Allen Parish Newsletter 24th December 2017

Parish Office, Milltown Cross, Milltown, Newbridge, Co. Kildare.
Tue – Fri: 10am – 2pm
Tel: 045 450501
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The Parish Office is closed for Christmas Holidays and will reopen on Wednesday 3rd January. Next Newsletter 7th January.

Fr. Willie Byrne P.P.
Parochial House, Allen, Kilmeague, Naas, Co. Kildare
Tel: 045 860135

Fr. Eddie Kavanagh C.C.
15 Lowtown Manor, Robertstown, Naas, Co. Kildare
Tel: 045 890559


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Allen Parish Newsletter

Fourth Sunday of Advent
24th December, 2017
Fr. Willie Byrne P.P. (045) 860135
Fr. Eddie Kavanagh C.C. (045) 890559
Parish Office (045) 450501

We would like to acknowledge the considerable work done each year on behalf of Allen Parish by so many people who generously volunteer their time and skills in so many ways. All involved in Parish Ministries and Parish activities, Sacristans, Readers, Eucharistic Ministers, Altar Servers, Music and Choirs, Collectors, Counters, Stewards, Baptism Ministers, Lotto volunteers and all who support the lotto, Parish Shop, Parish Office, Church cleaners and flower arrangers and those who care for the Church grounds.

A special thanks to all who serve on the many Parish committees—Pastoral Council, Finance, Liturgy, Child Safeguarding, the Parish website team, members of school Boards of Management, those who work with youth, Pope John Paul II and Papal Awards, the Day Care and the St. Vincent de Paul, prayer, Eucharistic Adoration and spirituality groups, First Communion and confirmation parents groups and Cemetery committees.

The Parish would like to thank the many groups and clubs that enrich the life of the wider community, all the sporting clubs, residence associations, parents associations, support and recreation groups, youth groups, text alert groups, care of the elderly, scouts and guides, the new Mens Shed and many more.

Welcome to all who have moved to our Parish during the past year.

May the peace, blessings and joy of Christmas be with you all.
Fr. Willie Byrne PP
Fr. Eddie Kavanagh CC


Christmas Eve
Allenwood 6.30pm
Allen 7.30pm

Christmas Day
Milltown 9.30am
Allenwood 10am
Allen 11am

I will sing forever of your love, O Lord

Tuesday 26h December
Milltown - 9.30am

Wednesday 27th December
Allen – 9.30am

Thursday 28th December
Allenwood – 9.30am

Friday 29h December
Allenwood – 9.30am

Allen: Saturday 7.30pm
People of the Parish

Lay Reader: Catherine Sweeney
Eucharistic Minister: Michael Herbert

Allen: Sunday 11am
People of the Parish

Lay Reader: Maurice Musgrave
Eucharistic Ministers: Antoinette Barrett and Helen Doyle

Allenwood: Saturday 6.30pm
Josie Carroll, Allenwood Middle (First Anniversary)
Michael & Christina Dunne, Station Rd, Allenwood
John, Mary & Richard Cross and Mary Wilde Cross

Lay Reader: Wilfie Cronin
Eucharistic Minister: Mary Jacob

Allenwood: Sunday 10am
Patrick, Kathleen & Paud Brereton, Allenwood Sth

Lay Reader: Kevin McCormack
Eucharistic Minister: Julia Farrell

Milltown: Sunday 9.30am
Denis Curran, Rathbride (2nd Anniversary)

Lay Reader: Cian Buckley
Eucharistic Minister: Lisa Byrne



Monday 1st January
Allenwood – 9.30am

Tuesday 2nd January
Milltown - 9.30am

Wednesday 3rd January
Allen – 9.30am

Thursday 4th January
Allen - 9.30am
Allenwood - 9.30am

Friday 5th January
Allenwood – 9.30am

Allen: Saturday 7.30pm
Ruth Reidy, Robertstown West (2nd Anniversary)
Leah Taaffe, Robertstown (4th Anniversary)

Lay Reader: Patricia Creighton
Eucharistic Minister: Ann O’Gorman

Allen: Sunday 11am
James & Mary Moran, Ballyteague
Julia Ward

Lay Reader: Mary Melia
Eucharistic Ministers: Anita Hendy & Catherine Murphy

Allenwood: Saturday 6.30pm
Tom Moore
Mary Maher, Allenwood North
Paddy & Mag Dunne, Grangeclare
Pauline Byrne, Robertstown & all deceased members of the Byrne family
George Connolly, Grangeclare

Lay Reader: Monica Anderson
Eucharistic Minister: Ann Curran

Allenwood: Sunday 10am
People of the Parish

Lay Reader: Johnny O’Callaghan
Eucharistic Minister: Margaret Price

Milltown: Sunday 9.30am
Alice Dowling, Hawkfield
Deceased members of Milltown GAA

Lay Reader: Breda McHale
Eucharistic Minister: Bridie Dunney

He, the Lord, is our God.
He remembers his covenant forever.

Next Sunday’s Readings
31st December: Gen 15:1-6, 21:1-3. Ps 104:1-6, 8-9, R/vv 7,8. Heb 18:11-12, 17-19. lk 2:22-40. Lect I: 119.
7th January, The Baptism of the Lord: Is 55:1-11. Ps Is 12:2-6, R/v 6. 1 Jn 5:1-9. Mk 1:7-11. Lect I: 182.

Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament takes place on Mondays 11am to 3.30pm.

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 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.

“Those whom we love and lose are no longer where they were before, they are now wherever we are. (St.Chrysostom)
Please pray for:
Kathleen Dempsey, Kilmeague, Patrick Domican Snr and Patrick Domican Jnr.
Mick Murphy and David Murphy.
Laurence Dunne Snr, Kathleen Dunne, Patrick Joseph Dunne and Laurence Dunne Jnr.
Melitta Buckley, Rathcoole.
Mary Foley, Allenwood, Michael Moran, Mylerstown, Michael Tynan Snr, Castlecomer, the O’Brien family, Ward family, Dunne family, Mary (Moll) Moore and William (Bill) Moore.
May they rest in peace.

19th December, 2017

THIRTEEN Match 3 Winners—€25 each
Gerry Melia c/o Ger
Frank Gunning c/o M. Byrne
Ann Bell, Robertstown
John Bulger c/o M. Byrne
Maria Melia 26 Church View, Kilmeague
Donal Bergin c/o D. Keating
Joan Lacey c/o F. Reidy
G & M Hanley, Grangeclare
Harry Judge c/o J. Cross
Alan Ryan c/o Sham
Mary Anderson, Allenwood
Anne & Monica Wilson c/o George Ottley
Ciaran Butler, Mylerstown
Special Christmas Draw 5 x €75 each
Donie Percival, Robertstown. Josie Donoghue, Rathbride.
Peter Farrell, Ballytegue. Declan Phelan c/o Sham.
Eugene Donovan c/o Ann Field

JACKPOT €2,700
Next Draw Monday January 8th 2018 at 9pm

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May thanks to all the schools in the parish who donated food for our Annual SVdeP Christmas Appeal.
Thanks to the business and individuals who gave food hampers, monetary donations and toys. Thanks to the people who donated anonymously. Thanks to the One Voice Choir for their continuous support. Thanks to Larry & Ann Marie Malone, Allenwood, who hosted a SVdeP coffee morning.
Many thanks to everyone who donates weekly to SVdeP at the Church food bank and to all who support our Day Care Centre by purchasing Lotto tickets weekly.
Very many thanks to all who donated so generously at our recent Church door collection
Wishing everyone a happy and holy Christmas and a prosperous New Year.

Christmas can be a difficult time and we are always here to help. You can contact Allen area St. Vincent de Paul on our confidential helpline number at 085.

The Epiphany of the Lord.
(Holyday of Obligation)
Friday 5th January
Allen — 7.30pm

Saturday 6th January

The club want to wish our players, mentors, parents and guardians, a very happy and peaceful Christmas and every good wish for 2018.
Many thanks to everyone who supported our stall at the Na Fianna Mens Shed Christmas Fayre recently.
Congratulations to Abigail Mulreid and Orlaith O'Mahony who have been selected to represent our club with the Kildare U14 team next year, we wish them the best of luck.


ONE Match 3 Winner—€150
Catherine Coyne c/o Billy
Next week’s Jackpot € 4,500

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Na Fianna Mens Shed
We wish to thank stand holders entertainers, Allenwood GFC and all who supported our Christmas Fayre. It was a most successful and enjoyable day.

We wish all a Happy Christmas and a successful 2018.

SOCIAL DANCING every Tuesday night at Sarsfields clubhouse in aid of Almas & Sr. Muriels Home for the Poor.
St. Stephen’s Night – Dancing to Declan Aungier. All proceeds to Almas & Sr. Muriels Home for the Poor. Adm €10 including raffle tickets.
Tuesday 2nd January – Dancing to Double Up .

Hamper: Mick McManus, Athgarvan.
Turkey: Adam Sheridan, Old Bog Road, Allenwood.
Ham: Ballyteague Card Players, Ballyteague.
Brandy: John Kavanagh, Ballyteague
Cake: Anthony O’Sullivan, 22 Woodlawn, Allenwood.
Turkey: Lucy Cross, Allenwood South
Whiskey: Susan O’Shea
Roast: Marie Jacob, Pluckerstown
Wine Hamper: Rachel Gilligan
Voucher Dowlings €50: Carthy Family, Robertstown
Biscuits: Fred Slicker Snr, Millview, Milltown
Chocolates: Shay Coyne, Allenwood North.
Biscuits: Mary Jo Grace, Allenwood
Biscuits: Mark Doireann, Allen
Biscuits: Marie Melia, Robertstown
Very many thanks to all.

A special word of thanks to all those who helped organise the club’s social event in Sarsfields GAA last Saturday night. Rory’s Stories provided the entertainment on the night and the Reserve E team received their championship medals. A great night was had by all.
For those interested in using our walking track the lights will be switched on every day from 7:00 am until 8:30 am and then again from 5:00pm until 9:00pm. Walking track membership costs €50. Gift vouchers are now available for both the walking track and the all-weather pitch. Contact Christina on 086 3785568.
The club has signed up for “Get Ireland Walking” as part of Operation Transformation with the GAA and RTE. This will start the end of January. Keep an eye on the Facebook page and the newsletter for more information.
Declan Jacob has taken over as team manager for 2018. We wish Declan, his selectors and the team the best of luck for the coming season.
Congratulations to Moorefield, Ross and Frankie on their exciting win in the Leinster Club Final last Sunday.
The club would like to wish all members and their families a very Happy Christmas and peaceful New Year.

A huge congratulations to Lara Curran, Clíodhna Malone and Lauren Murtagh who have made the Kildare Minor County Team. A fantastic Achievement for our club to have 3 players on the County Minor Team.
Congratulations to our Scór na nÓg Ballad Group, Recitation and Léiriú (Novelty Act)who represented the club so well in the Leinster Semi Final in Wexford last Sunday. A special congratulations to our Léiriú who are through to the Leinster Semi Finals in the Wexford Opera House in January 24th. Tickets can be ordered from Paul Delahunty/Róisín Malone.
He arrived, some very excited young and then again not so young faces in the club house today when Santa arrived. A huge THANK YOU to the INN AT MILLTOWN for sponsoring the Christmas Party. A lovely way to end the year with these great bunch of little ones. Thanks again to all those who contributed and help with the refreshments.
Mass for deceased members is on Sunday January 7th at 9.30 with refreshments in the old school after Mass.
Wishing all our members a very Happy Christmas and every good wish for the New Year Ahead. A huge thank you to everyone who helped out in any way in the club, managing teams, making tea, drying tears when little ones fell, washing jerseys, cooking burgers, helping at the Field Day, fastening boot laces which came undone, filling water bottles, our first Aiders! Ground and club maintenance, lines people and umpires. Looking forward to a great year ahead.

Annual St. Stephen's Day Sponsored Grand Canal Swim: So far 4 brave souls have volunteered to take the plunge at noon and we are confident a few more will come on . Sponsorship Cards are now available and all money raised goes to the Underage side of the Club. Please support
Christmas Raffle Resultsheld on December 16th:
1st. Prize € 1,000 : Naoise and Darragh Downey
2nd. Prize € 500 : Gary and Gillian Lawlor .
3rd. Prize€ 300 : Simon McNamee3 .
4th. Prize € 100 : Tyson Irvine .
5th. Prize€ 100 : John Balfe .
6th. Prize Golf for 4 at Lutterstown : Michael Keely .
7th.. Prize : A Hoover : Maurice Musgrave .
8th. Prize : Signed Kildare Jersey : Wynita Balfe .
Many thanks to all who made this Draw an outstanding success
Parish Lotto: The following Robertstown Promoters were the prize winners in our annual Promoters Draw Each of the following won €50 Mary Reidy, John O' Sullivan, Murt McCormack, Larry Ivers and Declan Percival . Many thanks to all who support this lotto as it is a huge money spinner for the Club. The next Lotto Draw will be on Monday, January 8th.
The Club wishes all our Members, Sponsors and Supporters a Very Happy Christmas and a Peaceful and Good Sporting 2018 .

We welcome Brian McGrogan on board as our First team Manager for the coming year. He will be joined by Anthony Cross and Davy Anderson as Senior selectors for 2018. We would like to wish all our members a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year we look forward to seeing you all in the club in 2018.
National Club Draw Tickets on sale for the national club draw which takes place March 8th 2018. All funds raised will go to the club. Tickets cost €10, available from any committee member. There are some fabulous prizes to be won, with first prize being a New Renault Dynamique, second a travel voucher valued €2000, All Ireland Hurling and Football packages, Shopping vouchers etc. Why not buy a ticket for a loved one who you find hard to buy for make a nice gift for Christmas or the New Year. For those of you wishing to use our walkway the lights will be turned on Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday nights from 7pm-8.30pm.
Bingo every Wednesday 8.30pm in Allenwood GAA hall. Cost €5.00 per book, €8.00 per double book €2.00 each for Jackpot and flyer sheet. €1800 in prize money.
Bonus ball Get your bonus ball from Jemma McCabe at a cost of €2with a chance to win €50.every Wednesday at bingo or contact Jemma on 087-6199720.
Clothes collection—clothes may be brought to the GAA between 9.30am and 12.30pm Monday to Friday.
Lotto tickets €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.