Allen Parish Newsletter 27th 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!

Your love, o Lord, is eternal, discard not the work of your hands.

Monday 28th August
Allenwood – 9.30am

Tuesday 29th August
Allen – 9.30am
Milltown – 9.30am – James Heffernan, Punchesgrange (5th Anniv.) and deceased members of Heffernan family, Feighcullen

Wednesday 30th August
Allen – 9.30am
Robertstown – 10.30am

Thursday 31st August
Allenwood – 9.30am
Allen – 9.30am

Friday 1st September
Allenwood – 9.30am
Allen - 7.30pm

Allen: Saturday 7.30pm
Gary Tobin, Grangeclare (1st Anniv.)
Kathleen & John Gilligan (Anniv.)
Lay Reader: Catherine Sweeney
Eucharistic Minister: Bréid Murphy

Allen: Sunday 11am
Sean (Jack) Donoghue, Canal Bank (10th Anniv.) and his sister Esther Dunne who died in England in August.
Lay Reader: Anita Hendy
Eucharistic Ministers: Helen Doyle & John Paul Price

Allenwood: Saturday 6.30pm
Teddy & Kathleen Wright, Derrymullen
Cissy Moore
Lay Reader: Dearbhla Moore
Eucharistic Minister: Carmel Cooke

Allenwood: Sunday 10am
Michael Doyle, Allenwood South
Lay Reader: Christina Ryan
Eucharistic Minister: Margaret Price

Milltown: Sunday 9.30am
Biddy Dowling, Milltown (Months Mind)
Margareet (Peg) Ottley (Anniv.)
Lay Reader: Eddie Boland
Eucharistic Minister: Aoife Malone

Next Friday, 1st September is the FIRST FRIDAY of the month and housebound parishioners will be attended.

Next Sunday’s Readings
Jer 20:7-9. Ps 62:2-6, 8-9, R/v 2. Rm 12:1-2. Mt 16:21-27. Lect I: 695.

Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament will resume in September.

The Resurrexit Autumn Programme leaflet is available on the Newsletter table in each church. Please take one.

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.

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.

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.

CIRCLE DANCE: Free introductory night for newcomers to Circle Dance at Prosperous Parish Centre Tuesday September 12th at 8pm. No partner required. Simple steps to gentle rhythms and music. Further enquiries to Marie 086/8937096.
21st August, 2017

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FOUR Match 3 Winners
€63 each
Anne Dunne c/o B. Field
John Hynan, Allenwood
Joe Jacob, Allenwood
Dermot Keely c/o Carmel

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'.


A coffee morning in aid of Cancer will take place at the Inn in Milltown this Sunday August 27th from 10am to 12 noon. All support would be greatly appreciated.

HOPE (D) World Suicide Awareness Event
Kildare based charity HOPE (D) -”Helping Other People Escape Depression” will host a memorial service in the parish church Monasterevin on Sunday 10th Sept at 8pm sharp. The service will include, Candle Lit Procession, reflective readings for “loved ones passed”. Light refreshments, concluding with release of balloons. Music provided by Monasterevin Gospel Choir, on the night. HOPE (D) wish to thank Fr Liam Merrigan PP for allowing this event. ALL ARE WELCOME TO ATTEND.

We are delighted to inform locals that a Bronze Palstave (Axe Head) dating back to 1300BC has been found locally and is on show on Sunday Morning next 27th August after Mass in the Old School until 1.00pm.
(We would ask that people please respect the privacy of the finder).

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

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.

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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TWO Match 3 Winners - €50 each
Catherine Coyne c/o Billy
Ownie & Vonnie Dunne c/o P. O.
Next week’s Jackpot € 2,900.

Our Junior A ladies are in Championship Final on Saturday 2nd September against our neighbours Carbury. Time and venue TBC. Please support
Our U-15 girls had a good win in their first game against TMH, next up they face Ellistown away on Tuesday 5th September.
Our U-13 teams, Division 2 team are due to play Eadestown and our Division 7 team will face Ballinglass, both games at home Thursday 31st August. Please try and support our underage girls in their Autumn League games.
Our minor ladies are in Division 3 this year and games will commence on 12th September.
Our gaelic4mothers and others are up and running, training on Fridays in Allenwood.

The club would like to wish member Kit Jacob a speedy recovery following his recent surgery.
Best of luck to our Senior team who play Kill in Round three of the Courtyard Hotel Intermediate Football Championship at 1.45p.m. in St Conleths Park Sunday 27th.
The Senior Reserve team will play Sarsfields in the Reserve Championship semi final on Monday 28th August at 7.30p.m in Round Towers. Best of luck to all involved.
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 2 - 14 Grange 2 - 4 .
Senior Football League Div. 4 Final: Robertstown vs. Kilcullen this Saturday, August 26th in Newbridge at 5 p.m. Please support.
Cycle/Walk 2017: From 8a.m to 8 p.m. Walkers were on the Pitch every minute of the 12 hours. 13 Cyclists completed the 93 kilometre Cycle. Many thanks to all who took part and made the venture such a success. Any outstanding Sponsorship Cards should be returned immediately.
Parish Lotto: Tickets at €1.50 each available from our many Promoters and from the Shops and Post Office in Robertstown. Monday's Jackpot €3,300.
Bonus Ball: This is run in Mullaney's and for a stake of € 2 you could win €48 .
Last Saturday Dublin played Kilkenny in the Semi-Final of the All Ireland Senior Camogie Championship. Full Back and Captain of the Dublin team, Eve O’Brien is a daughter of Elizabeth Mullaney of Robertstown.

Senior Bs fixed to play Moorefield Monday night 730pm in Hawkfield in the semi-final of the championship. Best of luck to the NaFianna ladies who have reached the county final V Carbury.
The seniors drew with Castldermot at the weekend. Replay to take place Thursday night. Lets hope it has gone our way as game played after going to print.
Mikaela McKenna training Gaelic for mothers and others Friday nights 7pm-8pm for anybody wishing to take part.
Date for the diary: The countdown is on 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. We would welcome any donations of prizes for our raffle etc All welcome
Our 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 Wednesday 8.30pm in Allenwood GAA hall.
Get your bonus ball from Jemma McCabe at a cost of €2.00 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.
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. We wish all our younger members the very best in the future in the various college courses and apprenticeships etc. Well done to the U16 and Minors teams of Aylmer Gaels who had successful wins in the championship during the week. Best of luck in the next rounds.

TRAVELLERS REST GOLF SOCIETY Outing to Athy on Saturday 2nd September. Presidents Prize Tee time 8.45. All Welcome.

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