Allen Parish Newsletter 23rd August 2020

Allen Parish Newsletter

23rd August 2020

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

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

Parish Office (045) 450501

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At this time, both in Northern Ireland and in the Republic of Ireland, the governments have not formally made mandatory the wearing of face coverings at services of worship. This is, in part, due to the fact that as churches we are committed to maintaining 2 metre physical distancing between household groups and strict adherence to all government guidance on hand hygiene, cleaning, ventilation etc.
It however remains our responsibility to ensure that our services of worship are safe places for all who join with us. It has become increasingly clear that the wearing of face coverings, in conjunction with hand washing etc, is likely to reduce the spread of Coronavirus, thus helping to protect others. Their use is therefore one way in which we can evidence protection for the most vulnerable, support for our health workers and practical love for our neighbours.
Following further recent consultations with public health authorities, I, along with other Christian church leaders all over this island, am formally recommending and encouraging the use of face coverings at all Masses and other liturgical celebrations, along with the ongoing maintenance of 2 metre physical distancing, from Sunday 30th August 2020, and earlier if practicable.
I understand that some people are exempted from the wearing of face coverings. I also recognise that whilst it may not be appropriate for the celebrant and some others (for example ministers of the Word) to wear face coverings, they should at all times continue to maintain at least 2 metre physical distancing from one another, and four metres physical distancing from the front row of the congregation.
Archbishop Eamon Martin

Very many thanks to all parishioners who have returned weekly envelopes, and to all for your continued financial support of the Parish during this unprecedented time.

A facility for online donations to the parish has been made available by Bishop Denis on the Diocesan website at Many thanks to parishioners who have used this secure facility.
Alternatively, anyone who wishes to make a donation through the bank can contact the Parish Office at 045-450501 for our bank details.

Best wishes to Fr. Paul Dempsey
Best wishes to Fr. Paul Dempsey, Parish Priest of Newbridge from 2015 to 2020 on his episcopal ordination next weekend in Cathedral of The Annunciation and St Nathy, Ballaghaderreen on Sunday August 30th at 3.00pm. (This ceremony is not open to the public but will be livestreamed on
May God bless him and give him all the grace and strength he needs to fulfil his new role in the Diocese of Achonry.


Allenwood: Saturday 6.30pm

Kaye Kane (Months Mind)

Catherine Dobbins

Evan Talbot

Baby Molly McGrath, Kilmeague (8th Anniv.) and all deceased members of the Mc Grath family, Coill Dubh also Mary Keary (nee Domican), Manchester

Special Intention

John & Margaret Dowling, Dunbyrne

Ned Cross, Feighcullen

Allenwood: Sunday 9.30am

Thomas and Mary Maher

Due to the current restrictions we can not celebrate Mass publicly at the moment. All of our Masses are streamed online on our facebook page.

COVID-19 Support Line for Older People
ALONE manage 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.
Call 0818 222 024 8am to 8pm if you have any concerns about Covid-19.
SeniorLine is a national, confidential listening service for older people. Freephone 1800 80 45 91 anytime between 10am and 10pm  Mon-Sunday.

Part-time Janitor (Temporary) required for Scoil Mhuire Allenwood

Due to extra cleaning/maintenance demands we require a person for 10 hours per week for the school year September 2020 - June 2021. 2 hours per day (3:30 to 5:30 p.m.)
Duties will include, but not be limited to the following:
Sanitising high touch areas and toilets.
General maintenance and repairs to both interior/exterior of school buildings.
Duties may change in accordance with the needs of the school.
Garda Vetting essential before job commences.
Letter of Application and CV must be received by 12 noon on Friday 28th August 2020. Please supply contact details (mobile phone numbers) for two suitable referees.
Applications in writing should be marked CONFIDENTIAL and addressed to:
Chairperson, Scoil Mhuire Allenwood, Allenwood, Naas,
Co. Kildare