Allen Parish Newsletter 20th August 2017

Fun, friendship and faith on the menu for Kildare and Leighlin diocesan family picnic in Punchestown
Sunday 27August from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m

A fun packed and entertaining programme has been finalised for this free event for families from across the diocese. Among the activities on offer will be face-painting, stilt walkers, a pet corner and lots of children’s activities and games. Along with an official opening at 3 p.m., Bishop Denis will lead a 4km fun walk around the race track.
Included on the day will be a display of UN vehicles from the nearby Curragh camp with military personnel on hand to share stories about the Irish contribution to the UN peace-keeping force.
A full programme of music and dance has been drawn up which will include local choirs and dance groups as well as some very special surprise guests, including Irish country music star Derek Ryan and renowned Irish soprano Celine Byrne.
So spread the word among your cousins, grandparents, aunts and uncles and get your family picnic ready to bring to what promises to be a great afternoon of family fun. Bishop Denis is looking forward to seeing you there regardless of the weather, though lots of sunshine is expected!

Let the peoples praise you, O God; let all the peoples praise you.

Monday 21st August
Allenwood – 9.30am

Tuesday 22nd August
Allen – 9.30am
Milltown – 9.30am – James Heffernan, Punchesgrange (5th Anniv.) and deceased members of Heffernan family, Feighcullen

Wednesday 23rd August
Allen – 9.30am
Robertstown – 10.30am

Thursday 24th August
Allenwood – 9.30am
Allen – 9.30am

Friday 25th August
Allenwood – 9.30am

Allen: Saturday 7.30pm
Joe O’Sullivan, Kilmeague (Months Mind)
Thomas & Mary Maher, Crosspatrick
Sarah Donoghue Phelan
Lay Reader: Liam Murphy
Eucharistic Minister: Rosaline Connolly

Allen: Sunday 11am
Derek Kane, Mylerstown
Josie & Paddy O’Sullivan, Robertstown
Lay Reader: Paddy Gallagher
Eucharistic Ministers: Anita Hendy & Catherine Murphy

Allenwood: Saturday 6.30pm
People of the Parish
Lay Reader: Wilfie Cronin
Eucharistic Minister: Wilfie Cronin

Allenwood: Sunday 10am
People of the Parish
Evan Talbot, Allenwood
Lay Reader: Noel Moore
Eucharistic Minister: Christina Ryan

Milltown: Sunday 9.30am
Jim O’Shea & Sammy Crampton, Rathbride, Ellen Cregan, Limerick, John (Jack) O’Shea (Birthday Remembrance)
Lay Reader: Breda McHale
Eucharistic Minister: Christy Herbert

Next Sunday’s Readings
Is 22:19-23. Ps 137:1-3, 6, 8, R/v 8. Rm 11:33-36. Mt 16:13-20. Lect I: 692.

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. There will be no Adoration on Friday evenings during the month of August but will resume on the 1st September before the First Friday Mass.
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

Michael Somers, Ballintine, Kilmeague, whose funeral took place on Wednesday.

Brendan Farrell, Milltown, whose funeral took place on Thursday.

May they rest in peace.

The Sacrament of Baptism is celebrated every two weeks.

Milltown Saturday 2nd September at 12 noon
Allen Sunday 17th September at 12 noon
Allenwood Sunday 1st October at 11am
Milltown Saturday 14th October at 12 noon
Allen Sunday 29th October at 12 noon
Allenwood Sunday 12th November at 11am
Milltown Saturday 25th November at 12 noon
Allen Sunday 10th December at 12 noon
Allenwood Sunday 24th December at 11am

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

5th/12th August (Two weeks)
Weekly Envelopes: €1,290.00
Very many thanks for your generous donations.

FR. MOORE’S WELL ANNUAL PILGRIMAGE will take place on Sunday 3rd September from 12 to 6pm. Michael and Ann Forde will be in attendance with Fr. Moore’s hat.
14th August, 2017

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FOURTEEN Match 3 Winners
€25 each
D. Wilshire, Allen
Mark Musgrave, Allenwood
John Mcdonagh, Russellstown
Kay Sheridan c/o Colette Kearney
Aaron, Oisin & Rory Bagnall c/o P. Farrell
Mark Walsh c/o Lisa
Alice Donoghue c/o P. Durkan
Kevin Doyle c/o M. Hanley
Paul Anderson c/o Travellers Rest
Serina Anderson c/o J. Balfe
Patsy Riordan, Robertstown
Damien Leeson, Kilmeague
Grace Donohue, Rathbride
Marie & Jayden Donoghue c/o M. Dowling

ANNUAL PILGRIMAGE TO KNOCK takes place on Saturday September 9th, leaving Allenwood Church at 8.30am sharp. Please contact Seamus Coyne 087 2650674 or Pat ivers 087 7720759.

Grandparents National Annual Pilgrimage September 10th 2017, Knock Shrine 2.30p.m. Everybody welcome to honour & thank Grandparents alive & dead for all they have done for us down through the ages. Chief Celebrant Archbishop Eamon Martin - Ballina School Choir - Dana sings 'Our Lady of Knock'.

SUNDAY ‘Quiet Time”
We meet every Sunday morning at 8am for less than an hour to meditate ... to read reflect. You are welcome to join us in Kilmeague any Sunday. For further information contact Tony Morrin at 087 2562172.

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 Quicksteps. Adm €7.

A photo exhibition of old families and events in the area will be held in the old school in Milltown, starting at 2pm on Sunday, followed by a walk around the local area. Historian Paddy Behan will be in attendance. If you have old photos we would be delighted to scan them on the day. The old school will be open each evening during Heritage week from 6pm to 8pm. A photo of the bog body found in Barronstown will be on exhibition. Any photos to Betty O’Shea at 086 3397844.

TOWER OF ALLEN - As a part of Heritage Week in Kildare, the Tower of Allen on the Hill of Allen will be open as follows: Saturday 19th to Sunday 27th August (inclusive) from 10am to 6pm.
Come and visit this great piece of our local history. For further information on Heritage Week events visit

If you have any old spanners (especially BS or AF) that are no longer needed and just getting in the way, please consider donating them to the Men’s Shed. We’ll give them a loving home and put them to great use on our tractor restoration project.
Please contact: Johnny O’Callaghan 086 244 0257. Richard Martin 085 829 6102.
We are always looking for new members and men who are retired or between jobs are most welcome to join us. We are presently involved in restoration of an old Mini and a Ferguson tractor, woodworking and gardening in a polytunnel. We meet every Tuesday and Thursday at the ACDAL complex from 10am to 1pm.


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NO Match 3 Winners. 3 x €50 winners
Pat Sullivan c/o Mahons
Conor Mullen c/o Bar
Barry Jacob c/o Bar
Next week’s Jackpot € 2,800.

Our Junior A ladies are through to semi final of Championship, details to follow.
Our U-15 girls are due to play Celbridge at home on Saturday 26th August.
This Autumn we have two U-13 teams, our Division 2 team are due to play Sarsfields away and our Division 7 team will face Sallins 2 at home on Thursday 24th August. Please try and support our underage girls in their Autumn League games.
Hard luck to the boys who lost to Athy. Home to Monread in the league on Saturday at 5 o’clock in Robertstown.

The club would like to extend our sympathies to the Somers family on the passing of Michael. Ar Dheis De go raibh sé.
Hard luck to our Senior team who were beaten by Suncroft at the weekend on a scoreline of 1-12 to 1-14. Despite Ballyteague leading throughout most of the game, Suncroft battled hard to level the score and eventually kicked on to secure victory. The lads now have one more round remaining and will need to win to secure a place in the quarter finals.
The Senior Reserve Championship semi final is provisionally fixed for Monday 28th August. Opposition, venue and time TBA.
Underage Training every Tuesday and Friday from 7 to 8p.m. please make sure all children have gumshields. Can all parents please make sure they check in at every training. Lotto tickets are also available to purchase at training.

Junior Football Championship Round 3: Robertstown vs. Grange in Newbridge on this Friday, August 18th at 7.15 p.m. Please support.
Robertstown Club Draw in association with Club Kildare. One Draw remaining on Friday, August 25th. Tickets €25 each available from Peter Hogarty
Parish Lotto: Tickets €1.50 each available from our many Promoters and from the Shops and Post Office in Robertstown. Monday's Jackpot €3,100.
Bonus Ball: This is run in Mullaney's and for a stake of € 2 you could win €48.
Congratulations to all who received their Leaving Results on Wednesday last and all the Best in their choice of career.

Newsletter notices can be emailed to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or contact the Parish Office at 045-450501. Deadline is 12 noon on Thursday. We are unable to publish any notices received after the deadline.

The seniors to play in the second round of the championship this Sunday August 20 at 3pm in Hawkfield. We wish Ronan and Management and the Panel of players the very best of luck. Congratulations to the Senior B on their win over Clogherinkoe Monday night last, it leaves them in the semi-final of the championship. Final score read Allenwood 0-13 Clogherinkoe 1-03.
Plans are underway for our fun day for all with numerous activities to take place on the day. This will include our usual barbecue, obstacle course etc. If you are interested in helping out please feel free to contact a committee member. A great day promised for young and old.
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. Please support.
Bingo every Wednesday 8.30pm in Allenwood GAA hall.
Bonus ball €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 continues Fridays from 7pm -8pm. Underage discos will resume in September.