Comprising of All Saints Mullingar - Killucan - Kilbixy & Almoritia
Issue 52 "UNION NEWS" 1st June 2014

Dear Parishioners,
The candidates for Confirmation will be confirmed at the Service in Trim Cathedral on Sunday 15th June at 11.30 a.m. We will remember the candidates, Daniel Chukuemeka, Heather Scott, Ruth Forbes, Lucy Holmes, Stephen Walshe, Best Uyi, and their families in prayer as they prepare for this very important and significant occasion in their lives.

Cake and Plant Sale
The Sale, which was held on Saturday 17th May, was a wonderful success and the money raised on the day, excluding the donations, was almost 100% up on last year. I would like to thank everyone who worked so hard to make the Sale so successful. It was lovely to see so many parishioners coming to help on the Stalls and those who supported the Sale by their purchasing of the delightful cakes and plants and tickets for the very good raffle.

Choral Festival
On the evening of 17th May the first Bi-Centenary celebration took place in All Saints'. The singing by the choirs and soloist, was truly inspirational and we are greatly indebted to the members of the Parish choir, accompanied by Vincent Hunt, for all the time they took in preparing to sing on this occasion. Very special thanks, of course, are due to the Musical Director, Bill McConnell, who organised this most enjoyable event, including the wonderful barbeque and the pig-on-a-spit. Bill was greatly supported by Doreen Lynch and choir members in the organisation of the barbeque. All in all, the whole occasion was truly memorable.

Boys' Brigade and Girls' Association
The Company held it's final evening of this session on Tuesday 13th May. We were all greatly entertained by the young people and we congratulate them on the awards they received. We would also like to express our appreciation and thanks to the Company Captain, David Webster, and the leaders for all the time and commitment they give. The Company began in 2009 and the strength of the Company is now better than ever.

Bi-Centenary Rectory Coffee Morning
Olive, with the support of parishioners, is organising a special Coffee Morning at the Rectory on Saturday 14th June from 11.00 a.m. - 1.00 p.m. The proceeds will go towards the holding of the Flower Festival in November. We warmly invite all parishioners and we would be delighted to welcome you to the Rectory for what we know will be a very friendly and enjoyable occasion.

Parish Survey
Dr. Galvin, the researcher for the Parish Survey, is very pleased with the number of questionnaires she has already received. However, she is aware that some parishioners have not yet returned the completed questionnaire and she would be very grateful if they could do so as soon as possible. Her report will be presented to the Parish in the autumn.

Bible Study
Bible Study will be held on Saturday 31st May at 10.30 am in All Saints'. The passage of Scripture is Acts 12 verses 1-11. Everyone will be most welcome.

All Saints' School
The End of Year Service will be held on Sunday 22nd June at 10.00 a.m. in All Saints'.

Ascension Day - 29th May
Services will be held as follows: -
12.30 p.m. All Saints' Holy Communion
7.30 p.m. Almoritia Holy Communion

Holy Baptism
We baptised into God's family Marcus Richard Edward Denniston on Sunday 25th May. We will continue to pray for him and his parents and godparents.

We offer our deepest sympathy to three families in the Parish who have been recently bereaved.

John Humphries passed away peacefully in the middle of May having borne his illness with great dignity and courage. Since his arrival in Mullingar from Scotland, John had a very active role in developing the business life of Mullingar, more recently, in the Gateway Midlands Project. We offer our deepest sympathy to his wife Debbie and his daughter Rebekah and we pray that they will be warmly comforted by the love of their family and wide circle of friends.

Deirdre O'Kane's brother died suddenly in Dublin and his death came as a great shock, naturally, to all in the family. We also pray that Deirdre, Steven and their family will be comforted by the loving support of their family and friends at this difficult time.

We also offer our deepest sympathy to Sabine Kettelgerdes and Gregor and Anna, following the death of Sabine's brother in Germany after an illness which he also bore with great courage and strength. Sabine's brother had lived for part of his life in Westmeath and was known to many people in the Parish. We pray that Sabine, Gregor and Anna will be supported by the comfort and care of their family and friends at this time.
We offer our deepest sympathy to each of these families and we pray that their loved ones are now at rest and that the assurance of God's loving promise will be both a support and a great comfort to them.

Select Vestry
The next meeting of the Select Vestry will be held on Monday 9th June at 8.00 p.m. in the Rectory.

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 also our Facebook page can be found here

With God's blessings,
Rev. Alastair Graham, Rector

The Rectory, Gaol's Hill, Mullingar, Co. Westmeath.
Telephone No. 044-934 8376 Mobile 087 7870985

June Highlights

Rectory Coffee Morning
Saturday 14th June
11.00 a.m. - 1.00 p.m.
Everyone will be most welcome
Olive Graham

Bible Study will be held on Saturday 31st May at 10.30 am in All Saints'. The passage of Scripture is Acts 12 verses 1-11. Everyone will be most welcome.

The End of Year Service will be held on Sunday 22nd June at 10.00 a.m. in All Saints'.

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