Allen Parish Newsletter 19th November 2017

 World Day of the Poor

The first World Day of the Poor will be observed today, Sunday 19 November, at the request of Pope Francis. The World Day of the Poor message is entitled: “Let us love, not with words but with deeds”.

In his message, Pope Francis invites “the whole Church, and men and women of good will everywhere, to turn their gaze on this day to all those who stretch out their hands and plead for our help and solidarity.” The Holy Father’s message, draws from the life of Saint Francis and he comments that “precisely because he kept his gaze fixed on Christ, Francis was able to see and serve him in the poor.” The Pope notes that “if we want to help change history and promote real development, we need to hear the cry of the poor and commit ourselves to ending their marginalization.”

Cooleragh and Staplestown Parish SOLEMN NOVENA taking place from 20th to 28th November. There will be three Sessions Daily - Cooleragh at 7am and 7.30pm and Staplestown at 9.30am. Blessing of the Sick will take


Thanks be to God

Monday 20th November
Allenwood – 9.30am

Tuesday 21st November
Allen – 9.30am
Milltown – 9.30am – Brian Lawler, Scarletstown & Bridget Lawler, Punchesgrange (Anniversaries)
Mary Wilson & Philomena Downey

Wednesday 22nd November
Allen - 9.30am
Robertstown - 10.30am

Thursday 23rd November
Allen – 9.30am
Allenwood – 9.30am

Friday 24th November
Allenwood – 9.30am

Allen: Saturday 7.30pm
Tommy Leeson, Clongorey
Glen Smullen (16th Anniversary)
William McNamee, Robertstown
Ivan Smyth (15th Anniv.) & Mark Smyth (4th Anniv.), Pluckerstown
Esther Raleigh
John & Eileen Brazil, late of Maynooth
Lil Kelly (nee Swords)
Lay Reader: First Communion Programme
Eucharistic Minister: Michael Herbert

Allen: Sunday 11am
Bridget Bright (nee Cross) Huddersfield
Brigid & Christopher Jacob and Elizabeth & James Brennan
Michael & Ann Connolly, Littletown
Michael McCoy (Anniversary)
Lay Reader: First Communion Programme
Eucharistic Ministers: Evelyn Dowling and Helen Doyle

Allenwood: Saturday 6.30pm
William Bolsh Bagnall, Allenwood
James Kennedy (Anniversary)
Rose Dunne, Allenwood South
Lay Reader: First Communion Programme
Eucharistic Minister: Ann Curran

Allenwood: Sunday 10am
Edward O’Daly, New Road, Allenwood Nth
Lay Reader: Johnny O’Callaghan
Eucharistic Minister: Ann Donoghue

Milltown: Sunday 9.30am
Edward Lawlor, Narraghmore
Edward & Rosanna Reddy, Milltown
Lay Reader: First Communion Programme
Eucharistic Minister: Christy Herbert

Next Sunday’s Readings
Ex 34:11-12, 15-17. Ps 22:1-3, 5-6 R/v 1. 1 Cor 15:20-26, 28. Mt 25:31-46. Lect I: 729.

Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament each Monday 11am to 3.30pm. All are welcome.
Healing Service takes place on Monday next, 20th November at 8pm. All are very 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.

The Sacrament of Baptism is celebrated every two weeks.
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.


Annual Christmas Party will be held in Dowlings, Prosperous on 10th December at 1pm sharp. Bus collection times: 12 noon Allenwood Seamus Coyne and 12 noon Kilmeague P. J. Coyne.
For more information contact: Seamus Coyne 087-2650674, Purr Maher 045-860854, Anne Downey 087-2138360, May Gilligan 860339, or any committee member. New people always welcome.
“Those who die in grace go but to God and God is very near”

We remember in our prayers

Edel Slicker (nee Delaney), Blakestown, whose funeral took place on Thursday.
Adrian Melia, Naas and formerly Robertstown, whose funeral took place on Thursday.
Anne (Nancy) Baker, Coill Dubh, whose funeral took place on Thursday.

May they rest in peace.

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FIFTEEN Match 3 Winners - €32 each
Purr Maher, Kilmeague; Kevin Maher, Kilmeague; Gillian Loughlin c/o M. Jacob; Colette Doyle, Grangeclare; Vanessa Heffernan, Allenwood; Carmel Dunne, Allenwood; Brenda Keogh, Blacktrench; Theo Logan, Carbury; Breda Browne, Ballyteague; Mary Dowling, Milltown; Colm Ruffley c/o J. Murphy; Ger Randles c/o J. Ivers; Jackie Kane c/o J. Murphy; Josie Donoghue c/o Liz; Joe Dunne c/o Liz.


SOCIAL DANCING every Tuesday night at Sarsfields clubhouse in aid of Almas & Sr. Muriels Home for the Poor. Dancing starts at 9.30pm. Dancing Next Tues to Adrian Ryan. Adm €7.

The P.T.A of Allen National School have set up a petition to request Kildare County Council to install a pedestrian crossing outside Allen N.S. Petition is available in the school and local shops. Please sign petition to show your support.

A copy of the Allen Parish Income and Expenditure statement for 2016 is available on the notice board of each Church.
The new rotas for Lay Readers and Eucharistic Ministers are being prepared for next year. Please let us know if you wish to continue or if you wish to remove your name or change the days or times on which you are rostered at present.
As the new rotas have to be ready for distribution before the end of December, all changes have to be received by December 1st.
Eucharistic Ministers contact Rosaline Connolly at 045 860176, Readers contact Bréid Murphy at 045 860218.

A meeting to form a committee for flower arranging for Milltown Church will be held in the Old School on Tuesday at 7.30pm. Even if you don’t have experience, a course will be given.

Allen School Craft Fair on Friday 8th December from 10.30am to 3pm. Beautiful hand-made crafts, ideal Christmas gifts. All are very welcome. Please support.

REMEMBRANCE NIGHT in aid of St. Brigid's Hospice, Curragh will be held on Saturday 25th November, in Allenwood G.A.A. 9pm till late. Music by Damien Coyne (80's Night). Tickets €10 available from Alice Swords,Gerry McCarthy, Sheila Darling, Edel Swords, Tony Moore, Ulick Burke, Paul O'Donnel, Noeleen Wright. Raffle on the night with fantastic prizes.


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NO Match 3 Winners
3 x €50 each
Timmy Hughes c/o Joe
David Burke, Kilmeague
Siobhan Morris, Killina
Next week’s Jackpot € 4,100

Christmas Raffle: Tickets €20 each available from Tara Moran or any Committee Member . 1st. Prize €1,000 confined to 200 Tickets Please support.
Astro-Turf Pitch is available to all Clubs and Groups and for Children's Birthday Parties . For bookings contact Tara Moran 085/7317697.
Parish Lotto: Tickets at € 1.50 each available from our many Promoters and from the Shops and Post Office in Robertstown .Monday's Jackpot €1,700.
Bonus Ball: This is run in Mullaneys and for a stake of € 2 you could win €48 .
The Club offers its sincere condolences to the Melia family on the untimely passing of Adrian . Ar dheis Dé go raibh sé .
Gymnasium: Work continuing a pace with the painters in this week.
Work on a new walkway has begun.

Kildare Scór Na nÓg takes place in Allenwood gfc December 3rd at 3pm. Starting with the Quiz at 2.30pm. National Club Draw takes place March 8th 2018. All funds raised will go to the club. Tickets cost €10, available from any committee member. First prize Renault Dynamique, second a travel voucher valued €2000,All Ireland Hurling and Football packages, Shopping vouchers etc. For those of you wishing to use our walkway the lights will be turned on Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday nights from 7pm-8.30pm. 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. Bonus ball available from Jemma McCabe. Underage discos Nov 24th and Dec 22nd.

Our senior ladies team are seeking applications for position of manager, if you or someone you know is interested, please contact our Chairperson Chris Byrne 086-8206980, before 20th November.
Christmas Raffle tickets are been distributed among the players now, please support our raffle which will be held on 9th December.

TRAVELLERS REST GOLF SOCIETY outing to Dunmurry Springs on Sunday 19th November. 4 person scramble bring your own team. Tee Time 10am. All Welcome. All money raised go to Allen Parish Senior Citizens fund.

Annual General Meeting will take place on Friday November 24th at 7.30p.m. All members are invited to attend.
The National Draw Tickets are now available from Marie and Padraig. Tckets are €10 and all proceeds go to the club.
Club Social Night in Sarsfields GAA on December 16th. Entertainment on the night is by internet sensation and GAA funny man Rory's Stories. There will also be a presentation of medals to our Reserve Champions. Tickets €15 are available from Ann Kenna and Ray Melia.

Our U21’s are in the 2017 Tony Donohoe Under 21 D Football Championship Final this Sun Nov 18th in St. Conleths Park, Newbridge against Ardclough at 12:30. All support is very much appreciated.
A huge Congratulations to the Minor ladies League on their achievements after a great win over Raheens in the County Final on Saturday last with a score of 3-12 to 1-8. Great credit to the club who have won the Ladies Minors and Lads Minor this year. Well done to all the players and mentors in our ladies and underage.
Congratulations to our U15 lads who had a great win over Naas. Milltown 8:18 (42) Naas 2:6 (12). Milltown win by 30 points. They are now through to the Semi Finals.
Well Lisa Byrne what a great month for you, A couple of weeks ago you graduated from NUIG with a certificate in Youth Citizenship and Community action, on Saturday you captained Milltown Minor Ladies to win the county final and capped it off with an amazing speech and on November 24th you will receive a Garda Youth Awards. So well deserved. Congratulations and well done.
AGM Friday November 24th at 7.30pm.
Milltown LGFA AGM takes place on Wednesday 29th at 7.30.
We would ask if at least one parent/guardian from each family involved in our teams could attend both AGM’s. The Club would appreciate your support. This is an ideal opportunity to provide feedback and support and suggestions to the committee.

Every Tuesday and Thursday 7pm to 9pm in Allen Hall. All are very welcome.

Book Keeper Available: Over 17 years experience. *Vat & PAYE Returns. *Payroll. *Invoicing - Debtors/Creditors. *Banking. Please call 087-6331588