Allen Parish Newsletter 27th September 2020

Allen Parish Newsletter

27th September 2020

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

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

Parish Office (045) 450501

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Pope John Paul II Awards

Congratulations to Allen Parish Pope John Paul II awardees:

Aoife Buckley – Gold Award.
Conor Somers – Gold Award.
Miriam McDermott – Gold Award.
Ciara Buckley – Gold Award.
Mia Cullen – Gold Award.
Aoileann O’Mahony – Gold Award.
Aidan Forde – Papal Cross.
Maria Price – Papal Cross.

Bishop Denis Nulty will virtually address the recipients and present their medals and certificates to Award Leaders on their behalf. This ceremony will be livestreamed from The Cathedral of the Assumption, Carlow via on Tuesday 29th September at 7.30pm.

If you are in TY onwards and you would like to take part in the Pope John Paul II awards, please contact the Parish Office at 045-450501 or Róisín Malone at 085 1264811.



Adoration every Monday (except Bank Holidays) 10.30am-12.30pm. All are very welcome.

Resurrexit Autumn Programme brochure is now available.



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.

THE ALLEN EYE - CHRISTMAS EDITION: Covid-19 has impacted on all our lives for most of 2020, making it a year to forget. We have taken this into account, and it is our intention to focus on the positive and the true spirit of Christmas. We are asking our readers to submit their ‘HAPPIEST CHRISTMAS MEMORY’. Please submit your entry (not more than 300 words) to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it by October 15th. An independent adjudicator will select some of these entries for inclusion in our Christmas edition. We will have a few prizes for the selected entries.


Celebrating the Permanent Diaconate

Our diocese has been blessed by the reintroduction of the Permanent Diaconate in 2013. John Dunleavy, Gary Moore, David O’Flaherty, Fergal O’Neill, Joe O’Rourke, Pat Roche and Jim Stowe were ordained in a ceremony in the Cathedral on October 13th, 2013. Paul Wyer, already ordained for the Diocese of Northampton moved to Kildare & Leighlin earlier the same year. The contribution of these eight men to the life of their parish and the diocese is deeply appreciated. Permanent deacons are to be found ministering in several dioceses around Ireland today.
2020 is another special year in the story of the Permanent Diaconate in our diocese as we see the ordination of three further Permanent Deacons. Liturgy in the context of Covid-19 is very restrictive and very different. Because of this I have opted to ordain each of the men in the local parish, this will help with the limited numbers free to gather in our churches at this time as well as spreading the message of the Permanent Diaconate to the wider diocesan family, with many following the ceremonies on respective webcams.
The three candidates due for ordination in the coming weeks are:
Vincent Crowley – Holy Rosary Church, Tullow, Sun 4th Oct at 3pm
Liam Dunne – Cathedral of the Assumption, Carlow, Sun 11th Oct 3pm
Eugene Keyes – St. Peter & Paul’s Church, Portlaoise, Sun 25th Oct 3pm.
I ask all in the diocese to remember the men, their wives and families in your prayers over the coming weeks. +Denis


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.



Allenwood: Saturday 6.30pm

Paddy & Peggy Keeley, Allenwood and Leicester

Eveleen Cronin, Allenwood and her sister Elizabeth Donohoe, Barronstown

Peter Maher

James Coyne Allenwood South

Tom and Nita Hendy, Ballyteague

Lay Reader: Wilfie Cronin

Allenwood: Sunday 9.30am

People of the Parish

Lay Reader: John Paul II Awards reader

Allenwood: Sunday 12 noon

Bridget O’Neill, Robertstown West

Patrick Moran, Mylerstown and his son Christopher Moran

Lay Reader: Catherine Murphy

Baptisms: All Baptisms will take place in Allenwood Church.

Contact the Parish Office at 045-450501.