Iaaue 1288 January 12th 2020

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

Monday 13th January 2020

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

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

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

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

Tuesday 14th January 2020

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

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

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

Wednesday 15th January 2020

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

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

Mass Intentions this Week

Yvonne Mellin (RD) Regina Duffy (RD)

Saturday 6pm:

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

Sunday 10am:

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

We also Remember the following:

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

Monday: Mass for those on list for Sick

Tuesday: Blessington Christmas Mass List

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

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

Friday: Frankie Kennedy (RD) Laurie Byrne (RD)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Cub Scout Blessington. Is your child aged 9-11years, if they are interested in joining scouts & you would like to become a scout leader (free training provided) please contact me aoibheannmc1@yahoo.ie for more details.

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

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

The Parish Book Club meets 4 times a year.  The books chosen for review are varied and are of spiritual & philosophical interest.  We notify the book under review here in the newsletter.  Our next meeting will be on Thurs 13th Feb at 10am in The Church Meeting Room.  The book for discussion is ‘Following Jesus: Finding Our Way Home in an Age of Anxiety’ by Henri Nouwen, SPCK Publishing (17 Sept. 2019).  New members are always welcome.  Please contact the Parish Office if you are interested and would like to go on the text reminder list.

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

Adult Fencing Classes will be starting again on Tuesday 21st January from 8pm in St Kevin’s Hall. Fencing is a fun sport & all ages & levels of fitness can enjoy. No special equipment required only comfortable clothes & trainers. All are welcome to pop along & give it a go with no obligation. Call 087 676 4183 if you need any additional information

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

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

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

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

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

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

Take my hand O Blessed Mother,

Hold me firmly lest I fall,

I am nervous when I am walking,

And to thee I humbly call.

Guide me over every crossing,

Watch me when I am on my way,

Let me know you are beside me,

Listen to my frequent prayers.

Bring me to my destination,

Safely every single day,

Help me with my understanding,

As the hours pass away.

And when evening falls upon me,

And I fear to be alone,

Take my hand O Blessed Mother,

And once again guide me home.

St Vincent de Paul 087 181 1579



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