Allen Parish Newsletter 23rd February 2020

Allen Parish Newsletter

Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time

23rd 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
The Lord is compassion and love.

Weekday Masses 24th – 28th FEBRUARY
Monday 24th February
Allenwood – 9.30am

Tuesday 25th February
Milltown – 9.30am

Milltown - 9.30am
Allen - 10.30am
Allenwood - 7.30pm

Thursday 27th February
Allen – 9.30am
Allenwood – 7.30pm followed by Stations of the Cross.

Friday 28th February
Allenwood - 9.30am
Allen – 3pm Stations of the Cross
Allen – 7pm Mass and Lenten Programme with Fr. Brian Kavanagh.

Allenwood: Saturday 6.30pm
Mary Jo Grace (Months Mind)
Kathleen Ryan, Feighcullen
Johnny Wright (5th Anniversary)
Lay Reader: Wilfie Cronin
Eucharistic Minister: Wilfie Cronin

Milltown: Sunday 9.30am
Patrick Byrne, Milltown (20th Anniversary)
Lay Reader: Dan Boland
Eucharistic Minister: Christy Herbert

Allen: Sunday 10.30am
Tom Field, Ballyteague (Months Mind)
Patrick (Patsy) and Mary (Maunie) Maher, The Bungalow, Kilmeague
James Percival, St. Brigid’s Tce, Robertstown
Harry Connell, Kilmeague
Delia Moore, Kilmeague Post Office
Maura Buckley (18th Anniversary)
Lay Reader: Maurice Musgrave
Eucharist Minister: Ann O’Gorman and Áine Murphy


Allenwood: Sunday 11.30am
Sheila Dooley, Allenwood South (1st Anniv.)
Lay Reader: Johnny O’Callaghan
Eucharistic Minister: Rafal Gazkowski

Next Sunday’s Readings
Gn 2:7-9, 3:1-7. Ps 50:3-6, 12-14, 17, R/cf v 3. Rm 5:12-19. Mt 4:1-11. Lect I: 201.

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 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.

Parish Office

Confirmation cards and pins now in stock
Open Tuesday to Friday 10am -2pm

17th February, 2020

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FOUR Match 3 Winners - €63 each
Joey O’Sullivan c/o C. Keely
Alan Carthy, Robertstown
Martin Monaghan c/o C. Kearney
A.J. Cunningham

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 Tom McDonald. Adm €10. Time 9.30pm – 12 midnight.

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

Lenten Scripture Sharing Resources ‘Digging Deeper – Living Lent’ will be available to download at for use by parish groups. (These resources are no longer available in printed booklet form).

Digging Deeper - Living Lent
Some Suggestions for the Week
+ Make the sign of the cross when leaving your home / passing a church / cemetery / before and after a meal
+ Give up social media for an evening (or more!)
+ Take some time to go on a walk and say a prayer along the way
+ Take a pause when you feel you want to give out
+ Give up a coffee / a meal out and donate the money you saved
+ Support Trócaire’s Lenten appeal

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.


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THREE Match 3 winners
Catherine Keogh c/o Spar
Henry Farrell c/o J. Harris
Daire Hickey c/o Spar
Next week’s Jackpot €10,900

Dowling Cup Round 2: Robertstown 3-5 Castlemitchel 0-1. Round 3: At home to Ardclough this Sat 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. The is delighted to have received Planning Permission for the development of our new underage playing pitch with car parking and new ports and athletic facilities and extension of walking track. Parish Lotto tickets €1.50 each available from our many Promoters and from the Shops and Post Office in Robertstown. Monday's Jackpot €4,500. 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. 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 basisOperation 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.

Alzheimer Café Naas
The speaker for the meeting on Wednesday 26th February 2020 will be Kathleen Neehan and will speak on ‘Mindfulness’.

Fixtures: Keogh Cup Group D Rd 3 Ballyteague will play St. Kevin’s in St. Kevin’s on Sat 22nd Feb at 2pm. Membership for 2020 is now due. Contact Catherine Murphy 0876351279 or Gillian Loughlin 0872361663. 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. All weather pitch available for bookings. Contact Jim Hanafin 086 3292118 or Catherine Murphy 087 7945766. Please support the parish lotto. Tickets available from Ballyteague lotto promoters. 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. Register online at . The club would like to extend sincere sympathy to the Hanafin family on the sad passing of Mary Hanafin. May she rest in peace.

Due to the ongoing bad weather, most of our games have been affected. However the u16 girls game went ahead with a change to Rathangan on Saturday last and had a convincing win of Milltown 6-9 Rathangan 3-1.
Our Minor lads are away to O’Tooles at 12 on Sunday. Application forms for GAA Grants for the Gaeltacht are now available. Please contact us if interested. The closing date is Tuesday 24th March at Midday and all are asked to ensure that the terms for the form are included with the application. Milltown Muckers March 21st. Countdown in on. 17 teams confirmed to date. If you are not on a team and want to be part of this fun event. Please contact David Kelly.

We would like to thank the Milltown Community for the support we received at our recent Foroige Project involving the pre-election candidates. To further develop our project we are researching the needs of our community. If you have suggestions that the elected officials can help with, please contact us at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or Mary at 0879115835