Comprising of All Saints Mullingar - Killucan - Kilbixy & Almoritia
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MULLINGAR UNION OF PARISHES
Issue 57 "UNION NEWS" November 2014

November - A Special Time in the Parish
This year the month of November promises to be a very special time in the history of the Parish. There are a number of special events which I hope parishioners will enjoy supporting and attending.

All Saints' Bi-Centenary Service Sunday 2nd November 11.30 a.m.
Special Preacher: Archbishop Lord Robin Eames, former Archbishop of Armagh and Primate of All Ireland. After the Service the Archbishop will bless and dedicate the new Garden of Remembrance in the Churchyard followed by lunch in the Greville Arms Hotel.

Remembrance Sunday - Sunday 9th November 11.30 a.m. in All Saints' Church
A special Service of Remembrance to mark the centenary of the First World War. The special preacher will be Bishop Richard Henderson and ex-Servicemen and women will be on parade.

Parish Dinner - Friday 14th November at 8.00 p.m. in the Greville Arms Hotel
This is the third Parish Dinner and it is a wonderful opportunity for parishioners to meet socially. The Dinner is modestly priced at €20.

Boys' Brigade and Girls' Association Enrolment Service
All Saint's Church Sunday 16th November at 11.00 a.m.
This is a very important occasion for us to support the young people and their leaders in the Parish. I hope this Service will be very well attended by parishioners.

Mullingar Flower Festival Friday 21st - Sunday 23rd November
To mark the Bi-Centenary in a very special way the Parish is holding a Flower Festival in aid of the North Westmeath Hospice who provide such an invaluable service. We hope to raise over €10,000 and all proceeds will be given to the Hospice, so please do support this event and encourage your friends and neighbours to come along. The 5000 flowers arranged in Christmas Carols will be a magnificent spectacle. The Flower Festival concludes with a Songs of Praise at 7.00 p.m. on Sunday 23rd and this Service will be conducted by the Very Rev. Bill McMillan, the world-renowned flower arranger. At the Flower Festival there will be two Floral Demonstrations in the Greville Arms Hotel on Saturday and Sunday at 2.30 p.m.

Candlelit Advent Carol Service
This beautiful Carol Service will be held on Advent Sunday, 30th November at 7.00 p.m. in All Saints' Church. At the beginning of a new church year we sing the much-loved Advent Carols and, like last year, this will be an ecumenical occasion and we will be joined by the clergy and parishioners of the other Churches in the Mullingar area.

November promises to be a very special time with the holding of all these uplifting occasions.


Harvest Thanksgivings
I would like to thank everyone who helped make each of the Services in the four churches so memorable and so uplifting. Each church was beautifully decorated and I would like to also like to thank all those who took part in the Services. We would also like to thank our special preachers whose sermons will be long remembered.

Select Vestry
There will be a meeting of the Select Vestry on Monday 3rd November at 8.00 p.m. in the Rectory.

All Saints' School Parents Council
The AGM will be held in All Saints' Parish Hall on Thursday 6th November at 7.00 p.m.

Whist Drive
The November Whist Drive will be held in All Saints' Parish Hall at 8.30 p.m. on Friday 7th November. Everyone is warmly invited to attend this most enjoyable evening. The Christmas Whist Drive will be held on Friday 5th December in All Saints'.

Road Safety Annual Commemoration
This year the Service to remember those who have sadly died in road traffic accidents, and their families, will be held in the Bloomfield House Hotel on Sunday 16th November at 2.00 p.m.

Congratulations
We would like to warmly congratulate Duncan and Michelle Maclean who were married in Killucan last month. We wish them every happiness and good health for their married life together.

Bereavement
We offer our deepest sympathy to Lilian Hampton, Grace and Mick Lynam, and Andrea and John Hampton-Mulvaney. Lillian's and Grace's mother, and Andrea's grandmother, Mary Anne O'Halloran, passed away peacefully on 18th October and her funeral service was held in Tallaght Parish Church on Wednesday 22nd October. Mrs. O'Halloran was a woman of inspiring faith and deep Christian compassion. Her influence for good among her family, friends and wider community, was incalculable. She will be very sadly missed but her wonderful life will be remembered by everyone who had the privilege of knowing her. We pray that now, in the fuller presence of God, she may rest in peace. We pray that her nine children, grandchildren, brother, sister and all members of the wider family will be comforted by knowing God's promises are true and by the loving care and support of their family and friends.

All Saints' Day - Saturday 1st November
There will be a Service of Holy Communion to celebrate All Saints' Day on Saturday 1st November at 10.00 a.m. in All Saints' Church. Following the Service a working party will meet to tidy up the church grounds before the Bi-Centenary celebrations next Sunday. Everyone will be most welcome to come and help with the work.

Parish Gift Day
On Sunday 30th November, Advent Sunday, we will have our Parish Gift Day which we have had for the last number of years. The Parish Gift Day gives all of us in the Parish an opportunity to show our appreciation for all that we have as a Parish and to support the good work that is being undertaken. A Gift Day envelope will be sent to everyone and I would like to thank you in anticipation for the gift that you may give.

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 www.mullingarunionofparishes.net.

With God's blessings,
Rev. Alastair Graham, Rector
The Rectory, Gaol's Hill, Mullingar, Co. Westmeath.
Telephone No. 044-934 8376



November Highlights


Prayer Shawls
Group meetings have beeen postponed until January - thank you to everyone who has participated and the prayer shawls that were made with such devotion have been well reciebved by those in need.
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Parish Bicentenary Service and Lunch
Sunday 2nd November
This special Service to mark the Bi-Centenary of All Saints' Church will be held at 11.30 a.m. on Sunday 2nd November. Archbishop Lord Robin Eames will be the special preacher. After the Service the Bi-Centenary Lunch will be held in the Greville Arms Hotel.€10 per person
RSVP to agkilliney@hotmail.com

Select Vestry
There will be a meeting of the Select Vestry on Monday 3rd November at 8.00 p.m. in the Rectory.

Whist Drive
The November Whist Drive will be held in All Saints' Parish Hall at 8.30 p.m. on Friday 7th November. Everyone is warmly invited to attend this most enjoyable evening. The Christmas Whist Drive will be held on Friday 5th December in All Saints'.

Remembrance Sunday - Sunday 9th November 11.30 a.m. in All Saints' Church
A special Service of Remembrance to mark the centenary of the First World War. The special preacher will be Bishop Richard Henderson and ex-Servicemen and women will be on parade.

Flower Festival- Thursday 20th-Sunday 23rd November
If any parishioners would like to sponsor one of the flower arrangements, perhaps they would contact Jean Kilmartin at 044-9375144 as soon as possible.



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