Comprising of All Saints Mullingar - Killucan - Kilbixy & Almoritia
MULLINGAR UNION OF PARISHES
Issue 78 "UNION NEWS" August 2016
August is always a quieter time in many aspects of life in Ireland and is certainly so in parishes. I
know many parishioners will be on holiday this month and I hope you will have a very relaxing time
and will return safely and well refreshed. For everyone working in farming and agriculture, I know
this month will be busy in many respects and I sincerely hope that everyone working on farms will
be aware of the safety issues that need to be adhered to. We are so blessed with the commitment
and hard work the farmers undertake and, of course, we are the rich beneficiaries of so much of
their produce. We pray that God will bless their work with good weather and a good harvest.
Parish Vision Plan Evaluation - Tuesday 26th July 8.00 pm
Dr. Miriam Galvin, the researcher of our Parish Vision Plan, will be holding a special Meeting in All
Saints' on Tuesday 26th July at 8.00 pm. At this
Meeting there will be an opportunity for parishioners to share their comments and opinions on the
different events which have been held in the Parish since last September as part of our new Events
Ministry. This is a very important opportunity which I hope parishioners will support. If you have
attended some of the events your comments will be very valued, but also if you have not attended
I would warmly invite you to come to the meeting as the reasons why you may not have taking part
in the events will also be important for our evaluation. I will look forward to opening the Meeting
at 8.00 pm and then will be handing over to Dr. Galvin who will conduct and chair the Meeting.
Heritage Week will run from Sunday 21st - Sunday 28th August. This year the churches at All
Saints', Killucan and Kilbixy will be open for visitors.
" All Saints' - Tuesday 23rd, Thursday 25th, Saturday 27th August between 2.00pm - 4.00 p.m.
" Killucan -Monday 22nd to Friday 26th August from 2.00 p.m. - 4.00 p.m.
" Kilbixy -Saturday 27th from 2.00pm - 4.00 pm and on Sunday 28th from 1.00pm - 4.00pm in the
I would like to thank the parishioners in each of the churches for undertaking to be available to
welcome visitors to the churches.
Dublin Airport Singers
As you know, the Dublin Airport Singers performed a magnificent concert on Saturday 18th June
and then took part in the Songs of Praise in All Saints' on Sunday 19th June. Those who were able
to attend these occasions were truly uplifted by the singing of this very talented choir. I would like
to thank Brigid Geoghegan who arranged the visit and we will certainly look forward to a return
visit by the choir in the future.
The Parish Outing on Saturday 25th June to the Botanic Gardens in Dublin, and Glasnevin
Cemetery, was thoroughly enjoyed by those parishioners who travelled on the bus. It was a very
enjoyable day with great conversation and good company and, again, we would like to thank Brigid
Geoghegan for organising this occasion and the visits to both the Gardens and Glasnevin, were
very much appreciated.
All Saints' School
Elizabeth Sheridan will be Acting Principal from 31st August pending the appointment of the new
Principal. I am delighted to announce that Lesley Denniston has been appointed teacher to Junior
and Senior Infants next year.
September - Parish Vision Plan
In the next Union Notes we will be giving details of the launch of the second year of the Parish
Vision Plan which I hope will be very well supported by the Parish. Christianity is certainly needed
in today's world and provides a great hope in the midst of much despondency. We have a
wonderful opportunity to develop an effective Christian presence within our own community. I do
hope that parishioners will recognise the value of a vibrant church today and will want to not only
be part of it but will also want to see their families involved as well.
We offer our deepest sympathy to John and Fran Caplin following the death of John's mother who
resided near Swansea in South Wales. John's mother had not been well in recent years but had
lived a very full and active life into her early nineties. John and the family will be comforted by the
wonderful memories they have of her. We pray that, now in the fuller presence of God, she may
rest in peace.
We also offer our deepest sympathy to Theo and Lyndsay Orton following the unexpected death of
Theo's father. Theo's father lived beside Theo and Lyndsay and ran a very successful strawberry
farm. He was a most gracious man and will be very sadly missed by his family and by his
grandchildren who he adored as they adored him. In offering Theo and Lyndsay our deepest
sympathy we pray that they will be comforted in knowing that God's promises are true and that
Theo's dad, now in the fuller presence of God, may rest in peace.
Canon Patrick Lawrence
I will be away on holidays from Tuesday 2nd August until Wednesday 31st August. While I am
away Canon Lawrence will be helping with the Sunday Service and will also be available, if
required, for any pastoral or other emergency. Canon Lawrence, of course, was Archdeacon of the
Diocese before moving to become Rector of Monkstown, Co. Dublin. Many of you will know him
and I can certainly assure you that if you need to call upon his service, you will be greatly
supported by his presence and care. Canon Lawrence is currently living in Rochfortbridge and can
be contacted by telephoning 044-9222109 or on his mobile 086-0562944.
Presentation to Mr. Pat Horan
The presentation will take place on Friday 14th October in The Greville Arms Hotel.
The monthly Bible Study will not be held this month due to the holidays.
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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