Issue 1299 29th March 2020

Follow Deacon Gerry’s Blog of prayerful resources & reflections: www.lenten.info

Sat & Sun 28th / 29th March 2020

This weekend, please join us Mass at 6pm on Saturday & 10am on Sunday via webcam on www.blessingtonparish.ie

Sunday Missalettes with Fr Kevin’s Homily available in Church Porch, Blessington if you want to follow Sunday Mass on webcam.

For help finding the webcam online service please call Carol: 045 865 327 from 9am to 1pm or Jean: 087 235 0835 from 9am to 5pm (Monday to Friday only)

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

Tuesday 31st March 2020

The Citizens Information Centre is closed to the public; however, they are available to answer your queries by telephone from 9am to 8pm Monday to Friday: 076 107 4000

Wednesday 1st April 2020

The Citizens Information Centre is closed to the public; however, they are available by telephone to answer your queries from 9am to 8pm Monday to Friday: 076 107 4000

Thursday 2nd April 2020

St Mary’ Schools & Blessington Parish Last week’s numbers: 3, 7, 9, 19 Jackpot not won. Congratulations to the weekly prize winner of €25 – Tina McNamara. Info: Parish Office 045 865 327. The lotto draw is still taking place every Thursday at 8pm. This week’s Jackpot €1375

Deacon Gerry will lead a Holy Hour of Prayer and Benediction via Webcam from 7pm to 8pm from Church of Our Lady Blessington. Log in for an hour of prayer, music and reflection. Please help your parents & grandparents to access all the webcam services from our Church.

Friday 3rd April 2020

1st Friday of the Month, Mass will be offered for those on November List of the Dead

Bethany Bereavement Support Group would like to advise people there will be no meetings in the Coimín Centre until further notice. If you need to speak to a member please ring 087 632 1631 or visit www.bethany.ie

St Vincent de Paul local no: 087 181 1579

Mass Intentions this Week

George Allen (RD) Margaret Ellis (nee Atkinson) (RD)

Saturday 6pm: Jack Keogh (A) Paul Flanagan (RD)

Sunday 10am: Declan Sam Byrne (A) Gerry McIntyre (1st A)

We also Remember the following:  Josephine Cullen (A) Annie Cullen (A) Christy, Kitty, Goo Nolan (A) Maisie Monaghan (A)

Pete Nolan (A) Jimmy, Maisie & May Nolan

Monday: Mass for those on list for Sick

Tuesday: Margaret Deegan (RD), Paddy Neilan (RD)

Wednesday: Thanksgiving, Get Well

Thursday: Sp Intentions, Sp Intentions, Margaret Ellis nee Atkinson (RD)

Friday: November Altar List of the Dead

 

The Parish Office is Closed to the Public.

We are available by telephone or email for Mass Bookings, Mass Cards, Newsletter Ads & Notices, and General Enquiries. Monday to Friday only

Email: office@blessington.info

Carol: 045 865 327 from 9am to 1pm

Jean: 087 2350835 from 9am to 5pm

 

Blessington Library is now providing access to Touch-Type Read and Spell (TTRS), a multi-sensory, structured online course particularly useful for those with dyslexia, DCD/dyspraxia, ASD and ADHD.  It assists those who experience spelling, reading or writing difficulties and also develops their typing skills.  It is suitable for all age groups, learning at their own pace, at home.  To get started contact Blessington Library on (045) 891 740 for your unique log in and password.

 

In light of recent government guidelines, West Wicklow Cancer Support are suspending our services until further notice. The health and safety of our service users and volunteers is paramount, we may be closed but we are still here to help you. Contact us on 087 4346004 / westwicklow15@gmail.com with any enquiries.  To the wider community, health workers and those in the service industry stay safe and thank you from the bottom of our hearts.

 

ALONE has launched a national support line & for older people who have concerns or are facing difficulties relating to the outbreak of COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Professional staff will be available to answer queries & give advice & reassurance. Lines open Mon to Fri, 8am to 8pm, 0818 222 024

Issue 1298 22nd March 2020

Sat & Sun 21st/22nd March 2020

Please join us for Daily Mass at 9.30am, at 6pm on Saturday & 10am on Sunday via webcam on www.blessingtonparish.ie

►During these extraordinary times, when we may not be able to gather for prayer together, we can still offer our prayers in solidarity with one another, especially the most vulnerable among us. May the care & compassion of the Christian community reach out to all in the coming days & weeks through our prayer & acts of Christian charity.

For help finding the webcam online service please call Carol: 045 865 327 from 9am to 1pm or Jean: 087 235 0835 from 9am to 5pm (Monday to Friday only)

Monday 23rd March 2020

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

Tuesday 24th March 2020

The Citizens Information Centre is closed to the public; however, they are available to answer your queries by telephone from 9am to 8pm Monday to Friday: 076 107 4000

Wednesday 25th March 2020

The Citizens Information Centre is closed to the public; however, they are available by telephone to answer your queries from 9am to 8pm Monday to Friday: 076 107 4000

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

Thursday 26th March 2020

St Mary’ Schools & Blessington Parish Last week’s numbers: 37, 9 16, 20 Jackpot not won. Congratulations to the weekly prize winner of €25 – David Nolan. Info: Parish Office 045 865 327. The lotto draw is still taking place every Thursday at 8pm. This week’s Jackpot €1325

Deacon Gerry will lead a Holy Hour of Prayer and Benediction via Webcam from 7pm to 8pm from Church of Our Lady Blessington. Log in for an hour of prayer, music and reflection. Please help your parents & grandparents to access all the webcam services from our Church.

St Vincent de Paul local no: 087 181 1579

BYT BLESSINGTON YOUTH THEATRE – THE MAGIC OF MUSICALS – POSTPONED DUE TO CORONA VIRUS We are sorry to have to postpone our show after all the hard work of our members these past few months but the show WILL  go on at a later date to be advised so please watch this space!!    If you have any queries with regard to ticket refunds please contact BYT at 087 465 0835, thanks to all for your cooperation and understanding in this regard.

4th West Wicklow Festival20th to 24th May

Building on the success of previous festivals, the 2020 West Wicklow Festival boasts an incredible line-up of musicians from all over the world, with concerts being held at Russborough House &

St. Mary’s Church, Blessington. Having doubled in size since 2017, the Festival has once again expanded its programme and this year will feature 15 incredible artists over 5 days.

The 2020 programme features performances from the captivating Polish mezzo-soprano Hanna Hipp, internationally acclaimed American violinist Tai Murray with German pianist Silke Avenhaus, renowned French string quartet Quatuor Arod, prominent Swiss based ensemble Trio Gaspard, principal flute of the London Symphony Orchestra Adam Walker and the Festival’s Founder & Artistic Director, celebrated Irish pianist Fiachra Garvey. The festival will also feature rising Irish stars Phoebe White (violin) and Peter Regan (piano).

This year’s programme marks two very important events: the 250th Anniversary of the birth of Beethoven and the 80th anniversary of the sinking of the Blessington Lakes.

Book tickets online at westwicklowfestival.com

In light of recent government guidelines, West Wicklow Cancer Support are suspending our services until further notice. The health and safety of our service users and volunteers is paramount, we may be closed but we are still here to help you. Contact us on 087 4346004 / westwicklow15@gmail.com with any enquiries.  To the wider community, health workers and those in the service industry stay safe and thank you from the bottom of our hearts.

Bethany Bereavement Support Group would like to advise people there will be no meetings in the Coimín Centre until further notice. If you need to speak to a member please ring 087 632 1631 or visit www.bethany.ie

ALONE COVID-19 Helpline ALONE has launched a national support line & additional supports for older people who have concerns or are facing difficulties relating to the outbreak of COVID-19 (Coronavirus) in Ireland. Professional staff will be available to answer queries & give advice and reassurance where necessary. The support line will be open Monday to Friday, 8am to 8pm, by calling 0818 222 024, hours may be extended to meet the demand

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

A Prayer for our Priests as they exercise their ministry during this time of the Coronavirus COVID-19

Eternal God,
Be with our priests this day as they seek
to minister to your people.
May you be a guiding and protective presence with them
as they bring the consolation and hope of Your word
and the grace and nourishment of Eucharist
to those entrusted into their care.

Grant them the strength of mind and body,
keep them safe to do your will,
And give them the courage and peace
to face each day with trust and confidence in You.
Into your hands O God, we commend them;
fill them with your grace and healing.

Amen.

 

Memorare      
Remember, O most gracious Virgin Mary,
that never was it known that anyone who fled to your protection,
implored your help, or sought your intercession was left unaided.
Inspired with this confidence,
I fly to you, O Virgin of virgins,

my Mother.
To you I come, before you I stand,

sinful and sorrowful.
O Mother of the Word Incarnate,
despise not my petitions, but in your mercy, hear and answer.  Amen.

A Prayer for Healthcare Workers during this time of the Coronavirus COVID-19

Loving God,
we place into your care
all our doctors, nurses and healthcare workers.
Give them courage of heart
and strength of mind and body.
Keep them safe from harm.
May they know our deep gratitude
for all they are doing
to heal and help those affected by
the coronavirus.

God of all consolation
may they know your protection and peace.
Bless them in these challenging days
and bless their families.
Amen.

 

ACT OF SPIRITUAL COMMUNION

My Jesus, I believe that You

are present in the Most Holy Sacrament.

I love You above all things,

and I desire to receive You into my soul.

Since I cannot at this moment

receive You sacramentally,

come at least spiritually into my heart.

I embrace You as if You were already there and unite myself wholly to You. Never permit me to be separated from You.

Amen.

 

 

 

Issue 1297 15th March 2020

In the current Covid-19 crises restrictions and the suspension by the Archbishop of the Sunday obligation there will be no public Masses this weekend, St Patrick’s Day and until further notice in Blessington, Crosschapel, Manor Kilbride, Valleymount & Lacken Churches. You can join us for Mass on the Webcam at 6pm Saturday and 10am Sunday and 10am on St Patrick’s Day. www.blessingtonparish.ie

As there are normally less than 100 people at the weekday Masses these will continue for the present.

To encourage the faithful to enter into spiritual communion through these means. Please see prayer below.  This is a time where there is a great need for prayer. Therefore, Blessington Church will be open for quiet prayer and reflection.

ACT OF SPIRITUAL COMMUNION

My Jesus,

I believe that You

are present in the Most Holy Sacrament.

I love You above all things,

and I desire to receive You into my soul.

Since I cannot at this moment

receive You sacramentally,

come at least spiritually into my heart. I embrace You as if You were already there and unite myself wholly to You. Never permit me to be separated from You.

Amen.

Mass Intentions this Week

Gerard & Robert Fane (RD)

Saturday 6pm: Oliver McDonnell (1st A) Molly Brady (A) Margaret Kinsella (A)

Sunday 10am: Laurence Kinsella (A) Raimundo da Sousa Oliveira

We also Remember the following: Bridie Toomey (A) Simon Foster (A)

Monday: Mass for those on list for Sick

Vigil of St Patrick’s Day 8pm:  Margaret Kinsella (RD) Brendan Kelly (RD)

Tuesday St Patrick’s Day 10am: Margaret Kinsella, Sean & Annie Newman (A)

Wednesday: Michael O’Connell (Rem) Fran Ferguson (A)

Thursday: Maureen Brien (RD) Jane O’Shea (RD)

Friday: Living Mass Intention, Living Mass Intention

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

 ALONE COVID-19 Helpline ALONE has launched a national support line & additional supports for older people who have concerns or are facing difficulties relating to the outbreak of COVID-19 (Coronavirus) in Ireland. Professional staff will be available to answer queries & give advice and reassurance where necessary.  The support line will be open Monday to Friday, 8am to 8pm, by calling 0818 222 024, and hours may be extended to meet the demand

 

The Memorare

Remember,

O most gracious Virgin Mary,

that never was it known that anyone who fled to thy protection,

implored thy help or sought thy intercession, was left unaided.

Inspired with this confidence,

I fly unto thee,

O virgin of virgins, my Mother,

to thee do I come,

before thee I stand,

sinful and sorrowful.

O Mother of thy Word Incarnate,

despise not my petitions,

but in thy clemency

hear and answer me.

Amen.

CAKE SALE in MANOR KILBRIDE HALL on Sunday 22nd March, Mother’s Day from 11.45am. Treat your Mum or yourself to some delicious homemade cakes. Raffle for Easter Hamper. In aid of Kilbride & Lakeside Youth Music. Cake donations most welcome. Contact Maria 087 9656257

Way With Words Festival in Blessington Library Friday, 13th March at 8pm – Cliodhna Ni Anluain will be joined by contributors to the publication marking 50 Years of Sunday Miscellany Saturday, 14th March at 2pm – Paul Gaffney, a visual artist whose practice focuses on bookmaking, will discuss executing his landscape photography & the photobook Saturday 14th March at 7.30pm – Michael Russell will discuss his crime narratives & screen writing past. Booking at 045 891740 or on eventbrite.ie.

Blessington AFC are looking for young footballers & goalkeepers born in 2008 to join their Under 12 teams; if interested, please contact enquiries@blessingtonfc.com

Blessington Community Walking Group. Walks from the Coimín Centre on Mon (ex-bank hols) & Thurs at 7pm. All levels catered for & welcome. Find us on Facebook

 St Vincent de Paul local no: 087 181 1579

TRY IT OUT, Blessington Mini-Rugby for Tots is looking for new members to play fun & games every Sat @ 10:15am at St Kevin’s Hall, Main St, Blessington (opposite Vincent’s Charity Shop). Ages 3-5 years

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

Adult Fencing Classes on Tuesdays from 8pm in St Kevin’s Hall. Fencing is a fun sport & all ages & levels of fitness can enjoy. No special equipment required only comfortable clothes & trainers. All are welcome to pop along & give it a go with no obligation. Call 087 676 4183 if you need any additional information

Cruthú Art Group is pleased to host ‘Revealing Wicklow’ a multi-media response to the ancient Wicklow landscape by Erika Tyner. Come visit at Cruthú Art Gallery, Russborough Courtyard.  Open on March 16th/17th, & weekends 21st/22nd, and 28th/29th March from 11am.  Artist talk 3pm Saturday 21st March.   All welcome. The Cruthú Members 2020 art exhibition will reopen at Easter weekend continuing at weekends until October

4th West Wicklow Festival20th to 24th May Building on the success of previous festivals, the 2020 West Wicklow Festival boasts an incredible line-up of musicians from all over the world, with concerts being held at Russborough House & St. Mary’s Church, Blessington. Having doubled in size since 2017, the Festival has once again expanded its programme and this year will feature 15 incredible artists over 5 days. This year’s programme marks two very important events – the 250th Anniversary of the birth of Beethoven and the 80th anniversary of the sinking of the Blessington Lakes. Book tickets online at westwicklowfestival.com

Interested in a social cycle in the Blessington area?  Led by an experienced volunteer, Cycling Ireland/Axa Community Bike Rides are gentle, social bike rides for adults, usually followed by coffee & chat.  New series for beginners added for Wednesdays at 10:30am. Join for FREE at www.AxaCommunityBikeRides.com

Join us for Blessington Bingo every Wednesday in the Avon at 8.15 pm. Great prizes, weekly Jackpot & bonus prizes if you check on Lucky Number, Raffle etc. Shuttle Bus available €2 return. €10 for book and flyers. Contact Catherine 087 122 4019 or Jess 086 860 2822

Manor Kilbride Drama Society’s production of Sam Cree’s hilarious comedy “Cupid Wore Skirts” will be in Kilbride hall on Friday 20th, Saturday 21st and Saturday 28th March. Tickets €10 each, available from High Definition Gym, Karma Hair Salon and Crauls’ Shop. Tickets can also be booked on 0863417106 and picked up at the door on the night of each performance. Please come along to support a local community drama group and you’ll be guaranteed a great laugh!!!

Storytime in Blessington Library – Every Wed at 3pm

G4M&O (Gaelic 4 Mother’s & Others) returns Tuesday 10th March from 7.30pm to 8.30pm at Blessington GAA pitch! Want a fun way to get fit & possibly learn some new skills? Then join us for fun, fitness and football!!

Happy Faces Play School Blessington Education Centre is a fun, stimulating & welcoming environment with a curriculum focusing on the best care & education for your child. Our staff are highly trained in up to date childcare & Montessori methods of learning and development. Places available, full & part time. Enrolling now for Sept 2020.

LOOKING FOR A GREAT NIGHT OUT? Blessington Bowls meet every Thurs at 7.30pm in St. Kevin’s Hall, Blessington. guests welcome come along & bring a friend.

St Brigid’s N.S. Manor Kilbride are accepting enrolments for all pupils wishing to start in September.  Please contact the school office on 01-4582550 for an enrolment form.

Lacken NS are currently accepting enrolments for September 2020. Enrolment forms are available on www.lackenns.com or from the school, call 045 865 086 and we will post one out to you. Lacken NS also runs a pre-school & an after-school service.

St. Joseph’s National School (Valleymount) are now accepting enrolment forms for September 2020. Forms available from the school office, please call in or phone 045 867289. Places are filling up fast. Closing date for applications April 30th.

Longest Graveyard in Ireland. The Dublin/Blessington Tram Talk on 16th April at 7pm in Blessington Library. The talk is by Jim Corley & will be followed by an exhibition the following week. If anyone has knowledge of artefacts of the tram to loan us, please contact Aidan Cruise 086 3958 207 or Jim Corley 085 1082 503

St Vincent de Paul local no: 087 181 1579

Issue 1296 March 8th 2020

Saturday 7th March 2020

GAELSCOIL NA LOCHANNA open day & family day Lá Oscailte agus Lá Clainne. from 11-2pm.  Seachtain na Gaeilge. Ta Fáilte roimh chách.

Children’s Church for children aged 5 to 9 years at 6pm Mass Blessington Church

Sunday 8th March 2020

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

1st Communion Preparation Mass at 11.15am in Valleymount Church

Monday 9th March 2020

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

Blessington & District Forum meet at 8pm in St Mary’s Junior School. All Welcome

Neighbourhood Collection Envelopes for March are due. Envelopes may be left into the Parish Office or in collection bags at Mass.

Tuesday 10th March 2020

Blessington U3A “Tomorrows World & Beyond” by Vahe Sasunts 10:30am in The Education Centre. €5 non-members

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

Blessington & District Active Retired meeting at 2.30pm in the Coimín Centre.

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

Wednesday 11th March 2020

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

Prayers to the Holy Face of Jesus in Crying Room Blessington Church 11am

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

Thursday 12th March 2020

Taize Evenings of Prayer every Thurs for Lent at 8pm in Blessington Church.

St Mary’ Schools & Blessington Parish Lotto Draw at 8pm. Last week’s numbers: 13, 15, 16, 27 Jackpot not won. Congratulations to the weekly prize winner of €25 – Tina McNamara. Info: Parish Office 045 865 327

Coimín Centre Management at 7pm

Blessington Pastoral Council at 8pm

Mass Intentions this Week

Alice Fowler (RD)

Saturday 6pm: Marie Dawson (A) Rose Black (RD)

Sunday 10am: Seamus Byrne (A) Margaret Byrne (A)

We also Remember the following:

Pat Cassidy (A) Mary Nolan (A) James & Kathleen Rawson (A) Eddie O’Toole (A) Margaret & John Morrissey (A)

Monday: Mass for those on list for Sick

Tuesday: Birthday Mass, Intentions,

Wednesday: Matt Lenon (RD) Kathleen Dillon (RD)

Thursday: Paddy Browne (A) Mike O’Reilly (RD)

Friday: Gerry Quinn (RD) Breda Butterfield (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

Sunglasses found on the Greenway, near Russborough on 7th Feb. Please contact Parish Office 045 865237

Irish Blood Transfusion Service Clinic in Blessington Community College on Wednesday 18th March from 5pm – 8.30pm. Your donation is always need and appreciated.

Help Promote Blessington Tourism. With the tourist season fast approaching, we are looking to enhance out tourist experience and to showcase Blessington at its finest. We believe we have identified all the big local attractions, which we have been promoting to all our visitors.  However, if there is something new or something that we may have overlooked or is not your usual tourist attraction, which you feel that tourists would be interested in, please call into our tourist office anytime or drop us an email on blessingtontouristoffice@gmail.com

Many thanks to the parents who organised the coffee morning in aid of the Green Wall which raised €186. This project set up by Eco Congregation Ireland aims to plant trees across the Sahara Desert in Africa in an effort to reduce the expansion of the desert through climate change. Already the planting of trees has improved the quality of soil and the lives of the people in this region. Your support for this project is much appreciated.

Blessington Youth Theatre – BYT – presents, “The Magic of Musicals” on Fri 20th & Sat 21st March at 7.30 in The Tramway Theatre, Blessington. Tickets €10 from The Office Shop & Hennessy’s Next Door. The show will feature excerpts from well-loved shows such as Annie, High School Musical, Mama Mia & Legally Blonde – Suitable for all the family.  Please support the talented members of BYT, only 2 shows, so get your tickets early!!

CELTIC BROTHERS Starring: The Willoughby’s with Special Guest  Lorraine Willoughby

Church of Our Lady, Blessington on Monday 13th April

Tickets €25 Available from Blessington Parish Office Or Online www.celticbrothers.ie

Doors Open 7pm – Show Starts 8pm ***Parish Fundraiser***

West Wicklow Cancer Support – Weekly Meditation with essential oils hosted by Gemma Deeney of Yogagym on Wednesdays at 11.30am Primary Care Centre Blessington.  If your life has been touched by cancer in any way come & join us. No charge, all welcome. Facebook or westwicklow15@gmail.com

Blessington AFC are looking for young footballers & goalkeepers born in 2008 to join their Under 12 teams; if interested, please contact enquiries@blessingtonfc.com

Blessington Community Walking Group. Walks from the Coimín Centre on Mon (ex-bank hols) & Thurs at 7pm. All levels catered for & welcome. Find us on Facebook

TRY IT OUT, Blessington Mini-Rugby for Tots is looking for new members to play fun & games every Sat @ 10:15am at St Kevin’s Hall, Main St, Blessington (opposite Vincent’s Charity Shop). Ages 3-5 years

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

Adult Fencing Classes on Tuesdays from 8pm in St Kevin’s Hall. Fencing is a fun sport & all ages & levels of fitness can enjoy. No special equipment required only comfortable clothes & trainers. All are welcome to pop along & give it a go with no obligation. Call 087 676 4183 if you need any additional information

Age Action Ireland. We run computer classes for people over the age of 55.  The classes are one to one – you are placed with your own volunteer tutor who will help to teach you the basic internet such as sending emails, booking tickets or flights, shopping online, Skype, Google etc.   Tel: 01 475 6989 Email: gettingstarted@ageaction.ie www.ageaction.ie or www.facebook.com/AgeActionIreland

Anam Cara South Dublin the organisation that supports bereaved parents, are holding a Parent Support Event on 9th March at 7:20pm in the Maldron Hotel, Whitestown way, Tallaght. This event is free & open to all bereaved parents regardless of the age your child died, the circumstances of their death, or whether their death was recent or not.

The Garda Band & Kilcullen Gospel Choir in St. Brigid’s Church, Kill on Thursday 19th MarchTickets €10 & Raffle on the night. Tickets available by contacting: John 087 0601665, Margaret 087 2027550, Mary 086 7281811, Celine 087 7836276, Marion 086 3501877, Margaret 087 6993091

Interested in a social cycle in the Blessington area?  Led by an experienced volunteer, Cycling Ireland/Axa Community Bike Rides are gentle, social bike rides for adults, usually followed by coffee & chat.  New series for beginners added for Wednesdays at 10:30am. Join for FREE at www.AxaCommunityBikeRides.com

Join us for Blessington Bingo every Wednesday in the Avon at 8.15 pm. Great prizes, weekly Jackpot & bonus prizes if you check on Lucky Number, Raffle etc. Shuttle Bus available €2 return. €10 for book and flyers. Contact Catherine 087 122 4019 or Jess 086 860 2822

Manor Kilbride Drama Society’s production of Sam Cree’s hilarious comedy “Cupid Wore Skirts” will be in Kilbride hall on Friday 20th, Saturday 21st and Saturday 28th March. Tickets €10 each, available from High Definition Gym, Karma Hair Salon and Crauls’ Shop. Tickets can also be booked on 0863417106 and picked up at the door on the night of each performance. Please come along to support a local community drama group and you’ll be guaranteed a great laugh!!!

Storytime in Blessington Library – Every Wed at 3pm

Cruthú Art Group is pleased to host ‘Revealing Wicklow’ a multi-media response to the ancient Wicklow landscape by Erika Tyner. Come visit at Cruthú Art Gallery, Russborough Courtyard.  Open on March 16th / 17th & weekends 21st / 22nd  &  28th / 29th March from 11am.

G4M&O (Gaelic 4 Mother’s & Others) returns Tuesday 10th March from 7.30pm to 8.30pm at Blessington GAA pitch! Want a fun way to get fit & possibly learn some new skills? Then join us for fun, fitness and football!!

Happy Faces Play School Blessington Education Centre is a fun, stimulating & welcoming environment with a curriculum focusing on the best care & education for your child. Our staff are highly trained in up to date childcare & Montessori methods of learning and development. Places available, full & part time. Enrolling now for Sept 2020.

LOOKING FOR A GREAT NIGHT OUT? Blessington Bowls meet every Thurs at 7.30pm in St. Kevin’s Hall, Blessington. guests welcome, come along & bring a friend.

St Brigid’s N.S. Manor Kilbride are accepting enrolments for all pupils wishing to start in September.  Please contact the school office on 01-4582550 for an enrolment form.

Lacken NS are currently accepting enrolments for September 2020. Enrolment forms are available on www.lackenns.com or from the school, call 045 865 086 and we will post one out to you. Lacken NS also runs a pre-school & an after-school service.

St. Joseph’s National School (Valleymount) are now accepting enrolment forms for September 2020. Forms available from the school office, please call in or phone 045 867289. Places are filling up fast. Closing date for applications April 30th.

In a World where you can be anything……. be Kind

St Vincent de Paul local no: 087 181 1579

Issue 1295 March 1st 2020

Blessington Scouts are holding a Church Gate collection this weekend, 29th Feb & 1st March. Many thanks for all your support.

Saturday 29th February 2020

Lacken Church will host the Climate Justice candle at 7.30 Mass. Many thanks to the Lacken Tidy Village group for doing a clean-up on the church grounds last weekend.

Sunday 1st March 2020

1st Communion Preparation Mass at 10am in Blessington Church.

Coffee Morning after 10am Mass with all donations going towards the “Green Wall”, Planting trees in Africa at the bottom of Sahara Desert. See: www.ecocongregationireland.com

Monday 2nd March 2020

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

No Benediction in Lacken this month

Tuesday 3rd March 2020

Lacken Confirmation – Congratulations to Patrick, Finn, James, Poppy, Katie, Isabell, Dylan, Simon, Ryan, Myles, Joshua, Sean & Calum from Lacken NS receiving Confirmation at 11am. We welcome Archbishop Diarmuid Martin, their parents & families.

Blessington Book Club Meeting in the Education Centre at 10:30am

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

Blessington & District Active Retired meeting at 2.30pm in the Coimín Centre Blessington, new members welcome.

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

Wednesday 4th March 2020

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

Prayers to the Holy Face of Jesus in Crying Room Blessington Church 11am

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

Thursday 5th March 2020

Taize Evenings of Prayer every Thurs for Lent at 8pm in Blessington Church.

St Mary’ Schools & Blessington Parish Lotto Draw at 8pm. Last week’s numbers: 7, 23 25, 28. Jackpot not won. Congratulations to the weekly prize winner of €25 – Carmel Dillon. Info: Parish Office 045 865 327

No 1 School & BETNS Service of Light for Confirmation at 7:15pm

Friday 6th March 2020

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

Women’s World Day of Prayer at 11am in Church of Our Lady, Blessington

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 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

Hugh Harney (RD)

Saturday 6pm: Eileen Stynes (A) Shay Mills(A)

Sunday 10am: Mary Breen (A) Joan Curtin (RD)

We also Remember the following: Nora Fleming (A) Bill & Eileen Murphy, Denis & Philomena O’Keefe, Denis O’Keefe (Jnr) Mick Reid (A) Christopher & Elizabeth Cullen (A)

Monday: Mass for those on list for Sick

Tuesday: Barry O’Donnell (Rem) Michael Moloney (A) Mick Reid (A)

Wednesday: Margaret McEvoy (RD) Ann Roche (RD)

Thursday: Get Well, Intentions.

Friday: Tony Nolan (RD) Stephen Hand (RD)

Children’s Church For children aged 5 to 9 years on Saturday 7th March at 6pm Mass Blessington Church

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

 Sunglasses found on the Greenway, near Russborough on 7th Feb. Please contact Parish Office 045 865237

Valleymount Lacken Parish Draw cut-off date for entries is March 1st The first draw will be held on March 29th

Blessington Educate Together N.S are enrolling for September 2020. Our open day is on Wednesday March 4th between 10 am and 11.30 am and between 7 pm and 8 pm. Pre-enrolment forms can be found on our website at www.betns.ie. You can contact us at office@betns.ie or by phone 045 865 281

Daily Mass in Irish during Lent in Blessed Sacrament Chapel, Bachelors Walk, Dublin 2. Monday to Friday 1.15pm from Wed 26th Feb

Irish Blood Transfusion Service Clinic in Blessington Community College on Wednesday 18th March from 5pm – 8.30pm. Your donation is always need and appreciated.

Blessington Book Club Meeting in the Education Centre at 10:30am on Tuesday March 3rd

Blessington AFC are looking for young footballers & goalkeepers born in 2008 to join their Under 12 teams; if interested, please contact enquiries@blessingtonfc.com

 Storytime in Blessington Library – Every Wed at 3pm

TRY IT OUT, Blessington Mini-Rugby for Tots is looking for new members to play fun & games every Sat @ 10:15am at St Kevin’s Hall, Main St, Blessington (opposite Vincent’s Charity Shop). Ages 3-5 years

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

LOOKING FOR A GREAT NIGHT OUT? Blessington Bowls meet every Thurs at 7.30pm in St. Kevin’s Hall, Blessington. guests welcome, come along & bring a friend.

Happy Faces Play School Blessington Education Centre is a fun, stimulating & welcoming environment with a curriculum focusing on the best care & education for your child. Our staff are highly trained in up to date childcare & Montessori methods of learning and development. Places available, full & part time. Enrolling now for Sept 2020.

LOOKING FOR A GREAT NIGHT OUT? Blessington Bowls meet every Thurs at 7.30pm in St. Kevin’s Hall, Blessington. guests welcome, come along & bring a friend.

Adult Fencing Classes on Tuesdays from 8pm in St Kevin’s Hall. Fencing is a fun sport & all ages & levels of fitness can enjoy. No special equipment required only comfortable clothes & trainers. All are welcome to pop along & give it a go with no obligation. Call 087 676 4183 if you need any additional information

Blessington Educate Together N.S are enrolling for September 2020. Our open day is on Wednesday March 4th between 10 am and 11.30 am and between 7 pm and 8 pm. Pre-enrolment forms can be found on our website at www.betns.ie. You can contact us at office@betns.ie or by phone 045 865 281

 GAELSCOIL NA LOCHANNA are hosting an open day and family day on 7th March. Lá Oscailte agus Lá Clainne. Did you ever want to know what happens in a Gaelscoil?  We are opening our doors & putting on our best show for anyone to come see us in action 11-2pm, 7 March.  Rince, Drámaíocht, Ceol agus Spraoi.  Fun & Free activities for the family to spend a while with us. This is part of our Seachtain na Gaeilge schedule. Tá fáilte roimh chách.

West Wicklow Youth Project’s Detached Youth Work Team, Open Invitation to the Blessington Community to drop in to Creatively Contribute to a Collaborative Artwork as part of International Women’s Day in St. Joseph’s Hall between 4pm & 6pm on Friday 6th March. All Welcome & No Art Experience Necessary       

 Blessington Youth Theatre – BYT – presents, “The Magic of Musicals” on Fri 20th & Sat 21st March at 7.30 in The Tramway Theatre, Blessington. Tickets €10 from The Office Shop & Hennessy’s Next Door. The show will feature excerpts from well-loved shows such as Annie, High School Musical, Mama Mia & Legally Blonde – Suitable for all the family.  Please support the talented members of BYT, only 2 shows, so get your tickets early!!

DATE FOR YOUR DIARY!! Lakeshore Striders Running Club Blessington are holding a pub quiz on Friday 6th March in Murphy’s pub 8:30pm till late. The night will help to raise funds to improve the clubs running track facilities. All welcome, plenty of spot prizes & a bit of craic. €40 per table.  Raffle on the night. All welcome. Info: lakeshorestriders@gmail.com

Join us for Blessington Bingo every Wednesday in the Avon at 8.15 pm. Great prizes, weekly Jackpot & bonus prizes if you check on Lucky Number, Raffle etc. Shuttle Bus available €2 return. €10 for book and flyers. Contact Catherine 087 122 4019 or Jess 086 860 2822

Blessington Community Walking Group. Walks from the Coimín Centre on Mon (ex-bank hols) & Thurs at 7pm. All levels catered for & welcome. Find us on Facebook

West Wicklow Cancer Support – Weekly Meditation with essential oils hosted by Gemma Deeney of Yogagym on Wednesdays at 11.30am Primary Care Centre Blessington.  If your life has been touched by cancer in any way come & join us. No charge, all welcome. Facebook or westwicklow15@gmail.com

Interested in a social cycle in the Blessington area?  Led by an experienced volunteer, Cycling Ireland/Axa Community Bike Rides are gentle, social bike rides for adults, usually followed by coffee & chat.  New series for beginners added for Wednesdays at 10:30am. Join for FREE at www.AxaCommunityBikeRides.com

Issue 1294 February 23rd 2020

This weekend at our Masses we will hear from some TY Students who are preparing to travel to Bucharest  to help with the “Street Children” Programme

Monday 24th February 2020

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

Tuesday 25th February 2020

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

Blessington & District Active Retired meeting at 2.30pm in the Coimín Centre Blessington, new members welcome.

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

Wednesday 26th February 2020

Ash Wednesday Mass in Blessington with distribution of ashes 9.30am & 8pm

Service of Ashes will take place in Valleymount at 10.30am & Lacken at 12 noon

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

Prayers to the Holy Face of Jesus in Crying Room Blessington Church 11am

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

Thursday 27th February 2020

West Wicklow Cancer Support – Monthly Drop-in. An evening of meditation, stillness & mindfulness hosted by artist & therapist Margot Ussher at 7.30pm in the Coimin Centre Blessington. No charge, all welcome. Contact 087 434 6004 / westwicklow15@gmail.com

Taize Evenings of Prayer every Thurs for Lent at 8pm in Blessington Church.

St Mary’ Schools & Blessington Parish Lotto Draw at 8pm. Last week’s numbers: 4, 9, 10, 13. Jackpot not won. Congratulations to the 1st weekly prize winner of €25 – Andreea Patrici. See notice boards & leaflets for how to join or call Parish Office 045 865 327.

Mass Intentions this Week

Matthew Lennon (RD) Stephen Hand (RD) Sean Mangan (RD)

Saturday 6pm: Peter Fennell (Mths Mind) Vera Byrne (1st A) Paddy Byrne, Jane Miley & Thomas Miley (Birthday Rem)

Sunday 10am: Trevor Kinsella (A) Toddy & Kathleen Hennessy (A)

We also Remember the following:

Hugh Finnegan (A) Josephine O’Toole (A) Maura & Tom McNally (A) Alan Fleming (A) Hugh, Alicia & Billy Hamilton (A)

Monday: Mass for those on list for Sick

Tuesday: Hugh, Alicia & Billy Hamilton (A) Brendan Mealy (RD)

Wednesday: Ann Marie Walsh (1st A) Teresa Devine (RD)

Thursday: Birthday Rem, Birthday Rem

Friday: Blessington Deceased Mass Card list

The Family of the late Bunny McDonald (Margaret Hyland) would like to thank everyone most sincerely for their kindness, sympathy & support on the passing of our mother. Thank you to relatives, neighbours & friends who attended the wake at the house, to all who attended Bunny’s funeral Mass, who sent flowers & Mass cards & who spoke most highly of Bunny. it was such a great comfort to us all. Heartfelt thanks to Fr. Paraic for his visits & kind words. To Tony & Regina Clarke for their caring professionalism & thanks to Lorraine & Richie Willoughby & Una McLoughlin for the beautiful singing & music. Mass will be offered for your intentions. May she rest in peace.

Blessington Parish are hosting the Climate Justice Candle for the month of Feb. following Sr Catherine Brennan of Eco Congregation Ireland’s talk last weekend at our Masses, there will be a Coffee Morning on 1st March after 10am Mass with all donations going towards the “Green Wall”, Planting trees across Africa at the bottom of Sahara desert www.ecocongregationireland.com

1st Communion Preparation Mass next weekend at 10am in Blessington Church

Lacken Church will host the Climate Justice candle on Sat Feb 29th at 7.30 Mass.

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

Women’s World Day of Prayer on 6th March at 11am in Church of Our Lady, Blessington

Blessington Scouts are holding a Church Gate collection next weekend, 29th Feb & 1st March. Many thanks for all your support.

The Divine Mercy Conference 2020 takes place in the Main Hall, RDS Ballsbridge

Friday 21st February, Saturday 22nd & Sunday 23rd February.

THEME: “Deliver us from Evil” (Mt 6:13)

Sat: 10am to 9pm Rosary, Holy Hour & Mass,

Sun: 10am to 5pm again concluding with Mass

DIVINE MERCY IN DEED, WORD & PRAYER.

Info: Margaret 087 669 8745 or Eileen 087 990 5723 www.divinemercyconference.com

♫ Sunday 23rd February (+ every Last Sunday). All sorts of SONGS & TUNES; Zellers, Lacken; 6pm to 9+. Warm welcome for all listeners, singers & musicians; ALL ages; just for fun!

Blessington Youth Theatre – BYT – presents, “The Magic of Musicals” on Fri 20th & Sat 21st March at 7.30 in The Tramway Theatre, Blessington. Tickets €10 from The Office Shop & Hennessy’s Next Door. The show will feature excerpts from well-loved shows such as Annie, High School Musical, Mama Mia & Legally Blonde – Suitable for all the family.  Please support the talented members of BYT, only 2 shows, so get your tickets early!!

DATE FOR YOUR DIARY!! Table quiz by St. Mary’s Schools Parents Association will take place Friday 24th April! More details to follow soon

Health & Wellbeing Talks at Blessington Library continue this week with ‘Healthy Eating for Active Children’ presented by Cliona McCarthy from McGreal’s  – Thursday 20th Feb  in  Blessington Library  7pm-8pm All Welcome

GROW YOUR OWN VEGETABLES FOR FREE We are located on a farm between Blessington & Ballymore Eustace.  We have a Polly Tunnel and Vegetable Garden that I will be unable to use this year due to work and study commitments. If you are interested in using these facilities for free but share the produce, I would be delighted to hear from you. Please call me on 087 627 8650 or email andymoneill@gmail.com

Join us for Blessington Bingo every Wednesday in the Avon at 8.15 pm. Great prizes, weekly Jackpot & bonus prizes if you check on Lucky Number, Raffle etc. Shuttle Bus available €2 return. €10 for book and flyers. Contact Catherine 087 122 4019 or Jess 086 860 2822

Blessington Community Walking Group. Walks from the Coimín Centre on Mon (ex-bank hols) & Thurs at 7pm. All levels catered for & welcome. Find us on Facebook

The Parish Book Club will meet on Thurs 2nd April at 10am in the Church Meeting Room.  The book for Lent & our Spring meeting is ‘The Return of the Prodigal Son: A Story of Homecoming, by Henri Nouwen. New members are always welcome.  Please call the Parish Office if you are interested & would like to go on the text reminder list.

Affordable Live-in Homecare provide live in carers for the elderly in your area. If you are looking for a live-in carer for your relative, please call Eileen or Tom today on 087 991 6791. Our website is www.alhomecare.ie

West Wicklow Cancer Support – Weekly Meditation with essential oils hosted by Gemma Deeney of Yogagym on Wednesdays at 11.30am Primary Care Centre Blessington.  If your life has been touched by cancer in any way come & join us. No charge, all welcome. Facebook or westwicklow15@gmail.com

Storytime in Blessington Library – Every Wed at 3pm

TRY IT OUT, Blessington Mini-Rugby for Tots is looking for new members to play fun & games every Sat @ 10:15am at St Kevin’s Hall, Main St, Blessington (opposite Vincent’s Charity Shop). Ages 3-5 years

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

LOOKING FOR A GREAT NIGHT OUT? Blessington Bowls meet every Thurs at 7.30pm in St. Kevin’s Hall, Blessington. guests welcome, come along & bring a friend.

GAELSCOIL NA LOCHANNA are hosting an open day and family day on 7th March. Lá Oscailte agus Lá Clainne. Did you ever want to know what happens in a Gaelscoil?  We are opening our doors and putting on our best show for anyone to come see us in action 11-2pm, 7 March.  Rince, Drámaíocht, Ceol agus Spraoi.  Fun and Free activities for the family to spend a while with us.This is part of our Seachtain na Gaeilge schedule. Tá fáilte roimh chách.

St Brigid’s N.S. Manor Kilbride are accepting enrolments for all pupils wishing to start in September.  Please contact the school office on 01-4582550 for an enrolment form.

Lacken NS are currently accepting enrolments for September 2020. Enrolment forms are available on www.lackenns.com or from the school, call 045 865 086 and we will post one out to you. Lacken NS also runs a pre-school & an after-school service.

St. Joseph’s National School (Valleymount) are now accepting enrolment forms for September 2020. Forms available from the school office, please call in or phone 045 867289. Places are filling up fast. Closing date for applications April 30th.

Happy Faces Play School Blessington Education Centre is a fun, stimulating & welcoming environment with a curriculum focusing on the best care & education for your child. Our staff are highly trained in up to date childcare & Montessori methods of learning and development. Places available, full & part time. Enrolling now for Sept 2020.

LOOKING FOR A GREAT NIGHT OUT? Blessington Bowls meet every Thurs at 7.30pm in St. Kevin’s Hall, Blessington. guests welcome, come along & bring a friend.

Adult Fencing Classes on Tuesdays from 8pm in St Kevin’s Hall. Fencing is a fun sport & all ages & levels of fitness can enjoy. No special equipment required only comfortable clothes & trainers. All are welcome to pop along & give it a go with no obligation. Call 087 676 4183 if you need any additional information

Interested in a social cycle in the Blessington area?  Led by an experienced volunteer, Cycling Ireland/Axa Community Bike Rides are gentle, social bike rides for adults, usually followed by coffee & chat.  New series for beginners added for Wednesdays at 10:30am. Join for FREE at www.AxaCommunityBikeRides.com

Issue 1293 February 16th 2020

The ANNUAL COLLECTION of ACCORD the Diocesan Agency for Marriage & the Family, at all Masses this weekend 15th & 16th February. This will replace the usual Share Collection.

Blessing the Stock & Homes in Valleymount this week between 11am & 1pm. If you would like a visit, please call Blessington Parish Office 045 865 327 (your Eircode would be helpful)

Monday 17th February 2020

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

The Confirmation Preparation Programme continues in St Mary’s SNS – 7.30pm to 9pm

►1st Confession in Valleymount at 7.30pm

Blessing Stock & Homes in Valleymount Annacarney Togher, Logstown (Uppr & Lwr) between 11am & 1pm

Tuesday 18th February 2020

Blessing Stock & Homes in Valleymount Carrigacurra between 11am & 1pm

Blessington U3A welcome Author Margaret Connolly to speak on: “The History of Wicklow Townland & Farming Community” 10:30am in The Education Centre. All welcome, €5 for non-members. Tea/Coffee included.

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

Blessington & District Active Retired meeting at 2.30pm in the Coimín Centre Blessington, new members welcome.

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

Wednesday 19th February 2020

Blessing Stock & Homes in Valleymount Lower Baltyboys, between 11am & 1pm

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

Prayers to the Holy Face of Jesus in Crying Room Blessington Church 11am

Thursday 20th February 2020

Blessing Stock & Homes in Valleymount Upper Baltyboys, between 11am & 1pm

St Mary’ Schools & Blessington Parish Lotto Week 2 – DRAW at 8pm. See notice boards & leaflets for how to join or call Parish Office 045 865 327

Blessington History Society will present a talk on “Wolfe Tone” by Larry Breen in the Coimín Centre at 8pm. All are welcome

Friday 21st February 2020

Blessing Stock & Homes in Valleymount Granamore, Granabeg, between 11am & 1pm

Mass Intentions this Week

Saturday 6pm: Bridie & John Richardson (A) Oliver Doyle (RD)

Sunday 10am: Kathleen Kinsella (A) Anna Flood (RD)

We also Remember the following:

Peter Doyle (A) May & Maurice O’Connell (A) Mick Fennan (A) Elizabeth Balfe (A) Gerry Carey (A) Cissie & Arthur Shirran (A)

Monday: Mass for those on list for Sick

Tuesday: Get Well Mass, Get Well Mass

Wednesday: Barry O’Donnell (Rem) William Cooper (RD)

Thursday: Michael Dempsey (RD) Liam Curran (RD)

Friday: Birthday Mass, Get Well Mass

Blessington Parish are hosting the Climate Justice Candle for the month of Feb. On Sunday 16th Feb, Sr Catherine Brennan of Eco Congregation Ireland will speak at the 10am & 11.15am Masses in Blessington & Valleymount on ways in which our parishes can become more environmentally aware & eco-friendly. Members of Tidy Towns, Green Schools & Environmental Groups 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

Women’s World Day of Prayer on 6th March at 11am in Church of Our Lady, Blessington

West Wicklow Cancer Support – Weekly Meditation with essential oils hosted by Gemma Deeney of Yogagym on Wednesdays at 11.30am Primary Care Centre Blessington.  If your life has been touched by cancer in any way come & join us. No charge, all welcome. Facebook or westwicklow15@gmail.com

GAELSCOIL NA LOCHANNA are hosting an open day and family day on 7th March. Lá Oscailte agus Lá Clainne. Did you ever want to know what happens in a Gaelscoil?  We are opening our doors and putting on our best show for anyone to come see us in action 11-2pm, 7 March.  Rince, Drámaíocht, Ceol agus Spraoi.  Fun and Free activities for the family to spend a while with us.This is part of our Seachtain na Gaeilge schedule. Tá fáilte roimh chách.

St Brigid’s N.S. Manor Kilbride are accepting enrolments for all pupils wishing to start in September.  Please contact the school office on 01-4582550 for an enrolment form.

Lacken NS are currently accepting enrolments for September 2020. Enrolment forms are available on www.lackenns.com or from the school, call 045 865 086 and we will post one out to you. Lacken NS also runs a pre-school & an after-school service.

St. Joseph’s National School (Valleymount) are now accepting enrolment forms for September 2020. Forms available from the school office, please call in or phone 045 867289. Places are filling up fast. Closing date for applications April 30th.

Social Dancing in Donard Community Hall on Sat 15th Feb 9pm till 12pm. Donation €10. Light refreshments served. Music by John & Terry.

Storytime in Blessington Library – Every Wed at 3pm

Join us for Blessington Bingo every Wednesday in the Avon at 8.15 pm. Great prizes, weekly Jackpot & bonus prizes if you check on Lucky Number, Raffle etc. Shuttle Bus available €2 return. €10 for book and flyers. Contact Catherine 087 122 4019 or Jess 086 860 2822

Blessington Community Walking Group. Walks from the Coimín Centre on Mon (ex-bank hols) & Thurs at 7pm. All levels catered for & welcome. Find us on Facebook

TRY IT OUT, Blessington Mini-Rugby for Tots is looking for new members to play fun & games every Sat @ 10:15am at St Kevin’s Hall, Main St, Blessington (opposite Vincent’s Charity Shop). Ages 3-5 years

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

LOOKING FOR A GREAT NIGHT OUT? Blessington Bowls meet every Thurs at 7.30pm in St. Kevin’s Hall, Blessington. guests welcome, come along & bring a friend.

GROW YOUR OWN VEGETABLES FOR FREE. We are located almost exactly between Blessington and Ballymore Eustace on a farm. We have a Polly Tunnel and Vegetable Garden that I will be unable to use this year due to work and study commitments. If you are interested in using these facilities for free but share the produce, I would be delighted to hear from you. Please call me on 087 627 8650 or email andymoneill@gmail.com

The Divine Mercy Conference 2020

takes place in the Main Hall, RDS Ballsbridge on

Friday 21st February (evening for Young People)

Saturday 22nd & Sunday 23rd February.

THEME: “Deliver us from Evil” (Mt 6:13)

Sat: 10am to 9pm Rosary, Holy Hour & Mass,

Sun: 10am to 5pm again concluding with Mass

DIVINE MERCY IN DEED, WORD & PRAYER.

Speakers include Fr Pat Collins, C.M. –

Fr Peter Glas – Holy Hour. –

Fr Brendan Walsh, Eucharistic Healing Service.

Archbishop Diarmuid Martin DD

Archbishop of Dublin

Tickets: Sat €30, Sunday €20, full weekend €35 available from PayPal online or at main door:

Margaret 087 669 8745 or Eileen 087 990 5723

Further details & to book online at www.divinemercyconference.com

 

 

Issue1292 February 9th 2020

The ANNUAL COLLECTION of ACCORD the Diocesan Agency for Marriage & the Family, at all Masses next weekend 15th & 16th February. This will replace the usual Share Collection.

Saturday 8th February 2020

Sacrament of the Sick & Healing Mass at 12 noon in Church of Our Lady, Blessington. Tea & coffee in the Coimín Centre after Mass.

Sunday 9th February 2020

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

Monday 10th February 2020

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

The Confirmation Preparation Programme continues in St Mary’s SNS – 7.30pm to 9pm

Blessington & District Forum meet at 8pm in St Mary’s Junior School. All Welcome

Neighbourhood Collection Envelopes for February are due. Envelopes may be left into the Parish Office or in collection bags at Mass.

Tuesday 11th February 2020

St Mary’ Schools & Blessington Parish LAUNCH of Lotto Fundraiser………..FREE COFFEE MORNING in the Coimín Centre from 9am to 11am. Come in & here about the Lotto: how it works, how to join etc Sign-up help will be available if needed. Weekly prize & the Jackpot is starting at €1000

Congratulations to the Girls & Boys from Manor Kilbride NS who will receive the Sacrament of Confirmation in St Brigid’s Church at 11am, we welcome Archbishop Diarmuid Martin, their parents & families.

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

Blessington & District Active Retired meeting at 2.30pm in the Coimín Centre Blessington, new members welcome.

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

Wednesday 12th February 2020

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

Prayers to the Holy Face of Jesus in Crying Room Blessington Church 11am

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 13th February 2020

The Parish Book Club at 10am in The Church Meeting Room.  The book is ‘Following Jesus: Finding Our Way Home in an Age of Anxiety’ by Henri Nouwen, SPCK Publishing

St Mary’ Schools & Blessington Parish LottoFIRST DRAW at 8pm. See notice boards & leaflets for how to join or call Parish Office 045 865 327

Coimín Centre Management meeting 7pm

Blessington Pastoral Council meeting 8pm 

Mass Intentions this Week

Saturday 6pm: Liam Clogher (Mths Mind) Martin & Theresa O’Hara (A) John O’Hara (A) Geraldine Clogher (A) Thomas & Margaret Clogher (A)

Sunday 10am: Francis Hunt (1st A) Jim O’Keefe (RD)

We also Remember the following: John, Joe & Laurence Wright (A) Peter Nolan (Snr) Mary McIntyre, May & Andy Metcalfe (A)

Monday: Mass for those on list for Sick

Tuesday: May & Andy Metcalfe (A)

Wednesday: John, Joe & Laurence Wright (A) Christina Paxton (RD)

Thursday: Get Well Mass, Get Well Mass

Friday: Sean Farrington (RD) Desmond Williams (RD)

Deacon Gerry, thanks all for their kind wishes & generous gifts on his 60th Birthday. Especially all in Valleymount & Lacken parish for his surprise party on Sunday. Thank you and God Bless. Gerry

Blessington Parish will host the Climate Justice Candle for the month of Feb. On Sunday 16th Feb, Sr Catherine Brennan of Eco Congregation Ireland will speak at the 10am & 11.15am Masses in Blessington & Valleymount on ways in which our parishes can become more environmentally aware & eco-friendly. Members of Tidy Towns, Green Schools & Environmental Groups welcome.

Beginning on Monday 17th February, between 11am & 1pm Fr Richard & Deacon Gerry will be visiting farms in Valleymount to bless the stock & homes in the area.

Monday: Annacarney Togher, Logstown (Upper & Lower)

Tuesday: Carrigacurra

Wednesday: Lower Baltyboys

Thursday: Upper Baltyboys

Friday: Granamore, Granabeg

If you would like a visit, please call Blessington Parish Office 045 865 327 (your Eircode would be helpful)

GAELSCOIL NA LOCHANNA are hosting an open day and family day on 7th March. Lá Oscailte agus Lá Clainne. Did you ever want to know what happens in a Gaelscoil?  We are opening our doors and putting on our best show for anyone to come see us in action 11-2pm, 7 March.  Rince, Drámaíocht, Ceol agus Spraoi.  Fun and Free activities for the family to spend a while with us.This is part of our Seachtain na Gaeilge schedule. Tá fáilte roimh chách.

St Brigid’s N.S. Manor Kilbride are now accepting enrolments for all pupils wishing to start in September.  Please contact the school office on 01-4582550 for an enrolment form.

Lacken NS are currently accepting enrolments for September 2020. Enrolment forms are available on www.lackenns.com or from the school, call 045 865 086 and we will post one out to you. Lacken NS also runs a pre-school & an after-school service. Please join us at our open day on Wednesday 12th February from 11am to 12.15pm. All are welcome.

St. Joseph’s National School (Valleymount) are now accepting enrolment forms for September 2020. Forms available from the school office, please call in or phone 045 867289. Places are filling up fast. Closing date for applications April 30th.

Storytime in Blessington Library – Every Wed at 3pm

 Blessington Community Walking Group. Walks from the Coimín Centre on Mon (ex-bank holidays) & Thurs at 7pm. All levels catered for & welcome. Find us on Facebook

Join us for Blessington Bingo every Wednesday in the Avon at 8.15 pm. Great prizes, weekly Jackpot & bonus prizes if you check on Lucky Number, Raffle etc. Shuttle Bus available €2 return. €10 for book and flyers. Contact Catherine 087 122 4019 or Jess 086 860 2822

Interested in a social cycle in the Blessington area?  Led by an experienced volunteer, Cycling Ireland/Axa Community Bike Rides are gentle, social bike rides for adults, usually followed by coffee & chat.  New series for beginners added for Wednesdays at 10:30am. Join for FREE at www.AxaCommunityBikeRides.com

Happy Faces Play School Blessington Education Centre is a fun, stimulating & welcoming environment with a curriculum focusing on the best care & education for your child. Our staff are highly trained in up to date childcare & Montessori methods of learning and development. Places available, full & part time. Enrolling now for Sept 2020.

LOOKING FOR A GREAT NIGHT OUT? Blessington Bowls meet every Thurs at 7.30pm in St. Kevin’s Hall, Blessington. guests welcome, come along & bring a friend.

West Wicklow Cancer Support – Weekly Meditation with essential oils hosted by Gemma Deeney of Yogagym on Wednesdays at 11.30am Primary Care Centre Blessington.  If your life has been touched by cancer in any way come & join us. No charge, all welcome. Find us on facebook / westwicklow15@gmail.com

Social Dancing in Donard Community Hall just off the N81 between Blessington & Baltinglass on Saturday 15th February 9pm till 12pm. Donation €10. Light refreshments served. Music by John & Terry. Dancing every 3rd Saturday of the Month to follow.Last Chance for Groups, Floats, Businesses etc to take part in the Blessington St Patrick’s Day Parade on 17th March at 12 noon. Contact 087 7811691 for registration. Ken Darker & Noel Nolan will be the commentators on the day. All proceeds to Community Pool for West Wicklow.

TRY IT OUT, Blessington Mini-Rugby for Tots is looking for new members to play fun & games every Sat @ 10:15am at St Kevin’s Hall, Main St, Blessington (opposite Vincent’s Charity Shop). Ages 3-5 years.

Cub 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.

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

Adult Fencing Classes on Tuesdays from 8pm in St Kevin’s Hall. Fencing is a fun sport & all ages & levels of fitness can enjoy. No special equipment required only comfortable clothes & trainers. All are welcome to pop along & give it a go with no obligation. Call 087 676 4183 if you need any additional information

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

 

 

 

 

 

Issue 1291 2nd February 2020

Saturday 1st February 2020

Children’s Church is back!! NEW time 6pm Mass in Blessington on Saturdays

Blessing of Throats will take place at 7.30pm Mass in Lacken

Sunday 2nd February 2020

Blessing of Throats will take place at 11.15am Mass in Valleymount

Candlemas – Candles will be blessed for use in the home at Masses this weekend. Candles available in the Parish Office.

Monday 3rd February 2020

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

Blessing of Throats at 9.30am Mass in Blessington & 10am in Crosschapel

Blessington Community Walking Group. Walks from the Coimín Centre on Monday (ex-bank holidays) & Thursday at 7pm. All levels catered for & welcome. Find us on Facebook

Benediction and Guided Prayer in Lacken Church at 8pm. All Welcome.

Tuesday 4th February 2020

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

Blessington Book Club meeting at 10.30am in Education Centre. All Welcome

Blessington & District Active Retired meeting at 2.30pm in the Coimín Centre Blessington, new members welcome.

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

Wednesday 5th February 2020

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

Prayers to the Holy Face of Jesus in Crying Room Blessington Church 11am

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

Friday 7th February 2020

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: Edward Boylan (1st A) Bridie & Owen Naughton (A) Joe Tracey (A) Jim Luttrell (A) Michael Doran (A)

Sunday 10am: Bernadette Byrne (1st A) Conor Curran (A) Brigid O’Connell

We also Remember the following:  Margaret Hayden (A) Bill Brady, Kit Brady (A) Ann O’Byrne

Monday: Mass for those on list for Sick

Tuesday: Sp Living Int, Thank you Mass, Thank you, Mass,

Wednesday: James Fallon (RD) Marie Cox (RD)

Thursday: Jim Redmond (RD) Ann Ryan (RD)

Friday: Mass for all  on Altar List of the Dead

Beginning on Monday 17th February, between 11am & 1pm Fr Richard & Deacon Gerry will be visiting farms in Valleymount to bless the stock & homes in the area.

Monday: Annacarney Togher, Logstown  (Upper & Lower)

Tuesday: Carrigacurra

Wednesday: Lower Baltyboys

Thursday: Upper Baltyboys

Friday: Granamore, Granabeg

If you would like a visit, please call Blessington Parish Office 045 865 327 (your Eircode would be helpful)

St Brigid’s N.S. Manor Kilbride are now accepting enrolments for all pupils wishing to start in September.  Please contact the school office on 01-4582550 for an enrolment form.

Lacken NS are currently accepting enrolments for September 2020. Enrolment forms are available on www.lackenns.com or from the school, call 045 865 086 and we will post one out to you. Lacken NS also runs a pre-school & an after-school service. Please join us at our open day on Wednesday 12th February from 11am to 12.15pm. All are welcome.

St. Joseph’s National School (Valleymount) are now accepting enrolment forms for September 2020. Forms available from the school office, please call in or phone 045 867289. Places are filling up fast. Closing date for applications April 30th.

Community Engagement Day in St. Brigid’s School, Manor Kilbride Fri 31st at 7pm. Local Gardai, IFA branch reps & reps from community groups involved in the National Rural Safety Forum will be engaging with local community. This is a great opportunity for the local community to get to know their local Gardai and local community representatives

Blessington Parish will host the Climate Justice Candle for the month of Feb. On Sunday 16th Feb, Sr Catherine Brennan of Eco Congregation Ireland will speak at the 10am & 11.15am Masses in Blessington & Valleymount on ways in which our parishes can become more environmentally aware & eco-friendly.

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

Coffee Concert organised by Pipeworks, which promotes Hungarian organ & choral music in St Jude’s Church, Templeogue on Sun 2nd of Feb at 4pm. Featruing Organist Judit Mate & St Jude’s Concert Choir. Tickets €10/€5

Blessington based Baritone, Gyula Nagy is singing the role of Schaunard in ROH Covent Garden’s La Boheme, which will be screened live in cinemas on Jan 29th Details:

https://www.roh.org.uk/showings/la-boheme-live-2020

Huge, Huge THANK YOU from Blessington Musical & Dramatic Society for your support for our Panto “Robin Hood” We hope everyone enjoyed it as much as we enjoyed putting it on! See you again next time…..

Join us for Blessington Bingo every Wednesday in the Avon at 8.15 pm. Great prizes, weekly Jackpot & bonus prizes if you check on Lucky Number, Raffle etc. Shuttle Bus available €2 return. €10 for book and flyers. Contact Catherine 087 122 4019 or Jess 086 860 2822

Car Boot Sale (Des Redmond Charities) in St. Kevin’s Hall Sunday 9th February from 7am to 4pm. €10 per table, Free Car Park, Tea & Coffee. Pat Conlan 086 075 2072

TABLE QUIZ in Tutty’s Pub Hollywood on 7th February at 9pm Sharp. Table of 4 €40. Proceeds towards Senior Citizens Summer Outing, your support appreciated. Quiz Master “Supreme” Pat O Neill.

Interested in a social cycle in the Blessington area?  Led by an experienced volunteer, Cycling Ireland/Axa Community Bike Rides are gentle, social bike rides for adults, usually followed by coffee & chat.  New series for beginners added for Wednesdays at 10:30am. Join for FREE at www.AxaCommunityBikeRides.com

Happy Faces Play School Blessington Education Centre is a fun, stimulating & welcoming environment with a curriculum focusing on the best care & education for your child. Our staff are highly trained in up to date childcare & Montessori methods of learning and development. Places available, full & part time. Enrolling now for Sept 2020.

Cub 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.

LOOKING FOR A GREAT NIGHT OUT? Blessington Bowls meet every Thurs at 7.30pm in St. Kevin’s Hall, Blessington. guests welcome, come along & bring a friend.

MEMBER NOTICE – Blessington & District Credit Union Limited, Annual General Meeting will take place on 30th January at 8 pm in The Avon, Blessington

Last Chance for Groups, Floats, Businesses etc to take part in the Blessington St Patrick’s Day Parade on 17th March at 12 noon. Contact 087 7811691  for registration. Ken Darker & Noel Nolan will be the commentators on the day. All proceeds to Community Pool for West Wicklow

West Wicklow Cancer Support – Weekly Meditation with essential oils hosted by Gemma Deeney of Yogagym on Wednesdays at 11.30am Primary Care Centre Blessington.  If your life has been touched by cancer in any way come & join us. No charge, all welcome. Find us on facebook / westwicklow15@gmail.com

Friends of Lady Leona McNally Buggy of The Lodge, would like to wish her a happy birthday on becoming a Quadragenarian.

TRY IT OUT, Blessington Mini-Rugby for Tots is looking for new members to play fun & games every Sat @ 10:15am at St Kevin’s Hall, Main St, Blessington (opposite Vincent’s Charity Shop). Ages 3-5 years.

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

West Wicklow General Election Debate. Community Pool for West Wicklow have invited all General Election candidates running in Wicklow to take part in a debate in The Avon on Tues Feb 4th at 8:15pm For more info: email poolforWestWicklow@gmail.com

Adult Fencing Classes on Tuesdays from 8pm in St Kevin’s Hall. Fencing is a fun sport & all ages & levels of fitness can enjoy. No special equipment required only comfortable clothes & trainers. All are welcome to pop along & give it a go with no obligation. Call 087 676 4183 if you need any additional information

The Parish Book Club next meeting will be on Thurs 13th Feb at 10am in The Church Meeting Room.  The book for discussion is ‘Following Jesus: Finding Our Way Home in an Age of Anxiety’ by Henri Nouwen, SPCK Publishing (17 Sept. 2019).  New members are always welcome.

The Divine Mercy Conference 2020 takes place in the Main Hall, RDS Ballsbridge on:

Friday 21st February (evening for Young People)

Saturday 22nd & Sunday 23rd February.

THEME: “Deliver us from Evil” (Mt 6:13)

Sat: from 10am to 9pm with Rosary, Holy Hour & Mass,

Sun: from 10am to 5pm again concluding with Mass

DIVINE MERCY IN DEED, WORD & PRAYER.

Speakers include: Fr Pat Collins, C.M. – Fr Peter Glas – Holy Hour. – Fr Brendan Walsh, Eucharistic Healing Service.

Archbishop Diarmuid Martin DD Archbishop of Dublin

Tickets: Sat €30, Sunday €20, full weekend €35 available from PayPal online or at main door:

Info: Margaret 087 669 8745 or Eileen 087 990 5723

Further details & to book online at www.divinemercyconference.com

 

 

Issue 1290 January 26th 2020

Sunday 26th January 2020

All children in 3rd Class are invited to 10am Mass in, Blessington for a special blessing & remembrance of their 1st Communion last year.

1st Communion Preparation Mass at 11.15am in Valleymount

Bridge Tournament hosted by St Mary’s College Past Pupils Union, Lawlor’s Hotel, Naas at 2pm €10 per person. Raffle & Prizes. All funds will go to the school. Parking will be available at the school

Monday 27th January 2020

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

Blessington Community Walking Group. Walks from the Coimín Centre on Monday (ex-bank holidays) & Thursday at 7pm. All levels catered for & welcome. Find us on Facebook

Tuesday 28th January 2020

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 29th January 2020

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 30th January 2020

West Wicklow Cancer Support monthly drop in “Manifestation Meditation” hosted by Gemma Deeny of Yogagym at 7.30pm in the Coimin Centre, Blessington.  No charge, all welcome. Find us on Facebook, call 087 434 6004 or email westwicklow15@gmail.com

Mass Intentions this Week

Saturday 6pm: Peggy Howlin (A) Jim & Maisie Browne (A) Sean & Betty Tutty (A) Jimmy Hanlon (Butterhill) (A) Jim & Mary Kavanagh (A)

Sunday 10am: Paddy Owens (RD) Mary Hoey (RD)

We also Remember the following: Christopher Flanagan (A) Lil Horan (A) Bernadette Dunne (A) Denis Ryall (A)

Monday: Mass for those on list for Sick

Tuesday: Winnie McDermott (A) Denis Ryall (A) Spec Living Intentions

Wednesday: Denis Kelleher (1st A) Barry O’Donnell (Rem)

Thursday: Get Well Mass, Spec Intentions

Friday: Anne Ryan (RD) Joe Dunne (RD)

Children’s Church is back!!  NEW time 6pm Mass in Blessington on Saturday 1st February

Blessing of Throats

Saturday 1st in Lacken at 7.30pm

Sunday 2nd February Valleymount at 11.15am

Monday 3rd February,

Blessington, & Crosschapel

Special broadcast of Knock Mass from Rome. Mass will be celebrated by Pope Francis in St. Peter’s Basilica, Rome this Sunday 26th January at 9am (Irish time) It will be broadcast “live” on the EWTN channel on SKY 588 or Virgin Media 815

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

Applications for Junior Infant places in Sept 2020 in St Mary’s Junior School should be submitted by Friday 24th January 2020. Forms are available from our school website stmarysjns.weebly.com, from the school office between 9am & 3pm Mon – Fri. or from the parish office (9am to 1 Mon – Fri).  Completed forms may be dropped into the school office or emailed to bsec@live 045 865 501.

St Brigid’s N.S. Manor Kilbride are now accepting enrolments for all pupils wishing to start in September.  Please contact the school office on 01-4582550 for an enrolment form.

Lacken NS are currently accepting enrolments for September 2020. Enrolment forms are available on www.lackenns.com or from the school, call 045 865 086 and we will post one out to you. Lacken NS also runs a pre-school & an after-school service. Please join us at our open day on Wednesday 12th February from 11am to 12.15pm. All are welcome.

LAUNCHING SOON

St. Mary’s Schools & Blessington Parish Fundraiser – Weekly LOTTO DRAW

 a new fund-raising initiative, the money raised will be used to directly support our schools & our parish. You can help in a real, practical way by joining & your support is greatly appreciated.

Carmel Dillon, Principal, St. Mary’s JNS

Gerry Brown, Principal, St. Mary’s SNS

Fr. Richard P.P. Blessington Parish

Full details of how to join, next week

MEMBER NOTICE – Blessington & District Credit Union Limited, Annual General Meeting will take place on 30th January at 8 pm in The Avon, Blessington Lakeshore, Burgage, Blessington, Co Wicklow. We look forward to seeing you on the night

TRY IT OUT, Blessington Mini-Rugby for Tots is looking for new members to play fun & games every Sat @ 10:15am at St Kevin’s Hall, Main St, Blessington (opposite Vincent’s Charity Shop). Ages 3-5 years.

Date for your Diary – Blessington GAA & LGFA Registration night Tues 28th Jan 7pm to 9pm in the clubhouse. Players need to be registered to play & be insured. 2020 sees the launch of Blessington GAA Healthy Club Programme.

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

West Wicklow General Election Debate. We need West Wicklow & the issues that affect the people here to be a priority for our incoming TDs! Community Pool for West Wicklow have invited all General Election candidates running in Wicklow to take part in a debate to tell us how they are going to represent us. Come along to The Avon on Tuesday February 4th at 8:15pm to have your voice heard & make sure that West Wicklow is firmly on the agenda for our next TDs. For more info or to get involved please email us at poolforWestWicklow@gmail.com

Adult Fencing Classes on Tuesdays from 8pm in St Kevin’s Hall. Fencing is a fun sport & all ages & levels of fitness can enjoy. No special equipment required only comfortable clothes & trainers. All are welcome to pop along & give it a go with no obligation. Call 087 676 4183 if you need any additional information

The Parish Book Club next meeting will be on Thurs 13th Feb at 10am in The Church Meeting Room.  The book for discussion is ‘Following Jesus: Finding Our Way Home in an Age of Anxiety’ by Henri Nouwen, SPCK Publishing (17 Sept. 2019).  New members are always welcome.

The Divine Mercy Conference 2020 takes place in the Main Hall, RDS Ballsbridge on Friday 21st February (evening for Young People) Saturday 22nd & Sunday 23rd February.

THEME: “Deliver us from Evil” (Mt 6:13) Sat: from 10am to 9pm with Rosary, Holy Hour & Mass, Sun: from 10am to 5pm again concluding with Mass

DIVINE MERCY IN DEED, WORD & PRAYER. Speakers include:

Fr Pat Collins, C.M.

Fr Peter Glas – Holy Hour

Fr Brendan Walsh, Eucharistic Healing Service.

Archbishop Diarmuid Martin DD Archbishop of Dublin

Tickets: Sat €30, Sunday €20, full weekend €35 available from PayPal online or at main door:

Parish Contacts:

Margaret 087 669 8745 or Eileen 087 990 5723

Further details & to book online at www.divinemercyconference.com

Free Beginner’s Fitness Drop-in Class every Monday & Thursday at 9.20am in St Kevin’s Hall, Blessington in conjunction with #Active Wicklow

TaiChi Class every Thursday at 11am High Definition in aid of the Coimín Centre. Contact 085 760 7727

Join us for Blessington Bingo every Wednesday in the Avon at 8.15 pm. Great prizes, weekly Jackpot & bonus prizes if you check on Lucky Number, Raffle etc. Shuttle Bus available €2 return. €10 for book and flyers. Contact Catherine 087 122 4019 or Jess 086 860 2822

Car Boot Sale (Des Redmond Charities) in St. Kevin’s Hall Sunday 9th February from 7am to 4pm. €10 per table, Free Car Park, Tea & Coffee. Pat Conlan 086 075 2072

TABLE QUIZ in Tutty’s Pub Hollywood on 7th February at 9pm Sharp. Table of 4 €40. Proceeds towards Senior Citizens Summer Outing, your support appreciated. Quiz Master “Supreme” Pat O Neill.

Interested in a social cycle in the Blessington area?  Led by an experienced volunteer, Cycling Ireland/Axa Community Bike Rides are gentle, social bike rides for adults, usually followed by coffee & chat.  New series for beginners added for Wednesdays at 10:30am. Join for FREE at www.AxaCommunityBikeRides.com

Happy Faces Play School Blessington Education Centre is a fun, stimulating & welcoming environment with a curriculum focusing on the best care & education for your child. Our staff are highly trained in up to date childcare & Montessori methods of learning and development. Places available, full & part time. Enrolling now for Sept 2020.

Cub 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.

Fuel Stamps are a great way to help budget for fuel costs. The STAY WARM SAVING SCHEME is an easy payment option plan which enables households to budget for their central heating oil & or solid fuel by saving €5 Stay Warm Saving Stamps. The stamps can be used to pay in full or part payment for fuel supplies from your local supplier. Stamps and cards are only available from Hennessy’s Hardware and SVP Shop. Full details are listed on the Fuel Stamps Card. The Scheme is open to all households in the Blessington area. This initiative is in association with Department of Communications Energy & Natural Resources.

World Day of the Sick 2020: The World Day of the Sick Seminar will take place on Saturday, February 8th from 9.30am to 1pm in the Newtown Parish Pastoral Centre, Newtownpark Avenue, Blackrock, Co Dublin. This year’s theme is on Hope in the Face of Suicide. The World Day of the Sick Mass will take place the following day on Sunday 9th February in Church of the Guardian Angels, Newtontownpark Avenue, Blackrock, for further information please contact – Trish Conway on M:  087 6220349.

Laudate Festival

The Laudate Festival will be celebrated in four venues in the Archdiocese of Dublin during Catholic Schools Week.

A large choir of children from schools in the diocese,

500-1000 in each venue, will lead in song and prayer.

The festival nights are joyful and reflective gatherings celebrating the gift of faith.

This is for everyone to enjoy and is free for all parents, families, friends and parishioners.

Church of St Agnes, Crumlin on

Monday 27th January from 7pm to 8.15pm

Our Lady of Victories Church, Ballymun Road on

Tuesday 28th January from 7pm to 8.15pm.

Church of the Holy Spirit, Ballyroan on

Wednesday 29th January from 7pm to 8.15pm.

St Pius X, Templeogue on

Thursday 30th January from 7pm to 8.15pm