Comprising of All Saints Mullingar - Killucan - Kilbixy & Almoritia
MULLINGAR UNION OF PARISHES
Issue 475 "UNION NEWS" January 2014
Happy New Year
I would like to wish you all a very happy and healthy New Year and I hope you enjoyed Christmas
with your family and friends.
Sunday 5th January - 'To Care and Share'
I enclose an invitation to a special Service in All Saints' Church next Sunday 5th January at 11.30
a.m. I do hope that the children of the Parish will be able to come and bring a gift of €2 or an item
to the value of €2 which we will share with people in need. This is an important occasion for
children to be able to give a gift of their own after all they have received at Christmas. I hope this
Service will be very well supported by everyone in the Parish.
Epiphany Carol Service
Next Sunday, 5th January, the Epiphany Carol Service will be held in candlelight at Killucan. This is
a delightful way to finish the Christmas celebrations and everyone will be most welcome.
Christmas in the Parish
It was lovely to meet everyone at the Christmas Services this year and it was particularly
heartening to see the very large congregations who attended church in All Saints' and Killucan on
Christmas Day. I would also like to thank everyone for their most generous response to our
Appeals this Christmas and, as a result, we were able to support the work of some very worthy
charities. The Christmas Carol Concert, the Parish Carol Services and the Children's Carol Service
were very well attended and I would like to thank the organists, the Parish Choir and Bill
McConnell (choir director), the Musical Allsorts and Diane Ashmore (musical director) and the
Midland Youth Orchestra. Each church was beautifully decorated. I would like to thank everyone
who helped with the decorations, and the Boys' Brigade and Girls' Association for the Jesse Tree in
All Saints' and the childrens' decorations made at 'Messy Church'. I would also like to thank the
church wardens for their great support and Jean Kilmartin, Linda and June for producing this year's
Christmas Service booklet.
Our new Bishop will be making her first visit to the Parish on Sunday 19th January and she has
requested that a United Service will be held in All Saints' at 11.30 a.m. It will be a very special
occasion and I would like to warmly invite everyone in the Parish to attend.
All Saints' Bi-Centenary
This year we will be celebrating the bi-centenary of the building of All Saints' church and a number
of special occasions will be held during the year. Details will be given in the February issue of the
Week of Prayer for Christian Unity
This year there will be three special occasions during the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity:
Unity Service in All Saints' at 7.00 p.m. on Sunday 19th January;
Prayer Service in the church at Kinnegad on Tuesday 21st January at 8.00 p.m.
and a Prayer Service at Sonna church on Thursday 23rd January at 8.00 p.m.
I warmly invite your support for these occasions.
A meeting of the Select Vestry will be held on Monday 27th January at 8.00 p.m. in the Rectory.
We warmly congratulate Mrs. Olive Winkworth who celebrated her 90th birthday at a lovely party
on Friday 20th December in her home in Mullingar. We pray God will continue to bless her with
good health and happiness.
We have recently welcomed into God's family through baptism Olivia Campbell, Rupert O'Kane
Sloane and Grace Handley. We will continue to pray for them and their parents and godparents.
We offer our deepest sympathy and love to three families who have recently been bereaved in the
Roy Ashmore's mother passed away peacefully on 15th December after having borne her illness
with great courage and dignity. Roy's mother was a wonderful person and her good influence and
love benefited the lives of so many people. We offer our deepest sympathy to Roy, Diane and all
the members of their family and we pray that now, in the fuller presence of God, Roy's mum may
rest in peace.
Richard Tansley's grandmother also passed away last month and we offer our deepest sympathy to
Richard, Katrina and Richard's mother and father. Richard's grandmother too was a deeply loved
and respected person and will be very sadly missed. We pray that she may rest in peace with God.
Our Parish was also very saddened at the untimely death of Nicky Farrell who died in her sleep on
St. Stephen's night. Nicky, Pat and Josh moved to Mullingar some years ago and involved
themselves in many aspects of the Parish and School. A very large congregation gathered in All
Saints' for her funeral on Monday 30th December and we offer our heartfelt sympathy to Pat and
Josh, Nicky and Pat's parents, her sisters and the wider family. We hope they will all be comforted
by God's love and assured by His promise that she is now at peace.
With God's blessings,
Rev. Alastair Graham, Rector
The Rectory, Gaol's Hill, Mullingar, Co. Westmeath.
Telephone No. 044-934 8376 Mobile 087 7870985