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

Issue 1289 January 19th 2020

Sunday 19th January 2020

1st Communion Preparation Mass at 10am in Church of Our Lady, Blessington

 

Monday 20th January 2020

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

 

Tuesday 21st January 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 Coimin Centre Blessington, new members welcome.

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

 

Wednesday 22nd 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

Sunday 26th January 2020

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

1st Communion preparation Mass in Valleymount at 11.15am Mass

 

Mass Intentions this Week

Anne Ryan (RD) Joe Dunne (RD) JK Fallon (RD) Jimmy Walker (RD) Rosie Bohan (RD)

Saturday 6pm: Alice Garry (1st A) Pat Garry (A) Jamie Mahon (A) Helen Kennedy Lunden (A) John, Ann & Liam Craul (A)

Sunday 10am: Derek Larkin (Mths Mind) Tom Carroll (A)

We also Remember the following:  Marie Joyce (A) Anne Mooney (A) John & Brigid Keogh (A) Mary Walsh (A) Imelda & James Plummer (A) Seamus Hayden, Michael Higgins

Monday: Mass for those on list for Sick

Tuesday: Sheila Kearns (RD) Brenda Delaney (RD)

Wednesday: Judy Aspel (RD) Tom Prendergast (RD)

Thursday: Maureen King (RD) Tom Fox (RD)

Friday: Blessington Deceased Mass Card List

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 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.

The personal information you provide is used by the parish to process the contribution in line with revenue guidelines.  It is not shared with any other person or organisation.

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 Bernadette at bsec@live.ie Please phone with any queries – St Mary’s Junior School 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. St Brigid’s will also be having an open evening for all prospective students and their families on Tuesday 18th February 2020.  The school will be open from 7pm till 8pm. All the staff look forward to seeing you there.

This year’s Panto ROBIN HOOD from Thurs 16th to Sun 19th Jan. in the Tramway Theatre. Limited tickets still available from The Office Shop & Next Door Off Licence!

Blessington Parish Team wish to thank all who donated and loaned cribs to the recent and many thanks to all who visited the exhibition. A donation on €500 was made to the Sisters of Charity, Homeless Shelter.

You are Invited to an Information Evening: ‘Let’s take Ireland back for Christ’ in the Avon Hotel, Blessington at 7.30pm on Thurs 23rd Jan with HLI Ireland. Relic of the Holy Face available for veneration). Info: 085 2525 612

Music Generation Hub Blessington (BFEC) We are after starting new classes in singing & song writing with local songwriter Megan O’Neill as tutor. Semester 2 Jan to end of May will cost €110 for 18 lessons. Spaces available on Thursday from 4.30 onwards for 8 to 18-year olds.  Call Tod, ASAP on 086 045 0375 or toddoyle@kwetb.ie

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.

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.

 Social Dancing on 18th January from 9pm to12 midnight in Donard Community Hall, Donard, Co Wicklow. Refreshments will be served. Social Dancing night will be held the 3rd Saturday of every month to follow.

 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.

GROW Community Mental Health “West Wicklow” Support Group every Wednesday at 7.30pm in Camphill, Grangebeg, Dunlavin. Why not come along & learn more about positive mental health, wellbeing, recovery & how GROW may help you achieve this.  New members are always welcome (free of charge).  Info: John 086 803 3126 or www.grow.ie

The Parish Book Club meets 4 times a year.  The books chosen for review are varied and are of spiritual & philosophical interest.  We notify the book under review here in the newsletter.  Our 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.  Please contact the Parish Office if you are interested and would like to go on the text reminder list.

Blessington Comhaltas Classes in Bodhran, Concertina, Accordion, Whistle, Flute, Beginner Fiddle, Intermediate Fiddle, Tune Classes, Guitar Lessons, Singing Classes, Ceili Band. Classes on Sundays from 5pm in St. Mary’s SNS Info Pat 086 075 2072 or Rebecca 087 228 2012 www.blessingtoncomhaltascoislocha@gmail.com

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

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. Watch out for lots of great events, talks and initiatives coming soon.

Adult Fencing Classes will be starting again on Tuesday 21st January 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

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.

West Wicklow Environmental Network meeting in the Avon, Blessington on Thurs 23rd Jan at 7pm.  Guest speaker from the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI) on energy efficiency grants for the home & the supports available for community energy initiatives. A speaker on behalf of the Blessington Sustainable Energy Community will explain what is already happening in the local area. There will also be a presentation on “Rewilding” & what we can do to promote this. All very welcome for this informative evening.

Blessington Library in conjunction with Wicklow Sports & Recreation Partnership, Siel Bleu Ireland & Healthy Ireland will host Chair Exercise Classes – It’s a 6-week programme starting Thurs 23rd Jan from 10am to 11am – All 6 Classes taking place in Blessington Library. Classes are free to attend but booking is essential. This one-hour exercise session for older people aims to improve physical & mental capacities. For more information please contact Blessington Library phone: 045 891 740

Health & Wellbeing Talks at Blessington Library Benefits of Physical Activity with Nathalie Lennon on Thursday 23rd January from 7pm to 8pm,  January Nutrition Made Simple with Cliona Mc Carthy – McGreal’s on Thursday 30th January from 7pm to 8pm

St Vincent de Paul  087 181 1579

 

Iaaue 1288 January 12th 2020

Families of all children baptised in any of our Churches during 2019 are invited to bring your child for a special blessing at any Mass on this weekend Saturday 11th & Sunday 12th January. This blessing will take place at all Masses in all our churches.

Monday 13th January 2020

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

Children’s Choir Rehearsal from 2.45pm to 3.30pm in Church of Our Lady. All Welcome!!

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

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

Tuesday 14th January 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 Coimin Centre Blessington, new members welcome.

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

Wednesday 15th 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

Mass Intentions this Week

Yvonne Mellin (RD) Regina Duffy (RD)

Saturday 6pm:

Leo Howlin (A) Myles (Miley) Balfe (A)

Sunday 10am:

Sean Duffy (1st A) John O’Connor (A) John Byrne (A)

We also Remember the following:

William Bolton, Sean, John & Julia Carroll (A) Rose Hastings, Teddy Shirran, Ann Clarke, Harry Lee, Joan Bird

Monday: Mass for those on list for Sick

Tuesday: Blessington Christmas Mass List

Wednesday: William Bolton (A) Nora Coomey (RD)

Thursday: Thora Leahy (RD) Regina Duffy (RD)

Friday: Frankie Kennedy (RD) Laurie Byrne (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

GOAL MILE: Thanks to everyone who came along and supported the Goal Mile on Christmas Day. It’s was our largest one yet and you raised €1200 for charity. Well done!

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 Bernadette at bsec@live.ie Please phone with any queries – St Mary’s Junior School 045 865 501.

The Blessington St Patrick’s Day Committee pick a different charity every year that needs help in our community. The proceeds from all our fundraising events for the year, including the St Patrick’s Day Parade event goes to the chosen charity.  Last year we raised funds for the Blessington Day Care Centre. The committee, who are all Garda vetted, hold discos in St Joseph’s Hall every month during the school term for boys & girls in 4th to 6th classes in all our schools as a regular fundraiser.  On Friday 17th January at 7pm we will be presenting a cheque to the Day Care Committee in the Coimín Centre, Blessington and we would love if everyone could join us. Tea & coffee will be served & we will have cakes donated by cuisine de France. Come see how much we raised!!!  A very big thank you to everyone who attends the discos & has made this happen in our community.

Not long to go, to this year’s Panto ROBIN HOOD! Limited tickets still available from The Office Shop & Next Door Off Licence! Thursday 16th to Sunday 19th January. Get yours now to avoid disappointment!

Valleymount Parish Calendar 2020 on sale now, €6 each or 2 for €10 from the Parish Office, Valleymount & Lacken Churches & shops locally. All funds to support Valleymount & Lacken Parish, many thanks to our many sponsors & advertisers for your generous funding.

Hollywood Friendship Club will return on 8th Jan. Wishing all our friends a Happy Christmas & New Year.  Hope to see new members in 2020.

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.

GAELSCOIL NA LOCHANNA, Oíche Oscailte agus Chlárúcháin, 16ú Eanáir 2019 Open/Enrolment night for places in school for next Sept is on 16th January 7:30pm in Gaelscoil (Kilmalum road, Blessington) We also invite parents who might be thinking of joining the Gaelscoil in next few years to come along also. PPS and birth cert required to enrol. 087 938 8651 for enquiries.  Fáilte! PLEASE SEE OUR NEW PARENTS’ WEBPAGE www.gsnl.info for all the information new parents may need

Hollywood Friendship Club every Wednesday from 2.15 to 4.15pm in Hollywood Centre New members welcome.Social Dancing on 18th January from 9pm to12 midnight in Donard Community Hall, Donard, Co Wicklow. Refreshments will be served. Social Dancing night will be held the 3rd Saturday of every month to follow.

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.

GROW Community Mental Health “West Wicklow” Support Group every Wednesday at 7.30pm in Camphill, Grangebeg, Dunlavin. Why not come along & learn more about positive mental health, wellbeing, recovery & how GROW may help you achieve this.  New members are always welcome (free of charge).  Info: John 086 803 3126 or www.grow.ie

Enriching your Marriage. A Marriage Enrichment Weekend offers married couples of all ages, time away from the busyness of life to refresh their love for one another. The next (residential) weekends (Fri 8pm to Sun 4pm) will be held at the Dromantine Conference Centre, Newry from 31st Jan to 2nd February & at The International Hotel Cork from 3rd to 5th April. For info & booking visit www.marriageencounter.ie or Ph: 087 216 2436.

The Parish Book Club meets 4 times a year.  The books chosen for review are varied and are of spiritual & philosophical interest.  We notify the book under review here in the newsletter.  Our 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.  Please contact the Parish Office if you are interested and would like to go on the text reminder list.

Retired Civil and Public Servants Association.   The Kildare Branch of the RCPSA invites recently & long retired colleagues to the quarterly meeting in the Town House Hotel, Newbridge Rd., Naas, Co Kildare on Tuesday 14th January @ 11.15am  Teas/Coffees will be served from 11am.  The meeting will be updated on issues applicable to retired colleagues & will conclude with a presentation of the options available on health insurance.

Adult Fencing Classes will be starting again on Tuesday 21st January 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

MEDJUGORJE IRISH CENTRE PILGRIMAGES Apr to Oct 2020: 7 Nights inc Airport Shuttle from Dubrovnik or Split €266 per person sharing. Book any flight – any time & we provide guaranteed airport shuttle service. Call us for further info & book the dates that suit you: 01 4434510 or email: reservations@med-irishcentre.com

Blessington Comhaltas Classes in Bodhran, Concertina, Accordion, Whistle, Flute, Beginner Fiddle, Intermediate Fiddle, Tune Classes, Guitar Lessons, Singing Classes, Ceili Band. Classes on Sundays from 5pm in St. Mary’s SNS Info Pat 086 075 2072 or Rebecca 087 228 2012 www.blessingtoncomhaltascoislocha@gmail.com

Lacken Community Centre Calendar 2020 on sale now from Supervalu, Blessington Bookstore, The Office Shop, Blessington Tourist Office, West Wicklow House, Flowers by Enda, Zellers Lacken & Cullens Bar Ballyknocken

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.

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

FOUND A Silver Ring with 3 diamond bands was found on yard in St Mary’s JS before Christmas. Contact school office for details

Take my hand O Blessed Mother,

Hold me firmly lest I fall,

I am nervous when I am walking,

And to thee I humbly call.

Guide me over every crossing,

Watch me when I am on my way,

Let me know you are beside me,

Listen to my frequent prayers.

Bring me to my destination,

Safely every single day,

Help me with my understanding,

As the hours pass away.

And when evening falls upon me,

And I fear to be alone,

Take my hand O Blessed Mother,

And once again guide me home.

St Vincent de Paul 087 181 1579

 

 

Issue 1287 22nd Dec 2019

Sat/Sun 21st/22nd December 2019

Mass times as normal in all our Churches this weekend

Monday 23rd December 2019

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

Christmas Eve Tues 24th Dec 2019

Confessions: 12 noon to 1pm in Church of our Lady, Blessington and from 5pm to 6pm in St Brigid’s Church, Manor Kilbride

Christmas Eve Mass Times

►Blessington 5.00pm

►Blessington 7.30pm

►Lacken 7.30pm

►Manor Kilbride 8.00pm

►Eadestown 9.00pm

►Crosschapel 9.00pm

►Valleymount 9.30pm

►Blessington 10.00pm

Christmas Day Wed 25th Dec 2019

Christmas Day Mass Times

►Blessington 10.00am

►Valleymount 10.00am

►Kilteel 10.00am

►Manor Kilbride 11.00am

►Eadestown 11.30am

►Crosschapel 11.30am

►Blessington 11.30am

GOAL MILE: The annual Goal Mile will take place on Christmas Day at 12:30pm. It happens on the running track at the rear of the Community College, Naas Road. Everyone is welcome to run/walk this event, so come along and support this great cause!

St Stephen’s Day Thurs 26th Dec

Mass 11am Church of Our Lady Blessington

Sunday 29th December 2019

Free session of SONGS & TUNES. Zellers, Lacken; 6pm to 9+. Used to sing or play? A ‘novice’? ‘Just a listener’? ALL welcome. ALL ages ANY song, tune, acoustic self-accompaniment. No mic. Just for fun!

Mass Intentions this Week

Sheila Kearns (RD)

Saturday 6pm: Elizabeth Coogan (Mths Mind) Eddie Conroy (Rem) Margaret Roche (A) Claire Twyford (A)

Sunday 10am: Michelle Pender (Mths Mind) Jamie Mahon (A)

We also Remember the following: Bridget McEvoy (1st A) Liam & Roseana O’Hara, Deceased Members of O’Hara Family, John & Bridie Hamilton, Deceased Members of Hamilton Family, Tina Walsh, Patsy Hamilton, William Clarke, May & Jim Breen, Mary Breen, Kathy Ryan, Christina Ryan Fogarty, Anna Ryan, Jimmy & Micky Ryan, Sheila Zeller, Kathleen Smith, Thomas & Ann Eustace, Thomas & Susan Eustace, Patrick & Molly Conway, Mary Pollard, Mary Cullen, Tony, Lil & Brian Kenny, Charles & Catherine Doran, Simon, Rebecca & Maisie Hopkins, Paddy & Dolores Burnett, John & Bernadette Byrne.

Monday 23rd: Mass for those on list for Sick

Christmas Masses: offered for the intentions of all our parishioners

Thursday 26th 11am: Louis Walsh (A) Frank & Olwyn Langan (A) Millicent Jones (A)

Friday 27th 11am: Hannah Smith (A) Katie Kelly, Mary Ann Sargent

Saturday 28th Dec 6pm: Karen McEvoy (1st A)  Bill Kinsella (A)

We also Remember the following: Jim & Kitty Nolan, Vincent Bohan, Kay McGrath, Peggy & Pauline O’Brien

Monday 30th December 11am Mass for those on the list for the Sick

Tues 31st Dec 11am Joseph McDonald (A)

Wed 1st January 11am: Special Intention

Thurs 2nd Jan 9.30am: Elsie Hennessy

Friday 3rd Jan 9.30am: 1st Friday Masses offered for all on the Nov List of the Dead

May the Holy Family bring Peace, Joy & Happiness to you & your family this Christmas. We invite you to join with us in celebrating the birth of Jesus.

Archdeacon Kevin Lyon,

Fr. Paraic McDermott,

Fr. Micheál Comer,

Fr. Noel Campbell,

Rev. Deacon Gerry Malone

Áine Egan, Pastoral worker

Fr. Richard Behan P.P.

Reverend Canon Leonard Ruddock

From Thursday 26th December to Wednesday 1st January no weekday Mass in Crosschapel. Mass at 11am in Church of Our Lady, Blessington

Blessington Parish Office

Closed from Monday 23rd December at 1pm and will reopen on Tuesday 7th January at 9am The next edition of the Parish Newsletter will be dated 12th January

Mass Intentions

Sunday 5th Jan 10am: Liam O’Reilly (A) William & Elizabeth Coyle (A) Peter, Mary & Pat Brady

We also Remember the following: Michael Tully Snr (A)

Holy Day Monday 6th Jan 10am: Mass for those on the list for the Sick

Holy Day Monday 6th Jan 8pm: Blessington Christmas Mass Bouquet Intentions

Tuesday 7th Jan 9.30am: Michael Tully Snr (A)

Wednesday 8th Jan 9.30am:  Blessington Christmas Mass Bouquet Intentions

Thursday 9th Jan 9.30am: Blessington Christmas Mass Bouquet Intentions

Friday 10th Jan 9.30am: Blessington Christmas Mass Bouquet Intentions

Friday 3rd January 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.

Monday 6th January 2020

Feast of the Epiphany – Holy Day Masses:

10.00am: Church of Our Lady Blessington

11.00am: Manor Kilbride

11.15am Valleymount

11.30am: Crosschapel

11.30am Eadestown

8.00pm: Blessington

Wednesday 7th January 2020

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

Ring in the New Year with the Bells of St. Mary’s and the Blessington & District forum

The community of Blessington & District are invited to greet 2020 in a new way this New Year’s Eve. Blessington Forum in conjunction with St Mary’s Church, Blessington, is encouraging everyone to ring out the old year & ring in the new one accompanied by the church’s historic bells. People are encouraged to gather in the Square Blessington at 11.45pm on December 31st where they will be given tea lights. The church’s bells will toll for 10 minutes in the run up to midnight to ring out 2019. The bells will fall silent for a time before12 single strokes are rung at midnight. Then all the bells will ring in the new year. People will light their tea lights on the stroke of midnight bringing light into the darkness at the dawn of the new year bringing hope to our community for 2020

Valleymount Parish Calendar 2020 on sale now, €6 each or 2 for €10 from the Parish Office, Valleymount & Lacken Churches & shops locally. All funds to support Valleymount & Lacken Parish, many thanks to our many sponsors & advertisers for your generous funding.

Hollywood Friendship Club will return on 8th Jan. Wishing all our friends a Happy Christmas & New Year.  Hope to see new members in 2020.

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.

Community Pool for West Wicklow Christmas Monster Raffle! Prizes include a family pass for Kaleidoscope, Afternoon Tea at Ballymaloe, dinner for two at Tulfarris Hotel & Golf Resort & much, much more! Tickets €5 each & 4 for €20 at www.tinyurl.com/CPWWMonsterRaffle All monies raised go towards a pool for West Wicklow. Draw in Murphy’s Bar on Sun Dec 22nd. For more information email poolforWestWicklow@gmail.com.

Blessington Comhaltas Classes in Bodhran, Concertina, Accordion, Whistle, Flute, Beginner Fiddle, Intermediate Fiddle, Tune Classes, Guitar Lessons, Singing Classes, Ceili Band. Classes on Sundays from 5pm in St. Mary’s SNS Info Pat 086 075 2072 or Rebecca 087 228 2012 www.blessingtoncomhaltascoislocha@gmail.com

Lacken Community Centre Calendar 2020 on sale now from Supervalu, Blessington Bookstore, The Office Shop, Blessington Tourist Office, West Wicklow House, Flowers by Enda, Zellers Lacken & Cullens Bar Ballyknocken

Happy Christmas to all our Mini-Rugby Players from Blessington RFC!!

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: – Would like to wish everyone a Wonderful Christmas and a healthy and Happy New Year.  There will be no monthly drop in on the last Thursday of the month (December). Our next Drop will be on Thursday 30th January 2020. We are available on 087 434 6004 or by email westwicklow15@gmail.com over the holiday season. Thank you to all for your ongoing support.  “The human spirit is stronger than anything that can happen to it”

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

Adults Beginners Fencing Classes on Tuesdays from 8pm to 9.30pm in St Kevin’s Hall

St. Vincent De Paul would like to offer our sincere gratitude for all the donations we received last weekend. If anyone still wishes to donate, can you please drop it into the Parish Office marked for SVP. All donations dropped in here remain in Blessington & the surrounding areas & 100% of donations are distributed to those in need. Any donations left in the SVP Shop are sent to Dublin.

Many Thanks to all who helped make the Christmas Concert in Valleymount such a huge success. Mass will be offered for your intentions.

GAELSCOIL NA LOCHANNA, Oíche Oscailte agus Chlárúcháin, 16ú Eanáir 2019 Open/Enrolment night for places in school for next Sept is on 16th January 7:30pm in Gaelscoil (Kilmalum road, Blessington) We also invite parents who might be thinking of joining the Gaelscoil in next few years to come along also. PPS and birth cert required to enrol. 087 938 8651 for enquiries.  Fáilte! PLEASE SEE OUR NEW PARENTS’ WEBPAGE www.gsnl.info for all the information new parents may need.

OÍCHE NOLLAG  2019 AIFREANN NA GINE Dé Máirt 24 Nollaig

Masses in Irish on Christmas Eve

7.30 p.m. ARD AIDHIN, AIREAGAL AN AISÉIRÍ Bóthar na Cille Móire, Baile Átha Cliath 5

ARTANE, Oratory of the Resurrection, Kilmore Road, Dublin 5

9.00 p.m. BELFIELD, AN SÉIPÉAL OLLSCOILE An Coláiste Ollscoile, Baile Átha Cliath 4

BELFIELD, University Chapel, UCD, Dublin 4

St Vincent de Paul  087 181 1579

Issue 1286 December 15th 2019

Blessington Parish CHRISTMAS CRIB EXHIBITION in the Coimín Centre Blessington on

December 14th 1pm to 8pm

December 15th 11am to 8pm

December 16th 10am to 4pm

Over 100 exhibits of “Cribs from around the World”

 Saturday 14th December 2019

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

Sunday 15th December 2019

First Communion & Confirmation preparation Mass at 11.15am in Valleymount

Blessington Ecumenical Carol Service at 5pm in Church of Our Lady, Blessington.

Valleymount & Lacken Parish Concert in St Joseph’s Church Valleymount at 7pm.  Tickets €10 or 2 for €15.

Monday 16th December 2019

St. Mary’s Junior School Christmas Mass.

at 9:30am in Church of Our Lady. All welcome.

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

Blessington Children’s Choir practice 2:45pm to 3.30pm in the Church.

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

Tuesday 17th December 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 18th December 2019

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

The Holy Face of Jesus Prayer Group in Church of Our Lady, Blessington “Crying Room” from 11am to 11.45am. All welcome.

Mass Intentions this Week

Mary Brennan (RD) Edward (Ned) Slattery

Saturday 6pm: Bill Smith (A) Denis Brereton (A)

Sunday 10am: Cathal Gallagher (1st A) Bridget Norton (1st A) Laurence & Gertrude Kehoe (A)

We also Remember the following: Jimmy, Maisie & May Nolan. Christy, Kathleen, Goo & Pete Nolan. Julia Hunt (A) Sean & Elizabeth O’Donnell, Sidney & Maureen Humbley. Michael & Irene O’Donnell

Monday: Mass for those on the list for Sick

Tuesday: Mary Harney (Mths Mind) Nellie Carroll (Mths Mind) Annie & Patrick Carroll (A) Teresa & Leo Sheridan (A)

Wednesday: Jenny & Mary Robinson (A) Barry O’Donnell (Rem)

Thursday: Sean & Elizabeth O’Donnell, Sidney & Maureen Humbley. Michael & Irene O’Donnell Jimmy, Maisie & May Nolan. Christy, Kathleen, Goo & Pete Nolan.

Friday: Blessington Deceased Mass Card List

The family of the late Dicky (Richard) Reid, Crosscoolharbour, Blessington, Co. Wicklow, wish to acknowledge the many expressions of sympathy & gestures of kindness shown to us during Dicky’s long illness & at the time of his sad passing on 7th November 2018. We offer sincere thanks to family, friends, neighbours & all those who called to the house, attended the funeral mass & burial & also those who sent cards & messages of condolences. 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 offer for your intentions.

The Winter Fair at St Brigid’s Manor Kilbride was a great success and a special gathering of all ages across our community.    The organising team and the wider school community would like to sincerely thank all those who supported our event

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: – Would like to wish everyone a wonderful Christmas & a healthy & happy New Year.  There will be no monthly drop in on the last Thurs of Dec. Our next Drop will be on Thurs 23rd Jan. We are available on 087 434 6004 or by email westwicklow15@gmail.com over the holiday season. Thanks for your ongoing support.

St. Vincent De Paul would like to offer our sincere gratitude for all the donations we received last weekend. If anyone still wishes to donate, can you please drop it into the Parish Office marked for SVP. All donations dropped in here remain in Blessington & the surrounding areas & 100% of donations are distributed to those in need. Any donations left in the SVP Shop are sent to Dublin.

Blessington Allotments public meeting on Sat 14th Dec at 12:30 in Blessington Library Would you be interested in allotments in Blessington? Our group is continuing to campaign for the provision of allotments in the Blessington area. – come & show your support for allotments at this meeting! For more details, contact Dónal at blessingtonallotments@gmail.com

Valleymount Parish Calendar 2020 on sale now, €6 each or 2 for €10 from the Parish Office, Valleymount & Lacken Churches & shops locally. All funds to support Valleymount & Lacken Parish, many thanks to our many sponsors & advertisers for your generous funding.

Christmas Collection for the Homeless at Method Physiotherapy. Accepting unused toys, clothes, toiletries etc. For more info call 045 857 444

 ♫ Sunday 29th December 2019 (+ every Last Sunday). Free session of SONGS & TUNES. Zellers, Lacken; 6pm to 9+. Used to sing or play? A ‘novice’? ‘Just a listener’? ALL welcome. ALL ages ANY song, tune, acoustic self-accompaniment. No mic. Just for fun!

Lacken Community Centre Calendar 2020 on sale now from Supervalu, Blessington Bookstore, The Office Shop, Blessington Tourist Office, West Wicklow House, Flowers by Enda, Zellers Lacken & Cullens Bar Ballyknocken

Happy Christmas to all our Mini-Rugby Players from Blessington RFC!!

Many thanks to all who supported ‘An Evening with Oscar Wilde’ at Russborough House recently. Great night had by all! Happy Christmas! Richard Lynch.

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.

Valleymount Parish Private Members Draw

We wish to thank you all for your generous support for the draw which has been a great success. One of the reasons for its success has been the tireless work of the committee & its collectors over the years. They have given their time & energy to running this draw & we thank them very much for this service. The Committee are now taking a well-deserved break from fund-raising & are passing on the task. Their dedication & diligence have paved the way for the next group to take up this important work for our parish. All the money from this draw has funded the roof repairs, the repairs to the back wall & some painting in the Church. As there are further works needed to keep our beautiful Church maintained & to keep the parish running, we are appealing for volunteers to take up this task & join those who will continue to make the draw a success. If you are available to help, please leave your name & contact details in the sacristy after Mass & we will call you. Again, we want to thank the outgoing committee for al l their work & ask God to bless them for their generosity. The next draw will be in February 2020 & we hope for your continuous support. Good luck to all in the final draw for 2019 this Sunday.

Valleymount Theatre Company have cancelled Scrooge. Refunds from the Office Shop, Blessington.

Blessington Christmas Bingo Bonanza Nights in the Avon on 4th, 11th & 18th December at 8.15pm. Single Books inc. Flyer Sheets €10. Double Books inc Flyer Sheets €20. Jackpot €1500 in 45 calls or less. Bonus Prizes of Turkeys, Hams & lots more.

Community Pool for West Wicklow Christmas Monster Raffle! Prizes include a family pass for Kaleidoscope, Afternoon Tea at Ballymaloe, dinner for two at Tulfarris Hotel & Golf Resort & much, much more! Tickets €5 each & 4 for €20 at www.tinyurl.com/CPWWMonsterRaffle All monies raised go towards a pool for West Wicklow. Draw in Murphy’s Bar on Sun Dec 22nd. For more information email poolforWestWicklow@gmail.com.

GOAL MILE: The annual Goal Mile will take place on Christmas Day at 12:30pm. It happens on the running track at the rear of the Community College, Naas Road. Everyone is welcome to run/walk this event, so come along and support this great cause!

Blessington Comhaltas Classes in Bodhran, Concertina, Accordion, Whistle, Flute, Beginner Fiddle, Intermediate Fiddle, Tune Classes, Guitar Lessons, Singing Classes, Ceili Band. Classes on Sundays from 5pm in St. Mary’s SNS Info Pat 086 075 2072 or Rebecca 087 228 2012 www.blessingtoncomhaltascoislocha@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

Adults Beginners Fencing Classes on Tuesdays from 8pm to 9.30pm in St Kevin’s Hall

Community Pool for West Wicklow would like to thank everyone who came & supported our Christmas Market at Russborough House on Saturday. It was a wonderful day & was only possible because of our amazing volunteers, stall holders, sponsors, musicians, the team at Russborough House, Clare & all at East Coast FM, Philip & Leo from Water Safety Ireland & of course Santa! We’re already looking forward to next year’s Christmas Market!

Christmas Storytime for 3 to 6-year olds on Monday 16th December at 2pm in Blessington Library

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.

Hollywood Friendship Club will return on 8th Jan. Wishing all our friends a Happy Christmas & New Year.  Hope to see new members in 2020.

Events this Weekend in Blessington

Cruthú West Wicklow Art Group Christmas Exhibition in Blessington Tourist Office from 11am to 6pm daily until Sun 15th Dec.  Late opening Friday to 8pm.  There will be original locally produced Art, Craft, Photography on display, all available to buy.   Find a perfect Christmas gift, or simply drop in to enjoy the art & be inspired.  Like us on Facebook & Instagram or visit www.cruthu.ie

Kilbride & Lakeside Music Committee Concert on Saturday 14th December in Manor Kilbride Community Hall at 6.30pm. Featuring KILBRIDE & LAKESIDE YOUTH MUSIC With guest artist one of Ireland’s most revered musicians DONAL LUNNY along with rising star SIOBHÁN HARTE (granddaughter of singer & song collector, the late great Frank Harte) also the amazing Manor Kilbride native, KELAN WALSH baritone sax. Admission €10 Adults

Valleymount & Lacken Parish Concert St Joseph’s National School Present ‘The Nativity’ according to The Gospel of St Luke. Concert featuring St John’s Gospel Choir, Ballinteer & Blessington Folk Group in St Joseph’s Church Valleymount on Sunday 15th December at 7pm. Tickets €10 each or 2 for €15, available from St Joseph’s School or Valleymount Church (after Sunday Mass) and from Blessington Parish Office

Issue 1285 December 8th 2019

St Vincent de Paul Annual Appeal  this weekend at all Masses in all churches. Your generous support is needed to look after those in need in our local community

Saturday 7th December 2019

Community Pool for West Wicklow Christmas Market from 12noon to 4pm at Russborough House!

Tramway Theatre Proudly Presents – Connor McKeon “Swing into Christmas” Doors 7:30pm, show at 8pm sharp. Tickets €25 (including wine & mince pie reception)

Sunday 8th December 2019

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

1st Communion Preparation Mass at 10am in Church of Our Lady, Blessington.

Blessington Millennium Choir 20th Anniversary Concert in St Mary’s Church, Blessington at 4pm. It will be a concert of famous & favourite pieces which have brought joy to choir members & audiences over the past twenty years. Tickets (€10 adults, €5 children) from Parish Office or at the door

Monday 9th December 2019

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

Blessington Children’s Choir practice 2:45pm to 3.30pm in the Church.

Tuesday 10th December 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 December 2019

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

Irish Blood Transfusion Service Clinic in Blessington Community College 5pm – 8.30pm.

Mass Intentions this Week

Saturday 6pm: Oliver Sheerin (Mths Mind) Frankie Keogh (Mths Mind) Deceased Members of Blessington GAA Club, Mary & Tom Tivnan (A), Essie Hanlon (A)

Sunday 10am: Josie Byrne (A) Kathleen Coyne (RD)

We also Remember the following: Maisie O’Reilly (A) Terry Bolton (A), Michael O’Toole (A)

Monday: Mass for those on the list for Sick

Tuesday: Get Well Int, Living Int,

Wednesday: Mary Gibbons (RD) Birthday Int

Thursday: Cathal Gallagher (1st A) Bridget, Patrick & Paddy Nolan (Rem) Dessie Nolan (A)

Friday: Elizabeth Coogan (RD), Sheila Walsh (RD)

The family of the late Cathal Gallagher, Humpherystown, Valleymount, Christine, Conor, Aimee & Grace wish to acknowledge the many expression of sympathy & gestures of kindness shown to us during Cathal’s illness & at the time of his sad passing on December 13th, 2019. We offer sincere thanks to family, friends, neighbours & all those who called to the house, attended the funeral mass & burial & also those who sent cards & messages of condolences. 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. Cathal’s 1st Anniversary Mass will be in the Church of Our Lady, Blessington, at 10am Mass on Sunday 15th December.

On the 1st Anniversary of Karen McEvoy’s passing, Barry Kelly, their children & the extended Kelly Family wish to thank everyone most sincerely for their help & support over the last year. Your kindness has been a great comfort to us all. Karen’s 1st Anniversary Mass will be held at 6pm Mass in Blessington & 11.30am Mass in Crosschapel on the weekend of December 29th, 2019. 

Annual Ecumenical Carol Service on Sun 15th Dec at 5pm in Church of Our Lady, Blessington

St. Mary’s Junior School Christmas Mass. Monday 16th December 9:30 am. 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

Sacrament of the Sick & Healing Mass on Saturday 14th December at 12 noon in Church of Our Lady, Blessington. There will be tea & coffee served in the Coimín Centre after Mass.

Blessington Parish CHRISTMAS CRIB EXHIBITION in the Coimín Centre Blessington on

December 14th 1pm to 8pm

December 15th 11am to 8pm

December 16th 10am to 4pm

Over 100 exhibits of “Cribs from around the World”

Valleymount Parish Calendar 2020 on sale now, €6 each or 2 for €10 from the Parish Office, Valleymount & Lacken Churches & shops locally. All funds to support Valleymount & Lacken Parish, many thanks to our many sponsors & advertisers for your generous funding.

Christmas Collection for the Homeless at Method Physiotherapy Accepting unused toys, clothes, toiletries etc. Info: Contact 045 857 444

Blessington Allotments – Next Public Meeting. Would you be interested in allotments in Blessington? Our group is continuing to campaign for the provision of allotments in the Blessington area. Our next public meeting is on Sat 14th Dec at 12:30 in Blessington Library – come & show your support for allotments at this meeting! For more details, contact Dónal at blessingtonallotments@gmail.com

Lacken Community Centre Calendar 2020 on sale now from Supervalu, Blessington Bookstore, The Office Shop, Blessington Tourist Office, West Wicklow House, Flowers by Enda, Zellers Lacken & Cullens Bar Ballyknocken

Adults Beginners Fencing Classes on Tuesdays from 8pm to 9.30pm in St Kevin’s Hall

‘Rugby Practice at Russborough for U7s (2013) to U12s (2008) boys & girls this Sat 23rd Nov at 10:30am”

♫ Sunday 29th December 2019 (+ every Last Sunday). Free session of SONGS & TUNES. Zellers, Lacken; 6pm to 9+. Used to sing or play? A ‘novice’? ‘Just a listener’? ALL welcome. ALL ages ANY song, tune, acoustic self-accompaniment. No mic. Just for fun!

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.

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

Valleymount & Lacken Parish Concert

St Joseph’s National School Present The Nativity’ according to The Gospel of St Luke.

Concert featuring St John’s Gospel Choir, Ballinteer & Blessington Folk Group in St Joseph’s Church Valleymount on Sunday 15th December at 7pm.

Tickets €10 each or 2 for €15, available from St Joseph’s School or Valleymount Church (after Sunday Mass) and from Blessington Parish Office

Valleymount Theatre Company will present Scrooge by Charles Dickens on Thurs 12th, Fri 13th & Sat 14th Dec at 8pm in Valleymount Community Hall. Tickets available in the Office Shop, Blessington.

Blessington Christmas Bingo Bonanza Nights in the Avon on 4th, 11th & 18th December at 8.15pm. Single Books inc. Flyer Sheets €10. Double Books inc Flyer Sheets €20. Jackpot €1500 in 45 calls or less. Bonus Prizes of Turkeys, Hams & lots more.

Community Pool for West Wicklow are having a Christmas Monster Raffle! Prizes include a family pass for Kaleidoscope, Afternoon Tea at Ballymaloe, dinner for two at Tulfarris Hotel & Golf Resort & much, much more! Tickets are €5 each or 4 for €20 & are available at www.tinyurl.com/CPWWMonsterRaffle All monies raised go towards a pool for West Wicklow. Draw will take place in Murphy’s Bar on Sunday December 22nd. For more information email poolforWestWicklow@gmail.com.

GOAL MILE: The annual Goal Mile will take place on Christmas Day at 12:30pm. It happens on the running track at the rear of the Community College, Naas Road. Everyone is welcome to run/walk this event, so come along and support this great cause!

“TRY it out! Mini-Rugby for Tots for ‘under 5 (2015)’ and Under 6 (2014) in St Kevin’s Community Centre, Blessington every Saturday at 10:15am for ‘boys & girls’

Lakeshore Striders Running Club would like to thank the local community for supporting their 4th annual collection for the Capuchin Day Centre for Homeless People. A total of 95 sleeping bags were donated along with over a dozen boxes & bags of much needed items for the centre. A further €1,050 was donated in cash on the day. A sincere thank you to the parish for the use of the Church of Our Lady to hold the collection & to Charles Camping for supplying the sleeping bags at a cost price. A special thank you to the Blessington Scouts & St. Brigid’s N.S, Kilbride for the young people’s generous donations.  For further information on the Capuchin Centre or to make a donation visit www.capuchindaycentre.ie

Blessington Comhaltas Classes in Bodhran, Concertina, Accordion, Whistle, Flute, Beginner Fiddle, Intermediate Fiddle, Tune Classes, Guitar Lessons, Singing Classes, Ceili Band. Classes on Sundays from 5pm in St. Mary’s SNS Info Pat 086 075 2072 or Rebecca 087 228 2012 www.blessingtoncomhaltascoislocha@gmail.com

New Books for SVP Christmas Appeal. Blessington Library are delighted to be involved in the Society of St. Vincent De Paul’s “WordPower Appeal” to bring brand new books to children in your locality. Perhaps this could be their only opportunity to own or purchase a new book. If you would like to help, drop your new book or a book token into Blessington Library up until Friday 20th December. Books will be delivered to children in your area. Your support will be very much appreciated.

 Events this Weekend in Blessington

Cruthú West Wicklow Art Group Christmas Exhibition in Blessington Tourist Office from 11am to 6pm daily until Sun 15th Dec.  Late opening Friday to 8pm.  There will be original locally produced Art, Craft, Photography on display, all available to buy.   Find a perfect Christmas gift, or simply drop in to enjoy the art & be inspired.  Like us on Facebook & Instagram or visit www.cruthu.ie

Community Pool for West Wicklow are having a Christmas Market THIS Saturday December 7th from 12noon to 4pm at Russborough House! We’ll have over 30 local artists, bakers & crafters, Live Music & Santa is coming too! We hope to see you there!

Tramway Theatre Proudly Presents – Connor McKeon “Swing into Christmas” on Saturday 7th December: A glitzy & glamorous night of high energy big-band swing including the best loved Christmas Classics.  Doors open 7:30pm, show starts at 8pm sharp. Tickets €25 (including wine & mince pie reception) available from Hennessy’s Next Door & The Office Shop or call 086 8239946

West Wicklow Day-Care Committee will be putting up a Christmas Tree in the grounds of Baltinglass Hospital in celebration of the lives of our family & friends who are no longer with us, you can shine a light in their memory by sponsoring a light for €5 on the Christmas Tree. Please call Mary 087 293 4806 or Valerie 045 865 412 to sponsor a light. Christmas Tree lighting ceremony & Carol Service will take place on Sunday 8th December at 2pm

Christmas Concert with ‘Celtic Brothers’ starring The Willoughby’s in Tynock Church at 8pm on Sun 8th Dec. Concert in aid of a Multi-Sensory Room for Baltinglass Hospital Tickets available from 087 266 8300 or email multisensoryconcert@gmail.com

Events next Weekend

Kilbride & Lakeside Music Committee Concert on Saturday 14th December in Manor Kilbride Community Hall at 6.30pm. Featuring KILBRIDE & LAKESIDE YOUTH MUSIC With guest artist one of Ireland’s most revered musicians DONAL LUNNY along with rising star SIOBHÁN HARTE (granddaughter of singer & song collector, the late great Frank Harte) also the amazing Manor Kilbride native, KELAN WALSH baritone sax. Admission €10 Adults

Valleymount & Lacken Parish Concert St Joseph’s National School Present ‘The Nativity’ according to The Gospel of St Luke. Concert featuring St John’s Gospel Choir, Ballinteer & Blessington Folk Group in St Joseph’s Church Valleymount on Sunday 15th December at 7pm. Tickets €10 each or 2 for €15, available from St Joseph’s School or Valleymount Church (after Sunday Mass) and from Blessington Parish Office

Further Education & Training Centre Blessington

We are currently enrolling for courses for our new term starting in January 2020

Full Time Courses – Monday to Friday

QQI Level 5 Business Studies with Sage 50 Accounting

QQI Level 5 Nursing Studies

Part Time Courses (Day and Evening)

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 5 – Computer Science QQI Level 5

Further information from: Anne McGrath or Karen Townsend on 086 850 3833 or blessingtonfetc@kwetb.ie