Star of the silver screen
Mia Farrow starred in the film Widow's Peak, some of which was filmed against the backdrop of allen Church, in 1993
Underscoring the aesthetic beauty of Allen Church is the fact that it was used in a number of scenes in the films Captain Boycott in 1946/47 and Widow’s Peak in 1993.
Many older parishioners will remember that men sat on the right-hand side of the centre aisle and women on the left, and indeed it was also possible for families to procure a pew for their sole use by paying a stipend to the parish.
Many of these same parishioners will also have fond memories of the Corpus Christi 40-hour adoration processions, when the Sacred Host was carried from the church, out the gate, down the road and into the cemetery, through the cemetery and back to the church. The Blessed Sacrament was carried under a canopy borne by four canopy bearers. These processions continued until the early 1960s.
The Sacrament of Confirmation was also administered in Allen right up until the late 1950s, when the new church in Allenwood became available.
Centenary of the church
Let me conclude by quoting from Bishop Patrick Lennon’s homily on the occasion of the centenary of Allen Church on 6th June 1972 (the Feast of the Most Holy Trinity). Bishop Lennon’s words add a fitting faith perspective to our brief historical journey around Allen Parish. He said that the occasion gave him a pleasant opportunity of expressing his appreciation of the loyalty of the people of Allen, and the wonderful manner in which they had kept true to the heritage received from their ancestors.
“We salute this building composed of stones, slates and mortar, but the real building is the loyal people of God, composed of the living stones of the people of the parish.
We know that everything living has to preserve its links with the past and we know that plants derive nourishment and sustenance from their roots – so it is with the living community like the parish of Allen.
“We have to preserve our links with the roots from which we sprang. We preserve those links by remaining true and by giving the same loyalty and faith to Jesus Christ in our midst as our forefathers gave before us.”