Issue 146  “UNION NEWS” May 2022

Dear Parishioners,


Following the wonderful celebration of Easter, we now look forward to rebuilding the life of the Parish after the two years of the pandemic.  The month of May provides an inspiring opportunity for some special events which I hope you will enjoy supporting.

  • General Easter Vestry – 8th May

This very important annual meeting of the Parish will be held in All Saints’ on Sunday 8th May at 11.00 a.m.  I hope that each of the Parishes will be very well represented.  This annual meeting provides an important opportunity for us to launch our renewal and revival programme for the Parish following the two years of the pandemic.

  • Mayfair – Saturday 14th May – 10.00 a.m. – 2.00 p.m.

We are so fortunate to be able to hold our Mayfair again as it has not been possible to hold it over the last two years due to the lockdowns.  We will have all the popular stalls for this year’s sale and plan to have most outdoors – Cakes, Plants, Books & Jigsaws, Tombola, Raffle, Burgers & Teas.

All donations are most welcome and can be brought to All Saints Church on Friday 13 from 3 – 6pm, on the morning of the sale and to any church service you may be attending in advance of the sale. Many thanks in advance for these. If you are able to help on any stall on the day please let us know, can you let your Church Warden or Emma know ( 087 6374131)

                                      Children’s Competitions


Under 8:                       Biscuits.

Please pick a recipe of your choice and present 6 cooked

biscuits on a plate without any icing on them.

8 years to 6th class:    Scones.

Please bake and present on a plate 6 plain or fruit scones.

Secondary school:      Rhubarb or Apple Tart.

Crafts:                         For all primary school ages.


Garden on a Plate:

Using a dinner plate (the lid from a biscuit or sweet tin could be used too) create a mini garden of your own design.

Pencil/Pen holder: Recycle your recycling bin !

Using items that you usually recycle please make and decorate a holder for pencils & pens.

Please submit your entries by 10.30am on Saturday morning at All Saints church. Entry fee €1. Prizes will be awarded to the winners in each class. Have fun making and baking and we look forward to seeing your entries, you can enter as many classes as you wish.


  • Music, Singing, Music, Singing – Sunday 29th May at 11.00 a.m.

In All Saints’ we will have a singing extravaganza of church music on Sunday 29th May.  The Senior Choir will lead the singing of much-loved hymns, the Children’s Choir will sing modern songs, African singers will treat us to their songs, and a soloist will provide musical treats.  Everyone is most welcome, so do please come and join us.

 Confirmation Celebration Day – Saturday 28th May

A fun-packed day for those who were confirmed last year and those who will be confirmed this year, will be held in Wilson’s Hospital School on 28th May from 10.00am – 4.00 pm.  This will be a most enjoyable occasion for all the candidates and it is hoped there will be well over 100 young people attending.

  • Parish Retreat – Saturday 18th June

We are holding a prayerful retreat in Mount St. Anne’s Retreat Centre, Killenard, on Saturday 18th June from 10.30 a.m.–3.00 p.m.  At the retreat we will reflect on the theme “God and Evil”.  I do hope a good number of parishioners will wish to attend. The invitation is extended to parishioners’ friends, neighbours and family.  However, I will need to know the names of those who will be attending in order to book places in the Retreat Centre.  If you intend to come, please call me on 087-7870985.

  • Wilson’s Hospital School – Saturday 7th May

A fundraising Fair will be held on Saturday 7th May from 12.00 noon – 4.00 pm in the school grounds.  There will be many traditional events and your support will be very much appreciated.  We have a long and valued relationship with the Diocesan school and I hope a good number of parishioners will be able to support this school fundraising event.

  • Whist Drives

Following the pandemic, Whist Drives are beginning again in some parishes.  In Tullamore Parish Centre there will be a Whist Drive on Friday 20th May at 8.30 pm.  In the Parish we hope to hold a Whist Drive at 8.30 pm on Friday 10th June.



  • General Synod

The General Synod of the Church of Ireland will be held in Belfast on 5th, 6th and 7th May.



  • Confirmation 2022

in All Saints’ Church  On Sunday 22nd May at 4.00 p.m. I would like to meet with the young people who are going forward for confirmation this year The meeting will conclude by 5.00 p.m.



  • Lighten Our Darkness

The young leaders gave an outstanding performance of the presentation for the Bishop and other dignitaries on Sunday 10th April.  The initiative has now been truly launched and there will be significant work undertaken in different areas over the next number of months.  On 8th April the young leaders also attended the Climate Change Conference organised by the 4 church leaders in Dromantine Monastery, Northern Ireland. They made an enormous impact and won the admiration of the church leaders and the other attendees.


  • Bishop’s Pastoral Visit

As well as attending the Lighten Our Darkness presentation the Bishop also preached at Almoritia church.  Parishioners had gone to enormous trouble to have everything properly prepared and provided lovely refreshments after the Service.  The church service was a truly inspiring occasion and will long be remembered.


With God’s blessings,

Revd. Alastair Graham  087-7870985






Saturday 14th May


10.00 a.m. – 2.00 p.m.


All Saints’ Church, Mullingar








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