Allen Parish Newsletter 25th Oct 2009

A Stupid Question?

Jesus doesn’t ask stupid questions. So, why does he ask Bartimeus what seems at best a question with an obvious answer in today’s Gospel reading (Mark 10:46-52)? Bartimeus is blind, and a beggar. He calls Jesus ‘Son of David’. So the odds are in favour of him wanting more than money. He wants his sight. Yet, Jesus doesn’t assume that. Why?

Perhaps he wants to show respect towards Bartimeus, unlike the crowd who tell him to shut up. Jesus invites him to speak for himself. Can we say we always do that with those we consider unimportant to us? Those whose sentences we finish for them? Those whose conversation we cut across when in company? Those whom we think aren’t worth listening to?

Or perhaps Jesus wants to test the quality of Bartimeus’s faith. ‘Son of David’ he calls Jesus. Will he now undo the impression he makes by asking Jesus for a few coins? Respecting Bartimeus’s freedom, Jesus let’s his faith unfold. And what a faith it is! He asks for nothing short of a miracle. Even though he’s blind he can ‘see’ that Jesus is more than ordinary. Faith brings vision of a kind that healthy eyes may fail to. Do we see in Jesus more than the human eye can catch? Is our faith great enough to expect a personal transformation little short of the miraculous by sincerely asking for it? Jesus doesn’t force us to ask for the impossible. But he does invite us to. What a shame should we refuse because it might sound stupid!


Responsorial Psalm

What marvels the Lord worked for us!

Indeed we were glad.



Monday 26th October

Allen – 9.30am

Allenwood – 9.30am

Tuesday 27th October

Allen – 9.30am

Milltown – 9.30am

Wednesday 28th October

Allen – 9.30am

Thursday 29th October

Allenwood – 9.30am

Friday 30th October

Allenwood – 9.30am



Allen: Saturday 2pm - Wedding Mass

Allen: Saturday 7.30pm

People of the Parish

Lay Reader: Patricia Creighton

Eucharistic Minister: Fran Dowling

Allen: Sunday 11.00am. Feast of All Saints

The Kelly family, Robertstown, the Murphy family, Lowtown and the Peters family, Carlow

James and Mary Reilly, Pluckerstown

Lay Reader: Anita Hendy

Eucharistic Ministers: Rosaline Connolly and John Paul Price

Allenwood: Saturday 6.30pm

Brigid Connolly, Derrymullen

Lay Reader: Sandra Lee

Eucharistic Ministers: Wilfie Cronin and Mary Jacob

Allenwood: Sun 10am. Feast of All Saints

Brian and Bernie Davis, Allenwood Middle

Pat and Catherine Smith, Allenwood South

Lay Reader: Noel Moore

Eucharistic Ministers: Larry McCormack and May Cunningham

Milltown: Sun 9.30am. Feast of All Saints

Patricia Gleeson, Christianstown

Lay Reader: Aoife Malone

Eucharistic Minister: Marie Walsh


Next Sunday’s Readings

Readings for Sunday 1st November, Feast of All Saints:

Apoc 7:2-4, 9-14. Ps 23. 1 Jn 3:1-3.

Mt 5:1-12. (Lect 1: 999 or II: 1244)


Eucharistic Adoration

Eucharistic Adoration in Allen Church on Wednesday morning 10am to 11am.


Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament takes place every Monday from 11am to 3pm.

(Find more information on prayer and prayer groups in the parish here.)


This Week’s Calendar

Tuesday 27th – St Otteran, monk.

Wednesday 28th – Saints Simon and Jude, apostles. The teaching of the Gospels is the living gospel for all to hear. Their authority comes from their fidelity to Christ. St Jude is the patron saint of hopeless causes.

Thursday 29th – St Colman, bishop. Colman hailed from Kilmacduagh, Co Clare in the 7th century. After studying in Aran, where he founded two churches on Inis Mhór, he returned to make a foundation at Kilmacduagh.

Friday 30th – Blessed Dominic Collins, martyr. Dominic was born around 1566 in the city of Youghal. In 1598, after a military career, he entered the Society of Jesus as a brother. He returned to Ireland in 1601, but on 16 June 1602 he was captured by the English who tried in vain to make him abjure his faith. Condemned to death, he was hanged in his native city on 31 October 1602.

Weekly Envelope Boxes

Any person or family who does not currently receive a weekly envelope box and would like to do so is asked to contact the Parish Office at 860135.

List of the Dead

Envelopes for the List of the Dead can be handed in at Masses next weekend.



The Sacrament of Baptism is celebrated every two weeks.

The schedule is as follows:

Milltown – Saturday 7th Nov. at 12 noon

Allen – Sunday 22nd November at 12 noon

Allenwood – Sunday 6th December at 11am

Milltown – Saturday 19th Dec. at 12 noon

Requests for baptism must be received at the Parish Office not later than two weeks before the actual baptism.

(Find more information on Baptismal Teams in the parish here.)




19th October, 2009

3     7     11     23

NINTEEN Match 3 Winners (€25 each)

D. Williams c/o John Ivers

Joe Regan, Allenwood

Nuala Byrne, Milltown

Kyle Donoghue, Rathbride

Niall Swords, Kilmeague

Jim Moran c/o Kathy

Pamela Butler, Mylerstown

Peter Farrell (Snr), Mylerstown

Ciara Doyle, Grangeclare

Whack Kavanagh, Mylerstown

John Heffernan, New Rd, Allenwood

M. Maher, Kilmeague

Paul Reidy, Robertstown West

Christy Keely c/o Carmel

Marcella Macky, Milltown

Ann McNamee c/o R. Fitzgerald

Colm Cox, Milltown

Denis Kinsella c/o Ger McNally

Phyllis Slicker, Milltown



Next week’s draw will take place on Tuesday 27th Oct. at 9am


Senior Citizens Christmas Party

Allen Parish Senior Citizens Christmas Party will take place on Sunday 13th December. More details later. (Find more information on Senior Citizens, here.)

Youth Ministry


The GIFT 1, 2 and 3 Programmes will be starting during the week of 2nd November. Contact Ita at: 087 992 8592. (Find more information on GIFT and Youth Ministry here.)

Thank You

Sincere thanks has been extended to the parish from the Society for the Propagation of the Faith for our generous contribution to last week’s Mission Sunday collection. The total raised (€3,465) will change the lives of many in mission lands and will enable the continued work of missionaries worldwide. We are asked to continue praying for our missionary brothers and sisters as our spiritual support can provide great comfort particularly in difficult times.

(For more information on the work of the Society for the Propagation of the Faith, click ‘Fides Service’. Links to other useful Catholic media can be found in the 'Catholic Media' section in QuickLinks on the parish website.)


On Saturday, 17th October, over 400 Rainbows facilitators gathered in Trinity College to celebrate 21 years of Rainbows in Ireland. The founder of the programme, Suzy Yehl Marta from Chicago, was present and spoke about the importance of accompanying children in their grief journey. Her key message was that "children can be healed from loss – it doesn't need to hurt for ever". This message is also true for adults. The ‘Rainbows’ programme for children and the ‘Prism’ for adults will begin in the first week of November. If you or your children would like to be part of the programme, please phone the Parish Office or Fr. Brian as soon as possible.

(Further details on Rainbows can be found on the parish website here.)

Allen Cemetery Committee

The Committee would like to thank Frank Maher and his hunting friends for the very generous donation of €1,300 as a result of the recent hunt held in Allen. Special thanks also to those who organised sandwiches and refreshments and ran the very successful raffle on the day. (Also, see Local News on, here.)



(Information and contact details for sports clubs in Allen Parish can be found here.)


Committee Meeting: on Tuesday 27th Oct at 8.30pm.

‘School of Excellence’: for post primary school players continues on Friday evenings in the pitch under the guidance of senior panel players. All are welcome.

Five-month Development Draw: Fourth draw on Thursday 29th Oct. 1st Prize €500. 2nd Prize €100. 3rd Prize €100.

Club Car Air Fresheners: with club crest €2.50 each, available from Mary O’Reilly, Patricia O’Sullivan or McCabe’s shop.

Under-Age: the annual under-age football marathon took place in bright sunshine on Saturday 17th Oct. with everyone enjoying a fantastic day. Many thanks to all who sponsored the players and helped out on the day. Your support was much appreciated.

Ladies Football: Girls U/13 Div 3 lost out to Suncroft.

U/11 Div 4 Semi-Final Result: Milltown 4-8 Geraldines2-6. Final v Suncroft on Saturday 31st Oct. Time and venue to be confirmed. Best of luck.

Minor training: every Wednesday night at 8pm all welcome.


Indoor bowls: continues every Monday and Wednesday night at 8pm in the Milltown GFC Clubhouse. New players welcome.


Christmas Draw: in aid of ‘Little Larks’ underage teams. Tickets €5 each, or book of 5 for €20. 1st Prize: TV combo and surround-sound system. 2nd Prize: Luxury hamper. 3rd Prize: One-year membership of Ballyteague GYM for two people. 4th Prize: Two sessions in Ballyteague All Weather. 5th Prize: Turkey and ham. Many more prizes. Tickets from any committee member.

Best wishes to: Na Fianna next Saturday as they defend their U 21 crown against Moorefield.

All weather pitch available: for details, contact: Marie Jacob at 086 362 6995

GYM opening hours: mornings 10am to 12 noon. Evenings 6.30pm to 9.30pm


Indoor bowls: in Allen Hall every Tuesday night at 7.30pm. New members are very welcome.


The football season: has come to an end for 2009 so it is time to take stock and plan for the year ahead. To all our players, young and old, mentors and supporters, thank you for your efforts throughout the year.

Club t-shirts and jackets: can be ordered through Larry Ivers.


Meeting: there will be a meeting for all adult players in the clubhouse at 7pm on Friday, 30th October. We hope that there will be a good representation from all three adult teams in attendance. It is hoped to have a social night for the players after the meeting.

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Creepy Crawlie Fun Camp: The Bog of Allen Nature Centre is holding a Creepy Crawlie Fun Camp for 7 to 13-year-olds on Friday 30th Oct. from 10am-1pm. Activities on the day will include, pond dipping, mask-making, creepy-crawlie hunt and insect-eating plants. All activities are fully supervised. There is a charge of €15 per student and places are limited. Booking essential by calling 045 860 133.

(Find information and contact details for Children's Clubs in Allen Parish here.)


21st October, 2009

Winning Numbers     Plus

7   20   25   28           32

NO Match 3 winners – 4 x €50 winners

James Kelly, Caragh

Mary Nutterfield

Brigie Domican, 3374 Kilmeague

Gertie Feene c/o Maura Malone

Next week’s Jackpot – €19,000