Allen Parish Newsletter 22nd January 2017

Allen Parish Newsletter

Third Sunday in Ordinary Time
22nd January, 2017
Fr. Willie Byrne P.P. (045) 860135
Fr. Eddie Kavanagh C.C. (045) 890559
Parish Office (045) 450501
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Robertstown G.F.C.
The A.G.M. was held on Friday last. Full report next week.
Dowling Cup: Robertstown has been drawn in Group B with Caragh and Ballykelly with the 1st game on the weekend, February 17/19th.
Membership Fees are now due and can be paid to any Committee Member.
Astro-Turf Pitch: This is available to all Clubs and Groups and for Childrens Birthday Parties . For bookings contact Tara Moran 085/7317697 .
Bonus Ball: This is run in Mullaneys 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 €2,100.

Milltown GFC
The Club would like to welcome Niall Whyte as our Senior Men's trainer for the coming year. Hopefully we can build on the fantastic success from last year.
The senior ladies are back training every Wednesday from 7.30pm to 8.30pm at the club and on Sundays from 11 to 12 at Little Curragh. done to everyone who has committed to football this year. Great to see so many of you out training in the village last week. The U 16 girls have invited to train with the senior team this year.
The girls Academy has grown since last year as in now divided into 2 groups. Tuesdays from 6pm to 7pm in the club for all girls up to and including under 7. Wednesdays from 7 to 8 for all girls from 8 to 12.
Gaelic4mothers and others is back on monday nights from 8 to 9pm.
"Milltown in Motion" is back for all our walkers and runners. A great way to walk and run and stay fit. We will be organising a 5/10km run soon so watch this space.
Mass for deceased members will take placeSunday February 5th at 9.30in Milltown.
The Annual Dinner Dance will take place on Saturday March 25th in Hotel Keadeen. Tickets €37.50 can be purchased from Fran O'Sullivan.
Text and email service - if you are not on social media and would like to receive club updates, please contact Roisin Malone on 0851264811 or Paul Delahunty to have your info included.
Lotto: as our club grows and we field more teams, the day to day running costs get higher. We rely on the lotto to go towards the running costs. This year we will have lotto tickets on sale at all training sessions and ask all parents/players to commit to buying a ticket each week. Thanks to Liz OShea, John Murphy and the lotto team for their continued commitment to date and to all those who support each week.

Indoor training continues every Tuesday in Allenwood Hall from 7-8pm for our senior ladies and all players born in 2002 or before are asked to attend.
Our U13/14 girls will be back training in mid February, more details nearer the date.
Fundraising night with Rory’s Stories on Saturday 18th February in Allenwood Hall. This event will be for over 16s and tickets are €15 available now from any senior player or committee member.
This year will see us launch our first Winifred Dunne Memorial Tournament in Allenwood GAA on Saturday 25th February, games start at 11am. Six teams will be participating in this event in honour of our late Chairperson and friend.

Allenwood GFC
Registration night takes place in Allenwood GAA hall Friday February 10th at 7pm -830pm. All members from Underage to senior are asked to attend for registration also new members welcome. Registration costs for our underage members are €15 per child two or more children €30.
Annual awards night due to take place in the bar February 11th.
Membership Adult €35, Couple €60, Family €70, Player €40, Social membership €25.
National club draw 2017. We would ask all members to make an effort to sell or buy a ticket. All proceeds of the sale of the tickets go to the club. Tickets available from any executive member at a cost of €10.
For the New Year we would ask all members holding an email address to forward to Jemma McCabe This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or text 087-6199720 for club news as it happens .
The Underage A.G.M took place Friday last with the following officers were appointed Chairperson Ciaran Swords, Vice Chairperson Stephen McCabe, Secretary Brian Doyle, Asst Secretary Celine McNamee, Finance Officer Thomas Brennan, PRO Jemma McCabe. Bord Na Nog representative Eamonn Red Moran.
Underage discos for the coming year: Jan 27th, Feb 24th, March 31st, April 21st. May 26th.

Aylmer Gaels AGM takes place January 24th in Allenwood meeting room at 8.30pm.
Alymer Gaels fundraiser in the form of a quiz takes place in Allenwood gfc February 3rd at 8.30pm.
The Aldridge cup begins weekend Feb 18th v St Laurence's away. Training has resumed for the year .
Lotto tickets are on sale at a cost of €1.50 per Please support.
Clothes collection continues .30am and 12.30pm Monday to Friday.

Monday 23rd January
Allenwood – 9.30am

Tuesday 24th January
Allen - 9.30am—Elizabeth Mulrennan
Milltown - 9.30am

Wednesday 25th January
Allen – 9.30am

Thursday 26th January
Allenwood – 9.30am - Thomas Mulligan

Friday 27th January
Allenwood – 9.30am

Allen: Saturday 7.30pm
Bob McKenna
Thomas Ennis & Aoife Ennis, Ballintine and Elizabeth Anderson & Margaret Lawlor, Moods, Robertstown
Brigid Swords, Grangeclare West

Lay Reader: Sinéad Jacob
Eucharistic Minister: Margaret Ennis

Allen: Sunday 11am
Marcella Kane (nee Cross), Huddersfield, West Yorkshire, formerly Grangeclare West
Jodie O’Neill, Robertstown West
Johnny O’Brien, Cloncumber, Ballygteague
Michael Donoghue, Lowtown Road & all deceased members of the Donoghue family

Lay Reader: Evelyn Dowling
Eucharistic Ministers: Liz Jacob & Antoinette Barrett

Allenwood: Saturday 6.30pm
Thomas & Colette Mullaney, Robertstown
Peggy Byrne (3rd Anniversary)
Harry Doyle, Allenwood South (4th Anniversary)
Sarah & Tom McCormack
John & Peg Goulding, Dicky & Rose Goulding, Ballyteague and Goulding family Ballyteague Lough
Michael & Bella Doyle, Littletown

Lay Reader: Wilfie Cronin
Eucharistic Minister: Mary Jacob

Allenwood: Sunday 10am
Marcella (Cellie) Doyle (3rd Anniv.)
William Carthy & members of Carthy family
Kevin Smullen, Allenwood South

Lay Reader: Noel Moore
Eucharistic Minister: Mary Fitzgibbon

Responsorial Psalm
The Lord is my light and my help.
Weekday Masses 23rd—27th January
Weekend Masses 28th /29th January
Next Sunday’s Readings
Is 8:23-9:3. Ps 26:1, 4, 13-14, R/v1. 1 Cor 1:10-13, 17. mt 4:12-23. Lect I: 644.
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.
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
Allen Sunday 2nd April at 12 noon
Allen and Allenwood Saturday 15th April at the Easter Vigil Masses
Milltown Saturday 29th April at 12 noon
Allen Sunday 14th May at 12 noon
Allenwood Sunday 28th May at 11am
Milltown Saturday 10th June at 12 noon.
Contact the Parish Office at 045-450501at least two weeks in advance.
16th January, 2017


TWELVE Match 3 Winners — €25 each
Brendan Walsh, Kilmegue
The Dunne Boys c/o L & K Nurseries
Aisling Slicker, Milltown
Fiona Doyle, Grangeclare
Nicola Flavin c/o Ben Murphy
J. Govender c/o Sham
Darren Judge, Allenwood
Josephine Morris c/o Allen N. S.
A. Lynch c/o J. Ivers
Ray Melia (jnr), Ballintine
T. Carty, Robertstown
Monica Anderson, Allenwood Sth.

Winning Numbers

ONE Match 3 Winner—€150
Kevin Harris c/o James Harris
Next week’s Jackpot € 5,400

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! All are very welcome.

Jesus Begins His Ministry
A net is an expandable object. When the fish enter, it stretches. It’s an image that reoccurs in parable and in the personal stories of the disciples up to and following the death and resurrection of Jesus. They understand the mystery of the Kingdom to be a net that gathers fish of all kinds. In today’s gospel they let go of the net of preoccupation and follow the Lord into discipleship. Christ’s net is reminiscent of the biblical ‘leading strings of love’ which God uses to draw people to himself. The disciples’ response contrasts with that of those who put their hand to the plough and turn back. Jesus’s project is the Kingdom, not the material restoration of the Temple. Not power. As a Church, we must know our priority is the Kingdom of God’s mercy and of the Spirit, but do we?

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 “Up Front”. Adm €7.
Scoil Bhríde, Milltown
Closing date for applications for Junior Infants 2017 is January 31st. Application forms available from the school office.

Milltown Church
Celebrates 200 years
The parish youth taking part in JPII are looking for parishioners help. Milltown Church celebrates 200 years this year and we are helping to mark this very historical event. We are asking anyone in the parish or further who received the sacrament of Communion in Milltown and who have photos taken inside the church to please contact us. We are trying to gather as many photos as we can to have included in the pictorial event during the year. They can contact Roisin Malone on 0851264811.

Milltown Sunday 9.30am
Ellen Keane, Fenview, Milltown
Eloizabeth & John Cullen
Lay Reader: Anne Dunne
Eucharistic Minister: Christy Herbert
Sunday 29th January
“Those who die in grace go but to God and God is very near”
We remember in our prayers

Denis (DJ) McNamara, Lucan, whose funeral took place in Lucan on Tuesday.
May he rest in peace.
Wednesday 1st February—Feast of St. Brigid
Celebrations for the bicentenary of St. Brigid’s Church, Milltown begins with Mass in Milltown Church at 10am.

Thursday 2nd February—Feast of the Presentation of the Lord and Candlemas Day
If you want candles blessed, please bring them to 9.30am Mass in Allen or Allenwood.

Friday 3rd February—Feast of St. Blaise
Blessing of Throats after 9.30am Mass in Allenwood and 7.30pm Mass in Allen.

Sunday 12th February—Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes
Special Mass, with anointing of sick and elderly at 3pm in the Parish Church, Allen, coinciding with the Feast of Our Lady of Lourds and World Day of Prayer for the Sick.

Free Circle Dance
Free open evening of Circle Dancing in Prosperous Parish Centre on Tuesday 7th Feb at 8pm. No partner required. Simple steps & gentle thythms to beautiful music. Ph Marie 086-8937096.

‘The Allen Eye’ would like to feature some of the companies that have provided employment for parishioners throughout the years.If you have a story and photographs and would like to reminisce and share your experiences which we may feature in future editions of our magazine please -mail This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
Here are the names of some of the companies to jog your memory: Sallins Meat Factory, The Irish Ropes, Newbridge Cutlery, Donnelly Mirrors, Naas Cotton Mills, Kingswear, Rubber, Drummin Mushroom, Telemacnique, Kildare Chilling, Concrete Pipes, Black & Decker, Wallpaper Factory Kildare, Newbridge Industries, Celbridge Mills, Champion Spark Plugs and Doyle Concrete.

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 045 449522.

Eleson United
Annual 5 a Side Tournament for the John Joe Bowers Memorial Cup Sunday, January 29th on Robertstown GAA Astro-Turf Pitch beginning at 11 a.m. Entry Fee €50 per team - every team guaranteed at least 2 games. Contact Mark 085/8719125 or Ciarán 085/1636769.