Allen Parish Newsletter 19th February 2017

Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time

19th February 2017

To know what matters and what does not is a lesson that accompanies us all through life. Todays’ word of God condenses our choices to basic fundamentals. Be holy (First Reading). Show compassion and thanks. Our desire to be holy, compassionate, grateful and to love perfectly is intensely ‘there’ and, with equal intensity, ‘not there’. We hold ourselves in a condition of surrender. We desire all that God’s word offers us by invitation, yet we choose by our passivity not to initiate nor to cooperate. St. Paul opens today’s reading with a direct question; ‘Didn’t you realise that you were God’s temple and that the Spirit of God was living among you?’ From our own sluggish passivity arises a creativity, a mysterious liberation from all the everyday ordinariness of demands and deadlines. There is nothing to say in answer to the question by St. Paul, nothing even to experience in any words that sound impressive, only to accept and realise in the words of today’s Psalm, that ‘we are crowned with love and compassion’ and our ‘life will be redeemed from the grave.’

Responsorial Psalm

The Lord is compassion and love.!

Weekday Masses 20th—24th February

Monday 20th February

Allenwood – 9.30am

Tuesday 21st February

Allen  - 9.30am

Milltown - 9.30am

Wednesday 22nd February

Allen – 9.30am


Thursday 23rd February


Allenwood – 9.30am

Friday 24th February

Allenwood – 9.30am


Weekend Masses 25th/26th February

Allen:  Saturday 7.30pm

Harry Connell, Kilmeague & Delia Moore, Kilmeague Post Office

Mary Dobinson (nee Thorpe) (Anniv.)

Johnny Wright (2nd Anniv.)

Lay Reader: Ronan Ashe

Eucharistic Minister:  Michael Herbert


Allen:  Sunday 11am  

Luke McCormack, Dunbyrne (1st Anniversary)

Vincent (Vin) Mahony, Killeigh (4th Anniv)

Joseph Ivers, Rathernan (Anniv.)

Lay Reader: Mark McDermott

Eucharistic Ministers: Anita Hendy & Tom Walsh


Allenwood: Saturday 6.30pm

Margaret Boland, Derrymullen

Christopher, Mary & Patrick Connolly

John, Susan and Mary Dunne (Anniv.)

Lay Reader: Ann Curran

Eucharistic Minister:  Mary Brennan


Allenwood: Sunday 10am

People of the Parish

Lay Reader:  Johnny O’Callaghan

Eucharistic Minister: Margaret Price


Milltown Sunday 9.30am

Mary Slattery, Barronstown & her parents Thomas & Brigid Smith, Newpark

Betty Tiernan, Newtown, Rathbride

Paddy & Kathleen Ryan (Anniv.)

James Reddy & Liam Tiernan, Milltown (Anniv.)

Lay Reader:  Mary Hamilton

Eucharistic Minister: Aoife Malone


Next Sunday’s Readings

Is 49:14-15. Ps 61:2-3, 6-9, R/v 6. 1 Cor 4:1-5. Mt 6:24-34. Lect 1:658.


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.


Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament takes place on Mondays 11am to 3.30pm.

Healing Service takes place on Monday next, 20th February, at 8pm. All are welcome.


The Sacrament of Baptism is celebrated every two weeks. 

Allenwood Sunday 5th March at 11am

Milltown Saturday 18th March at 12 noon

Allen Sunday 2nd April at 12 noon

Allen, Allenwood and Milltown 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.


“Those who die in grace go but to God and God is very near”

We remember in our prayers

Mary (Moll) Coyne, Bluetown, Allenwood, whose funeral took place on Wednesday.

Richie (Richard) Price, Feighcullen, whose funeral took place on Thursday.

May they rest in peace.

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.

Pilgrimage to Medjugorje

There are two places left on the Medjugorje pilgrimage from the Parish on the 14th June, departing from Dublin. Fully inclusive for seven nights. Spiritual Director—Fr. Eddie Kavanagh.

Price €669.00. Contact Seamus Wilson 087-7985240 or Paddy Wright 087-255448.


Diocesan Scripture Sharing Groups – Lent 2017                                                                                                                           

Scripture Sharing

‘Discerning and Responding to God’s Presence in our Lives!’ 

Books can be ordered through the Parish Office at 045-450501.

Milltown District Community Text Alert

Membership now due. €20 per house, per phone. Closing date for membership is February 28th.

Na Fianna Men's Shed

We our now starting activity and a schedule of work is being prepared. Membership is growing weekly and we appeal for more members.

The Men's Shed would welcome receipt of Gardening/Engineering/Carpentry tools. We acknowledge receipt of Vintage tractor from Paddy Boland and a Vintage Mini from Daragh Fitzpatrick, and special thanks to McKenna Skip Hire for supply of Skip to clear Nursery site. Contact. This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or please call to office in ACDAL.

Opening times : 11.00am 1.00pm Tuesdays and Thursdays.


The Annual Memorial Mass for Deceased Civilian Employees of the Defence Forces including the Curragh Camp, Devoy Barracks Naas, Magee Barracks Kildare and Coolmoney Camp will take place on Friday March the 3rd 2017 at 10am in St. Brigids Church the Curragh Camp. Relatives and friends of the deceased are invited to attend. Refreshments will be available after Mass in McDonagh Catering Centre until 12 noon.

Spring Cleaning – Allen National School PTA in association with Lenrec Ltd is holding a clothing recycling collection on the 22nd February as a fundraiser for the school. We are looking for donations of: Clean unwanted clothes, bed linen, towels, curtains, Paired shoes and belts, Mobile phones and laptops, Soft toys.

Please do NOT donate bric-a-brac or books.

Please drop off all items to the Gym Hall in Allen N.S. from Monday 20th February until Wednesday 22nd February

Thank you in advance for your support..

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 “Glen Flynn”. Adm €7.

Fitness with Lou starting in Ballyteague gym Tuesday the 21st at 8.15pm and Wednesday the 22nd at 11am and 12.30. 18yrs plus all welcome €5 per class towel and water needed. Contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Slimming World – Tuesday evenings 5.30pm & 7.30pm and Wednesday mornings 9.30am & 11.30am. Contact Tracey Houlihan 086-9481173.

Irish Blood Transfusion Service – Blood donor clinic will be held in the G.A.A. Hall. Prosperous Road, Clane on Monday 20 February 2017 3pm to 5pm and 7pm to 9pm.



6th February 2017

14, 17, 20, 27

SIX Match 3 Winners — €42each

Eddie Conlon c/o Liz

John Murphy, Milltown

Ena Murphy, Milltown

Jimmy Hyland, Ballyteague

Carmel Moloney, Pluckerstown

Paddy Heffernan, New Road, Allenwood




Winning Numbers

1, 2, 4, 5

NO Match 3 Winner

3 x €50 winners

Bréid Jones c/o Bar

Aisling Gannon c/o Sandra

Simone & Chloe Farrell, Allenwood Middle

Next week’s Jackpot € 5,800


Allenwood GFC

Annual awards night took place Saturday last with a great crowd in attendance. Congratulations to all award recipients Thomas Cross, Henry Doyle, Johnny Doyle, Darragh Malone, Craig Lenehan, Patsy Kelly, Mikaela McKenna, Rachel Reidy, Morgan O’Callaghan, Ciara Moran. Thank you to all who made the night such a success, to those who helped on the night and to all who attended.

Membership now due for 2017.

A huge thank you to all who contributed to the National club draw 2017 here’s hoping we have some winners.

Underage: The dates for our underage discos for the coming year are as follows  Feb 24th, March 31st, April 21st. May 26th.

Bootcamp classes in Allenwood GAA gym. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday at 9.45am and Saturday at 9.30am. Classes are fully supervised by qualified coaches. Suitable for all fitness levels and age groups. €6 euro per class. Find us on Facebook at Sky blue Fitness or contact Morgan O' Sullivan 0872189282.

Lotto tickets are on sale at a cost of €1.50 per ticket we would encourage our members to either buy or sell these tickets as it is a weekly fundraiser which has the potential to be a great help to the club. Please support.

Bingo every Wednesday 8.30pm in Allenwood GAA hall.

Get your bonus ball from Jemma McCabe at a cost of €2 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 Mary Jacob c/o  bingo .

Our clothes collection continues clothes may be brought to the Gaa between 9.30am and 12.30pm Monday to Friday.

The lights will be turned on if people want to walk during these times - Monday Wednesday and Friday nights 7.30-9pm. Social membership permits you to use the walkway €25 per year.

Kildare Scór final takes place in Allenwood March 5th at 7.30pm. Contact Sean Malone.

Ballyteague GFC

This year the A.B.C Run will be on Sunday April 30th in Ballyteague. The club will be hosting a Couch to 5K in the preceding 9 weeks, starting on Wednesday 1st March. Advice will be given to those who register on nutrition and health, as well as a training plan provided. Training will be on Mondays and Wednesdays in Ballyteague and the cost will be €20 to register.

U 10, 11 and 12s training is on Fridays at 7p.m. All Ages return on 3rd March. Please ensure that membership is paid for your child for the coming year.

All Weather Pitch now available for bookings. Contact Marie on 086-2258002

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.


Na Fianna Ladies GFC

Our first Winifred Dunne Memorial Tournament will be held next Saturday the 25th February in Allenwood GAA, games will start at 11am. Donations at the gate will go to Friends of Naas Hospital. Light refreshments will be available on the day. Six teams will be participating in this event in honour of our late Chairperson and friend.

Our teams are training away in preparation for spring league, which will be starting soon.

Well done to Abbie Mulreid and Niamh Doyle who have been selected for the U14 Kildare Camogie Squad for 2017.

Robertstown & Allen Parish Athletic Club

Well done to all Robertstown & Allen AC athletes who competed over 2 days of Leinster juvenile indoor competition in Athlone IT.

Congratulations to our medal winners and qual ifiers for the national Indoors in March -Oran O'Grady 3rd U12 High Jump. Oliver McNamee 2nd U15 High Jump. Erin Lenihan 3rd U12 Long and Daniel Smal 4th U13 High Jump

Upcoming events: Leinster Juvenile Indoor Relays - Sat 25th Feb.

Reminder—any outstanding 2017 memberships forms should be returned as soon as possible. New members always welcome.

Training continues every Tuesday Thursday and Friday.

Check out our Facebook page for all up to date info and pics.


Robertstown GFC

Dowling Cup Round 2 Away to Ballykelly on Fri next 7.30 pm

Minor Football League: Newtown Gaels 2-6 1-6 .

Reminder: Fees are now due and can be paid to any Committee Member.

Table Quiz: Many thanks to all who attended the Table Quiz in Mullaney's Lounge last Friday and made it such a success.

Astro-Turf Pitch is available to all Clubs and Groups and for Childrens Birthday Parties. For bookings Tara Moran 085/7317697.

Bonus Ball is run in Mullaneys 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 € 2,900.