Allen Parish Newsletter 17th May 2020

Allen Parish Newsletter

Sixth Sunday of Easter

17 May 2020

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

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

Parish Office (045) 450501

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Parish Website: www.allenparish.ieDiocesan Website:


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.

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

From time to time Fr. Willie celebrates Mass in Rathangan Church on Saturday or Sunday. This Mass can be viewed online on Rathangan Parish Facebook page or on the iCatholic YouTube page.
If you would like to be added to a text notification list for these Masses, please contact the Parish Office at 045-860135.


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

Pentecost Triduum of Prayer
The Diocese of Kildare and Leighlin invites you to a Triduum of Prayer that is taking place across the Diocese.
Households across the diocese are invited to dress their front doors with red ribbons for Pentecost Sunday. An image of a dove can be downloaded and added to the ribbons also. If you have a windchime in your garden you may like to add it to the decoration or place it near your door. Once more, people are invited to send their photos on Pentecost Sunday into the kandle Facebook page.
Beginning on Wednesday 27th May, these three nights of prayer will lead us through what it means to live the true meaning of Pentecost during the time that we find ourselves in.
Entitled Faith, Hope and Love: Living Pentecost Today, each night will take on one of these acts and through the mediums of song, word and prayer we will explore them in the context of the coming of the Holy Spirit and the current pandemic.
The Triduum of prayer leads us to join with Bishop Denis on 30th May as he celebrates the Vigil Mass of Pentecost in Carlow Cathedral and celebrate the birth of the Church and the coming of the Holy Spirit.
Please visit for the webcam links.
Naas 27/05
Portlaoise 28 May -
Graiguecullen 29 May -
Cathedral 30 May -

LEAVING CERT STUDENTS – Bishop Denis will hold a special service on Thursday 21st May at 7pm online from Holy Family Church, Askea. Bishop Denis’s message can be found on

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 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.

We remember in our prayers those who have recently died
Joe Kennedy, Prosperous and formerly Allenwood Cross

We also remember in our prayers all those whose anniversaries occur at this time
Karen Cross, Lullymore
Mary (May) Ivers, Rathernan (Birthday Remembrance)
William and Mary Bagnall, Allenwood North
Mary Anne Lawlor, Narraghmore
Jim Shannon, Milltown (4th Anniversary)

Anniversary Masses continue to be celebrated behind closed doors on weekdays and Sundays.

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.