Issue 1274 September 22nd 2019

The Irish Heart Foundation will hold a Church Gate Collection next weekend 28th & 29th September

Monday 23rd September 2019

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

Blessington Children’s Choir are returning to practice every Monday from 2:45pm to 3.30pm in the Church. New members welcome. We are also looking for a MUSICIAN TO PLAY for the choir, if interested please call Áine 045 865 327 in the Parish Office

Tuesday 24th 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 25th 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

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

Thursday 26th September 2019

The Parish Book Club will meet at 10am in Crying Room.  The book for review is ‘Quest for the living God’ by Elizabeth Johnson.  All welcome to attend.

West Wicklow Cancer Support – Drop in Meeting, “Have you been touched by Cancer, Self-care & making time for you” An evening of meditation, stillness & mindfulness into everyday living to achieve greater peace of mind & freedom. Hosted by artist & therapist Margot Ussher. at 7.30pm, Coimín Centre, Blessington. No charge, all are welcome & do feel free to bring a friend. Call: 087 4346004

Mass Intentions this Week

Gerard O’Dwyer (RD)

Saturday 6pm: Billy Hamilton (A)

Karen Colgan (A) Tony Hughes (A)

Sunday 10am: Sheila Zellar (Mths Mind)

Tom Fitzharris (1st A) Eileen Jones (A)

Charles Doran (A) Masie Hopkins (A)

We also Remember the following:

John, Julia & Sean Carroll (A) Rose Balfe (A Rose Hastings (A) Teddy Shirran (A) Colm & Nuala O’Donnell (A) Mary Smith (A)

Monday: Mass for those on the list for Sick

Tuesday: Colm & Nuala O’Donnell (A) Lily Burke Rose Balfe (A)

Wednesday: Stanley Cosgrave (RD) Winnie Cowley (RD)

Thursday: May Kennedy (A) Rita Reid (RD)

Friday: Blessington Deceased Mass Card List

The family of the late Michael Kennedy wishes to acknowledge the many expressions of sympathy & gestures of kindness shown to us following our sad loss. We offer our heartfelt thanks to family, friends & neighbours who attended the funeral home, funeral mass & burial & those who sent mass cards, we thank them sincerely. We would like to thank Fr Kevin Lyon & Deacon Gerry Malone for the lovely mass they provided.  A special word of thanks to Ashley Lodge Nursing home, Co Kildare for their dedication & loving care shown towards Michael. Lastly, I would like to thank Clarkes Funeral home for their professional service & support during this sad time.  As it would be impossible to thank everyone individually, please accept this acknowledgement as an expression of our deepest gratitude. The Holy Sacrifice of the Mass will be offered for your intentions.

Dates for your diary

Children’s Church will resume next weekend Sunday Sept 29th at 10am Mass for all children aged 5 to 10 years.

Confirmation 2020 Information meeting for Parents of all children in 6th Class St Mary’s JS and 5th& 6th classes in No. 1 School & BETNS who wish to receive Confirmation will take place on Mon 30th September at 7.30pm in Church of Our Lady, Blessington

Burgage Cemetery AGM will take place on Monday 30th September at 8pm in the Coimín Centre, Blessington.

Hospice Coffee Morning Blessington Active Retirement Group will host a coffee morning in aid of St. Bridget’s Hospice, Kildare, on Tuesday 3rd October in St Kevin’s Hall 9.30am to 12.30pm. Donations for the raffle may be left into the Parish office

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

Morning Eucharistic Adoration every Monday from 7th October after 9.30am Mass until 12 Noon in the Crying Room, Church of Our Lady, Blessington.

Drug Awareness Meeting in Hollywood Centre on Tuesday 24th September at 8pm. We ask Parents / Mentors & all those interested in Protecting our young people from “The Scourge” of Drugs. There’s is not a Village in this Country that Drugs are not readily available. This Meeting is an open Meeting “Over 18s” Please come along.

Blessington Fencing Club are participating in a Fencing Ireland Campaign to bring fencing to the public. They will be offering free fencing on Saturday 28th September from 2pm to 4 pm in St Kevin’s Hall, Blessington. 8 – 99-year olds very welcome!! They have also started an Adult beginners’ class on Tuesday evenings from 8pm to 9pm.

Valleymount Country Market in the Community Hall from 10am to 3pm on Sunday 29th September.

Blessington Comhaltas Classes in Bodhran, Concertina, Accordion, Whistle, Flute, Beginner Fiddle, Intermediate Fiddle, Tune Classes, Guitar Lessons, Singing Classes, Ceili Band. Classes begin on Sunday 29th Sept from 5pm in St. Mary’s SNS (Tramway Theatre) many thanks to Gerry Browne, Principal, for his support & encouragement… Bigi Linn. Info Pat 086 075 2072 / Rebecca 087 228 2012 or Facebook: Blessington Comhaltas.

Blessington Fire-Fighters would like to thank all those who turned out to support our charity car wash in aid of Aoibheann’s pink tie. A total of €1600 was raised. All Fire stations in Wicklow raised a total of €13,000 on the day. A big Thank you to our sponsors- Gerry O’Neill (Signs) Omega Bearings, CJ Autos and Aldi

West Wicklow Cancer Support have a signed GAA Dublin All Ireland Champions jersey for auction! If you would like to own this splendid piece of memorabilia, call or email: 087 4346004 or

Hollywood Friendship Club every Wednesday from 2.15 to 4.15pm in Hollywood Centre New members welcome.

The Cruthú Art Group ANNUAL TABLE QUIZ will take place Fri 18th Oct at 8pm in Hennessy’s Lounge.  €10 per player.  Max 5 per team.  Always a fun night.  All welcome

The Irish Pilgrimage Trust are seeking applications for young people to travel to Lourdes with us next Easter. We welcome applications from young people with

  • A physical disability or illness (aged 11-30)
  • A learning disability (aged 11-30)
  • A serious illness up age 11 (accomp by a parent/guardian)

Forms & further info available at or through our office in Galway on 091 796 622. There is no cost for guests to travel with the Trust. All volunteer carers pay their own fare & fundraise throughout the year to cover the cost of the guests.

The Irish Pilgrimage Trust are holding a fundraising event to cover costs of their special needs guests for the 2020 Easter Pilgrimage. The Songs & Poems of Percy French concert will be held in Westmanstown Clonsilla, on Oct 16th Please contact Jen on 087 124 2134 for further informatio

Blessington Comhaltas invite you to “The Shed Sessions” on Culture Night, Friday 20th Sept from 5pm to 8pm in the Men’s Shed, Old Library, Blessington. Drop in for a tune or song, all welcome. Info: 086 075 2072

West Wicklow Voices “The French Connection” St Joseph’s Church, Baltinglass on Culture Night Friday 20th September from 7.30pm to 9pm. Admission Free.

Charity Social Dance in Hollywood Centre on Saturday 21st September from 9pm to midnight. Please support. Admission.    €10 Adults €5 Students. Music by Tony Bird

Wicklow Mountains National Park: Nature & St Kevin Walk, Sunday 29th September. Join National Park Guides for a gentle walk in the beautiful valley of Glendalough. We will visit some of the sites associated with St Kevin, sharing the stories about his connection with nature & discussing possible meanings behind the stories, weaving them with current conservation concerns. Meet outside Glendalough Visitor Centre (Eircode A98HC80) on Sunday 29th September at 10am. Approximately four hours including a break. Adults only. Wear footwear suitable for rough terrain & clothing suitable for wet weather.  Please leave your dog at home. This event is free of charge but please be aware that the OPW Visitor Centre car park has a €4 charge for car parking. Booking is essential! Call the National Park Information Office 0404 45425 for info & booking

Cub Scout Blessington. Is your child aged 9-11years, if they are interested in joining scouts & you would like to become a scout leader (free training provided) please contact me for more details.

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

Rounders – Blessington GAA are looking at the possibility of starting Rounders teams for juvenile ages (boys & girls). It’s an official GAA sport and even has own Féile. If any parent is interested in training and attending coaching, please contact Kevin Gilmore on 0872324197.

Winners of the Valleymount Draw in aid of Church Renovation fund are Caroline & Mick Maguire, Mary Fitzpatrick, Jimmy Byrne, Corinn & Leo O Connor, Fiona & Tom Guing. Each received €100

Blessington and District Forum will hold its AGM on Monday 14th October. Venue & time to be confirmed. Nominations are currently being accepted for (i) membership of the Forum and (ii) for positions on the Forum Executive. Closing date for nominations is Friday 20th September at 5pm. Nominations or requests for further information should be sent via email to the secretary using  Further details at



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