Comprising of All Saints Mullingar - Killucan - Kilbixy & Almoritia
MULLINGAR UNION OF PARISHES
Issue 79 "UNION NEWS" September 2016
September is always a lovely month in the Parish. After the summer break during the months
of July and August we all come together again as the Parish activities start again and the
school recommences. This year life will be somewhat different in All Saints' School. For the
first time in 41 years Mr. Horan will no longer be teaching in the school and, of course, will be
very sadly missed, especially by the children, staff and parents. However, he has left a
wonderful legacy and our excellent team of teachers will ensure the very high standards of
All Saints' School will be maintained. Mrs. Sheridan will act as Principal pending the
appointment of a new Principal. It will be lovely to see all the children assembling again. We
will be welcoming the new children starting in the school and also wish those who left at the
end of June every success in their secondary school education.
We would like to congratulate everyone who sat the exams this summer and we wish them
well with the future education and careers.
Parish Vision Plan
September will also see the further development of our Parish Vision Plan. The Events
Ministry, which has been so successful, will recommence with a special Songs of Praise on
Sunday 18th September at 11.00 a.m. in All Saints'. Parishioners from each of the Parishes are
invited to attend this service. We will also be launching our Year of Christian Faith at a special
Service in All Saints' on Sunday 25th September and in Killucan on Sunday 2nd October.
Parent Forums -This month there will be two special Parent Forums held to discuss our
Children's Services and ministry in the Parish. On Sunday 4th September a special Forum for
parents will be held in Killucan at 10.30 a.m. and in All Saints' on Saturday 17th September at
10.30 a.m. I hope these Forums will be very well supported by parents and I warmly invite
and encourage all parents in the Parish with young children to attend.
Grandparents, Parents and Godparents Sunday-25th September
The Year of Faith in the Parish will be launched at two special Services - one in All Saints' on
Sunday 25th September and a Service in Killucan on Sunday 2nd October. I am inviting all
grandparents, parents and godparents to attend these Services and I hope these Services will
provide an inspiring opportunity for the launch of our Year of Christian Faith. The
parishioners of Kilbixy and Almoritia are invited to attend the Service in All Saints' on Sunday
25th September. Nurturing children in the Christian faith provides them with a very
important and valuable foundation for their lives and the opportunity to become members
of God's family.
Faith Forum -In the autumn we will be holding a Faith Forum to give parishioners an
opportunity to come and share and participate in learning about our faith. Details of the
Forum will be given in the October Union Notes. I firmly hope that parishioners will both
enjoy and benefit from attending the Faith Forum in the Parish.
Select Vestry -The Select Vestry will hold a Meeting on Tuesday 6th September at 8.00 p.m. in
Parish Coffee Morning
A Parish Coffee Morning will be held in Mornington by kind permission of Ann and Warwick
O'Hara on Saturday 10th September from 10.30 am - 12.30pm. This provides a lovely
opportunity for parishioners to meet together informally in one of the most idyllic settings in
I would like to thank everyone who helped in the stewarding of the churches during Heritage
Week in August. Visitors who have had the opportunity of visiting the different churches in
the Parish will have been greatly inspired and impressed by their visit. We are fortunate to
have four very beautiful churches in the Parish so well maintained.
Diocesan Synod -This year the Diocesan Synod will be held in the Parish Centre at Dunboyne
on Saturday 1st October.
Harvest Festivals -Next month the Harvest Festival in
" Killucan will be held on Sunday 9th October at 11.30 a.m.
" Kilbixy on Sunday 9th October at 3.30 p.m.
" All Saints' on Sunday 16th October at 11.00 a.m.
" Almoritia on Sunday 23rd October at 11.00 a.m.
These are always special occasions and further details will be given in next month's Union
Parish Youth Forum
It is hoped to hold a special Parish Youth Forum in the next few weeks. Details of the venue
and date will be circulated shortly. Young people have a very special contribution to make to
the life of the Parish and we want to do everything we can to encourage their participation
The September Bible Study will be held at 10.30 a.m. on Saturday 24th September in Killucan
Tiny Tot Group with Zoe
Tiny Tots Morning -Resumes on Friday 2nd September.
Presentation to Mr. Pat Horan
A presentation to Mr. Pat Horan will take place on Friday 14th October in the Greville Arms
Hotel. Details to follow.
Boys Brigade and Girls Association - Start of new session Tuesday 04th October at 7pm in all
We offer our deepest sympathy to Nicole Cole, Liam and her family following the death of her
mother over the summer, just four months after her father's funeral. Nicole's mother was a
stalwart supporter of the Mother's Union and was also involved in an enormous amount of
charitable work in addition to her work in the Parish of Yellow Bog. The loss of such fine
loving parents is clearly a very sad time for all the family but we hope that Nicole and her
family will be comforted with the lovely inspiring memories she and they have of their
amazing parents. We also pray that Nicole and the family will be strengthened knowing that
God's promises are true and pray that her mum and dad, now reunited, may rest in peace in
God's loving care.
Ploughing Championship - Tuesday 20th - Thursday 22nd October
This year the Ploughing Championship will be held in Tullamore and the Diocese will be
hosting an Exhibition Stand. You will be most welcome if you like to call in. I will be on duty
on Tuesday 20th from 12.00 noon until 3.00 p.m
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.
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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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