Allen Parish Newsletter 11th July 2010


Parishes joining Together

As a response to the challenge of fewer priests in our parishes a process of forming either clusters of parishes or pastoral areas is now well advanced in our diocese.
Over recent years, 8 ‘clusters’ involving 17 parishes have been created. A cluster is where two or more parishes are linked together under one Parish Priest. The cluster of Naas, Sallins and Two-Mile¬-House is an example. The individual parishes retain their own identity – it is not an amalgamation – but the priests based in the cluster share the duties of those parishes together.
A pastoral area is similar to a cluster of parishes, except that in a pastoral area each parish still has its own parish priest. A pastoral area could be viewed as a stage in the clustering process. Both groupings accommodate a new level of partnership between parishes in providing services and sharing resources.  It is envisaged that every parish in the diocese will be part of a cluster of parishes or of a pastoral area in the next few years.
The key question is: which parishes should go together to form a cluster or pastoral area? Which parish or parishes should join with Allen Parish in this new arrangement? The K & L Website has a recently updated map which very clearly shows the geographical relationship of parish to parish and also shows which parishes are already clustered. There is a link from our parish website,, to this map. Copies of this map are available from the Parish Office for parishioners who have not access to the Parish website.
We would greatly appreciate feedback from parishioners on this issue which will be discussed by the Parish Pastoral Council in early September.
The members of the Parish Pastoral Council are: Fr. Eddie Moore, Fr. Brian Kavanagh, Catherine Murphy, Ronan Ashe, Patricia Durkan, Wilfie Cronin, Noreen Smith, Catherine Wall, Miriam Lyons, Mark McDermott.

Seek the Lord, you who are poor, and your hearts will revive.


Monday 12th July
Allen – 9.30am
Allenwood – 9.30am

Tuesday 13th July
Allen – 9.30am
Milltown – 9.30am

Wednesday 14th July
Allen – 9.30am
Allenwood – 9.30am

Thursday 15th July
Allen – 9.30am

Friday 16th July
Allenwood – 9.30am


Allen:  Saturday 7.30pm
Nigel Maher and Paul Kenny, Kilmeague
Lay Reader: Ronan Ashe
Eucharistic Minister: Eddie Healy

Allen:   Sunday 11.00am
Michael and Ann Connolly, Littletown
Christopher and Ann Cross, Derrymullen
Lay Reader: Anita Hendy
Eucharistic Ministers: Evelyn Dowling and Sean Cruise

Allenwood:  Saturday 6.30pm
James Kelly and his father Dan Kelly
Lay Reader: Mary Donoghue
Eucharistic Ministers: Wilfie Cronin

Allenwood:  Sunday 10.00am
Patrick, Kathleen and Paul Brereton, Allenwood South
People of the Parish
Lay Reader: Kevin McCormack
Eucharistic Ministers: Ciaran Craig and Hilda Donoghue

Milltown: Sunday 9.30am
Lay Reader: Mary Boland
Eucharistic Minister: Bridie Dunney

Next Sunday’s Readings
Readings for Sunday 18th July:
Gen 18:1-10. Ps 14. Col 1:24-28.
Lk 10:38-42. Lect 1: 882.

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 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

“Those who die in grace go but to God and God is very near”.

We remember in our prayers:
James Curran, Barnacrow, Allen, who was buried in Allen on Saturday.
May he 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:
Annie Mills, Rathernan
May she rest in peace.

Milltown Foróige and Jumping Jellybeans have been selected to go through to the final of the Kildare People of the Year awards.  We wish them the very best of luck.

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.

The annual Cemetery Mass in Allen on Friday July 2nd attracted huge crowds. Fr. Eddie Moore celebrated the Mass and blessed the graves. Special thanks to Purr Maher, the readers, the choir, the Eucharistic Ministers and everyone who helped in any way. The collection taken up for the upkeep of the cemetery was €3,006. Many thanks to all who contributed.

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NINE Match 3 Winners - €28 each

Linda Raleigh, Milltown
Lorraine Carthy, Newbridge
Pat Duffy, Allen
Reidy kids, Oaklawns, Kilmeague
Colm Ruffley (Snr) c/o J. Murphy
Pauline Byrne, Milltown
James Keely, Mylerstown
C & A O’Flaherty, Allen
Sean P. Brennan, Grangeclare


Allen Little Theatre will hold auditions for their three-act festival play in Allen Hall on Friday 30th July at 7.30pm. Enquiries to Kevin at 087-9614235.

Ministers of the Word and Ministers of the Eucharist are reminded to appoint a substitute if they have been assigned to a Mass in the Parish which coincides with their holidays.

The Parish Office will be closed for Summer holidays for two weeks from 19th July and will re-open on 3rd August. There will be no Newsletter on Sunday 25th July and Sunday 1st August.

This Monday, July 12th, marks six months since Haiti was devastated by a massive earthquake. Immediately after the disaster, parishes across Ireland answered Haiti’s call for help and held collections for Trócaire’ emergency response. As part of Caritas Internationalis, the world's second biggest humanitarian network, we can rapidly access communities in disaster-stricken countries.  These close links make sure your donations reach suffering people immediately and that, together, we can save lives.
Parishes like yours helped raised €4,681,168, which is now rebuilding shattered lives across Haiti. Thanks to your generosity, Trócaire has provided:
• Shelter to 900,000 people
• Life-saving healthcare to one million people
• Food to one and a half million people
• Help rebuilding schools and hospitals
• School-feeding programmes
• Safe places for children in five main temporary camps
• Trauma counselling and education for affected children
We are now planning a major five-year rebuilding and reconstruction programme. Your support at this crucial time has helped the country take its first steps towards a new future. Thank you from Trócaire and most importantly, the people of Haiti. For more information visit

S.F.L. Div 2Result Castledermot 1-6 Milltown 0-4.At home to Straffan on Tuesday  July 13th at 8pm. Away to Confey weekend of July 17th/18th.
S.F.L. Div 6: Result Milltown 0-13 Cappagh 1-09.The league is now finished and the lads and management are preparing for the championship clash with Clogherinkoe on July 25th /26th more details later.
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.
Ladies Football: Senior result Milltown 5-6 Monasterevin 2-3.

SFL Div 3: Result: Robertstown 3-9 Sallins 0=-12. Fixture: Home to Ardclough this Sunday at 7pm.
Our U/14 team is really did us proud at the Féile Peil na nÓg in Derry last weekend. They surpassed even our wildest expectations in reaching the final of their division.  They beat the host club, Faughanvale, Magilligan and Denn in the round robin series and then defeated Philadelphia, USA, in the semi-final. However Gortletteragh from Leitrim were too good for them in the final. They arrived home on Sunday evening to a great reception in Robertstown.


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THREE Match 3 winners
€70 each
Pat O’Neill c/o DCC
Catherine Coyne, Allenwood North
Billy Coyne, Allenwood North

NO Jackpot Winner
Next week’s Jackpot €19,000
NO Jackpot + Plus Winner
Next week’s Jackpot + Plus €20,000

Results:     SFL Div 2:   08-07-10   Clane 1 – 12  Ballyteague 1 – 9. SFL Div 5:   05-07-10   Ballyteague 3 – 12  Kill 2 – 15. Fixtures:    SFL Div 5:  Mon 12th July,  Balyteague v Ellistown at 7.30pm. SFL Div 2:  Sat 17th July, Ballyteague away to Moorefield  4pm. 
Well done to Robertstown U14’s on reaching the final of their division in the Féile in Derry.                           
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.

The Blues will take on Maynooth in Allenwood this week in a back SFL game. The date is still to be confirmed.
The Bs and Cs have now completed their league campaigns. Championship looks set to commence towards the end of July.
The club is currently running a development draw. The draw will take place in the clubhouse on Wednesday, July 28th during bingo. Tickets are only €2 each. Cards are available from Sean Malone and other committee members. All club members are expected to sell at least one card each.
Thanks to all who assisted with the recent drainage work on the back field.
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The Club is still leading Div. 2 of the Kildare & District League. No match this weekend due to the Oxegen Festival in Punchestown.