Comprising of All Saints Mullingar - Killucan - Kilbixy & Almoritia
MULLINGAR UNION OF PARISHES
Issue 80 "UNION NEWS" October 2016
During the month of October there will be Harvest Thanksgiving Services in each of the
churches. We very much look forward to welcoming our visiting preachers:
Rev. Niall Stratford will preach in Killucan on Sunday 9th October.
Canon Bertie Kingston will preach in Kilbixy on Sunday 9th October.
Rev. Philip Heak, Rector of Naas, will preach in All Saint's on Sunday 16th
Rev. John Tanner, Rector of Tullow in Dublin, will preach in Almoritia on Sunday 23rd
As always, the churches will be decorated for Harvest and all parishioners are welcome to
As part of the our Parish Year of Faith, there will be special Children's Services held in both All
Saints' and Killucan from October to June 2017. In Killucan the Children's Service will be held
on the 2nd Sunday in the month and the children will prepare for this with their families at
Sunday School. In All Saints' the Children's Service will be held on the 3rd Sunday in the
month On the 2nd Sunday of each month the children are invited to come along to the
church and during the Service they will take part in a special children's activity in preparation
for the monthly Children's and School Service. I do hope these Services, and the involvement
of children in the preparation, will be generously supported by grandparents, parents and
Boys Brigade and Girls Association
The new Session will commence on Tuesday 4th October and we welcome children from the
age of 7. We are so blessed in the Parish to have the Company Captain, David Webster, and
his leaders, Fergus Mulhern and Sonia Lucas, who give so freely of their time to organise and
oversee the activities.
Anyone who would like to assist the leaders would be most welcome and should speak with
Presentation to Mr. Pat Horan
The presentation to the former Principal of All Saints' School, Mr. Pat Horan, will take place
on Friday 14th October at 8.00 p.m. in the Greville Arms Hotel. We are all looking forward to
the opportunity to show our deep appreciation and thanks to Mr. Horan for his magnificent
contribution to All Saints' School over the last 41 years.
All Saints' Choir Festival
The third All Saints' Choir Festival will be held on Saturday 22nd October at 7.00 pm in All
Saints' church. Each year the Festival is growing in popularity and this, of course, is due to
our Musical Director, Bill McConnell, and the members of the Senior and Junior Choirs. This
year the Mullingar Choral will be participating in the Festival, as will the Kings' Hospital
School Choir and Orchestra, and the cast of 'Jesus Christ Superstar'. The proceeds of the Choir
Festival will be donated to the Regional Hospital in Mullingar as a contribution to the
purchase of the much needed MRI scanner. Everyone is most welcome to attend this inspiring
musical occasion. Having a four-part Parish Choir leading our worship Sunday by Sunday, is a
wonderful inspiration to everyone in their worship of Almighty God and the Parish is blessed
by the commitment of the Musical Director, Organists and Choir members.
Christian Healing Services
During October the church remembers the work and ministry of St. Luke who is the patron
saint of Christian healing. Last year we transferred St.Luke's Day, which is held on 18th
October, to a Sunday in order to highlight the importance of Christian healing in the life of
the parish. This year, we will celebrate St. Luke's Day on Sunday 30th October and there will
be a special Healing Service in each of the churches.
Year of Christian Faith
On Sunday 25th September, and on Sunday 2nd October, we launched our Year of Faith in
the Parish. During the year there will be many opportunities to learn about Christian faith
and to deepen our faith in God through worship, prayer, service and Bible study. The
Christian faith builds our personal lives, our families, our community and God's world, on a
very sure foundation and it is my prayer and hope that during the year, as we focus on faith
in the Parish, we will feel greatly inspired by God's love and grace and upheld by His
The next meeting will be held on Tuesday 11th October at 8p.m. in the Rectory.
The November whist drive will be held on Friday 4th November at 8.30p.m. in All Saints'.
We offer our deepest sympathy to Doreen Deering on the death of her sister Olive. The
Deering family was highly respected in Mullingar and Olive (Poppy) lived most of her life in
Leeds in England. We pray that Poppy now in the fuller presence of God may rest in peace.
We also offer our sympathy to Doreen Lynch on the death of her Aunt.
A 'Youth Forum' will be held during this month and all the young people will be invited to
Charity Collection - Coordinated by Brian Garrett
During this month there will be an opportunity to donate items to charity. Details will be
announced in all Churches.
Coffee on Thursdays in All Saints'
On Thursday 20th October in All Saints' Arthur and Marion O' Toole will host the first of our
regular Thursday coffee mornings from 10.30a.m.-12 noon. The first coffee morning will be in
aid of the Hospice. Do call in on Thursdays to All Saints for coffee and conversation.
Tiny Tot Group with Zoe
Tiny Tots Morning - each Friday during school term 10am -12pm Text Zoe for details
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.
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
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