Issue 120 “UNION NEWS” February 2020


Dear Parishioners,

Parish Conference

As you know, the date of the Parish Conference has been changed to Sunday 1st March at 10.30 a.m. in All Saints’ church.  I again would like to appeal to all parishioners to attend this important occasion, when we will be looking to the future of the Parish and also hearing the Presentation by young people in the Parish and their suggestions.  I would be very grateful if you would share the leaflet in the Union Notes on the Conference with family and friends.


St. Brigid’s Day

On Saturday 1st February at 11.00 a.m. there will be a Service of Holy Communion in All Saints’ to remember Brigid whose ministry and witness was so important in the Irish Christian church.


Parish Dinner

The Parish dinner will be held in the Greville Arms Hotel on Sunday 1st February at 8p.m. There has been a great response with 106b parishioners and 20 young people attending. If you would like to join us please telephone Jean Kilmartin (0449375144) for tickets, as tickets must be booked before the dinner


Parish Whist Drive

The February Whist Drive will be held in All Saints’ on Friday 7th at 8.30pm.  As always, there will be good prizes, delicious supper and friendly conversation.  I warmly commend the Whist Drive to you and your friends.



The General Election, as you know, will be held on Saturday 8th February and we remember all candidates who are going forward for election.  We pray that those elected will be committed to address the challenges and opportunities facing life in Ireland.  I would like to ask you to remember the forthcoming General Election in your daily prayers.


Prayer Service in preparation for the Parish Conference

On Sunday 16th February, there will be special Prayer Services held in the Parish seeking God’s guidance and direction for us as we prepare for this important parochial occasion on Sunday 1st March.  I do hope you will be able to attend church on Sunday to join in the prayers.


Select Vestry

There will be a meeting of the Select Vestry on Monday 24th February at 7.30pm in the Rectory.


Boys’ Brigade and Girls’ Association

Meeting on Tuesday 11th and Tuesday 25th February at 7.00 p.m. in All Saints.



Rock Solid Youth Club

The Rock Solid Youth Club will be held on Thursday 27th February at 7.30pm in All Saints.


Faith Raising Day

The next Faith Raising Day will be held on Saturday 29th February at 11.00am in St. Anne’s Retreat Centre, Killenard.  These occasions are proving to be very worthwhile and anyone from the Parish who would like to attend will be most welcome.  Please feel free to ask me if you would like to attend.


Youth Breakfast

The Youth Breakfast and Holy Communion will be held on Sunday 9th February at 8.30a.m. in All Saints’



Ash Wednesday

On Ash Wednesday, 26th February, there will be the following Services in the Parish:  9.30 a.m. School Service All Saints’11.00 a.m. Holy Communion Killucan,  5.00 p.m. Evening Prayer Almoritia (this is a joint Service with Kilbixy),  7.00 p.m. Holy Communion All Saints’.


Lenten Retreat

The Lenten Retreat will be held on Saturday 28th March in St. Anne’s Retreat Centre, Killenard.  Further details will be included in the March Union Notes.



Revd. G. Philip Irvine.  Philip passed away peacefully on New Year’s Eve in Roselodge Nursing Home.  Philip had been a resident in Rose Lodge Nursing Home where he had been provided with the most wonderful compassionate care.  Philip had spent his ministry in Aberdeen and Dublin and, due to ill health, moved to Killucan in 2015.  He will be fondly remembered by his family and dear friends.  His humility and gentleness were hallmarks of his life which were deeply appreciated.


We would also like to sympathise with Alona and Wesley Notley following the death of their mother, Violet, who passed away peacefully shortly after Christmas.  Violet grew up in Mullingar and spent much of her married life living in Co. Leitrim.  Violet will be fondly remembered not only by her family, some of whom live in Mullingar, but also by many parishioners who had the privilege of getting to know her over the years.


We also sympathise with Caroline and Colin Lloyd following the death of George Lloyd of Ballynacargy on 10th January.  George was so well known in his local community and had won the admiration of so many people for the work he undertook in the community.  He also had a most endearing personality and will be sadly missed by his family and his many friends and neighbours.  We pray that George may rest in peace and rise in glory.


We also offer our deepest sympathy to Ethel, John, Cyril, James and Ada Farrar following the death of Ethel’s dear aunt Hazel in Cork.  Hazel was a wonderful age and her presence and love over many years won the affection of everyone in the family and her hospitality was legend.  We pray that, now that she is with the Lord, she will be safe and secure in His presence.



On Sunday 9th February at 3p.m.there will be a recital by talented young musicians and everyone is welcome. Tickets available.



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Rev. Alastair Graham






10.30 a.m.


All Saints’



Please come and support the young people on this special occasion



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