Allen Parish Newsletter 22nd December 2019

Allen Parish Newsletter

Fourth Sunday of Advent

22nd December, 2019

Parish Office, Milltown Cross, Milltown, Newbridge, Co. Kildare.

Tue – Fri: 10am – 2pm

Tel: 045 450501

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The Parish Office is closed for Christmas Holidays and will reopen on Thursday 2nd January. Next Newsletter 5th January.


Fr. Willie Byrne P.P.

Parochial House, Allen, Kilmeague, Naas, Co. Kildare

Tel: 045 860135

Fr. Brian Kavanagh C.C.

Buíochas, 15 Lowtown Manor, Robertstown, Naas, Co. Kildare

Tel: 087 6162675


Diocesan Website:



We would like to acknowledge the considerable work done each year on behalf of Allen Parish by so many people. All involved in Parish Ministries and Parish activities, Sacristans, Readers, Eucharistic Ministers, Altar Servers, Music and Choirs, Collectors, Counters, Stewards, Baptism Ministers, Lotto volunteers and all who support the lotto, Parish Shop, Parish Office, Church cleaners and flower arrangers and those who care for the Church grounds.

A special thanks to all who serve on the many Parish committees—Pastoral Council, Finance, Liturgy, Child Safeguarding, the Parish website team, members of school Boards of Management, those who work with youth, Pope John Paul II and Papal Awards, the Day Care and the St. Vincent de Paul, prayer, Eucharistic Adoration and spirituality groups, First Communion and confirmation parents groups and Cemetery committees.

The Parish would like to thank the many groups and clubs that enrich the life of the wider community, all the sporting clubs, residence associations, parents associations, support and recreation groups, youth groups, text alert groups, care of the elderly, scouts and guides, the Mens Shed and many more.

Welcome to all who have moved to our Parish during the past year.

This Christmas Day as we raise our glasses in celebration to welcome the birth of the Baby Jesus, let us remember individuals and families who are finding life difficult. Families who have suffered a loss or bereavement during the year and those who are elderly, alone or ill.

May the peace, blessings and joy of Christmas be with you all.

Fr. Willie Byrne PP

Fr. Brian Kavanagh CC

Robertstown GFC
At the recent AGM the following were returned to run the Club for the coming year.
Patrons: Fr, Willie Byrne , Fr. Eddie Moore and Fr. Tommy O'Reilly.
Presidents: Maurice Musgrave and Patrick Moran.
Chairman: Declan Percival. Vice-Chairman: Shane Keely.
Secretary: Lar Cooke. Asst. Secretary: Anthony Moran.
Treasurer: Tara Moran.
PROs: Miriam Percival, Maurice Musgrave, Áine Ward, Ciaran Burns.
Childrens Officer: Niall Kane.
Co. Board Delegate: Lar Cooke.
Senior Team Manager: Aidan Dunne.
Committee: Declan Percival, Lar. Cooke, Tara Moran, Shane Keely, Anthony Moran, Niall Kane, Petria Dobbins, Peter Hogarty, Danno Keely, Jim Hogarty.
Parish Lotto: The following were the winners in the Robertstown Promoters Draw: Sham Moran, Frank Dowling, Sean Hutchinson, Pat McCabe, Pamela Butler Each received €50. The Club wishes to thank all who continue to support the Parish Lotto each week. The next draw will be on January 6th.
Wishing all our Players, Sponsors and Supporters a Very happy Christmas and All the Best for 2020.
Monday 23rd December
Allen—1pm Wedding Mass.
Thursday 26h December

Friday 27th December
Allenwood – 9.30am
Milltown — 1.30pm Wedding Mass.

Allenwood: Saturday 6.30pm
Princess Leah Taaffe (6th Anniversary)
Josie Carroll, Allenwood (3rd Anniversary)
Michael & Christina Dunne, Allenwood
John, and Mary Cross & Richard Cross and Mary Wild (nee Cross)
Francis & Elizabeth Dowling, Killeigh and James Dowling

Lay Reader: Christina Ryan
Eucharistic Minister: Ann Curran

Milltown: Sunday 9.30am
Denis Curran, Rathbride

Lay Reader: Betty O’Shea
Eucharistic Minister: Bridie Dunney

Allen: Sunday 10.30am
Alice Casey Anderson and Sean Casey
John Joe Bowers also Michael Gorman
Lay Reader: Mark McDermott
Eucharistic Ministers: Helen Doyle and Ann O’Gorman

Allenwood: Sunday 11.30am
Josie Carroll, Allenwood Middle (Anniversary)
Patrick, Kathleen & Paud Brereton, Allenwood South
Joseph and Catherine (Kitty) Moore, Derrymullen
Lay Reader: Christina Ryan
Eucharistic Minister: Patricia Durkan

Allenwood GFC
Merry Christmas: We would like to wish all a very Happy, Healthy Christmas from All in Allenwood gfc . Best wishes for the New Year. Christmas Draw: The following were the winners in the Christmas draw 1st €300 hamper Geraldine Hogan, 2nd €200 hamper Lola Corley, 3rd €100 hamper Joe Murray 4th €100 hamper Martina O’Neill,5th €100 hamper Patrick McCormack, 6th Aoife Carey, 7th Sharon Nolan.8th Breda Corrigan. 9th Eoghan Fitzgibbon, 10th Stephen Carey, 11th Barbara Aungier, 12th Sheila Ennis, 13th Francis and Jemma McCabe. WE would like to thank all who supported the draw congratulations to all the winners. Date for Diary: Allenwood GFC A.G.M. takes place Friday January 3rd at 7.30pm. All nominations may be forwarded to Michelle Moran. This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Underage: Well done to all involved in the underage fundraiser in the form of a static cycle . A huge thank you to all who supported it. National club draw: 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. Bookings: Please note for all bookings of the Hall or bar contact Emma Cunningham on 086 2711239. Bingo: every Wednesday 8.30pm in Allenwood GAA hall. €1800 in prize money. Bonus ball from Jemma McCabe at a cost of €2 with a chance to win €50 every Wednesday at bingo or alternatively contact Jemma on 087-6199720. Clothing collection: Our clothing collection continues you can drop off your unwanted clothing at Allenwood gfc Monday to Friday between 9.30am and 12.30pm. Please note we accept cuddly toys also.

Responsorial Psalm (22 December)
Let the Lord enter! He is the King of glory.


Monday 30th December
Allenwood – 9.30am

Tuesday 31st December
Milltown - 9.30am

Wednesday 1st January
Allen – 9.30am - Julia Ward, Martin Ward and Charlie Ward

Thursday 2nd January
Allen - 9.30am

Friday 3rd January
Allenwood – 9.30am

Allenwood: Saturday 6.30pm
Tom Moore, Allenwood
Lay Reader: Wilfie Cronin
Eucharistic Minister: Mary Brennan

Milltown: Sunday 9.30am
Alice Dowling, Hawkfield
Margare & Michael Walsh and Paula Browne, Pollardstown
Joe and Rose O’Hara and Denis and Rose Curran, Punchesgrange
Lay Reader: Liz O’Shea
Eucharistic Minister: Christy Herbert

Allen: Sunday 10.30am
Ruth Reidy (Anniversary)
James & Mary Moran, Ballyteague

Lay Reader: Anita Hendy
Eucharistic Ministers: Evelyn Dowling and Tom Walsh

Allenwood: Sunday 11.30am
Paddy & Mag Dunne, Grangeclare and Bridget Mulpeter (nee Dnne), Grangeclare and Manchester
Mary Maher, Allenwood North

Lay Reader: Kevin McCormack
Eucharistic Minister: Julia Farrell

Responsorial Psalm (29 December)
O blessed are those who fear the Lord and walk in his ways!

Ballyteague GFC
The club would like to extend our warmest welcome to our new Senior manager for 2020, Paul Doyle. We wish Paul, his management team and all the lads the very best of luck for the coming season. The club would like to thank everyone who participated and organised the ABC Santa Run on Sunday 15th Dec. A great morning was had by all. A special thank you our special guest Santa who made an appearance and got to see all the boys and girls. A great fundraising event run with Allen N.S. For those interested in using our walking track, the lights will be switched on every day from 7:00 am until 8:30 am and then again from 5:00pm until 9:00pm. Membership fees are as follows:player €80,player €40,€100,track €50,-playing member €50,€80,€25, Underage €20. Contact Catherine Murphy0876351279Gillian Loughlin. Both pitches are closed until Spring 2020. All weather pitch available for bookings. Contact Marie Jacob2258002. Brendan Downey Fitness Classes every Tuesday night from 7.00pm in Ballyteague Gym. Please support the parish lotto. The next draw will be held on Mon 06/01/20. Tickets available from Ballyteague lotto promoters.€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. The club would like to wish all members, family and friends a very Merry Christmas and peace, happiness and health for the coming year.

Eucharistic Adoration
In Milltown Church on Tuesday mornings 10am - 10.30am and Thursdays 2.30pm - 3.30pm (No Adroation on 26th December).
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.

The Sacrament of Baptism is celebrated every two weeks.
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
Please contact the Parish Office at 045-450501 at least two weeks in advance.

We Remember in our Prayers
“Those whom we love and lose are no longer where they were before, they are now wherever we are. (St.Chrysostom)
Please pray for:
Rosaleen Herbert and all deceased members of the Herbert and Mulrennan families.
Bridget Heavey, Russellstown and all deceased members of the Heavey, Logan and Thorpe families.
Bill Carroll, Mary Kate & Joe Martin, Pat Martin, Josie Carroll.
Joe Cross, Allenwood.
Laurence Dunne Snr & Kathleen Dunne also Laurence Dunne Jnr and Patrick Dunne, Station Road, Allenwood.
Brendan Carroll and Bridget Carroll, Allenwood.
May they rest in peace.

St. Vincent de Paul — Thank You
The Allen Conference of SVP would like to thankall the schools in the parish who donated food for our Annual SVP Christmas Appeal.Thanks to the businesses and individuals who gave food hampers, monetary donations and toys. Thanks to the people who donated anonymously. Thanks to Milltown Tidy Towns, Ali"s Montessori Kilmeague and also Milltown Foróge for their SVP fundraiser appeals.Many thanks to everyone who donated food and toiletries weekly to our SVPChurch food bank. Thanks to the Allenwood scouts for their support.Thanks to all who support our Day Care Centre by purchasing Lotto tickets weekly. Very many thanks to all who donated so generously at our recent Church door Christmas collection which amounted to €2460.Wishing everyone a happy and holy Christmas and a prosperous New Year.
Christmas can be a difficult time and we are always here to help. You can contact Allen area St. Vincent de Paul on our confidential helpline number at 085.
Christmas Masses

Christmas Eve
Allenwood 6.30pm
Allen 7.30pm

Christmas Day
Milltown 9.30am
Allen 10.30am
Allenwood 11.30am


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18th December 2019
NO Match 3 Winner—3 x €50 prizes
Tom Leigh c/o Maura
Amanda Brennan, Allenwood South
Aaron Gorman c/o Paddy O’Rourke
Next Jackpot € 10,200

The next draw takes place on 7th January
Weekday Masses 30th Dec — 3rd January
Adoration takes place every Monday (except Bank Holidays) 11am-3.30pm. All are very welcome.
16th December, 2019

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ELEVEN Match 3 Winner—€25 each
Jenifer Brereton, Newtown, Donore
Anne Bell, Robertstown
Ann Kenna, c/o M. Gilligan
Liam Percival, c/o Sham
Anne, Maurice & Connie, c/o Leap Inn
Lorna Douglas, Kilmeague;
Frank Dowling, Robertstown
Jim Balfe, c/o B. Balfe
Milo, c/o P. Farrell
Chris Halvey, c/o Sham
Ink Print, c/o J. Ivers

Special Christmas Draw 5 X€75
Rosanna Kavanagh, Joan Raleigh, Mylerstown
Fr. Willie Byrne, Allen, Betty Walsh, Pollardstown
Paddy Downey, Milltown.
The Epiphany of the Lord.
(Holyday of Obligation)

Sunday 5th January Monday 6th January
Allenwood—6.30pm Milltown—9.30am

The Feast of the Epiphany is celebrated on January 6. This feast commemorates the visit of the wise men to worship the baby Jesus. As today’s feast is a holy day of obligation, all Catholics should participate in Mass .

Supporting each other in living our faith in our families - there will be a follow-up meeting for all who are interested in knowing more about the sharing of our visiting couples at Mass on the weekend of the 14/15th of December.The Domestic Church movement encourages families to come together once a month to grow in togetherness, faith and friendship.Fr. Willie and Fr. Brian would like to support this new movement for families in the Parish and you are invited to an INFORMATIONin Allenwood Church on the 10th of January at 8pm.Your presence will be very welcome.
SOCIAL DANCING in aid of Almas & Sr. Muriels Home for the Poor takes place at Newbridge Town Soccer Club on St. Stephen’s Night. Music by Declan Aungier. Admission €10. Time 9.30pm to 12 midnight.

GOAL Mile is taking place for the first time in Allenwood on St. Stephen’s morning. Supporting the charity. GOAL and in its 37th year towns and villages come together and walk/jog/run a mile. Be part of what’s going to be a fun community event.from Allenwood Cross and heading down the banks of the grand canal between 10am -12pm. Refreshments afterwards for everyone.
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 toplace 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.

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

Coastal Rosary. The Rosary will be recited in Milltown Church on New years Day at 3pm.