Comprising of All Saints Mullingar - Killucan - Kilbixy & Almoritia
MULLINGAR UNION OF PARISHES
Issue 415 "UNION NEWS" July 2013
The recent weather has brought some relief and improvement to farmers and their families and
this is to be welcomed. I am very aware of the pressures many were under after the long winter
and cold spring and it is good to know that the better weather has eased many of these
difficulties. Farming is an essential part of the economy and should always be well supported. We
will continue to pray for those who work on the land and we pray for a successful harvest.
The sitting of the recent summer exams has now come to an end and I hope that all the young
people in the Parish, who were involved at any level, will have done well. I would also like to
congratulate those who have been successful in university exams and have been awarded their
Degrees. We are very fortunate in this Parish to have a wonderful group of young people who are
always willing to help and support different ventures and projects.
School and Parish Golf Outing
The Golf Outing, now in its' 17th year, will be held on Friday 26th July by kind permission of
Mullingar Golf Club. Cyril Collier and Pat Fletcher are once again organising the event, with the
support of many people. The work they undertake in organising this event is simply wonderful and I
hope the Golf Outing will be very well supported again this year. Details can be found in these
Kilbixy Thanksgiving Service
The Thanksgiving Service was held on Sunday 9th June and was a most inspirational occasion. We
were blessed with glorious sunshine and the church was packed to capacity for this very special
event. Special thanks are due to the Churchwardens Watson Mills and Violet Medforth, David and
Diane Miller, Lesley Denniston organist and all the parishioners who worked so hard on the
restoration of the church and the organisation of this special event. I would also like to thank all
those who prepared the delightful food that was enjoyed after the Service. This occasion will long
be remembered by everyone in Kilbixy and it was lovely to see so many former parishioners and
friends who attended the Service.
All Saints' Sunday Club
At a special Service on 16th June the Sunday Club presented all the work they had done since last
September. After the Service all the Sunday Club left by bus for Glendeer Park, Athlone, where they
had a most enjoyable outing. We are greatly indebted to all the leaders for the work they
undertake with the children.
St. Dominic's Community Council
The AGM was held on Wednesday 19th June and a full report was given on the good work St.
Dominic's undertakes providing accommodation for older people in Mullingar, and on the extensive
Meals on Wheels Program. St. Dominic's is undertaking essential work supporting vulnerable
people in the community and the Management Committee is most appreciative of the support from
the Parish. Don Bell and Olive Graham, parishioners in Mullingar, were elected to serve on the
Management Committee for the next year.
Sunday Services during the Summer
During the summer months it is lovely to attend the church services in the Parish. They are always
reflective and prayerful and provide each of us with the opportunity to spend some rich time in
God's presence. This summer, in addition to Morning Services, there will be a Service of Evening
Prayer in Almoritia on Sunday 28th July at 7.00 p.m. and I hope many parishioners will be able to
The next Kilbixy Lecture will be held on Friday 2nd August at 8.00 p.m. in Kilbixy church. We are
privileged to have Professor Friend speak on the history of leprosy and T.B and this promises to be
a most interesting talk given that Kilbixy was the site of one of the two leprosy hospitals in Ireland.
I warmly commend this lecture to you. Now that the restoration work has been completed the
venue for the lectures has changed from Belvedere to Kilbixy.
Like the majority of people in the country, I am sure we were all very upset and distressed at either
hearing or reading the taped recordings of the conversations between senior staff at the former
Anglo Irish Bank. Indeed many may agree with the views aired by Angela Merkel, the German
Chancellor, who said she felt nothing but contempt. I sincerely hope these tapes are not destined
to fall on deaf ears and that righteous outrage will not peter out. The publication of the taped
conversations will hopefully give an incentive to Christians to voice their disgust and give courage
to speak out in favour of Christ's values and God's ordering of the world.
Andrew Cunningham was baptised in Sligo Presbyterian Church on Sunday 23rd June. Andrew's
parents, Ken and Ada (Farrar), were married in All Saints' and we remember Andrew, and his
parents and godparents, in our prayers at this time.
We offer our deepest sympathy to
Peter and Doreen Lynch. Doreen's mother, Sadie, passed away very suddenly and was buried on
Monday 10th June. She was dearly loved and admired by her family and friends.
Justin and Audrey Gunning were also bereaved when Audrey's brother, Walter, died very suddenly.
Walter was a wonderful son and brother and his untimely death came as a great shock.
Philip and Miriam Gray were bereaved when Philip's father, Denis, passed away peacefully after
an illness he bore with great courage and dignity. We sympathise at this time with Mary his wife
and the other members of their family.
Archdeacon Leslie Stevenson's father died last month and the funeral service was held in Belfast.
Leslie's father was a much loved Rector and Archdeacon.
Christians have the comfort of knowing that in their sorrow God's promises are true and we pray
that Sadie, Walter, Denis and Clayton are now in the fuller presence of God resting in peace.
Rev. Jean Wynne
I will be away for about 10 days from Saturday 13th July - Tuesday 23rd July. During my absence
Rev. Jean Wynne will deal with any emergency and she can be contacted at 086-3564590.
With God's blessings,
Rev. Alastair Graham, Rector
The Rectory, Gaol's Hill, Mullingar, Co. Westmeath.
Telephone No. 044-934 8376