Allen Parish Newsletter 28th January 2018

Allen Parish Newsletter

Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time

28th January, 2018

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

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

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

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Sunday, 28 January marks the beginning of Catholic Schools Week 2018. During this week, we aim to celebrate the unique contribution that Catholic schools, both primary and post-primary, make to the mission of the Church in our local faith communities and throughout the wider Church. This year’s theme is Catholic Schools: Families of Faith. We are reminded that we belong to a family of faith. A family centred on the person of Jesus Christ, called to gather together to pray and care for one another.

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
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.

O that today you would listen to his voice! Harden not your hearts.

Monday 29th January
Allenwood – 9.30am

Tuesday 30th January
Allen – 9.30am
Milltown – 9.30am

Wednesday 31st January
Allen - 9.30am – Mary (Moll) Coyne (Birthday Remembrance)
Robertstown - 10.30am

Thursday 1st February
Allen – 9.30am
Allenwood – 9.30am

Friday 2nd February
Allenwood – 9.30am
Allen – 7.30pm

Friday 2nd February is the FIRST FRIDAY of the month and housebound parishioners will be attended.

Allen: Saturday 7.30pm
Sheila Melia and Brian Caldwell
Lay Reader: Liam Murphy
Eucharistic Minister: Mick Herbert

Allen: Sunday 11am
Bridie Sheehy, John Sheehy, their son Tony & all deceased member of the Sheehy family
Willie Carthy, St. Brigids Terrace, Robertstown
Lay Reader: Anita Hendy
Eucharistic Ministers: Áine Murphy and Anita Hendy

Allenwood: Saturday 6.30pm
Dan, william & Brigid Doyle & deceased members of the Doyle family
Paddy & MaryEllen Reilly & their dauthter Ann, Allenwood and Leicester and John & Eillen Moore, Blackwood
Patrick Smith & all deceased members of the Smith family
Lay Reader: Fiona McManamon
Eucharistic Minister: Christina Ryan

Allenwood: Sunday 10am
Kathleen Dowling, Allenwood
Lay Reader: Christina Ryan
Eucharistic Minister: Ann Donoghue
SUNDAY 4th February

Milltown: Sunday 9.30am
Joe Dunne, Hawkfield (25th Anniversary)
Sean Tiernan, Rathbride
Áine Coyle, Tim & Mary Coyle and Marie Cullen
Lay Reader: Eddie Boland
Eucharistic Minister: Aimée O’Neill

Saturday next, 3rd February, is the Feast of St. Blaise. Blessing of throats as follows:
Allenwood Church – 11am to 11.30am
Allen Church – 11am to 11.30am
Milltown Church – 12noon – 12.30pm

Next Sunday’s Readings
Job 7:1-4, 6-7. Ps 146:1-6, R/v 3. 1 Cor 9:16-19, 22-23. Mk 1:29-39. Lect I: 747.

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.

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

We remember in our prayers

Mary McStay, Friarstown, whose funeral took place on Monday.

Patrick James O’Brien, Lowtown Marina, Robertstown, whose funeral took place on Saturday.

May they rest in peace.

22nd January, 2017

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FIVE Match 3 Winners
€50 each
Enna & Aoibhin Malone
Lisa Duffy, grangeclare
Barry Lavin c/o D. Keating
P & T Farrell, Robertstown
Eamon DeBurke c/o F. Reidy


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 Blue Lace. 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.

Allenwood Tidy Towns
Clean up on Saturday 3rd February at 11am. Meeting at Allenwood Cross. A good attendance would be appreciated.

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

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.


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


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ONE Match 3 Winner
Lorcan & Mary O’Neill c/o Spar.
Next week’s Jackpot € 4,800

Couch to 5k: Training every Monday and Wednesday at 8pm continues . Registration each night at 7pm. Astro-Turf Pitch: This is available to all Clubs and Groups and for Children's Birthday Parties . For bookings contact Tara Moran 085/7317697 .
New Gymnasium: Equipment is being installed at the moment. Membership Fees are now due and can be paid to any Committee Member.
Parish Lotto: Tickets at € 1.50 each available from our many Promoters and from the Shops and Post Office in Robertstown. Monday's Jackpot € 3,300. Bonus Ball: This is run in Mullaney's and for a stake of € 2 you could win €48. New Walkway: The recently laid Walkway is getting very popular and it is being used all day long.

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. Senior Membership: Adult 35; Couple 60; Family 70; Social 25. Executive Committee: The following people make up our executive committee including officers, Joe Jacob, Aoife Corley, Sean Malone, Jemma McCabe, Morgan O Callaghan, Celine McNamee, Thomas Brennan, Enda Moran, Eamonn Red Moran, Leon McCabe, Brenda Lenehan, Emma Cunningham, Ciaran Swords, Lorraine Malone, Mikaela McKenna. National club draw 2018. 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. Underage: The date for our next underage discos is February 9th. Doors open 8pm cost €5. 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, 2018, at 8pm. Players registration can be paid on the night, club membership of €10 for parents/guardians/supporters can be paid on the night. Best of luck to Mikaela McKenna and the Kildare Senior Ladies today, Sunday 28th Jan, as they commence their Lidl NFL Div 3 Rd 1 game against Leitrim in Hawkfield at 2pm.

We are delighted to be getting on board with the GAA and Operation Transformation for 'Ireland Lights Up' initiative. We had a fantastic turn out on Monday. We are looking forward to seeing more people next Monday from 7-9 pm.
For those interested in using our walking track the lights will be switched on every day from 7am to 8:30am and from 5pm to 9pm. Walking track membership costs €50 and is now due. We are hosting a very exciting race on 25th February. 5k and 10k options are available. The race is chip timed and online registration is now live at More information available on the event page on Facebook. Couch to 5k begins on the Friday 2nd February and will run for 8 weeks. The cost will be €20. Everyone is welcome to take part. Club membership is now due: Non playing member/Walking track/Social €50, Couple €80, Family €100, OAP €25, Senior player €80, Student senior player €40, Underage €20, Aylmer Gaels affiliation €10. Fees can be paid on registration night 24th January from 7.30pm in the club house.

Are you interested in becoming a referee? Kildare GAA are currently recruiting. Email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or phone 086 3801083 for further details. Awards night March 24th in Keadeen Hotel. More details later. A huge thank you to everyone who have bought tickets for the National Club Car Draw. Draw takes place March 8th 2018. Tickets are €10 each with all monies we raise through sale of tickets going to our club. Please contact Róisín Malone or Tim Cullen for tickets. Clothes recycling continues. Contact Róisín Malone in 0851264811. Training is back for our Senior lads and ladies. Our Academy continues each Saturday morning at 9am at the club. Contact Anne Field in 0860813609. Lotto Tickets €1.50 can be purchased from Liz O’Shea, John Murphy, Noel Dunne and Dave’s Shops and at the pitch on a Saturday morning at the Skills Academy at 9am. Thanks to everyone who continues to support the lotto