Allen Parish Newsletter 11th December 2016

Christmas Penitential Service
Wednesday 14th December in Allen Church at 7pm.

K & L Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes 2017

16th – 21st July 2017. Cost €719 to include Flights, Transfers, Full board and accommodation, Fully comprehensive insurance, Pilgrimage badge.

Single room supplement of €150 - €175 – Limited on request. Early booking is essential. 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

Congratulations to our Parish youth who received their Pope John Paul II awards from Bishop Denis Nulty on Friday 2nd December in Askea Church, Carlow. Well done.

“I send my messenger ahead of you to prepare your way before you.” Are you called to be sent by Jesus as a priest, deacon, sister or brother? Contact: Fr. Ruairi O’Domhnaill This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ,

Responsorial Psalm
Come, Lord, and save us.


Monday 12th December
Allenwood – 9.30am

Tuesday 13th December
Milltown - 9.30am
Allen - 9.30am

Wednesday 14th December
Allen – 9.30am
Robertstown – 10.30am
Allen – 7pm – Penitential Service

Thursday 15th December
Allen – 9.30am
Allenwood – 9.30am

Friday 16th December
Allenwood – 9.30am

Allen: Saturday 7.30pm
Mary Swords, Kilmeague
John Doyle, Lowtown Road (20th Anniv.)
Francis & Elizabeth Dowling, Killeigh and James Dowling, Mylerstown
Alice Casey Anderson & sean Casey
Patrick, Brigid & Thomas Nugent, Ballyteague
Betty Dowling (Anniv.)

Lay Reader: Bréid Murphy
Eucharistic Minister: Rosaline Connolly

Allen: Sunday 11am
Sean Harris (Months Mind)
Richard & Dolores Price, Boston
John Wiltshire 7 deceased members of the Clare family

Lay Reader: Mary Melia
Eucharistic Ministers: Liz Jacob & Tom Walsh

Allenwood: Saturday 6.30pm
Ned Dunne, Grangeclare (Months Mind)
Michael Moore, Allenwood North
Mary Boland, Derrymullen
Lizzie Cronly (3rd Anniversary)
Rita Dunne
Angela Smith, Kildare, Sean Carney, Kildare & Gary Doherty, New York

Lay Reader: Wilfie Cronin
Eucharistic Minister: Dorothy Stowe


Allenwood: Sunday 10am
Patrick Coyne his wife Mary & son Anthony
Matthew Mulligan, Grangehiggin
Joseph & Kitty Moore, Derymullen
Peadar Farrell & Peter Farrell, Derrymullen
Patrick & Mary Hynan, Allenwood North & deceased members of the Hynan & Doyle family

Lay Reader: Sean Malone
Eucharistic Minister: Julia Farrell

Milltown: Sunday 9.30am
Denis Curran, Rathbride (1st Anniv.)
Esther Byrne, Milltown and her daughter Margaret Byrne
Mick & David Murphy, Christianstown
Melitta Buckley, Rathcoole (12th Anniv.)
Gibbons family, Pollardstown
Lay Reader: Fionnán Malone
Eucharistic Minister: Christy Herbert

Next Sunday’s Readings
Is 7:10-14. Ps 23:1-6, r/cf vv 7, 10. Rm 1:1-7. Mt 1:18-24. Lect I: 68.

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

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.
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 Walsh, Robertstown, whose funeral took place on Tuesday.
Ena Byrne, Kilmeague, whose funeral took place on Friday.
Jeanette Bowers, Pluckerstown, who died during the week.
Breda Hoare, Newtowncunningham, Donegal, whose funeral took place on 27th November.

May they rest in peace.

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

St Vincent de Paul
We are seeking a single bed matress.
The phone number for St. Vincent de Paul in the Allen area is 085 2095220.

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 sale from Allenwood Church Shop or contact any choir member.

Eucharistic Minister/Lay Readers – Allenwood Church
The 2017 rotas for Lay Readers and Eucharistic Ministers in Allenwood Church are now available from the Sacristy.

5th December, 2016

6 8 12 13

EIGHT Match 3 Winners
€32 each
Phyllis Doody, Newbridge
Ned Cooke, Mylerstown
H & M Swords, Derrymullen
Betty Hyland, Ballyteague
Mary O’Neill c/o Tony Hughes
Marion Wright, Derrymullen
David Coyle, Allenwood Middle
Mary Donohue c/o P. Farrell


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 “Declan Aungier”. Adm €7.

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

Robertstown NS
The Board of Management of Robertstown National School are accepting applications for the position of a part-time cleaner.
Interested candidates should forward their Curriculum Vitae and Application Letter to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or post it to Robertstown N.S., Robertstown, Naas, Co. Kildare by Monday, 2nd January 2017.

Senior Help Line, Ireland’s only national listening service for older people, will be open every day over Christmas and the New Year from 10 am to 10 pm.  We are here to take your call if you are on your own, feeling isolated, worried or would like someone to talk to.    Christmas can be a sad time for many people, and in the midst of apparent universal gaiety, some of us can feel very alone.  Senior Help Line volunteers are trained older people who understand the ups and downs of life, and are happy to listen, to keep company and to support.
So let us put the companionship into Christmas this year.
LoCall 1850 440 444, no call costs more than 30 cents.  All calls completely confidential.

Winning Numbers

8 11 18 21

ONE Match 3 Winner
John Doyle, Boston
€50 voucher winner –
Ann Greville, Kilmeague
Next week’s Jackpot € 5,000

Canal Plunge: Seeking volunteers to brave the waters of the Grand Canal on St. Stephen's Day at 12.30pm. Sponsorship Cards available. On that afternoon we are planning a challenge football match between the 1989 team and the 2011 team.
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. Last week's winner: Pat Dunne.
Parish Lotto: Tickets at €1.50 each available from our many Promoters and from the Shops and Post Office in Robertstown. Monday's Jackpot €2,100.
The Club offers its sincere condolences to the Walsh family on the sad passing of young Sean Walsh. Ar dheis Dé go raibh sé.

A.G.M: Allenwood GFC A.G.M takes place Friday January 6th at 8pm. All welcome. Mass for our deceased members will be on Sunday January 8th at 10am.
Fundraiser: Our Annual Christmas draw tickets are on sale from any committee member. Tickets €2 each or three for €5. Draw will take place during bingo December 21st. Please support.
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. We would encourage all members to forward their number to avail of this texting service. Cmon the Blues book for sale would make a nice gift for the football lover with lots of local info. Book costs €25.00.
Bingo: Bingo every Wednesday 8.30pm in Allenwood GAA hall. Cost €5.00 per book, €8.00 per double book €2.00 each for Jackpot and flyer sheet. €1800 in prize money.
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 alternatevely contact Jemma on 087-6199720.The bonus ball number on Saturday night main lotto draw. Winner this week was Phil Heraty c/o Bingo.
Scor Na Nog: Well done to all the participants who took part in Scor na Nog Leinster semi-final last weekend in Allenwood Gaa. We wish all the participants going forward the very best in the Leinster final .Hard luck to our girls Caitlin Brennan, Roisin McCormack, Katelyn Moore Dwyer, Hannah Donoghue and Ciara Doyle on not getting through but well done on your performance you did everyone proud.

Milltown Tidy Towns
A huge thank you to Eamon O Cuiv and Fiona O'Loughlin who paid a visit to our heritage centre last week. They were very impressed on the huge work done in transforming the 2 old schools into workable buildings and was very impressed that it was done with funding and donations from the people of the village. Mr. O'Cuiv commented on the huge work on gathering historical information and pictures along with the information of all people interred in our graveyard. Thank you to Michael and his team of tidy town workers, Jack Dunne, Betty field and the Tidy Towns group and to Betty O'Shea for painstakingly gathering the historical information and putting it together. When you pop in and sign the visitors book, you will see that it's not only local people but people from all over the country and abroad who have also visited. He was also really impressed that on the first Sunday of each month we have our Community Cuppa and a chat allowing young and old an opportunity to meet and have a chat and that each month a couple of members of the community hosted it. Thank you to everyone who contributed and continues to contribute to enhance the life of our community and its environs. Rural living at its best.

Trócaire Christmas Gifts
Trócaire is hoping for the usual terrific support from parishioners for the Trócaire Gifts and Christmas Appeal. The gifts make a huge difference to the lives of families and communities in some of the world’s poorest countries and start from as little as €5 for olive trees for Palestinian families. To find out more, buy a gift or make a donation log on to or call 1850 408 408.”

Cill Dara RFC Christmas Fair Sunday 18th December 11am to 3pm at Cill Dara RFC. Tables €15 each. Booking essential, call Cathy 087 6490858.

Slimming World in Ballyteague GAA
Tuesday evenings: 5.30pm & 7.30pm
Wednesday mornings: 9.30am & 11.30am
New and returning members very welcome. Contact Tracey at 086 9481173.

The closing date for Enrolment Applications in Robertstown National School for September 2017 should be submitted to the school before Christmas 2016.  Forms are available on the school website or from the office.