Allen Parish Newsletter 30th July 2017

30th July

HIDDEN TREASURE

Hidden or buried treasure sounds like an adventure story. This is intended by Jesus. Finding the kingdom of God is like an adventure in which there is a treasure that we did not expect to find, that fills us with wonder, tension and drama. Not everyone finds this treasure, which is what makes the story exciting.

Jesus could have said that the man dug up the treasure and took what he wanted and left the rest out in the field for others to find easily, but he doesn’t. The man hides the treasure again.

We who find the treasure of the kingdom of God will come to understand, that it is more valuable than all that we have – all that our lives consist of. The Treasure of the kingdom of God does not fit nicely or easily into the lives that we have already constructed for ourselves.

“A parable leaves you with sufficient doubt about its meaning to tease the mind into active thought”

TROCAIRE EAST AFRICA EMERGENCY APPEAL
Many thanks to all for your generous response to the Trocaire Emergency Collection last weekend. A total of €1,600 has been sent to Trocaire.

RESPONSORIAL PSALM
Lord how I love your law.

WEEKDAY MASSES 31st -4th AUGUST
Monday 31ST July
Allenwood – 9.30am

Tuesday 1st August
Milltown – 9.30 Carmel & Frank Maheady also Ann & Tom Conlan
Wednesday 2nd August
Robertstown – 10.30am

Thursday 3rd August
Allen – 9.30am

Friday 4th August
Allenwood – 9.30am
Allen – 7.30pm

SATURDAY 5TH & SUNDAY 6TH AUGUST
Allen: Saturday 7.30pm
Joe & Ann Cronly Allenwood & Jim Joe Keely Mylerstown
Edward Kelly & Ellen Kelly Anniv A/W South.
Maggie Ivers Grangehiggin 9th Anniv
Ben Monahan 2nd Anniv
Lay Reader: Liam Murphy
Eucharistic Minister: Eddie Healy

Allen: Sunday 11am
Josephine Bradley Annesborough
Kathleen Logan Anniv
Lay Reader: Evelyn Dowling
Eucharistic Ministers: Pat Dunne & Liz Jacob

Allenwood: Saturday 6.30pm
James McDonagh A/W North
Tommy Maher A/W North
Margaret, James & Thomas Moore
Mary (Queenie) O’Reilly A/W North
Johnny & Eileen Gorey A/W South
Lay Reader: Christina Ryan
Eucharistic Minister: Ann Curran

Allenwood: Sunday 10am
Thomas Meagher Robertstown formerly of Tipperary
Gerard Conway, Broughderg Anniv
Lay Reader: Kevin McCormack
Eucharistic Minister: Mary Fitzgibbon
SUNDAY 6th AUGUST

Milltown: Sunday 9.30am
Sarah Reddy Anniv
Lay Reader: Aoife Buckley
Eucharistic Minister: Christy Herbert

Next Sunday’s Readings
1 Kgs 3:5, 7-12. Ps 118:57,72,76-77,127-130,R/v 97. Rm 8:28-30. Mt 13:44-52

RESURREXIT
Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament is on a break for the Summer months and will resume in September.

EUCHARISTIC ADORATION
In Milltown Church Tuesday mornings 10am - 10.30am and Thursday evenings 7pm - 8pm.
In Allen Church on Tuesday mornings 10am – 11am, Wednesday mornings 10am - 11am. There will be no Adoration on Friday evenings during the month of August but will resume on the 1st September before the First Friday Mass.
In Allenwood Church on Friday mornings after 9.30am Mass.

BAPTISMS
The Sacrament of Baptism is celebrated every two weeks.

Allen Sunday 6th August at 12 noon
Allenwood Sunday 20th August at 11am
Milltown Saturday 2nd September at 12 noon
Allen Sunday 17th September at 12 noon
Allenwood Sunday 1st October at 11am
Milltown Saturday 14th October at 12 noon
Allen Sunday 29th October at 12 noon
Allenwood Sunday 12th November at 11am
Milltown Saturday 25th November at 12 noon

Contact the Parish Office at 045-450501at least two weeks in advance

RECENT DEATH
“Those who die in grace go but to God and God is very near”
We remember in our prayers
Joseph O’Sullivan Kilmeague whose funeral took place on Thursday.
May he rest in peace.

ALLEN LOTTO
(G.A.A CLUBS & PARISH)
24th July, 2017

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Three Match 3 Winners
€84 each
The Tallon Kids, Grangeclare
Winnie & Paddy O’Neill, Robertstown
Breda Downey, Allen

NO JACKPOT WINNER
NEXT WEEK’S JACKPOT €2,500

TRIP TO KNOCK
There will be an outing to knock on the 10th, 11th and 12th August. Two nights full board. Also a bus to Our Lady’s Island on the 15th August. For more details contact Frank Moran on 087-2728644

Newsletter notices can be emailed to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or contact the Parish Office at 045-450501. Deadline is 12 noon on Thursday. We are unable to publish any notices received after the deadline.

KILDARE & LEIGHLIN DIOCESAN PILGIRMAGE TO LOURDES 2017
It was great for us in Allen Parish to be with the rest of our Diocesan family of Parishes at the 2017 Kildare and Leighlin Pilgrimage to Lourdes. About 1300 of us joined with other Diocoeses making the experience of the pilgrimage from the opening ceremony to the closing ceremony very special. We thank our Parish Priest Fr. Willie Byrne for his help and support at all times and also Mairead Ashe for her great help throughout the pilgrimage. We thank Patricia Durkan for organizing the bus and PJ Coyne for taking us to and from the airport. We thank Marie and John Donohue for the lovely work they did preparing the Parish Banner for the occasion along with Roisin Malone and all the Parish Youths for their enthusiastic work. A big thank you to our Parish Secretary Margaret Cramer for her help and support. Thanks to all who prayed and supported us as a Parish helping to make the Pilgrimage such a great success.

ALLENWOOD CELTIC A.F.C & DAY CARE CENTRE LOTTO

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THREE Match 3 Winners
€50 each
Mary Dowdall c/o Bingo
Kieran Brady c/o Joe
Mary Anderson c/o Bingo
No Jackpot Winner
Next week’s Jackpot € 2,500

SOCIAL DANCING every Tuesday night at Sarsfields clubhouse in aid of Almas & Sr. Muriels Home for the Poor. Dancing starts at 9.30pm. Music Next Tues Night by “Kelly Family”. Adm €7.

ROBERTSTOWN GFC
Senior Football League Divison 4 Top Section: Robertstown 3-13 Rheban 3-10. This victory sees Robertstown promoted to Div. 3 along with Kilcullen. League final: Robertstown vs. Kilcullen in Hawkfield Sunday at 10pm.
Minor Summer League Final. Newtown Gaels vs Naas Sunday 12 noon. Please support.
Fund Raiser: Cycle/Walk on Saturday, August 19th. In the GAA Grounds we are having a 12 hour walk starting at 8am. Details from Pamela 085/8301013 or Miriam 085/2821133 Cycle starts at 9 a.m. from the Club Grounds and will be a Mid Leinster Cycle for over 18s , taking in Derrinturn, Johnstownbridge, Trim,
Summerhill, Kilcock and home . . More details from Anthony 087/9750054 or Danno 087/6400434 Sponsor cards are now available. This will be our main Fundraiser for the Year so please support.
Club Newsletter 1st Issue out last week Contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .
Parish Lotto Tickets €1.50 each available from our many Promoters and from the Shops and Post Office in Robertstown. Monday's Jackpot €2,300
Robertstown Club Draw in association with Club Kildare Tickets for the last 2 Draws €25 per Draw available from Peter Hogarty.
Cúl Camp for Boys and Girls will be held from Tuesday, August 8th to Friday August 11th from 10a.m. to 3p.m. each day. Details from Peter Hogarty 085/7858673.
Astro Turf Pitch: For bookings contact Tara Moran 085/7317697.
Bonus Ball: This is run in Mullaney's and for a stake of €2 you could win €48.

NaFIANNA LADIES GFC
Our Junior C Team face St Laurences 2 away on Tuesday 1st August, time to be decided. Our Junior A ladies have no fixture for this week. Please try and support our senior women in their Championship campaign. Reminder to all parents, guardians and supporters if you wish to become a member of our club cost €10, please contact any committee member.

Well done to the boys who beat Galhoy 2-1 in the League Shield away to Monasterevin on Sunday at 11. Table Quiz in Welds on Bank Holiday Monday 7th August at 6pm in aid of an Injured Player. Table of 4 €20. Raffle on the night. All support greatly appreciated.

BALLYTEAGUE GFC
The Seniors well done to the Senior B team who beat Sarsfields in the Reserve Championship on a scoreline of 2-15 to 1-7. They now face Raheens in St. Kevins on Wednesday 2nd August at 7.30pm.
Best wishes to Karen Kenna and her husband to be Eoin as they celebrate their big day next week.
1st August under 10s home to Milltown.
Underage Training every Tuesday and Friday from 7 to 8p.m. please make sure all children have gumshields. Can all parents please make sure they check in at every training.
Ballyteague GFC present the annual Herbert Cup Football Tournament, starting the Monday July 31st with Allenwood taking on Milltown at 7.30. On Thursday Ballyteague take on Robertstown at 7.30. Please support.

SUPPORTING YOUNG PEOPLE IN KILDARE
County Kildare LEADER Partnership with the School Completion Programme is looking for volunteers to assist in the delivery of the IGNITE programme, which is a personal development and life skills programme supporting students in Post Primary schools in; The Curragh, Kildare Town, Monasterevin, Naas, Prosperous and Rathangan.
Volunteer training will take place on Thursday 7th September, in Naas, 10am – 3pm.
Volunteers will be trained to support the Schools Completion Programme Co-ordinators in the delivery of the IGNITE programme.
The Volunteer commitment required is 1.5 hours, once a week, for 7 weeks.
A positive attitude towards young people is required. Garda Vetting will apply.
If you would like to find out more about how to get involved, please contact:
Áine Byrne in County Kildare LEADER Partnership, by phone on 045/895450 or 086/0414223. Or by email on; This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it