Allen Parish Newsletter 23rd December 2018

Allen Parish Newsletter


Fourth Sunday of Advent

23rd December, 2018

Parish Office, Milltown Cross, Milltown, Newbridge, Co. Kildare.

Tue – Fri: 10am – 2pm

Tel: 045 450501

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The Parish Office is closed for Christmas Holidays and will reopen on Tuesday 8th January. Next Newsletter 13th January.



Fr. Willie Byrne P.P.

Parochial House, Allen, Kilmeague, Naas, Co. Kildare

Tel: 045 860135

Fr. Brian Kavanagh C.C.

Buíochas, 15 Lowtown Manor, Robertstown, Naas, Co. Kildare

Tel: 087 6162675



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We would like to acknowledge the considerable work done each year on behalf of Allen Parish by so many people who generously volunteer their time and skills in so many ways. All involved in Parish Ministries and Parish activities, Sacristans, Readers, Eucharistic Ministers, Altar Servers, Music and Choirs, Collectors, Counters, Stewards, Baptism Ministers, Lotto volunteers and all who support the lotto, Parish Shop, Parish Office, Church cleaners and flower arrangers and those who care for the Church grounds.
A special thanks to all who serve on the many Parish committees—Pastoral Council, Finance, Liturgy, Child Safeguarding, the Parish website team, members of school Boards of Management, those who work with youth, Pope John Paul II and Papal Awards, the Day Care and the St. Vincent de Paul, prayer, Eucharistic Adoration and spirituality groups, First Communion and confirmation parents groups and Cemetery committees.
The Parish would like to thank the many groups and clubs that enrich the life of the wider community, all the sporting clubs, residence associations, parents associations, support and recreation groups, youth groups, text alert groups, care of the elderly, scouts and guides, the Mens Shed and many more.
Welcome to all who have moved to our Parish during the past year.
This Christmas Day as we raise our glasses in celebration to welcome the birth of the Baby Jesus, le us remember individuals and families who are finding life difficult. Families who have suffered a loss or bereavement during the year and those who are elderly, alone or ill.
May the peace, blessings and joy of Christmas be with you all.
Fr. Willie Byrne PP
Fr. Brian Kavanagh CC

Wednesday 26h December

Thursday 27th December
Allen – 9.30am

Friday 28th December
Allenwood – 9.30am

Allenwood: Saturday 6.30pm
Princess Leah Taaffe (Anniversary)
Michael & Christina Dunne, Station Road, Allenwood
John, Mary & Richard Cross an Mary Wild (nee Cross)

Lay Reader: Wilfie Cronin
Eucharistic Minister: Wilfie Cronin
Milltown: Sunday 9.30am
Pat Tiernan, Milltown

Lay Reader: Catherine Downey
Eucharistic Minister: Clíodhna Malone
Allen: Sunday 10.30am
People of the Parish
Lay Reader: Catherine Murphy
Eucharistic Ministers: Catherine Murphy & Helen Doyle
Allenwood: Sunday 11.30am
Josie Carroll, Allenwood Middle (Anniversary)
Patrick, Kathleen & Paud Brereton, Allenwood South
Lay Reader: Noel Moore
Eucharistic Minister: Ann Donoghue

Monday 31st December
Allenwood – 9.30am

Tuesday 1st January
Milltown - 9.30am

Wednesday 2nd January
Allenwood – 9.30am

Thursday 3rd January
Allen - 9.30am

Friday 4th January
Allenwood – 9.30am
Allen—7.30pm (First Friday Mass)

Allenwood: Saturday 6.30pm
Tom Moore, Allenwood
Paddy & Mag Dunne, Grangeclare and Brigid Mulpeter (nee Dunne), Manchester & Grangeclare
Eileen & Marguerita McCabe, Rathernan
George Connolly, Grangeclare (Birthday Remembrance)

Lay Reader: Monica Anderson
Eucharistic Minister: Carmel Cooke
Milltown: Sunday 9.30am
Joe & Rose O’Hara, Punchesgrange
Denis & Rose Curran, Punchesgrange
Michael & Margaret Walshe and Paula Browne, Pollardstown

Lay Reader: Róisín Malone
Eucharistic Minister: Lisa Murphy
Allen: Sunday 10.30am
Ruth Reidy, Robertstown West (3rd Anniversary)
James & Mary Moran, Ballyteague
Michael Byrne (Months Mind), England and formerly Mylerstown and also his sister Pauline Byrne, Mylerstown & all deceased members of the Byrne family

Lay Reader: Anita Hendy
Eucharistic Ministers: Antoinette Barrett & Tom Walsh

Allenwood: Sunday 11.30am
Mary Maher, Allenwood North

Lay Reader: Noel Moore
Eucharistic Minister: Margaret Price

The greeting of Elizabeth to Mary “Blessed are you among women and blessed is the fruit of your womb” is a joyful welcome of the child to come. Bringing new life into the world through pregnancy and birth is one of the most awesome human experiences. How have you experienced this for yourself or in someone close to you?
The image of the pregnant Mary going a distance to visit her cousin is a symbol of willingness to look beyond one’s own needs to the needs of others. When have you witnessed that kind of generosity in others, or have been able to act in this way yourself?

Monday 7th January
Allenwood – 9.30am

Tuesday 8th January
Milltown - 9.30am

Wednesday 9th January
Robertstown – 10.30am

Thursday 10th January
Allen - 9.30am

Friday 11th January
Allenwood – 9.30am

Allenwood: Saturday 6.30pm
William Aungier, Allenwood Middle
Lay Reader: Fiona McManamon
Eucharistic Minister: Mattie Dobbins
Milltown: Sunday 9.30am
Alice Dowling, Hawkfield
Elizabeth (Betty) O’Hara, Milltown
Lay Reader: Noel Dunne
Eucharistic Minister: Kevin Forde
Allen: Sunday 10.30am
Caroline Lynch Mulligan (Anniversary)
Lay Reader: Evelyn Dowling
Eucharistic Ministers: Helen Doyle and Evelyn Dowling
Allenwood: Sunday 11.30am
Brigid Jacob, Allenwood South

Lay Reader: Christina Ryan
Eucharistic Minister: Joy Fetherston

May thanks to all the schools in the parish who donated food for our Annual SVdeP Christmas Appeal.
Thanks to the business and individuals who gave food hampers, monetary donations and toys. Thanks to the people who donated anonymously. Thanks to the One Voice Choir for their continuous support. Thanks to Larry & Ann Marie Malone, Allenwood, and to Milltown Tidy Towns Committee who hosted St. Vincent de Paul coffee mornings. Thank you to the John Paul II group who helped pack our food and toy hampers.
Many thanks to everyone who donates weekly to SVdeP at the Church food bank and to all who support our Day Care Centre by purchasing Lotto tickets weekly.
Very many thanks to all who donated so generously at our recent Church door collection
Wishing everyone a happy and holy Christmas and a prosperous New Year.
Christmas can be a difficult time and we are always here to help. You can contact Allen area St. Vincent de Paul on our confidential helpline number at 085 2095220.

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.

“Those whom we love and lose are no longer where they were before, they are now wherever we are. (St. John Chrysostom)
Please pray for:
Paddy & Kathleen Ryan, Feighcullen.
Laurence Dunne Snr, Kathleen Dunne, Patrick Joseph Dunne and Laurence Dunne Jnr, Station Road, Allenwood.
Bridget Heavey, Russellstown and all deceased members of the Heavey and Logan families.
May they rest in peace.

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

The Committee would like to thank everyone who bought and sold tickets to make our draw a success. Tank you to everyone who donated prizes. Thank you to th ecoyne family who provided transport on the day and to Dowlings, Prosperous for a great party. We would also like to thank everyone who came and made the day a great success. A great day was had by all. Happy Christmas and a Peaceful New Year.
Christmas Draw Results:
Hampers: Mattimoe family, Grangehiggin; Lisa Hardy c/o Star Barbers; Mark O’Connor, Hawkfield. Ham: Eoin Dowling, Ballyteague. Brandy: Tom Durkan, Allenwood. Cake: Ballyteague Card Players. Turkey: Jack Coyne, Allenwood North. Whiskey: Declan O’Sullivan, Allenwood. Roast: Mary Fulton c/o H. Farrell. Biscuits: Sarah Casey, Prosperous. Chocolate: Tommy McCormack, Coill Dubh. Bergins Chemist Hamper: Ballyteague Card Players. Whiskey: Kay Coyne, Allenwood. Sweets: Suzie Ashe. Biscuits: John Guilfoyle. Whiskey: Adam Connolly, Grangeclare. Biscuits: Maureen Keena c/o H. Farrell. Wine: Aidan Hannifey, Coill Dubh. Biscuits: May Gilligan. Dinner x 2: Ballyteague Card Players.
Very many thanks to all.

AGM takes place on Monday 14th January at 8.30pm in the Hall. The present committee are stepping down on that night and a new company secretary and committee must be elected on the night to ensure the Hall remains open going forward.

Parish Lotto Promoters Christmas Draw : The following won €25 each : Pamela Butler , Tommy Mullaney , Mickey Ennis , Sean Hutchinson , Sharon Musgrave .
Annual Night at the Dogs on Saturday last was a great success and many thanks to our Race Sponsors , Raffle Ticket Sellers and Purchasers and all who helped in any way to make the Night the success it was .
The Club wishes all its Members , Sponsors and Supporters a Very Happy Christmas and a Prosperous and Good Sporting New Year .

Our A.G.M is fixed for Friday January 4th at 7.30pm in the clubhouse hope to see as many members as possible in attendance. To our members young and old we wish you all a very safe Happy and Healthy Christmas.
Couch to 5km
Allenwood Couch to 5k will resume in the New Year.
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.

17th December, 2018
2 3 16 22
FIVE Match 3 Winners—€50 each
Kristine Maher c/o Carmel
John Finn, Feighcullen
Mary Byrne, Hawkfield
Pa Casey, Allen
P & J Moran, Robertstown
Special Christmas Draw 5 x €75 each
Jason Raleigh, Mylerstown
J & P Guilfoyle
Pauline Maguire c/o Sham
Mick Casey c/o F. Reidy
Lily Moore c/o F. Reidy

Next Jackpot €2,900
Next Draw Monday January 7th 2019 at 9pm


2 8 10 29
18th December 2018
ONE Match 3 Winner—€150
Paul O’Neill c/o The Bar
Next week’s Jackpot € 5,200

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 6351279, Marie 086 2258002 or Gillian Loughlin 0872361663
The National Club Draw tickets are on sale now. Tickets €10 each. Books of 5 available from Gillian, Catherine and Marie.
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 vouchers available. Ideal Christmas gift. Contact Gillian or Christina 086 3785568.
All weather pitch available for bookings. Contact Marie Jacob 086 2258002.
Both pitches are closed until Spring 2019.
The next lotto draw will take place on Monday 7th Jan 2019.
The club would like to wish all members and their families a very Happy Christmas and a peaceful New Year.

Thanks a mill for all your help during the year and wishing you and all your family A very Happy Christmas and every good wish for the New Year Ahead
Milltown CLG would like to wish our members A very Happy Christmas and every good wish for the New Year Ahead. Thank you to everyone who helped make our year a very successful one, with our players, managements, coaches, parents, partners and families and all our backroom volunteers.
2019 promises to be a good year both on and off the pitch.
We launch our new pitch development on Saturday Feb 9th with our “Milltown Muckers” Fun Run. Thanks to all our team captains and our 20 teams who have already volunteered to take part.
Our Dinner Dance and awards night takes place on February 16th in Keadeen Hotel with music by After Dark. Tickets €40 from Róisín Malone a great Christmas gift idea.
Well done to our players who are training with the county teams at present.
Don’t forget anyone who decides to spring clean over the festive season all clothes, bags, shoes, belts, bags and bed linen can be recycled at our recycling bin at the club house.
Have a great Christmas one and all.

The club want to wish our players, mentors parent and guardians a very Happy and Peaceful Christmas and every good wish for 2019.

The Club would like to wish our players, committee, supporters and their families a very happy Christmas and a successful sporting year for 2019.