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.

 

 

Issue 105 “UNION NEWS” November 2018

 

 Dear Parishioner(s)

All Saints’ Patronal Festival

At the beginning of November each year we have the privilege of celebrating All Saints’ Day.  This year All Saints’ Day, 1st November, falls on Thursday and there will be a special Service of Holy Communion at 12.00 noon in All Saints’.  On Sunday 4th November we will hold the annual Patronal Festival Service for All Saints’ at 10.00 a.m.  The music and singing is always uplifting and I hope the parishioners of All Saints’ will attend in good numbers for this significant day in the Parish.

All Saints’ Whist Drives

The much loved and enjoyed Whist Drives in All Saints’ begin this Friday 2nd November at 8.30 p.m.  I warmly commend the Whist Drive to you.  It is a most enjoyable and friendly evening with a delicious supper and great prizes.  I hope that it will be well supported again this year.  The Christmas Whist Drive will be held on Friday 7th December at 8.30 p.m.

Remembrance Sunday 11th November

This year is the Centenary of the end of the First World War – Armistice Day, the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month 1918.  The Service will commence at 10.30 a.m. sharp and the two-minute silence and the cascading of poppies at 11.00 o’clock.  Given the significance of this occasion there will be just one Sunday Service held in the Parish to enable everyone to attend the Remembrance Service in All Saints’.  A Diocesan Service of Remembrance will also be held in Kildare Cathedral at 3.00 p.m. on Sunday 4th November.

Thursday Coffee Mornings

On Thursday 1st November we celebrate the second anniversary of the Coffee Mornings in All Saints’.  This initiative has been so successful.   Every Thursday good numbers of people attend and the money collected for the charitable work in Mullingar now runs into thousands of euro.  We warmly thank Arthur and Marion O’Toole for this ministry and for their weekly preparation which is very time consuming and hard work.  Do please come this Thursday to show your warm support for this caring ministry in our Parish.

Rock Solid Youth Club

The Youth Club is going exceptionally well and the young people are finding it most enjoyable.  The November Youth Club will be held on Thursday 15th November at 7.30 p.m. in All Saints’.  Our Parish Youth Initiative is providing a safe and enjoyable opportunity for young people through their teenage years, and I warmly commend it to all parents and young people.

 Confirmation

The Confirmation Service on Sunday 28th October was wonderfully uplifting. The Bishop conducted the Service so beautifully and spoke so effectively to the young candidates.  The young people contributed in “their Band” with the playing of two modern hymns.  I sincerely commend all the young people who were confirmed to your prayers.  It was also lovely to have the participation at the Service by some of those who were confirmed last year.  So please pray for Mark Webster, Jane Duggan, Joanna Meskeniene, Kundai Manzira, Anna Gillespie, Luke Ray and Joshua Matthews.

Westmeath Orphans Society

The AGM of the Westmeath Protestant Orphan Society will be held at 2.30 p.m. in the Rectory on Thursday 15th November.

All Saints’ School Parents’ Council

I would like to warmly congratulate the Parents’ Council on the success of their recent Cake Sale after the Harvest Service, which raised 1000 euro.  I would also like to thank everyone who so generously supported this occasion and to the Parents’ Committee for all their hard work.

Children’s Festival

For the last few years we have held a special Children’s Music Festival on the third Sunday in November.  This year the Festival will be held on Sunday 18th at 11.00 a.m. in All Saints’.  I hope all the children and their families will come to this Service.  Last year it was truly invigorating and inspiring and almost 100 children participated.

Boys’ Brigade and Girls’ Association Enrolment Service

This year the Enrolment Service will be held on Sunday 25th November at 11.00 a.m. in All Saints’.  This is a very important occasion for the young people and their leaders and we are so blessed in the Parish with the number of children in the Company and the fine leadership of our Captain David Webster and the other leaders.  In recent years a small number of parishioners have come to this Service.  However, this year I urge parishioners to attend to show their support for this very important Parish Youth Organisation.

Select Vestry Meeting

The Select Vestry will meet on Monday 26th November at 8.00 p.m. in the Rectory.

Advent and Christmas

This year there will be a number of special Services and events held in the Parish which I hope will give everyone an opportunity for some prayerful preparation for Christmas and also occasions to truly enjoy the Christmas Festive Season.  Details of all the Services and activities will be included in the next Union Notes which will be distributed at the end of November.

St. Andrew’s Day – 30th November

There will be a Service of Holy Communion in All Saints’ at 11.00 a.m. on Friday 30th November to mark St. Andrew’s Day.

Bereavement.

We offer our deepest sympathy to Margaret and Gerry King following the death of Margaret’s brother John after a short illness. We pray that John may rest in peace and Margaret and the family may be comforted by their memories of him.

Parish Website

The address is www.mullingarunionofparishes.net 

Data Protection 

The Church has amended the original form parishioners signed. The Select Vestry has arranged for the amended form to be given to parishioners and I urge you to sign and select the categories in order to ensure you receive parish information

We draw your attention to the Data Protection Policy you can read HERE MUP Data Privacy Notice 2018

With God’s blessings,

Rev. Alastair Graham, Rector,

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

 

EVENTS

All Saints’ Whist Drive 

 Friday 2nd November

8.30 p.m.

 All welcome for a night of fun  delicious supper and great prizes

 

CHURCH SERVICES DURING NOVEMBER 2018

Thursday 1st November All Saints Day

Special Service of Holy Communion at 12.00 noon in All Saints’

Sunday 4th November

All Saints’           10.00 a.m.            Patronal Festival with special music, Rector

Killucan                11.30 a.m.            Family Service, Rector

Kilbixy                 11.30 a.m.            Holy Communion, Canon Lawrence

Kildare Cathedral 3.00 p.m.             Diocesan Remembrance Service

 

Sunday 11th November

All Saints’           10.30 a.m. sharp  Remembrance Service – Centenary of the end of First World War 1918

 Parishioners from all the Parishes are invited to attend this Service.

 

Sunday 18th November

All Saints’           10.00 a.m.            Holy Communion, Rector

11.00 am.             Children’s Musical Festival

Killucan               11.30 a.m.            Holy Communion, Canon Lawrence

Kilbixy                 11.30 a.m.            Holy Communion, Rev. Hazel Scully

 

Sunday 25th November

All Saints’           11.00 a.m.            Boys’ Brigade & Girls’ Association Annual

Enrolment Service, Rector

Killucan               11.30 a.m.            Morning Prayer, Rev. Hazel Scully

Kilbixy                 11.30 a.m.             Morning Prayer

Almoritia               7.00 p.m.           Holy Communion, Rector

 

 

Issue 104 “UNION NEWS” October 2018

Dear Parishioner(s)

Harvest Thanksgivings

The Harvest Thanksgiving Services in Killucan and Kilbixy were the best attended Harvest Services in recent years.  I would like to thank everyone who decorated the churches so beautifully, to those who took part in the Services and to those who provided such delightful refreshments in both churches.  Everyone’s heart was truly warmed and inspired as we gave thanks to God for His great goodness and love – Thank you.

This month the Harvest Services will be held in Almoritia on Sunday 14th October at 3.30 p.m. and the special preacher will be Rev. William Steacy, Rector of Athlone.

On Sunday 21st October the All Saints’ Harvest Festival will be held on at 11.00 a.m. and the preacher will be Canon Cecil Hyland.

After the Harvest in All Saints’ the parents of the School will hold a Cake Sale which I know will be very well supported.

Harvest Decorations

The churches at Almoritia and All Saints’ will be decorated for the Harvest.  The parishioners of Almoritia will also be decorating the church on Saturday 13th October.

The decoration in All Saints’ will be held on Saturday 20th October at 10.30 a.m.  I warmly invite parishioners to help and we will welcome greenery, vegetables, flowers and other symbols of the Harvest.

Boys’ Brigade and Girls’ Association

The new Session will commence on Tuesday 9th October at 7.00 p.m. in All Saints’.  We look forward to welcoming all the young people again and I take this opportunity to thank our Captain, David Webster, and the Leaders for their great commitment.  It is hoped to start a Book Club in the Brigade and if any parishioner has a small bookcase they would like to donate perhaps they would contact the Rectory.

 Circle of Prayer

It is very encouraging that so many parishioners are praying daily in the Parish.  On Sunday 14th October, at the 10.00 a.m. Service, special prayers will be offered for healing and I warmly invite the members of the Circle of Prayer, and parishioners, to attend.  Prayer is such an important part of our Parish life and prayers of healing are particularly comforting and inspiring.

Parish Bible Study

The monthly Bible Study in All Saints’ will be held on Saturday 20th October at 9.30 a.m.  I warmly invite parishioners from all the churches.

Rock Solid Youth Club

The monthly session of our new Parish Youth Club will be held on Thursday 18th October from 7.30 p.m. – 9.00 p.m. in All Saints’.  All young people from 11 years of age are warmly invited.

J.A.M. Sunday School Outing

The All Saints’ J.A.M. (Sunday School) will be held on Sunday 7th October at 10.00 a.m.  This will be the only Sunday School this month due to the Harvest Service and Confirmation Service.  I encourage parents to bring their children along and again I thank the leaders for their time and commitment.

Saturday Lunchtime Concert

Charles Marshall is organising a Lunchtime Concert in All Saints’ on Saturday 6th October at 1.00 p.m.  Everyone is most welcome and  those who have attended before will know that the Concerts are wonderfully enjoyable occasions and an opportunity to listen to the finest music.

Westmeath Orphans Society

The AGM will be held in the Rectory on Thursday 18th October at 3p.m.

All Saints’ Choir Festival

The Choir Festival will be held on Saturday 20th October at 8.00 p.m. and will feature truly inspiring singing.  I warmly commend this occasion to you.  It is an opportunity to show your support for the Senior Parish Choir and its’ Director, Bill McConnell.  There will be some scintillating musical guests and all the proceeds will be given to TEAM, a local charity in Mullingar which provides emergency accommodation to people in urgent need.

 New Organist

I am delighted to announce that David Lamb has been appointed the new organist of All Saints’ Church.  David’s organ playing has earned him a very worthy reputation and we are delighted that he is joining our music ministry in All Saints’.  David is currently the organist in Coolock Parish in Dublin, and will be playing at his first Service on Sunday 21st October at the Harvest Festival.

Mrs. Liz Sheridan

A special occasion to mark the retirement of Mrs. Sheridan as Vice-Principal of All Saints’ School will be held on Friday 5th October in the Annebrook Hotel at 8.00 p.m.  Mrs. Sheridan gave sterling service over many years, first as Principal of Killucan National School and then, in recent years, as Vice-Principal of All Saints’.  Her leadership and teaching will be sadly missed but we wish her well with her well-earned retirement.

Confirmation

The Confirmation Service will be held on Sunday 28th October at 11.00 a.m. in All Saints’.  We will be delighted to welcome the Bishop again on this important occasion for the young people, their families and the Parish.

At the Confirmation Service this year the Bishop will also dedicate the three stained-glass windows from Moylisker Church that have recently been erected in All Saints’.

As we prepare for the Confirmation we remember in our prayers those who are to be confirmed – Mark Webster, Jane Duggan, Joanna Meskeniene-Murdoch, Kundai Manzira, Anna Gillespie, Luke Ray.

Holy Days in October

There will be a celebration to mark St. Luke’s Day on Thursday 18th October at 12.00 noon. and to mark All Saints’ Day on Thursday 1st November at 12.00 noon.  The Services of Holy Communion will be held in All Saints’ Church.

Coffee on Thursdays

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

Tiny Tots Club All Saints continues on Fridays 10 -12pm with Zoe Hales 085 2026188 All are welcome to attend preschool children and babies only.

 Bereavements

We offer our deepest sympathy to Joe and Carol Carlyle following the death of Carol’s mother.  We pray that Joe, Carol and the family will be comforted by their rich memories of her and that her Mum, now in the fuller presence of God may rest in peace.

We also offer our sincere sympathy to the family of Michael Moroney who died following a long illness which he bore with great courage and dignity.  Michael’s funeral service took place in All Saints’ and we pray that his wife Valerie and the family will be comforted by the love of their extended family and wide circle of friends and that Michael may rest in peace.

Holy Baptism

We recently welcomed into God’s family Benjamin John Clendenning and we pray for his parents and godparents.

 

Parish Website

The address is www.mullingarunionofparishes.net 

Our Social Media  Pages on Facebook and Twitter have been  suspended for the moment until all GDPR policiesare in place.

With God’s blessings,

Rev. Alastair Graham, Rector,

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

 

 

Issue 103 “UNION NEWS” September 2018

MULLINGAR UNION OF PARISHES

Dear Parishioner(s)

September

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

 

Harvest Festivals

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

 

Confirmation

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

 

All Saints’ School

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

 

Heritage Week

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

 

Christ Church Cathedral

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

 

J.A.M. Sunday School Outing

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

 

Coffee on Thursdays

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

 

Ploughing Championship

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

 

Rock Solid Youth Club

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

 

Bible Study

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

 

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

 

Stained Glass Windows

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

 

Institutions

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

 

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

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

 

Emma Rothwell

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

 

Select Vestry

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

 

Memorial Service

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

 

Bereavements

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

 

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

Ordination of new Bishop of Meath

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

Blessing at St. Biseach’s Well

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

With God’s blessings,

Rev. Alastair Graham, Rector,

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

 

Issue 102 “UNION NEWS” August 2018

Dear Parishioner(s)

Summer Weather

While most people have enjoyed the recent good weather and have benefited from it, we all, of course, are mindful of the challenge it has brought to farmers and others working on the land and water supplies.  We sincerely pray that the significant challenges that farming is facing will be compensated by some beneficial opportunities in both improved weather conditions and statutory support, over the next few months.  I hope those who had the opportunity of taking holidays in the good weather had a truly relaxing and restful time.  I also hope that during this month there will be time for further rest and relaxation before all the activity starts in September.

 

All Saints’ School

I am delighted to announce that Ann Lundie will be joining the teaching staff in the School from the end of this month, following Mrs. Sheridan’s retirement.  We warmly welcome Ms. Lundie and we know that we have managed to secure the services of a very fine and dedicated teacher.  It is also a great pleasure to announce that Ber Hynes has been appointed to the additional SNA Position (Special Needs Assistant) from the beginning of next term.  Ms. Hynes will also bring some very special qualities to her position in the School and we would like to wish both Ms. Hynes and Ms. Lundie well in their new positions.

 

Heritage Week

This year Heritage Week will take place from Saturday 18th – Sunday 26th August.  The churches will be open at the following times:

All Saints’ – 11am- 3p.m.               Monday 20th – Saturday 25th

Killucan –     2pm- 4pm                   Monday 20th -Saturday 25th

Almoritia     2.30pm – 4.30pm        Saturday 25th

Kilbixy        2pm – 4pm.                 22nd, 25th and 26th August

 

This year I am delighted to announce that the first Civic Church Service will be held in All Saints’ on Wednesday 22nd August at 1.15p.m. and the speaker will be Mr. Pat Gallagher, Chief Executive of Westmeath County Council.  Those who represent both civic and the business life in Mullingar will attend and I would also like to warmly invite all parishioners to this special Service.

 Christ Church Cathedral

The Parish Choir will sing Evensong at 3.30 p.m. in Christ Church Cathedral on Sunday 19th August.  A bus will be departing from All Saints’ Church and parishioners who would like to attend the Service should contact Arthur O’Toole (087 9733233) to reserve a seat.

J.A.M. Sunday School Outing

The J.A.M. Outing will take place on Sunday 9th September, leaving All Saints’ Church at 10.30 a.m.  All the children from All Saints’ and Killucan are invited to attend and I would be very grateful if parents would contact Anne McDonnell (All Saints’) and Jean Gorrison  Killucan.  The Outing is to Glendeer Park in Athlone and the children are assured of a really special occasion.  Details will be sent to all the families during the month.

 

Rev. William Steacey

We would like to congratulate William on his appointment as Rector of Athlone Union and we hope that William and Roberta will be very happy in their new ministry.  The Institution will take place in Athlone Church on Tuesday 11th September at 8.00 p.m.

 Rev. Lynda Peilow

We would also like to congratulate the Rev. Lynda Peilow on her appointment as Rector of Galway.  Lynda has been Rector of Edenderry for the last 17 years and her ministry has been greatly valued and appreciated.  We wish Lynda, Clive and the family every happiness for their new ministry in Galway.  The Institution will take place on Friday 14th September at 8.00 p.m. in St. Nicholas’ Church Galway.

Holy Baptism

We welcomed into God’s family Laura Culbert.  We pray for her as she begins her journey of faith, and also for their parents and godparents.

 

Bereavement

We offer our deepest sympathy to Brendan McKeogh, Susan and his family on the death of Brendan’s brother in Chicago. We pray that Brendan’s brother may rest in peace

 

Coffee on Thursdays

The coffee morning in All Saints’ will be held every Thursday morning from 10.30 a.m. – 1.00 p.m., with midday prayers at 12.00 noon.  All proceeds support the work of local charities.  I warmly invite parishioners to attend.  Over coffee there is an opportunity to meet lovely people in conversation and, of course, to give support to some very worthy charities.

Ploughing Championship

If you would like to help with other parishioners in the diocesan marquee on Tuesday 18th September from 9am – 12 noon . Please contact the Rector

If you have already offered to help could you please confirm by speaking to the Rector.

St. Bartholomew’s Day – Friday 24th August

All Saints’        11.00 a.m.        Holy Communion

Special visit

Special visitors to the country are always welcome and their presence creates a great interest as was the case with the recent visits of some members of the British Royal Family.

At the end of August Pope Francis will be visiting Ireland and we hope it will be a very inspirational prayerful and happy time for everyone.

 Holidays

If you are going on holidays this month I hope you will have a very safe and enjoyable time and return feeling relaxed and well rested.

Circle of Prayer                                             

It is encouraging and comforting that every day prayers are offered in the parish for those in need and for the work and life of the Parish and the wider community. If you would like to join the Circle of Prayer you will be most welcome and you will be provided with the daily prayer card.

Parish Website

You may like to keep in touch with the Parish through the website..  The address is www.mullingarunionofparishes.net.

Tiny Tots Club
For remaining Summer Dates  Text Zoe For Detaiis 0852026188  –  Friday morning from 10.30am – 12.30 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

With God’s blessings,

Rev. Alastair Graham, Rector,

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

Issue 101 “UNION NEWS” July 2018

MULLINGAR UNION OF PARISHES

Dear Parishioner(s)

Killucan Songs of Praise

On Sunday 1st July at 7.00 p.m. we are going to hold an ecumenical Songs of Praise in Killucan church.  I hope this will be well supported by parishioners and the wider community. Come and enjoy singing much loved hymns.

Parish Remembrance Service – 8th July – 11.00 a.m.

This will be the third year we have held this important Service of Remembrance for former parishioners and family members.  The act of remembrance is very important and the continuing support to those who are bereaved is a necessary comfort.  I do hope parishioners from each of the four parishes will again, this year, support this occasion with their presence.  As we did last year, we will be singing some very beautiful and suitable hymns.

All Saints’ School

On Friday 29th June, as the children leave for their summer holidays, we pray that they will have a very safe and restful summer.  The sense of delight at the beginning of the holidays was tinged with a natural sadness as we said farewell to Mrs. Liz Sheridan, the Vice-Principal, who is retiring.  Liz has won the admiration and affection of everyone over the years.  Her teaching and interest in children’s education coupled with an empathetic support for parents has distinguished her career.  She was also a most faithful and much loved colleague.  We pray that God will bless Liz’s retirement with good health and happiness.

Parish Prayer Circle

It is inspiring to know that every day parishioners offer prayers in the Parish.  Prayer is an essential part of our Christian faith and I would like to invite other parishioners to join the Prayer Circle by simply taking the Prayer Card and making the commitment to pray each of the prayers some time every day.  Prayer truly helps.

Adolphus Cooke Mausoleum

A special ceremony will be held with civic leaders, the Follies Trust and members of the Select Vestry, on Friday 6th July, to mark the completion of the restoration of this very historic mausoleum in Westmeath.  The Select Vestry is very grateful for the statutory funding and the Grant from the Follies Trust which enabled this work to be undertaken.

Christ Church Cathedral

The Parish Choir has been invited to sing Evensong on Sunday 19th August at 3.30 p.m. in the Cathedral.  This is a wonderful honour and is a further indication of the reputation the Parish Choir is gathering under the direction of Mr. Bill McConnell (Choir Director), Lesley Denniston (Organist)  and the very committed members of the Choir.  If any parishioners would like to travel with the Choir please book your place on the bus, with Arthur O’Toole (0879733233) and Bridget Geoghegan (0876157052).

Ploughing Championship

This year the Mullingar Union of Parishes will be manning the Hospitality and Prayer Marquee at the Ploughing Championship in Tullamore on Tuesday, 18th September from 9.00 a.m. – 12.00 noon.  I hope a number of parishioners will be able to assist me. I would be very grateful if you could contact me by e-mail or telephone as soon as possible so that I can confirm the rota with the Rector of Tullamore and secure the complimentary passes.

J.A.M. Outing – Sunday 9th September

The J.A.M. Sunday Schools in All Saints’ and Killucan will be going on an outing on Sunday 9th September at 10.30 a.m. to Glendeer Park in Athlone.  This will be a very special occasion.  I will be writing to all the young families in the Parish and I hope a large number of children will attend.  It is very encouraging to see the two Sunday Schools doing so well and the Bible course that we are following has been widely acclaimed by all the leaders.

Data Protection

As you are aware, the EU Directive became effective from 25th May.  I would again like to advise parishioners that if you wish to continue receiving the Union Notes and other news about the Parish, you must return the Data Protection Form signed, to me in the Rectory.  Data Protection Forms are available in each of the churches, or on request to the Rectory.  I urge parishioners to sign the forms as I wouldn’t like people to be disappointed later in the year, to find that they  no longer receive the Union Notes and other parish correspondence.

 Installation in Kildare Cathedral – 8th July at 4.00 p.m.

Olive and I were deeply touched by the presence of parishioners in Trim Cathedral for the Installation on Sunday 24th June.  We would like to thank everyone who attended and, if any parishioners would like to join us in Kildare Cathedral for the Installation on 8th July, you would be most welcome.

Farmers

In the midst of this very good spell of weather which so many people are enjoying, I would like to invite everyone to hold farmers in your prayers.   From the flooded ground in April to the drought of June, a huge transformation has taken place and, while the good weather has brought many benefits, we should remember the Trojan work the farmers are doing in very challenging circumstances at the moment.  I know the return of some rain will be very welcomed indeed in Westmeath.

 Holy Matrimony

We pray for Stephen and Valentina Lynch who were recently married in Italy.  In warmly congratulating them we pray that God will bless them with a long life together with good health and happiness.

 Bereavements

We offer our deepest sympathy to Harry and Barbara Haskins following the death of Harry’s sister Joan.  The loss of a sibling is always saddening and we certainly hold Harry in our prayers at this time.  Joan’s funeral took place in St. Mary’s Church, Crumlin.  We pray that Joan, now in the fuller presence of God, may rest in peace and that Harry, Barbara and the family may be comforted by their warm memories of Joan and the assurance of knowing that God’s promises are true.

We also offer our deepest sympathy to Colin and Veronica White following the passing of Colin’s dear mother, June.  June had lived a very long life and her human presence enriched and enhanced the life of her family and friends.  We pray that she is now at rest with her beloved husband, Arthur, and that Colin and all the family will be comforted by their rich memories of June and in the assurance of the Christian faith.

Parish Duty

Canon Lawrence will be on call for any emergencies from Saturday 28th July until Saturday 11th August.  His telephone number is 044-9222109 or 086-0562944. For part of this time Olive and I will be attending a family reunion outside Enniskillen, when members of the family from different parts of the world will gather for a special time of family celebration beside the beautiful Lough Erne.  We will be enjoying the company of 24 young children and a number of adults- plenty of early mornings no doubt!!!

Holidays

I hope everyone will have the opportunity to enjoy some rest and relaxation over the summer.

Congratulations

Warmest congratulations to all the young people in 5th and 6th Class and Mrs. Webster for their amazing presentation of the Story of the Old Testament in the Bible on Sunday 10th June in All Saints’.

Boys Brigade & Girls Association

The display on the 18th of June was a very special occasion and again we offer our sincere thanks to the Captain of the Company David Webster and all the leaders

Parish Website

You may like to keep in touch with the Parish through the website..  The address is www.mullingarunionofparishes.net.

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
Summer Dates and times  –  Friday morning from 10.30am – 12.30 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

With God’s blessings,

Rev. Alastair Graham, Rector,

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

 

Issue 100  “UNION NEWS” June 2018

MULLINGAR UNION OF PARISHES

 

Dear Parishioner(s)

Centenary Issue

This is the 100th edition of the Union Notes and it is a wonderful achievement.  Every month the Notes are distributed to all the households in the Union of Parishes with details of all the monthly church Services and activities.  It is an important means of parish communication.  On Thursday 28th June, at the midday prayers in All Saints’, I am going to have a special Service to mark the centenary edition.  I invite all parishioners to this Service and I hope many will be able to attend.

 

 

Circle of Prayer- Sunday 3rd June

Prayer is one of the most essential elements of the Christian life and on Sunday 3rd June we are going to launch our Parish Circle of Prayer.  Parishioners will be invited to join the Circle of Prayer by taking one of the prayer cards and will be invited to pray the prayers on the card each day.  We hope to establish a wide circle. Each day of the year the prayers will be prayed in the Parish.

 

 

State Examinations

We remember at this time of year all the young people who are preparing to undertake State Examinations.  Special prayers will be offered this Sunday at all Services.  We wish all the young people every success in their examinations and in their preparation.

 

 

Mayfair – wonderful result!

I would like to thank everyone who supported and helped at the Mayfair which was held on Saturday 12th May.  A net figure of €8,500 was raised which is a truly wonderful amount of money.   I would like to thank Emma Coburn, the Mayfair organiser, and all the members of her Committee and everyone in the Parish for their good work, support and endeavour.

 

Boys’ Brigade and Girls’ Association

The Boys’ Brigade and Girls’ Association is going exceptionally well.  The Company Display will be held on Monday 18th June at 7.00 p.m. in All Saints’ and I warmly invite parishioners to come and support the Leaders and members of the Brigade. We thank David Webster, the company captain for all his good work and all the leaders for the support they give week by week.

 

Data Protection

The new legislation came into effect on 25th May and, throughout the whole of the EC, there is now a protocol to protect personal information.  In the Parish we require parishioners’ permission to send information about Parish events and Church Services.  I have sent a letter to every household and would like to thank those who have replied.  May I also remind others who wish to receive Parish information, to return the forms to either the Rectory or the churchwardens, as we will not be permitted to send information to those who have not signed the form.  Each Parish has to appoint a Data Controller and the Select Vestry has pleasure in announcing the appointment of Alice Bannon of this Parish.  Alice’s experience and personal qualities makes her an ideal choice for this important appointment. I would like to thank her for accepting.

Additional copies of the forms are available in the Churches.

 

Youth Matters

I am delighted to announce that Youth for Christ has accepted our invitation to organise and run a Youth Programme in the Parish.  Youth for Christ has vast experience in this area of church ministry and we are richly blessed to have their services.  The first meeting of the Rock Solid Youth Club which is aimed at young people aged between11-14 will be held on Wednesday 20th June at 7.30 p.m. in All Saints’.  I warmly invite all young people to attend   I hope this Youth initiative will be supported by all the parents in the Parish.

 

 

Childrens’ Bible – Sunday 17th June

Since last September I have been teaching the Bible to the children of fith and Sixth Class in All Saints’ National School every week.  On Sunday 17th June at 11.00 a.m. they are going to give a dramatic presentation of God’s story in the Old Testament.  This will be truly inspiring and I hope parishioners will come to show their support for the young people on this important occasion. This will be a Children’s Service not to be missed!

 

 

Confirmation Class

I would like to meet the candidates on Saturday 23rd June at 12 noon in All Saints’ for just a half an hour to arrange dates and the Confirmation Programme.

 

 

 

Holy Baptism

We welcomed into God’s family Alex Van de Pul, Ramona Sheridan, Ruby Denniston and Konstantine and Luisa Gnos.  We pray for them as they begin their journey of faith, and also for their parents and godparents.

 

Holy Matrimony

We pray for Shane and Catherine White and Newton and June Rolston who were also recently married.  In warmly congratulating them we pray that God will bless them with a long life together with good health and happiness.

 

 

Bereavements

We offer our deepest sympathy to the family of Charlie Holley.  Charlie passed away in hospital after a short illness and we remember his family, Samantha, Caron and David and their families, at this sad time.  Charlie moved to Westmeath following his retirement from the RCB in Dublin.  He was widely respected and his friendliness and humour was greatly appreciated by everyone.  We pray that, now in the fuller presence of God, he may rest in peace.

 

We also offer our deepest sympathy to Alfie and Sheila Bailey following the untimely death of Sheila’s sister, Lorna.  Lorna bore her illness with amazing courage and dignity and we pray that she is now at rest in God’s presence and that Sheila, Alfie and their family will be comforted by their memories of her and in the assurance of God’s promise of eternal life.

 

Olive and I would like to thank everyone in the Parish for your lovely messages of sympathy following the death of my eldest brother David who died in Scotland.  We and the family have been comforted by your love, support and prayers which we have appreciated very much indeed.

 

St. Peter’s Day – 29th June

This is a very important Saint’s day in the church calendar.  There will be a special Service of Holy Communion at 12.00 noon in All Saints’.

 

Church Services

This month I have had to alter the times of some of the Services to facilitate the availability of Clergy. I apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.

 

Installation Services

The Bishop has arranged that my Installation as Canon to the Cathedrals will take place at a Service in Trim Parish Church on Sunday 24th June at 7p.m.and Kildare Cathedral on Sunday 8th July at 4p.m.