Allen Parish Newsletter 13th June 2010


Soft Touch

A gribble is a sea worm, 1-4 mm long, and a pest. The scourge of seafarers, gribbles bore into ships’ planks and wreck them. Digesting their cellulose, they cause much destruction to marine timber structures, such as jetties and piers. But, they’re peerless when it comes to recycling driftwood. Researchers have found that the enzymes gribbles use to break down woody cellulose and turn it into energy-rich sugars could convert wood and straw to liquid biofuel. So today’s pest may become tomorrow’s pet. By doing a-what-comes-naturally, they help the environment.

The woman in today’s Gospel reading is also doing-a-what-comes-naturally (Luke 7:36-8:3). While it seems outrageous to the Pharisee that Jesus should be at ease with a woman of her type touching him, it really is a case of both her and Jesus doing a-what-comes-naturally: she, a sinner approaching him for forgiveness, and he, the Saviour, accepting the sinner graciously. The only one feeling discomfort is the Pharisee on the sideline. Despite any appearance to the contrary, the sideline can prove an uncomfortable place to be, at least for Christians, the self-righteous and hypocrites.

Jesus is open to all people, particularly those to whom society is closed. But he’s more than open. He doesn’t wait in the wings for them to approach him. He seeks them out and brings them centre stage.

Just as researchers have discovered that the grubby little gribble has something worthwhile to offer society, so, too, do we discover that those whom society considers grubby have much to offer when we regard them as Jesus does.


Responsorial Psalm

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


Monday 14th June

Allenwood – 9.30am  

Tuesday 15th June

Allen – 9.30am

Milltown 9.30am

Wednesday 16th June

Allen – 9.30am

Allenwood – 9.30am

Thursday 17th June

Allen – 9.30am

Allenwood – 9.30am

Friday 18th June

Allen - 10am. School Mass. All welcome 

Robertstown 9.30am. School Mass. All welcome.

Milltown – 1 pm - Wedding Mass.



Allen:  Saturday 7.30pm

John McDonagh, Oaklawns, Kilmeague

Ned & Essie Dunne, Pluckerstown

Lay Reader: Mikie Hanafey

Eucharistic Minister: Breid Murphy

Allen:   Sunday 11.00am

Kenneth Cross, Rathangan

Thomas (Tosh) Cross, Grangeclare West

Joe Logan, Mylerstown

Lay Reader: Mark McDermott

Eucharistic Ministers: Pat Dunne and Rosaline Connolly

Allenwood: Saturday 6.30pm

William Dobbins, Robertstown

John & Peg Judge, Derrymullen

Denis & Elizabeth Rowe, Dublin

Lay Reader: Wilfie Cronin

Eucharistic Ministers: Christina Ryan

AllenwoodSunday 10.00am

Michael & Mary Frances Kennedy, Allenwood

Ned & Vincent Moran, Derrymullen

People of the Parish

Lay Reader: Kevin McCormack 

Eucharistic Ministers: Julia Farrell and Mary Fitzgibbon



Milltown: Sunday 9.30am

Lay Reader: Roberta Ruttledge

Eucharistic Minister: Marie Walsh


Next Sunday’s Readings

Zech 12:10-11, 13:1. Ps 62. Gal 3:26-29.

Lk 9:18-24. Lect 1: 870.


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.



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

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.


Lullymore Cemetery Mass

Lullymore Cemetery Mass will be celebrated on Sunday 20th June at 2pm.

Prosperous Cemetery Mass

Annual graveyard Mass and blessing of the graves will take place on Thursday 24th June at 8.00pm.  All are welcome.


Parish Income and Expenditure 2009

The annual statement of parish income and expenditure for 2009 is available with the hard copy of the newsletter this weekend.

This year’s annual returns show a significant decrease in income from ’08 levels in the offertory collection, in the weekly envelope, in the parish lotto and in the priests’ collections. We thank all who continue to contribute to the parish so generously during these difficult times. A special word of thanks to people who continue to pay into the weekly envelope collection (either on a weekly, monthly or an annual basis), to parish lotto workers and supporters, to church collectors and counters, and to all who give a helping hand. Go méadaí Dia bhúr stór.


Allen Parish Finance Committee

A meeting of Allen Parish Finance Committee will be held in the Parochial House on Tuesday 22nd June at 8.30pm.


Homecoming Celebration

Congratulations to John Byrne (Milltown) and Michelle Cullen (Punchesgrange) who have competed in the Special Olympics National Games in Limerick this week. There will be a homecoming celebration in the Milltown Inn on Friday 18th June at 8pm. We hope this will be a very special occasion and that many people will turn up on the night.  All welcome.


Sum of Money Found

A sum of money was found in the Allen Church grounds after the 11am Mass last Sunday, 6th June. It may be claimed from the sacristan.

Allen Cemetery Committee

A meeting of Allen Cemetery Committee will be held in Allen Hall on Tuesday 15th June at 8pm.


Baptismal Team

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



A meeting for all those involved in Rainbows will be held in Fr. Brian’s house on Tuesday 15th June at 8pm.


Allenwood BNS

A retirement party will be held for Kieran O’Donnell in Allenwood GAA centre on Friday Night 25th June 2010 from 8.30pm-12 midnight.

Mr O’Donnell is retiring from teaching at the end of August. He has taught in Allenwood BNS for 38 years.  He started in the school in 1972 and became deputy principal in 1997. Most families in Allenwood and surrounding areas have had some contact with the school over the number of years that Kieran has been here.  All adults are welcome to attend this special occasion. We hope as many people as possible will join us on the night.  This is an opportunity for a whole school reunion and a trip down memory lane.


Men's Health Check Day

A Men’s Health Check Day will take place in the Parish Centre, Newbridge on Thursday 17th June 2010 from 10am to 4pm. The event is part of Men’s Health Week 2010. Individual free health checks for each man attending.

Info stands/talks take place during the day. Contact Liam at: 087 177 9086


8th June, 2010

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THREE Match 3 Winners

€84 each

Maurice Musgrave, Kilmeague

Craig O’Sullivan, Donore

Helen Balfe, Robertstown.




Fixtures: SFL Div 1 Allenwood v. Athy on Sunday 13/06/2010 at 7pm

SFL Div 5 Allenwood v. Athgarvan on Monday 14/06/2010 at 7.30pm

SFL Div 7 Athy v. Allenwood on Monday 14/06/2010 at 7.30pm

SFL Div 1 Ellistown v. Allenwood on Wednesday 16/06/2010 at 7.30pm

Thanks to all who supported our recent golf classic in Edenderry Golf Club, which proved a great success with 28 teams participating. Congrats to Paud Malone and his team who won the competition. Thanks to our organising committee.

Bingo continues in the clubhouse every Wednesday evening. Great prize money guaranteed - new players always welcome.

Cúl Camp will take place this July. Details are currently being distributed through the schools. Further information is also available from Annette Coyne.



8th June, 2010

WinningNumbers                      Plus

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SEVEN Match 3 winners - €30 each

Lucy Earley, Clongorey

Esther Mulalley, Carbury

Paddy Heffernan, Allenwood

May McMenamin, Ballyteague

C. J. Mooney, Allenwood South

Pat O’Neill c/o DCC

Kieran Kenny, Allenwood

NO Jackpot Winner

Next week’s Jackpot €19,000



Results: SFL Div 2:  Ballyteague  0 - 13   Kill  1 – 10. U 12 South Board Div 3  Ballyteague  2 - 7   Ballymore 0 – 7.

Fixtures: SFL Div 2:  Sunday 13th June Ballyteague home to Ballymore at 6pm. SFL Div 2:  Saturday 19th June Ballyteague away to Kilcullen at 6pm.

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

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

Club air fresheners for sale €3 each, available throughout the club. Also club tracksuits, polo shirts, jerseys, hats available. Contact Marie at 086 3626995.



SFL Div 2: Result Milltown 1-08 Johnstownbridge 0-11. Away to Kill on Saturday 19th June.

SFL Div 6: Result Milltown 0-05 Ballymore 2-10. Away to Castlemitchell on Monday 14th June at 7.30 pm.

In the D-Championship we are drawn against Clogherinkoe.

3-month development draw: Over €6,000 in prizes. First prize €3,500. First draw will take place on Thursday 2nd July. Tickets €25 per month, now available from any committee meeting.

Under-age fixtures: U/8 Go Games at home to Rathangan on Saturday 26th June. U/10 League away to Allenwood on Tuesday, 15th June. U/12 League Div 2 away to Round Towers on Thursday, 17th June.

Ladies Football: Fixtures: Seniors at home to Kildangan/Nurney on Tuesday 22nd June. U/10 go games away to Kilcock on Saturday 19th June.



SFL Div 3: Result – Robertstown 1-10 Sarsfields B 1-13. Fisture – Away to Caragh on Saturday 19th June at 6pm.

SFL Div 6: Result – Robertstown 4-4 Naas 1-12. Fixture – away to Clogherinkoe on Monday at 7.30pm.

U/14 League: Robertstown had a hard-earned victory over table-toppers Grange, winning by 5 points on Tuesday last.

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 Saturday 19th June at Karaoke night ‘Robertstown’s Got Talent’ in Dowlings Bar from 8pm. Tickets €10 from any Committee member.

Many thanks to everyone for making the Field Day last Sunday such an outstanding success - especially our sponsors, mentors and all who took part in the various events. Special thanks to Nicola Moran, the chief organiser of the day’s fun.