Issue 1255 12th May 2019

Irish Cancer Society Church Gate Collection – Crosschapel & Manor Kilbride

Saturday 11th May 2019

IN AID OF PIETA HOUSE – Blessington’s 1st Darkness into Light. contact Greg at

Congratulations to the Boys & Girls who will receive 1st Holy Communion at 11am Mass in Lacken Church.

A night for Peadar Moran ESB Lake Warden on his retirement Mileys at 8.30pm, Trad Musicians welcome. Sean 086 108 5879

Sunday 12th May 2019

Congratulations to the Boys & Girls who will receive 1st Holy Communion at 11.15am Mass in Valleymount Church.

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

Monday 13th May 2019

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

Children’s Choir 1st Rehearsal from 3pm to 3.45pm in Church of Our Lady Blessington

Blessington & District Forum are hosting a Meet the Candidates evening for the forthcoming Council elections in Tramway Theatre at 8pm, all welcome.

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

Tuesday 14th May 2019

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

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

Wednesday 15th May 2019

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

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

Sunday 19th May 2019

Burgage Cemetery Mass at 3pm

Congratulations to the Boys & Girls who will receive 1st Holy Communion next weekend 18th & 19th May in Blessington and Manor Kilbride

St Vincent de Paul local no: 087 181 1579

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

A message from Archbishop Diarmuid Martin

This weekend of 11th & 12th May, we celebrate Good Shepherd Sunday

an occasion to reflect on the importance of the ministerial priesthood & on prayer for vocations to the priesthood.  This is an urgent call for the future of our diocese. There will no longer be special collection today as with smaller numbers of seminarians, there are now sufficient funds for the near future. In his message for the World day of Prayer for Vocations Pope Francis says that there can be no greater joy than to risk one’s life for the Lord! He encourages us, especially the young, not to be deaf to the Lord’s call.   ‘If he calls you to follow his path, do not pull your oars into the boat, but trust him.  Do not yield to fear, which paralyses us before the great heights to which the Lord points us.

Next weekend, 18th & 19th May, we will for the first time hold a new collection which will be called the Ministry Sunday Collection.

This new annual collection will replace the Share Collection & will be devoted to support the building up of new forms of lay ministry in our parishes.  The work of spreading the Gospel of Jesus in our changing religious culture will require more lay men and women working in various ways alongside our priests at the heart of parish communities. This collection is about ensuring that we will have the people we need – men & women who will be to the fore in making our parishes vibrant faith communities into the future. While many of those involved will be volunteers, we will have to equip & train leaders & provide facilities for formation. We want to work towards a situation where all parishes in this Archdiocese benefit from their gifts & expertise. The new collection is one-step in that process.

Mass Intentions this Week

Noel Eustace (RD) & Michael Ryan (RD)

Saturday 6pm: Jane & Jim Flynn (A)

Robert Hennessy (A), Amelia Lily Phillips (A) Mary & Roger Keogh (A)

Sunday 10am: Pat Duffy (A) Jessie Clarke (A) Billy Ball (A) Edward Carroll (A)

Ann Carroll-Brophy (A) Amanda Brophy(A) Michael O’Connor (A)

We also Remember the following:

Peter & Mary Murphy Jack Boothman,

Jimmy Devoy, Lelia & Malachy Slevin,

Mary Clarke, Rose McLoughlin, James Finglas

Monday: Mass for those on the list for Sick

Tuesday: Thanksgiving Mass, Billy Ball (A)

Wed: Three Birthday Remembrance Masses

Thurs: James Finglas (RD) Damien O’Keefe

Friday: Tracey Foley (RD) Maisie Miley (RD)

West Wicklow Festival Tickets are now on sale for the third edition of the West Wicklow Festival which takes place from 15th to 19th May. Building on the success of previous festivals, the 2019 West Wicklow Festival boasts an incredible line-up of musicians & artists from all over the world with concerts being held at Russborough House and St. Mary’s Church, Blessington. Having doubled in size last year, the Festival has once again expanded its programme & this year will feature 15 incredible artists over 5 days. You can book tickets in person from Russborough House, McGreal’s Pharmacy or the National Concert Hall, Dublin. You can also book online at or by calling (01) 417 0000

Manor Kilbride Graveyard Sunday 16th June (Please note our new & permanent date)

Blessington Bingo Every Wednesday at 8.15 in the Avon (Avon Ri) Great Prizes, Extra Raffle Prizes Shuttle Bus €2 return. Jess: 086 860 2822 or Catherine 087 122 4019

 Tai Chi Classes (in aid of the Coimin Centre) every Tuesday from 3pm to 4pm in HD Fitness (under the Lemon Tree). Suitable for all ages & levels of fitness, this is a gentle form of exercise which improves coordination, balance, joint mobility & core strength. We ask participants to make a €3 contribution for the Centre.

 BYT BLESSINGTON YOUTH THEATRE – A number of Blessington Youth Theatre Leaders are retiring this year after 11 years with the group.   It is now time for parents, past members & all those who may be interested within the Community of Blessington & district, to volunteer & ensure the continuation of this vibrant, wonderful Community Youth Group.In this regard we invite those interested in continuing BYT to please attend an important meeting to discuss the future of Blessington Youth Theatre at the TRAMWAY THEATRE, BLESSINGTON, ON THURSDAY 16th MAY AT 8 PM.  WE LOOK FORWARD TO SEEING YOU THERE.

Cruthú Art Group has now reopened at Russborough for the Summer Season from 11am to 5pm on weekends & Bank Holidays.  We will also open Fridays & selected days later in Summer.  If you have any enquiries about our work, please email Drop in anytime to view unique locally produced art & crafts.

 The Coimín Greenway 5k. Register now to secure your place in the Coimín Greenway 5k on Sun 16th June. Race is chip timed with cash prizes, there’ll be bespoke medals for all race participants. Proudly sponsored by Kenny’s Supervalu Blessington & supported by Wicklow Leader Programme.

Blessington ‘Tots’ mini-rugby for boys & girls is at St Kevin’s Community Centre 11am outdoors each Saturday

Annual Pilgrimage to Knock will take place on Sunday 26th May. Leaving the Square Blessington (outside the Downshire Hotel) at 8am Sharp. Mary: 087 6061 729

Michael Dwyers U14 Feile Team Fundraiser – Fun quiz, will be held in Hennessy’s on Fri May 17th at 9.30pm.  Blessington GAA is represented by – Finn Behan, Brian Richardson & Thomas Walsh. The boys will be travelling to Cork on June 7th Please support.

Kilbride & Lakeside Music Committee & Glen Heste Pure Mile Group wish to thank everybody who came to the Big Hello event last Sunday in Manor Kilbride. We really appreciated all the home baking, cakes, delph, flowers etc Many thanks to all the singers. Go mbeirimíd beo ar an am seo arís!

West Wicklow Cancer Support would like to thank all of those who offered their help & support with our East Coast FM Coffee Morning. The Musicians, community volunteers, local businesses & the Coimin Centre & staff some of who were exceptionally kind & went above & beyond to help make it a great success!  There are too many to mention & we are very grateful for your ongoing support. All funds raised go towards providing much needed support to the community & developing our services. A big thank also to East Coast FM for their amazing support & guidance along the way, we hope to have our final figure in from them very soon!

 Hands for Life/Community CPR Training Every day in Ireland 13 people die from a cardiac arrest. By starting CPR immediately, you double the person’s chances of surviving. HANDS FOR LIFE is a community CPR training programme run by the Irish Heart Foundation. It is free & is coming to Blessington Library on Tuesday 14th May for 3 sessions at 5 pm, 6.30pm & 8pm. This is a 1-hour course for adults & includes a practical element of performing CPR on a manikin. To take part, phone the library at 89 1740 or email

‘Magic Table’ or ToverTafel. Blessington Library has recently acquired a Tovertafel or when translated from Dutch – a ‘Magic Table’. The equipment got its name after a dementia patient who was trying it out, said “this is a magic table”. The Tovertafel is a projector on the ceiling that can project light onto a table below. It allows patients to take part in various games that help to stimulate their brains & lead to social interaction. The emphasis is on relaxation & fun, the games are not competitive & every participant is a winner in that they can get so much in terms of interaction & sociability.  Blessington Librarians are very excited to demonstrate this to members of our community & their loved ones who are dementia patients. There are three open days planned in May – Friday 10th from 12 noon to 4.30pm, Saturday 11th from 12 to 4.30pm and Monday 13th 12 to 4.30pm. Please phone the library at 891740 for further information & to arrange a booking




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