Wonderful Thanks to Wonderful Parishioners

As we walked into the ballroom of the Greville Arms Hotel in Mullingar last night, Friday 12 April, we instantly knew we were going to experience something very special indeed.
Everywhere we looked we saw the lovely smiling faces of the parishioners whose company we had so enjoyed  so much during our 15 years of ministry in the parish.
The warmth of the welcome that was extended to us was both enriching and enhancing. We greatly appreciated the kind words spoken of our time in the Mullingar Union of Parishes and the delicious supper was so enjoyable. As we walked back to the Rectory after the evening we both spoke of how blessed we had been to have had the opportunity of working in such a very special parish. The balance that was struck over the years between ‘faith’ and ‘Fun’  inspired so many occasions and initiatives.
Each of the four churches, All Saints’, Killucan, Kilbixy and Almoritia were oasis of prayer and grace where we were privileged to experience the presence of God. The many different liturgical services inspired and fed our souls as did the bible study and the times of special prayer. The variety of parish activities gave for endless enjoyment from the legendary Whist Drives, the outstanding Mayfairs, the uplifting concerts and festivals and of course the most enjoyable coffee mornings.
The singing of the parish choir, the beautiful flower arranging, the various children’s programmes, the youth events and Lighten Our Darkness by Numbers and the amazing work in the churchyards, God’s Gardens of Hope. The Parish National school  is a really great schoolwith dedicated teachers and staff. The work undertaken by everyone shapes the life of the parish for the better.
All these were made possible because of all the commitment and hard work of a wonderful team of parishioners. Truly great people made special by the age span from small children to bigger children, young teenagers, young adults, adults and more mature members of the parish.
The parish was also blessed by a very fine ecumenical initiative, Christian Voices Together, and the close connection with the wider community. The Church of Ireland is held in such high esteem. Parishioners also engage with a very active programme of charitable work which meets urgent social needs and also raises large amounts of money to support the work undertaken. Frequently lectures and meetings are held in the parish to create awareness about social changes and the impact these changes are having on people and children.
This is but a brief outline of an amazing parish inspired by God’s grace and love and why we now leave after 15 years with a trunkful of wonderful memories and cherished experiences.
We thank  again all the parishioners, the dedicated members of the Select Vestry, and the wider community for all their invaluable support and kindness to us and for their outstanding generosity.
Last night was a night we will never want to forget. A thousand thanks to everyone and to those who so sensitively make the arrangements.
We will keep you all in our prayers and thoughts and we wish the parish continued success in the years ahead.
With kindest regards, renewed thanks, and with God’s rich blessings
Olive and Alastair Graham
13 April 2024

1 Comment on “Wonderful Thanks to Wonderful Parishioners

  1. You fully deserve every moment as you and Olive have graced the parish with your ministry. Enjoy every moment in a happy and healthy retirement. No one deserves it more than you. Much love..Canon Stan and Rosemary Evans

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