Allen Parish Newsletter 16th February 2020

Allen Parish Newsletter

Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time

16th February 2020

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

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

Parish Office (045) 450501

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LENT 2020

Milltown 09.30 a.m.* Allen 10.30 a.m. * Allenwood 7.30 p.m.

Mondays: Adoration of Blessed Sacrament
Resurrexit 10.30am - 12.30pm

Tuesdays: Adoration of Blessed Sacrament
Allen 10am -11am * Milltown 10am –10.30am

Wednesdays: Adoration of Blessed Sacrament Allen 10am - 11am

Thursdays: Adoration of Blessed Sacrament Milltown 7pm—8pm
Evening Mass Allenwood 7.30pm followed by Stations of the Cross.

Fridays: Adoration of Blessed Sacrament Allenwood 10am - 11am
Stations of the Cross Allen 3pm
Lenten Programme with Fr Brian Kavanagh - Allen 7pm

Dates of Lenten Penitential service and Holy Week
Ceremonies will be announced later

Responsorial Psalm
They are happy who follow God’s law.

Weekday Masses 17th – 21st FEBRUARY
Monday 17th February
Allenwood – 9.30am

Tuesday 18th February
Milltown – 9.30am

Wednesday 19th February
Robertstown – 10.30am

Thursday 20th February
Allen – 9.30am

Friday 21st February
Allenwood - 9.30am

Allenwood: Saturday 6.30pm
Sean Fleming, Allenwood (1st Anniversary)
Frances Duggan (1st Anniversary)
Vincent Mahoney, Killeigh, Allen (7th Anniv.)
Christopher and Mary Connolly, Clane
Margaret Boland, Derrymullen
Lay Reader: Christina Ryan
Eucharistic Minister: Mary Brennan

Milltown: Sunday 9.30am
Betty Tiernan, Newtown, Rathbride
James Reddy, Milltown
Mary Slattery, Barronstown (Anniv.) & Thomas and Bridget Smyth, Newpark
Paddy & Kathleen Ryan, Feighcullen
John Byrne (2nd Anniversary)
Lay Reader: Mick Byrne
Eucharistic Minister: Bridie Dunney

Allen: Sunday 10.30am
Luke McCormack
John Curran, Ballyteague
Joseph Ivers, Rathernan
Mary (May) Dobinson
Bartle Bradley, Annesborough (2nd Anniv.)
Mass of thanks on behalf of the McKane family for all who supported them during the time of their recent bereavement
Lay Reader: Evelyn Dowling
Eucharist Minister: Evelyn Dowling & Ann O’Gorman


Allenwood: Sunday 11.30am
Eileen Smullen (14th Anniv.) & her son Kevin Smullen (33rd Anniv.), Allenwood Sth.
Lay Reader: Kevin McCormack
Eucharistic Minister: Ann Donoghue

Next Sunday’s Readings
Lev 19:1-2, 17-18. Ps 102:1-4, 8, 10, 12-13, R/v 8. 1 Cor 3:16-23. Mt 5:38-48.
Lect I: 656.

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.
Healing Mass takes place on Monday next 17th February at 8pm. All are very welcome.

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

*Mass Bouquets for all occasions, Mass Cards, Rosary Beads, Baptismal Candles, Devotional Candles, Holy water fonts.*
Open Tuesday to Friday 10am -2pm

10th February, 2020

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FIVE Match 3 Winners
€50 each
Maura Cross, c/o S. Swords
Tadhg Butler, c/o Sham
Johnnie O Callaghan, Allenwood
John Ivers, c/o John
Daniel & Brenda Keogh, Blacktrench

Milltown Church
As we continue to research the history around Milltown Church we would appreciate any information in relation to: name of people who did work on the Church over the years, donations of items for the Church, any info on a crown for the statute of Our Lady, old photos, the Missions, Sodalities, Devotions, Stations of the Cross, funerals, Priests who served in the parish, other customs and stories, any details on old Churches and Reiligín. Info to Parish Office or Betty O’Shea 086 3397844.

Allen Knitting & Crochet Group and Social Morning Every Tuesday from 10am to 12 noon in Allen Hall.
All are welcome to come along for a chat and a cup of tea. Ability to knit or crochet is not necessary.

SOCIAL DANCING in aid of Almas & Sr. Muriels Home for the Poor at Newbridge Town Soccer Club every Thursday night. Dancing next Thursday night to Michael Cahill. Adm €10. Time 9.30pm – 12 midnight.
Accord Catholic Marriage Care Service seeking marriage preparation course facilitators
ACCORD Catholic Marriage Care Service is currently recruiting volunteers to train as marriage preparation course facilitators.
• If you have a positive attitude towards marriage in the Catholic Church
• If you have the enthusiasm to be part of the Accord team in supporting couples who are preparing for the Sacrament of Marriage
Accord wants to hear from you!
Successful applicants will receive professional training and will be part of a team delivering marriage preparation courses locally.
Contact Aisling on 01 505 3112 or by email to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it The closing date for receipt of application forms is Friday 15th May.

Rathangan Local History will host a talk by James Durney on the ‘Rath Internment Camp and local connections’, on Wednesday February 19th at 8pm in the Old Schoolhouse. The Rath Internment Camp was built by the British to house between 1200 – 1500 prisoners during the War of Independence.


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NO Match 3 – 3 x €50 winners
Mary & Tommy Anderson c/o Bingo
Johnny Flynn c/o Bar
Colette Kearney c/o Robertstown PO
Next week’s Jackpot €10,800

Dowling Cup Round1: Robertstown 3 -11 Rheban 0-4. Round 2: Away to Castlemitchel this Saturday at 2pm. Astro-Turf Pitch 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 €4,300. 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. Centenary History of the Club entitled “The Town” is available from any Committee Member and from the local shops at a cost of €15 each. Used Clothes Collection is ongoing. Please bring any unwanted clothes to the Club Rooms any evening after 7pm.

The first team suffered defeat in the first round of the Keogh cup Allenwood 0-6 St. Kevins 4-06. Allenwood V Ballyteague at home this Sunday 2pm please support. Membership now due: Adult €40, Couple €60, Family €70, Player €90, Student €50, Social €30, OAP €20. Club Allenwood members €300. Please note for all bookings of the Hall or bar for the coming year contact Emma Cunningham on 086 2711239. Texting and email list please forward your email address to Jemma McCabe text 087-6199720 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it to be added to the list for club news as it happens on a regular basis. National club draw 2018. There are some fantastic prizes ranging from a Renault Clio to All-Ireland final packages. All proceeds of the sale of the tickets go to the club. Tickets can be purchased from any executive member at a cost of €10.00. Operation Transformation Ireland lights up in Allenwood GFC Tuesday nights 7pm – 9pm. All welcome. Bingo every Wednesday 8.30pm in Allenwood GAA hall. Bonus ball 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.

Fixtures: U13 Div 4 Group 4 Ballyteague will play Sallins in Ballyteague at 10.30am on Sun 16th. The Keogh Cup Group D Rd 2 Ballyteague will play Allenwood in Allenwood on Sat 15th Feb at 2pm. All support greatly appreciated. Best of luck to both teams. Membership for 2020 is now due. Contact Catherine Murphy 0876351279 or Gillian Loughlin 0872361663. Membership can be paid on Tuesday evenings from 7.30pm in the club house. Please note change of day. Our Annual Club Mass will take place on Fri 21st Feb at 8pm in the clubhouse. All welcome to attend.
Little Larks training will start back on Friday 28th Feb at 7pm. Boys and girls aged 4-13 years old. Old and new members welcome. Underage registration night Tues 3rd Mar. New coaches always welcome. Walking Track lights will be switched on every day from 7am until 8:30am and again from 5pm until 9pm. Walking track membership available. Both pitches are closed until Spring 2020. All weather pitch available for bookings. Special rates for February. Contact Jim Hanafin 086 3292118 or Catherine Murphy 087 7945766 for more information. 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 and are available from committee members. There are some great prizes to be won! All monies raised will go directly to the club. We are delighted to host our annually Bog of Allen 5km & 10km run this year on Sun 1st March starting at 11am. The race is chip timed by JustRuns events. The race starts and finishes in Ballyteague GFC. Make sure to register online at to avoid disappointment. Also check out our Facebook and Twitter page for more details.

The Club would like to extend its deepest sympathies to the Bower family on the sad passing of Noel. May he rest in peace.

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.