Allen Parish Newsletter 15th Aug 2010

The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary

This feast really is a test of faith. Today’s First and Second Readings don’t make things any easier. I suppose for many it’s just a feast and that’s it. Just something we commemorate because the Church teaches infallibly that it happened. Interestingly, she says nothing about how it happened but asserts that it did. I think this feast should not be seen as an isolated event. If today’s readings are telling us anything it’s that the event we commemorate is part of a grand plan unfolding.

 The First Reading from the Apocalypse, using what for us at this distance is very strange imagery, tells of the conflict between good and evil. We can all identify with that to some degree as we experience this tug-of-war on a daily basis in our own lives. The purpose of this reading and its weird symbols is not to tell us that such conflict occurs – we know that already – but that the outcome is assured: victory for the good. That is not something we may know already, or always experience. We may be duped at times into thinking that evil is more powerful than good. How wrong we would be should we think that way. Today’s feast should help to convince us of that.

So too should our Second Reading from Paul (1 Cor 15:20-26): ‘The last enemy to be destroyed is death.’ Mary did not undergo death as we know it, according to Church teaching. She did not undergo bodily corruption. In Jesus’ resurrection, the perceived finality of death has been shattered.

Responsorial Psalm

On your right hand stands the queen, in garments of gold.


Monday 16th August

Allenwood – 9.30am

Tuesday 17th August

Allen – 9.30am

Milltown 9.30am – Tom Munnelly, Caragh

Wednesday 18th August

Allen – 9.30am

Allenwood – 9.30am

Thursday 19th August

Allen – 9.30am

Allenwood – 9.30am

Friday 20th August



Allen: Saturday 7.30pm

Michael Melia

Patrick McDonagh, Kilmeague

People of the Parish

Lay Reader: Carmel Kennedy

Eucharistic Minister: Eddie Healy

Allen: Sunday 11.00am

Months Mind: Colm McCoy, Littletown

Johnny and Kathleen Gilligan, Ballyteague

Sean Donoghue, Canal Bank, Robertstown

Lay Reader: Mary Melia

Eucharistic Ministers: Evelyn Dowling and Sean Cruise


Allenwood: Saturday 6.30pm

William Carroll, Allenwood Cross

Tony and Maura McNally, Allen

John McLoughlin jnr, Togher Rd, Robertstown

Evan Talbot

Catherine Dobbins

Lay Reader: Monica Anderson

Eucharistic Ministers: Maureen Fitzpatrick and Dorothy Stowe

Allenwood: Sunday 10.00am

Lay Reader: Kevin McCormack

Eucharistic Ministers: Pauline Regan and Joy Fetherston

Milltown: Sunday 9.30am

Jim O’Shea and Sammy Crampton, Rathbride and Ellen Cregan, Limerick

Lay Reader: Dan Boland

Eucharistic Minister: Marie Walsh

Next Sunday’s Readings

Readings for Sunday 22nd August:

Is 66:18-21. Ps 116. Heb 12:5-7, 11-13.

Lk 13:22-30. Lect I: 898.

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

George Nutterfield, Station Road, Allenwood, who died on Friday morning.

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:

John Bagnall, Allenwood South.

May he rest in peace.



The Sacrament of Baptism is

celebrated every two weeks.

The schedule is as follows:

 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

Allen Sunday 24th October at 12 noon

Allenwood Sunday 7th November at 11am

Milltown Saturday 20th Nov at 12 noon

Allen Sunday 5th December at 12 noon

Allenwood Sunday 19th December at 11am


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




9th August, 2010
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Nicola and Kevin Murphy, Tower View

NINE Match 3 Winners


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Veronica Murphy, Milltown

Phyllis Doyle, Allen

Alan and Pat Fanning




Family Fun Day for Make a Wish

Family Fun Day at Robertstown GAA in aid of “Make A Wish Foundation” today, 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.


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.


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


Pilgrimage to Italy

Fr. Brian will lead a pilgrimage to Assisi, Loreto, San Giovanni, Pompeii and Rome from March 30th to April 8th, 2011.  The cost is €1,290.  Contact Carmel Kelly on 01 8555041.  


Pre Marriage Care

2010 – 2011


Pre-marriage courses take place at Áras Bhríde, Kildare Town (beside the Parish Church) as follows:

Course No. 1 Mon. 18th & Wed. 20th October 2010.

Course No. 2 (weekend) Fri. 26th and Sat. morning 27th November 2010.

Course No. 3 Mon. 7th & Wed. 9th February 2011.

Course No. 4 (weekend) Fri. 15th and Sat. morning 16th April 2011.

Course No. 5 Mon. 23rd & Wed. 25th May 2011.

Course No. 6 (weekend) Fri. 17th and Sat. morning 18th June 2011.

Application forms are available from the Parish office and should be sent in at least four weeks before the beginning of the course. Each course starts at 8pm.

The cost per couple is €60, which is to be paid on the first night.



D-Championship Result of first round Milltown 0-9 Clogherinkoe 1-8. Second Round to be confirmed.

3 Month Development Draw: The second draw will take place in the Milltown Inn on Thursday August 26th First Prize €500.

Ladies Football: The ladies would like to thank all who made their family fun night a big success, especially Jimmy Dignam of the Milltown Inn, David Mulpeter of Sky High Bouncing Castles, Aidan and Sandra Raleigh sponsors of the Bucking Bronco and in particular our treasurer Sean Mulpeter for all his hard work in making the night a memorable one for all who attended. Senior’B’ championship result Milltown 2-5 Athy 3-13 Round 2 at home to Celbridge on Tuesday August 17th in Milltown.


Result: Senior Res. D. Championship –

Robertstown 0-5 Leixlip 2-7.

Fixture: Minor A Football Championship Quarter Final – Sarsfields vs Ballyna in Robertstown on Tuesday next Aug. 17th at 7pm.

Robertstown Supporters of Breast Cancer Ireland Annual sponsored walk takes place today, Sunday, Aug. 15th leaving Robertstown at 3pm.

Family Fun Day at Robertstown GAA today in support of the Make a Wish Foundation with fun for all the family from 2pm. Please support.


The Club continue to top Div. 2 of the Kildare & District Soccer Leagues, leading by 8 points with just 5 matches left.

Result: Div. 2 played last Sunday – Eleson Utd 5 Clane Utd 1.

Fixture: Div. 2 Home to Kildare Town this Sunday at 2pm.


Allenwood Golf Society

Next outing to Moat Golf Club on Sat. 21st August. Tee box 9am – 10am. Presentation afterwards in Moat Golf Club.


Congratulations to the Cs on their championship victory over Clogherinkoe. The Bs suffered a 3 point defeat to Kilcullen. The 2nd round of both championships is fixed for next weekend, but no fixtures yet available.


The 38th Annual Herbert Cup, kindly sponsored by the Hazel Hotel, Monsaterevin. Semi Final Result Sat 7th Aug at 5.30 Moorefield 3-10 St. Kevins 0–4. Sat 7th Aug at 7pm Sarsfields 1-15 Raheens 0–12. Final: Saturday 14th at 7pm Moorefield v Sarsfields.

J.B.C: Wed 11th Moorefield 0-13 Ballyteague 0-10.

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

U10 Fixtures: Sat. 14th Go Games Blitz in Ballykelly at 11am. Sat 21st Go Games Blitz in Ballyteague at 11am.

Any Member who wants their name entered into the draw for an All Ireland Hurling ticket names to D. Jacob or M. Jacob by Saturday 21st Aug

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

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




10th August, 2010

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