Allen Parish Newsletter 8th December 2019

Allen Parish Newsletter

Second Sunday of Advent

8th December, 2019

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

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

Parish Office (045) 450501

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Feast of the Immaculate Conception
As the Feast of the Immaculate Conception, 8th December, falls on the second Sunday of Advent, the Holyday is not celebrated this year.


The Advent Wreath
The season of Advent is a season of waiting on the coming of Jesus Christ, it is represented by a wreath with four candles representing Hope, Peace, Joy and Love. ‘Advent’ means ‘coming’.
The growing light of the Advent Wreath is a symbol of Christ who shatters the darkness of sin and death. Each week as the light grows stronger, we grow stronger too in our reverence for and commitment to Christ.
Purple candles are used in the Advent wreath to remind us of the season’s joyful penitence. A rose coloured candle marks the third Sunday, reminding us that the promise of salvation draws near and that the great feast of Christmas is just around the corner.
Each candle is first lit on the appropriate Sunday of Advent, and then the candles may be lit each day as a part of the individual or family’s daily prayers.

Responsorial Psalm
In his days justice shall flourish and peace till the moon falls.’

Weekday Masses 9th – 13th DECEMBER
Monday 9th December
Allenwood – 9.30am

Tuesday 10th December
Milltown – 9.30am

Wednesday 11th December
Robertstown – 10.30am

Thursday 12th December
Allen – 9.30am

Friday 13th December
Allenwood - 9.30am
Allen – 8.10pm to 9pm - ADVENT AND THE HOLY SPIRIT. A night of reflection with Fr. Brian for Confirmation candidates, their parents and parishioners. All welcome.

Allenwood: Saturday 6.30pm
James (Jimmy) Leeson, Mylerstown (18th Anniv)
Brigid Dunne, Allenwood Middle
Catherine O’Sullivan & Noel Leeson
Lay Reader: First Communion Programme
Eucharistic Minister: Wilfie Cronin

Milltown: Sunday 9.30am
Christopher O’Shea, Thomas O’Shea & Ann Jacob
Lay Reader: First Communion Programme
Eucharistic Minister: Clíodhna Malone

Allen: Sunday 10.30am
Tom McKenna, Kilteel
John & Theresa Gilligan and their daughter Betty, Andy & Anne Dunne, their Son Sean & their daughter Josie
Patrick Domican Snr & Patrick Domican Jnr & Kathleen Dempsey, Kilmeague
Lay Reader: First Communion Programme
Eucharist Minister: Anita Hendy & Pat Dunne

Allenwood: Sunday 11.30am
People of the Parish
Lay Reader: First Communion Programme
Eucharistic Minister: Joy Fetherston

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.

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
** Christmas stock now available**

Tuesday to Friday
10am -2pm

Advent Programme of Waiting and Preparing for Christmas
Friday 13th December. Advent and the Holy Spirit. A night of reflection with Fr. Brian for Confirmation candidates, parents and parishioners in Allen Church from 8.10pm to 9pm. All welcome.
Friday 20th December Advent and The Family - a night of reflection in preparation for Christmas with Fr. Brian 8.10pm to 9pm. All welcome.

St. Vincent de Paul
Church Door collection will take place on the weekend of 14th/15th December.

Our confidential number for St. Vincent de Paul in the Allen area is 085 2095220.

2nd December, 2019

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TEN Match 3 Winners - €25 each
Kathy Moran, Ballyteague
Kay Swords, Kilmeague
P. Connolly, c/o J. Ivers
Joan Whelan, Newbridge
Geraldine Cullen, Donore
B. Field, Milltown
Phyllis Sullivan, Mylerstown
Ann O Dwyer, c/o Sham
Geraldine O Brien, c/o Kathy
Orla Kavanagh, Robertstown

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 Moynihan Brothers. Adm €10. Time 9.30pm – 11.45pm.

14th Annual Christmas With Friends will take place this year on Christmas Day, in Open Arms Church, Industrial Estate Newbridge.  This is an adult social day for those who live alone or couples looking for a Christmas with a difference or we can deliver dinner to your home. For more info or to book a place please call Anne Crowe at 086 8042724

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.

Bus times:
Allenwood Spar – 12 noon
Kilmeague – 12.15pm
Robertstown – 12.30pm
Contact PJ Coyne at 087 2517164 or any of the above.
Next Committee Meeting on Thursday 5th December at 8pm in the old school, Milltown.

Milltown Foroige in collaboration with Milltown Tidy Towns would like to invite everyone to the turning on of the Christmas lights on Sunday 8th December at 6pm at the church. This is a very special occasion involving the blessing of the crib and the turning on of the lights including an amazing new Christmas scene projected on to the Church. Foroige members will entertain you with Christmas Carols, followed by refreshments in the school and a raffle in aid of St Vincent de Paul.

A.G.M. The Annual General Meeting will be held on Thursday next, December 12th in the Club Rooms at 8 p.m. All current and prospective members are invited to attend. Christmas Raffle: Tickets €20 each (confined to 200 tickets) are available from any Committee Member and from the local shops . Draw on Saturday, December 21st in Mullaney's Lounge.
Centenary History of the Club entitled 'The Town' is now available from any Committee Member and the local shops  at a cost of €15 This would make a very welcome  present for family and friends especially those away from home. 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 €2,700.Our 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.

For those interested in using our walking track, the lights will be switched on every day from 7am until 8am 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. Both pitches are closed until Spring 2020. All weather pitch available for bookings. Contact Marie Jacob 086 2258002. Brendan Downey Fitness Classes every Tuesday night from 7.00pm 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! The National Club Draw tickets are on sale now. Tickets €10 each. Books of 5 available from any committee member. Hard luck to our U13s who lost out to Confey in the division 6 final.

A.G.M. takes place Friday January 3rd at 7.30pm. All nominations may be forwarded to Michelle Moran, Secretary. Scór Na nÓg took place in Allenwood last weekend we wish the participants all the best going forward representing their clubs. 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, Two tickets for a concert in Croke Park in 2020 and lots more. Tickets available from any committee member cost €10, draw takes place 12th March 2020. Please note for all bookings of the Hall or bar contact Emma Cunningham on 086 2711239. Texting list: contact Jemma McCabe on 087-6199720 to be added to the list for club info, match fixture changes etc. Bingo every Wednesday 8.30pm in Allenwood GAA hall. Cost €5.00 per book, €8.00 per double book €2.00 each for Jackpot and flyer sheet. €1800 in prize money. Bonus ball available from Jemma McCabe at a cost of €2 with a chance to win €50 every Wednesday at bingo or contact Jemma on 087-6199720. Clothing collection continues at Allenwood GFC Monday to Friday between 9.30am and 12.30pm. Please note we accept cuddly toys also. Sympathies to Carole Fenton and her family on the sad passing of her father Paddy Moran R.I.P. last week.

CHILDMINDER Available in the Milltown Area. School runs, afterschool care and holidays. Please call 0876331588.

Creative Rathangan - Meitheal are hosting Hidden and Erased - Writing Women Out of History on Saturday December 14th in Rathangan Community Library. Speakers include Dr Mary McAuliffe UCD, Artist Geraldine O'Reilly and Activist/Researcher Kate Flood. This is a free event but booking is essential ph. 045 528078 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it


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FOUR Match 3 Winners - €40 each
James Molloy c/o Joe
Mary Finn c/o Maura
Paudie Dunne c/o Bar
Imelda Farrell c/o Spar
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