Comprising of All Saints Mullingar - Killucan - Kilbixy & Almoritia
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Autumn Whist Drive
A special Whist Drive will be held in All Saints' Parish Hall on Friday 2nd October in memory of Elsie Bourke. Elsie's organisation of the Whist Drives over so many years was greatly appreciated by everyone and her lovely family would like to hold a special Whist Drive in memory of her. I hope it will be very well supported and I invite you to mark this date in your diary.

Children and Youth in the Parish
As part of the Parish Development, we hope to organise a very special Children's and Youth Program. Special meetings will be held for parents on Thursday evening 17th September and Thursday evening 24th September. The meetings will be at 8.00 p.m. in All Saints'. I have written to each family in the Parish and I hope at least one parent will be able to attend from each family.

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Issue 69 "UNION NEWS" November 2015

Dear Parishioner(s)
November - a Month to Remember
During this month there are a number of very special events in the Parish. We start next Sunday, 1st November, with the visit of the Bishop of Limerick. The following Sunday, 8th November, is Remembrance Sunday. We then have the Children's Festival on Sunday 15th with Canon Peter Campion and his amazing puppets. On Sunday 22nd there will be the B.B. Enrolment Service and on Sunday 29th the Ecumenical Candlelit Advent Carol Service.

In addition to these occasions we have the Youth Forum on Sunday 8th, the Charity Quiz on Thursday 12th, the Choir Festival on Saturday 14th and the Christmas Fair and Showcase on Saturday 28th, and the All Saints' Children's Concert will also be on Saturday 28th and, of course, the Whist Drive on Friday 6th.

A leaflet is enclosed with the Union Notes with details of all these events and you will also find the details on the website.

Your Support
We are very privileged to have eminent church leaders coming to our Parish and to be able to organise such special events. I do hope all parishioners will want to support these occasions and so help us build a really healthy and vibrant Parish.

Rev. Peter Rutherford
Peter is warmly remembered in the Parish for his support and guidance during the vacancy, when he was Rector of Castlepollard. He has now been appointed Rector of Kinsale in the Diocese of Cork. We wish Peter and Janet every good wish for their new ministry. Peter has very kindly invited me to preach at his Institution on 11th November.

Youth Forum
Emma Rothwell, the Chaplain at Wilson's Hospital School and Diocesan Youth Officer, has invited all young people from age 13 upwards, to join her in All Saints' at a special Youth Forum on Sunday 8th November from 5.00-7.00 pm. This occasion will be exciting, enjoyable and inspiring and I warmly commend it to all the young people. In the Parish we will not be found wanting for creating a safe context in which young people can grow and develop. I will be delighted if parents would give their encouragement to the young people in their family to attend this special occasion.

Children's Music
On Saturday 28th November at 7.00 p.m. there will be a special concert in All Saints'. The Musical Allsorts Children's Choir will be singing and the new All Saints' Children's Orchestra will be performing. This promises to be a wonderful occasion and I hope it will be very well supported.

Showcase and Christmas Fair - Saturday 28th November
The Parish is holding a special Showcase and Christmas Fair from 10.00 a.m. - 3.00 p.m. in All Saints'. This is a wonderful opportunity for parishioners to display their business initiatives and a Form is enclosed with the Union Notes. I invite parishioners who are undertaking business initiatives to return their Expression of Interest Form and we hope that Saturday 28th will be a very successful occasion for them.

Karen Lomax would like everyone who has, or who is preparing, items for the Christmas Craft Stall to contact her on 085-7165625. All contributions will be very welcome and included on the Craft Stall.

Charity Quiz
The Charity Quiz on Thursday 12th November should be a very enjoyable occasion. It will be held in the Annebrook Hotel at 8.00 p.m. All proceeds will be going to the 'Good for the Soul' leprosy appeal.

Choir Festival - Saturday 14th November at 8pm. You are warmly invited to come to hear inspiring sacred music sung by a number of Choirs. The guest soloist will be Miriam Blennerhasset.

BB and Girls' Association
The annual Enrolment Service will be held on Sunday 22nd November at 11.00 a.m. This year we will be inviting all the former members to attend. This is a very important youth organisation in the Parish and warmly deserves our full support.

Select Vestry
The next meeting of the Select Vestry will be held on Monday 2nd November at 8.00 p.m. in the Rectory.

Wednesday Coffee
I must apologise for the misleading notice I sent out which said that Coffee Mornings were held every Wednesday. The Notice should have read that Coffee Mornings will be held on the first Wednesday of each month from 10.30 a.m. - 12.30 p.m. and the next Coffee Morning will be on
Wednesday 4th November. Everyone will be most welcome.

Children's Tiny Tots Club
We hope to start a Children's Tiny Tots Club on Friday 13th November and it will run each Friday from 9.30 a.m. - 12.30 p.m. I invite parents with young children to call in to All Saints' on the Friday mornings.

Bible Study
The next Bible Study will be held on Saturday 14th November at 10.30 a.m. in Killucan Church.

Bishop's Pastoral Visit
The Bishop will be visiting the Parish on Sunday 6th December and there will be a special Children's Service at 11.30 a.m. in Killucan Parish Church.

Hospice Book Launch
The North Westmeath Hospice will hold a Book Launch at All Saints' on Wednesday 18th November at 6.30 p.m. The speaker will be Miriam O'Callaghan, of RTE.

Holy Baptism
We welcomed into God's family recently Joshua Williamson. Joshua's baptism was very special and we continue to remember Joshua, his parents and godparents in our prayers as he begins his journey of faith.

We also offer our deepest sympathy to Joe and Annette Lalor following the death of Annette's father. Annette's father had been unwell for some time and had borne his illness with great courage and dignity.

We pray that Joe and Annette will be comforted by the love and support of their family and friends and that Annette's father may rest in peace.

Parish Website
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 I encourage you to continue to look at the website and to also advise your family and friends about it. Facebook page can be found here and you can follow us on Twitter @MullingaUP

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