Comprising of All Saints Mullingar - Killucan - Kilbixy & Almoritia
Newsletter
MULLINGAR UNION OF PARISHES
Issue 49 "UNION NEWS" 1st March 2014

Dear Parishioners,

Ash Wednesday 5th March
Ash Wednesday is the beginning of Lent and this year I warmly invite you to the different Lenten events in the Parish which I hope you will find both spiritually and socially beneficial. The times of Services on Ash Wednesday can be found overleaf in the Union Notes.

Lenten Bible Study
I will conducting a special Lenten Bible Study Course on each of the Saturday mornings in March, from 10.30 a.m. - 11.30 a.m. in All Saints'. Everyone will be most welcome.

Sunday Night Lectures
There will be two special Lectures on Sunday 23rd and Sunday 30th March in All Saints' at 8.00 p.m. The speaker on Sunday 23rd will be Seamus Mallon, the very distinguished former politician from Northern Ireland. On Sunday 30th, Fr. Peter McVerry, who is a Jesuit based in Dublin, will be the special speaker.

St. Patrick's Day
A special Service to mark St. Patrick's Day will be held in All Saints' on Monday 17th March at 11.00 a.m. and there will also be a blessing of shamrock. The Town Parade will take place at 4.00 p.m. and this is the last time the Parade will be overseen by the Mullingar Town Council

Select Vestry
A meeting of the Select Vestry will take place in the Rectory on Monday 24th March at 8.00 p.m.

Archdeacon Ralph Stratford 60th Anniversary of his Ordination
Archdeacon Ralph Stratford will be celebrating the 60th Anniversary of his ordination at a special Service in Killucan on Sunday 16th March at 11.30 a.m. and his son, Niall, will be the preacher. It is a marvellous achievement and the Archdeacon's ministry has been greatly valued and appreciated within the Church of Ireland. We look forward to celebrating this occasion with him and his family and, following the Service, a reception will be held in Killucan Parish Hall.

Messy Church
Messy Church for young children and their parents will be held on Sunday 23rd March at 11.00 a.m. in All Saints' Parish Church. There are a great team of leaders organising this innovative approach to children's worship and I warmly commend Messy Church to you.

Mothering Sunday
Mothering Sunday falls on Sunday 30th March and a very special Mothering Day Service will be held in All Saints' at 11.30 a.m. for the whole Parish. The Mothering Day Service is always a very special occasion and I hope it will be very well attended.

Retreat
I look forward to going on a Lenten retreat with the priests and leaders of the Christian Voices Together initiative, on Monday 31st March, at the Emmaus Retreat Centre. We will be spending the time in prayerful reflection on our ministry and work together.

Youth at All Saints'
The young people involved with the Youth Project, with Alison Jones as Youth Officer, will be meeting on Sunday 2nd March at 5.00 p.m. in All Saints'. Alison, with the young people, is beginning to build up a program of activities which we hope will be very successful and I know this project will be warmly supported by all the young people and their parents.

Mullingar Choral
The Choral Society will be holding a special concert in the Cathedral on Sunday 9th March at 8.00 p.m. and the guest this year will be Eilis Tynan, whose magnificent voice delighted us all on the last occasion she sang in the Cathedral.

Parish Survey
As you know, we are undertaking a special Survey in the Parish, and the questionnaires will be sent to each household before the end of the month. I do hope you will complete the questionnaire as the information we hope to gather will be invaluable in helping us to plan for the future. Miriam Galvin, a very experienced researcher, will gather all the data and present her Report to the parish next September.

Whist Drive
A Whist Drive will be held in All Saints' on Friday 7th March at 8.30 p.m. and I warmly commend this occasion to you.

Killucan -Family Service
On Sunday 2nd March there will be a special Service at 11.30 a.m. for all the children and their parents which I hope will be very well supported.

Bereavement
We offer our deepest sympathy to Timmy and Helen Moorehead following the death of their niece, Lucy Stack, in tragic circumstances. Lucy's father, David Foster, tragically died from a riding accident some years ago and so we prayerfully remember Lucy's mother, Denise, her husband Fozzy, and the other members of her family, at this very sad time. We commend her to the loving and compassionate care of Almighty God.

We also offer our deepest sympathy to Maeve O'Neill following the death of her brother who passed away peacefully following an illness which he had borne with great dignity and courage. We pray that Maeve and her family will be comforted by the love and support of their many friends at this time, and that her brother may rest in 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

March Highlights
Whist Drive
A Whist Drive will be held in All Saints' on Friday 7th March at 8.30 p.m. and I warmly commend this occasion to you.

Messy Church
The next Messy Church for children and their parents in the Parish will be held at 11.00 a.m. on Sunday 23rd March in All Saints'.

March Lectures
Two special lectures will be held on Sunday evenings in March. At the first lecture on 23rd March, at 8.00 p.m., Mr. Seamus Mallon, the former Northern Ireland Minister and politician will be the speaker. On Sunday 30th March at 8.00 p.m., the speaker will be Fr. Peter McVerry. We are exceptionally fortunate that two very distinguished people have accepted our invitation and I hope there will be a very good attendance at the lectures.

Mothering Sunday falls on Sunday 30th March and a very special Mothering Day Service will be held in All Saints' at 11.30 a.m. for the whole Parish. The Mothering Day Service is always a very special occasion and I hope it will be very well attended.


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