Comprising of All Saints Mullingar - Killucan - Kilbixy & Almoritia
MULLINGAR UNION OF PARISHES
Issue 55 "UNION NEWS" September 2014
I do hope you enjoyed the summer months and the very nice weather that we have had. At the
beginning of September the activities all recommence and I hope we will have a lovely time over
the next few months in the Parish. I would like to congratulate all the young people on their
successful exam results and wish them well with their future studies and employment.
All Saints' School
The Parish School reopened on Thursday 28th August. I would like to wish the Principal, staff and
children every success and happiness for the year ahead. It is a very special time in the lives of
those children commencing their National School education and I hope they will be particularly
happy at school. We welcome a new member of staff this year - Melanie Houston. We hope
Melanie will very much enjoy being with us and we look forward to the contribution that she will
make to the life of the School.
There will be a number of special occasions in the autumn to celebrate the Bi-Centenary of All
Saints' Church. On Friday 26th September, at 8.30 p.m., a special Whist Drive will be held and the
proceeds will go to North Westmeath Hospice. I would like to urge parishioners to support this
occasion and if anyone would like to donate a prize, please contact Olive at the Rectory (tel.
044-9348376) as she is collecting the prizes at the moment.
As you know, the Bishops have appointed Ruth O'Kelly as an 'intern Deacon' to the Parish. Ruth
will be ordained Deacon at a special Service in All Saints' on Monday 22nd September at 7.30 p.m.
I do hope that parishioners from all the churches will come to support her on this very special
occasion. It is also the Bishop's first ordination in the Diocese. Ruth, of course, will not be Parish
Curate as this is part of her Final Year training. By living in the Parish she will just be involved for
two and a half days a week and I will be involved in her training. The rest of her time will be spent
in study. I know you will be very supportive of her as she learns about Parish life. She will be taking
up her position as a full-time Curate next summer in another Parish.
The Confirmation Classes will be commencing in the autumn and if any young people would like to
be confirmed by the Bishop next year, please drop a note into the Rectory so that I can add your
name when I am compiling the list.
It had been intended to launch the new session of Messy Church this Sunday 31st August.
However, after consultation with the leaders, it has been agreed that Messy Church will be
launched on Sunday 28th September in All Saints' at 11.30 a.m. The Bi-Centenary Children's Party
will be held at a later time. I do hope that the Messy Church will be well supported this year.
Messy Church provides an opportunity for children to really become nurtured in the faith through
The Family Service in Killucan will commence again on Sunday 5th October and it is hoped that a
number of events will be held during the year for the younger families in the Parish in Killucan.
This November there are three special Services being held in All Saints' to celebrate the
Bi-Centenary. I am delighted that three well-known preachers have agreed to preach at these
Sunday 2nd Nov: Archbishop Robin Eames, former Primate of Ireland; Sunday 9th Nov: Bishop
Richard Henderson, former Bishop of Tuam; Sunday 23rd Nov: Very Rev. Bill McMillan who is one
of the leading
floral arrangers in the world.
I hope each of these Services will be very well supported by parishioners.
The Parish Harvest Services will be held on:
Killucan Sunday 12th October 11.30 a.m.
Kilbixy Sunday 12th October 5.00 p.m.
All Saint's Sunday 19th October 11.00 a.m.
Almoritia Sunday 19th October 3.30 p.m.
There were two lovely weddings in All Saints' during the month of August. We congratulate Avril
Collier and John Keane, Jennifer Kelly and Kieran McNicholas. We wish both couples a very happy
and long married life with good health and happiness. We extend these good wishes to all who
were married this summer.
The next Bible Study will be held on Saturday 20th September at 10.30 a.m. in All Saints'. Acts 13,
The next meeting of the Select Vestry will be held on Monday 29th September at 8.00 p.m. in the
Boys' Brigade and Girls' Association
The new Session begins on Tuesday 23rd September at 7.00 p.m.
The Diocesan Synod will be held on Saturday 27th September.
On Saturday 30th August Doreen and Peter Lynch are very kindly holding a coffee morning at their
home in Kilpatrick from 11.00 a.m. - 1.00 p.m. in aid of the North Westmeath Hospice. Your support
will be very much appreciated and I hope parishioners will be able to attend.
We congratulate Cathy Finnegan on her appointment as Vice-Principal of Wilson's Hospital School
and we wish her well with all her new responsibilities.
The Parish Dinner will be held on Friday 14th November in The Greville Hotel.
We offer our deepest sympathy to Phyllis, Keith and Niall and their family following the sudden
death of Archdeacon Ralph Straford. Ralph's long ministry in the Church was greatly appreciated
and valued. He was a devoted husband, father and grandfather to Nicholas, Robin and Amy. We
pray that Phyllis and all the family will be comforted in their sad loss and that Ralph, now in the
fuller presence of god, may rest in peace. The funeral was held in Killucan Church.
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. also our
Facebook page can be found here
Rev. Jean Wynne
Jean will be available to deal with any pastoral emergency from Friday 5th - Tuesday 16th
September. Her telephone number is 086-3564590.
With God's blessings,
Rev. Alastair Graham, Rector
The Rectory, Gaol's Hill, Mullingar, Co. Westmeath.
Telephone No. 044-934 8376 Mobile 087 7870985