Allen Parish Newsletter 27th December 2020

Parish Office, Milltown Cross, Milltown, Newbridge, Co. Kildare.

Tue – Fri: 10am – 2pm

Tel: 045 450501

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The Parish Office is closed for Christmas Holidays and will

reopen on Tuesday 5th January.

During the Level 5 restrictions the Office will remain closed to the public but you can telephone 0450-450501 from 5th January to arrange

Anniversary Masses/Mass cards etc.

Next Newsletter 10th January.


Fr. Willie Byrne P.P.

Parochial House, Allen, Kilmeague, Naas,

Co. Kildare

Tel: 045 860135



Allen Parish Newsletter


Christmas Day

25th December, 2020


What a year we have had? As I write this Christmas Message on Tuesday 22 nd of December 2020 news has come that we enter a new level 5 lockdown on St Stephens Day. With no public Masses all Masses will be livestreamed from Allenwood Church. Our Churches will remain open for private prayer only. There is a lot of fear, worry and anxiety around. What the New Year and next few months holds out for us nobody knows. One glimmer of hope are the new vaccines which some of which have just been approved.

One thing we do know is that we are a resilient people, that difficulties and crisis brings out the best in us as a parish, community, and people as we have witnessed since February/March of this year. There have been many selfless acts of kindness and generosity displayed by so many individuals and groups as part of our local community response to reach out and help. From the making of face masks and gowns, to delivery of medicine and groceries, to making contact with the elderly and cocooned, to the day-care meals on wheels and so much more. To the many different means of communication with each other.

As a Parish we experience a steep learning curve in how to livestream our masses on Allen Parish Facebook live. A special word of thanks to Fr. Bill Kemmy in the early days of the first lockdown when all the churches were closed for his kind invitation to Celebrate Mass on livestream from Rathangan Parish.

As we all know Christmas is a very special time of year, a time for families reunions, a time for children, Santa Clause, Christmas presents, Christmas Cards, a time for renewing old acquaintances, a time of celebration and relaxation. Although we may have to do it slightly differently this year.

I would like to acknowledge the considerable work done each year on behalf of Allen Parish by so many people who generously volunteer their time and skills in so many ways on behalf of the parish. All involved in parish ministries and parish activities, sacristans, readers, Eucharistic ministers, altar servers, music and choirs, collectors, counters, stewards, baptism ministers, lotto volunteers and all who support the lotto, parish shop, parish office, church cleaners, and flower arrangers, care of church grounds.

A special thanks to all who serve on the many parish committees Pastoral Council, Finance, Liturgy, Child Safeguarding, the parish website team, members of school boards of management, those who work with youth, Pope John Paul II and Papal Awards, the Day-care and the Saint Vincent De Paul, prayer, Eucharistic adoration and spirituality groups, first communion and confirmation parents groups, cemetery committees.

The parish would like to thank the many groups and clubs that enrich the life of the wider community, all the sporting clubs, residence associations, parents associations, support and recreation groups, youth groups, text alert groups, care of elderly, scouts and guides, the men’s sheds and many more.

A warn welcome to all who have moved to our parish during the past year.

This Christmas day as we raise our glasses in celebration to welcome the birth of the baby Jesus let us take a moment to remember individuals and families who are finding this Christmas difficult. Families who have suffered a loss or bereavement during the year, and who because of the current pandemic restrictions were unable to say a fitting farewell and grieve properly for their loved ones. We also remember those who are ill, isolated and lonely.

Keep Safe and may the peace, blessing, and joy of Christmas be with you all.

Fr. Willie Byrne PP and Fr. Brian Kavanagh CC

We Remember in our Prayers

Those whom we love and lose are no longer where they were before, they are now wherever we are.     (St.Chrysostom)

Please pray for:

Rosaleen Herbert and all deceased members of the Herbert and Mulrennan families.

Laurence Dunne Snr & Kathleen Dunne also Laurence Dunne Jnr and Patrick (Joseph) Dunne, Station Road, Allenwood.

Mick and David Murphy, Christianstown.

Julia, Willie and Anthony Reilly also Cora Woods and Mary & Pat Murphy.

Tom and Agnes Dunne, Peadar Dunne, Paddy Dunne and Cáith Byrne (nee Dunne)

Peter Brereton and Frank Keogh.

Joseph Duffy, Allen, Mary Delaney (nee Duffy), Allen, Willie & Brigid Mills, Rathernan and Ann Duffy.

Ned and Essie Dunne, Pluckerstown.

May they rest in peace.

St. Vincent de Paul

Thank You

The Allen Conference of St Vincent de Paul would like to thankall the schools in the parish who donated to our Annual Christmas Appeal.

Thanks to the businesses and individuals for their monetary donations.

Thanks to the people who donated anonymously.

Thanks to Ali’s Montessori Kilmeague for their SVP fundraiser appeal.

Thanks to all who support our Day Care Centre by purchasing Lotto tickets - hopefully the Lotto will be back soon when government restrictions are lifted. Thanks to the local clubs who held fundraisers for the Day Care Centre during the year.

Many thanks to the wonderful staff of our Day Care Centre for their dedicated delivery of their meals on wheels service.

Very many thanks to all who donated so generously at our recent Church door Christmas collection.

Wishing everyone a happy and holy Christmas and a safe New Year.

Christmas can be a difficult time and we are always here to help. You can contact Allen area St. Vincent de Paul on our confidential helpline number at 085.

The Epiphany of the Lord.

(Holyday of Obligation)

The Feast of the Epiphany is celebrated on January 6. This feast commemorates the visit of the wise men to worship the baby Jesus. As today’s feast is a holy day of obligation, all Catholics should participate in Mass . Our Masses will be streamed online one at the following times:

Tuesday 5th January


Wednesday 6th January


The family of the late Patrick Joseph Whelton would like to thank most sincerely all those who have given them support, expressed their sympathy and sent Mass cards and flowers following the death of Patrick. They would also like to thank Fr. Brian Kavanagh and Fr. Willie Byrne.

The first eight days of Christmas are 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.

Christmas Octave Masses in Allen Parish (26th December – 1st January)

Saturday 26th December 11am

Monday 28th December 11am

Tuesday 29th December 11am

Wednesday 30th December 11am - Michael Mullen (1st Anniversary)

                                                                        Kathleen (Josie) Carroll, Allenwood Middle

Thursday 31st December 11am

Friday 1st January 11am - Patrick, Kathleen, Paud and Peter Brereton

All of the Christmas Octave Masses will be streamed online only on Allen Parish facebook page. Our Masses are streamed as public broadcasts and you do not need a facebook account to watch.

As we are moving to Level 5 on St. Stephen’s Day, all of our Masses from 26th December will be streamed online only.

Saturday 26th/Sunday 27th December(Streamed online only)

Allenwood: Saturday 6.30pm

Andrew Kane, Mylerstown, Robertstown (Months Mind)

Elizabeth and Francis Dowling and Jim Dowling

John , Mary and Richard Cross and Mary Wild (nee Cross)

Sheila and Patty Cronly and immediate family, Allenwood also Alice (Snowie) Flanagan

John and May Curran

Joe Cross, Allenwood Middle

Lay Reader:   Liam Murphy


Raymond (Ray) Walsh, Robertstown (2nd Anniversary)

Christina and Peter Anderson, Elizabeth Ward and Sean Doyle

Todd and Eithna Herbert, Robertstown

Lay Reader: John Paul II Awards reader

Saturday 2nd/Sunday 3rd January(Streamed online only)

Allenwood: Saturday 6.30pm

Princess Leah Taaffe (Anniversary)

Tom Moore, Back Road, Allenwood

Michael and Christina Dunne, Station Road, Allenwood

Lay Reader:   Fiona McManamon


Ruth Reidy, Robertstown West (5th Anniversary)

Michael Jacob

Paddy & Mag Dunne and also Bridget Mulpeter, Grangeclare and Manchester

Lay Reader: John Paul II Awards reader

WEEKDAY MASSES 4th—8th January(Streamed online only)

Monday 4th January

Allenwood 9.30am

Tuesday 5th January

Allenwood 9.30am - Margaret and Michael Walshe also Paula Browne, later of Pollardstown

Thursday 7th January

Allenwood 9.30am

Friday 8th January

Allenwood – 9.30am

God is With Us” – a Christmas Message from Bishop Denis Nulty

These are the days when many people are looking for a Christmas message of hope, of reassurance, of resilience. The past ten months has shaken us to our foundation. It has rattled our economy, our parishes, our lives. And we are told that the immediate days and weeks ahead around Christmas/New Year are crucial if we want to take control of this pandemic. There can be no letting down of our guard, there can be no lessening of the standard we have lived by over the past ten months. A Christmas like it has always been will undo the great sacrifices and work of the past ten months.

Outside churches across Kildare and Leighlin you will notice a Christmas banner. Together the 56 parishes of our diocesan family are sharing the central message of Christmas – a message that speaks to us this year in a very particular way. As we come to the end of 2020 and prepare to enter 2021 may we know in the deepest recesses of our being the enduring truth of our faith – the faith we proclaim every Christmas, the faith announced in those banners across our parishes this Christmas – thatGod is With Us. May we experience His closeness this year more than ever. While we can’t embrace, know that He holds us. While our mask hides our face, know that He sees our smiles. And while we keep our social distance, know that He is never distant from us, He is walking by our side. He is always with us.

Fr. Brian Kavanagh C.C.

Buíochas, 15 Lowtown Manor, Robertstown, Naas, Co. Kildare

Tel: 087 6162675