Allen Parish Newsletter 27th June 2010


Testy Times

It used to be the terrible teens. Now it’s the terrible tots. Crèches in Britain are suspending up to 14 young children a day, aged five and younger, for physical assault. Incidents where testy tots use violence against classmates and teachers rose 6% in a year.

I wonder what sort of tots the two disciples were in today’s Gospel reading (Luke 9:51-62). If they weren’t testy as tots they’re certainly testy as adults. Inflated with importance, they assume a power to ‘command fire to come down from heaven’ (v. 54) and torch to death the inhabitants of a Samaritan village. Not very Christian that now, is it?

Though close to Jesus physically as his followers, they aren’t yet close enough to him spiritually to recognise what sort of person and what sort of messiah he is. It seems there’s baggage blocking the way: religious baggage that inflates their sense of election, of being God’s own people to the exclusion of others; political baggage that expects a freedom-fighter messiah to liberate the Jews from Roman tyranny; and social baggage that cultivates an elitist mentality that seduces them into thinking they can ride rough-shod over people like the Samaritans, whom they despise.

Some ancient authorities add, "as Elijah did" to v. 54 about commanding fire from heaven. In response to this hankering for former ways and attitudes, Jesus rebukes them. I wonder does he have any such rebuke for us today as we carry our baggage, whether it be personal, social or institutional, in these testy and testing times?

Responsorial Psalm

O Lord, it is you who are my portion.


Monday 28th June

Allenwood – 9.30am  

Tuesday 29th June

Milltown 9.30am

Wednesday 30th June

Allen – 9.30am

Thursday 1st July

Allenwood – 9.30am

Friday 2nd July

Allen – 7.30pm Cemetery Mass

First Friday – Housebound

Friday 2nd July is the First Friday of the month. Housebound parishioners will be attended as follows:

Thursday 1st July (morning) - Kilmeague, Milltown and adjoining areas; also Ballyteague, Grangeclare and Crosspatrick.

Thursday 1st July (afternoon) – Allenwood and Derrymullen.

Friday 2nd July– Robertstown.



Allen:  Saturday 7.30pm

Thomas Cross, Drimsree

Richard Cross, Ballyteague

Frank Moore, Kilmeague Post Office

Annette Tyrrell (nee Curran)

Thomas Smyth, Pluckerstown

Lay Reader: Bríd Dempsey

Eucharistic Minister: Anne Downey


Allen:   Sunday 11.00am

David Greville, 3358 Oaklawns, Kilmeague

Lay Reader: Cathy Murphy

Eucharistic Ministers: Nellie Sweeney and Tom Walsh


Allenwood: Saturday 6.30pm

Months Mond: Thomas (Todd) Aungier, Allenwood South

Anthony Bagnall, Allenwood Sth & formerly Dublin

Paddy Carroll, Allenwood

Lay Reader: Dearbhla Moore

Eucharistic Ministers: Wilfie Cronin and Mary Jacob



AllenwoodSunday 10.00am

Dick Cross, Ballyteague

Ger Moore, Riverview, Allenwood (2nd Anniv)

People of the Parish

Lay Reader: Sean Malone 

Eucharistic Ministers: Larry McCormack and May Cunningham


Milltown: Sunday 9.30am

Months Mind: Joe Slicker, Blakestown

Peter and Annie Glynn, Milltown

Kathleen Shields, Punchesgrange

Lay Reader: Eamon Slattery

Eucharistic Minister: Christy Herbert


Next Sunday’s Readings

Readings for Sunday 4th July:

Is 66:10-14. Ps 65. Gal 6:14-18.

Lk 10:1-12, 17-20. Lect 1: 875


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

William (Bill) Percival, Fr. Murphy Park, Robertstown, who was buried in Allen on Thursday.

May he rest in peace

Cemetery Masses

Allen Cemetery Mass will be celebrated on Friday 2nd July 7.30pm


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.


Mid summer priests collection

Contributions for the mid summer collection for the priests of the parish will be taken up at all Masses next weekend.



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.


K & L Newsletter

The Diocesan Newsletter is available on the Diocesan website at If you do not have access to this website and would like a copy of the newsletter, please contact the parish office at 860135.


Local interest photographs

Dessie Boland has a large collection of aerial pictures of local interest available to view at the following website:

For more details, contact Dessie at 868649.


Vin Mahoney Benefit Night

Vin, his wife Siobhan, Ben, parents and family would like to thank sincerely everybody who supported the benefit night in Christy’s Lounge. Many thanks to all the local businesses and private individuals who helped with expenses and gave prizes for the raffle. Thanks to all the tickets sellers, too numerous to mention! Thanks to Dessie Boland for doing the raffle and giving us all a good laugh, to David Dunne and the Mighty Ghosts of Erin – brilliant! To Mick Dunne, Paddy Clancy and friends, it couldn’t have been held without you. Last but not least, thanks to Christy, Carmel and staff for the use of the premises and all the help on the night. May God bless you all.


Youth Ministry

World Youth Day – Fundraiser

If you wish to buy a debs dress or to sell your debs dress  please come along to Robertstown National School on Saturday 10th July from 2pm to 6pm. A small donation from your sale will go towards World Youth Day. For details, contact Ita at 087 9928592 (evenings).

Thank You

A very special thanks to everyone who supported our celebration night for Milltown’s Special Olympians. Everyone had a great night.

Allen Little Theatre

New members wanted for drama or backstage work. Enquiries to Kevin at 087 9614235.

Jumping Jellybeans Fundraisers

Coffee morning in Milltown Inn from 9.30am to 1pm on Wednesday 30th June.

Head shave or hair dye on Friday 2nd November in Milltown GAA clubhouse, starting at 7.30. Leaders and members of Foróige are losing their locks all in aid of Jumping Jellybeans. All support and sponsorship gratefully appreciated.



21st June, 2010

2            9            10         13

FIVE Match 3 Winners €50 each

Josie Carroll, Chapel Gate, Allenwood

McCormack Family, Annesborough

C. Murphy, Grangehiggin

Dean Morris c/o Glennons Bar

Ballyteague GFC c/o Ballyteague Club




22nd June, 2010

WinningNumbers                      Plus

1        12       13       21                 28

ONE Match 3 winners - €200

Leah Sheridan, Allenwood

NO Jackpot Winner



SFL Div 2: Result Kill 4-11, Milltown 1-03. Away to Castledermot on Tuesday 6th July at 7.45 pm.

SFL Div 6: Result  Milltown 0-06, Monasterevin 1-11. Away to Celbridge on Monday 28th June at 8pm.

Committee Meeting Tuesday 29th June at 8pm.

Three-month Development Draw: First prize €3,500. First draw will take place on Thursday 22nd July. Tickets €25 per month, now available from any committee member.

Under-age Fixtures: U/12 Div 2 League results Round Towers 4-09, Milltown  3-12. The league is now complete and the lads will play Rathangan in the semi-final.

Ladies Football: Kill proved too strong for the U/12s in the final. The result was Milltown 0-04, Kill 4-05. Fixtures Seniors away to Monasterevin on Tuesday 6th July.



SFL Div 1: Allenwood finally got off the mark with a good win over Athy, and draws against Ellistown and Kilcock.

Upcoming fixtures will be posted on News for the Blues.

U/12s had a great win over Two Mile House in the semi-final of the Div. 4 South Board League and will now play Athgarvan in the final next week. Details TBC.

U/11s had a win over Milltown in the semi-final of the Div 3 U/11 Shield and will play Ballymore in the final. Details TBC.

U/10 team are finished phase 1 of their league and are looking forward to phase 2, starting shortly.

U/6, U/8 and U/9 played Ballyteague last Saturday in a 'Go Games' blitz and had a great day.

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

Allenwood Golf Society

Captain’s Prize (Padraig Farrell) in the Curragh Golf Club on Saturday 3rd July. Tee box 10.30am to 12 noon. Presentation in Allenwood GAA Hall on the night at 10pm.



SFL Div 3: Result: Robertstown 1-4, Caragh 0-9. Fixture: Home to Sallins this Sunday at 6pm. SFL Div 6: Result: Robertstown 3-7, Cappagh 2-11. Fixture: Home to Carbury on Mon. at 7.30pm.

Our U/14 team is travelling to Derry on Friday next to represent Kildare in the annual Féile Peil na nÓg. This is a great honour for the club. We wish them all the best in Derry over the weekend.



Result: Lumsden League Cup Round 2: Eleson Utd 2, Sundays Well 2. Eleson win 14/13 on penalties. Div 2 played on Wednesday Eleson 4 Straffan 2.

Fixtures: Home to Clane this Sun at 2pm.



Results: SFL Div 2 Ballyteague  0-11, Ballymore 1–14. SFL Div 5 Ballyteague 0–8 Straffan 2-13.

Fixtures: SFL Div 2 Wednesday 30th June - Ballyteague home to Johnstownbridge at 7.30pm. SFL Div 5 Mon 28th June - Ballyteague home to Moorefield at 7.30pm.

Ballyteague have drawn Moorefield in the Junior Championship, fixture dates later.

Golf Classic results: 1st Ben Murphy’s team.  2nd Ray Melia’s team.  3rd Kevin Murphy’s team.  Longest drive: Des Lynn c/o Teddy Moran.  Nearest the pin: Enda Power c/o Gerry Power. The club wishes to thank all the sponsors for their support.

The Club Kildare draw has been postponed for a month. 1st Prize a car, tickets €20 each, contact John Ivers.

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