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 

Issue 85 “UNION NEWS” March 2017

Dear Parishioner(s)

Ash Wednesday and Lent
On Ash Wednesday – 1st March – there will be a Service held in each of the churches:
Killucan 10.30 a.m.
Kilbixy 12.30 p.m.
Almoritia 5.00 p.m.
All Saints’ 7.30 p.m.
The season of Lent provides an opportunity for prayer and reflection as we prepare, over 40 days, for the great Christian celebration on Easter Day. I warmly commend the season of Lent to you. I hope parishioners will make a special effort to attend church in each of the churches on Ash Wednesday, and the other occasions between now and Easter Day.

March Whist Drive
The March Whist Drive will be held on Friday 3rd March at 8.30 p.m. in All Saints’. This will be the last Whist Drive in All Saints’ until November. The Whist Drive is always a most enjoyable occasion and everyone will be most welcome to attend.

Women’s World Day of Prayer
This is a very important international occasion and, like last year, we are going to hold a special Service which will be led and conducted by women from each of the four churches. The Service will be held on Sunday 5th March at 11.00 a.m. in All Saints’. This is a wonderful opportunity for us all to affirm the very important contribution women make to church life and also to the wider society. I hope men, along with women, will come in large numbers to show their affirmation and appreciation of all the good work that women do.

All Saints’ School Board of Management
A special Meeting of the School Board of Management will be held on Monday 6th March at 8.00 p.m. in the school.

Faith Forum
The next meeting of the Faith Forum will be held on Monday 13th March at 8p.m.in All Saints’. During our Year of Faith we have already had the opportunity of sharing special occasions together and at the next meeting the Forum will be discussing and agreeing further events. The Faith Forum is open to all members of the Parish and everyone will be most welcome.
St. Patrick’s Day
As is our custom, there will be a special Service held at 11.00 a.m. in All Saints’ on St. Patrick’s Day. The Senior Parish Choir will give an inspiring rendition of St. Patrick’s Breastplate. It is always a lovely experience to celebrate part of the National holiday in church. I look forward to welcoming everyone and of course the shamrock will be blessed and sprigs will be given out to everyone at the church Service.

Select Vestry
A meeting of the Select Vestry will be held on Tuesday 28th March at 8.00 p.m. in the Rectory.

CMS April Visit
A delegation from the Church Missionary Society will be visiting the Parish on the first weekend of April. We look forward to welcoming the Rev. Roger Thompson the CMS organiser, the Provost of All Saints’ Cathedral, Nairobi, Kenya, and the project worker of the Urban Renewal Programme which the Parish has supported for many years. We will be holding a special Service on their visit and further details will be available nearer to the time.

Privilege and Pleasure
During the month of March I have been invited to conduct a Lenten Retreat and also to speak at the Church 21 National Conference. I feel very honoured to have received these invitations and I will look forward to bringing the kind regards of the Parish to both events.

Bishop’s Visitation
The Bishop thoroughly enjoyed her pastoral visitation to the Parish on Monday 13th and Sunday 19th February. It was a delight to have her with us and I would like to thank everyone who helped make her visit so special.

Confirmation
The Bishop is planning to hold the Confirmation Service on Sunday 29th October in All Saints’ Church. This is somewhat later in the year than usual and the Confirmation Classes will commence in early September. However, I intend to have an introductory meeting with all the young people who will be going forward for Confirmation and would be very pleased if parents would let me know the names of those they wish to have prepared for Confirmation.

Holy Baptism
We welcomed into God’s family through baptism, Donnacha Richard John Leavy-O’Neill on Sunday 19th February. We pray for him, his parents and godparents as they continue their journey of faith.

Almoritia Bi-Centenary
The Bi-Centenary Service on Sunday 12th February was a truly inspiring occasion and the church was packed to overflowing. Bishop McDowell preached a wonderful sermon and the music was led by the Senior Parish Choir and organist Lesley Denniston. I would like to thank all the parishioners for their truly magnificent work in restoring this ecclesiastical gem. The Parish has a lovely future to look forward to. Following the Service a delicious luncheon was held in Cooney’s Hotel, Ballymahon.

Prayers for Young People
The Bishop has requested that prayers for young people would be offered at all churches in the Diocese on Sunday 26th February. We will be remembering all the young people in the Parish and warmly invite them to attend church for this important time of prayer for them.

Bereavement
We offer our deepest sympathy to Arie Gorissen, Jean and the family following the death of Arie’s father in Holland. Arie’s father passed away peacefully after a long illness and Arie’s loving care of him was a great comfort to his father. We pray that he will be safe in God’s presence.

We also offer our deepest sympathy to Rev. Trevor and Ann Holmes following the death of Trevor’s mother, Betty. Betty was a remarkable woman whose life touched her family and friends in so many special ways. Her inspiring goodness encouraged so many people to follow her example. We pray that Trevor, Ann, Trevor’s father and wider family, will be comforted by the assurance of God’s promise of eternal life and that Betty may now 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 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

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

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

Issue 84 “UNION NEWS” February 2017

Dear Parishioner(s)

Sundays in February
Every Sunday is an important day for Christians and we are blessed in our country to still have the freedom to attend church without being either fearful or worried. During this month there are some special Services which I hope will be very well attended.
Sunday 5th February – Patronal Festival Service- Killucan.
This Sunday at 11.30 a.m. will be the annual Patronal Festival Service at St. Etchen’s Killucan, 11.30 a.m. Every year parishes have the privilege of a special celebration on the day the church remembers the saint after which the church has been called. St. Etchen had a very influential ministry and we enjoy worshipping in a delightful church in Killucan. The preacher at our Patronal Festival this year is Canon Niall Sloane, who is Rector of Holy Trinity Church, Killiney, Dublin. I look forward to meeting all the parishioners of Killucan and hope everyone else will accept my invitation to come to Killucan on this special occasion.

Sunday 12th February – Bi- Centenary Service- Almoritia.
The Bi-Centenary Service at Almoritia will be held at 11.30 a.m. As you know, the church has been beautifully refurbished through the hard work of dedicated parishioners and the special preacher will be the Bishop of Clogher, Right Rev. John McDowell. After the Service lunch will be served in Cooney’s Hotel in Ballymahon. If you would like to join us for lunch please telephone Catherine Gibson Brabazon on 087-7461650. I hope that all the parishioners of Almoritia will attend along with parishioners from the other churches.

Sunday 19th February – Bishop’s Pastoral Visit.
Bishop Pat Storey will make a pastoral visit to the parish and has requested there to be just one united service in All Saints’ at 11a.m. We will hold a special Children’s Service but I hope parishioners from all the Churches will attend to welcome the Bishop. Following the service a Cake Sale organised by the Parents Council in aid of All Saints’ School will be held. On Monday 13th February a special coffee morning from 10.30a.m. to 12.30p.m will be held in All Saints’. The Bishop will be in attendance and looks forward to meeting parishioners.

Sunday 26th February- Prayers for young people.
The Bishop has requested that prayers be offered at all the Services for young people. I would like to invite the young people in the Parish to invite their parents and families to join them at church.

Principal of All Saints’ School
There was a wonderfully inspiring Service on Sunday 29th January in All Saints’ at the Service of Blessing for the new Principal of All Saints’ School, Mrs. Lesley Denniston. Those in the full church were treated to a beautiful sacred Service of song and word and all the children from the school behaved impeccably on this very important occasion for their Principal. Mrs. Denniston, in her address, inspired the entire congregation with her words and, in warmly welcoming her, we know that under her leadership the school will continue to be a very fine place for children to begin their education. Mrs. Denniston will continue to build on the firm foundation laid by her immediate predecessor, Mr. Pat Horan, and before him, Mrs. Olive Ray.

Whist Drives
The February Whist Drive will be held on this Friday 3rd February, at 8.30 p.m. and the March Whist Drive will be held on Friday 3rd March at 8.30 p.m. The Whist Drives will be held in All Saints’ and everyone is warmly invited to come to what is always a most enjoyable occasion.

Boys’ Brigade and Girls’ Association
The Brigade has begun its’ activities after the Christmas break and it is lovely to see, every week, the children having such wonderful fun under the supervision of such dedicated leaders. May I commend the BB and GB to all the families in the Parish and, if your children are not already involved, you might like to consider enrolling them.

Christian Liturgical Dance
Siobhan Murphy, our amazing choreographer, will hold dance rehearsals in All Saints’ on Sundays 12th, 19th and 26th February at 4.00 p.m. She looks forward to welcoming all boys and girls over the age of 8 who would like to take part.

Select Vestry
The Select Vestry will meet on Tuesday 7th February at 8.00 p.m. in the Rectory.

Women’s World Day of Prayer
This year women from all the four Parishes will be organising and conducting the church Service for the Women’s World Day of Prayer on Sunday 5th March at 11.00 a.m. The children will also be taking part through liturgical dance. I do hope this Service will be very well supported and I would like to thank all the women who will be organising the Service this year.

Parish Dance
It had been intended to hold the annual Parish Dance on Friday 17th February. However, due to the many events that are taking place, and the beginning of half-term in the schools, it has been decided to postpone the Parish Dance to a later date.

School Cake Sale
The All Saints’ School Cake Sale will take place on Sunday 19th February after the Children’s Service in All Saints’.
Faith Forum
The next meeting of the Faith Forum will be held in All Saints’ on Thursday 2nd March at 8.00 p.m. I warmly invite the members of the Forum to attend and also any other parishioners who would like to come.

All Saints’ Sunday School
The All Saints’ Sunday School will recommence following Christmas and New Year on Sunday 5th February at 10.00 a.m. in All Saints’. All children and their parents are most welcome to attend.

Bereavement
Last month we offered our sincere sympathy to the Mitchell family following the untimely death of Stewart Mitchell. A week after his funeral his dear mother, Birdie, passed away very peacefully at home and her funeral was held in All Saints’ on Monday 16th January. Birdie was one of the longest serving parishioners in the Parish and her presence and personality enriched and enhanced the lives of everyone who had the pleasure of being with her, particularly her own family. In offering our deepest sympathy to Sandra, Gráinne, Gareth, Andrew, Adam and the wide family circle and friends we pray that Birdie, now in the fuller presence of God may rest in peace.

We also offer our deepest sympathy to Rosanne Broderick and Mark Potterton and their families following the death of their uncle Charlie, in Roscommon. Charlie and the other members of the Clarke family have made a distinctive contribution to both the parishes and communities in which they resided. Charlie’s brother, Max Clarke, is still warmly remembered in our own Parish. In offering them our deepest sympathy, we pray that Charlie may rest in God’s loving presence. We also offer our sympathy to Jo and Billy Small following the death of Joe’s sister Bernie Kennedy who bore her illness with great courage and dignity. Bernie was a lovely person and devoted sister, mother and aunt and we pray that she may rest in peace in God’s presence.
Canon Lawrence
I would like to thank Canon Lawrence for his care of the Parish while I was away for a week in January.

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 St Vincent De Paul to support the good the Society undertakes.

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

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

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

Issue 83 “UNION NEWS” January 2017


Dear Parishioner(s)

New Year
I would like to wish you all a very Happy New Year. We have a great deal to look forward to in the Parish in 2017. I hope you will enjoy our Parish life and participate in the different events. We also pray that, in the world, Christ’s peace will be shed abroad in the hearts of all people and the spirit that makes for war will be banished, as we learn to live as members of one family in obedience to God’s laws.

Christmas 2016
The Christmas season in the Parish was really full of spirit and energy this year and all the events were so very well supported. The number of people at church on Christmas Day was the highest since we came to the Parish. The Parish gave a total of €10,000 to support the good work of different charities meeting the needs of people in very difficult circumstances. We were delighted to be able to support the work of SVP, the Northwest Meath Hospice, T.E.A.M., Meals on Wheels, and Doctors Without Borders. The young people who organised the “Good Hour” are to be thanked for their great success in raising over €1500 for SVP, which was accompanied by bags and boxes of lovely food items.

January Events
*The Epiphany Family Service in Killucan on Sunday 8th January
* Service of Crowns – the Children’s Gift Day – in All Saints’ on Sunday 15th January
*Week of Prayer for Christian Unity with special Prayer Services in the Abbey, Multyfarnham, on Wednesday 18th January at 8.00 p.m. and in Collinstown Parish Church on Wednesday 25th January at 8.00 p.m.
*Film Night on Friday 27th January at 8.00 p.m.
*A special Service of Blessing and Thanksgiving will be held in All Saints’ at 11.00 a.m. on Sunday 29th January to mark the beginning of the Principalship of Mrs. Lesley Denniston as Principal of All Saints’ School, Mullingar.

Epiphany
A Service of Holy Communion to celebrate Epiphany – the coming of the Wise Men – will be held in All Saints’ at 10.30 a.m. on Friday 6th January.

Canon Patrick Lawrence – Will be available for any pastoral emergencies between Monday 16th – Monday 23 of January – Telephone 086 0562944

Parish Film Night – As part of the Year of Faith I would like to invite you to a film night in All Saints’ on Friday 27th January at 8pm. We will watch a very interesting film and following the film there will be an opportunity to discuss some of the key issues raised in the film. This promises to be a very interesting evening and I hope it will be very well supported. The film is suitable for all parishioners over the age of 14.

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 St Vincent De Paul to support the good the Society undertakes.

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

Bereavement
A number of families were sadly bereaved over the Christmas period and we offer them our deepest and heartfelt sympathy. Florrie Taylor a long standing parishioner passed away just before Christmas. Florrie lived a very long life and died in her 93rd year. In her early years she was very actively involved in the community and Parish and highly respected. We offer our deepest sympathy to Derek, Helen, David, Brian and Ken her children and the wider family.

The funeral took place in All Saints’. Stewart Mitchell also sadly passed away on Wednesday 4th January. Stewart’s untimely death will leave a huge gap in the hearts of so many people. He was widely respected and admired by so many people and his integrity, compassion and kind manner will be long remembered.
We offer our deepest sympathy to Grainne his wife, his dear mother, Birdie, his sons Gareth, Andrew and Adam, his sister Sandra and his wide family circle and friends. The funeral took place in All Saints’.

We were also saddened to hear of the death of Alec Bodel’s brother Billy who died at his home in the North, the death of Tom Bell who died in Southampton. Tom grew up in the Parish and we offer our deepest sympathy to all the members of the Bell Family and Florrie Nash his sister and to Frank and Billy Small. Tom’s wife is a sister of Frank and Billy.

We offer sympathy to John Hales whose uncle Frank Hales died on New Years Eve His funeral took place in Kilmallock.

We also offer sympathy to Kim and Linda Williams. Kim’s dad passed away on Christmas Day having not been well for some time.

We remember all those families in the Parish who have recently been bereaved. We pray that the hope of the Christian Gospel, that their loved ones are in God’s safe keeping, will be both a comfort and an assurance.

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 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.

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

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

Issue 82 “UNION NEWS” December 2016

Dear Parishioner(s)
All Saints’ School
I have great pleasure in announcing the appointment of Mrs. Lesley Denniston as Principal of All Saints’ National School. Everyone is delighted with her appointment. Mrs. Denniston has been teaching in the school for the last 18 months and has won the admiration and affection of children, parents and the teachers and staff. Under her Principalship I am quite confident the school will go from strength to strength. We certainly wish her well with her new responsibilities. She will take up her appointment on 6th January 2017.

November
November was a month to remember. The special Services went exceptionally well. It was so encouraging to see the increase in the number of people coming to church and we hope this continues. I thank everyone for the wonderful contribution made to ensure that all the events passed off so well.

Advent
Advent began last Sunday, 27th November, and the Ecumenical Advent Candlelit Carol Service went particularly well. The Choir and organist were superb. I would also like to thank all the Readers and the churchwardens for their good work and commitment. This year, from 19th – 23rd December, I will be conducting a Prayer Service in All Saints’ each day at 12.00 noon. I would be delighted if parishioners would like to join me. This will allow us time for some spiritual preparation for the wonderful season of Christmas.

Christmas Whist Drive
The Christmas Whist Drive will be held on Friday 2nd December at 8.30 pm in All Saints’. This is always a very special and enjoyable occasion, with a delicious supper, and everyone is most welcome.

Christmas Cookery Demonstration
Robin Aust, the executive chef in the Parish, will hold a Christmas Cookery Demonstration in All Saints’ on Thursday 8th December at 8.00pm. Robin has a magnificent gift for cooking and you will learn what special treats you can provide at Christmas. Everyone will be invited to make a small donation to charity.

Christmas Carol Concert
The traditional Christmas Carol Concert will be held at 7.30 pm. in All Saints’ on Saturday 10th December This annual event with the Midland Youth
Orchestra, the Musical Allsorts and the Senior Parish Choir, is always a lovely festive occasion and I commend it to you. You will not be disappointed.
Musical Allsorts
The Musical Allsorts have been invited to sing at the Mullingar Choral Christmas Concert in the Cathedral on Sunday 11th December at 7.00 pm. This is a wonderful recognition of their talent and the amazing work that Mrs. Diane Ashmore, the musical director, has accomplished with the Choir. I do hope parishioners will come to the Cathedral to support Mrs. Ashmore and the young people at this special concert.

Coffee on Thursdays
Every Thursday morning in All Saints’ coffee and tea is served between 10.30 am and 1.30 pm. A different charity benefits each month. During the month of December the charity will be St. Dominic’s Meals on Wheels. In addition to supporting this worthy charity there is also an opportunity for people to meet socially in a friendly and relaxed atmosphere and I encourage parishioners to support the coffee morning by their attendance.

Tiny Tots
The Tiny Tots continue to meet on Friday mornings 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.

Parish Carol Services – Sunday 18th December
This year, on Sunday 18th December, the Ecumenical Carol Service for Kilbixy will be held at 4.30 pm in the Roman Catholic Church in Ballynarcargy. The Christmas Candlelit Carol Service will be held in All Saints’ at 7.00 pm and once again we welcome the Mullingar Town Band.

The Good Hour
The young people in the Parish invite all parishioners to join them for “the Good Hour” on Sunday 18th December from 5.30-6.30 pm in All Saints’. This is an inspiring opportunity to support a good charitable cause and the young people are warmly commended for this initiative. I hope parishioners will come in large numbers and stay on for the Carol Service afterwards.

Christmas Services
Christmas Services will be held in each of the churches this Christmas and we very much look forward to wishing everyone a very happy Christmas.

Services after Christmas
It is the tradition to hold Services on the three days after Christmas Day and these will be held in All Saints’ at 11.00 am each morning.

New Year’s Day
New Year’s Day falls on a Sunday and there will be a Service held in each church.

Bible Study
This month the Bible Study will be held at 10.30 am on Saturday 17th December in Killucan church.

Diocese of Bangor, Wales
On Saturday morning, 3rd December, members of the Diocese of Bangor, who are making a visit to our Diocese, will be attending a meeting in All Saints’.

Holy Baptism
We welcomed into God’s family Isolde Olive Ryan on Sunday 20th November and we will remember her, her parents and godparents as she begins her journey of faith.

Bereavements
We offer our sincere sympathy to those families who have been recently bereaved. Norman Black’s brother passed away after bearing his illness with great courage and dignity; Jean Gorissen’s mother passed away peacefully after also bearing her illness with extraordinary courage; and Rachel Leech’s mother also passed away after a very long illness, borne with extraordinary dignity. Each family has been remembered lovingly in prayer. We pray that the cherished memories they have of their loved one will be a great comfort to them and that their loved ones, now in the fuller presence of God, may rest in peace.

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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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.

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

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