Issue 1315 July 19th 2020


God knows the good and evil in a person’s heart and accepts both in us. He knows our struggles over evil and he both heals and forgives the wrongdoing in our lives.

In the normal garden we find flowers, grass, maybe some trees, we also find weeds. Jesus looks at a piece of land – a wheat field with weeds. He talks about the gardener who was constantly digging up weeds and the wheat with them he says to leave them and separate them at the harvest.

Our life is a bit like this field. Faults, failings, and the bits and pieces of ourselves that are sinful. We would like to get rid of them and the intolerances we have, or the bad temper, or the grudges and bitterness and judgements on others. We do our best but some of our personal faults and failings stay with us.

Maybe some faults and failings, or the weaker side of our lives, have made us more compassionate and humble. Maybe if we didn’t fail at something, we would be pompous and proud. We can sometimes feel a bit humiliated by our weaknesses, but in this we grow in humility and in our dependence on the understanding and forgiveness of God. With Jesus we do our best in life, changing what we can and accepting what we cannot. In that there is great wisdom.  Donal Neary SJ, Editor Sacred Heart Messenger

Mass Intentions this Week

Pauline McLoughlin (Leitrim)

Saturday 6pm: James (Jimmy) Mahon Months Mind, Sean Corr (3rd A)

Sunday 10am: Alan Clarke (A) Bob Curtin(A)

We also Remember the following: Teresa Doyle (A) (Old Court) Joseph Burke, Christy Cartwright, Simon Hopkins, Rebecca Hopkins, Maisie Hopkins, Kay Lennon

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

Tuesday: Lorraine Mullins (RD) Msgnr Jim Cassin (RD)

Thursday: Teresa Clarke (RD) Lily Mooney (RD

Friday: Mass offered for all on the Blessington Deceased Mass Card List

Adoration & Rosary will take place every Tuesday from 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

Blessington AFC – Notice to all coaches, managers, members, and parents. The Blessington AFC AGM will take place on Monday 10th August 2020 in St Kevin’s Hall Blessington. It will start at 8pm sharp.

St. Kevin’s Hollywood will be hosting their Annual Cemetery Mass on Sunday July 26th at 5.00p.m.

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

St. Marys’ Schools & Blessington Parish Lotto Jackpot next week €2375 sign up for €2 per week on parish website

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 is open – 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

Saturday and Sunday Masses in Blessington – Due to the extended restrictions on numbers allowed to gather indoors we will continue to issue tickets for 6pm Mass on Saturday & 10am Mass on Sunday in Church of Our Lady, Blessington. Tickets must be collected in the Parish Office between 9am & 12.30pm Mon to Fri – 045 865 327

Togetherness by Aoibheann Gannon aged 10

Together but not

Like we’re stuck in a knot,

Not so nice,

Not so easy,

Now we’re being quite greedy.


Agree on these things I say,

“We can’t go out”,

“We can’t go about”,

“We can’t play”,

“We can’t say,

Whether it will be over,

Tomorrow or today”.


“we want to go out”,

“We want to play”,

“We want to be

The same as yesterday”….


“Hooray, hooray,

We can go out to play”

We are seeing the faces,

That we missed for many days

“Hooray, hooray, this glorious day”.



Gardening – For Summer Tidying, Hedge Clipping, Lawn Care, Beds Overhauled etc Phone Mark 085 133 7714


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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