Allen Parish Newsletter 8th April 2018

Allen Parish Newsletter

Second Sunday of Easter

Divine Mercy Sunday

8th April 2018

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

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

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

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Easter Water Blessing

Families are encouraged to pray together and bless their homes with the Easter water at some time during the Easter season. This initiative seeks to recover a traditional religious practice that meant a lot to Irish families. The faithful have always been encouraged to take holy water home and to use it as part of their daily lives. They have also been encouraged to regularly seek God’s blessing on themselves, their families and on their homes, vehicles, religious objects and other items. In Ireland the great affection that people have for deceased loved ones has been shown by the tradition of blessing graves.

House Blessing

May God bless this house from top to bottom. May He bless each lintel, each stone and beam of wood. May He bless the household and the table on which we place food. May He bless each bedroom in which we seek a peaceful sleep. May He bless the door we open generously to the stranger and the meek – as well as to our relatives and friends. May He bless the windows through which come the bright beams, of sunlight, moon and stars. May He bless the rafters above our head and each strong wall surrounding us. May peace love and affection dwell herein and flow towards our Neighbours. May God bless this gathering and keep us from danger. And May He guide us all together to his Heavenly sanctuary. Amen.

Give thanks to the Lord for he is good, for his love has no end.

Monday 9th April
Allenwood – 9.30am

Tuesday 10th April
Allen – 9.30am
Milltown – 9.30am

Wednesday 11th April
Allen – 9.30am

Thursday 12th April
Allen – 9.30am
Allenwood – 9.30am

Friday 13th April
Allenwood – 9.30am

SATURDAY 14th/SUNDAY 15th April
Allen: Saturday 7.30pm
People of the Parish
Lay Reader: First Communion Programme
Eucharistic Minister: Margaret Ennis
Allen: Sunday 11am
Charlie Ward, William Murphy Ballyteague, and deceased members of the Murphy Family.
Lay Reader: First Communion Programme
Eucharistic Ministers: Evelyn Dowling & Tom Walsh

Allenwood: Saturday 6.30pm
Nicholas, Margaret, Paul and Jim Brennan Allenwood South. Patrick, Mary & Joseph Smullen, Lullymore. Michael Costigan Robertstown & Cape Town, his son Michael from Capetown also his grandson Garth from Capetown. Brigid Moran Derrymullen and the Ennis Family, Derrymullen.
Lay Reader: Ann Curran
Eucharistic Minister: Carmel Cooke

Allenwood: Sunday 10am
Joe & Josie Brennan, Littletown, Kilmeague
Lay Reader: First Communion Programme
Eucharistic Minister: Pat Ivers

SUNDAY 15th April

Milltown: 9.30am Jim Byrne, Milltown Anniv. Colm Cox Christianstown 6th Anniv
Lay Reader: First Communion Programme
Eucharistic Minister: Bridie Dunney

Next Sunday’s Readings
Acts 3:13-15, 17-19. Ps 4:2, 4, 7, 9, R/ v 7. 1 Jn 2:1-5. Lk 24:35-48.

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.

The Sacrament of Baptism is celebrated every two weeks. ..
Allen Sunday 15th April at 12 noon.
Allenwood Sunday 29th April at 11am
Milltown Saturday 12th May at 12 noon.
Allen Sunday 27th May at 12 noon.
Allenwood Sunday 10th June at 11am
Milltown Saturday 23rd June 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
Phillip Keely Mylerstown who was buried in Allen on Tuesday, also Michael Mick Tierney Allenwood South who was buried in Crosspatrick on Thursday.
May they rest in peace.

Bus to Clonfert for Divine Mercy Sunday on 8th April. Contact Frank 086 272864

3rd April 2018

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THREE Match 3 Winners -
€84 each
O’Brien Family, Tougher Rd, Robertstown
Brendan Fox, Newtown,
Maurice Musgrave, Kilmeague

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

ST. VINCENT DEPAUL:St. Vincent De Paul have been offered a 3 piece suit for 1st Holy Communion, Colour is dark Grey with a Blue & White Shirt age 8 they have also been offered children’s clothes age 3 to 11 years.
We are always here to help.Contact Allen area St. Vincent de Paul on our confidential helpline number at 085 2095220.

DIVINE MERCY SUNDAY will be celebrated in Cill Mhuire Church, Newbridge on Sun 8th April starting @ 2.30pm including Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament, Rosary, Divine Mercy Chaplet, confessions and Mass (3.30 pm). All welcome.

KNOCK SHRINE MERCY SUNDAY PILGRIMAGE. The 36th Mercy Sunday Pilgrimage will take place this Sun 8th April. Ceremonies begin with Divine Mercy Devotions at 12.45pm with Fr Mark Byrne, SOLT and concelebrated Mass at 3pm with Chief Celebrant and Homilist His Excellency Archbishop Jude Thaddeus Okolo, Papal Nuncio. www.knockshrine.iecall (094) 93 88100.

'THE ALLEN EYE BOOK PAST & PRESENT' We had a very successful launch of 'The Allen Eye Book- Past & Present'. The book is available from The Parish Office, local shops or from 045 870268. Price €5

THE POOR CLARES in Galway are hosting a Cloister day on Sat, April 21st 2018 from 10am to 5pm. The day is designed to help young women between the ages of 21 and 40 to find out more about the Poor Clare way of life with a view to vocati on discernment. To book a place contact: Sr. Faustina at: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it


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TWO Match 3 Winner - €75 each
Angela Bagnall, c/o Day Care Centre
Paul Coyne, Allenwood North
Next week’s Jackpot € 1,400

TRÓCAIRE BOXES: Please return Trócaire boxes to any of the three Churches as soon as possible.

Senior Football League Div. 3 Robertstown 1-13 Kilcullen 1-15. Away to Sallins this Saturday @ 6p.m. Underage training each Friday @7 p.m. Couch to 5 kms: Monday May 7th @ 12 noon is the date for our 5kms fundraiser along with Robertstown & Allen Parish Athletic Club. This will be followed by the official opening of our Floodlights, Astro-Turf Pitch, Walking Track and Gym. It will be a huge social occasion for the community and food will be served on the day. Guest of Honour on the Day will be Sonia O’Sullivan and following the 5kms race Sonia will officially open our new facilities. The event will be sponsored by Hanlon Concrete and we are very grateful for their kind sponsorship. Astro-Turf Pitch: This 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 available from our many Promoters and from the Shops and Post Office in Robertstown. Monday’s Jackpot €5,100. Robertstown Club Draw in association with Club Kildare: Tickets at €100 each or €25 for 4 months available from Peter Hogarty 085-7858673. One draw each month for 4 months with 1st Prize, each month Renault Clio or €12,000 with 16 prizes each month. First Draw on May 25th. Bonus Ball: This is run in Mullaney's and for a stake of € 2 you could win € 48. Last week’s winner Katie Donohue. Membership Fees are now overdue and can be paid to any Committee Member. Healthy Club Initiative: Robertstown have applied and been successful in being one of the G.A.A. Clubs in Co. Kildare to be chosen to participate in the Healthy Club Initiative. Our new facilities were a huge addition to our application. This however is only the beginning and we will be running a number of events and programmes over the coming months with aim of improving the physical, emotional and social wellbeing of our members.

Well done to the senior team who beat Ballymore at the weekend on a score line of 5-12 to 0-10. They take on Nurney in Nurney this Saturday 7th April at 6.00pm.The Reserve team will play in Division 3 Section B this year. Their first game takes place Monday 9th April in Sallins at 7:00pm.Underage training every Friday from 7pm in Ballyteague. New members are welcome to join. Keep an eye on the Facebook page for updates. The U9s will play Ballymore at 7.00pm on Tuesday 10th April in Ballyteague. Walking track the lights will be switched on every day from 6:00pm until 9:00pm. Also the U9s team 2 will play Sarsfields in Ballyteague on 10th April at 7.00pm.

Good luck to our U12s taking part in the second round of trials for the U12 County Teams this Sunday in Ballykelly. Our U14 teams kick off their championship this Thursday 12th April 2018, Team 1 are in Division 2 and are away to TMH, and Team 2 are in Group 7A with a home match against Ballyna. Our U16 ladies are due to play THM on Saturday 14th April. Our Senior Ladies are home to Carbury on Tuesday 10th April, 2018, Our ladies would appreciate your support in this week’s fixtures. Please see facebook/twitter for updates of fixtures etc.

After a pitch inspection Tuesday our pitch was closed to all training and matches until further notice. Most fixtures both home and away all fell foul to the weather. Senior ladies, Junior B, U16 girls all postponed due to pitches flooded. Monday April 9th our Junior Bs are away to Kildangan at 6.45. Ref: Michael O’Connell Tues10th our Minor lads are away to Naas @ 7pm. Ref: Peter Horan. Hard luck to our Minor lads who were beaten by Athgarvan recently with a score of Athgarvan 4-09 Milltown 1-06 .Our Minor match due to take place on Sunday was CALLED OFF. Killard unable to field team.History was made on Sunday in the club with this great bunch of players. Our U14 girls won the Féile C Final against Confey. Milltown 3-2 Confey 1-3. They beat Castlemitchell and Sarsfields in the playoffs and got a bye in the semifinals Milltown 2-6, Castlemitchell 0-3, Milltown 1-6, Sarsfields 0-2 they played with great confidence and patience and scored 3 goals in the second half against the wind. A special word of praise to their very young goalkeeper Betty Dunne who was unlucky not to have saved a penalty having got her fingertips to it. Great team work. A huge thank you to the Inn at Milltown for providing pizza and chips to all the players on their return
Congratulations to U14 boys Féile who had a convincing win over Carbury Easter Sunday. Congratulations to all the players and mentors Milltown 2:11 (17) Carbury 2:2 (8)
Congratulations to all our U 12 girls who attended Kildare U12 trials. You all did very well. Hope you learned loads and looking forward to you using your new skills back in our club. Congratulations to the following girls that have made it through to the 2nd round trials for Kildare County U12 team:
Michelle Curran , Katelyn Brophy Casey and Niamh Murphy
The best of luck in the next round girls which will be held in Ballykelly on Sunday the 8th of April.
Lotto tickets can be purchased from Liz O’Shea, John Murphy, and Dave’s Shop and on a Saturday morning in the clubhouse. Thank you to all who support the lotto.