Allen Parish Newsletter 17th February 2019

Allen Parish Newsletter

Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time

17th February, 2019

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.

Towards Peace is a service offering spiritual support to those who have experienced abuse perpetrated by Church personnel, individually or institutionally. The vision of Towards Peace is to provide a safe supportive space for people and their families, whose spiritual life has been damaged by abuse. It is also a response to the continually growing understanding of the spiritual impact of the trauma of abuse. Towards Peace provides spiritual support through one-to-one spiritual direction sessions, with a qualified spiritual companion.
If you have been abused and would like a space to reflect on the impact of the trauma of abuse on your own relationship with God and spirituality, Towards Peace is here for you. Tel: 01 5053028. Mobile: 086 7710533
Up to twelve sessions are available and there is no fee.

Happy the man who has placed his trust in the Lord.

Weekday Masses 18th – 22nd February
Monday 18th February
Allenwood – 9.30am

Tuesday 19th February
Milltown – 9.30am

Wednesday 20th February
Robertstown – 10.30am

Thursday 21st February
Allen – 9.30am

Friday 22nd February
Allenwood – 9.30am

Allenwood: Saturday 6.30pm
Vincent Mahony (6th Anniv.), Killeigh
Margaret Boland, Derrymullen
Teresa & Patrick Carney, Allenwood Sth & also Peter Coyne
Lay Reader: Monica Anderson
Eucharistic Minister: Mary Brennan

Milltown: Sunday 9.30am
John Byrne, Milltown (First Anniversary)
Patrick Byrne, Milltown
Betty Tiernan, Newtown, Rathbride (30th Ann)
Mary Slattery, Barronstown & her parents Thomas & Brigid Smyth, Newpark
James Reddy & Liam Tiernan, Milltown
Lay Reader: Veronica Murphy
Eucharistic Minister: Bridie Dunney

Allen: Sunday 10.30am
Luke McCormack (3rd Anniversary)
Mary Dobinson, Grangehiggin
Joseph Ivers, Rathernan
Lay Reader: Evelyn Dowling
Eucharistic Ministers: Ann Downey & Liz Jacob

Allenwood: Sunday 11.30am
People of the Parish
Lay Reader: Christina Ryan
Eucharistic Minister: Joy Fetherston

Next Sunday’s Readings
1 Sm 26:2, 7-9, 12-13, 22-23. Ps 102:1-4, 8, 10, 12-13, R/v 8. 1 Cor 15:45-49. Lk 6:27-38. Lect I: 856.
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.
Healing Mass takes place on Monday next, 18th February at 8pm. All welcome.

The Sacrament of Baptism is celebrated every two weeks.
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
Allenwood Sunday 28th April at 12.15pm
Milltown Saturday 11th May at 12.30pm
Allenwood Sunday 9th June at 12.15pm
Milltown Saturday 22nd June at 12 noon
Allenwood Sunday 21st July at 12.15pm
Milltown Saturday 3rd August at 12 noon
Please contact the Parish Office at 045-450501 at least two weeks in advance.

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.

Months Mind Mass for Fr John Cummins will take place on Saturday 2nd March in The Church of the Holy Rosary, Abbeyleix at 7.30pm.

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

FOUND – set of keys found outside Allen School on Friday 8th February. Contact the school at 045 860043.
11th February, 2019

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THREE Match 3 Winners
€84 each
Martina Jacob, Allenwood South
Joyce Fagan c/o D. Keating
Sheila McNamee, Robertstown

KILMEAGUE TIDY TOWNS EGM on Wednesday 20th February at 8pm in Eleson House lounge. Re: new committee to be elected and other issues to be discussed. All new members welcome. Please attend.

Gourmet Cookery Evening at the Ivy Cookery School, on Friday 22nd March 2019 at 7pm in support of Scoil Bhríde, Milltown
You will be welcomed with cocktails upon arrival, followed by an expert cookery demonstration and then invited to enjoy a three-course meal which will be prepared before your eyes! Guests are welcome to bring their own drinks.
This event is very kindly hosted and sponsored by Niamh Swail from The Ivy Cookery School ( and proceeds will go towards educational initiatives for Scoil Bhride, Milltown.
A strictly limited number of tickets, priced at €50 each, will be available for sale in the school on Monday 18th Feb from 7.30pm to 8.30pm, with remaining tickets available from Caroline from Tuesday 19th Feb. Please call Mary at 086 6017020 or Caroline at 045 433230 with any queries.


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NO Match 3 Winners
3 x €50 prizes
Eamon Sheridan, Lullymore
Brigid Harris c/o James
Ciaran Brady c/o Joe
Next week’s Jackpot €5,800
COME JOIN US on Sunday February 17th at 3pm in Milltown Cemetery to remember those who died during the famine.
Also, the unveiling of a plaque to the memory of two local lads who lost their lives during the war.
Mario Corrigan and James Durney will speak on the war and the famine and Fr. Willie Byrne will bless the plaques.

11th May 2019
The walk this year will also be taking place in Ballyteague GAA club around the new floodlit walking track. The walk will happen in conjunction with the Walking 5 a side football competition that was run so successfully last year by our local golf societies – Travellers Rest GS and Eleson House GS, with the support of Ballyteague GAA and which raised of €7,600 for Pieta House. Registration will be available shortly on Pieta House website “venue Ballyteague”. Registration will also be available on the morning at the club. More details later.

CHILDMINDER REQUIRED for three afternoons per week (Tues, Wed & Thurs). Collection from school and mind children in their home. Please call Angela if interested. Mobile 086-0213436

Rathangan Local History Group - 'The Great Escaper. Flight Lt. Mike Casey and the Rathangan connection.' - a talk by James Durney, historian with Kildare Arts and Library Service, on Wednesday Feb 20th at 8pm in the Old Schoolhouse Rathangan.
The Great Escape is an iconic film which presents a fictionalised account of a true event – the escape and subsequent manhunt for 76 POWs who escaped from Stalag Luft 3 in 1944. Looking behind the filmed account of events, James will tell the story of Mike Casey a man with Rathangan connections.

SOCIAL DANCING in aid of Almas & Sr. Muriels Home for the Poor takes place at Newbridge Town Football Club every Thursday night. Music this Thursday by “Moynihan Brothers” Adm €10. Time 9.30pm – 11.45pm.

Europcar Keogh Cup Group C Ballyteague 3-9 Milltown 0-4. Well done to Conor and Paraic Hanley, Tommy Callan, Fionn Murphy, Jason Casey and Ryan Webb who all made their senior debut. Hard luck to the u13s who were beaten by a strong Athgarvan team on Monday night.
Europcar Keogh Cup Group C Sat 16th Feb Ballyteague V Clogherinkoe at 2pm in Ballyteague. Mass in the clubhouse Friday 22nd of February at 8pm. All members welcome.
Membership fees: 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 3rd March. 5k and 10k options available. The race is chip timed and online registration is now live at 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. Walking Track lights will be switched on every day from 7am until 8am and then again from 5pm until 9pm. 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!

Dowling Cup Round 1 . Rathcoffey 0-8 Robertstown 1-13. Round 2: At Home to Cappagh this Saturday at 2 p.m. Please support. Round 3. At Home to Caragh on Saturday week, Feb. 23rd. Under 13 Football: Newtown Gaels 4-6 Allenwood 4-4. Minor Football League Div. 3 Newtown Gaels vs Naas in Robertstown this Sunday at 12 noon. Couch to 5 k 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 €4,100. Bonus Ball is run in Mullaney's and for a stake of €2 you could win €48. Canalside Fitness Gym and Fully Lit Walking Track in always open to new members. Contact Peter Hogarty 085/7858673.

Football: Well done to our Intermediates on securing their first win of the season beating Suncroft at the weekend. Final score read Allenwood 3-16 Suncroft 1-08. Underage: Our Registration night took place Friday night last with a large turnout looking forward to seeing all back on the training front first week in March.
Kildare scór takes place in Allenwood GAA hall Sunday February 24th if you are interested in taking part contact Sean Malone. National Club Draw: Thank you to all who supported the National club draw hopefully we will have some luck draw takes place first week in March. 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. 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. Bonus ball €2 with a chance to win €50.

A huge thank you to everyone who came together to make our Milltown Muckers event such a huge success last weekend. Major thanks go to David Kelly and his well organised team, to over 250 people who took part and to the hundreds of supporters who came along on the day. We raised an amazing €19,000 which goes to our new pitch development. Congratulations to all those who received awards at our Dinner Dance and Awards night. A great night was had by all. Thank you to everyone who donated spot prizes and to Bank of Ireland who sponsored the event. Our U14 lads drew against Nass during the week with at score of 1-10 to 1-10. Our Minor lads are at home today Sunday to Suncroft at 12 noon. The Kildare Minor ladies are playing Offaly in the 1st round of the league in Castlemitchell today at 2pm. Best of luck to Lauren Murtagh who is representing our club on the team. Membership is now due and must be paid in full or players are not insured. Family €80. Adult €50. Player €70. Students €30. LGFA membership Adult player 18 and over €80 Player Age 14-18 €40. Anyone who wishes to use the Gym must be a member of the club.