Allen Parish Newsletter – 4 December 2016

Second Sunday  of Advent 4th December 2016


K & L Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes 2017

16th – 21st July 2017. €719 cost to include:

  • Flights
  • Transfers
  • Full board and accommodation
  • Fully comprehensive insurance
  • Pilgrimage badge
  • 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

In his days justice shall flourish and peace till the moon falls.


Monday 5th December

Allenwood – 9.30am

Tuesday 6th December

Milltown - 9.30am

Allen - 9.30am

Wednesday 7th December

Allen – 9.30am

Robertstown – 10.30am


Thursday 8th December is the Feast of the Immaculate Conception of the BVM and a Holyday of Obligation. Masses as follows:

Wednesday 7th December

Allenwood – 6.30pm

 Thursday 8th December

Milltown  - 9.30am

Allenwood - 10.00am

Allen – 7.30pm

Friday 9th December

Allenwood – 9.30am



Allen:  Saturday 7.30pm

John and Theresa Gilligan and their daughter Betty, Feighcullen and Andy & Anne Dunne, Downings and their son Sean

James Leeson, Mylerstown

Glen Raleigh

Thomas, James and Patrick Domican, and Thomas Sales, The Hill, Robertstown

Lay Reader: First Communion Programme

Eucharistic Minister:  Eddie Healy


Allen:  Sunday 11am

Thomas McKenna, Kilteel

Tony, Frances & Liam Hutchinson

Peter, Paul and James Cassidy & deceased members of the Cassidy Family

Kathleen Dempsey, Patrick Domican Snr & Patrick Domican Jnr

Patrick Hoare, May Hoare, Tommy Hoare and Ann Hoare, Luton & Robertstown

Lay Reader: First Communion Programme

Eucharistic Ministers: Antoinette Barrett and Helen Doyle


Allenwood: Saturday 6.30pm

James & Kathleen Donohue and Patrick & Cáit Ward, Prosperous

Matt & Kitty Flynn, Derrymullen

Catherine Sullivan, Ballyteague & Noel Leeson, England and formerly Ballyteague

Lay Reader: Fiona McManamon

Eucharistic Minister:  Larry Malone


Allenwood: Sunday 10am

People of the Parish

Lay Reader:  First Communion Programme

Eucharistic Minister: Pat Ivers

Milltown: Sunday 9.30am

Ann & Mary Dowling

Chirstopher O’Shea, Milltown and Thomas O’Shea & Ann Jacob

Lay Reader: First Communion Programme

Eucharistic Minister: Bridie Dunney


Next Sunday’s Readings

Is 35:1-6, 10. Ps 145:6-10, R/cf Is 35:4. Jas 5:7-10. Mt 11:2-11. Lect I: 46.


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 and Friday evenings 7pm - 8pm.  (We include and pray for the sick, those suffering with addiction and anyone who has died by suicide).

In Allenwood Church on Friday mornings after 9.30am Mass.


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



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

We remember in our prayers

Eddie Conway, Feighcullen.

May he rest in peace.


Robertstown N.S. Enrolment Applications for September 2017 should be submitted to the school before Christmas 2016.  Forms are available on the school website or from the office.

Donations for flowers for Christmas to the Sacristans of Allen, Allenwood and Milltown Churches would be very much appreciated at this time.

Allen Church – Cleaning

Volunteers needed to help clean Allen  Church for Christmas on Wednesday evening next, 7th December, at 7pm. All help very much appreciated.

St Vincent de Paul

Christmas Church door collection will take place next weekend, 10th and 11th December.

We have a teak corner unit on offer. Please contact 085 2095220.

Christmas Fair – Milltown

The Scoil Bhríde Milltown Christmas Fair will take place in the Old School, Milltown on Wednesday, December 7th from 9am-3pm. Lots of Christmas gifts & treats for sale. Please drop in for a coffee, chat & some festive cheer at this very busy time of year!

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.

Allenwood Christmas Concert

One Voice Choir two night Christmas Variety Concert in aid of St. Vincent de Paul, Allenwood Boys & Girls National Schools and Allenwood Church.  Directed and produced by Aidan Donoghue, it will take place on the 15th and 16th December in Allenwood Church. Both nights are ticket only. Tickets are €10 each, Students €5 and children under 12 go free.

Tickets now on salefrom Allenwood Church Shop or contact any choir member.

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 by DECEMBER 9th 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.

Eucharistic Ministers contact Rosaline Connolly at 045 860176, Readers contact Bréid Murphy 045 845085. 

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 “Mary Pendergast”. Adm €7.

Allen parish Senior Citizens

Christmas Party

Sunday 11th December in Dowlings, Prosperous (under new management). Dinner at 1o’clock sharp. Contact May 860339.


Milltown Christmas lights

Sunday 11th December at 5pm. An enjoyable evening with festive carol singing.


Kilmeague Tidy Towns Community Group. Santa arrives in Kilmeague on Sunday 4th December at 6pm. Christmas tree will be lit up also. Presents for all children in Santa’s grotto.



28th November, 2016

2           12           16       22

TWELVE Match 3 Winners - €25 each 

Kristine Maher c/o Carmel

Clodagh Burke c/o Ulick

Margaret Cramer, Parish Office

Mary Byrne c/o Liz

Brian Lucey c/o D. Keating

A. Smith, Newbridge 

Paddy McDermott c/o D. Cross

Mary Dunne c/o Sham

Billy O’Neill, Robertstown

John Finn, Feighcullen

Sean Hutchinson, Roberstown

B. Swords



Winning Numbers

2       15     19      23

NO Match 3 Winners. 3 x €50 winners

Matt Dunne, Ballyteague

Kevin Harris c/o James Harris

Brian Stewart, 5 Ballintine Park

€50 voucher winner – Richie & Joan

Next week’s Jackpot € 4,900



Apologies: Apologies to all for notes not done Texting list: Contact Jemma McCabe on 087-6199720 for club info, match fixture changes etc. We would encourage all members to forward their number to avail of this texting service. Cmon the Blues book for sale costs €25.

Bingo every Wednesday 8.30pm in Allenwood GAA hall.

Bonus ball: €2.00 with a chance to win €50 every Wednesday at bingo or alternatively contact Jemma on 087-6199720.

Aylmer Gaels table quiz postponed until the new year.

Underagedisco Friday December 9th8pm-11pm.

Scór Na nÓgtook place in Allenwood GAA hall last Friday. Well done to all who took part and we wish the Ballad Group the best going forward in the Leinster semi-finals which will have taken place before going to press. Caitlin Brennan, Roisin McCormack, Katelyn Moore Dwyer, Hannah Donoghue & Ciara Doyle.


Well done to Aylmer Gaels Under 15s who beat Raheens last weekend. Best of luck to all involved in the final.

Children's Christmas party takes place on December 9th in the club house.

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. 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.


Congratulations to our U17 lads who are now county champions after a 1 point win over Newtown Gaels last week.

Congratulations to our Scor Na nÓg competitors who put on a great display at the Kildare finals last Saturday. Congratulations and Best of luck to Cliodhna Malone (recitation) and to Tom Stapleton, Oisin Hickey, Fiachra Malone, JP Dignam, Emma Shannon, Cliodhna Malone and Ross McHale (Leiriu Novelty Act) who take part in the Leinster Semi Final today Sunday at 3.30 pm in Allenwood GAA. All support is very much appreciated. Senior Scor is next, contact Paul Delahunty to participate.

O Holy Night under the musical Directorship of Niall Mulpeter takes place Thursday December 15th at 8pm. Doors open at 7.30. Tickets €15. Please contact Roisin Malone 0851264811. Thanks to Niall Mulpeter and the Inn for all their generous sponsorship.

"Milltown in Motion" every Wednesday from 7 to 8 to walk or run 5.

Milltown Dinner Dance Saturday March 25th in Hotel Keadeen. Tickets €35. Contact Fran O Sullivan for tickets.

Congratulations to all our members who received their Pope John Paul 11 awards from Bishop Nulty on Friday night in Askea Church, Carlow. Well done.

Lotto tickets are available from Liz Murphy, John Murphy and Milltown Shop for €1.50. Please support

Milltown Foróige will be spreading Christmas cheer in the community next Friday 9th December with their annual carol singing from 7pm onwards. We look forward to your continued support on the night.


Our AGM will take place on Wed. 7th December at 8pm in Ballyteague GAA. All welcome.

Application is being 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.


Canal Plunge: Looking for volunteers to take the plunge on St. Stephen's Day Sponsorship Cards will be available this week In the afternoon we are having a football challenge with the 1989 team taking on the 2011 team . More details later.

Astro Turf Pitch: This is available to any Club or Group and for  Childrens 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 available from our many Promoters and from the Shops and Post Office in Robertstown Jackpot on Monday €1,900.

The club offers its condolences to the Percival family on the sad passing of Seamus (Tully) Percival . Ar dheis Dé go raibh sé.

Cill Dara RFC Christmas FairSunday 18th December 11am to 3pm at Cill Dara RFC. Tables €15