Allen Parish Newsletter 7th April 2019

Allen Parish Newsletter

Fifth Sunday of Lent

7th April, 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

CONGRATULATIONS to all of our Confirmation candidates who received the Sacrament of Confirmation over the past two weeks.A word of thanks to all involved; teachers, choirs, musicians, sacristans, servers, those who arranged the flowers and put up the bunting, cut the grass and all those who helped in any way

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

Weekday Masses 8th – 12th April
Monday 8th April
Allenwood – 9.30am

Tuesday 9th April
Milltown – 9.30am

Wednesday 10th April
Robertstown – 10.30am

Thursday 11th April
Allen – 9.30am
Allenwood – 7.30pm followed by Stations of the Cross.

Friday 12th April
Allenwood – 9.30am
Allen 7.00pm followed by Eucharistic Adoration and healing prayers.

Allenwood: Saturday 6.30pm
Nicholas, Margaret, Paul & Jim Brennan
Patsy Boland, Derrymullen (8th Anniv.)
Lay Reader: First Communion Programme
Eucharistic Minister: Margaret Ennis

Milltown: Sunday 9.30am
Jim Byrne, Milltown (Anniv.)
Lay Reader: First Communion Programme
Eucharistic Minister: Clíodhna Malone

Allen: Sunday 10.30am
Pat & Bridie Smullen, Allenwood
Owen & Annie Coogan and their grandson Fergus Hamill
Bridget Moran, Derrymullen
Mick & May Ivers, Kilmeague
Lay Reader: First Communion Programme
Eucharistic Ministers: Evelyn Dowling and Tom Walsh

Allenwood: Sunday 11.30am
Sheila Cronly, Allenwood (Months Mind)
Lay Reader: First Communion Programme
Eucharistic Minister: Christina Ryan

Next Sunday’s Readings
Palm Sunday of the Lord’s Passion
Is 50:4-7. Ps 21:8-9, 17-20, 23-24, R/v 2. Phil 2:6-11. Lk 22:14-23:56. Lect 1:346.

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 after 7pm Mass during Lent.
In Allenwood Church on Friday mornings after 9.30am Mass.

Every Friday during Lent there will be evening Mass in Allen Church at 7p.m. followed by Eucharistic Adoration and Healing Prayers.
Spending time with Jesus in the wilderness during Lent invites us to face our daily temptations and recognize where we need healing in our lives. After the celebration of the Mass, there will be adoration of Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament, with special prayers for healing - in body and mind, in heart and spirit, and in our relationships. There will also be an opportunity to be prayed with individually for personal healing. You are most welcome to invite family and friends.

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

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

We remember in our prayers

Dave Judge, Wales and formerly Pluckerstown, who died in Wales on 14th March.
May he rest in peace.

STATIONS OF THE CROSS every Friday during Lent at 3:05pm in Allen Church.

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

Training & Formation course for New & Existing Parish Readers. Thursday May 2nd,9th & 16th Aras Bhríde, Kildare 7.30pm-9pm.Contact the Parish Office for further information.

2nd April, 2019

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Eight Match 3 Winners €32 each
Maura Browne c/o P. Malone
Mary Byrne c/o Liz
Kitty Smullen, Allenwood P.O.
Breda Browne, Ballyteague
The Gang c/o S. Moran
Frank Wright, Derrymullen
Kevin Conway c/o P. Anderson
Con Cullen, Milltown

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

This is the 85th Anniversary and Ballyteague will be commemorating this event on 2nd June at the All Ireland Turf Footing Championships. The Committee are looking for memorabilia and photos of the 1934 event. Contact Brian Dempsey 087 2407071 or Frank Moran 086 2728644.

I warmly invite each of you to join me for our annual diocesan Chrism Mass on Monday, April 15 at 7:30pm in Carlow Cathedral.
Come early to get a seat and stay for a cuppa afterwards!

DONATIONS FOR FLOWERS FOR EASTER to the Sacristans in the three Churches would be very much appreciated at this time.

PILGRIMAGE TO LOUGH DERG - Fr. Brian will be going on pilgrimage to Lough Derg on 11th July to 13th and will remain on the Island working as a member of the Team from 14th to 20th. He would love if you joined him on Pilgrimage or anytime between the 11th and 20th of July. For further information contact Fr. Brian (087 6162675) or Parish Office on 045 450501.

PILGRIMAGE TO THE HOLY LAND - Fr. Brian hopes to lead a pilgrimage to the Holy Land (God Willing) in 2021. The two-year planning is to give people the opportunity to save for this 13 day journey. However, if there are twenty people interested in travelling at the end of April next year, the pilgrimage can be arranged immediately and another for April 2021. Normally, we stay in Bethlehem, the Old City of Jerusalem, Nazareth and/or Capernaum (two miles from where Jesus lived) on the shores of the Sea of Galilee. (Cost approx. €2,100). If interested please phone Fr. Brian (087 6162675) or Parish Office 045 450501 without delay.

“Commune-a-Tea” Cuppa and a Chat this Sunday morning April 7th in the Old School at 10.15 am.


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One Match 3 Winner - €150
Tom Burke c/o Joe
Next week’s Jackpot €6,500

Results: SFL Div. 2 Rd 2 Ballyteague 3-6 Castledermot 0-14. Well done to the U10 team who played their first game of the year on Tues last against St. Laurences. Fixtures: SFL Div. 2 Rd 3 Ballyteague home to Two Mile House Sat 6th April at 6pm. SFL Div. 2 Rd 4 Ballyteague away to St. Kevin’s Sat 13th April at 6pm. U9 Football League Group 2 Ballyteague away to Moorefield 2 on Tues 9th April at 7pm. U11 Football League Group 4 Ballyteague away to Athgravan on Thurs 11th April at 7pm.
Little Larks training every Friday night 7-8pm in field. New members always 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. Couch to 5k in Ballyteague on Mon, Wed and Fri nights 7.30pm. All welcome to attend. All Ireland Turf Footing & Country fair commemorates the First National Turf Footing Championships on Sunday 2nd June in Ballyteague GFC at 1pm. Music, dancing, entertainment as well as the All Ireland Turf Footing Championships. Check out the March issue of The Allen Eye for an article about the event. Walking track lights 7am to 8:30am and 5pm to 9pm. Contact Gillian or Christina 086 3785568. All weather pitch contact Marie Jacob 086 2258002. Brendan Downey Fitness Classes every Tuesday night from 7pm in Ballyteague Gym. Please support the parish lotto.

Senior Football League Div. 4 Round 2: Robertstown 4-11Grange 0-10. Round 3 Away to Ardclough this Saturday at 6 p.m. Minor Football League Div. 3 Semi-Final: Newtown Gaels at home to Ballymore this Sunday at 12 noon. Our Centenary Year Celebrations will commence on Tuesday April 16th with an Inter County Football Challenge Match Kildare vs Roscommon at 7.30 p.m. Our Football Programme for Girls called Gaelic4Girls continues on Friday at 7 p.m. Contact Catherine Mullaney. 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 available from our many Promoters and from the Shops and Post Office in Robertstown Bonus Ball is run in Mullaney's and for a stake of €2 you could win €48. Canalside Fitness Gym & fully lit Walking Track are always open to new members Contact Peter Hogarty 085 7858673.


Deepest sympathy to the Cronly family on the sad passing of Sheila Cronly. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a hanam. Easter raffle tickets are on sale at the moment €2 or 3for €5 prizes are as follows Hampers to the value of €300, €200, €100 by 3 plus many more prizes. Underage Training Fridays 7pm -8pm.. Membership overdue and prices are as follows: Adult 35 Couple 60 Family 70 Social 25 Texting list for the coming year: contact Jemma McCabe on 087-6199720 for club info, match fixture changes etc. 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.

Best of luck to our U14 Féile Girls in the B Semi Final today Sunday at 1.50pm in Hawkfield. Best of luck to Lara and Cliodhna and the Kildare Senior Ladies today Sunday in Sligo. Hard luck to our Senior men who lost out to Allenwood. Milltown 0:5 (5) Allenwood 2:15 (21). Congratulations to our Senior Ladies who won against Round Towers Milltown 3:12 (21) Round Towers 2:10 (16). Minor lads lost out to St. Kevins. Milltown 2:7 (13) St Kevin's 2:10 (16). U16 lads secured home advantage for the semifinal of the U16 league with their win. Milltown 4:13 (25) Moorefield 2:2 (8). Well done to our U8 and U10 hurlers and camógs on 2 fine displays against Athgarvan and Sarsfields. Best of luck to our Léiriú team representing our Club and County in the Scór Sinséar All Ireland Finals in Castlebar on Saturday 13th. The only other team representing Kildare are our Neighbours from Allenwood who are taking part in the Quiz. Best of luck to the 2 parish teams. Annual membership can be paid online on our website: Membership (via PayPal) and is now due for members to be able to play. Easter football camp for girls from 5-14 from 15-18 April incl. Contact Liz on 086 881 1112. Milltown Club Draw 4 monthly draws with a Renault car as 1st prize each month. Tickets €100 or €25 per month. Early Bird prize of €100. Contact Róisín Malone. Club Lotto: We will have tickets at all training sessions and we would ask people to support our lotto please. Tickets are €1.50.

Easter Raffle Saturday 13 April in Welds Pub at 10pm. Ist Prize- Large Easter Hamper, 2nd Prize- Easter Hamper, 3rd Prize- Easter Hamper. Many more prizes on the night. Tickets €2 or 3 For €5 & are available from all local shops.