Allen parish Newsletter 6th June 2010

The Body and Blood of Christ

Brainstorming is about to take on new meaning if research in brain science has its way. Already scientists can convert into crude video footage the brain’s activity from watching or even remembering something. In the US security agencies are experimenting with brain scanners for interrogating prisoners. They’re also studying ways of scanning brains from a distance to probe a person’s thoughts and anxieties without their knowledge, for example at airports.

The Eucharist also probes – but the heart, and up close and personal – to share thoughts, feelings and anxieties. It doesn’t intrude into your privacy but invites you to a faith-filled encounter with God and friends. It eases life’s burdens through mutual support, affirmation and service. It does so through sharing time, talents and goodwill with others not just during Mass but also outside of it.

We see this in today’s Gospel reading (Luke 9:11-17). Jesus tells his disciples to feed the crowd following him (v. 13). They say they don’t have enough food to go round. That doesn’t bother Jesus. So they just do what they’re told and start sharing the little they have. And, surprise, surprise, they have more than enough to feed everybody. This is why Jesus gave us the Eucharist. This is why we go to Mass. To become sharers with others. To give to, and accept from, another human being.

I wonder if our brains were scanned as we celebrate the Eucharist what images would be reproduced: those of daze, flat-lined by consubstantiality, or those of vision pulsating from simple words of life?


Responsorial Psalm  

You are a priest for ever, a priest like Melchizedek of old.


Monday 7th June

Allenwood – 9.30am

Tuesday 8th June

Allen – 9.30am

Milltown 9.30am

Wednesday 9th June

Allen – 9.30am

Allenwood – 9.30am

Thursday 10th June

Allen – 9.30am

Friday 11th June

Allenwood – 9.30am



Allen: Saturday 2pm – Wedding Mass


Allen:  Saturday 7.30pm

The Donohoe Family, Robertstown

Patrick Thorpe, Grangehiggin

Lay Reader: Eddie Farrell

Eucharistic Minister: Nicola Murphy


Allen:   Sunday 11.00am

Ann McKenna, Kilteel

Tom Scully and his parents Kathleen & Andy Scully, Mylerstown

John Price, Annesborough

Lay Reader: Rosaleen Connolly

Eucharistic Ministers: Nellie Sweeney and John Paul Price

Allenwood:  Saturday 6.30pm

Ann Kennedy, Oaklawns, Kilmeague

Lay Reader: Niall Malone

Eucharistic Ministers: Peter Connolly and Mary Brennan


AllenwoodSunday 10.00am

 Lay Reader: Noel Moore 

Eucharistic Ministers: Ciaran Craig and Hilda Donoghue

Milltown: Sunday 9.30am

 People of the Parish

Lay Reader: First Communion Reader

Eucharistic Minister: Christy Herbert


Next Sunday’s Readings

Readings for Sunday 13th June:

2 Sam 12:7-10, 13. Ps 31.

Gal 2:16, 19-21. Lk 7:36-8:3. Lect 1: 866.


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

Joseph (Joe) Slicker, Blakestown, who was buried in Milltown on Tuesday.

Thomas (Tod) Aungier, Allenwood South, who was buried in Allen on Wednesday.

 May they rest in peace.


“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:

Jack & Mary Doyle and Ciaran Bagnall.

May they rest in peace



The Sacrament of Baptism is

celebrated every two weeks.

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.



31st May, 2010

            2            3            20         27


THREE Match 3 Winners - €84 each

Noel Mulhall c/o John Murphy

A.M. Colleton, Milltown

Paddy Travers c/o F. Reidy.



Next week’s draw will take place on Tuesday 8th June at 9pm.



Weekly Envelopes (2 weeks):

23rd & 30th May: €1,545.00

Many thanks to all who contributed


The total Lenten Trócaire collection for Allen Parish in 2010 was €5,912.07. (Last year’s figure was €€8,170.34). Many thanks to everyone who contributed so generously and especially to the people in each Church who had the onerous task of counting this money.

First Communion 2010

Congratulations to the children of Allen School who received the Sacrament of First Holy Communion last weekend.

Parish Pilgrimage to Lourdes

The number of people travelling on our Parish Pilgrimage to Lourdes is much smaller than in recent years. This may be due to the economic downturn.  Because of this, we would welcome more participants this year. There is still time to book a place. The pilgrimage will commence for five nights on Monday 27th September 2010. Cost per person is €725. Contact Bréid Murphy at 860218.


Baptismal Team

A meeting for all members of the Baptismal team will be held in Fr. Brian’s house on Wed. 16th June at 7.30pm.

Knock Summer Youth Festival

The annual Knock Summer Youth festival will take place 25th-27th June in Our Lady’s Shrine, Knock, Co Mayo.  The festival costs €70 which includes accommodation and meals.  The weekend theme is ‘Walk by Faith’.  Young people aged 18-35 are invited to come along for a weekend of fun, music, prayer, reflection, workshops and much more.  There will be a free bus available from the diocese with pick up points in Carlow, Naas and Clane.  Contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or call 087-7788007. You can book online at  

Clonmacnois Youth 200 Summer Festival

Youth 200 Summer Festival, Clonmacnois, Co. Offaly, Thurs 12th – Sun. 15th Aug. For young people aged 16-35, an opportunity to experience the Catholic faith and meet many new friends. Donation only. Contact 086-3025442 or 01-6753690 or

Knock Summer Festival

The annual Knock Summer Youth festival will take place 25th-27th June in Our Lady’s Shrine, Knock, Co Mayo.  Young people aged 18-35 are invited to come along for a weekend of fun, music, prayer, reflection, workshops and much more.  A free bus is available, with pick up points in Carlow, Naas and Clane.  Contact  Yvonne at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or 087-7788007.  



2nd June, 2010

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        2         3         8        21          29


TWO Match 3 winners - €100 each

Tony Dunne c/o Spar, Mark Smith, Allen

Next week’s Jackpot €19,000



S.F.L. Div 2: Result  Clane 0-09 Milltown 1-04. Home to Moorefield 2  Sat June 12th     

S.F.L. Div 6: Result Rheban 0-08 Milltown 0-02. Home to Ballymore Wed 9 June  8pm.

3 Month Development Draw: Over €6000 in prizes first prize €3500. First draw will take place on Thurs July 22nd. Tickets €25 per month, now available.

Congratulations and well done to Scoil Bhríde seniors who defeated Cappagh 2-08 to 1-06 in the County final on Tues.

Under-Age: U/12 result Kildangan 1-10 Milltown 6-16. 

Fixtures: U/8 Go Games away to Monasterevin on Sat June 12th. U/10 League at home to Two Mile House on Tues June 8th. U/12 League  Div 2 at home to Rathangan on Thurs June 10th .

Ladies Football: Results – Seniors: Milltown 3-12 Castlemitchell 4-05. U/14 Semi-Final Milltown 1-04 Moorefield 1-04, replay Milltown 1-01 Moorefield 2-08. Fixtures: Seniors bye on Tuesday June 15th. U/10 go games away to Kilcock on Saturday June 19th .



Results: SFL Div 2:  Ballyteague 0–9 Grange 0-14. SFL Div 5:  Ballyteague 0–8 Johnstownbridge 2-12. Fixtures: SFL Div 2:  Friday 4th June, Ballyteague home to Kill. SFL Div 5: Wed 9th June, Ballyteague home to Ellistown at 7.30pm.

Well done to Na Fianna Boys U 14 team who had a great win over Confey on Wed.

Under-age training  Tues from 7pm to 8pm.

Any person with Foundation level coaching qualification, who would be interested in coaching in local schools, contact Declan Jacob at 087 1274927 for further info.

Club Air Freshners 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 June 11th in Cill Dara Golf Club.  Teams of 4, €200 including meal.  Anyone wishing to sponsor a Tee Box, longest drive etc, please contact Declan Jacob or Shay Murphy.



SFL Div. 3 Result: Robertstown 1-12 Castlemitchel 0-4. Fixture: Away to Sarsfields 2 this Sunday at 6pm.

U/14 Football League: Result: Robertstown 4-15 St. Kevins 5-4.

Monster Field Day in the football field today, Sun. June 6th at 1pm. Fun for all the family!

Féile Raffle: 1st prize: €1,000. 2nd prize: Weekend spa break at Johnstown House & Spa Hotel, worth €500. 3rd prize: Two nights B&B with evening meal in any Carlton Hotel in Ireland. Draw on Sat. June 19th at Karaoke night ‘Robertstown’s Got Talent’ in Dowlings Bar from 8pm. Tickets €10 from any Committee member.



The club is still leading Div. 2 of the Kildare & District leagues.

Result: Eleson United 3 Carbury 3.



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

Commiserations to Kieran O’Donnell and the lads on losing both the U-10 and senior Bunscoil finals. It would have been wonderful to see Kieran pulling off the double in his final year in the school, where his contribution to the development of Allenwood football has been well beyond the call of duty for the best part of four decades.


Allenwood GNS

Parish Sports

Allenwood GNS are hosting the 40th annual Parish Sports on Sunday June 13th at 2pm in Allenwood GFC grounds. There will be a Field Day with  Cake stall, Wheel of Fortune, bric-a-brac, pony rides and much more! A fun day out for all the family.


Allen Little Theatre

Drama AGM on Friday 11th June at 8.30pm in Allen Hall. All members to attend. New members most welcome. Further details from Kevin at 087‑9614235.