Allen Parish Newsletter 24th November 2019

Allen Parish Newsletter

Our Lord Jesus Christ,

Universal King

24th November, 2019

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

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

Parish Office (045) 450501


Weekly Envelope Boxes
New Weekly Envelope Boxes for the year 2019/2020 are now available for delivery. The usual distributors are asked to kindly collect them from the Sacristy and hand them out.
We wish to thank all parishioners who contribute to the weekly envelope collection for your generous support over the past year. This income is vital for the upkeep of the Parish.
Would you be willing to make a donation that won’t cost you a cent?
As a Parish we can claim tax back on contributions and collection monies received from PAYE or self-employed individuals. As an example of the tax relief available to us, for every tax paying parishioner that contributes €250 per annum to the collection, we can reclaim circa €112 from the Revenue. For a €500 annual collection contribution the tax relief is circa €224.
Many thanks to the Parishioners who have already signed up to this tax relief scheme by filling out the form CH3. Repayments under this scheme bring in approximately €10,000 per year to Allen Parish. If you have not already filled out a form CH3 and would like to do so, please contact the Parish Office.
Pope John Paul II Awards
Congratulations to Aidan Forde (Gold), Maria Price (Gold), Ciara Harris (Gold), Chloe Downey (Papal Cross) and Róisín Somers (Papal Cross) who were presented with John Paul II Awards by Bishop Denis on Friday night.

Responsorial Psalm
I rejoiced when I heard them say ‘Let us go to God’s house.’

Weekday Masses 25th – 29th NOVEMBER
Monday 25th November
Allenwood – 9.30am

Tuesday 26th November
Milltown – Tom & Anne Conlan, Rathangan and all deceased members of the Conlan family. Stephen & Agatha Herbert and all deceased members of the Herbert family.

Wednesday 27th November
Robertstown – 10.30am

Thursday 28th November
Allen – 9.30am

Friday 29th November
Allenwood - 9.30am

Allenwood: Saturday 6.30pm
Jimmy Goulding, Ballyteague (Months Mind)
Mike Joe O’Connell, Oaklawns, Kilmague
William McNamee, Robertstown
Lily Quinn, Littletown (50th Anniv.) & her grandson Michael McCoy
Lay Reader: Monica Anderson
Eucharistic Minister: Pat Ivers

Milltown: Sunday 9.30am
Edward Slattery, Barronstown & the Slattery family, Milltown
Elizabeth Curran, Milltown
Lay Reader: Catherine Downey
Eucharistic Minister: Bridie Dunney

Allen: Sunday 10.30am
Edward Conway, Feighcullen
Josie Ewing, Oaklawns, Kilmeague & deceased members of the Behan and Ewing families
Ivan Smyth (17th Anniv.) & Mark Smyth (6th Anniv.), Pluckerstown
Seamus Gallagher, Lowtown Manor & formerly Canal Bank, Robertsotwn & Thomas (Bertie) Conroy
Esther Raleigh (Anniv.)
Lay Reader: Catherine Murphy
Eucharist Minister:

Allenwood: Sunday 11.30am
People of the Parish
Lay Reader: Kevin McCormack
Eucharistic Minister: Ann Donoghue

Eucharistic Adoration
In Milltown Church on Tuesday mornings 10am - 10.30am and Thursdays 2.30pm - 3.30pm (Please note change of time).
In Allen Church on Tuesday mornings 10am – 11am, Wednesday mornings 10am - 11am and Friday evenings 7pm - 8pm.
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 next Monday night, 18th November at 8pm. All are very welcome.

Milltown Saturday 7th December at 12 noon
Allen Saturday 21st December at 12 noon
Allenwood Sunday 5th January at 12.15pm
Milltown Saturday 18th January at 12 noon
Allen Saturday 1st February at 12 noon
Allenwood Sunday 16th February at 12.15pm
Milltown Saturday 29th February at 12 noon
Please contact the Parish Office at 045-450501 at least two weeks in advance.

Parish Office
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.*

Christmas Mass Bouquets now available

Open Tuesday to Friday 10am -2pm

18th November, 2019

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NINE Match 3 Winners
€28 each
Patrick Heffernan, c/o John Murphy
Seamus Brennan, Ballyteague
Tommy McKenna, Allenwood
F. Reidy, c/o F. Reidy
Brooke Moore, c/o B. Moore
Johnnie O Callaghan, Allenwood
Sean Hutchinson, Robertstown West
Saoirse O Sullivan, Robertstown
Alan Fanning, c/o P. Farrell

Christmas Fayre
Na Fianna Men's Shed is hosting a Christmas Fayre in Allenwood GFC Centre on Sunday December 15th (2pm - 5pm). We are inviting Community Groups or other interested parties to come along and display their products. It will provide a very suitable opportunity for promotion/sales of produce.
Please contact: Allen Area CEP at 045 870268 or email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Next Year's Pilgrimage to the HOLY LAND - A wonderful pilgrimage to the birth place of Jesus in Bethlehem, to his home in Nazareth, his public ministry in Galilee and finally to the place of Calvary and the Resurrection in Jerusalem. Fr. Brian is the Director to this spiritual journey. Dates: 24th November - 4th December, 2020 (11 Days). Cost: €1850. Single Room Supplement Extra. Maximum Group of 30 People. Please Contact Fr. Brian on 087 6162675 or Parish Office at (045) 450501 to guarantee your place.

A Word of Thanks
The family of the late Jimmy Goulding, Ballyteague wish to express their sincere gratitude to all neighbours and friends who sympathised with them and helped in any way with our sad loss. Mass will be offered for your intentions.
Allen Parish Senior Citizens Annual Christmas Party will be held in Dowlings, Prosperous on 8th December at 1pm sharp.
For more information contact:
May Gilligan 085 7236695
Seamus Coyne 087 2650674
Purr Maher 045 860854
Anne Downey 087 2138360
New people welcome. More details to follow.

Christmas in Robertstown
Join us on Sunday 1st December at 5.30pm at the Dead Wall. Santy will be arriving on his new tractor at 6pm to his grotto in Welds pub. Unveiling of our new crib and new street lighting. All are welcome.
We would like to wish you all a very merry Christmas from Robertstown Tidy Towns.

SOCIAL DANCING in aid of Almas & Sr. Muriels Home for the Poor takes place at Newbridge Town Soccer Club every Thursday night. Dancing next Thursday night to Adrian Ryan. Adm €10. Time 9.30pm – 11.45pm.

Fundraising Concert in aid of Scoil Bhríde, Milltown Parents Association on Thursday 19th December in Milltown Church at 8pm. Under the musical direction of Niall Mulpeter and featuring X-Factor’s Mary Byrne. Tickets €20 on sale from Wed 27th Nov. at The Inn at Milltown.

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

Are you interested in joining a Womens Group?
Mná an Cheantair Womens Group meet in ACDAL, Allenwood every Wednesday morning at 11am. Refreshments provided. All welcome.


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ONE Match 3 Winner - €150
Liam Jones c/o Joe
Next week’s Jackpot €9,800

Christmas Raffle Tickets €20 each, confined to 200 tickets, are available from any Committee Member. Draw on Saturday, December 21st in Mullaney's Lounge. 1st Prize € 1,000.
Centenary History of the Club entitled 'The Town' is now available at a cost of €15 from any Committee Member and from the local shops. This would make a very acceptable Christmas present for family members and friends, especially those abroad. Astro-Turf Pitch is available to all Clubs and Groups and for Children's Birthday / Christmas 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 €2,300.
Canalside Fitness Gym and Fully Lit Walking Track are always open to new members Contact Peter Hogarty 085/7858673. Bonus Ball is run in Mullaney's and for a stake of €2 you could win €48.

Walking track lights are switched on every day from 7am until 8:30am and then again from 5pm until 9pm. 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 Murphy 087 6351279 or Gillian Loughlin 0872361663. 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. The National Club Draw tickets are on sale now. Tickets €10 each. Books of 5 available from any committee member. Both pitches are closed until Spring 2020.
Congratulations to senior player Kevin Murphy and his partner Christina on the birth of their baby Noah.

Congratulations to Our U21’s winners of U21 D Football Championship Final Final Score Milltown 1-12 Ellistown 0-13. Minor ladies were at home to Kilcock on Saturday in their Division 5 Championship semi final. U15 lads had two matches on Sun and Mon. They beat Castlemitchell Milltown 4:9 Castlemitchell 4:7 and were very unfortunate to lose, Milltown 3:8 FPG 6:7 but very tough playing 15 v 14 for half the match. U13 Boys won against Balyna. Milltown 3-14 Balyna 3-8 The club wish Dylan a speedy recovery. We have 2 AGMs coming up December 2nd LGFA AGM @ 8pm January 10th GAA AGM @ 8pm All are welcome. Milltown LGFA End of Year Party and Presentation Evening 2019. Our Senior team, U16s, U15s and U13s are County Champions in their divisions and our very own “Drive for Five” continues with our Minor girls through to a semi-final. Our very young players have attended blitzes and strongly contested their own non-competitive fixtures and we feel all this dedication, hard work and commitment should not go unacknowledged. We are having a presentation evening on Nov 24th from 5pm to 7pm to celebrate the achievements of all our players in 2019. We will have light refreshments and looking forward to a great evening and to seeing as many of you as possible. After a long wait we now are in a position to go ahead with our development. We have been notified that we will receive €85,930 in Lotto funding. A huge congratulations to everyone who worked so hard on this. To coincide with this we have launched our *FRIENDS*OF**MILLTOWN*. We have passed €35,000 raised on the back of your generosity. To those who may want to sign up, we will be doing a door to door visit throughout the village and surrounding areas during November. For any of you outside the catchment area please contact any Development Committee member or your child’s manager directly to sign up. Thank you to everyone who supports our Club.

Allenwood gfc

Date for Diary: Allenwood GFC AGM. takes place Friday January 3rd at 7.30pm. All nominations may be forwarded to Michelle Moran, Secretary. Scór Na nÓg takes place in Allenwood Sunday December 1st 3pm. If you are interested in taking part please contact Sean Malone. National club draw tickets on sale now. Lots of fabulous prizes to be won including An all-New Renault Clio, Travel voucher to the value of €2000, All Ireland Hurling and Football finals package and lots more. Tickets available from any committee member cost €10. Draw takes place 12th March 2020. Bingo every Wednesday at 8.30pm in Allenwood GAA Hall. Please note contact Emma Cunningham 086 2711239 for hall bookings. Texting list please contact Jemma McCabe on 087 6199720 to be added for club info, matchfixtures changes etc. Bonus Ball available from Jemma McCabe on 087 6199720. Clothing Collection continues at Allenwood GFC Mon-Fri 9.30am -12.30pm.


The very best of luck to the boys who play Allenwood Celtic in the Shield final on Sunday in Kildare Town AFC pitch at 11am. Please come out and give the support they deserve. Flags and bunting for sale in Mullaneys shop