Issue 1303 April 26th 2020

Saturday 25th April 2020

Mass at 6.30pm via webcam on www.blessingtonparish.ie

Sunday 26th April 2020

Sunday Mass at 10am via webcam on www.blessingtonparish.ie

Thursday 30th April 2020

Deacon Gerry will lead a Holy Hour of Prayer and Benediction via Webcam from 7.30pm to 8pm from Church of Our Lady Blessington. Log in for an hour of prayer, music and reflection.

Friday 1st May 2020

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

Mass Intentions this Week

Eileen McGreal (RD) Billy Brady (RD) Elizabeth Bevan (RD) Bridget (Biddy) Fallon (RD)

Saturday 6pm: Maisie Brown (A) Molly Keogh (A)

Sunday 10am: Dora Tully (A) Jack (John) Murphy (A)

We also Remember the following:

Monday: Mass for those on list for Sick

Tuesday: John Magee (RD) Bridget Maher (RD)

Wednesday: Eileen McGreal (RD) Sheila Gallagher (RD)

Thursday: Darragh Keogh (1st A) Sheila Moran (RD)

Friday: Mass offered for all on the November Altar List of the Dead

Blessington Parish Appeal – How to support your parish during  the current restrictions

You will be aware of our need to maintain an in-flow of funds at the present to help us meet payments and expenses: insurance, heat & light, church expenses, maintenance, staff expenses, Priests salaries & the running of the COIMIN CENTRE.

“THANK YOU” to those who are supporting the parish through standing orders and the Neighbourhood Collection.

We now have a DONATE button on our website for those who would like to contribute. Fill in your details, plus the amount of you wish to donate and your donation will go directly into the parish account. It is a quick and secure way to contribute to the parish.

If you experience any difficulties, please phone the parish office who will assist you.

The DONATE button only went up last week and already a number of parishioners have found it an easy way to support the parish. Once again may I take this opportunity to thank you all for your generosity.

Fr. Richard

Starting from this Sunday, the Church will be open from 10am to 1pm each day to allow people to drop in for quiet prayer or to light a candle. There is a small area cordoned for this purpose. We will keep the area cleaned and disinfected but please use the HAND SANITISER as you enter & as you leave the Church..

The Parish Office is Closed to the Public. We are available by telephone or email  for Mass Bookings, Mass Cards & General Enquiries – Monday to Friday

Email: office@blessington.info Carol: 045 865 327 from 9am to 1pm Jean: 087 2350835 from 9am to 5pm

Follow Deacon Gerry’s Blog of prayerful resources & reflections: www.lenten.info or on  Blessington.info Facebook Page

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

Burgage Cemetery Mass 2020

In accordance with Government guidelines on public gatherings, the Annual Cemetery Mass at Burgage scheduled for Sunday 17th May at 3 PM has been cancelled a Memorial Remembrance Mass will be held on 17th May at 3pm in Church of our Lady, Blessington, Via Webcam only www.blessingtonparish.ie

Virtual Pilgrimage to Knock Archdiocese of Dublin – Sunday April 26th

In these times when travel is restricted, the internet can assist us to reach out to churches that we can temporarily no longer visit. We had planned to hold the Dublin Diocesan Pilgrimage to Knock on Sunday, but we cannot do so due to the government restrictions caused by COVID-19.

Instead, with the cooperation of our friends at Knock Shrine, we will hold a virtual pilgrimage commencing at 2.30pm with the Rosary & Mass will be celebrated at 3.00pm.

We would like to encourage as many people as possible to join us in prayer at this time, the virtual pilgrimage will give us an opportunity to pray through the intercession of Our Lady of Knock for all our intentions.  Please God, we will be in a position to visit Knock again in person in the not too distant future.

Join the pilgrimage from: https://www.knockshrine.ie/watch-live.html

2.30pm:            Rosary

3.00pm:            Pilgrimage Mass celebrated by the Rector of Knock Shrine, Fr Richard Gibbons

3.45pm:            Benediction

4.00pm:            Virtual visit to the Apparition Chapel

4.15pm:            Opportunity to place a petition, light a candle or have a Mass said online.

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

West Wicklow Cancer Support may be closed but they are still available to help. Call: 087 4346004 or westwicklow15@gmail.com with any enquiries.

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

Live Online Creative Writing courses available at https://www.cabin-fever.ie Classes held weekly using video sharing. Fun interactive and educational. Students will be able to submit their work and have it reviewed. Also an online Creative Writing competition see https://www.cabin-fever.ie for more details.

No lockdown on Messenger. The Messenger is still being printed and distributed monthly. However, some may find it hard to access it. Thus, we are offering a free digital subscription for three months. If you would like to receive this, please send an email to c.henry@messenger.ie, with message digital. their publications can be ordered at www.messenger.ie/bookshop

DONATE to the Parish Online

We are delighted to let you know that we have now got a facility for our parishioners to make donations to the Parish (Blessington Neighbourhood Collection, Crosschapel or Manor Kilbride) & to the Diocese through the Easter Dues & the 1st & 2nd Collection that are normally taken up at Mass. It is straightforward to use but if you need any help call Jean 087 235 0835 or Carol at Parish Office number 045 865 327 during the week

St Mary’ Schools & Blessington Parish Thursday 23rd April – Numbers drawn: 7, 9, 10, 15 Congratulations to the weekly prize winner of €25 – Jane Byrne. Jackpot not won. Info: Parish Office 045 865 327. The lotto draw is still taking place every Thursday at 8pm. Next  week’s Jackpot €1700

St Vincent de Paul local no: 087 181 1579

Please follow Blessington Parish on Facebook

https://www.facebook.com/blessington.info

 

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Call to our workshop at Millbank Blessington

or phone: Mick 045 865 487 or 086 843 8832 or

Gary 087 933 3487

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German Autoworks

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VW/Audi, Mercedes, Skoda, Seat, Opel

Call 087 286 3997 www.germanautoworks.ie

 

Blessington Airport Taxi – 087 255 7993

Standard Taxi €77 one way

Large 7-Seater €87 one way

Call Richard on 087 255 7993

Or email: richardmc.keever@yahoo.ie

 

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For a fast, friendly and efficient service call us today

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Call out Charge €75

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Clarkes Funeral Directors I.A.F.D.

Funeral Home & Office, Burgage, Blessington.

All areas serviced

Phone: Tony or Regina:

087 273 9048 / 087 659 6426

 

Noel Nolan Blessington Heating & Plumbing Service

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Issue 1302 April 19th 2020

Saturday 18th April 2020

Mass at 6.30pm via webcam on www.blessingtonparish.ie

Sunday 19th April 2020

Sunday Mass at 10am via webcam on www.blessingtonparish.ie

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

►Mary’ Schools & Blessington Parish Last week’s numbers: Jackpot not won. Numbers drawn: 3, 13, 21, 25 Congratulations to the weekly prize winner of €25 – John Paul Moran. Info: Parish Office 045 865 327. The lotto draw is still taking place every Thursday at 8pm. Next  week’s Jackpot €1625

Mass Intentions this Week

Adlof Wahl (RD) Patrick Maguire (RD) Norman Holmes (RD) Carmel Johnson (RD) Shay Keogh (RD)

Saturday 6pm: Fintan Byrne (A) Gretta Murphy (A)

Sunday 10am: Maisie Miley (1st A)  Michael (Mick) Fleming (1st A) Margaret, Thomas, Noeleen, and Peter O’Keefe (A)

We also Remember the following: Brian & Paddy Crickley (A)

Monday: Mass for those on list for Sick

Tuesday: George Allen (Mths Mind) Living Int, Thanksgiving

Wednesday: Joseph Nixon (A) Margaret Geoghegan (RD)

Thursday: Mattie Lennon (RD) Michael Fannon (RD)

Friday: Blessington Deceased Mass Card List

 The Parish Office is Closed to the Public however we are available by telephone or email  for Mass Bookings & General Enquiries Monday to Friday

Email: office@blessington.info

Carol: 045 865 327 from 9am to 1pm

Jean: 087 2350835 from 9am to 5pm

In accordance with Government guidelines on public gatherings, the Annual Cemetery Mass at Burgage scheduled for Sunday 17th May at 3 PM has been cancelled a Memorial Remembrance Mass will be held on 17th May at 3pm in Church of our Lady, Blessington, Via Webcam only www.blessingtonparish.ie

Follow Deacon Gerry’s Blog  of prayerful resources & reflections: www.lenten.info or on  Blessington.info Facebook Page

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

!!!! No lockdown on Messenger. The Messenger is still being printed and distributed monthly. However, some may find it hard to access it. Thus, we are offering a free digital subscription for three months. If you would like to receive this, please send an email to c.henry@messenger.ie, with message digital. their publications can be ordered at www.messenger.ie/bookshop

West Wicklow Cancer Support are suspending services until further notice. The health & safety of our service users & volunteers is paramount, we may be closed but we are still here to help you. Contact us on 087 4346004 / westwicklow15@gmail.com with any enquiries.

The annual Diocesan Knock Pilgrimage  will be postponed until further notice.  At the heart of this difficult decision is the welfare of our pilgrims. Instead we are inviting people to make a virtual pilgrimage to Knock on Saturday 25th April by joining in the Masses broadcast from Knock and visit the Apparition Chapel all online at: https://www.knockshrine.ie/watch-live/

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

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

Live Online Creative Writing courses available at https://www.cabin-fever.ie Classes held weekly using video sharing. Fun interactive and educational. Students will be able to submit their work and have it reviewed. Also an online Creative Writing competition see https://www.cabin-fever.ie for more details.

PLEASE FOLLOW BLESSINGTON PARISH ON FACEBOOK https://www.facebook.com/blessington.info

 

St Vincent de Paul local no: 087 181 1579

 

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For Spring Tidying, Hedge Clipping, Lawn Care,

Beds overhauled

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Sales and Installation of Robotic Lawn Mowers

Free garden assessment

all leading brands sold

Contact Ken: 086 834 4332

ken@aceroboticlawncare.ie

 

 

Alder Interiors Ltd

Fitted kitchens & wardrobes & custom-made units

For a Free estimate & quotation

Please phone Sinead on 01-4587617

Visit our website &

see our reviews from our happy customers.

www.alderinteriors.com

Email us @ info@alderinteriors.com

 

 

BLINDS

Roller, Vertical and Venetian.

For all your requirements home or office

Contact Seamus 087 4060 434

Email: seamusjban@outlook.com

 

 

Active Appliance Repairs

over 20 years’ experience repairing and servicing

all brands of domestic and commercial appliances.

For a fast, friendly and efficient service call us today

on 086 393 7762 or 086 361 9082

Call out Charge €75

www.activeappliancerepairs.ie

 

 

Clarkes Funeral Directors I.A.F.D.

Funeral Home & Office, Burgage, Blessington.

All areas serviced

Phone: Tony or Regina:

087 273 9048 / 087 659 6426

 

 

Noel Nolan Blessington Heating & Plumbing Service

www.blessingtonheatingandplumbing.ie

Call Noel: 087 243 1499 or

email nolannoel2@gmail.com

 

Mr. Power Washer

Driveway Cleaning, Shopfront, Window Cleaning,

High Reach Wash,

Gutter Cleaning, Roof Cleaning

Contact Mark 085 246 5549 01 516 7316

Email: mrpowerwasher.ie@gmail.com

www.mrpowerwasher.ie

 

 

Painter & Decorator

Interior & Exterior –

Phone: Damian 085 826 0431

 

 

Eagle Cleaning Solutions

Chimney Cleaning, Exterior Power Washing, Window Cleaning, Gutter Cleaning and Repairs.

Call for appointment: 087 247 4388

Email: info@eaglecleaningsolutions.com

Find us on Facebook

 

 

 

It’s time to plan for the new Season

get your Ride-On/Lawnmowers ready & serviced in time

or treat yourself to a new Mower

For full backup service and professional advice

Philip Jones 087 6638788

Visit our website

www.jonespowertools.ie

 

 

Paying too much to SKY or UPC?

We install & Repair Free to Air and Saorview!!

No more bills!! Call Billy: 086 868 0053

 

 

HEADSTONES

McEvoy Monumental Works, Blessington

Headstones, Inscriptions, Renovations.

Serving the people of Blessington for over 40 years.

Call to our workshop at Millbank Blessington

or phone: Mick 045 865 487 or 086 843 8832 or

Gary 087 933 3487

www.mcevoymonumentalworks.com

 

 

German Autoworks

Service Specialist

VW/Audi, Mercedes, Skoda, Seat, Opel

Call 087 286 3997 www.germanautoworks.ie

 

 

Blessington Airport Taxi – 087 255 7993

Standard Taxi €77 one way

Large 7-Seater €87 one way

Call Richard on 087 255 7993

Or email: richardmc.keever@yahoo.ie

 

Issue 1301 12th April 2020

Saturday 11th April 2020

Easter Vigil Mass at 8pm via webcam on www.blessingtonparish.ie

Easter Sunday 12th April 2020

Easter Sunday Mass at 10am via webcam on www.blessingtonparish.ie

Easter Monday 13th April 2020

Easter Monday Mass at 9.30am via webcam on www.blessingtonparish.ie

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

Every Blessing for Easter 2020 May the peace of the Risen Christ be with you always but particularly in this time of fear & uncertainty in our lives. Fr. Páraic McDermott, Fr. Kevin Lyon, Fr Richard Behan, Fr. Noel Campbell, Fr. Micheál Comer, Rev. Leonard Ruddock & Deacon Gerry Malone, Pastoral Worker Áine Egan

Mass Intentions this Week

Denis Bohan (RD), Margaret Hammond (RD)

We also Remember the following:

Monday: Mass for those on list for Sick

Tuesday: James Fitzgerald (RD) Ber Halpenny (RD) Sp Int Armstrong Family

Wednesday: William Ceedon (RD) Bridget Farrington (A) Valleymount,

Thursday: Bab Mearns (100th Birthday) Birthday Rem

Friday: John Magee (Mths Mind) Barry O’Donnell (Rem)  Raimundo de Sousa Oliveria (RD)

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

Follow Deacon Gerry’s Blog of prayerful resources & reflections: www.lenten.info or on Blessington.info Facebook Page

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

The annual Diocesan Knock Pilgrimage  will be postponed until further notice.  At the heart of this difficult decision is the welfare of our pilgrims. Instead we are inviting people to make a virtual pilgrimage to Knock on Saturday 25th April by joining in the Masses broadcast from Knock and visit the Apparition Chapel all online at: https://www.knockshrine.ie/watch-live/

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

West Wicklow Cancer Support are suspending services until further notice. The health & safety of our service users & volunteers is paramount, we may be closed but we are still here to help you. Contact us on 087 4346004 / westwicklow15@gmail.com with any enquiries.

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

Live Online Creative Writing courses available at https://www.cabin-fever.ie Classes held weekly using video sharing. Fun interactive and educational. Students will be able to submit their work and have it reviewed. Also an online Creative Writing competition see https://www.cabin-fever.ie for more details.

PLEASE FOLLOW US ON FACEBOOK https://www.facebook.com/blessington.info

St Vincent de Paul local no: 087 181 1579

Issue 1300 April 5th 2020

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

Sat & Sun 4th & 5th April 2020

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

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

Daily Mass via Webcam

at 9.30am Monday to Wednesday this week please join us in prayer: www.blessingtonparish.ie

Mass Intentions this Week

Saturday 6pm: Peggy Luttrell (A) Martin Tansey (RD)

Sunday 10am: Christy Merriman (RD) Patrick Talty (RD)

We also Remember the following:

Myles Wilson (A) (Valleymount) Ted & Sheila Balfe (A)

Monday: Mass for those on list for Sick

Tuesday: Una Duignan (A) Peter Doyle (RD) Madge Boland (RD)

Wednesday: Living Intentions, Living Intentions

►Holy Week Webcam Services

Holy Thursday 7.00pm – Mass of The Lord’s Supper followed by Watch & Pray for 30 mins

Good Friday 12 noon – Stations of the Cross.

Good Friday 3.00pm – Passion Ceremony.

Easter Vigil  8pm

Easter Sunday 10am

All Services available on parish website: www.blessingtonparish.ie

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

RTE Broadcast of Holy Week Liturgies

Palm Sunday: 11am RTE 1 (Fr. M Mullaney)

Holy Thursday  4.40pm RTE 1 (Fr. Ray Kelly)

Good Friday  3pm RTE 1 (Fr. Derek Darby)

Holy Saturday 10pm RTE 2 (Bishop Deenihan)

Easter Sunday  10am RTE1 (Eurovision Mass)

Pope Francis Easter message  11am RTE1

The Parish Office is Closed to the Public.

We are available by telephone or email for Mass Bookings & General Enquiries

Monday to Friday only

Email: office@blessington.info

Carol: 045 865 327 from 9am to 1pm

Jean: 087 2350835 from 9am to 5pm

The annual Diocesan Knock Pilgrimage  will be postponed until further notice.  At the heart of this difficult decision is the welfare of our pilgrims. Instead we are inviting people to make a virtual pilgrimage to Knock on Saturday 25th April by joining in the Masses broadcast from Knock and visit the Apparition Chapel all online at: https://www.knockshrine.ie/watch-live/

Blessington Lakes Garden Centre are closed and hope to reopen on the 12th April or at least resume deliveries & taking phone orders. Stay well 045 865 403

Live Online Creative Writing courses available at https://www.cabin-fever.ie Classes held weekly using video sharing. Fun interactive and educational. Students will be able to submit their work and have it reviewed. Also an online Creative Writing competition see https://www.cabin-fever.ie for more details.

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

West Wicklow Cancer Support are suspending services until further notice. The health & safety of our service users & volunteers is paramount, we may be closed but we are still here to help you. Contact us on 087 4346004 / westwicklow15@gmail.com with any enquiries.

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

St Vincent de Paul local no: 087 181 1579

Support Services for Older and Vulnerable People

COVID-19 community supports are now in place to ensure vulnerable members of the community are reached and helped at this time.
These comprise the local authority, Health Service Executive, County Champions, An Post, Community Welfare Service, An Garda Síochána, other State organisations, charities and other stakeholders.
These Dedicated helplines are focused specifically on ensuring that the cocooning elderly, vulnerable members of the community or those living alone can access deliveries of groceries, medicine and fuels.
Please try to ensure any vulnerable or elderly people in your parish help are aware of these services.

Dublin City Council
Helpline 01-2228555
Email – covidsupport@dublincity.ie

Fingal County Council
Helpline 01-8905000 with the lines open from 9am to 5pm seven days a week.
E mail – covidsupport@fingal.ie.

Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown
Helpline 01 271 3199. Opens 9am every day.
E mail covidsupport@dlrcoco.ie

South Dublin County Council
Helpline 01-4149043 with the lines initially open from 9am to 5pm seven days a week.
Out of hours email contact through covidsupport@sdublincoco.ie

Wicklow County Council
Helpline FREE contact number 1800868399 with the lines open from 8am to 8pm seven days a week.
E-mail covidsupport@wicklowcoco.ie.

Other Support Services

ALONE national support line for older people who have concerns or are facing difficulties relating to the outbreak of COVID-19 (Coronavirus). Professional staff are available to answer queries and give advice and reassurance where necessary.
The support line is open Monday to Friday, 8am-8pm, by calling 0818 222 024.

SeniorLine is a national, confidential listening service for older people, run by trained older volunteers.
If you are feeling worried, stressed or isolated at this very unnerving time, please feel free to ring this FREEPHONE service anytime between 10am and 10pm on any day of the week on 1800 80 45 91.

Age Action and the Irish Red Cross have raised funds to provide additional assistance to older and vulnerable people around Ireland who are experiencing hardship as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic by making once-off grants, up to a maximum of €500, per person/household affected. Email: hardship2020@redcross.ie Phone: Irish Red Cross at 01 6424600 or Tel: (01) 475 6989 Lo Call: 1890 369369

Women’s Aid  24hr National Freephone Helpline offers confidential information, support and understanding to women who are being abused by current or former boyfriends, partners or husbands. Tel: 1800 341 900 Tel: +353 1 678 8858  Email: info@womensaid.ie

Men’s Aid Ireland formerly known as Amen, is the only dedicated national service supporting men and their families experiencing Domestic Violence in Ireland.  Tel: 01-5543811 Tel: 01-5394277 E-mail: hello@mensaid.ie

ISPCC Dublin  The Irish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (ISPCC) is Ireland’s national child protection charity.
Call: 01 676 7960 Email: ispcc@ispcc.ie

The Samaritans Available round the clock, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. If you need a response immediately, it’s best to call on the phone. This number is FREE to call. Tel: 116 123 Email: samaritans.org

Pieta House provides free therapy to those engaging in self-harm, with suicidal ideation, or bereaved by suicide. Freephone and no referral needed. Tel: 1800 247 247

Jigsaw Offering younger people going through a hard time, or for those worried about a young person in your life. www.jigsaw.ie
https://www.jigsaw.ie/news-and-events/post/covid-19-what-were-doing

 

 

Issue 1299 29th March 2020

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

Sat & Sun 28th / 29th March 2020

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

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

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

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

Tuesday 31st March 2020

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

Wednesday 1st April 2020

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

Thursday 2nd April 2020

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

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

Friday 3rd April 2020

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

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

St Vincent de Paul local no: 087 181 1579

Mass Intentions this Week

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

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

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

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

Pete Nolan (A) Jimmy, Maisie & May Nolan

Monday: Mass for those on list for Sick

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

Wednesday: Thanksgiving, Get Well

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

Friday: November Altar List of the Dead

 

The Parish Office is Closed to the Public.

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

Email: office@blessington.info

Carol: 045 865 327 from 9am to 1pm

Jean: 087 2350835 from 9am to 5pm

 

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

 

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

 

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

Issue 1298 22nd March 2020

Sat & Sun 21st/22nd March 2020

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

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

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

Monday 23rd March 2020

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

Tuesday 24th March 2020

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

Wednesday 25th March 2020

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

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

Thursday 26th March 2020

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

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

St Vincent de Paul local no: 087 181 1579

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

4th West Wicklow Festival20th to 24th May

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

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

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

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

Book tickets online at westwicklowfestival.com

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Amen.

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

ACT OF SPIRITUAL COMMUNION

My Jesus, I believe that You

are present in the Most Holy Sacrament.

I love You above all things,

and I desire to receive You into my soul.

Since I cannot at this moment

receive You sacramentally,

come at least spiritually into my heart.

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

Amen.

 

 

 

Issue 1297 15th March 2020

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

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

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

ACT OF SPIRITUAL COMMUNION

My Jesus,

I believe that You

are present in the Most Holy Sacrament.

I love You above all things,

and I desire to receive You into my soul.

Since I cannot at this moment

receive You sacramentally,

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

Amen.

Mass Intentions this Week

Gerard & Robert Fane (RD)

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

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

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

Monday: Mass for those on list for Sick

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

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

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

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

Friday: Living Mass Intention, Living Mass Intention

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

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

 

The Memorare

Remember,

O most gracious Virgin Mary,

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

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

Inspired with this confidence,

I fly unto thee,

O virgin of virgins, my Mother,

to thee do I come,

before thee I stand,

sinful and sorrowful.

O Mother of thy Word Incarnate,

despise not my petitions,

but in thy clemency

hear and answer me.

Amen.

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

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

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

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

 St Vincent de Paul local no: 087 181 1579

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Storytime in Blessington Library – Every Wed at 3pm

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

St Vincent de Paul local no: 087 181 1579

Issue 1296 March 8th 2020

Saturday 7th March 2020

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

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

Sunday 8th March 2020

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

1st Communion Preparation Mass at 11.15am in Valleymount Church

Monday 9th March 2020

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

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

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

Tuesday 10th March 2020

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

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

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

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

Wednesday 11th March 2020

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

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

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

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

Thursday 12th March 2020

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

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

Coimín Centre Management at 7pm

Blessington Pastoral Council at 8pm

Mass Intentions this Week

Alice Fowler (RD)

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

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

We also Remember the following:

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

Monday: Mass for those on list for Sick

Tuesday: Birthday Mass, Intentions,

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

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

Friday: Gerry Quinn (RD) Breda Butterfield (RD)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Church of Our Lady, Blessington on Monday 13th April

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Storytime in Blessington Library – Every Wed at 3pm

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

St Vincent de Paul local no: 087 181 1579

Issue 1295 March 1st 2020

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

Saturday 29th February 2020

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

Sunday 1st March 2020

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

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

Monday 2nd March 2020

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

No Benediction in Lacken this month

Tuesday 3rd March 2020

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

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

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

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

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

Wednesday 4th March 2020

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

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

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

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

Thursday 5th March 2020

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

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

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

Friday 6th March 2020

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

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

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

1st Friday Mass in Valleymount at 11.15am

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

Padre Pio Mass at 8pm in Blessington.

Mass Intentions this Week

Hugh Harney (RD)

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

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

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

Monday: Mass for those on list for Sick

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

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

Thursday: Get Well, Intentions.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 Storytime in Blessington Library – Every Wed at 3pm

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Issue 1294 February 23rd 2020

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

Monday 24th February 2020

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

Tuesday 25th February 2020

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

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

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

Wednesday 26th February 2020

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

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

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

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

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

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

Thursday 27th February 2020

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

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

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

Mass Intentions this Week

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

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

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

We also Remember the following:

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

Monday: Mass for those on list for Sick

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

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

Thursday: Birthday Rem, Birthday Rem

Friday: Blessington Deceased Mass Card list

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sun: 10am to 5pm again concluding with Mass

DIVINE MERCY IN DEED, WORD & PRAYER.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Storytime in Blessington Library – Every Wed at 3pm

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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