Allen Parish Newsletter 2nd September 2018

Allen Parish Newsletter

Twenty-Second Sunday in Ordinary Time

2nd September, 2018

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

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

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

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A very special thanks to Frank Moran who was very accommodating in transporting us to and from the RDS on Diocesan Day. A very special thanks to PJ Coyne and his son Patrick of Coynes Concorde who were very accommodating in transporting us to and from the Phoenix Park for the Papal Mass.
A very special thanks to my wife Meiread Ashe,our Parish Priest, Fr.Willie Byrne, and his World Meeting of Families Parish Team of himself, Fr. Eddie Kavanagh, Patricia Creighton, Pat Ivers and Mark McDermott, our Parish Secretary Margaret Cramer and the Parish Office team, our Sacristans, Faith Development Services Carlow, World Meeting of Families Office, Dublin, Jenny Daly of Prosperous Parish Office and Marguerita of Newbridge Parish Office.
We especially like to thank our Community who contributed and prayed to make us successfully participate as a Parish in this great occasion.
Ronan Ashe


God of love and wisdom,
Help me to be curious about the world around me;
Help me to be prepared for the challenges I face each day.
Help me to be open to difficult tasks. Help me to be determined to complete my work. Help me to be responsible in all I do. Help me to be accepting of people’s differences. Help me to be kind in my thoughts and words. Help me to be aware of my talents. Help me to be myself – to be the best that I can be.

The just will live in the presence of the Lord.

Weekday Masses 3rd – 7th September
Monday 3rd September
Allenwood – 9.30am

Tuesday 4th September
Milltown – 9.30am – Michael McCarthy (Months Mind)

Wednesday 5th September
Robertstown – 10.30am

Thursday 6th September
Allen – 9.30am

Friday 7th September
Allenwood – 9.30am
Allen – 7.30pm


Allenwood: Saturday 6.30pm
Margaret (Peg) Burchall (Months Mind)
Conor Boland, Derrymullen
Joe Cronly, Allenwood (7th Anniv.)
Ann (Chris) Ennis, Robertstown
Edward & Julia Dunne, Grangeclare and their daughter Bridget Mulpeter
Michelle Ryan, Allenwood
Timothy Wright, Allenwood North
Lay Reader: Fiona McManamon
Eucharistic Minister: Wilfie Cronin

Milltown: Sunday 9.30am
People of the Parish
Lay Reader: Catherine Downey
Eucharistic Minister: Bridie Dunney

Allen: Sunday 10.30am
Michael Brennan, Littletown
Christopher Dunney, Dunbyrne
Lay Reader: Mary Melia
Eucharistic Ministers: Anita Hendy & Pat Dunne

Allenwood: Sunday 11.30am
Jack Jacob, Allenwood South
Michael Bagnall, Allenwood North
Eddie & Jenny Swords, Derrymullen
Jim Brennan, Ticknevin & formerly Derrymullen

Lay Reader: Sean Malone
Eucharistic Minister: Julia Farrell
Friday 7th September is the FIRST FRIDAY of the month and housebound parishioners will be attended.

Next Sunday’s Readings
Is 35:4-7. Ps 145:7-10, ?R/v 1. Jas 2:1-5. Mk 7:31-37. Lect 1:796.

Adoration is on a break for the Summer months and will resume in September.

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.
In Allenwood Church on Friday mornings after 9.30am Mass.

The Sacrament of Baptism is celebrated every two weeks.
Milltown Saturday 15th September at 12 noon
Allen Saturday 29th September at 12 noon
Allenwood Sunday 14th October at 12.15pm
Milltown Saturday 27th October at 12 noon
Allen Saturday 10th November at 12 noon
Allenwood Sunday 25th November at12.15pm
Milltown Saturday 8th December at 12 noon
Allen Saturday 22nd December at 12 noon
Please contact the Parish Office at 045-450501 at least two weeks in advance.

22nd September for 5 night s.
Hotel Agena Pont-Viewx -- €744 p.p.
Single room supplement €155
Contact Mary Lee at Newbridge Travel Ph: 045 449522.

Sunday 9th September. Michael and Anne Forde will attend with Fr. Moore’s hat from 12 – 6pm.

ALLEN KNITTING & CROCHET GROUP every Tuesday from 10am to 12pm in Allen Hall.
27th August, 2018

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FIVE Match 3 Winners
€50 each
May Ivers c/o Liz O’Shea
Maurice Musgrave, Kilmeague
JJ Logan, Coolree c/o Mullaneys
P. Dunne c/o D. Keating
Cian, Ciara & Aoife Buckely c/o M. Walsh

CPR and AED defibrillator course on Thursday 6th and Friday 7th September at 6.30pm with a qualified instructor in the Old School.
Anyone in the Milltown area interested in attending, contact any of the following asap: Patrick Reddy 087 2276673, Eamon Slattery 087 2507090, Jack Dunne 087 2321143.

LEARN TO JIVE, QUICKSTEP, FOXTROT AND LOTS MORE. Allen Community Hall starting Wednesday 12th September for four weeks. 8pm to 9.30pm. €10 per week. Contact Emma at 086 2011244.

SOCIAL DANCING in aid of Almas & Sr. Muriels Home for the Poor will take every Thursday night at Newbridge Town Football Club, Station Road, Newbridge. Music next week by Johnny Mullen. Adm €8. Time 9.30pm sharp.

RESURREXIT. Copies of the Resurrexit Autumn Programme are available in the three Churches. Please take one.


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TWO Match 3 Winners - €75 each
David Coyne c/o James Harris
Bernie Sullivan c/o Mahons
Next week’s Jackpot €3,600

The Sacrament of First Communion will be celebrated as follows:
Allenwood School – 11th May 2019 at 11am
Robertstown School - 18th May 2019 at 11am in Allenwood Church.
Allen School – 25th May 2019 at 11am
Milltown School – 25th May 2019 at 2pm.

Reflections on a wonderful World Meeting of Families from Bishop Denis:
There was the concern around tickets, would we have enough tickets? There was the concern around walking, would it be too far? There was the concern around transport, where was the car park or bus park located? ... and yet it all worked out with such prefect precision in the end.
Every aspect of the World Meeting of Families Pastoral Congress and the Papal Visit was thoroughly enjoyable. I’m already meeting people who watched the Festival of Families in Croke Park and are now saying “I only wish I had been there”.
Those of us who were privileged to be there at some elements of the Congress or some aspects of Pope Francis’ visit were at something we will never forget in our lifetime. 1.2million people tuned into RTE’s coverage of the Papal Mass from the Phoenix Park on Sunday last.
It will take time for us all to unpack the message of the Papal Visit. Pope Francis’ very moving apology to victims of all abuse during Sunday’s Penitential Rite was a profound moment. As was the candour and sincere address of An Taoiseach at Dublin Castle not to mention the very moving visit of Pope Francis to the Capuchin Day Centre on Church Street affirming Br. Kevin and the work of his many volunteers.
I simply want to sincerely thank the many people across Kildare & Leighlin who in any way contributed to the success of these past memorable days. I think especially of our priests, our parish secretaries, our youth volunteers, our team at Bishop’s House and Faith Development Services, our choir members, our WMOF volunteers and our pilgrims who travelled from every corner of the diocese to the World Meeting of Families and Papal events.
Every blessing & thanks, + Denis

Junior Football Championship Round 3: Robertstown vs. Cappagh .Due to a bereavement this game was postponed and will be played next week. Date, Venue and Time to be confirmed
Minor C Football: Newtown Gaels 2 - 18 Ballymore 3 - 15. Newtown Gaels 2 - 17 Fr. Prendergasts 2 - 9
Under 13 Football Div. 2: Newtown Gaels 3 - 18 Carbury 1 - 2. Newtown Gaels 17 - 14 Kill 1 – 5.
Canalside Fitness Gym: The next gym Induction Course will be held on Wednesday, September 5th at 8p.m. Remember you cannot join the Gym unless you have completed one of these courses.
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 each available from our many Promoters and from the Shops and Post Office in Robertstown Monday's Jackpot € 2,100.
Bonus Ball: This is run in Mullaney's and for a stake of €2 you could win €48.
Used Clothes Collection: This will run for one more week so please get your bags to the Clubrooms any evening after 6 p.m.

Congratulations and well done to the following teams who all were successful this week.
Our senior men Milltown 2-16 Caragh 0-06
Our Senior Ladies Milltown 2:18 (24)
Ballymore 1:8 (11). Semi Final September 11th in Milltown
Our U13 lads in Division 1 Championship.
Milltown 5-7 Sarsfield 4-7.
Our U16 lads Milltown 3:10 (19) KLW 1:13 (16). A fantastic display of football.
Our Minor lads Milltown 5:12 (27) Ellistown 0:7 (7).
Congratulations to all who took part in the underage blitz in Milltown.Many thanks to Sarsfield and Celbridge for traveling over. Many thanks to our u6s parents who provided great hospitality during the girls blitz.
Our U10’s were away to Athgarvan on Saturday morning.
Well done to our U10 girls who took part in an U10 Leinster Blitz on Saturday in Portlaoise.
Wishing all our members starting primary and secondary school and heading to college for the first time this week and next week the very best as you head off on your new adventures.
Lotto. The club had yet another match 3 last week in the lotto. Don’t forget tickets are only 1.50 and are available at the pitch on Wednesday evenings and Saturday mornings and also from Liz O’Shea, John Murphy and Dave’s Shop. Thank you to everyone who supports the lotto.

Hard Luck to the boys who were very unlucky to lose 3-2 to Sallins.
In the Liffey Celtic Tournament Cup final the boys lost 5-2 to Galhoy.
Home on Sunday to Newbridge Town in the League Shield quarter final at 11am. All support greatly appreciated.

Milltown Relay for Life Team are looking for anyone who can commit to at least 1 hour of walking between 1pm Sat 15th Sept. to 1pm Sun. 16th Sept. at the Kildare Relay for Life at Punchestown Racecourse. We need to fill the full 24 slots. All help appreciated. Contact Caitriona at 087 2645899.

Volunteer drivers urgently needed! The IRISH CANCER SOCIETY operates a free Volunteer Driver Service for referred patients attending the following hospitals for chemotherapy treatment to the Mater Hospital; Tallaght Hospital & St. James’s Hospital. Volunteer drivers pick a patient up at the door of their home, drop them at the hospital door and, when finished treatment, bring them home again. All volunteer expenses are paid. We are looking for drivers with free weekday availability, who have a car available to them and can commit to driving a minimum of two (week)days a month. For an application form please call Laura on 01 2310 594 or visit the Irish Cancer Society website

Newbridge and Kildare SAMARITANS are recruiting new volunteers. If you live in County Kildare or surrounding counties and are interested in volunteering with the Samaritans, please come along to one of our upcoming information nights for prospective volunteers. Date: Tuesday 4th and Wednesday 5th September. Time: 7.30pm. Venue: 3 McElwain Terrace, Newbridge, Co. Kildare. For further information please phone 0860855785 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it