Allen Parish Newsletter 3rd September 2017

Matthew 16:21-27
1. Short-term loss is sometimes necessary for long-term gain, as a student studying, or an athlete training, can testify. When have you found that denying yourself proved to be worthwhile because of what you gained afterwards?
2. Jesus was teaching his followers that the path of discipleship would involve pain and suffering. Peter would have none of it. When have you found that taking up your cross brought you life, even though at the time it may have been difficult?
3. Jesus knew that because his good news message was not acceptable to the authorities he would suffer and die. In spite of this he trusted that the power of God would overcome evil. Have you seen a good news message survive even though opponents tried to stifle it?
4. Jesus promised that those who suffer for the kingdom would be rewarded. Perhaps, even in this earthly life, you have experienced reward for faithful discipleship. What have these rewards been?

For you my soul is thirsting, O Lord my God.

Monday 4th September
Allenwood – 9.30am – John Aungier, Littletown

Tuesday 5th September
Milltown – 9.30am
Allen – 9.30am

Wednesday 6th September
Robertstown – 10.30am

Thursday 7th September
Allen – 9.30am

Friday 8th September
Allenwood – 9.30am

Allen: Saturday 7.30pm
Christopher Dunney, Dunbyrne
Ann ennis, St. Brigids Tce, Robertstown
Michelle Ryan (10th Anniv.)
Lay Reader: Patricia Creighton
Eucharistic Minister: Anne Downey

Allen: Sunday 11am
Michael Brennan, Littletown
Lay Reader: Evelyn Dowling
Eucharistic Ministers:

Allenwood: Saturday 6.30pm
Joe Cronly (6th Anniv.)
Michael Bagnall
Conor Boland, Derrymullen
Lay Reader: Monica Anderson
Eucharistic Minister: Mary Jacob

Allenwood: Sunday 10am
Eddie Swords (1st Anniv.) and Jenny Swords (17th Anniv.)
Jack Jacob, Allenwood South
Jim Brennan, Ticknevin & formerly Derrymullen
Timothy Wright, Allenwood Nth.
Lay Reader: Kevin McCormack
Eucharistic Minister: Patricia Durkan

Milltown: Sunday 9.30am
People of the Parish
Lay Reader: Mary Hamilton
Eucharistic Minister: Bridie Dunney

Next Sunday’s Readings
Ez 33:7-9. Ps 94:1-2, 6-9, R/v 8. Rm 13:8-10. Mt 18:15-20. Lect I: 697.

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.

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

We remember in our prayers

Peter Duggan, Level Crossing, Allenwood North, whose funeral took place on Friday. May he rest in peace.

May he rest in peace.

The Sacrament of Baptism is celebrated every two weeks.
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.

CIRCLE DANCE: Free introductory/trial night for newcomers at Prosperous Parish Centre Tuesday September 12th at 8pm. No partner required. Simple rhythmic steps and music. Further enquiries to Marie 086/8937096

19th & 26th August (Two weeks)
Weekly Envelopes: €1,245.00
Very many thanks for your generous donations.

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.
28th August, 2017

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FIVE Match 3 Winners
€50 each
Teresa Burke, 3139 Milltown
Carol Swords, Allenwood
Aidan Martin Byrne c/o Liz
Sean Malone, Allenwood
Seamus Field, Milltown

Michael & Anna Byrne – parents of Aoife – and all the Byrne family, Hawkfield would like to thank everyone who made the coffee morning for Cancer at the Inn in Milltown on Sunday morning such a resounding success.
We are humbled and grateful to know that so many people are thinking of Aoife during this difficult time.
Go raibh míle maith agaibh.

The Newbridge & Kildare Branch of Samaritans is holding two Information Sessions on Wednesday 6th September at 8pm and Thursday 7th September at 8pm. If you are interested in joining the Samaritans or would like to find out more about the work the Samaritans do, we would be more than happy to welcome you along to 3 McElwain Terrace, Newbridge. For more information, contact 086 0855785.
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 Cupla. Adm €7.


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ONE Match 3 Winner - €150
Mary Dowdall c/o Bingo
Next week’s Jackpot € 3,000
Bishop Denis Nulty will celebrate the Sacrament of Confirmation in Allen Parish on Friday 27th April, 2018 as follows:

11am in Allenwood Church for the children in Robertstown & Allenwood Schools.

2.30pm in Allen Church for the children in Allen & Milltown Schools.

• Bishop Denis extends a most grateful thank you to all who made the Family Picnic at Punchestown such a success. It was wonderful to see so many families gathered and we look forward to preparing together for the World Meeting of Families 2018.

“... I would like to offer a heartfelt thank you for your support of this year’s Lenten campaign and for your most generous support of our recent East Africa Appeal. Every donation you’ve made thus far ... is making a lasting difference...” Éamonn Meehan,
Tróciare Executive Director

Registration for the new Foroige year takes place Friday 8th Sept in Milltown GFC hall from 7.30--9.30pm and is open for all teenagers age 12-18years and in Post Primary school. This is an amazing youth led club that organises fun and social activities and takes part in training, workshops and citizenship projects.The cost of registration is €20 per person and €30 per family and the weekly cost is €3 per person. New members welcome.
We are also looking for new volunteers to help out, no qualifications necessary as all training will be given by Foroige. For more information please contact Mary 0879115835 or Alan the Foroige Development Officer 0876384199.

Welcome back all young athletes. Training will resume this Thursday for U9 and older (born 2009) initially and will resume in a few weeks for younger athletes and little athletics. Training will start 6:30pm at Robertstown GFC and we look forward to seeing as many athletes back as possible for the start of pre season training.

Our U-15 girls had a good win in their first game against TMH, next up they face Ellistown away on Tuesday 5th September. Both our U-13 teams, suffered losses in their opening round of games, next up for the girls, Division 2 team are due to play Ellistown and our Division 7 team will face Clane 2, both games are away on Thursday 7th September. 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 Willie Flynn a speedy recovery. Congratulations to former senior player David Reddy on his recent wedding to his new wife Natalia. Best of luck to our Senior team who are through to the quarter finals of the Intermediate Club Football Championship after a narrow victory over Kill. Congratulations and best of luck to our Senior Reserve team who beat Sarsfields in the Semi final. The team are now through to the finals, fixtures 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. Best of luck to Na Fianna Ladies who contest their 3rd consecutive Junior A Final on Saturday against neighbours Carbury at 2p.m. in Hawkfield. Please support!

Senior Football League Div. 4 Final: Robertstown 2-14 Kilcullen 1-7. Congratulations to the Players and Mentors in this victory but it was achieved at a cost as Joe Kavanagh received a severe facial injury. Junior Football Championship Semi-Final: Robertstown vs Caragh on Saturday next . Venue and time to be confirmed. Robertstown Club Draw in association with Club Kildare : The 4th. and Final Draw took place on Friday last and we had 1 winner . The Musgrave Grandchildren, Kilmeague won € 100 . Many thanks to all who supported this Draw and made it such a success for the Club. Parish Lotto: Tickets €1.50 each available from our many Promoters and from the Shops and Post Office in Robertstown. Monday's Jackpot €3,500. 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: This is run in Mullaney's and for a stake of € 2 you could win € 48. The Club wishes Niall Kane all the Best as he leaves for a 2 year work engagement in Dubai

Seniors to play St Laurences following their defeat by Castledermot last week in the championship. 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 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 with a chance to win €50 every Wednesday at bingo or 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.

Our U13 lads are away today Sunday to Athy at 10.30am. All support is very much appreciated.
Our Senior Ladies play away to Rheban in the semi final on Tuesday evening. All support is very much appreciated. September 10th 2pm Our Family Fun Day takes place at the clubhouse. Lots of fun and excitement for all the family. Hard luck to our U16 boys who lost out to South Kildare in the Campionship Milltown 0:10 (10) South Kildare 1:14 (17). Congratulations to our U13 girls who had a good win against Ballykelly 2-2, milltown 7-10.
Great start to the U15 girls autumn league with a win over Athy: final score 4-11 to 2-6. Congratulations to our Senior Ladies who had a great win over Celbridge with a score of 1-14 to 3-6. Our U9's lost out to a very strong Sarsfields team but played some very good football. Congratulations to our Minors who had a good win over Grange with a score of 4-13 to 4-03. Hard luck to our U13 boys who lost out to Clane in the League Milltown 2:10 (16) Clane 6:5 (23). Clothes recycling continues. Contact Roisin Malone for details. Lotto tickets can be purchased for 1.50 from Liz OShea, John Murphy and all our lotto members. Thank you to all those who continue to support the club by purchasing the lotto