Allen Parish Newsletter 25th December 2016

Parish Office, Milltown Cross, Milltown, Newbridge, Co. Kildare.
Tue – Fri: 10am – 2pm
Tel: 045 450501
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The Parish Office is closed for Christmas Holidays and will reopen on Wednesday 4th January. Next Newsletter 8th January.

Fr. Willie Byrne P.P.
Parochial House, Allen, Kilmeague, Naas, Co. Kildare
Tel: 045 860135

Fr. Eddie Kavanagh C.C.
15 Lowtown Manor, Robertstown, Naas, co. Kildare
Tel: 045 890559


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Allen Parish Newsletter

Christmas Day
25th December, 2016
Fr. Willie Byrne P.P. (045) 860135
Fr. Eddie Kavanagh C.C. (045) 890559
Parish Office (045) 450501

The Priests of the Parish wish all our Parishioners the blessings and joys of Christmas and a New Year filled with peace and joy.

Very many thanks to all who contributed to our Parish Christmas celebrations: Liturgical Ministers (Readers and Eucharistic Ministers), Choirs, Altar Servers, Collectors, Counters, Ushers, Car Park Attendants, People who donated flowers, cleaned and decorated the Churches and Church grounds, erected Cribs and Christmas trees etc.
A very special word of thanks to the Sacristans.

Go méadai Dia bhur stór.

Robertstown GFC
Don't forget the Canal Plunge at 12.30pm on St. Stephens Day. Sponsorship Cards available. Football Challenge that afternoon at 2pm. The 1989 team vs the 2011 team
Parish Lotto Promotors Draw. Winners:
Marie Carthy, Sham Moran, Chris Dobbins, Pauline Birchall, Eileen McNamee. Each received €50.
The Club wishes all our players, members, supporters a Happy and Holy Christmas and a Peaceful and Good Sporting New year.
Monday 26th December
Allenwood – 9.30am

Tuesday 27th December
Milltown - 9.30am

Wednesday 28th December
Allen – 9.30am - Todd and Eithne Herbert

Thursday 29th December
Allenwood – 9.30am

Friday 30th December
Allenwood – 9.30am - John and Mary Cross & Richard and Mary Wyse (nee Cross)

Allen: Saturday 7.30pm
Jim Moran, Robertstown and John &
Margaret Hartford, Portlaoise

Lay Reader: Liam Murphy
Eucharistic Minister: Ann O’Gorman

Allen: Sunday 11am
Edward Conway (Months Mind)
Julia Ward & family
Betty Dowling

Lay Reader: Mark McDermott
Eucharistic Ministers: Pat Dunne & Liz Jacob

Allenwood: Saturday 6.30pm
Michael & Christina Dunne, Station Road, Allenwood
Pauline Byrne, Robertstown (7th Anniv.) and all deceased members of the Byrne family

Lay Reader: Monica Anderson
Eucharistic Minister: Mary Brennan

Allenwood: Sunday 10am
Patrick, Kathleen & Páid Brereton and families, Allenwood South

Lay Reader: Kevin McCormack
Eucharistic Minister: Patricia Durkan

Milltown: Sunday 9.30am
Joseph Heffernan & Elizabeth Williams (nee Heffernan) and Elizabeth & Michael Byrne
Deceased members of the Reddy family, Milltown and the Mellon family, Dublin

Lay Reader:
Eucharistic Minister: Bridie Dunney
Allenwood GFC
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. We would like to wish all our members young and old a very Merry Christmas and a Happy Healthy New Year from all in the club.
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 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 alternatively contact Jemma on 087-6199720.The bonus ball number on Saturday night main lotto draw. Winner this week was Dylan McDonagh c/o bingo .
Underage Allenwood 13s were presented with their medals in the clubhouse Sunday last. Winners of the U13 Division 4 league this year. There was a great attendance by players and players. Medals were presented by our very own Johnathan Byrne.
Responsorial Psalm (Christmas Day)
I will sing forever of your love O Lord!

Monday 2nd January
Allenwood – 9.30am

Tuesday 3rd January
Allen—9.30am—Michael Jacob, Allenwood South
Milltown - 9.30am—Nancy & Jack O’Loughlin

Wednesday 4th January
Allen – 9.30am

Thursday 5th January
Allen - 9.30am
Allenwood – 9.30am

Allen: Saturday 7.30pm
Ruth Reidy (1st Anniversary)
Leah Taaffe (3rd Anniversary)
Caroline Lynch, Mulligan
Eileen & Marguerita McCabe

Lay Reader: Patricia Creighton
Eucharistic Minister: Anne Downey

Allen: Sunday 11am
James & Mary Moran, Ballyteague
Mary, Jerome, Benedict & Fiona Doyle

Lay Reader: Catherine Murphy
Eucharistic Ministers: Anita Hendy & Catherine Murphy

Allenwood: Saturday 6.30pm
Tom Moore
Mary Jo Maher, Allenwood North
William Aungier, Allenwood Middle

Lay Reader: Christina Ryan
Eucharistic Minister: Mattie Dobbins

Allenwood: Sunday 10am
Deceased members of Allenwood GFC
Brigid Jacob, Allenwood South

Lay Reader: Johnny O’Callaghan
Eucharistic Minister: May Cunningham

Milltown: Sunday 9.30am
Alice Dowling
Joe & Rose O’Hara, Punchesgrange

Lay Reader:
Eucharistic Minister: Christy Herbert
Responsorial Psalm (1st January)
O God, be gracious and bless us.
Weekday Masses 2nd— 6th January

Ballyteague GFC
2017 AGM will take place on Friday January 20th. All nominations to Marie Jacob by January 15th.
Annual Club Mass will take place on January 27th in the clubhouse.
The club would like to wishvery best of Luck to Declan McGovern, Brian, Padraig and the Senior team for the forthcoming year.
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 rom tickets purchased from Ballyteague sellers goes to the club.

Milltown GFC
Congratulations to Lauren Murtagh who was selected to represent the club on the Kildare U16's Ladies Team. We wish you well Lauren and we look forward to supporting you on the U 16's and Lara Curran in the Minor Team. A very successful year for our girls.
A lot of very happy children were in the village on Saturday after Santa Claus came to visit them at the Club House. The children were on their best behaviour and Santa was so impressed with them all.
Well done to the boys and girls at the school who won the inhouse school tournament. The matches were played on Tuesday and it was great to see the level of football improving all the time. Well done to School Bhride who won the Cumann Na mBunscoil best overall school this year.
Family Table Quiz will be held on December 28th at 2.30 pm at the Inn in Milltown. All support is very much appreciated. Cliodhna Malone is hosting the Table Quiz and All funds raised will be donated to the CARA Girls and Children's refuge centre and orphanage. This year sees Clíodhna Malone, Anna Murphy, Aaron Jacob, Séan Tiernan and Eoin Shannon, all members of our Minor Teams travelling to Kenya to volunteer. Well done to everyone.
The LGFA are hosting a Club Disco December 29th in the Clubhouse for All young people in 4th, 5th and 6th Class from 6.30 to 8.30. Admission is €5 (including a refreshment and a treat).
The Club Dinner Dance is on March 25th in Keadeen Hotel. Tickets 37.50 from Fran O'Sullivan
Club AGM on Friday January 20th at 8pm. All welcome.
Wishing all our members a very Happy and peaceful Christmas and every good wish for the New Year Ahead.

“He gave power to become children of God.” If you think you may be called to share the Father’s love as a priest, contact: Fr. Ruairi O’Domhnaill This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ,

Next Sunday’s Readings
1st January: Num 6:22-27. Ps 66:2-3, 5, 6, 8, R/v2. Gal 4:4-7. Lk 2:16-21. Lect I: 139.
8th January, The Baptism of the Lord: Is 42:1-4, 6-7. Ps 28:1-4, 9-10, R/v 11. Acts 10:34-38. Mt 3:13-17. Lect I: 179.

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.

The Sacrament of Baptism is celebrated every two weeks.
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.
Bridgewood Celtic
The club would like to wish all our players, committee members and supporters a very Happy Christmas and a Happy New Year.

“Those whom we love and lose are no longer where they were before, they are now wherever we are. (St.Chrysostom)
Please pray for:
Thomas, Nancy & Pat Connolly, Robertstown West, Breda Cully (nee Connolly), Robertstown West and Chris Inglis, Dublin.
Christina Gorey, Robertstown.
May they rest in peace.

19th December, 2016
SIX Match 3 Winners — €25 each
Breda Brown, Ballyteague
Betty J. Hyland, Ballyteague
Mary Donohue, Ballycumber, Offaly
Maurice Musgrave, Kilmeague
Catherine Colleton, Milltown
Helen Dickinson, c/o D. Keating
Special Christmas Draw 5 X €75 each
J.J. Brerton, Blackwood. Baby Fionn McCormack, Allenwood.
George & Abbey, c/o P. Farrell. K. Judge, c/o P. Cronly.
Sharon Whelan, Newbridge.

Next Draw Monday January 9th 2017 at 9pm
The Christmas Tree
"At Christmas the joyful announcement of the birth of the Redeemer resounds in all parts of the globe: The hoped-for Messiah was made man and dwelt among us.
With his luminous presence, Jesus has dissipated the shadows of error and sin and has brought to humanity the joy of divine blind love, of which the Christmas tree is a sign and a reminder.
The Christmas tree is an invitation to receive in one’s heart the gift of the joy, peace and love of Jesus.
To believe in Christ means to let yourself be encompassed by the light of his truth that gives full meaning, value and sense to our existence, given that precisely to reveal to us the mystery of his Father and of his love, he also reveals man fully to himself and shows to him his lofty vocation.”
Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI
A Christmas Message from Bishop Denis
On this Christmas Day, I greet you, your families and loved ones with every grace and blessing!

It's over 2000 years since God's Son was born in a stable in Bethlehem. He was the same as any other baby - needing to be fed and changed, needing to be held and loved. Like all babies - like the children of your own family - he melted the hearts of those who looked upon him or held him in their arms. That's how God comes to us still - asking for our love.
We can direct him to the darkness of the stable because we have no space for him in our busy lives, or we can make room in our hearts to receive him with love.

Your presence here today, in God's house, celebrating the birth of the Christ child is a sign of your willingness to welcome God into your hearts and homes. I want you to know each one of you is always welcome in God's house. Your presence is a gift; your presence helps us to recognise that God is indeed with us; your presence gives us hope that the light will conquer the darkness that at times threatens to overwhelm humanity!

This Christmas, conscious of the turmoil in our world, conscious of the challenges of poverty, homelessness and materialism in society, conscious of our own need to be made whole, let us welcome Christ once more and allow ourselves to be held in that loving embrace of God.
+ Denis Nulty

Milltown Church Bicentenary 2017
There will be a meeting in the Old School, Milltown on Wednesday 11th January at 7.30pm to discuss preparations for the celebration of Milltown Church 200 years. All are very welcome.
Knit, Crochet & Social Group
Allen knit, crochet & social group will resume on Tuesday 10th January and continue every Tuesday morning from 10am to 12 noon in Allen Community Hall. Everyone very welcome.

St. Vincent de Paul — Thank You
May thanks to all the schools in the parish who donated food and toys for our Annual SVdeP Christmas Appeal
Thanks to the business and individuals who gave food hampers, monetary donations and toys. Thanks to the people who donated anonymously. Thanks to the One Voice Choir whose Carol singing outside Spar shop in Allenwood on Sunday last raised €371. Thanks also to Aidan Donoghue and everyone who took part and helped out at the Christmas concert in Allenwood Church. Thanks to Larry & Ann Marie Malone, Allenwood, who hosted a SVdeP coffee morning.
Many thanks to everyone who donates weekly to SVdeP at the Church food bank and to all who support our Day Care Centre by purchasing Lotto tickets weekly.
Wishing everyone a happy and holy Christmas and a prosperous New Year.
The Epiphany of the Lord.
(Holyday of Obligation)
Thursday 5th January
Allenwood — 6.30pm

Friday 6th January