Issue 150 Union Notes September 2022

Dear Parishioners,

Bereavements
Jean Gorissen
Everyone in the Parish has been so deeply upset by the untimely death of Jean  afternoon, 27 th August, in Beaumont Hospital. Jean had been so fit and well until the last few days before her passing. We offer our heartfelt sympathy to Arie, Peter Jan, Jennifer and Norbert and we surround them all with our love and prayers.
All of us who had the privilege of knowing Jean are mourning her loss greatly. We pray that now in the fuller presence of God she may rest in peace and rise in glory. She was so faithful to God in her worship and faith and Christian presence in Killucan and throughout the Parish was so very special indeed. Jean’s funeral service will be held in Killucan on Friday 2 nd September at 12 noon. Jean was so truly a good person and her love and kindness touched all our hearts.

Roland Blennerhassett
We also offer our deepest sympathy to Miriam Gray, nee Blennerhassett, whose brother Roland died very suddenly recently. The funeral service was held in St.Mary’s Church, Howth. Roland’s sudden death came as a terrible shock to all the family and we offer Miriam and her family our deepest  sympathy at this very sad time. We pray that Roland may rest in peace and rise in glory.

Climate Sunday – Sunday 4 th September 11.00 a.m. All Saints’ Church
The summer has reminded us all of the crisis facing the world through climate change. The heat waves in Europe, the many wildfires and now the floods in Pakistan, together with the drought elsewhere, are chastening. I urge everyone in the Parish to attend our Climate Sunday service. so that we can witness to the importance of the care of God’s creation and commit ourselves to do whatever we can to repair the damage.

The service will be led by the young leaders and the Choir will lead the singing.
Coffee in the Rectory
Following the Climate Sunday service everyone is invited to come to the Rectory for coffee and light refreshments. Olive and I hope you will all accept our invitation.

Lighten Our Darkness
We continue to make good progress in the project. The young leaders will meet this weekend to discuss a number of developments over the coming months. On Saturday evening at 7.00 p.m. everyone is invited to join the young leaders at the car park in Tormey’s pub. We will make our way to Leney church where Dr. Dara Fitzpatrick, the scientist from UCC, will conduct a tutorial on the chorus of birds and a bat survey.

The last tutorial on the importance of moths as pollinators, was
simply fascinating. If you are able to attend I can assure you that you will enjoy a most interesting evening.

End Domestic Abuse
The Mother’s Union in Ireland has selected our Parish as a pilot for a special course on “Equipping the Church to take action and end domestic abuse”. The pilot will be taking place on Monday evenings in September and October. If you would like to participate in this very important initiative please do not hesitate to contact me as soon as possible so that I can include your name. I will be participating in the pilot.

Christian Alpha Course
The Parish has been invited to participate in an Alpha Course which explores ourunderstanding of Christianity and faith. The course will take place in the GrevilleArms Hotel and begins on Thursday evening, 8 th September. I will be attending thecourse and warmly welcome anyone in the Parish who would like to accompany me.
I can assure you that you will find the Alpha course both interesting and informative. Please contact me if you would like to attend.

Renewing our Parish – Sunday 2 nd October
Following the pandemic and against the backdrop of so many challenging happenings in the world today, the role of the Christian parish church in our community is so very important. The parish church provides both hope and faith for young people and adults and we hope that we can become a true beacon in the months and years ahead.

On Sunday 2 nd October we are going to hold a very special Service under the theme of“Let’s stand together” and I sincerely hope everyone will give their support to this event. Further details will be provided in the October Union

Harvest Decorative Extravaganza
The next Planning Meeting will be held on Saturday 17 th September at 11.00 a.m. in All Saints’ Church. Our plan is to have the church open on Saturday 15 th October for the whole day and for the afternoon of Sunday 16 th October.

There will be teas served in the Hall, along with a home produce stall. We have some ideas in progress for decorations and displays using home-grown and foraged flowers and produce only, supported by props from our gardens and toy farm collections!

No flower arranging experience is necessary – just willing hands. We would also like to pull together a team to run the teas. If you cannot make this meeting but would like to be involved,
please let me know. Many thanks, Emma Coburn 087-6374131

Holy Days during September
Holy Cross Day – Wednesday 14 th September
St. Matthew’s Day – Wednesday 21 st September
St. Michael and All Angels – Thursday 29 th September

On each of these days there will be a Service of Holy Communion in All Saints’
Church at 11.00 a.m.

Visit to Liverpool Diocese
I have been invited to participate in the celebrations in St. Peter’s Parish, Formby, in the Diocese of Liverpool, at the end of September and to preach at the two 175 th Anniversary Services. It will be a great privilege to join the Rector and parishioners of Formby for their very special celebration.

While I am away Canon Lawrence will very kindly take the services and will be available for all pastoral emergencies. His telephone no. is 044-922 2109. I will be away from Tuesday 20 th – Thursday 29 thSeptember.
All Saints’ School
We wish the Principal, staff and students of All Saints’ national school all the very best for the new school year and we look forward to supporting many of their activities and special occasions.

Confirmation
The Confirmation Service will be held in All Saints’ on Sunday 7 th November at 11.00a.m. Confirmation classes will begin on Saturday 10 th September. I will be writing to all those who have requested to be confirmed and if anyone else in the Parish would like to be included please contact me.

Select Vestry
The Select Vestry will meet on Monday 19 th September at 7.30p.m. in All Saints’ Church.
We look forward to a very exciting and inspiring time in the Parish this autumn and we pray that God will bless all our endeavours which are done in His name.
With God’s blessings,
Rev. Alastair Graham

Issue 149                           “UNION NEWS”                     August 2022

 

 

Dear Parishioners,

 

Fleadh Cheoil – 31st July – 7th August

Final arrangements are being put in place for the Fleadh Cheoil which commences next Sunday.  We very much look forward to the Fleadh Cheoil and we hope it will be a most enjoyable time for everyone and that the weather will be kind in Mullingar.  Given the traffic restrictions, the church service times will have to be altered in All Saints’ for Sunday 31st July and Sunday 7th August.  There will be a Service of Holy Communion in All Saints’ on both Sundays at 8.30 a.m.  Next Sunday 31st July the President of Ireland will open the Fleadh and the clergy from the churches have been invited to take part.  In light of this, next Sunday morning the service in Killucan will be at 10.30 a.m., not 11.30 a.m. as announced.   The following Sunday 7th August there will be a service in Killucan at 11.30 a.m.  Due to the Fleadh, the service in All Saints’ for the Transfiguration of Our Lord will  be postponed from Saturday 6th August.

 

 

Lighten Our Darkness

In July we had a wonderful weekend working on “God’s Gardens of Hope” and we hope this work will continue each month for the remainder of the year.  The young leaders are very much involved in this project but I would like to welcome other parishioners to take part.  Please don’t hesitate to contact me and I will give you the details.

 

 

Climate Sunday Service – Sunday 4th September

The next Climate Sunday Service will be held in All Saints’ on Sunday 4th September at 11.00 a.m.  I would like to invite everyone to attend the Service.  The Service will be led by the young leaders and the Choir will lead the singing.  In the light of the very striking recent weather events this Service takes on an added significance and I hope it will be very well supported.

 

Following the Service Olive and I would like to invite everyone in to the Rectory garden for light refreshments.

 

 

Clonmacnoise

The annual Open Air Service was held on Sunday 24th July and the theme was ‘creation care’.  Clonmacnoise was such an appropriate setting and we were truly blessed with the weather as a heavy shower passed over before the Service began.  We enjoyed a time of worship in glorious sunshine.

 

 

Summer Holidays and Summer Work

I hope that parishioners who have already been on holiday will have returned feeling well rested and refreshed.  For those parishioners who will be on holiday this month, I hope you will have a very sunny and enjoyable holiday.  We also remember those who are particularly busy with their work over the summer months and, in particular, we remember the farmers in the Parish.  We are very blessed with the good work the farmers undertake.  We also pray that farmers will keep safe as given the nature of their work there is always the risk of an unintended accident.  We pray that God will bless us all with a good harvest this year and we look forward to giving our thanksgiving at the Harvest Services in October.

 

Harvest Extravaganza

On the weekend of the Harvest Festival in All Saints’ – Sunday 16th October – parishioners are organising a very imaginative Harvest Extravaganza which we hope will be very well supported by parishioners and the wider community.  Details of the Extravaganza will be in the September Union Notes.  In the meantime, if anyone would like to know more about this special event please contact Emma Coburn who will be pleased to provide more information.

 

 

Year of Renewal

You may remember on Easter Sunday we launched a Year of Parish Renewal as the country emerged from the Covid pandemic.  In the autumn we hope to hold some very special events in the Parish to enable us all to come together as a community to share in both religious and social events.  The place of the Church in modern society is very important in the local context as it provides a true beacon of hope at this time of challenge and opportunity.  It will be a lovely experience to participate and attend these occasions and dates for these occasions will be announced in the September issue of the Union Notes.

 

Holy Days in August

  • On Monday 15th August we will remember the blessed Virgin Mary at a service in All Saints’ at 11.00 a.m.
  • Sunday 24th August is St. Bartholomew’s Day which will be celebrated in All Saints’ at 11.00 a.m.

 

 

I do hope you will continued to have an enjoyable and peaceful summer.

 

With God’s blessings,

Rev. Alastair Graham

 

 

 

Church Services this Month

Sunday 31st July

All Saints’                            8.30 a.m.            Holy Communion, Rector

Killucan                              10.30 a.m.            Morning Prayer, Rector

 

 

Sunday 7th August

All Saints’                            8.30 a.m.            Holy Communion, Rector

Killucan                              11.30 a.m.            Morning Prayer, Rector

 

 

Sunday 14th August

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

Kilbixy                                11.30 a.m.            Holy Communion, Rector

Almoritia                              7.00 p.m.            Evening Prayer, Rector

 

 

Sunday 21st August

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

Killucan                               11.30 a.m.            Holy Communion, Canon Lawrence

 

 

Sunday 28th August

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

Killucan                               11.30 a.m             Holy Communion, Canon Lawrence

 

 

Sunday 4th September

All Saints’                          11.00 a.m.            Climate Sunday Service for parishioners

from all the churches –

followed by coffee in the Rectory garden

 

                                            

Holy Days this Month

Monday 15th August          11.00 a.m.            Blessed Virgin Mary

Wednesday 24th August     11.00 a.m.            St. Bartholomew’s Day

 

Services of Holy Communion will be held in All Saints’ Church

Issue 148 UNION NEWS July 2022

Dear Parishioners,

“Summer Suns Are Glowing”
This lovely hymn by Walsham How presents a lovely image of a summer where there
is plenty of sunshine, light and everyone is rejoicing “in the mellow rays”. This is afar cry from some of the summer weather we are experiencing this year so far. We live in hope that the weather will improve and that the rest, relaxation and holidays we will have in Ireland will bask in some “sunshine”.

However, we have much to be thankful for when we look at the plight of many people in different parts of the world who are enduring hardship and war. We continue to offer prayers for peace and harmony that will usher in an end to this suffering. I do hope everyone will have an opportunity for a break from their daily routines and feel refreshed afterwards. We also fondly remember all the farmers in the Parish and their families for whom the summer months require so much of their time and hard work.

We look forward to the harvest which we hope, for them and for us, will be a time of thanksgiving.
Ukraine The English classes in All Saints’ for the Ukrainians residing in the Annebrook Hotel will continue over the summer. We are building a lovely friendly relationship with them and feel for them so much in the suffering they are having to endure and the heartbreak of the separation from their families. It is always lovely when they are able to join us for worship on Sunday morning in All Saints’ and we sincerely hope that their wish to return home will not be prolonged for too long.

Harvest Floral Extravaganza
We are planning to hold a Harvest Floral Extravaganza on the weekend of
Saturday 15 th and Sunday 16 th October in All Saints’ Church Mullingar. The
Harvest Service will be held on Sunday morning, 16 th October, at 11.00 a.m. The
Harvest allows for a great variety of decorating opportunities. In this regard, we hope we can gather a dynamic team to undertake the project of the Harvest Floral Extravaganza.

No flower arranging experience is necessary. All that is required are
plenty of willing and enthusiastic hands from all ages, from youth to maturity. We are holding a special meeting in All Saints’ on Saturday 16 th July at 11.00 a.m. to discuss the project. Everyone will be most welcome and we hope you will be able to come. If you are unable to attend the meeting please let us know if you would be interested in being involved in October. Just telephone Olive Graham (044 934376) and Emma
Coburn (087 6374131).
Harvest is a wonderful time of thanksgiving and joy. We hope to make Harvest this year a truly truly memorable occasion.

Holy Days this Month
Monday 4 th July St. Thomas
Friday 22 nd July St. Mary Magdalene
Monday 25 th July St. James the Apostle
On each of these holy days there will be a Service of Holy Communion in All Saints’
Church at 11.00 a.m. Everyone is most welcome
Clonmacnoise – Sunday 24 th July
This year the Open Air Service at Clonmacnoise will be held at 4.00 p.m. Everyone
in the Parish is warmly invited to attend. Having the opportunity to worship in such a
beautiful, historic and religious site is a true delight. This year the theme of the
Service will be on “Creation Care”. If you have visited Clonmacnoise before you
will know how special it is. If you have not visited may I encourage you to visit this
year for the Open Air Service and I know you will be glad you went.
Bereavements
Three families have recently been bereaved in the Parish. We offer them our deepest sympathy. Susan Miller, the wife of George Miller, sadly passed away in Dublin. We offer our deepest sympathy to those families connected with the Millers, who mostly are attached to Kilbixy church.

Lesley Aust’s mother passed away in South Africa after a long illness and we
sympathise with Lesley as she gathers in South Africa with her family for the funeral.
Gerry King’s brother Frank, who lived in Belfast, also passed away. We offer our
deepest sympathy to Gerry, Margaret and their family.

We pray that those who have been bereaved will draw comfort from their memories of their loved ones. We pray that Susan, Lesley’s mother, and Frank, now in the fuller presence of God, may rest in peace and rise in glory.

Anne O’Hara
Warwick, Katie and Patrick will be gathering with their family and friends for a
special Service in Killucan on Sunday 24 th July at 11.30 a.m. Following the Service there will be the scattering of Anne’s ashes in compliance with her wish. If parishioners would like to join Anne’s family for this Service they will be most welcome.

FlEADH Cheoil
Mullingar is preparing for the FLEADH Cheoil which will be held from Sunday 31 st July to Sunday 7 th August. We hope this will be a most enjoyable occasion for everyone involved and that those visiting Mullingar will thoroughly enjoy their visit and the delights and beauty of Westmeath.

May I just remind parishioners that the town will be closed to traffic from 10.00 a.m. each day until 4.00 a.m. If you have a need to visit the town by car you can do so between the hours of 4.00 a.m. – 10.00 a.m.

Summer Greetings
Olive and I hope everyone will keep safe and well over the summer and that all
parishioners will be able to find some time to rest and relax.
If I can be of any assistance to you in any way please do not hesitate to contact me –

087-7870985.
With God’s blessings,
Rev. Alastair Graham

Church Services this Month

Sunday 3 rd July
All Saints’ 10.00 a.m. Holy Communion, Rector
Killucan 11.30 a.m. Morning Prayer, Rector
Sunday 10 th July
All Saints’ 10.00 a.m. Holy Communion, Rector
Killucan 11.30 a.m. Holy Communion, Rector
Sunday 17 th July
All Saints’ 10.00 a.m. Morning Prayer
Almoritia 10.00 a.m. Holy Communion, Rector
Kilbixy 11.30 a.m. Holy Communion, Rector
Sunday 24 th July
All Saints’ 10.00 a.m. Holy Communion, Rector
Killucan 11.30 a.m. Prayer Service to remember Anne O’Hara
Clonmacnoise 4.00 p.m. Open Air Service
Sunday 31 st July – Service Times in next Union Notes
Holy Days this Month

Monday 4 th July 11.00 a.m. St. Thomas’s Day
Friday 22 nd July 11.00 a.m. St. Mary Magdalene’s Day
Monday 25 th July 11.00 a.m. St. James’s Day
All Services of Holy Communion will be held in All Saints’ Church

Issue 147 “UNION NEWS” June 2022

MULLINGAR UNION OF PARISHES

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.

Mayfair
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.
Bereavement
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
together.
Holy Days in June
A Service of Holy Communion will be held on each Saint’s day in All Saints’ at
11.00am
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.

Mayfair

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

Service
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

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

  Baking

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

 

 

 

Mayfair

 

Saturday 14th May

 

10.00 a.m. – 2.00 p.m.

 

All Saints’ Church, Mullingar

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Issue 145 “UNION NEWS”April 2022

Dear Parishioners,

Easter

This year we will be able to celebrate Easter Day in church for the first time since 2019.  As we know, due to the pandemic, the churches were not open and so I hope we will all gather in large numbers to celebrate the resurrection of Christ.  Details of the times of Services can be seen in these Notes.

Holy Week

  • Holy Week is an important time of preparation for Easter Day. On Monday 11th, Tuesday 12th and Wednesday 13th April there will be a Service of Morning Prayer in All Saints’ each day at 10.30 a.m. and a Zoom Holy Week Service will be held each evening at 8.00 p.m. on those days.
  • On Holy Thursday there will be a celebration of Holy Communion in Killucan at 10.30 a.m., in All Saint’s at 11.30 a.m. and in Almoritia at 5.00 p.m. There will be a Service of Evening Prayer in Kilbixy at 8.00 p.m.
  • On Good Friday there will be a service of Morning Prayer at 10.30 a.m. in All Saints’, at 12.00 Holy Hour in Kilbixy, at 2.00pm Holy Hour in Killucan, 5.00p.m. Evening Prayer Almoritia and 8.00 p.m. Sacred Words and Sacred Music in All Saints’.

Decoration of churches will take place on Saturday 16th April.

 

Prayers for Ukraine

On Good Friday evening at 8.00 p.m. in All Saints’ we will be having a special Prayer Vigil for Ukraine.  This provides an opportunity for every parishioner to come and show their support by praying for the people of Ukraine and the end of hostilities.

 

 Lighten Our Darkness – Zoom Lecture on Biodiversity

Dr. Dara Fitzpatrick will present his lecture on Biodiversity on Tuesday 5th April at 7.30 p.m. on Zoom for those who were unable to hear his lecture in All Saints’.  Those who heard the lecture may indeed like to hear it again.  If you would please send me your email address and I will happily send you a Zoom invitation.

 

 Bio-diversity Church Yard Project – Saturday 2nd April 2022.

 If you would like to help with this project on Saturday in Leney Churchyard please meet at Tormey’s Carpark, Bunbrosna at 11am. The work will conclude at 1pm. Everyone will be most welcome – we need plenty of willing hands!!

 Bishop’s Pastoral Visit

The Bishop will be making a pastoral visit to the Parish on Sunday 10th April.  She will preach at Almoritia at 11.00 a.m. and will then attend the Lighten Our Darkness presentation at 2.30 p.m. in All Saints’.  I warmly invite parishioners to both occasions.  The Bishop always enjoys meeting parishioners when she comes to the Parish.

General Easter Vestry

The General Easter Vestry meeting will be held in All Saints’ church on Sunday 8th May at 11.00 a.m.  This is a very important meeting and I sincerely hope it will be well supported by parishioners.

Confirmation

I will be very grateful if those who wish to be confirmed this year by the Bishop could please let me know as soon as they can.

 

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

The planning for this year’s Mayfair is well underway.  We will have all the popular stalls – cakes, plants, tombola, books, teas, burgers, raffle.  The majority of the stalls will be located outside at All Saints’ church.

 

  • Mayfair Competitions for Children
  • Thank you again to all the December bakers. We plan to hold another Children’s Baking Competition at the Mayfair.  Full details of the items to bake will be in the May issue of the Union Notes.
  • We are introducing a new competition for the Mayfair – Garden on a Plate. Using a dinner plate as your base, create a mini garden of your own design.  Hopefully with advance notice this will give you a chance to think about what you might like to do.

Following the pandemic we look forward to seeing everyone again at the Mayfair this year.  As always it will be a most enjoyable occasion.

 

Holy Baptisms

We recently baptised into God’s family in All Saints’ church Grayson, Milo, Callum and Arlo.  We will continue to pray for them and for their parents and godparents as they begin their journey in faith.

Bereavement

We offer our deepest sympathy to Penelope Mahon following the death of her dear husband Tim.  We extend our sympathy to their children, Rupert, Antonio and Myles, her grandchildren and Tim’s wider family.  Tim was a much-loved parishioner and member of the choir in All Saints’, and also sang with the Diocesan Choir.  Tim had the most beautiful human spirit and his concern and love for people was truly inspired by the grace of the Holy Spirit.  Tim had won the admiration and affection of a very wide circle of people over many years.  He also had a wonderful faith and we pray that Tim, now in the fuller presence of God, may rest in peace and rise in glory.

Congratulations – 100th Birthday

We warmly congratulate Doreen Deering who celebrated her 100th birthday on Sunday 20th March.  Doreen is a resident in Rose Lodge Nursing Home in Killucan.  It was such a special occasion as Doreen is a most endearing and engaging person.  On her birthday she was able to reflect with a wonderful clarity on her 100 years of life.  Doreen’s father had been in insurance and she was born in Clara, Co. Offaly where he worked.  His job required the family to move around different parts of Ireland, finally settling in Mullingar in Harbour Street.  Doreen was educated at a school in Dublin.  In congratulating Doreen we pray that God will continue to bless her and that she will look forward to many more years of life.  Her avid watching of television keeps her fully appraised of all the developments happening in the world and in sport.

Canon Lawrence

Olive and I hope to be able to visit our family in the United States after Easter.  Of course we have not been able to visit recently due to the pandemic.  While we are away Canon Lawrence has very graciously agreed to take the Services and to be available for any pastoral emergencies.  Canon Lawrence’s telephone no. is 0860562944 or 044-9222109.

 

Olive and I would like to wish you all a very happy Easter.  We look forward to meeting you at the Services and hope you will have a lovely time with your family and friends.

 

With God’s blessings,

Revd. Alastair Graham

087-7870985

 

 

 

Issue 144  “UNION NEWS” March 2022

Dear Parishioners,

Lent 2022

Lent this year begins on Ash Wednesday 2nd March.  In All Saints’ there will be a children’s Service at 9.30.am.and a Service of Holy Communion at 10.30a.m.

In Killucan there will be a Service of Holy Communion at 12 noon. 

In Almoritia there will be a Service of Evening Prayer at 5.00 p.m.

Last year during Lent we held an evening service by Zoom at 8.00 p.m. every Wednesday.  During Lent this year we will hold a Zoom Service each Wednesday at 8.00 p.m. and I hope each Service will involve children and families.

It was lovely to have so many people joining together for these Lenten services and I hope we will have good numbers again for Lent this year.  If you and your family would like to join us on Zoom please let me know and I will send you an invitation.  The Services last no more than 25 minutes.

Lighten Our Darkness

The special weekend on learning about Bio-Diversity will be held on Saturday 5th and Sunday 6th March.

On Saturday morning everyone is invited to meet at All Saints’ at 11.00 a.m.

To avoid traffic congestion you are invited to park at the Rectory and to walk through the Rectory garden to the church.  After the first short meeting in All Saints’ we will then move on to Stonehall and Leney churchyards.

At each of the churchyards Dr. Dara Fitzpatrick, a distinguished scientist from Cork University, will outline the bio-diversity in each pilot site.  At 6.00 p.m. in All Saints’ Dr. Fitzpatrick will give a presentation on ‘The challenge to bio-diversity by climate change and the difference we can make by our actions’.

On Sunday 6th March at 11.00 a.m. we will hold our second Climate Sunday Service in the church grounds.  This Service will be posted on Facebook and I hope we will have a very good number of parishioners attending as a witness to what our church is undertaking in Mullingar.  At the Climate Sunday Service women will be participating to mark the International Women’s Day of Prayer.

We are all aware of the need to repair the damage to God’s world and, together in our Parish, we can make a difference with your support and participation.  I do hope parishioners will be able to attend the events over this weekend.

Fridays in Lent

There will be a Service of Holy Communion every Friday in All Saints’ at 11.00 a.m.  I encourage parishioners to come if at all possible.

 Lenten Bible Study

Bible Study will be held on Saturday 12th March and Saturday 9th April at 10.30 a.m. in All Saints’.

Lenten Project

This Lent the young people are calling the Project ‘Drop a Coin ‘ and the proceeds will go to support Syrian children in their education following the recent civil war.  Collection boxes will be placed in each church

St. Patrick’s Day

We will be celebrate St. Patrick’s day with a special Service in All Saints’ on Thursday 17th March at 11.00 a.m. with the Blessing of the Shamrock and special music by the Choir.

Select Vestry

The Select Vestry will hold a meeting on Monday 21st March at 7.30 p.m.

Aspire Magazine

The Aspire Diocesan magazine is available each month and carries news of the Diocese and all the different parishes.  The subscription for this year is now due and I would ask the subscribers in the parish to either send their subscription of €27 to John Hales, our Honorary Treasurer, or give it to one of the churchwardens at the church you attend.  If anyone would like to become a subscriber they should please contact Edna Craig on 087-2761568.

Holy Baptisms

I am pleased to announce that we will be having three baptisms during March.  We pray for the children to be baptised, their parents and godparents.  We also congratulate those children who have been recently baptised and pray for them, their parents and godparents.

Bereavement

We offer our deepest sympathy to Warwick O’Hara on the sad death of his wife, Anne, who had been a much loved and highly respected parishioner of Killucan parish.

Anne’s contribution in so many aspects of life in Westmeath was truly significant.  Warwick and Anne’s house in Mornington always offered a warm welcome to everyone.  Anne’s gifts as a chef were par excellence and her cooking for guests in Mornington and her work in Wilson’s Hospital School was legend.

Anne bore her illness with great courage and, in recent months when she was sadly encountering ill health, she showed amazing bravery and dignity.  She was a person of great faith and we pray that, now in the fuller presence of God, she may rest in peace and rise in glory.

We offer our deepest sympathy to Warwick, their daughter Katy and son Patrick, grandchildren Owen, Ellen and Olivia, Anne’s sister and niece Heather and Salena, and John and Sarah.   We hope they will be comforted by their wonderful memories of Anne and in knowing that she is now at rest and at peace.

We also offer our deepest sympathy to Arthur and Marion O’Toole following the sad passing of Arthur’s sister, Claire.  Claire had in recent times become very unwell and Arthur and Marion’s support, love and care provided a wonderful comfort to her.  Claire’s funeral service took place in Grange Con, Co. Wicklow.  Claire had a wonderful faith and we pray that Arthur and Marion will be greatly comforted by their memories of her and also strengthened in their sorrow by Claire’s faith which has given them such strength and comfort.  May Claire rest in peace and rise in glory.

Coming Out of the Pandemic

As the country begins to come out of the recent pandemic, we hope parishioners will now feel comfortable in returning to church where they can feel safe and at ease.  Faith is such an important aspect of life. We hope our Parish will provide a Christian nurturing that gives everyone a sense of purpose and meaning and, through our worship and activity, an opportunity to deepen our faith and witness openly in the Mullingar Union to all that is finest in human living under God’s healing, care and protection.

As I have mentioned on so many occasions, I am always available at any time if anyone in the Parish has any need.  Please never hesitate to telephone me on 087-7870985.

With God’s blessings,

Revd. Alastair Graham

087-7870985

Issue 143 “UNION NEWS” February 2022

Dear Parishioners,

I think for most of us the announcement by the Taoiseach last Friday, 21st January, of the easing of the restrictions, came as a surprise.  While we must continue to be responsible in our behaviour, it is encouraging to know that the prospects for our day to day life this year will certainly be brighter than they were this time last year.  In the Parish we hope to be able to make a gradual return to normality, always bearing in mind the need to be watchful and careful.

Biodiversity Weekend

In early January, in the light of the concern at the spread of the virus at the beginning of the year, it was decided to postpone the biodiversity weekend which was to have been held in January, until the weekend of 6th-7th  March.   It had been planned to hold a Climate Sunday Service at 11.00 a.m. on 30th January but, given the deferment to March of the weekend, this Service will also be postponed and this Sunday, at 11.00 a.m there will be a Service of Holy Communion in All Saints’. 

 

Details of the Biodiversity Weekend will be given in the next issue of the Union Notes.  However, the basic details are that, at 11.00 a.m. on Saturday 6th March, we will meet in All Saints’ for the visit to the pilot sites for the “God’s Gardens of Hope” project.  At 6.00 pm, Dr. Dara Fitzpatrick, scientist at UCC, will give a lecture on biodiversity in All Saints’.  On Sunday 7th March, at 11.00 a.m., the Climate Sunday Service will be held.

The Tree Planting project will commence on Saturday 26th March.

Children/Family Services

Following the easing of restrictions, the monthly Children/Family Services in All Saints’ will resume on Sunday 20th February at 11.00 a.m.  and in Killucan on Sunday 6th February at 11.30 a.m.    I warmly welcome children and their families back to church and it will be very special indeed to be able to hold these Services again after such a long break due to the pandemic.

Ash Wednesday and Lent

This year Ash Wednesday is on Wednesday 2nd March.  In the next Union Notes there will be details of the Services for Ash Wednesday and also the activities in the Parish during Lent.  Lent provides us with a wonderful opportunity for prayerful reflection.  I extend a warm invitation to everyone to participate in Lent this year and I am sure your experience will be both uplifting and enriching for you.

Holy Days during February

We will be celebrating St. Brigid’s Day with a special Service in All Saints’ on Tuesday 1st February, at 11.00 a.m.

That will be followed on Wednesday 2nd February with a celebration of Candlemas, again at 11.00 a.m. in All Saints’.

St. Matthew’s Day falls on Thursday 24th February and there will be a celebration of Holy Communion in All Saints’ at 11.00 a.m.

Senior Parish Choir

The Choir provided wonderfully inspiring singing for us during Advent, Christmas and Epiphany and I would again like to thank our Musical Director Bill McConnell, our organist David Lamb, and the members of the Choir.  After a well deserved rest, choir practice will resume again on Wednesday 2nd February at 7.00 p.m in All Saints. Any parishioners who would like to join the Choir would be most welcome.

 

Service of Crowns

The Children’s Gift Day Service this year on Sunday 16th January, was a most uplifting occasion and the children’s gifts are being sent to a wonderful project in the Lebanon which is providing education for children who have been displaced from their homeland of Syria due to the civil war.  244,000 of the half million Syrian children in Lebanon have no schools to attend and dedicated teachers supported by this charity are endeavouring to provide basic education for them.  It was wonderful to see the children coming forward with their gifts and we hope that during Lent we will be able to have a further collection to support this very worthy cause.

Lighten Our Darkness

It is hoped that this year, with the easing of the restrictions, it will be possible to really expand the work of the project.  I would like to again thank all the young leaders for their enthusiasm and commitment.

Bereavement

We offer our deepest sympathy to Christine Timmis and Katrina and Richard Tansley, following the sad death of Christine’s husband and Katrina’s father, Ron, on Saturday 15th January at the Brosna Unit, Cluain Lir Centre, Mullingar.  Ron and Christine moved over here from England some years ago after their retirement and had integrated very well into the life of Mullingar.  Unfortunately Ron became unwell in the last few years.  He bore his illness with enormous courage and dignity.  We pray that Christine, Katrina, Richard, the grandchildren William, George, Poppy, Rachel and Zach, Christine’s son Darren, Ron’s brother Geoffrey, and the extended family, will be comforted by their wonderful memories of Ron.  We pray that Ron, now in the fuller presence of God may rest in peace and rise in glory.

Spring falls on the first day of February and I hope we can all look forward to Spring and the rest of the year with a growing confidence and hope, following what has been a very torrid and, in many cases, sad and tragic time due to the corona virus pandemic.  We pray that God will continue to bless us with His love and spirit and that together we can build a humanity that serves the world with goodness and compassion.

A Prayer of Reflection

O God, we need a star to set our journey through the world. Help us to see in Jesus born at Bethlehem the eternal star which will lead us to the place where truth and love and mercy meet so that we may kneel with shepherds and kings and find heart’s joy and heart’s peace in Jesus Christ.

Amen   

With God’s blessings,

Revd. Alastair Graham

087-7870985

All Saints’ National School- School Enrolment

 All Saints’ National School is accepting applications for enrolment for the school year 2022 – 2023 from Monday 7th February  to 4th March. The schools admission notice and application form are available online on our website –  allsaintsnsmullingar.ie. Please return the form by closing on Friday 4th March. We look forward to hearing from you. Hard copies of application forms are available from the school office 04493 48206.

 

 

Issue 142 “UNION NEWS” January 2022

Dear Parishioners,

I would like to wish you all a very happy and healthy New Year.  It was such a shame that a number of families were restricted by Covid and other illnesses s at  Christmas. We wish them well in their recovery. Given this situation I hope it was still possible for everyone to enjoy the Christmas spirit. It was lovely to see so many parishioners at the Christmas Services. I would again like to thank everyone in the Parish for their wonderful support, help and assistance with all the services in the churches.  As always, the church decorations were very special and created a wonderful festive atmosphere.

Christmas Fair and Raffle- Saturday 11th December

The Fair and Raffle was a wonderful success and I would like to again thank the wonderful team of stall holders and helpers, who worked so hard to make this occasion such a success.  All your efforts were warmly appreciated by everyone.

Gift Day

I would like to thank everyone for their very generous support with the Parish Gift Day which was greatly appreciated.

Epiphany

Epiphany is a very important occasion in the life of the Church and on Epiphany, Thursday 6th January, we will celebrate Epiphany with a Service in All Saints’ at 11.00 am.  On Epiphany we celebrate the arrival of the Wise Men and the significance of Epiphany continues to have an important relevance for the life of the world.

Epiphany Carol Service- this is a united Service for all the churches

The Epiphany Carol Service will be held at 11.00 a.m. on Sunday 9th January in All Saints’.  At the Service we have an opportunity of singing the lovely Epiphany carols.  The young leaders will lead the liturgy.  I hope parishioners from all the churches will be able to come together as God’s family we can offer our praise to Him.

Lighten Our Darkness- Special Bio- diversity weekend -29th/30th January

We look forward to a special weekend on 29th /30th  January, led by the young leaders.  On Saturday 29th at 11.30 a.m. there will be a fact-finding visit to the three churchyards that will be the pilot areas for our initiative on bio-diversity.  At 6.00 pm Dr. Dara Fitzpatrick of University College Cork, will present the challenge to the world regarding bio-diversity.  As a scientist, Dara has an encyclopedic knowledge of bio-diversity and his presentation promises to be both informative and inspiring.  The presentation will take place in All Saints’ public health guidelines permitting .

Week of Prayer for Christian Unity

In January each year we celebrate the octave for Christian Unity from 18th to 25th.  This year from Tuesday 18th through to Tuesday 25th  there will be a special Prayer Service in All Saints’ each day at 11a.m.  On Sunday 23rd at 7.00 p.m. we will meet with Christians from all the other churches in Mullingar for a special service of praise and thanksgiving in the Cathedral at 7.00 p.m.  We share a wonderful relationship with all the other churches in Mullingar and I urge parishioners to make the Octave this year a special priority.

 

Service of Crowns

The Children’s Gift Day Service will be held in All Saints at 11am on Sunday 16th January when we invite the children in the parish and their families to bring a small gift of  2 Euro which goes to support  Children in Need.

 

Holy Baptism

We congratulate Abigale  who was baptised in All Saints on 18th December. We pray for her, her parents and godparents.

 

Bereavements

We were all deeply saddened at the tragic death of Roy Ashmore before Christmas.  We offer our deepest sympathy to Diane, Amy William, Emily  and Ross and the family. Roy will be very sadly missed  and throughout his life his many contributions and achievements were greatly appreciated and admired and we pray that now in the fuller presence of God he may rest in peace and rise in glory. We also pray that Diane and the family will also be comforted by God’s presence  and by the love and support of all of us who admire and respect the Ashmore Family so much.

 

We were also saddened before Christmas at the loss of Watson Mills who over his long life of 96 years had made such an impact  on the parish and local community. Watson’s achievement s were many and like Roy he will be so sadly missed by us all. We pray he will now rest in peace and rise in glory and we offer our deepest sympathy to his family and wide circle of friends.

 

We also offer our deepest sympathy to David Webster following the untimely death of his Uncle  before Christmas.  We hope that David and the family will be comforted by their warm memories of him and that his uncle may rest in peace and rise in glory.

 

Holy Days

Epiphany –                                        6th January

Conversion of St. Paul –                   25th January

St. Bridgit’s Day –                            1st February

Candlemas –                                       2nd February

 

As we begin the New Year I hope, as the year progresses, that we will be able to see an end to the restrictions that we have all had to accept since the onset of the pandemic.  As we all know, it has been a challenging time for everyone but, please God, as the year proceeds we will all begin to see a bright light on the horizon.

 

 

 

I hope you will all keep safe and well and that this year will be good to you and your families.

 

With God’s blessings,

Rev. Alastair Graham

087 7870985

 

Issue 141 “UNION NEWS” December 2021

Dear Parishioners,
Christmas 2021
December is a lovely month as we prepare for Christmas and all the enjoyment andexcitement it brings. Parish Services and activities are at the heart of the ChristianChristmas and this year, guidelines permitting, we hope to enjoy the special Servicesat Advent and Christmas.

However, due to the necessity for social distancing, it will
not be possible to hold Services in December in Kilbixy. With the agreement of thechurchwardens, we feel this is the right decision. Given the size of the church socialdistancing guidelines only allow a small number of people to be accommodated. Ihope this will not be too disappointing and the situation will be reviewed in January.

 Christingle. In Killucan the annual Christingle Service will be held on
Sunday 5 th December at 11.30 a.m. We look forward to welcoming the
young children and their families as we celebrate this traditional occasion.
 Christmas Fair and Raffle. The Christmas Fair and Raffle will be held on
Saturday 11 th December from 10.00 a.m. – 2.00 p.m. in All Saints’. It will be
held largely outdoors “guidelines permitting”. The Baking Competition will
be judged in the All Saints’ Hall. There will be some lovely Christmas items
and cakes on sale and we hope parishioners and friends will be able to attend.
I would like to thank Emma Coburn for her work in organising the Fair and
all the parishioners helping with the stalls and activities
 Christingle in All Saints’. This special occasion will be held in All Saints’
on Sunday 12 th December at 11.00 a.m. We look forward to welcoming the
children and their families, along with parishioners, for this lovely festival.
 Christmas Decorations. The churches – All Saints’, Killucan and Almoritia
– will be decorated for Christmas on Saturday 18 th December at 10.30 a.m.
We warmly welcome everyone in the respective parishes to come along and
take part in the decorating of the churches.
 Killucan Carol Service. The Carol Service will be held on Sunday 19 th
December at 11.30 a.m. This occasion is always a joy to attend and we look
forward to welcoming all parishioners, young and not-so-young.
 All Saints’ Candlelit Carol Service. This Service will be held on Sunday
19 th December at 7.00 p.m. in All Saints’. Everyone is warmly welcomed.
 St. Thomas’s Day. A service of Holy Communion will be held in All
Saints’ on Tuesday 21 st December at 11.00 a.m.

 Christmas Eve. The Christmas Eve morning service will be held at 11.00
a.m. in All Saints’ and the Midnight Holy Communion will also be held in
All Saints’ commencing at 10.30 p.m. with the singing of carols.

 Christmas Day. The Christmas Family Service will be held in All Saints’ at
10.00 a.m., the Christmas Day Service in Almoritia at 10.00 a.m. and the
Christmas Day Service in Killucan at 11.30 a.m.

 St. Stephen’s Day. At 10.00 a.m. there will be a Service of Carols of Praise
in All Saints’ followed by Holy Communion for those who wish to receive.

 St. John’s Day. On Monday 27 th December there will be a service of Holy
Communion in All Saints’ at 11.00 a.m.

 The Holy Innocents. On Tuesday 28 th December there will be a service of
Holy Communion in All Saints’ at 11.00 a.m.

 New Year’s Day. There will be a special service in All Saints’ at 11.30 a.m.
to celebrate the beginning of the New Year.

 Epiphany. On Thursday 6 th January Epiphany will be celebrated at a special
service of Holy Communion at 11.00 a.m. in All Saints’.

 Epiphany Carol Service. This wonderful occasion will be celebrated in All
Saints’ on Sunday 9 th January at 11.00 a.m.

Booking for Christmas Services
We will be very grateful if you would let the churchwardens in each church know ifyou will be attending church this Christmas for the Carol Services and for ChristmasDay.

All Saints’ – Arthur O’Toole 087 9733233,

Killucan – Richard Tansley 086 8118242,

Almoritia – Billy Small 087 2533001.

Fridays during Advent
Each Friday morning during Advent (3 rd , 10 th , 17 th and 24 th December) there will be aspecial Advent Service in All Saints’ at 11.00 a.m. I warmly commend these Services to you as they provide a lovely opportunity for our spiritual preparation at Christmas.

Holy Days after Christmas
There is a very long tradition in the Church of celebrating these three special days beginning with St. Stephen’s Day. I do commend them to you and it will be lovely tojoin with parishioners to mark each of these days.
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Christmas Fair:One of the features of the Fair will be the Cake Stall with a lovelyvariety of home baked Christmas baking. If anyone would like to present a cake Olivewould be delighted to hear from you – telephone 044-9348376.

Lighten Our Darkness
The young leaders’ presentation on Sunday 21 st November was truly inspiring and we again congratulate them on their wonderful performance. The young leaders will beholding some very special events on the weekend of 15 th and 16 th January, guidelines permitting. Details of the events will be provided in the January Union Notes.

Parish Gift Day
We would like to thank all the parishioners for their very generous support for theParish Gift Day. I would again like to thank John Hales, our Honorary Treasurer, forall his fine work in overseeing the financial affairs of the Parish.

Bereavements
We offer our deepest sympathy to John and Lorraine Hales following the death ofJohn’s uncle, Alex, whose funeral was held on Wednesday 10 th November in
Ballyhooly Church. John had a most wonderful relationship with his uncle who hadlived a very long life and John’s support and care of him was deeply valued and appreciated. We pray that Alex, now in the fuller presence of God, may rest in peaceand that John, his aunt and the family will be comforted by their lovely memories of Alex and by knowing that he is now safe in God’s love.

We were also saddened to hear of the passing of Nellie Doherty who passed away on Friday 19 th November. Nellie was a wonderful parishioner and greatly loved byeveryone who knew her. Unfortunately, in recent years she had been unable to attend church due to ill health. We offer our deepest sympathy to her son Tom, her daughter-in-law Siobhan, her grandchildren Andrea and Alex, and also her wider family, a number of whom live in the Parish. We pray that Tom, Siobhan, Andrea and Alex and all Nellie’s wider family, friends and neighbours will be comforted by their lovely memories of her and also by her very strong faith by which she knew that, after her death, she would be safe in God’s care where we pray that she will rest in peace withher husband Tommy who pre-deceased her.

We would also like to offer our deepest sympathy to Ron Lomax following the deathof his mother Olga. While she was a wonderful age, her presence and personality wasstill warmly loved by all the family. Her passing is, very naturally, a time of greatsadness. We offer our deepest sympathy to Ron, Ron’s two sons Christopher andLouis, and Ron’s siblings in the UK. We pray that Ron will be comforted by hismemories of all the time he spent with his mum and in knowing that she is now at rest after a very long and enjoyable life. the funeral will take place in England on the 10 thDecember

Christmas Greetings
Olive and I would like to wish you all a very happy Christmas and thank you for all your support and kindness to us during the last year. We know the last year has not been easy for many due to the pandemic and we will be remembering you all in our prayers at Christmas. I would also like to sincerely thank everyone in the Parish for their amazing support for the Parish and for their good work to enable us to hold Church Services and activities following the lockdown at the beginning of the year.

Looking forward to next year, we hope we can all look forward to a healthier and less stressful time.  We wish you all a very happy and holy Christmas and a prosperous and healthy New Year.

With God’s blessings,

Rev. Alastair Graham -087 7870985