Allen Parish Newsletter 9th December 2018

Allen Parish Newsletter

Second Sunday of Advent

9th December, 2018

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

Fr. Brian Kavanagh C.C. .................................................. (087) 6162675

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

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You are invited to spend an hour with Fr. Brian Kavanagh as he shares and reflects on the theme of Happiness and Joy in our Lives. During these darkest days in the year, we need to confront the other aspect of darkness in our lives, the negativity within us and the negativity around us.
The journey of transformation from negativity to happiness and joy is part of Fr. Brian's personal story. You are welcome to join him on the following Fridays - Dec. 14th & 21st - in the Parish Church of the Holy Trinity, Allen from 8pm - 9pm as we explore this journey together through the Season of ADVENT leading to joy of CHRISTMAS.

Christmas Penitential Service
Wednesday 19th December in Allen Church at 8.30pm in Allenwood Church (7.30pm in Rathangan).

What marvels the Lord worked for us!
Indeed we were glad.

Weekday Masses 10th – 14th DECEMBER
Monday 10th December
Allenwood – 9.30am – Jim Reddy and deceased members of the Reddy family

Tuesday 11th December
Milltown – 9.30am

Wednesday 12th December
Robertstown – 10.30am

Thursday 13th December
Allen – 9.30am

Friday 14th December
Allenwood – 9.30am
Allenwood: Saturday 6.30pm
Michael Moore, Allenwood North
Catherine Sullivan, Ballyteague, Noel Leeson, Northampton UK & Angela Smith, Kildare
Rose & Dickie Goulding, Ballyteague and John & Margaret Goulding, Ballyteague
Thomas, James & Patrick Domican and Thomas Sales, The Hill, Robertstown
Lay Reader: First Communion Programme
Eucharistic Minister: Mary Brennan

Milltown: Sunday 9.30am
Christopher O’Shea, Thomas O’Shea and Anne Jacob
Lay Reader: First Communion Programme
Eucharistic Minister: Bridie Dunney

Allen: Sunday 10.30am
Lorraine Menton (First Anniversary)
Thomas McKenna, Kilteel
Jack & Christina Gorey, St. Brigid’s Terrace, Robertstown and their daughter Breda O’Neill (nee Gorey), Ballyhale, Kilkenny
Peter, Christina and John Behan, Carraig
Michael & Margaret Foxe and extended family
Lay Reader: First Communion Programme
Eucharistic Ministers: Liz Jacob and Tom Walsh

Allenwood: Sunday 11.30am
People of the Parish
Lay Reader: First Communion Programme
Eucharistic Minister: Patricia Durkan

Next Sunday’s Readings
Zeph 3:14-18. Ps Is 12:2-6, r/v 6. Phil 4:4-7. Lk 3:10-18. Lect I: 151.

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.

Adoration takes place every Monday (except Bank Holidays) 11am-3.30pm. All are very welcome.

The Sacrament of Baptism is celebrated every two weeks.
Milltown Saturday 8th December at 12 noon
Allen Saturday 22nd December at 12 noon
Milltown Saturday 5th January at 12 noon
Allen Saturday 19th January at 12 noon
Allenwood Sunday 3rd February at 12.15pm
Milltown Saturday 16th February at 12 noon
Please contact the Parish Office at 045-450501 at least two weeks in advance.

Christmas Party will take place this Sunday, 9th December at 1pm in Dowlings, Prosperous. Please contact Anne Downey 087 2138360, May Gilligan 860339, Seamus Coyne 087 265 0674, Purr Maher 860854.
New people welcome.

Bus times:
Allenwood: Seamus Coyne 087 2650674 at Allenwood 12 noon.
Kilmeague: PJ Coyne 087 2517114 at Kilmeague 12 noon.

DONATIONS FOR FLOWERS FOR CHRISTMAS to the Sacristans of Allen, Allenwood and Milltown Churches would be very much appreciated at this time.

3rd December 2018

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SIX Match 3 Winners – €42 each
Cully Children c/o C. Dobbins
Emma O’Callaghan, Allenwood
Annette Moore, Allenwood
Fr. Willie Byrne, Allen
Mark & Cori c/o Sham
Mary Ivers, Grangehiggin

Christmas Church door collection will take place next weekend, 15th/16th December.

We are always here to help. Persons who need support are invited to call the Allen Parish St. Vincent de Paul confidential help line 085-2095220. Each request will be treated in a sympathetic and confidential manner. Our resources are limited so we ensure help goes to those most in need.


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ONE Match 3 Winner - €150
Ollie Farrell c/o Bar
Next week’s Jackpot €5,000


'Do not let the downtrodden retreat in confusion, give the poor and needy cause to praise your name.' Psalms 74:21.
Millions of people have had to flee conflict in South Sudan and Yemen. In one area alone in northern Uganda 33,000 mainly women and children from South Sudan have taken refuge. They have witnessed and experienced the worst kind of violence and have arrived traumatised and broken. Trócaire’s Christmas Appeal will help these people and many others rebuild their lives. Visit to find out more.

Trócaire €4,200
Retired Priests €1,075
Mission Sunday €805
Peters Pence €648
World Meeting
of Families: €2,120
Very many thanks for your continued support and generosity.

Festive Fun at the Christmas Fair,
Scoil Bhríde, Milltown
Friday 14th December, 9am – 3pm.
Soak up the smells and sounds of Christmas with our festive café in the Old School, Milltown. Explore the seasonal treats, unique gifts and wonderful raffle prizes and share in our Christmas cheer. The Parents Association of Scoil Bhríde look forward to welcoming you to their annual Christmas Fair event on Friday the 14th December. Meet you there. Any queries to Claire 087 121 4140.

O Holy Night Fundraising Concert, Church of St. Brigid, Milltown
Thursday 13th December, 8pm.

A host of artists perform a selection of Christmas carols & music under the musical direction of Niall Mulpeter in aid of the Scoil Bhride Parents Association. Following the event, the Inn at Milltown have kindly sponsored a mulled wine reception for the enjoyment of all. Proceeds will go towards Maths and Science equipment for Scoil Bhride school. Limited number of tickets available from Caroline in the school office. Any queries to 045 433230.

Dr Regina Donlon, Lecturer in Irish History will speak on GERMAN AND IRISH IMMIGRANTS IN THE MIDWESTERN UNITED STATES, 1850-1900 in the Presidential Dining Room of Carlow College, St Patricks on Monday 10th December at 1.45pm. All are welcome.

Officers elected for the coming year: Chairman: Frank Moran, Vice Chairman: Brian Hyland, Secretary: Marie Jacob, Assistant Secretary/register: Gillian Loughlin, Treasurer: Catherine Murphy, PRO: Roisin Murphy, Irish Officer: Seamus Hanafin, Co. Board delegates: Brian Hyland/Denis Dennehy, Underage Chairman: Shay Walsh, Players rep: Cathal Hanafin, Executive committee: above officers along with Brian Dempsey and Eoin McGee. Best of luck to new executive for the coming year.
Membership fees are as follows: Senior player €80, Student player €40, Family €100, Walking track €50, Non-playing member €50, Couple €80, OAPs €25, Underage €20. Contact Catherine 087 6351219 or Marie 086 2258002 or Gillian Loughlin 0872361663.
Children’s Christmas Party will take place this year on Sunday, 9th December from 4.00pm sharp to 6.00pm approx. The cost is €5 per child and Santa Clause will arrive with a special gift for all the girls and boys! Looking forwarding to seeing you all there.
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. Contact Christina 086 3785568.
All weather pitch available for bookings. Contact Marie Jacob 086 2258002.

Couch to 5km: Allenwood Couch to 5k continues on Monday and Wednesday nights 7.15pm.
Bookings: Please note for all bookings of the Hall or bar this year contact Emma Cunningham 087-7379773.
Bingo every Wednesday 8.30pm in Allenwood GAA hall. €1800 in prize money.
Bonus ball: Get your bonus ball from Jemma McCabe at a cost of €2.00 with a chance to win €50.00.
Clothing collection: Thank you to all who donated to our clothes collection at the weekend our clothing collection continues you can drop off your unwanted clothing at Allenwood GFC Monday to Friday between 9.30am and 12.30pm.

AGM will be held on Wed next, December 12th in the clubrooms at 8.30pm. All current and intending members are invited to attend.
Annual night at the dogs on Sat. next, December 15th in Newbridge. More details from Anthony Moran 087 975054and make sure you buy your tickets from the club.
Christmas Raffle: tickets €20 each available from Anthony Moran or any committee member. 1st prize €1,000. Draw, confined to 200 tickets, will be held at the dogs.
Astro turf pitch is available to all clubs and groups and for children’s birthday parties. For bookings contact Tara Moran 085 7317697.
Parish Lotto tickets €1.50 each available from our many promotors and from the shops and post office in Robertstown. Monday’s jackpot €2,500
Bonus ball is run in Mullaneys and for a stake of €2 you could win €48.

What a year it has been for our club. We would like to thank all our players, their families, all our mentors and supporters and all the people who work behind the scenes with the teams. This year we were successful in reaching 15 finals which is a fantastic achievement.
Congratulations to our U15 lads who beat Aylmer Gaels in the U15 shield semi final last Sunday Milltown 0:16 Aylmer Gaels 2:6 They met Ballymore in the final yesterday.
Congratulations to Our Scór na nÓg Quiz and Solo Singing who were successful in the Kildare Finals. The Quiz team ate through to the All Ireland Final in Castlebar on February 16th 2019. Our Solo Singer is through to the Leinster Semi Finals. Well done to all our members who took part.
Our Annual Dinner Dance and Awards night will take place in Hotel Keadeen on Saturday February 16th at 7.30 sharp. Music by After Dark. Tickets €40 available from Róisín Malone.
February 9th we will launch our new development and expansion of our playing pitches. We will have a Fun Run with plenty of activity taking place in the new field. Plenty of fun and Muck for our 20 teams taking part. Keep that date free.
Children’s Christmas party for all our U12’s is on Sat 16th Dec. Starting at 2pm. All welcome.

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