s Retreat Centre, Killenard, on Saturday 5th October.  This is the third Faith Raising Day to be held and those who have attended have found the days to be very interesting.  I extend a warm welcome to you to attend.

Heritage Week and Civic Service – 21st August

The second Civic Service was held during Heritage Week in All Saints’ and Mr. Pat Gallagher, Chief Executive Westmeath County Council, gave a truly inspirational talk which was greatly appreciated by those present.  I would like to thank Brigid Geoghegan for conducting the Service so beautifully, and also thank those who took part.   We were also treated to some lovely organ music by David Lambe and Charles Marshall.  I would also like to thank all the volunteers who gave of their time to open the churches for visitors.

Boys Brigade & Girls Association will recommence on Tuesday 24th September at 7p.m . in All Saints’

Rock Solid Youth Club will start at the end of September, the date and time will be circulated.

Holy Baptisms

On August 25th, Mark and Philip, twin boys of Christopher and Mona Lisa Manzira, were baptised in the Parish.  We pray for them, their parents and godparents, as they begin their journey in faith.

Holy Matrimony

On Thursday 1st August Emma Lynam and Robert Vaz were married in All Saints’ Church.  We pray that God will bless both Emma and Robert with a long life together and much happiness and good health.

Bereavements 

We were greatly saddened at the untimely death of Bob Hill, a longstanding parishioner of All Saints’. Bob was much loved and admired by everyone who had the privilege of knowing him.  We offer our deepest sympathy to his wife Ann, his adult children Anna, Robert and Aidan, his grandchildren, great granddaughter, brothers and sister and the members of the wider family.  We pray that Bob, now in the fuller presence of God, may rest in peace and rise in glory.

We also offer our deepest sympathy to Edna Craig following the peaceful death of her brother Billy in England.  Billy enjoyed a very long and fulfilling life and died after a short illness.  We offer our deepest sympathy to Edna, Diane, Wendy and Malcolm and all their family members.  We pray that Billy, now in the fuller presence of God, may rest in peace and rise in glory.

Irish Donkey Society

On Sunday 8th September at 12.30p.m.there will be a special Donkey Ride and Drive at Mount Dalton, Rathconrath followed by a picnic by kind permission of Michael Gibson Brabazon.  Everyone will be most welcome.

 

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

Issue 114  “UNION NEWS” August  2019

Dear Parishioners,

St. Patrick’s Cathedral – Sunday 11th August

On Sunday 11th August the Senior Parish Choir, under the direction of Bill McConnell, will sing Evensong at St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Dublin at 3.15 p.m.  This follows on from a very successful visit to Christ Church Cathedral in Dublin last August.  It is heartening to see the growing appreciation for the talent and musical ability of the Choir that is being recognised in church musical centres.  I would like to wish them every success with the forthcoming engagement and I would also like to warmly invite parishioners to go to the Cathedral on that day so that we can show Bill, the Organist and Choir members our very full support.

Heritage Week

This year Heritage Week will run from Saturday 17th to Saturday 24th August.  The churches will be open during that week to welcome visitors.  The special Civic Service for Heritage Week will be held on Wednesday 21st August at 1.00 p.m. in All Saints.  Brigid Geoghegan will conduct the Service and the special preacher will be Mr. Pat Gallagher, Chief Executive, Westmeath County Council.  Last year this was a most uplifting occasion and a warm invitation goes out to everyone to attend.

Lunchtime Organ Recital

On Saturday 17th August at 1.00 p.m. in All Saints’ there will be a special Organ Recital by one of the finest organists in Austria and, indeed, in Europe Leon Tscholl.  The distinguished visitors who come to Mullingar always appreciate the acoustics in All Saints’ and their visits also provide us with the opportunity to hear some of the finest musicians in the world.  If you would like to attend and invite friends and neighbours, I can assure you that you will have no regrets after attending this Recital.

Rev. Sarah Marry

Rev. Sarah Marry, the new Rector of Edenderry Parish, will be instituted on Thursday 15th August at 8.00 p.m. in Edenderry Church.  We warmly welcome Sarah, her husband Declan and their children to the Diocese and I know that Sarah’s ministry will bring a special blessing to the parishioners of Edenderry. I invite to remember Sarah in your prayers.

Rev. Ruth O’Kelly

We were delighted to hear of the appointment of Ruth O’Kelly as Bishop’s Curate to Clane Parish in Co. Kildare.  Many of you will remember Ruth who served her internship in our Parish. We wish her well with her new ministry in Clane.  I invite you to remember Ruth in your prayers as she prepares for her installation on Thursday 19th September.

All Saints’ School

At the end of August All Saints’ School will re-open for the start of the new school year.  We remember in prayer the Principal, teachers and staff and all the pupils, remembering especially all the young children who will be starting school for the first time.  We are so blessed with the standards of education in our Parish school and we would again like to thank the Principal, teachers and staff for their dedicated commitment and hard work.

Holy Baptisms

In recent weeks the following children were baptised in the Parish Jack, Arthur, Ella, James, Alexander and Eliza.

We pray for each one of them, their parents and godparents, as each child begins their journey in faith.  On Sunday 25th August the twin boys of Christopher and Mona Lisa Manzira, Mark and Philip, will be baptised in All Saints’ at 10.00 a.m.  This will be a very special occasion for them. Mona Lisa’s mother, Anna, who lives in Zimbabwe, will be present for the baptism.

Young People’s Lunch

A number of young people from the Parish organised a wonderful lunch on Tuesday 30th July for a number of parishioners in the Parish.  The purpose of the lunch was for the young people to meet older parishioners and have an interesting conversation with them about life and faith.  It was a most enjoyable and  uplifting occasion and I certainly think a precedent has been set for similar occasions in the future. I would like to thank all the young people for their tremendous work and participation and the parishioners who participated with such a lovely and encouraging spirit.

Parish Conference and Parish Dinner

Preparations are well in hand for a very important and interesting Parish Conference on Sunday 2nd February 2020 which will be held in All Saints’ Church.  At the Conference we will be discussing plans for the future of the Parish, and an initial 5-Year Plan, which we hope will give the whole project wonderful impetus.  The participants at the Conference will represent parishioners of all ages and it is very encouraging to see so many young people  going to be involved.  I hope this will act as a great incentive for older parishioners to come and participate.  There is often much comment about the lack of youth support within parishes.  We are very blessed in the Mullingar Union that a number of younger people wish to be involved. I know that all parishioners committed to seeing the Parish build a strong community into the future will want to support them at the Parish Conference.  On the previous evening, Saturday 1st February 2020, we will have the Parish Dinner in the Greville Arms Hotel at 8.00 p.m.   This is always a most enjoyable occasion.

Holidays

Unfortunately Olive and myself were unable to avail of the holiday we had planned last month and we now hope to be on holidays from Friday 23rd to Friday 30th August.

The Farming Community

I am very conscious of the pressures that all farmers are currently experiencing and it is very important that they know they have the prayerful and practical support of all of us in the Parish at this difficult time.  The challenges facing farming come from a number of difficult angles and each of these provides not only a challenge but also very natural stress and anxiety.  I do hope that you will remember all the farmers and their families in your prayers and I have also pledged my own support to them to help in whatever way I can to represent their issues and concerns.

Grandparents and Grandchildren Sunday – 15th September

Last year you may remember that we had a wonderful occasion when grandparents accompanied their grandchildren to church.  This year we will be holding another Service on Sunday 15th September at 11.00 a.m. in All Saints’. I would like to again invite grandparents to invite their grandchildren to come with them to church on that day – grandchildren can be of any age, as can the grandparents!  Let us again make it a very special celebration of the valued relationship that grandparents and grandchildren love and share.

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.

I hope you will have a very enjoyable time if you are going on holidays this month and I hope that those who have recently returned from holidays feel the benefit of their break.

Rev. Alastair Graham

 

 

Issue 113 “UNION NEWS” July 2019

 

MULLINGAR UNION OF PARISHES

Issue 113                     “UNION NEWS”                             July 2019

Dear Parishioners,

Parish Remembrance Sunday – Sunday 7th July 11.00 a.m. in All Saints

In recent years we have held our Parish Remembrance Sunday in early July and this year the Service will be held on Sunday 7th July at 11.00 a.m. in All Saints’ church.  This gives all those families who wish to remember their loved ones in a special way and at a special time, the opportunity to attend the Service.  I also encourage parishioners from each of the churches to attend as your attendance will provide a great support for those who have been bereaved.  As you know, in Westmeath the Roman Catholic parishes have a similar time of remembrance on Cemetery Sunday.  Our Parish Service provides an opportunity for families to have a moment of poignancy in the remembrance of our loved ones.  This year I am pleased to say that Canon Patrick Lawrence will be the preacher and we will have some very special music with familiar and much-loved hymns.

 

Growing in Christ – a Unique Parish Development

As you may be aware, we are undertaking a very novel approach to our Parish development.  Building on the success of recent initiatives we are now undertaking a parallel process of consultation – on the one hand with young people in the Parish and on the other with adult parishioners – to explore and identify how the Parish can most effectively witness to the Christian faith and values as we grow together moving forward.  It is hoped that the culmination of this consultation will be a very imaginative Parish Conference at the beginning of February next year.  The next meeting of adult parishioners will be held in All Saints’ at 8.00 p.m. on Monday 8th July.  Already a number of parishioners have kindly committed themselves to participate but I also want to extend a warm invitation to all adult parishioners.  Those who would like to come will be most welcome to attend this meeting.

 

A Conversation Lunch – Tuesday 30th July

A number of young people have enthusiastically agreed to organise a special lunch with time for conversation with a number of older parishioners in the Parish.  The young people will be organising the event – setting up the Hall, preparing the food, sending out the invitations and cleaning up after the event is over.  This promises to be a very special occasion and I know the young people would welcome you remembering them in your prayers as they make the preparations.

 

Heritage Week Civic Service

Heritage Week will run from Saturday 17th August through to the weekend of 24th August.  As usual the Parish churches will be open and details will be given in the August Union Notes.  Last year we organised the first Civic Service which was well attended and greatly enjoyed.  This year it is hoped to hold the Civic Service on Wednesday 21st August at 1.00 p.m. in All Saints.

 

The Senior Parish Choir

The Senior Parish Choir have been invited to sing the Service of Evensong in St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Dublin, on Sunday 11th August at 3.15 p.m.  This is a wonderful recognition of the amazing reputation the Choir is getting under the tutelage of our Choir Director, Mr. Bill McConnell.  How blessed the Parish is as the Choir truly inspires our church services.  Everyone will be most welcome to attend and if anyone would like to travel to St. Patrick’s Cathedral on the Choir bus, please contact Arthur O’Toole at All Saints’.

 

Holy Baptisms

Over the summer a number of children will be baptised in the Parish and we pray for them, their parents and godparents, as they begin their journey of faith.  We also remember baby Jack Keane and his parents and godparents.  Jack was baptised in All Saints’ on Sunday 16th June.

 

Holy Matrimony

We remember in prayer those preparing for their marriage this summer and we hope that each of the weddings will be very special and truly memorable.   We also congratulate Philip and Katie O’Morchoe, who were married at a wonderful occasion in Almoritia and reception at Mount Dalton on Friday 7th June.  We pray that God will bless both Philip and Katie with a long life together, good health and happiness.

 

Holidays

Over the summer months many parishioners and their families will be taking holidays.  We hope everyone has a very restful and relaxing time and that any travel undertaken will be uneventful and safe.

Bon Voyage

On Thursday 20th June, Kevin and Clodagh Ryan and their family moved to live in Singapore for the next three years.  We wish them well on this new episode in their lives and look forward to welcoming them back on their visits to Ireland.

August Concert

We look forward to welcoming to All Saints’ one of Europe’s finest organists on Saturday 17th August for a lunchtime concert. Details will be included in the August issue of the Union Notes. This is a wonderful opportunity to hear inspiring organ music by a world class concert organist.

Coffee on Thursday’s

The coffee morning’s  will be held during the month of July

Summer Duty

Olive and I hope to be away from Tuesday 16th July – Thursday 25th July for a short holiday.  During that time Canon Patrick Lawrence has very kindly agreed to be available in the event of any pastoral emergencies. Canon Lawrence can be contacted on 086 0562944 and 04492 22109

 

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.

 

A thousand thanks,

When Olive and I arrived at All Saints’ for the celebration of Holy Communion to mark our 10th anniversary in the Parish on Tuesday 25th June.  We were overwhelmed by the size of the congregation. We would like to thank everyone who attended the Service for their support and for their very generous gifts which were presented after the Service. It is truly a privilege and great pleasure to share our ministry with you in the Mullingar Union. Your support, encouragement, love and prayer is deeply appreciated by both Olive and myself.

Rev. Alastair Graham

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Issue 112  “UNION NEWS” June 2019

MULLINGAR UNION OF PARISHES

Dear Parishioners,

The month of June

This month we look forward to a number of special occasions in the Parish.  We also remember all the young people who will be undertaking State examinations.

Special Prayers for those undertaking Exams – Sunday 2nd

As we have done for the last few years, on the first Sunday in June, at the 10.00 a.m. service in All Saints’ there will be special prayers said for all those in the Parish preparing to sit their Junior and Leaving Examinations.  I warmly invite the young people and their families to attend church.  This Service provides a prayerful and peaceful preparation before the exams begin.

Pentecost

This important Christian occasion will be celebrated for the whole Parish on Sunday 9th June with special music and liturgical dance in All Saints’ at the 11.30 a.m. Service.  Pentecost is the Birthday of the Church when we celebrate the coming of the Holy Spirit.   This will be another special occasion for us all to come together in the Mullingar Union to praise God and bless His holy name.

All Saints’ End of Year Service

On Sunday 16th June at 10.00 a.m. in All Saints’ church, we will hold the End of Year School Service and the Principal, Mrs. Dennison, will give the Address.  At the Service a special blessing is given to all the young people in Sixth Class who are moving on to secondary school.  It is always a delight to welcome their families and all the other families in the school to this Service.

The Bishop’s Pastoral Visit – Sunday 23rd June

The Bishop will be making a pastoral visit to the Parish on Sunday 23rd June.  There will be a United Service in All Saints’ at 11.00 a.m.  Different groups in the Parish will participate in the Service and it will be a delight to welcome the Bishop again to our Parish.

Bible Sunday – Sunday 30th June

Each month in the Parish we gather for bible study and on Sunday 24th March last we held a special Service, where we thoughtfully considered God’s wisdom in the Bible.  Many parishioners found this Service very helpful and have requested that a further Bible Sunday Service be held.  On Sunday 30th June we will focus on God’s wisdom in the Bible at the Services in the Parish.

All Saints’ – Clean Up

In preparation for the Bishop’s visit, a ‘Clean Up’ will be held on Saturday 8th June at 10.30 a.m. to remove all the weeds and grass in the paths around the church.  We would like all parishioners to help and, if you are able to come, please bring a hoe or spade to assist in removing the weeds.

Parish Readers Commissioning Service

The Bishop will be conducting a special Service to commission the Parish Readers in the Diocese on Sunday 16th June at 6.00 p.m. in All Saints’.

Rock Solid Youth Club

The last Rock Solid Youth Club night before the summer recess will be held on Thursday 20th June at 7.00 p.m. in All Saints’.  The Rock Solid Youth Club is for young people from 11 years of age and for this last session the young people will be visiting the Youth for Christ Hub in Mullingar.

Select Vestry

A meeting of the Select Vestry will be held in the Rectory on Monday 24th June at 8.00 p.m.

St. Peter’s Day – All Saints’ Church – Saturday 29th June

On St. Peter’s Day in All Saints’ the monthly Bible Study will be held at 10.00 a.m.  This will be followed by a Service of Holy Communion for St. Peter’s Day at 11.00 a.m. and at 12.00 noon there will be a Holy Baptism.

Healing Service

A Service of Christian Healing will be held in Trim Cathedral at 6.30 p.m. on Sunday 9th June.

Confirmation Class

A Confirmation class will be held in All Saints’ at 5.00 p.m. on Sunday 9th June.

Liturgical Dance

Siobhan Murphy will be rehearsing the young people for the dance on Pentecost at 4.00 p.m.-6.00 p.m. on Saturday 8th June.  Those wishing to take part must be at least 11 years of age.  We welcome both boys and girls to attend.  The dance performance will be held on Sunday 9th June at the Pentecost Service in All Saints’.

All Saints’ School Sports Day

The Sports Day this year will be held in Wilson’s Hospital School on Friday 21st June.

Coffees on Thursday

Everyone is more than welcome to come for coffee on Thursdays in All Saints’ between 10.30 a.m. – 1.00 p.m.  It is lovely to see so many people coming together for enjoyable company and rich conversation.

Emma Rothwell

Emma will be leaving Wilson’s Hospital School at the end of this term to pursue her academic studies in Dublin.  We would like to thank Emma for her wonderful contribution to the Parish youth work, which has been truly inspiring and of great benefit to the young people.  Emma will be very sadly missed but we warmly wish her well for her future pursuits and know that God will bless all the good work she undertakes with His grace.

Mayfair

The Mayfair, which was held on Saturday 11th May, was a wonderful success and was most enjoyable indeed.  I would like to thank everyone who helped in any way, particularly those who ran the stalls and those who helped with the setting up of the Fair and the clean up afterwards.  It was a very special occasion and truly enjoyed by everyone.  I would like to particularly thank Emma Coburn who kindly undertook to act as Organiser.  She and her team did a very fine job and we owe them a great debt of gratitude.

 Easter Vestry

The Easter Vestry, which was held on Sunday 12th May, went very well indeed and we wish all those who have been appointed and elected to Office the very best for their year of service.

Bereavements

We offer our deepest sympathy to Maureen Lee on the passing of her dear friend Josie.  Maureen gave Josie enormous support, particularly in recent times, when she was residing in a nursing home.  We pray that Maureen will be comforted by her memories of Josie and in knowing that, now in the fuller presence of God, Josie will rest in peace.

We also offer our deepest sympathy to the Grove family in Killucan following the death of Gordon Grove.  We offer our deepest sympathy to his wife Ann and his children, family and friends.  Gordon moved to live outside Killucan when he retired from working in England.  He bore his recent illness with great courage and dignity.  We pray that Gordon, now in the fuller presence of God, may rest in peace.

Tenth Anniversary

Olive and I will be celebrating our 10th Anniversary in the Parish on Tuesday 25th June.  We have very rich memories of our time with you and fondly remember the Service of Institution which was held on that date in 2009.  God has given us a great blessing during our time in the Parish.  Olive and I will be holding a Service in All Saints’ at 8.00 p.m. on Tuesday 25th June to offer our thanks and to pray that He will continue to bless our ministry in the Parish.  If anyone would like to join us for this time of prayer you will be most welcome.

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.

Rev. Alastair Graham

Issue 111 “UNION NEWS” May 2019

Dear Parishioners,

Mayfair – Saturday 11th May, 10.00 a.m.-2.00 p.m.

Our annual Parish Fair will be held on Saturday 11th May.  Every year the Mayfair has been a great success due to the kind and generous support of parishioners and our friends and neighbours.  I hope you will be all be able to come and offer your support again this year.  The proceeds from the Mayfair help to meet the costs of running all the activities in our Parish and maintaining our four historic churches.  The usual popular stalls will be well stocked with gifts from all the parishioners – Cakes, Plants, Jams, Books, Tombola, Teas and Coffees.  I enclose a raffle card and would be very pleased if you could return it before the Mayfair, or bring it on the day.  I look forward to meeting you all again this year and I am sure, as always, you will extend a warm invitation to your family and friends.

 

On Friday evening 10th May at 7.30pm we will be meeting to set up the Stalls and your support would be very welcome.  If you are able to help in any way please contact the Mayfair organiser, Emma Coburn (087 6374131).  If you can help with the clear-up at the end of the Fair at 2.00pm we would be very grateful indeed.  Let’s hope this year we have another wonderful and successful Mayfair.

 

General Easter Vestry

The Select Vestry has decided to hold the General Easter Vestry on Sunday 12th May at 10.30 a.m. in All Saints’ Church.  The Meeting will commence after the holding of a short church Service.  Many parishes are now holding the Easter Vestry on a Sunday because of the pressure on parishioners with work and domestic commitments which has seen a decline in the numbers attending an evening meeting during the week.  We are holding the meeting on Sunday to see if more parishioners will attend a Sunday meeting and I hope everyone will make a special effort to be there, as this is always a very important meeting for the Parish.

 

Holy Week and Easter

Holy Week and Easter this year was very prayerful and inspiring.  The Holy Week Services, culminating with the poignant Service in All Saints’ on Good Friday evening, were very prayerful and the Services on Easter Day were uplifting and inspiring.  There was an overall increase in the number of people attending the church Services in Holy Week and Easter this year.  I would like to thank everyone who contributed in any way to the organisation of the ceremonies and in decorating the churches so beautifully.  The All Saints’ Senior Choir excelled in their singing under the expert guidance of Bill McConnell the Choir Director.  We also were so blessed with the wonderful organ playing by Lesley Denniston, David Lambe and Jean Kilmartin.

 

Easter Youth Camp

The Easter Youth Camp held on the evenings of Easter Week was a huge success and the young people who attended enjoyed the Camp to the full.  It is so encouraging to find the young people showing such enthusiasm for this Parish Youth initiative and I hope it will be well supported by the prayerful support of parishioners.

 

Growing Together in Christ

It is very heartening to know that some 30 parishioners from each of the churches are now meeting together to explore how we can grown more closely together as a Parish under God’s guidance and wisdom.  Along with the group of 30 adult parishioners, a group of young people are also meeting to discuss how we can grow together as a Parish.  In the autumn both groups will come together for a very special event to share their ideas and to launch their suggestions.  Again may I ask you, as parishioners, to prayerfully pray for the success of this venture which will provide such essential foundations for the growth of the Parish moving forward.

 

Ascension Day – Thursday 30th May

Ascension Day, which falls forty days after Easter, will be celebrated in the Parish with three Services in All Saints’.  At 9.30 a.m., the young people will hold their Service.  At 12.00 noon there will be Midday Prayers.  At 8.00 p.m. there will be Service of Holy Communion.  This is a day of obligation for all Christians and I hope the Services will be very well supported.

 

Pentecost

At Pentecost we celebrate the coming of the Holy Spirit.  Pentecost falls this year on Sunday 9th June and we are going to have a very special celebration of song and prayer and liturgical dance in All Saints’ at 11.00 a.m.  I hope the church will be well filled as we all come to celebrate the birthday of the Church and offer thanks to God for the coming of His Holy Spirit.

 

Rock Solid Youth Club

This month the Rock Solid Youth Club will meet on Thursday 16th May at 7.30 p.m. in All Saints’.

Thursday Coffee – Every Thursday you are most welcome to call in for coffee between 10.30am and 1pm in All Saints’

Westmeath Protestant Orphans Society

The Society is one of the oldest charities in Ireland and this year celebrates its’ 175th Anniversary.  The Committee has organised four special events to mark the anniversary.  The launch of the anniversary year will be held in the Parish Hall in Moate on Wednesday 29th May at 8.00 p.m.  The special speaker at this meeting will be Emma Rothwell, the Chaplain at Wilson’s Hospital School.  Emma will speak on “Children today and their needs” and we very much look forward to her lecture as her experience and expertise in working with young people, has given her a wonderful insight.  As part of the anniversary celebration the Committee has produced a beautiful calendar for 2020 with photographs of each of the churches in Westmeath open for worship, and also a photograph of Wilson’s Hospital School.  The calendars will be on sale at a modest price at each of the events.  During the anniversary year we will also be celebrating the contribution of so many parishioners from the different parishes in Westmeath, who have given such invaluable service and have enabled so many children to benefit from the care and support they have provided.  I would like to warmly welcome everyone from the Parish to join us for these special events.  Each of the events will be highlighted in the Diocesan Notes.

 

Kilbixy Church

We were delighted that Kilbixy has recently been awarded a grant to undertake essential maintenance on the Leper Hospital. Kilbixy was the only project submitted by Westmeath County Council to be awarded a grant.

Confirmation Class– Sunday 11th May at 5p.m. in All Saints’

Liturgical Dance –After the wonderful success of the dance on Good Friday the next  liturgical dance will take place on Sunday morning 9th June – Pentecost. If young people aged 11 plus would like participate please contact me on 087 7870985

Bible Study- the Monthly Bible Study will be held on Saturday 25th May at 10am in All Saints. Everyone will be most welcome.

 

Bereavements

We offer our deepest sympathy to Lilian Hampton and Grace Lynam and their families following the recent death of their beloved aunt in Roscommon.  All the family have very rich and warm memories of the love and company of their aunt and we pray that, now in the fuller presence of God, she may rest in peace.  May Lilian and Grace and their families be comforted by their loving memories of their Aunt and their sure faith in God.

We also offer our deepest sympathy to Bill McConnell following the death of his brother-in-law in Co. Clare.  Many of us gathered some years ago for Bill’s sister’s funeral service in Kilaloe Cathedral and a large congregation gathered again for the funeral service of Bill’s brother-in-law who, we pray, will now rest in peace.

We also offer our deepest sympathy to parishioners who have recently lost loved ones and friends.

 

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.

All Saints’ School Appeal

All Saints’ School have been nominated for the Tesco Community Fund. If any parishioners shop in Tesco we would be delighted if you would collect the blue tokens and insert them into our donation box in the Mullingar Store.

The school is also running a ‘Cash for Clobber’ Event to raise funds for the school. If you are planning a clear out All Saints’ School would welcome any of your unwanted used clothes, bags, shoes, towels, curtains, sheets, hats and belts, of any quality. (but nothing electrical and no duvets or pillows).

Our collection date is Thursday 30th May.

 

Issue 110 “UNION NEWS” April 2019

Dear Parishioners,

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

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

  •  Lenten Lunches

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

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

A Lenten Study- Growing Together in Christ

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

 

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

Easter Day

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

Mayfair

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

Rock Solid – Easter Camp

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

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

Parish Website

You may like to keep in touch with the Parish through the website and your family and friends may also like to have the web address.  The address is www.mullingarunionofparishes.net.  I encourage you to continue to look at the website and to also advise your family and friends about it.

 

Rev. Alastair Graham

Issue 109 UNION NEWS March 2019

Dear parishioners,

March

This month there are many special occasions to attend in the Parish and much to think about.

Women’s World Day of Prayer
This Sunday, 3rd March, at 11.00 a.m. we will hold a special Service for the Women’s World Day of Prayer in All Saints’. The entire Service will be conducted by women from each of the Parishes and this year we are blessed to have participation from the Loreto Sisters. Last year the attendance was poor and I sincerely hope a lot more parishioners will come to support the women of our Parish who do so much and whose contribution is so valued.

All Saints’ Whist Drive
The Whist Drive will be held this Friday, 1st March, at 8.30 p.m.   This is always a most enjoyable occasion and this will be the last Whist Drive before next November. Do come and join us – you will be most welcome.

 
Bible Study
The monthly Bible Study will be held this Saturday, 2nd March, at 10.30 a.m. in All Saints’. I warmly invite everyone to attend.

 

Confirmation
Those young people who wish to make their Confirmation next October are invited to a preliminary meeting at 10.00 a.m. next Sunday, 3rd March, in All Saints’ Church.

 

Ash Wednesday
This year Ash Wednesday falls on 6th March. The first Service of Morning Prayer will be held in All Saints’ at 8.30 a.m., followed by the School Service at 9.30 a.m, then Killucan at 10.30 a.m., Kilbixy at 10.30 a.m. and Almoritia at 5.00 p.m. and All Saints’ at 7.30 p.m. The season of Lent is very important for Christians and I hope it will be well attended this year. Ash Wednesday provides an ideal opportunity to attend church.

Safeguarding Trust
A special Training Evening will be held at 7.00 p.m. in All Saints’ on next Thursday, 7th March. All leaders in Parish youth organisations should attend if at all possible, as training is obligatory.

Faith Raising
A Faith Raising Day will be held in St. Anne’s Retreat Centre, Killenard, on Saturday 9th March from 11.00 a.m. – 3.30 p.m. This opportunity to explore our faith provides a prayerful opportunity in Lent and if you would like to attend could you please confirm with me as soon as possible.

Select Vestry
There will be a meeting of the Select Vestry in the Rectory at Wednesday 13th March at 8.00 p.m.

 

Westmeath Protestant Orphans Society
A Meeting will be held of the Society at 2.30 p.m. on Thursday 14th March in the Rectory.

 

St. Patrick’s Day
Each year we invite parishioners from each of the churches to attend a United Service of Celebration of Ireland’s patron saint. This year a Service with special music will be held in All Saints’ at 11.00 a.m. Like last year, the Road Race will leave Church Avenue at 10.30 a.m. sharp and access to the church will then be easily available.

Rock Solid Youth Club
The Youth Club will meet on Thursday 21st March at 7.30 p.m. in All Saints’

Liturgical Dance
Siobhan Murphy, the dance choreographer, will be organising three modules for Liturgical Dance this year. The first dance will take place on Good Friday evening, 19th April in All Saints’. The first rehearsal will be held in All Saints’ on Sunday 24th March at 5.00 p.m. This is a wonderful opportunity for young people from aged 11 years upwards to participate in liturgical dance. One young person has confirmed their attendance. I look forward to hearing from other young people who would like to participate.

Lecture by David Coleman
Following the recent tragic death of the young girl in England whose father publicly stated that he felt his daughter had been influenced by social media, David Coleman, the distinguished psychologist, wrote a very powerful article in the Irish Independent on internet safety for young people. I contacted David Coleman and he kindly accepted by invitation to give a lecture on Thursday 28th March at 8.00 p.m. in the Mullingar Park Hotel on ‘Social Media and Internet Safety for Young People’. The lecture is being hosted by All Saints’ National School. This is a wonderful opportunity to hear at first hand from a renowned expert, of the dangers of social media. The meeting is open to everyone, parents, grandparents, and all interested adults. There is a modest charge of 5 euro and tickets can be obtained at All Saints’ School. Please invite your friends or neighbours as this is a lecture not to be missed.

 Lenten Parish Retreat
Canon Patrick Lawrence will lead a Prayer Retreat at St. Anne’s Retreat Centre, Killenard, on Saturday 30th March from 10.30 a.m. – 3.30 p.m. Some parishioners have already confirmed their attendance. I warmly commend this occasion to you and I can confidently say that, if you are able to attend, you will find it enormously beneficial.

Mothering Sunday
This year Mothering Sunday will be celebrated on Sunday 31st March and there will be special Services to mark this important day in the Parishes.

Lenten Lunches
During Lent this year we look forward to hosting three Lenten Lunches and the proceeds will be donated to helping the plight of the children in the Yemen. The first Lunch will held in Kilbixy on Saturday 23rd March from 12.00 noon – 2.00 p.m.

 Coffee on Thursdays
You are warmly invited to join us for coffee in All Saints’ every Thursday from 10.30 a.m. – 1.00 p.m. Midday prayers at 12.00 noon.

Baptism
We welcomed in to God’s family through Holy Baptism, Cathal Dunne. We pray for him, his parents and godparents, as he begins his journey of faith.

Bereavement
We offer our deep sympathy to George Forbes and his sister Maria following the peaceful death of their father George Henry Forbes. George Henry was a delightful man who, throughout his long life, enjoyed a very interesting and enjoyable career. He so easily invited the confidence and trust of those who knew him. His son, George, was a wonderful support to him in his later years which enabled him to remain living at home. After a short illness he passed away in Mullingar Regional Hospital and was buried in Killucan churchyard. We pray that George and Maria will be comforted by their loving memories of him and in the assurance of knowing that God’s promises are true. We pray that, now in the fuller presence of God, George Henry may rest in peace.

We also offer our deepest sympathy to Ber Hynes, following the death of her father John, who bore his illness with enormous courage prior to his passing.
John was a man of deep faith and his family offered him wonderful support and comfort before his death. We pray that John, now in the fuller presence of God, may rest in peace and that Ber, and the family, will be comforted by their loving memories of him.

 

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.

 

Rev. Alastair Graham

Issue 108 “UNION NEWS” February 2019

MULLINGAR UNION OF PARISHES

 

Dear Parishioners,

February
During the month we can look forward to a number of very special and enjoyable occasions in the Parish.

All Saints’ School Concert
The children from the school will be performing a special concert in the Arts Centre on Wednesday 6th February at 7.00 p.m.  This is always a wonderfully enjoyable occasion and I know it will be very well supported by all the parishioners, and of course the family and friends of the children. Tickets available in the school.

St. Etchen’s Patronal Festival
This year we are holding the Patronal Festival on Saturday 23rd and Sunday 24th February.  The children of the Parish will prepare a special Art Exhibition.  There will be a coffee morning on Saturday from 11.00 a.m. – 1.00 p.m.  The special Patronal Festival Service will be held on Sunday 24th at 11.30 a.m.  The special preacher will be Emma Rothwell, Chaplain at Wilson’s Hospital.  Everyone is cordially invited.

 Boys’ Brigade and Girls’ Association
A special Regional Craft Awards Evening will be held in All Saints’ on Friday 8th February at 7.00 p.m.  We will warmly welcome exhibitors from the different Companies and, of course, those from Mullingar.  This promises to be a very special occasion.

 

Parish Bible Study
Our Bible Study this month will be held on Saturday 9th February at 10.30am in All Saints’.  Everyone is welcome.

 

All Saints’ Whist Drive
The Whist Drive this month will be held on Friday 1st February at 8.30 p.m. in All Saints’.  Do come and join us for a very enjoyable evening.

 

Rock Solid Youth Club
The Rock Solid Youth Club will be held on Thursday 28th February from 7.30 p.m.- 9.00 p.m.  All young people from the age of 11 are warmly invited.

Confirmation
This year the Confirmation will be held in All Saints’ on Sunday 27th October.  I would like to invite all those who wish to be confirmed to attend a meeting with me in All Saints’ Church on Sunday 3rd March at 10.00 a.m.

J.A.M. (Sunday School)
J.A.M. will be held in Killucan each Sunday at 11.30 a.m. and in All Saints’ on Sunday 17th February at 10a.m. We look forward to welcoming all the children.

 

Children’s Songs of Praise
In All Saints’ on Sunday 10th February at 11.00 a.m. there will be a special Service of a Children’s Songs of Praise.  This promises to be both inspiring and uplifting, so do come and hear the children’s voices.

Parish Retreat
A day of prayer and quiet reflection will be held in St. Anne’s Retreat Centre Killenard, Co. Laois, on Saturday 30th March from 10.30 a.m. – 4.00 p.m.  The Prayer Retreat will be led by Canon Patrick Lawrence.  This provides a wonderful opportunity for a time of quiet reflection and thoughtfulness and I warmly commend the Retreat to you.  It will be held as one of our special activities during Lent.  There are just 20 places available, so please let me know in good time if you wish to attend.

 Faith Raising

The Bishop has invited me to organise Faith Raising days for the Diocese.  The first was held on 22nd September 2018, and those who attended found it very beneficial.  The next Faith Raising day will be held on Saturday 9th March in Killenard Retreat Centre.   I commend this day to you and, if you would like to join me and other members of the Diocese, you would be most welcome.  Please speak with me for details.

Women’s World Day of Prayer

For the last few years the women of our Parish have conducted a lovely Service in All Saints’ on the first Sunday in March.  This year the Service will be held on Sunday 3rd March at 11.00 a.m. in All Saints’.  It will be an ecumenical occasion and we will invite women from other churches to join us.  Please do mark it in your diary and further details will be available in the next issue of the Union Notes.

Liturgical Dance
Siobhan Murphy, the dance choreographer, will be organising three modules for Liturgical Dance this year.  There will be a performance at the end of each module.  The first performance will be on Good Friday, 19th April, and the first practice will take place on Sunday 24th March.  Siobhan will be teaching young people from the Parish from 11 years of age upwards, and the dance will incorporate challenging and interesting routines.  Do please let me know the names of the young people who may be interested.  This is a wonderful opportunity for them to experience a high standard of liturgical dance.

Bereavements
We would like to offer our deepest sympathy to David and Pamela Webster.  Pamela’s uncle and aunt were tragically killed following a one-vehicle in Co. Monaghan.  The tragedy of their death caused widespread shock and sadness.  Pamela’s uncle and aunt were exceptionally well known and greatly respected and admired.  We pray that David and Pamela, Pamela’s mum and all the family will be comforted by their loving memories of them, and that Joe and Louise, now in the fuller presence of God, may rest in peace and rise in glory.

 
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.

Rev. Alastair Graham

Issue 107 “Union News” January 2019

MULLINGAR UNION OF PARISHES

Happy New Year

I would like to wish everyone in the Parish a very happy and healthy New Year.  Christmas was a special time in each Church and we can all look forward to the New Year with confidence and hope. It would be lovely if your New Year’s resolution was to attend a Church on Sunday- you will not be disappointed.

 

Advent, Christmas and Epiphany

Our special Parish Programme, which ran from Advent Sunday through to Epiphany, went very well indeed and it was very encouraging to see the level of support at all the church services and events.  The Programme generated both interest and energy and I would like to thank everyone in the Parish who worked so hard to make each of the church services and events so very successful.  The Select Vestry will review the Programme at its meeting later in the month and we hope to run a similar programme again this year.

 

Epiphany

This year Epiphany falls on Sunday 6th January.  This is a very important day time in the Church and we will be holding a United Epiphany Carol Service at 11.00 a.m. in All Saints’.  I warmly invite parishioners from all four churches to attend.  I am inviting all those who have been confirmed in recent years to the Service.  Mrs. Diane Ashmore is going to conduct an impromptu choir of the Confirmation group.   Would those who have been confirmed please attend at 10.15 a.m. before the Service for a short rehearsal with Mrs. Ashmore.  Let’s all celebrate Little Christmas Day in a special way this year.

We hope lots of young people will come to sing.

 

Nativity Play and Live Crib

The Nativity Play, followed by the Live Crib, was a huge success and I would like to thank everyone involved – the children, the Principal, the teachers, staff, Parents Council and all the parents.  Over 4,000 euro was raised and the whole occasion was truly special.  Thank you all indeed.

 

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

Every January the churches unite together around the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity.  This year we are looking forward to a very special time of prayer and fellowship.  There is a very valuable friendship with mutual support shared between the churches.  The churches hope to undertake a significant initiative together this year and the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity provides the ideal opportunity for prayerful reflection and discernment.  This year the special annual Service for Christian Unity will be held in the beautiful cathedral of Christ the King in Mullingar on Sunday 27th January at 7p.m.

 

Service of Crowns

For the last number of years we have held a special Service of Crowns in January.  At the Service the children of the Parish present their gifts of money in appreciation of all they have received at Christmas and the money collected goes to support a very worthwhile project in Africa.  For the last number of years we have provided support to a school in Nairobi.  This year we hope to support the children suffering deprivation in the Yemen, by the children’s gifts.  The Service is full of colour as the children parade wearing their amazing home made crowns.  The Service of Crowns will be held on Sunday 20th January in All Saints’ at 11.00 a.m.

 

Conversion of St. Paul

A Service of Holy Communion will be held on Friday 25th January at 11.00 a.m. in All Saints’.

Rock Solid Youth Club – will meet from 7.30p.m. – 9p.m. on Thursday 17th January

JAM.- Sunday School will meet in All Saints’ on Sunday 27th January at 10a.m. and in Killucan on Sunday 13th and 20th at 11.30a.m.

Select Vestry

The Select Vestry will meet on Wednesday 23rd January at 8.00 p.m. in the Rectory.

 

Holy Matrimony

We warmly congratulate Killian and Leah Hales following their marriage in Kilmore Cathedral on Saturday 15th December.  We pray they will enjoy a long life together with good health and happiness.

 

Bereavement

The funeral of Billy Craig was held in All Saints’ on Tuesday 4th December.  We would like to offer our deepest sympathy to Edna his wife, and Diane, Wendy and Malcolm, his children and to his grandchildren and all the members of his family.  Billy and Edna moved to live in Mullingar five years ago, having spent most of their married life in Sligo.  Billy had worked for Irish Biscuits and had a plethora of interests which provided Billy and Edna with a very wide circle of friends.  Billy’s daughters, Diane and Wendy, are both in the Parish and have distinguished themselves as teachers, Diane in All Saints’ Mullingar and Wendy in Castlepollard National School.  Malcolm is admired for his work in business in Dublin and his support for Lucan Parish where he and his family are parishioners.  Billy bore his illness with great courage and dignity and we pray that, now in the fuller presence of God, he may rest in peace.  He was buried at Kilbixy churchyard.

 

We also offer our deepest sympathy to Prionsias and Valerie O’Fearghail following the passing before Christmas of Prionsias’s father.  His father was greatly respected, loved and admired in the family and in the wider community and will be sadly missed.  For the last three years, due to failing health, he was resided in a nursing home where he died peacefully.  We pray that Prionsias and the family will be comforted by their lovely memories of him and we pray that, now in the fuller presence of God, he may rest in peace.

 

We also remember all other families who had recent bereavements of loved ones not residing in the Parish.  Among those who have been bereaved we remember, Jean and Frank Kilmartin.  Jean’s much loved sister-in-law, Joan, passed away suddenly following a short illness.  We remember her husband Leslie, her daughters Karen and Gail, and Jean and the wider family in their sad loss.  Joan has left them wonderful memories and we pray that she will rest in peace in the fuller presence of Almighty God.

Remembrance Tree

In Killucan the Remembrance Tree was greatly appreciated and, on Christmas Day, we remembered by name those whose names had been placed on the tree.  I would like to thank Susan for this thoughtful initiative which was greatly appreciated.

 

A Special Thank You

I would like to thank everyone who decorated the Churches so beautifully for Christmas this year.  We would also like to thank all the Church Wardens for their invaluable assistance at the Christmas Services. A special thanks is also due to Bill McConnell and the Senior Parish Choir for their inspiring singing at the Services and to our guest Soloists and all those who read at the Services, and to Harry Haskins who organised the Confirmation candidates as readers at the Carol Service. We too thank Jean Gorissen for organising the young people to read at the Killucan Carol Service We also thank our organists David Lambe and Jean Kilmartin and Lesley Denniston for the important part they played at the Services. To everyone else who helped any way, many thanks indeed.

 

 

Olive and I would like to wish you all a very healthy and happy New Year.

 

 

Rev. Alastair Graham

Issue 106 “UNION NEWS” December 2018

Dear Parishioner(s)

Advent and Christmas

Advent and Christmas is a truly lovely time in Parish life and this year all the  much-loved Services will be held, along with some special events.  Advent is a time of prayerful and thoughtful preparation for Christmas and there will be special prayers and reflections at the various Services.

 

Parish Gift Day

The Annual Parish Gift Day will be held on Sunday 2nd December.  Parishioners are invited to bring their Gift Envelopes to church, or send them to the Honorary Treasurer.  It is a privilege to be able to give a special gift to thank God for His love and goodness during the year and to be able to support our Parish.

 

Advent Prayers on Thursdays

Each Thursday in All Saints’ during Advent – 6th, 13th and 20th December – there will be a prayerful Advent Reflection 12pm which I am sure parishioners will appreciate.  The Advent Service takes place during the Thursday Coffee Morning which runs from 10.30 a.m.-1.00 p.m. every Thursday.  The Thursday Coffee Mornings are now becoming a much-loved feature of Mullingar. Congratulations are due to the organisers. Over 15,500 Euro has already been raised for Local Charities.

 

Advent Bible Study

On Saturday 1st and Saturday 8th December at 10.30 a.m. in All Saints’ there will be an opportunity to reflect on the true significance of Christmas.  This provides another opportunity for your preparation for Christmas and everyone will be most welcome.

 

All Saints’ Christmas Whist Drive

The much loved and enjoyed Christmas Whist Drive in All Saints’ will be held on Friday 7th December at 8.30 p.m.  A warm invitation is extended to everyone to come and enjoy a lovely festive atmosphere, a delicious supper and wonderful prizes – a night not to be missed!

 

Christmas Carol Concert

The Concert, which is now a much-loved and well established event in Advent, will be held on Saturday 8th December at 7.30 p.m. in All Saints’.  The Mullingar Musical Allsorts and the Midland Youth Orchestra will delight us all with their singing and music.  The numbers attending get larger every year, so do come early to ensure a good seat.

 

Christingle Sunday – 9th December

This beautiful Service will be held in Killucan at 11.30 a.m. on Sunday 9th.  The young people will take part in the Service and Christingles will be made by the children of the Sunday School.  The significance of Christingle is very special and it is always a delight to be part of this important Service.

 

Carol Singing – Sunday 9th December

This year we invite those who would like to be “carol singers” for an hour to meet in Killucan Church at 2.00 p.m. on Sunday 9th for a short rehearsal.  At 2.30 p.m. we will make our way across the road to Rose Lodge Nursing Home to entertain the residents with the singing of much loved carols.  The residents are really looking forward to this occasion and so if you can join us please do.

 

Advent Candlelit Ecumenical Carol Service Sunday 9th December 7.30pm

This annual Service brings together Christians from the different churches in the Mullingar area. It will be held in All Saints’.  It is a truly beautiful occasion and the music is utterly uplifting, so please mark it in your diary as a ‘must’ for Advent.

 

Christmas Nativity Play, Live Crib, and Christmas Fair, Sunday 16th Dec

The Christmas Nativity Play will take place in All Saints’ on Sunday 16th at 12.00 noon.  After the Nativity everyone will be invited to visit the Live Crib in the church/school grounds.  There will be many stalls and tea and coffee served in the church.  There will also be the possibility of enjoying mouth-watering beef burgers.  The Parents Council of the School hope this event will be enjoyed by everyone and will raise money for All Saints’ School.

 

Charity Nativity Play – Tuesday 18th December

Following the huge success of last year’s Charity Nativity Plays, the young people from Wilson’s Hospital School and the Chaplain will put on two performances at 10.30 a.m. and 12.00 noon.  Children from schools in Mullingar will attend but parishioners and friends are also invited.  Each person is asked to donate 1 euro which is donated to Charity.

 

Wilson’s Hospital Carol Service – Friday 21st December

This year the Warden, staff and pupils of Wilson’s Hospital will hold their annual Carol Service in All Saints’ at 12.00 noon on 21st December.  We are delighted to welcome the Warden and school for this festive occasion.

 

 

Remembrance Tree

In Advent there will be a Remembrance Tree in Killucan church.  Parishioners are invited to place the name of a loved one on the tree and each of the names will be included in the Christmas Day Service.  We thank Susan for this lovely initiative.

 

Confirmation Reunion

The Diocesan Reunion for all those who have been confirmed and those preparing for Confirmation will be held in All Saints’ on Sunday 2nd December from 2.30 p.m. – 5.00 p.m.

 

Carol Singing – Sunday 2nd December.

The Choir will sing carols at 2.30 p.m. at Belvedere.

 

Boys’ Brigade and Girls’ Association Book Press

If you would like to donate a book, buy or borrow a book please contact the leaders of the Company.

 

Bereavements

We offer our deepest sympathy to John and Mignone Duggan following the sad passing of John’s mother.  John’s mother had been a Principal teacher in Co. Mayo and won the admiration and affection of the entire community during her lifetime.  We pray that John, his father, Mignone and the family will be comforted by their loving memories of her and that Anne, John’s mum, now in the fuller presence of God, may rest in peace.

 

We offer our deepest sympathy to Reg and Brenda Battans and their family, following the tragic death of their daughter Samantha, affectionately known as Sam.  Sam was a much loved member of different organisations and had taken part in the Special Olympics.  The whole community was saddened by her death and we pray that, in the fuller presence of God, Sam may rest in peace.

We also offer our deepest sympathy to Ashley and Lisa Culbert, following bereavements in their family of a brother-in-law and a cousin.  At this sad time we pray they will be comforted by God’s love and grace and their loved ones will rest in His presence.

We also offer our deepest sympathy to Ann Williams following the sad death of her sister Marie. Marie bore her illness with great courage and dignity and we feel for Ann who has lost a much loved sister. We pray that Marie now in the fuller presence of God may rest in peace.

I would like to wish you and all of your loved ones a very Happy and blessed Christmas.

Rev. Alastair Graham, Rector.