Allen Parish Newsletter 9th May 2010

Feeling like a Human Being

 There’s a memorable scene in The Shawshank Redemption. Andy Dufresne (Tim Robbins) plays Duettino-Sull’aria from Mozart’s ‘The Marriage of Figaro’ over the prison loudspeaker system. Prisoners stop what they’re doing enthralled by the operatic duet. As you watch their rapt features, ‘Red’ Redding’s (Morgan Freeman) background commentary tells you that for a few minutes these prisoners feel like human beings again. The beauty of the music blocks out the ugliness of their surroundings and transports them to another place where refinement, beauty and spirit reign. It’s a powerful, touching scene.

Now another scene. This time in Suffolk, England. A 5ft by 7ft dilapidated beach hut. Its window is broken. Its paint is peeling. It lacks a door, gas, electricity and water. A local council regulation forbids overnight use of it. For sale at a whopping £40,000, its estate agent says it’ll be snapped up. Other huts similar in size but in better condition have sold even more ‘whoppingly’ for £100,000. Why? Location, location, location. They command a spectacular view of the sea. Again, a place of beauty – and for people of faith, a sense of Presence therein.

Our third and last scene is in today’s Second Reading: the holy city Jerusalem coming down out of heaven from God. (Apoc 21:10) Refinement, beauty and Spirit reign there. No need for gas or electricity – not even for the Sun. The glory of God is its light, God’s presence its air. Like the Shawshank prisoners we too need our moments of rapture whether it be from love, nature, art or faith. For without a peek into eternity human nature just cannot peak.


Responsorial Psalm  
Let the peoples praise you, O God;
let all the peoples praise you.

 Monday 10th May

Allen – 9.30am

Tuesday 11th May

Milltown 9.30amDeclan Lawler (Birthday Remembrance) and all deceased members of the Lawler and Byrne families.

Wednesday 12th May

Allen – 9.30am

Allenwood – 9.30am – Bill Carroll

Thursday 13th May

Allen – 9.30am

Allenwood – 9.30am

Friday 14th May

Allen – 9.30am 

Allenwood – 9.30am



Allen:  Saturday 7.30pm

Tom and Mary Dunne, Drimsree

Deceased members of the Farrell family, Station Road, Allenwood

Lay Reader: Patricia Creighton
Eucharistic Minister: Lily McKane


Allen:   Sunday 11.00am

Richard Price, Annesborough

People of the Parish

Lay Reader: Ruby Whelan
Eucharistic Ministers: Nellie Sweeney and Tom Walsh

Allenwood:  Saturday 6.30pm

William and Mary Bagnall, Allenwood

James Coyne, Allenwood North

Jack and Mag Moore, Bluetown

William Byrne, Mylerstown Rd., Robertstown and all deceased members of the Byrne family

Lay Reader: Dearbhla Moore
Eucharistic Ministers: Peter Connolly and Mary Brennan


AllenwoodSunday 10.00am

Lay Reader: First Communion Reader
Eucharistic Ministers: Ciaran Craig and Hilda Donoghue

Milltown: Sunday 9.30am

James & Margaret Downey, Milltown and Jane & Anthony O’Neill, Rathangan

Lay Reader: First Communion Reader
Eucharistic Minister: Bridie Dunney


 Next Sunday’s Readings

Readings for Sunday 9th May:
Acts 15:1-2, 22-29. Ps 66. Apoc 21:1—14, 22-23. Jn 14:23-29. Lect 1: 539.
Eucharistic Adoration

Eucharistic Adoration in Allen Church on Wednesday morning 10am to 11am.


Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament takes place every Monday from 11am to 3pm.



“Those who die in grace go but to God and God is very near”.

We remember in our prayers

Patrick Wyse, formerly of Robertstown West, son of Seamus and Valerie Wyse, who died in Australia on 27th April.

 May he rest in peace



The Sacrament of Baptism is
celebrated every two weeks.
The schedule is as follows:

Allenwood Sunday 23rd May at 11am

Milltown Saturday 5th June at 12 noon

Allen Sunday 20th June at 12 noon

Allenwood Sunday 4th July at 11am

Milltown Saturday 17th July at 12 noon

 Requests for baptism must be received at the Parish Office not later than two weeks before the actual baptism.



Weekly Envelopes (2 weeks)
25th April & 2nd May: €1,460.00
Many thanks to all who contributed




4th May, 2010

    2           12           15         28
Teresa Aungier jnr, Littletown
TWO Match 3 Winners
€125 each
Monica O’Connor, Hawkfield
J. Travers c/o John Ivers


Peter’s Pence Collection

Envelopes for the annual Peter’s Pence collection should be handed in at Masses next weekend.


Diocesan Pilgrimage to Knock

Diocesan Pilgrimage to Knock on 6th June. To book a seat on the bus please contact:  Tommy Bagnall: 087-2060723.

Bus times:

Kilmeague ..... 7.30am

Coill Dubh .... 7.50am

Prosperous ... 8.00am

Allenwood .... 8.15am


Parish Pilgrimage to Lourdes

There are still some places available on the Parish Pilgrimage to Lourdes which will commence for five nights on Monday 27th September 2010. Cost per person is €725. Contact Bréid Murphy at 860218.


Pilgrimage to the Holy Land

Fr. Brian is organising a 10 day pilgrimage to the Holy Land in September 2011.  The estimated price is around €1,600.   A deposit of €300 will be due at the end of September 2010. 20 places still available.  If you are interested please phone Fr. Brian at 087 6162675 or Mary Murray 086 3961058.  


First Communion 2010

The Sacrament of First Holy Communion will be celebrated in Allen Parish as follows:

Robertstown: Sunday 9th May at 11am.

Allenwood: Sunday 16th May at 10am

Milltown: Sunday 16th May at 9.30am.

Milltown: Sunday 23rd May at 9.30am.

Allen: Sunday 30th May at 11am.


Traveller’s Rest Golf Society

Outing to Kilcock Golf Club on Sat. 15th May. 11.30am First tee. All welcome.


Allen Little Theatre will hold their drama AGM on Friday 11th June in Allen Hall at 8.30pm. New members most welcome. Enquiries to 087 9614235.



Indoor Bowls in Allen Hall every Tuesday at 7.30pm. All are welcome.



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 ONE Match 3 winner €200

Wayne O’Connor c/o Billy

NO Jackpot winner

Next week’s Jackpot €19,000

NO Jackpot + Plus Winner

Next week’s Jackpot + Plus €20,000


Organic Vegetable Course

Venue 2 Organic Farms Carlow. Starting Date Saturday 15th May. Course continues for 5 Saturdays over the summer months. Contact Cindy Mahon Teagasc Athy (059) 8631719 or (087)2811698



IFC Round 2 Milltown v Confey on Sunday May 9th in Straffan at 4pm.

S.F.L. Div 2: Result Grange 0-07 Milltown 2-08.At home to Two Mile House on Saturday May 15th at 4pm.

S.F.L. Div 6: At home to Carbury On Monday May 10th at 7.30pm.

Under 8 Go Games continues on Sat. May 15th away to Rathangan.

Ladies Football:  Results U/14 Milltown 1-04 Ballymore 1-07. Nurney/Kildangan  2-06 Milltown 2-11. Senior training continues every Wednesday & Friday at 8pm. New players are always welcome  

Fixture: Seniors at home to Monasterevin on Tuesday May 18th.



SFL Div 3 Robertstown 0-10 Eadestown 3-10 

Tom Cross Junior Championship Round 2:  Robertstown vs Grange in Kilcullen today, Sunday, at 6pm.

SFL Div 6: Away to Castlemitchel on Mon. at 7pm.

U/11 Football League results to date: won 2 against Kildangan and Rheban. Lost 2 against Grange and Castlemitchel.

U/14 Football League: Away to Castlecdermot this Sun. at 11am.

The Club wishes to thank all who supported our Table Quiz and Sponsored Walk last weekend.

NaFianna U/16 final: NaFianna v Round Towers in St. Conleth’s Park, Newbridge on Mon. May 3rd at 12.30pm.



Results Div 2: Eleson United 3 Dunlavin 0.

Over 35 League: Eleson United 0 Caragh Celtic 0.

Fixtures: Div 2: Away to Sallins this Sun at 11am. Over 35: Away to Leixlip.



Congratulations to the Milltown U/11 Community Games Rugby team who beat Caragh to secure a place in this years Community Games County Final.  They will meet either St. Brigids (Newbridge) or Two Mile House. We wish all the team and their mentors, Robbie Doyle and Declan Buckley the very best for the Final.



Fixtures: SFC Round 2 Sat, May 8th at 7.15pm in St. Conleth's Park Allenwood v. St. Laurences.

SFL Div 5 Mon, May 10th at 7.30pm Allenwood v. Ballyteague

SFL Div 7 Mon, May 10th at 7.30pm Allenwood v. Clogherinkoe

The club's Annual Golf Classic takes place on Friday, June 4th in Edenderry Golf Club. Teams of 4 cost €200 with food included afterwards. Timesheet is now available from Mary Donohue.

La Na gClub takes place this Sunday, May 9th. There will be a Sponsored Walk in aid of the Underage side of the club, as well matches for various age groups. There will also be a BBQ and a Cake Sale. The sponsored walk will commence at 3pm.

The Grow A Beard Fundraiser, will finish this Sunday evening when the various beardies will have their facial hair removed in the clubhouse after the La Na gClub activities finish. Entertainment on the night will be provided by Dag Kelly.



Results: SFL Div. 2   Ballyteague   0 – 10   Raheens  2 - 7

Fixtures: IFC  2nd Round  Ballyteague v Rathangan  Sat 8th May in Carbury at 6pm. Div 5 Monday 10th May,  Ballyteague away to Allenwood, 7pm. Div 2 Saturday  15th May, Ballyteague away to Rheban.

Under-age training takes place on Tuesday evenings from 7pm to 8pm

Adult training on Tues and Thurs at 8pm.

Club Air Freshners for sale €3 each, available throughout the club.

Club Day is on Sunday 9th May in the Club grounds. Fun for all the family, underage games, BBQ, all kinds of activities.  Development Draw will take place at Club Day.

Congratulations to the Na Fianna girls U 16’s team who won Div 3 of the league in Johnstownbridge on Sunday, the score was Na Fianna 4 -  9  Leixlip 4 – 6.

Well done to Ballyteague U 11’s who had a great win over Monasterevin on Wednesday.