Newsletter 3rd March 2024 Issue 1492

Mass intentions in Blessington Micheal Mullen RD Dublin

Saturday: Billy Horan… A, Shay Mills…7th A, Mary Breen …20th A, Mairead Hudson & Hudson & Carroll Family…Rem

Sunday: Hannah Jones…1st A, Jimmy Jones…A, Alice Ryall…MM, Trevor Kinsella…A, Kathleen Kinsella…A, Elizabeth & Christopher Cullen…A

Monday:  Mass for the Sick & those in Hospital

Tuesday: Sean Murray…Rem , Chris McNeilly…Rem

Wednesday: Josie Clarke…A  , Paddy Ryall…Birthday Rem

Thursday: Mark White…Rem, Carmel Fitzgerald…Rem

Friday: Patrick Cassidy…A, Get Well Mass

Rosary & Holy Hour: Every Tuesday, 7pm to 8pm in Church of Our Lady Blessington

Pray & Play Group In the Coimin Centre, Every Wednesday From 2.45pm to 4.30pm. For children of all ages with their parents, grandparents, guardians. Contact Áine 0833798366 or Call the office on 045365327

Minister of Eucharist February 2024 Church of Our Lady Blessington SAT 6PM: Ann Hanlon, Frank Hanlon & Theresa Ball SUNDAY 10AM: Brendan Mahon, George Richardson & Kay Clarke

Dates for 2024 –  Easter Sunday falls on the 31st March.

Communion Preparation Masses – Sat 2nd March Lacken School 7.30pm Lacken Church. Sun 3rd March Valleymount School 10am Valleymount Church, Gaelscoil 10am Blessington Church, Parish Candidates 11.30am Crosschapel. Sat 9th March St Mary’s School 6pm Blessington Church.

Women’s world day of prayer. Women’s world day of prayer provides an opportunity for women to learn about each other and pray for one another. It is a time to reunite with God and one another and strengthen bonds. the prayer service 2024 is prepared by the women of Palestine Prayer service in St Marys COI @10.30am on Friday 2nd march. Light refreshments afterwards.

MARCH 8th – INTERNATIONAL WOMENS DAY. This year’s UN theme is “Invest in women. Accelerate progress.

The Family of the late Paddy and Alice Ryall Knockieran Blessington  would like to thank our neighbours, friends and relatives who shared in our grief following the passing of both our parents with only 10 months between them. Your kindness and generosity at a time of great sadness brought great comfort to us all and will never be forgotten

3rd Week of Lent

Our Prayer Loving God, in this season of Lent, you call us to act justly, love tenderly. and walk humbly with each other so that we can build your Kingdom of justice and peace, your Kingdom of love and truth, your Kingdom of holiness and grace in our world today. AMEN

SEE, What are you noticing about the cost of living? DISCERN, How can you live more simply so that others can simply live? ACT, what lifestyle changes can you make this Lent?

  • We know this Sunday’s Gospel story well and often ask ourselves ‘Why did Jesus get so angry?’
  • The animals in the story were sold so that those on pilgrimage could make their symbolic sacrificial offerings to God.
  • Jesus realised that the poor were being manipulated by the money changers.
  • He replaced all of this by the sacrifice of his own body, given for others.
  • Many believed in him because he was on the side of the poor, the lost, the disadvantaged, the downtrodden and wanted to set them free from oppression. Followers of Jesus are called to do likewise; to be on the side of the poor.

The needy generally “practise the special solidarity that exists among those who are poor and suffering, and which our civilization seems to have forgotten or would prefer in fact to forget… Solidarity means much more than engaging in sporadic acts of generosity. It means thinking and acting in terms of community. It means that the lives of all are prior to the appropriation of goods by a few. It also means combatting the structural causes of poverty, inequality, the lack of work, land and housing, the denial of social and labour rights. It means confronting the destructive effects of the empire of money”.

116 Fratelli Tutti Pope Francis

 

Church of the apostles Ballybrack – Women in the Bible – 20th March at 7.30pm Naomi (from Ruth story), 17th April at 7.30pm The Syrophoenician women, 15th May at 7.30pm Mary Magdalene. Talks given by Dr Jesse Rogers Lecturer/Dean of Theology at St Patricks Pontifical Maynooth

CARE OF THE EARTH Use eco-friendly shopping bags Take a break from paper or plastic bags when you shop for groceries. Paper and plastic bags need more than 400 years to decompose. Opt for eco-friendly jute bags when you need to go shopping.

Thought for the week Keep going, everything you need will come to you at the perfect time

Popes’ intention for March For the new martyrs We pray that those who risk their lives for the Gospel in various parts of the world inflame the Church with their courage and missionary enthusiasm.

KNOCK PILGRIMAGE Archbishop Dermot Farrell will lead our annual pilgrimage to Knock on Saturday, April 27.  This year we are celebrating 145 years since the apparition in 1879. We are glad to say that the Choir of Many Voices from throughout the Archdiocese will be back this year. A series of workshops with interesting and thought-provoking speakers and being planned, more details to follow. As in previous years, parishes should plan to arrive in Knock for 11.45am. If you would like to take part in the choir or have any other queries, please email knockpilgrimage@dublindiocese.ie

Prayer for peace Lord Jesus, You came that the world might know the peace that You have experienced with the Father eternally. Yet, You taught us that in this life there will be wars and rumours of wars. Nations will rise against nations as violence works itself out in the world. However, through You, the world may be saved.

A new boiler for the central heating has been installed in Lacken church in the past week. We are grateful for the support of parishioners and all who contribute to the Parish Draw to help us meet this unexpected expense.

West Wicklow Cancer Support  welcomes you to our weekly sound bath meditation with essential oils, hosted by Gemma Deeney. Take that hour to yourself to relax, rewind and rejuvenate. Wednesday Mornings, 11am Primary Care Centre. Open to all, bring your own cushion and blanket. No charge, no need to book. Contact us on 087 4346004 / westwicklow15@gmail.com with any enquiries.

Blessington Bridge Club Meets every Monday at 7.30pm in the Kare Centre. All new players welcome.

Valleymount Walking Group Would you like to start walking? This group is open to everyone of all ages and capabilities. Meeting point: Community Shed Valleymount For more information contact Sean 086 250 8230

Blessington Walking Club Community support for mental emotional and physical health Morning walks during weekdays  at 9.30am Sunday walks at 11am Meeting point Blessington further ed centre WhatsApp 087 223 4005 insta@blessingtonwalkingclub

Blessington Bowls Club meet every Thursday night at 7.30pm in St Kevin’s Hall, Main Street Blessington. Guests are most welcome, why not come along and bring a friend.

PICKLEBALL FOR OVER 60’s  being held on Fridays from 10-12  in St Kevins Hall. It’s the fastest growing sport for retirees. Come and give it a go or just come & watch. Its lots of fun

Always wanted to sing? All Welcome. No Auditions. Blessington Millennium Choir are looking to recruit new members who love to sing. With mixed ability and experience, we aim to positively impact our community and as such regularly raise funds for organisations and participate in events. So, if you sing in the shower, you are the King or Queen of Karaoke or a keen amateur, Come & Join Us We meet every Tuesday evening 7.30 to 9.30pm at the Kare Centre, Blessington For more details please phone (087) 4352385 or (087) 2431499 www.choirbmc.com

Blessington Library – Children’s Music Hour by Members of Kilbride & Lakeside Music school Tuesday 27th at 4.30 pm All welcome. Mindfulness with Sian Monday 4th March   at 11.30 am Booking essential. Workshop on Emotional Mastery & Self-Leadership for Women changemakers by Aliz Merlics. Thursday  7th March, 6 pm Booking essential. Seachtain na Gaeilge  with Carmel Stephens. A bilingual, (Irish/English) storytelling and crafting session for children aged 5-9 and their families)Saturday 9th March 2.30 pm. Children 5-9 and their families Booking essential. St Patrick’s Day Arts and Craft Wednesday 13th March at 3.30 pm Booking essential. Supporting a person with an eating disorder by Bodywhys. Thursday 14th March at 7 pm (no Booking required).

Blessington Community Employment Vacancies These are developmental opportunities, no experience necessary. St Kevin’s, Cemetery, Hollywood Duties inclusive of but not restricted to grass cutting, light maintenance, key holding, and cleaning. Closing Date: 20/02/2024 Reference: CES: 2317015. Secretary, St Kevin’s  Community Centre. Duties inclusive of but not restricted to admin, answering calls,  And secretarial work. Closing Date: 02/02/2024 Reference: CES: 2317031. Caretaker, Hollywood Community Centre. Duties to include but not restricted to preparing hall for meetings and events, cleaning, light maintenance, and painting. Closing Date: 02/02/2024 Reference: CES: 2317081 Caretaker, St. Johns Cemetery, Ballymore. Duties inclusive of but not restricted to grass cutting, light maintenance, key holding, and cleaning. Closing Date: 16/02/2024 Reference: CES: 2317525 Please contact us on 085-2523563 or martincahill@blessingtonce.ie Please note *You must be in receipt of a social welfare payment for the last 12 months to qualify for these positions. * CE Rates Apply.

Blessington FETC Full and part time, daytime and evening education courses are available. We are here to help you get back into education, learn at your own pace, reach your potential, have some fun, meet other people and gain confidence. We offer 1 to 1 support in English, maths, and IT.  Courses are free, flexible, and fun. (eligibility criteria will apply). If you are interested in upskilling or learning new skills in: Gardening, Art, Sewing, Beginners Hairdressing, IT – laptop, notebooks, smart phones in 2024 contact u, or drop into the Blessington FETC. We would be delighted to hear from you.  Contact us on 045 891099/ 0868462771. West Wicklow Youthreach offers an education and training programme for early school leavers aged 16-21. We offer QQI level 3 and 4 junior and leaving cert equivalent, and personal development programmes in a small, welcoming, and supportive environment. If you are interested in our full-time programme, why not contact us to find out more! Call the centre at 086-8159593 or 045-851498 or drop into the Blessington Further Education and Training Centre and pick up an enquiry form. Alternatively, you can send an email to carolinemccabe@KWETB.ie For more information about our programme visit www.blessingtonfetc.ie/youthreach

Next Monday night, the 5th of March is music night  in the Men’s Shed  Come along and enjoy the music and tall tales, with spot prize tickets for sale at the door. Session starts at 7.30 and light refreshments afterwards.

DATE FOR DIARY Blessington GAA Development Fundraiser- Jungle Challenge Saturday 23 Mar @ 8pm Lawlor’s Hotel Naas For tickets call 083 075 7844

DAFFODIL DAY 2024 is on Friday 22nd March Daffodil Day started in 1988 and is a major fundraising event for the Irish Cancer Society and your support helps to provide FREE services and support to cancer patients and their families throughout the country. After a break of a couple of years, it is back in Blessington this year and we need YOUR help. If you can spare just ONE hour on the day, please phone or text Ann on 087 9141757 and select a time that suits you. Thank you very much in advance, all help greatly appreciated.

West Wicklow Cancer Support welcomes you to our weekly sound bath meditation with essential oils, hosted by Gemma Deeney. Take that hour to yourself to relax, rewind and rejuvenate. Wednesday Mornings, 11am Primary Care Centre. Open to all, bring your own cushion and blanket. No charge, no need to book. Contact us on 087 4346004 / westwicklow15@gmail.com with any enquiries.

A new boiler for the central heating has been installed in Lacken church in the past week. We are grateful for the support of parishioners and all who contribute to the Parish Draw to help us meet this unexpected expense.

Ambrosial Reflexology Benefits of Reflexology include Improved Sleep, Relaxation Adjunct to mental health care (Depression, Anxiety) Contact Eibhlin Ambrose (MNRRI, RGN, PHN) 0870534127

Trainee Accountant/Accounting Technician opportunity available in local accountancy practice. Training will be provided. Please call 087 7821159 for further details.

Catriona Byrne & Co Solicitors BESIDE AIB – OVER 20 YEARS ESTABLISHED FOR ALL YOUR LEGAL NEEDS 3 Mill Bank, Blessington County Wicklow Tel: 045 857 537 www.catrionsbyrne.ie

Septic Tanks Emptied & Digger Hire Call Dermot or Adam Phibbs 087 799 5320 – 083 037 4750 lizmphibbs6@gmail.com      License no: NWCPO-21-12619-01

Blessington Counselling & Psychotherapy – Mandy Downes MAPCP 085 134 9813 Specialist in CBT & Solution focused Therapy

Wicklow & Kildare Mental Health Services  Counselling & Psychotherapy. Aran Centre, Blessington, Co. Wicklow. For Bookings please contact, by phone: 089 274 4920 or e-mail: info@wicklowandkildarementalhealth.ie

To Let Very nice self-contained private office at Aran Centre, Blessington opposite Aldi.  From €125 per week plus VAT.  Contact Sean on 087 8175227.

Building & Roofing Contractor Available All Roof Repairs, Slates, Tiles, Lead Valleys, Velux Windows, PvC Fascia & Soffit, Extensions, Attic Conversions & Renovations. All Work Guaranteed Niall Kearns 0862746969.

Driving instructor RSA and ADI approved.  Contact Michael 087 459 4258  for bookings.

GF Services Tile Cleaning Upholstery Cleaning Carpet Cleaning 0899889861 info@gfservices.ie

Post Office Clerk Required Dublin 24 Area Part time Position Experience Essential Contact 087 9953014

Seeking Weekend

Accommodation  For Quiet, Mature Lady In Blessington  Ideally On/Close To Bus Route. Saturday Morning To Sunday Evening, Occasional Friday Evenings May Be Required. Own Room in Quiet Shared House Suitable.  Payment To Be Agreed. Phone Melanie On 087 9953415 For Details.

 

 

newsletter 18th February 2024 Issue 1480

Mass intentions in Blessington

Saturday: Vera Byrne…A , Marie McEvoy…A, Jane Miley & Thomas Miley…B’day Rem, Diane Little…A, Alicia, Hugh & Billy Hamilton …A  Paddy Byrne… B’day Rem…, May & Andy Metcalfe…A

Sunday: Greg Mulcahy…A, Micheal & Annmary Norton…A  Matthew & Mary Lennon… Rem

At Masses This Weekend,  We Remember The Following

Mick Fennan… A, Josephine O Toole…A, Christopher, Mary & Anthony Lambert…A, Eric & Agnes Shirran…A, Anne Mooney…A

Monday:  Mass for the Sick & those in Hospital

Tuesday: Walter Corbett…Rem, Teresa Quigley…Rem

Wednesday: John, Joe & Laurence Wright…A, Mary Wright…1st A

Thursday: Noeleen McGrath…A, The Bohan Family…Rem

Friday:    Toddy & Kathleen Hennessy…A,  The Harland Family…Rem

Rosary & Holy Hour on Tuesday 20th Feb, 7pm to 8pm in Church of Our Lady Blessington

Pray & Play Group In the Coimin Centre, Every Wednesday From 2.45pm to 4.30pm. For children of all ages with their parents, grandparents, guardians. Contact Áine 0833798366 or Call the office on 045365327

Minister of Eucharist February 2024 Church of Our Lady Blessington SAT 6PM: Ann Hanlon, Frank Hanlon & Theresa Ball SUNDAY 10AM: Brendan Mahon, George Richardson & Kay Clarke

Dates for 2024 – .Ash Wednesday falls on the 14th February Easter Sunday falls on the 31st March.

Blessington Parish Lotto Numbers on 8th February: 15,20,21,23. €25 Winner: Niamh Rouse. Next Jackpot €4,275

Congratulations to the Boys and Girls from St. Mary’s Jnr. School and Gaelscoil Na Lochana who made their First Confession this week

Thought for the week Lent is what you do

CARE OF THE EARTH – Composting A few composting bins in the garden represent an excellent opportunity to avoid littering, at the same time being a reliable source of natural manure for your vegetable garden. Manure is not harmful for the environment and litter is reduced. We have done to the boys and girls of 1st and 2nd class in St Joseph’s school Valleymount, who have adopted a penguin They are helping the WWF to protect the future of penguins and to tackle some of the biggest environmental challenges facing our natural world today

Lent –

Our Prayer for Lent Loving God, in this season of Lent you call us to act justly, love tenderly and walk humbly with each other so that we can build. your Kingdom of justice and peace, your Kingdom of love and truth, your Kingdom of holiness and grace in our world today. AMEN

SEE, what effects of flooding are you noticing in our country and world? DISCERN, how much water does your household use for cooking, bathing, and cleaning? ACT, what could you do differently this Lent to preserve water?

There is no life without water. We cannot survive without it. Sometimes we call Planet Earth, the Blue Planet. Saltwater accounts for 97.5 per cent of all water in the earth; the remaining 2.5 per cent is fresh water. This 2.5 per cent sustains human life on earth – our life. In a real sense it is the foundation of all human civilisation; however, because it seems to be in such abundance, we appear to take water for granted. While fresh water is a global concern, it is always a local issue. Most people drink from the well in their own yard. In the past one hundred and fifty years, with the significant industrialisation of society and of agriculture, the demand for fresh water has increased exponentially, and the effects of vastly increased urban living can be seen in our rivers, lakes and oceans.

#2.1 The Cry of the Earth, The Cry of the Poor

Archbishop Dermot Farrell

Divine Mercy Conference 23rd, 24th & 25th February 2024 Main Hall RDS. Ballsbridge, D4. Speakers Fr. Pat Collins CM,, Sr Mary Keneally OLM, Fr. Sean Kelly and more. Tickets, Sat €35, Sun €25, Weekend €40.

Church of the apostles Ballybrack – Women in the Bible – 28th Feb at 7.30pm Miriam (Sister of Moses), 20th March at 7.30pm Naomi (from Ruth story), 17th April at 7.30pm The Syrophoenician women, 15th May at 7.30pm Mary Magdalene. Talks given by Dr Jesse Rogers Lecturer/Dean of Theology at St Patricks Pontifical Maynooth

Free Online Reflection & Meditation Join us for 40 minutes to find healing and hope through the Sunday Gospel.  We will do this through input, music, guided prayer etc…to help nourish the soul for the week ahead. Sunday Evenings 6.45p.m. Online via Zoom (4th, 11th, 18th February) Presented By Martina & The Ruah Team https://www.ruahrest.com/ Further enquiries & bookings to info@ruahrest.com

 

Blessington Bridge Club Meets every Monday at 7.30pm in the Kare Centre. All new players welcome.

Valleymount Walking Group Would you like to start walking? This group is open to everyone of all ages and capabilities. Meeting point: Community Shed Valleymount For more information contact Sean 086 250 8230

Sunday 28th January 2024 Songs & Tunes Session, Zellers of Lacken 6 to 9pm. All listeners, singers,  players very welcome. Any song/tune/style; any ability level; all ages. Just for fun! Bring a friend
Info.: Fiona 0838127317 lakesidesessions2@gmail.com

Friendship Club Every Tuesday 3-5pm Manor Kilbride Hall Starting Tue 6th Feb Tea, Coffee, Chat €2 cover charge Adults only. All welcome

Blessington Walking Club Community support for mental emotional and physical health Morning walks during weekdays  at 9.30am Sunday walks at 11am Meeting point Blessington further ed centre WhatsApp 087 223 4005 insta@blessingtonwalkingclub

Blessington Bowls Club meet every Thursday night at 7.30pm in St Kevin’s Hall, Main Street Blessington. Guests are most welcome, why not come along and bring a friend.

Young couple eagerly looking for a house to rent. No pets. No kids. Non-smokers. Julio at 0838272861 or juliocezaribeirojorge@gmail.com

Family coming from Brazil looking for a house to rent on a short-term basis. 23/05-05/06. For 10 people. No pets.  Julio. 0838272861 or juliocezaribeirojorge@gmail.com

The Valleymount Community shed invites you again to come & join the fun on our next night of music/song/poems and more Next Saturday 10th of February at 7.30 sharp come early to secure a seat in the Community shed. Looking forward meeting you all

GAELSCOIL NA LOCHANNA announces Rang Speisialta d’Uathachais – A Special Class for Autism Gaelscoil na Lochanna are opening a special class for 6 children with autism in September 2024. Enrolment forms are now available from school and via the school website Www.gaelscoilnalochanna.com

PICKLEBALL FOR OVER 60’s  being held on Fridays from 10-12  in St Kevins Hall. It’s the fastest growing sport for retirees. Come and give it a go or just come & watch. Its lots of fun

Always wanted to sing? All Welcome. No Auditions. Blessington Millennium Choir are looking to recruit new members who love to sing. With mixed ability and experience, we aim to positively impact our community and as such regularly raise funds for organisations and participate in events. So, if you sing in the shower, you are the King or Queen of Karaoke or a keen amateur, Come & Join Us We meet every Tuesday evening 7.30 to 9.30pm at the Kare Centre, Blessington For more details please phone (087) 4352385 or (087) 2431499 www.choirbmc.com

Blessington Library . These are our recurring events. For children and their parents/guardians Tummy Time [0 – 12 months] – Every Thursday, 11.30am Toddler Time [1 – 3 years olds] – Every Friday, 11.30am Story Time [3 – 6 years olds] –  Saturday, 11.30am Children’s Book Club  (Contact the library for more details) Age 8-9 First Thursday of month at 6.30pm Age 10-12 Third Tuesday of month at 7pm. For adults Cuidiú – Breastfeeding group Every second Monday, starting  Monday 15th January. Adult Book Clubs  (Contact the library for more details) Last Thursday of month at 6.30pm Last Friday of month at 11.00am Last Tuesday of month at 6.45pm Writing Group Second Thursday of month at 7pm Poetry Group Third Thursday of month at 6.45pm Crafty Hookers, Knitting Group
Every Wednesday, 11.00am

Blessington Community Employment Vacancies These are developmental opportunities, no experience necessary. St Kevin’s, Cemetery, Hollywood Duties inclusive of but not restricted to grass cutting, light maintenance, key holding, and cleaning. Closing Date: 20/02/2024 Reference: CES: 2317015. Secretary, St Kevin’s  Community Centre. Duties inclusive of but not restricted to admin, answering calls,  And secretarial work. Closing Date: 02/02/2024 Reference: CES: 2317031. Caretaker, Hollywood Community Centre. Duties to include but not restricted to preparing hall for meetings and events, cleaning, light maintenance, and painting. Closing Date: 02/02/2024 Reference: CES: 2317081 Caretaker, St. Johns Cemetery, Ballymore. Duties inclusive of but not restricted to grass cutting, light maintenance, key holding, and cleaning. Closing Date: 16/02/2024 Reference: CES: 2317525 Please contact us on 085-2523563 or martincahill@blessingtonce.ie Please note *You must be in receipt of a social welfare payment for the last 12 months to qualify for these positions. * CE Rates Apply.

Naas Flower and Garden Club in the Care of the Aged Centre, Limerick Road, Naas on Thursday 29th February at 7.45pm Garden Talk by: Paul Smith Head Gardener   of RHSI Bellefield House, Shinrone, Co. Offaly. Visitor’s welcome €8

Kilbride GAA Quiz Night in Miley’s Pub on Saturday the 24th of February from 9.30PM. All Welcome. Team of four, tenner a head, just turn up on the night. Teams can be formed on the night and prizes on the night! Please Support and All Very Welcome Any queries email info@kilbridegaa.com

 

Ambrosial Reflexology Benefits of Reflexology include Improved Sleep, Relaxation Adjunct to mental health care (Depression, Anxiety) Contact Eibhlin Ambrose (MNRRI, RGN, PHN) 0870534127

Trainee Accountant/Accounting Technician opportunity available in local accountancy practice. Training will be provided. Please call 087 7821159 for further details.

Catriona Byrne & Co Solicitors BESIDE AIB – OVER 20 YEARS ESTABLISHED FOR ALL YOUR LEGAL NEEDS 3 Mill Bank, Blessington County Wicklow Tel: 045 857 537 www.catrionsbyrne.ie

Septic Tanks Emptied & Digger Hire Call Dermot or Adam Phibbs 087 799 5320 – 083 037 4750 lizmphibbs6@gmail.com      License no: NWCPO-21-12619-01

Blessington Counselling & Psychotherapy – Mandy Downes MAPCP 085 134 9813 Specialist in CBT & Solution focused Therapy

Wicklow & Kildare Mental Health Services  Counselling & Psychotherapy. Aran Centre, Blessington, Co. Wicklow. For Bookings please contact, by phone: 089 274 4920 or e-mail: info@wicklowandkildarementalhealth.ie

To Let Very nice self-contained private office at Aran Centre, Blessington opposite Aldi.  From €125 per week plus VAT.  Contact Sean on 087 8175227.

Building & Roofing Contractor Available All Roof Repairs, Slates, Tiles, Lead Valleys, Velux Windows, PvC Fascia & Soffit, Extensions, Attic Conversions & Renovations. All Work Guaranteed Niall Kearns 0862746969.

Driving instructor RSA and ADI approved.  Contact Michael 087 459 4258  for bookings.

 

 

 

 

 

Newsletter 11th February 2024 Issue 1489

Mass intentions in Blessington

Saturday: Bill & Molly Brady…A, Kit Brady… A , Gerry Carey… A, Mary McIntyre…A, Peter Nolan Snr…A, Chris Foster…A

Sunday:, Matthew Lennon… A, Cecil & Kathleen Collins…A, Peter & Mary Brady…A, William & Pat Brady…A, William & Elizabeth Coyle…A

Monday:  Mass for the Sick & those in Hospital

Tuesday: Billy & Molly Brady…A, Kit Brady…A, Elizabeth Balfe… A

Wednesday:, Peter Wenzel…RD, Seamus Boylan…Rem

Thursday: Ann Martin…Rem, Kitty Mockler…Rem, Peter Doyle…A

Friday:   Ann O Byrne…A, Connor Curran…A

Rosary & Holy Hour on Tuesday 13th Feb, 7pm to 8pm in Church of Our Lady Blessington

Pray & Play Group In the Coimin Centre, Every Wednesday From 2.45pm to 4.30pm. For children of all ages with their parents, grandparents, guardians. Contact Áine 0833798366 or Call the office on 045365327

Minister of Eucharist February 2024 Church of Our Lady Blessington SAT 6PM: Ann Hanlon, Frank Hanlon & Theresa Ball SUNDAY 10AM: Brendan Mahon, George Richardson & Kay Clarke

Dates for 2024 – .Ash Wednesday falls on the 14th February Easter Sunday falls on the 31st March.

Each year, Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of Lent and is always 46 days before Easter Sunday. Lent is a time of preparation for Easter marked by repentance, fasting, reflection, and ultimately celebration.

The family of the late Noel (Daniel) Carroll of Lugnagun, Blessington, would like to thank the many neighbours, friends and relatives who shared in their grief following the passing of Noel.

Your generosity and kindness through this period of great sadness has provided great comfort to Noel’s wife Mary and her family and will never be forgotten.

Blessington Parish Lotto Numbers on 1st February: 12,19,28,30. €25 Winner: Margaret McDermott Next Jackpot €4,225

Popes intention for February February: For the Terminally Ill. The Holy Father encourages prayers “so that terminally ill patients and their families always receive necessary medical and human care and support.”

CARE OF THE EARTH Conserve energy. Turn off all electrical appliances when you’re leaving the house or when you don’t need them. Switch off the light, fan, and AC, disconnect all electronic appliances, and turn off the switch by the wall.

Thought for the week Understanding can overcome any situation however insurmountable it may seem

Lent –

Our Prayer for Lent Loving God, in this season of Lent you call us to act justly, love tenderly and walk humbly with each other so that we can build. your Kingdom of justice and peace, your Kingdom of love and truth, your Kingdom of holiness and grace in our world today. AMEN

SEE, what effects of flooding are you noticing in our country and world? DISCERN, how much water does your household use for cooking, bathing, and cleaning? ACT, what could you do differently this Lent to preserve water?

There is no life without water. We cannot survive without it. Sometimes we call Planet Earth, the Blue Planet. Saltwater accounts for 97.5 per cent of all water in the earth; the remaining 2.5 per cent is fresh water. This 2.5 per cent sustains human life on earth – our life. In a real sense it is the foundation of all human civilisation; however, because it seems to be in such abundance, we appear to take water for granted. While fresh water is a global concern, it is always a local issue. Most people drink from the well in their own yard. In the past one hundred and fifty years, with the significant industrialisation of society and of agriculture, the demand for fresh water has increased exponentially, and the effects of vastly increased urban living can be seen in our rivers, lakes and oceans.

#2.1 The Cry of the Earth, The Cry of the Poor

Archbishop Dermot Farrell

Divine Mercy Conference 23rd, 24th & 25th February 2024 Main Hall RDS. Ballsbridge, D4. Speakers Fr. Pat Collins CM,, Sr Mary Keneally OLM, Fr. Sean Kelly and more. Tickets, Sat €35, Sun €25, Weekend €40.

 

The Society of Saint Vincent de Paul Blessington would like to express its appreciation to the local community and businesses in the area for the generous support received to their SVP Xmas appeal. Every cent donated supports very deserving causes in the local community and your generosity made a big difference in providing extra support to families and individuals during the Xmas period. For this we are extremely grateful. Thank You

Free Online Reflection & Meditation Join us for 40 minutes to find healing and hope through the Sunday Gospel.  We will do this through input, music, guided prayer etc…to help nourish the soul for the week ahead. Sunday Evenings 6.45p.m. Online via Zoom (4th, 11th, 18th February) Presented By Martina & The Ruah Team https://www.ruahrest.com/ Further enquiries & bookings to info@ruahrest.com

Blessington Bridge Club Meets every Monday at 7.30pm in the Kare Centre. All new players welcome.

Valleymount Walking Group Would you like to start walking? This group is open to everyone of all ages and capabilities. Meeting point: Community Shed Valleymount For more information contact Sean 086 250 8230

Sunday 28th January 2024 Songs & Tunes Session, Zellers of Lacken 6 to 9pm. All listeners, singers,  players very welcome. Any song/tune/style; any ability level; all ages. Just for fun! Bring a friend
Info.: Fiona 0838127317 lakesidesessions2@gmail.com

Friendship Club Every Tuesday 3-5pm Manor Kilbride Hall Starting Tue 6th Feb Tea, Coffee, Chat €2 cover charge Adults only. All welcome

Blessington Walking Club Community support for mental emotional and physical health Morning walks during weekdays  at 9.30am Sunday walks at 11am Meeting point Blessington further ed centre WhatsApp 087 223 4005 insta@blessingtonwalkingclub

Blessington Bowls Club meet every Thursday night at 7.30pm in St Kevin’s Hall, Main Street Blessington. Guests are most welcome, why not come along and bring a friend.

Blessington History Society are hosting a talk on Thursday 15th February 2024 at 8pm in the Coimin Centre. The speaker is Aidan Cruise, and the talk will be based on the history of the Blessington tram 1888 – 1932. A slide show containing photographs of historical interest relating to the tram will be included. Aidan is a long-standing member of Blessington History Society and is the author of two books Left At The Lamb and The Dublin Blessington Tram.

Young couple eagerly looking for a house to rent. No pets. No kids. Non-smokers. Julio at 0838272861 or juliocezaribeirojorge@gmail.com

Family coming from Brazil looking for a house to rent on a short-term basis. 23/05-05/06. For 10 people. No pets.  Julio. 0838272861 or juliocezaribeirojorge@gmail.com

The Valleymount Community shed invites you again to come & join the fun on our next night of music/song/poems and more Next Saturday 10th of February at 7.30 sharp come early to secure a seat in the Community shed. Looking forward meeting you all

The Greenway Café Delicious cake boxes made  on the premises. Order one for Valentine’s Day, Mother’s Day or any Special Occasion To Order ring Natasha @ 0872938428 or Claire @ 0872378663 Last orders for Valentines Day, 5pm on Monday 12th Feb.

Ambrosial Reflexology Benefits of Reflexology include Improved Sleep, Relaxation Adjunct to mental health care (Depression, Anxiety) Contact Eibhlin Ambrose (MNRRI, RGN, PHN) 0870534127

Always wanted to sing? All Welcome. No Auditions. Blessington Millennium Choir are looking to recruit new members who love to sing. With mixed ability and experience, we aim to positively impact our community and as such regularly raise funds for organisations and participate in events. So, if you sing in the shower, you are the King or Queen of Karaoke or a keen amateur, Come & Join Us We meet every Tuesday evening 7.30 to 9.30pm at the Kare Centre, Blessington For more details please phone (087) 4352385 or (087) 2431499 www.choirbmc.com

Blessington Library . These are our recurring events. For children and their parents/guardians Tummy Time [0 – 12 months] – Every Thursday, 11.30am Toddler Time [1 – 3 years olds] – Every Friday, 11.30am Story Time [3 – 6 years olds] –  Saturday, 11.30am Children’s Book Club  (Contact the library for more details) Age 8-9 First Thursday of month at 6.30pm Age 10-12 Third Tuesday of month at 7pm. For adults Cuidiú – Breastfeeding group Every second Monday, starting  Monday 15th January. Adult Book Clubs  (Contact the library for more details) Last Thursday of month at 6.30pm Last Friday of month at 11.00am Last Tuesday of month at 6.45pm Writing Group Second Thursday of month at 7pm Poetry Group Third Thursday of month at 6.45pm Crafty Hookers, Knitting Group
Every Wednesday, 11.00am

Blessington Community Employment Vacancies These are developmental opportunities, no experience necessary. St Kevin’s, Cemetery, Hollywood Duties inclusive of but not restricted to grass cutting, light maintenance, key holding, and cleaning. Closing Date: 20/02/2024 Reference: CES: 2317015. Secretary, St Kevin’s  Community Centre. Duties inclusive of but not restricted to admin, answering calls,  And secretarial work. Closing Date: 02/02/2024 Reference: CES: 2317031. Caretaker, Hollywood Community Centre. Duties to include but not restricted to preparing hall for meetings and events, cleaning, light maintenance, and painting. Closing Date: 02/02/2024 Reference: CES: 2317081 Caretaker, St. Johns Cemetery, Ballymore. Duties inclusive of but not restricted to grass cutting, light maintenance, key holding, and cleaning. Closing Date: 16/02/2024 Reference: CES: 2317525 Please contact us on 085-2523563 or martincahill@blessingtonce.ie Please note *You must be in receipt of a social welfare payment for the last 12 months to qualify for these positions. * CE Rates Apply.

 

Trainee Accountant/Accounting Technician opportunity available in local accountancy practice. Training will be provided. Please call 087 7821159 for further details.

Catriona Byrne & Co Solicitors BESIDE AIB – OVER 20 YEARS ESTABLISHED FOR ALL YOUR LEGAL NEEDS 3 Mill Bank, Blessington County Wicklow Tel: 045 857 537 www.catrionsbyrne.ie

Septic Tanks Emptied & Digger Hire Call Dermot or Adam Phibbs 087 799 5320 – 083 037 4750 lizmphibbs6@gmail.com      License no: NWCPO-21-12619-01

Blessington Counselling & Psychotherapy – Mandy Downes MAPCP 085 134 9813 Specialist in CBT & Solution focused Therapy

Wicklow & Kildare Mental Health Services  Counselling & Psychotherapy. Aran Centre, Blessington, Co. Wicklow. For Bookings please contact, by phone: 089 274 4920 or e-mail: info@wicklowandkildarementalhealth.ie

To Let Very nice self-contained private office at Aran Centre, Blessington opposite Aldi.  From €125 per week plus VAT.  Contact Sean on 087 8175227.

Building & Roofing Contractor Available All Roof Repairs, Slates, Tiles, Lead Valleys, Velux Windows, PvC Fascia & Soffit, Extensions, Attic Conversions & Renovations. All Work Guaranteed Niall Kearns 0862746969.

Driving instructor RSA and ADI approved.  Contact Michael 087 459 4258  for bookings.

 

 

 

 

 

Newsletter 4th February 2024 Issue 1488

Mass intentions in Blessington Noel Carroll     Lacken. Alice Ryall     Knockieran

Saturday: Margaret Hayden…A, Bernadette Byrne…A, Edward Boylan…A, Noel O Shea…4th A, Jim O Shea…A, Laurence & Bridget O Shea…A , Micheal Doran…6th A , Bridget Cummins…1st A , Marcella Butler…MM

Sunday: Bridget O Connell…A, Connor Curran…A

We also Remember:, Joe Tracy…A, Bridie & Owen Naughton…A

Monday:  Mass for the Sick & those in Hospital

Tuesday: David Rossney…RD, Alice Ryall…RD

Wednesday: Mai Whelan…RD, Pat Campbell…REM

Thursday:, John O Hara…14th A, Teresa O Hara…A, Martin O Hara…A, Margaret Clogher & Tom, Liam, & Geraldine Clogher… A

Friday: Phyllis Farrell…A & Deceased Members of the Farrell family, Hughie Gunn… REM

 

February 3rd – St Blaise, Patron saint of throats.

The Blessing Of The Throats Will Take Place After All Masses, This Weekend

Rosary & Holy Hour on Tuesday 30th January, 7pm to 8pm in Church of Our Lady Blessington

Pray & Play Group In the Coimin Centre, Every Wednesday From 2.45pm to 4.30pm. For children of all ages with their parents, grandparents, guardians. Contact Áine 0833798366 or Call the office on 045365327

Minister of Eucharist February 2024 Church of Our Lady Blessington SAT 6PM: Ann Hanlon, Frank Hanlon & Theresa Ball SUNDAY 10AM: Brendan Mahon, George Richardson & Kay Clarke

Parish Calendars Last few are still available For sale in Parish Office €5 each.

I would like to thank you all for your continued support in these challenging times, it is greatly appreciated.

Our new Neighbourhood Collection account is with AIB if you would like to renew your Standing Order or set up a new one, the account details are:

IBAN IE10 AIBK 9332 3642 2314 05

BIC   AIBKIE2D

Donations can also be made through the Neighbourhood Collection envelopes from

the parish office,

Once again, may I thank all who support the parish through your donations and thank you for your generosity. With every blessing,

Fr Richard

Dates for 2024 – February 3rd – St Blaise, Patron saint of throats. Ash Wednesday falls on the 14th February Easter Sunday falls on the 31st March.

Popes intention for February February: For the Terminally Ill. The Holy Father encourages prayers “so that terminally ill patients and their families always receive necessary medical and human care and support.”

Blessington Parish Lotto Numbers on 25th January: 8,11,16, 17,. €25 Winner: Lisa Kavanagh Next Jackpot €4,200

CARE OF THE EARTH Creatively repurpose unwanted items to put less trash into the world. Instead of throwing things away, give them another purpose by making jewellery, household accessories, or restyled clothing. Upcycling is fun and good for the earth; for example, you could turn an old T-shirt into a grocery bag or use cinder blocks to make outdoor planters. Experiment and look for new ways to reuse old items.

Thought for the week Gods plan for your life is a lot better than the one you’ve been working on.

PRAYER TO ST BRIDGET To St Bridget, Bridget, you were a woman of peace., You brought harmony where there was conflict., You brought light to the darkness. You brought hope to the downcast. May the mantle of your peace cover those who are troubled and anxious. And may peace be firmly rooted in our hearts and in our world. Inspire us to act justly and to reverence all God has made. Bridget, you were a voice for the wounded and the weary. Strengthen what is weak within us. Calm us into a quietness that heals and listens. May we grow each day into greater wholeness in mind, body and spirit. Amen.

Prayer in Honor of St. Blaise O GOD, deliver us through the intercession of Thy holy bishop and martyr Blaise, from all evil of soul and body, especially from all ills of the throat; and grant us the grace to make a good confession in the confident hope of obtaining Thy pardon, and ever to praise with worthy lips Thy most holy name. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Free Online Reflection & Meditation Join us for 40 minutes to find healing and hope through the Sunday Gospel.  We will do this through input, music, guided prayer etc…to help nourish the soul for the week ahead. Sunday Evenings 6.45p.m. Online via Zoom (4th, 11th, 18th February) Presented By Martina & The Ruah Team https://www.ruahrest.com/ Further enquiries & bookings to info@ruahrest.com

February

February is the 2nd month of the year and has 28 or 29 days. The 29th day occurs every 4 years during a leap year. Guess what? 2024 is a leap year so February will have 29 days.  It also means that anyone born on the 29th will celebrate their birthday every four years! In February, birds start to build their nests and if the winter has not been very cold, you will see some little flowers popping up their heads –, snowdrops and some daffodils.

February is also known as the Month of Love. The 14th of February is the Feast of Saint Valentine. This day was established by Pope Gelasius I in AD 496 in honour of Valentine of Rome who died on the same date in AD 269 and became a martyred saint. The date has significance, but it was in the 14th century when it became associated with love. On February 14th you can send the person you love a Valentine’s card. An old tradition says that on February 29th, if a woman proposes marriage to her chosen man and he refuses, he is given a large fine!

January and February are very interesting months. Why not make a resolution to send out love to the planet this year and make 2024 a year of spreading love to everyone you meet? Love is the answer.

 

Quotation for though Challenges are what make life interesting and overcoming them is what makes life meaningful…Joshua J. Marine

Used Stamp Collection We are collecting any used stamps in aid of the Missions. If you would like to donate the stamps that you have at home you can put them into the box which is located back of the Church of Our Lady, Blessington

Blessington Bridge Club Meets every Monday at 7.30pm in the Kare Centre. All new players welcome.

Valleymount Walking Group Would you like to start walking? This group is open to everyone of all ages and capabilities. Meeting point: Community Shed Valleymount For more information contact Sean 086 250 8230

Sunday 28th January 2024 Songs & Tunes Session, Zellers of Lacken 6 to 9pm. All listeners, singers,  players very welcome. Any song/tune/style; any ability level; all ages. Just for fun! Bring a friend
Info.: Fiona 0838127317 lakesidesessions2@gmail.com

Friendship Club Every Tuesday 3-5pm Manor Kilbride Hall Starting Tue 6th Feb Tea, Coffee, Chat €2 cover charge Adults only. All welcome

Blessington Walking Club Community support for mental emotional and physical health Morning walks during weekdays  at 9.30am Sunday walks at 11am Meeting point Blessington further ed centre WhatsApp 087 223 4005 insta@blessingtonwalkingclub

Craft Market at The Avon  on the 5th February 12:00-5:00, promoting the very best of affordable art, crafts and artisan foods

Blessington AFC in association with Tramway Theatre presents Blessington Cinema. All proceeds raised will go towards Blessington AFC teams travelling to represent the club in the Manchester Easter Cup 2024. Limited Tickets 🎟️ so get yours now in The OFFICE SHOP.

Blessington Bowls Club meet every Thursday night at 7.30pm in St Kevin’s Hall, Main Street Blessington. Guests are most welcome, why not come along and bring a friend.

Always wanted to sing? All Welcome. No Auditions. Blessington Millennium Choir are looking to recruit new members who love to sing. With mixed ability and experience, we aim to positively impact our community and as such regularly raise funds for organisations and participate in events. So, if you sing in the shower, you are the King or Queen of Karaoke or a keen amateur, Come & Join Us We meet every Tuesday evening 7.30 to 9.30pm at the Kare Centre, Blessington For more details please phone (087) 4352385 or (087) 2431499 www.choirbmc.com

Blessington Library . These are our recurring events. For children and their parents/guardians Tummy Time [0 – 12 months] – Every Thursday, 11.30am Toddler Time [1 – 3 years olds] – Every Friday, 11.30am Story Time [3 – 6 years olds] –  Saturday, 11.30am Children’s Book Club  (Contact the library for more details) Age 8-9 First Thursday of month at 6.30pm Age 10-12 Third Tuesday of month at 7pm. For adults Cuidiú – Breastfeeding group Every second Monday, starting  Monday 15th January. Adult Book Clubs  (Contact the library for more details) Last Thursday of month at 6.30pm Last Friday of month at 11.00am Last Tuesday of month at 6.45pm Writing Group Second Thursday of month at 7pm Poetry Group Third Thursday of month at 6.45pm Crafty Hookers, Knitting Group
Every Wednesday, 11.00am

Blessington Community Employment Vacancies These are developmental opportunities, no experience necessary. St Kevin’s, Cemetery, Hollywood Duties inclusive of but not restricted to grass cutting, light maintenance, key holding, and cleaning. Closing Date: 20/02/2024 Reference: CES: 2317015. Secretary, St Kevin’s  Community Centre. Duties inclusive of but not restricted to admin, answering calls,  And secretarial work. Closing Date: 02/02/2024 Reference: CES: 2317031. Caretaker, Hollywood Community Centre. Duties to include but not restricted to preparing hall for meetings and events, cleaning, light maintenance, and painting. Closing Date: 02/02/2024 Reference: CES: 2317081 Caretaker, St. Johns Cemetery, Ballymore. Duties inclusive of but not restricted to grass cutting, light maintenance, key holding, and cleaning. Closing Date: 16/02/2024 Reference: CES: 2317525 Please contact us on 085-2523563 or martincahill@blessingtonce.ie Please note *You must be in receipt of a social welfare payment for the last 12 months to qualify for these positions. * CE Rates Apply.

Attention all. The next music night in Blessington Men’s Shed Will be next Monday night the 5th of February starting at 19.30hrs. Lots of music, tall tales and door prizes on the night. Looking forward to seeing everyone.

 

Trainee Accountant/Accounting Technician opportunity available in local accountancy practice. Training will be provided. Please call 087 7821159 for further details.

Catriona Byrne & Co Solicitors BESIDE AIB – OVER 20 YEARS ESTABLISHED FOR ALL YOUR LEGAL NEEDS 3 Mill Bank, Blessington County Wicklow Tel: 045 857 537 www.catrionsbyrne.ie

eptic Tanks Emptied & Digger Hire Call Dermot or Adam Phibbs 087 799 5320 – 083 037 4750 lizmphibbs6@gmail.com      License no: NWCPO-21-12619-01

Blessington Counselling & Psychotherapy – Mandy Downes MAPCP 085 134 9813 Specialist in CBT & Solution focused Therapy

Wicklow & Kildare Mental Health Services  Counselling & Psychotherapy. Aran Centre, Blessington, Co. Wicklow. For Bookings please contact, by phone: 089 274 4920 or e-mail: info@wicklowandkildarementalhealth.ie

To Let Very nice self-contained private office at Aran Centre, Blessington opposite Aldi.  From €125 per week plus VAT.  Contact Sean on 087 8175227.

Building & Roofing Contractor Available All Roof Repairs, Slates, Tiles, Lead Valleys, Velux Windows, PvC Fascia & Soffit, Extensions, Attic Conversions & Renovations. All Work Guaranteed Niall Kearns 0862746969.

Driving instructor RSA and ADI approved.  Contact Michael 087 459 4258  for bookings.

Blessington Taxi Phone Greg 087 2626 393

SeeThru Solution – Your Local Trustworthy Cleaning Service for Windows, Gutters, Fascia, Pressure Washing, Softwash, Carpet & Upholstery. Call Greg: 085 858 1850Painter & Decorator – Interior & Exterior Phone: Damien 085 826 0431

Interior Designs by Elizabeth Creative, Unique, Personal Call: 086 088 1806 Email: elizabethdoyle.ed@gmail.com

Paying too much for SKY or Virgin Media? We Install or Repair Free to Air and Saorview! No more Bills! Call Billy 086 868 0053

Local Builder Available – All services under one roof, Windows & Doors, Plumbing, Tiling, Roofing, Plastering, Electrical, Carpentry, Insulation. All levels of construction services available. Fully registered. Call Paul 086 309 1829

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

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

Noel Nolan – Blessington Heating & Plumbing Service  www.blessingtonheatingandplumbing.ie Call Noel: 087 243 1499 or email nolannoel2@gmail.com

Clarkes Funeral Directors I.A.F.D. Funeral Home & Office, Burgage, Blessington. All areas serviced. Phone: Tony, Regina or Gordon: 087 273 9048 / 087 659 6426 / 087 249 5411 www.funeraldirectorsblessington.ie

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

Mark Hyland Solicitors Main street, Blessington Phone number: 045- 851149 Email: markhylandsolicitors@gmail.com

Sakura Montessori Due to continuous business growth in Sakura Montessori, we are hiring additional staff for our busy school in Blessington. The following position is available: * Part-time morning Childcare Practitioner with minimum level 5 qualification and a good command of the Irish language for our Naíonra. 9am – 1pm, Monday – Friday. Please apply with CV and cover letter to: Antoinette Byrne, Sakura Montessori at antoinettebyrnesakurabless@gmail.com

Newsletter Advertising Rates, For just 50c per word per week you can reach a large, local audience. Cut-off for receiving adverts is Wed 10am. You can email the copy to office@blessington.info and pay in the Parish Office, or via the Donate button on our website or by bank transfer. Call the Parish Office: 045 865 327

  • PARISH INFORMATION

Church of Our Lady, Blessington – Mass Times: Saturday 6.00pm.  Sunday 10.00amWeekdays: Monday to Friday 9.30am – Fr. Richard Behan PP. Tel: 045 865327Church of Our Lady of Mercy, Crosschapel – Mass Times: Sundays 11.30amSt. Brigid’s Church, Manor Kilbride – Mass Times: Sundays 11.00amWeekdays: Monday to Friday 9am – Fr. Paraic McDermott C.S. Sp., Tel: 01 4582154St. Joseph’s Church, Valleymount – Mass Times: Sunday 10amOur Lady of Mount Carmel, Lacken – Mass Time: Saturdays 7.30pmParish Office: 9am to 1pm Monday to Friday Tel: 045 865 327

 

 

Newsletter 28th Jan 2024 Issue 1487

Mass intentions in Blessington

Saturday: Peggy Howlin…A, Gerard O Hanlon…B-Day Rem, Lily Horan…A, Peter & Anne Fennell…A

Sunday: Liam O Reilly…A, Christopher Flanagan…A, Mary McGuire…A, Rebecca Hopkins…A, Simon Hopkins…Rem

We also Remember: Ann O Byrne…A

Monday:  Mass for the Sick & those in Hospital

Tuesday: Muriel Gardiner…RD, Ed Miley…A

Wednesday: Sr. Anne Marie Doyle…RD, Frank Blake…RD

Thursday: Henry Flynn…RD, Annette Cashen…RD

Friday:  1st Friday of the month, Mass offered for all on the November List of the Dead

Rosary & Holy Hour on Tuesday 30th January, 7pm to 8pm in Church of Our Lady Blessington

Pray & Play Group In the Coimin Centre, Every Wednesday From 2.45pm to 4.30pm. For children of all ages with their parents, grandparents, guardians. Contact Áine 0833798366 or Call the office on 045365327

Minister of Eucharist February 2024 Church of Our Lady Blessington SAT 6PM: Ann Hanlon, Frank Hanlon & Theresa Ball SUNDAY 10AM: Brendan Mahon, George Richardson & Kay Clarke

Parish Calendars Last few are still available For sale in Parish Office €5 each.

I would like to thank you all for your continued support in these challenging times, it is greatly appreciated. Our new Neighbourhood Collection account is with AIB if you would like to renew your Standing Order or set up a new one, the account details are:

IBAN IE10 AIBK 9332 3642 2314 05

BIC   AIBKIE2D

Donations can also be made through the Neighbourhood Collection envelopes from

the parish office,

Once again, may I thank all who support the parish through your donations and thank you for your generosity. With every blessing,

Fr Richard

Dates for 2024 – February 3rd – St Blaise, Patron saint of throats. Ash Wednesday falls on the 14th February Easter Sunday falls on the 31st March.

Popes intention for February February: For the Terminally Ill. The Holy Father encourages prayers “so that terminally ill patients and their families always receive necessary medical and human care and support.”

CARE OF THE EARTH Grow vegetables. The vegetables we eat today are grown with chemicals and pesticides. If you planted your own veggies without using the above mentioned “ingredients”, you will have organic food of excellent quality, beneficial for both your health and the environment as the land will be less intoxicated with chemicals. Another benefit is organic vegetables are tastier so not only are you becoming healthier – you will also get to taste delicious bursts of flavor.

Thought for the week A small house will hold as much happiness as a big one

PRAYER TO ST BRIDGET To St Bridget, Bridget, you were a woman of peace., You brought harmony where there was conflict., You brought light to the darkness. You brought hope to the downcast. May the mantle of your peace cover those who are troubled and anxious. And may peace be firmly rooted in our hearts and in our world. Inspire us to act justly and to reverence all God has made. Bridget, you were a voice for the wounded and the weary. Strengthen what is weak within us. Calm us into a quietness that heals and listens. May we grow each day into greater wholeness in mind, body and spirit. Amen.

Prayer in Honor of St. Blaise O GOD, deliver us through the intercession of Thy holy bishop and martyr Blaise, from all evil of soul and body, especially from all ills of the throat; and grant us the grace to make a good confession in the confident hope of obtaining Thy pardon, and ever to praise with worthy lips Thy most holy name. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.

St Brigid’s N.S. are now accepting enrolments for all pupils wishing to start in September.  Please contact the school office on 01-4582550 for an enrolment form. St Brigid’s will also be having an open evening for all prospective students and their families on Tuesday 30th January 2024.  The school will be open from 6.30pm till 7.30pm. All the staff look forward to seeing you there

Blessington Parish Lotto Numbers on 11th January: 1,9,13,15. €25 Winner: Christine O’Connor Next Jackpot €4,150

Used Stamp Collection We are collecting any used stamps in aid of the Missions. If you would like to donate the stamps that you have at home you can put them into the box which is located back of the Church of Our Lady, Blessington

Blessington Bridge Club Meets every Monday at 7.30pm in the Kare Centre. All new players welcome.

Valleymount Walking Group Would you like to start walking? This group is open to everyone of all ages and capabilities. Meeting point: Community Shed Valleymount For more information contact Sean 086 250 8230

Sunday 28th January 2024 Songs & Tunes Session, Zellers of Lacken 6 to 9pm. All listeners, singers,  players very welcome. Any song/tune/style; any ability level; all ages. Just for fun! Bring a friend
Info.: Fiona 0838127317 lakesidesessions2@gmail.com

Friendship Club Every Tuesday 3-5pm Manor Kilbride Hall Starting Tue 6th Feb Tea, Coffee, Chat €2 cover charge Adults only. All welcome

4th, 5th & 6th Class Primary School Disco Friday 26th January In St Joseph’s Hall Blessington 7 pm 9.30pm Admission €10paid At Door All Schools Very Welcome

Blessington Walking Club Community support for mental emotional and physical health Morning walks during weekdays  at 9.30am Sunday walks at 11am Meeting point Blessington further ed centre WhatsApp 087 223 4005 insta@blessingtonwalkingclub

Craft Market at The Avon  on the 5th February 12:00-5:00, promoting the very best of affordable art, crafts and artisan foods

Blessington AFC in association with Tramway Theatre presents Blessington Cinema. All proceeds raised will go towards Blessington AFC teams travelling to represent the club in the Manchester Easter Cup 2024. Limited Tickets 🎟️ so get yours now in The OFFICE SHOP.

Blessington GAA  JUNGLE CHALLENGE  Official launch night. Saturday 27th January, Murphy’s Bar, Blessington 8pm – 10pm. Come along and meet this year’s contestants.  (over 18’s event)

Blessington Bowls Club meet every Thursday night at 7.30pm in St Kevin’s Hall, Main Street Blessington. Guests are most welcome, why not come along and bring a friend.

Always wanted to sing? All Welcome. No Auditions. Blessington Millennium Choir are looking to recruit new members who love to sing. With mixed ability and experience, we aim to positively impact our community and as such regularly raise funds for organisations and participate in events. So, if you sing in the shower, you are the King or Queen of Karaoke or a keen amateur, Come & Join Us We meet every Tuesday evening 7.30 to 9.30pm at the Kare Centre, Blessington For more details please phone (087) 4352385 or (087) 2431499 www.choirbmc.com

Blessington Library . These are our recurring events. For children and their parents/guardians Tummy Time [0 – 12 months] – Every Thursday, 11.30am Toddler Time [1 – 3 years olds] – Every Friday, 11.30am Story Time [3 – 6 years olds] –  Saturday, 11.30am Children’s Book Club  (Contact the library for more details) Age 8-9 First Thursday of month at 6.30pm Age 10-12 Third Tuesday of month at 7pm. For adults Cuidiú – Breastfeeding group Every second Monday, starting  Monday 15th January. Adult Book Clubs  (Contact the library for more details) Last Thursday of month at 6.30pm Last Friday of month at 11.00am Last Tuesday of month at 6.45pm Writing Group Second Thursday of month at 7pm Poetry Group Third Thursday of month at 6.45pm Crafty Hookers, Knitting Group
Every Wednesday, 11.00am

Blessington Community Employment Vacancies These are developmental opportunities, no experience necessary. St Kevin’s, Cemetery, Hollywood Duties inclusive of but not restricted to grass cutting, light maintenance, key holding, and cleaning. Closing Date: 20/02/2024 Reference: CES: 2317015. Secretary, St Kevin’s  Community Centre. Duties inclusive of but not restricted to admin, answering calls,  And secretarial work. Closing Date: 02/02/2024 Reference: CES: 2317031. Caretaker, Hollywood Community Centre. Duties to include but not restricted to preparing hall for meetings and events, cleaning, light maintenance, and painting. Closing Date: 02/02/2024 Reference: CES: 2317081 Caretaker, St. Johns Cemetery, Ballymore. Duties inclusive of but not restricted to grass cutting, light maintenance, key holding, and cleaning. Closing Date: 16/02/2024 Reference: CES: 2317525 Please contact us on 085-2523563 or martincahill@blessingtonce.ie Please note *You must be in receipt of a social welfare payment for the last 12 months to qualify for these positions. * CE Rates Apply.

Septic Tanks Emptied & Digger Hire Call Dermot or Adam Phibbs 087 799 5320 – 083 037 4750 lizmphibbs6@gmail.com      License no: NWCPO-21-12619-01

Blessington Counselling & Psychotherapy – Mandy Downes MAPCP 085 134 9813 Specialist in CBT & Solution focused Therapy

Wicklow & Kildare Mental Health Services  Counselling & Psychotherapy. Aran Centre, Blessington, Co. Wicklow. For Bookings please contact, by phone: 089 274 4920 or e-mail: info@wicklowandkildarementalhealth.ie

To Let Very nice self-contained private office at Aran Centre, Blessington opposite Aldi.  From €125 per week plus VAT.  Contact Sean on 087 8175227.

Building & Roofing Contractor Available All Roof Repairs, Slates, Tiles, Lead Valleys, Velux Windows, PvC Fascia & Soffit, Extensions, Attic Conversions & Renovations. All Work Guaranteed Niall Kearns 0862746969.

Driving instructor RSA and ADI approved.  Contact Michael 087 459 4258  for bookings.

Blessington Taxi Phone Greg 087 2626 393

SeeThru Solution – Your Local Trustworthy Cleaning Service for Windows, Gutters, Fascia, Pressure Washing, Softwash, Carpet & Upholstery. Call Greg: 085 858 1850Painter & Decorator – Interior & Exterior Phone: Damien 085 826 0431

Interior Designs by Elizabeth Creative, Unique, Personal Call: 086 088 1806 Email: elizabethdoyle.ed@gmail.com

Paying too much for SKY or Virgin Media? We Install or Repair Free to Air and Saorview! No more Bills! Call Billy 086 868 0053

Local Builder Available – All services under one roof, Windows & Doors, Plumbing, Tiling, Roofing, Plastering, Electrical, Carpentry, Insulation. All levels of construction services available. Fully registered. Call Paul 086 309 1829

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

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

Noel Nolan – Blessington Heating & Plumbing Service  www.blessingtonheatingandplumbing.ie Call Noel: 087 243 1499 or email nolannoel2@gmail.com

Clarkes Funeral Directors I.A.F.D. Funeral Home & Office, Burgage, Blessington. All areas serviced. Phone: Tony, Regina or Gordon: 087 273 9048 / 087 659 6426 / 087 249 5411 www.funeraldirectorsblessington.ie

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

Mark Hyland Solicitors Main street, Blessington Phone number: 045- 851149 Email: markhylandsolicitors@gmail.com

Sakura Montessori Due to continuous business growth in Sakura Montessori, we are hiring additional staff for our busy school in Blessington. The following position is available: * Part-time morning Childcare Practitioner with minimum level 5 qualification and a good command of the Irish language for our Naíonra. 9am – 1pm, Monday – Friday. Please apply with CV and cover letter to: Antoinette Byrne, Sakura Montessori at antoinettebyrnesakurabless@gmail.com

Newsletter Advertising Rates, For just 50c per word per week you can reach a large, local audience. Cut-off for receiving adverts is Wed 10am. You can email the copy to office@blessington.info and pay in the Parish Office, or via the Donate button on our website or by bank transfer. Call the Parish Office: 045 865 327

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Church of Our Lady, Blessington – Mass Times: Saturday 6.00pm.  Sunday 10.00amWeekdays: Monday to Friday 9.30am – Fr. Richard Behan PP. Tel: 045 865327Church of Our Lady of Mercy, Crosschapel – Mass Times: Sundays 11.30amSt. Brigid’s Church, Manor Kilbride – Mass Times: Sundays 11.00amWeekdays: Monday to Friday 9am – Fr. Paraic McDermott C.S. Sp., Tel: 01 4582154St. Joseph’s Church, Valleymount – Mass Times: Sunday 10amOur Lady of Mount Carmel, Lacken – Mass Time: Saturdays 7.30pmParish Office: 9am to 1pm Monday to Friday Tel: 045 865 327

 

 

 

Newsletter 21st Jan 2024 Issue 1485

Mass intentions in Blessington Kevin & Betty Griffin… Tipperary

Saturday: Jamie Mahon …A, Alice Garry…A, Pat Garry …A, Tom Carroll…A,  Fr Paddy Byrne …2nd A, Sean & Betty Tutty …A

Sunday: Rita & Kevin Somers…A. Micheal Melia …1st A. Jimmy Keogh …B’day Rem. Tom Kerwin …A

We also Remember: Helen Kennedy Lunden…A, Noel Franklin…RD

Monday:  Mass for the Sick & those in Hospital

Tuesday: Gabriel Navin…A , Molly Delaney…RD

Wednesday: Seamus Boylan…RD, Christine O Connell …Rem

Thursday: Peter Layden…A, Peggy Kenny…Rem

Friday:   Get Well, Kevin Griffin …RD

 

Rosary & Holy Hour on Tuesday 23rd January, 7pm to 8pm in Church of Our Lady Blessington

Pray & Play Group In the Coimin Centre, Every Wednesday From 2.45pm to 4.30pm. For children of all ages with their parents, grandparents, guardians. Contact Áine 0833798366 or Call the office on 045365327

Minister of Eucharist January 2024 Church of Our Lady Blessington SAT 6PM: Margaret Keogh Annmarie Wall & Pat McGrath SUNDAY 10AM: Michael Keogh & Margaret Flynn

Parish Calendars Last few are still available For sale in Parish Office €5 each.

I would like to thank you all for your continued support in these challenging times, it is greatly appreciated. Our new Neighbourhood Collection account is with AIB if you would like to renew your Standing Order or set up a new one, the account details are:

IBAN IE10 AIBK 9332 3642 2314 05

BIC   AIBKIE2D

Donations can also be made through the Neighbourhood Collection envelopes from

the parish office,

Once again, may I thank all who support the parish through your donations and thank you for your generosity. With every blessing,

Fr Richard

Christianity Unity Week begins Thursday 18th January  The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity is an ecumenical Christian observance in the Christian calendar that is celebrated internationally. The theme of the Week in 2024 is “You shall love the Lord your God … and your neighbour as yourself”. The prayer for Christian unity is that all may be one as the gracious Trinity:  Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Christians are called to act like Christ in loving like the Good Samaritan1. The prayer is for unity and harmony among nations and communities, and for visible unity among all who believe in him.

Dates for 2024  Ash Wednesday falls on the 14th February Easter Sunday falls on the 31st March

Popes Intention for January The gift of diversity Pope Francis’ prayer intention for the month of January is for the gift of diversity in the Church. “There is no need to fear the diversity of charisms in the Church. Rather, living this diversity should make us rejoice,”

We would like to Thank everyone who took part and supported the Epiphany celebration in Valleymount Last weekend. The Parish Team

CARE OF THE EARTH Creatively repurpose unwanted items to put less trash into the world. Instead of throwing things away, give them another purpose by making jewellery, household accessories, or restyled clothing. Upcycling is fun and good for the earth; for example, you could turn an old T-shirt into a grocery bag or use cinder blocks to make outdoor planters. Experiment and look for new ways to reuse              27TH JANUARY INTERNATIONAL DAY OF CLEAN ENERGY

Blessington Parish Caring for Creation To mark the week of Christian Unity, there will be an Ecumenical Prayer Service “Lectio on Nature “in the Church of Our Lady Blessington Thurs Jan 25th @ 10 am. Meditation and Reflection on Nature passages from Scripture with prayers offered for care of the earth.

Thought for the week The Giant in front of you is never bigger than the God inside of you

We, the Butler family, would like to take this opportunity to thank all our family, friends and neighbours for their care and compassion in the recent loss of our mother Marcella Butler. We would especially like to thank the local first responders for the care they showed mammy. Marcellas’s Months Mind mass will take place on Saturday 3rd February at 6pm in Blessington.

Catholic Schools Week Communities of service, 21-27 Jan. Monday – Service in Our Community. Tuesday – Service in Our School Community. Wednesday – Service in Our Family community (Grandparents day). Thursday – Service in Our Local Community. Friday – Service in Our Faith Community.

St Brigid’s N.S. are now accepting enrolments for all pupils wishing to start in September.  Please contact the school office on 01-4582550 for an enrolment form. St Brigid’s will also be having an open evening for all prospective students and their families on Tuesday 30th January 2024.  The school will be open from 6.30pm till 7.30pm. All the staff look forward to seeing you there

Blessington Parish Lotto Numbers on 11th January: 15,22,24,26 €25 Winner: Bernadette Rooney Next Jackpot €4,125

 

Left at the Lamb Book Reprint available In the Parish Office

Used Stamp Collection We are collecting any used stamps in aid of the Missions. If you would like to donate the stamps that you have at home you can put them into the box which is located back of the Church of Our Lady, Blessington

Blessington Bridge Club Meets every Monday at 7.30pm in the Kare Centre. All new players welcome.

Valleymount Community Shed NEW MEMBERS. If you or someone you know would like to join our Shed, drop in any Monday or Friday from 10.30 to 12.30 at the back of the priest’s house (The old stables) for a chat and to see what we do.

Blessington Bowls Club meet every Thursday night at 7.30pm in St Kevin’s Hall, Main Street Blessington. Guests are most welcome, why not come along and bring a friend.

Blessington Walking Club Community support for mental emotional and physical health Morning walks during weekdays  at 9.30am Sunday walks at 11am Meeting point Blessington further ed centre WhatsApp 087 223 4005 insta@blessingtonwalkingclub

Valleymount Community Shed Committee We would like to express our gratitude for the wonderful support we received at all our Saturday night events last year. We are now available on Facebook, click on and like our page to see how our shed is progressing and have a look at the videos from our recent music nights. We are open to new members, young and old. Send us a message and we will contact you with all the details on how to join.   All are most welcome to attend, especially musicians, poets, singers, and storytellers. We will have something new at each upcoming music night this year, a 10-minute talk or demonstration by some interesting people, Not To Be Missed!! Come along and see what we’re all about

Always wanted to sing? All Welcome. No Auditions. Blessington Millennium Choir are looking to recruit new members who love to sing. With mixed ability and experience, we aim to positively impact our community and as such regularly raise funds for organisations and participate in events. So, if you sing in the shower, you are the King or Queen of Karaoke or a keen amateur, Come & Join Us We meet every Tuesday evening 7.30 to 9.30pm at the Kare Centre, Blessington For more details please phone (087) 4352385 or (087) 2431499 www.choirbmc.com

Blessington Library Wednesday 24th January at 11 am: Toddler Time with Rachel Drew (Call 045 891740 or blessingtonlib@wicklowcoco.ie to book your place) Tuesday 30th January at 6.45 pm Traditional Music by Rógaire Dubh, all welcome. These are our recurring events. For children and their parents/guardians Tummy Time [0 – 12 months] – Every Thursday, 11.30am Toddler Time [1 – 3 years olds] – Every Friday, 11.30am Story Time [3 – 6 years olds] –  Saturday, 11.30am Children’s Book Club  (Contact the library for more details) Age 8-9 First Thursday of month at 6.30pm Age 10-12 Third Tuesday of month at 7pm. For adults Cuidiú – Breastfeeding group Every second Monday, starting  Monday 15th January. Adult Book Clubs  (Contact the library for more details) Last Thursday of month at 6.30pm Last Friday of month at 11.00am Last Tuesday of month at 6.45pm Writing Group Second Thursday of month at 7pm Poetry Group Third Thursday of month at 6.45pm Crafty Hookers, Knitting Group
Every Wednesday, 11.00am

Blessington Community Employment Vacancies These are developmental opportunities, no experience necessary. St Kevin’s, Cemetery, Hollywood Duties inclusive of but not restricted to grass cutting, light maintenance, key holding, and cleaning. Closing Date: 20/02/2024 Reference: CES: 2317015. Secretary, St Kevin’s  Community Centre. Duties inclusive of but not restricted to admin, answering calls,  And secretarial work. Closing Date: 02/02/2024 Reference: CES: 2317031. Caretaker, Hollywood Community Centre. Duties to include but not restricted to preparing hall for meetings and events, cleaning, light maintenance, and painting. Closing Date: 02/02/2024 Reference: CES: 2317081 Caretaker, St. Johns Cemetery, Ballymore. Duties inclusive of but not restricted to grass cutting, light maintenance, key holding, and cleaning. Closing Date: 16/02/2024 Reference: CES: 2317525 Please contact us on 085-2523563 or martincahill@blessingtonce.ie Please note *You must be in receipt of a social welfare payment for the last 12 months to qualify for these positions. * CE Rates Apply.

 

Septic Tanks Emptied & Digger Hire Call Dermot or Adam Phibbs 087 799 5320 – 083 037 4750 lizmphibbs6@gmail.com      License no: NWCPO-21-12619-01

Blessington Counselling & Psychotherapy – Mandy Downes MAPCP 085 134 9813 Specialist in CBT & Solution focused Therapy

Wicklow & Kildare Mental Health Services  Counselling & Psychotherapy. Aran Centre, Blessington, Co. Wicklow. For Bookings please contact, by phone: 089 274 4920 or e-mail: info@wicklowandkildarementalhealth.ie

To Let Very nice self-contained private office at Aran Centre, Blessington opposite Aldi.  From €125 per week plus VAT.  Contact Sean on 087 8175227.

Building & Roofing Contractor Available All Roof Repairs, Slates, Tiles, Lead Valleys, Velux Windows, PvC Fascia & Soffit, Extensions, Attic Conversions & Renovations. All Work Guaranteed Niall Kearns 0862746969.

Driving instructor RSA and ADI approved.  Contact Michael 087 459 4258  for bookings.

Blessington Taxi Phone Greg 087 2626 393

SeeThru Solution – Your Local Trustworthy Cleaning Service for Windows, Gutters, Fascia, Pressure Washing, Softwash, Carpet & Upholstery. Call Greg: 085 858 1850Painter & Decorator – Interior & Exterior Phone: Damien 085 826 0431

Interior Designs by Elizabeth Creative, Unique, Personal Call: 086 088 1806 Email: elizabethdoyle.ed@gmail.com

Paying too much for SKY or Virgin Media? We Install or Repair Free to Air and Saorview! No more Bills! Call Billy 086 868 0053

Local Builder Available – All services under one roof, Windows & Doors, Plumbing, Tiling, Roofing, Plastering, Electrical, Carpentry, Insulation. All levels of construction services available. Fully registered. Call Paul 086 309 1829

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

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

Noel Nolan – Blessington Heating & Plumbing Service  www.blessingtonheatingandplumbing.ie Call Noel: 087 243 1499 or email nolannoel2@gmail.com

Clarkes Funeral Directors I.A.F.D. Funeral Home & Office, Burgage, Blessington. All areas serviced. Phone: Tony, Regina or Gordon: 087 273 9048 / 087 659 6426 / 087 249 5411 www.funeraldirectorsblessington.ie

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

Newsletter Advertising Rates, For just 50c per word per week you can reach a large, local audience. Cut-off for receiving adverts is Wed 10am. You can email the copy to office@blessington.info and pay in the Parish Office, or via the Donate button on our website or by bank transfer. Call the Parish Office: 045 865 327

  • PARISH INFORMATION

Church of Our Lady, Blessington – Mass Times: Saturday 6.00pm.  Sunday 10.00amWeekdays: Monday to Friday 9.30am – Fr. Richard Behan PP. Tel: 045 865327Church of Our Lady of Mercy, Crosschapel – Mass Times: Sundays 11.30amSt. Brigid’s Church, Manor Kilbride – Mass Times: Sundays 11.00amWeekdays: Monday to Friday 9am – Fr. Paraic McDermott C.S. Sp., Tel: 01 4582154St. Joseph’s Church, Valleymount – Mass Times: Sunday 10amOur Lady of Mount Carmel, Lacken – Mass Time: Saturdays 7.30pmParish Office: 9am to 1pm Monday to Friday Tel: 045 865 327

 

 

Newsletter 14th Jan 2024 Issue 1485

Mass intentions in Blessington Harry Carroll…RD

Saturday: Michael, Catherine & Mary Kearns…A John O Connor…A  Joan Bird…A  Mollie McEvoy…A Tom Tyrrell…A  James, Mary & Daniel Nolan…A

Sunday: Sean & Elizabeth O Donnell…A Charlie Hayes…A Sidney & Maureen Hambly…A

We also Remember: Muriel Brown…A Vera Kavanagh…Rem Sally Drumm…Rem  Cissy McEvoy…Rem

Monday:  Mass for the Sick & those in Hospital

Tuesday: Mass Intentions Carmel Kelly…RD

Wednesday: Jim O Leary…RD        Bridie Burke…RD

Thursday: Tony Walsh…A  Anniversary Mass

Friday:  Betty Griffin…Rd  Marcella Butler…RD

 

Rosary & Holy Hour returns  on Tuesday 16th January 7pm to 8pm in Church of Our Lady Blessington

Pray & Play Group In the Coimin Centre, Every Wednesday From 2.45pm to 4.30pm. For children of all ages with their parents, grandparents, guardians. Contact Áine 0833798366 or Call the office on 045365327

Minister of Eucharist January 2024 Church of Our Lady Blessington SAT 6PM: Margaret Keogh Annmarie Wall & Pat McGrath SUNDAY 10AM: Michael Keogh & Margaret Flynn

Parish Calendars Last few are still available For sale in Parish Office €5 each.

 

I would like to thank you all for your continued support in these challenging times, it is greatly appreciated. Our new Neighbourhood Collection account is with AIB if you would like to renew your Standing Order or set up a new one, the account details are:

IBAN IE10 AIBK 9332 3642 2314 05

BIC   AIBKIE2D

Donations can also be made through the Neighbourhood Collection envelopes from

the parish office,

Once again, may I thank all who support the parish through your donations and thank you for your generosity. With every blessing,

Fr Richard

 

 

Christianity Unity Week begins Thursday 18th January  The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity is an ecumenical Christian observance in the Christian calendar that is celebrated internationally. The theme of the Week in 2024 is “You shall love the Lord your God … and your neighbour as yourself”. The prayer for Christian unity is that all may be one as the gracious Trinity:  Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Christians are called to act like Christ in loving like the Good Samaritan1. The prayer is for unity and harmony among nations and communities, and for visible unity among all who believe in him.

Dates for 2024  Ash Wednesday falls on the 14th February Easter Sunday falls on the 31st March

Popes Intention for January The gift of diversity Pope Francis’ prayer intention for the month of January is for the gift of diversity in the Church. “There is no need to fear the diversity of charisms in the Church. Rather, living this diversity should make us rejoice,”

Thought for the week Who is my, neighbour

CARE OF THE EARTH Recycle Properly Recycling preserves natural resources, limits waste, and reduces pollution. All you need to do to recycle is to make the right decisions by buying products or materials that can be recycled. When you go shopping, buy products with little packaging. When trashing your bin, trash the recyclable materials in the recycle bin

St Brigid’s N.S. are now accepting enrolments for all pupils wishing to start in September.  Please contact the school office on 01-4582550 for an enrolment form. St Brigid’s will also be having an open evening for all prospective students and their families on Tuesday 30th January 2024.  The school will be open from 6.30pm till 7.30pm. All the staff look forward to seeing you there.

Blessington Parish Lotto Numbers on 4th January: 2,10,13,25 €25 Winner: Sheila Kinane Next Jackpot €4,075

Left at the Lamb Book Reprint available In the Parish Office

Used Stamp Collection We are collecting any used stamps in aid of the Missions. If you would like to donate the stamps that you have at home you can put them into the box which is located back of the Church of Our Lady, Blessington

Blessington Bridge Club Meets every Monday at 7.30pm in the Kare Centre. All new players welcome.

Valleymount Community Shed NEW MEMBERS. If you or someone you know would like to join our Shed, drop in any Monday or Friday from 10.30 to 12.30 at the back of the priest’s house (The old stables) for a chat and to see what we do.

Blessington Bowls Club meet every Thursday night at 7.30pm in St Kevin’s Hall, Main Street Blessington. Guests are most welcome, why not come along and bring a friend.

Valleymount Community Shed Committee We would like to express our gratitude for the wonderful support we received at all our Saturday night events last year. We are now available on Facebook, click on and like our page to see how our shed is progressing and have a look at the videos from our recent music nights. We are open to new members, young and old. Send us a message and we will contact you with all the details on how to join. Our next music night is January 13th at 7.30pm in the shed stables.  All are most welcome to attend, especially musicians, poets, singers, and storytellers. We will have something new at each upcoming music night this year, a 10-minute talk or demonstration by some interesting people, Not To Be Missed!! Come along and see what we’re all about

Blessington History Society AGM is holding its Annual General Meeting as follows: Date: Thursday 18th January Venue: Coimin Centre Time: 7.45 pm Prior to the meeting Mr. Gavin Woods CEO of St Patrick’s Cathedral will make a presentation and speak on the link between the town of Blessington and St. Patrick’s Cathedral. This connection arises through Archbishop Michael Boyle who established and designed Blessington as we know it today and is buried in St. Patrick’s Cathedral. Gavin is a native of the Blessington area and currently resides in Blessington. On the night the Blessington History Committee for the coming year 2024 will be elected. Annual membership fees are due on the night: Individual: 25 euro Couple: 35 euro All are welcome to attend and please encourage you friends and acquaintances to come along and become a member of Blessington History Society.

Always wanted to sing? All Welcome. No Auditions. Blessington Millennium Choir are looking to recruit new members who love to sing. With mixed ability and experience, we aim to positively impact our community and as such regularly raise funds for organisations and participate in events. So, if you sing in the shower, you are the King or Queen of Karaoke or a keen amateur, Come & Join Us We meet every Tuesday evening 7.30 to 9.30pm at the Kare Centre, Blessington For more details please phone (087) 4352385 or (087) 2431499 www.choirbmc.com

 

Blessington Counselling & Psychotherapy – Mandy Downes MAPCP 085 134 9813 Specialist in CBT & Solution focused Therapy

Wicklow & Kildare Mental Health Services  Counselling & Psychotherapy. Aran Centre, Blessington, Co. Wicklow. For Bookings please contact, by phone: 089 274 4920 or e-mail: info@wicklowandkildarementalhealth.ie

To Let Very nice self-contained private office at Aran Centre, Blessington opposite Aldi.  From €125 per week plus VAT.  Contact Sean on 087 8175227.

Building & Roofing Contractor Available All Roof Repairs, Slates, Tiles, Lead Valleys, Velux Windows, PvC Fascia & Soffit, Extensions, AtticConversions & Renovations. All Work Guaranteed Niall Kearns 0862746969.

Driving instructor RSA and ADI approved.  Contact Michael 087 459 4258  for bookings.

Blessington Taxi Phone Greg 087 2626 393

SeeThru Solution – Your Local Trustworthy Cleaning Service for Windows, Gutters, Fascia, Pressure Washing, Softwash, Carpet & Upholstery. Call Greg: 085 858 1850Painter & Decorator – Interior & Exterior Phone: Damien 085 826 0431

Interior Designs by Elizabeth Creative, Unique, Personal Call: 086 088 1806 Email: elizabethdoyle.ed@gmail.com

Paying too much for SKY or Virgin Media? We Install or Repair Free to Air and Saorview! No more Bills! Call Billy 086 868 0053

Local Builder Available – All services under one roof, Windows & Doors, Plumbing, Tiling, Roofing, Plastering, Electrical, Carpentry, Insulation. All levels of construction services available. Fully registered. Call Paul 086 309 1829

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

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

Noel Nolan – Blessington Heating & Plumbing Service  www.blessingtonheatingandplumbing.ie Call Noel: 087 243 1499 or email nolannoel2@gmail.com

Clarkes Funeral Directors I.A.F.D. Funeral Home & Office, Burgage, Blessington. All areas serviced. Phone: Tony, Regina or Gordon: 087 273 9048 / 087 659 6426 / 087 249 5411 www.funeraldirectorsblessington.ie

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

Newsletter Advertising Rates, For just 50c per word per week you can reach a large, local audience. Cut-off for receiving adverts is Wed 10am. You can email the copy to office@blessington.info and pay in the Parish Office, or via the Donate button on our website or by bank transfer. Call the Parish Office: 045 865 327

  • PARISH INFORMATION

Church of Our Lady, Blessington – Mass Times: Saturday 6.00pm.  Sunday 10.00amWeekdays: Monday to Friday 9.30am – Fr. Richard Behan PP. Tel: 045 865327Church of Our Lady of Mercy, Crosschapel – Mass Times: Sundays 11.30amSt. Brigid’s Church, Manor Kilbride – Mass Times: Sundays 11.00amWeekdays: Monday to Friday 9am – Fr. Paraic McDermott C.S. Sp., Tel: 01 4582154St. Joseph’s Church, Valleymount – Mass Times: Sunday 10amOur Lady of Mount Carmel, Lacken – Mass Time: Saturdays 7.30pmParish Office: 9am to 1pm Monday to Friday Tel: 045 865 327

Newsletter 7th Jan 2024 Issue 1485

Mass intentions in Blessington Marcella Butler…RD

Saturday: Liam Craul…A Josephine Murphy…A

Sunday: Ann Clarke…A Maurice O Sullivan…A

We also Remember: Leo Howlin…A, Alan Clarke & Clarke Family…Rem, Carol Kavanagh…RD, Nixon Family…Rem, Maureen Murphy…RD, Flynn Family…Rem

Monday:  Mass for the Sick & those in Hospital

Tuesday: Blessington Christmas Masses

Wednesday: Blessington Christmas Masses

Thursday: Blessington Christmas Masses

Friday: Blessington Christmas Masses

The Feast of the Epiphany  will take place on 6th Jan. There will only be one in Mass in the area for this Feast day. Mass is at 10am in the Church of Our Lady Blessington

The Epiphany. Welcome the three Wise Men on horseback to meet the baby Jesus on 7th January at 3pm in Valleymount, with the Ballymore Pipe Band, prayers and refreshments afterwards in Community Hall

Rosary & Holy Hour returns  on Tuesday 16th January 7pm to 8pm in Church of Our Lady Blessington

Pray & Play Group In the Coimin Centre, Every Wednesday From 2.45pm to 4.30pm. For children of all ages with their parents, grandparents, guardians. Contact Áine 0833798366 or Call the office on 045365327

Minister of Eucharist January 2024 Church of Our Lady Blessington SAT 6PM: Margaret Keogh Annmarie Wall & Pat McGrath SUNDAY 10AM: Michael Keogh & Margaret Flynn

Parish Calendars Last few are still available For sale in Parish Office €5 each. I would like to thank you all for your continued support in these challenging times, it is greatly appreciated. Our new Neighbourhood Collection account is with AIB if you would like to renew your Standing Order or set up a new one, the account details are:

IBAN IE10 AIBK 9332 3642 2314 05

BIC   AIBKIE2D

Donations can also be made through the Neighbourhood Collection envelopes from

the parish office,

Once again, may I thank all who support the parish through your donations and thank you for your generosity. With every blessing,

Fr Richard

Thank you to all who helped with the liturgy for our Christmas masses. Your support is much appreciated. A special thank you to the children of St Mary’s who sang beautifully at the Children’s mass on Christmas Eve.

Parish office Opening Hours: Monday to Friday 9am to 1pm. Contact details: Phone 045 865 327 Email: admin@blessington.info

Blessington Parish Lotto Numbers on 21st December: 2,14,21,23, €25 Winner: Kirsty Hudson. Numbers on 7th December: 3,12,13,19, €25 Winner: Thirza Dillon Next Jackpot €4,050

Thought for the week Make a gratitude Jar. Decorate an empty jar, to be filled throughout the year with notes about good things that happen. Don’t let these good things pass by unnoticed, however small they may be.

CARE OF THE EARTH The water you use in the preparation of food, you can store it to later water your plants with it Water your plants or very early or late, to avoid evaporation by the sun and use water-saving hoses.

 

Blessington Musical and Dramatic Society’s annual panto is back in the Tramway Theatre from 4th – 7th January. Get ready to embark on an enchanting adventure as we bring the classic tale of “Jack and The Beanstalk” to life! All tickets €12 on sale on Eventbrite, The Office Shop and Hennessy’s Next Door, with special preview tickets €10 for Thursday’s show. Come along and support your local Theatre, looking forward to seeing you there!!

Left at the Lamb Book Reprint available In the Parish Office

Used Stamp Collection We are collecting any used stamps in aid of the Missions. If you would like to donate the stamps that you have at home you can put them into the box which is located back of the Church of Our Lady, Blessington.

Blessington Bridge Club Meets every Monday at 7.30pm in the Kare Centre. All new players welcome.

Valleymount Community Shed NEW MEMBERS. If you or someone you know would like to join our Shed, drop in any Monday or Friday from 10.30 to 12.30 at the back of the priest’s house (The old stables) for a chat and to see what we do.

Blessington Bowls Club meet every Thursday night at 7.30pm in St Kevin’s Hall, Main Street Blessington. Guests are most welcome, why not come along and bring a friend.

Thanks to everyone who came along to the GOAL MILE  on Christmas Day. Miserable weather but we still raised 1070 euro for the GOAL charity so thank you for all the donations

Sakura Due to continuous business growth in Sakura Montessori, we are hiring additional staff for our busy school in Blessington. The three positions that have become available are: –

* Part-time morning Childcare Practitioner with minimum level 5 qualification (a Montessori qualification and an interest in Gaelic an advantage). 9am – 1 pm, Monday – Friday

**Morning Aims Practitioner – Minimum Level 5 in Childcare. 9am – 12pm, Monday – Friday

*** Driver with full clean driver’s licence. 8.1Oam – 9.10am (1 hour per morning), Monday- Friday

Please apply with CV and cover letter to: Antoinette Byrne, Sakura Montessori at antoinettebyrnesakurabless@gmail.com

 

Blessington Counselling & Psychotherapy – Mandy Downes MAPCP 085 134 9813 Specialist in CBT & Solution focused Therapy

Wicklow & Kildare Mental Health Services  Counselling & Psychotherapy. Aran Centre, Blessington, Co. Wicklow. For Bookings please contact, by phone: 089 274 4920 or e-mail: info@wicklowandkildarementalhealth.ie

To Let Very nice self-contained private office at Aran Centre, Blessington opposite Aldi.  From €125 per week plus VAT.  Contact Sean on 087 8175227.

Building & Roofing Contractor Available All Roof Repairs, Slates, Tiles, Lead Valleys, Velux Windows, PvC Fascia & Soffit, Extensions, AtticConversions & Renovations. All Work Guaranteed Niall Kearns 0862746969.

Driving instructor RSA and ADI approved.  Contact Michael 087 459 4258  for bookings.

Blessington Taxi Phone Greg 087 2626 393

SeeThru Solution – Your Local Trustworthy Cleaning Service for Windows, Gutters, Fascia, Pressure Washing, Softwash, Carpet & Upholstery. Call Greg: 085 858 1850Painter & Decorator – Interior & Exterior Phone: Damien 085 826 0431

Paying too much for SKY or Virgin Media? We Install or Repair Free to Air and Saorview! No more Bills! Call Billy 086 868 0053

Local Builder Available – All services under one roof, Windows & Doors, Plumbing, Tiling, Roofing, Plastering, Electrical, Carpentry, Insulation. All levels of construction services available. Fully registered. Call Paul 086 309 1829

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

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

Noel Nolan – Blessington Heating & Plumbing Service  www.blessingtonheatingandplumbing.ie Call Noel: 087 243 1499 or email nolannoel2@gmail.com

Clarkes Funeral Directors I.A.F.D. Funeral Home & Office, Burgage, Blessington. All areas serviced. Phone: Tony, Regina or Gordon: 087 273 9048 / 087 659 6426 / 087 249 5411 www.funeraldirectorsblessington.ie

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

Newsletter Advertising Rates, For just 50c per word per week you can reach a large, local audience. Cut-off for receiving adverts is Wed 10am. You can email the copy to office@blessington.info and pay in the Parish Office, or via the Donate button on our website or by bank transfer. Call the Parish Office: 045 865 327

  • PARISH INFORMATION

Church of Our Lady, Blessington – Mass Times: Saturday 6.00pm.  Sunday 10.00amWeekdays: Monday to Friday 9.30am – Fr. Richard Behan PP. Tel: 045 865327Church of Our Lady of Mercy, Crosschapel – Mass Times: Sundays 11.30amSt. Brigid’s Church, Manor Kilbride – Mass Times: Sundays 11.00amWeekdays: Monday to Friday 9am – Fr. Paraic McDermott C.S. Sp., Tel: 01 4582154St. Joseph’s Church, Valleymount – Mass Times: Sunday 10amOur Lady of Mount Carmel, Lacken – Mass Time: Saturdays 7.30pmParish Office: 9am to 1pm Monday to Friday Tel: 045 865 327

 

 

Newsletter 3rd Dec 2023 Issue 1481

Mass intentions in Blessington

Saturday: Patrick & Josephine Farrington…A, Jim & Kathleen Hamilton…A, Essie & Jimmy Hanlon…A , Sorcha Ní Kyne…12th A Molly White O Rourke…Rem

Sunday: Brendan & Eva Cummins…A   , Vera Kavanagh…Months Mind, Tom & Ellen Cummins…A , Chrissie Cummins…A, Dan & Margaret Ryan…A , Noel Cummins…A Lilly, Violet, Gerry & Kay Browne…A

We also Remember: Sean Corr…Bir Rem , Bill Kearney…RD

 Monday: Mass offered for the sick.

Tuesday: Get Well Mass,  Anton Trant…RD

Wednesday: John Mahon…RD , Get Well Mass

Thursday: Adam Kiely…RD , Special Intention

Vigil Mass 7.30pm Deceased Members of Blessington GAA

Friday: Feast if the Immaculate Conception, Alice Mc Crory…RD Mary Murphy…RD

Minister of Eucharist December 2023Church of Our Lady Blessington

SAT 6PM: Frank Hanlon, Ann Hanlon & Mary McCormack

SUNDAY 10AM: Aisling Molloy, Deirdre Breen & Mary McHugh

There will be no Holy Hour during the month of December. It will resume on Jan 9th.

Ecumenical Carol Service Sat 16th December at 3pm from St Marys Church to Church of our Lady Blessington. Travel with Mary and Joseph and the donkey Refreshments afterwards in the Coimin Centre.

Day of Prayer for Peace Monday 18th Eucharistic Adoration 10am -6pm All who would like to spend an hour with Jesus on the day, please leave your name in the parish office

The Epiphany. Welcome the three Wise Men on horseback to meet the baby Jesus on 7th January at 3pm in Valleymount, with the Ballymore Pipe Band, prayers and refreshments afterwards in community Hall

Parish Calendars For sale in Parish Shop and after Weekend masses.  5 Euro each.

Advent Access our Advent calendar on the blessingtonparishes.com

Crosscare Annual food appeal Anyone wishing to contribute can follow the QR link on the posters and flyers to donate online at www.crosscare.ie or call us on 01-8360011 or send a cheque or postal order to Crosscare Christmas Appeal, 2 Saint Mary’s Place North, D07 Y768. We value and appreciate your ongoing support for all that we do. Wishing you and your loved ones a Happy and Peaceful Christmas.

Dates for Diary

First Holy Communion

Parish Candidates – Saturday April 27th @11am

Lacken – Saturday May 4th @ 11am in Lacken Church

St Mary’s Blessington – Saturday May 11th   Two ceremonies time TBC

Valleymount – Sunday May 12th @10am in St Joseph’s Church

Gaelscoil – Saturday May 18th @11am

Used Stamp Collection We are collecting any used stamps in aid of the Missions. If you would like to donate the stamps that you have at home you can put them into the box which is located back of the Church of Our Lady, Blessington.

Blessington Parish Lotto Numbers on 9th November:1,4,14,28. €25 Winner: Marion McKeown Next Jackpot €3,850

Winners of the final Valleymount & Lacken Draw. Betty O Brien, Molly & Kevin Byrne, Eileen Balfe, Seamus McDonnell (Kylebeg) Bernie & Matt Kelly, Freda Miley, Eileen Miley, Sylvia & Liam Kavanagh Caitriona Cullen, Patricia & Frank Donnelly, Maureen Phibbs, Jennifer Mahon Brid & Peter O Sullivan, Sheila & Anthony Geoghegan, Ita & Jim Hill, Nellie Mulligan, Tom Guing, Teresa & John Reid, Kit & Francis Duffy, Brigid & John Cahill, Tanya & John Cullen, Jackie O Neill,, Maura & Paddy Byrne, Kathy Patton, Nuala & Shay Kelly, Joe Miley Snr, May Farrington, Mary & Liam Kavanagh (Lacken), Mary Norton, Breda Broe,, Mary & Jack Patton, Siobhan & Derek McEvoy, Martina & Ger Traynor, John Balfe (Lodge Lane), Jane Fleming, Liz Cullen, Alan Ridge, Mary & William Clarke, Jake Kavanagh, Catherine Tobin, Ann & Jimmy Flynn, Paddy Broe, Bernie Fitzpatrick Emer Miley.

 

Neil “Plunkett” Boyle A commemoration booklet to mark the centenary of the death of Neil “Plunkett” Boyle, anti-treaty soldier at Knocknadruce, Valleymount. References to incidents at Blessington, Manor Kilbride, Lacken, Kylebeg, Ballyknockan, Valleymount, Dunlavin. Available from Blessington Tourist Office, Texaco Garage, Baltinglass Road and Daly’s shop Hollywood Cross. Cost €7.00

Manor Kilbride Christmas Fair Raffle and Santa Visit Santa arrives in Manor Kilbride on Sunday the 10th of December at 12.30. Christmas Fair starts at Noon with a Cake Sale, some amusements, and our annual Christmas Raffle – which includes a chance to win an All-Ireland Final Tickets

Christmas Market A Festive Showcase Of Local Crafts And Artisans Because they deserve something as special and unique as they are The Avon, Blessington, Co. Wicklow. W91HFX3 Sunday 3rd Dec 12 noon to 5pm Purplellama.market@gmail.com

CHRISTMAS GALLERY OPEN Saturday & Sunday 12:00 – 17:00 11th November – 10th December END OF SEASON SALE EVERYTHING MUST GO TO MAKE WAY FOR NEW EXHIBITION NO REASONABLE OFFER REFUSED Fabulous Original Art Ancient Bog Oak Sculptures This secret Gallery is located in The Glen of Imaal, Eircode W91 P653. Free Tea/Coffee for all Visitors

Come & join in all welcome @ The Comhaltas Ceoltoiri Eireann. Christmas Shed Sessions Bigi Linn Traditional music and song with tea & refreshments Christmas Draw for Blessington Comhaltas Pat Conlan 0860752072

Up Coming Events at Blessington Library

Flute and Harp recital by The Old Court Duo Monday 4th December at 11am. All are welcome to come along and enjoy some traditional music in the warm surroundings of Blessington Library from The Old Court Duo. Music will start from 11am and will last approximately 45 minutes to an hour. Booking is not required for this event, all are welcome to attend.

Way With Words Literary Festival-In Conversation with Edel Coffey, moderated by Olivia Fitzsimons Saturday 9th December at 4pm Join Irish journalist, broadcaster and award-winning writer Edel Coffey for a reading from her debut novel Breaking Point followed by a conversation moderated by local writer Olivia Fitzsimons. Please contact blessingtonlib@wicklowcoco.ie or call 045 891740 to book a place.

Sakura The following positions have become available at our service in Blessington, Co. Wicklow * Driver with full clean driver’s license. 1 hour per morning, 5 days per week. Term time only. ** After school leader part time 3.5 hours per day Mon- Thurs & 4.5 hours Friday *** Morning Aims Practitioner – Minimum QQI Level 5. 5 days per week. Term time only. **** Part-time morning Childcare Practitioner with minimum FETAC level 5 qualification. A Montessori qualification and an interest in Gaelic an advantage. 4 hours per day, 5 days per week. Please apply with CV and cover letter to: Antoinette Byrne, Sakura Montessori at antoinettebyrnesakurabless@gmail.com

Blessington Bowls Club meet every Thursday night at 7.30 pm in St Kevin’s Hall, Main Street Blessington. Guests are most welcome, why not come along and bring a friend

Happy Faces Pre-school St Marys JNS Contact 0877658420 Email: happyfaces.blessington@gmail.com ECCE places available

Ігрова група Valleymount Parent & Baby/toddler працює щочетверга протягом шкільного семестру з 09.30 до 12.00 у Valleymount Hall.  Щиро вітаються нові батьки.  Заходьте випити чашечку чаю та побалакати Valleymount Parent & Baby/Toddler Playgroup meets every Thursday during school term from 9.30am to 12 in Valleymount Hall. New parents most welcome. Pop in for a cuppa & a chat.

Tuesday Rural Bus Service to Naas & Newbridge. Your support is needed to keep this service open. This is ideal as a “shopping bus”. Adult return journey €3.50 & €1 for students. (a free service for many qualifying adults) Departs Blessington Bus Shelter at 10am via Naas to Newbridge (Whitewater Shopping Centre) Departs Whitewater at 1.45pm. Further info: Jane Auld 087 266 0616 or Pat Conlan 086 075 2072

Blessington Bridge Club meets every Monday 18th September at 7.30pm in the Kare Centre. All new players welcome.

Blessington Counselling & Psychotherapy – Mandy Downes MAPCP 085 134 9813 Specialist in CBT & Solution focused Therapy

Wicklow & Kildare Mental Health Services  Counselling & Psychotherapy. Aran Centre, Blessington, Co. Wicklow. For Bookings please contact, by phone: 089 274 4920 or e-mail: info@wicklowandkildarementalhealth.ie

Looking to upskill or do a new course? Blessington Further Education and Training Centre are now enrolling for Part Time courses in September:

  • Digital Marketing
  • Database Methods
  • Early Leaning & Care
  • Stage 1 – Childcare
  • Care Skills & Care
  • of the Older Person
  • Horticulture Science
  • Word Processing
  • Tourism
  • Spreadsheet Methods
  • Business Administration
  • Social Studies
  • & many more… All courses are QQI certified in either Level 4 or 5 Contact: 045 891 099 – 086 850 3833 – 086 806 1569 or email karentownsend@kwetb.ie irenehayden@kwetb.ie

 

GARDENING SERVICES. Grass cutting. Ride-on lawnmower/ push lawnmower, Strimming. Hedge cutting , Chainsaw Cutting. Spraying, Spitting timber. Weeding, Power washing Drives patios, General Maintenance around your home, All types of gardening services, Just call for reasonable Quotes/ Prices, Call/ Text 0876640695.

Piano / music theory lessons. Two teachers available in Ballymore-Eustace and Blessington. Both professional pianists graduated from the Conservatory and the University. Over 13 years teaching experience. Excellent references. Lessons in English or French. Classical and Jazz. Contact 0894276057 / blin.rime.pianists@hotmail.com

To Let Very nice self-contained private office at Aran Centre, Blessington opposite Aldi.  From €125 per week plus VAT.  Contact Sean on 087 8175227.

Building & Roofing Contractor Available All Roof Repairs, Slates, Tiles, Lead Valleys, Velux Windows, PvC Fascia & Soffit, Extensions, AtticConversions & Renovations. All Work Guaranteed Niall Kearns 0862746969.

Driving instructor RSA and ADI approved.  Contact Michael 087 459 4258  for bookings.

Ashling Frames are delighted to now offer a full photo printing service in Blessington, including passport photos, in partnership with Fujifilm, in addition to our custom and standard framing. ashlingframes@gmail.com or follow us on Instagram

Blessington Taxi Phone Greg 087 2626 393

SeeThru Solution – Your Local Trustworthy Cleaning Service for Windows, Gutters, Fascia, Pressure Washing, Softwash, Carpet & Upholstery. Call Greg: 085 858 1850Painter & Decorator – Interior & Exterior Phone: Damien 085 826 0431

Paying too much for SKY or Virgin Media? We Install or Repair Free to Air and Saorview! No more Bills! Call Billy 086 868 0053

Local Builder Available – All services under one roof, Windows & Doors, Plumbing, Tiling, Roofing, Plastering, Electrical, Carpentry, Insulation. All levels of construction services available. Fully registered. Call Paul 086 309 1829

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

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

Noel Nolan – Blessington Heating & Plumbing Service  www.blessingtonheatingandplumbing.ie Call Noel: 087 243 1499 or email nolannoel2@gmail.com

Clarkes Funeral Directors I.A.F.D. Funeral Home & Office, Burgage, Blessington. All areas serviced. Phone: Tony, Regina or Gordon: 087 273 9048 / 087 659 6426 / 087 249 5411 www.funeraldirectorsblessington.ie

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

Newsletter Advertising Rates, For just 50c per word per week you can reach a large, local audience. Cut-off for receiving adverts is Wed 10am. You can email the copy to office@blessington.info and pay in the Parish Office, or via the Donate button on our website or by bank transfer. Call the Parish Office: 045 865 327

  • PARISH INFORMATION

Church of Our Lady, Blessington – Mass Times: Saturday 6.00pm.  Sunday 10.00amWeekdays: Monday to Friday 9.30am – Fr. Richard Behan PP. Tel: 045 865327Church of Our Lady of Mercy, Crosschapel – Mass Times: Sundays 11.30amSt. Brigid’s Church, Manor Kilbride – Mass Times: Sundays 11.00amWeekdays: Monday to Friday 9am – Fr. Paraic McDermott C.S. Sp., Tel: 01 4582154St. Joseph’s Church, Valleymount – Mass Times: Sunday 10amOur Lady of Mount Carmel, Lacken – Mass Time: Saturdays 7.30pmParish Office: 9am to 1pm Monday to Friday Tel: 045 865 327

Newsletter 26th Nov 2023 Issue 1480

Mass intentions in Blessington

Saturday: Mick Mills…1st A, Sharon O’Brien…Birthday Rem, Edith McInerney…A , Dan Murphy…A, Bridie Coughlan…A, Robert O Hara…8th A, Elizabeth McGinnity…A

Sunday: Camillus Balfe…A, Elizabeth Dunne…A, Myles & Hannah Wilson…A

We also Remember: Larry, Mary & Matthew Lennon…B Rem     Ann Mary & Michael Norton…Rem Stephen Masterson…A, Phyllis Murphy…A

 Monday:  Mass offered for the sick.

Tuesday: Rose Elliott…A, Maurice O Connell…A, Jim O Connell…A

Wednesday: Nancy Murray…RD, Michael McCarthy…RD

Thursday: William Keogh…A Camillus Balfe…A

Friday: 1st Friday of the month, Mass offered for all on the November List of the Dead The blessing with the relic of Padre Pio will take place after Mass.

November Altar List of the dead envelopes are on the table at the back of the church. Please fill them in if you wish to have their name included. Mass is offered once a month for all names included.

Minister of Eucharist December 2023Church of Our Lady Blessington

SAT 6PM: Frank Hanlon, Ann Hanlon & Mary McCormack

SUNDAY 10AM: Aisling Molloy, Deirdre Breen & Mary McHugh

Dates for Diary

First Holy Communion

Parish Candidates – Saturday April 27th @11am

Lacken – Saturday May 4th @ 11am in Lacken Church

St Mary’s Blessington – Saturday May 11th   Two ceremonies time TBC

Valleymount – Sunday May 12th @10am in St Joseph’s Church

Gaelscoil – Saturday May 18th @11am

Parish Remembrance Tree People are invited to write the name of a loved one on a tag and place it on our parish remembrance tree in Clane Church. All will be remembered at our masses during November

Blessington Parish Lotto Numbers on 9th November:3,10,14,25. €25 Winner: Fiona Duffy Next Jackpot €3,825

There will be no Holy Hour during the month of December. It will resume on Jan 9th.

Team Hope Christmas shoebox appeal Would like to say a huge thank you to the people of Blessington and Valleymount parishes for the 131 Shoeboxes filled this year for needy children in Eastern Europe and Africa. Last year the boxes (74) from this parish went to Burkina Faso a small country in Northern Africa.

Valleymount & Lacken Parish Draw Final Draw will take place on Sunday 26th November after 10am Mass In St Joseph’s Church Valleymount

Lakeshore Striders Blessington are running their 8th annual collection for the Capuchin Day Centre  with a fresh appeal this year ‘To fill a sock’ for the homeless with any of the following items: Toothbrush & toothpaste, Bar of soap /small shower gel, Roll on deodorant, Gloves, Boxers / underwear. Don’t forget to pack the other sock and tie it at the top with a ribbon or piece of string and please identify if it’s for a male or female / boy or girl. All items must be brand new. Drop off your sock between 12 & 3pm at the Crying Room, Church of Our Lady, Blessington on Sat, 25th Nov. You can also drop off any of the following items to the collection point at Kenny’s Super Valu Blessington between the 18th and the 25th of Nov or to us in the Church of Our Lady’s on the 25th of Nov: Tea bags, Tins of beans, 1lb packets of sugar, Nappies (all sizes), Baby wipes, Baby formula, Baby food. Financial donations also accepted on the day on behalf of the Capuchin Centre. For further info contact lakeshorestriders@gmail.com

Up Coming Events at Blessington Library I Am Baba, 30th November. Three sessions at 10am, 11am and 12pm.

Flute and Harp  recital by The Old Court Duo Monday 4th December at 11am

Way With Words Literary Festival-In Conversation with Edel Coffey, moderated by Olivia Fitzsimons

Saturday 9th December at 4pm

 

Blessington Bowls Club meet every Thursday night at 7.30 pm in St Kevin’s Hall, Main Street Blessington. Guests are most welcome, why not come along and bring a friend

Happy Faces Pre-school St Marys JNS Contact 0877658420 Email: happyfaces.blessington@gmail.com ECCE places available

Ігрова група Valleymount Parent & Baby/toddler працює щочетверга протягом шкільного семестру з 09.30 до 12.00 у Valleymount Hall.  Щиро вітаються нові батьки.  Заходьте випити чашечку чаю та побалакати Valleymount Parent & Baby/Toddler Playgroup meets every Thursday during school term from 9.30am to 12 in Valleymount Hall. New parents most welcome. Pop in for a cuppa & a chat.

Tuesday Rural Bus Service to Naas & Newbridge. Your support is needed to keep this service open. This is ideal as a “shopping bus”. Adult return journey €3.50 & €1 for students. (a free service for many qualifying adults) Departs Blessington Bus Shelter at 10am via Naas to Newbridge (Whitewater Shopping Centre) Departs Whitewater at 1.45pm. Further info: Jane Auld 087 266 0616 or Pat Conlan 086 075 2072

Blessington Bridge Club meets every Monday 18th September at 7.30pm in the Kare Centre. All new players welcome.

Blessington Counselling & Psychotherapy – Mandy Downes MAPCP 085 134 9813 Specialist in CBT & Solution focused Therapy

Wicklow & Kildare Mental Health Services  Counselling & Psychotherapy. Aran Centre, Blessington, Co. Wicklow. For Bookings please contact, by phone: 089 274 4920 or e-mail: info@wicklowandkildarementalhealth.ie

Looking to upskill or do a new course? Blessington Further Education and Training Centre are now enrolling for Part Time courses in September:

  • Digital Marketing
  • Database Methods
  • Early Leaning & Care
  • Stage 1 – Childcare
  • Care Skills & Care
  • of the Older Person
  • Horticulture Science
  • Word Processing
  • Tourism
  • Spreadsheet Methods
  • Business Administration
  • Social Studies
  • & many more… All courses are QQI certified in either Level 4 or 5 Contact: 045 891 099 – 086 850 3833 – 086 806 1569 or email karentownsend@kwetb.ie irenehayden@kwetb.ie

Christmas Market A Festive Showcase Of Local Crafts And Artisans Because they deserve something as special and unique as they are The Avon, Blessington, Co. Wicklow. W91HFX3 Sunday 3rd Dec 12 noon to 5pm Purplellama.market@gmail.com

CHRISTMAS GALLERY OPEN Saturday & Sunday 12:00 – 17:00 11th November – 10th December END OF SEASON SALE EVERYTHING MUST GO TO MAKE WAY FOR NEW EXHIBITION NO REASONABLE OFFER REFUSED Fabulous Original Art Ancient Bog Oak Sculptures This secret Gallery is located in The Glen of Imaal, Eircode W91 P653. Free Tea/Coffee for all Visitors

Building & Roofing Contractor Available All Roof Repairs, Slates, Tiles, Lead Valleys, Velux Windows, PvC Fascia & Soffit, Extensions, AtticConversions & Renovations. All Work Guaranteed Niall Kearns 0862746969.

Driving instructor RSA and ADI approved.  Contact Michael 087 459 4258  for bookings.

Ashling Frames are delighted to now offer a full photo printing service in Blessington, including passport photos, in partnership with Fujifilm, in addition to our custom and standard framing. ashlingframes@gmail.com or follow us on Instagram

Blessington Taxi Phone Greg 087 2626 393

SeeThru Solution – Your Local Trustworthy Cleaning Service for Windows, Gutters, Fascia, Pressure Washing, Softwash, Carpet & Upholstery. Call Greg: 085 858 1850Painter & Decorator – Interior & Exterior Phone: Damien 085 826 0431

Paying too much for SKY or Virgin Media? We Install or Repair Free to Air and Saorview! No more Bills! Call Billy 086 868 0053

Local Builder Available – All services under one roof, Windows & Doors, Plumbing, Tiling, Roofing, Plastering, Electrical, Carpentry, Insulation. All levels of construction services available. Fully registered. Call Paul 086 309 1829

Interior Designs by Elizabeth Creative, Unique, Personal. Please phone: 086 088 1806. Email: elizabethdoyle.ed@gmail.com

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

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

Noel Nolan – Blessington Heating & Plumbing Service  www.blessingtonheatingandplumbing.ie Call Noel: 087 243 1499 or email nolannoel2@gmail.com

Clarkes Funeral Directors I.A.F.D. Funeral Home & Office, Burgage, Blessington. All areas serviced. Phone: Tony, Regina or Gordon: 087 273 9048 / 087 659 6426 / 087 249 5411 www.funeraldirectorsblessington.ie

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

Newsletter Advertising Rates, For just 50c per word per week you can reach a large, local audience. Cut-off for receiving adverts is Wed 10am. You can email the copy to office@blessington.info and pay in the Parish Office, or via the Donate button on our website or by bank transfer. Call the Parish Office: 045 865 327

  • PARISH INFORMATION

Church of Our Lady, Blessington – Mass Times: Saturday 6.00pm.  Sunday 10.00amWeekdays: Monday to Friday 9.30am – Fr. Richard Behan PP. Tel: 045 865327Church of Our Lady of Mercy, Crosschapel – Mass Times: Sundays 11.30amSt. Brigid’s Church, Manor Kilbride – Mass Times: Sundays 11.00amWeekdays: Monday to Friday 9am – Fr. Paraic McDermott C.S. Sp., Tel: 01 4582154St. Joseph’s Church, Valleymount – Mass Times: Sunday 10amOur Lady of Mount Carmel, Lacken – Mass Time: Saturdays 7.30pmParish Office: 9am to 1pm Monday to Friday Tel: 045 865 327