Comprising of All Saints Mullingar - Killucan - Kilbixy & Almoritia
MULLINGAR UNION OF PARISHES
Issue 58 "UNION NEWS" December 2014
November - a Month to Remember
The events in the Parish during November gave us the opportunity to see Parish life at its very best
- truly inspiring church Services, the privilege of listening to wonderful preachers, listening to the
sacred music sung so beautifully by the Choirs, the great fellowship and friendship that was
enjoyed by all the parishioners who worked together on the organisation of the different events.
Everyone who participated and attended will have cherished memories of all the special occasions
- the Bi-Centenary Service, the Remembrance Day Service, the Boys' Brigade and Girls' Association
Enrolment Service, the Flower Festival, the Advent Candlelit Carol Service.
I would like to sincerely thank everyone for their contribution and hard work which, in no
small way contributed to the success of each of these occasions.
Mullingar Flower Festival
The Festival was an enormous success and I have lost count of the number of people who have
approached me in the town, and contacted me by telephone or mail, to say how much they were
inspired by and enjoyed their visit to this magnificent event. Everything about the Festival had a
touch of excellence and the numbers attending exceeded all our expectations. The amount of
money we have collected for the Hospice far exceeds the €10,000 we had promised and, again, I
would like to thank everyone who helped in whatever way to make this such a memorable
occasion. The spirit of co-operation, coupled with the considerable number of parishioners who
gave so freely of their time and talents, was very impressive. I know you would also want to join
with me in thanking Ethel Mitchel, the flower co-ordinator from Moate, for her wonderful
organisation and hard work and in thanking Theresa Nixon for her wonderful generosity in donating
Looking Forward to Christmas
The Christmas Whist Drive which will be held on Friday 5th December, at 8.30 p.m. in All Saints'
Parish Hall. This is always a most enjoyable occasion.
All Saints' Youth - a special evening of fun and enjoyment on Sunday 7th December at 5.00 p.m.
will be held in All Saints'.
Carol Singing - the opportunity to listen to the Parish Choir on Saturday 13th December at 12.30
p.m. in Red Earth. Do come and join in the singing of the Carols.
Christmas Carol Concert with the Midland Orchestra and our two Parish Choirs on Saturday
13th December at 7.30 p.m. in All Saints' Church.
Bi-Centenary Candlelit Carol Service with the Mullingar Town Band at 7.00 p.m. on Sunday 21st
December followed by mulled wine and mince pies in the Greville Arms Hotel.
Christmas Services. There will be special Christmas Services held again this year and they form an
essential part of the enjoyment of Christmas. I do hope you will be able to join us at the Services.
New Year's Day
Each year there is a special Service in All Saints' at 11.00 a.m. followed by refreshments in the
Rectory. This is a lovely way to begin the New Year and I warmly commend this occasion to you.
Advent - a Time of Prayerful Preparation
From Monday 8th December, for three days, I will be away for a time of quiet prayer and Bible
reading in preparation for Christmas. During this time I will be remembering everyone in the Parish
in my prayers before God. In the event of an emergency, I can be contacted on my mobile
087-7870985. I also hope that you too will be able to find some time for prayer and Bible reading
during the busy preparations for Christmas.
Epiphany - the Service of Crowns - Sunday 11th January
Last year we held a special Service for children, where they brought to church a small gift of €2 as
their present and the proceeds were given to help people in need. This year there will be another
special Service and I would ask parents to encourage their children to set aside a small amount of
money, no more than €2, to be given at this Service to help support young people in a school in
Kenya. Children receive so much and it is so important that they, in turn, recognise the importance
of giving as well as receiving. Details of the Service will be in the January Union Notes.
Recently in the Parish a number of families have been bereaved. We offer our sincere sympathy to
the family of Cecil Ronaldson, who passed away at the beginning of November. Cecil had spent his
life living in Westmeath and was a highly accomplished amateur jockey. Cecil will be sadly missed
by his family and many friends and we pray that now, in the presence of God, he may rest in
We also extend our heartfelt sympathy to the family of Poppy Walshe, who also passed away in
early November. We remember her husband Billy and her children Avril and George, along with her
grandchildren, and her sister Nan and all the members of the family circle. In recent years Poppy
had not enjoyed good health, but earlier in her life she won the admiration of so many people
through her teaching and her kind generosity to different voluntary organisations. Her presence
will be sadly missed and we pray that, now in the fuller presence of God, she may rest in peace.
Her ashes will be buried in the All Saints' Garden of Remembrance in the New Year.
We also extend our deepest sympathy to Diane and Glyn Johnston, following the death of Diane's
sister Martha. Martha's funeral took place in Woodlawn Church where she was buried beside her
Our sympathy also goes to Valerie and Proinsias O'Fearghail, following the death of Valerie's
father, Bertie Shaw. Bertie was a legend for his presence, work and commitment as caretaker and
groundsman in Mount Temple School in Dublin. His funeral took place in Clontarf, followed by
We also extend our deepest sympathy to John and Lorraine Hales. John's aunt Pat Forbes died
recently following an illness she bore with great courage and dignity. We pray that she, along with
Martha and Bertie, now in the fuller presence of God, may rest in peace.
Sunday 14th December
Almoritia 7.00 pm. Candlelit Carol Service
Sunday 21st December
Kilbixy 11.30 a.m. Parish Carol Service
Killucan 5.30 pm.. Children's Carol Service
All Saints' 7.00 p.m. Bi-Centenary Candlelit Carol Service
Parish Web Address
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.
With God's blessings,
Rev. Alastair Graham, Rector
The Rectory, Gaol's Hill, Mullingar, Co. Westmeath.
Telephone No. 044-934 8376