Allen Parish Newsletter 22nd August 2010

Twenty-First Sunday in Ordinary Time – 22nd August, 2010

Trócaire Pakistan Appeal

A collection for Pakistan will be taken up at all Masses today. Please give generously.

The Punisher

An atheist doesn’t usually feel the need for a supernatural being – and one that’s a punisher to boot! But last year at the annual conference of the British Association of Science its president said that religion may have helped to protect society from itself in the past, and may be needed to do so again. His concern was not for divinity but for human failure, as he saw it, to take effective action against global warming. A supernatural punisher, he suggested, might be part of the solution. That’s raising global warming to the fire and brimstone temperature of pulpit thumpers of yesteryear!

He’d like today’s Second Reading (Heb 12:5-7, 11.13) as it talks about being punished by the Lord. However, verse 6 is a quotation from the Book of Proverbs 3:12. The language there is softer, less punitive than in Hebrews, at least in the NRSV Bible. In Proverbs we have ‘reprove’ not ‘punish’; and a father who ‘delights’ in his son, and not merely ‘accepts’ him, as in Hebrews.

Impressions are important. They must never blur our image of the loving God we believe in. He who delights in us is not vindictive or judgmental. But neither is he a softie. Evil exists up to its most abhorrent forms because of a misuse of the freedom our loving God gave us. When we misuse it there are consequences always. They’re built in to the way things are. Unfortunately, there are times when we can’t seem to learn by any other means than through the dire consequences of our acts.


Responsorial Psalm

Go out to the whole world;

proclaim the Good News.


Monday 23rd August

Allenwood – 9.30am

Tuesday 24th August

Allen – 9.30am

Milltown 9.30am

Wednesday 25th August

Allen – 9.30am

Allenwood – 9.30am

Thursday 26th August

Allen – 9.30am

Allenwood – 9.30am

Friday 27th August



Allen:  Saturday 7.30pm

Thomas and Mary Maher, Crosspatrick

Harry Reidy and all members of the Reidy family

John and Margaret Dowling, Dunbyrne

Lay Reader: Brid Dempsey

Eucharistic Minister: Anne Downey

Allen:   Sunday 11.00am

Months Mind: Mary Murphy, Ballyteague

Paddy and Josephine O’Sullivan

Thomas Mills, Kilmeague

Lay Reader: Rosaline Connolly

Eucharistic Ministers: Rosaline Connolly and Sean Cruise

Allenwood: Saturday 6.30pm

Tim and Roseann Roddy and Mary Larkin, Coill Dubh

John Moore, Canal Bank Robertstown and Denis Wall, Togher Road, Robertstown

Lay Reader: Christina Ryan

Eucharistic Ministers: Wilfie Cronin and Mary Jacob

AllenwoodSunday 10.00am

People of the Parish

Lay Reader: Johnny O’Callaghan 

Eucharistic Ministers: Larry McCormack and May Cunningham

Milltown: Sunday 9.30am

Lay Reader: John Dwyer

Eucharistic Minister: Bridie Dunney


Next Sunday’s Readings

Readings for Sunday 29th August:

Eccles (Sir) 3:17-20, 28-29. Ps 67.

Heb 12:18-19, 22-24. Lk 14:1, 7-14. Lect I: 900.


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.



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.


We recently welcomed into our community through baptism:

Ella Jacqueline Mahoney


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.


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.



Weekly Envelopes (3 weeks):

8th & 15th August: €1,415.00

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

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.

World Youth Day Madrid 2011

World Youth Day is an excellent opportunity for young Catholics worldwide to come together and celebrate the faith they share in one of the world’s most beautiful and vibrant cities. The diocese will be taking a group aged 17-35 yrs to Madrid from 15th-22nd August 2011.  Those interested in WYD can find out more and download an application form from or contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it mobile no. 087 7788007.

Caretaker required for Allen Hall under the Community Employment Scheme. Please contact local FÁS office to confirm eligibility. Apply to Allen Area CEP 045-870268. Knock Marriage Introductions Bureau

The aim of the Bureau is to introduce people considering marriage to a suitable marriage partner. Over 800 marriages have taken place as a result of these introductions. If you are searching for a suitable partner, why not consider applying? For further information contact the Bureau at Knock, Co. Mayo. Phone 094-9375960 or visit our website at and read about the workings of the Bureau.

Study Theology from Home

Would you like to study theology from home? The Dominicans are offering a full programme, accredited up to BTh level, designed especially for lay people who may have no previous academic experience but who wish to learn more about their faith. Contact us at: The Priory Institute, Tallaght Village, Dublin 24. Ph: 01-4048124. This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it



16th August, 2010

7           12           16         17


Jackpot Winner

Carmel Maloney, Pluckerstown

FIVE Match 3 Winners

€50 each

Mike & Denise O’Sullivan, Timahoe

Tom Hannon c/o D. Cross

Michael Gilligan (jnr) c/o May Gilligan

Carmel Keely c/o Carmel

Andy Wilson c/o John Murphy



Eamonn Reddy Tournament: Second semi-final Ballykelly v Robertstown on Tuesday August 24th in Milltown at 7pm. The winners will play Milltown in the final date to be confirmed.

Nurney Tournament: Semi-Final Milltown 2-7 Suncroft 0-13. Replay 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: Celbridge proved too strong for the senior ladies in round 2 of the championship on Tuesday last. Round 3 at home to Monasterevin date to be confirmed.


Many thanks to Ballyteague GFC for donating 2 All-Ireland football semi-final tickets. Well done to Robbie McKenna on winning the tickets and thanks to our ticket sellers for their time.

U11, U13 and U15 training has resumed. New members are welcome for all age groups. Contact any member of the committee for more information.


Result: O’Neill’s Summer Football Tournament: Castlemitchel 2-14 Robertstown 4-7.

Robertstown Supporters of Breast Cancer Ireland would like to thank everyone who took part in the annual Sponsored Walk on Sunday last and helped to make it an outstanding success.


The Club just need one more point from its last 4 matches to clinch the Div. 2 title.

Result Div. 2, played last Sun. Eleson Utd 4 Kildare Town 3.

Fixture: Casey Div. 2 Cup quarter final: Home to Clane Utd. This Sun. at 2pm.

Fundraising BBQ on Friday next, Aug. 27th in Eleson House, Kilmeague at 9pm. Music and raffle on the night. Admission €5. Please support.


Fixture: Sun. Aug 22nd at 6pm in Milltown Reserve Team Championship Round 2 Allenwood v. Ballyteague.

Volunteers required to join the "Blue Muckers" on their Run-A-Muck Fund Raiser on October 16th in aid of Cancer Research/Allenwood GFC Underage. For more Information and application forms contact Larry on 087-2588963.



17th August, 2010

WinningNumbers                          Plus

11      21        22       24                 27

THREE Match 3 winners - €70 each

Christina Mullaney c/o J. Harris

Georgia Glennon c/o Ian

Brigid Doyle c/o J. Harris

NO Jackpot Winner

Next week’s Jackpot €19,000

Next week’s Jackpot + Plus €20,000