Allen Parish Newsletter 7th September 2019

Allen Parish Newsletter




Twenty Third Sunday

in Ordinary Time

8th September, 2019

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

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

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

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POPE FRANCIS ON CARING FOR OUR COMMON HOME “We need to strengthen the conviction that we are one single human family.” “The Earth, our home, is beginning to look more and more like an immense pile of filth. In many parts of the planet, the elderly lament that once beautiful landscapes are now covered with rubbish.” “Never have we so hurt and mistreated our common home as we have in the last 200 years.” “We are not God. The Earth was here before us and was given to us.” “The idea of infinite or unlimited growth, which proves so attractive to economists, financiers and experts in technology ... is based on the lie that there is an infinite supply of the earth’s goods, and this leads to the planet being squeezed dry at every limit.” “Yet all is not lost. Human beings, while capable of the worst, are also capable of rising above themselves, choosing again what is good, and making a new start.”

Saturday 16th May 2020 Saturday 23rd May 2020
11am – Milltown 11am - Robertstown (Allenwood Church)
2pm – Allenwood 2pm – Allen

Bishop Denis will celebrate the Sacrament of Confirmation in Allen Parish in 2020. We will publish the date as soon as we receive it from Bishop’s House.

O Lord, you have been our refuge from one generation to the next.

Weekday Masses 9th – 13th SEPTEMBER
Monday 9th September
Allenwood – 9.30am
Tuesday 10th September
Milltown – 9.30am
Wednesday 11th September
Robertstown – 10.30am

Thursday 12th September
Allen – 9.30am

Friday 13th September
Allenwood – 9.30am

Allenwood: Saturday 6.30pm
Ulick Burke, Allenwood (Months Mind)
Bobby Kennedy
Joe Cronly, Allenwood (8th Anniv.) also remembering Joe & Lizzy’s 50th Wedding Anniversary
Timothy Wright, Allenwood North
John Aungier, Littletown
Mattie Smyth, Kitty Smyth & Thomas Smyth0
Lay Reader: Fiona McManamon
Eucharistic Minister: Carmel Cooke

Milltown: Sunday 9.30am
Marie Cullen, Punchesgrange
Lay Reader: Mary Hamilton
Eucharistic Minister: Kevin Forde

Allen: Sunday 10.30am
Mary (May) Ivers, Rathernan (Months Mind)
Mary (Maunie) Maher, The Bungalow, Kilmeague
Joseph Wilson & his daughter Mary Connolly
Christy Connolly, Kilmeague (25th Anniv.) also his parents Joseph & Catherin Connolly, Carrick
Alice Swords, Kilmeague
Michael Brennan, Littletown
Lay Reader: Anita Hendy
Eucharist Minister: Evelyn Dowling and Helen Doyle

Allenwood: Sunday 11.30am
People of the Parish
Lay Reader: Christina Ryan
Eucharistic Minister: Margaret Price

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. Allenwood Church on Friday mornings after 9.30am Mass.

“Those who die in grace go but to God and God is very near”
We remember in our prayers
Kathleen Kavanagh, Ballyroan, Laois, whose funeral took place on Thursday.
Sean Murphy, Milltown, whose funeral took place on Saturday.
May they Rest in Peace

Milltown Saturday 14th September at 12 noon
Allen Saturday 28th September at 12 noon
Allenwood Sunday 13th October at 12.15pm
Milltown Saturday 26th October at 12 noon
Allen Saturday 9th November at 12noon
Allenwood Sunday 24th November 12.15pm
Milltown Saturday 7th December at 12 noon
Allen Saturday 21st December at 12 noon
Please contact the Parish Office at 045-450501 at least two weeks in advance.

FREE introductory evening for first timers to Circle Dance at Prosperous Parish Centre, Tuesday September 10th at 8pm.
No partner required. An ideal opportunity to experience mindfulness with simple, rhythmic steps to beautiful music. A warm welcome awaits all. Enquiries to Marie 086/8937096

Healing mass with Fr. Joseph Deane on Tuesday September 10th in Sts. Peter & Paul Church, Portlaoise at 7:30pm. Veneration of St. Pio's glove afterwards. Organised by Family & Life. All welcome!

2nd September, 2019

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FOUR Match 3 Winners
€84 each
Colm Ruffley Jnr c/o John Murphy
Danny Donoghue, Newbridge
Tony Hughes, Killina
Angela Donnery c/o Robertstown PO

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.

PLEASE SLOW DOWN and respect the safety of our road workers in Milltown and surrounding areas.

Some items available to buy from the Parish Office in Milltown.
*Mass Bouquets for all occasions, Mass Cards, Rosary Beads, Baptismal Candles, Devotional Candles, Holy water fonts.*
Open Tuesday to Friday
10am -2pm.

ALLEN PARENT AND TODDLER GROUP commencing on Tuesday 17th September 10am to 11.30am. Venue: Allen National School. Cost: €2 per family. Bring a small snack for kiddies. All ages welcome along with Parents/Carers. Further information on Facebook page Allen Parent and Toddler Group or 0877631055 Louise.

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Allen Parish Senior Citizens
Trip to Knock
Saturday 14th September
Bus leaving Allenwood Cross at 8.30am (Bus is full)
Contact: Seamus Coyne 087 2650674 or May Gilligan 085 7236695

Caretaker required for Allen Hall. 19.5 hours per week. Applicants must be aged 21 years or more and in receipt of a Jobseekers payment for a least 12 months. Please apply through your local DEASP office quoting Reference Number CES 2121497 or contact Allen Area Community Employment Project 045 870268

Care Assistant required for Allenwood Day Care Centre. 19.5 hours per week. Applicants must be aged 21 years or more and in receipt of a Jobseekers payment for a least 12 months. Please apply through your local DEASP office quoting Reference Number CES 2115531 or contact Allen Area Community Employment Project at 045 870268

Retrouvaille – A Lifeline for Married Couples: Do you want to improve the communication with your spouse? Do you feel lost, alone or bored in your marriage? Are you hurt, frustrated or angry with your spouse? The Retrouvaille programme can help marriages at all stages to improve communication & learn tools and skills for a happy marri age.
Next programme starts 4th – 6th October 2019. COMPLETELY CONFIDENTIAL Contact Tony & Anne (01) 495 3536, text or call 086 4135440, or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it


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TWO Match 3 Winners
Breda Gibney c/o Maura;
Rita Mullaney, Robertstown
Next week’s Jackpot €8,700

ALLEN KNITTING & CROCHET GROUP continues every Tuesday from 10am to 12 noon in Allen Hall.

Junior Football Championship: Robertstown 8-7 Ballykelly 0-3. We will meet Caragh in the Semi-Final. Date, Venue and Time to be confirmed. Congratulations and Best Wishes to Ray Kelly who will referee the All-Ireland Senior Camogie Final in Croke Park this Sunday. Robertstown Club Draw in association with Club Kildare. Sadly no winners again in the final Draw last Friday but the Club wishes to thank all who sold tickets and those who bought tickets and made it so successful for the club. 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 €5,300. 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 always open to new members. Contact Peter Hogarty 085/7858673

First team played Suncroft and came away with an impressive win final score read Allenwood 2-15 Suncroft 0-12. This has earned them a place in the quarter finals. Well done all. Underage Training continues Friday evening with our coaches. Allenwood club draw in association with Club Kildare: 1st prize Renault Clio or €12,000 cash. 2nd prize €3,000, 3rd prize €1,000 4th prize €1,000 5th prize €500 7th -16th €100. Please note for all bookings of the Hall or bar for the coming year contact Emma Cunningham 086 2711239. Texting list please contact Jemma McCabe on 087 6199720 to be added for club info, match fixtures changes etc. Bingo every Wednesday 8.30pm in Allenwood GAA Hall. Bonus Ball available from Jemma McCabe on 087 6199720. Clothing Collection continues at Allenwood GFC Mon-Fri 9.30am -12.30pm. Cuddly toys also accepted. Date for the diary: Allenwood proudly present Marty Mone supported by Eddie Kane Saturday September 28th. Tickets Family €50 single ticket €20. Tickets are available from any committee member and also on Eventbrite.

Fixtures: 2019 Pittman Traffic Intermediate Football Championship Pre-quarter finals. Ballyteague V St.Kevins on Saturday 7th sept at 3:30pm in Hawkfield. All support would be greatly appreciated. Keep an eye on Facebook and Twitter for upcoming fixtures. All weather pitch available for bookings. Contact Marie Jacob 086 2258002. Brendan Downey Fitness Classes every Tuesday night from 7pm in Ballyteague Gym. 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!

Our club and village were very saddened on Thursday to hear of the passing of Séan Murphy. 8 of Séan’s grandchildren have worn the red and green of Milltown. His daughter Liz looks after the Club lotto and his wife Veronica has always helped out at many of our functions providing refreshments. Our thoughts and prayers are with Veronica, Liz, Helen, Fiona, James and Majella, his sons in Laws, his daughter in law, his 9 grandsons and 4 granddaughters his brother Peter and sister Statia, his extended family and wide circle of friends. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam dílis.
Hard luck to our Senior Ladies who lost out to Kill in the LGFA Junior B Championship Final Milltown 2-10 Kill 3-10. They went on to beat Rheban to secure a home semi final in the League on Tuesday night with a score of Milltown 2-14 Rheban 5-04 A huge thank you to the Inn @Milltown for the wonderful food for our Senior Ladies after their Final. Our Senior men lost to Sallins Milltown 1-11 Sallins 2-10.
Our Minor lads lost to O’Tooles Milltown 2-05 O’Tooles 3-09. Our Mighty U6 Girls played their first ever match against Ellistown this week. It was an EPIC battle! Fantastic skills were shown by all these little girls in front of a large crowd of supporters. The future is very bright for both clubs. Our G4MO has a very busy week. Monday they are away to Kilcullen and they were at home on Friday to St Kevin’s.
A huge thank you to Jones Engineering for sponsorship of the New Jersey’s to our G4MO which were presented to them on Friday. Congratulations to our performers who represented Kildare for the Leinster 50th Anniversary Scór celebrations in Portlaoise last weekend. Mary Stewart, Tia Donovan, Róise Carroll and Anna O Connor. Need a new TV for Christmas. Here is a great opportunity to win a new 50” Ultra HD LED. Tickets are €10. Only 100 tickets available. Hurry and get your ticket fast from Cathy Downey, Anne Field and members of the LGFA committee. Best of luck and thank you for your support. Raffle takes place on September 18th at the Clubhouse.

BINGO in the Inn at Milltown every Wednesday at 9pm. Proceeds in aid of Childrens Hospital, Crumlin. All welcome.