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.

Issue 99 “UNION NEWS” May 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Bible Study

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

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

Kilbixy – Watson Mills, Violet Medforth;

Killucan – Vivienne Mulligan, Arie Gorrison;

Almoritia – Annie O’Leary, Billy Small.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Issue 98 “UNION NEWS” April 2018

Dear Parishioner(s)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

REMEMBER

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

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

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

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

Issue 97 “UNION NEWS” March 2018

Dear Parishioner(s)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Issue 96 “UNION NEWS” February 2018

 

Dear Parishioner(s)

 

Ash Wednesday and Lent

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

Killucan           10.30 a.m.

Kilbixy             12.00 noon

Almoritia            5.00 p.m.

All Saints’          7.30 p.m.

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

 

Confirmation

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

 

 

Whist Drives

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

 

 

 

Annual Parish Sale

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

 

 

Killucan Patronal Festival

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

 

 

J.A.M. (Sunday School)

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

Boys Brigade and Girls Association

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

 

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Select Vestry

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

 

Thanksgiving Service for Muriel Ray and Douglas Matthews

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

 

Parish Website

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

 

 

With God’s blessings,

Rev. Alastair Graham, Rector,

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

Issue 95 “UNION NEWS” January 2018

Dear Parishioner(s)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Issue 94 “UNION NEWS” December 2017

Dear Parishioner(s)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Social Media
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