Issue 1364 18th July 2021

Mass intentions this week

Bridget Doyle (RD) Rathmore, Flora (Billie) Skrine (RD) Manor Kilbride & Eadestown, Nancy Nolan (RD) Crosschapel

Saturday 6pm Mass: Margaret & John Morrissey (A), Mary & Rodger Keogh (A)

Sunday 10am: Sheila Hearns (Month’s Mind), Alan Clarke (A), Bob Curtin (A), Kay Lennon (A)

We remember the following: Thomas & Johanna O’Neill, Ann Mellin

Monday: Mass for Blessington List of the Sick

Tuesday: Birthday Mass, Special Intentions

Wednesday: Marie Gleeson (RD), Nancy O’Neill (A)

Thursday: Teresa Dillon (RD), Margaret Doyle (A)

Friday: Get Well Intentions, Get Well Intentions

Saturday 17th July – 6pm Mass in Blessington, 7.30pm Mass in Lacken

Sunday 18th July – 10.00am Mass in Blessington, 11.00am Mass in Manor Kilbride, 11.15am Mass in Valleymount & 11.30am Mass in Crosschapel

Tuesday 20th July: Holy Hour & Rosary offered for the intentions of our families from 7pm to 8pm in, Blessington

Daily Mass: 9am Manor Kilbride, 9.30am Blessington

SATURDAY & SUNDAY MASSES. Tickets for 6pm Mass on Saturday & 10am Mass on Sunday can be collected from the Parish Office 9am to 1pm Monday to Friday. Ph: 045 865 327

St Mary’s Schools & Blessington Parish Lotto. €5000 JACKPOT WINNER – Congratulations Brona Tracey!!  Numbers drawn for the JACKPOT win on 8th July: 3, 5, 8, 30. The winner of the weekly €25 prize on 15th July was Siobhan Cullen. The numbers drawn were: 4, 20, 25, 26. If you’re not in, you can’t win! Text the word Blessington to 51444 or go to www.blessingtonparish.ie Thanks to all for supporting the lotto! https://www.ourparishfundraiser.ie/parish/blessington/

PURSE FOUND on the road near Dunne’s Stores. Small sum of money. 087 678 1642

Your donations help to keep our parish facilities running. Thank you to everyone who has donated so far through the Donate button on www.blessingtonparish.ie

Summer Dues Envelopes are now available in all our Churches to support the  priests of the Diocese.  You can take one as you visit the Church during the summer months and return to the Parish Office or to the collection boxes in the Church.

Save the Date! It’s Back! Lakeshore Striders Running Club are delighted to announce our flagship event ‘The Lakes 10k’ is back! Subject to public health guidelines this event will take place on 11th September. The club will run an 8-week preparation programme for anyone who would like to run the 10k (requires basic level of fitness)  Email lakeshorestriders@gmail.com  for more information.

Blessington Outdoor Car Boot Sale – St. Kevin’s Hall on Sunday 25th July from 7am to 4pm (Des Redmond Charities) Free Car Parking. Toilets. Tables €10 …. Bigi Linn……Bargains Galore! Info: 086 075 2072 – Pat Conlan. Covid Restrictions in Operation!

Blessington FC INTERSPORT Elverys FAI Summer Soccer Schools. Blessington Camp will be at our Crosschapel pitches running from 9th to 13th August from 10am to 1pm. To book a place go to https://bookings.summersoccerschools.ie/s/

Fundraising Event in aid of the new Sports/Pitch Development in Kilbride. Lacken-Kilbride GAA Club are running a Sponsored Walk or Run around Kilbride village on Sunday 25th July at 12.30pm, followed by a Mini Field Day at 2pm in the Club New Pitch. (BBQ, Face painting, Raffle, etc) The event will start & finish in our new pitch, routes for Tots, Juveniles & Adults. For sponsorship cards & routes, see Facebook page or email lackenkilbridegaa@gmail.com All welcome. Enquiries: Grace (087 400 7027) or Dan (087 171 4161). All welcome. Enquiries: Grace (087 400 7027) or Dan (087 171 4161).

TASK FORCE: BUILDING HOPE PUBLIC CONSULTATION – Archbishop Farrell has established a Task Force called Building Hope to begin with an assessment of the needs of the people of the Archdiocese emerging from Covid-19 & to work to support parish communities to undertake a radical renewal, looking to the future with creativity. Sharing your thoughts & experiences will be invaluable as we seek to enable the Archdiocese to act now so as to give effective witness & service in the years ahead. All Parishioners are invited to complete a consultation form to have your opinions & thoughts heard. https://dublindiocese.ie/task-force-building-hope/

Cruthú Art Gallery at Russborough will be open Saturdays/Sundays/Bank Holidays throughout the summer from 12 noon – 4pm. Our members have been very creative over the last 12 months, and we are looking forward to exhibiting exciting new art pieces that will be available for purchase. We look forward to seeing you soon and please remember to mind the social distancing rules. www.cruthu.ie or contact us at cruthuart@gmail.com Also check out the Cruthú Art display at Blessington Tourist Office.

The Public Consultation Period for the Wicklow County Development Plan Draft is open until August 16th at 5pm.There is still plenty of time for people to make a submission about how much we need a Pool for West Wicklow & remind Wicklow County Council how important it is for our community! Community Pool for West Wicklow will be hosting a Zoom information workshop on Tuesday July 27th at 7pm to talk people through making a submission to the Draft Wicklow County Development Plan online. If you would like to take part in this workshop, please email us at poolforWestWicklow@gmail.com to book your place. We have also made a video with a step-by-step guide on how to use the Wicklow County Council Consultation Portal. You can find this video and more information about the Wicklow County Development Plan on our brand-new website www.westwicklowpool.ie

Thank you to all parishioners who have donated through our online donation facility so far. You can donate by simply visiting https://blessingtonparish.ie/ and click on the Donate button.

St Vincent de Paul Blessington, local number 087 181 1579

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Mick’s Mobile Auto Cleaning. New venture by a local man in the Blessington area, providing mobile car wash and wax; mini-valet and full valet. Follow on Facebook or call 086 3712328 for rates and appointments.

Interested in working in a stunning location with a team of driven professionals who put customer service at the heart of what they do?  Look no further. Kippure Estate are under new management and are looking to build their team, starting with a ‘Facilities & General Operative’ person. For further details please email your cv to Info@kippure.com by Monday 26th July.

Cleaner Wanted, 8 hours a week, private home. Days/times flexible. Please call 087 131 4098.

Child Minder Wanted for after school care, 3 to 5 hours per day, 3 to 5 days per week.Must be a confident driver & willing to drop at some after school activities. Please call 087 131 4098.

Childminder / Baby-sitting Service available. Unsociable hours considered. Reliable, trustworthy and references available. Please contact Milly on 087 104 4272.

Blessington Food, Arts and Crafts Market every Saturday @Brew21 from 11am till 4pm

Forever Aloe Vera have a new addition to their Aloe Healthy Drinking Gels, Aloe Mango is delicious and can be used for Summer – Style Ice Pops too. Call Carol:  087 775 4783 for free delivery.

Painter & Decorator, Interior & Exterior. Ph: Damien 085 826 0431

Rods + Cones Opticians Blessington. Beside the GARDA station. Formerly Cullinane Opticians. We are open during COVID lockdown for all your eyecare needs. FREE Eye Exam + Glasses with PRSI + Medical Card. Large selection of Designer Frames + Sunglasses. Special Offers + Discounts on 2nd Pairs, Varifocal Experts – try them with our 30 Day Guarantee. Many Thanks to all our loyal customers. Call 045-891 056 for an appointment.

Gardening – For Hedge clipping, Beds overhauled, Fruit Tree pruning, Painting etc Phone Mark 085 133 7714

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

German Autoworks – Service Specialist VW/Audi, Mercedes, Skoda, Seat, Opel. Call 087 286 3997  www.germanautoworks.ie

Noel Nolan – Blessington Heating & Plumbing Service  www.blessingtonheatingandplumbing.ie Call Noel: 087 243 1499 or email nolannoel2@gmail.com

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 www.funeraldirectorsblessington.ie

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

Newsletter Advertising Rates, For just 50c per word per week you can reach a large, local audience. Cut-off for receiving adverts is Wed 10am. You can email the copy to office@blessington.info and pay in the Parish Office, or via the Donate button on our website or by bank transfer. Call the Parish Office: 045 865 327

Issue 1363 July 11th 2021

Mass intentions this week

Saturday 6pm Mass: Patrick Cullen (A), Nancy Keogh (A), John Nolan (A)

Sunday 10am: Mary Hyland (RD), Eddie Conroy (A)

We remember the following: John Kennedy, Bill & Mary Lawlor, Sean Corr, Nancy & Benny McGrath

Monday: Mass for Blessington List of the Sick

Tuesday: Special Living Intentions, Special Living Intentions

Wednesday: Ann Mellin (A), Frank Grogan (RD)

Thursday: Mary & Philip Creighton (A), Sean Corr (A), Special Intention

Friday: Gerry O’Hanlon (Mths Mind ), Madge Cusack (RD)

Saturday 10th July: 6pm Mass in Blessington & 7.30pm Mass in Lacken

Sunday 11th July: 10.00am Mass in Blessington, 11.00am Mass in Manor Kilbride, 11.15am Mass in Valleymount & 11.30am Mass in Crosschapel

Tuesday 13th July: Holy Hour & Rosary offered for the intentions of our families from 7pm to 8pm in, Blessington

Friday 16th July: Feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel. Lacken Church was dedicated to Our Lady of Mount Carmel in 1882 by Fr Edward Rowan.

Daily Mass: 9am Manor Kilbride, 9.30am Blessington

SATURDAY & SUNDAY MASSES: Tickets for 6pm Mass on Saturday & 10am Mass on Sunday can be collected from the Parish Office 9am to 1pm Monday to Friday. Ph: 045 865 327

The family of Sheila Hearns from St Joseph’s Road would like to thank everyone for their kindness & support during this difficult time at the loss of our dear Mother.  Your support & prayers for Mam are very much appreciated & she would be deeply honoured by your kindness. The Hearns Family.

Monthly Envelopes for the Month of July can be dropped into the Parish Office, Post Box in Church or to the collection boxes at Mass. Many thanks to all contributors for your continued support. Contact the Parish Office if you would like to begin a monthly donation.

Summer Dues Envelopes are now available in all our Churches to support the  priests of the Diocese.  You can take one as you visit the Church during the summer months and return to the Parish Office or to the collection boxes in the Church.

Private Members Draw in aid of Valleymount & Lacken Churches. Winners of the June draw held on the 27th June: Mandy & Larry O Brien, Betty O Brien, Kathleen O’ Sullivan, Tanya & John Cullen, Jenny & Glen Cullen

Fundraising Event in aid of the new Sports/Pitch Development in Kilbride. Lacken-Kilbride GAA Club are running a Sponsored Walk or Run around Kilbride village on Sunday 25th July at 12.30pm, followed by a Mini Field Day at 2pm in the Club New Pitch. (BBQ, Face painting, Raffle, etc) The event will start & finish in our new pitch, routes for Tots, Juveniles & Adults. For sponsorship cards & routes, see Facebook page or email lackenkilbridegaa@gmail.com All welcome. Enquiries: Grace (087 400 7027) or Dan (087 171 4161). All welcome. Enquiries: Grace (087 400 7027) or Dan (087 171 4161).

St Mary’s Schools and Blessington Parish Lotto. €5000 JACKPOT WINNER Brona TraceyCongratulations!!  Numbers drawn for the JACKPOT win on 8th July, : 3, 5, 8, 30. If you’re not in, you can’t win! Text the word Blessington to 51444 or go to www.blessingtonparish.ie Thanks to all for the support! https://www.ourparishfundraiser.ie/parish/blessington/

TASK FORCE: BUILDING HOPE PUBLIC CONSULTATION – Archbishop Farrell has established a Task Force called Building Hope to begin with an assessment of the needs of the people of the Archdiocese emerging from Covid-19 & to work to support parish communities to undertake a radical renewal, looking to the future with creativity. Sharing your thoughts & experiences will be invaluable as we seek to enable the Archdiocese to act now so as to give effective witness & service in the years ahead. All Parishioners are invited to complete a consultation form to have your opinions & thoughts heard. https://dublindiocese.ie/task-force-building-hope/

Cruthú Art Gallery at Russborough will be open Saturdays/Sundays/Bank Holidays throughout the summer from 12 noon – 4pm. Our members have been very creative over the last 12 months, and we are looking forward to exhibiting exciting new art pieces that will be available for purchase. We look forward to seeing you soon and please remember to mind the social distancing rules. www.cruthu.ie or contact us at cruthuart@gmail.com Also check out the Cruthú Art display at Blessington Tourist Office.

Blessington FC INTERSPORT Elverys FAI Summer Soccer Schools. Blessington Camp will be at our Crosschapel pitches running from 9th to 13th August from 10am to 1pm. To book a place go to https://bookings.summersoccerschools.ie/s/

The Public Consultation Period for the Wicklow County Development Plan Draft is open until August 16th at 5pm.There is still plenty of time for people to make a submission about how much we need a Pool for West Wicklow & remind Wicklow County Council how important it is for our community! Community Pool for West Wicklow will be hosting a Zoom information workshop on Tuesday July 27th at 7pm to talk people through making a submission to the Draft Wicklow County Development Plan online. If you would like to take part in this workshop, please email us at poolforWestWicklow@gmail.com to book your place. We have also made a video with a step-by-step guide on how to use the Wicklow County Council Consultation Portal. You can find this video and more information about the Wicklow County Development Plan on our brand-new website www.westwicklowpool.ie

Thank you to all parishioners who have donated through our online donation facility so far. You can donate by simply visiting https://blessingtonparish.ie/ and click on the Donate button.

St Vincent de Paul Blessington, local number 087 181 1579

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Cleaner Required 1 to 1½ half hours weekly Reference required Contact Anna 087 259 8151

Childminder / Baby-sitting Service available. Unsociable hours considered. Reliable, trustworthy and references available. Please contact Milly on 087 104 4272.

Blessington Food, Arts and Crafts Market every Saturday @Brew21 from 11am till 4pm

Forever Aloe Vera have a new addition to their Aloe Healthy Drinking Gels, Aloe Mango is delicious and can be used for Summer – Style Ice Pops too. Call Carol:  087 775 4783 for free delivery.

We are delighted to announce we have 3 positions on the Blessington & District Community Employment Scheme. Please note you must be in receipt of a Social Welfare payment to qualify.

Job Ref: CES2182390, Closing Date 13th July 2021. Burgage Cemetery Groundskeeper.

Job Ref: CES 2182391, Closing Date 1st July 2021. Ballymore Parish Secretary.

Job Ref: Ces2182393, Closing Date 1st July 2021. St Vincent De Paul Retail Assistant

Contact Martin Cahill 085 252 3563 or email martincahill@blessingtonce.ie

Castle Canine Cuts – Dog Grooming Service, 1-to-1 grooming for small to large breeds, open Monday to Saturday by appointment only, find us on Facebook or call Gillian 087 764 1911

Painter & Decorator, Interior & Exterior. Ph: Damien 085 826 0431

Rods + Cones Opticians Blessington. Beside the GARDA station. Formerly Cullinane Opticians. We are open during COVID lockdown for all your eyecare needs. FREE Eye Exam + Glasses with PRSI + Medical Card. Large selection of Designer Frames + Sunglasses. Special Offers + Discounts on 2nd Pairs, Varifocal Experts – try them with our 30 Day Guarantee. Many Thanks to all our loyal customers. Call 045-891 056 for an appointment.

Gardening – For Hedge clipping, Beds overhauled, Fruit Tree pruning, Painting etc Phone Mark 085 133 7714

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

German Autoworks – Service Specialist VW/Audi, Mercedes, Skoda, Seat, Opel. Call 087 286 3997  www.germanautoworks.ie

Noel Nolan – Blessington Heating & Plumbing Service  www.blessingtonheatingandplumbing.ie Call Noel: 087 243 1499 or email nolannoel2@gmail.com

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 www.funeraldirectorsblessington.ie

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

Newsletter Advertising Rates, For just 50c per word per week you can reach a large, local audience. Cut-off for receiving adverts is Wed 10am. You can email the copy to office@blessington.info and pay in the Parish Office, or via the Donate button on our website or by bank transfer. Call the Parish Office: 045 865 327

 

 

 

Issue 1362 July 4th 2021

The Peter’s Pence Annual Collection will take place this weekend, Saturday 3rd & Sunday 4th July. The Peter’s Pence Collection provides the Pope with the funds needed to carry out his charitable works around the world. This will replace the SHARE Collection.

Mass Intentions this week

Damien Walsh (RD) Kilteel

Saturday 6pm Mass: John Lipsett (Months Mind), John McGrath (1st A), John McNamara (A), Josephine & Joseph McNamara (Rem), Teresa Ball (A), Sally Egan (A)

Sunday 10am: Michael Kennedy (2nd A), Seamus & Ann Reid (A), Michael & Nora Downes (Rem), Kathleen Dunne A)A)

We remember the following: John Geoghegan, Ray O’Donnell, Pauline & Paddy O’Brien, John Curran, Jacinta Sweeney, Kathleen Quigley, Teresa Kavanagh, James Edwards, James Crowe

Monday: Mass for Blessington List of the Sick

Tuesday: Sheila Hearns (RD) Marie Healy (RD) Ray O’Donnell (A)

Wednesday: Pauline & Paddy O’Brien (A) John & Nora Moran (A) Deceased Members of the Moran Family

Thursday: Mary Ryan (Birthday Remembrance) Vera Flanagan (RD)

Friday: Mike Treacy (RD), Finbar O’Sullivan (RD), John Barrett (A)

Saturday 3rd July: 6pm Mass in Blessington, 7.30pm in Lacken

Sunday 4th July: 10am Mass in Blessington, 11am in Manor Kilbride, 11.15 in Valleymount

Tuesday 6th July: Holy Hour & Rosary offered for the intentions of our families from 7pm to 8pm in Church of Our Lady, Blessington

Daily Mass: 9am Manor Kilbride, 9.30am Blessington

SATURDAY & SUNDAY MASSES – Tickets for 6pm Mass on Saturday & 10am Mass on Sunday can be collected from the Parish Office from 9am to 1pm Monday to Friday. Ph: 045 865 327

Summer Dues Envelopes are now available in all our Churches to support the priests of the Diocese. You can take one as you visit the Church during the summer months and return to the Parish Office or to the collection boxes in the Church.

Blessington FC INTERSPORT Elverys FAI Summer Soccer Schools. Blessington Camp will be at our Crosschapel pitches running from 9th to 13th August from 10am to 1pm. To book a place go to https://bookings.summersoccerschools.ie/s/

The Summer Stars Reading Adventure is Back and running until 31st August in all public libraries across Ireland. Children up to the age of 12 are invited to register for Summer Stars in Blessington Library and be a part of the reading adventure. All participants will be given a Summer Stars Reading Card to record and track their own progress. They will receive a summer stars stamp for each book read, in print or online. There will be rewards along the way and a certificate at the end for all participants. Blessington Library will be hosting lots of activities and events over the summer months, including an Elmer Treasure hunt and story-time on Saturday, 10th July from 12 noon to 3pm. Booking for all outdoor events is essential.  Keep up-to-date through our social media and sign-up to the Blessington Library mailing list by contacting blessingtonlib@wicklowcoco.ie

West Wicklow Cancer Support continues to offer a support service remotely to our service users and the wider Blessington Community. If your life has been touched by cancer in any way by a diagnosis or caring for someone our volunteers are here for you. We continue to offer weekly meditation and Art Canvas painting and will endeavour to assist you should you need any information or advice.  Contact us on 087 4346004 or by email westwicklow15@gmail.com  “The greatest healing therapy is friendship and love” stay well and stay safe.

Cruthú Art Gallery at Russborough will be open Saturdays/Sundays/Bank Holidays throughout the summer from 12 noon – 4pm. Our members have been very creative over the last 12 months and we are looking forward to exhibiting exciting new art pieces that will be available for purchase. We look forward to seeing you soon and please remember to mind the social distancing rules. www.cruthu.ie or contact us at cruthuart@gmail.com Also check out the Cruthú Art display at Blessington Tourist Office.

St Mary’s Schools and Blessington Parish Lotto. Jackpot: €5000. Congratulations to the recent weekly winner of €25 on 1st July, John Horan – Numbers drawn: 6, 16, 24, 30. If you’re not in, you can’t win! Text the word Blessington to 51444 or go to www.blessingtonparish.ie Thanks to all for the support! https://www.ourparishfundraiser.ie/parish/blessington/

Support for PARISH FINANCES – Blessington, Crosschapel, Manor Kilbride, Valleymount / Lacken

Monthly / Weekly Envelopes: Contact Jean in the Parish Office if you would like to make a monthly/weekly envelope contribution or if you would like to re-join if you used to contribute.

Online: Donations / Contributions can be made  via the “Donate” button on the parish website (options available for all our Churches.)

 Bank Standing Order: If you would like to set up a monthly standing order through your bank, please contact Jean in the Parish Office

Parish Development Fund (PDF): Donations through the black PDF boxes in Blessington Church also go towards the running of the parish.

St Vincent de Paul Blessington, local number 087 181 1579

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We are delighted to announce we have 3 positions on the Blessington & District Community Employment Scheme. Please note you must be in receipt of a Social Welfare payment to qualify.

Job Ref: CES2182390, Closing Date 13th July 2021. Burgage Cemetery Groundskeeper.

Job Ref: CES 2182391, Closing Date 1st July 2021. Ballymore Parish Secretary.

Job Ref: Ces2182393, Closing Date 1st July 2021. St Vincent De Paul Retail Assistant

Contact Martin Cahill 085 252 3563 or email martincahill@blessingtonce.ie

Jones Power Tools Ltd. Sales, Service and Repairs. Specialises in Stihl and Honda. Stockists of Fleetwood Paint. Contact:- info@jonespowertools.ie Phone:- 059 648 1033

Castle Canine Cuts – Dog Grooming Service, 1-to-1 grooming for small to large breeds, open Monday to Saturday by appointment only, find us on Facebook or call Gillian 087 764 1911

Painter & Decorator, Interior & Exterior. Ph: Damien 085 826 0431

Rods + Cones Opticians Blessington. Beside the GARDA station. Formerly Cullinane Opticians. We are open during COVID lockdown for all your eyecare needs. FREE Eye Exam + Glasses with PRSI + Medical Card. Large selection of Designer Frames + Sunglasses. Special Offers + Discounts on 2nd Pairs, Varifocal Experts – try them with our 30 Day Guarantee. Many Thanks to all our loyal customers. Call 045-891 056 for an appointment.

Gardening – For Hedge clipping, Beds overhauled, Fruit Tree pruning, Painting etc Phone Mark 085 133 7714

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

German Autoworks – Service Specialist VW/Audi, Mercedes, Skoda, Seat, Opel. Call 087 286 3997  www.germanautoworks.ie

Noel Nolan – Blessington Heating & Plumbing Service  www.blessingtonheatingandplumbing.ie Call Noel: 087 243 1499 or email nolannoel2@gmail.com

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 www.funeraldirectorsblessington.ie

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

Newsletter Advertising Rates, For just 50c per word per week you can reach a large, local audience. Cut-off for receiving adverts is Wed 10am. You can email the copy to office@blessington.info and pay in the Parish Office, or via the Donate button on our website or by bank transfer. Call the Parish Office: 045 865 327

Issue 1361 June 27th 2021

Mass Intentions this week

Fran Gordon (RD) Galway, Michael Treacy (RD) Tipperary

 Saturday 6pm: Mairead Hudson (Rem), Barry O’Donnell (Rem), Deceased Members of Hudson & Carroll Families

Sunday 10am: Una Broe (Months Mind), Josephine (Mama Jo) Horgan (A)

We remember the following: Martina McDonald, Deceased Members of the McDonald Family. Myles & Hannah Wilson

Monday: Mass for Blessington List of the Sick

Tuesday: Michael O’Neill (RD), Shane Crowley (RD)

Wednesday: Get Well Mass, Thanksgiving Mass

Thursday: John Geoghegan (A), Michael & Ann-Mary Norton (Rem), Larry Mary & Matthew Lennon (A)

Friday: First Friday: Masses offered for all on the November List of the Dead

Saturday 26th June: 6pm Mass in Blessington, 7.30pm in Lacken

Sunday 27th June: 10am Mass in Blessington, 11am in Manor Kilbride, 11.15 in Valleymount

Thursday 1st July: Holy Hour and Benediction with Deacon Gerry 7.30pm in Church of Our Lady, Blessington

Friday 2nd July – 1st Friday: Masses offered for all those on the November Altar List of the Dead

Daily Mass: 9am Manor Kilbride, 9.30am Blessington

SATURDAY & SUNDAY MASSES. Due to the continued restrictions on numbers allowed to gather indoors it necessary that people apply for a ticket if they wish to attend 6pm Mass on Saturday or 10am Mass on Sunday in Church of Our Lady, Blessington. Tickets must be collected in the Parish Office between 9.30am & 1pm Mon to Fri 045 865 327

All Masses & Services are still available via Webcam www.blessingtonparish.ie

The Rosary will resume on Tuesday 6th July from 7pm to 8pm in Church of Our Lady, Blessington and will be offered for the intentions of our families.

Dear Parishioner, The last year has been a very strange one & much of what we have taken for granted in our Church has changed. One of the areas where the impact of lower numbers & ongoing months of Church closures has had an effect is on the first collection which supports the priests of the Parish & the sick & retired priests of the Diocese. We have been very grateful for your financial support online and through donations left in the post-box in the Church. This, with your commitment to the Christmas & Easter Dues, has enabled the Common Fund (Diocesan Fund) to support the Priests here in our parish & in other parishes. However, the Common Fund, which is made up of the first collection, Christmas & Easter dues, is at an all-time low. We have been asked by the Diocese to introduce a ‘Summer Dues’ to  help with this. We will not be posting out envelopes for this, but we will have envelopes in all our Churches that you can take as you visit the Church during the summer months. We are very aware that everyone’s situation has changed, & we appreciate all your support. Your continued support is very much appreciated. Fr Richard.

Blessington Outdoor Car Boot Sale at St. Kevin’s Hall on Sunday 27th June from 7am to 4pm (Des Redmond Charities) Free Car Parking. Toilets. Tables €10. Info: 086 075 2072 – Pat Conlan. Bigi Linn…Bargains Galore! Covid Restrictions in Operation!

St Mary’s Schools and Blessington Parish Lotto. Jackpot: €5000. Congratulations to the recent weekly winner of €25 on 24th June, Karen Bolger – Numbers drawn: 2, 8, 10, 15. If you’re not in, you can’t win! Text the word Blessington to 51444 or go to www.blessingtonparish.ie Thanks to all for the support! https://www.ourparishfundraiser.ie/parish/blessington/

The Summer Stars Reading Adventure is Back and running until 31st August in all public libraries across Ireland. Children up to the age of 12 are invited to register for Summer Stars in Blessington Library and be a part of the reading adventure. All participants will be given a Summer Stars Reading Card to record and track their own progress. They will receive a summer stars stamp for each book read, in print or online. There will be rewards along the way and a certificate at the end for all participants. Blessington Library will be hosting lots of activities and events over the summer months, including an Elmer Treasure hunt and story-time on Saturday, 10th July from 12 noon to 3pm. Booking for all outdoor events is essential.  Keep up-to-date through our social media and sign-up to the Blessington Library mailing list by contacting blessingtonlib@wicklowcoco.ie

West Wicklow Cancer Support continues to offer a support service remotely to our service users and the wider Blessington Community. If your life has been touched by cancer in any way by a diagnosis or caring for someone our volunteers are here for you. We continue to offer weekly meditation and Art Canvas painting and will endeavour to assist you should you need any information or advice.  Contact us on 087 4346004 or by email westwicklow15@gmail.com  “The greatest healing therapy is friendship and love” stay well and stay safe.

Cruthú Art Gallery at Russborough will be open Saturdays/Sundays/Bank Holidays throughout the summer from 12 noon – 4pm. Our members have been very creative over the last 12 months and we are looking forward to exhibiting exciting new art pieces that will be available for purchase. We look forward to seeing you soon and please remember to mind the social distancing rules. www.cruthu.ie or contact us at cruthuart@gmail.com Also check out the Cruthú Art display at Blessington Tourist Office.

Blessington Library is open for browsing and borrowing. Opening hours for May:  Monday, Wednesday, Friday 10am to 5pm Tuesday, Thursday 10am to 8.30pm We look forward to seeing you! 045 891 740  blessingtonlib@wicklowcoco.ie

Blessington Union of Parishes are available on the parish YouTube channel by searching for “Blessington Union” or at this link https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=blessington+union

Fr Kevin’s Homilies are always available on our website: https://blessingtonparish.ie/homilies-year-b/

Support for PARISH FINANCES – Blessington, Crosschapel, Manor Kilbride, Valleymount / Lacken

Monthly / Weekly Envelopes: Contact Jean in the Parish Office if you would like to make a monthly/weekly envelope contribution or if you would like to re-join if you used to contribute.

Online: Donations / Contributions can be made  via the “Donate” button on the parish website (options available for all our Churches.)

 Bank Standing Order: If you would like to set up a monthly standing order through your bank, please contact Jean in the Parish Office

Parish Development Fund (PDF): Donations through the black PDF boxes in Blessington Church also go towards the running of the parish.

Shrines: The donations to shrines remains in the parish.

For the first time in over 50 years, the development of a swimming pool in West Wicklow is included in a Wicklow County Development Plan! This is a huge achievement which was made possible because of the support that our campaign for a pool for West Wicklow has received from our community. Thank you. The Wicklow County Development Draft Plan is now open for Public Consultation.  and we need your help!We need EVERYONE to make a submission about how much we need a Pool for West Wicklow & remind Wicklow County Council how important it is for our community! There are 3 ways that you can make a submission:

By Post:  Write/Draw why a Pool for West Wicklow is important to you & post it to Wicklow County Development Plan, County Development Plan Review, Planning Department, Wicklow Co Council, Station Road, Wicklow Town

Online: Create an account at the Wicklow County Council Consultation Portal at www.consult.wicklow.ie & submit your letter of support there.

As Part of Community Pool for West Wicklow’s Submission: Email us your letter and/or drawing of support for a Pool for West Wicklow and we will include it as part of our submission. Our email address is poolforwestwicklow@gmail.com Make sure to include your name and address in your submission. Tell Wicklow County Council why having a Pool in West Wicklow is important for you, your family, your Sports Club, your Community Group, your Business, or your School. You must be over 16 to make a submission but children can write letters or draw pictures about why having a swimming pool in West Wicklow is important to them and these letters and drawings can be included in a family or group submission. Your children can send us their letters and pictures and we will include them in our submission! The Draft County Development Plan can be viewed online at https://consult.wicklow.ieOr You can view the Draft Wicklow County Development Plan in person at the following locations:

  •  Town Wicklow County Council, County Buildings, Station Road,  Wicklow Town
  • Arklow Arklow Municipal District Office, Castle Park, Arklow Town
  • Blessington Blessington Civic Offices, Blessington Business Park, Blessington
  • Bray Bray Municipal District Office, Civic Offices, Main Street, Bray
  • Greystones Greystones Municipal District Office, Mill Road, Greystones

Please check the Council’s website or call 0404 20100 for arrangements to access to these buildings as appointments may be necessary having regard to prevailing COVID precautions. The DEADLINE for submissions is Monday August 16th at 5pm! We plan to host a number of online information sessions on how to make a submission to the Wicklow County Development Plan to talk you through the online Consultation Portal. More details about these to follow soon. If you have any questions or need any help with your submission, please email us at poolforWestWicklow@gmail.com Thank you for your continued support. Together we will get a Pool for West Wicklow! Deirdre, Jane, Marion, Sue & David, Community Pool for West Wicklow Committee

HOME SHARING Give A Little Time – Make A Big Difference. Have you the time to offer breaks to an adult or child with an intellectual disability in your home for mid-week and weekend overnight breaks? You don’t need a qualification, just energy, commitment and the desire to support a person with a disability in your community. Information and support are provided, and you will be paid an allowance. If you are interested in hosting, please contact: Jennifer Alfa Ogbaje, Social Worker, KARE. Email; Jennifer.alfaogbaje@kare.ie 045 480 200 / 087 720 6779 Or homesharesecretariat@kare.ie  045 448700

St Vincent de Paul Blessington, local number 087 181 1579

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Maxol Service Station Blessington Requires Deli Assistants to work on a part-time and full-time basis. Two positions are available, part-time up to 20 hours per week and full time over 30 hours per week. No training is necessary as full training will be provided however an interest in food is essential. Candidates must be 18 or over and be able for an early start. Rate of pay is 12.50 per hour. Please send cover letter and cv to info@jroil.ie

We are delighted to announce we have 3 positions on the Blessington & District Community Employment Scheme. Please note you must be in receipt of a Social Welfare payment to qualify.

Job Ref: CES2182390, Closing Date 13th July 2021. Burgage Cemetery Groundskeeper.

Job Ref: CES 2182391, Closing Date 1st July 2021. Ballymore Parish Secretary.

Job Ref: Ces2182393, Closing Date 1st July 2021. St Vincent De Paul Retail Assistant

Contact Martin Cahill 085 252 3563 or email martincahill@blessingtonce.ie

Jones Power Tools Ltd. Sales, Service and Repairs. Specialises in Stihl and Honda. Stockists of Fleetwood Paint. Contact:- info@jonespowertools.ie Phone:- 059 648 1033

Castle Canine Cuts – Dog Grooming Service, 1-to-1 grooming for small to large breeds, open Monday to Saturday by appointment only, find us on Facebook or call Gillian 087 764 1911

Painter & Decorator, Interior & Exterior. Ph: Damien 085 826 0431

Rods + Cones Opticians Blessington. Beside the GARDA station. Formerly Cullinane Opticians. We are open during COVID lockdown for all your eyecare needs. FREE Eye Exam + Glasses with PRSI + Medical Card. Large selection of Designer Frames + Sunglasses. Special Offers + Discounts on 2nd Pairs, Varifocal Experts – try them with our 30 Day Guarantee. Many Thanks to all our loyal customers. Call 045-891 056 for an appointment.

Gardening – For Hedge clipping, Beds overhauled, Fruit Tree pruning, Painting etc Phone Mark 085 133 7714

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

German Autoworks – Service Specialist VW/Audi, Mercedes, Skoda, Seat, Opel. Call 087 286 3997  www.germanautoworks.ie

Noel Nolan – Blessington Heating & Plumbing Service  www.blessingtonheatingandplumbing.ie Call Noel: 087 243 1499 or email nolannoel2@gmail.com

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 www.funeraldirectorsblessington.ie

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

Newsletter Advertising Rates, For just 50c per word per week you can reach a large, local audience. Cut-off for receiving adverts is Wed 10am. You can email the copy to office@blessington.info and pay in the Parish Office, or via the Donate button on our website or by bank transfer. Call the Parish Office: 045 865 327

Issue 1360 June 20th 2021

TWELFTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME 20th June 2021. The gospel is an invitation to faith; to believe in the presence of Christ even when he seems far away. This is part of the darkness of our relationship with God; faith in him is the dawn that follows darkness.

Mass Intentions this week

Marie Healy (RD) Hollywood, John Joseph Ryan (RD) Clonmel, Donnagh O’Brien (RD) UK, Gerry O’Hanlon (RD) Canada, Sheila Hearns (RD) Blessington

 Saturday 6pm: Noel Kelly (Months Mind), Jimmy Mahon (1st A), Paddy Byrne (20th A) Mary Brady (A)

Sunday 10am: Paddy Byrne (20th A), Tim & Teresa Murphy (A), Kevin Shiels (A) James Kavanagh (A), Larry, Mary & Matthew Lennon (A)Michael & Ann-Mary Norton (Rem)

We remember the following: John & Sarah McGee, Daragh Rowan, Bridget Moorhead, Walter Shirran, Vincent Bohan, James, Ellen & Denis Bohan, Dick Keogh, Margaret Glennon

Monday: Mass for Blessington List of the Sick

Tuesday: John & Sarah McGee (A), Daragh Rowan (A)

Wednesday: Josephine Horgan (A), Angela Toomey (RD)

Thursday: Mass offered for all on the Blessington Deceased Mass Card List

Friday: Pat McNamara (RD) James Rooney (RD)

Saturday 19th June: 6pm Mass in Blessington, 7.30pm in Lacken

Sunday 20th June: 10am Mass in Blessington, 11am in Manor Kilbride, 11.15 in Valleymount

Daily Mass: 9am Manor Kilbride, 9.30am Blessington

SATURDAY & SUNDAY MASSES – Due to the continued restrictions on numbers allowed to gather indoors it necessary that people apply for a ticket if they wish to attend 6pm Mass on Saturday or 10am Mass on Sunday in Church of Our Lady, Blessington. Tickets must be collected in the Parish Office between 9.30am & 1pm Mon to Fri 045 865 327

All Masses & Services are still available via Webcam www.blessingtonparish.ie

The Rosary will resume on Wednesday 7th July from 7pm to 8pm in Church of Our Lady, Blessington and will be offered for the  intentions of our families.

Dear Parishioner, The last year has been a very strange one & much of what we have taken for granted in our Church has changed. One of the areas where the impact of lower numbers & ongoing months of Church closures has had an effect is on the first collection which supports the priests of the Parish & the sick & retired priests of the Diocese. We have been very grateful for your financial support online and through donations left in the post-box in the Church. This, with your commitment to the Christmas & Easter Dues, has enabled the Common Fund (Diocesan Fund) to support the Priests here in our parish & in other parishes. However, the Common Fund, which is made up of the first collection, Christmas & Easter dues, is at an all-time low. We have been asked by the Diocese to introduce a ‘Summer Dues’ to  help with this. We will not be posting out envelopes for this, but we will have envelopes in all our Churches that you can take as you visit the Church during the summer months. We are very aware that everyone’s situation has changed, & we appreciate all your support. Your continued support is very much appreciated. Fr Richard.

Blessington Outdoor Car Boot Sale at St. Kevin’s Hall on Sunday 27th June from 7am to 4pm (Des Redmond Charities) Free Car Parking. Toilets. Tables €10. Info: 086 075 2072 – Pat Conlan. Bigi Linn…Bargains Galore! Covid Restrictions in Operation!

St Mary’s Schools and Blessington Parish Lotto. Jackpot: €5000. Congratulations to the recent weekly winner of €25 on 17th June, Sarah Flynn – Numbers drawn: 5, 21, 27, 30. If you’re not in, you can’t win! Text the word Blessington to 51444 or go to www.blessingtonparish.ie Thanks to all for the support! https://www.ourparishfundraiser.ie/parish/blessington/

Monthly Envelopes for the Month of June can be dropped into the Parish Office, Post Box in Church or to the collection boxes at Mass. Many thanks to all contributors for your continued support. Contact the Parish Office if you would like to begin a monthly donation.

MARY’S SCHOOLS PARENTS ASSOCIATION present a VIRTUAL 5K THIS WEEKEND! A fun-based event which you can walk, jog or run or even put the little ones on their bikes or scooters! Friday 18th to Sunday 20th June.  is now open.  This is a virtual event, which means you can complete the 5km where and when you like, once it is within the designated weekend. You are invited to register at Justruns Events website www.justrunsevents.com and when finished, post your results to the results page. There will be spot prizes for a number of categories. To be eligible you need to submit your 5km time. Some of the Spot prizes will be photo based, such as: Fancy Dress or Family Photo. To be in with a chance of winning enter a time for completing the 5km to the results page & share a photo to our Facebook page.  EVERYONE IN THE COMMUNITY IS WELCOME TO JOIN IN!

West Wicklow Cancer Support continues to offer a support service remotely to our service users and the wider Blessington Community. If your life has been touched by cancer in any way by a diagnosis or caring for someone our volunteers are here for you. We continue to offer weekly meditation and Art Canvas painting and will endeavour to assist you should you need any information or advice.  Contact us on 087 4346004 or by email westwicklow15@gmail.com  “The greatest healing therapy is friendship and love” stay well and stay safe.

Cruthú Art Gallery at Russborough will be open Saturdays/Sundays/Bank Holidays throughout the summer from 12 noon – 4pm. Our members have been very creative over the last 12 months and we are looking forward to exhibiting exciting new art pieces that will be available for purchase. We look forward to seeing you soon and please remember to mind the social distancing rules. www.cruthu.ie or contact us at cruthuart@gmail.com Also check out the Cruthú Art display at Blessington Tourist Office.

Blessington Library is open for browsing and borrowing. Opening hours for May:  Monday, Wednesday, Friday 10am to 5pm Tuesday, Thursday 10am to 8.30pm We look forward to seeing you! 045 891 740  blessingtonlib@wicklowcoco.ie

Blessington Union of Parishes are available on the parish YouTube channel by searching for “Blessington Union” or at this link https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=blessington+union

Fr Kevin’s Homilies are always available on our website: https://blessingtonparish.ie/homilies-year-b/

Support for PARISH FINANCES – Blessington, Crosschapel, Manor Kilbride, Valleymount / Lacken

Monthly / Weekly Envelopes: Contact Jean in the Parish Office if you would like to make a monthly/weekly envelope contribution or if you would like to re-join if you used to contribute.

Online: Donations / Contributions can be made  via the “Donate” button on the parish website (options available for all our Churches.)

 Bank Standing Order: If you would like to set up a monthly standing order through your bank, please contact Jean in the Parish Office

Parish Development Fund (PDF): Donations through the black PDF boxes in Blessington Church also go towards the running of the parish.

Shrines: The donations to shrines remains in the parish.

For the first time in over 50 years, the development of a swimming pool in West Wicklow is included in a Wicklow County Development Plan! This is a huge achievement which was made possible because of the support that our campaign for a pool for West Wicklow has received from our community. Thank you. The Wicklow County Development Draft Plan is now open for Public Consultation.  and we need your help!We need EVERYONE to make a submission about how much we need a Pool for West Wicklow & remind Wicklow County Council how important it is for our community! There are 3 ways that you can make a submission:

By Post:  Write/Draw why a Pool for West Wicklow is important to you & post it to Wicklow County Development Plan, County Development Plan Review, Planning Department, Wicklow Co Council, Station Road, Wicklow Town

Online: Create an account at the Wicklow County Council Consultation Portal at www.consult.wicklow.ie & submit your letter of support there.

As Part of Community Pool for West Wicklow’s Submission: Email us your letter and/or drawing of support for a Pool for West Wicklow and we will include it as part of our submission. Our email address is poolforwestwicklow@gmail.com Make sure to include your name and address in your submission. Tell Wicklow County Council why having a Pool in West Wicklow is important for you, your family, your Sports Club, your Community Group, your Business, or your School. You must be over 16 to make a submission but children can write letters or draw pictures about why having a swimming pool in West Wicklow is important to them and these letters and drawings can be included in a family or group submission. Your children can send us their letters and pictures and we will include them in our submission! The Draft County Development Plan can be viewed online at https://consult.wicklow.ieOr You can view the Draft Wicklow County Development Plan in person at the following locations:

  •  Town Wicklow County Council, County Buildings, Station Road,  Wicklow Town
  • Arklow Arklow Municipal District Office, Castle Park, Arklow Town
  • Blessington Blessington Civic Offices, Blessington Business Park, Blessington
  • Bray Bray Municipal District Office, Civic Offices, Main Street, Bray
  • Greystones Greystones Municipal District Office, Mill Road, Greystones

Please check the Council’s website or call 0404 20100 for arrangements to access to these buildings as appointments may be necessary having regard to prevailing COVID precautions. The DEADLINE for submissions is Monday August 16th at 5pm! We plan to host a number of online information sessions on how to make a submission to the Wicklow County Development Plan to talk you through the online Consultation Portal. More details about these to follow soon. If you have any questions or need any help with your submission, please email us at poolforWestWicklow@gmail.com Thank you for your continued support. Together we will get a Pool for West Wicklow! Deirdre, Jane, Marion, Sue & David, Community Pool for West Wicklow Committee

Show kindness to unkind people. Forgive people who don’t deserve it. Love unconditionally. Your actions always reflect who you are.

St Vincent de Paul Blessington, local number 087 181 1579

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Experienced, Friendly, Fun Local Babysitter Available; contact Holly 085 827 7177

We are delighted to announce we have 3 positions on the Blessington & District Community Employment Scheme. Please note you must be in receipt of a Social Welfare payment to qualify.

Job Ref: CES2182390, Closing Date 13th July 2021. Burgage Cemetery Groundskeeper.

Job Ref: CES 2182391, Closing Date 1st July 2021. Ballymore Parish Secretary.

Job Ref: Ces2182393, Closing Date 1st July 2021. St Vincent De Paul Retail Assistant

Contact Martin Cahill 085 252 3563 or email martincahill@blessingtonce.ie

Jones Power Tools Ltd. Sales, Service and Repairs. Specialises in Stihl and Honda. Stockists of Fleetwood Paint. Contact:- info@jonespowertools.ie Phone:- 059 648 1033

Tatty Tails Dog Grooming Salon. Professional dog groomer and veterinary nurse. Have your pet pampered in a purpose built salon. IPDGA member and insured. Call Avril – 087 358 7275

 

Castle Canine Cuts – Dog Grooming Service, 1-to-1 grooming for small to large breeds, open Monday to Saturday by appointment only, find us on Facebook or call Gillian 087 764 1911

Painter & Decorator, Interior & Exterior. Ph: Damien 085 826 0431

Rods + Cones Opticians Blessington. Beside the GARDA station. Formerly Cullinane Opticians. We are open during COVID lockdown for all your eyecare needs. FREE Eye Exam + Glasses with PRSI + Medical Card. Large selection of Designer Frames + Sunglasses. Special Offers + Discounts on 2nd Pairs, Varifocal Experts – try them with our 30 Day Guarantee. Many Thanks to all our loyal customers. Call 045-891 056 for an appointment.

Gardening – For Hedge clipping, Beds overhauled, Fruit Tree pruning, Painting etc Phone Mark 085 133 7714

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

German Autoworks – Service Specialist VW/Audi, Mercedes, Skoda, Seat, Opel. Call 087 286 3997  www.germanautoworks.ie

Noel Nolan – Blessington Heating & Plumbing Service  www.blessingtonheatingandplumbing.ie Call Noel: 087 243 1499 or email nolannoel2@gmail.com

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 www.funeraldirectorsblessington.ie

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

KARE – Community Employment Vacancies in the following areas: Support Workers, Childcare Assistants, Clerical/Administration, Receptionist, Accounts/Finance, Maintenance, Caretakers/Grounds Maintenance. Various locations in Kildare/Newbridge, Naas/Clane, Kilcullen/Athy, Baltinglass/Blessington/Tinahely. For further information contact: KARE CE Adult Supports Team  veronica.roche@kare.ie  elaine.noan@kare.ie KARE CE Childcare mairead.kavanagh@kare.ie Phone: 045 448 700

Newsletter Advertising Rates, For just 50c per word per week you can reach a large, local audience. Cut-off for receiving adverts is Wed 10am. You can email the copy to office@blessington.info and pay in the Parish Office, or via the Donate button on our website or by bank transfer. Call the Parish Office: 045 865 327

Issue 1359 June 13th 2021

ELEVENTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME 13th June 2021. The presence of God in our world is not always visible and His kingdom grows slowly. We are invited to grow in the confidence that God is always with us, even in the face of trials and evils.

Mass Intentions this week

Marie Healy (RD) Hollywood

Saturday 6pm: Jimmy Keogh (A) Dick Byrne (A) Christopher Brady Jnr (A) Siobhan Warren (A)

Sunday 10am: Kathleen Kelly (A) Paddy Howlin (A) John Jameson (A) Tom Cullen (A) Paddy Cullen (A)

We remember the following:

Monday: Mass for Blessington List of the Sick

Tuesday: Una Broe (RD) Nancy Murphy (RD)

Wednesday: Peter Healy (RD) Sadie O’Riordan (RD)

Thursday: Andy Farrington (RD) John Lipsett (RD)

Friday: Brendan Clarke (A) Bill Kelly (RD)

Saturday 12th June: 6pm Mass in Blessington, 7.30pm in Lacken

Sunday 13th June: 10am Mass in Blessington, 11am in Manor Kilbride, 11.15 in Valleymount

Daily Mass: 9am Manor Kilbride, 9.30am Blessington

SATURDAY & SUNDAY MASSES. Due to the continued restrictions on numbers allowed to gather indoors it necessary that people apply for a ticket if they wish to attend 6pm Mass on Saturday or 10am Mass on Sunday in Church of Our Lady, Blessington. Tickets must be collected in the Parish Office between 9.30am & 1pm, Mon to Fri 045 865 327

All Masses & Services are still available via Webcam www.blessingtonparish.ie

Blessington, Valleymount & Lacken Parishes are members of Eco Congregation Ireland. Last year we were awarded a certificate of Awareness for our efforts to promote Care of the earth & sustainable living through practical & spiritual means. In recent weeks we have planted bee pollinator plants & wildflower seed in the grounds of Valleymount & Lacken churches. We hope this will provide our bees with a good source of pollen & nectar. We also encourage people to pray for the earth especially in the all-important growing season of the summer months Pope Francis asks us to introduce these prayers regularly in our prayer of the faithful & in a Communion Reflection.

Cruthú Art Gallery at Russborough will be open Saturdays/Sundays/Bank Holidays throughout the summer from 12 noon – 4pm. Our members have been very creative over the last 12 months and we are looking forward to exhibiting exciting new art pieces that will be available for purchase. We look forward to seeing you soon and please remember to mind the social distancing rules. www.cruthu.ie or contact us at cruthuart@gmail.com Also check out the Cruthú Art display at Blessington Tourist Office.

Blessington Food, Arts & Crafts starts this Saturday 12th June @Brew21 from 10am till 2pm. Join us for a browse a brew and a belly full this Saturday.

Blessington Library is open for browsing and borrowing. Opening hours for May:  Monday, Wednesday, Friday 10am to 5pm Tuesday, Thursday 10am to 8.30pm We look forward to seeing you! 045 891 740  blessingtonlib@wicklowcoco.ie

MARY’S SCHOOLS PARENTS ASSOCIATION present a VIRTUAL 5K  A fun based event which you can walk, jog or run or even put the little ones on their bikes or scooters! Taking place on the weekend of Friday 18th to Sunday 20th June. Registration is now open.  This is a virtual event, which means you can complete the 5km where and when you like, once it is within the designated weekend.  You are invited to register at Justruns Events website www.justrunsevents.com  and when finished, post your results to the results page. There will be spot prizes for a number of categories. To be eligible you need to submit a time for completing the 5km.  Some of the Spot prizes will be photo based, such as Fancy Dress or Family Photo. To be in with a chance of winning enter a time for completing the 5km to the results page & share a photo to our Facebook page. More details on this will follow as we get closer to the event. EVERYONE IN THE COMMUNITY IS WELCOME TO JOIN IN!

Hennessey’s of Blessington – This year, 2021 Hennessey’s celebrate 100 years of business in Blessington.  To commemorate this special year, we have a museum in our Hardware Store with artifacts and photographs of local people, old family photos, unusual items of interest etc. We will be open on Tuesday evenings from 7pm to 9pm. If you would like to visit our museum, we will allocate a time slot. Please TEXT 087 674 1286 to book a time. Remember to wear a mask. Looking forward to welcoming you all.

Blessington Educate Together National School are accepting limited enrolments for our Junior Infants, older Mainstream classes and our Junior ASD class for the next academic year 2021-2022. Enrolment forms are available on our website www.betns.ie   You can also contact us in the office on 045 865 281 or email  office@betns.ie

Gaelscoil na Lochanna (established 15 years) is now accepting enrolments for the new school year. Our children learn to speak Irish quickly and learn everything through Irish. A Brand new school building is on the way. We are launching a New “Aistear” Infant play room in September. Parents do not need Irish to start children in school. gsnl.info, www.gaelscoilnalochanna.com All enquiries to 045 900 525, or 087 938 8651 or via website. Fáilte

St Brigid’s N.S. Manor Kilbride are accepting enrolments for the next school year: 2021 – 2022. To enrol your child, please call Charlotte in our school office 01 458 2550 or find the enrolment documents on our school website http://manorkilbridens.scoilnet.ie/blog/

Lacken National School are now accepting enrolments for Mainstream and Early Intervention Classes for September 2021. School bus runs daily from/to Blessington. The school offers afterschool care for Junior and Senior Infants until 2.30 pm. Lacken School also has a pre-school facility which is ECCE and NCS approved. Enrolment forms can be downloaded from www.lackenns.com or please contact the school office on 045 865 086 or lackenschool@eircom.net

Blessington Union of Parishes are available on the parish YouTube channel by searching for “Blessington Union” or at this link

St Mary’s Schools and Blessington Parish Lotto. Jackpot: €5000 – Congratulations to the recent weekly winner of €25 on 10th June, John Carron – Numbers drawn: 2, 13, 21, 30 – If you’re not in you can’t win! Text the word Blessington to 51444 or go to www.blessingtonparish.ie Thanks to all for the support!
https://www.ourparishfundraiser.ie/parish/blessington/

West Wicklow Cancer Support – If your life has been touched by cancer in any way, we are here for you, contact us on 087 434 6004 /  westwicklow15@gmail.com or find us on Facebook. “Nobody is exempt from the trials of life but everyone can always find something positive in everything even in the worst of times. Keep smiling and moving, we are stronger together”

Fr Kevin’s Homilies are always available on our website: https://blessingtonparish.ie/homilies-year-b/

Support for PARISH FINANCES – Blessington, Crosschapel, Manor Kilbride, Valleymount / Lacken

Monthly / Weekly Envelopes: Contact Jean in the Parish Office if you would like to make a monthly/weekly envelope contribution or if you would like to re-join if you used to contribute.

Online: Donations / Contributions can be made  via the “Donate” button on the parish website (options available for all our Churches.)

 Bank Standing Order: If you would like to set up a monthly standing order through your bank, please contact Jean in the Parish Office

Parish Development Fund (PDF): Donations through the black PDF boxes in Blessington Church also go towards the running of the parish.

Shrines: The donations to shrines remains in the parish.

St Vincent de Paul Blessington, local number 087 181 1579

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We are delighted to announce we have 3 positions on the Blessington & District Community Employment Scheme. Please note you must be in receipt of a Social Welfare payment to qualify.

Job Ref: CES2182390, Closing Date 13th July 2021. Burgage Cemetery Groundskeeper.

Job Ref: CES 2182391, Closing Date 1st July 2021. Ballymore Parish Secretary.

Job Ref: Ces2182393, Closing Date 1st July 2021. St Vincent De Paul Retail Assistant

Contact Martin Cahill 085 252 3563 or email martincahill@blessingtonce.ie

Jones Power Tools Ltd. Sales, Service and Repairs. Specialises in Stihl and Honda. Stockists of Fleetwood Paint. Contact:- info@jonespowertools.ie Phone:- 059 648 1033

Tatty Tails Dog Grooming Salon. Professional dog groomer and veterinary nurse. Have your pet pampered in a purpose built salon. IPDGA member and insured. Call Avril – 087 358 7275

Happy Faces is seeking relief staff, mornings only 9.15am to 12.15pm minimum Level 5 required. Please email happyfaces@blessingtonfec.ie

Castle Canine Cuts – Dog Grooming Service, 1-to-1 grooming for small to large breeds, open Monday to Saturday by appointment only, find us on Facebook or call Gillian 087 764 1911

Painter & Decorator, Interior & Exterior. Ph: Damien 085 826 0431

Rods + Cones Opticians Blessington. Beside the GARDA station. Formerly Cullinane Opticians. We are open during COVID lockdown for all your eyecare needs. FREE Eye Exam + Glasses with PRSI + Medical Card. Large selection of Designer Frames + Sunglasses. Special Offers + Discounts on 2nd Pairs, Varifocal Experts – try them with our 30 Day Guarantee. Many Thanks to all our loyal customers. Call 045-891 056 for an appointment.

Gardening – For Hedge clipping, Beds overhauled, Fruit Tree pruning, Painting etc Phone Mark 085 133 7714

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

German Autoworks – Service Specialist VW/Audi, Mercedes, Skoda, Seat, Opel. Call 087 286 3997  www.germanautoworks.ie

Noel Nolan – Blessington Heating & Plumbing Service  www.blessingtonheatingandplumbing.ie Call Noel: 087 243 1499 or email nolannoel2@gmail.com

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 www.funeraldirectorsblessington.ie

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

KARE – Community Employment Vacancies in the following areas: Support Workers, Childcare Assistants, Clerical/Administration, Receptionist, Accounts/Finance, Maintenance, Caretakers/Grounds Maintenance. Various locations in Kildare/Newbridge, Naas/Clane, Kilcullen/Athy, Baltinglass/Blessington/Tinahely. For further information contact: KARE CE Adult Supports Team  veronica.roche@kare.ie  elaine.noan@kare.ie KARE CE Childcare mairead.kavanagh@kare.ie Phone: 045 448 700

Newsletter Advertising Rates, For just 50c per word per week you can reach a large, local audience. Cut-off for receiving adverts is Wed 10am. You can email the copy to office@blessington.info and pay in the Parish Office, or via the Donate button on our website or by bank transfer. Call the Parish Office: 045 865 327

Issue 1358 6th June 2021

THE MOST HOLY BODY AND BLOOD OF CHRIST – 6th June 2021. Today is our celebration that Jesus is present always with us, in signs we can recognise but not understand. It is a feast of the mystery of his presence, always close to his people.

Mass Intentions this week

Brendan Clarke (RD) Blessington, John Lipsett (RD) Blessington

 Saturday 6pm: Bill Garry (A) Mick Curran (A) Vera Byrne (Birthday Remembrance) Mary Kavanagh (A)

Sunday 10am: Nora O’Hara (A) Michael Connolly (RD) Colette Kelly (A)

We remember the following: James Cullen, Essie & Paddy Murray, Mairead Hudson, Hudson & Carroll Families, Vin Duffler

Monday: Mass for Blessington List of the Sick

Tuesday: Gerry Hayes (Months Mind) Vera Byrne (Birthday Rem) Kathleen Balfe (A)

Wednesday: John Richardson (Months Mind) Una Broe (RD)

Thursday: Joe Roche (40th A) 10th Wedding Anniversary Exam Mass Int, Exam Mass Int

Friday: Martin Burke (A) Martin, Teresa & John O’Hara (Rem)

Saturday 5th June: 6pm Mass

Sunday 6th June: Mass at 10am

Daily Mass: 9am Manor Kilbride, 9.30am Blessington10am Crosschapel

SATURDAY & SUNDAY MASSES. Due to the continued restrictions on numbers allowed to gather indoors it necessary that people apply for a ticket if they wish to attend 6pm Mass on Saturday or 10am Mass on Sunday in Church of Our Lady, Blessington. Tickets must be collected in the Parish Office between 9.30am & 1pm, Mon to Fri 045 865 327

All Masses & Services are still available via Webcam www.blessingtonparish.ie

A time of grace and reflection – Sacred Heart Novena 2021 continues to Friday 11th June, Church of Our Lady, Blessington. Join us in prayer every morning at 9.30am Mass as we draw strength and hope from the Sacred Heart of Jesus. Prayer leaflets will be available in the Church porch.

2021 Private Members Draw In aid of Valleymount & Lacken Churches. Winners for May, draw held on the 30th May. Kathleen O’ Sullivan, Mary Tipper, Peter O’ Sullivan, Peter Clarke, Joan & Sean Farrington.

FAMILIES WALKING TOGETHER IN HOPE – The ‘Walking Together in Hope’ initiative will be launched on 25th August at St Mary’s Pro-Cathedral. The Archdiocese of Dublin will provide some simple & achievable ideas for families & parishes starting in September. We want to encourage families to take part in various initiatives to support faith lived in the home & celebrated together in our parishes. Our goal is to celebrate moments of hope & joy in family life, with resources suitable for learning, living & leading faith that are complementary to the way family is lived today.

Valleymount Weekly Envelopes for the Support of the Parish June 2021 –May 2022. This year’s boxes of envelopes are now available to collect from Valleymount Church porch. This collection is a vital way to raise funds for the running of the parish and we are most grateful for your continued support with your generous weekly contributions. If you would like to sign up to contribute through the Family Offering Envelopes, please call Jean in the Parish Office in Blessington 045 865 327

MARY’S SCHOOLS PARENTS ASSOCIATION present a VIRTUAL 5K  A fun based event which you can walk, jog or run or even put the little ones on their bikes or scooters! Taking place on the weekend of Friday 18th to Sunday 20th June. Registration is now open.  This is a virtual event, which means you can complete the 5km where and when you like, once it is within the designated weekend.  You are invited to register at Justruns Events website www.justrunsevents.com  and when finished, post your results to the results page. There will be spot prizes for a number of categories. To be eligible you need to submit a time for completing the 5km.  Some of the Spot prizes will be photo based, such as Fancy Dress or Family Photo. To be in with a chance of winning enter a time for completing the 5km to the results page & share a photo to our Facebook page. nMore details on this will follow as we get closer to the event. EVERYONE IN THE COMMUNITY IS WELCOME TO JOIN IN!

Blessington Educate Together National School are accepting limited enrolments for our Junior Infants, older Mainstream classes and our Junior ASD class for the next academic year 2021-2022. Enrolment forms are available on our website www.betns.ie   You can also contact us in the office on 045 865 281 or email  office@betns.ie

Gaelscoil na Lochanna (established 15 years) is now accepting enrolments for the new school year. Our children learn to speak Irish quickly and learn everything through Irish. A Brand new school building is on the way. We are launching a New “Aistear” Infant play room in September. Parents do not need Irish to start children in school. gsnl.info, www.gaelscoilnalochanna.com All enquiries to 045 900 525, or 087 938 8651 or via website. Fáilte

St Brigid’s N.S. Manor Kilbride are accepting enrolments for the next school year: 2021 – 2022. To enrol your child, please call Charlotte in our school office 01 458 2550 or find the enrolment documents on our school website http://manorkilbridens.scoilnet.ie/blog/

Lacken National School are now accepting enrolments for Mainstream and Early Intervention Classes for September 2021. School bus runs daily from/to Blessington. The school offers afterschool care for Junior and Senior Infants until 2.30 pm. Lacken School also has a pre-school facility which is ECCE and NCS approved. Enrolment forms can be downloaded from www.lackenns.com or please contact the school office on 045 865 086 or lackenschool@eircom.net

Blessington Library is open for browsing and borrowing. Opening hours for May:  Monday, Wednesday, Friday 10am to 5pm Tuesday, Thursday 10am to 8.30pm We look forward to seeing you! 045 891 740  blessingtonlib@wicklowcoco.ie

Hennessey’s of Blessington – This year, 2021 Hennessey’s celebrate 100 years of business in Blessington.  To commemorate this special year, we have a museum in our Hardware Store with artifacts and photographs of local people, old family photos, unusual items of interest etc. We will be open on Tuesday evenings from 7pm to 9pm. If you would like to visit our museum, we will allocate a time slot. Please TEXT 087 674 1286 to book a time. Remember to wear a mask. Looking forward to welcoming you all.

Blessington Union of Parishes are available on the parish YouTube channel by searching for “Blessington Union” or at this link

St Mary’s Schools and Blessington Parish Lotto. Jackpot: €4950 – Congratulations to the recent weekly winner of €25 on 3rd June,  William Roche – Numbers drawn: 5, 13, 15, 19 – If you’re not in you can’t win! Text the word Blessington to 51444 or go to www.blessingtonparish.ie Thanks to all for the support!

West Wicklow Cancer Support – If your life has been touched by cancer in any way, we are here for you, contact us on 087 434 6004 /  westwicklow15@gmail.com or find us on Facebook. “Nobody is exempt from the trials of life but everyone can always find something positive in everything even in the worst of times. Keep smiling and moving, we are stronger together”

Fr Kevin’s Homilies are always available on our website: https://blessingtonparish.ie/homilies-year-b/

Support for PARISH FINANCES – Blessington, Crosschapel, Manor Kilbride, Valleymount / Lacken

Monthly / Weekly Envelopes: Contact Jean in the Parish Office if you would like to make a monthly/weekly envelope contribution or if you would like to re-join if you used to contribute.

Online: Donations / Contributions can be made  via the “Donate” button on the parish website (options available for all our Churches.)

 Bank Standing Order: If you would like to set up a monthly standing order through your bank, please contact Jean in the Parish Office

Parish Development Fund (PDF): Donations through the black PDF boxes in Blessington Church also go towards the running of the parish.

Shrines: The donations to shrines remains in the parish.

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

St Vincent de Paul Blessington, local number 087 181 1579

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Ladies Get into Golf Programme – Venue:- Blessington Lakes Golf Club, Boystown, Valleymount, Co. Wicklow. Commencing Wednesday 16th June at 8.00pm – 8 week beginner programme including lessons with PGA professional, Tom O’Neill – Equipment provided – Sample chipping, putting and long game – Fun, on course scramble with members – Social and friendly environment – Follow on membership offers. – Cost €80.00. For more information contact: Mairead Hackett 086 824 6721, Helen Farrell 087 275 9100, Clubhouse 045 867 146 Email blessingtonlakesgc2018@gmail.com

Jones Power Tools Ltd. Sales, Service and Repairs. Specialises in Stihl and Honda. Stockists of Fleetwood Paint. Contact:- info@jonespowertools.ie Phone:- 059 648 1033

Tatty Tails Dog Grooming Salon. Professional dog groomer and veterinary nurse. Have your pet pampered in a purpose built salon. IPDGA member and insured. Call Avril – 087 358 7275

Happy Faces is seeking relief staff, mornings only 9.15am to 12.15pm minimum Level 5 required. Please email happyfaces@blessingtonfec.ie

Castle Canine Cuts – Dog Grooming Service, 1-to-1 grooming for small to large breeds, open Monday to Saturday by appointment only, find us on Facebook or call Gillian 087 764 1911

Painter & Decorator, Interior & Exterior. Ph: Damien 085 826 0431

Luxury Irish Gift Boxes – Solace Sister Gifts. Our gift boxes are perfect for all occasions; Birthdays, New Mothers & Babies, Thank You Gifts, Sympathy Gifts or simply ‘Just Because’. Website: www.solacesistergifts.ie

Rods + Cones Opticians Blessington. Beside the GARDA station. Formerly Cullinane Opticians. We are open during COVID lockdown for all your eyecare needs. FREE Eye Exam + Glasses with PRSI + Medical Card. Large selection of Designer Frames + Sunglasses. Special Offers + Discounts on 2nd Pairs, Varifocal Experts – try them with our 30 Day Guarantee. Many Thanks to all our loyal customers. Call 045-891 056 for an appointment.

Gardening – For Hedge clipping, Beds overhauled, Fruit Tree pruning, Painting etc Phone Mark 085 133 7714

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

German Autoworks – Service Specialist VW/Audi, Mercedes, Skoda, Seat, Opel. Call 087 286 3997  www.germanautoworks.ie

Noel Nolan – Blessington Heating & Plumbing Service  www.blessingtonheatingandplumbing.ie Call Noel: 087 243 1499 or email nolannoel2@gmail.com

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 www.funeraldirectorsblessington.ie

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

Newsletter Advertising Rates, For just 50c per word per week you can reach a large, local audience. Cut-off for receiving adverts is Wed 10am. You can email the copy to office@blessington.info and pay in the Parish Office, or via the Donate button on our website or by bank transfer. Call the Parish Office: 045 865 327

 

Issue 1357 May 30th 2021

TRINITY SUNDAY 30th May 2021

Holy Trinity look down on our world & see that many people, old & young, rich & poor, are lost and need God’s presence. Thus, they send Jesus among us, the one who saves us, who is God’s love & companion among us.

Mass Intentions this week

Una Broe, (RD) Brittas, & late of Blessington, Andy Farrington, (RD) Ballyknockan, Caroline Nugent (RD) Kildare Town

 Saturday 6pm: Emma Gale (1st A), Agnes Reilly (Mths Mind), Myles & Tess Reilly (Rem), Nancy Kelly (Rem) Mick Clarke (A)

Sunday 10am: Annie Kilbride, Maureen Cuddy (A), Ann Brady (A) Jim Toomey (A)

We remember the following: Sp Intentions for Family & Friends, Larry Smith (A)

Monday: Mass for Blessington List of the Sick

Tuesday: Get Well Mass, Thinking of You Mass

Wednesday: Berkeley Vincent (RD), Morgan O’Connell (RD)

Thursday: Eithne Daly (RD), Kieran Stynes (A)

Friday: 1st Friday Mass offered for all on the November List of the Dead

Saturday 29th May: 6pm Mass

Sunday 30th May: Mass at 10am

Daily Mass: 9am Manor Kilbride, 9.30am Blessington10am Crosschapel

Friday 7th May: 1st Friday: Masses offered for all on the Altar List of the Dead

SATURDAY & SUNDAY MASSES. Due to the continued restrictions on numbers allowed to gather indoors it necessary that people apply for a ticket if they wish to attend 6pm Mass on Saturday or 10am Mass on Sunday in Church of Our Lady, Blessington. Tickets must be collected in the Parish Office between 9.30am & 1pm, Mon to Fri 045 865 327

All Masses & Services are still available via Webcam www.blessingtonparish.ie

A time of grace and reflection – Sacred Heart Novena 2021. Thursday 3rd June to Friday 11th June, Church of Our Lady, Blessington. Join us in prayer every morning at 9.30am Mass as we draw strength and hope from the Sacred Heart of Jesus. Prayer leaflets will be available in the Church porch.

FAMILIES WALKING TOGETHER IN HOPE – The ‘Walking Together in Hope’ initiative will be launched on 25th August at St Mary’s Pro-Cathedral. The Archdiocese of Dublin will provide some simple & achievable ideas for families & parishes starting in September. We want to encourage families to take part in various initiatives to support faith lived in the home & celebrated together in our parishes. Our goal is to celebrate moments of hope & joy in family life, with resources suitable for learning, living & leading faith that are complementary to the way family is lived today.

Valleymount Weekly Envelopes for the Support of the Parish June 2021 –May 2022. This year’s boxes of envelopes are now available to collect from Valleymount Church porch. This collection is a vital way to raise funds for the running of the parish and we are most grateful for your continued support with your generous weekly contributions. If you would like to sign up to contribute through the Family Offering Envelopes, please call Jean in the Parish Office in Blessington 045 865 327

MARY’S SCHOOLS PARENTS ASSOCIATION present a VIRTUAL 5K  A fun based event which you can walk, jog or run or even put the little ones on their bikes or scooters! Taking place on the weekend of Friday 18th to Sunday 20th June. Registration is now open.  This is a virtual event, which means you can complete the 5km where and when you like, once it is within the designated weekend.  You are invited to register at Justruns Events website www.justrunsevents.com  and when finished, post your results to the results page. There will be spot prizes for a number of categories. To be eligible you need to submit a time for completing the 5km.  Some of the Spot prizes will be photo based, such as Fancy Dress or Family Photo. To be in with a chance of winning enter a time for completing the 5km to the results page & share a photo to our Facebook page. nMore details on this will follow as we get closer to the event. EVERYONE IN THE COMMUNITY IS WELCOME TO JOIN IN!

Blessington Educate Together National School are accepting limited enrolments for our Junior Infants, older Mainstream classes and our Junior ASD class for the next academic year 2021-2022. Enrolment forms are available on our website www.betns.ie   You can also contact us in the office on 045 865 281 or email  office@betns.ie

Gaelscoil na Lochanna (established 15 years) is now accepting enrolments for the new school year. Our children learn to speak Irish quickly and learn everything through Irish. A Brand new school building is on the way. We are launching a New “Aistear” Infant play room in September. Parents do not need Irish to start children in school. gsnl.info, www.gaelscoilnalochanna.com All enquiries to 045 900 525, or 087 938 8651 or via website. Fáilte

St Brigid’s N.S. Manor Kilbride are accepting enrolments for the next school year: 2021 – 2022. To enrol your child, please call Charlotte in our school office 01 458 2550 or find the enrolment documents on our school website http://manorkilbridens.scoilnet.ie/blog/

Lacken National School are now accepting enrolments for Mainstream and Early Intervention Classes for September 2021. School bus runs daily from/to Blessington. The school offers afterschool care for Junior and Senior Infants until 2.30 pm. Lacken School also has a pre-school facility which is ECCE and NCS approved. Enrolment forms can be downloaded from www.lackenns.com or please contact the school office on 045 865 086 or lackenschool@eircom.net

Blessington Library is open for browsing and borrowing. Opening hours for May:  Monday, Wednesday, Friday 10am to 5pm Tuesday, Thursday 10am to 8.30pm We look forward to seeing you! 045 891 740  blessingtonlib@wicklowcoco.ie

Hennessey’s of Blessington – This year, 2021 Hennessey’s celebrate 100 years of business in Blessington.  To commemorate this special year, we have a museum in our Hardware Store with artifacts and photographs of local people, old family photos, unusual items of interest etc. We will be open on Tuesday evenings from 7pm to 9pm. If you would like to visit our museum, we will allocate a time slot. Please TEXT 087 674 1286 to book a time. Remember to wear a mask. Looking forward to welcoming you all.

Blessington Union of Parishes are available on the parish YouTube channel by searching for “Blessington Union” or at this link

St Mary’s Schools and Blessington Parish Lotto. Jackpot: €4900 – Congratulations to the recent weekly winner of €25 on May 27th  Ellen McCabe– Numbers drawn: 9, 14, 18, 20 – If you’re not in you can’t win! Text the word Blessington to 51444 or go to www.blessingtonparish.ie Thanks to all for the support!

West Wicklow Cancer Support – If your life has been touched by cancer in any way, we are here for you, contact us on 087 434 6004 /  westwicklow15@gmail.com or find us on Facebook. “Nobody is exempt from the trials of life but everyone can always find something positive in everything even in the worst of times. Keep smiling and moving, we are stronger together”

Fr Kevin’s Homilies are always available on our website: https://blessingtonparish.ie/homilies-year-b/

Support for PARISH FINANCES – Blessington, Crosschapel, Manor Kilbride, Valleymount / Lacken

Monthly / Weekly Envelopes: Contact Jean in the Parish Office if you would like to make a monthly/weekly envelope contribution or if you would like to re-join if you used to contribute.

Online: Donations / Contributions can be made  via the “Donate” button on the parish website (options available for all our Churches.)

 Bank Standing Order: If you would like to set up a monthly standing order through your bank, please contact Jean in the Parish Office

Parish Development Fund (PDF): Donations through the black PDF boxes in Blessington Church also go towards the running of the parish.

Shrines: The donations to shrines remains in the parish.

St Vincent de Paul Blessington, local number 087 181 1579

  • NEWSLETTER ADS

Tatty Tails Dog Grooming Salon. Professional dog groomer and veterinary nurse. Have your pet pampered in a purpose built salon. IPDGA member and insured. Call Avril – 087 358 7275

Happy Faces is seeking relief staff, mornings only 9.15am to 12.15pm minimum Level 5 required. Please email happyfaces@blessingtonfec.ie

Job Opportunities at VENTAC Blessington. Ventac Design, Manufacture and Supply. Acoustic Solutions for Commercial and Industrial Vehicle OEM’s. We have the following vacancies for Production Personnel at our Head Offices in Fitzwilliam House, Blessington, Co. Wicklow, W91 V972 – General Operatives – Sewing Machinists (training will be provided) Please email your CV and cover letter to hr@ventac.com

FUNBUGS Childcare Rathmore, Eadestown, Naas, Co Kildare.  Email: Manager@funbugs.ie  Phone: 045 862 929. We are currently inviting applicants to apply for the post of Crèche Manager at Funbugs Childcare. Are you an ambitious, driven and self-motivated leader? If so, then this post may be for you. Requirements Essential: Minimum FETAC level 6 on the national qualification’s framework. At least two years’ experience in a leadership role within early childhood. A sincere and genuine love of children. To be self-motivated and ability to motivate others. Professional manner at all times Creative and promote strong relationships between staff, children and families. Roles and responsibilities include: Ensuring the smooth day-to-day running of Crèche. Maintaining the utmost safety, welfare and needs of all children are met at all times. Continuously ensuring all records are up to date and organised for compliance checks. Managing staff, ensuring that all new staff and students receive induction training. Ensuring staff have a professional appearance and are in full uniform daily. Conducting monthly fire drills. Job Type:  Full time, 40 hours per week. Salary:  Negotiable. Please forward an up-to-date C.V to Sinéad Tobin at Manager@funbugs.ie

Castle Canine Cuts – Dog Grooming Service, 1-to-1 grooming for small to large breeds, open Monday to Saturday by appointment only, find us on Facebook or call Gillian 087 764 1911

Painter & Decorator, Interior & Exterior. Ph: Damien 085 826 0431

Looking forward to the long summer days? Remember Jones Power Tools for Sales and Services for all your garden machines. Talk to our friendly and knowledgeable staff. Always happy to help. Contact:-  info@jonespowertools.ie Phone : – 059 64 81033

Luxury Irish Gift Boxes – Solace Sister Gifts. Our gift boxes are perfect for all occasions; Birthdays, New Mothers & Babies, Thank You Gifts, Sympathy Gifts or simply ‘Just Because’. Website: www.solacesistergifts.ie

4 Large Bedrooms With Ensuite to rent short or long term kitchen living room wash room dryer. Good parking over looking blessington lake’s. Rooms 450 per month. Contact 0892765072

Rods + Cones Opticians Blessington. Beside the GARDA station. Formerly Cullinane Opticians. We are open during COVID lockdown for all your eyecare needs. FREE Eye Exam + Glasses with PRSI + Medical Card. Large selection of Designer Frames + Sunglasses. Special Offers + Discounts on 2nd Pairs, Varifocal Experts – try them with our 30 Day Guarantee. Many Thanks to all our loyal customers. Call 045-891 056 for an appointment.

Gardening – For Hedge clipping, Beds overhauled, Fruit Tree pruning, Painting etc Phone Mark 085 133 7714

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

German Autoworks – Service Specialist VW/Audi, Mercedes, Skoda, Seat, Opel. Call 087 286 3997  www.germanautoworks.ie

Noel Nolan – Blessington Heating & Plumbing Service  www.blessingtonheatingandplumbing.ie Call Noel: 087 243 1499 or email nolannoel2@gmail.com

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 www.funeraldirectorsblessington.ie

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

KARE – Community Employment Vacancies in the following areas: Support Workers, Childcare Assistants, Clerical/Administration, Receptionist, Accounts/Finance, Maintenance, Caretakers/Grounds Maintenance. Various locations in Kildare/Newbridge, Naas/Clane, Kilcullen/Athy, Baltinglass/Blessington/Tinahely. For further information contact: KARE Ce Adult Supports Team  veronica.roche@kare.ie  elaine.noan@kare.ie KARE CE Childcare  mairead.kavanagh@kare.ie Phone: 045 448 700

New Courses at the Further Education and Training Centre Blessington. We are now recruiting for courses starting in September 2021. If you are interested in up-skilling or learning something new we have the course for you! New ** Back to work course ** – 3 days a week – must be over the age of 21 and in receipt of a social welfare payment for at least 6 months. Part time courses in the following:

  • Childcare Level 5 and 6 (2 evenings a week)
  • Healthcare Level 5 (2 evenings a week)
  • E Business Level 5 (2 mornings a week)
  • Business with Tourism Level 5 (2 mornings a week)
  • Office Skills Level 4 (2 mornings a week)
  • Horticulture (2 mornings a week)

For more information on any of the above please contact us blessingtonfetc@kwetb.ie or 086 806 1569 or 086 850 3833. Looking forward to welcoming you all in September 2021

Newsletter Advertising Rates, For just 50c per word per week you can reach a large, local audience. Cut-off for receiving adverts is Wed 10am. You can email the copy to office@blessington.info and pay in the Parish Office, or via the Donate button on our website or by bank transfer. Call the Parish Office: 045 865 327

 

 

Issue 1356 May 23rd 2021

Mass Intentions this week

Brendan Clarke (RD) Lacken, Noel Kelly (RD) Blessington

Saturday 6pm: Nicholas Dunne (A), Mairead Hudson (A), Laurence Carroll (A)

Sunday 10am: Tom & Molly Hamilton (A), Terence Newe (A)

We remember the following: James Byrne (Baltyboys), John McGuire, Jackie McGuire, James McGuire (Birthday Rem), Teresa McGuire, Paddy Kelly, Annie, James, Ellen & Edward Kelly, Eileen Kelly, Patrick & Elizabeth Kelly, Seamus Murphy, Gabrielle Murphy, Martin & Nora Murphy, James & Lilian Darcy, Thomas & Susan Eustace, Thomas & Ann Eustace

Monday: Mass for Blessington List of the Sick

Tuesday: Lena Elliot (RD), Aoife Bonar (RD), Get Well Intention

Wednesday: Get Well Mass Intentions, Thanksgiving Mass, Special Living Intention

Thursday: Mass offered for all on the Blessington Deceased Mass Card List

Friday: Tom Keating (RD), Mary Kavanagh, Baltyboys, (Birthday Remembrance)

Saturday 22nd May: 6pm Mass

Sunday 23rd May: Mass at 10am

Daily Mass: 9am Manor Kilbride, 9.30am Blessington10am Crosschapel

SATURDAY & SUNDAY MASSES – Due to the continued restrictions on numbers allowed to gather indoors it necessary that people apply for a ticket if they wish to attend 6pm Mass on Saturday or 10am Mass on Sunday in Church of Our Lady, Blessington. Tickets must be collected in the Parish Office between 9.30am & 1pm. Mon to Fri 045 865 327

All Masses & Services are still available via Webcam www.blessingtonparish.ie

Valleymount Weekly Envelopes for the Support of the Parish June 2021 –May 2022. This year’s boxes of envelopes are now available to collect from Valleymount Church porch. This collection is a vital way to raise funds for the running of the parish and we are most grateful for your continued support with your generous weekly contributions. If you would like to sign up to contribute through the Family Offering Envelopes, please call Jean in the Parish Office in Blessington 045 865 327

A time of grace and reflection – Sacred Heart Novena 2021. Thursday 3rd June to Friday 11th June, Church of Our Lady, Blessington. Join us in prayer every morning at 9.30am Mass as we draw strength and hope from the Sacred Heart of Jesus. Prayer leaflets will be available in the Church porch.

TROCAIRE BOXES – If your Trocaire Box is still sitting on the windowsill at home we would be most grateful if you could drop it to the Parish Office as soon as possible.

Blessington Library is open for browsing and borrowing. Opening hours for May:  Monday, Wednesday, Friday 10am to 5pm Tuesday, Thursday 10am to 8.30pm We look forward to seeing you! 045 891 740  blessingtonlib@wicklowcoco.ie

Hennessey’s of Blessington – This year, 2021 Hennessey’s celebrate 100 years of business in Blessington.  To commemorate this special year, we have a museum in our Hardware Store with artifacts and photographs of local people, old family photos, unusual items of interest etc. We will be open on Tuesday evenings from 7pm to 9pm. If you would like to visit our museum, we will allocate a time slot. Please TEXT 087 674 1286 to book a time. Remember to wear a mask. Looking forward to welcoming you all.

Blessington Union of Parishes are available on the parish YouTube channel by searching for “Blessington Union” or at this link

St Mary’s Schools and Blessington Parish Lotto. Jackpot: €4850 – Congratulations to the recent weekly winner of €25 on May 20th  Karen bolger– Numbers drawn: 1, 2, 4, 8 – If you’re not in you can’t win! Text the word Blessington to 51444 or go to www.blessingtonparish.ie Thanks to all for the support!

Good Dry Kindling for Sale at Blessington Men’s Shed. 1 bag for €3 and 4 bags for €10. Information & collection: John Flynn at 087 297 7678. All money raised will go towards the upkeep of Shed during these difficult times.

Blessington Educate Together National School are accepting limited enrolments for our Junior Infants, older Mainstream classes and our Junior ASD class for the next academic year 2021-2022. Enrolment forms are available on our website www.betns.ie   You can also contact us in the office on 045 865 281 or email  office@betns.ie

Gaelscoil na Lochanna (established 15 years) is now accepting enrolments for the new school year. Our children learn to speak Irish quickly and learn everything through Irish. A Brand new school building is on the way. We are launching a New “Aistear” Infant play room in September. Parents do not need Irish to start children in school. gsnl.info, www.gaelscoilnalochanna.com All enquiries to 045 900 525, or 087 938 8651 or via website. Fáilte

St Brigid’s N.S. Manor Kilbride are accepting enrolments for the next school year: 2021 – 2022. To enrol your child, please call Charlotte in our school office 01 458 2550 or find the enrolment documents on our school website http://manorkilbridens.scoilnet.ie/blog/

Lacken National School are now accepting enrolments for Mainstream and Early Intervention Classes for September 2021. School bus runs daily from/to Blessington. The school offers afterschool care for Junior and Senior Infants until 2.30 pm. Lacken School also has a pre-school facility which is ECCE and NCS approved. Enrolment forms can be downloaded from www.lackenns.com or please contact the school office on 045 865 086 or lackenschool@eircom.net

Support for PARISH FINANCES – Blessington, Crosschapel, Manor Kilbride, Valleymount / Lacken

Monthly / Weekly Envelopes: Contact Jean in the Parish Office if you would like to make a monthly/weekly envelope contribution or if you would like to re-join if you used to contribute.

Online: Donations / Contributions can be made  via the “Donate” button on the parish website (options available for all our Churches.)

 Bank Standing Order: If you would like to set up a monthly standing order through your bank, please contact Jean in the Parish Office

Parish Development Fund (PDF): Donations through the black PDF boxes in Blessington Church also go towards the running of the parish.

Shrines: The donations to shrines remains in the parish.

The West Wicklow Chamber Music Festival from 20th May to 14th June. This year the festival is online with performances coming from all over Europe! All of the concerts are free online but we are asking for donations to support the charity, please book your free tickets at www.westwicklowfestival.com Full Programme of Performances:  https://www.westwicklowfestival.com/programme

West Wicklow Cancer Support – If your life has been touched by cancer in any way, we are here for you, contact us on 087 434 6004 /  westwicklow15@gmail.com or find us on Facebook. “Nobody is exempt from the trials of life but everyone can always find something positive in everything even in the worst of times. Keep smiling and moving, we are stronger together”

Fr Kevin’s Homilies are always available on our website: https://blessingtonparish.ie/homilies-year-b/

Association of Catholics in Ireland (ACI) In preparation for Ireland’s five-year Synodal Pathway for the Catholic Church in Ireland leading to a National Synodal Assembly, the ACI is arranging a series of online discussions, led by personalities who are already thoughtful about ‘walking together’ towards a co-responsible church. The first of these will take place on Thursday 20th May at 8pm.(via zoom) Speaker: David Timbs, Catholics for Renewal Australia. Registration not necessary. Meeting ID: 858 7277 9921 Passcode: 916970  https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85872779921?pwd=RjQvVEtjUjM1MEdnMDgxU0VSRzVLQT09 

St Vincent de Paul Blessington, local number 087 181 1579

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Calling All Local Food Producers and Artists. New Food and Craft Market starting Saturday 12th June @Brew21. Please contact Anthony 086 238 0608 for further details.

Castle Canine Cuts – Dog Grooming Service, 1-to-1 grooming for small to large breeds, open Monday to Saturday by appointment only, find us on Facebook or call Gillian 087 764 1911

Painter & Decorator, Interior & Exterior. Ph: Damien 085 826 0431

Looking forward to the long summer days? Remember Jones Power Tools for Sales and Services for all your garden machines. Talk to our friendly and knowledgeable staff. Always happy to help. Contact:-  info@jonespowertools.ie Phone : – 059 64 81033

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Rods + Cones Opticians Blessington. Beside the GARDA station. Formerly Cullinane Opticians. We are open during COVID lockdown for all your eyecare needs. FREE Eye Exam + Glasses with PRSI + Medical Card. Large selection of Designer Frames + Sunglasses. Special Offers + Discounts on 2nd Pairs, Varifocal Experts – try them with our 30 Day Guarantee. Many Thanks to all our loyal customers. Call 045-891 056 for an appointment.

Gardening – For Hedge clipping, Beds overhauled, Fruit Tree pruning, Painting etc Phone Mark 085 133 7714

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

German Autoworks – Service Specialist VW/Audi, Mercedes, Skoda, Seat, Opel. Call 087 286 3997  www.germanautoworks.ie

Noel Nolan – Blessington Heating & Plumbing Service  www.blessingtonheatingandplumbing.ie Call Noel: 087 243 1499 or email nolannoel2@gmail.com

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 www.funeraldirectorsblessington.ie

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

New Courses at the Further Education and Training Centre Blessington. We are now recruiting for courses starting in September 2021. If you are interested in up-skilling or learning something new we have the course for you! New ** Back to work course ** – 3 days a week – must be over the age of 21 and in receipt of a social welfare payment for at least 6 months. Part time courses in the following:

  • Childcare Level 5 and 6 (2 evenings a week)
  • Healthcare Level 5 (2 evenings a week)
  • E Business Level 5 (2 mornings a week)
  • Business with Tourism Level 5 (2 mornings a week)
  • Office Skills Level 4 (2 mornings a week)
  • Horticulture (2 mornings a week)

For more information on any of the above please contact us blessingtonfetc@kwetb.ie or 086 806 1569 or 086 850 3833. Looking forward to welcoming you all in September 2021

Newsletter Advertising Rates, For just 50c per word per week you can reach a large, local audience. Cut-off for receiving adverts is Wed 10am. You can email the copy to office@blessington.info and pay in the Parish Office, or via the Donate button on our website or by bank transfer. Call the Parish Office: 045 865 327

 

Issue 1355 May 16th 2021

Mass Intentions this week

Teresa O’Brien, (RD) Inchicore, Bridie Curran (RD) Kilculen, James Rooney (RD) Manor Kilbride

 Saturday 6pm: James McHugh (10th A), Peter O’Keefe (A), Amelia Lily Philips (Rem), Billy Ball (A), Ned Walsh (A), Rosemary Walsh & John Walsh (Rem)

Sunday 10am: James (Jesse) Clarke (A), Maureen Jewitt (1st A), Jane & Jim Flynn (A), John Kelly (A)

We remember the following: Robert Hennessy (1oth A), Sharon O’Brien (A), Philip Quigley, Mary & Kathleen Curtin, Kathleen O’Connell, Jimmy Devoy (A), Patrick & Gretta Reidy

Monday: Mass for Blessington List of the Sick

Tuesday: Philip Quigley (A) Lucy Keogh (A), Special Living Intention

Wednesday: James O’Brien, Sharon O’Brien (A) Special Living Intention

Thursday: Andrew Byrne (RD) Rose Black (RD)

Friday: Seamus Meade (RD) Zelda Boyle (RD)

LACKEN Saturday 15th May 7.30pm – Michael Balfe (3rd A)

VALLEYMOUNT Sunday 16th May 11.15am – Maura Jewitt (1st A), Larry Cullen (A)

Kieran Stynes (Kilteel/Blessington/Nurney) 1st Anniversary 13th May 2021

 A kind and caring husband

Loved more than words can say

An amazing Dad and Grandad

Missed every single day

A good friend to all who knew him

Remember all the happy times

Whistling, singing, enjoying life

Remember Kieran Stynes

Sadly missed by his loving family & friends. We would like to thank everyone for their kindness & support over the last 12 months. Maria Stynes & family

Saturday 15th May: 6pm Mass

Sunday 16th May: Mass at 10am

Burgage Cemetery Mass 2021 – In accordance with Government guidelines on public gatherings, the Annual Cemetery Mass at Burgage cannot take place in the cemetery. A Memorial Remembrance Mass will be held on 16th May at 3pm in Church of our Lady, Blessington, via Webcam only

Daily Mass: 9am Manor Kilbride, 9.30am Blessington10am Crosschapel

SATURDAY & SUNDAY MASSES. Due to the continued restrictions on numbers allowed to gather indoors it necessary that people apply for a ticket if they wish to attend 6pm Mass on Saturday or 10am Mass on Sunday in Church of Our Lady, Blessington. Tickets must be collected in the Parish Office between 9.30am & 1pm Mon to Fri 045 865 327

All Masses & Services are still available via Webcam www.blessingtonparish.ie

Monthly Envelopes for the Month of May can be dropped into the Parish Office, Post Box in Church or to the collection boxes at Mass. Many thanks to all contributors for your continued support. Contact the Parish Office if you would like to begin a monthly donation

TROCAIRE BOXES – If your Trocaire Box is still sitting on the windowsill at home, we would be most grateful if you could drop it to the Parish Office as soon as possible.

Blessington Community First Responders AGM will take place on Thursday 20th May at 8pm (via zoom link) For Link details & further information please email Simon: simon@cas.ie

Blessington Library is open for browsing and borrowing. Opening hours for May:  Monday, Wednesday, Friday 10am to 5pm Tuesday, Thursday 10am to 8.30pm We look forward to seeing you! 045 891 740  blessingtonlib@wicklowcoco.ie

Hennessey’s of Blessington – This year, 2021 Hennessey’s celebrate 100 years of business in Blessington.  To commemorate this special year, we have a museum in our Hardware Store with artifacts and photographs of local people, old family photos, unusual items of interest etc. We will be open on Tuesday evenings from 7pm to 9pm. If you would like to visit our museum, we will allocate a time slot. Please TEXT 087 674 1286 to book a time. Remember to wear a mask. Looking forward to welcoming you all.

Blessington Union of Parishes are available on the parish YouTube channel by searching for “Blessington Union” or at this link

St Mary’s Schools and Blessington Parish Lotto. Jackpot: €4775 – Congratulations to the recent weekly winner of €25 on May 13th  Gemma Grant – Numbers drawn: 8, 10, 13, 16 – If you’re not in you can’t win! Text the word Blessington to 51444 or go to www.blessingtonparish.ie Thanks to all for the support!

Good Dry Kindling for Sale at Blessington Men’s Shed. 1 bag for €3 and 4 bags for €10. Information & collection: John Flynn at 087 297 7678. All money raised will go towards the upkeep of Shed during these difficult times.

Gaelscoil na Lochanna (established 15 years) is now accepting enrolments for the new school year. Our children learn to speak Irish quickly and learn everything through Irish. A Brand new school building is on the way. We are launching a New “Aistear” Infant play room in September. Parents do not need Irish to start children in school. gsnl.info, www.gaelscoilnalochanna.com All enquiries to 045 900 525, or 087 938 8651 or via website. Fáilte

St Brigid’s N.S. Manor Kilbride are accepting enrolments for the next school year: 2021 – 2022. To enrol your child, please call Charlotte in our school office 01 458 2550 or find the enrolment documents on our school website http://manorkilbridens.scoilnet.ie/blog/

Lacken National School are now accepting enrolments for Mainstream and Early Intervention Classes for September 2021. School bus runs daily from/to Blessington. The school offers afterschool care for Junior and Senior Infants until 2.30 pm. Lacken School also has a pre-school facility which is ECCE and NCS approved. Enrolment forms can be downloaded from www.lackenns.com or please contact the school office on 045 865 086 or lackenschool@eircom.net

RUGBY IS BACK – Mini-rugby for U5 (2016) and U6 (2015) boys and girls at St Kevin’s Community Centre @ 11:15am each Saturday. Rugby at Russborough – Mini-rugby for U7 to U13 boys and girls at Russborough at 11:30 each Saturday. New members welcome.

Support for PARISH FINANCES – Blessington, Crosschapel, Manor Kilbride, Valleymount / Lacken

Monthly / Weekly Envelopes: Contact Jean in the Parish Office if you would like to make a monthly/weekly envelope contribution or if you would like to re-join if you used to contribute.

Online: Donations / Contributions can be made  via the “Donate” button on the parish website (options available for all our Churches.)

 Bank Standing Order: If you would like to set up a monthly standing order through your bank, please contact Jean in the Parish Office

Parish Development Fund (PDF): Donations through the black PDF boxes in Blessington Church also go towards the running of the parish.

Shrines: The donations to shrines remains in the parish.

The West Wicklow Chamber Music Festival from 20th May to 14th June. This year the festival is online with performances coming from all over Europe! All of the concerts are free online but we are asking for donations to support the charity, please book your free tickets at www.westwicklowfestival.com Full Programme of Performances:  https://www.westwicklowfestival.com/programme

West Wicklow Cancer Support – If your life has been touched by cancer in any way, we are here for you, contact us on 087 434 6004 /  westwicklow15@gmail.com or find us on Facebook. “Nobody is exempt from the trials of life but everyone can always find something positive in everything even in the worst of times. Keep smiling and moving, we are stronger together”

New Courses at the Further Education and Training Centre Blessington. We are now recruiting for courses starting in September 2021. If you are interested in up-skilling or learning something new we have the course for you! New ** Back to work course ** – 3 days a week – must be over the age of 21 and in receipt of a social welfare payment for at least 6 months. Part time courses in the following:

  • Childcare Level 5 and 6 (2 evenings a week)
  • Healthcare Level 5 (2 evenings a week)
  • E Business Level 5 (2 mornings a week)
  • Business with Tourism Level 5 (2 mornings a week)
  • Office Skills Level 4 (2 mornings a week)
  • Horticulture (2 mornings a week)

For more information on any of the above please contact us blessingtonfetc@kwetb.ie or 086 806 1569 or 086 850 3833. Looking forward to welcoming you all in September 2021

Fr Kevin’s Homilies are always available on our website: https://blessingtonparish.ie/homilies-year-b/

Association of Catholics in Ireland (ACI) In preparation for Ireland’s five-year Synodal Pathway for the Catholic Church in Ireland leading to a National Synodal Assembly, the ACI is arranging a series of online discussions, led by personalities who are already thoughtful about ‘walking together’ towards a co-responsible church. The first of these will take place on Thursday 20th May at 8pm.(via zoom) Speaker: David Timbs, Catholics for Renewal Australia. Registration not necessary. Meeting ID: 858 7277 9921 Passcode: 916970  https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85872779921?pwd=RjQvVEtjUjM1MEdnMDgxU0VSRzVLQT09 

St Vincent de Paul Blessington, local number 087 181 1579

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Rods + Cones Opticians Blessington. Beside the GARDA station. Formerly Cullinane Opticians. We are open during COVID lockdown for all your eyecare needs. FREE Eye Exam + Glasses with PRSI + Medical Card. Large selection of Designer Frames + Sunglasses. Special Offers + Discounts on 2nd Pairs, Varifocal Experts – try them with our 30 Day Guarantee. Many Thanks to all our loyal customers. Call 045-891 056 for an appointment.

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Gardening – For Hedge clipping, Beds overhauled, Fruit Tree pruning, Painting etc Phone Mark 085 133 7714

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

German Autoworks – Service Specialist VW/Audi, Mercedes, Skoda, Seat, Opel. Call 087 286 3997  www.germanautoworks.ie

Noel Nolan – Blessington Heating & Plumbing Service  www.blessingtonheatingandplumbing.ie Call Noel: 087 243 1499 or email nolannoel2@gmail.com

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 www.funeraldirectorsblessington.ie

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

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Newsletter Advertising Rates, For just 50c per word per week you can reach a large, local audience. Cut-off for receiving adverts is Wed 10am. You can email the copy to office@blessington.info and pay in the Parish Office, or via the Donate button on our website or by bank transfer. Call the Parish Office: 045 865 327