Allen Parish Newsletter 27th November 2016

K & L Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes 2017
16th – 21st July 2017. €719 cost to include:
Full board and accommodation
Fully comprehensive insurance
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Representatives of Joe Walsh Tours will ensure all pilgrims receive a very high standard of service throughout the pilgrimage.
NOT INCLUDED: Single room supplement of €150 - €175 – Limited on request.
Early booking is essential as there is a lot of interest in the Diocese in this great event
For more information on booking please contact Ronan Ashe at 086 3909075.

Fatima Centenary Pilgrimage 2017
Allen, Caragh and Newbridge Parishes Fatima Pilgrimage 2017 Celebrating the Centenary of the Apparitions at Fatima. 1st to 8th June 2017. Santo Amaro Hotel
Price based on 2 sharing is €778pp. Single room supplement is €195pp. Insurance €25pp Deposit €200. Contact Mary Lee Newbridge Travel 045 449522.

Responsorial Psalm
I rejoiced when I hear them say:
‘Let us go to God’s house.’


Monday 28th November
Allenwood – 9.30am

Tuesday 29th November
Milltown - 9.30am – School Mass. All welcome.
Allen - 9.30am

Wednesday 30th November
Allen – 9.30am
Robertstown – 10.30am

Thursday 1st December
Allen – 9.30am
Allenwood – 9.30am

Friday 2nd December
Allenwood – 9.30am
No evening Mass. Eucharistic Adoration takes place as normal.

First Friday: Friday 2nd December is the first Friday of the month and housebound parishioners will be attended.

Allen: Saturday 7.30pm
Mike Joe O’Connell, Oaklawns, Kilmeague
Josie Ewing, Oaklanws, Kilmeague also deceased members of the Ewing family
Mary Moran, The Bridge, Robertstown

Lay Reader: Patricia Creighton
Eucharistic Minister: Margaret Ennis

Allen: Sunday 11am
Peg Cooper (nee Logan), Mylerstown
Christopher McNamee

Lay Reader: Maurice Musgrave
Eucharistic Ministers: Anita Hendy & Helen Doyle

Allenwood: Saturday 6.30pm
Colm Dunne, Grangeclare
Brigid Dunne, Allenwood

Lay Reader: Wilfie Cronin
Eucharistic Minister: Mary Jacob

Allenwood: Sunday 10am
Joe Dowling
Mai Gallagher, Allenwood South

Lay Reader: Johnny O’Callaghan
Eucharistic Minister: Mary Fitzgibbon

Milltown: Sunday 9.30am
Elizabeth Curran, Milltown
Edward Slattery, Barronstown and the Slattery family, Milltown
Lay Reader:
Eucharistic Minister: Aoife Malone

Next Sunday’s Readings
Is 11:1-10. Ps 71:1-2, 7-8, 12-13, 17, R/cf v 7. Rm 15:4-9. Mt 3:1-12. Lect I: 24.

Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament takes place on Mondays 11am to 3.30pm.

Eucharistic Adoration
In Milltown Church on Tuesday mornings 10am - 10.30am and Thursday evenings 7pm - 8pm.
In Allen Church on Tuesday mornings 10am – 11am, Wednesday mornings 10am - 11am and Friday evenings 7pm - 8pm.
In Allenwood Church on Friday mornings after 9.30am Mass.

“Those who die in grace go but to God and God is very near”

We remember in our prayers

Sean Harris, Kilmeague, whose funeral took place on Tuesday.
Ned Dunne, Gragneclare, whose funeral took place on Wednesday.
May they rest in peace.

The Sacrament of Baptism is celebrated every two weeks.
Allenwood Sunday 4th December at 11am
Milltown Saturday 17th December at 12 noon.
Allen Sunday 8th January at 12 noon
Allenwood Sunday 22nd January at 11am
Milltown Saturday 4th February at 12 noon
Allen Sunday 19th February at 12 noon
Allenwood Sunday 5th March at 11am
Milltown Saturday 18th March at 12 noon
Contact the Parish Office at 045-450501at least two weeks in advance.

21st November, 2016

3 15 21 22

SIX Match 3 Winners - €42 each
Orla Kavanagh, Robertstown
Omar Dunne c/o Noel
Finbar Williams c/o D. Keating
Chloe Farrell, Allenwood
Dominic Doyle, Mylerstown
Ann Downey, Allen c/o Liz


Allen School Craft Fair
Allen School Craft Fair on Friday 16th December from 10.30am to 3pm. Selection of wreaths, Christmas logs, candles, cakes etc. All are very welcome. Please support.

Many thanks to all who contributed to our recent church gate collection. The total sum raised was €1,008.17.

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 “Brian McDermott”. Adm €7.

NaFianna Mens Shed
Now open Tuesday and Thursday 11am to 1pm in Allenwood Enterprise Park.
Come and join us for tea, biscuits and a chat and see what the shed can offer you!

Allen parish Senior Citizens
Christmas Party
Sunday 11th December in Dowlings, Prosperous. Dinner at 1o’clock sharp.

Youth 2000
Youth 2000 weekend retreat (ages 16-35) from 16th – 18th December at Newbridge College. Parental consent in essential for under 18s. Meals provided and accommodation on site. Don’t let money be an obstacle – just bring a donation and a sleeping bag! Booking is essential. See, Youth 2000 facebook page or tel 01 6753690.
Eucharistic Minister & Lay Readers – Allen Church
The new rotas for Lay Readers and Eucharistic Ministers are being prepared for next year. Please let us know if you wish to continue or if you wish to remove your name or change the days or times on which you are rostered at present.
As the new rotas have to be ready for distribution before the end of December, all changes have to be received by DECEMBER 9th.
Eucharistic Ministers contact Rosaline Connolly at 045 860176, Readers contact Bréid Murphy 045 860218.

Allen Parish Shop
**New Christmas stock now available**
Christmas cards, Christmas Mass Bouquets, Christmas Candle Gifts (scented and plain) and a range of Christmas gift items
Greeting cards and Mass cards for all occasions. Located in Allenwood Church. Open before and after Mass in Allenwood.

Christmas in Robertstown
Sunday 4th December – Unveiling of the 1916 Proclamation Stone and Memorial Bench at 5pm. Turning on of the Christmas lights and blessing of the crib at 5.30pm. Children of Roberstown NS will sing carols at the crib. Santa arrives at 6pm. Floating candles on the Grand Canal to remember those that are not with us this year. Candles on sale in Mullaneys, Welds and the Post Office €3 each.

Winning Numbers

3 8 18 24

FIVE Match 3 Winners - €30 each
Pat Moore, Tuc Shop, Nan Wolff c/o Bid Mangan, Elaine Balfe, Killina, Carol Kennedy c/o Joan, Kathleen Dunne c/o Sandra
Next week’s Jackpot € 4,800

UCC Online Certificate in Autism Studies
Registration for this part-time online course (Level 6 Certificate) is open until Friday 16th December. Full details and registration online at, or phone 021-490 4700.

Congratulations to Newtown Gaels on winning the Under 21 D Football Championship Final on Sunday last with a 3-10 to 1-11 victory over Abbey Rangers.
Astro-Turf Pitch: This is available to all Clubs and Groups and for Children's Birthday Parties. 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.
Parish Lotto: Tickets at € 1.50 each available from our many Promoters and from the Shops and Post Office in Robertstown. Monday's Jackpot € 1,700.
Work began on Monday last on the erection of our new Gymnasium.

Our AGM will take place on Wednesday 7th December at 8pm in Ballyteague GAA. All welcome.
Application is been sought for Senior Management for our Ladies team, if you or someone you know is interested in this role please contact our Chairperson or any committee member, and come along to our AGM.  All necessary training will be provided.
Our club also require extra mentors for our U-9/U-10 teams going forward, if you are willing to help out with this age group, please contact any committee member, and come along to our AGM. All necessary training will be provided.
Na Fianna Underage Girls & the Zac & Ross Trust Fund would like to thank north Kildare horse riders club for monies raised during a cross county trek & raffle on the 12th November. We would also like to say thank you to those who donated prizes, to the travelers rest for the use of their facilities & to the farmers in the Ballyteague/Kilmeague area for the use of their land.

The club would like to extend its sincere sympathies to the Harris family on the passing of Sean and the Dunne family on the passing of Ned. Ar Dheis De go raibh siad.
Hard Luck to Aylmer Gaels Under 17s who were unsuccessful in their league campaign. Best of luck to the under 15s in the Semi final against Raheens.
Children's Christmas party takes place on December 9th in the club house. The cost is €5 per child and forms need to be returned to Gillian or Lisa by November 30th.
Have you tried out our new Walking Track? The track is free to use for members of the club.  For non-members, we would ask that they pay a Social membership of €20, as users must be covered for insurance reasons. This gives you access to the walking track until January 2018! For more details, contact Padraig Thorpe 0863193574 or Marie Jacob 0862258002.
Have you purchased your club lotto tickets? Available from various sellers in the club, €1.50 per ticket. Money from tickets purchased from Ballyteague sellers goes to the club.

Apologies: Apologies to all for notes not done over the past couple of weeks as I had major trouble with my laptop but up and running now again.
Texting list: If you wish to be added to our texting list please feel free to contact Jemma McCabe on 087-6199720 for club info, match fixture changes etc.
Bingo every Wednesday 8.30pm in Allenwood GAA hall.
Bonus ball: Get your bonus ball from Jemma McCabe at a cost of €2.00 with a chance to win €50.00 every Wednesday at bingo or alternatively contact Jemma on 087-6199720.The bonus ball number on Saturday night main lotto draw.
Quiz: Aylmer Gaels will hold a table quiz Friday December 2nd in Allenwood gfc at8.30pm.
Sympathies to Aisling Cross on the passing of her father recently. Also to the Dunne family on the sad passing of Ned during the week. R.I.P

Coill Dubh Hurling Club will be hosting an information evening regarding our new development. If you would like to see what our new dressing room upgrade and extension will look like, or if you have any fundraising ideas to help us with our project, please come along to Coill Dubh Community Centre at 7:30pm on December 3rd.

Milltown Card Game every Wednesday night at 9pm in the Old School, Milltown. Cup of tea, chat and a good game of 25.

Allenwood Tidy Towns
The Christmas Tree lights will be switched on at 6.30pm on Sunday 4th December. All are very welcome. Santa has put the date in his diary!

Milltown Tidy Towns "Cuppa and a "Chat on Sunday December 4th. This is the only month we ask for donations as we send all the money to St. Vincent de Paul Allen Parish branch. Our young people from Pope John Paul II are also holding a cake sale at the same time in the Heritage Centre to also raise funds for SVP.