Allen Parish Newsletter 20th June 2010

Crying Shame

It’s official: women cry more than men do. Researchers in Germany have discovered that while men shed tears six to 17 times a year women do so 30 to 64 times. And, whereas men go with the flow for two to four minutes, women’s tear ducts, once activated, stay in hyperdrive for up to six minutes. Furthermore, if a woman starts weeping she accelerates to full-blown sobbing in 65 percent of cases. For men, it’s six percent. Now to end this mini-deluge of drippy data: women cry when they feel inadequate, face dicey situations, or when remembering past events; men cry from empathy, or because of a failed relationship.

That last bit makes me wonder how Peter feels in today’s Gospel reading (Luke 9:18-24) when Jesus practically rebukes him for giving an honest answer to his question. Jesus is praying; stops for a moment, and as if still in prayer asks a worried question: ‘Who do people say I am?’ He doesn’t react when his disciples say John the Baptist, or Elijah, or a prophet, but he comes down heavily on them when Peter nails him as the Messiah. This is too close to the bone. Jesus’ hour for self-acceptance has not yet come. But it will. He journeys to self-knowledge and self-acceptance as we do: gradually.

On that same journey our personal question is not about what others think of me but about what I think of myself. Has my ‘hour’ come for my discovery and acceptance of self as God’s son or daughter? If not, what a crying shame!

Responsorial Psalm  

For you my soul is thirsting,

O God, my God.


Monday 21st June

Allenwood – 9.30am  

Tuesday 22nd June

Allen – 9.30am

Milltown 11.30am – School Mass. All welcome.

Wednesday 23rd June

Allen – 9.30am

Allenwood – 10am – Mass to celebrate the retirement of Kieran O’Donnell from Allenwood Boys School. All welcome.

Thursday 24th June

Allen – 9.30am

Friday 25th June

Allenwood – 9.30am


Allen:  Saturday 7.30pm

George Bagnall, St Brigid’s Tce, Robertstown also his granddaughter Lorraine Bagnall, Newbridge

Peg Herbert, Lowtown

Mary Ellen Downey, Killeigh and Patrick Kavanagh

Lay Reader: Carmel Kennedy

Eucharistic Minister: Lily McKane

Allen:   Sunday 11.00am

Margaret (Peggy) Thorpe

Paddy Mill, Kilmeague

James (Jim) Bowers, 1208 Robertstown West

Lay Reader: Anita Hendy

Eucharistic Ministers: Evelyn Dowling and Tom Walsh

Allenwood:  Saturday 6.30pm

Annie Moore, Allenwood North

Lay Reader: Sandra Lee

Eucharistic Ministers: Maureen Fitzpatrick and Dorothy Stowe

AllenwoodSunday 10.00am

James and Ellen Moran, Ballyteague

Lay Reader: Johnny O’Callaghan 

Eucharistic Ministers: Pauline Regan and Joy Fetherson


Milltown: Sunday 9.30am

Christy Dowling, Hawkfield

Lay Reader: Róisín Malone

Eucharistic Minister: Bridie Dunney

Next Sunday’s Readings

Readings for Sunday 27th June:

1 Kg 19:16, 19-21. Ps 15. Gal 5:1, 13-18.

Lk 9:51-62. Lect 1: 872

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.

Monthly Healing Service takes place on Monday next, 21st June. All welcome.


The Sacrament of Baptism is

celebrated every two weeks.

The schedule is as follows:

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.

Cemetery Masses

Cemetery Masses will be celebrated as follows this year:

Milltown – Wednesday 23rd June 7.30pm

Crosspatrick – Thursday 24th June 7.30pm

Allen – Friday 2nd July 7.30pm

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

Prosperous Cemetery Mass will be celebrated on Thursday 24th June at 8.00pm.  All are welcome.



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THREE Match 3 Winners

€84 each

Rose Fitzgerald c/o Rose

Kathleen Swords, Top of the Hill, Kilmeague

Rose Fitzgerald c/o Rose




Mid Summer Priests Collection

Contributions for the Mid Summer Collection for the Priests of the Parish will be taken up at all Masses on the weekend of 3rd/4th July.



Weekly Envelopes (2 weeks):

6th and 13th June: €1,397.00

Many thanks to all who contributed

Youth Ministry

Prosperous “Teen Spirit” Group have invited the Allen Youth Choir to a barbeque in Fr. Pat’s garden, Prosperous, on this Sunday 20th June at 6pm.

Rehearsal for Youth Choir on Wednesday 23rd June in Allen Church at 7.30pm for the last Youth Mass before the Summer break on Saturday 26th June.


We recently welcomed into our community through baptism

Tommy Patrick Dowling

Jamie Joseph Hutchinson

Macaela Smullen

Liam David Rowan Ennis

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.

Altar Servers

Altar servers are needed in the three Churches. Every Catholic pupil in fourth, fifth or sixth class is welcome to volunteer. Contact the Parish Office or Fr. Brian.

Arthritis Ireland

Support Group Meetings
Kildare Branch Arthritis Ireland invite you to attend one of their Support Group Meetings. These meetings are informal, giving you a chance to chat with other people who have a similar condition and there will not be a guest speaker in attendance. On Thursday 24th   June 2010 at 8.00pm sharp (both meetings are held on the same night). The Arthritis Support Group Meeting will be held in Lumville House Curragh, Newbridge and is suitable for people with osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, psoriatic arthritis etc.

The Fibromyalgia Support Group Meeting is suitable for people with Fibromyalgia and will be held in the Meeting Rooms, Church of the Irish Holy Martyrs, Ballycane, Naas.

All Are welcome-No need to book a place. For further information contact Amanda at 045 883663 or Claire at 045 433803. Free Admission.



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SIX Match 3 winners - €35 each

Christy Gorey, Pluckerstown

Mary Dowdall c/o Bingo

Jack Tallan c/o Bar

B. Heffernan c/o DCC

Sandra McNamee, Robertstown

John Hynan, Allenwood

NO Jackpot Winner

Next week’s Jackpot €19,000


S.F.L. Div 2: Result  Milltown 2-11 Moorefield (2) 0-11. Away to Castledermot next weekend.

S.F.L. Div 6: Result  Milltown 1-03 Castlemitchell 5-10. At home to Monasterevin on Monday June 21st at 8pm.

The Senior Footballers present Battle of the sexes on Saturday June 26th in the Milltown Inn at 8-30 pm. A night of games, fun and disco. Admission €10.  

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

Under-Age Fixtures: U/8 Go Games at home to Rathangan on Saturday June 26th. U/12 Div 2 League results Milltown 2-12 Rathangan 4-05, Castledermot 2 -04 Milltown 5-12.

 Ladies Football: Results U/12s Milltown 3-10 Castledermot 4-06, Celbridge  0-01 Milltown 2-10. Details on semi-final next week. Fixture: Seniors at home to Kildangan/Nurney on Tuesday June 22nd.


Upcoming Fixtures

SFL Div. 5 Allenwood v. Ellistown on Mon 21st June at 7.30pm

SFL Div. 7 Allenwood v. Ellistown on Mon 21st June at 7.30pm

Best wishes to John, Shane and Morgan in advance of Kildare's All Ireland qualifier against Antrim next Saturday.

The club is encouraging all past pupils of Allenwood BNS to attend Kieran O'Donnell's retirement party next Friday, June 25th in the clubhouse.

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

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


SFL Div 3: Fixture – Home to Sallins on Sun. next June 27th at 6pm.

SFL Div 6: Result – Robertstown 0-6 Clogherinkoe 4-13. Fixture – Away to Cappagh on Mon. at 7.30pm.

U/14 League Div 4 Semi Final  Home to St Kevins this Sun. at 11.30am.

Many thanks to all who helped out at the bag packing in Celbridge last weekend..


The Club still lead Div 2 of the Kildare & District Soccer League.

Result: Lumsden League Cup Round 1 – Eleson Utd. 5 Allenwood 3.

Fixtures: Away to Sundays Well this Sun. at 11am. Home to Straffan on Wed. next at 7.30pm.


Results: SFL Div 5:  Ballyteague  1–12 St Laurences 4–11. U/10 Ballyteague 1–2 Two mile house 2–5. U/12 Ballyteague 0–14 Ellistown 4-6.

Fixtures: SFL Div 2: Sat 19th June Ballyteague away to Kilcullen at 6pm.

Best of Luck to Na Fianna U/14 boys who play Confey in the Semi final of their league on Sunday morning 20th June in Confey.                                 

Under-age training takes place on Tuesday evenings from 7.00 to 8.00.

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 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.

Congratulations to Celine Comerford and Liam Moran on their recent wedding.

All weather pitch available, great party deals. Contact Marie at 0863626995 for details.

GYM opens Mon to Fri, 10am to 12 noon and 6.30pm to 9.30pm.   New members welcome.