Comprising of All Saints Mullingar - Killucan - Kilbixy & Almoritia
MULLINGAR UNION OF PARISHES
Issue 71 "UNION NEWS" January 2016
I would like to wish you all a very happy New Year and I hope it will be a time of good health and
happiness for you and your family. I also hope that 2016, while being a year of remembrance, will
also be a year when Ireland as a nation reaffirms its' Christian heritage and good values and
standards clearly guide our lives and the life of the nation.. As we move forward I hope people will
recognise the importance and significance of maintaining the Christian faith and a strong Parish
community. We will continue in our Parish to build our lives around the goodness of God's
presence and I hope that parishioners will continue to support all the efforts being made to build
up the life of God's family in all that we undertake.
We had a lovely celebration of Christmas in the Parish and all the different events went
exceptionally well. It was so encouraging to see the large numbers of parishioners who attended
and supported the Services and I hope you all managed to enjoy a lovely Christmas with your
family and friends. During the Christmas period some families felt a loss of dear loved ones, and
we offer them our deepest sympathy at this time. I would like to thank everyone who helped with
the organisation of all the events and Services at Christmas. Each church was beautifully
decorated and we thank those who took such care in preparing the churches for the Christmas
This month there will be some special occasions held in the Parish which I hope you will both
enjoy and find inspiring.
New Year's Day Service
You are warmly invited to start the New Year at our New Year's Day Service in All Saints' at 11.00
a.m. followed by coffee and tea in the Rectory.
This is a very important occasion in the church year. At Epiphany we remember the arrival of the
wise men and how God showed that Christ is the King for all people of all nations and
backgrounds. There will be a Service on Epiphany, Wednesday 6th January, at 7.00 p.m. in All
Saints' and I warmly invite you to join me for this celebration.
Service of Crowns
On Sunday 17th January at 11.00 a.m. we will have the special Children's Service of Crowns.
At the Service children will wear a crown and are invited, as they did last year, to bring a
small gift of €2 to church. This money will again this year be sent to a small school in Nairobi
to provide some essential pens and notebooks for the school. This Service gives children the
opportunity to give something back after all they have received over the Christmas period.
Week of Prayer for Christian Unity
The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity will be celebrated by all the churches in the Mullingar
On Tuesday 19th January there will be a United Service in Kinnegad at 8.00 p.m.
On Thursday 21st there will be a United Service in Ballynacargy at 8.00 p.m.
On Sunday 24th there will be a United Service in All Saints' at which the preacher will be Fr. Robert
McCabe. Robert has just completed 20 distinguished years of service as a chaplain in the Irish
Army and has now taken up a position in the Parish in Navan.
On Sunday 31st January there will be a special United Service in All Satins' at 11.00 a.m. when we
will be celebrating the importance of the Bible in the life of the Parish community and in the life of
Christians. This will be a very inspiring occasion and I hope it will be very well supported.
Candlemas will be celebrated at a candlelit Service in Killucan at 7.00 p.m. on Sunday 31st January.
Select Vestry and Choir Party
Olive and I will be hosting a party in the Rectory for the members of the Select Vestry and the
Parish Choir on Monday 1st February at 8.00 p.m. and this will give us the opportunity to thank
both the Select Vestry and the Choir for all the good work they undertake in the Parish.
We welcomed into God's family Adam O'Neill on Sunday 20th December at Kilbixy. We will
continue to pray for Adam, his parents and godparents as he begins his journey of faith.
We offer our deepest sympathy to Ethel, John, Cyril, James and Ada Farrar and their family
following the death of Johnny. Johnny had spent all his life in Westmeath and was highly respected
in both the parish and community. His skill and craft in repairing farm machinery was legend and
his integrity and love for his family and friends won him both admiration and affection. He had a
very deep Christian faith and we pray that now in God's fuller presence he may rest in peace. We
pray the lovely memories of him will be a comfort to the family.
We offer our deepest sympathy to Pat and Paula Horan and their family following the unexpected
death of Pat's father just before Christmas. Pat's father, Paddy, was highly respected and admired
in Mullingar and had not only given a life of wonderful service to the community but had also
provided amazing love and support for each of the members of his family. The care and love he
gave his late wife was nothing short of exemplary. Paddy was a man of deep faith and we pray
that, now in the fuller presence of God, he may rest in peace.
The Confirmation this year will be held in All Saints' Mullingar on Sunday 29th May. I would like to
meet all the young people who wish to be confirmed, after the Service in All Saints' on Sunday 10th
January. Those wishing to be confirmed will be expected to attend church regularly and also the
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.
Facebook page can be found here and you can follow us on Twitter @MullingaUP
I would like to wish you a very happy New Year and I will look forward to working with you
in the Parish during 2016.
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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