Issue 1307 May 24th 2020

Saturday 23rd May 2020

Mass at 6.30pm via webcam on


Sunday 24th May 2020

Sunday Mass at 10am via webcam on

Burgage Cemetery Mass Many thanks to all who watched the Mass on webcam last Sunday afternoon, there were viewers from all over Ireland and beyond! Over 400 people joined in to pray for loved ones in Burgage. This is a difficult time for everyone especially as many are not able to visit the cemetery at this time.


Daily Mass via Webcam at 9.30am Monday to Friday this week please join us in prayer:


Thursday 28th May 2020

Deacon Gerry will lead a Holy Hour of Prayer and Benediction via Webcam from 7.30pm to 8pm from Church of Our Lady Blessington. Log in for an hour of prayer, music and reflection.

Mass Intentions this Week

John Reynolds, Red Lane, (RD)

Saturday 6pm: Frank Cheatle (RD) Maura Rossney (Manor Kilbride) (A)

Sunday 10am: Eileen McGreal (Mths Mind) William Bready (Mths Mind) Mairead Hudson (1st A)

We also Remember the following: Frances Kenny, James Kenny

Monday: Mass for those on list for Sick

Tuesday: Joe Halligan (RD) Roy Jolly (RD)

Wednesday: Eileen McCarthy (RD) Special Living Intention,

Thursday: Birthday Mass, Get Well Mass

Friday: Intentions Mass, Birthday Mass

Blessington Parish Appeal

How to support your parish during the current restrictions

You will be aware of our need to maintain an in-flow of funds at the present to help us meet payments and expenses: insurance, heat & light, church expenses, maintenance, staff expenses, priests salaries & the Coimin Centre.

“THANK YOU” to those who are supporting the parish through standing orders and the Neighbourhood Envelope Collection.

We now have a DONATE button on our website for those who would like to contribute to Blessington, Crosschapel, Manor Kilbride, Valleymount/Lacken or directly to the Archdiocese.

It is a quick and secure way to contribute to the parish. If you experience any difficulties, please phone the parish office who will assist you. Once again may I take this opportunity to thank you all for your generosity.

Fr. Richard


While the Parish Office is Closed to the Public.

We are available by telephone or email

for Mass Bookings, Mass Cards, & General Enquiries

Monday to Friday


Carol: 045 865 327 from 9am to 1pm

Jean: 087 2350835 from 9am to 5pm


Do the right thing, do the best you can, and always show people you care


The Church is open  from 10am to 1pm every day to allow people to drop in for quiet prayer or to light a candle.

There is a small area cordoned for this purpose. We will keep the area cleaned and disinfected but please use the HAND SANITISER as you enter & as you leave the Church.


Please keep up with Parish Events on  Blessington Parish Facebook


Follow Deacon Gerry’s Blog of prayerful resources & reflections: or on Facebook Page


St Vincent de Paul  087 181 1579


Every year Trócaire asks for your help during Lent to fund lifesaving programmes around the world. This year, of course, it was not possible to return Trócaire boxes through schools or parishes in the usual way. This is the worst possible timing coming just as the world’s poorest people need us most. Therefore, Trócaire are appealing to you to return your Lenten donation. Simply count or estimate what is in your box and donate in the following ways:

Online at

  1. By phone: 1850 408 408
  2. By post to Trócaire, Maynooth, Co. Kildare
  3. Please call Jean to make arrangements to drop Trocaire boxes to the Parish Office – 087 235 0835

The contents of each and every Trócaire box, no matter how small, come together to make a significant difference. This virus knows no borders, but neither does our compassion. West Wicklow Cancer Support may be closed but they are still available to help. Call: 087 4346004 or with any enquiries.


Covid19 Tech is a  group of I.T professionals who have come together from  across Ireland to volunteer and offer free tech support to Irish seniors in our communities so they can stay connected with their loved ones and required services during the Covid19 crisis.

For further information to help any of your senior friends , neighbours or relatives who could do with a little help keep in touch at the moment.

Info: or


Fr Kevin’s Homilies are available on our website

From the list of choose this weekend’s homily and keep up to date with Fr Kevin’s thoughts on the Gospel Reading of the day.


Community Pool for West Wicklow Annual General Meeting will be held on Thursday June 18th at 7pm. As per Government restrictions we will be holding the meeting online using the Zoom app. All are welcome to join us to hear what the campaign has been up to & what we have planned for the coming year. Please email us at & we will send you Zoom meeting log in details. Thank you for your continued support.


DONATE to the Parish Online

We are delighted to let you know that we have now got a facility for our parishioners to make donations to Blessington, Crosschapel, Manor Kilbride, or Valleymount/Lacken Donations to the Diocese through the Easter Dues & the 1st & 2nd Collection that are normally taken up at Mass. It is straightforward to use but if you need any help call Jean 087 235 0835 or Carol 045 865 327 during the week


Mass Cards by Phone or On-Line

Blessington Parish Office can take orders for Mass cards on line & over the phone.

Online: e-mail your Mass Card order and details to

When you receive confirmation you can pay through the website.  Click the “Donate” button and pick

“Mass Card, Shop, Newsletter Items” product   Cards will then be posted out or left in the Church for collection

By Phone  Monday to Friday between 9am and 1pm, call in your details to  045 865 327 or 087 235 0835.


ALONE COVID-19 Support Line for Older People

ALONE has launched a national support line & additional supports 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 & give advice and reassurance where necessary. The support line is open seven days a week, 8am – 8pm, by calling 0818 222 024.

The Bend in the Road

Sometimes we come to life’s crossroads

And we view what we think is the end.

But God has a much wider vision

And he knows that it’s only a bend-


The road will go on and get smoother

And after we’ve stopped for a rest,

The path that lies hidden beyond us

Is often the path that is best.


So rest and relax and grow stronger,

Let go and let God share your load

And have faith in a brighter tomorrow-

You’ve just come to a bend in the road.

Author: Helen Steiner Rice



Hollywood Flower Studio

Hanging baskets and bedding plants,

herbs and fruit plants available

Thursday to Sunday 11am  to 3pm

Call 087 333 3276 for more details.


Time to get your Ride-On/Lawnmowers serviced

or treat yourself to a new Mower

For full backup service and professional advice

Philip Jones 087 6638788

Visit our website


Active Appliance Repairs

over 20 years’ experience repairing and servicing

all brands of domestic and commercial appliances.

For a fast, friendly and efficient service call us today

on 086 393 7762 or 086 361 9082

Call out Charge €75


Ace Robotic Lawn Care

Sales and Installation of Robotic Lawn Mowers

Free garden assessment, all leading brands sold

Contact Ken: 086 834 4332



McEvoy Monumental Works, Blessington

Headstones, Inscriptions, Renovations.

Serving the people of Blessington for over 40 years.

Call to our workshop at Millbank Blessington

or phone: Mick 045 865 487 or 086 843 8832 or

Gary 087 933 3487


German Autoworks

Service Specialist

VW/Audi, Mercedes, Skoda, Seat, Opel

Call 087 286 3997


Blessington Airport Taxi – 087 255 7993

Standard Taxi €77 one way

Large 7-Seater €87 one way

Call Richard on 087 255 7993

Or email:


Mr. Power Washer

Driveway Cleaning, Shopfront, Window Cleaning,

High Reach Wash, Gutter Cleaning, Roof Cleaning

Contact Mark 085 246 5549 01 516 7316



Eagle Cleaning Solutions

Chimney Cleaning, Exterior Power Washing, Window Cleaning, Gutter Cleaning and Repairs.

Call for appointment: 087 247 4388


Find us on Facebook



Roller, Vertical and Venetian.

For all your requirements home or office

Contact Seamus 087 4060 434




For our safety and our customers

we will have safety and social distancing rules in play.

We would request that the hour from

10am to 11am Monday to Friday

be left available for our more vulnerable customers

We are still offering a call and collect service,

you can remain in your car and

collect your order in the car park

We will continue to offer delivery to over 70s

Open 10am to 5.30pm Monday to Saturday

12 noon to 5pm Sunday

045 865 403

087 931 9111



For Spring Tidying, Hedge Clipping, Lawn Care,

Beds overhauled

Phone Mark 085 133 7714


Paying too much to SKY or UPC?

We install & Repair Free to Air and Saorview!!

No more bills!! Call Billy: 086 868 0053


Alder Interiors Ltd

Fitted kitchens & wardrobes & custom-made units

For a Free estimate & quotation

Please phone Sinead on 01-4587617

Visit our website &

see our reviews from our happy customers.

Email us @


Clarkes Funeral Directors I.A.F.D.

Funeral Home & Office, Burgage, Blessington.

All areas serviced

Phone: Tony or Regina:

087 273 9048 / 087 659 6426


Noel Nolan Blessington Heating & Plumbing Service

Call Noel: 087 243 1499 or



Vacancy for Safeguarding Officer

The Archdiocese of Dublin Child Safeguarding Service provides support and oversight in respect of the safeguarding of children and vulnerable adults who are involved with the Diocese via its parishes, schools and agencies.

This role is offered on a permanent and full-time basis to support the service. Reporting to the Director of the Service, the Safeguarding Officer will develop and deliver training, as well as give advice and support on the safeguarding of children and vulnerable adults involved in church activities in the diocese.

If you feel this role is for you and meet our requirements, please email your C.V. with a Covering letter to:

by 5pm on Monday 25th May 2020.

For a full outline go to our noticeboard section on:




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