Allen Parish Newsletter 5th February 2017

Allen Parish Newsletter

Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time
5th February, 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.
Dowling Cup Round 1: Weekend 17th to 19th February.
Membership Fees are now due and can be paid to any Committee Member.
Table Quiz: This will be in Mullaney's on Friday next , February 10th at 8.30 p.m. Table of 4 €40 .Money raised will go towards the purchase of Underage Goalposts. Please support. Raffle on the night.
Astro-Turf Pitch: This is available to all Clubs and Groups and for Childrens Birthday Parties.For bookings contact Tara Moran /7317697 .
Bonus Ball: This is run in Mullaney's and for a stake of € 2 you could win € 48.
Parish Lotto: Tickets €1.50 each available from our many Promoters and from the Shops and Post Office in Robertstown . Monday's Jackpot € 2,500.

Milltown GFC
Well done to our minor lads who had a pre-season game on Sunday last against Moorefield. They played very well but unfortunately were not winner s on the day.
Training continues as follows: U14 lads- Sunday 10.30-12 Little Curragh Gaelic4mothers and others Mondays from 8 - 9 Holy Family Gym, Wednesdays 8 - 9 the club and Sundays @ 11 am @ Little Curragh. U16,Minors, Senior Ladies Wednesday 7.30 to 8.30 at the club and on Sundays from 11-12 Little Curragh Minor Lads Wednesday 8-9 at the club. U14 girls Sunday 3pm @ Little Curragh.
Girls Academy Tuesdays from 6 to 7 for up to U7. Wednesdays from 7 to 8pm for up to U12.
If your team is back training, please let us know so we can include your group.
Lotto is now available in the club house on Tuesdays from 6 to 7 and from Wednesdays from 5 till 8, from Dave's shop or from Liz O'Shea and John Murphy, please support. We would like to encourage every family in the club to buy 1 ticket per week.
Thanks to the committee members who attended the Club Leadership Development Programme during the week.
Club matches will be starting in the next 2 weeks with the Minor lads, senior men and Senior Ladies, if you are not already in our text/email messaging service, please contact us for inclusion so we can keep you up to date.
Dinner Dance is March 25th in Hotel Keadeen. Tickets from Fran O'Sullivan.

Ballyteague GFC
Special birthday Wishes to former senior captain Mick Lyons!
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!
Keogh Cup Fixtures: Please see facebook for more details.
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 at 7.30pm in the clubhouse.
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 from tickets purchased from Ballyteague sellers goes to the club.

Monday 6th February
Allenwood – 9.30am

Tuesday 7th February
Allen - 9.30am
Milltown - 9.30am

Wednesday 8th February
Allen – 9.30am—Carmel Kennedy (1st Anniversary)

Thursday 9th February
Allenwood – 9.30am

Friday 10th February
Allenwood – 9.30am

Weekend Masses 11th/12th FEBRUARY

Allen: Saturday 7.30pm
Kathleen Wilson, Pluckerstown

Lay Reader: First Communion Programme
Eucharistic Minister: Bréid Murphy

Allen: Sunday 11am
Joseph (Jody) Logan (1st Anniversary) & also his wife Gretta Logan (22nd Anniversary), Grangeclare

Lay Reader: First Communion Programme
Eucharistic Ministers: Pat Dunne &

Allen: Sunday 3pm—Special Mass, with anointing of sick and elderly

Allenwood: Saturday 6.30pm
Gerard & Brigid Carroll, Allenwood
Mona Smullen, Lullymore (Anniversary)
James (Jim) McDonagh, Coill Dubh (10th Anniv.)

Lay Reader: Monica Anderson
Eucharistic Minister: Dorothy Stowe

Allenwood: Sunday 10am
People of the Parish
Lay Reader: First Communion Programme
Eucharistic Minister: Julia Farrell

Milltown Sunday 9.30am
Barney Tierney, Hawkfield (Anniversary)
Lay Reader: First Communion Programme
Eucharistic Minister: Bridie Dunney

Responsorial Psalm
The good man is a light in the darkness for the upright.
Weekday Masses 6th—10th FEBRUARY
Next Sunday’s Readings
Is 58:7-10. Ps 111:4-9, R/v 4. 1 Cor 2:1-5. Mt 5:13-16. Lect 1:650.

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

30th January, 2017


SIX Match 3 Winners — €42 each
Maura Doyle c/o Allenwood Post Office
Paul Kelly, Roadstone
Chris Dobbins, Robertstown
Annie Doyle, Grangeclare
David Coyle, Allenwood South
Sean O’Sullivan, Christianstown

Winning Numbers


FIVE Match 3 Winner—€30 each
Paul Finn c/o Mahons
Ann Mangan, Timahoe
Seamus Wilson c/o Day Care Centre
Sinitta’s Take Away
Seamus Conroy, Fr. Murphy Park
Next week’s Jackpot € 5,600

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 “Cupla”. 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.

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

Mary Reidy (nee Foxe), Celbridge and formerly Mylerstown, Robertstown, whose funeral took place on Thursday.
May she 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’
Sporting organisations of the Parish are invited to include their new committees in the Easter edition of 'The Allen Eye'. Please e-mail details by Wednesday 15th February to
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Training continues every Tuesday in Allenwood Hall from 7-8pm for our Senior Minor and U-16 ladies.
Our U13/14 girls will be back training in mid February, more details nearer the date.
Our night with’s Storieson Saturday 18thin Allenwood Hall, tickets are on sale now €15 each from any Senior/Minor player or any committee member, promises to be a great night with raffle and DJ til late.Get your tickets early don’t be disappointed.
This year will see us launch our firstDunne MemorialAllenwood GAA on Saturday 25th, games start 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.

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.
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.

“Those whom we love and lose are no longer where they were before, they are now wherever we are. (St.Chrysostom)
Please pray for:

Carmel Kennedy, Grangeclare, whose first anniversary occurs. May she rest in peace.

St. Brigid’s Church, Milltown Bicentenary
A progress meeting will take place on Monday night, 6th February, at 7.30pm in the Old School, Milltown.

Salt & Light (Matthew 5:13-16)
Jesus uses the image of salt as something that makes food tasty. Without it, food can be tasteless. Who are the people who give zest to your life and make it enjoyable? For whom have you done this? When have you been particularly aware of your potential in this regard?
The second image is that of light. Who have been the people who have been a light for you, particularly in moments of darkness? For whom have you been a light? Recall these experiences and give thanks.
The image of salt and light can also be applied to communities to which we belong, a family, a parish, or other group. Thinking of the groups of which you are a member, how can their potential be enhanced to enrich the lives of members and offer them a guiding light? How can you make a contribution to this?

Samaritans are seeking volunteers for the Newbridge branch. Are you willing to give 3-4 hours per week to listen to those who are lonely, depressed and sometimes suicidal? No experience necessary as full training will be provided. To find out more, please come to one of our information sessions being held on Wednesday 8th February and Thursday 9th February at 8pm. 3 McElwain Terrace, Newbridge. Recruitment line—086 0855785.
MEDJUGORJE IRISH CENTRE PILGRIMAGES: Airport Transport and 7 nights B&B €279. Tel. 01 4434510 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it Call for flight info.

Eleson United
The annual John Joe Bowers Memorial 5 a Side Tournament was very successful with Trevor Bowers team getting the better of Ciaran Bowers team in the final. Many thanks to all the teams taking part .

Bridgewood Celtic
The Club will hold its Annual AGM on Saturday 4th February in Welds Bar at 4.30pm. Everyone welcome.
Milltown District Community Text Alert

Public Meeting Tuesday 7th February at 8pm in Old School, Milltown to give an update on our Text Alert membership. €20 is due on the night to pay for our ongoing costs.
Gardaí will be present on the night.