Issue 1263 July 7th 2019

Community Games Church Gate Collection at all Masses this weekend 6th & 7th July

Saturday 6th July 2019

PLEASE NOTE: there will be no evening Mass in Lacken Church on Saturday 6th July due to Cemetery Sunday Templeboden at 3pm. on Sunday 7th July

Sunday 7th July 2019

Cemetery Sunday Templeboden at 3pm.

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

Monday 8th July 2019

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

Tuesday 9th 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 10th 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

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

Mass Intentions this Week

Michael Kennedy (RD) Skaidrite Valdgeima (RD) John McNamara (RD)

Saturday 6pm John Geoghegan (A) Peter O’Donovan (RD)

Sunday 10am Tom Canning, Sheila Vaughan (RD)

We also Remember the following:

James Reid (A) Ray O’Donnell (A) Elizabeth (Lil) Clarke, Tony Doyle, James Reid, John Curran (A)

Monday: Mass for those on the list for Sick

Tuesday: John & Nora Mora, David Cranny (A)

Wednesday: Special Int, Special Int

Thursday: Mary Corbett (RD)

Paddy Dowling (RD)

Friday: Birthday Int, Special Int

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.

Blessington Parish Finance Committee would like to thank all who are supporting the Parish Neighbourhood Collection & the Parish Development Fund Boxes (PDF boxes) in Church of Our Lady. The money raised through the Neighbourhood Collection & the PDF boxes stays in the parish so, by your contributions you are supporting your local parish & we are most grateful. If you have ANNUAL Envelopes & MONTHLY Envelopes that have not been collected, please drop them into the Parish Office or into one of the collection bags at Mass on Sunday.

June Winners of the draw in aid of Valleymount Church Renovation fund: Angela & John Richardson, Margaret & Mattie Brown, Sadie & Seamus Miley, Rose Zeller, Maura & Brendan Hughes. Each received €100.

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

Cemetery Sunday Baltyboys Sunday 25th August at 12 noon. There will be no 11.15 Mass in Valleymount

Are you interested in allotments in Blessington? The next public meeting to discuss the provision of allotments in the Blessington area will be held on Thursday 1st August, 7pm, in Blessington Library. All welcome. Please contact for any additional information.

Valleymount Heritage Weekend. A special word of thanks to all who helped to make the Heritage weekend a memorable event in the life of our parish. To all who volunteered their time to renovate the stage in preparation for the wonderful production of A Midsummer’s Night Dream, to those who directed & took part in the play & to all who supported & bought lines for the raffle. Your goodwill & generosity is much appreciated.

OPEN DAY Sunday 14th July at 1pm. Come to our OPEN DAY at Kildare Animal Foundation, South Green Road, Kildare Town to celebrate 25 years of caring for sick & injured animals. Something for all the family; Plants, Antiques, Face-painting, Bottle stall, Kiddies games, Barbeque, Crafts & much more. FREE ADMISSION (NO dogs allowed as we have plenty of animals on site to be seen) A lovely day out in the midst of our beautiful rescue animals.

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 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

Happy Faces Community Playgroup are now enrolling for September 2019, we offer ECCE & part time places, at Happy Faces we support & encourage young children through a planned play-based curriculum, to grow into independent little people, who have a love for life & learning, enquires please phone 085 128 1605  alternatively email  Find us on Facebook.

Richard Cowley’s Garden Open Day in aid of Cara Girls Rescue Centre, Kenya on Saturday 13th July from 11am to 4pm in Horsepasstown, Ballymore Eustace, Co. Kildare W 91 C2P3. €5 entry to include tea/coffee and cake.

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.

Blessington AFC have a number of spaces on our squads for new players born in 2007 to join our teams for the coming season. Playing season commences in September. If you are interested please contact Lar on 086 701 4949

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

Hollywood Friendship Club every Wed from 2.15pm to 4.15pm. New members always 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

Lough Derg 3-Day Pilgrimages

5th to 7th July (dep 8am from Parnell Square, Dublin)

9th to 11th August (dep 8am from Parnell Square, Dublin)

€115 per adult €105 per student & pensioner.

Info & booking Miriam (St Oliver Plunkett) after 6pm

086 385 3027 or 01 4941171

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

Local St Vincent de Paul – 087 181 1579


Take my hand O Blessed Mother

Hold me firmly lest I fall.

I am nervous when I’m walking

And on thee I humbly call.

Guide me over every crossing

Watch me when I’m on the stairs,

Let me know that you’re here beside me.

Listen to my fervent prayer.

Bring me to my destination safely every single day.

Help me with each undertaking as the hours pass away.

And when evening falls upon us and I fear to be alone,

Take my hand O Blessed Mother

Once again O lead me home. AMEN.


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