Allen Parish Newsletter 21st January 2018

Allen Parish Newsletter

Third Sunday in Ordinary Time

21st January, 2018

Fr. Willie Byrne P.P.  .................................................................... (045) 860135

Fr. Eddie Kavanagh C.C. ............................................................. (045) 890559

Parish Office.................................................................................... (045) 450501

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Mark 1:14-20
‘Repent and believe the good news’. Jesus was not preaching a new doctrine, he was proclaiming an event that had already happened. The time has come. Jesus called for a change of heart as a response to the good news of the gospel message. A new way of understanding God leads to a conversion in how we relate to God, a change of heart. A growth in awareness of who we are can lead us to a new level of self-confidence, another change of heart. Can you recall times when ‘good news’ led you to a change of heart?

Kildare & Leighlin Pilgrimage to Lourdes 2018
16th July 2018 – 5 nights
€739 per person sharing
Special rate for JPII/Youth helpers €619

Booking forms available from

Dedicated assisted section for sick pilgrims

The Parish Office.

Ph: 045-450501

We will celebrate World day of the Sick and the Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes with a special Mass and anointing of the sick in Allen Church on Sunday 11th February at 3pm. If you know anyone who is ill or elderly and would like to attend this special Mass, perhaps you could arrange a lift for them to and from the Church.

Lord, make me know your ways.

Monday 22nd January
Allenwood – 9.30am

Tuesday 23rd January
Allen – 9.30am
Milltown – 9.30am

Wednesday 24th January
Allen - 9.30am
Robertstown - 10.30am

Thursday 25th January
Allen – 9.30am
Allenwood – 9.30am

Friday 26th January
Allenwood – 9.30am – Thomas Mulligan and Patrick Finnegan

Allen: Saturday 7.30pm
Bob McKenna, Lowtown
Thomas Ennis, Aoife Ennis, Elizabeth Anderson & Margaret Lawlor
Brigid Swords
Lay Reader: Sinéad Jacob
Eucharistic Minister: Margaret Ennis

Allen: Sunday 11am
Marcella Kane (nee Cross), Huddersfield
Jodie O’Neill, Robertstown West
Johnny O’Brien, Cloncumber, Ballyteague
Lay Reader: Catherine Murphy
Eucharistic Ministers: Liz Jacob & Áine Murphy

Allenwood: Saturday 6.30pm
Thomas & Colette Mullaney, Robertstown
Patrick Roche (8th Anniversary)
Tommy & Sarah McCormack, Allenwood Sth
Peggy Byrne (4th Anniversary)
Harry Doyle, Allenwood Sth & Betty Dunne, Lullymore
Lay Reader: Ann Curran
Eucharistic Minister: Wilfie Cronin

Allenwood: Sunday 10am
Marcella (Cellie) Doyle, Allenwood Sth (4th Ann.)
Kevin Smullen, Allenwood Sth
Lay Reader: Kevin McCormack
Eucharistic Minister: Julia Farrell

Milltown: Sunday 9.30am
Ellen Keane, Fenview, Milltown
Darren Casey
Bill Tiernan, Newtown
Lay Reader: Betty O’Shea
Eucharistic Minister: Clíodhna Malone

Next Sunday’s Readings
Deut 18:15-20. Ps 94:1-2, 6-9, R/v 9. 1 Cor 7:32-35. Mk 1:21-28. Lect I: 745.

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.

The Sacrament of Baptism is celebrated every two weeks.
Allenwood Sunday 4th February at 11am.
Milltown Saturday 17th February at 12 noon.
Allen Sunday 4th March at 12 noon.
Allenwood Sunday 18th March at 11am.
Allen and Allenwood Saturday 31st March at the Easter Vigil Mass.
Allen Sunday 15th April at 12 noon.
Allenwood Sunday 29th April at 11am
Milltown Saturday 12th May at 12 noon.
Contact the Parish Office at 045-450501at least two weeks in advance.

Very many thanks to John Cahill (chairman) and Frank Maher of Edenderry Harriers Hunt for their donation to the Allenwood Day Care Centre of €500.

We are always here to help. You can contact Allen area St. Vincent de Paul on our confidential helpline number at 085 2095220.

15th January, 2017

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FIVE Match 3 Winners
€50 each
Harry Judge c/o Jim Cross
Joe Murray, Allenwood
Joe Jacob, Allenwood South
Harris Family c/o V. Murphy
D. Doyle, Caragh c/o J O’Callaghan


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.

Closing date for receipt of completed enrolment forms for September 2018 is 31st January 2018.

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).

SOCIAL DANCING every Tuesday night at Sarsfields clubhouse in aid of Almas & Sr. Muriels Home for the Poor. Dancing Next Tues night to Moynihan Brothers. 9.30pm to 11.45pm. Adm €7.

Allen Parish parent & toddler group now running on Tuesday mornings from 10am-11.30am. €2 per family. All welcome. Light snack to be brought for toddlers. For more information contact Louise 087 7631055.

Lou’s fitness classes running in Allenwood GAA hall on Monday & Wednesday mornings at 9.30am and again on Tuesday evening at 7pm same venue . All classes €7, all fitness levels welcome. More information on Facebook page Lous fitness or louise on 0877631055

The 'ALLEN EYE BOOK' will be launched on March 27th. We are still requesting interesting photographs and news items re our Parish, but we must receive them by Wednesday, 31st January.
These items can relate to historical, cultural, social, sporting, folklore or unique events in the Parish.
Please contact: 045 870268 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

PROTECT THE 8TH “Winning the Pro Life Argument” Speakers: Kate Lawlor, Paddy Manning and Michael Dwyer of Family & Life. Monday January 22nd at Seven Oaks Hotel, Carlow at 7:30pm. All welcome!

Saturday, January 27th
All those interested in Adoration in the Parish are invited to an Adoration prayer Day in Portlaoise Parish Centre on Sat 27th Jan from 10am-2pm. There will be talks, cuppa and Mass with a time for anyone to ask questions or just to listen about the Adoration and its work in our Diocese. If interested please contact Fidelma 086 2603421 or Kathleen 087 6430262.

LULLYMORE HERITAGE PARK CE SCHEME currently has vacancies for Catering Assistants and Pet Farm Assistants/General Maintenance workers. For application details/interview and Job Reference number call 045 870238 Eligibility to participate on CE is generally linked to those who are 21 years or over. Applicants must also be in receipt of an Irish social welfare payment for 1 year or more.


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ONE Match 3 Winner
Maureen Bagnall, Allenwood South.
Next week’s Jackpot € 4,700

The A.G.M. will be held in the Clubrooms on Fri, January 26th at 8.30pm.All present members and those wishing to join are very welcome.
Couch to 5 K. This is a joint undertaking between the Club and the Parish of Allen Athletic Club and training takes place each Monday and Wednesday under Fintan Howard and Diarmuid O’Mahoney at 8pm. Registration each evening at 7pm. It is hoped that the event will take place on Saturday, May 5th at 11am. More details later.
Football Training under Manager Chris Byrne is up and running for the past few weeks.
Astro-Turf Pitch is available to all Clubs and Groups and for Children's Birthday Parties. Contact Tara Moran 085/7317697.
Parish Lotto tickets €1.50 each available from our many Promoters and from the Shops and Post Office in Robertstown. Monday's Jackpot €3,100.
Bonus Ball is run in Mullaneys and for a stake of €2 you could win €48.

HOOLEY in the Hamlet Court: Allenwood in conjunction with Ballyteague intend having a great nights entertainment with Declan Nerney also supported by our very own talented musician Declan Aungier on Thursday March 15th in The Hamlet Court Hotel Johnstownbridge. Tickets on sale shortly at a cost of €20 book your place for a great night among friends. Operation Transformation starting Monday January 22nd through to February 26th. Allenwood GFC grounds will be lit up between7pm and 9pm for the coming weeks and we invite you the community to come and join us. This event is free to attend. Please register on the night with your leaders Michelle and Orla. All welcome. Following our Underage A.G.M the following Officers were elected for the coming year: Presidents Sean Malone, Joe Doyle, Mick McCormack and Paul O’Donnell. Chairperson Ciaran Swords, Vice Chairperson Aidan Donoghue, Secretary Brian Doyle, Assistant Secretary Lynda Moran, Treasurer Thomas Brennan PRO Jemma McCabe, North Board delegate Stephen McCabe. Senior Membership
Adult 35; Couple 60; Family 70; Social 25. Please note for all bookings of the Hall or bar for the coming year contact Emma Cunningham on 086 2711239. National club draw 2018. We would ask all members to make an effort to sell or buy a ticket. There are some fantastic prizes ranging from a Renault Clio to All-Ireland final packages. All proceeds of the sale of the tickets go to the club. Tickets can be purchased from any executive member at a cost of €10. Text and email list: we would ask all members holding an email address to forward to Jemma McCabe for club news as it happens on a regular basis if you wish to be added to this group please forward to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or text 087-6199720. Cmon the Blues book continues to be available for sale would make a nice gift for the football lover with lots of local info. Book costs €25.00. Underage: The dates for our underage discos for the coming year will be announced shortly. Football: Training has commenced for our Senior squad with Brian McGrogan as Team Manager his Selectors for the year are Anto Cross and Davy Anderson. Dates for the Diary: Kildare Scór final in Allenwood Sunday February18th. Also Leinster Scór Semi Final in Allenwood Saturday March 3rd. Thursday March 15th Hooley in the Hamlet Court Johnstownbridge.

Our AGM will take place in Ballyteague GFC on Monday 29th January. tt would be great to see some new faces getting involved in the club. Annual club membership of €10 is due and can be paid on the night. Our Gaelic4Mothers and Others are back training in Allenwood GFC every Thursday from 6.50pm to 7.50pm. Our Senior ladies are back training under the new leadership of David Cullagh and Eddie McDonnell assisted by Michelle Moran and Tracy Jacob, we wish them all the best for 2018.
Our second Winifred Dunne Memorial Tournament will take place in Allenwood GFC on Saturday 24th February, details to follow.

Congratulations to our Scór na nÓg Léiriú who put on a flawless performance at the Leinster Finals in the Wexford Opera House in Sunday Last. Unfortunately, the were beaten by Westmeath. A huge thank you to Breda McHale and to the group of Fiachra Malone, Ross McHale, Tom Stapleton, Patrick Keogh, Emma Shannon, Tia Donovan, Betty Dunne and Niamh Murphy.
Calling all Irish Dancers, trad musicians and singers. Scór Sinséar is starting this week. Please contact Paul Delahunty.
Fancy winning a car! Tickets are €10 and can be purchased from Timmy Cullen or Roisin Malone. Tickets are selling very well so please get them soon. All monies raised go to our club.
Lotto tickets are available from Liz O’Shea, John Murphy and Noel Dunne as well as in Dave’s Shop. Your support is very much appreciated.
Clothes recycling continues. Please contact Róisín Malone on 0851264811.