Allen Parish Newsletter 28 May 2017

The Ascension of the Lord

28 May 2017

Milltown Church Bicentenary – Thank You

Last Sunday, 21st May, we celebrated the bicentenary of St. Brigid’s Church, Milltown. There have been many positive comments on how uplifting and well organised the celebrations were.

A very big thanks to Betty O’Shea, our bicentenary events coordinator, and to every club, group, organisation and individual in the community and parish who worked so very hard in preparing for and on the day of the celebration.

The next part of our bicentenary programme will be the celebration of a five-night Novena to Our Lady of Fatima from Monday 5th June to Friday 9th June at 7.30pm each evening. All are very welcome. 


Petitions to our Lady of Fatima

If anyone has petitions to Our Lady of Fatima, these can be handed in to any of the three Churches before Sunday 28th May as our Pilgrimage departs on 1st June.  (Please do not put money in or with the petitions).

Responsorial Psalm

God goes up with shouts of joy; the Lord goes up with trumpet blast.


Monday 29th May

Allenwood – 9.30am

Tuesday 30th May

Milltown - 9.30am

Allen - 9.30am

Wednesday 31st May

Allen – 9.30am

Robertstown – 10.30am

Thursday 1st June


Friday 2nd June

Allenwood – 9.30am

Allen – 7.30pm.

Friday 2nd June is the First Fridayof the month and housebound parishioners will be attended.


Allen:  Saturday 7.30pm

Tommy Hayden, Grangeclare (Anniv)

Anthony Creighton, Kilmeague (17th Anniv)

Lay Reader:  Liam Murphy

Eucharistic Minister:  Rosaline Connolly

Allen:  Sunday 11am  

People of the Parish

Lay Reader: Mary Melia

Eucharistic Ministers: Antoinette Barrett & Tom Walsh

Allenwood: Saturday 6.30pm

Joe Cross, Allenwood Cross (Anniv)

Lay Reader: Wilfie Cronin

Eucharistic Minister:  Dorothy Stowe 

Allenwood: Sunday 10am

William Morris, Allenwood (Anniv)

Ella Lawless, Allenwood South

Lay Reader:  Sean Malone

Eucharistic Minister: Mary Fitzgibbon


Milltown: Sunday 9.30am

David Murphy, Christianstown (6th Anniv)

Kathleen Donoghue, Millview

Lay Reader: Noel Dunne

Eucharistic Minister: Christy Herbert


Next Sunday’s Readings

Acts 2:1-11. Ps 103:1, 24, 29-31, 34, R/cf v 30. 1 Cor 12:3-7, 12-13. Jn 20:19-23.

Lect I: 601.


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.



The Sacrament of Baptism is celebrated every two weeks.

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

Allen Sunday 6th August at 12 noon

Allenwood Sunday 20th August at 11am

Milltown Saturday 2nd September at 12 noon

Contact the Parish Office at 045-450501at least two weeks in advance.



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

We remember in our prayers

Willie Judge, Lowtown, Robertstown, whose funeral took place on Thursday.

Úna Martin (nee Tiernan), Suncroft and formerly Rathbride, whose funeral took place on Thursday.

May they rest in peace.


Cemetery Masses

Allen – Friday 7th July at 7.30pm.

Crosspatrick – Friday 14th July at 7.30pm.

Milltown – Friday 21st July at 7.30pm.


Monies Received

13th/20th May (Two weeks)

Weekly Envelopes: €1,030.00

Very many thanks for your generous donations.


Milltown Walking Group

Marcella and Liz would like to thank everyone who walked and donated for the seven weeks of Lent and also to thank those who donated but were unable to walk with us. A sum of €1,503 was raised for St. Brigid’s Hospice.


Newsletter Notices

Items for the Newsletter must reach the Parish Office by 12 noon on Thursday. Notes can be emailed to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Any notes received after this deadline will not be published in the Newsletter.


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.

Milltown Church Bicentenary

Meeting on Wednesday next, 31st May at 7.30pm to review the events of our big day on 21st May and to report on finances.

Milltown Tidy Towns

On behalf of The Bicentenary Committee and Milltown Tidy Towns, we would like to thank everyone who contributed in any way to our wonderful bicentenary Mass celebrated by Bishop Denis Nulty last Sunday. To everyone who gave the gift of time to help with the renovations of the church and the graveyard and the village looked amazing. Thanks to everyone who took part, we hope your day will be memorable and to everyone who came along on the day. There are too many to thank but a special mention of thanks to Betty O'Shea and Jack Dunne for tireless drive to get everything done.

Tidy Towns Cuppa and a chat is on Sunday June 4th at 10.15. If anyone would like to host a day, please let us know.



22nd May 2017

7           15           16        27

SEVEN Match 3 Winners

€36 each 

Linda McDonagh c/o P. Malone

Packy Cahill c/o Liz 

Paddy Heffernan, Allenwood

Tom Murphy, Newbridge 

Gillian Wyse, Robertstown

Siobhan O’Callaghan, Allenwood

Casey & Carla Jacob c/o M. Jacob





3       18     23      24

THREE Match 3 Winners - €50 each

Jimmy Cross, Allenwood South

Colette Kearney, Robertstown PO

Carol kennedy c/o Joan

NoJackpot Winner

Next week’s Jackpot €1,600


Seniors defeated Ballyteague last weekend final score read Allenwood 1-08 Ballyteague0-09.

Allenwood club draw in association with Club Kildare tickets available First draw took place May 26th Tickets now priced at €75 each or €25 per month with three remaining draws June, July and August 2017. 1st prize Renault Clio or €12,000, 2nd €3,000, 3rd €1,000, 4th €1,000 5th €500 6th €500, 7th-16th €100 each.

We would ask all members holding an email address to forward to Jemma McCabe for club news as it happens on a regular basis This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or text 087-6199720. If you wish to be added to our texting list please contact Jemma  McCabe on 087-6199720

Gym is open for more info contact Celine McNamee at 087-2518114.

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 Wed 8.30pm Allenwood GAA hall.

Bonus ball from Jemma McCabe at a cost of €2 with a chance to win €50  every Wednesday at bingo or alternatively contact Jemma on 087-6199720.

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

Underage training   Fridays  from 7pm -8pm. 

Sympathies to the Judge family on the sad passing of Willie R.I.P. during the week.


All Ireland Turf Footing Championships and Country Fair will take place on June 11th this year. We are asking any members who would be willing to donate bottles to the bottle stall to please hand these in to any committee member.

30th May under 9s away to Monasterevin at 7p.m.  1st June under 11s away to St Laurences at 7p.m.  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. Tickets can be purchased over 4 months at €25 per month or €100 for the year. Please support!

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. 

Bridgewood Celtic/Eleson United

Home to Newbridge Hotspurs on Saturday in Allen at 5pm.

Away to Newbridge Colts on Wednesday at 7.15pm.


Our U12's and U14's are training away and are preforming well in league games.
Huge congratulations to our U-16 ladies who won the Spring League Division 5 Final last Saturday, against Kilcock and most of this team is still under 16 next year, the future is bright for Na Fianna and ladies football.

Best of luck to Kildare Ladies starting their Senior Championship next weekend, June 4th at 1pm in Tullamore, the game will be a curtain raiser for the Kildare Senior Mens game.

Registration for players expires at the end of May, please make sure your daughter is re-registered before that date.
Reminder to all parents, guardians and supporters if you wish to become a member of our club cost €10, please contact any committee member.


Our Senior men lost out to Sallins on Friday evening Milltown 2:7 Sallins 1:14. U14 lads had a super win against Castledermot on Sunday Milltown 8:16 Castledermot 4:8. Congratulations to the senior school team who won Cumann Na mBunscoil division 3B Schools  final Milltown 3-15 Dunlavin 2-8 and also congratulations to JP Dignam who captained his school team to victory in their final. Congratulations to Colin O'Shea who captained the Kildare Juniors against Meath on Wednesday. Kildare were unlucky on the day with a score of Kildare 1-19 Meath 2-18. Our U12 Division 1 Champions were presented with their medals on Friday night at the clubhouse at 6.30 by Eoin Doyle. Well done to all the team and mentors. A huge thank you to everyone who purchased tickets for the Car Draw. There was a record number of tickets sold this year. Well done to everyone who helped out with this. Clothes recycling continues. Please contact Róisín Malone for details. A huge thank you to our Lotto team and especially to Liz O'Shea who continue to promote the lotto. We are looking for volunteers to help sell the lotto on a Sunday evening. June, July and August is covered so looking for volunteers from September. Please contact Ronan Byrne.

Two CE scheme vacancies: Vacancy 1 – Groundskeeper. Applicant must be able to drive a tractor for this position. Vacancy 2 – Caretaker. Please contact your local DSP Employment Services/IntreoOffice to check your eligibility and to apply for this vacancy. Job Reference Number will be required.


Best of Luck to Kildare in the Leinster Championship in Tullamore on Sunday next.

Underage training every Friday from 6 pm.

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

Bonus Ball is run in Mullaney's and for a stake of €2 you could win €48.

Parish Lotto: Tickets €1.50 available from our many Promoters and from the Shops and Post Office in Robertstown. Monday's Jackpot €5,700.

Robertstown Club Draw in association with Club Kildare. Tickets still available for the next 3 Draws. For more information contact Peter Hogarty 085/7858673.

Best of Luck to all the Robertstown Students sitting Exams this year.