Issue 1273 September 15th 2019

Parish Mission Appeal

The Daughters of Charity will speak at some Masses this weekend about their work in Africa

Saturday 14th September 2019

Bake & Buy a Cake & Coffee Morning Music Raffle & lots of fun, all for Aoibheann’s Pink Tie from 11.30am to 1.30pm in Hennessy’s Blessington. Anyone wishing to donate cakes, raffle prizes etc please contact; Carly 086 3062083, Bernadette 087 6637793, Judy 087 6165116 or Catherine 087 1224019

Monday 16th September 2019

Holy Hour in Crosschapel every Monday after 10am Mass (ex-Bank Holidays)

Blessington Alcoholics Anonymous Group is hosting an OPEN PUBLIC MEETING in St Joseph’s Hall, Blessington at 8pm. With speakers from AA & Al-Anon. Refreshments served. All welcome

Tuesday 17th September 2019

Blessington U3A welcome Robert a talk on employing advanced technology in the war against poverty & disease entitled: “See me & let me see you”. 10:30am at The Education Centre, Blessington. All welcome, €5 per person or €20 for full membership

Citizens Information Centre in Blessington Library from 1pm to 4pm. Legal advice service on 1st & 3rd Tues of month by appointment

Eucharistic Adoration from 7.30pm to 8.30pm in Blessington Church.

Child Safeguarding Talks for Blessington Church Helpers in all Churches in our Parish (& surrounding areas) information evening in the Coimin Centre Blessington at 7:30pm

Wednesday 18th September 2019

The Citizens Information Centre is open in Blessington Library today 10am to 12.30pm.

The Rosary will be offered at 7.30pm for the intentions of our families in Blessington Church

Christian Meditation Group meet in the Mass Centre in Brittas from 11am. All welcome

Thursday 19th September 2019

First Communion and First Penance 2020

Information meeting for Parents of all children in St Mary’s JS, Gaelscoil na Lochanna, No. 1 School & BETNS who will be receiving First Communion next May, takes place in Church of Our Lady, Blessington at 8pm.

Blessington History Society are hosting a talk by Dr Rory O’Farrell on ‘Giraldus Cambrensis’ – An early medieval Welsh Visitor to Ireland. It will be held on Thursday night September 19th at 8.00pm in the Coimin Centre. Non-Members €5 All ae welcome!

Mass Intentions this Week Rita Reid (RD)

Saturday 6pm: Margaret & Mary Doyle (A) Tom & Peter Doyle (A)

Sunday 10am: Gerard Ryan (RD) Mary Power (RD)

We also Remember the following: Paddy Menton (A) Dolores & Robert Taggart (A) Deceased members of the Taggart & Travers Families

Monday: Mass for those on the list for Sick

Tuesday: Sp Living Int, Intentions Mass

Wednesday: Ciaran O’Boyle (RD) Eddie Whelan (RD)

Thursday: Noel Keogh (1st A) Eithne Cramley (Birthday Rem) Margie Jones (Birthday Rem)

Friday: John Gayer (RD) Jim Power (RD)

Visitation of the Sick: If there are any parishioners ill, at home or in hospital who would like a visit from a priest, please contact the Parish Office to let us know and to make arrangements 045 865 327

Blessington Children’s Choir are returning to practice every Monday from 2:45pm to 3.30pm from Monday 21st September in the Church. New members welcome. We are also looking for a MUSICIAN TO PLAY for the choir, if you are interested please call Aine 045 865 327 in the Parish Office

Ladies Ring Found, Lower Main Street, Blessington on Tuesday 9th September.

Burgage Cemetery AGM will take place on Monday 30th September at 8pm in the Coimin Centre, Blessington.

Morning Eucharistic Adoration every Monday from 7th October after 9.30am Mass until 12 Noon in the Crying Room, Church of Our Lady, Blessington.

MASS IN CELEBRATION OF ST PIO on Friday 20th September at 7.30pm in St John the Evangelist Church, Ballinteer, Dublin 16. The Celebrant is Fr Martin Bennett OFM Cap. Blessing with Padre Pio Glove All Welcome

The husband & family, brothers & sisters of the late Sheila Zeller, would like to thank everyone most sincerely for their expression of sympathy on the passing of Sheila. Thanks to all who attended the funeral Mass & sent cards. A special thanks to Fr. Richard Behan, Deacon Gerry Malone, Undertakers Tony & Regina Clarke, Clonskeagh Nursing Home for all their care to Sheila, R.I.P.

A Week of Guided Prayer from 29th Sept to 5th October. Thank you to the speakers who came last weekend & explained the Week of Guided Prayer.  There has been a great response to their invitation to take part. All the forms will be handed over to the organising team & they will be in touch to give each participant more details. There’s still time to return your completed Registration Form.  The closing date for competed forms is Tuesday 19th Sept.

Coffee Day Thursday 19th September in Hollywood Centre from 9am to 3pm. All proceeds to Hospice on Curragh caring for West Wicklow and Kildare. Your support appreciated.

Drug Awareness Meeting in Hollywood Centre on Tuesday 24th September at 8pm. We ask Parents / Mentors & all those interested in Protecting our young people from “The Scourge” of Drugs. There’s is not a Village in this Country that Drugs are not readily available. This Meeting is an open Meeting “Over 18s” Please come along.

The BOM of Lacken NS is looking for an escort to assist on the school bus, bringing children to & from school. Candidates must be available from 7.30am – 3.30pm approx. (flexible). If interested please forward hard copy of CV, references & letter of suitability to the Chairperson of the Board before Monday 16th September

Hollywood Friendship Club every Wednesday from 2.15 to 4.15pm in Hollywood Centre New members welcome.

Rounders – Blessington GAA are looking at the possibility of starting Rounders teams for juvenile ages (boys & girls). It’s an official GAA sport and even has own Féile. If any parent is interested in training and attending coaching, please contact Kevin Gilmore on 0872324197.

Blessington Mini-Rugby– Rugby for Tots starts a new season at St Kevin’s Community Centre, Blessington on Sat 7th Sep 11:15am to 12:15. For Children aged Under 5 (DOB 2015) & Under 6 (DOB 2014). GIRLS go FREE.

Blessington and District Forum will hold its AGM on Monday 14th October. Venue & time to be confirmed. Nominations are currently being accepted for (i) membership of the Forum and (ii) for positions on the Forum Executive. Closing date for nominations is Friday 20th September at 5pm. Nominations or requests for further information should be sent via email to the secretary using info@blessington.ie.  Further details at www.blessington.ie

Mini-Rugby at Russborough begins Tues 3rd Sep 7pm to 8pm on Blessington GAA Astro & every Saturday on 7th Sep 11:15am to 12:30, U7 born (2013), U8 (2012), U9 (2011), U10 (2010, U11 (2009), U12 (2008) GIRLS go FREE

Blessington Fencing Club have an Adult beginners Fencing Class starting on Tues 17th Sept at 8pm. All you need are good fitting trainers & comfortable clothes. It is great fun. Come along & give it a try. We look forward to meeting you. Ages 18-99 welcome. Please call if you have any questions 087 676 4183

Ciarán Jones Memorial Charity Golf Day 2019 Social Night. Presentation of prizes & the presentation of the cheques to the designated charities. We will also be presenting the Ciarán Jones Person of The Year award on the night. The social night is being held in the Avon Blessington on Saturday 14th Sept & it promises to be a good night with music & finger food & we will also be holding the raffle for an exceptional array of prizes. We would also like to say a big thank you to our main sponsors Tullfarris Hotel & Golf Resort, the Avon, Punctual Print, Musgraves, the Renault Group & Aspire Technology for their continued support

Reservoir Cogs Cycling Club Annual Cycling event from Russborough House will take place on Sunday 15th September. Over 400 cyclists will be taking part.

West Wicklow Voices “The French Connection” St Joseph’s Church, Baltinglass on Culture Night Friday 20th September from 7.30pm to 9pm. Admission FreeCub Scout Blessington. Is your child aged 9-11years, if they are interested in joining scouts & you would like to become a scout leader (free training provided) please contact me aoibheannmc1@yahoo.ie for more details.

West Wicklow Cancer Support in conjunction with our East Coast FM Coffee morning fundraiser have a signed GAA Dublin All Ireland Champions jersey for auction! Possibly the most successful Dublin Team of all time. If you would like to own this splendid piece of memorabilia, please call/email: 087 4346004 or westwicklow15@gmail.com

Charity Social Dance in Hollywood Centre on Saturday 21st September from 9pm to midnight. Please support. Admission.    €10 Adults €5 Students. Music by Tony Bird

Happy Faces Community Playgroup enrolling for Sept 2019, we offer ECCE & part time places, at Happy Faces we support & encourage young children through a planned play-based curriculum, to grow into independent little people, who have a love for life & learning call: 085 128 1605, email happyfaces@blessingtonfec.ie or Facebook

Wicklow Mountains National Park: Nature & St Kevin Walk, Sunday 29th September. Join National Park Guides for a gentle walk in the beautiful valley of Glendalough. We will visit some of the sites associated with St Kevin, sharing the stories about his connection with nature & discussing possible meanings behind the stories, weaving them with current conservation concerns. Meet outside Glendalough Visitor Centre (Eircode A98HC80) on Sunday 29th September at 10am. Approximately four hours including a break. Adults only. Wear footwear suitable for rough terrain & clothing suitable for wet weather.  Please leave your dog at home. This event is free of charge but please be aware that the OPW Visitor Centre car park has a €4 charge for car parking. Booking is essential! Call the National Park Information Office 0404 45425 for info & booking

Local St Vincent de Paul 087 181 1579

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Issue 1272 September 8th 2019

The Blessington Community First Responder Unit  will be holding their Annual Church Gate Collection this weekend, 7th & 8th September. All donations greatly appreciated.

Sunday 8th September 2019

Car Boot Sale (Des Redmond Charities) in St. Kevin’s Hall Sunday 8th September from 7am to 4pm. €10 per table, Free Car Park, Tea & Coffee. Pat Conlan 086 075 2072

Eadestown Field Day in Punchestown from 1pm – Great Day Out for all the family!!

Monday 9th September 2019

Holy Hour in Crosschapel every Monday after 10am Mass (ex-Bank Holidays)

Blessington & District Forum AGM meeting at 7.30pm in St Mary’s Junior School. All Welcome

Neighbourhood Collection Envelopes for September are due, we would appreciate it if they are left in the Church at Mass or dropped into the Parish Office any morning. Many thanks contributors & collectors for your continued support.

Tuesday 10th September 2019

Citizens Information Centre in Blessington Library from 1pm to 4pm. Legal advice service on 1st & 3rd Tues of month by appointment

Eucharistic Adoration from 7.30pm to 8.30pm in Blessington Church.

Wednesday 11th September 2019

The Citizens Information Centre is open in Blessington Library today 10am to 12.30pm.

The Rosary will be offered at 7.30pm for the intentions of our families in Blessington Church

Christian Meditation Group meet in the Mass Centre in Brittas from 11am. All welcome

Bethany Bereavement Support group available for caring confidential support from 8pm to 9pm no appointment necessary.

Thursday 12th September 2019

Valleymount Parent & Baby/toddler playgroup starts back from 10.15am to 12 in Valleymount Hall. New members welcome

Coimin Management Meeting 7pm

Blessington PPC Meeting 8pm

Friday 13th September 2019

Foroige Youth Club starts back in St Joseph’s Hall. Register now online http://tiny.cc/kbfhbz Volunteers needed, please email: foroigeblessington@gmail.com

Parish Mission Appeal: The Daughters of Charity will speak at Masses next weekend 14th & 15th Sept to about their work in Africa

Mass Intentions this Week

Saturday 6pm: Mary Ryan (A) Anne Doyle(A) Frank Sexton (A) Tom & Mary Tivnan (A)

Sunday 10am: Angelina Smith (RD) Frank Foley (RD)

We also Remember the following: Eileen Cox (A)

Monday: Mass for those on the list for Sick

Tuesday: Pam Jackson (RD) Jo Plant (A)

Wednesday: Eileen Cox (A) Betty Daly (RD)

Thursday: Get Well Mass, Get Well Mass

Friday: Dolores Fox (RD) Jim Craig (A)

The family of the late Eddie (Ned) Conroy Beechdale wishes to acknowledge the many expressions of sympathy & gestures of kindness shown to us following our sad loss.We offer our heartfelt thanks to family, friends, neighbours & well-wishers who attended the funeral home, mass & burial & who provided emotional & practical support for us at this difficult time. For those who travelled long distance, sent cards & messages of condolences, as well as those who made charitable donations, we are truly grateful.A special word of thanks to the Doctors, nurses & staff of Naas & Baltinglass hospital for their kindness & respect shown at all times. To all those who participated in the Mass, especially Fr Paraic, the Eucharistic Ministers, our singer Lorraine, musician Paul & finally Clarkes Funeral Directors, for their sensitive & professional handling of arrangements. 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. Pat & family

The BOM of Lacken NS is looking for an escort to assist on the school bus, bringing children to & from school. Candidates must be available from 7.30am – 3.30pm approx. (flexible). If interested please forward hard copy of CV, references & letter of suitability to the Chairperson of the Board before Monday 16th September.

CHILD SAFEGUARDING TALKS. Blessington Parish Pastoral Council are inviting all Church Helpers in all Churches in our Parish and surrounding areasto come to an information evening on one of the following dates.Wednesday 11th September or Tuesday 17th September in the Coimin Centre Blessington from 7:30pm to 9pm

A Week of Guided Prayer from 29th Sept to 5th October.We welcome our speakers at Masses this weekend to explain further about the Week of Guided Prayer.  They will also answer any questions you may have.  Information leaflets and Registration Forms will be distributed. Completed Forms to be returned by Tuesday 19th Sept.

A Word of Appreciation to the Baltyboys Cemetery Committee for putting the traffic management plan & to the family who provided the field for parking. Thanks to all who attended and took part in the Mass.

Rounders – Blessington GAA are looking at the possibility of starting Rounders teams for juvenile ages (boys & girls). It’s an official GAA sport and even has own Féile. If any parent is interested in training and attending coaching, please contact Kevin Gilmore on 0872324197. Be part of this exciting initiative.

Bake & Buy a Cake & Coffee Morning Music Raffle & lots of fun, all for Aoibheann’s Pink Tie on Saturday 14th September at 11.30 am to 1.30, in Hennessy’s Blessington. Anyone wishing to donate cakes, raffle prizes etc please contact; Carly 086 3062083, Bernadette 087 6637793, Judy 087 6165116 or Catherine 087 1224019

Park Walk with Parkrun – Russborough – Six-week walking programme starting Saturday 7th September. Every Saturday at 9.30am (arrive before 9.20am). Free Timed 5k event. Everyone welcome. Register at www.parkrun.ie

Blessington Mini-Rugby– Rugby for Tots starts a new season at St Kevin’s Community Centre, Blessington on Sat 7th Sep 11:15am to 12:15. For Children aged Under 5 (DOB 2015) & Under 6 (DOB 2014). GIRLS go FREE.

Mini-Rugby at Russborough begins Tues 3rd Sep 7pm to 8pm on Blessington GAA Astro & every Saturday on 7th Sep 11:15am to 12:30, U7 born (2013), U8 (2012), U9 (2011), U10 (2010, U11 (2009), U12 (2008) GIRLS go FREE

Is drink causing problems for you or someone you know? Do you want to stop drinking? Is there an alcoholic in your life? Blessington Alcoholics Anonymous Group is hosting an OPEN PUBLIC MEETING in St Joseph’s Hall, Main St. Blessington on Monday 16th September at 8pm. The purpose of this meeting is to reach the still suffering alcoholic through a third party, family and friends by letting them know that AA exists, where it can be found and what it can offer. With speakers from Alcoholics Anonymous and Al-Anon. Refreshments served. All welcome

Visitation of the Sick: If there are any parishioners ill, at home or in hospital who would like a visit from a priest, please contact the Parish Office to let us know and to make arrangements 045 865 327

Readers of the Word needed to join the Rota for 6pm or 10am Mass in Church of Our Lady Blessington. If you are a former reader in this Parish and would like to return or if you were a reader in another Parish and would like to be included, call the Parish Office: 045 865 327

Community Pool for West Wicklow are raffling a framed, signed Dublin jersey! Tickets €10 & can be purchased at https://tinyurl.com/CPWWDubJerseyRaffle A maximum of 200 tickets. Winner will be notified by email. Payments via PayPal. Draw when all 200 tickets are sold. All monies raised will go towards a pool for West Wicklow. For more info, email: poolforWestWicklow@gmail.com

Ciarán Jones Memorial Charity Golf Day 2019 The Jones Family & the organising committee of the 8th Annual Ciarán Jones Memorial Charity Golf & Social fundraiser, which took place in Tullfarris Golf Club on 9th & 10th August, would like to express their sincere appreciation to all who supported this year’s event. This year’s primary beneficiaries were Acquired Brain Injury Ireland & Blessington & District Senior Citizens Care Association. This year, we have so far raised in excess of last year’s total of €18,000. We still have the social night to come which will see the presentation of prizes & the presentation of the cheques to the designated charities. We will also be presenting the Ciarán Jones Person of The Year award on the night. The social night is being held in the Avon Blessington on Saturday 14th Sept & it promises to be a good night with music & finger food & we will also be holding the raffle for an exceptional array of prizes. We would also like to say a big thank you to our main sponsors Tullfarris Hotel & Golf Resort, the Avon, Punctual Print, Musgraves, the Renault Group & Aspire Technology for their support over the past number of years. This event has gone from strength to strength each year & does so because the people of Kilbride, Blessington & surrounding areas have shown such support over the years, your support is helping a lot of people in the community.

Burgage Cemetery AGM will take place on Monday 30th September at 8pm in the Coimin Centre, Blessington.

New West Wicklow Support Group GROW Community Mental Health Support Group meets every Wed at 7.30pm in Camphill, Dunlavin. (from Wed 4th Sept) Come & learn more about positive mental health, wellbeing, recovery & how GROW may help you achieve this. Free, all welcome. for further info: John 086 803 3126 or www.grow.ie.

Happy Faces Community Playgroup enrolling for Sept 2019, we offer ECCE & part time places, at Happy Faces we support & encourage young children through a planned play-based curriculum, to grow into independent little people, who have a love for life & learning call: 085 128 1605, email happyfaces@blessingtonfec.ie or Facebook

“Ceiliuradh” We had a full house, a breath-taking show, in most beautiful setting in St Kevin’s Church Hollywood. Thanks to Rev. Ruddock, for the use of the magnificent church, in celebration of our great heritage during National Heritage Week. Thank You to Paddy Gleeson, Fear an Ti & to P.J & Dan Kenny of Supervalu for their support. Mile buiochas daoibh ar fad. Pat Conlan agus Muintir Blessington Comhaltas.

Don’t wait for the perfect moment, take this moment and make it perfect

Issue 1271 September 1st 2019

The Crosscare Annual Collection for Community, Homeless & Youth Services will take place in all churches this weekend 31st Aug & 1st Sept.  Please help Crosscare to continue with their vital work in our parishes. Donors can also contribute online at www.crosscare.ie

Monday 2nd September 2019

Holy Hour in Crosschapel every Monday after 10am Mass (ex-Bank Holidays)

Guided Prayer, Benediction & Music at 8pm in Lacken Church. Refreshments afterwards. All are welcome.

Tuesday 3rd September 2019

Citizens Information Centre in Blessington Library from 1pm to 4pm. Legal advice service on 1st & 3rd Tues of month by appointment

Eucharistic Adoration from 7.30pm to 8.30pm in Blessington Church.

Wednesday 4th September 2019

The Citizens Information Centre is open in Blessington Library today 10am to 12.30pm.

The Rosary will be offered at 7.30pm for the intentions of our families in Blessington Church

Friday 6th September 2019

Bethany Bereavement Support Group are available in the Coimín Centre Blessington for caring confidential support from 10am to 11am

1st Friday of the Month. The Masses will be offered for all those whose names are on the Altar List of the Dead. The priests will visit the sick & housebound. If you would like a visit please contact the Parish Office, 045 865 327

1st Friday Mass in Manor Kilbride at 9am.

1st Friday Mass in Valleymount at 11.15am

Coffee Morning in Lacken Community Centre from 10.30am to 12.30pm

Padre Pio Mass at 8pm in Blessington.

Mass Intentions this Week

Saturday 6pm: Margaret Higgins (Mths Mind) Pat Hughes (1st A) Denis Toomey (A)

Sunday 10am: Conor Earley (A) Katie Kelly (A) Mary-Anne Sargent (A)

We also Remember the following: Monica Mellin (A) Joseph O’Riordan (1st A) Lillian D’Arcy (A) Eddie Conroy (RD)

Monday: Mass for those on the list for Sick

Tuesday: Barry O’Donnell (Rem) Thank You Mass

Wednesday: Tom, Phyllis & Roger Farrell (A) Deceased members of Kelly, Moran & Miller Families

Thursday: Susan Nolan (RD) Richard Moore (RD)

Friday: Mass for all on Altar List of the Dead

The Family of late Skaidrite Valdgeima would like to thank everyone for their kindness & support it means so much. Thank you to all our friends & neighbours for all your help & kindness we are so grateful to you all and also to all who attended the funeral Mass & sent Mass cards. Thank you to Fr. Paraic & Deacon Gerry Malone for Funeral Mass & all your support. Thanks to Lorraine and Paul for their beautiful singing. Huge thanks to all the Irish Dancers from Scoil Rince Ni Aogain, Sky’s Butterfly Family for doing guard of honour. A special thank you to Tony and Regina Clarke for all their kindness & for taking care of our beloved Skaidrite. A Mass will be offered for your intentions. Ivars, Simona, Samanta & Isabell

The Blessington Community First Responder Unit  will be holding their Annual Church Gate Collection next weekend, 7th & 8th September. All donations greatly appreciated. The Blessington Community First Responder Unit was setup in 2005. It is a 100% voluntary group providing near 24/7 quick response to a range of Respiratory and Cardiac related emergencies in Blessington and the surrounding towns within a 10K radius. Without the public’s support and the support of local businesses, this unit would simply not be able to continue. Every penny raised goes back into the unit for the good of our community

Visitation of the Sick: If there are any parishioners ill, at home or in hospital who would like a visit from a priest, please contact the Parish Office to let us know and to make arrangements 045 865 327

Rathmore Cemetery Clean-Up. A BIG thank-you to all who came on Sat 24th. Great work was done! It was proposed that we continue the work each Saturday (Weather permitting) Thank you all

The Charity, “Touch Ireland” Supporting Vulnerable Children in “Our World” offer a sincere thank you to all who contributed to our recent Church Gate collection on 10th/11th August which raised € 545

Readers of the Word needed to join the Rota for 6pm or 10am Mass in Church of Our Lady Blessington. If you are a former reader in this Parish and would like to return or if you were a reader in another Parish and would like to be included, please contact the Parish Office: 045 865 327

A Date for your Diary A Week of Guided Prayer from 29th Sept to 5th October. This is a way of making a retreat in the midst of our busy day.  Everyone is welcome and encouraged to take part. The structure is simple. It begins on Sunday evening with a group introduction to the format of the week; some explanation of Praying with Scripture; some time in prayer together; meeting your personal guide; a chance to ask any questions…and share some light refreshments together!!  Each day you are asked to spend time in prayer and then come to the parish each day to talk about it with a trained Prayer Guide for half an hour. These one-to-one sessions run from Monday to Friday at a time convenient to you. The week ends with everyone coming together to share their experiences. Next weekend there will be speakers at all the Masses to further explain what is involved and who will also answer any queries you have about it.  Information leaflets and Registration Forms will also be distributed.

Car Boot Sale (Des Redmond Charities) in St. Kevin’s Hall Sunday 8th September from 7am to 4pm. €10 per table, Free Car Park, Tea & Coffee. Pat Conlan 086 075 2072

Interest in a social cycle in Blessington?  Cycling Ireland community rides are gentle, social bike rides for adults, led by an experienced cyclist, followed by a coffee and chat. Register for free at www.axacommunitybikerides.com

Blessington Gaelic 4 Mothers & Others Team is looking for new members. Our training sessions are focused on building up fitness with a bit of football thrown in! If you fancy trying something different & meeting some new people, please come along on Tuesday at 7.30pm

Hollywood Walking Trail, meet every Tuesday at 6.45pm outside Tutty’s Pub. Great walks for the experienced walker & brief walks for those not the best “on their feet”. Please come along & join in.

Blessington Firefighters are holding a charity car wash at Blessington Fire Station on Saturday 31st August from 10am to 5pm. Please come & support us to help raise vital funds for Aoibheann’s Pink Tie Charity. All Welcome

Line Dance Classes every Tuesday afternoon from 3pm to 4.15pm and on Thursday night from 7pm to 8.15pm. All welcome €7 per class in Manor Kilbride Hall. Classes resume on Tuesday 3rd and Thursday 5th September.

Foroige Youth Club starts back on Friday 6th September in St Joseph’s Hall. Register now online & we will be in touch ASAP http://tiny.cc/kbfhbz Volunteers needed, if interested please email: foroigeblessington@gmail.com

Do you enjoy movement? We are looking for people interested in taking part in a community dance project as part of the Ninette de Valois festival. No dance experience required. All ages (8-80 and beyond!), genders, shapes & sizes are welcome. ruthshineschoolofdance1@gmail.com

Summer Stars ‘Magic Show’ at the Library Blessington, the annual magic show with Joe Daly takes place this year in the library on 31st Aug 11am & all participants in the Summer Stars programme are invited to come along. Children will be presented with their certificates & medals, if you can’t make it to the magic show, please drop into the library anytime to collect them. This summer over 500 children have read over 2,500 books between them!

New West Wicklow Support Group GROW Community Mental Health Support Group meets every Wed at 7.30pm in Camphill, Dunlavin. (from Wed 4th Sept) Come & learn more about positive mental health, wellbeing, recovery & how GROW may help you achieve this. Free, all welcome. for further info: John 086 803 3126  or www.grow.ie.

Happy Faces Community Playgroup enrolling for Sept 2019, we offer ECCE & part time places, at Happy Faces we support & encourage young children through a planned play-based curriculum, to grow into independent little people, who have a love for life & learning call: 085 128 1605, email happyfaces@blessingtonfec.ie or Facebook

Community Pool for West Wicklow are raffling a framed, signed Dublin jersey! Tickets €10 and can be purchased at https://tinyurl.com/CPWWDubJerseyRaffle A maximum of 200 tickets will be sold. The winner will be notified by email. Payments are processed by PayPal. Draw will he held when all 200 tickets are sold. All monies raised will go towards a pool for West Wicklow. For more info, email: poolforWestWicklow@gmail.com

 

Dear Lord, so far today I’m doing alright.

I have not gossiped, lost my temper, been greedy, grumpy, nasty or selfish

I have not moaned, complained, cursed or eaten any chocolate.

I haven’t charged anything to my credit card….

But I will be getting out of bed in a minute, and I think that I will really need your help then!!

 

 

 

Issue 1270 August 25th 2019

The Crosscare Annual Collection for Community, Homeless & Youth Services will take place in all churches next weekend 31st Aug & 1st Sept.  Last year Crosscare saw almost 1,000 people accommodated in their homeless services & at the same time they helped 78 families & over 100 individuals move into their own homes.  Through their food banks & meal services, over 175,000 meals were distributed to those in need and 14,000 parcels of food were delivered to families. Over 4,000 young people were supported through Crosscare’s Youth Work service through voluntary youth clubs & summer projects. 400 teenagers & their families found the help & support they needed in Teen Counselling.  Please help Crosscare to continue with this vital work in our parishes. Donors can also contribute online at www.crosscare.ie

Saturday 24th August 2019

A volunteer clean-up day in Rathmore Graveyard from 11am onwards. bring a strimmer rake or fork, we are hoping for a big turn out on the day.

Sunday 25th August 2019

Cemetery Mass Baltyboys at 12 noon. PLEASE NOTE: there will be no 11.15am Mass in Valleymount

Parking for the Cemetery Mass will be available in Miley’s field across from Baltyboys Cemetery. Please do not park on either side of the road. There will be a one-way traffic system for the duration of the Mass.

Monday 26th August 2019

Holy Hour in Crosschapel every Monday after 10am Mass (ex-Bank Holidays)

Blessington Bowls Guest Night in St. Kevin’s Hall at 8pm. Join us for a Fun Night. No entry Fee / Refreshments Served.

Tuesday 27th August 2019

Citizens Information Centre will be closed for the month of August. Reopening on Tuesday, 3rd September. Queries can be made to 0761 07 4000 Mon-Fri 9am-8pm.

Eucharistic Adoration from 7.30pm to 8.30pm in Blessington Church.

Wednesday 28th August 2019

Citizens Information Centre will be closed for the month of August. Reopening on Tuesday, 3rd September. Queries can be made to 0761 07 4000 Mon-Fri 9am-8pm.

The Rosary will be offered at 7.30pm for the intentions of our families in Blessington Church

Mass Intentions this Week

Saturday 6pm: William (Teddy) Shirran (1st A) Eddie Conroy (RD)

Sunday 10am: Maurice Moore (1st A) Liam Nestor (RD)

We also Remember the following:

Phyllis Nixon (A) Ann Carmody (A) Sean Harte (A)

Monday: Mass for those on the list for Sick

Tuesday: Teddy Deveraux (RD) Sheila Zeller (RD)

Wednesday: Birthday Rem, Thanksgiving Mass

Thursday: Sp Intentions, Get Well Mass

Friday: Bernard Berney (RD) Mary Weir (RD)

Visitation of the Sick: If there are any parishioners ill, at home or in hospital who would like a visit from a priest, please contact the Parish Office to let us know and to make arrangements 045 865 327

If you received an email that appeared to be from a Gmail account from Fr Richard Behan do not reply to it as it is bogus account

Readers of the Word needed to join the rota for 6pm or 10am Mass in Church of Our Lady Blessington. If you are a former reader in this Parish and would like to return or if you were a reader in another Parish and would like to be included, please contact the Parish Office: 045 865 327

A Date for your Diary – A Week of Guided Prayer from 29th Sept to 5th October the week begins on Sunday evening with a group session to introduce participants to the format of the week.  You will be introduced to the prayer guide you will meet on a daily basis to help you direct and deepen your prayer life. The structure for the week is simple and everyone is welcome to participate.

Music at 10am Mass on Sundays: If you would like to join the group and help with the singing at our Mass, rehearsals begin again on Thursday 29th August from 7.15pm to 8.15pm in the Church. Info: Parish Office 045 865 327

SONGS & TUNES Sunday 25th August (+ every Last Sunday) Free session in Zellers, Lacken from 6pm to 9+ ALL ages welcome – LISTENERS, novices, former singers or players ANY song, tune, acoustic self-accompaniment. Just for fun!!!

“Ceiliuradh a Celtic Miscellany” – an acoustic, candlelit celebration of song & music hosted by Blessington Comhaltas in St. Kevin’s Church, Hollywood, Co. Wicklow on Saturday 24th August at 8pm. Phil Callery of The Voice Squad – Maca (Anúna & Riverdance) – Ger Fitzgerald, Bean an Sean Nos – Ninette De Valois Ballet, Ruth Shine Dance Troupe, Fear an Tí, Paddy Gleeson. A Heritage Week Celebration, further info: Pat Conlan: 086 075 2072. Free Event….Bigi Linn…..Please Support.

Line Dance Classes every Tuesday afternoon from 3pm to 4.15pm and on Thursday night from 7pm to 8.15pm. All welcome €7 per class in Manor Kilbride Hall. Classes resume on Tuesday 3rd and Thursday 5th September.

West Wicklow Cancer Support in conjunction with our East Coast FM Coffee morning fundraiser have a signed GAA Dublin All Ireland Champions jersey for auction! Possibly the most successful Dublin Team of all time. If you would like to own this splendid piece of memorabilia, please call/email: 087 4346004 or westwicklow15@gmail.com

“West Wicklow Cancer Support, Weekly Meditation with essential oils hosted by Gemma Deeney continues Wednesdays 11.30am at the Primary Care Centre Blessington. Info: 087 4346004 or westwicklow15@gmail.com Just come along & do bring a friend. “The best cure for the body is a quiet mind”

Interest in a social cycle in Blessington?  Cycling Ireland community rides are gentle, social bike rides for adults, led by an experienced cyclist, followed by a coffee and chat. Register for free at www.axacommunitybikerides.com

Blessington Firefighters are holding a charity car wash at Blessington Fire Station on Saturday 31 August from 10am to 5pm. Please come & support us to help raise vital funds for Aoibheann’s Pink Tie Charity. All Welcome

Happy Faces Community Playgroup are now enrolling for September 2019, we offer ECCE & part time places, at Happy Faces we support & encourage young children through a planned play-based curriculum, to grow into independent little people, who have a love for life & learning, enquires please phone 085 128 1605  alternatively email happyfaces@blessingtonfec.ie  Find us on Facebook.

Hollywood Walking Trail, meet every Tuesday at 6.45pm outside Tutty’s Pub. Great walks for the experienced walker & brief walks for those not the best “on their feet”. Please come along & join in.

Why not make time to join the library or renew a lapsed membership? It’s easy to join; you can do so online or drop into your local library. Your new library card will give you and your children access to an exciting and up to date collection of books suitable for all ages and abilities as well as a range of online resources. Since the beginning of the year, fines are no longer charged on overdue items so if you do have any items belonging to the library, please drop them back. No matter how long these books have been checked out, we will be delighted to have them back in circulation and available to everyone. Blessington Library staff are looking forward to meeting lots of new borrowers and also renewing expired accounts.

Blessington Gaelic 4 Mothers & Others Team is looking for new members. Our training sessions are focused on building up fitness with a bit of football thrown in! If you fancy trying something different & meeting some new people, please come along on Tuesday at 7.30pm

Foroige Youth Club starts back on Friday 6th September in St Joseph’s Hall. Register now online & we will be in touch ASAP http://tiny.cc/kbfhbz Volunteers needed, if interested please drop us an email: foroigeblessington@gmail.com

Do you enjoy movement? We are looking for people interested in taking part in a community dance project as part of the Ninette de Valois festival. No dance experience required. All ages (8-80 and beyond!), genders, shapes and sizes are welcome. Email Ruth if you are interested ruthshineschoolofdance1@gmail.com

Summer Stars ‘Magic Show’ at the Library Blessington, the annual magic show with Joe Daly takes place this year in the library on 31st August at 11am & all participants in the Summer Stars programme are invited to come along. Joe is an amazing magician who also happens to be great fun so the accompanying parents are in for a treat too! Children will also be presented with their certificates & medals that day – if you can’t make it to the magic show, please come at any time to get your certificate & medal. Blessington Library staff wish to congratulate all the children who took part this year – we have over 500 children from Blessington taking part this year & altogether they have read over 2,500 books between them!

The Community Pool for West Wicklow Committee would like to thank everyone who attended our family funday in Russborough House last Saturday & helped to make it a huge success. It was a wonderful day with Minister for Health, Simon Harris pledging that West Wicklow will have a public swimming pool in the next two years! It also marked the beginning of our fundraising campaign to raise €1 million over two years. Please keep an eye out for our next exciting event. If you’d like to get involved in the campaign email us at poolforWestWicklow@gmail.com

New West Wicklow Support Group GROW Community Mental Health Support Group meets every Wednesday at 7.30pm in Camphill, Grangebeg, Dunlavin. (meeting Wed 4th September) Why not come along & learn more about positive mental health, wellbeing, recovery & how GROW may help you achieve this. Free of charge.  All welcome. Contact John 086 803 3126 or visit our website, www.grow.ie for further information & different meeting venues. [Grow Promoting Positive Mental Health]

Local St Vincent de Paul 087 181 1579

 

 

 

Issue 1269 August 18th 2019

The Irish Wheelchair Association are holding a Church Gate Collection next weekend, 24th and 25th Aug at all Masses. They are depending on local volunteers to collect on the day. If you are available to help, please contact Jacqui on 086-1284124 or email Jacqui.oconnor@iwa.ie

Sunday 18th August 2019

Valleymount Country from 10am to 3pm in Valleymount Hall

Monthly Envelopes for August are due. We would appreciate it if they are left in the Church at Mass or dropped into the Parish Office any morning. Many thanks contributors & collectors for your continued support.

Tuesday 20th August 2019

Citizens Information Centre will be closed for the month of August. Reopening on Tuesday, 3rd September. Queries can be made to 0761 07 4000 Mon-Fri 9am-8pm.

Eucharistic Adoration from 7.30pm to 8.30pm in Blessington Church.

Wednesday 21st August 2019

Citizens Information Centre will be closed for the month of August. Reopening on Tuesday, 3rd September. Queries can be made to 0761 07 4000 Mon-Fri 9am-8pm.

The Rosary will be offered at 7.30pm for the intentions of our families in Blessington Church

The Irish Blood Transfusion Service Board’s Mobile Unit will be at the Community College Blessington from 5pm to 8.30pm. 3000 units are needed overall each week & donors are especially needed at this time of the year.

Sunday 25th August 2019

Cemetery Mass Baltyboys at 12 noon. PLEASE NOTE: there will be no 11.15am Mass in Valleymount that day.

Mass Intentions this Week

Sheila Zeller (RD)

Saturday 6pm: Hugh Collins (RD) Una Sweeney (RD)

Sunday 10am: Johnny Brown (A) Stephen Lunders (A)

We also Remember the following: Cora Stoodley (A) Christy Dempsey (Rem) Martin & Nora Murphy (A) Gabriel & Seamus Murphy (A) Lillian D’Arcy (A) Sheila Roche (A) Margaret & Bernard Lynch (A)

Monday: Mass for those on the list for Sick

Tuesday: Kitty Murphy (RD)  Pat Kavanagh (A)

Wednesday: Noreen Moran (RD Barry O’Donnell (Rem)

Thursday: Cora Stoodley (A) Mick & Teresa Byrne (A) Bill O’Kelly (A) Thomas & Dora Byrne (A) Phyllis Wynne (A)

Friday: Blessington Deceased Mass Card List

The Tea Room at the Coimin Centre will close for staff holidays from Tuesday 20th August for two weeks. We will re-open on Tuesday 3rd September. Tea Room Public Opening Hours will then be as follows: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday from 9am to 12 noon. TEA, COFFEE AND LIGHT REFRESHMENTS. All proceeds towards the running of the Coimin Centre. Thank you for your support.

Visitation of the Sick: If there are any parishioners ill, at home or in hospital who would like a visit from a priest, please contact the Parish Office to let us know and to make arrangements 045 865 327

“West Wicklow Cancer Support, Weekly Meditation with essential oils hosted by Gemma Deeney continues Wednesdays 11.30am at the Primary Care Centre Blessington. Info: 087 4346004 or westwicklow15@gmail.com Just come along & do bring a friend. “The best cure for the body is a quiet mind”

Email your Community Group News to office@blessington.info

A Date for your Diary – A Week of Guided Prayer from 29th Sept to 5th October. During this week of Guided Prayer, you will have the opportunity to meet a prayer guide on a daily basis who will help to direct and deepen your prayer life. This week is also time where we will encourage a spirit of prayer in which everyone can participate.

Attention Calling all who have relatives in Rathmore Graveyard. A volunteer clean-up day has been arranged for Saturday 24th Aug from 11am onwards. This is to coincide with National Heritage Week, bring a strimmer rake or fork, we are hoping for a big turn out on the day. Bernie Phibbs

Local St Vincent de Paul 087 181 1579

Dance in Hollywood Community Centre on Saturday 17th August. Dancing 9pm to 12 midnight. Music by Jimmy Hynes & the Crusaders. Adm: €10 Students €5. Refreshments included

The Community Pool for West Wicklow Campaign is a year old and we are having a PARTY! Come help us celebrate in the Hippodrome at Russborough House on August 17th from 1pm to 4pm. This is a FREE family event to thank the people of West Wicklow for your support. We’ll have face painting, music with East Coast FM, dancing, games with Wicklow Local Sports Partnership, water safety tips from Water Safety Ireland and of course cake!

“Ceiliuradh a Celtic Miscellany” – an acoustic, candlelit celebration of song & music hosted by Blessington Comhaltas in St. Kevin’s Church, Hollywood, Co. Wicklow on Saturday 24th August at 8pm. Phil Callery of The Voice Squad – Maca (Anúna & Riverdance) – Ger Fitzgerald, Bean an Sean Nos – Ninette De Valois Ballet, Ruth Shine Dance Troupe, Fear an Tí, Paddy Gleeson. A Heritage Week Celebration, further info: Pat Conlan: 086 075 2072. Free Event….Bigi Linn…..Please Support.

Do you enjoy movement? We are looking for people interested in taking part in a community dance project as part of the Ninette de Valois festival. No dance experience required. All ages (8-80 and beyond!), genders, shapes and sizes are welcome. Email Ruth if you are interested ruthshineschoolofdance1@gmail.com

View photos of recent events in Valleymount parish at www.valleymountparish.ie

Line Dance Classes every Tuesday afternoon from 3pm to 4.15pm and on Thursday night from 7pm to 8.15pm. All welcome €7 per class in Manor Kilbride Hall

West Wicklow Cancer Support in conjunction with our East Coast FM Coffee morning fundraiser have a signed GAA Dublin All Ireland Champions jersey for auction! Possibly the most successful Dublin Team of all time. If you would like to own this splendid piece of memorabilia, please call/email: 087 4346004 or westwicklow15@gmail.com

Interest in a social cycle in Blessington?  Cycling Ireland community rides are gentle, social bike rides for adults, led by an experienced cyclist, followed by a coffee and chat. Register for free at www.axacommunitybikerides.com

Under 13’s Girls Soccer – Blessington AFC are looking for girls born in 2007/2008 to join a new team for the coming season. Playing season commences in September. If you are interested, please contact David on 086 8574213

Under 16’s Soccer – Blessington AFC are looking for players born in 2004 to join a new team for the coming season. Playing season commences in September. If you are interested, please contact John on 085 7122895

Happy Faces Community Playgroup are now enrolling for September 2019, we offer ECCE & part time places, at Happy Faces we support & encourage young children through a planned play-based curriculum, to grow into independent little people, who have a love for life & learning, enquires please phone 085 128 1605  alternatively email happyfaces@blessingtonfec.ie  Find us on Facebook.

Blessington AFC have a number of spaces on our squads for new players born in 2007 to join our teams for the coming season. Playing season commences in September. If you are interested, please contact Lar on 086 701 4949

Blessington Gaelic 4 Mothers & Others Team is looking for new members. Our training sessions are focused on building up fitness with a bit of football thrown in! If you fancy trying something different & meeting some new people, please come along on Tuesday at 7.30pm

Hollywood Walking Trail, meet every Tuesday at 6.45pm outside Tutty’s Pub. Great walks for the experienced walker & brief walks for those not the best “on their feet”. Please come along & join in.

8th Wicklow Blessington Scout Group APPEAL FOR NEW LEADERS FOR OUR BEAVER SECTION. We are a parent run organization, now is the time to join up, if we don’t get parents to join, we will not be in a position to take on any new children. Benefits of becoming a leader; your number one priority in scouts becomes FUN. You learn new skills. Your children will bypass the waiting list and secure a place. If you are interested, please contact Tristan Geoghegan (086) 780 2938.

Issue 1268 August 11th 2019

“TOUCH” Supporting Vulnerable children in “Our World”  are holding a Church Gate Collection this weekend, 10th and 11th August at all Masses. All the money raised will go towards the building of a new hospital for children with mental health problems in Kathmandu, Nepal. Please Support.

 

Saturday 10th August 2019

Sacrament of the Sick & Healing Mass at 12 noon in Church of Our Lady, Blessington. There will be tea & coffee served in the Coimin Centre after Mass.

 

Sunday 11th August 2019

Car Boot Sale (Des Redmond Charities) in St. Kevin’s Hall Sunday 11th August from 7am to 4pm. €10 per table, Free Car Park, Tea & Coffee. Pat Conlan 086 075 2072

 

Tuesday 13th August 2019

Citizens Information Centre will be closed for the month of August. Reopening on Tuesday, 3rd September. Queries can be made to 0761 07 4000 Mon-Fri 9am-8pm.

Eucharistic Adoration from 7.30pm to 8.30pm in Blessington Church.

 

Wednesday 14th August 2019

Citizens Information Centre will be closed for the month of August. Reopening on Tuesday, 3rd September. Queries can be made to 0761 07 4000 Mon-Fri 9am-8pm.

The Rosary will be offered at 7.30pm for the intentions of our families in Blessington Church

Bethany Bereavement Support group available for caring confidential support from 8pm to 9pm no appointment necessary.

 

Thursday 15th August 2019

Feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary – Holy Day Masses

10.00am: Church of Our Lady Blessington

11.00am: Manor Kilbride

11.15am: Valleymount

11.30am Eadestown

8.00pm Church of Our Lady Blessington

Mass Intentions this Week

Kitty Murphy (RD)

Saturday 6pm: Frank O’Neill (1st A) John Lyons (RD)

Sunday 10am: Michael Conway (A) Alice Tyrrell (A) Michael & Mary Dunne (A) Tommy & Liam Dunne (A)

We also Remember the following:

Peg Clarke (A) Mary & John Crickley (A) Julia Fitzgerald (A) Danny Horgan (A)

Monday: Mass for those on the list for Sick

Tuesday: Patsy Hamilton (RD) Margaret Higgins ((RD)

Wednesday: Marcus McEllistrem (A) Rosaleen Mulroy (Rem)

Holy Day Thursday 15th August:

10am: Living Int, Living Int

8pm: Bill Murphy (RD) James King (RD)

Friday: Get Well, Living Int

Cemetery Mass Baltyboys Sun 25th August at 12 noon.

The Irish Blood Transfusion Service Board’s Mobile Unit will be at the Community College Blessington on Wednesday 21st August from 5pm to 8.30pm. Some 3000 units are needed overall each week & donors are especially needed at this time of the year. Blessington has a proud record of being one of the best supported clinics outside of Dublin, so keep up the good work.

iPhone 7 LOST LAST WEDNESDAY between St Patrick’s Well, the Village & Blessington Abbey, REWARD OFFERED please call: 086 328 6705

Visitation of the Sick: If there are any parishioners ill, at home or in hospital who would like a visit from a priest, please contact the Parish Office to let us know and to make arrangements 045 865 327

“West Wicklow Cancer Support, Blessington & District Forum’s Community Group of the Year 2019” Weekly Meditation with essential oils hosted by Gemma Deeney continues Wednesdays 11.30am at the Primary Care Centre Blessington. Contact us on 087 4346004 or westwicklow15@gmail.com should you wish to book a place or just come along and do bring a friend. “The best cure for the body is a quiet mind”

View photos of recent events in Valleymount parish at www.valleymountparish.ie

Email your Community Group News to office@blessington.info

“West Wicklow Cancer Support in conjunction with our East Coast FM Coffee morning fundraiser have a signed GAA Dublin All Ireland Champions jersey for auction! Possibly the most successful Dublin Team of all time. If you would like to own this splendid piece of memorabilia, please call/email: 087 4346004 or westwicklow15@gmail.com

Interest in a social cycle in Blessington?  Cycling Ireland community rides are gentle, social bike rides for adults, led by an experienced cyclist, followed by a coffee and chat. Register for free at www.axacommunitybikerides.com

Under 13’s Girls Soccer – Blessington AFC are looking for girls born in 2007/2008 to join a new team for the coming season. Playing season commences in September. If you are interested, please contact David on 086 8574213

Under 16’s Soccer – Blessington AFC are looking for players born in 2004 to join a new team for the coming season. Playing season commences in September. If you are interested, please contact John on 085 7122895

Never, ever underestimate the importance of having fun!!

 Try Sailing at BLSC this Summer. With courses for children aged 6 to 18 years of all abilities, choose Blessington Sailing Club for your child’s Summer adventure. For booking and more info, please email Alex at alextpocock@gmail.com, or find us on Facebook.

Happy Faces Community Playgroup are now enrolling for September 2019, we offer ECCE & part time places, at Happy Faces we support & encourage young children through a planned play-based curriculum, to grow into independent little people, who have a love for life & learning, enquires please phone 085 128 1605  alternatively email happyfaces@blessingtonfec.ie  Find us on Facebook.

Blessington AFC have a number of spaces on our squads for new players born in 2007 to join our teams for the coming season. Playing season commences in September. If you are interested, please contact Lar on 086 701 4949

Blessington Gaelic 4 Mothers & Others Team is looking for new members. Our training sessions are focused on building up fitness with a bit of football thrown in! If you fancy trying something different & meeting some new people, please come along on Tuesday at 7.30pm

Hollywood Walking Trail, meet every Tuesday at 6.45pm outside Tutty’s Pub. Great walks for the experienced walker & brief walks for those not the best “on their feet”. Please come along & join in.

Local St Vincent de Paul 087 181 1579

Do you enjoy movement? We are looking for people interested in taking part in a community dance project as part of the Ninette de Valois festival. No dance experience required. All ages (8-80 and beyond!), genders, shapes and sizes are welcome. Email Ruth if you are interested ruthshineschoolofdance1@gmail.com

View photos of recent events in Valleymount parish at www.valleymountparish.ie

The Community Pool for West Wicklow Campaign is a year old and we are having a PARTY! Come help us celebrate in the Hippodrome at Russborough House on August 17th from 1pm to 4pm. This is a FREE family event to thank the people of West Wicklow for your support. We’ll have face painting, music with East Coast FM, dancing, games with Wicklow Local Sports Partnership, water safety tips from Water Safety Ireland and of course cake!

Computers for the Terrified! 1 to 1 training for over 55’s Are you frustrated by your lack of computer skills? Do you feel that the digital age has passed you by? Are you confused by well-meaning family instruction (i.e. no patience with you!) LEARN HOW TO: Search the Internet Send & Receive Emails. Shop and Book Flights. Use your own device or use computers available at some venues. Age Action runs beginner courses in Computers, iPads and Tablets for older people who have little or no experience or for the absolutely terrified! Courses run once a week for 5 or 6 weeks. ALL COURSES ARE FREE OF CHARGE. Classes will be held in Blessington Library. For more information about the course or if you would like to become a volunteer phone (01) 475 6989

8th Wicklow Blessington Scout Group APPEAL FOR NEW LEADERS FOR OUR BEAVER SECTION. We are a parent run organization, now is the time to join up, if we don’t get parents to join, we will not be in a position to take on any new children. Benefits of becoming a leader; your number one priority in scouts becomes FUN. You learn new skills. Your children will bypass the waiting list and secure a place. If you are interested, please contact Tristan Geoghegan (086) 780 2938.

 

Good friends are like stars.

You don’t always see them,

but you know they’re always there.

Issue 1267 August 4th 2019

“TOUCH” Supporting Vulnerable children in “Our World”  are holding a Church Gate Collection next weekend 10th and 11th August at all Masses All the money raised will go towards the building of a new hospital for children with mental health problems in Kathmandu, Nepal. Please Support.

Monday 5th August 2019

Bank Holiday Mass at 11am in Blessington

Guided Prayer, Benediction & Music at 8pm in Lacken Church. All are welcome.

Tuesday 6th August 2019

Citizens Information Centre in Blessington Library from 1pm to 4pm. Legal advice service on 1st & 3rd Tues of month by appointment

Eucharistic Adoration from 7.30pm to 8.30pm in Blessington Church.

Wednesday 7th August 2019

The Citizens Information Centre is open in Blessington Library today 10am to 12.30pm.

The Rosary will be offered at 7.30pm for the intentions of our families in Blessington Church

Mass Intentions this Week

Margaret Higgin (RD) Maureen Kenny (RD)

Saturday 6pm: John McNamara (Mths Mind) and his parents Joseph & Josephine McNamara (A) Peter Cummins (A), Charlie & Molly Keogh (A)

Sunday 10am: Edward Conroy (Mths Mind) Marie Clegg (Mths Mind)

We also Remember the following:

Monday: Mass for those on the list for Sick

Tuesday: Barry O’Donnell (Rem) Teresa Dunne (RD)

Wednesday: Frank O’Neill (1st A) Maureen Kenny (RD)

Thursday: Get Well, Get Well

Friday: Thanksgiving Mass, Birthday Rem

Local St Vincent de Paul  087 181 1579

Newsletter Advertising Rates For just 50c per word per week you can reach a large, local audience. Final cut-off for receiving adverts is Wednesday 10am You can email the copy to office@blessington.info and pay in the Parish Office or by bank transfer. Office open from 9am to 1pm Monday to Friday and from 3pm to 4pm Monday to Thursday (subject to availability of volunteers)

Many thanks to Deirdre Keogh for her very generous donation to the Coimin Centre Blessington, from her fundraising for the Women’s Mini-Marathon recently. It is greatly appreciated and will be put to very good use in the running of the Coimin Centre.

Visitation of the Sick: If there are any parishioners ill, at home or in hospital who would like a visit from a priest, please contact the Parish Office to let us know and to make arrangements 045 865 327

“West Wicklow Cancer Support, Blessington & District Forum’s Community Group of the Year 2019” Weekly Meditation with essential oils hosted by Gemma Deeney continues Wednesdays 11.30am at the Primary Care Centre Blessington. Contact us on 087 4346004 or westwicklow15@gmail.com should you wish to book a place or just come along and do bring a friend. “The best cure for the body is a quiet mind”

Lough Derg: Final dates for this summer’s pilgrimages to Lough Derg takes place from the  9 – 11 August (season ends on 15 august) – direct from Dublin cost is €115 pensioners and students €105.  To book please phone: 086 3853027 or 01 4941171.

View photos of recent events in Valleymount parish at www.valleymountparish.ie Email your Community Group News to office@blessington.info

The winners of the July Draw in aid of Valleymount Church Renovation fund are Ita & Jim Hill, Jenny & Glen Cullen, Fr Richard Behan, Ann Mc Donald, Fiona Shannon. Each received €100

Cemetery Mass Baltyboys Sun 25th August at 12 noon.

Interest in a social cycle in Blessington?  Cycling Ireland community rides are gentle, social bike rides for adults, led by an experienced cyclist, followed by a coffee and chat.  Register for free at www.axacommunitybikerides.com

Under 13’s Girls Soccer – Blessington AFC are looking for girls born in 2007/2008 to join a new team for the coming season. Playing season commences in September. If you are interested, please contact David on 086 8574213

Under 16’s Soccer – Blessington AFC are looking for players born in 2004 to join a new team for the coming season. Playing season commences in September. If you are interested, please contact John on 085 7122895

Try Sailing at BLSC this Summer. With courses for children aged 6 to 18 years of all abilities, choose Blessington Sailing Club for your child’s Summer adventure. For booking and more info, please email Alex at alextpocock@gmail.com, or find us on Facebook.

Happy Faces Community Playgroup are now enrolling for September 2019, we offer ECCE & part time places, at Happy Faces we support & encourage young children through a planned play-based curriculum, to grow into independent little people, who have a love for life & learning, enquires please phone 085 128 1605  alternatively email happyfaces@blessingtonfec.ie  Find us on Facebook.

Blessington AFC have a number of spaces on our squads for new players born in 2007 to join our teams for the coming season. Playing season commences in September. If you are interested, please contact Lar on 086 701 4949

Blessington Gaelic 4 Mothers & Others Team is looking for new members. Our training sessions are focused on building up fitness with a bit of football thrown in! If you fancy trying something different & meeting some new people, please come along on Tuesday at 7.30pm

Hollywood Walking Trail, meet every Tuesday at 6.45pm outside Tutty’s Pub. Great walks for the experienced walker & brief walks for those not the best “on their feet”. Please come along & join in.

Do you enjoy movement? We are looking for people interested in taking part in a community dance project as part of the Ninette de Valois festival. No dance experience required. All ages (8-80 and beyond!), genders, shapes and sizes are welcome. Email Ruth if you are interested ruthshineschoolofdance1@gmail.com

View photos of recent events in Valleymount parish at www.valleymountparish.ie

Car Boot Sale (Des Redmond Charities) in St. Kevin’s Hall Sunday 11th August from 7am to 4pm. €10 per table, Free Car Park, Tea & Coffee. Pat Conlan 086 075 2072

The Community Pool for West Wicklow Campaign is a year old and we are having a PARTY! Come help us celebrate in the Hippodrome at Russborough House on August 17th from 1pm to 4pm. This is a FREE family event to thank the people of West Wicklow for your support. We’ll have face painting, music with East Coast FM, dancing, games with Wicklow Local Sports Partnership, water safety tips from Water Safety Ireland and of course cake!

Computers for the Terrified! 1 to 1 training for over 55’s Are you frustrated by your lack of computer skills?Do you feel that the digital age has passed you by? Are you confused by well-meaning family instruction (i.e. no patience with you!) LEARN HOW TO: Search the Internet Send & Receive Emails Shop and Book Flights Use your own device or use computers available at some venues Age Action runs beginner courses in Computers, iPads and Tablets for older people who have little or no experience or for the absolutely terrified! Courses run once a week for 5 or 6 weeks ALL COURSES ARE FREE OF CHARGE Classes will be held in Blessington Library For more information about the course or if you would like to become a volunteer phone (01) 475 6989

Lough Derg 3-Day Pilgrimages 9th to 11th August (dep 8am from Parnell Square, Dublin) €115 per adult €105 per student & pensioner. Info & booking Miriam (St Oliver Plunkett) after 6pm 086 385 3027 or 01 4941171

8th Wicklow Blessington Scout Group APPEAL FOR NEW LEADERS FOR OUR BEAVER SECTION. We are a parent run organization, now is the time to join up, if we don’t get parents to join, we will not be in a position to take on any new children. Benefits of becoming a leader; your number one priority in scouts becomes FUN. You learn new skills. Your children will bypass the waiting list and secure a place. If you are interested, please contact Tristan Geoghegan (086) 780 2938.

MAKE SOMEONE LAUGH

Is there a better sound in the world?

Tell a joke or a funny story … whatever it takes…

You’ve brightened someone’s day for just a minute, and in doing so have brightened your own!!

 

 

 

 

Issue 1266 July 28th 2019

Sunday 28th July 2019

Valleymount Country Market. Sun 28th July from 10am to 3pm.

Tuesday 30th July 2019

Citizens Information Centre in Blessington Library from 1pm to 4pm. Legal advice service on 1st & 3rd Tues of month by appointment

Eucharistic Adoration from 7.30pm to 8.30pm in Blessington Church.

Wednesday 31st July 2019

The Citizens Information Centre is open in Blessington Library today 10am to 12.30pm.

The Rosary will be offered at 7.30pm for the intentions of our families in Blessington Church

Thursday 1st August 2019

Are you interested in allotments in Blessington? The next public meeting to discuss the provision of allotments in the Blessington area will be held at 7pm in Blessington Library. All welcome see: blessingtonallotments@gmail.com for any additional information.

Friday 2nd August 2019

Bethany Bereavement Support Group are available in the Coimín Centre Blessington for caring confidential support from 10am to 11am

1st Friday of the Month. The Masses will be offered for all those whose names are on the Altar List of the Dead. The priests will visit the sick & housebound. If you would like a visit please contact the Parish Office, 045 865 327

1st Friday Mass in Manor Kilbride at 9am.

1st Friday Mass in Valleymount at 11.15am

Coffee Morning in Lacken Community Centre from 10.30am to 12.30pm

Padre Pio Mass at 8pm in Blessington.

Mass Intentions this Week

Saturday 6pm:

Josephine (Mama Jo) Horgan (Mths Mind) Alice Cummins (A)

Sunday 10am Laura McHugh (A)

Tom Buggle (A) Siobhan Warren (RD)

We also Remember the following:

Sadie Sargent (A)

Monday: Mass for those on the list for Sick

Tuesday: Eddie Conroy (RD)

Margaret Ryall (RD) Living Intention

Wednesday: Mary Brady RD)

Seamus Fitzsimons (RD)

Thursday: Get Well Mass Int, Living Int.

Friday: We remember all those on the

1st Friday Altar List of the Dead

Local St Vincent de Paul – 087 181 1579

Blessington Parish Finance Committee would like to thank all who are supporting the Parish Neighbourhood Collection & the Parish Development Fund Boxes (PDF boxes) in Church of Our Lady.

The money raised through the Neighbourhood Collection & the PDF boxes stays in the parish so, by your contributions you are supporting your local parish & we are most grateful.

If you have ANNUAL Envelopes & MONTHLY Envelopes that have not been collected, please drop them into the Parish Office or into one of the collection bags at Mass on Sunday.

Cemetery Mass Baltyboys Sun 25th August at 12 noon.There will be no 11.15am Mass in Valleymount

National Tidy Towns judging will take place from June 8th to August 4th this year. We are judged under several categories & the appearance & upkeep of our main street, approach roads, all our estates & business premises are a major factor in the results & ability to gain extra marks. Everyone can help, by ensuring Blessington is litter free & looking it’s best, as together we can make a difference. Many thanks for all your effort.

Visitation of the Sick: If there are any parishioners ill, at home or in hospital who would like a visit from a priest, please contact the Parish Office to let us know and to make arrangements 045 865 327

“West Wicklow Cancer Support, Blessington & District Forum’s Community Group of the Year 2019” Weekly Mediation with essential oils hosted by Gemma Deeney continues Wednesdays 11.30am at the Primary Care Centre Blessington. Contact us on 087 4346004 or westwicklow15@gmail.com should you wish to book a place or just come along and do bring a friend. “The best cure for the body is a quiet mind”

Visit Cruthú Art Group when you visit the RHSI Garden Show this Sunday 28th July. Lots of lovely art and craft.  Have fun at the children’s art table.   Find out about an exciting Art Exhibition coming in 2020 – Revealing Wicklow – by Artists Erika Tyner and Anne Curran.  Cruthú Art Group is open on Fridays Saturday’s and Sunday’s throughout the summer – 12noon to 5pm.  www.cruthu.ie

Deirdre Keogh would like to thank everybody who sponsored her in the women’s mini marathon. a total of €5200 was raised for the Coimin Centre Blessington, the Diabetic Unit of Crumlin Children’s Hospital and other local charities.

Under 13’s Girls Soccer – Blessington AFC are looking for girls born in 2007/2008 to join a new team for the coming season. Playing season commences in September. If you are interested, please contact David on 086 8574213

Under 16’s Soccer – Blessington AFC are looking for players born in 2004 to join a new team for the coming season. Playing season commences in September. If you are interested, please contact John on 085 7122895

Try Sailing at BLSC this Summer. With courses for children aged 6 to 18 years of all abilities, choose Blessington Sailing Club for your child’s Summer adventure. For booking and more info, please email Alex at alextpocock@gmail.com, or find us on Facebook.

Happy Faces Community Playgroup are now enrolling for September 2019, we offer ECCE & part time places, at Happy Faces we support & encourage young children through a planned play-based curriculum, to grow into independent little people, who have a love for life & learning, enquires please phone 085 128 1605  alternatively email happyfaces@blessingtonfec.ie  Find us on Facebook.

Blessington AFC have a number of spaces on our squads for new players born in 2007 to join our teams for the coming season. Playing season commences in September. If you are interested, please contact Lar on 086 701 4949

Blessington Gaelic 4 Mothers & Others Team is looking for new members. Our training sessions are focused on building up fitness with a bit of football thrown in! If you fancy trying something different & meeting some new people, please come along on Tuesday at 7.30pm

Hollywood Walking Trail, meet every Tuesday at 6.45pm outside Tutty’s Pub. Great walks for the experienced walker & brief walks for those not the best “on their feet”. Please come along & join in.

Social Dance in Hollywood Hall on Sat 27th June. Music by Tony Bird Band. Dancing 9.30pm to 12.00, Adm €10.

🎵 Sunday 28th JULY (+ every Last Sunday); Free SONGS & TUNES session set up by local music lovers; Zellers, Lacken – a welcoming venue; 6pm to 9 or later. Just for fun – a friendly, inclusive gathering. Everyone invited – LISTENERS especially. All ages.  ANY song or acoustic tune or self-accompaniment. Pop in and check it out?  Join in IF you feel like it!

“Use what talents you possess – the woods would be very silent if no birds sang there except those that sang best.”

The Community Pool for West Wicklow Campaign is a year old and we are having a PARTY! Come help us celebrate in the Hippodrome at Russborough House on August 17th from 1pm to 4pm. This is a FREE family event to thank the people of West Wicklow for your support. We’ll have face painting, music with East Coast FM, dancing, games with Wicklow Local Sports Partnership, water safety tips from Water Safety Ireland and of course cake!

8th Wicklow Blessington Scout Group APPEAL FOR NEW LEADERS FOR OUR BEAVER SECTION. We are a parent run organization, now is the time to join up, if we don’t get parents to join, we will not be in a position to take on any new children. Benefits of becoming a leader; your number one priority in scouts becomes FUN. You learn new skills. Your children will bypass the waiting list and secure a place. If you are interested, please contact Tristan Geoghegan (086) 780 2938.

Volunteer with Age Action Ireland

as a Computer Tutor Now!

A Volunteer Recruitment Session will be held in Blessington Library on

Tuesday, August 13th from 3pm to 5pm

Age Action Ireland offers FREE one-to-one computer/technology classes for over 55s

We need friendly, patient and enthusiastic individuals to get involved as volunteer tutors for our over 55 learners who would like to learn how to use basic technology. Help us to fight against digital exclusion and frustration by teaching basic computers, smartphones, laptops, iPads, tablets etc. Class sizes are small, with one volunteer tutor for every learner, and will be held in Blessington Library once a week, for two hours. Classes are usually in the afternoon, over a five-week course. Next classes are due to start in September.

Basic computer skills and an interest in working with older people are needed, but patience, and a good sense of humour, are just as important!

Training will be provided.

If you are unable to attend the Volunteer Recruitment Session above, but would like to help, please contact us: PHONE: 01 4756989 OR EMAIL: gsvolunteer@ageaction.ie

 

West Wicklow Youthreach

Are you aged 15-20 and have you left school without a Junior or Leaving Cert?

Are you looking for a new challenge & a chance to gain a recognised qualification in

a positive & supportive environment?

If the answer is Yes…then West Wicklow Youthreach could be the opportunity for you.

West Wicklow Youthreach offers an education, training, & work experience programme at

QQI Level 3 (Junior Cert Equivalent) or

QQI Level 4 (Leaving Cert equivalent).

Our 2-year programmes are designed to meet each students’ personal & educational needs.

If you are interested, why not contact us to find out more! We are now recruiting for September 2019.

Call the centre at 086 815 9593 or 045 851 498 or drop into the Blessington Further Education & Training Centre & pick up an enquiry form. Alternatively, you can send an email to RachaelDoherty@kwetb.ie.

Visit our Facebook page at West Wicklow Youthreach – Blessington & follow us on Twitter @WestWicklowYR For more information about this national programme visit www.youthreach.ie

Computers for the Terrified!

1 to 1 training for over 55’s Are you frustrated by your lack of computer skills? Do you feel that the digital age has passed you by? Are you confused by well-meaning family instruction (i.e. no patience with you!) LEARN HOW TO: Search the Internet Send & Receive Emails, Shop and Book Flights. Use your own device or use computers available at some venues. Age Action runs beginner courses in Computers, iPads and Tablets for older people who have little or no experience or for the absolutely terrified!

Courses run once a week for 5 or 6 weeks

ALL COURSES ARE FREE OF CHARGE

Classes will be held in Blessington Library For more information about the course or if you would like to become a volunteer phone (01) 475 6989

 

Lough Derg 3-Day Pilgrimages

9th to 11th August (dep 8am from Parnell Square, Dublin)

€115 per adult €105 per student & pensioner.

Info & booking Miriam (St Oliver Plunkett) after 6pm

086 385 3027 or 01 4941171

 

Courses in the Further Education and

Training Centre Blessington

We are currently enrolling for courses for our new term starting in September 2019

Full Time – Monday to Friday

QQI Level 5 Business Studies with Sage 50 Accounting

QQI Level 5 Nursing Studies

Part Time Courses

Looking to up-skill or learn something new?

We have part time courses available in the following:

eBusiness QQI Level 5

Tourism with Business QQI Level 5

Childcare QQI Level 5

Childcare QQI Level 6

Healthcare QQI Level

Horticulture QQI Level 4

Computer Science QQI Level 5

Office Skills QQI Level 4

 

Issue 1265 July 21st 2019

Monday 22nd July 2019

Blessington Parish – OPEN INVITATION

We invite you to a gathering in the Coimín Centre at 8pm. The Parish Finance Committee will give a short presentation of 2018 Accounts.

Tuesday 23rd July 2019

Citizens Information Centre in Blessington Library from 1pm to 4pm. Legal advice service on 1st & 3rd Tues of month by appointment

Eucharistic Adoration from 7.30pm to 8.30pm in Blessington Church.

Wednesday 24th July 2019

Organist Judit Máté & Baritone Gyula Nagy will give a free recital in Church of Our Lady Blessington on at 11am, all welcome

The Citizens Information Centre is open in Blessington Library today 10am to 12.30pm.

The Rosary will be offered at 7.30pm for the intentions of our families in Blessington Church

Christian Meditation Group in the Mass Centre in Brittas is taking a break until September, Many thanks to all who have been attending.

Mass Intentions this Week

Claire Osborne Murphy

Saturday 6pm: Ellen O’Halloran (A)

Stella Carrigan (RD)

Sunday 10am Alan Clarke (A)

Mary Creighton (A)

We also Remember the following:

John & Mary-Ann Gallagher,

David McEvoy (1st A) Theresa Doyle (A)

Monday: Mass for those on the list for Sick

Tuesday: Get Well, Get Well

Wednesday: Michael Kennedy (RD) John McNamara (RD)

Thursday: Mairead Hudson (RD)

Skaidrite Valdgeima (RD)

Friday: Blessington Deceased Mass Card List

Blessington Parish Finance Committee would like to thank all who are supporting the Parish Neighbourhood Collection & the Parish Development Fund Boxes (PDF boxes) in Church of Our Lady. The money raised through the Neighbourhood Collection & the PDF boxes stays in the parish so, by your contributions you are supporting your local parish & we are most grateful. If you have ANNUAL Envelopes & MONTHLY Envelopes that have not been collected, please drop them into the Parish Office or into one of the collection bags at Mass on Sunday.

“West Wicklow Cancer Support, Blessington & District Forum’s Community Group of the Year 2019” Weekly Mediation with essential oils hosted by Gemma Deeney continues Wednesdays 11.30am at the Primary Care Centre Blessington. Contact us on 087 4346004 or westwicklow15@gmail.com should you wish to book a place or just come along and do bring a friend. “The best cure for the body is a quiet mind”

Are you interested in allotments in Blessington? The next public meeting to discuss the provision of allotments in the Blessington area will be held on Thursday 1st Aug 7pm, in Blessington Library. All welcome see: blessingtonallotments@gmail.com for any additional information.

Valleymount Country Market. Sun 28th July from 10am to 3pm.

Cemetery Mass Baltyboys Sun 25th Aug at 12 noon.

National Tidy Towns judging will take place from June 8th to August 4th this year. We are judged under several categories & the appearance & upkeep of our main street, approach roads, all our estates & business premises are a major factor in the results & ability to gain extra marks. Everyone can help, by ensuring Blessington is litter free & looking it’s best, as together we can make a difference. Many thanks for all your effort.

Visitation of the Sick: If there are any parishioners ill, at home or in hospital who would like a visit from a priest, please contact the Parish Office to let us know and to make arrangements 045 865 327

Local St Vincent de Paul – 087 181 1579

Thank you to all who supported “A Beautiful Celebration of Music” Charity Concert in the Moat Theatre, Naas, proudly supporting Make A Wish & Irish Cancer Society. A total of €3577 was raised on the night. A wonderful evening was had by all.

West Wicklow Cancer Support – There will be no last Thursday of the month Drop in meeting in July or August. Information services are available each Wednesday in the Primary Care Centre Blessington 10.30am – 12.30pm. Info 087 434 6004 westwicklow15@gmail.com

“The human spirit is stronger than anything that can happen to it”

Abbey Mass & Family Festival: Wicklow Parish will host their annual outdoor Mass in the Abbey Grounds in Wicklow Town on Sunday 21st July at 11.30am followed by refreshments. The Family Fun Festival will begin at 1.00pm & finish in the evening time around 6.00pm. Bring along a family picnic or enjoy the food stalls on the day as well as free activities for every family member to enjoy such as; scavenger hunt, face-painting, garden games, hip-hop dancers, line/set dancing and live music along with local artists.  It’s going to be great – see you there!

Try Sailing at BLSC this Summer. With courses for children aged 6 to 18 years of all abilities, choose Blessington Sailing Club for your child’s Summer adventure. For booking and more info, please email Alex at alextpocock@gmail.com, or find us on Facebook.

Hollywood Friendship Club are taking a well-earned break for a few weeks.

Happy Faces Community Playgroup are now enrolling for September 2019, we offer ECCE & part time places, at Happy Faces we support & encourage young children through a planned play-based curriculum, to grow into independent little people, who have a love for life & learning, enquires please phone 085 128 1605  alternatively email happyfaces@blessingtonfec.ie  Find us on Facebook.

Blessington AFC have a number of spaces on our squads for new players born in 2007 to join our teams for the coming season. Playing season commences in September. If you are interested, please contact Lar on 086 701 4949

Volunteer Tutors needed to help at Computer Classes for over 55s in Blessington Age Action is running basic computer classes for older people, in Blessington Library, and we need volunteer tutors to assist our older learners, on a one-to-one basis. Class sizes are small, with one volunteer tutor for every learner. Classes are held in the library once a week, for two hours, usually in the afternoon, over a five-week course. Next classes are due to start in September. Basic computer skills and an interest in working with older people are needed, but patience, and a good sense of humour, are just as important! Training will be provided. For more information, please email gsvolunteer@ageaction.ie or phone 01 4756989.

You don’t need a reason to help people….

8th Wicklow Blessington Scout Group APPEAL FOR NEW LEADERS FOR OUR BEAVER SECTION. We are a parent run organization, now is the time to join up, if we don’t get parents to join, we will not be in a position to take on any new children. Benefits of becoming a leader; your number one priority in scouts becomes FUN. You learn new skills. Your children will bypass the waiting list and secure a place. If you are interested, please contact Tristan Geoghegan (086) 780 293

The Old Bog Road. An evening of music, song, tales. Valleymount Community Hall. Fri 19th July at 8pm. Adm €10. Raffle & refreshments on the night.

Dinner and Dance in Hollywood Centre on Sat 20th July, 3-Course Meal served at 8pm. Dancing from 9.30pm. Music by The Wicklow Man. Adm €20. A great night is assured. “It’s a great start for The Fair”. You will be most Pre-50’s Dress Code if you wish but dress attire is your own choice. Come along & enjoy a fab night.The Launch of The Hollywood Fair Book will take place on the night .

Blessington Gaelic 4 Mothers & Others Team is looking for new members. Our training sessions are focused on building up fitness with a bit of football thrown in! If you fancy trying something different & meeting some new people, please come along on Tuesday at 7.30pm

Lough Derg 3-Day Pilgrimages 9th to 11th August (dep 8am from Parnell Square, Dublin) €115 per adult €105 per student & pensioner. Info & booking Miriam (St Oliver Plunkett) after 6pm 086 385 3027 or 01 4941171

Blessington Bingo Every Wednesday at 8.15pm in the Avon (Avon Ri) Great Prizes, Extra Raffle Prizes Shuttle Bus €2 return. Information: Jess: 086 860 2822 or Catherine 087 122 4019

Hollywood Senior Citizens had their Annual Outing last Wednesday to Rathfarnham Castle with Lunch at Castle Restaurant & Dinner in Hollywood Inn. A great day was had by all & the food was scrumptious!

Hollywood Walking Trail, meet every Tuesday at 6.45pm outside Tutty’s Pub. Great walks for the experienced walker & brief walks for those not the best “on their feet”. Please come along & join in.

Computers for the Terrified! 1 to 1 training for over 55’s Are you frustrated by your lack of computer skills? Do you feel that the digital age has passed you by? Are you confused by well-meaning family instruction (i.e. no patience with you!) LEARN HOW TO: Search the Internet Send & Receive Emails. Shop and Book Flights. Use your own device or use computers available at some venues Age Action runs beginner courses in Computers, iPads and Tablets for older people who have little or no experience or for the absolutely terrified! Courses run once a week for 5 or 6 weeks ALL COURSES ARE FREE OF CHARGE Classes will be held in Blessington Library For more information about the course or if you would like to become a volunteer phone (01) 475 6989

Life is too short…

Laugh when you can,

apologise when you should and let go of what you can’t change

Issue 1264 July 14th 2019

Sunday 14th July 2019

Car Boot Sale (Des Redmond Charities) in St. Kevin’s Hall from 7am to 4pm. €10 per table, Free Car Park, Tea & Coffee. Pat Conlan 086 075 2072

Monday 15th July 2019

Holy Hour in Crosschapel every Monday after 10am Mass. (ex Bank Holidays)

Neighbourhood Collection Envelopes for July are due, we would appreciate it collectors could drop the envelopes into the Parish Office

Tuesday 16th July 2019

Citizens Information Centre in Blessington Library from 1pm to 4pm. Legal advice service on 1st & 3rd Tues of month by appointment

Eucharistic Adoration from 7.30pm to 8.30pm in Blessington Church.

Wednesday 17th July 2019

The Citizens Information Centre is open in Blessington Library today 10am to 12.30pm.

The Rosary will be offered at 7.30pm for the intentions of our families in Blessington Church

Christian Meditation Group meet in the Mass Centre in Brittas from 11am. All welcome

 

Mass Intentions this Week

Marie Clegg (RD) Edward Conroy (RD)

Margaret Ryall (RD) Rosalie Andrews (RD)

Saturday 6pm:

Mary Brady (Mths Mind)

Tom O’Sullivan (A) John Kennedy (A)

Sean Corr (A) Kevin McGinnity (A)

Nancy Keogh (A) Teresa Ball (A)

Sunday 10am

Catherine Jones (A) Kay Lennon(A)

We also Remember the following:

Monday: Mass for those on the list for Sick

Tuesday: Ann Mellin (A) William Schule Curtis

Mary Brady RD) Danny Murphy (RD)

Breda Williams (A)

Wednesday: Peter O’Donovan (RD)

Helen Hayes (RD)

Thursday: Jo Horgan (RD)

William Sheridan (RD)

Friday: Get Well Int. Birthday Int.

Blessington Parish OPEN INVITATION We invite you to a gathering in the Coimín Centre on  Monday 22nd July at 8pm  The Parish Finance Committee will give a short presentation of 2018 Accounts.

Many Thanks to all who helped with the preparations for the Annual Cemetery Mass in Templeboden, Lacken on Sun 7th July and to all who arranged the sound system, cleared the grounds, helped with the liturgy. Many thanks to Lacken Community Centre for providing the refreshments after the Mass. Your support is greatly appreciated.

Blessington Parish Finance Committee would like to thank all who are supporting the Parish Neighbourhood Collection & the Parish Development Fund Boxes (PDF boxes) in Church of Our Lady. The money raised through the Neighbourhood Collection & the PDF boxes stays in the parish so, by your contributions you are supporting your local parish & we are most grateful. If you have ANNUAL Envelopes & MONTHLY Envelopes that have not been collected, please drop them into the Parish Office or into one of the collection bags at Mass on Sunday.

Valleymount Country Market. Sun 28th July from 10am to 3pm.

Cemetery Mass Baltyboys Sun 25th Aug at 12 noon. Please inform family, neighbours & friends.

National Tidy Towns judging will take place from June 8th to August 4th this year. We are judged under several categories & the appearance & upkeep of our main street, approach roads, all our estates & business premises are a major factor in the results & ability to gain extra marks. Everyone can help, by ensuring Blessington is litter free & looking it’s best, as together we can make a difference. Many thanks for all your effort.

Visitation of the Sick: If there are any parishioners ill, at home or in hospital who would like a visit from a priest, please contact the Parish Office to let us know and to make arrangements 045 865 327

Thank you to all who participated in and supported The Eamonn Murray Memorial Walk. Your contributions helped raise €3,000 for St. Brigid’s Hospice & EIST Cancer Support Services. Due to much positive feedback on the day we aim to make this fundraiser an annual event.

Some people make you laugh a little louder, smile a little brighter & live a little better. Try to be one of those people.

Local St Vincent de Paul – 087 181 1579

OPEN DAY Sunday 14th July at 1pm. Come to our OPEN DAY at Kildare Animal Foundation, South Green Road, Kildare Town to celebrate 25 years of caring for sick & injured animals. Something for all the family; Plants, Antiques, Face-painting, Bottle stall, Kiddies games, Barbeque, Crafts & much more. FREE ADMISSION (NO dogs allowed as we have plenty of animals on site to be seen) A lovely day out in the midst of our beautiful rescue animals.

Are you interested in allotments in Blessington? The next public meeting to discuss the provision of allotments in the Blessington area will be held on Thursday 1st August, 7pm, in Blessington Library. All welcome. Please contact blessingtonallotments@gmail.com for any additional information.

8th Wicklow Blessington Scout Group APPEAL FOR NEW LEADERS FOR OUR BEAVER SECTION. We are a parent run organization, now is the time to join up, if we don’t get parents to join, we will not be in a position to take on any new children. Benefits of becoming a leader; your number one priority in scouts becomes FUN. You learn new skills. Your children will bypass the waiting list and secure a place. If you are interested, please contact Tristan Geoghegan (086) 780 2938.

Abbey Mass & Family Festival: Wicklow Parish will host their annual outdoor Mass in the Abbey Grounds in Wicklow Town on Sunday 21st July at 11.30am followed by refreshments. The Family Fun Festival will begin at 1.00pm & finish in the evening time around 6.00pm.    Bring along a family picnic or enjoy the food stalls on the day as well as free activities for every family member to enjoy such as; scavenger hunt, face-painting, garden games, hip-hop dancers, line/set dancing and live music along with local artists.  It’s going to be great – look forward to seeing you there.

Blessington GAA Club Golf Classic on Friday 12th July in Craddockstown Golf Club. Cost is €300 for a team of 4 including the round of golf, dinner & plenty of prizes!! The day promises lots of fun, during and after!! Book now to ensure your preferred tee time by contacting one of the following: Arthur Hennessy 087 239 6157, Emer McIntyre Reape 087 226 2286, John Williamson 086 825 6556

Happy Faces Community Playgroup are now enrolling for September 2019, we offer ECCE & part time places, at Happy Faces we support & encourage young children through a planned play-based curriculum, to grow into independent little people, who have a love for life & learning, enquires please phone 085 128 1605  alternatively email happyfaces@blessingtonfec.ie  Find us on Facebook.

Blessington AFC have a number of spaces on our squads for new players born in 2007 to join our teams for the coming season. Playing season commences in September. If you are interested, please contact Lar on 086 701 4949

Richard Cowley’s Garden Open Day in aid of Cara Girls Rescue Centre, Kenya on Saturday 13th July from 11am to 4pm in Horsepasstown, Ballymore Eustace, Co. Kildare W 91 C2P3. €5 entry to include tea/coffee and cake.

All Roads lead to Hollywood for the 49th Annual Sports Day on Sunday 14th July in the G AA Field. Juvenile Match 12 noon. Athletic Events from Tiny Tots to Veterans. Mile Race (for our fit enthusiasts) Dog Show (all dogs 🐕 on leash) Bottle Stall, Home Produce, White Elephant, Wheel o Fortune, Feed the Clowns 🤡 Pillow Fight, Clock Golf and many more side shows. Refreshments available on Field throughout the Afternoon. See you there!!

Dinner and Dance in Hollywood Centre on Saturday 20th July, 3 Course Meal served at 8pm. Dancing from 9.30pm. Music by The Wicklow Man. Admission €20. A great night is assured. “It’s a great start for The Fair”.

The Old Bog Road. An evening of music, song, tales. Valleymount Community Hall. Fri 19th July at 8pm. Adm €10. Raffle & refreshments on the night.

Try Sailing at BLSC this Summer. With courses for children aged 6 to 18 years of all abilities, choose Blessington Sailing Club for your child’s Summer adventure. For booking and more info, please email Alex at alextpocock@gmail.com, or find us on Facebook.

Blessington Gaelic 4 Mothers & Others Team is looking for new members. Our training sessions are focused on building up fitness with a bit of football thrown in! If you fancy trying something different & meeting some new people, please come along on Tuesday at 7.30pm

Lough Derg 3-Day Pilgrimages 9th to 11th August (dep 8am from Parnell Square, Dublin)

€115 per adult €105 per student & pensioner. Info & booking Miriam (St Oliver Plunkett) after 6pm

086 385 3027 or 01 4941171

Blessington Bingo Every Wednesday at 8.15pm in the Avon (Avon Ri) Great Prizes, Extra Raffle Prizes Shuttle Bus €2 return. Information: Jess: 086 860 2822 or Catherine 087 122 4019

Hollywood Friendship Club every Wed from 2.15pm to 4.15pm. New members always welcome.

Hollywood Walking Trail, meet every Tuesday at 6.45pm outside Tutty’s Pub. Great walks for the experienced walker & brief walks for those not the best “on their feet”. Please come along & join in.

People will forget what you said,

people will forget what you did,

but they will never forget

how you made them feel……