Issue 1314 July 12th 2020


Our faith is nourished and grows through the experiences of our lives. It can also weaken and disappear. We need the support of our Church and fellow – Christians to strengthen and direct our growth when we lose our way

What is the best soil for the word of God today? Jesus’s story is both about the sowing and the ground that receives the seed. Much of the world today cannot hear the word of God through greed, violence, even the prideful belief that we do not need God. The soil is hungry for good seed. The soil that receives the word of God is searching: for meaning in life, to create a world of justice and peace, and to care for our planet. It is soil hungry for real love, both among each other and for the wider world. Jesus’s message offers a meaning in life: that life comes from love and is directed to love. He offers the challenge to care for all. ‘What you do for others, you do for me’ is his invitation and challenge to our faith. Our care for the earth comes from our faith that our world is God’s, to be created and developed with God. Let’s understand the soil that is receptive to the gospel values of prayer, inclusivity and justice. Donal Neary SJ, Editor Sacred Heart Messenger

Mass Intentions this Week

John McGrath (RD) Manor Kilbride

Saturday 6pm: John Kennedy (A) Annie McGovern (RD)

Sunday 10am: Mary Creighton (A) Sean Corr (3rd A) Austin Reilly (RD)

We also Remember the following: Nancy Keogh (A) Anne Mellin, Thomas O’Sullivan, Maurice O’Sullivan, Lily Mooney

Monday: Mass offered for all the Blessington List of the Sick

Tuesday: Deacon Don Devaney (Get Well) Get Well Intentions

Thursday: Special Intentions, Special Living Intentions

Friday: Nancy Sheridan (RD) Kathleen Kelly (RD)

Saturday and Sunday Masses in Blessington – Due to the restrictions on numbers allowed to gather indoors we feel it necessary that people apply for a ticket if they wish to attend 6pm Mass on Saturday or 10am Mass on Sunday in Church of Our Lady, Blessington. Tickets must be collected in the Parish Office between 9.30am & 12.30pm Mon to Fri – 045 865 327

Adoration & Rosary will take place from Tuesday 14th July, 7pm to 8pm in Church of Our Lady, Blessington. If you are unable to come to the Church, you can join us via webcam on

SENIOR LINE – National Confidential Listening Service for Older People provided by trained older volunteers. All Calls are Free. Open 365 Days a Year from 10am to 10pm. A telephone listening service for older people. We do not ask for or pass on any information about our callers. FREEPHONE 1800 80 45 91

Monthly Envelopes for July are now due, they may be dropped into the PDF Boxes in the Church or the post-box at the Coimin Centre. Many thanks to all who are making a special effort to return their envelopes this time it is greatly appreciated.

Cruthú Gallery at Russborough Open Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays from 12 noon. Our members have been very creative during the lockdown so we will start posting soon some exciting new art pieces that will be available for purchase. We look forward to seeing you soon and please remember to mind the social distancing rules. or contact us at

The Irish Hospice Foundation – National Freephone Service. Have you been impacted by a bereavement during COVID-19?  Are you finding it difficult to cope with a bereavement at this time?  Would it help to talk to someone in confidence about your loss? The Irish Hospice Foundation Bereavement Support Line is a national freephone service – 1800 80 70 77 – available from 10.00am to 1.00pm, Monday to Friday.

DONATE to the Parish Online you can now make donations to Blessington, Crosschapel, Manor Kilbride, or Valleymount/Lacken or Donations to the Archdiocese, Easter Dues & the 1st & 2nd Collections that are normally taken up at Mass. It is straightforward to use, but if you need any help call Jean 087 235 0835 or Carol 045 865 327 during the week.

The Parish Office has re-opened to the Public – Monday to Friday 9.00am to 12.30pm for Mass Bookings, Mass Cards, & General Enquiries. Email:, Call: 045 865 327. from 9am to 1pm. Please observe social distance & please use hand sanitiser when entering & leaving.

Courses in the Further Education and Training Centre Blessington Are you considering doing a course, changing your career? Do you need Guidance? Here at Blessington Further Education and Training Centre we provide a free, professional, impartial career guidance and information service to all adults. For further information on upcoming courses or changing your career please contact our Guidance Service, Irene Hayden on 086 806 1569 or or contact Karen Townsend on 086 850 3833 or

As we can only have 50 people in the Church for Mass it is necessary to book a ticket for weekend Masses. Tickets must be collected in the Parish Office between 9.30am & 12.30pm Mon to Fri – 045 865 327



Childminder available Blessington Areas Call 087 6769863

The Office Shop Blessington

It’s never too early to get organised for going back to school.

Great value in packs of A4 Hardback & Softback Copies, Pencil Cases, School Bags and Lunch Boxes/Bottles but only while stocks last

Fantastic value on all Stationery Packs for St. Marys Junior & Senior Schools we are keeping our prices at 2019 rates

We are happy to help with stationery requirements for all other schools in the area please drop into the shop or call 045 865 878

Cleggs Locksmith Service

  • Locked Out
  • Multipoint Lock Repairs
  • All Keys Cut
  • Spare Parts

Handles – Cylinders – Multi-Point Strips – Letter Boxes. Sallin’s Road, Naas. Shop: 045 876 702 Mobile: 087 232 3663


Paying too much to SKY or UPC? We install & Repair Free to Air and Saorview!!  No more bills!! Call Billy: 086 868 0053


Noel Nolan Blessington Heating & Plumbing Service. Call Noel: 087 243 1499 or email


German Autoworks. Service Specialist VW/Audi, Mercedes, Skoda, Seat, Opel. Call 087 286 3997


Clarkes Funeral Directors I.A.F.D.Funeral Home & Office, Burgage, Blessington. All areas serviced. Phone: Tony or Regina:087 273 9048 / 087 659 6426


HEADSTONES – McEvoy Monumental Works, Blessington. Headstones, Inscriptions, Renovations. Serving the people of Blessington for over 40 years.Call to our workshop at Millbank Blessingtonor phone: Mick 045 865 487 or 086 843 8832 or Gary 087 933 3487


Blessington Airport Taxi – 087 255 7993. Standard Taxi €77 one way. Large 7-Seater €87 one way. Call Richard on 087 255 7993 or email:


Time to get your Ride-On/Lawnmowers serviced or treat yourself to a new Mower. For full backup service and professional advice Philip Jones 087 6638788. Visit our website


Gardening. For Summer Tidying, Hedge Clipping, Lawn Care, Beds overhauled Phone Mark 085 133 7714


BLINDS. Roller, Vertical and Venetian. For all your requirements home or office Contact Seamus 087 4060 434 Email:


Eagle Cleaning Solutions. Chimney Cleaning, Exterior Power Washing, Window Cleaning, Gutter Cleaning and Repairs. Call for appointment: 087 247 4388. Email: Find us on Facebook

Active Appliance Repairs over 20 years’ experience repairing and servicing all brands of domestic and commercial appliances. For a fast, friendly and efficient service call us today on 086 393 7762 or 086 361 9082 Call out Charge €75


to those who are supporting the parish through standing orders and the Neighbourhood Envelope Collection.

We now have a DONATE button on our website for those who would like to contribute to

Blessington, Crosschapel, Manor Kilbride, Valleymount/Lacken

or directly to the Archdiocese.

It is a quick and secure way to contribute to the parish.

If you experience any difficulties,

please phone the parish office 045 865 327

for assistance

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