Comprising of All Saints Mullingar - Killucan - Kilbixy & Almoritia
MULLINGAR UNION OF PARISHES
Issue 92 "UNION NEWS" October 2017
During this month the Harvest Festival Services will be held in each of the churches and I
hope they will be very well supported. We are blessed to have four inspiring preachers. The
Harvest in Killucan will be on Sunday 8th October at 11.30am, the Harvest in All Saints' on
Sunday 15th October at 11am, the Harvest in Kilbixy on Sunday 15th October at 3.30pm and
the Harvest in Almoritia on Sunday 22ndOctober at 3.30pm. I am sure, as always, the
churches will be decorated very beautifully. In Killucan the church will be decorated on
Saturday 7th October, from 10.00 a.m. and in All Saints' on Saturday 14th October from 10.00
a.m. Everyone is warmly invited to come to help with the decoration of the church and we
would welcome plenty of flowers, greenery, fruit and other items to enrich the harvest
atmosphere in all the churches. The arrangements for decorating in Kilbixy and Almoritia will
be made locally.
Rev. Trevor Holmes
The Rev. Trevor Holmes was with us for the last two years and we greatly benefited from his
ministry. The Bishop has now invited Trevor to take up duty in Dunboyne Parish. We wish
him well with his new ministry but will also miss having him in the Parish. On Sunday 15th
October we are holding a special Service of Evensong at 7.00 p.m. in All Saints' to thank
Trevor for his ministry and to make a presentation to him. I do hope parishioners will make a
special effort to be present on this occasion.
Choir Festival- Saturday 21st October in All Saints' at 8pm
The Choir Festival will be held on Saturday 21st October at 8.00 p.m. in All Saints'. The Festival
is growing in popularity. Last year there was a wonderful attendance and we were inspired
by some magnificent singing. This year, in addition to the All Saints' Senior Choir, we will also
have the pleasure of listening to the Mullingar Choral Society and other choirs. There will be
a retiring collection for the MRI Scanner Appeal for Mullingar Hospital. I do hope everyone
will come along to support the Choir, who put so much time and effort in to preparing for
The Parish Bible Study is always a lovely occasion when we have the opportunity to learn
more about our faith and the meaning of God's story in the Bible. The next Bible Study will
be held in All Saints' on Saturday 21st October at 10.30 a.m. and I warmly invite everyone to
come. I know you will not be disappointed.
St. Luke's Day
St. Luke's Day falls on Wednesday 18th October and we will be having a Service of Holy
Communion in All Saints' at 12.00 noon. This provides us with an inspiring opportunity to
pray for healing and to seek God's healing power in our lives. I warmly commend this Service
Parish Whist Drive
The November Whist Drive will be held on Friday 3rd November at 8.30 p.m. in All Saints'
Parish Hall. The Whist Drives are wonderfully entertaining and most enjoyable and everyone
is invited. I do hope you will come - you are assured of a great evening with a delicious
supper. If you have any unwanted gifts or if you would like to donate a prize for the Whist
Drive, please let Olive know as soon as possible as she will then know how many prizes she
will need to buy for the Whist Drive on 3rd November. You can telephone Olive at the
Rectory on 044-9348376.
The Confirmation Service will be held in All Saints' on Sunday morning 29th October at 11.00
a.m. I do hope that parishioners from each of the churches will come to support the young
people for this very special day in their lives. I would also like you to pray for the young
people as they prepare for their Confirmation - Ross Ashmore, Ronan O'Neill, Rachel Holmes,
Liam O'Fearghail, Ella Shaw, Ciara Mulhern, Josh Farrell. The Confirmation Service will be at
11.00 a.m. and we look forward to welcoming the Bishop again to our Parish.
All Saints' Patronal Festival
The All Saints' Patronal Festival Service will be held on Sunday 5th November at 11.00 a.m.
The Patronal Service will be Sung Matins. Our special preacher this year will be Very Rev.
William Morton, Dean of St. Patrick's Cathedral in Dublin. We are very honoured that the
Dean has agreed to preach as he has a very busy schedule and diary. This will be the Dean's
first visit to the Parish and I sincerely hope that all parishioners will attend this Service and
give him a very warm welcome.
On Sunday 8th October at the Services in All Saints' and Killucan, the new session of the
Sunday Schools will be launched. This year we will be supported by a very fine group of
parents who have agreed to help with the organisation of and teaching at the Sunday
Schools. The Sunday Schools provide an important opportunity for children to learn about
the Christian faith and I sincerely urge parents in the Parish to support the Sunday Schools
and bring the children to church. None of us need any reminding of the importance of
Christian values and Christian behaviour in today's world and we have a great opportunity to
provide children with a Christian foundation for their lives in our Parish.
CoffeeMorning every Thursday -10.30am - 1.30pm in All Saints'
I would like to warmly congratulate Sharon Coady and James Ennis who were married in All
Saints' on Saturday 23rd September. We pray that God will bless them richly with His love
and with good health and happiness for their married life.
Tots Club every Friday 10am - 12 noon in All Saints'.
Mrs. Anne Purdon
Killucan church was full to capacity for a Service of Thanksgiving for Mrs. Anne Purdon on
Sunday 24th September. For many years Anne, with other parishioners, has worked tirelessly
for the Parish and her faith and care of people has been legend. At the Service we had a
wonderful opportunity to show her our appreciation and thanks for all that she has done
and to offer her the lovely Christian compliment - 'well done good and faithful servant'. We
wish Anne continued happiness and health for the future.
In the light of the recent increase in postal charges the Select Vestry would like to offer
options for parishioners on receiving the 'Union Notes' each month.
Please Email email@example.com with your Name Address and Mobile
number And let us know if you would like to receive your Union Notes as
Collect a printed copy in the church
Continue to receive by post (we are happy to continue to do so)
Some parishioners have returned the completed forms or emailed their details and have
recieved an email friendly version of the Union Notes. There will e printed copies of the notes
available in the church.
You may like to keep in touch with the Parish through the website and your family and
friends may also like to have the web address. The address is
www.mullingarunionofparishes.net. I encourage you to continue to look at the website and
to also advise your family and friends about it.
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With God's blessings,
Rev. Alastair Graham, Rector
The Rectory, Gaol's Hill, Mullingar, Co. Westmeath.
Telephone No. 044-934 8376
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