Issue 1291 2nd February 2020

Saturday 1st February 2020

Children’s Church is back!! NEW time 6pm Mass in Blessington on Saturdays

Blessing of Throats will take place at 7.30pm Mass in Lacken

Sunday 2nd February 2020

Blessing of Throats will take place at 11.15am Mass in Valleymount

Candlemas – Candles will be blessed for use in the home at Masses this weekend. Candles available in the Parish Office.

Monday 3rd February 2020

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

Blessing of Throats at 9.30am Mass in Blessington & 10am in Crosschapel

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

Benediction and Guided Prayer in Lacken Church at 8pm. All Welcome.

Tuesday 4th February 2020

Citizens Information Centre in Blessington Library from 1pm to 4pm. Legal advice service on 1st & 3rd Tues of month by appointment

Blessington Book Club meeting at 10.30am in Education Centre. All Welcome

Blessington & District Active Retired meeting at 2.30pm in the Coimín Centre Blessington, new members welcome.

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

Wednesday 5th February 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

Prayers to the Holy Face of Jesus in Crying Room Blessington Church 11am

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

Friday 7th February 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. 

Mass Intentions this Week

Saturday 6pm: Edward Boylan (1st A) Bridie & Owen Naughton (A) Joe Tracey (A) Jim Luttrell (A) Michael Doran (A)

Sunday 10am: Bernadette Byrne (1st A) Conor Curran (A) Brigid O’Connell

We also Remember the following:  Margaret Hayden (A) Bill Brady, Kit Brady (A) Ann O’Byrne

Monday: Mass for those on list for Sick

Tuesday: Sp Living Int, Thank you Mass, Thank you, Mass,

Wednesday: James Fallon (RD) Marie Cox (RD)

Thursday: Jim Redmond (RD) Ann Ryan (RD)

Friday: Mass for all  on Altar List of the Dead

Beginning on Monday 17th February, between 11am & 1pm Fr Richard & Deacon Gerry will be visiting farms in Valleymount to bless the stock & homes in the area.

Monday: Annacarney Togher, Logstown  (Upper & Lower)

Tuesday: Carrigacurra

Wednesday: Lower Baltyboys

Thursday: Upper Baltyboys

Friday: Granamore, Granabeg

If you would like a visit, please call Blessington Parish Office 045 865 327 (your Eircode would be helpful)

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. Joseph’s National School (Valleymount) are now accepting enrolment forms for September 2020. Forms available from the school office, please call in or phone 045 867289. Places are filling up fast. Closing date for applications April 30th.

Community Engagement Day in St. Brigid’s School, Manor Kilbride Fri 31st at 7pm. Local Gardai, IFA branch reps & reps from community groups involved in the National Rural Safety Forum will be engaging with local community. This is a great opportunity for the local community to get to know their local Gardai and local community representatives

Blessington Parish will host the Climate Justice Candle for the month of Feb. On Sunday 16th Feb, Sr Catherine Brennan of Eco Congregation Ireland will speak at the 10am & 11.15am Masses in Blessington & Valleymount on ways in which our parishes can become more environmentally aware & eco-friendly.

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

Coffee Concert organised by Pipeworks, which promotes Hungarian organ & choral music in St Jude’s Church, Templeogue on Sun 2nd of Feb at 4pm. Featruing Organist Judit Mate & St Jude’s Concert Choir. Tickets €10/€5

Blessington based Baritone, Gyula Nagy is singing the role of Schaunard in ROH Covent Garden’s La Boheme, which will be screened live in cinemas on Jan 29th Details:

Huge, Huge THANK YOU from Blessington Musical & Dramatic Society for your support for our Panto “Robin Hood” We hope everyone enjoyed it as much as we enjoyed putting it on! See you again next time…..

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.

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.

MEMBER NOTICE – Blessington & District Credit Union Limited, Annual General Meeting will take place on 30th January at 8 pm in The Avon, Blessington

Last Chance for Groups, Floats, Businesses etc to take part in the Blessington St Patrick’s Day Parade on 17th March at 12 noon. Contact 087 7811691  for registration. Ken Darker & Noel Nolan will be the commentators on the day. All proceeds to Community Pool for West Wicklow

West Wicklow Cancer Support – Weekly Meditation with essential oils hosted by Gemma Deeney of Yogagym on Wednesdays at 11.30am Primary Care Centre Blessington.  If your life has been touched by cancer in any way come & join us. No charge, all welcome. Find us on facebook /

Friends of Lady Leona McNally Buggy of The Lodge, would like to wish her a happy birthday on becoming a Quadragenarian.

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.

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

West Wicklow General Election Debate. Community Pool for West Wicklow have invited all General Election candidates running in Wicklow to take part in a debate in The Avon on Tues Feb 4th at 8:15pm For more info: email

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


Speakers include: 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:

Info: Margaret 087 669 8745 or Eileen 087 990 5723

Further details & to book online at



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