Issue 1290 January 26th 2020

Sunday 26th January 2020

All children in 3rd Class are invited to 10am Mass in, Blessington for a special blessing & remembrance of their 1st Communion last year.

1st Communion Preparation Mass at 11.15am in Valleymount

Bridge Tournament hosted by St Mary’s College Past Pupils Union, Lawlor’s Hotel, Naas at 2pm €10 per person. Raffle & Prizes. All funds will go to the school. Parking will be available at the school

Monday 27th January 2020

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

Blessington Community Walking Group. Walks from the Coimín Centre on Monday (ex-bank holidays) & Thursday at 7pm. All levels catered for & welcome. Find us on Facebook

Tuesday 28th January 2020

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 29th January 2020

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 30th January 2020

West Wicklow Cancer Support monthly drop in “Manifestation Meditation” hosted by Gemma Deeny of Yogagym at 7.30pm in the Coimin Centre, Blessington.  No charge, all welcome. Find us on Facebook, call 087 434 6004 or email

Mass Intentions this Week

Saturday 6pm: Peggy Howlin (A) Jim & Maisie Browne (A) Sean & Betty Tutty (A) Jimmy Hanlon (Butterhill) (A) Jim & Mary Kavanagh (A)

Sunday 10am: Paddy Owens (RD) Mary Hoey (RD)

We also Remember the following: Christopher Flanagan (A) Lil Horan (A) Bernadette Dunne (A) Denis Ryall (A)

Monday: Mass for those on list for Sick

Tuesday: Winnie McDermott (A) Denis Ryall (A) Spec Living Intentions

Wednesday: Denis Kelleher (1st A) Barry O’Donnell (Rem)

Thursday: Get Well Mass, Spec Intentions

Friday: Anne Ryan (RD) Joe Dunne (RD)

Children’s Church is back!!  NEW time 6pm Mass in Blessington on Saturday 1st February

Blessing of Throats

Saturday 1st in Lacken at 7.30pm

Sunday 2nd February Valleymount at 11.15am

Monday 3rd February,

Blessington, & Crosschapel

Special broadcast of Knock Mass from Rome. Mass will be celebrated by Pope Francis in St. Peter’s Basilica, Rome this Sunday 26th January at 9am (Irish time) It will be broadcast “live” on the EWTN channel on SKY 588 or Virgin Media 815

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

Applications for Junior Infant places in Sept 2020 in St Mary’s Junior School should be submitted by Friday 24th January 2020. Forms are available from our school website, from the school office between 9am & 3pm Mon – Fri. or from the parish office (9am to 1 Mon – Fri).  Completed forms may be dropped into the school office or emailed to bsec@live 045 865 501.

St Brigid’s N.S. Manor Kilbride are now accepting enrolments for all pupils wishing to start in September.  Please contact the school office on 01-4582550 for an enrolment form.

Lacken NS are currently accepting enrolments for September 2020. Enrolment forms are available on or from the school, call 045 865 086 and we will post one out to you. Lacken NS also runs a pre-school & an after-school service. Please join us at our open day on Wednesday 12th February from 11am to 12.15pm. All are welcome.


St. Mary’s Schools & Blessington Parish Fundraiser – Weekly LOTTO DRAW

 a new fund-raising initiative, the money raised will be used to directly support our schools & our parish. You can help in a real, practical way by joining & your support is greatly appreciated.

Carmel Dillon, Principal, St. Mary’s JNS

Gerry Brown, Principal, St. Mary’s SNS

Fr. Richard P.P. Blessington Parish

Full details of how to join, next week

MEMBER NOTICE – Blessington & District Credit Union Limited, Annual General Meeting will take place on 30th January at 8 pm in The Avon, Blessington Lakeshore, Burgage, Blessington, Co Wicklow. We look forward to seeing you on the night

TRY IT OUT, Blessington Mini-Rugby for Tots is looking for new members to play fun & games every Sat @ 10:15am at St Kevin’s Hall, Main St, Blessington (opposite Vincent’s Charity Shop). Ages 3-5 years.

Date for your Diary – Blessington GAA & LGFA Registration night Tues 28th Jan 7pm to 9pm in the clubhouse. Players need to be registered to play & be insured. 2020 sees the launch of Blessington GAA Healthy Club Programme.

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

West Wicklow General Election Debate. We need West Wicklow & the issues that affect the people here to be a priority for our incoming TDs! Community Pool for West Wicklow have invited all General Election candidates running in Wicklow to take part in a debate to tell us how they are going to represent us. Come along to The Avon on Tuesday February 4th at 8:15pm to have your voice heard & make sure that West Wicklow is firmly on the agenda for our next TDs. For more info or to get involved please email us at

Adult Fencing Classes on Tuesdays from 8pm in St Kevin’s Hall. Fencing is a fun sport & all ages & levels of fitness can enjoy. No special equipment required only comfortable clothes & trainers. All are welcome to pop along & give it a go with no obligation. Call 087 676 4183 if you need any additional information

The Parish Book Club next meeting will be on Thurs 13th Feb at 10am in The Church Meeting Room.  The book for discussion is ‘Following Jesus: Finding Our Way Home in an Age of Anxiety’ by Henri Nouwen, SPCK Publishing (17 Sept. 2019).  New members are always welcome.

The Divine Mercy Conference 2020 takes place in the Main Hall, RDS Ballsbridge on Friday 21st February (evening for Young People) Saturday 22nd & Sunday 23rd February.

THEME: “Deliver us from Evil” (Mt 6:13) Sat: from 10am to 9pm with Rosary, Holy Hour & Mass, Sun: from 10am to 5pm again concluding with Mass


Fr Pat Collins, C.M.

Fr Peter Glas – Holy Hour

Fr Brendan Walsh, Eucharistic Healing Service.

Archbishop Diarmuid Martin DD Archbishop of Dublin

Tickets: Sat €30, Sunday €20, full weekend €35 available from PayPal online or at main door:

Parish Contacts:

Margaret 087 669 8745 or Eileen 087 990 5723

Further details & to book online at

Free Beginner’s Fitness Drop-in Class every Monday & Thursday at 9.20am in St Kevin’s Hall, Blessington in conjunction with #Active Wicklow

TaiChi Class every Thursday at 11am High Definition in aid of the Coimín Centre. Contact 085 760 7727

Join us for Blessington Bingo every Wednesday in the Avon at 8.15 pm. Great prizes, weekly Jackpot & bonus prizes if you check on Lucky Number, Raffle etc. Shuttle Bus available €2 return. €10 for book and flyers. Contact Catherine 087 122 4019 or Jess 086 860 2822

Car Boot Sale (Des Redmond Charities) in St. Kevin’s Hall Sunday 9th February from 7am to 4pm. €10 per table, Free Car Park, Tea & Coffee. Pat Conlan 086 075 2072

TABLE QUIZ in Tutty’s Pub Hollywood on 7th February at 9pm Sharp. Table of 4 €40. Proceeds towards Senior Citizens Summer Outing, your support appreciated. Quiz Master “Supreme” Pat O Neill.

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

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.

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.

Fuel Stamps are a great way to help budget for fuel costs. The STAY WARM SAVING SCHEME is an easy payment option plan which enables households to budget for their central heating oil & or solid fuel by saving €5 Stay Warm Saving Stamps. The stamps can be used to pay in full or part payment for fuel supplies from your local supplier. Stamps and cards are only available from Hennessy’s Hardware and SVP Shop. Full details are listed on the Fuel Stamps Card. The Scheme is open to all households in the Blessington area. This initiative is in association with Department of Communications Energy & Natural Resources.

World Day of the Sick 2020: The World Day of the Sick Seminar will take place on Saturday, February 8th from 9.30am to 1pm in the Newtown Parish Pastoral Centre, Newtownpark Avenue, Blackrock, Co Dublin. This year’s theme is on Hope in the Face of Suicide. The World Day of the Sick Mass will take place the following day on Sunday 9th February in Church of the Guardian Angels, Newtontownpark Avenue, Blackrock, for further information please contact – Trish Conway on M:  087 6220349.

Laudate Festival

The Laudate Festival will be celebrated in four venues in the Archdiocese of Dublin during Catholic Schools Week.

A large choir of children from schools in the diocese,

500-1000 in each venue, will lead in song and prayer.

The festival nights are joyful and reflective gatherings celebrating the gift of faith.

This is for everyone to enjoy and is free for all parents, families, friends and parishioners.

Church of St Agnes, Crumlin on

Monday 27th January from 7pm to 8.15pm

Our Lady of Victories Church, Ballymun Road on

Tuesday 28th January from 7pm to 8.15pm.

Church of the Holy Spirit, Ballyroan on

Wednesday 29th January from 7pm to 8.15pm.

St Pius X, Templeogue on

Thursday 30th January from 7pm to 8.15pm

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