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