Issue 1350 April 4th 2021

Mass Intentions

Katie Duffy (RD) Meath, William Donohoe (RD) Blessington

Easter Vigil Saturday 8pm: Mass offered for Blessington Parishioners

Easter Sunday 10am: Mass offered for Blessington Parishioners

We remember the following: Annie, Joe & Maggie Higgins (A), Dick Byrne (Rem), (Dick & Annie’s 60th Wedding Anniversary) Teresa Sargent (A) Kay Hayes (A)

Easter Sunday 4th April 11.30am: Margaret Hammond (1st A), Maureen Hughes (RD)

Monday 5th April : Mass for Blessington List of the Sick

Tuesday 6th April: Denis Bohan (1st A) Frank O’Keefe (RD)

Wednesday 7th April: John & Mary McGarrigle (A) Joe Malee (RD)

Thursday 8th April: PJ McGrath (RD), Get Well Mass Int

Friday 9th April Intentions Mass, Intentions Mass

Saturday 10th April 6pm: Elizabeth Keegan (Longford ) 1st A. Fintan Byrne (A) Doreen Donaghy (A) Harry & Doreen Hughes (A)

Sunday 11th April 10am: Denis Bohan (1st A) Vincent Bohan (R) James & Ellen Bohan (Rem)

Sunday 11th April 11.30am: Bernie Collins (RD) Nancy Walsh (RD)

We remember the following: Peggy Luttrell, Family & Friends of a Parishioner

Monday 12th April: Mass offered for Blessington List of the Sick

Tuesday 13th April Fintan Byrne (A) Tom O’Hara

14th, 15th & 16th April: Mass will be offered for the Blessington Easter Mass Card List

May the peace of the Risen Christ be with you always but particularly in this time of fear & uncertainty in our lives. Fr. Páraic McDermott, Fr. Kevin Lyon, Fr Richard Behan, Fr. Noel Campbell, Fr. Micheál Comer, Rev. Leonard Ruddock & Deacon Gerry Malone, Pastoral Worker Áine Egan

EASTER CEREMONIES

Holy Thursday: 1st April 8pm: Mass of the Last Supper. Followed by Prayers & Reflection

Good Friday 2nd April

12pm: Children’s Stations of the Cross

3pm: Passion Ceremony

8pm: Prayers around the Cross with Stations of the Cross

Holy Saturday: 3rd April 8pm: Easter Vigil

Easter Sunday: 4th April 10am & 11.30am Mass. All Ceremonies are on the Parish Webcam  www.blessingtonparish.ie

All Masses & Services via Webcam www.blessingtonparish.ie

Daily Mass at 11am during Easter Week 4th to 8th April. Rosary will not be prayed before Mass during Easter week.

The Parish Office will be closed on Good Friday and will re-open on Monday 12th April

SVP Blessington Appeal: Families in our local community are facing mounting financial pressure to put food on the table, pay utility bills, rent and mortgages due to the impact of Covid 19. SVP Blessington is appealing to everyone to assist people in need in your local community. Please give what you can to this very worthy cause by making your donation, payable to SVP Blessington Ulster Bank IBAN: IE36 ULSB 98534015436018 BIC:: ULSB: IE 2D  through any financial institution. 100% of all donations goes towards supporting the local community.

Blessington Union of Parishes. All our services including those which we will have for Easter are available on the parish YouTube channel by searching for “Blessington Union” or at this link https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=blessington+union Rev Leonard Ruddock

St Brigid’s N.S. Manor Kilbride are accepting enrolments for the next school year: 2021 – 2022. To enrol your child, please call Charlotte in our school office 01 458 2550 or find the enrolment documents on our school website http://manorkilbridens.scoilnet.ie/blog/

Lacken National School are now accepting enrolments for Mainstream and Early Intervention Classes for September 2021. School bus runs daily from/to Blessington. The school offers afterschool care for Junior and Senior Infants until 2.30 pm. Lacken School also has a pre-school facility which is ECCE and NCS approved. Enrolment forms can be downloaded from www.lackenns.com or please contact the school office on 045 865 086 or lackenschool@eircom.net

Community Pool for West Wicklow RAFFLE for a PlayStation 5! Tickets are €20 each only 100 tickets being issued! All monies raised will go towards a Pool for West Wicklow. To buy a ticket and support our campaign email us at poolforWestWicklow@gmail.com

West Wicklow Cancer Support – If your life has been touched by cancer in any way, we are here for you, contact us on 087 434 6004 /  westwicklow15@gmail.com or find us on Facebook. “Nobody is exempt from the trials of life but everyone can always find something positive in everything even in the worst of times. Keep smiling and moving, we are stronger together”

Financial Support for our Parish is very important at this time and we are most grateful for your contributions. You can make donations to support all our Churches via the DONATE BUTTON on the Blessington parish website (options available for all our Churches.) All SHRINE MONEY remains in the parish. Donations through the black PDF BOXES in Blessington Church also go towards the running of the parish.

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

Good Dry Kindling for Sale at Blessington Men’s Shed 1 bag for €3 and 4 bags for €10. For information & collection, Call John Flynn at 087 297 7678. All money raised for upkeep of Shed during these difficult times.”

St Mary’s Schools and Blessington Parish Lotto Jackpot next week : €4375 –  Congratulation to the weekly winner of €25 on 25th March: Sinead Nielson – Numbers Drawn 7, 19, 20, 30  –  If you’re not in you can’t win! Text the word Blessington to 51444 or go to www.blessingtonparish.ie Thanks to all for the support!

Lakeside Community Games Virtual Events: Lakeside Community Games are delighted to announce that they are an affiliated area this year & therefore all children living in our area can participate in the National Community Games virtual events which include art, model making, handwriting, recitation, dance, music & singing. All details about these virtual events as well as online entry forms are available on the National Community Games Website www.communitygames.ie Information can also be found on the Lakeside Community Games Facebook Page. Remember: Lakeside Community Games Area includes Blessington, Kilbride, Lacken, Hollywood and Valleymount. Please contact Maura Reid or message the Lakeside Community Games Facebook page with any queries.

St Vincent de Paul Blessington, local number 087 181 1579

I’ve learned that just one person saying to me “You’ve made my day” makes MY day!!!

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Tús Programme Job Opportunities in Blessington.  County Wicklow Partnership’s Tús Programme has a number of work placement opportunities in Blessington and surrounding areas. Blessington town and from Hollywood to Manor Kilbride. Roles available in: Caretaking & Maintenance – Administration – Retail Charity – Social Care. While on Tús you can gain valuable work experience and contribute to your community at the same time. The placement will be for 1 year and participants will be required to work for 19½ hours per week and are free to take up other employment outside of their 19½ hours. To qualify for Tús, you must be fully unemployed for 12 months. Tús payment is at the full rate of Jobseekers Allowance plus €22.50 top-up. Information: You can self-select for a position with Tús. For more information or to apply contact Neil Doyle on 087 640 9273 or ndoyle@wicklowpartnership.ie

Rods + Cones Opticians Blessington Beside the GARDA station. Formerly Cullinane Opticians. We are open during COVD for all your eyecare needs. FREE Eye Exam + Glasses with PRSI + Medical Card. Large selection of Designer Frames + Sunglasses. Special Offers + Discounts on 2nd Pairs. Varifocal Experts – try them with our 30 Day Guarantee. Wishing all our loyal customers a safe 2021. Call 045-981 056 for an appointment.

Gardening – For Hedge clipping, Beds overhauled, Fruit Tree pruning, Painting etc Phone Mark 085 133 7714

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Issue 1349 March 28th 2021

Mass Intentions next Week

Ian Burke (RD) Edenderry, Co Offaly

Saturday 6pm: George Allen (1st A), Andrew & Nora O’Mahony (A), Ann O’Donnell (A), Pete Nolan (9th A), Deceased Members of the Nolan Families in Blessington & Baltinglass

Sunday 10am: Jack Keogh (A), Jackie Brophy (60th A)Peter Clarke (31st A), Margaret & Patricia Clarke (Birthday Remembrance), Gerry McIntyre (2nd A)

11.30am: Seamus Meade (RD), Rose Boyne (RD)

We also remember: John & Brigid Miley, Andy Farrington, Larry Lennon (A), Mary & Matthew Lennon (Rem), Ann-Mary & Michael Norton (Rem), Deceased Members of Norton Family, Annie Cullen (A) and Kitty Nolan (A)

Monday: Mass offered for Blessington List of the Sick

Tuesday: Kitty Palmer (RD), Maura Lacey (RD)

Wednesday: Get Well Mass, Get Well Mass

Holy Thursday: Eithne Cranley (3rd A), Intentions Mass

All Masses & Services via Webcam www.blessingtonparish.ie

Daily Mass at 9.30am, please join us for Rosary at 9am.

Sat 27th March: Mass at 6pm

Palm Sunday 28th March: Mass at 10am & 11.30am

Holy Thursday: 1st April: 8pm Mass of the Last Supper. Followed by Prayers & Reflection

Good Friday 2nd April: 12pm Children’s Stations of the Cross. 3pm: Passion Ceremony. 8pm: Prayers around the Cross with Stations of the Cross

Holy Saturday: 3rd April: 8pm Easter Vigil

Easter Sunday: 4th April: 10am & 11.30am Mass

All Ceremonies are on the Parish Webcam www.blessingtonparish.ie

Easter Dues Envelopes are available in the Church

Easter Mass Cards available from the Parish Office. Call Carol 045 865 327 9am to 1pm or Jean 087 235 0835 9am to 5pm. If you have a Trocaire Box you would like to return call the Parish Office to make arrangements

Blessington Union of Parishes. All our services including those which we will have for Easter are available on the parish YouTube channel by searching for “Blessington Union” or at this link https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=blessington+union Rev Leonard Ruddock

St. Marys’ Schools & Blessington Parish Lotto – EASTER DRAW – All lines on 1st April will be entered into the  St. Mary’s Schools’ & Parish Easter Draw for our local prizes:

  • Hudson Brothers 1 winner of €150 cash prize
  • Murphy’s Bar 2 winners of €20 Vouchers
  • Hennessy’s 3 winners of €20 Office Shop/Hardware Vouchers
  • Blessington Lakes Golf Club 4 Ball voucher with Tea/coffee

MANY THANKS TO OUR LOCAL SPONSORS – Support Local Businesses

All lines will also be entered into Our Fundraiser Easter Draw for:

Prize 1 – Samsung Smart 50” TV,

Prize 2 – Samsung Tablet,

Prize 3 – Kindle E Reader,

Prize 4 – Dolce Gusto Coffee Maker

Prize 5 – €100 Penney’s voucher

EASTER MASS CARDS AVAILABLE from the Parish Office.  Email: office@blessington.info Carol: 045 865 327 from 9am to 1pm Jean: 087 2350835 from 9am to 5pm There is a Collection Point at the back of the Church to collect Mass Cards ordered by phone or by email.

The Parish Office will be closed on Good Friday

St Brigid’s N.S. Manor Kilbride are accepting enrolments for the next school year: 2021 – 2022. To enrol your child, please call Charlotte in our school office 01 458 2550 or find the enrolment documents on our school website http://manorkilbridens.scoilnet.ie/blog/

Lacken National School are now accepting enrolments for Mainstream and Early Intervention Classes for September 2021. School bus runs daily from/to Blessington. The school offers afterschool care for Junior and Senior Infants until 2.30 pm. Lacken School also has a pre-school facility which is ECCE and NCS approved. Enrolment forms can be downloaded from www.lackenns.com or please contact the school office on 045 865 086 or lackenschool@eircom.net

Community Pool for West Wicklow would like to say a very big Go Raibh Míle Maith Agat to everyone who took part in our West Wicklow Virtual St Patrick’s Day Parade! View on our YouTube channel at https://tinyurl.com/WWStPatrickParade2021

Community Pool for West Wicklow RAFFLE for a PlayStation 5! Tickets are €20 each only 100 tickets being issued! All monies raised will go towards a Pool for West Wicklow. To buy a ticket and support our campaign email us at poolforWestWicklow@gmail.com

West Wicklow Cancer Support – If your life has been touched by cancer in any way, we are here for you, contact us on 087 434 6004 /  westwicklow15@gmail.com or find us on Facebook. “Nobody is exempt from the trials of life but everyone can always find something positive in everything even in the worst of times. Keep smiling and moving, we are stronger together”

Financial Support for our Parish is very important at this time and we are most grateful for your contributions. You can make donations to support all our Churches via the DONATE BUTTON on the Blessington parish website (options available for all our Churches.) All SHRINE MONEY remains in the parish. Donations through the black PDF BOXES in Blessington Church also go towards the running of the parish.

Barry Hamilton is doing a 1 Million Step Challenge in March for Blessington & District Day Care. If anyone would like to sponsor him in this Challenge you can contact him at 087 245 0546 or barryhamilton2000@yahoo.ie

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

Good Dry Kindling for Sale at Blessington Men’s Shed 1 bag for €3 and 4 bags for €10. For information & collection, Call John Flynn at 087 297 7678. All money raised for upkeep of Shed during these difficult times.”

While the Parish Office is  Closed to the Public. We are available by telephone or email  for Mass Bookings, Mass Cards, & General Enquiries Monday to Friday. Email: office@blessington.info Carol: 045 865 327 from 9am to 1pm. Jean: 087 2350835 from 9am to 5pm

St Mary’s Schools and Blessington Parish Lotto Jackpot next week : €4375 –  Congratulation to the weekly winner of €25 on 25th March: Sinead Nielson – Numbers Drawn 7, 19, 20, 30  –  If you’re not in you can’t win! Text the word Blessington to 51444 or go to www.blessingtonparish.ie Thanks to all for the support!

St Vincent de Paul Blessington, local number 087 181 1579

I may not have everything I want in life but  I’m blessed enough to have all that I need!! For this ….I am grateful

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Gardening – For Hedge clipping, Beds overhauled, Fruit Tree pruning, Painting etc Phone Mark 085 133 7714

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Issue 1348 March 21st 2021

Mass Intentions next Week

Saturday 6pm: Edin Vasquez (RD)(Panama) Month’s Mind, James & Kathleen Rawson (A) Joe Fitzpatrick (5th A)

Sunday 10am: Jim D’Arcy (Month’s Mind), Willie Clarke (A), Nancy Sheridan (Rem), Alan Clarke (Birthday Rem), Jimmy Fitzpatrick (Tougher, Valleymount) (A), Jim McDonald (Lacken) (A), Agnes & Patrick Bolger (A), Mary Cullen (Rem)

Sunday 11.30am: Paddy Magee (A), Josephine Keane (A)

We also remember: John & Kitty Nolan, Tom & Kathleen Osborne, Deceased Members of Osborne Family Bridie Toomey (A), Simon Foster (A) Danny Flanagan (A), Larry Lennon (A) Mary & Matthew Lennon (Rem), Ann-Mary & Michael Norton (Rem), Deceased Members of Norton Family

Monday: Mass offered for Blessington List of the Sick

Tuesday: Remembrance of Deceased Members of Healy & McDonald Families (Lacken), Vera Warren (A), Emer Holohan (Rem)

Wednesday: Patrick Shea (A) Aine Murphy (RD)

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

Friday: Joe Flynn (RD), Eamon Hynes (RD)

All Masses & Services via Webcam www.blessingtonparish.ie

Daily Mass at 9.30am, Mon to Fri please join us for Rosary at 9am.

Sat 20th March: Mass at 6pm

Sun 21st March: Mass at 10am & 11.30am

Fri 26th March: Stations of the Cross at 12 noon via webcam.

Mon, Wed & Fri: Evening Prayer: Join the parish team for evening prayer via zoom:

7:30pm to 8:10pm  www.blessingtonparishes.com

Fifth Sunday of Lent. Jesus was destined to die so that we would have life. We must die to sin, die to our selfish ways, if we are to be alive to Christ and alive for his kingdom.

Jesus talks about little seeds in the dark earth. The little seeds will be lonely and feel cold but the sunshine will come and warm them. They will grow into sheaves of golden corn and bring food and joy to the world. Jesus said ‘that He too would be lonely and in the dark and that God Our Father would be with Him and raise Him up to a wonderful new life. Sometimes, we are in the dark and lonely too. Jesus promises that His Spirit will always be with us. Fr Liam Hickey

Financial Support for our Parish is very important at this time and we are most grateful for your contributions. You can make donations to support all our Churches via the DONATE BUTTON on the Blessington parish website (options available for all our Churches.) All SHRINE MONEY remains in the parish. Donations through the black PDF BOXES in Blessington Church also go towards the running of the parish.

St. Marys’ Schools & Blessington Parish

EASTER DRAW – All lines on 1st April will be entered into the  St. Mary’s Schools’ & Parish Easter Draw for our local prizes:

  • Hudson Brothers 1 winner of €150 cash prize
  • Murphy’s Bar 2 winners of €20 Vouchers
  • Hennessy’s 3 winners of €20 Office Shop/Hardware Vouchers
  • Blessington Lakes Golf Club 4 Ball voucher with Tea/coffee

MANY THANKS TO OUR LOCAL SPONSORS – Support Local Businesses

All lines will also be entered into Our Fundraiser Easter Draw for:

Prize 1 – Samsung Smart 50” TV,

Prize 2 – Samsung Tablet,

Prize 3 – Kindle E Reader,

Prize 4 – Dolce Gusto Coffee Maker

Prize 5 – €100 Penney’s voucher

Barry Hamilton is doing a 1 Million Step Challenge in March for Blessington & District Day Care. If anyone would like to sponsor him in this Challenge you can contact him at 087 245 0546 or barryhamilton2000@yahoo.ie

Blessington Union of Parishes. All our services including those which we will have for Easter are available on the parish YouTube channel by searching for “Blessington Union” or at this link https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=blessington+union Rev Leonard Ruddock

Vox Hiberniae are a group of musicians from parishes in the Archdiocese of Dublin and have prepared the following reflection in conjunction with the Avila Carmelite Centre in Donnybrook. “A Celtic Lenten Journey – Harp, Voice and Violin” reflects in Word and in song on the Passion of Jesus. It can be viewed from the following link – you might like it for a reflective hour this Lent,  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cGiFqCswp90

Lacken National School are now accepting enrolments for Mainstream and Early Intervention Classes for September 2021. School bus runs daily from/to Blessington. The school offers afterschool care for Junior and Senior Infants until 2.30 pm. Lacken School also has a pre-school facility which is ECCE and NCS approved. Enrolment forms can be downloaded from www.lackenns.com or please contact the school office on 045 865 086 or lackenschool@eircom.net

West Wicklow Cancer Support – If your life has been touched by cancer in any way, we are here for you, contact us on 087 434 6004 /  westwicklow15@gmail.com or find us on Facebook. “Nobody is exempt from the trials of life but everyone can always find something positive in everything even in the worst of times. Keep smiling and moving, we are stronger together”

Do you have a small piece of land in or around Blessington? We are a community group looking to start allotments in the area. Please contact us at blessingtonallotments@gmail.com or 0862371290

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

Good Dry Kindling for Sale at Blessington Men’s Shed 1 bag for €3 and 4 bags for €10. For information & collection, Call John Flynn at 087 297 7678. All money raised for upkeep of Shed during these difficult times.”

While the Parish Office is  Closed to the Public. We are available by telephone or email  for Mass Bookings, Mass Cards, & General Enquiries Monday to Friday. Email: office@blessington.info Carol: 045 865 327 from 9am to 1pm. Jean: 087 2350835 from 9am to 5pm

St Mary’s Schools and Blessington Parish Lotto Jackpot next week : €4250 –  Congratulation to the weekly winner of €25 on 4th March: Rose-Marie Nugent – Numbers Drawn 4, 7, 8, 27 and on 11th March, Anne-Marie Clarke – Numbers drawn 12, 21, 22, 28 If you’re not in you can’t win! Text the word Blessington to 51444 or go to www.blessingtonparish.ie Thanks to all for the support!

St Vincent de Paul Blessington, local number 087 181 1579

I may not have everything I want in life but  I’m blessed enough to have all that I need!! For this ….I am grateful

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Gardening – For Hedge clipping, Beds overhauled, Fruit Tree pruning, Painting etc Phone Mark 085 133 7714

FURNITURE FOR SALE Two wardrobes for sale… one off white/white size 5`8″ high 3’ 4″ wide as new – one pine with drawer size 5`8″ high 2`9″ wide –  Pine Bed & Mattress (Double) Phone 087 678 1642

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

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

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

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

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

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

Issue 1347 March 14th 2021

Mass Intentions next Week: Eamon Hynes (RD) Brittas, Mary Monaghan (RD) Fermanagh

Saturday 6pm: Maurice Healy (1st A), Kathleen Cullen (A) Molly Brady (A), Paddy Keogh (A) & Deceased Members of Keogh Family, Sadie Fortune (A) & Deceased Members of Fortune Family

Sunday 10am: Kay & Christy Reid (A), Laurence Kinsella (A)

Sunday 11.30am: Nancy Walsh (RD), Patrick O’Reilly (RD)

We also remember: Paddy Magee, Patrick Stynes, Patrick & Sean Kelly

Monday: Mass offered for Blessington List of the Sick

Tuesday: Sally Egan (Birthday Rem) Margaret Kinsella (A) Patrick & Sean Kelly (A)

St Patrick’s Day Vigil Mass 6pm Tuesday: Get Well Mass, Lee Cummins (RD)

St Patrick’s Day Mass 10am:  John Magee (1st A) Paddy Magee (A) Louise Fleming (Birthday Rem) Jane Conlon Miley (A) Christy Miley (A)

St Patrick’s Day Mass 11.30am: Margaret Lennon (RD), Josephine Keane (RD)

Thursday: Pat Bollard (Rem), Birthday Mass

Friday: Kitty Tully (RD), James Lombard (RD)

All Masses & Services via Webcam www.blessingtonparish.ie

Daily Mass at 9.30am, Mon to Fri please join us for Rosary at 9am.

Sat 13th March: Mass at 6pm

Sun 14th March: Mass at 10am & 11.30am

Tue 16th March: Vigil Mass at 6pm

Wed 17th March St Patrick’s Day Holy Day Mass at 10am & 11.30am

Fri 19th March: Stations of the Cross at 12 noon via webcam.

Mon, Wed & Fri: Evening Prayer: Join the parish team for evening prayer via zoom: 7:30pm to 8:10pm  www.blessingtonparishes.com

Acknowledgement – John (Jack) Magee, Glebe East, Blessington, Co Wicklow. The Magee Family would like to express their sincere gratitude to all who sympathized with them on their sad loss. Thanks to those who sent mass cards, flowers, letters of sympathy, made phone calls, or left beautiful messages on RIP Condolence Book. Due to the restrictions, we know it was not possible for you all to attend the mass & burial. We thank with gratitude the very kind support shown by our neighbours, extended families & all our friends who called to see John in hospital, at home during his illness & at the time of his passing. Our sincere thanks to Dr Ray Mc Dermott, Christine & all in The Oncology Unit Tallaght Hospital. To Brid & all the wonderful staff of The Curragh Ward in Naas hospital for the care & attention shown to John. Thanks to Dr Farrog, Johnstown, Naas & the staff of David Murphy’s Pharmacy. Thanks to the Palliative Care team Carmel, Tess & Mary in St Brigid’s the Curragh & to our Local Community Nurses Geraldine & Ann Maire, to Pauline & all the staff of the Community Centre in Blessington, your support was very grateful during John’s illness. Thanks to Fr Richard who officiated at John’s Funeral & for all his support with the mass during a difficult time. Thanks to Lorraine Willoughby for the beautiful music in the church. Thanks to Regina & Tony Clarke for all their support, professionalism, & compassion. Thanks to Blessington GAA for their guard of honour & to the players, members & indeed the people in our community who lined the streets to say farewell to John. To Wicklow GAA, & all the GAA clubs in Wicklow & neighbouring Counties for all your messages of support. To those who helped in any way, your contribution made our loss more bearable. As it would be impossible to thank everyone individually, please accept this acknowledgement as an expression of our deepest gratitude. The Holy Sacrifice of the Mass will be offered for your intentions. John’s 1st Anniversary Mass is on St Patrick’s Day at 10am in via Webcam. https://blessingtonparish.ie/about/parish-webcam//

Tune into RTE 1 Television on Sunday 14th March at 11am for Sunday Service led by Cannon Leonard Ruddock with the Mother’s Union of Dublin & Glendalough for a special Mother’s Day Service.

Blessington Union of Parishes. All our services including those which we will have for Easter are available on the parish YouTube channel by searching for “Blessington Union” or at this link  https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=blessington+union Rev Leonard Ruddock

Lacken National School are now accepting enrolments for Mainstream and Early Intervention Classes for September 2021. School bus runs daily from/to Blessington. The school offers afterschool care for Junior and Senior Infants until 2.30 pm. Lacken School also has a pre-school facility which is ECCE and NCS approved. Enrolment forms can be downloaded from www.lackenns.com or please contact the school office on 045 865 086 or lackenschool@eircom.net

Community Pool for West Wicklow are organising West Wicklow’s Virtual St Patrick’s Day Parade  We want you to get involved! We want everyone across West Wicklow to take part, businesses, schools, community groups, sports clubs & families! All you have to do is send us a photo or a drawing of you getting ready to celebrate St Patrick’s Day. It can be a photo from a previous year or you can pop up your decorations a bit early & take a new picture. We will put all of the photos & pictures together to make a virtual St Patrick’s Day Parade which will be posted on our social media pages on March 17th. Email your photos & pictures to poolforwestwicklow@gmail.com by Saturday March 13th & help West Wicklow celebrate St Patrick’s Day 2021! If you are taking a new photo please remember to adhere to social distancing guidelines.

West Wicklow Cancer Support – If your life has been touched by cancer in any way, we are here for you, contact us on 087 434 6004 /  westwicklow15@gmail.com or find us on Facebook. “Nobody is exempt from the trials of life but everyone can always find something positive in everything even in the worst of times. Keep smiling and moving, we are stronger together”

Do you have a small piece of land in or around Blessington? We are a community group looking to start allotments in the area. Please contact us at blessingtonallotments@gmail.com or 0862371290

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

Good Dry Kindling for Sale at Blessington Men’s Shed 1 bag for €3 and 4 bags for €10. For information & collection, Call John Flynn at 087 297 7678. All money raised for upkeep of Shed during these difficult times.”

Financial Support for our Parish is very important at this time and we are most grateful for your contributions. You can make donations to support all our Churches via the DONATE BUTTON on the Blessington parish website(options available for all our Churches.) 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 the1st & 2nd collections may also be made via the DONATE BUTTON on our websitethe 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.

While the Parish Office is  Closed to the Public. We are available by telephone or email  for Mass Bookings, Mass Cards, & General Enquiries Monday to Friday. Email: office@blessington.info Carol: 045 865 327 from 9am to 1pm. Jean: 087 2350835 from 9am to 5pm

St Mary’s Schools and Blessington Parish Lotto Jackpot next week : €4250 –  Congratulation to the weekly winner of €25 on 4th March: Rose-Marie Nugent – Numbers Drawn 4, 7, 8, 27 and on 11th March, Anne-Marie Clarke – Numbers drawn 12, 21, 22, 28 If you’re not in you can’t win! Text the word Blessington to 51444 or go to www.blessingtonparish.ie Thanks to all for the support!

St Vincent de Paul Blessington, local number 087 181 1579

“Don’t think of what you are unable to do… rather think of what you can do and do it well.”

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!!!!TIME TO LEARN SPANISH AT YOUR OWN PACE AND CONVENIENCE!!!! After all these years bringing Spanish students to Blessington, I am pleased to offer on-line Spanish classes. Book your free trial class!!!! If interested please contact Paloma on WhatsApp: 0034628114938. Email: kinsdale.paloma@gmail.com Hoping you are all keeping well, Paloma Agudo KINSDALE

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Online Math’s Grinds available for JUNIOR /LEAVING Cert Students. Contact Chris on clarkechris640@gmail.com

Rods + Cones Opticians Blessington Beside the GARDA station. Formerly Cullinane Opticians. We are open during COVD for all your eyecare needs. FREE Eye Exam + Glasses with PRSI + Medical Card. Large selection of Designer Frames + Sunglasses. Special Offers + Discounts on 2nd Pairs. Varifocal Experts – try them with our 30 Day Guarantee. Wishing all our loyal customers a safe 2021. Call 045-981 056 for an appointment.

Gardening – For Hedge clipping, Beds overhauled, Fruit Tree pruning, Painting etc Phone Mark 085 133 7714

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

 

Issue 1346 March 7th 2021

Mass Intentions next Week

James Lombard (RD) Kilteel

Saturday 6pm: Oliver McDonnell (A) Mary Nolan (A) Margaret Byrne (A)

Sunday 10am: Pat Kelly (A) Patrick Cassidy (A) Margaret Byrne (A) Frank Crampton (A)

Sunday 11.30am: Laurence Murphy (RD) Andy Hanlon (RD)

We also remember: Nora Fleming, Jim Duffy, Gerry & Margaret O’Dwyer, Bill Twyford, Mary Behan (A) Deceased Members of the Behan Family

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

Tuesday: Sheila Horgan (RD), Birthday Mass

Wednesday: Mary Nolan (A) Patrick Foster (Birthday Rem) Kevin Foster (RD) (UK 1st March)

Thursday: Cathy Pearse (RD) Joe Daly (RD)

Friday: Nora Toland (A) Lisa Walsh (RD)

All Masses & Services via Webcam www.blessingtonparish.ie

Daily Mass at 9.30am, Mon to Fri please join us for Rosary at 9am.

Saturday 6th March: Mass at 6pm

Sunday 7th March: Mass at 10am &  11.30am

Fri 12th March: Stations of the Cross at 12 noon via webcam.

Mon, Wed & Fri: Evening Prayer: Join the parish team on for evening prayer via zoom from 7:30pm to 8:10pm  www.blessingtonparishes.com

Blessington & District Forum AGM will take place on Monday 8th March at 7:30pm via zoom. Anyone wishing to attend must register on info@blessington.ie or   blessingtondistrictforum@gmail.com to receive a zoom ID.

Community Pool for West Wicklow are organising West Wicklow’s Virtual St Patrick’s Day Parade  We want you to get involved! We want everyone across West Wicklow to take part, businesses, schools, community groups, sports clubs & families! All you have to do is send us a photo or a drawing of you getting ready to celebrate St Patrick’s Day. It can be a photo from a previous year or you can pop up your decorations a bit early & take a new picture. We will put all of the photos & pictures together to make a virtual St Patrick’s Day Parade which will be posted on our social media pages on March 17th. Email your photos & pictures to poolforwestwicklow@gmail.com by Saturday March 13th & help West Wicklow celebrate St Patrick’s Day 2021! If you are taking a new photo please remember to adhere to social distancing guidelines.

West Wicklow Cancer Support – If your life has been touched by cancer in any way, we are here for you, contact us on 087 434 6004 /  westwicklow15@gmail.com or find us on Facebook. “Nobody is exempt from the trials of life but everyone can always find something positive in everything even in the worst of times. Keep smiling and moving, we are stronger together”

Do you have a small piece of land in or around Blessington? We are a community group looking to start allotments in the area. Please contact us at blessingtonallotments@gmail.com or 0862371290

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

2021 Private Members Draw in aid of Valleymount & Lacken Churches. We will soon begin a new year for the Parish Private Members Draw for Valleymount & Lacken. This fundraiser is vitally important to the smooth running of the parish and it also enables us to continue with maintenance work on both Churches. Valleymount Parish is rightfully proud of its two beautiful churches, but they are reaching an age when work will need to be done to ensure good upkeep of the beautiful windows in Valleymount Church and general maintenance on damp issues in Lacken Church. I am very grateful to the committee and collectors for your work thus far and I hope you will be able to continue with this important work. May I take this opportunity to thank all the parishioners who continue to support this draw and maintain our buildings for future generations. With renewed thanks and every blessing. Fr Richard Behan P.P. Blessington & Valleymount

Good Dry Kindling for Sale at Blessington Men’s Shed 1 bag for €3 and 4 bags for €10. For information & collection, Call John Flynn at 087 297 7678. All money raised for upkeep of Shed during these difficult times.”

Financial Support for our Parish is very important at this time and we are most grateful for your contributions. You can make donations to support all our Churches via the DONATE BUTTON on the Blessington parish website(options available for all our Churches.) 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 the1st & 2nd collections may also be made via the DONATE BUTTON on our websitethe 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.

While the Parish Office is  Closed to the Public. We are available by telephone or email  for Mass Bookings, Mass Cards, & General Enquiries Monday to Friday. Email: office@blessington.info Carol: 045 865 327 from 9am to 1pm. Jean: 087 2350835 from 9am to 5pm

St Mary’s Schools and Blessington Parish Lotto Jackpot next week : €4150 –  Congratulation to the weekly winner of €25 on 25th February: Edwina Hardy – Numbers Drawn 5, 15, 26, 30. If you’re not in you can’t win! Text the word Blessington to 51444 or go to www.blessingtonparish.ie Thanks to all for the support!

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!!!!TIME TO LEARN SPANISH AT YOUR OWN PACE AND CONVENIENCE!!!! After all these years bringing Spanish students to Blessington, I am pleased to offer on-line Spanish classes. Book your free trial class!!!! If interested please contact Paloma on WhatsApp: 0034628114938. Email: kinsdale.paloma@gmail.com Hoping you are all keeping well, Paloma Agudo KINSDALE

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For Sale – Samsung Fridge Freezer, Chrome Finish.  3 piece Leather Suite. All in excellent condition. Phone 086 160 9293

Online Maths Grinds available for JUNIOR /LEAVING Cert Students. Contact Chris on clarkechris640@gmail.com

Rods + Cones Opticians Blessington Beside the GARDA station. Formerly Cullinane Opticians. We are open during COVD for all your eyecare needs. FREE Eye Exam + Glasses with PRSI + Medical Card. Large selection of Designer Frames + Sunglasses. Special Offers + Discounts on 2nd Pairs. Varifocal Experts – try them with our 30 Day Guarantee. Wishing all our loyal customers a safe 2021. Call 045-981 056 for an appointment.

Gardening – For Hedge clipping, Beds overhauled, Fruit Tree pruning, Painting etc Phone Mark 085 133 7714

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Issue 1345 February 28th 2021

Mass Intentions next Week

Diane Little (RD)(Burgage Manor) Rita Curran (nee McNamara) (RD) Athgarret Eadestown, Maureen Philpott (RD) Douglas, Cork, Sheila Horgan (RD) Rylane, Cork)

Saturday 6pm: Kathleen Coyle (RD) Special Intention

Sunday 10am: Margaret Lennon (Mths Mind) Matthew Lennon Snr (A) Matthew Lennon (1st A) Jim Lennon (A) Michael & Jack  Lennon (Rem) Jim Luttrell (A) John Phelan (Mths Mind) Sheila Phelan (Mths Mind) Trevor Kinsella (A) Kathleen Kinsella(A)

Sunday 11.30am: Peadar Hopkins (A) Cyril Kavanagh (A)

We also remember: Shay Mills, Mary & Breen, Mick Reid, Siobhan & John Warren, Family & Friends (of a parishioner)

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

Tuesday: Teresa Byrne (Birthday Rem) Jim Luttrell (A) Shay Mills (A)

Wednesday: Denis Dennehy (A) Rensie McCarthy RD)

Thursday: Mary Breen (A) Special Intentions

Friday: First Friday, Mass offered for all on the November list of the dead.

All Masses & Services via Webcam www.blessingtonparish.ie

Daily Mass at 9.30am,

Mon to Fri please join us for Rosary at 9am.

Saturday 27th February: Mass at 6pm

Sunday 28th February: Mass at 10am &           11.30am

Thurs 4th March: Holy Hour / Benediction with Deacon Gerry 7.30pm in Church of Our Lady, Blessington

Fri 5th March – 1st Friday: Masses offered for all on the Altar List of the Dead

Children’s Prayers: Every Thursday at 11am we have prayers  or children from Church of Our Lady Blessington. All children & families are invited to join via webcam www.blessingtonparish.ie

Stations of the Cross: Every Friday during Lent we will pray the Stations of the Cross at 12 noon via webcam www.blessingtonparish.ie

Evening Prayer Join the parish team on Mon, Wed & Fri for evening prayer via zoom 7:30pm to 8:10pm www.blessingtonparishes.com

2021 Private Members Draw in aid of Valleymount & Lacken Churches

We will soon begin a new year for the Parish Private Members Draw for Valleymount & Lacken. This fundraiser is vitally important to the smooth running of the parish and it also enables us to continue with maintenance work on both Churches. Valleymount Parish is rightfully proud of its two beautiful churches, but they are reaching an age when work will need to be done to ensure good upkeep of the beautiful windows in Valleymount Church and general maintenance on damp issues in Lacken Church. I am very grateful to the committee and collectors for your work thus far and I hope you will be able to continue with this important work. May I take this opportunity to thank all the parishioners who continue to support this draw and maintain our buildings for future generations. With renewed thanks and every blessing. Fr Richard Behan P.P. Blessington & Valleymount

Community Pool for West Wicklow are organising West Wicklow’s Virtual St Patrick’s Day Parade  We want you to get involved! We want everyone across West Wicklow to take part, businesses, schools, community groups, sports clubs & families! All you have to do is send us a photo or a drawing of you getting ready to celebrate St Patrick’s Day. It can be a photo from a previous year or you can pop up your decorations a bit early & take a new picture. We will put all of the photos & pictures together to make a virtual St Patrick’s Day Parade which will be posted on our social media pages on March 17th. Email your photos & pictures to poolforwestwicklow@gmail.com by Saturday March 13th & help West Wicklow celebrate St Patrick’s Day 2021! If you are taking a new photo please remember to adhere to social distancing guidelines.

Blessington & District Forum AGM will take place on Monday 8th March at 7:30pm via zoom. Anyone wishing to attend must register on info@blessington.ie or   blessingtondistrictforum@gmail.com to receive a zoom ID.

BLESSINGTON LIBRARY are running an ORIGAMI WORKSHOP for Adults at 11am Thursday 4th March. The workshop will take place on Zoom and the paper will be posted to you in advance. Register at 045 891 740 or blessingtonlib@wicklowcoco.ie

Do you have a small piece of land in or around Blessington? We are a community group looking to start allotments in the area. Please contact us at blessingtonallotments@gmail.com or 0862371290

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

Financial Support for our Parish is very important at this time and we are most grateful for your contributions. You can make donations to support all our Churches via the DONATE BUTTON on the Blessington parish website(options available for all our Churches.) 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 the1st & 2nd collections may also be made via the DONATE BUTTON on our websitethe 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.

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.”

While the Parish Office is  Closed to the Public. We are available by telephone or email  for Mass Bookings, Mass Cards, & General Enquiries Monday to Friday. Email: office@blessington.info Carol: 045 865 327 from 9am to 1pm. Jean: 087 2350835 from 9am to 5pm

BLESSINGTON LIBRARY are running an ORIGAMI WORKSHOP for Adults at 11am Thursday 4th March. The workshop will take place on Zoom and the paper will be posted to you in advance. Register at 045 891 740 or blessingtonlib@wicklowcoco.ie

St Mary’s Schools and Blessington Parish Lotto Jackpot next week : €4100 –  Congratulation to the weekly winner of €25 on 19th February: Brona Tracey – Numbers Drawn 9, 13, 21, 27. If you’re not in you can’t win! Text the word Blessington to 51444 or go to www.blessingtonparish.ie Thanks to all for the support!

ACCORD DUBLIN: VACANCY – DIOCESAN DIRECTOR. Reporting directly to the Chairperson of the Board, or any other member as designated by the Chairperson, the Diocesan Director will be responsible for the overall operations and resources of the organization and for ensuring its long-term sustainability. As a senior executive you will have the authority to carry out the management and responsibilities of the day-to-day operations of ACCORD Dublin in accordance with the direction and policies established by the Board. You will also work collaboratively with the other ACCORD companies on the Island of Ireland. Dublin based; this is a full-time permanent role. Some flexibility is required as the role requires working at weekends and some evenings on occasion. Further details on this significant opportunity including remuneration, duties and responsibilities, are available on request. To pursue your interest, please email a comprehensive CV and supporting letter to Sinéad Connolly, Osborne Executive Search in confidence at sinead.connolly@osborne.ie For a confidential discussion please contact Sinéad at 086 012 6618. Candidates for this role will be sourced through both advertising and executive search processes ACCORD Dublin and Osborne Executive Search are equal opportunities employers.

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Childminder Needed for two kids aged 9 and 10 in Blessington from June to September fulltime but also may need part time afterwards. Would be needed from 7:45am to 4:30pm Monday – Friday I am looking for someone local with childminding experience. Contact Greg on 086 052 2222 if interested

Online Maths Grinds available for JUNIOR /LEAVING Cert Students. Contact Chris on clarkechris640@gmail.com

Rods + Cones Opticians Blessington Beside the GARDA station. Formerly Cullinane Opticians. We are open during COVD for all your eyecare needs. FREE Eye Exam + Glasses with PRSI + Medical Card. Large selection of Designer Frames + Sunglasses. Special Offers + Discounts on 2nd Pairs. Varifocal Experts – try them with our 30 Day Guarantee. Wishing all our loyal customers a safe 2021. Call 045-981 056 for an appointment.

NEED TO TALK? Blessington Counselling & Psychotherapy Offer you  a friendly & confidential service Call Mandy 0851349814  www.BCPcounselling.ie

Furniture For Sale – 2 Corner Display Units, Solid Mahogany and a 3 piece Leather Suite. Both items in excellent condition. Phone 086 160 9293

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Gardening – For Hedge clipping, Beds overhauled, Fruit Tree pruning, Painting etc Phone Mark 085 133 7714

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

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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

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

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

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

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

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

Issue 1344 February 21st 2021

Mass Intentions next Week

Andrew O’Hanlon (RD) Brittas, Catherine Bermingham (RD) Tallaght

Saturday 6pm: Anna Bergin (Mths Mind) Paddy Hennessy (A) Margaret Hall (A) Vera Byrne (A) Maree McEvoy (A) Jane Miley (Birthday Rem) Thomas Miley (Birthday Rem) Pat Byrne (Birthday Rem)

Sunday 10am: Vera Byrne (A) Maree McEvoy (A) Barry Kavanagh (A) Mary Cruise (A) Jane Miley (Birthday Rem) Thomas Miley (Birthday Rem) Pat Byrne (Birthday Rem)

Sunday 11.30am: Joe Dowling (RD) Mary Callan (RD)

We also remember: Tim Bryan, Toddy & Kathleen Hennessy, Hugh, Alicia & Billy Hamilton, Michael, Betty & Jim McDonnell, Bridie & John Richardson, Peter, Mary, William, & Pat Brady, William & Elizabeth Coyle, Jane Miley (Birthday Rem) Thomas Miley (Birthday Rem) Pat Byrne (Birthday Rem) Christopher and Mary Lambert, Josephine  O’Toole, Ita Gaughran

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

Tuesday: Hugh, Alicia & Billy Hamilton (A) Nancy Mearns (RD)

Wednesday: Anna Bergin (Mths Mind) Birthday Mass, Birthday

Thursday: Mass offered for all on the Blessington Deceased, Mass Card List

Friday: Margaret Lennon (RD) Birthday 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 20th  February: Mass at 6pm

Sunday 21st February Mass at 10am and 11.30am

Children’s Prayers Every Thursday at 11am we have prayers for children from Church of Our Lady Blessington. All children & families are invited to join via webcam www.blessingtonparish.ie .

Stations of the Cross. Join us every Friday during Lent when we will pray the Stations of the Cross at 12 noon via webcam www.blessingtonparish.ie

Evening Prayer Join the parish team on Mon, Wed & Fri for evening prayer via zoom 7:30pm to 8:10pm  www.blessingtonparishes.com (Parish Pastoral Parish Website)

Divine Mercy Conference 2021 – Friday 19th February from 6pm to 9pm, Saturday 20th February from 10am to 9pm and Sunday 21st February 10am to 4.30pm. This years conference is available FREE on www.divinemercyconference.com  www.churchservices.tv via audio www.RadioMaria.ie or Saorview 210 This year’s contributors include: Archbishop Dermot Farrell D.D. Bishop Eamon Walsh Emeritus Sr Briege McKenna, Fr Hayden Williams,  Fr Brendan Walsh, Fr Eunan McDonnell,  Fr Eamonn McCarthy, Fr Columba Jordan, Christy May and Aoife Pedreschi. If you would like to make a donation towards the cost of the conference you may do so via the ‘Donate’ button on the website www.divinemercyconference.com Any further queries to 085 221 6128

Here are Pope Francis’ simple tips to fast this Lent:

  1. Fast from hurting words and say kind words.
  2. Fast from sadness and be filled with gratitude.
  3. Fast from anger and be filled with patience.
  4. Fast from pessimism and be filled with hope.
  5. Fast from worries and trust in God.
  6. Fast from complaints and contemplate simplicity.
  7. Fast from pressures and be prayerful.
  8. Fast from bitterness and fill you heart with joy.
  9. Fast from selfishness and be compassionate to other
  10. Fast from grudges and be reconciled.
  11. Fast from words and be silent so you can listen.

LENT 2021 Our Hope Renewed” It is time to renew our hope! For we are a Community of Faith, Hope & Love. This Lent let’s take the opportunity to connect with God and each other. We may be confused by Zoom and Social Media… but God is not… let’s do what we can whilst keeping everyone safe. We are in this together. Full Information on Lenten initiatives throughout the Diocese are available on www.evangelisation.ie  all in the ‘Living Lent’ section……….  Book Club (‘Return to Me with all Your Heart’), Guided Meditation, Scripture, Lenten Talks, Evening Prayer, Whatsup for Lent, (Daily Ponder Point), LOL (Lent-On-Line) Personal Reflections, There is something for everyone to take part in this Lent – for Teens, Young Adults and Families

Let’s Live Lent: Bringing The Gospel To Life. Five Pastoral Conversations on Zoom.  Presented by a team from the Office for Evangelisation and the Diocesan Liturgical Resource Centre. Tuesdays 16th Feb, 23rd Feb, 2nd Mar, 9th Mar and 16th Mar 2021 at 8.00 p.m. Full details including booking information shortly.

The Church is open from 10am on Monday to Saturday and after 11.30am Mass on Sundays for quiet prayer or to light a candle. There is a Collection Point at the back of the Church to collect Mass Cards ordered by phone or by email 045 865 327  office@blessington.info

Blessington & District Forum AGM will take place on Monday 8th March at 7:30pm via zoom.
Anyone wishing to attend must register on info@blessington.ie or   blessingtondistrictforum@gmail.com  to receive a zoom ID.

Lacken National School are now accepting enrolments for Mainstream and Early Intervention classes for September 2021. School bus runs daily from/to Blessington. The school offers afterschool care for Junior and Senior Infants until 2.30pm. Lacken School also has a pre-school facility which is ECCE and NCS approved. Enrolment forms can be downloaded from www.lackenns.com or please contact the school office on 045 865086 or lackenschool@eircom.net

BLESSINGTON LIBRARY are running an ORIGAMI WORKSHOP for Adults at 11am Thursday 4th March. The workshop will take place on Zoom and the paper will be posted to you in advance. Register at 045 891 740 or blessingtonlib@wicklowcoco.ie

Do you have a small piece of land in or around Blessington? We are a community group looking to start allotments in the area. Please contact us at blessingtonallotments@gmail.com or 0862371290

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

COVID-19 Support Line for Older People. ALONE manage a national support line and additional supports for older people who have concerns or are facing difficulties relating to COVID-19 Professional staff are available to answer queries and give advice and reassurance where necessary. The support line is open  7 days a week, 8am – 8pm, by calling 0818 222 024. Calls to the ALONE National Support Line cost no more than a local call to a landline. Calls from Vodafone or landline bundles, PAYG bundles, and mobile contracts are free.

Financial Support for our Parish is very important at this time and we are most grateful for your contributions. You can make donations to support all our Churches via the DONATE BUTTON on the Blessington parish website(options available for all our Churches.) 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 the1st & 2nd collections may also be made via the DONATE BUTTON on our websitethe 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.

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.”

While the Parish Office is  Closed to the Public. We are available by telephone or email  for Mass Bookings, Mass Cards, & General Enquiries Monday to Friday. Email: office@blessington.info Carol: 045 865 327 from 9am to 1pm. Jean: 087 2350835 from 9am to 5pm

St Mary’s Schools and Blessington Parish Lotto Jackpot next week : €4050 –  Congratulation to the weekly winner of €25 on 12th February: Sarah Shannon – Numbers Drawn 4, 6, 11 27. If you’re not in you can’t win! Text the word Blessington to 51444 or go to www.blessingtonparish.ie Thanks to all for the support!

 

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Childminder Needed for two kids aged 9 and 10 in Blessington from June to September fulltime but also may need part time afterwards. Would be needed from 7:45am to 4:30pm Monday – Friday I am looking for someone local with childminding experience. Contact Greg on 086 052 2222 if interested

Online Maths Grinds available for JUNIOR /LEAVING Cert Students. Contact Chris on clarkechris640@gmail.com

Rods + Cones Opticians Blessington Beside the GARDA station. Formerly Cullinane Opticians. We are open during COVD for all your eyecare needs. FREE Eye Exam + Glasses with PRSI + Medical Card. Large selection of Designer Frames + Sunglasses. Special Offers + Discounts on 2nd Pairs. Varifocal Experts – try them with our 30 Day Guarantee. Wishing all our loyal customers a safe 2021. Call 045-981 056 for an appointment.

NEED TO TALK? Blessington Counselling & Psychotherapy Offer you  a friendly & confidential service Call Mandy 0851349814  www.BCPcounselling.ie

Furniture For Sale – 2 Corner Display Units, Solid Mahogany and a 3 piece Leather Suite. Both items in excellent condition. Phone 086 160 9293

Looking to upskill, learn a new skill, unsure of what course to do? Here at Blessington Further Education Centre we offer free, confidential career guidance to help you. For more information, please email blessingtonfetc@kwetb.ie or contact Irene on 086 806 1569

Just Got Engaged ? Elegant & Stylish Wedding photography. €1250 for full digital package + free Engagement photo session. Ring Jim on 087 679 9008. Instagram jimschofieldphotography

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

Gardening – For Hedge clipping, Beds overhauled, Fruit Tree pruning, Painting etc Phone Mark 085 133 7714

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Issue 1343 February 14th 2021

SIXTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME  14th February 2021 – Day of Prayer for Temperance. When Jesus cured the leper he was restored back to health and to his family and friends. By being renewed with the body and blood of Christ at this Mass we are strengthened and restored to God’s family.

Mass Intentions next Week

Lisa Walsh nee Hearns (RD) Kilmeague, Janusz Guzik (RD) Poland

Saturday 6pm: Elizabeth Balfe (A) Tom Murphy (A)

Sunday 10am: Margaret (Peg) Doyle (Mths Mind) Stephen Hand (1st A)

Sunday 11.30am: Ciaran Leddy(RD) Catherine McGillicuddy (RD)

We also remember: May & Andy Metcalfe, Peter Doyle, Mick Fennan, John, Joe & Larence Wright Mary McIntyre, Michael & Ann-Mary Norton (A) Larry, Mary & Matthew Lennon Ann Cregoe (A)

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

Tuesday: Matthew Lennon (Jnr) (1st A) Mick Fennan (A)

Wednesday: John, Joe & Laurence Wright (A) Living Intention (Wedding)

Thursday: Jim D’Arcy (RD) Bernard McMahon (RD)

Friday: Jim Golden (A) Brian Kirby (RD)

17th February ASH WEDNESDAY – Ashes will be blessed during 9.30am Mass. Individual blessed packs will be available in our Churches: Blessington, Valleymount & Manor Kilbride, for parishioners to collect during the day. There are also Ash Wednesday Stickers available for children.

Accord Dublin’s Annual Collection will take place this weekend 13th & 14th  February. Donation Envelopes will be available in the Church or donate online at  www.accorddublin.ie

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 13th February: Mass at 6pm

Sunday 14th February Mass at 10am and 11.30am

Children’s Prayers Every Thursday at 11am we have prayers for children from Church of Our Lady Blessington. All children & families are invited to join via webcam www.blessingtonparish.ie We will focus on Lent on 18th February.

Our Prayer session on St Brigid has been uploaded onto www.blessingtonparishes.com and can be viewed anytime Suitable for all primary school children

Stations of the Cross. Join us every Friday during Lent when we will pray the Stations of the Cross at 12 noon via webcam www.blessingtonparish.ie

Evening Prayer Join the parish team on Mon, Wed & Fri for evening prayer via zoom 7:30pm to 8:10pm  www.blessingtonparishes.com (NOT the Parish Website)

LENT 2021 Our Hope Renewed” It is time to renew our hope! For we are a Community of Faith, Hope & Love. This Lent let’s take the opportunity to connect with God and each other. We may be confused by Zoom and Social Media… but God is not… let’s do what we can whilst keeping everyone safe. We are in this together. Full Information on Lenten initiatives throughout the Diocese are available on www.evangelisation.ie  all in the ‘Living Lent’ section……….  Book Club (‘Return to Me with all Your Heart’), Guided Meditation, Scripture, Lenten Talks, Evening Prayer, Whatsup for Lent, (Daily Ponder Point), LOL (Lent-On-Line) Personal Reflections, There is something for everyone to take part in this Lent – for Teens, Young Adults and Families

Let’s Live Lent: Bringing The Gospel To Life. Five Pastoral Conversations on Zoom.  Presented by a team from the Office for Evangelisation and the Diocesan Liturgical Resource Centre. Tuesdays 16th Feb, 23rd Feb, 2nd Mar, 9th Mar and 16th Mar 2021 at 8.00 p.m. Full details including booking information shortly.

The Church is open from 10am on Monday to Saturday and after 11.30am Mass on Sundays for quiet prayer or to light a candle. There is a Collection Point at the back of the Church to collect Mass Cards ordered by phone or by email 045 865 327  office@blessington.info

Blessington & District Forum AGM will take place on Monday 8th March at 7:30pm via zoom.
Anyone wishing to attend must register on info@blessington.ie or   blessingtondistrictforum@gmail.com  to receive a zoom ID.

Lacken National School are now accepting enrolments for Mainstream and Early Intervention classes for September 2021. School bus runs daily from/to Blessington. The school offers afterschool care for Junior and Senior Infants until 2.30pm. Lacken School also has a pre-school facility which is ECCE and NCS approved. Enrolment forms can be downloaded from www.lackenns.com or please contact the school office on 045 865086 or lackenschool@eircom.net

BLESSINGTON LIBRARY are running an ORIGAMI WORKSHOP for Adults at 11am Thursday 4th March. The workshop will take place on Zoom and the paper will be posted to you in advance. Register at 045 891 740 or

 blessingtonlib@wicklowcoco.ie

Do you have a small piece of land in or around Blessington? We are a community group looking to start allotments in the area. Please contact us at blessingtonallotments@gmail.com or 0862371290

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

COVID-19 Support Line for Older People. ALONE manage a national support line and additional supports for older people who have concerns or are facing difficulties relating to COVID-19 Professional staff are available to answer queries and give advice and reassurance where necessary. The support line is open  7 days a week, 8am – 8pm, by calling 0818 222 024. Calls to the ALONE National Support Line cost no more than a local call to a landline. Calls from Vodafone or landline bundles, PAYG bundles, and mobile contracts are free.

Financial Support for our Parish is very important at this time and we are most grateful for your contributions. You can make donations to support all our Churches via the DONATE BUTTON on the Blessington parish website(options available for all our Churches.) 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 the1st & 2nd collections may also be made via the DONATE BUTTON on our websitethe 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.

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.”

While the Parish Office is  Closed to the Public. We are available by telephone or email  for Mass Bookings, Mass Cards, & General Enquiries Monday to Friday. Email: office@blessington.info Carol: 045 865 327 from 9am to 1pm. Jean: 087 2350835 from 9am to 5pm

St Mary’s Schools and Blessington Parish Lotto Jackpot next week : €4050 –  Congratulation to the weekly winner of €25 on 12th February: Sarah Shannon – Numbers Drawn 4, 6, 11 27. If you’re not in you can’t win! Text the word Blessington to 51444 or go to www.blessingtonparish.ie Thanks to all for the support!

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Rods + Cones Opticians Blessington Beside the GARDA station. Formerly Cullinane Opticians. We are open during COVD for all your eyecare needs. FREE Eye Exam + Glasses with PRSI + Medical Card. Large selection of Designer Frames + Sunglasses. Special Offers + Discounts on 2nd Pairs. Varifocal Experts – try them with our 30 Day Guarantee. Wishing all our loyal customers a safe 2021. Call 045-981 056 for an appointment.

NEED TO TALK? Blessington Counselling & Psychotherapy Offer you  a friendly & confidential service Call Mandy 0851349814  www.BCPcounselling.ie

BLESSINGTON LAKES GARDEN CENTRE – Veg & Flower Seeds. Seed Potatoes, Onions & Garlic, Wild Bird Food, Bare Root Hedging, Trees, & Fruit. Call 045 865 403 or 087 931 9111

Furniture For Sale – 2 Corner Display Units, Solid Mahogany and a 3 piece Leather Suite. Both items in excellent condition. Phone 086 160 9293

Looking to upskill, learn a new skill, unsure of what course to do? Here at Blessington Further Education Centre we offer free, confidential career guidance to help you. For more information, please email blessingtonfetc@kwetb.ie or contact Irene on 086 806 1569

Just Got Engaged ? Elegant & Stylish Wedding photography. €1250 for full digital package + free Engagement photo session. Ring Jim on 087 679 9008. Instagram jimschofieldphotography

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

Gardening – For Hedge clipping, Beds overhauled, Fruit Tree pruning, Painting etc Phone Mark 085 133 7714

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Issue 1342 February 7th 2021

FIFTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME  7th February 2021

Jesus is the healer who gives hope to his people.

Mass Intentions next Week

Margaret Lennon (RD) Ballinastockan, Marcel de Mulder (RD) UK, Joe McManus (RD) Lurgan, James D’Arcy (RD) Blessington

Saturday 6pm: Ann Kavanagh (A) Maree McEvoy (A) Phyllis Farrell (A) Bill Brady (A)

Sunday 10am: Ann O’Byrne (A) Bridget & John Tipper (A) Tom Tipper (A)

Sunday 11.30am:John O’Hara (A) Ann Byrne (A) Molly Haughton (A)

We also remember: Edward Boylan, Conor Curran, Bridget O’Connell, Sean & Elizabeth O’Donnell, Sidney & Maureen Hambly, Francis Hunt, Joe Treacy, Bridie & Owen Naughton, Bridie & John Keogh John Keogh (Knockieran)

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

Tuesday: Margaret Lennon (RD) Barbara Smith (A) Jerry Carey (A)

Wednesday: Michael Eustace (RD) Anna Bergin (A)

Thursday: Sean O’Flaherty (RD) Fr Jimmy Peters(RD)

Friday: Special Living Intentions, Special Living Intentions, Special Living Intentions

Accord Dublin’s Annual Collection will take place next weekend 13th & 14th  February. Donation Envelopes will be available in the Church or donate online at  www.accorddublin.ie

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 6th February Mass at 6pm

Sunday 7th February Mass at 10am and 11.30am

Evening Prayer Join the parish team on Mon, Wed and Fri for evening prayer via zoom 7:30pm to 8:10pm  www.blessingtonparishes.com

Children’s Prayers Every Thursday at 11am we have prayers for children from Church of Our Lady Blessington. All children & families are invited to join via webcam www.blessingtonparish.ie We will focus on Our Lady of Lourdes on 11th February & Lent on 18th February.

The Church is open from 10am on Monday to Saturday and after 11.30am Mass on Sundays for quiet prayer or to light a candle. There is a Collection Point at the back of the Church to collect Mass Cards ordered by phone or by email 045 865 327  office@blessington.info

LENT 2021 Our Hope Renewed” It is time to renew our hope! For we are a Community of Faith, Hope & Love. This Lent let’s take the opportunity to connect with God and each other. We may be confused by Zoom and Social Media… but God is not… let’s do what we can whilst keeping everyone safe. We are in this together. Full Information on Lenten initiatives throughout the Diocese are available on www.evangelisation.ie  all in the ‘Living Lent’ section……….  Book Club (‘Return to Me with all Your Heart’), Guided Meditation, Scripture, Lenten Talks, Evening Prayer, Whatsup for Lent, (Daily Ponder Point), LOL (Lent-On-Line) Personal Reflections, There is something for everyone to take part in this Lent – for Teens, Young Adults and Families

Let’s Live Lent: Bringing The Gospel To Life. Five Pastoral Conversations on Zoom.  Presented by a team from the Office for Evangelisation and the Diocesan Liturgical Resource Centre. Tuesdays 16th Feb, 23rd Feb, 2nd Mar, 9th Mar and 16th Mar 2021 at 8.00 p.m. Full details including booking information shortly.

Homily of Bishop Dermot Farrell at Mass of Thanksgiving on the Occasion of his Installation as Archbishop of Dublin is available to read from the link below or on the Archdiocese Website: www.dublindiocese.ie –  https://www.dublindiocese.ie/installation-of-dermot-farrell-as-archbishop-of-dublin/

Do you have a small piece of land in or around Blessington? We are a community group looking to start allotments in the area. Please contact us at blessingtonallotments@gmail.com or 0862371290

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

COVID-19 Support Line for Older People. ALONE manage a national support line and additional supports for older people who have concerns or are facing difficulties relating to COVID-19 Professional staff are available to answer queries and give advice and reassurance where necessary. The support line is open  7 days a week, 8am – 8pm, by calling 0818 222 024. Calls to the ALONE National Support Line cost no more than a local call to a landline. Calls from Vodafone or landline bundles, PAYG bundles, and mobile contracts are free.

Lacken National School are now accepting enrolments for Mainstream and Early Intervention classes for September 2021. School bus runs daily from/to Blessington. The school offers afterschool care for Junior and Senior Infants until 2.30pm. Lacken School also has a pre-school facility which is ECCE and NCS approved. Enrolment forms can be downloaded from www.lackenns.com or please contact the school office on 045 865086 or lackenschool@eircom.net

Financial Support for our Parish is very important at this time and we are most grateful for your contributions. You can make donations to support all our Churches via the DONATE BUTTON on the Blessington parish website(options available for all our Churches.) 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 the1st & 2nd collections may also be made via the DONATE BUTTON on our websitethe 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.

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.”

While the Parish Office is  Closed to the Public. We are available by telephone or email  for Mass Bookings, Mass Cards, & General Enquiries Monday to Friday. Email: office@blessington.info Carol: 045 865 327 from 9am to 1pm. Jean: 087 2350835 from 9am to 5pm

St Vincent de Paul local number 087 181 1579

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NEED TO TALK? Blessington Counselling & Psychotherapy Offer you  a friendly & confidential service Call Mandy 0851349814  www.BCPcounselling.ie

BLESSINGTON LAKES GARDEN CENTRE – Veg & Flower Seeds. Seed Potatoes, Onions & Garlic, Wild Bird Food, Bare Root Hedging, Trees, & Fruit. Call 045 865 403 or 087 931 9111

Furniture For Sale – 3 piece Leather Suite. Solid Pine Kitchen Table and 6 chairs 150x90cm. Both items in excellent condition. Phone 086 160 9293

Looking to upskill, learn a new skill, unsure of what course to do? Here at Blessington Further Education Centre we offer free, confidential career guidance to help you. For more information, please email blessingtonfetc@kwetb.ie or contact Irene on 086 806 1569

Just Got Engaged ? Elegant & Stylish Wedding photography. €1250 for full digital package + free Engagement photo session. Ring Jim on 087 679 9008. Instagram jimschofieldphotography

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

Gardening – For Hedge clipping, Beds overhauled, Fruit Tree pruning, Painting etc Phone Mark 085 133 7714

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Issue 1341 January 31st 2021

FOURTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME 31st January 2021

Jesus speaks the words of his Father today with an authority that made a deep impression on his listeners.

Mass Intentions next Week

Josephine Downes (RD) London, Anna Bergin, Late of Glen Heste, Manor Kilbride, (Died 24th Jan) Myles Byrne (RD) Glasnevin, John Fitzgerald (RD) Lucan

Saturday 6pm: Liam O’Reilly (A) Pat Garry (A) Catherine Mahon (A)

Sunday 10am: Margaret Miley (50th A) Deceased Members of Downes & Miley Families

Sunday 11.30am: Rita & Kevin Somers (A) Gerry Moore (A)

We also remember: In Remembrance of Deceased Family & Friends, Ann Rogers (nee Clarke) John & Sarah White, Lily Horan, Bernadette Byrne

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

Tuesday: Thanksgiving Mass, Intentions Mass

Wednesday: Christina Owens (RD) Seamus Joyce (RD) Bernadette Byrne (A)

Thursday: Ann Moore (RD) Gerry Brady (RD)

Friday: First Friday of the Month, Masses will be offered for all on the November List of the Dead

All Masses & Services via Webcam www.blessingtonparish.ie

Thursday 4th February: Holy Hour / Benediction with Deacon Gerry at 7.30pm in Blessington Church

Friday 5th February – 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.

While the Parish Office is  Closed to the Public. We are available by telephone or email  for Mass Bookings, Mass Cards, & General Enquiries Monday to Friday. Email: office@blessington.info Carol: 045 865 327 from 9am to 1pm. Jean: 087 2350835 from 9am to 5pm

The Church is open from 10am on Monday to Saturday and after 11.30am Mass on Sundays to allow people to drop in for quiet prayer or to light a candle. please use the HAND SANITISER as you enter & as you leave the Church. There is a Collection Point at the back of the Church to collect Mass Cards ordered by phone or by email 045 865 327 office@blessington.info

If you lost a Euro Millions ticket….. 4 lines QP for 4th December. it won €4….. I gave it to SVP….(Yes, I would have sought you out if the prize was significant.) Happy New Year and Stay Safe. Signed: The Phantom.

Lacken National School are now accepting enrolments for Mainstream and Early Intervention classes for September 2021. School bus runs daily from/to Blessington. The school offers afterschool care for Junior and Senior Infants until 2.30pm. Lacken School also has a pre-school facility which is ECCE and NCS approved. Enrolment forms can be downloaded from www.lackenns.com or please contact the school office on 045 865086 or lackenschool@eircom.net

Financial Support for our Parish is very important at this time and we are most grateful for your contributions. You can make donations to support all our Churches via the DONATE BUTTON on the Blessington parish website(options available for all our Churches.) 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 the1st & 2nd collections may also be made via the DONATE BUTTON on our websitethe 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.

St Marys’ Schools & Blessington Parish Lotto This week’s Jackpot was €3925. If you’re not in you can’t win! Text the word Blessington to 51444 or go to www.blessingtonparish.ie Thanks to all for the support! Congratulation to the weekly winner on 21st January: Rose-Mary Nugent and on 28th January: Jean Roche

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

COVID-19 Support Line for Older People. ALONE manage a national support line and additional supports for older people who have concerns or are facing difficulties relating to COVID-19 Professional staff are available to answer queries and give advice and reassurance where necessary. The support line is open  7 days a week, 8am – 8pm, by calling 0818 222 024. Calls to the ALONE National Support Line cost no more than a local call to a landline. Calls from Vodafone or landline bundles, PAYG bundles, and mobile contracts are free.

The Year of St Joseph- Pope Frances has proclaimed a special “Year of St Joseph” beginning on December 8th 2020 and extending to the same feast in 2020. Our Pope has said that this pandemic has helped us see clearly the importance of “ordinary people” who far from the limelight offer hope every day to us all. Pope Frances believes these people resemble Saint Joseph, “the man who goes unnoticed, a daily, discreet and hidden presence,” who nonetheless played “an incomparable role in the history of salvation.”

Every morning at 9am Monday to Friday we pray the rosary and will now include the prayer to St Joseph as Pope Frances has asked us.

Hail, Guardian of the Redeemer, Spouse of the Blessed Virgin Mary. To you God entrusted his only Son; in you Mary placed her trust; with you Christ became man. Blessed Joseph, to us too, show yourself a father and guide us in the path of life. Obtain for us grace, mercy, and courage, and defend us from every evil.  Amen.

Aware – Support & Self Care Groups If you, or those with whom you work wish to connect with people in relation to your mental wellbeing, please consider using the Phone In and Zoom Support & Self Care Groups, the Support Line or Support Mail, now and throughout the holiday season. These services provide support, coping skills and information – and most importantly help people who are in distress to know and feel that they are not alone in their experience.  For more information about the groups https://www.aware.ie/support/support-groups/ and all of our services on www.aware.ie

Irish Hospice Foundation – Living with Loss. We are now accepting bookings for the 2021 series of Workshops on Loss and Bereavement which will be delivered online via Zoom from January – June.  Details and booking process can be found on the following link https://hospicefoundation.ie/education-training/bereavement-training/workshops/ Please note bookings and payment for the workshops can only be made by using the following link to Eventbrite https://www.eventbrite.ie/o/irish-hospice-foundation-31883804183

Let’s Live Lent: Bringing The Gospel To Life. Five Pastoral Conversations on Zoom.  Presented by a team from the Office for Evangelisation and the Diocesan Liturgical Resource Centre. Tuesdays 16th Feb, 23rd Feb, 2nd Mar, 9th Mar and 16th Mar 2021 at 8.00 p.m. Full details including booking information shortly.

St Vincent de Paul local number 087 181 1579

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BLESSINGTON LAKES GARDEN CENTRE – Veg & Flower Seeds. Seed Potatoes, Onions & Garlic, Wild Bird Food, Bare Root Hedging, Trees, & Fruit. Call 045 865 403 or 087 931 9111

Furniture For Sale – 3 piece Leather Suite ….in excellent condition. Solid Pine Kitchen Table and 6 chairs 150x90cm. Solid Mahogany Sideboard 175 x 50 x 85cm. Both items in excellent condition. Phone 086 160 9293

Looking to upskill, learn a new skill, unsure of what course to do? Here at Blessington Further Education Centre we offer free, confidential career guidance to help you. For more information, please email blessingtonfetc@kwetb.ie or contact Irene on 086 806 1569

Just Got Engaged ? Elegant & Stylish Wedding photography. €1250 for full digital package + free Engagement photo session. Ring Jim on 087 679 9008. Instagram jimschofieldphotography

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

Gardening – For Hedge clipping, Beds overhauled, Fruit Tree pruning, Painting etc Phone Mark 085 133 7714

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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