Allen Parish Newsletter 19th March 2017


Allen Parish Newsletter

Third Sunday of Lent 19th March, 2017

Fr. Willie Byrne P.P. (045) 860135
Fr. Eddie Kavanagh C.C. (045) 890559
Parish Office (045) 450501
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Stations of the Cross during Lent:
• Each Friday afternoon in Allen Church at 3pm
• Each Friday night in Milltown Church at 8pm
• Each Friday night in Allenwood Church after 7.30pm Mass

Mass will be celebrated each Thursday during Lent in Allen Church at 7.30pm and each Friday in Allenwood Church at 7.30pm.

‘Ring the bells that still can ring. Forget your perfect offering. There is a crack in everything ... that’s how the light gets in.’ (Leonard Cohen)

No one is perfect. This might seem like the most obvious statement in the world, but it’s important to remember. We live in a time when people’s thoughts and actions are more widely recorded and open to scrutiny than ever before. A small mistake can cost someone their reputation or livelihood. An opinion expressed, particularly online, can invite a world of insults. It appears to be easier than ever to take the moral high ground, and to dismiss a person entirely based on one thing we know about them.

This is not the way Jesus treated people, and it is not how he sees us. The Samaritan woman Jesus meets is all to oaware of what the Jews think of her. She is nervous when approached by Jesus at the well. But he sees beyond the label to the person, the woman with a life story and a context of her own. He engages her in intellectual conversation, listens to her, and wins her over.

Jesus could tell the woman everything about her life, and he knows each one of us just as intimately. He knows our past and our faults, our ‘cracks’. That is why he is able to speak to us, if we resole to try and listen. It is also an important lesson in how we should treat others.

O that today you would listen to his voice: ‘Harden not your hearts’.

Monday 20th March
Allenwood – 9.30am – Mary & Jack Doyle (Anniv.) and Michael & Barry Doyle

Tuesday 21st March
Milltown - 9.30am
Allen - 9.30am

Wednesday 22nd March
Allen – 9.30am
Robertstown – 10.30am

Thursday 23rd March
Allen – 9.30am
Allenwood – 9.30am
Allen – 7.30pm

Friday 24th March
Allenwood – 9.30am
Allenwood – 7.30pm

Allen: Saturday 7.30pm
Kathleen Clancy, Milltown (Anniversary)
Lay Reader: Patricia Creighton
Eucharistic Minister: Rosaline Connolly

Allen: Sunday 11am
Elizabeth Bagnall, St. Brigid’s Tce, Robertstown
Cissie Logan, Mylerstown (Anniv.)
Lay Reader: Evelyn Dowling
Eucharistic Ministers: Liz Jacob and Tom Walsh

Allenwood: Saturday 6.30pm
Seamus Cooke (1st Anniversary) & Eileen Cooke (14th Anniversary)
Tim Doody, Allenwood North
Lay Reader: Monica Anderson
Eucharistic Minister: Mary Jacob

Allenwood: Sunday 10am
Michael Tierney, Allenwood (Anniv.)
Lay Reader: Christina Ryan
Eucharistic Minister: Shane O’Reilly

Milltown: Sunday 9.30am
People of the Parish
Lay Reader: Veronica Murphy
Eucharistic Minister: Bridie Dunney

Next Sunday’s Readings
1 Sm 16:1, 6-7, 10-13. Ps 22, R/v 1. Eph 5:8-14. Jn 9:1-41. Lect I: 276.

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

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

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.


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

We remember in our prayers

Mary (Moll) Field (nee Gilligan), Ballyteague, whose funeral took place in Allen on Friday.

May she rest in peace.

The Sacrament of Baptism is celebrated every two weeks.
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
Allen Sunday 25th June at 12 noon
Allenwood Sunday 9th July at 11am
Milltown Saturday 22nd July at 12 noon
Contact the Parish Office at 045-450501at least two weeks in advance.

Limited numb er of places still available in SCOIL BHRÍDE MILLTOWN for Junior Infants 2017. Applications available from the school. Closing date April 7th 2017.
13th March, 2017

1 4 7 8

ELEVEN Match 3 Winners
€25 each
Aaron & Dinny Fitzgerald c/o W. Reidy
Paul Mulhall c/o C. Mulhall
Hannah Smullen c/o Ger Smullen
Carmel Dunne, Allenwood
B. O’Reilly, Pluckerstown
Seamus Brennan c/o Kathy
Sean Cullen c/o Davids Shop
Teasy Cross, Allenwoood
Ger Randles c/o J. Ivers
Joan Cash, Milltown
John Goulding c/o J. Ivers


26th Feb/5th March (Two weeks)
Weekly Envelopes: €1,380.00
Very many thanks for your generous donations.

We are looking for a single bed and a double bed.
We have been offered two communion dresses– one brand new.
Please call our confidential phone number for St. Vincent de Paul in the Allen area at 085 2095220.

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 “Adrian Ryan”. Adm €7.

Winning Numbers

7 11 14 16

TWO Match 3 Winner - €75
Mary Nutterfield, Allenwood
Sheamie Lynam c/o Paddy O’Rourke
Next week’s Jackpot € 6,100

Our U14 lads start their Feile competition today Sunday at 10am at home to Confey. Best of luck.
On Sat. 25th March at 11am in the clubhouse, registration and membership will be taken. Annual Dinner Dance takes place at 7.30pm sharp in Keadeen Hotel. Presentations will be.Text service available. Contact Roisin on 0851264811 to have your name and number added. Congratulations to our U16's County Player Lauren Murtagh and the girls on the county team who had a great win over Westmeath last weekend. Also Lara Curran our Minor County Player and all the Minor Ladies the best of luck as they played Laois yesterday. Scor Sinsear took place last weekend in Allenwood and the Leiriu and the recitation (Kathleen Garrett) are now through to the Leinster Finals on April 4th in Westmeath. Community Games - Congratulations to Ross McHales 1st, Aedan Kelly 2nd and Lauren Shannon 3rd in Art. Ross now goes onto the Community Games All Ireland Finals in Abbotstown in August. Congratulations also to our U14 Tag Rugby Team who are through to all Leinster Semi Final on April 4th in Rathvilly in Carlow. Best of luck to Clíodhna in the Pramerica "spirit of the community" Awards on Thursday night. Congratulations and well done to Bi - Centenary Group who organised a great concert with Christy Moore on Thursday night. What a fantastic turnout from all our members at the St. Patrick's Day Parade. Thanks to all the adults who volunteered to help on the day.
Following a very successful weekend on Reference Panel in Dublin Ceire Boland has been elected to the Foróige National Council. She is now part of a group of 16 young people who will meet several times over the course of the year to help with the decision making process in Foróige to benefit young people. Congratulations to her and everything she has achieved in Foróige

SFL Div. 4 Robertstown at home to Ballykelly on Saturday next, March 25th at 4pm.
Minor Football League Div. 3 Newtown Gaels vs. Sallins this Sunday at 12 noon .
Membership Fees are now due and can be paid to any Committee Member.
Used Clothes Collection: Please bring bags of clothes to the Clubrooms any evening after 7 p.m.
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 €3,700.

Allenwood seniors came away with a win over Eadestown at the weekend. Final score read Allenwood 1-12 Eadestown 2-08. We would like to wish Johnny Byrne and the Kildare team the very best Saturday away to Down.
Membership now due for 2017.
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. Please support.
Bingo every Wednesday 8.30pm in Allenwood GAA hall.
Bonus ball available from Jemma McCabe at a cost of €2.00 with a chance to win €50.00 every Wednesday at bingo or contact Jemma on 087-6199720.
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.
We extend our sympathies to the Flynn family on the sad passing of John during the week.
Underage training has resumed for all children born 2004-2010 ie U7-U13 Fridays from 7pm -8pm. The younger children U6 will resume at a later date.

Lullymore Heritage & Discovery Park currently have some General Maintenance vacancies on their Community Employment Scheme. Applicants must be over 25 years old and in receipt of an Irish social welfare payment for 1 year or more. For application and interview details call Helen at : 045 870238.

The club would like to extend our sympathies to the family of the late John Flynn, a stalwart of our club in the 1950s along with his brothers Willy Matty and Tony. Ar Dheis Dé go raibh sé.
Congrats to Jack and Aileen Wright on the birth of the newest addition to Na Fianna Ladies, Anna. Also to Paul and Lisa Brennan on the birth of their baby girl Isabella.
Thanks to all who helped create floats and took part in the Newbridge St Patrick's Day parade.
This year the A.B.C Run will be on Sunday April 30th in Ballyteague. Couch to 5k training every Monday and Wednesday at 7.30pm.
All Weather Pitch now available for bookings. Contact Marie on 086-2258002. Special offer for birthday parties €30 for 1.5 hrs play or €50 for 1.5 hrs play and use of hall for party food.
Tickets for Ballyteague Club Draw in association with Kildare GAA are available from Brian 0868316381 Marie 0862258002 Padraig 0863193574 or Frank 0862728644. There are 16 prizes to be won each month. €25 per month or €100 for the year. Please support!

All teams are training away. Our Senior Ladies Div 1 team play Confey at home and our senior ladies div 5 team play Clane 2 away both games scheduled for Tuesday evening 21st March. See facebook for up to date changes to fixtures.
Our next fundraiser will be our “All Day Cycle” outside SPAR in Allenwood next Saturday 25th March from 8am to 8pm. All support greatly appreciated.
Congratulations to our girls who will be receiving the Sacrament of Confirmation next Friday 24th March in Allenwood Church.

Pat Kane/Olive Doherty memorial cup 5 a side tournament will be held on Sunday 19th March. Registration 10.30am Robertstown GFC astroturf. Five players & €50 per team. Presentations in Welds pub afterwards. Contact Adrian 085 7449433, Pat 086 8584861.
Annual 400 Club Draw. Tickets €10 each available from any Committee Member or contact Mark Musgrave 085/8719125 . Draw takes place on
Easter Sunday, April 16th in Eleson House, Kilmeague. Music on the Night. 1st Prize €1,000.

TRAVELLERS REST GOLF SOCIETY Outing to Royal Curragh on Sat 25th March. Tee time 10.15. All welcome.