Comprising of All Saints Mullingar - Killucan - Kilbixy & Almoritia
Newsletter
MULLINGAR UNION OF PARISHES
Issue 59 "UNION NEWS" January 2015

Dear Parishioner(s)
Happy New Year
I would like to wish you all a happy New Year and I hope you had a most enjoyable and restful Christmas. I sincerely hope that the financial and economic difficulties that have affected the Midlands will ease this year. I also hope that as a country we have learned from our recent experience and that the foundations we build for the future will be guided by Christian values and standards which we celebrate in the coming of Jesus into the world. As a Parish this year, we will certainly do our very best to both practice and witness to God's goodness and become a true beacon of hope for people within this community and beyond.

Christmas
We had a lovely Christmas in the Parish and it was so exciting and pleasing to see so many people at the different Church Services. I would like to thank everyone who participated - the churchwardens, the lesson readers, the Choirs, and those who took such care in decorating the churches and making them look so festive and beautiful. The Christmas Carol Concert on 13th December was again a wonderful occasion and very well supported. It was lovely to share this occasion with the Midland Youth Orchestra and the two Parish Choirs - the Senior Choir and the Musical Allsorts.

Week of Prayer for Christian Unity - 18th - 25th January
Each year in January the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity is held around the time of the celebration of the Conversion of St. Paul. This year, the week will run from Sunday 18th - Sunday 25th January. On Sunday 18th, there will be an Ecumenical Service held in St. Paul's Church, Mullingar, at 7.00 p.m. and two prayer evenings will be held on Tuesday 20th at 8.00 p.m. in Raharney Church, and on Thursday 22nd at 8.00 p.m. in the Christian Fellowship, Sproutwell Lane, Mullingar. I do hope these Services will be well supported by parishioners.

Children's Gift Day
On Sunday 11th January there will be a special Children's Gift Day Service at 10.00 a.m. in All Saints' and at 11.30 a.m. in Killucan. The Services will be called 'Crowns - a time to care and share'. We ask all the children to come with just €2 which they themselves have saved. These gifts are presented and will be sent to a school in Nairobi, Kenya, where children have very little by way of facilities and materials. There are 200 children in the school. We hope your gifts will buy 200 pens, pencils and notebooks which are urgently needed. Epiphany is a time when we celebrate that God's family is a worldwide family and, as brothers and sisters in Christ we have a connection with people all over the world. In bringing these small gifts we are sharing something of what we have with those in Kenya who do not. I hope these Services will be very well supported by children and parents.

Bishop of Limerick
On Saturday 24th January the new Bishop of Limerick will be consecrated in Christ Church
Cathedral, Dublin. We will certainly remember in our prayers the Right Rev. Kenneth Kearon, as he prepares to become the new Bishop. The church of Ireland will greatly benefit from his leadership and ministry.

North Westmeath Hospice
We presented John Shaw Chairman of the Hospice with €15320 on Tuesday 16th December. May I again thank everyone who worked so hard to raise this magnificent amount of money for such a good cause. - Rector

Almoritia
The Beautiful Quilt made by David Gibson Brabazon's sister Jill was proudly won by Audrey Gunning. The quilt was made to raise money for the recent work on the Church. A total sum of over €1100 was raised and we thank David and Catherine for organising this fundraiser and of course Jill for giving so generously of her time and talent.

Confirmation
The Confirmation Classes re commence this month and I hope the young people will attend Church each Sunday. The Confirmation Class will be involved in leading the Children's Gift Day Services


Bereavements
We offer our deepest sympathy and love to four families who have recently been bereaved.

David O'Malley's mother, Agnes, passed away peacefully and we offer our deepest sympathy to David, Phyllis, Jennifer and Niamh, and the wider family. David's mother, who lived in Irishtown, managed to continue to live independently at home which was her wish, until the end of her life with the wonderful support of her family. She lived a very full life and was in her late eighties when she passed away. We pray that Agnes, now in the fuller presence of God, may rest in peace.

We also offer our deepest sympathy to Trevor, Brian and Peter Winckworth following the death of their mother Olive Winckworth, who lived in
"10 Greville Street". Mrs. Winckworth was one of our oldest parishioners and she and her late husband, Dr. Trevor Winckworth, were very highly respected in the town and loved by everyone who knew them. Mrs. Winckworth died just one day before her 91st birthday and we pray that she too, now in the fuller presence of God may rest in peace.

We also extend our deepest sympathy to Violet Medforth and her family, following the death of John Miller. John, who died following an illness which he bore with great courage resided in Dublin. In offering our deepest sympathy to Violet and her family we also pray that John, now in the fuller presence of God may rest in peace.

We also our sympathy to Olivia Duffy and her family following the sad death of her brother who had borne his illness with such dignity and courage. In remembering Olivia at this time we pray that her brother Carl may rest in peace.



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



January Highlights

North Westmeath Hospice
We presented John Shaw Chairman of the Hospice with €15320 on Tuesday 16th December. May I again thank everyone who worked so hard to raise this magnificent amount of money for such a good cause. -Rector

Confirmation
The Confirmation Classes re commence this month and I hope the young people will attend Church each Sunday. The Confirmation Class will be involved in leading the Children's Gift Day Services

Bishop of Limerick
On Saturday 24th January the new Bishop of Limerick will be consecrated in Christ Church Cathedral, Dublin. We will certainly remember in our prayers the Right Rev. Kenneth Kearon, as he prepares to become the new Bishop. The church of Ireland will greatly benefit from his leadership and ministry.


Prayer Shawls
Group meetings have beeen postponed until January - thank you to everyone who has participated and the prayer shawls that were made with such devotion have been well reciebved by those in need.
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