Issue 1282 November 17th 2019

Saturday 16th November 2019

Blessington Men’s Shed Variety Concert in the Tramway Theatre at 8pm. Special Guests: The RAMS & local singers / musicians. Tickets €10 from Hennessy’s & The Office Shop. Info, Kevin: 087 747 0461 or Pat 086 075 2072. Please Support

Sunday 17th November 2019

1st Communion Preparation Mass at 11.15am in Valleymount

Monday 18th November 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 19th November 2019

Blessington U3A are pleased to welcome Vincent Butler, Travel Expert & Photographer for National Geographic Explorer at 10.30am in the Education Centre, Blessington. All welcome, €5pp or €20 full membership

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 EXERCISE WITH THEA at 2pm. Regular meeting at 2.45pm in the Coimin Centre Blessington, new members welcome.

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

Wednesday 20th November 2019

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

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

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

Thursday 21st November 2019

The Parish Book Club meeting at 10am in The Parish Meeting Room (Crying Room).  The book is ‘Traveling Mercies’ by Anne Lamott.  New members are always welcome.

Mass Intentions this Week

Margaret Hyland (Bunny McDonald)

Saturday 6pm: John Cummins (Mths Mind) Kathleen Doyle (A) Lena O’Neill (A) Winnie Hayes (A)

Sunday 10am: Jack & Timothy Jones (A) Rosario Fitzsimons (A)

We also Remember the following:

Monday: Mass for those on the list for Sick

Tuesday: Alicia, Hugh & Billy Hamilton (A) Oliver Shirran (RD)

Wednesday: Birthday Rem, Get Well

Thursday: Agnes Twyford (A) Maureen O’Meara (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

Variety Concert on Sun 1st December in Church of Our Lady Blessington in aid of Blessington & District Day Care and the Coimín Centre. Featuring: The Roscommon Solstice Choir, Rachel Coyne & Lorraine Willoughby. Tickets €10 on sale after Mass this weekend or from the Parish Office & the usual outlets.

Valleymount Christmas Fair next weekend 23rd & 24th Nov. “Good as New” items wanted for Bric-a-Brac. The Community Hall will be open on Sat 23rd at 10am to accept donations.

Next Children’s Church date is changed to Sunday 1st December.

West Wicklow Cancer Support – November Drop in Meeting, “Has your life been touched by Cancer” Come and join us at our monthly drop in. An evening of relaxation and Christmas Crafts, Thursday 28th November 7.30pm, Coimín Centre Main Street, Blessington. No charge, all are welcome and do feel free to bring a friend. Contact 087 4346004 westwicklow15@gmail.com or find us on Facebook

CASA would like to thank all who contributed to the Church Gate Collection recently, the amount raised was €1,654 for which we are extremely grateful.

Collection for the Capuchin Day Centre for Homeless. Lakeshore Striders A.C Annual Charity Collection for the Capuchin Day Centre for the Homeless will take place on Saturday 23rd of November from 12pm to 3pm in the ‘Crying Room’ of Church of Our Lady, Blessington. Items requested by the centre include; new sleeping bags (available from Charles Camping at a reduced cost of €10 when you indicate it’s for this collection), toiletries (shampoo, shower gel, deodorant, razors, toothpaste, toothbrushes, etc),   nappies, baby food & formula. Please note the centre does not require clothing, shoes, duvets or similar items. Cash donations also accepted. For info email lakeshorestriders@gmail.com or Edel on 087 961 8337

Baltinglass Hospital Annual Christmas Bazaar on Sunday 24th Nov in the hospital from 2pm. All donations of Cakes, Bottles, Bric-a-Brac & Toys (in good condition please) to Mary 087 293 4806 or Valerie 045 865 412

Blessington Lights Up Christmas 2019 on Sat Nov 30th 1pm to 3:45pm in St. Kevin’s Hall, followed by ‘The Big Switch On’ @ The Square at 4:30pm & Presentation by Reservoir Cogs. Free Santa! Craft, Gift & Food Fair, Hot Chocolate. Music by Rockabilly Rebels & Sinead O Brien. Drop off point for annual shoebox appeal. Macari Special offers on the day. If you are a local vendor & would like to take a stall at our fair, call Carmel on 085 118 0182 stalls cost €10 all proceeds to the Christmas lights fund.

Cruthú West Wicklow Art Group will hold their Christmas Exhibition in Blessington Tourist Office.  The exhibition opening event will be on Friday 29th November from 7pm to 8pm. The exhibition will open from 11am to 6pm daily until Sunday 15th December.  Late opening Friday until 8pm.  There will be plenty of 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 and Instagram or visit www.cruthu.ie

Community Pool for West Wicklow are having a Christmas Party! Join us at Poulaphouca House & Falls on Saturday December 14th from 8pm for canapés, mulled wine, DJ, dancing & spot prizes! Tickets only €25, available from Charles Camping, The Office Shop & Blessington Tourist Office from Saturday November 9th or email us at 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

GROW Community Mental Health“West Wicklow” Support Group every Wed 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 Annual Fun-Filled Festive Fair will be held in Scoil Chonglais, Baltinglass on Sun Nov 24th in the school hall from 11am to 4pm. Seasonal Fare, Arts & Crafts, Cakes, Yule Logs, & Jewellery. Wheel of Fortune & monster raffle!

Would you like to be in with the chance of winning up to €1500 and having a really entertaining night as well? Ballymore Eustace GAA Club are holding ‘The Chaser’ fundraising night in Tulfarris Hotel on Friday 29th November at 8pm based on the well-known TV Quiz show ‘The Chase’ followed by a disco (after the event, for the adults). The Chaser event is a family event & a family ticket (€50) admits four adults or two adults & three children. Single tickets are €20. All tickets must be pre purchased before the show. For further information or tickets, please contact Fiona Breslin 087 995 6085

West Wicklow Cancer Support – Volunteers – Have you got some free time & would like to volunteer with us? We are a Cancer Support Group catering for the West Wicklow area for the past 5 years & we provide support & information to people & families affected by cancer.  We are looking for a Volunteer Bookkeeper to look after our day to day books. If this suits you, we would like to hear from you.  Volunteers will be fully supported by our caring & confidential team. Contact us on 087 4346004/ westwicklow15@gmail.com or on Facebook

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.

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 added for Wednesdays at 10:30am. Participants can join for FREE at www.AxaCommunityBikeRides.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

Mini-Rugby for Tots for Under 5 (2013) & Under 6 (2014) in St Kevin’s Community Centre, Blessington every Saturday at 10:15am for boys & girls’

Rugby at Russborough for U7s (2013) to U12s (2008) boys & girls this Sat 5th Oct at 11:30

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

 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.

Hollywood Friendship Club every Wednesday from 2.15 to 4.15pm in Hollywood Centre New members welcome. The Club members will visit Newbridge Silverware to do their usual Christmas Shopping on Wed 4th December

December Events for your Diary

St Brigid’s National School, Manor Kilbride, Winter Fair in the school on Sunday 1st Dec from 12pm & 4pm.  All welcome – Arts & Crafts Stalls, Books, Toys, Clothes & Cake Stalls & Refreshments. Fun Fair Games & activities for young & old. Festive decorations & Christmas Trees on sale. Bring your pre-loved “Good as New” items to our school for recycling at the Fair on Sat 16th Nov between 10am & 11am or Sun 24th Nov between 12pm & 1pm. 

 As part of Russborough’s Oscar Wilde Christmas join us on for ‘An Evening with Oscar Wilde’ on Dec 6th at 7pm. Compiled & performed by Richard Lynch, share Wilde’s sparkling humour & wit, tinged with a certain pity & sadness.  Tickets €15. Booking 045 865 239 or www.russborough.ie

Community Pool for West Wicklow Christmas Market in the Hippodrome, Russborough House on Dec 7th from 12noon to 4pm. Christmas Shopping, Visit Santa, enjoy a mince pie or two Any local Crafters, Artists, Bakers or Businesses interested in having a stall at the market please email at poolforWestWicklow@gmail.com

Tramway Theatre Proudly Presents – Connor McKeon “Swing into Christmas” on Saturday 7th December. Let the good times roll. A glitzy & glamorous night of high energy big-band swing including the best loved Christmas Classics. Tickets €25 (including mulled wine & mince pie reception) available from Hennessy’s Next Door & The Office Shop.

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

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 5pm

Hollywood Senior Citizens Christmas Party on Thurs 12th Dec Hollywood Inn. Meal at 3.30pm Music/Song/Dance until 8pm. Invitations will be sent out first week December.

Annual Carol Service on Sunday 15th December at 5pm in Church of Our Lady, Blessington

St. Vincent De Paul Society would like to offer our sincere gratitude for all the donations we receive throughout the year. If anyone 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 Blessington are sent to Dublin.

When people praise you, don’t let it go to your head. When they criticise you, don’t let it go to your heart…

St Vincent de Paul Local number 087 181 1579

Issue 1281 November 10th 2019

Saturday 9th November 2019

Confirmation Enrolment Mass for all children preparing for Confirmation at 6pm in Church of Our Lady, Blessington

Sunday 10th November 2019

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

1st Communion Preparation Mass at 10am in Church of Our Lady, Blessington for all children receiving the sacrament this year.

Confirmation Enrolment Mass for St Joseph’s NS Valleymount at 11.15am in Valleymount Church.

Monday 11th November 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.

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

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

Tuesday 12th November 2019

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 EXERCISE WITH THEA at 2pm. Regular meeting at 2.45pm in the Coimin Centre Blessington, new members welcome.

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

Wednesday 13th November 2019

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

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

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

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

Thursday 14th November 2019

Mass for 1st Communion & Confirmation classes in Lacken Church at 1.30pm

Coimin Management Meeting at 7pm in the Coimin Centre

Dr. Jessie Rogers discussion; “Meeting Jesus in the Gospel of Matthew”, continues at 8pm in the Coimin Centre. All welcome.

St Vincent de Paul Local number 087 181 1579

Mass Intentions this Week

Frankie Keogh (RD)

Saturday 6pm: Frances Kehoe (Mths Mind) Nicola Sheehy Mths Mind) Michael Byrne (A)

Sunday 10am: Bill Moore (A) Tom O’Hagan (Jnr) Tom (Snr) & Judith O’Hagan & the deceased members of the O’Hagan Family

We also Remember the following:  Dickie Reid (1st A) Patricia Mahon (A)

Monday: Mass for those on the list for Sick

Tuesday: Kathleen, Jim & Seamus Corry (A)

Wednesday: Nicola Sheehy (Mths Mind) Mary Feeney (A) Fr Matt Neylon (Rem)

Thursday: Louise Fleming (A) Spec Living Intention,

Friday: Marie O’Byrne (A) Tom Murphy (A)

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 Men’s Shed Variety Concert in the Tramway Theatre on Sat 16th Nov at 8pm. Special Guests: The RAMS & local singers / musicians. Tickets €10 from Hennessy’s & The Office Shop. Info, Kevin: 087 747 0461 or Pat 086 075 2072. Please Support

St. Vincent De Paul would like to offer our sincere gratitude for all the donations we receive throughout the year. If anyone 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 Blessington are sent to Dublin

HAVE YOUR SAY Blessington Town Team  invites you to attend a Public Consultation Workshop as part of the ‘Town Health Check’ for Blessington. Where? The Avon, Blessington, Co. Wicklow When? Tuesday, November 12th at 7.30pm. The Blessington Town Health Check is an opportunity to consider the vibrancy and vitality of your town. The current performance of the town is being measured and the future needs of residents and visitors in Blessington is being planned for. Businesses, residents and visitors with an interest in the future of the town are invited to participate in this public workshop. We look forward to seeing you! John Horan, Chairperson,  Blessington Town Team

Valleymount Christmas Fair Nov 23rd & 24th Valleymount Community Hall. Unwanted gifts/as good as new items wanted for Bric-a-Brac stall.

Baltinglass Hospital Annual Christmas Bazaar on Sunday 24th Nov in the hospital from 2pm. All donations of Cakes, Bottles, Bric-a-Brac & Toys (in good condition please) to Mary 087 293 4806 or Valerie 045 865 412

 The Annual Fun-Filled Festive Fair will be held in Scoil Chonglais, Baltinglass on Sun Nov 24th in the school hall from 11am to 4pm. Seasonal Fare, Arts & Crafts, Cakes, Yule Logs, & Jewellery. Try your luck at the wheel of fortune or the monster raffle! Why not enjoy a mug of hot chocolate & listen to Christmas Carols while the children have their faces painted?  This market books out quickly each year, any interested stallholders can book by emailing ceiremurphy@kwetb.ie or collecting a form from the school (regular stalls €20; large €30).

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

 Hollywood Senior Citizens Committee Mini Christmas Craft Fair has been cancelled they will hold a Table Quiz in Tutty’s Hollywood on Fri 7th Feb Quiz Master Pat O Neill

October winners in Valleymount Church Renovation fund draw: Angela & John Richardson, Mary & Matt Reid, Lizzie Brophy & Ivan Carroll, Kathy & Stephen Kavanagh, Rachel & Niall Jones. Each received €100.

Many thanks to all who gave donations of produce to the Harvest Mass of Thanksgiving in Lacken & to the children of Lacken NS for their participation in the celebration. Your support is much appreciated.

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.

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 added for Wednesdays at 10:30am. Participants can join for FREE at www.AxaCommunityBikeRides.com

Mini-Rugby for Tots for Under 5 (2013) & Under 6 (2014) in St Kevin’s Community Centre, Blessington every Saturday at 10:15am for boys & girls’

Rugby at Russborough for U7s (2013) to U12s (2008) boys & girls this Sat 5th Oct at 11:30

The Parish Book Club meets 4 times a year.  The books chosen for review are varied & are of spiritual & philosophical interest.  We notify the book under review here in the newsletter.  Our next meeting is on Thurs 21st Nov at 10am in The Parish Meeting Room.  The book is ‘Traveling Mercies’ by Anne Lamott.  New members are always welcome.  Please contact the Parish Office if you are interested & would like to go on the text reminder list.

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.

Hollywood Friendship Club every Wednesday from 2.15 to 4.15pm in Hollywood Centre New members welcome. The Club members will visit Newbridge Silverware to do their usual Christmas Shopping on Wed 4th December

Community Pool for West Wicklow are having a Christmas Party! Join us at Poulaphouca House & Falls on Saturday December 14th from 8pm for canapés, mulled wine, DJ, dancing & spot prizes! Tickets only €25, available from Charles Camping, The Office Shop & Blessington Tourist Office from Saturday November 9th or email us at poolforWestWicklow@gmail.com

Blessington GAA Dog Night. Friday 15th November in Newbridge Greyhound Stadium. Sponsored by Dunnes Stores.

Prizes

Buster Draw 1                Buster Draw 2

1st Prize €750                1st Prize €750

2nd Prize €400               2nd Prize €400

3rd Prize €300                3rd Prize €300

4th Prize €200                4th Prize €200

5 Prizes of €100 each

You can nominate a dog for €50 which entitles you to entry to the races on the night and also a prize of €100 if dog wins the race. Donations to Charities will be made from proceeds of the event. Tickets €10 entitles you to entry to The Dogs & entry into Buster Draws

First Race at 8pm

Tickets can be purchased from any member of the Executive or by contacting JP Morgan 087 238 8592, John Magee Snr: 086 871 7483  or

Breda Brophy 087 225 3892. Bus transfer details to be confirmed later

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

GROW Community Mental Health “West Wicklow” Support Group every Wed 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

Holy Land Pilgrimage 11 Day Pilgrimage to The Holy Land 12th to 22nd February 2020 cost €1,475 deposit €450 Spiritual Director Canon Paddy McGinn, There are still a small number of places left, further details contact Brenda Murray-Flynn on 041 686 3390 or brenda.murray-flynn@travelcounsellors.com Philip on 087 250 8043 or pmcardle006@gmail.com

Collection for the Capuchin Day Centre for Homeless. Lakeshore Striders A.C Annual Charity Collection for the Capuchin Day Centre for the Homeless will take place on Saturday 23rd of November from 12pm to 3pm in the ‘Crying Room’ of Church of Our Lady, Blessington. Items requested by the centre include; new sleeping bags (available from Charles Camping at a reduced cost of €10 when you indicate it’s for this collection), toiletries (shampoo, shower gel, deodorant, razors, toothpaste, toothbrushes, etc), nappies, baby food & formula. Please note the centre does not require clothing, shoes, duvets or similar items.

Cash donations also accepted on the day. For info email lakeshorestriders@gmail.com or Edel on 087 961 8337

December Events for your Diary

St Brigid’s National School Manor Kilbride Winter Fair Sun 1st Dec from 12noon to 4pm. If you are interested in having a stall at this event, please call 087 774 1432

Variety Concert on Sun 1st Dec in Church of Our Lady Blessington in aid of Blessington & District Day Care & the Coimin Centre. Featuring: The Roscommon Solstice Choir, Rachel Coyne & Lorraine Willoughby. Tickets €10 from Eventbrite, Parish Office, Hennessey’s Next Door, The Office Shop & the Credit Union. Info: 087 919 5991, 087 293 4806 or 087 245 0546.

As part of Russborough’s Oscar Wilde Christmas join us on for ‘An Evening with Oscar Wilde’ on Dec 6th at 7pm. Compiled & performed by Richard Lynch, share Wilde’s sparkling humour & wit, tinged with a certain pity & sadness.  Tickets €15. Booking 045 865 239 or www.russborough.ie

Community Pool for West Wicklow Christmas Market in the Hippodrome, Russborough House on Dec 7th from 12noon to 4pm. Christmas Shopping, Visit Santa, enjoy a mince pie or two Any local Crafters, Artists, Bakers or Businesses interested in having a stall at the market please email at poolforWestWicklow@gmail.com

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

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 5pm

Senior Citizens Christmas Party on Thurs 12th Dec Hollywood Inn. Meal at 3.30pm Music/Song/Dance until 8pm. Invitations will be sent out first week December.

Annual Carol Service on Sunday 15th December in Church of Our Lady, Blessington

Be a good person, but don’t waste your time trying to prove it…

 

Issue 1280 November 3rd 2019

Church Collection this weekend for CASA (Caring & Sharing Association) CASA is a volunteer led organisation founded in 1981 to support people with disabilities through a variety of social events.

Saturday 2nd November 2019

Candle Ceremony for deceased family members at 7.30pm Mass in Lacken

Sunday 3rd November 2019

Candle Ceremony for deceased family members at 11.15am Mass in Valleymount

Shauna Callinan & Lara Gilmore (TY students) invite you to a coffee morning in St. Kevin’s Hall from 10am to 2pm. All money raised goes to ‘Fields of Life’ in Uganda going directly to building Girls Sanitary Facilities & a Well in a rural community, giving them access to clean water for the first time. Shauna & Lara will be travelling to Uganda in March 2020. Your support will be greatly appreciated.

Monday 4th November 2019

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

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

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

Benediction with Guided Prayer & Music in Lacken Church at 8pm

Tuesday 5th November 2019

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 EXERCISE WITH THEA at 2pm. Regular meeting at 2.45pm in the Coimin Centre Blessington, new members welcome.

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

Wednesday 6th November 2019

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

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

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

Blessington Parish Folk Group rehearsal every Wednesday at 8pm in the Church.

Friday 8th November 2019

St Brigid’s National School Manor Kilbride 60’s Assembly in celebration of the school’s 50th Anniversary in the school from 11.30am to 12.30pm all past pupils welcome. Dress: 60’s!! Come along for songs, stories & memories.

Mass Intentions this Week

Joe Eustace (RD)

Saturday 6pm: Bridie Keogh (A) Matt Nugent (A) Eugene Keogh (A) Matthew, Michael & James Ryan (A)

Sunday 10am: Seamus Sweeney (A) Peter Ralph (A)

We also Remember the following:

Jimmy & Patty Hughes (A) Thomas & Anna Connolly (A) Pat Keogh (A) Noel Keogh (A) Eleanor Noonan (A)

Monday: Mass for those on the list for Sick

Tuesday: Nixon Family, James Swift, Thomas Swift, Brigid O’Hara (20th A)

Wednesday: Living Int, Get Well Int, Sp Int.

Thursday: Nicola Sheehy (A) Luke Jackson (RD)

Friday: Get Well Int, Thank You Int.

The Family of the late Bill Sheridan wishes to acknowledge the many expressions of sympathy & gestures shown to us following our sad loss. We offer our heartfelt thanks to family, friends, neighbours & well-wishers who attended the Funeral Mass, also those who sent cards & messages of condolence. A special word of thanks to our neighbours who applied CPR until First Responders arrived. Thank you for your efforts. Sincere thanks to Regina & Tony Clarke for their kindness & professionalism. The Holy Sacrifice of The Mass will be offered for your intentions.

Deacon Gerry would like to thank his guides who gave up their time to accompany him during the Blessing of the homes & flock last week & all the parishioners of Lacken, for their warm welcome & generosity. God Bless.

Pre- Advent Event on Thursday 7th & 14th November at 8pm in The Coimín Centre.

You are invited to a discussion: “Meeting Jesus in the Gospel of Matthew”.

In the year ahead we will be hearing readings from Matthew’s Gospel on Sundays.

Dr. Jessie Rogers will explore St Matthew’s distinctive portrait of Jesus.

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

Blessington Active Retirement offer sincere thanks all who supported the Coffee Morning recently. A cheque for €2,600 has been forwarded to St Brigid’s Hospice, The Curragh.

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 Men’s Shed Variety Concert in the Tramway Theatre on Sat 16th Nov at 8pm. Special Guests: The RAMS & local singers / musicians. Tickets €10 from Hennessy’s & The Office Shop. Info, Kevin: 087 747 0461 or Pat  086 075 2072. Please Support

The Annual Fun-Filled Festive Fair will be held in Scoil Chonglais, Baltinglass on Sun Nov 24th in the school hall from 11am to 4pm. Seasonal Fare, Arts & Crafts, Cakes, Yule Logs, & Jewellery. Try your luck at the wheel of fortune or the monster raffle! Why not enjoy a mug of hot chocolate & listen to Christmas Carols while the children have their faces painted?  This market books out quickly each year, any interested stallholders can book by emailing ceiremurphy@kwetb.ie  or collecting a form from the school (regular stalls €20; large €30).

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.

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

Local Poet’s Book Launch. “A Wicklow Stream” by Brian Hogan will be launched in Blessington Library on Thurs 7th Nov at 7pm. Book available from the Bookstore or from the author directly: 086 876 2423

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

The Community Pool for West Wicklow Committee would like to thank all of our volunteers who helped us at packing bags over the weekend & all who supported us & donated. We had a brilliant response from the Community & together we will get a pool for West Wicklow!

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.

The Interfaith Group was warmly welcomed to Bolton Abbey on Sat 19th Oct for a day of reflection, relaxation & prayer. The Abbot, Dom Michael took time out to speak with us & to answer questions followed his wonderfully inspiring address. Many thanks to Dom Michael, Brother Francis & everyone at Bolton Abbey for a most memorable & uplifting day.

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

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 added for Wednesdays at 10:30am. Participants can join for FREE at www.AxaCommunityBikeRides.com

Mini-Rugby for Tots for Under 5 (2013) & Under 6 (2014) in St Kevin’s Community Centre, Blessington every Saturday at 10:15am for boys & girls’

Rugby at Russborough for U7s (2013) to U12s (2008) boys & girls this Sat 5th Oct at 11:30

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

The Parish Book Club meets 4 times a year.  The books chosen for review are varied & are of spiritual & philosophical interest.  We notify the book under review here in the newsletter.  Our next meeting is on Thurs 21st  Nov at 10am in The Parish Meeting Room.  The book is ‘Traveling Mercies’ by Anne Lamott.  New members are always welcome.  Please contact the Parish Office if you are interested & would like to go on the text reminder list.

Blessington GAA Dog Night. Friday 15th November in Newbridge Greyhound Stadium. Sponsored by Dunnes Stores.

Prizes

Buster Draw 1                    Buster Draw 2

1st Prize €750                    1st Prize €750

2nd Prize €400                  2nd Prize €400

3rd Prize €300                   3rd Prize €300

4th Prize €200                   4th Prize €200

5 Prizes of €100 each

You can nominate a dog for €50 which entitles you to entry to the races on the night and also a prize of €100 if dog wins the race. Donations to Charities will be made from proceeds of the event. Tickets €10 entitles you to entry to The Dogs & entry into Buster Draws

First Race at 8pm

Tickets can be purchased from any member of the Executive or by contacting JP Morgan 087 238 8592, John Magee Snr: 086 871 7483  or

Breda Brophy 087 225 3892. Bus transfer details to be confirmed later

GROW Community Mental Health “West Wicklow” Support Group meets every Wed 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

Collection for the Capuchin Day Centre for the Homeless. Lakeshore Striders A.C Annual Charity Collection for the Capuchin Day Centre for the Homeless will take place on Saturday 23rd of November from 12pm to 3pm in the ‘Crying Room’ of Church of Our Lady, Blessington. Items requested by the centre include; new sleeping bags (available from Charles Camping at a reduced cost of €10 when you indicate it’s for this collection), toiletries (shampoo, shower gel, deodorant, razors, toothpaste, tooth brushes, etc), nappies, baby food & formula. Please note the centre does not require clothing, shoes, duvets or similar items. Cash donations also accepted on the day. For info email lakeshorestriders@gmail.com or Edel on 087 961 8337

Anam Cara South Dublin Parent Support Event 11th Nov at 7.20pm, Maldron Hotel, Tallaght. This event is free & open to all bereaved parents regardless of the age your child died, the circumstances of their death, or whether their death was recent or not.

December Events for your Diary

Hollywood Senior Citizens Committee are holding a Mini Christmas Fair 30th Nov & 1st Dec after all Masses. Crafts & Christmas Fayre.

St Brigid’s National School Manor Kilbride Winter Fair Sun 1st Dec from 12noon to 4pm. If you are interested in having a stall at this event please call 087 774 1432

Variety Concert on Sun 1st Dec in Church of Our Lady Blessington in aid of Blessington & District Day Care & the Coimin Centre. Featuring: The Roscommon Solstice Choir, Rachel Coyne & Lorraine Willoughby. Tickets €10  from Eventbrite, Parish Office, Hennessey’s Next Door, The Office Shop & the Credit Union. Info: 087 919 5991, 087 293 4806 or 087 245 0546.

As part of Russborough’s Oscar Wilde Christmas join us on for ‘An Evening with Oscar Wilde’ on Dec 6th at 7pm. Compiled & performed by Richard Lynch, share Wilde’s sparkling humour & wit, tinged with a certain pity & sadness.  Tickets €15. Booking 045 865 239 or www.russborough.ie

Community Pool for West Wicklow Christmas Market in the Hippodrome, Russborough House on Dec 7th from 12noon to 4pm. Christmas Shopping, Visit Santa, enjoy a mince pie or two Any local Crafters, Artists, Bakers or Businesses interested in having a stall at the market please email at poolforWestWicklow@gmail.com

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

Annual Carol Service on Sunday 15th December in Church of Our Lady, Blessington

Valleymount Christmas Concert on Tuesday 17th December at 7.30pm in St Joseph’s Church Valleymount

 

If it is important to you, you will find a way. If not, you will find an excuse.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Issue 1279 October 27th 2019

Saturday 26th October 2019

Mass of Harvest Thanksgiving & Blessing at 7.30pm in Lacken. Donations of home-baking, fruit, veg & jam, welcome. All donated produce will be sold after Mass with proceeds going towards the maintenance & improvements of the church grounds. There will be a special blessing for our farming community & for all who work in the parish.

Monday 28th October 2019

Bank Holiday Mass at 11am in Church of Our Lady, Blessington

Tuesday 29th October 2019

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 meet at 2.30pm in the Coimin Centre Blessington, new members welcome.

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

Wednesday 30th October 2019

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

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

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

Blessington Parish Folk Group rehearsal every Wednesday at 8pm in the Church.

Friday 1st November 2019

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

Masses for Holy Day – Feast of All Souls

Blessington at 10am

Manor Kilbride at 11am.

Valleymount at 11.15am

Crosschapel at 11.30am

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

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

November Mass of Remembrance at 8pm for all our parishioners who died during the past year. If you have a relative or friend who has died outside our parish & would like their name called out on the night, call the parish office with details

►Blessington Parish Office will be closed for the Holy Day

Mass Intentions this Week

Saturday 6pm: Kathleen (Kit) Hanlon (1st A) Patrick Eustace (A) Ronnie Egan (A) James & Margaret Hayden (A)

Sunday 10am: Eric Wilson (RD) Brenda Lennon (RD)

We also Remember the following: Philip & Mary Creighton (A) Ann O’Reilly (A) (Spec Int) Richard Gleeson (A)

Monday: Mass for those on the list for Sick

Tuesday: Paddy Hudson (RD) Kathleen Boland (RD)

Wednesday: Spec Int, Spec Int

Thursday: Kathleen Hassett (RD) Jimmy Flood (RD)

1st Friday: Mass offered for all on the November list of the dead.

The Family of the late Patrick (Patsy) Hamilton Sandybanks. Phyllis, Kevin, Claire, Mary, Katie & Jamie wish to acknowledge the many expressions of sympathy & gestures of kindness shown to us during his illness & at the time of his sad passing on July 31st. We offer sincere thanks to family, friends, neighbours & all those who called to the house, attended the funeral mass & burial. We would also like to thank those who sent Mass cards & messages of condolences. We wish to give a special word of thanks to Father Paraic, the medical staff of Naas & Tallaght Hospitals. We wish to thank all those who participated in the mass: Our singers Lorraine & Martina, musician Paul & also Clarke’s Funeral Directors for their guidance & support. As it would be impossible to thank everyone individually so please accept this acknowledgement as an expression of our deepest gratitude. The Holy sacrifice of the Mass will be offered for your intentions

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

November Altar List of the Dead – Envelopes available in the church Porch from this weekend. Masses offered on the 1st Friday of every month throughout the year.

Church Collection next weekend for CASA (Caring & Sharing Association) CASA is a volunteer led organisation founded in 1981 to support people with disabilities through a variety of social events.

Calling all Past Students of St Brigid’s National School of Manor Kilbride.  You are invited to come to our 60’s Assembly in celebration of the school being fifty years old in St Brigid’s National School on Friday 8th November from 11.30am to 12.30. Dress: 60’s!! Come along for a few songs, stories & a few memories & maybe a few sandwiches!!

Blessington Tourist Office is organising the Halloween walk for children around the village on Wednesday, 30th of October at 5 pm. Come dressed as a local tourist attraction and pick one of our best dressed prizes. Parents welcome to dress up as well and must accompany their offspring.

GROW Community Mental Health “West Wicklow” Support Group meets every Wed 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).  Contact John 086 803 3126 or visit our website, www.grow.ie for info

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.

Mini-Rugby for Tots for Under 5 (2013) & Under 6 (2014) in St Kevin’s Community Centre, Blessington every Saturday at 10:15am for boys & girls’

Rugby at Russborough for U7s (2013) to U12s (2008) boys & girls this Sat 5th Oct at 11:30

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

LOOKING FOR A GREAT NIGHT OUT. Blessington Bowls meet every Thursday night at 7.30pm in St. Kevin’s hall, Main Street Blessington, Guest’s welcome, why not come along and bring a friend.

Shauna Callinan and Lara Gilmore (TY students) would like to invite you to a coffee morning in St. Kevin’s Hall on Sunday the 3rd November from 10 am to 2 pm. All money raised goes to the charity ‘Fields of Life’ in Uganda. The girls will be travelling to Uganda in March 2020.  This money goes directly to building girls sanitary facilities and a well in a rural community, giving them access to clean water for the first time. Your support is greatly appreciated.

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 a coffee and chat.  New series added for Wednesday mornings at 10:30. Participants can join for FREE at www.AxaCommunityBikeRides.com

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

December Dates for your Diary

Hollywood Senior Citizens Committee are holding a Mini Christmas Fair on weekend 30th November & 1st December after all Masses. Crafts & Christmas Fayre.

Variety Concert on Sun 1st December in Church of Our Lady Blessington. In Aid of Blessington And District Day Care and Coimin Centre.   In Church of Our Lady Blessington at 8 Pm on 1st December 19. Artists…Roscommon Solstice Choir, Rachel Coyne, Lorrain Willoughby. Tickets 10 Euro.  Available from Eventbrite. Parish Office. Hennessey’s Next Door. Office Shop. Credit Union. Phone. 0879195991. 0872934806. And 0872450546.

►St Brigid’s National School Manor Kilbride Winter Fair is on the 1st December from 12 until 4pm. If you are interested in having a stall at this event please call 087-7741432

As part of Russborough’s Oscar Wilde Christmas join us on for ‘An Evening with Oscar Wilde’ on Dec 6th at 7pm. Compiled & performed by Richard Lynch, share Wilde’s sparkling humour & wit, tinged with a certain pity & sadness.  Tickets €15. Booking 045 865 239 or www.russborough.ie

Community Pool for West Wicklow are delighted to announce that we will be hosting a Christmas Market in the Hippodrome at Russborough House on Dec 7th from 12pm to 4pm. Come & do some Christmas shopping, visit Santa, enjoy a mince pie or two all while supporting the campaign for a pool for West Wicklow. Any local Crafters, Artists, Bakers or Businesses interested in having a stall at the market please email at poolforWestWicklow@gmail.com

Annual Carol Service on Sunday 15th December in Church of Our Lady, Blessington

Valleymount Christmas Concert on Tuesday 17th December at 7.30pm in St Joseph’s Church Valleymount

 

St Vincent de Paul local number 087 181 1579

Issue 1278 October 20th 2019

Mission Sunday Collection at all Masses this weekend 19th & 20th Oct. replacing the Share Collection

Saturday 19th October 2019

Blessington Interfaith Visit to Bolton Abbey at the Cistercian Monastery, Moone, Co. Kildare. The cost is €30pp. Coffee & tea provided please bring a packed lunch. Info: Joan Griffith 087 970 4832; Gerry Curran 087 2841009.

Eadestown Church Choir “Songs for Saplings” with Patrick Hyland, (tenor) Aisling McCarthy (soprano) & The Ballymore Eustace Band in Eadestown Church at 8pm. €20

Sunday 20th October 2019

Children’s Church at 10 am Mass in Blessington, for children aged 6 to 10 years

Valleymount Country Market from 10am to 3pm in the Community Hall, Valleymount.

Vales around Cloughlea Mini Festival Manor Kilbride Hall 12 noon to 2.30pm. Tea, chat, songs & raffle. All welcome.  Admission free. Hosted by Kilbride & Lakeside Music Committee & Glen Heste Pure Mile Group

Monday 21st October 2019

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

Blessington Parish Office closed from 10am for Staff Training.

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

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

Tuesday 22nd October 2019

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 meet at 2.30pm in the Coimin Centre Blessington, new members welcome.

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

Wednesday 23rd October 2019

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

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

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

Blessington Parish Folk Group rehearsal every Wednesday at 8pm in the Church.

Thursday 24th October 2019

West Wicklow Cancer Support: Monthly drop-in  at 7.30pm in the Coimin Centre, Blessington. A special meditation hosted by Gemma Deeney. Free of Charge, all welcome and so feel free to bring a friend. Info: 087 434 6004 / Facebook / westwicklow15@gmail.com

Friday 25th October 2019

The Cruthú Art Group ANNUAL TABLE QUIZ will take place at 8pm in Hennessy’s Lounge.  €10 per player.  Max 5 per team.  Always a fun night.  All welcome

Mass Intentions this Week 

Kate O’Neill (RD) Nicola Sheehy (RD)

Saturday 6pm: Pat Dignam (A) Odie & Cissie Flanagan (A) Michael O’Brien (A) Kathleen & Willie Dunwoorth (A)

Sunday 10am: Alan Lunders (A) Michael Connolly (RD)

We also Remember the following:  Elizabeth O’Toole (A) Christy Mooney (A)

Monday: Mass for those on the list for Sick

Tuesday: Christy Mooney (A) Anne Power (RD)

Wednesday: Special Intention, Special Intention

Thursday: Special Intention, Special Intention

Friday: Blessington Deceased Mass Card List

The family of the late Shay Fitzsimons of Brittas & Donard, wish to acknowledge the huge expression of sympathy & kindness shown to the family, on our very sad loss of Shay. We are truly grateful to extended family, neighbours & friends for their continued emotional support, which has given the family great strength & comfort during our time of grief. For their cards, mass intentions & charitable donations, please accept our heartfelt thanks. A special thank you to The Staff of Tallaght & St Vincent’s Hospital, Fr Colin Rodey, Fr Kevin Lyon, Tony & Regina Clarke for their sensitive handling of Shays funeral arrangements. Finally a sincere thank you, to all Shays musician friends who shared their music & stories from over the years, which gave the family much comfort, peace & support at such a sad time. Mass will be offered for your intentions. Ar dheis De go raibh a anam, Ned, Cis & Family.

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

Mass of Harvest Thanksgiving & Blessing on Saturday October 26th at 7.30pm in Lacken. Donations of home-baking, fruit, veg & jam, welcome. All donated produce will be sold after Mass with proceeds going towards the maintenance & improvements of the church grounds. There will be a special blessing for our farming community & for all who work in the parish. Deacon Gerry will be calling to homes in the Lacken area to ‘Bless the Stock’ during the week of 21st to 26th October.

September Winners of Valleymount Draw Margaret & Mattie Brown, Angela & John Richardson, Oliver Stones, Mairead & Seamus Graham, Lizzie Brophy & Ivan Carroll. Each received €100.

November Mass of Remembrance for all our parishioners who died during the past year, will be held on Friday 1st November at 8pm. If you have a relative or friend who has died outside our parish & would like their name called out on the night, call the parish office with details

Blessington Library is bidding farewell to Margaret Birchall after 13 years on the staff of this branch.  Margaret is moving to Library Headquarters in Bray as a Senior Executive Librarian for Co. Wicklow, To mark her departure, celebrate her success, & wish her well, the staff of Blessington Library invite all our friends & customers to join her for a cup of tea & cake on Wednesday 23rd October.  We are open from 10 till 5 p.m. & we will keep the kettle on the boil all day.

Blessington Community College Parent’s Council will be holding their AGM at 7.30pm on Mon 21st October in the school. All parents welcome & encouraged to attend.

Calling all Ex-Students of St Brigid’s National School of Manor Kilbride.  You are invited to come to our 60’s Assembly in celebration of the school being fifty years old in St Brigid’s National School on Friday 8th November from 11.30am to 12.30. Dress: 60’s!! Come along for a few songs, stories & a few memories & maybe a few sandwiches!!

The Parish Book Club meets 4 times a year.  The group originated out of the Croí Nua Celtic Spirituality course which ran in the Parish a few years ago.  The books chosen for review are varied and are of spiritual and philosophical interest.  We notify the book under review here in the newsletter.  Our next meeting is on Thursday 21st November at 10am in The Parish Meeting Room.  The book is ‘Traveling Mercies’ by Anne Lamott.  New members are always welcome.  Please contact the Parish Office if you are interested and would like to go on the text reminder list.

Appeal to parishioners to join the Parish Pastoral Council (PPC) which has been running since 2005. This is an opportunity for parishioners to be involved in helping with the pastoral needs of the Parish. The PPC needs new members with new ideas. This is not an elite group of people; this is for everyone in the parish, it is an essential group for the well-being of the parish. Meetings are held on the 2nd Thursday of every month at 8pm in the Coimín Centre (approx 10 meetings a year) Various issues discussed to do with the pastoral needs of the parish eg: Easter & Christmas & other Liturgical events in the year. This group are not involved in the parish finances or building projects in the parish. In the current climate with the diminishing number of priests it is even more important to have lay people involved in the parish. For further information, please contact the parish office by phone: 045 865 327 or email: office@blessington.info

GROW Community Mental Health “West Wicklow” Support Group meets every Wednesday at 7.30pm in Camphill, Grangebeg, Dunlavin,Co Wicklow (border of Kildare).   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).  Contact John 086 803 3126 or visit our website, www.grow.ie for further information & different meeting venues.

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

AXA Community Bike Rides for beginners will leave Blessington Square each Wednesday morning at 10.30am for a very leisurely 12Km spin. More details and register at www.axacommunitybikerides.com

Mini-Rugby for Tots for Under 5 (2013) & Under 6 (2014) in St Kevin’s Community Centre, Blessington every Saturday at 10:15am for boys & girls’

Rugby at Russborough for U7s (2013) to U12s (2008) boys & girls this Sat 5th Oct at 11:30

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

BLESSINGTON MILLENNIUM CHOIR

In 1999, an interfaith discussion led by Fr Tim Murphy & Rev Nigel Dunne concluded that the foundation of an ecumenical choir would be one appropriate way to celebrate the Christian Millennium in our parishes.

Blessington Millennium Choir was born,

under the musical direction of Yvonne O’Connor with accompanist Ruarc Gahan.

On Sunday 8th December 2019,

the choir proudly celebrates its twentieth anniversary with a major concert in St Mary’s Church in Blessington.

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) will be available from The Parish Office from 1st November.

In addition to this concert, Harry Meyer has compiled a book of photographs, programmes & interviews tracing the history of the choir since its foundation.

Supporters of the choir & former members may be interested in having a copy of this book.

It runs to approximately 100 pages, in colour, & will cost €40.  It would make an ideal Christmas Present!

If you would like to reserve a copy, please contact a member of the choir or leave a note in the Parish office for Harry’s attention.

Thank you for all your support down the years!

December Dates for your Diary

Hollywood Senior Citizens Committee are holding a Mini Christmas Fair on weekend 30th November & 1st December after all Masses. Crafts & Christmas Fayre.

Variety Concert on Sun 1st December in Church of Our Lady Blessington

As part of Russborough’s Oscar Wilde Christmas join us on for ‘An Evening with Oscar Wilde’ on Dec 6th at 7pm. Compiled & performed by Richard Lynch, share Wilde’s sparkling humour & wit, tinged with a certain pity & sadness.  Tickets €15. Booking 045 865 239 or www.russborough.ie

Community Pool for West Wicklow are delighted to announce that we will be hosting a Christmas Market in the Hippodrome at Russborough House on Dec 7th from 12pm to 4pm. Come & do some Christmas shopping, visit Santa, enjoy a mince pie or two all while supporting the campaign for a pool for West Wicklow. Any local Crafters, Artists, Bakers or Businesses interested in having a stall at the market please email at poolforWestWicklow@gmail.com

Annual Carol Service on Sunday 15th December in Church of Our Lady, Blessington

Valleymount Christmas Concert on Tuesday 17th December at 7.30pm in St Joseph’s Church Valleymount

 

Issue 1277 October 13th 2019

Photo Exhibition of the work of Colman Doyle in Valleymount Hall Fri 11th Oct at 8pm & Sat 12th/Sun 13th Oct from 12noon to 5pm.

Saturday 12th October 2019

Sacrament of the Sick & Healing Mass at 12 noon in Church of Our Lady, Blessington.

Tea & coffee served in the Coimín Centre

Sunday 13th October 2019

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

Monday 14th October 2019

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

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

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

Tuesday 15th October 2019

Blessington U3A welcome Denis Keogh to present a talk based on the workings of the universe: “It’s Your Wonderful Universe” at 10:30am in The Education Centre, Blessington

All welcome, €5pp or €20 for full membership

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

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

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

Blessington Community College Open Night for all incoming first years in 2020 from 6pm to 8pm. All Welcome

Wednesday 16th October 2019

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

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

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

Blessington Parish Folk Group rehearsal every Wednesday at 8pm in the Church.

Thursday 17th October 2019

Meeting for Parents of Confirmation children in Valleymount & Lacken schools will take place at 8pm in Valleymount Church

West Wicklow Cancer Support Invite you to a Breast Cancer Awareness event “In conversation with RTE’s Evelyn O’Rourke & special guests” at 7.30pm in The Avon Blessington.  Free event open to all, Bus available for collect & return €2 each. Bus booking no: 086 434 6004 or 087 977 4241.

Blessington History Society will host a talk given by Dr Patrick Callan on ‘The History of Glasnevin Cemetery’ at 8pm in Coimín Centre. New Members welcome Non-Members €5

Mass Intentions this Week

Saturday 6pm: James Byrne (A) John & Bridie Richardson (A) Paddy Nolan (A) Ann Smyth (A) Annie Fennell (A) Margaret Murphy (A)

Sunday 10am: Rosanna Wright (A) Betty Tyrrell (A)

We also Remember the following:  Michael & Thomas Fitzpatrick (A)

Monday: Mass for those on the list for Sick

Tuesday: Special Int, Cecil Smiley (RD) Canon Maurice O’Moore (RD)

Wednesday: Birthday Rem, Rosanna Wright (A)

Thursday: Margaret Murphy (A) Sean Tighe (RD)

Friday: Jim Sargent (RD) Doreena Kavanagh (RD)

The family of the late Mary (Marie) Brady of Glashina, Russborough wish to acknowledge the many expressions of sympathy & gestures of kindness shown to us following our sad loss.   We offer our heartfelt thanks to those who attended the funeral home, funeral Mass & burial & to those who travelled long distances, those who sent Mass cards & messages of condolences or contributed to the charity donation.  We would like to thank Dr. Joyce, the community nurses & Deacon Gerry Malone who attended to her.  A special thank you to Fr. Noel Campbell, the Eucharistic Ministers & singer Lorraine for the lovely Mass they provided.   Sincere thanks also to Regina & Tony Clarke for their kindness & professionalism. The Holy Sacrifice of the Mass will be offered for your intentions.

Mission Sunday collection at all Masses next weekend 19th & 20th Oct. replacing Share

Children’s Church on Sun Oct 20th at 10 am Mass in Blessington

Blessington Interfaith Visit to Bolton Abbey, Sat 19th Oct. You may like to spend a day of reflection, relaxation & prayer in the peaceful surroundings of the Cistercian monastery in Bolton Abbey, Moone, Co. Kildare. As places are limited, early booking is advisable. The cost is €30 per person. Coffee & tea will be provided but please bring a packed lunch. Info: Joan Griffith 087 970 4832; Grainne Glancy 087 125 3190; Anton Trant 086 3389553; Gerry Curran 087 2841009.

Mass of Remembrance for all our parishioners who died during the past year, will be held on Friday 1st November at 8pm. If you have a relative or friend who has died outside our parish & would like their name called out on the night, call to parish office with details.

Mass of Harvest Thanksgiving & Blessing on Saturday October 26th at 7.30pm in Lacken. Donations of home-baking, fruit, veg & jam, welcome. All donated produce will be sold after Mass with proceeds going towards the maintenance & improvements of the church grounds. There will be a special blessing for our farming community & for all who work in the parish. Deacon Gerry will be calling to homes  in the Lacken area to ‘Bless the Stock’ during the week of 21st to 26th October.

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

SPECIAL NOVENA “FOR OUR FAMILIES”

Join us for this special celebration of Family Life & Faith from 15th to 23rd October in Holy Family Church, Rathcoole. Sessions 7pm to 8pm each evening

Novena to Saints Therese, Louis & Zelie Martin with visits of their relics.

Talks by 12 lay people & 2 priests on Faith, Loss, Addiction, Vocation, Health & Healing.

October Rosary 6.30pm before each session.

Come for just 1 night or stay for all 9…

Reconciliation Service Monday 21st October

9 Hours of Adoration in the presence of the relics on Wednesday 23rd from 10am to 7pm

Final Mass (with Relics) on Wednesday 23rd for all the intentions of the Novena.

Refreshments in Rathcoole Community Centre after each session. All welcome!

This unique event is not to be missed. For more info call Fr. Colin 01 401 1753

December Dates for your Diary

Hollywood Senior Citizens Committee are holding a Mini Christmas Fair on weekend 30th November & 1st December after all Masses. Crafts & Christmas Fayre.

Variety Concert on Sun 1st December in Church of Our Lady Blessington

As part of Russborough’s Oscar Wilde Christmas join us on for ‘An Evening with Oscar Wilde’ on Dec 6th at 7pm. Compiled & performed by Richard Lynch, share Wilde’s sparkling humour & wit, tinged with a certain pity & sadness.  Tickets €15. Booking 045 865 239 or www.russborough.ie

Community Pool for West Wicklow are delighted to announce that we will be hosting a Christmas Market in the Hippodrome at Russborough House on Dec 7th from 12pm to 4pm. Come & do some Christmas shopping, visit Santa, enjoy a mince pie or two all while supporting the campaign for a pool for West Wicklow. Any local Crafters, Artists, Bakers or Businesses interested in having a stall at the market please email at poolforWestWicklow@gmail.com

Valleymount Christmas Concert on Tuesday 17th December at 7.30pm in St Joseph’s Church Valleymount

Condolences to the family & many friends of the late Cecil Smiley in Hollywood. Cecil was part of The Hollywood Community for over 40 years. We are eternally grateful for his dedication to St. Kevin’s Church, opening & locking the Church, cleaning the brassware etc…Cecil was a true gentleman…may his gentle soul be at peace. Amen

Blessington & District Credit Union Ltd. Supporting CUPS AGAINST BREAST CANCER. Coffee Morning on Wednesday 16th October in Blessington Credit Union from 10am to 1pm. Please come along & support this wonderful cause. Tea, coffee, cake & lots of chat & laughs. Everybody welcome.

CAD = Community Against Drugs. This is a very important meeting for Parents, Guardians, Mentors. If you “Care be There” Hollywood Centre on 16th Oct at 7.30pm. Speaker Bernie McDonnell, MSc Chairperson CAD

Anam Cara supporting bereaved parents, are holding a Parent Support Event on 14th Oct at 7:20pm in the Maldron Hotel, Tallaght. Free event open to all bereaved parents regardless of the age your child died, the circumstances of their death, or whether their death was recent or not.

The Cruthú Art Group ANNUAL TABLE QUIZ will take place Fri 18th Oct at 8pm in Hennessy’s Lounge.  €10 per player.  Max 5 per team.  Always a fun night.  All welcome

Eadestown Church Choir presents “Songs for Saplings” featuring Patrick Hyland, (tenor) Aisling McCarthy (soprano) & The Ballymore Eustace Concert Band in Church of the Immaculate Conception, Eadestown on Saturday 19th October 8pm. Tickets €20 available from Barker & Jones & The Moat Theatre, Naas, The Office Shop Blessington or from choir members 

Come & Celebrate our Cultural Heritage

VALES AROUND CLOUGHLEA MINI FESTIVAL

Sunday 20th October in Manor Kilbride Hall from 12 noon to 2.30pm

Local history lecture by June Blake

Old time music by members of Mór Ceól & members of Kilbride & Lakeside Music

Tea, chat & songs & Raffle. All welcome.  Admission free

Hosted by Kilbride & Lakeside Music Committee & Glen Heste Pure Mile Group

The Proceeds of €350 from the Hollywood Social Dances is being donated to LauraLynn Children’s Hospice. Grateful thanks Nicholas & Susan Kelly for organising this.

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

Mini-Rugby for Tots for Under 5 (2013) & Under 6 (2014) in St Kevin’s Community Centre, Blessington every Saturday at 10:15am for boys & girls’

Rugby at Russborough for U7s (2013) to U12s (2008) boys & girls this Sat 5th Oct at 11:30

BLESSINGTON MILLENNIUM CHOIR – In 1999, an interfaith discussion led by Fr Tim Murphy & Rev Nigel Dunne concluded that the foundation of an ecumenical choir would be one appropriate way to celebrate the Christian Millennium in our parishes.  Blessington Millennium Choir was born, under the musical direction of Yvonne O’Connor with accompanist Ruarc Gahan.

On Sunday 8th December 2019, the choir proudly celebrates its twentieth anniversary with a major concert in St Mary’s Church in Blessington. 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) will be available from The Parish Office from 1st November.

In addition to this concert, Harry Meyer has compiled a book of photographs, programmes & interviews tracing the history of the choir since its foundation.  Supporters of the choir & former members may be interested in having a copy of this book. It runs to approximately 100 pages, in colour, & will cost €40.  It would make an ideal Christmas Present!  If you would like to reserve a copy, please contact a member of the choir or leave a note in the Parish office for Harry’s attention. Thank you for all your support down the years!

Team Aoibheann Blessington, would like to thank everyone for all the support given to our Aoibheann’s Pink Tie Coffee Morning, with your help & generosity we raised a massive €8097, we are blessed to be part of such a wonderful caring community. Check out APT on Facebook https//aoibheannspinktie.ie

Are you interest in becoming a volunteer with the Blessington Community First Responder Unit?

We will be running an induction session shortly. During this course we will run a full CPR/AED training session & have a Q & A session where you will be given the opportunity to ask what exactly is involved & expected of our volunteers. Successful/suitable candidates will be offered one of the limited places on a full days CFR training session to be held late in the year. Candidates must be:

  • Be at least 18 years of age and in good health
  • Live within 5km of the centre of Blessington
  • Have own transport & able to provide letter from insurance company confirming that their policy

covers your activities as a CFR

  • Willing to complete all online courses required by the National Ambulance Service including but not limited to Children First & Critical Incident Stress Mgt
  • Willing to provide cover on a rostered basis including weekends & nights
  • Be willing to be Garda vetted
  • Willing to attend monthly training sessions (Min 10 per year)
  • Complete & comply with all required National Ambulance Service policies
  • Complete all required BCFRU paperwork

PM us on Facebook your e-mail address & contact number if you want to attend the introduction day alternatively text 087 278 5924. Places will be limited so register early.

Carer’s Information Workshop

Do you care for an adult in your life & need a little guidance or advice? Come to our information day in Blessington

The objective of the day is to provide people who are caring for someone with useful information. Some of the topics include:

  • Fair Deal, entitlements & supports, future planning
  • Opening your lives to professionals such as social workers, nurses, psychologists, OT’s & physiotherapists & navigating this new system
  • Managing your own self-care & coping with stress. Enjoy an on-site mindfulness session with the team.
  • Provide a space for people to chat about certain aspects of caring & ask questions in a safe & confidential environment.

The Primary care team & experts from relevant organisations will be present to discuss certain topics. Thursday November 28th

Venue: Blessington Primary Care Centre (note change of venue, from previously advertised)

To express interest in attending please contact: Joan 045 446 356, Fiona 059 863 3551 or Kate 045 446 353

Issue 1276 October 6th 2019

Sunday 6th October 2019

Children’s Church resuming at 10am Mass for all children aged 5 to 10 years

Valleymount Country Market in the Community Hall from 10am to 3pm

Monday 7th October 2019

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

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

Blessington Children’s Choir practice 2:45pm to 3.30pm in the Church. New members welcome. We really need a MUSICIAN TO PLAY for the choir: please call Áine 045 865 327 in the Parish Office

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

Meeting for Parents of Confirmation children in Valleymount & Lacken schools will take place at 8pm in Valleymount Church

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

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

Tuesday 8th October 2019

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 meet at 2.30pm in the Coimin Centre Blessington, new members welcome.

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

Wednesday 9th October 2019

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

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

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

Blessington Parish Folk Group rehearsal every Wednesday night at 8pm in the Church. Come along and join us.

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

Thursday 10th October 2019

1st Communion Preparation Mass for Lacken School at 11.30am Lacken Church

Coimin Management Meeting 7pm

Blessington PPC Meeting 8pm

Mass Intentions this Week

Canon Maurice O’Moore (RD) Patricia Lynch (RD) May Roberts (RD)

Saturday 6pm:

Eugene Fennell (Mths Mind) Pauline Shannon (A) Vincent O’Hora (2nd A)

Sunday 10am: David Clarke (A) Vincent Bohan (Birthday Rem) Ita & Dan McCarthy (A)

We also Remember the following:  Michael Tully (Jnr) (A) John Kavanagh (A) Tommy Horan (30th A)

Monday: Mass for those on the list for Sick

Tuesday: Michael Tully (Jnr) (A) Birthday Rem

Wednesday: Get Well, Special Intention

Thursday: Lena Goonan (RD)Terry Potts (RD)

Friday: Daniel Grimes (RD) Thanksgiving

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

Novena to Our Lady of Perpetual Help from Fri 4th to Sat 12th Oct in the Parish Church of Our Lady & St. David, Naas. (Weekdays 7.30pm – Sat & Sun 6pm), The Novena is both an opportunity & a challenge. It will be an activity-packed week hopefully offering something for everyone to engage with. Speakers from all walks of life & their messages will be contemporary, relevant & challenging. See Church Notice Board

Photo Exhibition of the work of Colman Doyle in Valleymount Hall Fri 11th Oct at 8pm & Sat 12th/Sun 13th Oct from 12noon to 5pm. Colman Doyle was an Irish Press photographer from 1951 & won several awards for his work.

Sacrament of the Sick & Healing Mass on Saturday 12th October at 12 noon in Church of Our Lady, Blessington.

There will be tea & coffee served in the Coimin Centre after Mass.

DATES FOR YOUR DIARY

Blessington Interfaith Visit to Bolton Abbey for a quiet day of reflection, relaxation & prayer on Sat 19th Oct. €30pp,

Further Info from Parish Office: 045 865 327

Mass of Harvest Thanksgiving & Blessing on Sat 26th Oct at 7.30pm in Lacken Church

Variety Concert on Sun 1st December in Church of Our Lady Blessington

Valleymount Christmas Concert on Tuesday 17th December at 7.30pm in St Joseph’s Church Valleymount

Are you interest in becoming a volunteer with the Blessington Community First Responder Unit?

We will be running an induction session shortly. During this course we will run a full CPR/AED training session & have a Q & A session where you will be given the opportunity to ask what exactly is involved & expected of our volunteers. Successful/suitable candidates will be offered one of the limited places on a full days CFR training session to be held late in the year. Candidates must be:

  • Be at least 18 years of age and in good health
  • Live within 5km of the centre of Blessington
  • Have own transport & able to provide letter from insurance company confirming that their policy

covers your activities as a CFR

  • Willing to complete all online courses required by the National Ambulance Service including but not limited to Children First & Critical Incident Stress Management
  • Willing to provide cover on a rostered basis including weekends & nights
  • Be willing to be Garda vetted
  • Willing to attend monthly training sessions (Min 10 per year)
  • Complete & comply with all required National Ambulance Service policies
  • Complete all required BCFRU paperwork

PM us on Facebook your e-mail address & contact number if you want to attend the introduction day alternatively text 087 278 5924. Places will be limited so register early.

Come & Celebrate our Cultural Heritage

VALES AROUND CLOUGHLEA MINI FESTIVAL Sunday 20th October in Manor Kilbride Hall 12 noon to 2.30pm

Local history lecture by June Blake

Old time music by members of Mór Ceól & members of Kilbride & Lakeside Music

Tea, chat & songs & a Raffle.

All welcome.  Admission free. Hosted by Kilbride & Lakeside Music Committee & Glen Heste Pure Mile Group

Open Day – Rockbrook Park Secondary School for boys, Dublin 16. Sunday 6th October at 3 pm. All welcome on the day. Enrolling now for 2020 to 2024. www.rockbrook.ie

West Wicklow Cancer Support have a signed GAA Dublin All Ireland Champions jersey for auction! If you would like to own this splendid piece of memorabilia, call or email: 087 4346004 or westwicklow15@gmail.com

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.

Anam Cara supporting bereaved parents, are holding a Parent Support Event on 7th Oct at 7:20pm in the Maldron Hotel, Tallaght. Free event open to all bereaved parents regardless of the age your child died, the circumstances of their death, or whether their death was recent or not.

Panto 2020 Auditions!  BMDS (Blessington Musical & Dramatic Society) are calling out for actors / actresses to audition for our upcoming panto in January 2020! No experience necessary but enthusiasm & energy required! Auditions on Sun 6th Oct at 3pm & Wed 9th Oct at 9pm in The Tramway Theatre Blessington.

Car Boot Sale (Des Redmond Charities) in St. Kevin’s Hall on Sunday 13th Oct from 7am to 4pm. €10 per table, Free Car Park, Tea & Coffee.

Kill Musical & Dramatic Society are proud to bring you John B. Keane’s “The Field” in The Dew Drop Inn, Kill from 9th to 12th Oct at 8pm. Directed by Laura Sheehan. You’re in for a great night of drama!  Tickets on sale through the Facebook event page (via Eventbrite) a limited number may be available at the door.

The Cruthú Art Group ANNUAL TABLE QUIZ will take place Fri 18th Oct at 8pm in Hennessy’s Lounge.  €10 per player.  Max 5 per team.  Always a fun night.  All welcome

Eadestown Church Choir presents “Songs for Saplings” featuring Patrick Hyland, (tenor) Aisling McCarthy (soprano) & The Ballymore Eustace Concert Band in Church of the Immaculate Conception, Eadestown on Saturday 19th October 8pm. Tickets €20 available from Barker & Jones & The Moat Theatre, Naas, The Office Shop Blessington or from choir members.

West Wicklow Cancer Support – Volunteers – Have you some free time? Would you like to volunteer with West Wicklow Cancer Support? Caring for those in the West Wicklow area for the past 5 years providing support & information to those affected by cancer & to their families, we are looking for a Volunteer Bookkeeper to look after our day to day books. If this interests you, we would like to hear from you.  Volunteers will be fully supported by our caring & confidential team. Contact us on 087 434 6004 westwicklow15@gmail.com or on Facebook

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

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

Congratulations to Leah Auld being selected for the Irish badminton team. Playing the Irish Graded International, Saturday 5th October. Best of luck from everyone.

The Blessington Community College Parent’s Council would like to thank everyone who supported their recent bag pack in Dunnes Stores. Thank you also to the parents, teachers & students who gave their time & helped raise the very respectable sum of €1169.85. Well done all!

Local St Vincent de Paul 087 181 1579

 

Issue 1275 September 29th 2019

The Irish Heart Foundation will hold a Church Gate Collection this weekend 28th & 29th September

Sunday 29th September 2019

Children’s Church resuming at 10am Mass for all children aged 5 to 10 years

Valleymount Country Market in the Community Hall from 10am to 3pm

Monday 30th September 2019

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

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

Confirmation 2020 Information meeting for Parents of all children in 6th Class St Mary’s JS and 5th& 6th classes in No. 1 School & BETNS who wish to receive the sacrament of Confirmation, will take place at 7.30pm in Church of Our Lady, Blessington

Burgage Cemetery AGM will take place at 8pm in the Coimín Centre, Blessington. All are welcome to attend.

Tuesday 1st October 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 2nd October 2019

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

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

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

Thursday 3rd October 2019

Hospice Coffee Morning Blessington Active Retirement Group will host a coffee morning in aid of St. Bridget’s Hospice, Kildare, in St Kevin’s Hall 9.30am to 12.30pm. Donations for the raffle may be left into the Parish office.

Friday 4th October 2019

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

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

1st Friday Mass in Manor Kilbride at 9am.

1st Friday Mass in Valleymount at 11.15am

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

Padre Pio Mass at 8pm in Blessington. The mitten will be available during Mass

Mass Intentions this Week

Philip Gallagher (RD) James Sargent (RD) Jimmy Gallagher (RD)

Saturday 6pm: Michael Doran (A) Helen Patton (RD)

Sunday 10am Olive Williams (1st A) Christy Williams (A) Margo Foley (RD)

We also Remember the following:  Christy Brady (A) Nora Swift (1st A) Tom McGreal Jnr (A) Jimmy Keogh (A)

Monday: Mass for those on the list for Sick

Tuesday: Carol Verrecchia (10th A) Julia Duffy (A)

Wednesday: Get Well Mass, Sp Intentions

Thursday: Sean & Annie Newman (A) Joseph Kearns (RD)

Friday: Mass offered for Altar List of the Dead

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

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

Blessington and District Forum will hold its AGM on Monday 14th October.

Venue & time to be confirmed.

Nominations are currently being accepted for (i) membership of the Forum and

(ii) for positions on the Forum Executive. Closing date for nominations is Friday 20th September at 5pm.

Nominations or requests for further information should be sent via email to the secretary using info@blessington.ie.  Further details at www.blessington.ie

Blessington Comhaltas Classes in Bodhran, Concertina, Accordion, Whistle, Flute, Beginner Fiddle, Intermediate Fiddle, Tune Classes, Guitar Lessons, Singing Classes, Ceili Band. Classes begin on Sunday 29th Sept from 5pm in St. Mary’s SNS Info Pat 086 075 2072 or Rebecca 087 228 2012 Facebook: Blessington Comhaltas. www.blessingtoncomhaltascoislocha@gmail.com

The Cruthú Art Group ANNUAL TABLE QUIZ will take place Fri 18th Oct at 8pm in Hennessy’s Lounge.  €10 per player.  Max 5 per team.  Always a fun night.  All welcome

West Wicklow Cancer Support have a signed GAA Dublin All Ireland Champions jersey for auction! If you would like to own this splendid piece of memorabilia, call or email: 087 4346004 or westwicklow15@gmail.com

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

Hospice Coffee Day in Hollywood raised €600 for St. Brigid’s Hospice in the Curragh.  If you missed being there on the day, contributions can still be made to Sheila Kelly, Teresa McCabe or Marie Tutty. Thanks to all who supported. Raffle Winners: Kevin Traynor, Eileen Burke, Lucy Mooney, Trish Kelly

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.

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

Blessington Fencing Club are participating in a Fencing Ireland Campaign to bring fencing to the public. They will be offering free fencing on Saturday 28th September from 2pm to 4 pm in St Kevin’s Hall, Blessington. 8 – 99-year olds very welcome!! They have also started an Adult beginners’ class on Tuesday evenings from 8pm to 9pm

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

Come & Celebrate our Cultural Heritage

VALES AROUND CLOUGHLEA MINI FESTIVAL

Sunday 20th October in Manor Kilbride Hall from 12 noon to 2.30pm

LOCAL HISTORY LECTURE By June Blake

OLD TIME MUSIC by members of Mór Ceól & members of Kilbride & Lakeside Music

TEA, CHAT & SONGS & Raffle. All welcome.  Admission free

HOSTED BY KILBRIDE & LAKESIDE MUSIC COMMITTEE & GLEN HESTE PURE MILE GROUP.

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

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

Community Education KWETB courses in Naas Further Education Centre, Jigginstown

Women’s Health and Wellbeing

how society treats women & responds to their health issues

Essential Community Education

learn how to start and facilitate groups 

On Truck there is so much to explore after retirement

Facebook KWETB Community Education. To register call 045,881,863 or email communityedkildare@kwetb.ie for further details.

 

If they want to grow in His friendship,  Jesus’ disciples must not complain & look inward.  They must act and commit themselves, certain that the Lord will support and accompany them. Pope Francis

 

Local St Vincent de Paul 087 181 1579

 

 

 

Issue 1274 September 22nd 2019

The Irish Heart Foundation will hold a Church Gate Collection next weekend 28th & 29th September

Monday 23rd September 2019

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

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

Tuesday 24th September 2019

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

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

Wednesday 25th September 2019

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

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

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

Thursday 26th September 2019

The Parish Book Club will meet at 10am in Crying Room.  The book for review is ‘Quest for the living God’ by Elizabeth Johnson.  All welcome to attend.

West Wicklow Cancer Support – Drop in Meeting, “Have you been touched by Cancer, Self-care & making time for you” An evening of meditation, stillness & mindfulness into everyday living to achieve greater peace of mind & freedom. Hosted by artist & therapist Margot Ussher. at 7.30pm, Coimín Centre, Blessington. No charge, all are welcome & do feel free to bring a friend. Call: 087 4346004 westwicklow15@gmail.com

Mass Intentions this Week

Gerard O’Dwyer (RD)

Saturday 6pm: Billy Hamilton (A)

Karen Colgan (A) Tony Hughes (A)

Sunday 10am: Sheila Zellar (Mths Mind)

Tom Fitzharris (1st A) Eileen Jones (A)

Charles Doran (A) Masie Hopkins (A)

We also Remember the following:

John, Julia & Sean Carroll (A) Rose Balfe (A Rose Hastings (A) Teddy Shirran (A) Colm & Nuala O’Donnell (A) Mary Smith (A)

Monday: Mass for those on the list for Sick

Tuesday: Colm & Nuala O’Donnell (A) Lily Burke Rose Balfe (A)

Wednesday: Stanley Cosgrave (RD) Winnie Cowley (RD)

Thursday: May Kennedy (A) Rita Reid (RD)

Friday: Blessington Deceased Mass Card List

The family of the late Michael Kennedy wishes to acknowledge the many expressions of sympathy & gestures of kindness shown to us following our sad loss. We offer our heartfelt thanks to family, friends & neighbours who attended the funeral home, funeral mass & burial & those who sent mass cards, we thank them sincerely. We would like to thank Fr Kevin Lyon & Deacon Gerry Malone for the lovely mass they provided.  A special word of thanks to Ashley Lodge Nursing home, Co Kildare for their dedication & loving care shown towards Michael. Lastly, I would like to thank Clarkes Funeral home for their professional service & support during this sad time.  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.

Dates for your diary

Children’s Church will resume next weekend Sunday Sept 29th at 10am Mass for all children aged 5 to 10 years.

Confirmation 2020 Information meeting for Parents of all children in 6th Class St Mary’s JS and 5th& 6th classes in No. 1 School & BETNS who wish to receive Confirmation will take place on Mon 30th September at 7.30pm in Church of Our Lady, Blessington

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

Hospice Coffee Morning Blessington Active Retirement Group will host a coffee morning in aid of St. Bridget’s Hospice, Kildare, on Tuesday 3rd October in St Kevin’s Hall 9.30am to 12.30pm. Donations for the raffle may be left into the Parish office

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

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

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

Blessington Fencing Club are participating in a Fencing Ireland Campaign to bring fencing to the public. They will be offering free fencing on Saturday 28th September from 2pm to 4 pm in St Kevin’s Hall, Blessington. 8 – 99-year olds very welcome!! They have also started an Adult beginners’ class on Tuesday evenings from 8pm to 9pm.

Valleymount Country Market in the Community Hall from 10am to 3pm on Sunday 29th September.

Blessington Comhaltas Classes in Bodhran, Concertina, Accordion, Whistle, Flute, Beginner Fiddle, Intermediate Fiddle, Tune Classes, Guitar Lessons, Singing Classes, Ceili Band. Classes begin on Sunday 29th Sept from 5pm in St. Mary’s SNS (Tramway Theatre) many thanks to Gerry Browne, Principal, for his support & encouragement… Bigi Linn. Info Pat 086 075 2072 / Rebecca 087 228 2012 www.blessingtoncomhaltascoislocha@gmail.com or Facebook: Blessington Comhaltas.

Blessington Fire-Fighters would like to thank all those who turned out to support our charity car wash in aid of Aoibheann’s pink tie. A total of €1600 was raised. All Fire stations in Wicklow raised a total of €13,000 on the day. A big Thank you to our sponsors- Gerry O’Neill (Signs) Omega Bearings, CJ Autos and Aldi

West Wicklow Cancer Support have a signed GAA Dublin All Ireland Champions jersey for auction! If you would like to own this splendid piece of memorabilia, call or email: 087 4346004 or westwicklow15@gmail.com

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

The Cruthú Art Group ANNUAL TABLE QUIZ will take place Fri 18th Oct at 8pm in Hennessy’s Lounge.  €10 per player.  Max 5 per team.  Always a fun night.  All welcome

The Irish Pilgrimage Trust are seeking applications for young people to travel to Lourdes with us next Easter. We welcome applications from young people with

  • A physical disability or illness (aged 11-30)
  • A learning disability (aged 11-30)
  • A serious illness up age 11 (accomp by a parent/guardian)

Forms & further info available at www.irishpilgrimagetrust.ie or through our office in Galway on 091 796 622. There is no cost for guests to travel with the Trust. All volunteer carers pay their own fare & fundraise throughout the year to cover the cost of the guests.

The Irish Pilgrimage Trust are holding a fundraising event to cover costs of their special needs guests for the 2020 Easter Pilgrimage. The Songs & Poems of Percy French concert will be held in Westmanstown Clonsilla, on Oct 16th Please contact Jen on 087 124 2134 for further informatio

Blessington Comhaltas invite you to “The Shed Sessions” on Culture Night, Friday 20th Sept from 5pm to 8pm in the Men’s Shed, Old Library, Blessington. Drop in for a tune or song, all welcome. Info: 086 075 2072

West Wicklow Voices “The French Connection” St Joseph’s Church, Baltinglass on Culture Night Friday 20th September from 7.30pm to 9pm. Admission Free.

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

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

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.

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

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

Winners of the Valleymount Draw in aid of Church Renovation fund are Caroline & Mick Maguire, Mary Fitzpatrick, Jimmy Byrne, Corinn & Leo O Connor, Fiona & Tom Guing. Each received €100

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

 

 

Issue 1273 September 15th 2019

Parish Mission Appeal

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

Saturday 14th September 2019

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

Monday 16th September 2019

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

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

Tuesday 17th September 2019

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

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

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

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

Wednesday 18th September 2019

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

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

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

Thursday 19th September 2019

First Communion and First Penance 2020

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

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

Mass Intentions this Week Rita Reid (RD)

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

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

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

Monday: Mass for those on the list for Sick

Tuesday: Sp Living Int, Intentions Mass

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Local St Vincent de Paul 087 181 1579