Issue 1271 September 1st 2019

The Crosscare Annual Collection for Community, Homeless & Youth Services will take place in all churches this weekend 31st Aug & 1st Sept.  Please help Crosscare to continue with their vital work in our parishes. Donors can also contribute online at

Monday 2nd September 2019

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

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

Tuesday 3rd September 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 4th September 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

Friday 6th September 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.

Mass Intentions this Week

Saturday 6pm: Margaret Higgins (Mths Mind) Pat Hughes (1st A) Denis Toomey (A)

Sunday 10am: Conor Earley (A) Katie Kelly (A) Mary-Anne Sargent (A)

We also Remember the following: Monica Mellin (A) Joseph O’Riordan (1st A) Lillian D’Arcy (A) Eddie Conroy (RD)

Monday: Mass for those on the list for Sick

Tuesday: Barry O’Donnell (Rem) Thank You Mass

Wednesday: Tom, Phyllis & Roger Farrell (A) Deceased members of Kelly, Moran & Miller Families

Thursday: Susan Nolan (RD) Richard Moore (RD)

Friday: Mass for all on Altar List of the Dead

The Family of late Skaidrite Valdgeima would like to thank everyone for their kindness & support it means so much. Thank you to all our friends & neighbours for all your help & kindness we are so grateful to you all and also to all who attended the funeral Mass & sent Mass cards. Thank you to Fr. Paraic & Deacon Gerry Malone for Funeral Mass & all your support. Thanks to Lorraine and Paul for their beautiful singing. Huge thanks to all the Irish Dancers from Scoil Rince Ni Aogain, Sky’s Butterfly Family for doing guard of honour. A special thank you to Tony and Regina Clarke for all their kindness & for taking care of our beloved Skaidrite. A Mass will be offered for your intentions. Ivars, Simona, Samanta & Isabell

The Blessington Community First Responder Unit  will be holding their Annual Church Gate Collection next weekend, 7th & 8th September. All donations greatly appreciated. The Blessington Community First Responder Unit was setup in 2005. It is a 100% voluntary group providing near 24/7 quick response to a range of Respiratory and Cardiac related emergencies in Blessington and the surrounding towns within a 10K radius. Without the public’s support and the support of local businesses, this unit would simply not be able to continue. Every penny raised goes back into the unit for the good of our community

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

Rathmore Cemetery Clean-Up. A BIG thank-you to all who came on Sat 24th. Great work was done! It was proposed that we continue the work each Saturday (Weather permitting) Thank you all

The Charity, “Touch Ireland” Supporting Vulnerable Children in “Our World” offer a sincere thank you to all who contributed to our recent Church Gate collection on 10th/11th August which raised € 545

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. This is a way of making a retreat in the midst of our busy day.  Everyone is welcome and encouraged to take part. The structure is simple. It begins on Sunday evening with a group introduction to the format of the week; some explanation of Praying with Scripture; some time in prayer together; meeting your personal guide; a chance to ask any questions…and share some light refreshments together!!  Each day you are asked to spend time in prayer and then come to the parish each day to talk about it with a trained Prayer Guide for half an hour. These one-to-one sessions run from Monday to Friday at a time convenient to you. The week ends with everyone coming together to share their experiences. Next weekend there will be speakers at all the Masses to further explain what is involved and who will also answer any queries you have about it.  Information leaflets and Registration Forms will also be distributed.

Car Boot Sale (Des Redmond Charities) in St. Kevin’s Hall Sunday 8th September from 7am to 4pm. €10 per table, Free Car Park, Tea & Coffee. Pat Conlan 086 075 2072

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 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 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.

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

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.

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 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 & sizes are welcome.

Summer Stars ‘Magic Show’ at the Library Blessington, the annual magic show with Joe Daly takes place this year in the library on 31st Aug 11am & all participants in the Summer Stars programme are invited to come along. Children will be presented with their certificates & medals, if you can’t make it to the magic show, please drop into the library anytime to collect them. This summer over 500 children have read over 2,500 books between them!

New West Wicklow Support Group GROW Community Mental Health Support Group meets every Wed at 7.30pm in Camphill, Dunlavin. (from Wed 4th Sept) Come & learn more about positive mental health, wellbeing, recovery & how GROW may help you achieve this. Free, all welcome. for further info: John 086 803 3126  or

Happy Faces Community Playgroup enrolling for Sept 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 call: 085 128 1605, email or Facebook

Community Pool for West Wicklow are raffling a framed, signed Dublin jersey! Tickets €10 and can be purchased at A maximum of 200 tickets will be sold. The winner will be notified by email. Payments are processed by PayPal. Draw will he held when all 200 tickets are sold. All monies raised will go towards a pool for West Wicklow. For more info, email:


Dear Lord, so far today I’m doing alright.

I have not gossiped, lost my temper, been greedy, grumpy, nasty or selfish

I have not moaned, complained, cursed or eaten any chocolate.

I haven’t charged anything to my credit card….

But I will be getting out of bed in a minute, and I think that I will really need your help then!!




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