Allen Parish Newsletter 18th Oct 2009

Out of Reach 

Three priests sat discussing the best positions for prayer while a telephone repairman worked nearby. ‘Kneeling is definitely best,’ claimed one. ‘No,’ said another. ‘I get the best results standing with my hands outstretched to heaven.’ ‘You’re both wrong,’ the third insisted. ‘The most effective prayer position is lying prostrate, face down on the floor.’ The repairman could contain himself no longer. ‘Hey, fellas,’ he shouted, ‘the best prayin’ I ever did was hangin’ upside down from a telephone pole.’ 

Not the first position you’d think of for prayer, but definitely one that works. Today’s Gospel reading (Mark 10:42-45) describes another that works: that of servant. Not for prayer this time, but for mission. It makes the startling claim that the more we serve – even to becoming a slave of all – the more we advance as followers of Jesus, the closer we get to him in other words. 

We don’t follow him just for our own sakes. Being with him means taking on his mission: bringing people back to God. Jesus did this by his witness and proclamation, by what he did and said. So, too, must we because baptism makes us missionaries, confirmation primes us to begin, God’s word fires us to set out and reach out to others.  

Today we celebrate Mission Sunday, whose theme this year is Reach Out. So let’s do just that. We can reach out wherever we are to whomever we wish. And the wonder is that by reaching out we come to see that no one is out of reach.

Responsorial Psalm

May your love be upon us, O Lord,

as we place all our hope in you. 



Monday 19th October

Allenwood – 9.30am 

Wednesday 21st October

Allen – 9.30am  

Thursday 22nd October

Allenwood – 9.30am 

Friday 23rd October

Allen – 9.30am 


Allen:  Saturday 7.30pm 

Ellen Thorpe, Kilmeague

Theresa Dunney, Dunbyrne (1st Anniversary)

Margaret Maher, Pluckerstown

James Mills, Rathernan 

Lay Reader: Brid Dempsey

Eucharistic Minister: Lily Leeson 

Allen:   Sunday 11.00am

Michael Mills, Kilmeague

Maureen Donoghue, Robertstown

James J. Moran, Ballyteague

Annie O’Hara, Kilmeague and Christina Rowan

Elizabeth (Lizzy) Cross and Thomas (Tosh) Cross, Grangeclare 

Lay Reader: John Paul Price

Eucharistic Ministers:Anita Hendy and Catherine Murphy 

Allenwood:  Saturday 6.30pm

People of the Parish 

Lay Reader: Wilfie Cronin

Eucharistic Ministers: Maureen Fitzpatrick and Dorothy Stowe 

AllenwoodSunday 10.00am   

Teddy Coyne, Allenwood  

Lay Reader: Sean Malone

Eucharistic Ministers: Mary Regan and Joy Fetherson 

Milltown: Sunday 9.30am 

Tom O’Reilly, Millview

Pat and Joe Connolly, Pollardstown 

Lay Reader: Liz O’Shea

Eucharistic Minister: Dave Kiely 

Next Sunday’s Readings

Readings for Sunday 25th October:


Jer 31:7-9. Ps 125. heb 5:1-6.

Mk 10:46-52. Lect 1: 817.  


Eucharistic Adoration

Eucharistic Adoration in Allen Church on Wednesday morning 10am to 11am.



Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament takes place every Monday from 11am to 3pm.



“Those whom we love and lose are no longer where they were before, they are now wherever we are.  (St. John Chrysostom)

Please pray for:

John Anderson, Allenwood.

May he rest in peace.



 The Sacrament of Baptism is celebrated every two weeks.

The schedule is as follows:

Allenwood Sunday 25th October at 11am

Milltown Saturday 7th Nov. at 12 noon

Allen Sunday 22nd November at 12 noon

Allenwood Sunday 6th December at 11am

Milltown Saturday 19th Dec. at 12 noon

Requests for baptism must be received at the Parish Office not later than two weeks before the actual baptism.



 We recently welcomed into our community through baptism:

Dylan Brereton

Shane Thomas Kavanagh

Bridget Mary Malone

Nadine Grace Bailey



Weekly Envelopes (2 weeks):

4th & 11th October: €1,375.00

Many thanks to all who contribute.



12th October, 2009
            6            17            26         28


FOUR Match 3 Winners

€63 each

D. Doyle, Caragh

Jimmy Stimpson c/o John Murphy

Rita Moran, Ballyteague

Marcella Brereton c/o Tony Hughes



Weekly Envelope Boxes

 Any person or family who does not currently receive a weekly envelope box and would like to do so is asked to contact the Parish Office at 860135. 



The programme will begin on the first week of November.  Naturally, parents may be a little hesitant about their children becoming involved in Rainbows or putting their own names forward to participating in Prism, the adult programme.  However, everything shared and discussed is done so in a confidential atmosphere.  The support and understanding received during the programme is what makes the involvement so rewarding and beneficial.  

There are forms available through the schools if a parent would like their child to partake or you are welcome to call Fr. Brian directly at any time - 087 6162675.


Catering and Hospitality (LTI) 

A number of places are available on a

FÁS LTI Programme at Lullymore Heritage Park. 38 week course.  

Contact Geraldine at 045 – 870238 

Today is Mission Sunday

Today we are called upon to play our role in assisting the missionary activity of the Church. We are given the opportunity to share in the experience of our brothers and sisters who carry on the missionary task today as they Reach Out, often in difficult and dangerous circumstances. 

Our spiritual and material offerings are crucial for the continued work of missionaries throughout the world. The total raised in today’s collection will be sent in its entirety to support mission projects worldwide. 

Please give what you can, every gift – no matter how small – makes a difference.


Youth Ministry


Meeting of GIFT 1, 2 and 3 leaders in Allen School at 8pm on Wednesday 21st October.


Allenwood Girls School

In conjunction with the Jack & Jill Foundation, Allenwood Girls NS are hoping to collect 500 old mobile phones.  We would ask people from the area to please send any unwanted mobile phones to the school. Contact the office at 860826.


Scoil Muire Community School, Clane, open night for 5th and 6th class pupils and their parents and guardians takes place on Thurs. Oct. 22nd in the school from 7.30pm to 9.30pm.




14th October, 2009

     WinningNumbers                      Plus

       7         24         25       26                  35 

NO Match 3 winners - 4 x €50 winners

Kathleen Dunne c/o Sandra

Kay Coyne c/o Alice Donoghue

John and Adam c/o Barney

Orla Hall c/o Mahons

Next week’s Jackpot - €19,000


Club Car Air Fresheners with club crest €2-50 each available from Mary O’Reilly, Patricia O’Sullivan or McCabe’s shop.

Under-Age Result U/11 Sth Board Autumn League Milltown 3-9 Ellistown 3-3.  

Ladies Football: Girls U/13 Div 3. Result  Milltown 2-7  Moorefield 1-6. At home to Suncroft on Sunday Oct 18th

U/11 Div 4 Result  Milltown 4-8 Confey 0-1. Semi-Final v Geraldines on Saturday Oct 17th in Milltown. Details on semi-final next week.

Minor training every Wednesday night at 8pm. All welcome.

Congratulations to Scoil Bhríde U/11s who defeated Cappagh in the Cumman Na mBunscoil final on Wednesday last. Well done to all.

Congratulations to Milltown Foróige on winning the Permanent T.S.B. Foróige Youth Citizenship Award. Well done to all. Congratulations also to Roisin Malone who has been nominated for the Person of the Year Award for her work with the Sapling School.


Don't forget Indoor Bowls in Allen Hall every Tuesday night at 7.30 p.m. New members are very welcome.


Indoor Bowls continues every Monday and Wednesday night at 8pm in the Milltown GFC Clubhouse. New players welcome.


Thanks to all who supported the table quiz in the Travellers Rest on Friday night 16th Oct and quiz Master Seamus Hanafin.

The club wishes all the members who are travelling on the annual bank holiday trip a fun packed and enjoyable weekend.

“Little Larks” Christmas raffle tickets available. Contact any committee member.

All weather pitch available, contact Marie Jacob at 086 3626995, for details.

GYM opening hours, mornings 10am to 12.00 noon. Evenings 6.30 to 9.30.


Result: SFL Div. 7 Final: Robertstown 1-7 Cappagh 0-7. This was a nice way to finish off the year with a hard fought victory over a gallant Cappagh. Scorers for Roberstown were Noel Moran 1-0, Declan Percival 0-3, Eoin McDonald, Donie Percival, Robbie Kavanagh, Shane Warde 0-1 each. This was the first time since 1982 that Robertstown won a Junior League title and an interesting fact is that both Paddy Moran and Frank Dowling played in the two games a mere 27 years apart and indeed the evergreen Frank Dowling won the Man of the Match Award last Saturday. What a wonderful commitment to the Club and to the GAA from both players.

Presentation: During the Summer the Leinster Council, through their 125 Committee ran a competition to choose the best Leinster Football and Hurling teams over the past 25 years. Bob Donnelly of Newtown Donore won the prize for picking the Hurling team. Bob, his wife Fran and son Zac were guests of the Leinster Council for the Leinster Hurling Final and Bob also won a full set of kit for the Club, 30 jerseys, 30 shorts and 30 pairs of socks. On Friday last Tom Farrell, the Chairman of the 125 Committee was on hand to present the kit to Bob and the club and the new gear got its first outing on Saturday v Cappagh. To make it a double for this area, Alice Casey from St. Kevins won the prize for the Football Team in the same competition.

Club t-shirts and jackets can be ordered through Larry Ivers.


The Under 13s suffered defeat to Cappagh in their Division 4 league final last Saturday. Many of this team are still Under 12, so they can certainly take great heart from their efforts. The team plays a lovely style of football and the management and coaching team are to be commended for their work throughout the year with this group of players.

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