Issue 147 “UNION NEWS” June 2022


Dear Parishioners,
General Easter Vestry
The General Easter Vestry was held on Sunday 8 th May in All Saints’ Church
Mullingar and we were delighted that it was so well attended. I would again like tothank the outgoing members of the Select Vestry for all their fine work during the pandemic. We are particularly indebted in the Parish to the wonderful workundertaken by the Honorary Treasurer and Honorary Secretary and the sterling workof organisation by the churchwardens in each of the churches.

It was most encouraging to see the enthusiasm for our Year of Renewal as we begin the rebuilding of the Parish after such a torrid time during the pandemic. It was also veryencouraging to see some younger parishioners going forward for the Select Vestry andwe now have a very committed and vibrant Select Vestry undertaking the management of the finance, fabric and furnishings of the Parish in the coming year.
We pray God will bless all their good work and endeavour in the building of His
Kingdom in the Mullingar Union of Parishes.

On Saturday 14 th May the Mayfair was held at All Saints’ Church following a twoyear absence due to the pandemic. It was a most enjoyable occasion with plenty of attractive stalls. As always the stallholders worked so hard and the large number ofparishioners who attended had a most enjoyable day. We raised a wonderful sum of money for the Parish. A thousand thanks to Emma Coburn and all the stallholders and parishioners who helped.

Music Sing Music Sing
On Sunday 29 th May in All Saints’ a large congregation of parishioners of all ages gathered for a most inspiring Service of hymn singing and sacred music. Everyone enjoyed the singing of much loved hymns.

The Lighten Our Darkness young leaders sang a beautiful anthem, followed by the wonderful Children’s Choir, soloist Silver and then an uplifting anthem by the Senior Parish Choir.

Sacred music truly feeds the soul and we had a wonderful feast of music and singing which was so greatly enjoyed after the long absence of music due to the pandemic.

Many thanks to all the parishioners who made this such a special occasion.
Stat e Exams
We wish all the young people in the Parish every success with their State exams this
month. Special prayers will be offered for them at church services on Sunday 5 th June.
This is also Vocation Sunday and prayers will be offered for vocations in the church.
Whist Drive

One of the sad casualties of the pandemic was the suspension of the Whist Drives in
All Saints’. On Friday 10 th June at 8.30 p.m. there will be a special Whist Drive held
and we warmly invite our friends from the Diocese, along with the Parish, to this very
special evening. Parish Whist Drives are occasions of great fun and enjoyment and
we are delighted to be able to hold them again.
Service of Remembrance and Thanksgiving
On Sunday 12 th June at 11.00 a.m. in All Saints’ there will be a special Service of
Remembrance when we will remember all those who sadly passed away since the
beginning of the pandemic and those who were seriously ill. We will also be offering
thanksgiving to God for the wonderful dedication of so many health workers, those in
other essential services and business and voluntary bodies who stepped up ‘to the
plate’ during the pandemic to help all who were in need.
End of Year School Service
On Sunday 19 th June at 11.00 a.m. in All Saints’ Mullingar we will hold the End of
Year School Service for children who attend All Saints’ National School, the Principal
and teachers, staff and parents. This is a very special service that we hold each year
and our School Principal gives the address. We wish all the young people leaving
school this year the very best for their future education and thank them for all they did
during their years in All Saints’.
Parish Retreat
On Saturday 18 th June, in Mount St. Anne’s Killenard, we will be holding our annual
Retreat from 10.30 a.m. to 3. p.m. Lunch will be provided. This year the theme of the
Retreat will be “God and Evil”. If any of your family, friends or neighbours would
like to attend they would be most welcome. Please telephone 087-7870985 to reserve
a place.
We offer our very deepest sympathy to Mark, Rachel and Alice Potterton, and the
Potterton family, following the sad death of Mark’s mother Maud. Mark’s mother
was a truly remarkable person and an amazing wife, mother, grandmother, sibling and
friend. She will be very sadly missed. Maud showed such courage and dignity
throughout her illness. She was also a highly respected and much loved Christian.
Her faith greatly shaped and influenced her life and she certainly did reflect the image
of Almighty God in everything she did. We pray that Mark, Rachel and Alice and the
family will be comforted by their lovely memories of her and by knowing that God’s
promises are true. We pray that Maud, now in the fuller presence of God, may rest in
peace and rise in glory.
We also offer our deepest sympathy to Harvey, Emily, Shirley, Adele, Olwyn and
David Bourke and the Stratford family following the tragic and sudden death of Alex
at such a young age. At this very sad time we hope they will be comforted by the love
and support of all their family and friends and by knowing that God’s promises are
true and we pray that Alex now in the fuller presence of God may rest in peace and
rise in glory. May they also draw comfort from their wonderful memories of Alex and
the time they spent with him.
Holy Matrimony

We warmly congratulate Tracy McKeogh and Mark Warde on their marriage in
Killucan on Saturday 21 st May. We hope they will have a very happy and long life
Holy Days in June
A Service of Holy Communion will be held on each Saint’s day in All Saints’ at
St. Barnabas Saturday 11 th June
St. John the Baptist Friday 24 th June
St. Peter and St. Paul Wednesday 29 th June
English Speaking Classes- As part of our Parish Support for the people of Ukraine
living in Mullingar, we are organising English speaking classes in All Saints every
Tuesday morning at 10a.m. I would like to thank Lesley Whiteside and Brigid Mayes
for conducting the classes. If you would like to assist in either teaching or in providing
tea/coffee after the class please call me on 0877870985
Killucan Parish Walk- as part of the renewal of parish life on Sunday the 26 th June
we invite parishioners to come to Nanny Quinn’s Carpark, Killucan at 11.30a.m. We
will have a short prayer service followed by a walk and conversation on the canal and
a pot luck lunch. I do hope this event will be very well supported.
Summer Madness- 20 young people from the parish will be travelling to North
Antrim at the beginning of July for the Christian Rock Festival ‘Summer Madness’
We hope they will have a wonderful time and enjoy sleeping under canvas in the tents
provided by the Diocese.
All Saints’ School has a fundraiser ‘ CASH FOR CLOBBER’ in June. Gather up your
old unwanted clothes and shoes and help make money for the school. All donations
gratefully accepted. Our collection date is 19 th /20th June. Quilts, pillows and blankets
are unfortunately not accepted.


Sale: Many thanks to everyone who attended the sale, ran the stalls and contributed in
any way. I was an enjoyable day and we look forward to repeating it next year!
Competitions: thank you to everyone who entered the May Fair competitions. The
judges were very impressed with the high standards and would like to compliment all
who participated.
Cookbook: ‘Mum’s Favourite Recipes’ by Karen Lomax. This book is a collection of
the favourite recipes that Karen made for her family. Her husband Ron has completed
the book which went on sale May 14 th . A number of copies ae still available to
purchase for €10 in All Saints’ Church.
Emma Coburn

Church Services this Month

Sunday 5 th June
All Saints’ 10.00 a.m. Holy Communion, Rector
Killucan 11.30 a.m. Holy Communion, Rector
Sunday 12 th June
All Saints’ 9.30 a.m. Holy Communion, Rector
11.00 a.m. Service of Remembrance and
Thanksgiving for those who passed away, those who
were seriously ill and those who gave such sterling

service during the pandemic
This is a united Service for all parishioners in the Parish
Sunday 19 th June
All Saints’ 10.00 a.m. Holy Communion, Rector
11.00 a.m. End of Year All Saints’ School

Killucan 7.00 p.m. Evening Prayer, Rector
Sunday 26 th June
All Saints’ 10.00 a.m. Holy Communion, Rector
Killucan 11.30 a.m. Meet at Nanny Quinn’s, Killucan for
prayers & parish walk on canal
Kilbixy 5p.m. Evening Prayer
Almoritia 7.00 p.m. Holy Communion, Rector

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