Allen Parish Newsletter 19th April 2020


19th APRIL, 2020

Second Sunday of Easter

Divine Mercy Sunday


Fr. Willie will celebrate Mass in Rathangan Church this coming Saturday (18th April) at 6.30pm. Watch online at Rathangan Parish facebook page or on the iCatholic YouTube page

We remember in our prayers all those whose anniversaries occur at this time:-

  • Bridget (Bridie) Heavey, Russellstown (3rd Anniversary)

  • Bridie and Pat Smullen, Allenwood South

  • Nicholas, Margaret, Paul & Jim Brennan, Allenwood South

  • Patsy Boland, Derrymullen

  • James Connolly, Derrymullen

We also remember in our prayers those who have recently died

Eddie Healy, Grangehiggin


A Prayer for Healthcare Workers
during this time of the Coronavirus COVID-19

Loving God,
we place into your care
all our doctors, nurses and healthcare workers.
Give them courage of heart
and strength of mind and body.
Keep them safe from harm.
May they know our deep gratitude
for all they are doing
to heal and help those affected by
the coronavirus.

God of all consolation
may they know your protection and peace.
Bless them in these challenging days
and bless their families. Amen.


A Prayer for our Priests as they exercise their ministry
during this time of the Coronavirus COVID-19

Eternal God,
Be with our priests this day as they seek
to minister to your people.
May you be a guiding and protective presence with them
as they bring the consolation and hope of Your word
and the grace and nourishment of Eucharist
to those entrusted into their care.

Grant them the strength of mind and body,
keep them safe to do your will,
And give them the courage and peace
to face each day with trust and confidence in You.
Into your hands O God, we commend them;
fill them with your grace and healing. Amen.



- All Confirmation ceremonies are cancelled until further notice.

- First Confessions cancelled until further notice.

- Do This in Memory First Communion preparation programme cancelled until further notice.

- All Baptisms are cancelled until further notice.


Kildare Covid-19 Community Call Helpline

A new free text service to this service is now available just TEXT 'KILDARE' followed by your name NAME to 50555

A dedicated community support helpline at 045 980 202 or free call number at 1800 300 174 and email address  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  has been launched to assist at-risk members of the public in accessing non-emergency and non-medical supports and advice. 

Included in the COVID-19 Kildare Community Response Forum are:

  • Kildare County Council

  • Health Service Executive

  • An Garda Síochána

  • Tusla

  • Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection

  • Local Enterprise Office

  • Kildare and Wicklow Education and Training Board

  • South Western Regional Drugs & Alcohol Task Force

  • GAA

  • IFA

  • County Kildare LEADER Partnership

  • Public Participation Network

  • Peter McVerry Trust

  • Family Resource Centres

  • County Kildare Chamber of Commerce

  • Kildare Age Friendly Alliance

  • Kildare Sports Partnership

  • Muintir na Tire – Conor O’Leary (County Champion)

  • An Post

  • Red Cross

  • Civil Defence

  • Citizens Information

  • Kildare South Dublin Local Link

  • Kildare Volunteer Bureau

  • Alone

  • St. Vincent de Paul

  • Kildare Traveller Action

  • Kildare Children & Young People's Services Committee.

  • COVID-19 Support Line for Older People

ALONE has launched a national support line and additional supports for older people who have concerns or are facing difficulties relating to the outbreak of COVID-19 (Coronavirus). Professional staff are available to answer queries and give advice and reassurance where necessary. The support line is open Monday to Friday, 8am-8pm, by calling 0818 222 024. Hours may be extended to meet the demand.

  • Third Age Ireland
    Third Age Ireland is a national organisation who take care of the elderly. SeniorLine is one of their programmes and could be very helpful to you at this time. SeniorLine has been the national, confidential listening service for older people, run by trained older volunteers since 1998. This peer-to-peer helpline for older people receives in excess of 10,000 calls per year. If you are feeling worried, stressed or isolated at this very unnerving time, please feel free to ring this FREEPHONE service anytime between 10am and 10pm on any day of the week on 1800 80 45 91.






Bishop Denis Nulty’s statement on the deaths of eight residents at St. Fintan’s

Hospital, Portlaoise.


News broke last evening of the coronavirus related deaths of eight residents in the

Maryborough Centre at St. Fintan’s Hospital in Portlaoise. This news brings home to

us in a very dramatic way the huge need for special care for those who are grouped

together in similar centres or in homes for vulnerable or older people.

We pray for those who have passed away in such distressing circumstances. We

offer our deepest sympathy to the families and friends of the deceased. We give

them and all who have worked to care for their loved ones the assurance of our


A very special word of thanks to all who work in any capacity in caring for those who

have contracted or are threatened with this terrible virus - management, medical and

nursing staff, carers, general workers in those centres and hospitals, suppliers and

those who deliver those supplies to meet the many varied needs at this time of crisis.

The hearts and hands of the staff are the hearts and hands of family to many many

patients at this time. It is imperative that the best possible treatment is made

available to those who are most vulnerable to Covid-19 and that staff working in

these homes and facilities are equipped with a sufficient and proper supply of PPE.


Every life matters. Every life counts. Every life is precious irrespective of age or

potential productivity.


In the nightly news reports, we hear many statistics that may confuse us. I am

conscious that we might lose the person that is behind every statistic – this is

someone’s mother, father, grandmother, grandfather, brother, sister, son, daughter

or friend. I am reminded of the very evocative poem composed and recited by a

listener in memory of her recently deceased sister, on Joe Duffy’s Liveline earlier this

week ‘My sister is not a statistic’. And neither is she or anyone who dies because of

Covid-19 or who has tested positive.


During Easter week, we must all turn in confidence to the Risen Christ and pray that

he will soon bring these threat-filled times to an end, knowing that he walks with all of

us and always calms our fears.