Issue 1287 22nd Dec 2019

Sat/Sun 21st/22nd December 2019

Mass times as normal in all our Churches this weekend

Monday 23rd December 2019

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

Christmas Eve Tues 24th Dec 2019

Confessions: 12 noon to 1pm in Church of our Lady, Blessington and from 5pm to 6pm in St Brigid’s Church, Manor Kilbride

Christmas Eve Mass Times

►Blessington 5.00pm

►Blessington 7.30pm

►Lacken 7.30pm

►Manor Kilbride 8.00pm

►Eadestown 9.00pm

►Crosschapel 9.00pm

►Valleymount 9.30pm

►Blessington 10.00pm

Christmas Day Wed 25th Dec 2019

Christmas Day Mass Times

►Blessington 10.00am

►Valleymount 10.00am

►Kilteel 10.00am

►Manor Kilbride 11.00am

►Eadestown 11.30am

►Crosschapel 11.30am

►Blessington 11.30am

GOAL MILE: The annual Goal Mile will take place on Christmas Day at 12:30pm. It happens on the running track at the rear of the Community College, Naas Road. Everyone is welcome to run/walk this event, so come along and support this great cause!

St Stephen’s Day Thurs 26th Dec

Mass 11am Church of Our Lady Blessington

Sunday 29th December 2019

Free session of SONGS & TUNES. Zellers, Lacken; 6pm to 9+. Used to sing or play? A ‘novice’? ‘Just a listener’? ALL welcome. ALL ages ANY song, tune, acoustic self-accompaniment. No mic. Just for fun!

Mass Intentions this Week

Sheila Kearns (RD)

Saturday 6pm: Elizabeth Coogan (Mths Mind) Eddie Conroy (Rem) Margaret Roche (A) Claire Twyford (A)

Sunday 10am: Michelle Pender (Mths Mind) Jamie Mahon (A)

We also Remember the following: Bridget McEvoy (1st A) Liam & Roseana O’Hara, Deceased Members of O’Hara Family, John & Bridie Hamilton, Deceased Members of Hamilton Family, Tina Walsh, Patsy Hamilton, William Clarke, May & Jim Breen, Mary Breen, Kathy Ryan, Christina Ryan Fogarty, Anna Ryan, Jimmy & Micky Ryan, Sheila Zeller, Kathleen Smith, Thomas & Ann Eustace, Thomas & Susan Eustace, Patrick & Molly Conway, Mary Pollard, Mary Cullen, Tony, Lil & Brian Kenny, Charles & Catherine Doran, Simon, Rebecca & Maisie Hopkins, Paddy & Dolores Burnett, John & Bernadette Byrne.

Monday 23rd: Mass for those on list for Sick

Christmas Masses: offered for the intentions of all our parishioners

Thursday 26th 11am: Louis Walsh (A) Frank & Olwyn Langan (A) Millicent Jones (A)

Friday 27th 11am: Hannah Smith (A) Katie Kelly, Mary Ann Sargent

Saturday 28th Dec 6pm: Karen McEvoy (1st A)  Bill Kinsella (A)

We also Remember the following: Jim & Kitty Nolan, Vincent Bohan, Kay McGrath, Peggy & Pauline O’Brien

Monday 30th December 11am Mass for those on the list for the Sick

Tues 31st Dec 11am Joseph McDonald (A)

Wed 1st January 11am: Special Intention

Thurs 2nd Jan 9.30am: Elsie Hennessy

Friday 3rd Jan 9.30am: 1st Friday Masses offered for all on the Nov List of the Dead

May the Holy Family bring Peace, Joy & Happiness to you & your family this Christmas. We invite you to join with us in celebrating the birth of Jesus.

Archdeacon Kevin Lyon,

Fr. Paraic McDermott,

Fr. Micheál Comer,

Fr. Noel Campbell,

Rev. Deacon Gerry Malone

Áine Egan, Pastoral worker

Fr. Richard Behan P.P.

Reverend Canon Leonard Ruddock

From Thursday 26th December to Wednesday 1st January no weekday Mass in Crosschapel. Mass at 11am in Church of Our Lady, Blessington

Blessington Parish Office

Closed from Monday 23rd December at 1pm and will reopen on Tuesday 7th January at 9am The next edition of the Parish Newsletter will be dated 12th January

Mass Intentions

Sunday 5th Jan 10am: Liam O’Reilly (A) William & Elizabeth Coyle (A) Peter, Mary & Pat Brady

We also Remember the following: Michael Tully Snr (A)

Holy Day Monday 6th Jan 10am: Mass for those on the list for the Sick

Holy Day Monday 6th Jan 8pm: Blessington Christmas Mass Bouquet Intentions

Tuesday 7th Jan 9.30am: Michael Tully Snr (A)

Wednesday 8th Jan 9.30am:  Blessington Christmas Mass Bouquet Intentions

Thursday 9th Jan 9.30am: Blessington Christmas Mass Bouquet Intentions

Friday 10th Jan 9.30am: Blessington Christmas Mass Bouquet Intentions

Friday 3rd January 2020

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.

Monday 6th January 2020

Feast of the Epiphany – Holy Day Masses:

10.00am: Church of Our Lady Blessington

11.00am: Manor Kilbride

11.15am Valleymount

11.30am: Crosschapel

11.30am Eadestown

8.00pm: Blessington

Wednesday 7th January 2020

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

Ring in the New Year with the Bells of St. Mary’s and the Blessington & District forum

The community of Blessington & District are invited to greet 2020 in a new way this New Year’s Eve. Blessington Forum in conjunction with St Mary’s Church, Blessington, is encouraging everyone to ring out the old year & ring in the new one accompanied by the church’s historic bells. People are encouraged to gather in the Square Blessington at 11.45pm on December 31st where they will be given tea lights. The church’s bells will toll for 10 minutes in the run up to midnight to ring out 2019. The bells will fall silent for a time before12 single strokes are rung at midnight. Then all the bells will ring in the new year. People will light their tea lights on the stroke of midnight bringing light into the darkness at the dawn of the new year bringing hope to our community for 2020

Valleymount Parish Calendar 2020 on sale now, €6 each or 2 for €10 from the Parish Office, Valleymount & Lacken Churches & shops locally. All funds to support Valleymount & Lacken Parish, many thanks to our many sponsors & advertisers for your generous funding.

Hollywood Friendship Club will return on 8th Jan. Wishing all our friends a Happy Christmas & New Year.  Hope to see new members in 2020.

Happy Faces Play School Blessington Education Centre is a fun, stimulating & welcoming environment with a curriculum focusing on the best care & education for your child. Our staff are highly trained in up to date childcare & Montessori methods of learning and development. Places available, full & part time. Enrolling now for Sept 2020.

Community Pool for West Wicklow Christmas Monster Raffle! Prizes include a family pass for Kaleidoscope, Afternoon Tea at Ballymaloe, dinner for two at Tulfarris Hotel & Golf Resort & much, much more! Tickets €5 each & 4 for €20 at All monies raised go towards a pool for West Wicklow. Draw in Murphy’s Bar on Sun Dec 22nd. For more information email

Blessington Comhaltas Classes in Bodhran, Concertina, Accordion, Whistle, Flute, Beginner Fiddle, Intermediate Fiddle, Tune Classes, Guitar Lessons, Singing Classes, Ceili Band. Classes on Sundays from 5pm in St. Mary’s SNS Info Pat 086 075 2072 or Rebecca 087 228 2012

Lacken Community Centre Calendar 2020 on sale now from Supervalu, Blessington Bookstore, The Office Shop, Blessington Tourist Office, West Wicklow House, Flowers by Enda, Zellers Lacken & Cullens Bar Ballyknocken

Happy Christmas to all our Mini-Rugby Players from Blessington RFC!!

LOOKING FOR A GREAT NIGHT OUT? Blessington Bowls meet every Thurs at 7.30pm in St. Kevin’s Hall, Blessington, guests welcome, come along & bring a friend.

West Wicklow Cancer Support: – Would like to wish everyone a Wonderful Christmas and a healthy and Happy New Year.  There will be no monthly drop in on the last Thursday of the month (December). Our next Drop will be on Thursday 30th January 2020. We are available on 087 434 6004 or by email over the holiday season. Thank you to all for your ongoing support.  “The human spirit is stronger than anything that can happen to it”

Interested in a social cycle in the Blessington area?  Led by an experienced volunteer, Cycling Ireland/Axa Community Bike Rides are gentle, social bike rides for adults, usually followed by coffee & chat.  New series for beginners added for Wednesdays at 10:30am. Join for FREE at

Adults Beginners Fencing Classes on Tuesdays from 8pm to 9.30pm in St Kevin’s Hall

St. Vincent De Paul would like to offer our sincere gratitude for all the donations we received last weekend. If anyone still wishes to donate, can you please drop it into the Parish Office marked for SVP. All donations dropped in here remain in Blessington & the surrounding areas & 100% of donations are distributed to those in need. Any donations left in the SVP Shop are sent to Dublin.

Many Thanks to all who helped make the Christmas Concert in Valleymount such a huge success. Mass will be offered for your intentions.

GAELSCOIL NA LOCHANNA, Oíche Oscailte agus Chlárúcháin, 16ú Eanáir 2019 Open/Enrolment night for places in school for next Sept is on 16th January 7:30pm in Gaelscoil (Kilmalum road, Blessington) We also invite parents who might be thinking of joining the Gaelscoil in next few years to come along also. PPS and birth cert required to enrol. 087 938 8651 for enquiries.  Fáilte! PLEASE SEE OUR NEW PARENTS’ WEBPAGE for all the information new parents may need.


Masses in Irish on Christmas Eve

7.30 p.m. ARD AIDHIN, AIREAGAL AN AISÉIRÍ Bóthar na Cille Móire, Baile Átha Cliath 5

ARTANE, Oratory of the Resurrection, Kilmore Road, Dublin 5

9.00 p.m. BELFIELD, AN SÉIPÉAL OLLSCOILE An Coláiste Ollscoile, Baile Átha Cliath 4

BELFIELD, University Chapel, UCD, Dublin 4

St Vincent de Paul  087 181 1579

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