Allen Parish Newsletter 12th January 2020

Allen Parish Newsletter

Mass of the Baptism of the Lord

12th 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 Baptism of Jesus as seen through the lens of the Gospel
Matthew 3:13-17

1. The Baptism of Jesus marks a turning point in his life, and the start of his public ministry. Recall moments when your life changed and you moved into a new phase.

2. The experience was one in which Jesus had a new sense of his own identity. What have been the experiences which have helped shaped your sense of who you are?

3. How have you come to an awareness of being a child of God, beloved by God, one on whom rests the grace of God?

4. It is surprising that Jesus, the Saviour of the world, asks to be baptised by John. The request symbolises his desire to identify with us. At the same time he is filled with the Holy Spirit. That step of identifying with us is an important element in his being able to help us. Have you ever found that when someone identifies with you, it is easier for him/her to help you? Has your ability to identify with others had any impact on your effectiveness in helping others?

Responsorial Psalm
The Lord will bless his people with peace.

Weekday Masses 13th – 17th JANUARY

Monday 13th January
Allenwood – 9.30am

Tuesday 14th January
Milltown – 9.30am

Wednesday 15th January
Robertstown – 10.30am

Thursday 16th January
Allen – 9.30am – Nancy & Jimmy Doyle, Grangeclare and Jim O’Donohoe, Grangeclare

Friday 17th January
Allenwood - 9.30am

Allenwood: Saturday 6.30pm
James Moore, Bluetown, Allenwood (1st Anniv.)
Michael (Butch) Moore, Allenwood North
Mick & Molly Moran, The Bridge, Robertstown
Patrick (Paddy) Dunne, Allenwood Middle
Michael 7 Bella Doyle, Littletown
Thomas McCormack and Sarah McCormack
Richard Percival, Robertstown
Dickie & Rose Goulding, Ballyteague; John & Margaret Goulding, Ballyteague, Jack Goulding & Goulding family, Ballyteague Lock
Lay Reader: Fiona McManamon
Eucharistic Minister: Carmel Cooke

Milltown: Sunday 9.30am
Mick Murphy (Anniv.)
Ned & Bridie Dowling, Milltown and Owen Casey, Clane
Deceased Members of Milltown GFC
Lay Reader: Breda McHale
Eucharistic Minister: Kevin Forde

Allen: Sunday 10.30am
Willie Dunne, Feighcullen and his parents Tom & Mary Dunne, Drimsree
Joe Behan, The Hill, Robertstown, his wife Josie and all deceased members of the Behan family
Mick Donoghue, Lowtown Road and all deceased members of the Donoghue family
William & Noel Swords and the Swords family, Coolagh and Mylerstown
Lay Reader: Maurice Musgrave
Eucharist Minister: Liz Jacob and Áine Murphy


Allenwood: Sunday 11.30am
Tommy Moore, Allenwood Sth.
Lay Reader: Sean Malone
Eucharistic Minister: Rafal Gazkowski

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) 10.30am-12.30pm. All are very welcome. Please note change of time.

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

6th January, 2020

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EIGHT Match 3 Winners - €32 each
Sean Hutchinson, Robertstown West
Pat O’ Kane, Robertstown
Colette Balfe, Robertstown West
Ray Melia (Sen), Ballintine
Harry Reidy, Robertstown West
Liz Hanlon, c/o C. Hanlon
Sean Donohue, c/o P. Farrell
Kay Sheridan.

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.

‘2020 Vision - to see clearly as a Catholic.’
Looking for somewhere to go in January?
Want to learn more about your faith? We are holding a course entitled "20/20 Vision - Seeing Clearly as a Catholic Today" over four Monday nights beginning on January 13th in the Parish Centre, Station Rd. Fr. John Harris O.P. will guide us through some important topics that are at the heart of our faith. There will be plenty of time for questions and discussion! So please feel welcome to come along and bring a friend! (The session will last one hour, beginning at 7.30pm).

Scoil Mhuire Allenwood
Enrolments are now been taken for the school year 2020-2021. Enrolment forms can be collected from the school office or by ringing 045-860826 (9am to 3pm).

Robertstown National School
Enrolment for September 2020
Please submit all applications to school before the end of January. Enrolment forms are available from the school office. Please contact 860021 or email Louise at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it to receive an application form.

K & L Diocesan Adoration Committee invite you to a Day of Prayer, Mass, Adoration, sharing and music, held in Carlow College, St Patricks on Saturday 25th of January 2020 to begin at 10am.
Refreshments served. All welcome.

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 Website or phone 045 868433.

RAthangan Local History Group and John O'Byrne are working on a photographic exhibition focusing on the story of Bord Na Mona in the Rathangan area. The exhibition will take place towards the end of January with speaker/date to be confirmed. We would appreciate any help in identifying people with photographs/information. For further information contact John O'Byrne at 085-1567879 or L Fullam at 086-7774825.

Membership Fees are now due and cam be paid to any Committee Member or Online. Family €100, Adult Player €85, Student €50, Non Playing Adult €50, Juvenile €40, Social Member €40, Over 65s €10.
Football Training is in full swing for the coming season.
Astro-Turf Pitch: This 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 €3,300.
Canalside Fitness Gym and Fully Lit Walking Track are always open to new members. Contact Peter Hogarty 085/7858673.
Bonus Ball is run in Mullaneys and for a stake of €2 you could win €48.
Used Clothes Collection will begin on Monday next so please look into your wardrobes and bring any unwanted clothes to the Club Rooms any evening after 7pm.

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 087 6351279 or Gillian Loughlin 0872361663
For those interested in using our walking track, the lights will be switched on every day from 7am until 8:30 and then again from 5pm until 9pm.
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 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!
The National Club Draw tickets are on sale now. Tickets €10 each. Books of 5 available from any committee member.

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 Brian McDermott. Adm €10. Time 9.30pm – 11.45pm.

We would like to welcome Noel Mooney as our first team manager we wish Noel and team all the very best for the year ahead.
Ticket for the National club draw 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.
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.
Bonus ball available 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.The bonus ball number on Saturday night main lotto draw.
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.

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


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NINE Match 3 Winners - €20 each
Charles Keogh, Grangeclare
Ann Greville c/o J. Harris
Theresa Leigh c/o Joe
Amanda Brennan c/o Bar
Peter Bracken c/o Mahons
Pat Sheridan c/o Bar
Mark Shaw c/o Joe
Amanda Brennan c/o Bar
Catherien Keogh, Grangeclare
Next week’s Jackpot €10,300

Slimming World at The Inn at Milltown
Tuesdays at 5pm and 7pm
Wednesdays at 9.30am and 11.30am
Call Tracey on 086 9481173