Allen Parish Newsletter 10th February 2019

Allen Parish Newsletter

Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time

10th February, 2019

World Day of the Sick

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

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

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

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Kildare & Leighlin Diocesan
Pilgrimage to Lourdes 2019
Led by Bishop Denis Nulty

1st August 2019 – 5 nights
Cost: €759 p.p.s

Booking Forms available from the Parish Office.



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 this Sunday, 10th 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.

Our Lady of Lourdes, Pray for us.


CONFESSIONS every Saturday in Allen Church 11am to 11.30am.


Before the angels I will bless you, O Lord.

Weekday Masses 11th – 15th February
Monday 11th February
No morning Mass

Tuesday 12th February
Milltown – 9.30am

Wednesday 13th February
Robertstown – 10.30am

Thursday 14th February
Allen – 9.30am

Friday 15th February
Allenwood – 9.30am

Allenwood: Saturday 6.30pm
Bridget Kennedy (3rd Anniversary)
Mona Smullen, Lullymore
Glen Wright, Derrymullen
Patrick & Mary Moore, Allenwood North and their daughter Mary Byrne
Elizabeth Gorry & Christopher Coyne
Lay Reader: Wilfie Cronin
Eucharistic Minister: Ann Curran

Milltown: Sunday 9.30am
Charles & Elizabeth Curran, Rathbride
Lay Reader: Eddie Boland
Eucharistic Minister: Kevin Forde

Allen: Sunday 10.30am
Thomas & Ellen Farrell, Ballyteague
Jimmy Kelly (5th Anniv.) and his parents John & Mary Kelly
Lay Reader: Anita Hendy
Eucharistic Ministers: Anita Hendy and Tom Walsh

Allenwood: Sunday 11.30am
Eileen Smullen & her son Kevin Smullen, Allenwood South
Lay Reader: Noel Moore
Eucharistic Minister: Margaret Price

Next Sunday’s Readings
Jer 17:5-8. Ps 1-4, 6, R/ Ps 39:5. 1 Cor 15:12, 16-20. Lk 6:17, 20-26 . Lect I: 853.

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 16th February at 12 noon
Allen Saturday 2nd March at 12 noon
Allenwood Sunday 17th March at 12.15pm
Milltown Saturday 30th March at 12 noon
Allen Saturday 13th April at 12 noon
Please contact the Parish Office at 045-450501 at least two weeks in advance.

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

We remember in our prayers
Betty Kelly (nee Mullens) formerly of Pluckerstown, who died in Manchester recently.
James Coffey, Mountmellick, whose funeral took place on Monday.
Irene Kelly, Clane whose funeral took place on Thursday.
May they rest in peace.

“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:
Elizabeth & James Mulrennan and their son Padraig.
May they rest in peace.

4th February, 2019

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FOUR Match 3 Winners
€63 each
Ena Murphy c/o John
Ray Grace c/o Sham
Martina Jacob, Allenwood Sth
Eddie Conlon c/o Liz

In this workshop, Fr Brian Kavanagh, as well as sharing his own journey, will encourage us again to take Jesus at His word when he says "I have come so that they may have life and have it to the full" (John 10:10).
Fr. Brian will share the joy and happiness that love brings and share the stories of hope from his recent visit to Uganda and Ethiopia.
Hope you can join us in Resurrexit on Saturday 16th February from 11am to 4pm - kettle boiling from 10.30am for anyone who likes an early cup of tea.
Contributions welcome & appreciated - no need to book and please bring your lunch, cooking facilities available in Resurrexit. For further information contact Jerry 087 6825407.

NEWBRIDGE AND KILDARE SAMARITANS are recruiting new volunteers. If you are interested in volunteering with the Samaritans, please come along to one of our upcoming information nights for prospective volunteers. Date: Wednesday 20th and Thursday 21st February. Time: 7.30pm. Venue: 3 McElwain Terrace, Newbridge. For further information please phone 0860855785 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Enrolment Week in Coill Dubh NS takes place from Monday 11th February to Friday 15th February. Enrolment Forms are available on the school website at and also at the school office.

It is proposed to hold a training/refresher course for Parish Readers in Kildare Town shortly. If you would like to become a Parish Reader or if you are an existing reader who would like a refresher please contact the Parish Office at 045-450501.

Visiting the Shrine of the Divine Mercy
Including visits to Krakow, Lagiewniki the shrine of the Divine Mercy & Wadowice to see St. John-Paul’s house. 1 – 6 April 2019. 6 day escorted group Pilgrimage. Spiritual Director – Fr. Brian Kavanagh. Cost €959 per person sharing. Contact Carmel Kelly at 087 2533718.

ROSARY at the grotto in Geraldine Behan’s house on Friday 15th February at 7pm. All welcome.

The Environment – What can parishes do? How can we “green” our parishes?
Sr Catherine Brennan from Eco-Congregation Ireland will address a meeting at Prosperous Parish Centre on Saturday 23rd February at 10.30am. All are welcome to attend and bring a friend. Sr Catherine is a guest of the Prosperous Laudato Si Group

CHILDMINDER needed to care for school going child & toddler , 4 days a week 8 til 5.30. Must be able to drop to school and collect. Contact Jackie 0876121958.

CLANE TOASTMASTERS . Venue - Clane Project Centre (Beside Hughes's Pharmacy). Next Meeting 20th February at 8pm. New Members always welcome


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NO Match 3 Winners – 3 x €50 each
Seamus Wilson c/o D.C.C.
Elaine Balfe, Killina
Stephen & James c/o Joan
Next week’s Jackpot €5,700

Newsletter notices can be emailed to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or contact the Parish Office at 045-450501. Deadline is 12 noon on Thursday. We are unable to publish any notices received after the deadline.

Europcar Keogh Cup Group C Saturday 16th Feb Ballyteague V Clogherinkeo in Ballyteague at 2pm. U13 Div 3 Group 2 Mon 11th Feb Ballyteague v Athgarvan in Ballyteague at 7pm.
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. Bog of Allen Race on 3rd March. 5k and 10k options are available. The race is chip timed and online registration is now live at More information on the Facebook page. Date for the Diary - Sunday 2nd June All Ireland Turf Footing/ Vintage Day. More details later. 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. Contact Gillian or Christina 086 3785568. All weather pitch available for bookings. Contact Marie Jacob 086 2258002. Brendan Downey Fitness Classes every Tuesday night from 7.00pm in Ballyteague Gym. Couch to 5k starting in Ballyteague on Monday 4th March. Keep an eye on Facebook and Twitter for further information. Please support the parish lotto. Tickets available from Ballyteague lotto promoters. Tickets €1.50 each or €7.50 for a book. If you’re not in, you can’t win!
Mass in the clubhouse Friday 22nd of February at 8pm. All members welcome.

Dowling Cup Round 2: At home to Cappagh on Sat. next Feb. 9th at 2pm. Adult Football Training is in full swing and the turn out of players is most encouraging .Details from Aidan Dunne 086/2272779. Couch to 5k. Training every Tuesday and Thursday at 8 p.m. with Frank Dowling. 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 Promoters and from the Shops and Post Office in Robertstown . Monday's Jackpot €3,900. Bonus Ball is run in Mullaney's and for a stake of € 2 you could win €48. Canalside Fitness Gym is always open to new members Contact Peter Hogarty 085/7858673.

Football: The Keogh cup has started with the first game played v Suncroft at the weekend.
Scór: Kildare Scór takes place in Allenwood GAA hall February 24th if you are interested in taking part contact Seán Malone. National Club Draw tickets are on sale at a cost of €10 from Sean Malone or any committee member. All proceeds from this draw go to the club. There are fantastic prizes with first prize a Renault Clio 2nd A travel voucher valued €2000,3rd 4th and 5th prizes All Ireland Football and Hurling package 2019 inc.Hotel overnight stay and tickets for the game 6th and 7th Blue book vouchers value €750 and €500 8th €1000 shopping voucher retailer of your choice and lots more wonderful prizes Membership now due.
Ireland lights up walk continues every Thursday between the hours of 7pm and 9pm
on our walkway we welcome young and not so young to join us on the night and for the coming weeks ahead. This is in line with operation transformation. If you wish to be added to our texting list please contact Jemma McCabe on 087-6199720 for club info, match fixture changes etc. We would encourage all members to forward their number to avail of this texting service. 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 €2 with a chance to win €50.

A huge thank you to everyone to took part, helped out on the day or sponsored our Milltown Muckers event on Saturday. A big thank you to our sponsors and especially to Donovan Printing and the Inn at Milltown for the celebrations that followed after the showers of course! 2pm today Sunday in St. Conleths Park. Lara and Cliodhna and the Kildare Senior Ladies Are in action against Roscommon. Please come along and support them. Next Saturday Feb 16th is our Annual Awards Night and Dinner Dance which will be held in Hotel Keadeen. Presentations will be made to our Junior County Champions and to our 3 Minor ladies who were All Ireland Minor Winners this year. Tickets are €40 and can be purchased from Róisín Malone.
A huge Congratulations to Cian Buckley who was named on the Kildare U20’s panel for 2019. Its great to see more of young players togging our in the white jersey.
Membership is now due for 2019 and must be paid in full or players are not insured. Anyone who wishes to use the Gym must be a member of the club.