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Sat & Sun 4th & 5th April 2020
►This weekend, please join us Mass at 6pm on Saturday & 10am on Sunday via webcam on www.blessingtonparish.ie
►For help finding the webcam online service please call Carol: 045 865 327 from 9am to 1pm or Jean: 087 235 0835 from 9am to 5pm (Monday to Friday only)
Daily Mass via Webcam
at 9.30am Monday to Wednesday this week please join us in prayer: www.blessingtonparish.ie
Mass Intentions this Week
Saturday 6pm: Peggy Luttrell (A) Martin Tansey (RD)
Sunday 10am: Christy Merriman (RD) Patrick Talty (RD)
We also Remember the following:
Myles Wilson (A) (Valleymount) Ted & Sheila Balfe (A)
Monday: Mass for those on list for Sick
Tuesday: Una Duignan (A) Peter Doyle (RD) Madge Boland (RD)
Wednesday: Living Intentions, Living Intentions
►Holy Week Webcam Services
Holy Thursday 7.00pm – Mass of The Lord’s Supper followed by Watch & Pray for 30 mins
Good Friday 12 noon – Stations of the Cross.
Good Friday 3.00pm – Passion Ceremony.
Easter Vigil 8pm
Easter Sunday 10am
All Services available on parish website: www.blessingtonparish.ie
►St Mary’ Schools & Blessington Parish Last week’s numbers: 3, 7, 9, 19 Jackpot not won. Congratulations to the weekly prize winner of €25 – Jacqueline Mooney. Info: Parish Office 045 865 327. The lotto draw is still taking place every Thursday at 8pm. This week’s Jackpot €1375
►RTE Broadcast of Holy Week Liturgies
Palm Sunday: 11am RTE 1 (Fr. M Mullaney)
Holy Thursday 4.40pm RTE 1 (Fr. Ray Kelly)
Good Friday 3pm RTE 1 (Fr. Derek Darby)
Holy Saturday 10pm RTE 2 (Bishop Deenihan)
Easter Sunday 10am RTE1 (Eurovision Mass)
Pope Francis Easter message 11am RTE1
The Parish Office is Closed to the Public.
We are available by telephone or email for Mass Bookings & General Enquiries
Monday to Friday only
Carol: 045 865 327 from 9am to 1pm
Jean: 087 2350835 from 9am to 5pm
The annual Diocesan Knock Pilgrimage will be postponed until further notice. At the heart of this difficult decision is the welfare of our pilgrims. Instead we are inviting people to make a virtual pilgrimage to Knock on Saturday 25th April by joining in the Masses broadcast from Knock and visit the Apparition Chapel all online at: https://www.knockshrine.ie/watch-live/
Blessington Lakes Garden Centre are closed and hope to reopen on the 12th April or at least resume deliveries & taking phone orders. Stay well 045 865 403
Live Online Creative Writing courses available at https://www.cabin-fever.ie Classes held weekly using video sharing. Fun interactive and educational. Students will be able to submit their work and have it reviewed. Also an online Creative Writing competition see https://www.cabin-fever.ie for more details.
Blessington Library is now providing access to Touch-Type Read & Spell (TTRS), a multi-sensory, structured online course particularly useful for those with dyslexia, DCD/dyspraxia, ASD and ADHD. It assists those who experience spelling, reading or writing difficulties & also develops their typing skills. It is suitable for all age groups, learning at their own pace, at home. To get started contact Blessington Library on (045) 891 740 for your unique log in and password.
West Wicklow Cancer Support are suspending services until further notice. The health & safety of our service users & volunteers is paramount, we may be closed but we are still here to help you. Contact us on 087 4346004 / firstname.lastname@example.org with any enquiries.
ALONE has launched a national support line & for older people who have concerns or are facing difficulties relating to the outbreak of COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Professional staff will be available to answer queries & give advice & reassurance. Lines open Mon to Fri, 8am to 8pm, 0818 222 024
St Vincent de Paul local no: 087 181 1579
Support Services for Older and Vulnerable People
COVID-19 community supports are now in place to ensure vulnerable members of the community are reached and helped at this time.
These comprise the local authority, Health Service Executive, County Champions, An Post, Community Welfare Service, An Garda Síochána, other State organisations, charities and other stakeholders.
These Dedicated helplines are focused specifically on ensuring that the cocooning elderly, vulnerable members of the community or those living alone can access deliveries of groceries, medicine and fuels.
Please try to ensure any vulnerable or elderly people in your parish help are aware of these services.
Dublin City Council
Email – email@example.com
Fingal County Council
Helpline 01-8905000 with the lines open from 9am to 5pm seven days a week.
E mail – firstname.lastname@example.org.
Helpline 01 271 3199. Opens 9am every day.
E mail email@example.com
South Dublin County Council
Helpline 01-4149043 with the lines initially open from 9am to 5pm seven days a week.
Out of hours email contact through firstname.lastname@example.org
Wicklow County Council
Helpline FREE contact number 1800868399 with the lines open from 8am to 8pm seven days a week.
Other Support Services
ALONE national support line for older people who have concerns or are facing difficulties relating to the outbreak of COVID-19 (Coronavirus). Professional staff are available to answer queries and give advice and reassurance where necessary.
The support line is open Monday to Friday, 8am-8pm, by calling 0818 222 024.
SeniorLine is a national, confidential listening service for older people, run by trained older volunteers.
If you are feeling worried, stressed or isolated at this very unnerving time, please feel free to ring this FREEPHONE service anytime between 10am and 10pm on any day of the week on 1800 80 45 91.
Age Action and the Irish Red Cross have raised funds to provide additional assistance to older and vulnerable people around Ireland who are experiencing hardship as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic by making once-off grants, up to a maximum of €500, per person/household affected. Email: email@example.com Phone: Irish Red Cross at 01 6424600 or Tel: (01) 475 6989 Lo Call: 1890 369369
Women’s Aid 24hr National Freephone Helpline offers confidential information, support and understanding to women who are being abused by current or former boyfriends, partners or husbands. Tel: 1800 341 900 Tel: +353 1 678 8858 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Men’s Aid Ireland formerly known as Amen, is the only dedicated national service supporting men and their families experiencing Domestic Violence in Ireland. Tel: 01-5543811 Tel: 01-5394277 E-mail: email@example.com
ISPCC Dublin The Irish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (ISPCC) is Ireland’s national child protection charity.
Call: 01 676 7960 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Samaritans Available round the clock, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. If you need a response immediately, it’s best to call on the phone. This number is FREE to call. Tel: 116 123 Email: samaritans.org
Pieta House provides free therapy to those engaging in self-harm, with suicidal ideation, or bereaved by suicide. Freephone and no referral needed. Tel: 1800 247 247
Jigsaw Offering younger people going through a hard time, or for those worried about a young person in your life. www.jigsaw.ie