Issue 95 “UNION NEWS” January 2018

Dear Parishioner(s)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Issue 94 “UNION NEWS” December 2017

Dear Parishioner(s)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Issue 93 “UNION NEWS” November 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

With God’s blessings,
Rev. Alastair Graham, Rector

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

Issue 92 “UNION NEWS” October 2017

Dear Parishioner(s)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

With God’s blessings,
Rev. Alastair Graham, Rector

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

Issue 91 “UNION NEWS” September 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

With God’s blessings,
Rev. Alastair Graham, Rector

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

Issue 90 “UNION NEWS” August 2017 

Print Version

Dear Parishioner(s)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

With God’s blessings,
Rev. Alastair Graham, Rector

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

Issue 89 “UNION NEWS” July 2017 


Print Version

Dear Parishioner(s)

Parish Remembrance Service – All Saints’ – Sunday 9th July 11.00 a.m.
The Parish Remembrance Service is a very important occasion in the life of the Parish. We gather together to remember our loved ones who have departed this life, and also former Rectors and parishioners of the four Parishes – All Saints’, Killucan, Kilbixy and Almoritia. I warmly invite everyone to this Service. Those who have been bereaved will be especially welcome and are assured of our continued sympathy and comfort.

Parish Concert in aid of Mullingar Hospital – MRI Scanner Appeal The Concert held on Saturday 17th June was a wonderful occasion.� We were enthralled by the Dublin Airport Singers and the special soloist Mary Flaherty.� The concert very well supported and to date we have raised just over €6,000.� The Hospital is a very significant part of our community and deserves our fullest support.� To everyone who supported the event and gave so generously, may I offer you my most sincere thanks and appreciation. �

Members of the Select Vestry 2017/2018 The members of the Select Vestry for the coming year are: Watson Mills, Violet Medforth, Annie O’Leary, Billy Small, Vivienne Mullingan, Arie Gorissen, Arthur O’Neill, Brigid Geoghegan, Christopher Manzira, Mark Potterton, Richard Williamson, Jean Kilmartin, Emma Coburn, Doreen Lynch, John Hales, David Webster, David Miller, Robin Aust, Hazel Scully, Pat Tipper and Patrick Pilkington. We thank them for agreeing to serve and wish them well in their year of office. See Details of Select Vestry and notices of meetings and updates here

All Saints’ National School The End of Year Service which was held on Sunday 25th June was a wonderfully inspiring occasion. The school is such an integral part of the Parish and we are so blessed with our Principal and teachers. I would like to thank the Principal and teachers for all their teaching and commitment, the Parents Council for its’ invaluable support, the parents and of course all the children who attend the school.  For those who are leaving this year, we wish them well as they begin their Secondary School education and we look forward to welcoming all the new children after the summer.  I would also like to thank Mrs. Denniston, our Principal who spoke so well at the Service and whose address was so appreciated.

Holy Baptism We welcomed in to God’s family through baptism, Ada Keane.� We pray for Ada, her parents and godparents as she begins her journey of faith.

Bereavement We offer our deepest sympathy to David and Catherine Gibson-Brabazon and their family following the death of Catherine’s Aunt Frances, in Scotland.� While Catherine’s Aunt Frances was a great age, her presence and love, up till the very end, was greatly valued by all the family.� Following her peaceful death we pray that she may rest in peace and rise in glory.

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

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

Tiny Tots
The Tiny Tots Group continues to meet on Friday mornings10am – 12 pmin All Saints’ . It is lovely to meet the babies, small children and parents. Zoe & Lorraine Hales organises a most interesting programme. Do call in – you will be most welcome text Zoe on 085 2026188 to confirm if group will be on on a particular Friday during the summer months. During term time the group will run each Friday. The Group is strictly for preschoolers and under no circumstances will older siblings be allowed to attend during holiday, this is for the safety of the young children that attend regularly.

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

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

With God’s blessings,
Rev. Alastair Graham, Rector

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

Issue 88 “UNION NEWS” June 2017

Dear Parishioner(s)
African Celebration of Faith – Saturday 3rd June at 3pm in All Saints’.
Our Parish has benefited from the talents and support of parishioners from Africa. This Saturday, at 3.00 p.m., there will be a special Celebration of Faith from the African experience, in All Saints’. We greatly look forward to this occasion. Over the years Africans have faithfully come to Services conducted in the “Irish way”. I hope we will all give them our support at a Service conducted in the “African way”. The Africans are valued parishioners and we thank them for all they have done and continue to do.

Prayers for Young People
On the first Sunday in June each year we offer special prayers for the young people in the Parish sitting State exams, and those taking other examinations. I warmly invite the young people and their families to church this Sunday for a short time of prayerful preparation which I know they will find beneficial. We extend our best wishes to everyone taking exams.

Parish Concert in aid of Mullingar Hospital
A special fundraising Concert will be held on Saturday 17th June at 8.00 p.m. in All Saints’ to raise much-needed money for the new MRI Scanner in the hospital. This is an opportunity for all parishioners to show their support to the hospital which provides such an important service to the whole community and all the parishioners. Already a number of local groups have held successful fundraisers and I hope parishioners will give their full support to this event by selling tickets and coming to the Concert. The Concert will feature the Dublin Airport Singers who enthralled and inspired us with the singing last year. We very much look forward to hearing them again.

Songs of Praise – Sunday 18th June at 11.30am in All Saints’
The Dublin Airport Singers and the Senior Parish Choir will lead the singing at a special Songs of Praise on Sunday 18th June at 11.30 a.m. in All Saints’. This is an occasion not to be missed and the opportunity to hear hymn singing at its’ inspirational best.

End of Year School Service
The End of Year School Service will be held on Sunday 25th June at 11.00 am. This is a very important occasion for both School and Parish. Our Principal, Mrs. Lesley Denniston, will give the Address. We congratulate the children and Principal, teachers, staff and parents on an amazing School Concert held on 11th May.
Easter General Vestry
There was a very good attendance and a lovely atmosphere at the Easter Vestry. The Select Vestry for the coming year were appointed and elected. The next meeting of the Select Vestry will be held on Tuesday 20th June at 8.00 p.m. in the Rectory. Due to limited space in this issue of the Union Notes, the names of the members of the Select Vestry will be printed in the July issue.

Service of Remembrance for Former Parishioners
This prayerful and important Service will be held on Sunday 9th July at 11.00 a.m. in All Saints’.

BB and Girls’ Association
The final session before the summer break was held on Tuesday 30th May. It was very enjoyable and well supported. We offer our heartfelt thanks and gratitude to the Company Captain, David Webster, and Leaders Fergus Mulhern and Sonia Lucas. This year saw the largest number in the Company since it started in September 2009. The children are blessed by the commitment, dedication and hard work of the Captain and Leaders. The imaginative programme every Tuesday is always enjoyable. Josh Farrell and Ciara Mulhern are leaving the Company. They have completed their full attendance since joining the Company and achieved huge success in all the badges. We wish Josh and Ciara everything good for their futures.

Parish Sale
The Parish Sale, which was held on 13th May, was a great success, raising €6,500 – an increase on last year. Sincere thanks is due to Emma Coburn, organiser, and all the stallholders and helpers. It was a great team effort with a lovely friendly atmosphere which made it a truly enjoyable occasion.

Minister Bruton’s Proposals on School Admissions
I have attended two recent forums at which the Minister spoke. It is very important to continue our support for the opposition to these proposals which, if implemented, would have far-reaching consequences for the future of All Saints’ School and faith-based schools throughout the country. Please continue to remember this situation in your prayers.

Parish Bible Study
The next Bible Study will be held on Saturday 17th June at 10.30 a.m. in All Saints’. Everyone is most welcome.

Special Lecture “From Faith to Hope’
Last Sunday evening a large congregation were treated to a very stimulating and inspiring lecture by Professor Gordon Graham. It was streamed on line and watched by a further 158 people. Our opportunities to hear Christian speakers of this calibre are not that common and for those who attended they felt very privileged to have heard such a fine defence of Christianity.

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

Bereavements
We offer our deepest sympathy to three families in the Parish on their recent bereavements.

Colin White’s father passed away peacefully and we remember Colin’s mother and all the family at this sad time. While Colin’s father was of advanced years, his presence and love was still greatly valued and he will be sadly missed.

We also offer our deepest sympathy to Arthur and Irene Neale, and all the members of the family, following the death of Arthur’s aunt. Arthur’s mother had been a long-standing parishioner and her sister, who had not been well for some time, slipped away peacefully and we remember the family at this sad time.

We also extend our sympathy to Helen and John Gibson-Brabazon and all their family following the death of Helen’s father. Helen’s father, who had been unwell in recent times passed away peacefully and his funeral will be on Friday morning, 2nd June in Dublin. He, too, was much loved and admired by the family and will be sadly missed.

We pray that those who have passed away will rest in peace in the fuller presence of God and that their families will be sustained through their faith in Christ and the cherished memories of their loved ones.

St. Peter’s Day
On St. Peter’s Day, Thursday 29th June, there will be a celebration of Holy Communion at 12.00 noon in All Saints’. This is an important day to remember in the church year and I encourage parishioners to attend this Service.

Union Notes
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. A form is included with this issue and you are asked to select your option. The ‘Notes’ provide

Tiny Tots
The Tiny Tots continue to meet on Friday mornings 10am – 12 pm in All Saints’ during term time. It is lovely to meet the babies, small children and parents. Zoe Hales organises a most interesting programme. Do call in – you will be most welcome text Zoe on 0866052292

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

I do hope you will take the opportunity for prayerful devotion during Holy Week and I would like to wish you and your family a very happy and enjoyable Easter.

With God’s blessings,
Rev. Alastair Graham, Rector

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

Issue 87 “UNION NEWS” May 2017

Dear Parishioner(s)

Parish Sale – Saturday 13th May – 10.00 a.m. – 2.00 p.m.
The Annual Parish Sale will be held in All Saints’ on Saturday 13th May from 10.00 a.m. – 2.00 p.m. There will be the usual stalls with excellent bargains. The Cake Stall and the Plant Stall are always stocked with the finest of produce. This year the Sale will be further expanded to include other stalls of interest including Refreshments and Beef Burgers. The Sale is a wonderful Parish occasion. I hope it will be very well supported again this year and that you will invite family and friends to come along. Olive will be organising the Cake Stall and if you would like to donate cakes she would be delighted to hear from you on 044-9348376. Arie and Jean Gorissen will be organising the Plant Stall and they would be delighted to receive plants. They can be contacted on 044-9375496. This year, Emma Corburn has kindly agreed to oversee the organisation of the Sale. If you can assist Emma in any way, she can be contacted on 087-6374131.

Easter General Vestry
The Easter General Vestry will be held next Wednesday evening, 3rd May at 8.00 p.m. in All Saints’ Church. This is the Annual General Meeting of the Parish and a very important occasion. I would like to invite parishioners to attend and I hope you will be able to support the Parish by attending the meeting. This year, in addition to the elections for the Select Vestry, there will be the Triennial Elections for the Diocese.So please mark this meeting in your diary. I look forward to meeting you next Wednesday.

All Saints’ School Concert
The All Saints’ School Concert will take place on Thursday 11th May at 7.00 p.m. in the Arts Centre, Mount Street. This is always a wonderful Concert which is held every other year. This year we will be entertained to a production of the musical “Oliver”. It will be lovely to see all the children and young people in the School taking part. We would like to thank the Principal, teachers and staff who have put so much hard work in to the preparation for the Concert.

All Saints’ Children’s Orchestra
The first concert of the new Parish Orchestra will take place in All Saints’ church at 5.00 p.m. next Saturday, 29th April. Everyone is warmly invited to come along to support the young people and their conductor, Mr. Vincent Hunt.

African Celebration of Faith – Saturday 3rd June @ 3p.m. in All Saints’
As you know, our Parish community has been blessed in recent years with the involvement of African families who have come to reside and make their home in Mullingar. While they have been so very loyal in supporting the Parish, we have not had the opportunity to experience their celebration of faith in their own culture. On Saturday 3rd June I warmly invite everyone in the Parish to come to All Saints’ to enjoy and experience a truly authentic expression of African Faith. This will be a very special occasion and I would like to thank all those families who are taking part and putting so much work in to the organisation.

Christian Voices Together – Sunday 28th May
Last year my brother, Rev. Prof. Gordon Graham, of Princeton USA, gave a lecture on ‘Being Christian in a Secular Culture’. Many people found his talk very inspiring and, as a result, the churches in the Mullingar area have invited Gordon to come to give a further lecture on ‘From Faith to Hope”. Gordon’s lecture will take place on Sunday evening 28th May at 8.00 p.m. Everyone will be most welcome. You might like to also invite your friends and family to the lecture.

Faithies Awards
We were delighted to hear that the Parish was a joint winner of the category “Faith Community of the Year” for 2016/2017. There were 13 finalists in this category and it is a wonderful achievement for the Parish to be a joint winner and to have won an award. I would like to thank Lorraine Hales for all her good work in making the application and, of course, to everyone in the Parish whose good work made a lasting impression on the Judges. The Parish website has been a wonderful success and we thank Lorraine for all the good work she does in maintaining it for the Parish.

School Admission – Minister for Education and Skills Proposals
As you are aware, the Minister for Education, Mr. Richard Bruton TD, has made a proposal to repeal the Equal Status Act, Section 7, which would remove “Faith” as a criteria for admission to the School. His proposal is to create catchment areas for each school and introduce the Nearest School Policy which, of course, will deny parents the opportunity to choose a faith-based school for their children’s education. If the Minister’s proposals become legislation, we will see the end of faith-based schools for minority religions in Ireland. I would like to thank everyone who has supported our petition which opposes these proposals. I hope that the opposition that these proposals are encountering will encourage the Minister to rethink the proposal and enable parents to continue to choose a faith-based school while, at the same time, providing opportunities for parents of no religion to choose a secular school for their children’s education. You can sign the online petition here

Holy Baptisms
We recently welcomed in to God’s family through baptism, Charlie Connolly and Ivan Johnston-Molloy. We pray for both Charlie and Ivan as they begin their journey of faith, and also pray for their parents and godparents.

Bereavement
We offer our deepest sympathy to a number of families who have recently been bereaved. We offer our sympathy to Mignone and John Duggan following the death of Mignone’s aunt. We also offer our deepest sympathy to Justin and Audrey Gunning following the death of Justin’s father, who passed away very suddenly. David and Pamela Webster were also saddened by the sudden passing of David’s father, who died as he returned from inspecting sheep on the land in Ashford where he lived.

Mignone’s aunt, Justin’s father and David’s father were all highly respected and admired in the communities where they lived and memories of them will live on for a long time in the hearts and minds of those who knew them well. They will also, of course, be sadly missed by their families and we pray that they, now in the fuller presence of God, may rest in peace. We pray that Mignone and John, Justin and Audrey, David and Pamela, and their families will be comforted by their warm memories of their loved one and that their faith will be a strength to them.

In the Parish we had the sad death of Baroness Irene von Prodnzynski who passed away peacefully in Newbrook Nursing Home on Tuesday 4th April. The Baroness and her husband had come to live in Knockdrin in the early 1960s. The Baroness was fondly loved and highly respected by everyone who had the privilege and pleasure of knowing her. She had a remarkable capacity for quiet kindnesses and many people benefited by her kindness, for which she took no credit. She was a person of inspiring faith with a deep compassion for people. She upheld honesty and integrity and the best values of human living to the full. She will be sadly missed and we extend our deepest sympathy to Isabelle, Ferdinand, Alayah and Pia, and all members of the family. May she rest in peace and rise in glory.

Christians, of course, have the comfort and assurance of knowing that God’s promises are true and that those who have died in faith continue to be in God’s care where they are safe and at peace. We hope they will feel surrounded by God’s presence and love and comforted by His grace. May they each rest in peace.

Coffee Morning every Thursday from 10.30a.m – 1.30p.m in All Saints’
We warmly invite parishioners and friends to call in for a coffee and a chat in the very friendly atmosphere of All Saints’
Arthur and Marion O’ Toole provide delightful refreshments and Each month a charity is chosen for donations.

Tiny Tots
The Tiny Tots continue to meet on Friday mornings 10am – 12 pm in All Saints’ during term time. It is lovely to meet the babies, small children and parents. Zoe Hales organises a most interesting programme. Do call in – you will be most welcome text Zoe on 0866052292

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

I do hope you will take the opportunity for prayerful devotion during Holy Week and I would like to wish you and your family a very happy and enjoyable Easter.

With God’s blessings,
Rev. Alastair Graham, Rector

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

Issue 86 “UNION NEWS” April 2017

Dear Parishioner(s)

Visit of the Provost of All Saints’ Cathedral, Nairobi, Kenya
This weekend the Parish is honoured to have a visit from the Provost and Dean Rev. Sammy Wainaina of All Saints’ Cathedral, Nairobi, Kenya, and Louise Gighire the Project Leader of the Urban Development Programme. In honour of their visit, there will be just one United Service on Sunday 2nd April at 11.00 a.m. in All Saints’, which I hope will be very well supported by parishioners. Isabelle Prodnzynski, of Knockrin, was sponsored by the Parish for a number of years when she worked on the Urban Development Project with Louise in Kenya. Isabelle will also be with us at the weekend.

Lenten Lunch
After the Service, a special Lenten Lunch will be organised in All Saints’, served by young people in the Parish. The proceeds from the Lunch will be given to the work in the School in the Urban Development Project.

Easter Cookery Demonstration
Robin Aust will be giving a cookery demonstration on “Easter Delights” in All Saints’ on Thursday 6th April at 8.00 p.m. Robin’s demonstrations are always greatly enjoyed. Everyone has the opportunity to taste delicious food and pick up useful cookery tips. I warmly commend this occasion to you.

Bible Study
The next Bible Study will be held in All Saints’ at 10.30 a.m. on Saturday 8th April. We are currently studying the Book of Revelation in the Bible. Everyone is most welcome to attend.

Children’s Musical Passion – Palm Sunday 9th April
The Children’s Musical Passion will be held at 12.00 noon. The Musical has been performed on Palm Sunday for a number of years and is both poignant and beautiful and is such an appropriate way to begin the devotions and prayers of Holy Week. I cannot commend it more highly to you and I hope the children will be very well supported. This year, for the first time, there will be Liturgical Dance.

Ecumenical Prayers on Palm Sunday
Everyone is invited to an Ecumenical Prayer Service with the Franciscans in the Abbey, Multyfarnham on Sunday 9th April at 4.00 p.m. We have held this Service for the last few years and it is both prayerful and thoughtful. Everyone is welcome.

Women’s World Day of Prayer
The Service held at the beginning of March to celebrate Women’s World Day of Prayer was a magnificently inspiring occasion. I would like to thank all the women in the Parish who took such care in preparing the Service, those who led the Service and to all who attended. I was so glad I was there.
Kilbixy Lenten Lunches
The parishioners of Kilbixy will hold two Lenten Lunches on Friday 31 March and Saturday 1st April from 12.00 noon – 2.00 p.m. The proceeds will be given to the Local Palliative Care Unit hope you will to support these lunches with your presence.

The Minister for Education’s Admission Proposals
You may have seen in the Press that the Minister is proposing far-reaching changes to school admissions which, if implemented, will have a devastating effect on Church of Ireland schools in general and All Saints’ School in particular. It is no exaggeration to say that the future of All Saints’ as a Parish School would be changed dramatically by the implementation of these proposals. Such is the urgency of this matter, that the Church authorities have asked us to contact all parishioners. I will send out a letter to you next week with details of these proposals and the action the Church is calling for. SIGN PETITION ONLINE HERE

Holy Week
There will be Services in each church during Holy Week and I hope parishioners will find time to attend one of the Services each day.

Good Friday
For the last number of years, at 8.00 p.m. on Good Friday in All Saints’ Church, there has been a special time set aside for Sacred Words and Sacred Music. This year, as well as our Senior Parish Choir, we also have the privilege and pleasure of welcoming the Nevada Union High School Choir from California, who are making their first visit to All Saints’. The sacred words from St. John will be read by Suzanne Broderick. This occasion provides an opportunity for a poignant reflection on the events of Good Friday and a warm invitation is extended to everyone.

Easter Day – Sunday 16th April
Easter Day is a truly wonderful day to come to church and I look forward to welcoming everyone in the Parish to join with me in the celebration of Christ’s resurrection. This year the Service times have been slightly changed to accommodate families with young children. I hope this will not inconvenience anyone.

Easter General Vestry
The Easter General Vestry will be held on Wednesday 3rd May at 8.00 p.m. in All Saints’ church.

Bereavements
We offer our deepest sympathy to Peter and Sheila Magill following the tragic and sad death of their little granddaughter of 20 months; to Michael Byrne and Stacey following the death in England of Michael’s father; and to John and Olive Pearson following the death of Olive’s sister Iris. For each of these families the recent past has been a very sad time and we would like them all to know that they are assured of our prayerful thoughts and support at this time. We hope that the loving memories they have of their loved one will bring some comfort to them as they face the days ahead.

Christians, of course, have the comfort and assurance of knowing that God’s promises are true and that those who have died in faith continue to be in God’s care where they are safe and at peace. We hope they will feel surrounded by God’s presence and love and comforted by His grace. May they each rest in peace.

Decoration of Church for Easter Day
The decoration of the churches for Easter Day will take place at 10.00 a.m. on Saturday 15th April. Everyone is very welcome to bring flowers and greenery and other items to decorate the churches for Easter.

Coffee Morning every Thursday from 10.30a.m – 1.30p.m in All Saints’
We warmly invite parishioners and friends to call in for a coffee and a chat in the very friendly atmosphere of All Saints’
Arthur and Marion O’ Toole provide delightful refreshments and this month all the donations will be given to Good To Talk Mullingar

Tiny Tots
The Tiny Tots continue to meet on Friday mornings 10am – 12 pm in All Saints’ during term time. It is lovely to meet the babies, small children and parents. Zoe Hales organises a most interesting programme. Do call in – you will be most welcome text Zoe on 0866052292

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

I do hope you will take the opportunity for prayerful devotion during Holy Week and I would like to wish you and your family a very happy and enjoyable Easter.

With God’s blessings,
Rev. Alastair Graham, Rector

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