Issue 158 “UNION NEWS” May 2023

Dear Parishioners,
The month of May
Each year the month of May offers so much – the longer evenings and the onset of
summer all bring a lovely beauty and inspiration. This year we have a number of
special occasions in the Parish which I hope you will enjoy.

Festival of Music for Pentecost
On Sunday 28 th May we will celebrate Pentecost and the coming of the Holy Spirit.
This year we will have a lovely Service of Special Music and Hymns in All Saints’ at
11.00 a.m. and afterwards we hope we will all be able to enjoy each other’s company
and conversation. Sacred music lifts all our spirits and I hope this very special
occasion will be very well supported by parishioners.

Lighten Our Darkness
The young leaders made a wonderful impact on the Corrymeela Community during
their visit over the weekend of 16 th April. The House of Bishops has invited the young
leaders to make their presentation on Climate Change at the General Synod of the
Church of Ireland on Saturday 13 th May in Wexford. This is a wonderful recognition
of the leadership the young people are bringing to the Church and we wish them well
on this most auspicious occasion.

Summer Madness
Summer Madness is a wonderful youth festival which is held in Co. Antrim each year.
Last year a number of young people attended from the Parish and had an absolutely
wonderful time. This year a larger number of young people will be going and I send
an invitation to all young people in secondary school to think of attending. The
Summer Madness on Friday 30 th June to Monday 3 rd July. Please contact me for
details- 0877870985.

Ascension Day will be held on Thursday 18 th May. We hope to hold a special Service
with music in All Saints’ at 11.00 a.m. As we do each year, the prayers will be said at
the Ascension window in All Saints’ which is so stunningly beautiful.

Mullingar Choral
Mullingar Choral will be holding their summer concert on Sunday 7 th May at 7.30pm
in St. Paul’s Church. The concert is entitled “May – we sing” and the tickets are €20
each. The Mullingar Choral now hold their practices in All Saints’. Their music is
always so uplifting and their concerts so enjoyable. Do try and attend the concert and
you will have a wonderful evening.

Thanksgiving Service for Anne Purdon

As you are aware, Anne Purdon passed away before Easter. Anne had been one of the
longstanding parishioners of Killucan Parish. A special Thanksgiving Service for
Anne’s life will be held in St. Etchen’s, Killucan, on Sunday 14 th May at 3.00 p.m. I
warmly invite you to attend this service when we will have the opportunity to thank
God for Anne’s life and her devoted service and generosity to Killucan Parish.

All Saints’ Church Flowers
The number of parishioners available to do the flowers in All Saints’ is now just 3
people. Everyone appreciates the beautiful flowers in church every Sunday but
clearly it is not going to be possible for just 3 people to provide all the flowers week
by week. So may I make a special appeal to parishioners to consider helping with the
flowers. You don’t have to be an expert flower arranger and everyone’s efforts will
be appreciated. Please contact Doreen Lynch on 087-6258398. She would love to
hear from you.

May sale Saturday 20th 10am – 2pm.
This year’s sale is a week later than usual due to the General Synod taking place over
weekend of 13 May. All the popular stalls with be back again for the 20th. We will
have cakes, plants, burgers, teas, raffle and tombola.
Items for the sale can be left into the church on Friday 19th between 3pm & 6pm. All
donations most welcome.
If you are available to help with set up on the morning of the sale or tidy up afterwards
it would be appreciated. Please let your church warden or Emma know ( 087

Children’s Baking competition
Under 8: Buns/ Queen cakes. Please present 6 decorated buns on a plate.
8yrs to 6th class: Muffins. Please present 4 muffins of your choice on a plate.
Cakes – Olive Graham would warmly invite parishioners to bring a cake, buns,
biscuits or scones to the Cake Stall and if you could let her know before the May Fair
she would be very grateful.

We congratulate Rudolf Von Bunau and Julie Anne Dolan on their marriage on 31 st
March in All Saints’ and Jack Mills and Mary Gavin on their marriage in Kilbixy on
24 th April . We pray that God will bless their marriages with His grace and love.

Summer Holiday Camp Bible Club
Luke and Esther Hawkins will be running a 3 day Bible Club for 7-11 year olds from
9.30a.m. to 1p.m. on Monday31st July to Wednesday 02 nd August in All Saints’ . This
will be wonderful fun for the children and I hope it will be very well supported. .

Easter General Vestry
The Easter General Vestry was held on Sunday 23 rd April. We wish all those who
have been appointed or elected to the Select Vestry every good wish for their year of
Office, and also those who have been elected to serve on the Diocesan Synod.
Vocation Sunday- This year will be held on Sunday 21 st May and we will pray for
those who are discerning God’s call to ministry

Holy Days in May
 Monday 1 st May St. Philip and St. James
 Monday 15 th May St. Matthias
 Thursday 18 th May Ascension Day
 Wednesday 31 st May The Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary
On each of these holy days there will be a Service of Holy Communion in All Saints’
at 11.00 a.m.

Bible Study
The monthly Bible Study will be held on Sunday 28 th May at 4.00 p.m. in All Saints’.
I would like to wish you well in everything you will be doing during the month of

Canon Lawrence will be on duty from Tuesday 25 th April until 4 th May. His telephone
number is 0449222109 or 0860562944
With kind regards and with God’s blessings,
Revd. Alastair Graham
Mobile: 087-787 0985

All Saints’ School Appeal

All Saints’ School is running a ‘Cash for Clobber’ Event to raise funds for the
school. If you are planning a clear out All Saints’ School would welcome any of your
unwanted used clothes, bags, shoes, towels, curtains, sheets, hats and belts, of any
quality. (but nothing electrical and no duvets or pillows). Items can be left into
the school from Thursday 4 th May
Our Collection date is Monday (morning) 8 th May.

Church Services this Month – May 2023

Sunday 7 th May
All Saints’ 10.00 a.m. Holy Communion, Rector
Killucan 11.30 a.m. Morning Prayer, Rector
Sunday 14 th May
All Saints’ 10.00 a.m. Holy Communion, Rector
Kilbixy 11.30 a.m. Holy Communion, Rector
Killucan 3.00 p.m. Thanksgiving Service for Anne Purdon
Sunday 21 st May
All Saints’ 10.00 a.m. Holy Communion, Rector
Killucan 11.30 a.m. Parish Family Service, Rector
Almoritia 7.00 p.m. Evening Prayer, Rector
Sunday 28 th May
All Saints’ 10.00 a.m. Holy Communion, Rector

11.00 a.m. All Saints’ Festival of Music for Pentecost

Saturday 20 th May
10.00 a.m. – 2.00 p.m.

Tree Quiz & Colouring competition results.
Thank you to all who entered the Tree Quiz and colouring competition. Answers to
the quiz are on the All Saints’ Church notice board or if you would like a copy please
let me know.
Quiz winners: 1st Olive Graham, 2nd Jean Kilmartin, 3rd Carol Cahill.
Colouring Under12: Donnacha Ryan
Colouring Under 7: 1st Abigail Kilmartin 2nd Isolde Ryan.

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Rev. Alastair Graham
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