Allen Parish Newsletter 5th January 2020

Allen Parish Newsletter

The Second Sunday after Christmas

5th January 2020

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

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

Parish Office (045) 450501

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The Epiphany of the Lord

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 holyday of obligation, all Catholics should participate in Mass. Mass will take place in Allen Parish as follows:

Sunday 5th January

Monday 6th January

Seeing your life through the lens of the Gospel
(John 1:3-18)

1. John opens his gospel with a profound reflection on the meaning of creation, of life and of Jesus. Remember when you had a special awareness of the gift of life that filled you with gratitude to God for creation, and the beauty and wonder of the world: ‘All things came into being through him and without him not one thing came into being.’
2. We often listen to a reading from the gospels. Sometimes it goes in one ear and out the other. Then there are occasions when it made us feel more alive, times when it helped us see the way ahead, like a light that shines in the darkness. Recall when the gospel gave you hope in the midst of anxiety or sadness and helped you to see what action would be most life-giving for you and for others.

Responsorial Psalm
The Word was made flesh, and lived among us.

Weekday Masses 6th – 10th JANUARY

THE EPIPHANY OF THE LORD. Holyday of Obligation. Masses as follows:

Sunday 5th January
Allenwood – 6.30pm

Monday 6th January
Milltown – 9.30am
Allen – 10.30am

Tuesday 7th January
Milltown – 9.30am

Wednesday 8th January
Robertstown – 10.30am

Thursday 9th January
Allen – 9.30am

Friday 10th January
Allenwood - 9.30am

Allenwood: Saturday 6.30pm
Eileen and Marguerita McCabe, Rathernan
William Aungier, Allenwood Middle
Lay Reader: Monica Anderson
Eucharistic Minister: Wilfie Cronin

Milltown: Sunday 9.30am
Elizabeth (Betty) O’Hara, Milltown
Lay Reader: Mary Hamilton
Eucharistic Minister: Clíodhna Malone

Allen: Sunday 10.30am
Baby Angel Suzanne Brown (6th Anniv.) and Patrick & Sheila Brown (Anniv.)

Michael and Margaret Foxe 

Lay Reader: Evelyn Dowling
Eucharist Minister: Catherine Murphy and Pat Dunne

Allenwood: Sunday 11.30am
People of the Parish
Lay Reader: Johnny O’Callaghan
Eucharistic Minister: Ann Donoghue

Eucharistic Adoration
In Milltown Church on Tuesday mornings 10am - 10.30am and Thursdays 2.30pm - 3.30pm.
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.

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
Allen Saturday 7th March at 12 noon
Allenwood Sunday 22nd March at 12.15pm
Milltown Saturday 4th April at 12 noon
Please contact the Parish Office at 045-450501 at least two weeks in advance.

St. Vincent de Paul
Contact our confidential number at 085 2095220. We are always here to help.

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.*

Open Tuesday to Friday 10am -2pm

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

We remember in our prayers
Hilary-Anne Murray, Allenwood, whose funeral took place in Mount Jerome on Tuesday.
Michael (Butcher) Mullen, Allenwood, whose funeral took place on Friday.
Thomas (Tommy) Shinkins, Pluckerstown, whose funeral took place on Friday.
Alan Kavanagh, Pluckerstown and formerly Limerick and Newbridge, whose funeral took place in Newbridge on Friday.
Shane Griffin, Kilmeague whose funeral took place in Newbridge on Saturday.
Harry Doyle, Burton-on-Trent, UK and formerly Allenwood South who died during the week.
May they rest in peace.

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

Carlow Family Support Group - You Are Not Alone
Drugs and Alcohol abuse effects families regardless of status in life. You did not cause it, you can't control it and you can't cure it. Help is available for those who live with this dreadful disease call 085 7872730.

Ignite 2020 University Student Retreat
A three-day retreat of fellowship, formation and faith organised by students, for students. Dublin January 16-18 with Jason Evert, Fr Conor McDonough OP, Nashville Dominican Sisters, Fr Shane Sullivan and many more. Eventbrite ‘Ignite 2020’ or contact Sarah for more details on 087-0919646.

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 INFORMATION MEETING in Allenwood Church on the 10th of January at 8pm.  Your presence will be very welcome.

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.

Announcement from The Surgery, Clane
Dr. Flanagan has now retired.
The Surgery Clane is continuing under the care of Dr. Clive Dunne & Team. MICGP, MRCSI, DOWH, DHSM for all our existing patients.
New Patients are Welcome
Same Day Appointments
Walk in Service each morning
Late appointments
Normal Surgery hours will continue as previously- 9 am to 12 noon and 2.30 to 5pm
For Further details please see our Webs

Membership Fees are now due and can be paid to any Committee Member together with your signed Membership Application Form.
Christmas Raffle Results
1st Prize €1,000: Niamh & Shane Keely, Mylerstown.
2nd Prize €500: Patrick (Wack) Kavanagh, Mylerstown.
3rd Prize €300: Kevin McGrogan Allenwood.
4th Prize €100: Eamon Swords Littletown.
5th Prize €100: Eoin Ronaldson, Shrule, Co. Mayo.
6th Prize Hamper: Dan & Johnny C/o Bob Donnelly.
7th Prize Hamper: James Swords, Russellstown, Kilmeague.
8th Prize Club Top: Catherine Moran, Mylerstown.
The Club wishes to thank all who sold and bought tickets and made the draw so successful.
Parish Lotto: Tickets at €1.50 each available from our many Promoters and from the Shops and Post Office in Robertstown. Monday's Jackpot is €3,100.
Astro-Turf Pitch: This is available to all Clubs and Groups and for Children's Birthday Parties. For bookings contact Tara Moran 085/7317697.
Our Canalside
Fitness Gym and Fully Lit Walking Track are always open to new members. Contact Peter Hogarty 085/7858673.
Bonus Ball: This is run in Mullaney's and for a stake of €2 you could win €48.
Wishing all our Members, Playing and Social, our Sponsors and Supporters a Very Happy and Good Sporting New Year.

Membership for 2020 is now due. 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 0876351279 or Gillian Loughlin 0872361663
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.
Both pitches are closed until Spring 2020.
All weather pitch available for bookings. Contact any committee member.
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.
Ballyteague Committee for 2020: Chairperson: Gillian Loughlin.
Vice Chair: Frank Moran.
Secretary: Sharon Heaney.
Asst. Sec: Marie Jacob.
Treasurer: Catherine Murphy.
Asst. Treas: Patricia McNamera.
PRO: Roisin Murphy.
Irish Officer: Seamus Hanafin
Jr. County Board Delegate: Brian Hyland. Underage Chairperson: Shay Walsh. Underage Secretary: Justin Bowers. Additional Executive members: Tommy Herbert, Dermot Doyle, Jim Hanafin, Brian Dempsey and Eoin McGee.
We wish the new committee all the best for the coming year.
We would also like to thank the committee of 2019 for all their hard work and dedication to the club throughout the year.
Wishing all members, family and friends a very happy and healthy New Year. Looking forward to what 2020 has in store for The Larks.