Allen Parish Newsletter 13th December 2020

Allen Parish Newsletter

Third Sunday of Advent

13th December, 2020

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

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

Parish Office (10am to 2pm, Tuesday to Friday)                            (045) 450501

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Masses for Christmas Day, Christmas Octave and Christmas Season
A maximum of 3,225 People Can Attend Mass During the Christmas Season 25th December – 10th January
There is a desire among many of our Parishioners to come to the Church for Mass on Christmas day but due to the government restrictions a maximum of 150 people can attend each Mass in the Church of the Immaculate Conception in Allenwood. So, a total of 750 people will be able to attend on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.
The Christmas Season continues with the first eight days known as the Christmas Octave, originating from the time of the Resurrection when Jesus appeared to the disciples on the first Sunday and then eight days later he appeared to them again. During the eight days of the Christmas Octave the joy and peace of Christmas morning is celebrated and concludes on the 1st of January with the Feast of Mary, the Mother of Jesus. During these Octave days another 1050 people could attend Mass.
From the 2nd of January to the Baptism of Jesus on Sunday the 10th of January, the conclusion of the Christmas Season which includes the Epiphany, a total of 1425 could attend Mass.

Masses in Allen Parish during the Christmas Octave (26th Dec. – 1st Jan.)
St. Stephen’s Day 11am in Allenwood
28th December 11am in Allenwood
29th December 11am in Milltown
30th December 11am in Allenwood
31st December 11am in Allen
1st January 11am Allenwood

14th – 18th December

Monday 14th December
Allenwood 9.30am

Tuesday 15th December
Milltown 9.30am
- Christopher O’Shea, Milltown also
Thomas O’Shea and Anne Jacob
- Pat Shannon (78th Anniv.) and Bridie
Burke (nee Shannon) (25th Anniv.)

Wednesday 16th December
Allenwood – 9.30am

Thursday 17th December
Allen – 9.30am
- Catherine Sullivan, Ballyteague,
Noel Leeson, Northants, England and
Angela Smith, Kildare

Friday 18th December
Allenwood – 9.30am


Allenwood: Saturday 6.30pm
Peter Gorry (First Anniversary)
Christopher Farrell, Julia Farrell and Marie Farrell, Bluetown also Dympna Crowe
James Leeson, Mylerstown, Robertstown
Dickie & Rose Goulding, Ballyteague and John & Margaret Goulding, Ballyteague

Lay Reader: Christina Ryan

Allenwood: Sunday 9.30am
James Sullivan (Months Mind)
Thomas McKenna, Kilteel

Lay Reader: John Paul II Awards reader

Allenwood: Sunday 12 noon
William Reilly, Stamullen, Co. Meath (40th Anniversary)
James Morrissey also Peggy & Christy Maguire

Lay Reader: Anita Hendy

For the health and safety of all Parishioners, the Priests, the Sacristans and our vulnerable neighbours and friends, we must adhere strictly to the government regulations on social distancing. The capacity of Allen Church is 45 socially distant places and the capacity of Milltown Church is 28 socially distant places while Allenwood Church can comfortably accommodate up to 150 socially distant places. For this reason all Christmas Masses will be celebrated in Allenwood Church. We will have five Christmas Masses to ensure that any parishioner who wants to attend Mass can safely do so. We ask that you contact the Parish Office in advance to book your place so that we can make sure that none of the Masses are oversubscribed. Very many thanks to you all for your continued patience and support during these most difficult times.
Christmas Eve
Allenwood - 5pm (small number of Gallery seats available only)
Allenwood - 7pm (Gallery seats available only)
Allenwood – 9pm (Gallery seats available only)

Christmas Day
Allenwood – 9.30am (Church and Gallery seats available)
Allenwood – 11.30am (Church and Gallery seats available)

Please contact the Parish Office at 045-450501 if you wish to attend any of these Masses.

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.

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BAPTISMS will take place in Allenwood Church only. Contact the Parish Office at 045-450501. Because of the current restrictions only parents and sponsors may attend.

The diocesan website has a dedicated Advent page that will be added to throughout the season of Advent. Parishioners are invited to access this page for a weekly Advent bulletin, Scripture Sharing reflections from Fr Liam Lawton, videos on making and blessing an Advent wreath and on creating an Advent prayer space in the home and more!

You are welcome to join us in Allenwood Church for one hour of Prayer and
Exposition of the
Blessed Sacrament
led by
Fr. Brian Kavanagh

Each Thursday evening during Advent 7pm to 8pm

This Holy Hour will also be livestreamed on our facebook page


The Parish Office
The Parish Office is open 10am to 2pm, Tuesday to Friday
You can telephone the office on 045-450501
to arrange Anniversary Masses etc.
We sell a range of Mass Cards, Mass Bouquets and other religious items.
We have a selection of Christmas Mass Bouquets available.