Allen Parish Newsletter 10th December 2017


God, our Father,
We are brothers and sisters in Jesus your Son,
One family, in the Spirit of your love.

Bless us with the joy of love.

Make us patient and kind,
gentle and generous,
welcoming to those in need.
Help us to live your forgiveness and peace.

Protect all families with your loving care,
Especially those for whom we now pray:

[We pause and remember family members and others by name].

Increase our faith,
Strengthen our hope,
Keep us safe in your love,
Make us always grateful for the gift of life that we share.

This we ask, through Christ our Lord,


Mary, mother and guide, pray for us.
Saint Joseph, father and protector, pray for us.
Saints Joachim and Anne, pray for us.
Saints Louis and Zélie Martin, pray for us.

Let us see, O Lord, your mercy and give us your saving help.

Monday 11th December
Allenwood – 9.30am

Tuesday 12th December
Allen – 9.30am
Milltown – 9.30am

Wednesday 13th December
Allen - 9.30am
Robertstown - 10.30am

Thursday 14th December
Allen – 9.30am – Noel Phelan (Anniversary)
Allenwood – 9.30am

Friday 15th December
Allenwood – 9.30am

Allen: Saturday 7.30pm
Jack & Christina Gorey and Breda O’Neill (nee Gorey), Catherine Murphy & all deceased members of the Murphy family, St. Brigids Terrace, Robertstown

Lay Reader: First Communion Programme
Eucharistic Minister: Rosaline Connolly

Allen: Sunday 11am
Richard & Delores Price, Boston and their son Richie, Feighcullen
Thomas McKenna, Kilteel
Lay Reader: First Communion Programme
Eucharistic Ministers: Liz Jacob & Evelyn Dowling

Allenwood: Saturday 6.30pm
(Months Mind) Angie Lalor Corrigan
Michael Moore, Allenwood North
Angela Smith, Kildare, Sean Karney, Kildare, Gary Doherty, New York
Joe Corbett (Anniversary)
Lay Reader: First Communion Programme
Eucharistic Minister: Mattie Dobbins

Allenwood: Sunday 10am
Joseph & Kitty Moore, Derrymullen
Joe Corbett (Anniversary)
Lay Reader: Christina Ryan
Eucharistic Minister: Mary Fitzgibbon

Milltown: Sunday 9.30am
People of the Parish
Lay Reader: First Communion Programme
Eucharistic Minister: Aimée O’Neill

Next Sunday’s Readings
Is 61:1-2, 10-11. Ps Lk 1:346-50, 53-54, R/Is 61:10. 1 Thess 5:16-24. Jn 1:6-8, 19-28.
Lect I: 48.

Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament each Monday 11am to 3.30pm. All are 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.

Annual Christmas Party in Dowlings, Prosperous on this Sunday 10th December at 1pm sharp. Bus collection: 12 noon Allenwood Seamus Coyne and 12 noon Kilmeague P. J. Coyne.
Contact Seamus Coyne 087-2650674, Purr Maher 045-860854, Anne Downey 087-2138360, May Gilligan 860339, or any committee member.

The Sacrament of Baptism is celebrated every two weeks.
Allenwood Sunday 24th December at 11am
Milltown Saturday 6th January at 12 noon
Allen Sunday 21st January at 12 noon
Allenwood Sunday 4th February at 11am
Contact the Parish Office at 045-450501at least two weeks in advance.

Enrolments are now being taken for the school year 2018-2019. Enrolment forms can be collected from the school office or by ringing 045-860826 (9am to 3pm).
“Those who die in grace go but to God and God is very near”

We remember in our prayers

James (Seamie) Gallagher, Lowtown Manor, Robertstown whose funeral took place on Tuesday.

Martin Farrell, Rathangan and formerly Brockagh Cross, Robertstown whose funeral took place on Saturday.
May they rest in peace.

4th December, 2017

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FOUR Match 3 Winners - €63 each
Pamela Dunne c/o A. Dunne
Mark Musgrave, Allenwood
J & K McGrath, Robertstown
Bill Dobbins c/o F. Reidy

Night at the Dogs will take place on 15th December. For tickets contact Margaret at 083 0061944.

**New Christmas stock now available**
Christmas cards, Christmas Mass Bouquets and a range of Christmas gift items. Greeting cards and Mass cards for all occasions. Located in Allenwood Church. Open before and after Mass in Allenwood.

DONATIONS FOR FLOWERS FOR CHRISTMAS to the Sacristans of Allen, Allenwood and Milltown Churches would be very much appreciated at this time.

DVDs of the Bishops Mass on 21st May €5 and 2018 Calendar with photos of Milltown Church €7 are both available from the Parish Office.

SOCIAL DANCING every Tuesday night at Sarsfields clubhouse in aid of Almas & Sr. Muriels Home for the Poor. Dancing 9.30pm. – 12 next Tues to Mary Pendergast & Paul Molloy. Adm €7.
NaFianna Mens Shed
Grand Christmas Fayre
Allenwood GAA Club
this Sunday
10th December - 2pm to 6pm
in Allenwood GAA Centre
Entertainment on the day: One Voice Choir, Allen C.E. Choir, Bright Sparks Children Hip Hop and others.
Santa will be there and children are requested to bring their letters.

The organising committee of the remembrance night in aid of St. Brigids hospice recently held in Allenwood GAA would like to express their sincere thanks and gratitude for the support received from everyone. Total funds raised reached €6,600 and have been received gratefully by St. Brigid hospice. We guarantee that all funds raised went directly to the hospice and will be used to enhance the care to our loved ones being supplied by the amazing team there.

Lots of Festive Fun at the CHRISTMAS FAIR, SCOIL BHRÍDE, MILLTOWN on Friday 15th December, 9am – 3pm.
Soak up the smells and sounds of Christmas with our festive food, tea, coffee, seasonal treats, unique gifts and lots of wonderful raffle prizes all housed in the old school, Milltown. The Parents Association of Scoil Bhríde look forward to welcoming you to their annual Christmas Fair event. Any queries to Claire 087 121 4140.


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THREE Match 3 Winners - €50 each
Brigie Heffernan c/o DCC
Ann Moore c/o P. O’Rourke
Liam Robinson c/o Robertstown Post Office
Next week’s Jackpot € 4,300

Sincere condolences to the Byrne and Moran families on the sad passing of Johnny Byrne in Galway. He was one of the last surviving members of the 1939 Championship Winning Team. Ar dheis Dé go raibh sé.
Christmas Raffle: Tickets €20 each available from Tara Moran 085/7317697 or from any Committee Member . 1st Prize €1,000 confined to 200 tickets. Draw in Mullaney's on Saturday, December 16 at 10 p.m. Please support. Astro turf pitch is available to all clubs and groups and for children’s birthday parties. Contact Tara Moran. St. Stephens Day Annual Sponsored Canal Swim: Still looking for volunteers to take the plunge. Sponsorship cards available. Parish Lotto tickets €1.50 each available from our many promoters and the shops and post office in Robertstown. Monday’s jackpot €2,300.

Kildare Scor Na nÓg took place at the weekend well done to all who participated. We wish the clubs going forward the very best of luck next weekend. Congratulations to the Aylmer Gaels U21 squad who won the U21 B Championship defeating Rathangan by a single point. National Club Draw March 8th 2018. All funds raised will go to the club. Tickets cost €10, available from any committee member. First prize a New 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. Christmas draw tickets will go on sale shortly €2 or three for €5. Prizes are for €300, €200 and three €100 euro hampers plus many more prizes. Underage disco December 15th. Clothes collection continues.

Congratulations to Aylmer Gaels U17s who won the Division 2 league final on Monday night in Hawfield. They had an impressive win over Sallins 2-11 to 0-12. Well done to all the lads and management team. A great way to end the year.
For those interested in using our walking track the lights will be switched on every day from 7am until 8:30am and then again from 5pm until 9pm. Walking track membership costs €50. Gift vouchers available. Contact Christina 086 3785568. Both pitches are now closed until spring 2018. The National Draw Tickets are now available from Marie Jacob. Some great prizes to be won tickets are €10 and all proceeds go to the club. The club will hold a Club Social night on December 16th in Sarsfields GAA. Entertainment on the night is by Rory's Stories. There will also be a presentation of medals to our Reserve Champions. Tickets €15 available from Ann Kenna and Ray Melia. The club extends sincere sympathy to Lisa Brennan (nee Geraghty) and the Geraghty family on the sad passing of her father Tommy, RIP.

The Millers are this year’s Street League Champions and winners of the Mick Hanlon Memorial Cup. A huge thank you to the Hanlon Family and to everyone who helped in any way. Well done to Darren O'Shea and his team.
Congratulations to the officers for the incoming year. Pres: Mick Byrne. Vice Pres: Seamus Field, Tom Field, John O’Connor, Kit O’Hara, John Murphy. Patron: Seamus Field. Chairperson: Ronan Byrne. Vice Chair: Noel Dunne. Sec: Timmy Cullen. Asst Sec: Tony Redmond. Treasurer: Siobhan Gunning. Asst Treas: Denis Curran. PRO: Róisín Malone. Ass. PRO: Paul Delahunty. Registrar: Sinéad Jacob. Co. Board Delegate: George Ottley. Irish Officer: Paul Delahunty. Players Rep: Omar Dunne. Committee : All officers, Kit Dowling, Liz Buckley, Gavin O’Connor, Catherine Sweeney, Shane Shannon, Jim Byrne, Mick Byrne, Myles O’Reilly Darren Burke, Frank Sheerin. Congratulations to the officers for the incoming year for Milltown LGFC Chair: Shane Shannon Vice Chair: Eugene Donovan Sec: Jeff Knowles Assist Sec: Tom Malone Treasurer: Cathy Downey Assist Treas: Liz Buckley PRO: Emma Hanlon Registrar: Hayley Mulpeter Committee: James Hamilton, Róisín Malone, Johnny Murtagh, Denis Curran. Hard luck to our U17’s who lost to Athgarvan in a very close final Milltown 1:9 (12) Athgarvan 3:6 (15) A huge congratulations to Shirley Mulpeter on her historic election as Chairperson of Sarsfields GAA, the first time in its history that a woman has been elected for this position. Congratulations to all the competitors who took part in Scór on Sunday last. Best of luck to our 3 acts, recitation, Ballad Group and Leiriu who are in action again this Sunday in Oulart, Wexford at 2.30pm. National Club Draw. Tickets €10 euro each and all monies raised from tickets sold through our club stay with Our club. 20 super prizes. Contact Roisin Malone or Tim Cullen.

Christmas Raffle tickets have been distributed among our players, please support our raffle which will be held on 9th December.
Our club were invited to have a stall at this year's Na Fianna Mens Shed Christmas Fayre in Allenwood GFC on Sunday 10th December. Please support our stall and the event.