Allen Parish Newsletter 10th May 2020

Allen Parish Newsletter
Fifth Sunday of Easter
10th May 2020
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The three Churches in the Parish are now open each day for private prayer or to light a candle.

A gentle reminder while in the Church to maintain social distancing.

Please wear gloves if possible.

Don’t forget to use the hand sanitiser.

Please avoid touching surfaces where possible.


Funeral Masses

Private Funeral Masses will be celebrated, strictly limited to ten immediate family members ONLY as per government guidelines.


We remember in our prayers those who have recently died

  • Michael Cassidy, Hill View Clane

  • Fr. Brian Reynolds O. P. Dominican Community Newbridge



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

  • Sean (Jack) Fox, Grangeclare West, Kilmeague (1st Anniversary)

  • Theresa Kiely, Allen

  • Bill Carroll, Allenwood Cross

  • John Kelly, Robertstown

  • Mary & Peter Moran and their son Peadar, Grove Lane, Robertstown

  • James & Margaret Downey, Milltown and June & Anthony O’Neill, Rathangan

  • Roseanna Mulligan

  • Jim Shannon, Milltown (4th Anniversary)

Fr. Willie will celebrate Mass in Rathangan Church on this Sunday, 10th May at 10am. Watch online on Rathangan Parish Facebook page or on the iCatholic YouTube page.


We are now at the time in the month of May when we would usually be celebrating Frist Holy Communion but that is not possible at this time.

We invite children of the First Holy Communion classes to check out Bishop Denis’ message to them on KandLe facebook page or on the iCatholic facebook page and to use the material provided for them for the month of May on the diocesan website One of the suggestions made by Bishop Denis is that of First Communion children building a May altar in your home and to send photographs of their May altar to the KandLe facebook page. At the moment there are quite a few photographs from all over the Diocese and outside of the Diocese which children have already submitted of their May altars.



Mother of God and our Mother, 

pray for us to God, the Father of mercies

that this great suffering may end

and that hope and peace may dawn anew. Amen”

(From Pope Francis’ Prayer for the Month of May 2020)

I now feel it is time to reopen our churches in the Diocese in a responsible manner for a minimum time each day for private prayer.

The decision to close our church buildings was an act of solidarity and commitment to the national effort required to suppress the COVID-19 virus. I fully recognise the huge sacrifice that closing churches has been for parishioners and priests alike.

In order for an ordered and gentle reopening to happen and to continue to support the national effort in supressing the COVID-19 pandemic, when visiting the Church, please:

  • Maintain social distancing.

  • Please wear gloves if possible.

  • Don’t forget to use the hand sanitiser.

  • Please avoid touching surfaces where possible.

Masses will continue to be celebrated behind closed doors, but I look forward to a later stage in the roadmap where it may be possible to recommence weekday Masses, and perhaps small baptisms, but we are not anywhere near this yet. I think the phrase often used by Dr. Tony Holohan “we will see how this plays out” is a good analysis of the current situation. This gentle reopening of churches responds to the deep need for parishioners, some who have perhaps been cocooned for weeks, to call into their local church.

Electronic Donation Facility: While appreciating changes in personal financial circumstances at this time, a number of requests have been made by parishioners looking for ways to support their local parish and the diocese at this time. To this effect an electronic donate facility will shortly be introduced onto the Diocesan website at This facility will offer the donor an opportunity to donate to any one of the 56 parishes or particular Diocesan collections. We deeply appreciate your support at this time.

A Diocesan Roadmap?: the first stage is obviously reopening of churches. A later one will be slightly larger funerals and recommencing very small baptisms and weddings, all the time guaranteeing good social distancing. The celebration of public Masses is still many weeks away according to the Government’s Roadmap (20th July).

Every blessing & good wish,

Tuesday 5 May 2020


May is the month of the Rosary and the Rosary is broadcast live each night at 8.30pm on the Rathangan Parish facebook page.


ACCORD Relationship Support Line is set up to help support marriage and relationships in the context of the Covid-19 pandemic. The experience for many couples is that of tension, stress and arguments and this support from Accord will greatly ease those situations. It will be staffed by experienced couples and relationship counsellors. It is a free service but calls are charged at a local rate. The support line is open from 9.00am – 8.00pm Monday to Friday. The number is: 01 531 3331

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 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.

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.