Allen Parish Newsletter 8th August 2010



Congratulations to John and Shane. Best of luck against Down.



(Also) On the Ball

Scientists can be on the ball just as much as footballers. Take Danish physicist Niels Bohr (d. 1962) for example. He watched westerns. As he did, he noted that something strange happened in them: the gunslinger who went for his gun first, often was the one who was shot first – even though he had the advantage. Bohr was fast enough to draw the correct conclusion from what he saw: reacting is faster than acting. It has now been confirmed that we move faster when we react to something that someone else is doing than when we start to do something ourselves – about 21 milliseconds faster. 

How fast are we on the draw when responding to God’s word? In today’s Gospel reading (Luke 12:32-48) God says he gives us the kingdom. How do we react to that? Do we change because of it? God doesn’t hesitate to give. We mustn’t hesitate to respond.

We can’t claim that we don’t know what to do because it’s spelled out for us: we’ve to sell our possessions, give alms, make purses that don’t wear out because the treasure they contain is in heaven; we’ve to be dressed for action, have our lamps lit and be ready for the Master’s return. In short, we react to the gift of God’s kingdom by living like people who belong to it. So we live with thanks for the precious gift of life. We share that gift graciously with others. We react to life with love, generosity, faith and courage.

That’s really being on the ball!


Responsorial Psalm  

Happy are the people the Lord has chosen as his own.



Monday 9th August

Allen – 9.30am

Allenwood – 9.30am  

Tuesday 10th August

Allen – 9.30am

Milltown 9.30am – Brian Lawler (Birthday Remembrance) and Declan Lawler (Anniversary)


Wednesday 11th August

Allen – 9.30am

Allenwood – 9.30am


Thursday 12th August

Allen – 9.30am

Allenwood – 9.30am


Friday 13th August




Allen:  Saturday 7.30pm

Dessie Leeson

Theresa and John Gilligan, Feighcullen and their daughter Betty

Lay Reader: Mikie Hanafey

Eucharistic Minister: Nicola Murphy

Allen:   Sunday 11.00am

Mary Lawlor, Mylerstown, Robertstown

James Conroy, 2829 Fr. Murphy Park

Lay Reader: Ger Randles

Eucharistic Ministers: Anita Hendy and Liz Jacob

Allenwood:  Saturday 6.30pm

Rosanna Bagnall and John Bagnall

Patrick Byrne and Christina Higgins (nee Byrne)

Lay Reader: Dearbhla Moore

Eucharistic Ministers: Christina Ryan


AllenwoodSunday 10.00am

People of the Parish

Lay Reader: Noel Moore 

Eucharistic Ministers: Julia Farrell and Mary Fitzgibbon


Milltown: Sunday 9.30am

Ellen Tiernan, Rathbride and all deceased members of the Tiernan and Ryan families, Rathbride

Lay Reader:

Eucharistic Minister: Christy Herbert


Next Sunday’s Readings

Readings for Sunday 15th August:

Apoc 11:19, 12:1-6, 10. Pss 44. 1 Cor 15:20-26.. Lk 1:39-56. Lect I: 994 or II: 1148.


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

Mary Murphy, Ballyteague, who was buried in Allen on 21st July.

Colm McCoy, Littletown, who was buried in Allen on 24th July.

 May they 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:

Josie Brennan, Littletown.

 May she rest in peace.



The Sacrament of Baptism is celebrated every two weeks.

The schedule is as follows:

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


3rd August, 2010

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 ONE Match 3 Winner


J. Early c/o J. Ivers




A Word of Thanks

I would like to thank the people of Allenwood for all the good wishes, cards and presents that I received on the occasion of my retirement from Allenwood Boys National School. A special word of thanks to the committee who organised a very enjoyable function to mark the occasion in Allenwood Hall.  

                                   Kieran O’Donnell

Family Fun Day for Make a Wish

Family Fun Day at Robertstown GAA in aid of “Make A Wish Foundation” on Sunday 15th August from 2pm – 6pm. Make-A-Wish in Ireland grants wishes to children with life threatening illnesses through donations from the public and from fundraising events. Activities on the day will include 7-a-side, penalty kicks, BUZZ, dog show, kids fancy dress, go-karting (pedals only!), face painting, kids disco, sponsored head shave, darts and sumo wrestling and many more. Also on the day will be a cake sale, plant sale, raffle, pet shop and vintage car display. Your support would be greatly appreciated. Enquiries to 086 8045051



Weekly Envelopes (3 weeks):

18th/25th July & 1st August: €2,052.00

Many thanks to all who contributed


Parish Pilgrimage to Lourdes

The balance of money is now due and may be paid to Bréid Murphy (ph. 860218). Please make cheques payable to ‘Allen Parish’.

Health Insurance: Each pilgrim is reminded to acquire a European Health Insurance Card which may be obtained without charge at a local Medical Centre. Application forms are available from Bréid Murphy or the Parish Office or can be downloaded from


Summer Holidays

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.


Pilgrimage to Our Lady’s Island

Sunday 15th August.

Bus times:

Robertstown        10.00am

Allenwood            10.10am

Coill Dubh            10.20am

Prosperous           10.30am

Kilmeague             10.45am

Allen                      10.50am

Contact Nora at 045 860418 or Tommy Bagnall at 087 2060723.



We recently welcomed into our community through baptism:

 Heidi Lisa Spencer

Thomas Kyle Wilson

Millie Mae Percival

Fionn Andrew O’Brien

Alyssa Ann Nolan

Max Yoseph Webb

Molly Sophie Heffernan

Mya Mackenzie-Smith

Ella Mae O’Connor




Eamon Reddy Tournament (Kindly sponsored by Newbridge Credit Union). Result of first semi-final Milltown 1-14 Sarsfield ‘B’ 0-13.

SFLDiv 2 Result Milltown 0-14 Ballyteague 1-14. The league is now complete, Div 2 status has been maintained.

Nurney Tournament: Result  Milltown 2-11 Round Towers ‘B’ 1-11.

D-Championship Milltown v Clogherinkoe on Tuesday August 10th in Carbury at 7-30pm. Best of luck all support appreciated.

3 Month Development Draw: Results of first draw: 1st Prize €500 Larry O’Toole Clongownagh Milltown. 2nd Prize €100 Ray Dowling, Rathbride. 3rd Prize €100 Tom Malone, Whelam, Milltown. 4th Prize €100 John Cummins, Millfield, Ballymany. Early Bird Prize €250 Jack Dunne 3005 Millview Milltown. Second draw will take place on Thursday August 26th

Ladies Football: Celbridge proved too strong for the senior ladies in the league final. Fixture: First round of the championship Milltown v Athy on Tuesday August 10th in Athy.



Thanks to all who supported our recent Development Draw. The results are:

1) Debbie Smullen - €300. 2) John Kelly c/o Bingo - €200. 3) Jamie Higgins - €100.

4) Anne-Marie Dempsey - €50. 5) Sean Dunne, Russelstown  €50. 6) Ann O'Connell - €50. 7) Paula Guilfoyle - €50


Senior Reserve B Championship Rd 1 Allenwood v. Kilcullen on Mon, Aug 9th at 7.30pm in Eadestown

Senior Reserve E Championship Rd 1 Allenwood v. Clogherinkoe on Wed, Aug 11th at 7.30pm in Caragh.

Allen Little Theatre

(Adult Section)

Men wanted for drama. Contact 087 9614235 or come to our auditions in Eleson House on Thursday 12th August at 7.45pm.



The 38th Annual Herbert Cup, kindly sponsored by the Hazel Hotel, Monsaterevin. Match 1  Monday 2nd Aug,  Moorefield  v Rathangan at 5.30pm. Result:  Moorefield got a walkover.

Match 2  Monday 2nd Aug,  Ballyteague v St. Kevins at 7 0 clock. Result:  St. Kevins 1–7 Ballyteague 0–7.

Match 3 Tuesday 3rd Aug,  St. Laurences v Sarsfields at 7.30. Result: Sarsfields  2–14  St. Laurences  2-6

Match 4 Wednesday 4th Aug, Allenwood v Raheens at 7.30. Result: Raheens 1–13 Allenwood 0-12

Semi Final : Sat 7th Aug at 5.30 Moorefield v St. Kevins. Sat 7th Aug at 7.00 Sarsfields v Raheens. 

Junior B Championship: Ballyteague play Moorefield on Wed 11th Aug in Nurney at 7.30pm.

Club Dinner Dance will take place in the Hazel Hotel, Monasterevin on Sat 27th November.

Club weekend away to Carrick –on-Shannon on the October Bank Holiday, anyone interested in going, contact Leslie Thorpe.

All weather pitch available, great party deals. Contact Marie at 086 3626995 for details.

GYM opens Monday to Friday, mornings 10.00 am to 12.00 noon.  Evenings 6.30 to 9.30.   New members welcome.




3rd August, 2010

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SIX Match 3 winners - €35 each

Kevin Kelly, Caragh

Chris Dowling c/o Mulrennans

Mary Casey c/o James Harris

Kathleen Farrell c/o James Harris

Vonnie & Ownie Dunne c/o Post Office

Ann Mangan, Timahoe

Next week’s Jackpot €19,000

Next week’s Jackpot + Plus €20,000