Issue 1270 August 25th 2019

The Crosscare Annual Collection for Community, Homeless & Youth Services will take place in all churches next weekend 31st Aug & 1st Sept.  Last year Crosscare saw almost 1,000 people accommodated in their homeless services & at the same time they helped 78 families & over 100 individuals move into their own homes.  Through their food banks & meal services, over 175,000 meals were distributed to those in need and 14,000 parcels of food were delivered to families. Over 4,000 young people were supported through Crosscare’s Youth Work service through voluntary youth clubs & summer projects. 400 teenagers & their families found the help & support they needed in Teen Counselling.  Please help Crosscare to continue with this vital work in our parishes. Donors can also contribute online at

Saturday 24th August 2019

A volunteer clean-up day in Rathmore Graveyard from 11am onwards. bring a strimmer rake or fork, we are hoping for a big turn out on the day.

Sunday 25th August 2019

Cemetery Mass Baltyboys at 12 noon. PLEASE NOTE: there will be no 11.15am Mass in Valleymount

Parking for the Cemetery Mass will be available in Miley’s field across from Baltyboys Cemetery. Please do not park on either side of the road. There will be a one-way traffic system for the duration of the Mass.

Monday 26th August 2019

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

Blessington Bowls Guest Night in St. Kevin’s Hall at 8pm. Join us for a Fun Night. No entry Fee / Refreshments Served.

Tuesday 27th August 2019

Citizens Information Centre will be closed for the month of August. Reopening on Tuesday, 3rd September. Queries can be made to 0761 07 4000 Mon-Fri 9am-8pm.

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

Wednesday 28th August 2019

Citizens Information Centre will be closed for the month of August. Reopening on Tuesday, 3rd September. Queries can be made to 0761 07 4000 Mon-Fri 9am-8pm.

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

Mass Intentions this Week

Saturday 6pm: William (Teddy) Shirran (1st A) Eddie Conroy (RD)

Sunday 10am: Maurice Moore (1st A) Liam Nestor (RD)

We also Remember the following:

Phyllis Nixon (A) Ann Carmody (A) Sean Harte (A)

Monday: Mass for those on the list for Sick

Tuesday: Teddy Deveraux (RD) Sheila Zeller (RD)

Wednesday: Birthday Rem, Thanksgiving Mass

Thursday: Sp Intentions, Get Well Mass

Friday: Bernard Berney (RD) Mary Weir (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

If you received an email that appeared to be from a Gmail account from Fr Richard Behan do not reply to it as it is bogus account

Readers of the Word needed to join the rota for 6pm or 10am Mass in Church of Our Lady Blessington. If you are a former reader in this Parish and would like to return or if you were a reader in another Parish and would like to be included, please contact the Parish Office: 045 865 327

A Date for your Diary – A Week of Guided Prayer from 29th Sept to 5th October the week begins on Sunday evening with a group session to introduce participants to the format of the week.  You will be introduced to the prayer guide you will meet on a daily basis to help you direct and deepen your prayer life. The structure for the week is simple and everyone is welcome to participate.

Music at 10am Mass on Sundays: If you would like to join the group and help with the singing at our Mass, rehearsals begin again on Thursday 29th August from 7.15pm to 8.15pm in the Church. Info: Parish Office 045 865 327

SONGS & TUNES Sunday 25th August (+ every Last Sunday) Free session in Zellers, Lacken from 6pm to 9+ ALL ages welcome – LISTENERS, novices, former singers or players ANY song, tune, acoustic self-accompaniment. Just for fun!!!

“Ceiliuradh a Celtic Miscellany” – an acoustic, candlelit celebration of song & music hosted by Blessington Comhaltas in St. Kevin’s Church, Hollywood, Co. Wicklow on Saturday 24th August at 8pm. Phil Callery of The Voice Squad – Maca (Anúna & Riverdance) – Ger Fitzgerald, Bean an Sean Nos – Ninette De Valois Ballet, Ruth Shine Dance Troupe, Fear an Tí, Paddy Gleeson. A Heritage Week Celebration, further info: Pat Conlan: 086 075 2072. Free Event….Bigi Linn…..Please Support.

Line Dance Classes every Tuesday afternoon from 3pm to 4.15pm and on Thursday night from 7pm to 8.15pm. All welcome €7 per class in Manor Kilbride Hall. Classes resume on Tuesday 3rd and Thursday 5th September.

West Wicklow Cancer Support in conjunction with our East Coast FM Coffee morning fundraiser have a signed GAA Dublin All Ireland Champions jersey for auction! Possibly the most successful Dublin Team of all time. If you would like to own this splendid piece of memorabilia, please call/email: 087 4346004 or

“West Wicklow Cancer Support, Weekly Meditation with essential oils hosted by Gemma Deeney continues Wednesdays 11.30am at the Primary Care Centre Blessington. Info: 087 4346004 or Just come along & do bring a friend. “The best cure for the body is a quiet mind”

Interest in a social cycle in Blessington?  Cycling Ireland community rides are gentle, social bike rides for adults, led by an experienced cyclist, followed by a coffee and chat. Register for free at

Blessington Firefighters are holding a charity car wash at Blessington Fire Station on Saturday 31 August from 10am to 5pm. Please come & support us to help raise vital funds for Aoibheann’s Pink Tie Charity. All Welcome

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.

Hollywood Walking Trail, meet every Tuesday at 6.45pm outside Tutty’s Pub. Great walks for the experienced walker & brief walks for those not the best “on their feet”. Please come along & join in.

Why not make time to join the library or renew a lapsed membership? It’s easy to join; you can do so online or drop into your local library. Your new library card will give you and your children access to an exciting and up to date collection of books suitable for all ages and abilities as well as a range of online resources. Since the beginning of the year, fines are no longer charged on overdue items so if you do have any items belonging to the library, please drop them back. No matter how long these books have been checked out, we will be delighted to have them back in circulation and available to everyone. Blessington Library staff are looking forward to meeting lots of new borrowers and also renewing expired accounts.

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

Foroige Youth Club starts back on Friday 6th September in St Joseph’s Hall. Register now online & we will be in touch ASAP Volunteers needed, if interested please drop us an email:

Do you enjoy movement? We are looking for people interested in taking part in a community dance project as part of the Ninette de Valois festival. No dance experience required. All ages (8-80 and beyond!), genders, shapes and sizes are welcome. Email Ruth if you are interested

Summer Stars ‘Magic Show’ at the Library Blessington, the annual magic show with Joe Daly takes place this year in the library on 31st August at 11am & all participants in the Summer Stars programme are invited to come along. Joe is an amazing magician who also happens to be great fun so the accompanying parents are in for a treat too! Children will also be presented with their certificates & medals that day – if you can’t make it to the magic show, please come at any time to get your certificate & medal. Blessington Library staff wish to congratulate all the children who took part this year – we have over 500 children from Blessington taking part this year & altogether they have read over 2,500 books between them!

The Community Pool for West Wicklow Committee would like to thank everyone who attended our family funday in Russborough House last Saturday & helped to make it a huge success. It was a wonderful day with Minister for Health, Simon Harris pledging that West Wicklow will have a public swimming pool in the next two years! It also marked the beginning of our fundraising campaign to raise €1 million over two years. Please keep an eye out for our next exciting event. If you’d like to get involved in the campaign email us at

New West Wicklow Support Group GROW Community Mental Health Support Group meets every Wednesday at 7.30pm in Camphill, Grangebeg, Dunlavin. (meeting Wed 4th September) Why not come along & learn more about positive mental health, wellbeing, recovery & how GROW may help you achieve this. Free of charge.  All welcome. Contact John 086 803 3126 or visit our website, for further information & different meeting venues. [Grow Promoting Positive Mental Health]

Local St Vincent de Paul 087 181 1579




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