Allen Parish Newsletter 29th January 2017

Allen Parish Newsletter

Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Catholic Schools Week Begins Today
29th 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.
At the Club's AGM on Friday week last the following were elected: Patrons: Rev. Fathers Willie Byrne, Eddie Moore, Tommy O Reilly. Presidents: Patrick Moran , Maurice Musgrave. Chairperson: Declan Percival. Vice Chair.: Shane Keely. Secretary: Laurence Cooke. Asst. Sec.: Anthony Moran. Treasurer: Tara Moran. Asst. Treas: Peter Hogarty. PROs: Miriam Lyons, Peter Hogarty. Team Manager: Eamonn Fitzpatrick. Selectors: Murt McCormack, Patrick Percival. Co. Board Delegates: Petria Dobbins, Danno Keely. Underage Committee: Dave Matthews, Bob Donnelly, Catherine Mullaney, Pamela O Brien, Mark Byrne, Peter Dunne, Robert Teague, Pamela Butler, Emma Hutchinson, Carol McGrath, Jemma O Sullivan.
The amalgamation with Caragh for Underage (Newtown Gaels) will continue for 2017.
Table Quiz: This will be held in Mullaney's Lounge on Friday, February 10th at 8.30 p.m. Table of 4 €40 Money raised on the night will go to the purchase on new Underage Goal Posts so please support.

Milltown GFC
Many thanks to all who attended the AGM on Friday last. President. Mick Byrne Snr V-Presidents: Rev. Fr. E. Moore, Séamus Field, Tom Field, Mick Hanlon Snr, John O'Connor. Patron: Mick Hanlon Snr. Chairperson: Ronan Byrne. V-Chairperson: Fran O'Sullivan. Secretary: Timmy Cullen. V-Secretary: Christopher Dowling. Treasurer: Siobhán Byrne. V-Treasurer: Liz O'Shea. P.R.O.: Roisin Malone. V-P.R.O.: Paul Delahunty
Lotto tickets are on sale in the club house Tuesdays from 6 - 7 and on Wednesdays from 5 -8 as well as from Liz O'Shea, John Murphy, Dave's Shop. Tickets 1.50 each. We are asking each family to support the lotto please by buying 1 ticket each week.
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. The U 16 girls have been 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.
Mass for deceased members Sunday February 5th at 9.30 Mass in 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.

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.
Underage discos for the coming year: Jan 27th, Feb 24th, March 31st, April 21st. May 26th.
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.
Gym: Bootcamp classes in Allenwood GAA gym. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday at 9.45am and Saturday at 9.30am.. Find us on Facebook at Sky blue Fitness or contact Morgan 0872189282.
The lights will be turned on if people want to walk during these times Monday Wednesday and Friday 7.30-9pm. Social membership permits you to use the walkway €25 per year.

Monday 30th January
Allenwood – 9.30am

Tuesday 31st January
Allen - 9.30am
Milltown - 9.30am—Eddie & Lar Conlan (Anniv)

Wednesday 1st February — Feast of St. Brigid
Milltown – 10am
Robertstown—12.30pm—School Mass.

Thursday 2nd February—Feast of the Presentation of the Lord and Candlemas Day
If you wish to have candles blessed, please bring them to either of the following Masses.
Allenwood – 9.30am

Friday 3rd February—Feast of St. Blaise
Blessing of Throats after both of the following Masses.
Allenwood – 9.30am. School Mass.

Allen: Saturday 7.30pm
Mary & Thomas Maher, Crosspatrick
Sheila Melia & Brian Caldwell (Anniversaries)

Lay Reader: Liam Murphy
Eucharistic Minister: Ann Downey

Allen: Sunday 11am
Bridie & John Sheely & son Tony and all deceased members of the Sheehy family
Christopher Connolly, Kilmeague (Anniversary)

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

Allenwood: Saturday 6.30pm
Josie Carroll, Allenwood Middle (Months Mind)
Dan, William & Brigid Doyle & deceased members of the Doyle family
Paddy & Mary Ellen Reilly and daughter Ann, Allenwood and Leicester
John & Eileen Moore, Blackwood
Patrick Smith, Allenwood South & extended family,

Lay Reader: Dearbhla Moore
Eucharistic Minister: Larry Malone

Allenwood: Sunday 10am
Cathleen Dowling, Anniversary
Lay Reader: Christina Ryan
Eucharistic Minister: Pat Ivers

Responsorial Psalm
How happy are the poor in spirit; theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Weekday Masses 30th Jan — 3rd February
Weekend Masses 4th/5th FEBRUARY
Next Sunday’s Readings
Zeph 2:3, 3:12-13. Ps 145:7-10, R/Mt5:3. 1 Cor 1:26-31. Mt 5:1-12. Lect 1:647..

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.

23rd January, 2017

EIGHT Match 3 Winners — €32 each
Annette Moore, Allenwood North
Anne Byrne, Milltown
Helen Kelly c/o Liz
Teddy Moran c/o Kathy
John O’Callaghan, Allenwood
P. Riordan, Robertstown
Shane Hurst, Edenderry
Natalie Balfe, Robertstown West

Winning Numbers

THREE Match 3 Winner—€50 each
Theresa leigh c/o Joe
Peter Bracken c/o mahons
Benny Ivers c/o Gala, Kilmeague
Next week’s Jackpot € 5,500

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 “Double Up”. Adm €7.
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
Sean Tiernan, Rathbride (Anniversary)
Joe Dunne, Hawkfield, Newbridge
Deceased members of Milltown GAA
Lay Reader: Breda McHale
Eucharistic Minister: Aoife Malone
Sunday 5th FEBRUARY

“Those who die in grace go but to God and God is very near”
We remember in our prayers

Maudie (Eileen) Maher (Kelly), Robertstown, whose funeral took place on Wednesday.

Thomas Kearney, Canal View, Allenwood, whose funeral took place in Derrinturn on Tuesday.
May they rest in peace.
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 Lourdes and World Day of Prayer for the Sick.

‘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.

At the 2017 AGM the following officers were elected: Chairperson: Frank Moran Vice-chairperson: Brian Hyland Secretary: Marie Jacob Assistant Secretary: Gillian Loughlin Treasurer: Darren Maguire Assistant Treasurer: Padraig Thorpe Public Relations Officer: Irene Heavey Registrar: Karen MaguireCounty Board Delegates: Ray Melia/Brian Hyland Acting Child Welfare Officer: Lisa Walsh (permanent TBA) Health and Wellbeing Officer: Nicole Hyland Irish Officer: Jim Hanafin. The club would like to wish Leslie Thorpe all the best and thank him for all his hard work over the past three years as Chairman. Best of luck to the new committee for 2017!
National Club Draw tickets now available from Padraig Thorpe 086-3193574. Each ticket costs €10. Although the GAA provide the prizes, Ballyteague GFC will get all proceeds of the money raised so please support. Prizes to be won include a new Opel Corsa, Travel voucher worth €1,500 and All Ireland ticket packages, Only a few weeks left!
Membership 2017 is now due. All money can be given to Padraig Thorpe 086 3193574 or any committee member. Player: €60 Non Playing Member: €40. Student Senior Player: €35 Family: €80 OAP: €25 Couple: €70 Social/walking track €20 Child €15.
2 weeks (15th/22nd January)
Weekly envelopes: €1,330
Very many thanks to all who contribute for your continued generosity.
Milltown tidy towns
Monthly Cuppa and a chat 5th February at 10.15 am. All are welcome.

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.

Celebrating Catholic Schools Week
The theme for Caholic Schools week this year is Catholic Schools: Learning with Pope Francis to Care for Our Common Home.
It is hoped that this theme will help schools to gain an understanding of the Pope’s encyclical letter Laudato Si’. This is Pope Francis’ second encyclical. Its title means ‘Praise be to you’ and it has the subtitle On Care for Our Common Home.
As Catholic Schools, we can play an essential role in shaping the future of our planet by working together to care for our common home. Oure world is a gift from God and we are called to act as both stewards and protectors during our time here. It is our responsibility to care for our world and make it a better place for the next generation. Through the encyclical letter Laudato Si’, Pope Francis reminds us of the necessity and importance of caring for our common home.

St. Brigid’s Church , Milltown
Bicentenary 1817—2017
To open the year of celebration, on Wednesday, 1st February, the Flame of Brigid will be taken from Kildare, arriving at Milltown Bridge at 9.45am and will be met by the pupils from Scoil Bhríde, who will escort it to the Church for 10am Mass.
St. Brigid’s crosses will be blessed at Mass and after Mass the Flame of Brigid will be taken to the School for the Celebration by the pupils.

Indoor training continues every Tuesday in Allenwood Hall from 7-8pm for our Senior Minor and U-16 ladies.
Our night with Rory’s Stories Saturday 18th February in Allenwood Hall, tickets €15 from any Senior/Minor player or any 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. Donations at the gate will go to Friends of Naas Hospital. Six teams will be participating in this event in honour of our late Chairperson and friend.