Issue 1337 December 20th 2020

CHRISTMAS MASSES in Church of Our Lady, Blessington

Due to the restriction on numbers allowed to gather indoors, access to the Christmas Masses in Blessington is by TICKET ONLY. We are sorry to say that you will have be turned away if you don’t have a ticket.  There are no tickets left for any of the Christmas Masses.

Tickets are available now from the Parish Office for Masses on 26th & 27th December 2nd & 3rd January

Mass Intentions this Week:

Pearl Tipper (RD) Tallaght, Michael Behan (RD) Blessington, Kate Riordan (RD) Drimnagh, Maeve Conlan (RD) Kildare Town

Saturday 6pm: Christy, Kathleen & Goo Nolan (Rem) Jimmy, Maisie & May Nolan (Rem) Mary & Tom Tivnan (Rem) Eddie Conroy (Rem) Jimmy O’Leary (1st A)

Sunday 10am: Maisie Monaghan (Rem) Pete Nolan (Rem) Derek Larkin (1st A) Bridget Norton (Rem) Kathleen Smith (A) Sheila Zeller (Rem)

We also remember: Peg & Paddy Eustace, Margaret Roche, Karen McEvoy, Jim, Joan & Eilish Bird, Deceased Mem of the Kelly Family, Deceased Mem of the Higgins Family, Deceased Mem of the Halligan Family, Ned, Rosemary, & John Walsh, Thomas & Ann Eustace, Thomas & Susan Eustace, Dec Mem of Tipper & Mahon Families, Simon, Rebecca & Maisie Hopkins, Charles & Catherine Doran, Dec Mem of Harkin & O’Connor Fam, Dec Mem of Hayes & Bell Families, Claire Twyford, Gemma Hanlon, Gerry Foley, Jimmy Heeney, Betty Heeney, Mick & Julia Tyrrell, Eileen Clifton, Joe Nugent

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

Tuesday: Francis Sheridan (A) Margaret Roche (A) Claire Twyford (A)

Wednesday: Barry O’Donnell (Rem) Ken Geoghegan (RD) Regina Duffy (1st A)

4th SUNDAY OF ADVENT 20th December 2020. Mary accepted the life of God into her womb through the power of the Holy Spirit thus bringing God’s salvation into the world. Let us open our hearts to welcoming Jesus

Blessington Parish 2nd Annual CHRISTMAS CRIB EXHIBITION in the Coimín Centre Blessington. December 19th 11am to 6pm, December 20th 11am to 5pm. Over 100 exhibits of “Cribs from around the World” Some beautiful new additions this year.

►Saturday 19th December: Mass at 6pm

►Sunday 20th December: Mass at 10am

►Daily Mass at 9.30am, Monday to Wednesday

All Masses & Services still available via Webcam www.blessingtonparish.ie

Blessington Parish Office will close for Christmas on Wednesday 23rd December at 1pm

You may still call or email if you wish to have someone prayed for at Mass. Email: office@blessington.info Office: 045 865 327.Blessington Parish Christmas Mass Bouquets, Christmas Cards and other gift items on sale.

St Vincent de Paul local number : 087 181 1579

Donations can be left in the Parish Office

St Marys’ Schools & Blessington Parish Lotto This week’s Jackpot is €3375!! That would cover the Christmas shopping! If you’re not in you can’t win! Text the word Blessington to 51444 or go to www.blessingtonparish.ie

The Blessington Interfaith Group is organising the next event, hopefully sometime around Easter, if circumstances permit. We will be in touch regarding the details. In the meantime, if anyone is interested in meeting on line we would like to hear from you. Call us on any of the numbers below.  Many thanks to all who have supported us over the years & we wish you & your families every blessing for Christmas & the New Year. Anton Trant: 086 3389553 – Grania Glancy: 087 125 3190 – Joan Griffith: 087 9704832 – Gerry Curran: 087 284 1009

Comhghairdeas le gach buachaill agus cailín i nGaelscoil na Lochanna! Congratulations to the Boys & Girls who received 1st Holy Communion last Sunday 13th December in Church of Our Lady, Blessington

Blessington Library is Open. Our usual opening hours apply: Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday: 10am to 5pm Tuesday & Thursday: 10am to 8.30pm The library is open for browsing and borrowing only. Study spaces & computers are not available.

Gaelscoil na Lochanna- Oíche Oscailte agus Chlárúcháin, 14ú Eanáir 2021 Our Open/Enrolment night for places in school for next Sept is on 14th January 7:30pm by Zoom Webinar. Webinar will be open from 7pm. Please see our website to click and join the Zoom, www.gaelscoilnalochanna.com Enrolment period lasts from 14th Jan to 3th Feb, 2021. We have a new website for parents FAQ about joining a Gaelscoil: www.gsnl.info 087 938 8651 for any enquiries.  Fáilte!

CONGRATULATIONS to the Winners of the final Valleymount Private Members Draw this year

€1000 winners:  May Nolan, Tony & Regina Clarke,  Jenny & Glen Cullen,  Kathleen Clarke, Johnny O’Reilly

€ 500 winners: Alice Stones, Catherine O’Mahony, Seamus McDonald, John Holmes, Jane Broe

€ 200 winners: Rose Zeller, Paddy Broe, Anne & Jimmy Flynn, Fiona & Tom Guing, Ann & Martin O’Connor

€ 100 winners Patricia & Frank Donnelly, Fr Richard Behan, Scruff Farrington, John Balfe Lodge Lane, Don & Mary O’Sullivan, Jacinta Shannon, Marie & Peter McDonald, Lilian & Chris Pocock, Mary & Jack Paton, Alice & Peter Byrne

Fr Kevin’s Homilies are always available on our website: https://blessingtonparish.ie/homilies-year-a/

The Blessington and District Forum would like to thank the communities of Blessington and Lakeside for their continued support this year. The generosity shown in both the Switching on of the Christmas Lights and the Toy Appeal has been phenomenal. We would like to take this opportunity to wish you all a very happy Christmas and a Healthy and Safe 2021.

Good Dry Kindling for Sale at Blessington Men’s Shed – €3 for 1 Bag. €10 for 3 Bags. For collection information phone: John Flynn at 087 297 7678. All money raised for upkeep of Shed during these difficult times.”

Calling all Local Businesses, Artists & Crafters! Community Pool for West Wicklow are hosting an online Christmas Market and we would like you to be part of it! Every day from early November we will be posting a new video to our social media pages, like an extended Advent Calendar. Each video will showcase a different local business or artist and their products. We hope that our online Christmas Market will help to encourage people to shop local and support local businesses this Christmas. If you think this is something you would like to get involved in, then email us at poolforWestWicklow@gmail.com

SUPPORT OUR LOCAL SMALL BUSINESSES THIS CHRISTMAS: follow our New Instagram page BLESSINGTON BUSINESS WOMEN.  A page set up for women in business & also other local  businesses in Blessington & surrounding areas to network, connect & support one another. Find out more about all the amazing small businesses we have in our fantastic village from highly talented nail salons, beauty salons, hair salons, make-up artists, eyelash specialists & holistic therapists, our local cafe & health shop. Or introduce yourself to some of the top fitness specialists, nutritionists, dance & yoga studios, photographers & nutritionists. We even have our very own Doula! Take the hassle & stress out of Christmas Shopping this year and help to support our community by treating someone special to a Gift Voucher for some wonderful pampering or buying a gift from one of our many talented businesses.

Senior Line If you are an older person and would like someone to talk to, consider phoning Senior Line.  A National Confidential Service for Older People. Open every day from 10am -10pm.  We are older people too, trained to listen & support.  Freefone 1800 80 45 91

Crosscare Appeal for Support this Christmas as their normal food collections have been cancelled. Crosscare is appealing to people to support them online this Advent as they will be unable to hold their annual Parish Food Collection for those most in need. Every December, Crosscare collected thousands of Euros worth of non-perishable foods to restock their foodbanks and support their community cafés. This year, due to Covid 19 restrictions Crosscare will not be able to launch a food collection in the Diocese of Dublin as usual. However, in order to ensure they have adequate supplies, they are asking people to support them by making a donation online to make sure families struggling to cope can have food on the table this Christmas. Archbishop Diarmuid Martin has appealed to priests and parishes to encourage those parishioners who would ordinarily have supported food drives and the unwanted gifts appeal to go on line and make a donation www.crosscare.ie

Courses in the Further Education & Training Centre Blessington We are currently enrolling for courses for our new term starting in January 2021

Part Time Courses (Day and Evening) Looking to up-skill or learn something new whilst gaining a QQI qualification? Our part time courses are two days a week and are either day or evening. We have part time courses available in the following starting this January: eBusiness  (Day course) Tourism with Business (Day course) Healthcare  (Evening course) Employment Skills  (Day course) Horticulture (Day course) Office Skills  (Day course) For further information please contact Anne McGrath or Karen Townsend on 086 850 3833 or 045 891 099 or blessingtonfetc@kwetb.ie

St Vincent de Paul local number 087 181 1579

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LORCAN CLARKE Christmas Trees. Outside Blessington Community College from 1st December to 24th December, 085 121 9449

Furniture for Sale ERCOL Solid Mahogony –  2 Display corner units, Free standing units-bookshelves, display unit, glass cabinet. Excellent condition. Phone: 086 160 9293

CHRISTMAS TREES – Direct from FARM Only €30 to €39 each, Opposite entrance to Slade Valley Golg Club, Brittas. (1 mile off the N81 Blessington Road Brittas or 2 miles off the N7 Saggart) EirCode: D24 TEP6. Phone 087 925 0064

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LEINSTER SENIOR COLLEGE, NEWBRIDGE. Christmas Revision Courses On-line for Leaving Certs. from Mon 28th Dec to Sat 2nd January Excellent Teachers – Excellent Results Book online: www.leinsterseniorcollege.ie or telephone: 045 487 811

Martin Craul & Co, Statutory Auditors, Accountants and Chartered Tax Advisors, NOW AT: Block One, Unit 1F, Blessington Business Park, (near Fire Station). 045 891 505/045 891 507 W91 XT1 087 279 1325 (Martin); mcraulco@gmail.com Box 1 in lobby, letterbox 2 Millbank still in order.

Beautiful, Outdoor Family Photography. By the lake or in the woods. Just in time for Christmas. €120 for full digital package,mRing Jim on 087 6799008Instagram jimschofieldphotography

GasHome – Boiler Servicing and Repairs – RGI Registered. Phone Stephen 087 9060 894

Career Guidance Service for students and parents with experienced qualified guidance counsellor, individual attention Phone Gary: 086 857 4262

Gardening- For Winter Tidying, Hedge clipping, Beds overhauled, Fruit Tree pruning, Painting etc Phone Mark 085-1337714

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

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

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

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

Blessington Airport Taxi – 087 255 7993 Standard Taxi €77 one way Large 7-Seater €87 one way Call Richard on 087 255 7993 Or email: richardmc.keever@yahoo.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

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

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

Painter & Decorator – Interior & Exterior – Phone: Damian 085 826 0431

COVID-19 Support Lines for Older People ALONE manage a national support line and additional supports for older people who have concerns or are facing difficulties relating to the outbreak of COVID-19. Professional staff are available to answer queries and give advice and reassurance where necessary. The support line is open seven days a week, 8am – 8pm, by calling 0818 222 024.

Blessington Parish Office Christmas Mass Cards, Christmas Cards & other gift items now on sale. Carol: 045 865 327 9am to 12.30pm Jean: 087 235 0835 9am to 5pm.  office@blessington.info

Issue 1336 December 13th 2020

THIRD SUNDAY OF ADVENT – GAUDATE – 13th December

The coming of Christ is a message of joy: a joy founded and rooted in God’s love and care for his people, and his promise of an eternal companionship.

Mass Intentions this Week:

Pamela Shortland (RD) Santry Hill

Saturday 6pm: Vivian Daly (A) Carl Nagle (A) Denis Brereton(A) Patrick & Gretta Reidy (Rem) Deceased Mem of the Doyle Family (Rem)

Sunday 10am: Sheila Kearns (1st A) Sharon Jones (1stA) Cathal Gallagher (A) Roseann & John Joseph Moran (A) Terry Bolton(A) Josie Byrne (5th A) Johanna & Denis Jones (R)

We also remember: Bill Smith, Julia Hunt, Catherine & John Devoy, Brian Murphy, Julia Hunt, Deceased Members & Friends of the Howard Family, Deceased Members & Friends of the Patterson Family

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

Tuesday Lawrence & Gertrude Kehoe (A) Int Mass, Int Mass, Thanksgiving Mass, Mary & Jimmy Robinson

Wednesday: Thanksgiving Mass, Thanksgiving Mass

Thursday: Joseph McDonald (A), Jimmy Cashman (A)

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

On this Sheila Kearns’s 1st Anniversary, the family would like to thank all those who sympathised, attended the wake & funeral, sent mass cards, provided food, floral tributes & supported the family in any way. Thank you to Fr. Paraic & Fr. Jerry Foley who celebrated the mass, & a special thank you to Fr. Paraic who was so kind to Sheila in her final days. Thanks to Tony & Regina for their help & support & to Lorraine for the beautiful singing in the church, also to Sheila’s grandchildren & great grandchildren who took part in the mass. Mass has been offered for your intentions. Sheila’s 1st Anniversary Mass take place in St. Brigid’s Church, Manor Kilbride on Sunday 13th Dec at 11am

Saturday 12th & Sunday 13th December. SVP will be holding their Annual collection at this weekend’s Masses.  The funds raised will be spent in the local community helping those who need it most with food, heating & education costs throughout the winter & beyond. People can also donate directly to SVP Blessington through the Parish Office. Many thanks you for your very generous support.

►Daily Mass at 9.30am, Monday to Friday

►Saturday 12th December: Mass at 6pm

►Sunday 13th December: Mass at 10am

Tuesday 15th December Rosary & Adoration from 7pm to 7.45 pm

All Masses & Services still available via Webcam

Our Churches are open for public Mass. A ticket is required to attend weekend Masses in Church of Our Lady Blessington, available from the Parish Office: 045 865 327. Parish Office from 9am to 1pm – Monday to Friday

Deacon Gerry has created an Online Advent Calendar for adults, older children & teenagers to interact with this Advent. Open a door in the calendar every day for short reflective prayer on the Parish Pastoral Website: www.blessingtonparishes.com

Blessington Parish 2nd Annual CHRISTMAS CRIB EXHIBITION in the Coimín Centre Blessington on December 18th 10am to 4pm, December 19th 11am to 6pm, December 20th 11am to 5pm. Over 100 exhibits of “Cribs from around the World” Some beautiful new additions this year.

St Marys’ Schools & Blessington Parish Lotto – WIN A PLAYSTATION 5  All you have to do is to have a line in our weekly lotto and you will be entered into a special draw for the PlayStation 5 on the 17th December and you’ll also have a chance to win our Jackpot. To our existing supporters – your support has been amazing throughout the year and we needed that support this year more than ever – thank you! If you want to play an extra line you can do so by logging into your account  https://www.ourparishfundraiser.ie/parish/blessington To all our parents, family members, friends, neighbours and the wider community please get involved and support us as the funds raised have a hugely positive impact.  Click here to join:  https://www.ourparishfundraiser.ie/parish/blessington and please share the link on your social media, WhatsApp, Instagram, Facebook, Twitter.

St Marys’ Schools & Blessington Parish Lotto This week’s Jackpot is €3375!! That would cover the Christmas shopping! If you’re not in you can’t win! Text the word Blessington to 51444 or go to www.blessingtonparish.ie This week’s winner is:Rachel McCudden. The numbers drawn this week are: 1, 5, 7,  27

Small Sum of Money Found in a little zipped purse on the path opposite St Mary’s Junior School. Enquiries: School Office 045 865 501 or Parish Office: 045 865 327

Sum of Money Found in Church On Friday 20th November Call Parish Office: 045 865 327

Good Dry Kindling for Sale at Blessington Men’s Shed – €3 for 1 Bag. €10 for 3 Bags. For collection information phone: John Flynn at 087 297 7678. All money raised for upkeep of Shed during these difficult times.”

Blessington Parish Office WE ARE OPEN 9am to 1.00pm Monday to Friday. You may still call or email if you wish to have someone prayed for at Mass. Email: office@blessington.info Office: 045 865 327 Jean: 087 235 0835 – 9am to 5pm. Blessington Parish Christmas Mass Bouquets, Christmas Cards and other gift items on sale. All items can be ordered over the phone and collected later.

Blessington Library is open. Our usual opening hours apply: Mon/Wed/Fri/Sat: 10am – 5pm. Tues/Thurs: 10am – 8.30pm The library is open for browsing and borrowing only. Study spaces & computers are not available at this time.

Gaelscoil na Lochanna- Oíche Oscailte agus Chlárúcháin, 14ú Eanáir 2021. Our Open/Enrolment night for places in school for next Sept is on 14th January 7:30pm by Zoom Webinar. Webinar will be open from 7pm. Please see our website to click and join the Zoom, www.gaelscoilnalochanna.com Enrolment period lasts from 14th Jan to 3th Feb, 2021. We have a new website for parents FAQ about joining a Gaelscoil: www.gsnl.info 087 938 8651 for any enquiries.  Fáilte!

Fr Kevin’s Homilies are always available on our website: https://blessingtonparish.ie/homilies-year-b/

Calling all Local Businesses, Artists & Crafters! Community Pool for West Wicklow are hosting an online Christmas Market and we would like you to be part of it! Every day from early November we will be posting a new video to our social media pages, like an extended Advent Calendar. Each video will showcase a different local business or artist and their products. We hope that our online Christmas Market will help to encourage people to shop local and support local businesses this Christmas. If you think this is something you would like to get involved in, then email us at poolforWestWicklow@gmail.com

SUPPORT OUR LOCAL SMALL BUSINESSES THIS CHRISTMAS: follow our New Instagram page BLESSINGTON BUSINESS WOMEN.  A page set up for women in business & also other local  businesses in Blessington & surrounding areas to network, connect & support one another. Find out more about all the amazing small businesses we have in our fantastic village from highly talented nail salons, beauty salons, hair salons, make-up artists, eyelash specialists & holistic therapists, our local cafe & health shop. Or introduce yourself to some of the top fitness specialists, nutritionists, dance & yoga studios, photographers & nutritionists. We even have our very own Doula! Take the hassle & stress out of Christmas Shopping this year and help to support our community by treating someone special to a Gift Voucher for some wonderful pampering or buying a gift from one of our many talented businesses.

Senior Line If you are an older person and would like someone to talk to, consider phoning Senior Line.  A National Confidential Service for Older People. Open every day from 10am -10pm.  We are older people too, trained to listen & support.  Freefone 1800 80 45 91

Crosscare Appeal for Support this Christmas as their normal food collections have been cancelled. Crosscare is appealing to people to support them online this Advent as they will be unable to hold their annual Parish Food Collection for those most in need. Every December, Crosscare collected thousands of Euros worth of non-perishable foods to restock their foodbanks and support their community cafés. This year, due to Covid 19 restrictions Crosscare will not be able to launch a food collection in the Diocese of Dublin as usual. However, in order to ensure they have adequate supplies, they are asking people to support them by making a donation online to make sure families struggling to cope can have food on the table this Christmas. Archbishop Diarmuid Martin has appealed to priests and parishes to encourage those parishioners who would ordinarily have supported food drives and the unwanted gifts appeal to go on line and make a donation www.crosscare.ie

St Vincent de Paul local number 087 181 1579

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LORCAN CLARKE Christmas Trees. Outside Blessington Community College from 1st December to 24th December, 085 121 9449

Furniture for Sale ERCOL Solid Mahogony –  2 Display corner units, Free standing units-bookshelves, display unit, glass cabinet. Excellent condition. Phone: 086 160 9293

CHRISTMAS TREES – Direct from FARM Only €30 to €39 each, Opposite entrance to Slade Valley Golg Club, Brittas. (1 mile off the N81 Blessington Road Brittas or 2 miles off the N7 Saggart) EirCode: D24 TEP6. Phone 087 925 0064

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Beautiful, Outdoor Family Photography. By the lake or in the woods. Just in time for Christmas. €120 for full digital package,mRing Jim on 087 6799008Instagram jimschofieldphotography

GasHome – Boiler Servicing and Repairs – RGI Registered. Phone Stephen 087 9060 894

Career Guidance Service for students and parents with experienced qualified guidance counsellor, individual attention Phone Gary: 086 857 4262

Gardening- For Winter Tidying, Hedge clipping, Beds overhauled, Fruit Tree pruning, Painting etc Phone Mark 085-1337714

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

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

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

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

Blessington Airport Taxi – 087 255 7993 Standard Taxi €77 one way Large 7-Seater €87 one way Call Richard on 087 255 7993 Or email: richardmc.keever@yahoo.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

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

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

Painter & Decorator – Interior & Exterior – Phone: Damian 085 826 0431

COVID-19 Support Lines for Older People ALONE manage a national support line and additional supports for older people who have concerns or are facing difficulties relating to the outbreak of COVID-19. Professional staff are available to answer queries and give advice and reassurance where necessary. The support line is open seven days a week, 8am – 8pm, by calling 0818 222 024.

Blessington Parish Office Christmas Mass Cards, Christmas Cards & other gift items now on sale. Carol: 045 865 327 9am to 12.30pm Jean: 087 235 0835 9am to 5pm.  office@blessington.info

 

 

 

Issue 1335 December 6th 2020

SECOND SUNDAY OF ADVENT 6th December – The message of repentance during this season of Advent is a call to each one of us to look deeply into our lives, to renew and deepen our relationship with God.

Mass Intentions this Week

Georgia Gormally (RD)  Manchester , Michael (Mick)  Eustace (RD) Manor Kilbride

Saturday 6pm: Micheline & Peter Comey (A) Seamus & Josie Byrne (A)

Sunday 10am: Mary Brennan (1st A) Teresa Byrne (A) Dora Byrne (A)

We also remember: Essie Hanlon, Michael & Irene O’Donnell, Michael & Elizabeth O’Toole

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

 Tuesday 8th December – Feast of the Immaculate Conception

10am Seamus Joyce (RD) Jim Winters (RD)

8pm  Deceased Members of Blessington GAA

Wednesday: Barry O’Donnell (Rem) Jack Thomas (RD)

Thursday: Madelene O’Donnell (A) Peggy O’Conner (RD)

Friday: Michael Malone (RD) Ken Cullen (RD)

►Daily Mass at 9.30am, Monday to Friday

►Saturday 5th December: Mass at 6pm

►Sunday 6th December: Mass at 10am

Feast of the Immaculate Conception

Tuesday 8th December – Mass Times:

10.00am & 8.00pm in Blessington ***

10.00am in Crosschapel

11.00am in Manor Kilbride

11.15am in Valleymount

***►Rosary & Adoration from 7pm to 7.45 pm (followed by the Holy Day Mass at 8pm)

►The Parish Office will remain closed for the Holy Day

Our Churches have re-opened for public Mass. A ticket is required to attend weekend Masses in Church of Our Lady Blessington, available from the Parish Office: 045 865 327. Parish Office from 9am to 1pm – Monday to Friday. A ticket will also be needed for the 8pm Mass on Tuesday 8th December, Holy Day, the Feast of the Immaculate Conception.

Join with Fr. Richard & Fr. Joe for evening prayer via Zoom Each Wednesday at 7.30pm.  Log on to http://www.blessingtonparishes.com and click on the Zoom button. If you have any difficulty logging in, please contact us at  info@blessingtonparishes.com

A Message from St Vincent de Paul: Please support the SVP Collection next weekend Saturday 12th & Sunday 13th December. The funds raised will be spent in the local community helping those who need it most with food, heating and education costs throughout the winter and beyond. We rely almost entirely on the support of our generous parishioners. Your donation will make all the difference. Donations can be made by dropping your donation in an envelope marked SVP Blessington to the Parish Office or by making a lodgement to Ulster Bank Blessington A/c: 15436018, S/c: 985340 YOUR SUPPORT IS VERY MUCH APPRECIATED, All donations will be acknowledged where details are supplied.

The Annual Senior Citizens Draw which is held in Hennessys Public House is cancelled due to Covid. We would like to wish all our supporters & sponsors a very happy & safe Christmas & New Year.  We will see you all in 2021. Tom, John, Barry, Tara Karen, Edel, Lilly, Bernadette and Geraldine.

Small Sum of Money Found in a little zipped purse on the path opposite St Mary’s Junior School. Enquiries: School Office 045 865 501 or Parish Office: 045 865 327

Sum of Money Found in Church On Friday 20th November Call Parish Office: 045 865 327

Good Dry Kindling for Sale at Blessington Men’s Shed – €3 for 1 Bag. €10 for 3 Bags. For collection information phone: John Flynn at 087 297 7678. All money raised for upkeep of Shed during these difficult times.”

Blessington Parish Office WE ARE OPEN 9am to 1.00pm Monday to Friday. You may still call or email if you wish to have someone prayed for at Mass. Email: office@blessington.info Office: 045 865 327 Jean: 087 235 0835 – 9am to 5pm. Blessington Parish Christmas Mass Bouquets, Christmas Cards and other gift items on sale. All items can be ordered over the phone and collected later.

Winners of Valleymount & Lacken Parish Members Draw for November – Seamus Doyle, Jane Broe, Breda O’BrienJohn Holmes, Mary Fitzpatrick. The FINAL DRAW will be held in Valleymount Church after 11.15am Mass on Sunday December 13th

The Annual Senior Citizens Draw which is held in Hennessys Public House is cancelled due to Covid. We would like to wish all our supporters & sponsors a very happy & safe Christmas & New Year.  We will see you all in 2021. Tom, John, Barry, Tara Karen, Edel, Lilly, Bernadette and Geraldine.

Blessington Library has re-opened under Level 3 of the Plan for Living with Covid-19. Our usual opening hours apply: Mon/Wed/Fri/Sat: 10am – 5pm. Tues/Thurs: 10am – 8.30pm The library is open for browsing and borrowing only. Study spaces & computers are not available at this time.

Gaelscoil na Lochanna- Oíche Oscailte agus Chlárúcháin, 14ú Eanáir 2021. Our Open/Enrolment night for places in school for next Sept is on 14th January 7:30pm by Zoom Webinar. Webinar will be open from 7pm. Please see our website to click and join the Zoom, www.gaelscoilnalochanna.com Enrolment period lasts from 14th Jan to 3th Feb, 2021. We have a new website for parents FAQ about joining a Gaelscoil: www.gsnl.info 087 938 8651 for any enquiries.  Fáilte!

Fr Kevin’s Homilies are always available on our website: https://blessingtonparish.ie/homilies-year-a/

Home sharing Give a Little Time- Make A Big Difference have you the time to offer breaks to an adult with an intellectual disability in your home for mid-week and weekend overnight BREAKS? You don’t need a qualification, just energy, commitment & the desire to support a person with a disability in your community. Information & support are PROVIDED, & you will be paid an allowance. If you are interested in hosting, please contact: Jennifer Alfa Ogbaje, Social Worker, KARE,  Mc Mahon Centre, Kilcullen, Co. Kildare. Email; Jennifer.alfaogbaje@kare.ie  45 480 200 or 087 720 6779

Calling all Local Businesses, Artists & Crafters! Community Pool for West Wicklow are hosting an online Christmas Market and we would like you to be part of it! Every day from early November we will be posting a new video to our social media pages, like an extended Advent Calendar. Each video will showcase a different local business or artist and their products. We hope that our online Christmas Market will help to encourage people to shop local and support local businesses this Christmas. If you think this is something you would like to get involved in, then email us at poolforWestWicklow@gmail.com

SUPPORT OUR LOCAL SMALL BUSINESSES THIS CHRISTMAS: follow our New Instagram page BLESSINGTON BUSINESS WOMEN.  A page set up for women in business & also other local  businesses in Blessington & surrounding areas to network, connect & support one another. Find out more about all the amazing small businesses we have in our fantastic village from highly talented nail salons, beauty salons, hair salons, make-up artists, eyelash specialists & holistic therapists, our local cafe & health shop. Or introduce yourself to some of the top fitness specialists, nutritionists, dance & yoga studios, photographers & nutritionists. We even have our very own Doula! Take the hassle & stress out of Christmas Shopping this year and help to support our community by treating someone special to a Gift Voucher for some wonderful pampering or buying a gift from one of our many talented businesses.

Senior Line If you are an older person and would like someone to talk to, consider phoning Senior Line.  A National Confidential Service for Older People. Open every day from 10am -10pm.  We are older people too, trained to listen & support.  Freefone 1800 80 45 91

Crosscare Appeal for Support this Christmas as their normal food collections have been cancelled. Crosscare is appealing to people to support them online this Advent as they will be unable to hold their annual Parish Food Collection for those most in need. Every December, Crosscare collected thousands of Euros worth of non-perishable foods to restock their foodbanks and support their community cafés. This year, due to Covid 19 restrictions Crosscare will not be able to launch a food collection in the Diocese of Dublin as usual. However, in order to ensure they have adequate supplies, they are asking people to support them by making a donation online to make sure families struggling to cope can have food on the table this Christmas. Archbishop Diarmuid Martin has appealed to priests and parishes to encourage those parishioners who would ordinarily have supported food drives and the unwanted gifts appeal to go on line and make a donation www.crosscare.ie

St Vincent de Paul local number 087 181 1579

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LORCAN CLARKE Christmas Trees. Outside Blessington Community College from 1st December to 24th December, 085 121 9449

Flowers by Enda has moved…. just down the road beside SuperValu – OPENING Friday 4th December. 045 851 000 or 083 002 0088

CHRISTMAS TREES – Direct from FARM Only €30 to €39 each, Opposite entrance to Slade Valley Golg Club, Brittas. (1 mile off the N81 Blessington Road Brittas or 2 miles off the N7 Saggart) EirCode: D24 TEP6. Phone 087 925 0064

MARTIN CRAUL & CO, STATUTORY AUDITORS, Accountants and Chartered Tax Advisors – NOW AT: Block One, Unit 1F, Blessington Business Park, W91 XT18 (near Fire Station). 045 891 505 or 045 891 507  087 279 1325 (Martin) mcraulco@gmail.com Delivery Box 1 in lobby, letterbox 2 Millbank still in use.

FUNBUGS CHILDCARE CHILDCARE EDUCATORS REQUIRED FULL & PART TIME Requirements: Fetac /QQI Level 6 essential / level 8 an advantage. Ability to work on own Initiative. Fun & Creative Personality with Excellent Communication Skills. Genuine Love of Children. Desirable: First Aid & Manual Handling, Child Protection Training, Awareness of Aistear & Siolta, Experience of working in a Childcare Setting, Suitable applicants please forward your C.V. to Sinéad Tobin, FUNBUGS CHILDCARE, Rathmore, Eadestown, Naas, Co. Kildare. Or via email: Manager@funbugs.ie Phone: 045 862 929

Wanted – Teaching Council Registered Teacher/s for Leaving Cert student for DES approved 10 hrs of Home/Online Tuition. Subjects include Maths, Biology, Business & Home Economics. Phone 087 952 4659

Beautiful, Outdoor Family Photography. By the lake or in the woods. Just in time for Christmas. €120 for full digital package,mRing Jim on 087 6799008Instagram jimschofieldphotography

GasHome – Boiler Servicing and Repairs – RGI Registered. Phone Stephen 087 9060 894

Career Guidance Service for students and parents with experienced qualified guidance counsellor, individual attention Phone Gary: 086 857 4262

Gardening- For Winter Tidying, Hedge clipping, Beds overhauled, Fruit Tree pruning, Painting etc Phone Mark 085-1337714

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

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

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

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

Blessington Airport Taxi – 087 255 7993 Standard Taxi €77 one way Large 7-Seater €87 one way Call Richard on 087 255 7993 Or email: richardmc.keever@yahoo.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

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

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

Painter & Decorator – Interior & Exterior – Phone: Damian 085 826 0431

COVID-19 Support Lines for Older People ALONE manage a national support line and additional supports for older people who have concerns or are facing difficulties relating to the outbreak of COVID-19. Professional staff are available to answer queries and give advice and reassurance where necessary. The support line is open seven days a week, 8am – 8pm, by calling 0818 222 024.

Blessington Parish Office Christmas Mass Cards, Christmas Cards & other gift items now on sale. Carol: 045 865 327 9am to 12.30pm Jean: 087 235 0835 9am to 5pm.  office@blessington.info

Issue 1334 November 29th 2020

Deacon Gerry has created an Online Advent Calendar for adults, older children & teenagers to interact with this Advent. Open a door in the calendar every day for short reflective prayer beginning on Sunday 29th November on the Parish Pastoral Website:  www.blessingtonparishes.com

FIRST SUNDAY OF ADVENT 29th November 2020 Advent is a reminder that our life on earth is a preparation for the life of eternity in heaven, and that we wait for the coming of Christ to take us home.

Mass Intentions this Week

Rachel Furey (RD) Kill Dolores Keogh (RD) Donaghmede

Saturday 6pm: Elanor Noonan (A) Daniel Murphy (A)

Sunday 10am: Rosemary Elliott (A) Sheila Walsh (1st A)

We also remember: Edith McInerny, Patrick & Josephine Farrington, Jim & Kathleen Hamilton, Christy Toomey, Molly White, Camillus Balfe, Liz McGinnity, Patsy Kavanagh, Kathleen & Rory Hayden

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

Tuesday: Get Well Mass, Get Well Mass

Wednesday: Frances Miller (RD) Anne Hayes (RD)

Thursday: Thanksgiving Mass, Deceased Intention Mass

Friday: 1st Friday of the Month, Masses offered for all whose names are on the November List of the Dead

All Masses & Services via Webcam www.blessingtonparish.ie

►Daily Mass at 9.30am, Monday to Friday please join us in prayer for the rosary at 9am

►Saturday 28th November 2020: Mass at 6pm

►Sunday 29th November 2020 Mass at 10am

Thursday 3rd December: Holy Hour / Benediction with Deacon Gerry at 7.30pm in Blessington Church

Friday 4th December – 1st Friday: Masses offered for all whose names are on the Altar List of the Dead. Padre Pio Mass will take place at 8pm, Church of Our Lady Blessington.

November List of the Dead Envelopes still available in Blessington, Manor Kilbride, & Valleymount Churches. They can be returned to Blessington Parish Office. Masses offered on the 1st Friday of every month.

Join with Fr. Richard & Fr. Joe, in evening prayer via Zoom Monday, Wednesday, & Friday at 7.30pm. Log on to http://www.blessingtonparishes.com and click on the Zoom button. If you have any difficulty logging in, please contact us at info@blessingtonparishes.com

Financial Support for the Parish – Blessington, Crosschapel, Manor Kilbride, Valleymount & Lacken. During this time, you can make donations to support all our Churches via the DONATE BUTTON on the parish website  www.blessingtonparish.ie All SHRINE MONEY remains in the parish Donations through the black PDF BOXES in Blessington Church also go towards the running of the parish. We are very grateful for your ongoing support. Support for our Diocese  through the 1st & 2nd collections may also be made via the DONATE BUTTON on our website. The 1st collection goes to towards the support of the parish. The 2nd collection goes to the Diocese. There are also envelopes available in all Churches for these donations.

Blessington Parish Office will remain closed to the public during the current restrictions. Please call or email if you wish to have someone prayed for at Mass. Blessington Parish Christmas Mass Bouquets, Christmas Cards and other gift items now on sale. Email: office@blessington.info Carol: 045 865 327 – 9am to 12.30pm Jean: 087 235 0835 – 9am to 5pm Call or email for Mass Bookings, Mass Cards, Baptisms, Weddings & General Enquiries. All items can be collected…………

SAINT VINCENT de PAUL BLESSINGTON  – URGENT APPEAL – Unfortunately, due to Covid-19 restrictions SVP Blessington could not carry out their regular annual fundraising activities to raise much needed funds to service the people & families in hardship in the local community of Blessington, Valleymount, Lacken, Ballyknockan, Manor Kilbride & the surrounding areas. SVP Blessington is appealing to the community to give what you can to help families in need during this critical time. Your donation will make all the difference. Donations can be made by dropping your donation in an envelope marked SVP Blessington to the Parish Office or by making a lodgement to Ulster Bank Blessington A/c: 15436018, S/c: 985340 All donations will be acknowledged where details are supplied. YOUR SUPPORT IS VERY MUCH APPRECIATED

Fr Kevin’s Homilies are always available on our website: https://blessingtonparish.ie/homilies-year-a/

CROSSCARE Annual collection. Times are difficult for everyone at the moment particularly the most vulnerable people in our community. As the need for people to access our services increase, we are finding it more difficult to keep our stock at a level that can cope with the demand. Donations of new toiletry products and in their original packaging may be dropped into: Community Food Bank, Fortunestown Rd, Tallaght, Church of St Thomas the Apostle on Wed 9th & Wed 16th Dec from 1pm to 2pm Please contact vcummins@crosscare.ie if you need to make an alternative drop off arrangement. If you wish to support the work of Crosscare at this difficult time for those most in need in our Diocese, please remember you can donate on line at www.dublindiocese.ie

Home sharing – Give a Little Time- Make A Big Difference. have you the time to offer breaks to an adult with an intellectual disability in your home for mid-week and weekend overnight BREAKS? You don’t need a qualification, just energy, commitment & the desire to support a person with a disability in your community. Information & support are PROVIDED, & you will be paid an allowance. If you are interested in hosting, please contact: Jennifer Alfa Ogbaje, Social Worker, KARE,  Mc Mahon Centre, Kilcullen, Co. Kildare. Email; Jennifer.alfaogbaje@kare.ie 045 480 200 or 087 720 6779

Virtual Book Launch on December 30th A book of daily reflections for Advent – “News Too Good to Keep” by Gerard Gallagher  to get your link to the event, email events@veritas.ie  Let’s try to offer new hope as we begin a new Church year. To get a copy of the book – use this link – https://www.veritasbooksonline.com/advent-news-too-good-to-keep-9781847309792-46126/ Or Call Veritas Books (01) 878 8177

St. Joseph’s National School Valleymount are now taking applications for Junior Infants starting September 2021. Phone the office at 045-867289 or email valleymountns@gmail.comm for enrolment forms. Closing date for applications – November 30th, 2020

Lacken Naíonra NOW ENROLLING. Emphasis is on the holistic development of pre-school children through outdoor activity. ECCE and NCS approved. Enquiries  to lackenschool@eircom.net or phone 045 865086

Lacken National School has places available in the Early Intervention Class. Enquiries to  lackenschool@eircom.net or phone 045 865086

Blessington Lights up for Christmas 2020 Your Community needs your help!! We are looking for each household to make a small donation to ensure we can light up our Christmas Tree and Streetlights this December. We need to raise €4,500. Nobody wants to drive down the Main Street in Darkness this December. We need plenty of Christmas cheer. Come on Blessington Community, dig deep!! Donation Buckets in McGreals, The Credit Union and Wonkas, alternatively, please donate via  www.gofundme.com/blessington-lights-up

Calling all Local Businesses, Artists & Crafters! Community Pool for West Wicklow are hosting an online Christmas Market and we would like you to be part of it! Every day from early November we will be posting a new video to our social media pages, like an extended Advent Calendar. Each video will showcase a different local business or artist and their products. We hope that our online Christmas Market will help to encourage people to shop local and support local businesses this Christmas. If you think this is something you would like to get involved in, then email us at poolforWestWicklow@gmail.com

Community Pool for West Wicklow have taken our Christmas Market online this year! Join us every day when we will showcase a new local business or artist and help you to shop local and support local businesses this Christmas! Videos can be viewed on our Facebook page @PoolforWestWicklow Instagram @westwicklowpool Twitter @poolforWestWic1 and on our brand new You Tube Channel https://tinyurl.com/CPWWYouTube Christmas will be a little different this year, but we can still spread a bit of magic & cheer!

SUPPORT OUR LOCAL SMALL BUSINESSES THIS CHRISTMAS: follow our New Instagram page BLESSINGTON BUSINESS WOMEN.  A page set up for women in business & also other local  businesses in Blessington & surrounding areas to network, connect & support one another. Find out more about all the amazing small businesses we have in our fantastic village from highly talented nail salons, beauty salons, hair salons, make-up artists, eyelash specialists & holistic therapists, our local cafe & health shop. Or introduce yourself to some of the top fitness specialists, nutritionists, dance & yoga studios, photographers & nutritionists. We even have our very own Doula! Take the hassle & stress out of Christmas Shopping this year and help to support our community by treating someone special to a Gift Voucher for some wonderful pampering or buying a gift from one of our many talented businesses.

Senior Line If you are an older person and would like someone to talk to, consider phoning Senior Line.  A National Confidential Service for Older People. Open every day from 10am -10pm.  We are older people too, trained to listen & support.  Freefone 1800 80 45 91

St Vincent de Paul local number 087 181 1579

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Flowers by Enda has moved…. just down the road beside SuperValu – OPENING Friday 4th December. 045 851 000 or 083 002 0088

BLESSINGTON LAKES GARDEN CENTRE – Christmas trees now in. We have trees from 3 foot to 14 foot all non-shed. We have a limited supply of 10 to 14 foot so order early. Also, small Christmas trees in pots to plant out after or keep for next year. Free delivery for OAPS OPEN EVERY DAY 9am to 5.30pm UNTIL THE 24th DEC 045 865 403 or 087 931 9111 check out Facebook for more.

MARTIN CRAUL & CO, STATUTORY AUDITORS, Accountants and Chartered Tax Advisors – NOW AT: Block One, Unit 1F, Blessington Business Park, W91 XT18 (near Fire Station). 045 891 505 or 045 891 507  087 279 1325 (Martin) mcraulco@gmail.com Delivery Box 1 in lobby, letterbox 2 Millbank still in use.

Wanted – Teaching Council Registered Teacher/s for Leaving Cert student for DES approved 10 hrs of Home/Online Tuition. Subjects include Maths, Biology, Business & Home Economics. Phone 087 952 4659

Beautiful, Outdoor Family Photography. By the lake or in the woods. Just in time for Christmas. €120 for full digital package,mRing Jim on 087 6799008Instagram jimschofieldphotography

Junior Office Administrator with experience is currently looking for work. Phone Orla 087 3190779

GasHome – Boiler Servicing and Repairs – RGI Registered. Phone Stephen 087 9060 894

Career Guidance Service for students and parents with experienced qualified guidance counsellor, individual attention Phone Gary: 086 857 4262

Gardening- For Winter Tidying, Hedge clipping, Beds overhauled, Fruit Tree pruning, Painting etc Phone Mark 085-1337714

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

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

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

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

Blessington Airport Taxi – 087 255 7993 Standard Taxi €77 one way Large 7-Seater €87 one way Call Richard on 087 255 7993 Or email: richardmc.keever@yahoo.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

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

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

Painter & Decorator – Interior & Exterior – Phone: Damian 085 826 0431

COVID-19 Support Lines for Older People ALONE manage a national support line and additional supports for older people who have concerns or are facing difficulties relating to the outbreak of COVID-19. Professional staff are available to answer queries and give advice and reassurance where necessary. The support line is open seven days a week, 8am – 8pm, by calling 0818 222 024.

Blessington Parish Office Christmas Mass Cards, Christmas Cards & other gift items now on sale. Carol: 045 865 327 9am to 12.30pm Jean: 087 235 0835 9am to 5pm.  office@blessington.info

Issue 1333 November 22nd 2020

OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST, KING OF THE UNIVERSE 22nd November 2020

Jesus’ kingship is the kingship of one who is dedicated to his Father. He lives and dies for the truth. In his death and resurrection he is enthroned in the glory of his Father. This is the kingship we celebrate: one who has passed through the worst of human life to a life and joy that is eternal.

Mass Intentions this Week – Mai Heneghan (Mayo), Pamela Shortland (Santry Hill) Margaret O’Toole

Saturday 6pm: Michelle Pender (1st ) Elizabeth Coogan (1st A) Helen Dardis & deceased members of Dardis Family

Sunday 10am: Elizabeth Dunne (1st A) Shay Duffy (1st A) Mary & Matthew Lennon, Michael & Ann Mary Norton (Rem) Larry Lennon (Birthday Remembrance) Deceased Members of Norton Family

We also remember: Bridie Coughlan (A) Liz McGinnity (A) Myles & Hannah Wilson

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

Tuesday: Bridie Coughlan (A) Betty Collins (RD)

Wednesday: Sharon O’Brien (Birthday Remembrance) Liz McGinnity (A) Get Well Intentions Mass

Thursday: Maureen Cooney (RD) Owen McGovern (RD)

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

All Masses & Services via Webcam www.blessingtonparish.ie

►Daily Mass at 9.30am, Monday to Friday please join us in prayer for the rosary at 9am

►Saturday 21st November 2020: Mass at 6.00pm

►Sunday 22nd November 2020 Mass at 10am

The family of the late Michelle Pender of Lake View, wish to acknowledge the huge expression of sympathy & kindness shown to the family. on our very sad loss of Michelle. We are truly grateful to our extended family, neighbours & friends for their continued emotional support, which has given the family great strength & comfort during our time of grief. For the cards, Mass intentions & charitable donations, please accept our heartfelt thanks. A special thank you to the staff of Naas Hospital, Fr. Behan, Tony & Regina Clarke for their sensitive handling of Michelle’s funeral arrangements. Mass will be offered for your Intentions. Ar Dheis De go raibh a anam, Eileen and Tommie & Family.

On this, the first Anniversary of Elizabeth Coogan, John Coogan & family would like to thank all the Doctors & Nurses in Naas hospital for taking such great care of her during her final illness, we would like to thank the Byrne & Coogan families for all the support they gave & continue to give since her passing.  Thank you to all who came to her wake & funeral to sympathise with us, it meant a great deal to us to see so many neighbours, family & friends, to those who gave Mass cards, flowers etc It was greatly appreciated. We would especially like to thank Tony & Regina Clarke for the dignity & respect they showed Elizabeth & our family, also thank you to Fr Richard for a lovely funeral mass. Thanks to Enda Carmody for the beautiful flower arrangement & also to Lorraine Willoughby for her wonderful singing. A mass will be offered up for you all. John Coogan & family.

November List of the Dead – Envelopes available in Blessington, Manor Kilbride, & Valleymount Churches. They can be returned to Blessington Parish Office. Masses offered on the 1st Friday of every month throughout the year.

November Remembrance Mass – The candles we lit for our Parishioners who died in the past year during our November Mass are available for collection from the back of the Church. Perhaps a neighbour or friend could collect one and drop it off.

Join with Fr. Richard & Fr. Joe, in evening prayer via Zoom Monday, Wednesday, & Friday at 7.30pm. Log on to http://www.blessingtonparishes.com and click on the Zoom button. If you have any difficulty logging in, please contact us at info@blessingtonparishes.com

Financial Support for the Parish – Blessington, Crosschapel, Manor Kilbride, Valleymount & Lacken. During this time, you can make donations to support all our Churches via the DONATE BUTTON on the parish website  www.blessingtonparish.ie All SHRINE MONEY remains in the parish Donations through the black PDF BOXES in Blessington Church also go towards the running of the parish. We are very grateful for your ongoing support. Support for our Diocese  through the 1st & 2nd collections may also be made via the DONATE BUTTON on our website. The 1st collection goes to towards the support of the parish. The 2nd collection goes to the Diocese. There are also envelopes available in all Churches for these donations.

Blessington Parish Office will remain closed to the public during the current restrictions. Please call or email if you wish to have someone prayed for at Mass. Blessington Parish Christmas Mass Bouquets, Christmas Cards and other gift items now on sale. Email: office@blessington.info Carol: 045 865 327 – 9am to 12.30pm Jean: 087 235 0835 – 9am to 5pm Call or email for Mass Bookings, Mass Cards, Baptisms, Weddings & General Enquiries. All items can be collected…………

SAINT VINCENT de PAUL BLESSINGTON  – URGENT APPEAL – Unfortunately, due to Covid-19 restrictions SVP Blessington could not carry out their regular annual fundraising activities to raise much needed funds to service the people & families in hardship in the local community of Blessington, Valleymount, Lacken, Ballyknockan, Manor Kilbride & the surrounding areas. SVP Blessington is appealing to the community to give what you can to help families in need during this critical time. Your donation will make all the difference. Donations can be made by dropping your donation in an envelope marked SVP Blessington to the Parish Office or by making a lodgement to Ulster Bank Blessington A/c: 15436018, S/c: 985340 All donations will be acknowledged where details are supplied. YOUR SUPPORT IS VERY MUCH APPRECIATED

Collection for the Capuchin Day Centre for the Homeless. Saturday 21st November – Lakeshore Striders A.C Annual Charity Collection for the Capuchin Day Centre for the Homeless will take place on Saturday 21st November  at the back entrance to SuperValu, Blessington from 12pm to 3pm (NOTE new collection point) Items requested by the centre include toiletries (shampoo, shower gel, deodorant, razors, toothpaste, tooth brushes, etc), nappies, baby food & formula, hats, socks, gloves, scarves as well as canned foods such as beans, peas, fruit etc. Please note the centre does not require sleeping bags this year. Cash donations also accepted on the day.  For further information please email lakeshorestriders@gmail.com or call Edel on 087 961 8337

Fr Kevin’s Homilies are always available on our website: https://blessingtonparish.ie/homilies-year-a/

2021 SCHOOL ENROLMENTS

St Marys Junior N.S. Parents with children for junior infants starting in September 2021 please submit an application form by 20th November 2020. Forms are available for downloading by clicking on the Parent Info tab on our website:  www.stmarysjns.weebly.com Pre-printed copies of the form can be picked up from school reception. Completed forms may be emailed to the school office: bsec@live.ie or posted to St Marys JNS, Main Street, Blessington W91YN0P.  If you have any questions or require an application form by post, please phone the school office 045 865 501.Go raibh míle maith agat.

St. Joseph’s National School Valleymount are now taking applications for Junior Infants starting September 2021. Phone the office at 045-867289 or email valleymountns@gmail.comm for enrolment forms. Closing date for applications – November 30th, 2020

Lacken Naíonra NOW ENROLLING. Emphasis is on the holistic development of pre-school children through outdoor activity. ECCE and NCS approved. Enquiries  to lackenschool@eircom.net or phone 045 865086

Lacken National School has places available in the Early Intervention Class. Enquiries to  lackenschool@eircom.net or phone 045 865086

Blessington Lights up for Christmas 2020 Your Community needs your help!! We are looking for each household to make a small donation to ensure we can light up our Christmas Tree and Streetlights this December. We need to raise €4,500. Nobody wants to drive down the Main Street in Darkness this December. We need plenty of Christmas cheer. Come on Blessington Community, dig deep!! Donation Buckets in McGreals, The Credit Union and Wonkas, alternatively, please donate via  www.gofundme.com/blessington-lights-up

Calling all Local Businesses, Artists & Crafters! Community Pool for West Wicklow are hosting an online Christmas Market and we would like you to be part of it! Every day from early November we will be posting a new video to our social media pages, like an extended Advent Calendar. Each video will showcase a different local business or artist and their products. We hope that our online Christmas Market will help to encourage people to shop local and support local businesses this Christmas. If you think this is something you would like to get involved in, then email us at poolforWestWicklow@gmail.com

Community Pool for West Wicklow have taken our Christmas Market online this year! Join us every day when we will showcase a new local business or artist and help you to shop local and support local businesses this Christmas! Videos can be viewed on our Facebook page @PoolforWestWicklow Instagram @westwicklowpool Twitter @poolforWestWic1 and on our brand new You Tube Channel https://tinyurl.com/CPWWYouTube Christmas will be a little different this year, but we can still spread a bit of magic & cheer!

SUPPORT OUR LOCAL SMALL BUSINESSES THIS CHRISTMAS: follow our New Instagram page BLESSINGTON BUSINESS WOMEN.  A page set up for women in business & also other local  businesses in Blessington & surrounding areas to network, connect & support one another. Find out more about all the amazing small businesses we have in our fantastic village from highly talented nail salons, beauty salons, hair salons, make-up artists, eyelash specialists & holistic therapists, our local cafe & health shop. Or introduce yourself to some of the top fitness specialists, nutritionists, dance & yoga studios, photographers & nutritionists. We even have our very own Doula! Take the hassle & stress out of Christmas Shopping this year and help to support our community by treating someone special to a Gift Voucher for some wonderful pampering or buying a gift from one of our many talented businesses.

Senior Line If you are an older person and would like someone to talk to, consider phoning Senior Line.  A National Confidential Service for Older People. Open every day from 10am -10pm.  We are older people too, trained to listen & support.  Freefone 1800 80 45 91

St Vincent de Paul local number 087 181 1579

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Wanted – Teaching Council Registered Teacher/s for Leaving Cert student for DES approved 10 hrs of Home/Online Tuition. Subjects include Maths, Biology, Business & Home Economics. Phone 087 952 4659

Beautiful, Outdoor Family Photography. By the lake or in the woods. Just in time for Christmas. €120 for full digital package,mRing Jim on 087 6799008Instagram jimschofieldphotography

Martin Craul & Co, Statutory Auditors, Accountants & Chartered Tax Advisors, Now at: Block One, Unit 1F, Blessington Business Park, W91 XT18 (near Fire Station). 045 891 505 or 045 891 507 (unchanged) 087 279 1325 (Martin) mcraulco@gmail.comm (Post Box 1) Any data to 2 Millbank still in order.

Junior Office Administrator with experience is currently looking for work. Phone Orla 087 3190779

GasHome – Boiler Servicing and Repairs – RGI Registered. Phone Stephen 087 9060 894

Career Guidance Service for students and parents with experienced qualified guidance counsellor, individual attention Phone Gary: 086 857 4262

Gardening- For Winter Tidying, Hedge clipping, Beds overhauled, Fruit Tree pruning, Painting etc Phone Mark 085-1337714

McGreal’s Hearing Centre – Our Clinical Audiologist & Rehabilitation Specialist, Justine Rae, is based at our Main Street Pharmacy in Blessington. To book a hearing test phone 1890 92 92 59 or visit mcgreals.ie

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

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

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

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

Castle Canine Cuts – Dog Grooming Service. Clipping, Trimming, Shampooing for all Breeds. Nail and ear care included. Appointments Monday-Saturday. Contact Gillian on 087 764 1911 castlecanincuts@gmail.com or find us on Facebook.

Talbot Chimneys Ltd – Family Run Business Since 1978, Insurance Claims Handled, Chimney Repairs / Reline / Rebuild, CCTv Surveys, Chimney Cleaning, Descaling of Soot & Tar Build Up, Fully Insured, No Call-Out Charge for OAPs on Mention of this Ad. Freephone 1800 406 700, Office 045 850 957  www.talbotchimneys.ie

Blessington Airport Taxi – 087 255 7993 Standard Taxi €77 one way Large 7-Seater €87 one way Call Richard on 087 255 7993 Or email: richardmc.keever@yahoo.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

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

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

Painter & Decorator – Interior & Exterior – Phone: Damian 085 826 0431

COVID-19 Support Lines for Older People ALONE manage a national support line and additional supports for older people who have concerns or are facing difficulties relating to the outbreak of COVID-19. Professional staff are available to answer queries and give advice and reassurance where necessary. The support line is open seven days a week, 8am – 8pm, by calling 0818 222 024.

Blessington Parish Office Christmas Mass Cards, Christmas Cards & other gift items now on sale. Carol: 045 865 327 9am to 12.30pm Jean: 087 235 0835 9am to 5pm.  office@blessington.info

 

Issue 1332 November 15th 2020

Mass Intentions this Week – Anthony Dunphy (RD) Celbridge, Michael O’Connell (RD), Wendy Boothman (RD), Carolan Long (Corcoran) (RD)

Saturday 6pm: Louise Fleming (A) Mary Harney (1st A) Rita Jameson (A) Winnie Hayes (A)

Sunday 10am: William (Lee) Cummins (Mths Mind) Olive Keenan (Mths Mind) Raymond McGreal (A) Michael Ryan (A) Bunny McDonald Hyland (1st A)

We also remember: Nora Shirran, Betty, Jim & Michael McDonnell, Alicia, Hugh & Billy Hamilton (Valleymount), Billy Sargent, Kathleen & Rory Hayden, Bobby Burns

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

Tuesday: Intentions Mass, Birthday Mass

Wednesday: Michelle Pender (1st A), Rita Jameson (A)

Thursday: Lena O’Neill (A) Wendy Boothman (RD)

Friday: Brendan & Mary Carron (RD) Get Well Mass

All Masses & Services via Webcam www.blessingtonparish.ie

►Daily Mass at 9.30am, Monday to Friday please join us in prayer for the rosary at 9am

►Saturday 14th November 2020: Mass at 6.00pm

►Sunday 15th November 2020 Mass at 10am

November List of the Dead – Envelopes available in Blessington, Manor Kilbride, & Valleymount Churches. They can be returned to Blessington Parish Office. Masses offered on the 1st Friday of every month throughout the year.

November Remembrance Mass – The candles we lit for our Parishioners who died in the past year during our November Mass are available for collection from the back of the Church. Perhaps a neighbour or friend could collect one and drop it off.

Join with Fr. Richard & Fr. Joe, in evening prayer via Zoom Monday, Wednesday, & Friday at 7.30pm. Log on to http://www.blessingtonparishes.com and click on the Zoom button. If you have any difficulty logging in, please contact us at info@blessingtonparishes.com

Financial Support for the Parish – Blessington, Crosschapel, Manor Kilbride, Valleymount & Lacken. During this time, you can make donations to support all our Churches via the DONATE BUTTON on the parish website  www.blessingtonparish.ie All SHRINE MONEY remains in the parish Donations through the black PDF BOXES in Blessington Church also go towards the running of the parish. We are very grateful for your ongoing support. Support for our Diocese  through the 1st & 2nd collections may also be made via the DONATE BUTTON on our website. The 1st collection goes to towards the support of the parish. The 2nd collection goes to the Diocese. There are also envelopes available in all Churches for these donations.

Blessington Parish Office will remain closed to the public during the current restrictions. Please call or email if you wish to have someone prayed for at Mass. Blessington Parish Christmas Mass Bouquets, Christmas Cards and other gift items now on sale. Email: office@blessington.info Carol: 045 865 327 – 9am to 12.30pm Jean: 087 235 0835 – 9am to 5pm Call or email for Mass Bookings, Mass Cards, Baptisms, Weddings & General Enquiries. All items can be collected…………

Collection for the Capuchin Day Centre for the Homeless. Saturday 21st November – Lakeshore Striders A.C Annual Charity Collection for the Capuchin Day Centre for the Homeless will take place on Saturday 21st November  at the back entrance to SuperValu, Blessington from 12pm to 3pm (NOTE new collection point) Items requested by the centre include toiletries (shampoo, shower gel, deodorant, razors, toothpaste, tooth brushes, etc), nappies, baby food & formula, hats, socks, gloves, scarves as well as canned foods such as beans, peas, fruit etc. Please note the centre does not require sleeping bags this year. Cash donations also accepted on the day.  For further information please email lakeshorestriders@gmail.com or call Edel on 087 961 8337

Senior Line If you are an older person and would like someone to talk to, consider phoning Senior Line.  A National Confidential Service for Older People. Open every day from 10am -10pm.  We are older people too, trained to listen & support.  Freefone 1800 80 45 91

Many Thanks to all Volunteers who cleaned Our Lady’s Grotto, planted spring bulbs & planter boxes in the grounds of Valleymount Church

Fr Kevin’s Homilies are always available on our website: https://blessingtonparish.ie/homilies-year-a/

2021 SCHOOL ENROLMENTS

St Marys Junior N.S. Parents with children for junior infants starting in September 2021 please submit an application form by 20th November 2020. Forms are available for downloading by clicking on the Parent Info tab on our website:  www.stmarysjns.weebly.com Pre-printed copies of the form can be picked up from school reception. Completed forms may be emailed to the school office: bsec@live.ie or posted to St Marys JNS, Main Street, Blessington W91YN0P.  If you have any questions or require an application form by post, please phone the school office 045 865 501.Go raibh míle maith agat.

St. Joseph’s National School Valleymount are now taking applications for Junior Infants starting September 2021. Phone the office at 045-867289 or email valleymountns@gmail.comm for enrolment forms. Closing date for applications – November 30th, 2020

Lacken Naíonra NOW ENROLLING. Emphasis is on the holistic development of pre-school children through outdoor activity. ECCE and NCS approved. Enquiries  to lackenschool@eircom.net or phone 045 865086

Lacken National School has places available in the Early Intervention Class. Enquiries to  lackenschool@eircom.net or phone 045 865086

Blessington Lights up for Christmas 2020 Your Community needs your help!! We are looking for each household to make a small donation to ensure we can light up our Christmas Tree and Streetlights this December. We need to raise €4,500. Nobody wants to drive down the Main Street in Darkness this December. We need plenty of Christmas cheer. Come on Blessington Community, dig deep!! Donation Buckets in McGreals, The Credit Union and Wonkas, alternatively, please donate via  www.gofundme.com/blessington-lights-up

Calling all Local Businesses, Artists & Crafters! Community Pool for West Wicklow are hosting an online Christmas Market and we would like you to be part of it! Every day from early November we will be posting a new video to our social media pages, like an extended Advent Calendar. Each video will showcase a different local business or artist and their products. We hope that our online Christmas Market will help to encourage people to shop local and support local businesses this Christmas. If you think this is something you would like to get involved in, then email us at poolforWestWicklow@gmail.com

Community Pool for West Wicklow have taken our Christmas Market online this year! Join us every day when we will showcase a new local business or artist and help you to shop local and support local businesses this Christmas! Videos can be viewed on our Facebook page @PoolforWestWicklow Instagram @westwicklowpool Twitter @poolforWestWic1 and on our brand new You Tube Channel https://tinyurl.com/CPWWYouTube Christmas will be a little different this year, but we can still spread a bit of magic & cheer!

SUPPORT OUR LOCAL SMALL BUSINESSES THIS CHRISTMAS: follow our New Instagram page BLESSINGTON BUSINESS WOMEN.  A page set up for women in business & also other local  businesses in Blessington & surrounding areas to network, connect & support one another. Find out more about all the amazing small businesses we have in our fantastic village from highly talented nail salons, beauty salons, hair salons, make-up artists, eyelash specialists & holistic therapists, our local cafe & health shop. Or introduce yourself to some of the top fitness specialists, nutritionists, dance & yoga studios, photographers & nutritionists. We even have our very own Doula! Take the hassle & stress out of Christmas Shopping this year and help to support our community by treating someone special to a Gift Voucher for some wonderful pampering or buying a gift from one of our many talented businesses.

St Vincent de Paul local number 087 181 1579

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Beautiful, Outdoor Family Photography. By the lake or in the woods. Just in time for Christmas. €120 for full digital package,mRing Jim on 087 6799008Instagram jimschofieldphotography

Martin Craul & Co, Statutory Auditors, Accountants & Chartered Tax Advisors, Now at: Block One, Unit 1F, Blessington Business Park, W91 XT18 (near Fire Station). 045 891 505 or 045 891 507 (unchanged) 087 279 1325 (Martin) mcraulco@gmail.comm (Post Box 1) Any data to 2 Millbank still in order.

Junior Office Administrator with experience is currently looking for work. Phone Orla 087 3190779

GasHome – Boiler Servicing and Repairs – RGI Registered. Phone Stephen 087 9060 894

Career Guidance Service for students and parents with experienced qualified guidance counsellor, individual attention Phone Gary: 086 857 4262

Gardening- For Winter Tidying, Hedge clipping, Beds overhauled, Fruit Tree pruning, Painting etc Phone Mark 085-1337714

McGreal’s Hearing Centre – Our Clinical Audiologist & Rehabilitation Specialist, Justine Rae, is based at our Main Street Pharmacy in Blessington. To book a hearing test phone 1890 92 92 59 or visit mcgreals.ie

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

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

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

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

Castle Canine Cuts – Dog Grooming Service. Clipping, Trimming, Shampooing for all Breeds. Nail and ear care included. Appointments Monday-Saturday. Contact Gillian on 087 764 1911 castlecanincuts@gmail.com or find us on Facebook.

Talbot Chimneys Ltd – Family Run Business Since 1978, Insurance Claims Handled, Chimney Repairs / Reline / Rebuild, CCTv Surveys, Chimney Cleaning, Descaling of Soot & Tar Build Up, Fully Insured, No Call-Out Charge for OAPs on Mention of this Ad. Freephone 1800 406 700, Office 045 850 957  www.talbotchimneys.ie

Blessington Airport Taxi – 087 255 7993 Standard Taxi €77 one way Large 7-Seater €87 one way Call Richard on 087 255 7993 Or email: richardmc.keever@yahoo.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

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

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

Painter & Decorator – Interior & Exterior – Phone: Damian 085 826 0431

COVID-19 Support Lines for Older People ALONE manage a national support line and additional supports for older people who have concerns or are facing difficulties relating to the outbreak of COVID-19. Professional staff are available to answer queries and give advice and reassurance where necessary. The support line is open seven days a week, 8am – 8pm, by calling 0818 222 024.

Blessington Parish Office Christmas Mass Cards, Christmas Cards & other gift items now on sale. Carol: 045 865 327 9am to 12.30pm Jean: 087 235 0835 9am to 5pm.  office@blessington.info

Issue 1331 November 8th 2020

Mass Intentions this Week

Andrew Early (RD) Aranmore Island, Donegal

Saturday 6pm: Frankie Keogh (1st A) Kathleen Corry, Jim Corry, Seamus Corry (A) Amby Miley (A) Thomas O’Hagan (A)

Sunday 10am: Richard, Charlie & Katie Reid (A) Julia McEvoy (A) Baby Aisling Byrne (A)

We also remember: Paul Garry, Christy Mooney, Mary Reid, Michael Byrne, Brigid O’Hara

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

Tuesday: Gerry Bartley (RD) Get Well

Wednesday: Patrick Eustace (A) Get Well

Thursday: Rose McInerney (RD) Birthday Mass

Friday: Maureen Long (RD) Get Well

November List of the Dead. Envelopes available in Blessington, Manor Kilbride, & Valleymount Churches. They can be returned to Blessington Parish Office. Masses offered on the 1st Friday of every month throughout the year.

All Masses & Services via Webcam www.blessingtonparish.ie

►Daily Mass at 9.30am, Monday to Friday please join us in prayer for the rosary at 9am

►Saturday 7th November 2020: Mass at 6.00pm

►Sunday 8th November 2020 Mass at 10am

The Stynes Family would like to thank everyone for their support following the passing of Kieran Stynes on 13th May, he was fondly known as ‘The Veggie Man’ in Blessington and surrounding areas.   We felt the love of a community who came out to support us and pay their respects as we took Kieran on his final journey from Kilteel, through Eadestown, Blessington, Oldcourt and Manor Kilbride. The gathering outside our first home in Westpark was overwhelming.  Special Thanks to Kieran’s good friend Fr. Paraic McDermott for all his help and prayers during a difficult and challenging time.  Thank you from the bottom of our hearts. Maria & Family

Financial Support for the Parish Blessington, Crosschapel, Manor Kilbride. Valleymount & Lacken – During this time, you can make donations to support all our Churches via the DONATE BUTTON on the parish website www.blessingtonparish.ie All SHRINE MONEY remains in the parish. Donations through the black PDF BOXES in Blessington Church also go towards the running of the parish. We are very grateful for your ongoing support. Support for our Diocese  through the 1st & 2nd collections may also be made via the DONATE BUTTON on our website. The 1st collection goes to towards the support of the parish. The 2nd collection goes to the Diocese. There are also envelopes available in all Churches for these donations.

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

Join with Fr. Richard & Fr. Joe, in evening prayer via Zoom Monday, Wednesday, & Friday at 7.30pm. Log on to http://www.blessingtonparishes.com and click on the Zoom button. If you have any difficulty logging in, please contact us at info@blessingtonparishes.com

Christmas Mass Cards, Christmas Cards & other gift items now on sale. See photos on Facebook  https://www.facebook.com/blessington.info Carol: 045 865 327 from 9am to 12.30pm. Jean: 087 235 0835 from 9am to 5pm  office@blessington.info

Fr Kevin’s Homilies are always available on our website: https://blessingtonparish.ie/homilies-year-a/

Valleymount and Lacken Parish Members Draw Results for October: Maureen Phibbs, Aiden Miley, Seamus Doyle, Mary Fitzpatrick, Anne Broe

Lakeshore Striders 3,000 mile Lockdown Challenge. Members of Blessington’s Lakeshore Striders Running Club wanted some extra motivation to stay active and stay connected during this second Lockdown. Members (from seasoned marathon runners to new couch to 5k graduates) pledged their own  distance (100 miles or 100km) that they will run in the cold inclement November weather over the 6 weeks level 5 restrictions. They are sharing their donations between Barretstown  https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/lakeshorelockdownchallenge and Blessington Lights (https://www.gofundme.com/f/blessington-lights-up 2 worthy local causes. So if you see them out and about running in splendid isolation, cheers them on and donate to either of these charities. Go Striders!

Lacken Naíonra NOW ENROLLING. Emphasis is on the holistic development of pre-school children through outdoor activity. ECCE and NCS approved. Enquiries  to lackenschool@eircom.net or phone 045 865086

Lacken National School has places available in the Early Intervention Class. Enquiries to lackenschool@eircom.net or phone 045 865086

Blessington Lights up for Christmas 2020 Your Community needs your help!! We are looking for each household to make a small donation to ensure we can light up our Christmas Tree and Streetlights this December. We need to raise €4,500. Nobody wants to drive down the Main Street in Darkness this December. We need plenty of Christmas cheer. Come on Blessington Community, dig deep!! Donation Buckets in McGreals, The Credit Union and Wonkas, alternatively, please donate via  www.gofundme.com/blessington-lights-up

St Marys Junior N.S. 2021 Enrolment – Parents with children for junior infants starting in September 2021 please submit an application form by 20th November 2020. Forms are available for downloading by clicking on the Parent Info tab on our website:  www.stmarysjns.weebly.com Pre-printed copies of the form can be picked up from school reception. Completed forms may be emailed to the school office: bsec@live.ie or posted to St Marys JNS, Main Street, Blessington W91YN0P. If you have any questions or require an application form by post, please phone the school office 045 865 501. Go raibh míle maith agat.

Blessington Parish Office will remain closed to the public during the current restrictions. Please call or email if you wish to have someone prayed for at Mass. Blessington Parish Christmas Mass Bouquets, Christmas Cards and other gift items now on sale. Email: office@blessington.info Carol: 045 865 327 – 9am to 12.30pm. Jean: 087 235 0835 – 9am to 5pm Call or email for Mass Bookings, Mass Cards, Baptisms, Weddings & General Enquiries. All items can be collected…………

Community Pool for West Wicklow is looking for the most Spooktacular Halloween House in West Wicklow! Email pictures of your decorated house poolforWestWicklow@gmail.com  & we will share them on our social media pages. Don’t forget to colour in our Halloween logo and pop it in your window too! You can pick up a copy of our Halloween logo from Blessington Tourist Office or print it out from our Facebook page! Prizes for the most Spooktacular Halloween Houses!

Calling all Local Businesses, Artists & Crafters! Community Pool for West Wicklow are hosting an online Christmas Market and we would like you to be part of it! Every day from early November we will be posting a new video to our social media pages, like an extended Advent Calendar. Each video will showcase a different local business or artist and their products. We hope that our online Christmas Market will help to encourage people to shop local and support local businesses this Christmas. If you think this is something you would like to get involved in, then email us at poolforWestWicklow@gmail.com

St. Marys’ Schools & Blessington Parish Lotto Jackpot next week €3175, sign up for €2 per week on parish website  http://www.blessingtonparish.ie

ALONE – COVID-19 Support Line for Older People 7 days a week, 8am – 8pm, call: 0818 222 024.

Blessington Mini-Rugby outdoors for 4 and 5 year olds. Boys & girls welcome. K.O. 11:15am every Saturday at St Kevin’s Hall

Blessington Mini-Rugby on Tuesdays U7, U8 and U9 boys & girls from 6pm to 7pm U10 to U13 7pm to 8pm on GAA Astro

Rugby at Russborough for all ages from 10am to 12 noon each Saturday

St Vincent de Paul local number 087 181 1579

 

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Junior Office Administrator with experience is currently looking for work. Phone Orla 087 3190779

GasHome – Boiler Servicing and Repairs – RGI Registered. Phone Stephen 087 9060 894

Childminder Wanted for 1 year old, Ballymore/Blessington & Surrounding Areas, in Minders home, 4 Days per week, call 087 621 5318

CE Scheme Vacancy – Caretaker, Blessington GAA CES 2162183 Closing 19th November

PLEASE Note you must be in receipt of Job Seekers Allowance.  Excellent opportunity to get into or back into the workforce working 19.5 hrs a week whilst contributing to your local Community. Community employment rates apply.  Full training provided and support through personal progression plan. For full job description or any further information, please contact the Community Employment office, Martin Cahill on 045 891348 or Call into us (across from Dunnes Stores)

Martin Craul & Co, Statutory Auditors, Accountants and Chartered Tax Advisors, have moved office to: Block One, Unit 1F, Blessington Business Park, County Wicklow. W91 XT18 (near the Fire Station) Telephone Numbers Unchanged. 045 891 505 or 045 891 507 – 087 279 1325 (Martin) Email mcraulco@gmail.com. Correspondence/data to 2 Millbank as before will be acceptable

Career Guidance Service for students and parents with experienced qualified guidance counsellor, individual attention Phone Gary: 086 857 4262

Gardening- For Winter Tidying, Hedge clipping, Beds overhauled, Fruit Tree pruning, Painting etc Phone Mark 085-1337714

McGreal’s Hearing Centre – Our Clinical Audiologist & Rehabilitation Specialist, Justine Rae, is based at our Main Street Pharmacy in Blessington. To book a hearing test phone 1890 92 92 59 or visit mcgreals.ie

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

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

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

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

Castle Canine Cuts – Dog Grooming Service. Clipping, Trimming, Shampooing for all Breeds. Nail and ear care included. Appointments Monday-Saturday. Contact Gillian on 087 764 1911 castlecanincuts@gmail.com or find us on Facebook.

Talbot Chimneys Ltd – Family Run Business Since 1978, Insurance Claims Handled, Chimney Repairs / Reline / Rebuild, CCTv Surveys, Chimney Cleaning, Descaling of Soot & Tar Build Up, Fully Insured, No Call-Out Charge for OAPs on Mention of this Ad. Freephone 1800 406 700, Office 045 850 957  www.talbotchimneys.ie

Blessington Airport Taxi – 087 255 7993 Standard Taxi €77 one way Large 7-Seater €87 one way Call Richard on 087 255 7993 Or email: richardmc.keever@yahoo.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

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

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

Painter & Decorator – Interior & Exterior – Phone: Damian 085 826 0431

 

Issue 1330 November 1st 2020

Monday 2nd November All Soul’s Day – There is a Mass of Remembrance at 7.30pm During this Mass we will remember all our loved ones who have died. Due to Covid-19 restrictions we cannot have this Mass in person this year but we feel it is important to continue the tradition of November remembrance in our parish. We invite you to join with us for Mass via webcam www.blessingtonparish.ie Perhaps you could light a candle at home at the start of the Mass. Invite family members or friends who can’t be with you at this time to connect to the Mass as we all join together, apart, to remember our loved ones.

All Masses & Services via Webcam www.blessingtonparish.ie

►Daily Mass at 9.30am, Monday to Friday please join us in prayer

►Saturday 31st October 2020: Mass at 6.00pm

►Sunday 1st November 2020, All Saint’s Day Sunday Mass at 10am

►1st Friday- 6th November: Masses offered for all whose names are on the Altar List of the Dead. Padre Pio Mass will take place at 8pm, Church of Our Lady Blessington.

Thursday 5th November: Holy Hour / Benediction with Deacon Gerry at 7.30pm, Church of Our Lady, Blessington

Mass Intentions this Week

Kathleen Twyford (RD) Grangecon Fr. Jimmy Doyle (RD) Naas, Staplestown/Cooleragh

Saturday 6pm: James & Tommy Swift (A) Odey Keogh (A)

Sunday 10am: Matthew Ryan (A) Michael & James Ryan (A)

We also remember: Julie Carron, Sally Egan, Maureen Donoghue, Teresa Slattery, Catherine Lewis, Noel Keogh

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

Tuesday: Mary Nixon, Joseph Nixon, Phyllis Nixon (Rem) Josie Clarke, Paddy Minton, George (Rem)

Wednesday: Jimmy & Patty Hughes (A) Kevin Moore (1st A)

Thursday: Seamus Lavelle (RD) Paddy Fitzpatrick (RD)

Friday: 1st Friday … Mass offered for all those on the November List of the Dead

November List of the Dead – Envelopes available in the Church. Masses offered on the 1st Friday of every month throughout the year.

Join with Fr. Richard and Fr. Joe, in evening prayer via Zoom Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at 7.30pm. Log on to http://www.blessingtonparishes.com and click on the Zoom button. If you have any difficulty logging in, please contact us at  info@blessingtonparishes.com

Christmas Mass Cards, Christmas Cards & other gift items now on sale. See photos on Facebook  https://www.facebook.com/blessington.info Carol: 045 865 327 from 9am to 12.30pm. Jean: 087 235 0835 from 9am to 5pm  office@blessington.info

Fr Kevin’s Homilies are always available on our website: https://blessingtonparish.ie/homilies-year-a/

Lakeshore Striders 3,000 mile Lockdown Challenge. Members of Blessington’s Lakeshore Striders Running Club wanted some extra motivation to stay active and stay connected during this second Lockdown. Members (from seasoned marathon runners to new couch to 5k graduates) pledged their own  distance (100 miles or 100km) that they will run in the cold inclement November weather over the 6 weeks level 5 restrictions. They are sharing their donations between Barretstown  https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/lakeshorelockdownchallenge and Blessington Lights (https://www.gofundme.com/f/blessington-lights-up 2 worthy local causes. So if you see them out and about running in splendid isolation, cheers them on and donate to either of these charities. Go Striders!

Lacken Naíonra NOW ENROLLING. Emphasis is on the holistic development of pre-school children through outdoor activity. ECCE and NCS approved. Enquiries  to lackenschool@eircom.net or phone 045 865086

Lacken National School has places available in the Early Intervention Class. Enquiries to lackenschool@eircom.net or phone 045 865086

Blessington Lights up for Christmas 2020 Your Community needs your help!! We are looking for each household to make a small donation to ensure we can light up our Christmas Tree and Streetlights this December. We need to raise €4,500. Nobody wants to drive down the Main Street in Darkness this December. We need plenty of Christmas cheer. Come on Blessington Community, dig deep!! Donation Buckets in McGreals, The Credit Union and Wonkas, alternatively, please donate via  www.gofundme.com/blessington-lights-up

Church Collections donations can be made to the 1st & 2nd collections via the DONATE BUTTON on the parish website The 1st collection goes to towards the support of the parish The 2nd collection goes to the Diocese. There are also envelopes available in the Church for these donations. All the SHRINE MONEY & donations in the black PDF BOXES on the wall of the church remain in the parish During this time, you can also make donations via the DONATE BUTTON on the parish website Thank you for your ongoing support.

Blessington Parish Office will remain closed to the public during the current restrictions. Please call or email if you wish to have someone prayed for at Mass. Blessington Parish Christmas Mass Bouquets, Christmas Cards and other gift items now on sale. Email: office@blessington.info Carol: 045 865 327 – 9am to 12.30pm. Jean: 087 235 0835 – 9am to 5pm Call or email for Mass Bookings, Mass Cards, Baptisms, Weddings & General Enquiries. All items can be collected…………

Community Pool for West Wicklow is looking for the most Spooktacular Halloween House in West Wicklow! Email pictures of your decorated house poolforWestWicklow@gmail.com  & we will share them on our social media pages. Don’t forget to colour in our Halloween logo and pop it in your window too! You can pick up a copy of our Halloween logo from Blessington Tourist Office or print it out from our Facebook page! Prizes for the most Spooktacular Halloween Houses!

St. Marys’ Schools & Blessington Parish Lotto Jackpot next week €3125, sign up for €2 per week on parish website  http://www.blessingtonparish.ie

ALONE – COVID-19 Support Line for Older People 7 days a week, 8am – 8pm, call: 0818 222 024.

Blessington Mini-Rugby outdoors for 4 and 5 year olds. Boys & girls welcome. K.O. 11:15am every Saturday at St Kevin’s Hall

Blessington Mini-Rugby on Tuesdays U7, U8 and U9 boys & girls from 6pm to 7pm U10 to U13 7pm to 8pm on GAA Astro

Rugby at Russborough for all ages from 10am to 12 noon each Saturday

St Vincent de Paul local number 087 181 1579

Calling all Local Businesses,

Artists & Crafters! Community Pool for West Wicklow are hosting an online Christmas Market and we would like you to be part of it!

Every day from early November we will be posting a new video to our social media pages, like an extended Advent Calendar. Each video will showcase a different local business or artist and their products. We hope that our online Christmas Market will help to encourage people to shop local and support local businesses this Christmas. If you think this is something you would like to get involved in, then email us at poolforWestWicklow@gmail.com

 

  • NEWSLETTER ADS

CE Scheme Vacancies

Parish Secretary, Hollywood CES 2161942 Closing Date: 1st November

Caretaker, Blessington GAA CES 2162183 Closing 19th November

PLEASE Note you must be in receipt of Job Seekers Allowance.  Excellent opportunity to get into or back into the workforce working 19.5 hrs a week whilst contributing to your local Community. Community employment rates apply.  Full training provided and support through personal progression plan. For full job description or any further information, please contact the Community Employment office, Martin Cahill on 045 891348 or Call into us (across from Dunnes Stores)

 

Martin Craul & Co, Statutory Auditors, Accountants and Chartered Tax Advisors, have moved office to: Block One, Unit 1F, Blessington Business Park, County Wicklow. W91 XT18 (near the Fire Station) Telephone Numbers Unchanged. 045 891 505 or 045 891 507 – 087 279 1325 (Martin) Email mcraulco@gmail.com. Correspondence/data to 2 Millbank as before will be acceptable

 

Couple looking to Rent an Apartment or House for 3/6 months. Non-smokers, no children or pets.Tel 086 879 2188

 

Career Guidance Service for students and parents with experienced qualified guidance counsellor, individual attention Phone Gary: 086 857 4262

 

Gardening- For Winter Tidying, Hedge clipping, Beds overhauled, Fruit Tree pruning, Painting etc Phone Mark 085-1337714

 

McGreal’s Hearing Centre – Our Clinical Audiologist & Rehabilitation Specialist, Justine Rae, is based at our Main Street Pharmacy in Blessington. To book a hearing test phone 1890 92 92 59 or visit mcgreals.ie

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

Castle Canine Cuts – Dog Grooming Service. Clipping, Trimming, Shampooing for all Breeds. Nail and ear care included. Appointments Monday-Saturday. Contact Gillian on 087 764 1911 castlecanincuts@gmail.com or find us on Facebook.

 

Talbot Chimneys Ltd – Family Run Business Since 1978, Insurance Claims Handled, Chimney Repairs / Reline / Rebuild, CCTv Surveys, Chimney Cleaning, Descaling of Soot & Tar Build Up, Fully Insured, No Call-Out Charge for OAPs on Mention of this Ad. Freephone 1800 406 700, Office 045 850 957  www.talbotchimneys.ie

 

Blessington Airport Taxi – 087 255 7993 Standard Taxi €77 one way Large 7-Seater €87 one way Call Richard on 087 255 7993 Or email: richardmc.keever@yahoo.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

 

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

 

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

 

Painter & Decorator – Interior & Exterior – Phone: Damian 085 826 0431

Issue 1329 October 25th 2020

Mass Intentions this Week

Olive Keenan (RD) Desmond Burke (RD) Mary Dermody (RD)

Saturday 6pm: Kit Hanlon (A) Bridie Keogh (A) Winnie Hayes (A) Ronnie Egan (A) Liam Ryan (RD)

Sunday 10am: Sr. Catherine Whelan (A) Sr. Margaret Whelan (A) Jack Kelly (A) Patrick Eustace (A) Philip & Mary Creighton (A) Anne O’Reilly (A) Paddy Wolf

We also remember: Mick & Peggy Richardson, Ena Keenan Anne & Seamus Kelly, Maria Chamney Rachel Murphy, Martin Kelly, James Hayden

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

Tuesday: Pamela Moorehead (A) Patricia Farren (RD)

Wednesday: Jack Kelly (A) Sr. Catherine Whelan (A) Sr. Margaret Whelan (A)

Thursday: Birthday Mass, Thinking of you Mass

Friday: 60th Wedding Anniversary (Gene & Fintan Gilheany)

Daily Mass via Webcam at 9.30am Monday to Friday please join us in prayer: www.blessingtonparish.ie

Saturday 24th October 2020 – Mass at 6.00pm via webcam on www.blessingtonparish.ie

Sunday 25th October2020 – Sunday Mass at 10am via webcam on www.blessingtonparish.ie

Bank Holiday Monday 26th October  – Mass at 11am via webcam

Wednesday 28th October – Prayers to Our Lady for the month of October. from 11am -12 noon from Church of Our Lady, Blessington, via webcam only www.blessingtonparish.ie

Blessington Parish Office will remain closed to the public during the current restrictions. Please call or email if you wish to have someone prayed for at Mass. Mass Cards, Candles etc Christmas Mass Bouquets & Christmas Gifts are all available by email or telephone for collection. Carol: 045 865 327 from 9am to 1pm. Jean: 087 235 0835 from 9am to 5pm. Email: office@blessington.info

Join with Fr. Richard and Fr. Joe,  in evening prayer via Zoom on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at 7.30pm. Log on to http://www.blessingtonparishes.com and click on the Zoom button. If you have any difficulty logging in, please contact us at  info@blessingtonparishes.com

Church Collections donations can be made to the 1st & 2nd collections via the DONATE BUTTON on the parish website The 1st collection goes to towards the support of the parish The 2nd collection goes to the Diocese. There are also envelopes available in the Church for these donations. All the SHRINE MONEY & donations in the black PDF BOXES on the wall of the church remain in the parish. During this time, you can also make donations via the DONATE BUTTON on the parish website. Thank you for your ongoing support.

Burgage Cemetery – Due to the current Covid 19 Guidelines, the Burgage Cemetery AGM will not proceed at this time.

Blessington Lights up for Christmas 2020 – Your Community needs your help!! We are looking for each household to make a small donation to ensure we can light up our Christmas Tree and Streetlights this December. We need to raise €4,500. Nobody wants to drive down the Main Street in Darkness this December. We need plenty of Christmas cheer. Come on Blessington Community, dig deep!! Donation Buckets in McGreals, The Credit Union and Wonkas, alternatively, please donate via www.gofundme.com/blessington-lights-up

Calling all Local Businesses, Artists & Crafters! Community Pool for West Wicklow are hosting an online Christmas Market and we would like you to be part of it! Every day from early November we will be posting a new video to our social media pages, like an extended Advent Calendar. Each video will showcase a different local business or artist and their products. We hope that our online Christmas Market will help to encourage people to shop local and support local businesses this Christmas. If you think this is something you would like to get involved in, then email us at poolforWestWicklow@gmail.com

Volunteer Drivers Irish Cancer Society – Irish Cancer Society is looking for volunteers to drive patients to and from their chemotherapy treatments. Drivers with a free weekday availability and who can commit to driving twice a month. Please email Gail at gflinter@irishcancer.ie or call 01 2310 566 for an application form. Due to the impact of the Coronavirus we are seeking drivers under the age of 70 years.

Fr Kevin’s Homilies are always available on our website: https://blessingtonparish.ie/homilies-year-a/

Blessington Parish Christmas Mass Bouquets, Christmas Cards and other gift items now on sale. Email: office@blessington.info Carol: 045 865 327 – 9am to 12.30pm, Jean: 087 235 0835 – 9am to 5pm, Call or email for Mass Bookings, Mass Cards, Baptisms, Weddings & General Enquiries. All items can be collected………

St. Marys’ Schools & Blessington Parish Lotto Jackpot next week €3075 sign up for €2 per week on parish website  http://www.blessingtonparish.ie Weekly Winner of weekly prize of €25 is Treasa Hennessy

Community Pool for West Wicklow is looking for the most Spooktacular Halloween House in West Wicklow! Email pictures of your decorated house poolforWestWicklow@gmail.com  & we will share them on our social media pages. Don’t forget to colour in our Halloween logo and pop it in your window too! You can pick up a copy of our Halloween logo from Blessington Tourist Office or print it out from our Facebook page! Prizes for the most Spooktacular Halloween Houses!

Cruthú Art Group has now concluded its exhibition at Russborough for 2020. Thank you to everybody who visited us over the Summer. We are delighted to share an ongoing display of art and craft in the Blessington Tourist Office.  Do drop in and have a look.  You may also see some of our art on the Cruthú Art Facebook page. If you wish to enquire about any piece that you see on Facebook, please email cruthuart@gmail.com   Any art available for purchase may be viewed at Blessington Tourist Office by request. www.cruthu.ie

PARISH WEBCAM If anyone has problems accessing the webcam at the moment, we changed to a new provider last week so if you access though a saved ‘shortcut’ you will need to click the refresh button  and/or by going back to the website an clicking on the camera link again or a direct link to camera below www.blessingtonparish.ie or https://blessingtonparish.ie/about/parish-webcam/

Blessington Mini-Rugby outdoors for 4 and 5 year olds. Boys & girls welcome. K.O. 11:15am every Saturday at St Kevin’s Hall

Blessington Mini-Rugby on Tuesdays U7, U8 and U9 boys & girls from 6pm to 7pm U10 to U13 7pm to 8pm on GAA Astro

Rugby at Russborough for all ages from 10am to 12 noon each Saturday

 

NEWSLETTER ADS

 

We are delighted to announce 3 positions coming up on our scheme, they are as follows:

Caretaker Cleaner, Manor Kilbride Hall, – CES 2159038 – Closing Date: 26th October

Parish Secretary, Hollywood – CES 2161942 – Closing Date: 1st November

Caretaker, Blessington GAA – CES 2162183 – Closing 19th November

PLEASE Note you must be in receipt of Job Seekers Allowance.  Excellent opportunity to get into or back into the workforce working 19.5 hrs a week whilst contributing to your local Community. Community employment rates apply.  Full training provided and support through personal progression plan. For full job description or any further information, please contact the Community Employment office, Martin Cahill on 045 891348 or Call into us (across from Dunnes Stores)

 

Career Guidance Service for students and parents with experienced qualified guidance counsellor, individual attention Phone Gary: 086 857 4262

 

Gardening- For Winter Tidying, Hedge clipping, Beds overhauled, Fruit Tree pruning, Painting etc Phone Mark 085-1337714

 

McGreal’s Hearing Centre – Our Clinical Audiologist & Rehabilitation Specialist, Justine Rae, is based at our Main Street Pharmacy in Blessington. To book a hearing test phone 1890 92 92 59 or visit mcgreals.ie

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

Castle Canine Cuts – Dog Grooming Service. Clipping, Trimming, Shampooing for all Breeds. Nail and ear care included. Appointments Monday-Saturday. Contact Gillian on 087 764 1911 castlecanincuts@gmail.com or find us on Facebook.

 

Talbot Chimneys Ltd – Family Run Business Since 1978, Insurance Claims Handled, Chimney Repairs / Reline / Rebuild, CCTv Surveys, Chimney Cleaning, Descaling of Soot & Tar Build Up, Fully Insured, No Call-Out Charge for OAPs on Mention of this Ad. Freephone 1800 406 700, Office 045 850 957  www.talbotchimneys.ie

 

Blessington Airport Taxi – 087 255 7993 Standard Taxi €77 one way Large 7-Seater €87 one way Call Richard on 087 255 7993 Or email: richardmc.keever@yahoo.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

 

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

 

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

 

Painter & Decorator – Interior & Exterior – Phone: Damian 085 826 0431

Issue1328 October 18th 2020

World Mission Sunday this weekend 17th 18th October

World Mission Sunday is helping communities to build schools, clinics, parish halls & Churches for marginalised communities & missionaries in our church family in Africa, Asia & Latin America.  It provides missionary programmes that protect & care for children’s wellbeing by offering safe shelter, healthcare, education & hope for the future the pandemic has brought about even more challenges in  many  war-torn countries but also these crises will remain thereafter.  Envelopes available in the Church Porch for your Donations. Info on  www.wmi.ie

Mass Intentions this Week

Seamus Barrett (RD) Cork City, Josie Barrett (RD) West Cork, Attracta Molloy (RD) Sligo

Saturday 6pm: Margaret Murphy (A) Edward Ball (A) Kathleen & William Dunworth (A) John Cummins (1st A) Patrick Dignam (A)

Sunday 10am: Annie Fennell (A)  Christy Mooney (A) Elizabeth Redmond (A)

We also remember: Patrick & Elizabeth Kelly, Patrick Eustace, Sr. Mary Benignus, Joe Eustace, Sr. Mary Angela Kelly

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

Tuesday: Intentions Mass, Danny Fay (RD)

Wednesday: Ann Gibbons (RD) Mick Doyle (RD)

Thursday: Patrick Eustace (A) Joe Eustace (A)

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

Daily Mass via Webcam at 9.30am Monday to Friday please join us in prayer: www.blessingtonparish.ie

Saturday 17th October 2020 Mass at 6.30pm via webcam on www.blessingtonparish.ie

Sunday 18th October 2020 Sunday Mass at 10am via webcam on www.blessingtonparish.ie

Wednesday 21st October: Prayers to Our Lady for the month of October. from 11am -12 noon from Church of Our Lady, Blessington, via webcam only  www.blessingtonparish.ie

Join with Fr. Richard and Fr. Joe,  in evening prayer via Zoom Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at 7.30pm. Log on to http://www.blessingtonparishes.com and click on the Zoom button. If you have any difficulty logging in, please contact us at

info@blessingtonparishes.com

Church Collections donations can be made to the 1st & 2nd collections via the DONATE BUTTON on the parish website. The 1st collection goes to towards the support of the parish. The 2nd collection goes to the Diocese. All the SHRINE MONEY & donations in the black PDF BOXES on the wall of the church remain in the parish. During this time, you can also make donations via the DONATE BUTTON on the parish website. Thank you for your ongoing support.

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

The Church is open  every day from 10am to 6pm. Drop in for quiet prayer or to light a candle.

We have opened our Christmas Shop Christmas Mass Cards, Christmas Cards and other gift items now on sale. The Parish Office Opening Hours Monday to Friday from 9am to 12.30pm for Mass Bookings, Mass Cards, Baptisms, Weddings & General Enquiries Email: office@blessington.info Carol: 045 865 327 – 9am to 12.30pm Jean: 087 235 0835 – 9am to 5pm

Blessington Library are running a free four-week online Baby Sign Language Course with Clever Little Handies starting onTuesday, 3rd November at 11.30am. This course is for parents & babies up to 12 months. Learn to communicate with your baby using sign language. Tickets available through Eventbrite. Booking essential.

Calling all Local Businesses, Artists & Crafters!  Community Pool for West Wicklow are hosting an online Christmas Market and we would like you to be part of it! Every day from early November we will be posting a new video to our social media pages, like an extended Advent Calendar. Each video will showcase a different local business or artist and their products. We hope that our online Christmas Market will help to encourage people to shop local and support local businesses this Christmas. If you think this is something you would like to get involved in, then email us at poolforWestWicklow@gmail.com

Blessington Lights up for Christmas 2020 Your Community needs your help!! We are looking for each household to make a small donation to ensure we can light up our Christmas Tree and Streetlights this December.  We need to raise €4,500.Nobody wants to drive down the Main Street in Darkness this December. We need plenty of Christmas cheer.mCome on Blessington Community, dig deep!! Donation Buckets in McGreals, The Credit Union and Wonkas, alternatively, please donate via www.gofundme.com/blessington-lights-up

Community Pool for West Wicklow is looking for the most Spooktacular Halloween House in West Wicklow! Email pictures of your decorated house poolforWestWicklow@gmail.com   & we will share them on our social media pages. Don’t forget to colour in our Halloween logo and pop it in your window too! You can pick up a copy of our Halloween logo from Blessington Tourist Office or print it out from our Facebook page! Prizes for the most Spooktacular Halloween Houses!

Cruthú Art Group has now concluded its exhibition at Russborough for 2020. Thank you to everybody who visited us over the Summer. We are delighted to share an ongoing display of art and craft in the Blessington Tourist Office.  Do drop in and have a look.  You may also see some of our art on the Cruthú Art Facebook page. If you wish to enquire about any piece that you see on Facebook, please email cruthuart@gmail.com   Any art available for purchase may be viewed at Blessington Tourist Office by request. www.cruthu.ie

St. Marys’ Schools & Blessington Parish Lotto Jackpot next week €3025 sign up for €2 per week on parish website  http://www.blessingtonparish.ie

Blessington Mini-Rugby outdoors for 4 and 5 year olds. Boys & girls welcome. K.O. 11:15am every Saturday at St Kevin’s Hall

Blessington Mini-Rugby on Tuesdays U7, U8 and U9 boys & girls from 6pm to 7pm U10 to U13 7pm to 8pmon GAA Astro

Rugby at Russborough for all ages from 10am to 12 noon each Saturday

 

NEWSLETTER ADS

Staff Wanted Maxol Service Station Blessington. Deli Staff and Evening Staff Required. €12.50 per hour. Please reply with CV to info@jroil.ie

 

Cleaner/Housekeeping Assistant Required in Blessington Area for approx.4 hours a week references required, must have own transport, Thursday or Friday is preferred.  reply with your current details by email to cradmags@yahoo.com with your telephone  number.

 

McGreal’s Hearing Centre Our Clinical Audiologist & Rehabilitation Specialist Justine Rae is based at our Main Street Pharmacy in Blessington. To book a hearing test phone 1890 92 92 59 or visit mcgreals.ie

 

Garden Maintenance Services Contact Declan for a free quote 087 2145 831

 

Castle Canine Cuts Dog Grooming Service. Clipping, Trimming, Shampooing for all Breeds. Nail and ear care included. Appointments Monday-Saturday. Contact Gillian on 087 764 1911 castlecanincuts@gmail.com or find us on Facebook.

 

Talbot Chimneys Ltd. Family Run Business Since 1978, Insurance Claims Handled, Chimney Repairs / Reline / Rebuild, CCTv Surveys, Chimney Cleaning. Descaling of Soot & Tar Build Up. Fully Insured. No Call-Out Charge for OAPs on Mention of this Ad. Freephone 1800 406 700 Office 045 850 957  www.talbotchimneys.ie

 

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

 

Painter & Decorator Interior & Exterior – Phone: Damian 085 826 0431

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

Happy Faces Pre School Blessington Situated in the Further Education Centre (old Tech)is a fun, stimulating & welcoming environment with a curriculum focusing on the best care & education for your child. Our staff are highly trained within the childcare sector, child led & Montessori methods of learning & development, limited ECCE & part time places available for Sept 2020. Find us on Facebook or email us happyfaces@blessingtonfec.ie for more information

 

Blessington Airport Taxi – 087 255 7993 – Standard Taxi €77 one way. Large 7-Seater €87 one way. Call Richard on 087 255 7993. Or email: richardmc.keever@yahoo.ie

 

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

 

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

www.germanautoworks.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