Comprising of All Saints Mullingar - Killucan - Kilbixy & Almoritia
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MULLINGAR UNION OF PARISHES
Issue 68 "UNION NEWS" October 2015
God Matters So People Matter
The first month of the implementation of our Parish Vision Plan has gone exceptionally well and it
has been very encouraging to see the number of people participating in the different events and
attending the church Services. Our good efforts to build up our Parish life will, I hope, continue to
be well supported. Everyone will benefit from being part of God's lovely family in the Mullingar
Union of Parishes. I hope the friendship, care and Christian love which we share will enable us to
build wonderful relationships as brothers and sisters in Christ. Attending church takes on a whole
new significance as we now realise that, in our worship of God, we are "topped up" with God's
grace which we then share and so enrich and enhance the parish.
During this month we will all be coming together to celebrate the Harvest Festivals and give
thanks to God for all His goodness. The Harvest Festival in Killucan will be held at 11.30 a.m. on
Sunday 11th October and the preacher will be Canon Patrick Lawrence. After the Service everyone
is invited to the Pot Luck Lunch in the Parish Hall.
The Harvest Festival at Kilbixy will also be held on Sunday 11th October at 4.00 p.m. The preacher
will be the Rector of Longford, Canon David Catterall and we hope the members of the wider
community will again join us this year.
The Harvest Service in All Saints' will be held at 11.00 a.m. on Sunday 18th October and the
preacher will be Emma Rothwell who is the Diocesan Youth Officer and Chaplain at Wilson's
The churches will be decorated in Killucan and Kilbixy on Saturday 10th October from 10.00 a.m.
and on Saturday 17th October in All Saints' from 10.00 a.m. Everyone is most welcome to join in
the decoration and to bring along greenery, vegetables and flowers. I greatly look forward to the
Harvest this year and I hope you will too. As Almoritia is currently closed for essential repairs, the
parishioners of Almoritia are warmly invited to attend the Harvest at Kilbixy.
The workshop on Sunday 27th September went very well indeed and the first Christian Dance will
take place at the Harvest in All Saints' on 18th October. If any young people would still like to take
part please attend the next rehearsal at 4.00 p.m. on Sunday 4th October in All Saints'.
The Ordination Service on Monday 21st September was a very inspirational occasion and we are
delighted to have Trevor Holmes assisting us in the Parish over the next three years. We hope
Trevor, his wife Anne and their family, will thoroughly enjoy their time with us and feel very much
The Little Bible Course
The Bible Course which was to have been held on Monday 12th - Friday 16th October in the
Greville Arms Hotel has had to be postponed until the New Year. Scott Evans, who was going to
conduct the Course has unfortunately had a sad health issue in his family and, naturally, will want
to spend as much time as he can this month with his immediate family. We will hold Scott and his
family thoughtfully in our prayers at this very difficult time for them.
We welcomed into God's family recently Laurie Winifred Keane and Sophia Pearl Forbes. The
baptismal occasions were very special and we continue to remember the two children, their
parents and godparents in our prayers as they begin their journey of faith.
We warmly congratulate David Horan and his new bride Marie Clare, who were married last month
in Mullingar. David is the son of Pat and Paula Horan, and Marie Clare is from Vancouver, Canada,
where they will be making their home. We pray that God will bless them with a married life of
good health and happiness.
The Parish was deeply shocked to learn of the untimely death of Bill Gibson, following a tragic
accident at home. Bill was a highly respected and admired member of the community and had
been a very accomplished and successful sportsman. We offer our deepest and heartfelt sympathy
to his wife Liz, their children Mandy, Ken, Peter and Jenny and all the members of the wider family
and their many friends. Bill will be very sadly missed but the memories of him will be truly
We also offer our deepest sympathy to Gerry and Margaret King following the death of Gerry's
sister-in-law, Denise. Denise, who resided in Dublin, was a wonderful person and was held with
admiration and affection not only by the members of the family but also by a wide circle of friends.
Her charitable work and kindnesses and support to family members was legendary and she will be
very sadly missed. We pray that both Bill and Denise, now in the fuller presence of God, may rest
in peace, and their families may be comforted by the love and support of those who knew them.
We would like to offer our warmest congratulations to Emma Black, the daughter of Norman and
Valerie Black. Emma has recently been awarded a Doctorate in Applied Educational Psychology
from Newcastle University. Emma was educated in All Saints' National School and Wilson's
Parish Coffee Mornings
From next Wednesday 7th October, we are going to hold Parish Coffee Mornings in All Saints' from
10.30 a.m. - 12.30 p.m. on the First Wednesday of Each Month . These are occasions for
parishioners and their friends to meet socially and I do hope the coffee mornings will be very well
supported. Coffee mornings are an important building block in the building of our Parish family.
Welcome, friendship and conversation will be the hallmarks. Do please call in, even for a short
while, and let us hope that this important initiative will grow from strength to strength.
Parishioners of all ages are more than welcome and there will be plenty of toys for children.
All Saints' Day
Like last year, there will be special Service held in All Saints' church on Sunday 1st November
followed by a Lunch in the Greville Arms Hotel.I do hope everyone in the Parish will make a point
of attending this year. The Service of Sung Matins will be held at 11.30a.m. and the special
preacher is the Bishop of Limerick, Right Rev. Dr. Kenneth Kearon. Bishop Kearon was the Secretary
General for the Worldwide Anglican Communion before becoming Bishop and is one of the most
highly respected Bishops. We are so privileged that he is joining us on this occasion. We will also
be extending an invitation to the wider community and I am confident this will be another
"mountain top experience" for our Parish.
The Select Vestry will meet on Monday 2nd November at 8.00 p.m. in the Rectory.
There will be a special weekend for young people in Wilson's Hospital on the Bank Holiday
weekend, from Saturday 24th - Monday 26th October. I will be circulating information about this to
the young people in the Parish and I hope the weekend will be very well supported. The weekend
will have some very special events which I know the young people will thoroughly enjoy - an
occasion not to be missed!
Whist Drive - A Whist drive will be held, in memory of Elsie Bourke, on Friday 2nd October at
8.30pm in All Saints'. Everyone is warmly invited
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. 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