Issue 163 “UNION NEWS” October 2023

Dear Parishioners,
During the month of September we had some wonderfully uplifting church services
and I would like to thank everyone for their support and presence. This month we will
also have some special services which I hope will be equally inspiring.

Harvest Thanksgiving Services

The All Saints’ Harvest Thanksgiving service will be held on Sunday 15 th October at
11.00 a.m.
The following Sunday, 22 nd October, the Harvest Thanksgiving service in Killucan
will take place at 11.30 a.m., and the Harvest Thanksgiving service in Almoritia will
take place at 7.00 p.m.

Climate Youth Sunday
On Sunday 29 th October the Archbishop of Armagh, the Bishop of Meath and Kildare
and the Bishop of Tuam, Limerick and Killaloe, will be among the Bishops attending
this special occasion in Wilson’s Hospital School led by the young leaders of the our
Parish initiative Lighten Our Darkness by Numbers. Young will be travelling from
all over Ireland to attend this occasion and it is a wonderful tribute to the young
people’s leadership that the Bishops and young people in the Church of Ireland have
accepted their invitation to come to Westmeath for this Climate Youth Sunday. Last
month it was also so encouraging to see the number of people who attended our Parish
Climate Service at Leney church.

St. Luke’s Day – Wednesday 18 th October
Each year on St. Luke’s Day we hold a special healing service in All Saints’ at
11.00am. I do warmly commend this service to you as it is an opportunity for us to
pray for Christ’s healing in each of our lives and in the lives of our loved ones and
those living in the wider world.

All Saints’ Whist Drive
The All Saints’ Whist Drive will be held on Friday 10 th November at 8.00 p.m. at All
Saints’ Church Mullingar. The Whist Drive is normally held on the first Friday in
November but this year will be held on the second Friday – 10 th November. We
would like to welcome all our friends from the Diocese and everyone is assured of a
very enjoyable evening.

All Saints’ Day
This year All Saints’ Day falls on Wednesday 1 st November. There will be a special
Service with music in All Saints’ at 11.00 a.m. We warmly invite everyone to join us.

Music by Candlelight – Friday 20 th October
Frank McNamara, of former Late Late Show success, has offered to do a concert in
All Saints’ on Friday 20 th October at 9.00 p.m. The concert will last one hour. Frank
will donate part of the concert proceeds to the Parish. Please contact Arthur O’Toole
(087-9733233), the churchwarden in All Saints’, for tickets.

Greville Table Quiz
Christy Maye the owner of the Greville Arms Hotel in Mullingar has very generously
and kindly offered to run a Table Quiz in the hotel on Thursday 16 th November at
8.00p.m. to support the Parish climate action program, Lighten Our Darkness by
Numbers initiative. He has also donated a brand new colour television as the first
prize in the raffle. I hope that parishioners will support this enjoyablel event.

Wednesday Prayers
Each Wednesday in All Saints’ at 11.00 a.m. there is a prayer service and everyone is
most welcome to attend.

Remembrance Sunday
The annual Service of Remembrance will be held in All Saints’ on Sunday 12 th
November at 11.00 a.m.

Irish Kidney Society Ecumenical Service
On Saturday 14 th October this service will be held in the Cathedral in Mullingar at
2.00pm. Everyone is warmly invited to attend. At the service we will be
remembering those who have generously donated their organs to those in urgent need.
Do come early as it is expected that 1400 people will attend.

Harvest Decoration
The harvest decoration will take place in All Saints’ on Saturday 14 th October at
10.30a.m. and in Killucan and Almoritia on Saturday 21 st October. Everyone is
warmly invited to come along to help with the decoration.

Minds Matter Conference
This conference on mental health will be held in Dublin on Friday 20 th October and
the Archbishop of Canterbury will attend along with the Archbishop of Armagh.

St. Simon and St. Jude
On Saturday 28 th October there will be a service of Holy Communion in All Saints’ at
11.00 a.m. to mark this holy day.

We offer our deepest sympathy to Bill McConnell, our musical director in All Saints’
following the death of his brother Derek who passed away in Spain where he had
resided for many years. Derek had not been well but his death came as a sad surprise
to Bill and the family. We pray that Derek, now in the fuller presence of God, may
rest in peace and rise in glory. Derek and Bill had sung as choristers in St. Patrick’s
Cathedral Dublin and they both came from a very musical family. We continue to
benefit from Bill’s singing in All Saints’.

We also offer deepest sympathy to Richard and Amanda  following the sad death of Richard’s sister Gillian whose funeral took place in Trinidad. We pray that Richard and his family will be comforted by their lovely memories of Gillian and that Gillian now in the  fuller presence of God may rest in peace. 

Canon Lawrence

Canon Lawrence will be on duty in the Parish for any emergency/pastoral care from Sunday 1st October until Thursday 12th October.   The contact numbers for Canon Lawrence contact number are 044-9222109 or 086-0562944.

With God’s blessings,

Revd. Alastair Graham Mobile: 087-787 0985

Holy Days in October

Wednesday 18th October- St. Luke

Saturday 28th October – St. Simon and St. Jude

11.00 a.m. Holy Communion

Church Services this Month – October 2023

Sunday 1st October

All Saints’ 10.00 a.m. Holy Communion, Rector

Killucan 11.30 a.m. Holy Communion, Canon Lawrence

Sunday 8th October

All Saints’ 10.00 a.m. Holy Communion, Canon Lawrence

Kilbixy 11.30 a.m. Holy Communion, Canon Lawrence

Sunday 15th October

All Saints’   9.30 a.m. Holy Communion, Rector

11.00 a.m. Harvest Thanksgiving Service

Preacher:  Simon Marriott

Killucan 11.30 a.m. Morning Prayer

Sunday 22nd October

All Saints’ 10.00 a.m. Holy Communion, Rector

Killucan 11.30 a.m. Harvest Thanksgiving

                                             Preacher Yvonne Hutchinson 

Almoritia   7.00 p.m. Harvest Thanksgiving

Sunday 29th October – Climate Youth Sunday, Wilsons’s Hospital School

All Saints’ 10.00 a.m. Morning Prayer

Killucan 11.30 a.m. Morning Prayer

Every Wednesday in All Saints’ at 11.00 a.m. there is a Service of Holy Communion

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