Issue 1262 June 30th 2019

Peter’s Pence Collection

for the Pope’s Charities will take place at all Masses this weekendThis will replace the Share Collection

Community Games Church Gate Collection at all Masses next Weekend 6th & 7th July

Sunday 30th 2019

Children’s Church at 10am Mass in Church of Our Lady for children aged 5 to 10 years.

►Valleymount Country Market from 10am in Valleymount Hall

Monday 1st July 2019

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

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

Tuesday 2nd July 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 3rd July 2019

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

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

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

Friday 5th July 2019

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

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

1st Friday Mass in Manor Kilbride at 9am.

1st Friday Mass in Valleymount at 11.15am

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

Padre Pio Mass at 8pm in Blessington.

Sunday 7th July 2019

Cemetery Sunday Templeboden at 3pm.

PLEASE NOTE: there will be no evening Mass in Lacken Church on Saturday 6th July


Mass Intentions this Week

Jo Horgan (RD)

Saturday 6pm Vincent Bohan (A) Kay McGrath (1st A) Fiona Ashe (A) Clodagh & Sean Ashe (A)

Sunday 10am Mary O’Donnell (A) Jim Breen (A)

We also Remember the following:

Monday: Mass for those on the list for Sick

Tuesday: Barry O’Donnell (Rem) Jenny Tabel (RD)

Wednesday: Get Well, Get Well

Thursday: Eileen McGovern, Daphne Burke (RD)

Friday: 1st Friday Altar List of the Dead

Memory Garden Valleymount. On Sunday 23rd June, Bishop Eamonn Walsh blessed the Memory Garden in Valleymount after the 11.15 Mass.

The garden is dedicated to the memory of all those who were displaced or affected by the creation of the Poulaphouca Reservoir. I would like to thank Bishop Eamonn for his encouraging and supportive homily & also to all those who participated in the ceremony.

Special thanks to Kevin Byrne and his family along with many members of the community who created the garden and donated materials, time and energy to make it possible. If you would like to contribute a donation towards the expense of creating the garden, please leave it in an envelope for the sacristan in Valleymount Church.

With every blessing. Fr Richard

Local St Vincent de Paul 087 181 1579

National Tidy Towns judging will take place from June 8th to August 4th this year. We are judged under several categories & the appearance & upkeep of our main street, approach roads, all our estates & business premises are a major factor in the results & ability to gain extra marks. Everyone can help, by ensuring Blessington is litter free & looking it’s best, as together we can make a difference. Many thanks for all your effort.

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

Blessington Parish OPEN INVITATION We invite you to a gathering in the Coimín Centre on Monday 22nd July at 8pm  The Parish Finance Committee will give a short presentation of 2018 Accounts.

The Community Pool for West Wicklow AGM will be on Tuesday July 2nd at 7pm in Blessington Library. We will be electing a fundraising subcommittee on the night as well as giving an update on how the campaign has been going and discussing what’s planned next. Everyone is welcome and it’s a great way to get involved in the campaign to get a Pool for West Wicklow! For more information email us at

38th Annual Knockadoon Music & Liturgy Course is now open for booking! A place for choirs & young people to experience a week of music, faith and community from 11th to the 17th August! More info available on Facebook, Instragram & Twitter @KnockadoonML or

Sunday 30th MAY 2019 (+ every Last Sunday); SONGS & TUNES session, set up by local music lovers; Zellers, Lacken – a welcoming venue; 6pm to 9 or later. Free and just for fun – a friendly, inclusive gathering. Everyone invited. LISTENERS especially. All ages. ANY song or acoustic tune or self-accompaniment. Pop in and check it out?  Join in IF you feel the urge

8th Wicklow Blessington Scout Group APPEAL FOR NEW LEADERS FOR OUR BEAVER SECTION. We are a parent run organization, now is the time to join up, if we don’t get parents to join, we will not be in a position to take on any new children. Benefits of becoming a leader; your number one priority in scouts becomes FUN. You learn new skills. Your children will bypass the waiting list and secure a place. If you are interested, please contact Tristan Geoghegan (086) 780 2938.

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

Blessington GAA Club Golf Classic on Friday 12th July in Craddockstown Golf Club. Cost is €300 for a team of 4 including the round of golf, dinner & plenty of prizes!! The day promises lots of fun, during and after!! Book now to ensure your preferred tee time by contacting one of the following: Arthur Hennessy 087 239 6157, Emer McIntyre Reape 087 226 2286, John Williamson 086 825 6556

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.

Blessington Triathlon Sun 30th June. Over 400 competitors will enjoy swimming, cycling & running around Poulaphouca Reservoir & the Blessington area in this triathlon, now in its 5th year. A mixed field of all ages & levels of experience will complete the 1,500m swim in the reservoir, cycle 40km around a loop to Hollywood & complete a 10km road run. This race is organised by Belpark Triathlon Club & Blessington Sailing Club & supports members of both clubs, as well as the chosen charity partner Down Syndrome Ireland. Find out more at Race starts at 9.40am.

Try Sailing at BLSC this Summer. With courses for children aged 6 to 18 years of all abilities, choose Blessington Sailing Club for your child’s Summer adventure. For booking and more info, please email Alex at, or find us on Facebook.

Blessington Gaelic 4 Mothers & Others Team is looking for new members. Our training sessions are focused on building up fitness with a bit of football thrown in! If you fancy trying something different & meeting some new people, please come along on Tuesday at 7.30pm

Hollywood Annual Sports Day on Sunday 14th July in GAA Field, Athletic Events, Dog Show, Side Shows, Produce Stall, Raffle, Fun & Games for all. Refreshments served. More details nearer the date.

Car Boot Sale (Des Redmond Charities) in St. Kevin’s Hall Sunday 14th July from 7am to 4pm. €10 per table, Free Car Park, Tea & Coffee. Pat Conlan 086 075 2072

Holiday Camp with Blessington Fencing Club from Monday 8th July to Friday 12th July 9am to 1pm. Cost is €100 for Club members and €120 for non-members. Call to book 087 676 4183

Summer Bridge at Blessington Lakes Golf Club, Baltyboys, Valleymount at 7.30pm sharp. All Welcome

Date For your Diary – Supper/Dance in Hollywood Centre on Saturday 20th July. Food Served at 8pm. Dancing until Midnight, music by THE WICKLOW MAN.  Adm €20. This is the Senior Citizens/ Friendship Clubs contribution to The Fair. Great night assured

Don’t wait for the perfect moment, take this moment and make it perfect

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