Issue 102 “UNION NEWS” August 2018

Dear Parishioner(s)

Summer Weather

While most people have enjoyed the recent good weather and have benefited from it, we all, of course, are mindful of the challenge it has brought to farmers and others working on the land and water supplies.  We sincerely pray that the significant challenges that farming is facing will be compensated by some beneficial opportunities in both improved weather conditions and statutory support, over the next few months.  I hope those who had the opportunity of taking holidays in the good weather had a truly relaxing and restful time.  I also hope that during this month there will be time for further rest and relaxation before all the activity starts in September.


All Saints’ School

I am delighted to announce that Ann Lundie will be joining the teaching staff in the School from the end of this month, following Mrs. Sheridan’s retirement.  We warmly welcome Ms. Lundie and we know that we have managed to secure the services of a very fine and dedicated teacher.  It is also a great pleasure to announce that Ber Hynes has been appointed to the additional SNA Position (Special Needs Assistant) from the beginning of next term.  Ms. Hynes will also bring some very special qualities to her position in the School and we would like to wish both Ms. Hynes and Ms. Lundie well in their new positions.


Heritage Week

This year Heritage Week will take place from Saturday 18th – Sunday 26th August.  The churches will be open at the following times:

All Saints’ – 11am- 3p.m.               Monday 20th – Saturday 25th

Killucan –     2pm- 4pm                   Monday 20th -Saturday 25th

Almoritia     2.30pm – 4.30pm        Saturday 25th

Kilbixy        2pm – 4pm.                 22nd, 25th and 26th August


This year I am delighted to announce that the first Civic Church Service will be held in All Saints’ on Wednesday 22nd August at 1.15p.m. and the speaker will be Mr. Pat Gallagher, Chief Executive of Westmeath County Council.  Those who represent both civic and the business life in Mullingar will attend and I would also like to warmly invite all parishioners to this special Service.

 Christ Church Cathedral

The Parish Choir will sing Evensong at 3.30 p.m. in Christ Church Cathedral on Sunday 19th August.  A bus will be departing from All Saints’ Church and parishioners who would like to attend the Service should contact Arthur O’Toole (087 9733233) to reserve a seat.

J.A.M. Sunday School Outing

The J.A.M. Outing will take place on Sunday 9th September, leaving All Saints’ Church at 10.30 a.m.  All the children from All Saints’ and Killucan are invited to attend and I would be very grateful if parents would contact Anne McDonnell (All Saints’) and Jean Gorrison  Killucan.  The Outing is to Glendeer Park in Athlone and the children are assured of a really special occasion.  Details will be sent to all the families during the month.


Rev. William Steacey

We would like to congratulate William on his appointment as Rector of Athlone Union and we hope that William and Roberta will be very happy in their new ministry.  The Institution will take place in Athlone Church on Tuesday 11th September at 8.00 p.m.

 Rev. Lynda Peilow

We would also like to congratulate the Rev. Lynda Peilow on her appointment as Rector of Galway.  Lynda has been Rector of Edenderry for the last 17 years and her ministry has been greatly valued and appreciated.  We wish Lynda, Clive and the family every happiness for their new ministry in Galway.  The Institution will take place on Friday 14th September at 8.00 p.m. in St. Nicholas’ Church Galway.

Holy Baptism

We welcomed into God’s family Laura Culbert.  We pray for her as she begins her journey of faith, and also for their parents and godparents.



We offer our deepest sympathy to Brendan McKeogh, Susan and his family on the death of Brendan’s brother in Chicago. We pray that Brendan’s brother may rest in peace


Coffee on Thursdays

The coffee morning in All Saints’ will be held every Thursday morning from 10.30 a.m. – 1.00 p.m., with midday prayers at 12.00 noon.  All proceeds support the work of local charities.  I warmly invite parishioners to attend.  Over coffee there is an opportunity to meet lovely people in conversation and, of course, to give support to some very worthy charities.

Ploughing Championship

If you would like to help with other parishioners in the diocesan marquee on Tuesday 18th September from 9am – 12 noon . Please contact the Rector

If you have already offered to help could you please confirm by speaking to the Rector.

St. Bartholomew’s Day – Friday 24th August

All Saints’        11.00 a.m.        Holy Communion

Special visit

Special visitors to the country are always welcome and their presence creates a great interest as was the case with the recent visits of some members of the British Royal Family.

At the end of August Pope Francis will be visiting Ireland and we hope it will be a very inspirational prayerful and happy time for everyone.


If you are going on holidays this month I hope you will have a very safe and enjoyable time and return feeling relaxed and well rested.

Circle of Prayer                                             

It is encouraging and comforting that every day prayers are offered in the parish for those in need and for the work and life of the Parish and the wider community. If you would like to join the Circle of Prayer you will be most welcome and you will be provided with the daily prayer card.

Parish Website

You may like to keep in touch with the Parish through the website..  The address is

Tiny Tots Club
For remaining Summer Dates  Text Zoe For Detaiis 0852026188  –  Friday morning from 10.30am – 12.30 noon in All Saints’ there is a lovely occasion for parents and their young children to meet. I extend a very warm invitation to all the younger parents in the Parish. You will be most welcome. You can Contact Zoe on 0852026188

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.

Social Media Keep up to date
on our Parish Facebook page or follow us on Twitter @MullingarUP

With God’s blessings,

Rev. Alastair Graham, Rector,

The Rectory, Gaol’s Hill, Mullingar, Co. Westmeath.  Phone No. 044-934 8376

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Rev. Alastair Graham
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