Allen Parish Newsletter 4th July 2010

Cross Purpose 

Parents can be pushy, a study has found. Not satisfied with their kids’ long school day, many parents muscle their munchkins into an assortment of after-school activities. Counting the hours of a regular school day, of heaped homework, of club commitments and of pursing hobbies, shows that children can average up to 53 hours of work a week. And all in the name of achievement! Well, for Paul in today’s Second Reading (Gal 6:14-18) nothing short of becoming a new creation fits the bill for achievement. As he says, ‘a new creation is everything’ (v 15). However, his formula for success is not the No 1 of most people. His is an attitude of boasting of nothing other than the cross of Jesus Christ.

Does he mean that physical, cross-beamed implement of torture used to kill him? Let’s hope not. The cross as a piece of wood has no special significance. What is significant is Jesus’ loving faithfulness to his Father, and his integrity in witnessing to what he believed in, that enabled him to face the horror of the cross. This same love of God and uncompromising commitment to his mission is what fastens Paul to the world and the world to him.

Far from being a catalyst for depression, or the trigger for a spirituality of gloom, the cross – though stark and uncompromising – nevertheless reveals a heart warm with love for God and his creation. Our ‘cross’ will weigh us down if borne with gripe, but will raise us up if borne with grace.


Responsorial Psalm  

Cry out with joy to God all the earth.


Monday 5th July

Allen – 9.30am

Tuesday 6th July

Milltown 9.30am

Wednesday 7th July

Allenwood – 9.30am

Thursday 8th July

Allen – 9.30am

Allenwood – 9.30am

Friday 9th July

Allenwood – 9.30am  



Allen:  Saturday 7.30pm

Thomas and Pat Connolly, Robertstown West

Lay Reader: Patricia Creighton

Eucharistic Minister: Lily McKane


Allen:   Sunday 11.00am

Michael Gilligan, Balklyteague (1st Anniv.)

Shay Lawlor, Mylerstown

Thomas and Angela Wyse, Robertstown West

Lay Reader: John Paul Price

Eucharistic Ministers: Pat Dunne and Liz Jacob


Allenwood:  Saturday 6.30pm

David ‘Pa’ Dunne, Allenwood Middle

William Sullivan, Allenwood Nth & Patrick Sullivan, Ballyteague

Richard (Dickie) Goulding, Rose Goulding and John Goulding

Lay Reader: Monica Anderson

Eucharistic Ministers: Peter Connolly and Mary Brennan


AllenwoodSunday 10.00am

Ciaran Bagnall, Mary Doyle and Jack Doyle

Lay Reader: Noel Moore 

Eucharistic Ministers: Ciaran Craig and Hilda Donoghue



Milltown: Sunday 9.30am

Pat & Joe Connolly, Pollardstown

William and Mary Lawlor, Friarstown

Philomena Downey, Milltown

Lay Reader: Leona Hughes

Eucharistic Minister: Marie Walsh


Next Sunday’s Readings

Readings for Sunday 11th July:

Deut 30:10-14. Ps 68 or 18. Col 1:15-20.

Lk 10:25-37. Lect 1: 878.


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.


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 this weekend.


The Sacrament of Baptism is celebrated every two weeks.

The schedule is as follows:

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

Allenwood Sunday 26th Sept. at 11am

Milltown Saturday 9th October at 12 noon

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




28th June, 2010

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FIVE Match 3 Winners €50 each

Pa Behan, Robertstown

MIkey Parker jnr., Roadstone

Phyllis Sullivan, Robertstown

Marie Walsh, Pollardstown

Josie Fitzgerald c/o Rose




Allen Parish Senior Citizens

Annual outing takes place on 11th July. Bus times are as follows:

Allenwood Cross...... 10.45am

Robertstown.............. 11.00am

Littletown................... 11.10am

Kilmeague.................. 11.20am

Allen Cross................ 11.30am

Milltown..................... 11.45am


Youth Ministry

World Youth Day


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).


We recently welcomed into our community through baptism

Conor Martin Potts


Jumping Jellybeans Fundraiser

Head Shave or Hair Dye on Friday November 2nd 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.

Jumping Jellybeans at present is supporting approx 50 children with special needs with 14 children from the parish attending the classes.  Your help and support for either of these two venture is very much appreciated.


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.

Allen Little Theatre

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

Clonmacnois Youth 2000

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. Free buses available from around the country. For more information contact 086-3025442 or 01-6753690 or check our website at



S.F.L. Div 2: At hometo Straffan weekend July 10th /11th.

S.F.L. Div 6: Result  Celbridge 0-12 Milltown 0-04. At home to Cappagh on Monday July 5th.

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 member.

The seniors players wish to thank all who supported the battle of the sexes on Saturday last. A special thanks to Jimmy Dignam and staff of the Milltown Inn. A night of fun was had and the fairer sex proved to be the stronger. Well done ladies.

Ladies Football: Fixture Seniors away to Monasterevin on Tuesday July 6th.


Upcoming Fixtures:

U11 Div 3 Shield Final in Raheens on Sun, July 4th at 11am

SFL Div 1 St. Kevins v. Allenwood on Sun, July 4th at 3pm

SFL Div 5 Sarsfields v. Allenwood on Mon, July 5th at 7.30pm

SFL Div 7 Rathangan v. Allenwood on Mon, July 5th at 7.30pm

Best wishes to Jonathan Byrne who will line out for Kildare on Sunday evening in the Leinster Minor Semi-Final v. Longford

Best wishes to Kieran O'Donnell on his recent retirement. Kieran has done trojan work over the years developing and promoting football in the boy's school.

Commiserations to the U12s who suffered a 2 point defeat to Athgarvan in the Div 4 final on Thursday.

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Result: Div 2: Eleson 2 Clane United 1

Fixture: Away to Clane this Sunday at 11am.



SFL Div 3: Fixture: Home to Ardclough on Sat. next at 6pm.

SFL Div 6: Fixture: Home to Celbridge on Monday at 7.30pm.

Our U/14 team is in Derry this weekend representing Kildare in the annual Féile Peil na nÓg. This is a great honour for the club and Kildare captain John Doyle was on hand on Wednesday last to present the young players with their new gear for the weekend.



Results: SFL Div 2: Ballyteague 0–7  Johnstownbridge 0–9. SFL Div 5: Ballyteague  0–8  Moorefield 1– 5. U 12’s:  Ballyteague 2–14 (20 pts)  Moorefield 6–3 (21pts).

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

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

Club Air Freshners for sale €3

Club tracksuits, polo shirts, jerseys, hats available to order. Contact Club Secretary Marie at 086 3626995.

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

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

GYM opens Monday to Friday, mornings 10am to 12 noon.  Evenings 6.30 to 9.30.   New members welcome.



29th June, 2010

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TWO Match 3 winners €100 each

Joe Fulton c/o Post Office

Kevin Harris c/o James Harris

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