Allen Parish Newsletter 23rd May 2010

Pentecost Sunday23rd May 201


Reachers not preachers

Where would we be without scientists? Certainly not in the calmest place on earth. For it is they who have pinpointed just that place. The mother of all ‘getaways’ you might think, but don’t make plans to go there just yet. Problem is it’s not a gorgeous tropical island but an icy plateau in Antarctica. Situated several hundred miles from the South Pole this place, sporting the alluring name of Ridge A, has an atmosphere so still that stars don’t twinkle there. Its air is 100 times drier than the Sahara’s. And its average winter temperature of -70°C makes it the coldest place on earth too.

But when we’re looking for a calm refuge from life’s stress and strain we don’t have to budge from where we are. We find peace and calm in our hearts, or we don’t find it at all. One of the surest things to disturb one’s peace of mind is a relationship gone sour. One where communication has ceased. Communicating well calms the heart. It’s interesting that the first effect of God’s Spirit coming upon the apostles is their new ability to communicate without barriers to all and sundry.

In less dramatic fashion that’s true today too. Nobody has much difficulty with understanding the language of goodness, kindness and love. A smile says the same thing in any language. It doesn’t need translation. Neither does a helping hand. It’s not preachers that we need today to spread God’s word but ‘reachers’ – people who reach out to others be they Parthian, Medes, or Elamites – or their modern-day equivalents.


Responsorial Psalm

Send forth your Spirit, O Lord, and renew the face of the earth.


Monday 24th May

Allen – 9.30am

Tuesday 25th May

Allen – 9.30am

Milltown 9.30am

Wednesday 26th May

Allen – 9.30am

Allenwood – 9.30am

Thursday 27th May

Allen – 2pm Wedding Mass

Friday 28th May

Allen – 9.30am – Michael Gorman

Allenwood – 9.30am – Brigid and John Roche, Tullamore



Allen: Saturday 2pm – Wedding Mass

Allen: Saturday 7.30pm

Peter and Christina Anderson, Allenwood South

People of the Parish

Lay Reader: Bréid Murphy

Eucharistic Minister: Nicola Murphy


Allen:   Sunday 11.00am

Thomas Sheridan, Ballyteague

Molly O’Brien, Cloncumber, Ballyteague

Lay Reader: Ger Randles

Eucharistic Ministers: Rosaline Connolly and John Paul Price


Allenwood: Saturday 6.30pm

Margaret and William Percival, Allenwood Sth.

Lay Reader: Christina Ryan

Eucharistic Ministers: Maureen Fitzpatrick and Dorothy Stowe


AllenwoodSunday 10.00am

Jack and Mary Doyle and Ciaran Bagnall

Michael and Alice Kenny, Derrymullen

Ella Lawless (7th Anniversary)

Lay Reader: Johnny O’Callaghan

Eucharistic Ministers: Pauline Regan and Joy Fetherston


Milltown: Sunday 9.30am

John Joe Nolan, Barronstown

Lay Reader: John Dwyer

Eucharistic Minister: Marie Walsh


Next Sunday’s Readings: Sunday 30th May The Most Holy Trinity:

Prov 8:22-31. Ps 8. Rom 5:1-5.

Jn 16:12-15. Lect 1: 615.


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.



Weekly Envelopes (2 weeks): 9th & 16th May: €1,346.00

Many thanks to all who contributed.



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

Please pray for:

Margaret Keely, Mylerstown.

May she rest in peace.


The Sacrament of Baptism is celebrated every two weeks.

The schedule is as follows:

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

Allen Sunday 1st August at 12 noon

Allenwood Sunday 15th August at 11am

Milltown Saturday 28th August at 12 noon

Allen Sunday 12th September at 12 noon

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


We recently welcomed into our community through baptism:

Darrel Patrick Leeson

Aobha Kate O’Flaherty

Fergus Paul Dunne

Eli Jonah Dunne

Oisín Tomás O’Reilly

Tadhg William John Hynes


First Holy Communion 2010

Congratulations to the children of Allenwood Boys School, Allenwood Girls School and Scoil Bhríde, Milltown who received the Sacrament of First Holy Communion last weekend.

Milltown: Sunday 23rd May at 9.30am.

Allen: Sunday 30th May at 11am.


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 – 7.30a

Coill Dubh – 7.50am

Prosperous – 8.00am

Allenwood – 8.15am

Youth Ministry

Rehearsal for Youth Choir on Wednesday 26th May in Allen Church at 7.30pm for the Youth Mass on Saturday 30th May.



The Vocations team will be hosting an information afternoon for those interested in or curious about priesthood on Sunday 23rd May at 3pm in Portlaoise Parish Centre.

Open Day at Bog of Allen Nature Centre

Butterfly Open day at the bog of Allen Nature centre this Sunday 23rd May from 12noon-4pm. Free admission and it will include a butterfly talk and walk to Lullymore West Bog.

Allen Little Theatre

Allen Little Theatre will hold its drama AGM on Friday 11th June at 8.30pm in Allen Hall.  New members welcome, whether for acting or to be considered for one of the many positions backstage. Enquiries to Kevin at 087 9614235.

Derrinturn ICA

Céilí and old-time dancing will be held in Carbury GAA centre on Friday 28th May 2010. Music by Sean Norman Ceile Band. Dancing 9pm – 1am. Admission €10. Proceeds in aid of GOAL Haiti Fund.

Allen Hall Annual Plant Sale

The Allen Hall annual plant sale takes place on bank holiday Monday, 7th June, 11am – 6pm. All welcome.



17th May, 2010

5            6             9          21

NINE Match 3 Winners

€28 each

Malachy Browne c/o B. Kennedy

David Hanlon, Milltown

Monica Anderson, Allenwood Sth.

Sharon Keely c/o D. Keating

Todd Aungier c/o J. Aungier

L. Doyle c/o J. Ivers

N. White c/o J. Ivers

Jack Musgrave, Kilmeague

Lee Carthy, Robertstown




18th May, 2010

WinningNumbers                      Plus

6         8        13       23                 27

TWO Match 3 winners - €100 each

Brendan and Annie Carroll, Station Road

Stephen and Andrew Leavy, Allenwood

Next week’s Jackpot €19,000



SFL Div 2: Result Milltown 0-7 Two Mile House 0-7. Away to Clane on Saturday 29th May.

SFL Div 6: At home to Rathcoffey  On Monday 24th May at 7.30 pm.

Committee Meeting Tuesday 25th May at 8pm.

Leinster Championship: Kildare v Longford/Louth on Saturday 5th June. Ticket orders to Joan Cash by Friday 28th May.

Under-Age: U/8 Go Games at home to Ballymore on Saturday 29th May.

U/10 League Bye on Tuesday 25th May

U/12 League  Div 2 at home to Kildangan on Thursday 27th May.

Ladies Football: Results U/14 Milltown 4-07 Ellistown 0-06. Seniors Milltown 3-05 Monasterevin 2-02. Fixture: Seniors  away to Celbridge on Tuesday 25th May.



SFL Div. 3 Result: Robertstown 1-15 St. Laurences 2-9. Fixture: Home to Castlemitchel on Saturday next 29th May.

SFL Div. 6 Result: Robertstown 1-7 Ballymore 4-6. Fixture: Away to Milltown on Monday  24th May at 7.30pm.

U/14 Football League Result: Robertstown 0-8 Caragh 3-9. Robertstown 5-11 Castledermot 4-8. Fixture: Home to Celbridge 2 on Monday next 24th May at 7pm.

U/11 Football League Semi-final: Robertstown lost to Castlemitchel in this semi-final. Well done to all these young players and their mentors for getting this far.

Féile Raffle: 1st prize: €1,000. 2nd prize: weekend spa break at Johnstown House & Spa Hotel, worth €500. 3rd prize: 2 nights B&B with evening meal in any Carlton Hotel in Ireland.

Draw on Saturday 19th June at Karaoke Night 'Robertstown’s Got Talent' in Dowling's Bar, Robertstown, from 8pm. Tickets €10 each from any committee member.



The club is still leading Div. 2 of the Kildare & District Soccer Leagues having won its first seven games. Result: Played on Wednesday Eleson Utd. 5 Clane Utd. 1. Fixture Div 2 away to Dunlavin this Sunday at 2pm.



Upcoming Fixtures:

SFL Div. 5 Allenwood v. St. Laurences on 24th May at 7.30pm in Allenwood

SFL Div. 7 Allenwood v. Rathcoffey on 24th May at 7.30pm in Allenwood

Bingo continues every Wednesday in the clubhouse, with a jackpot of approx. €4,500

Annual Golf Classic takes place in Edenderry Golf Club on Friday, 4th June. Teams of four cost €200, with food included. The timesheet is available from Mary Donohue on 045-860387.

Ticket orders for Kildare's opening Leinster Football Championship game against Louth or Longford must be with Annette Coyne (087-1313219) by Wednesday, 26th May at the latest. The game will be in Navan or Tullamore.



Results: SFL Div 5 Monday 17th May Kilcullen 2–14 Ballyteague 1–9.

U/10 Tuesday 18th May Ballyteague 4–3 Milltown 1–4.

U/12 League Thursday 20th May Ballyteague 3-15 Castlemitchel 0-4.

Fixtures: SFL Div 5 Monday 24th May Ballyteague home to Suncroft at 7.30pm. SFL Div 2 Saturday 29th May Ballyteague home to Grange at 6pm.

Congratulations to Na Fianna Ladies Minor team who had a great win over Ballymore Minors on Tuesday evening in Ballymore with a score of 4-3 to 1-4.

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

Adult training continues on Tuesday and Thursday at 8pm.

Club Air Fresheners for sale €3 each, available throughout the club. Also club tracksuits, polo shirts, jerseys, hats available to order. Contact club secretary Marie at 086-3626995.

Club Golf Classic will take place on Friday 11th June in Cill Dara Golf Club.  Teams of 4, €200 including meal.  Anyone wishing to sponsor a Tee Box, longest drive etc, please contact D. Jacob or S. Murphy.