Issue 1310 June 14th 2020

THE MOST HOLY BODY AND BLOOD OF CHRIST (Corpus Christi) 14th June 2020

Today is our celebration that Jesus is present always with us, in signs we can recognise but not understand. It is a feast of the mystery of his presence, always close to his people.

Always a favourite feast day in Ireland and throughout the world, Corpus Christi, the Feast of the Body and Blood of Christ, is a chance to appreciate the Eucharist. It’s about Jesus giving his whole self to us – that’s the symbolism of ‘body and blood’. As we receive communion, we take into our lives, very deeply, the love of Jesus, shown in his death and resurrection. This is his gift – to nourish us and deepen our friendship with him and our faith in God. He also shares with us why he gives his body and blood – it is for the saving and betterment of the world. So, each time we receive communion we are joyfully receiving not only his love for us, but also the call to share that love. Receiving communion helps us to live our lives in love but also challenges us to live the message of that love. This can be with family, among friends and also in the wider world. Receiving communion means I want to do something for justice, peace and tolerance in my locality and the wider world. To receive is to do this ‘in memory of him’. To live in memory of Jesus is to live in actively sharing the life and love he shares with each of us. It is receiving the human and divine life of Jesus, so that through each of us the world may be a better place.

Donal Neary SJ, Editor Sacred Heart Messenger

Mass Intentions this Week

Beatrice (Billy) Connolly (RD)

Saturday 6pm: Kieran Stynes (Mths Mind) Jimmy Keogh (A) Des Kennedy (A) John Jameson (A) Mary Brady (1st A)

Sunday 10am: George Cody (Mths Mind) Dick Keogh (A)

We also Remember the following:

Katie Van Alpen (A) Brigid & Philip Quigley (A) Catherine, James & Sadie Byrne. (A) Christopher Brady (A) Brigid & John Miley (A) Andy Farrington (A) Kit Mahon (A) Larry Miley(A)

Monday: Mass offered for all the Blessington List of the Sick

Tuesday: Birthday Mass, Thanksgiving Mass

Wednesday: Kit Mahon (A) Larry Miley (A)

Thursday: Kathleen Kelly (A) Kieran O’sullivan (A) Sheila Fahy (A)

Friday: Barry O’Donnell (REM) Special Intentions

In a Framework Document from the Irish Bishops concerning the return of the public celebration of Mass and the sacraments,  an important requirement for this to take place in our  Church of Our Lady in Blessington  is that we have teams available to sanitise the church after the mass is celebrated. With this in mind, I am appealing for volunteers to take on this important requirement. We will need to have teams in place after every Mass:  9.30am Monday to Friday, 6pm on Saturday and 10am on Sunday in order to be ready to re-open our Church to the public after 29th June. If you are willing to volunteer for this very important service, please contact the Parish Office for further arrangements. Thanking you in anticipation.  Fr Richard

Valleymount Private Members Draw Winners in May: Nellie Reid, Christy Miley, Pat Fitzpatrick Senior, Mandy & Larry O’Brien, Dorrie Byrne

West Wicklow Cancer Support Our resident Mediation Facilitator Gemma Deeney is guiding a Meditation every Thursday on Facebook live free of charge. If you are interested in connecting to the group please contact us on facebook, by email or by phone 087 4346004

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.

Blessington Library  has reopened with a “Click & Collect” service. Get in touch today to request books or items, and arrange a pick-up time to collect them. Contact us on 045 891 740 or at  Opening hours: Monday 9am to 5pm, Tuesday 1pm to 8.30pm, Wednesday 9am to 5pm, Thursday 9am to 5pm, 9am to 5pm

DONATE to the Parish Online you can now make donations to Blessington, Crosschapel, Manor Kilbride, or Valleymount/Lacken or Donations to the Archdiocese Easter Dues & the 1st & 2nd Collections 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

Deacon Gerry leads a Holy Hour of Prayer & Benediction via Webcam from 7.30pm to 8.30pm Church of Our Lady Blessington. Log in for an hour of prayer, music & reflection.

Monthly Envelopes for June may be dropped into the PDF Boxes in the Church or the post-box at the Coimin Centre. Many thanks to all who are making a special effort to return their envelopes this time it is greatly appreciated.

The Parish Office has re-opened to the Public: Monday to Friday 10.30am to 12 noon we are still available by telephone or email  for Mass Bookings, Mass Cards, & General Enquiries Monday to Friday Email: Carol: 045 865 327 from 9am to 1pm Jean: 087 2350835 from 9am to 5pm. Please observe social distance & follow one-way system & please use hand sanitiser when entering & leaving

St. Marys’ Schools & Blessington Parish Lotto – Jackpot next week €2100 sign up for €2 per week on €25 winner this week is Geraldine McCormack

Out of suffering have emerged the strongest souls; the most massive characters are seared with scars

A Prayer from Fr. Richard. 

Prayer to God, for Help, Comfort & Salvation

God our father, creator of the world,

almighty & merciful,

out of love for us you sent your son into the world as the doctor of our

souls & our bodies,

look upon your children who,

in this difficult time of confusion & dismay in many regions of Europe & the world,

turn to you seeking

strength, salvation & relief,

deliver us from illness & fear,

heal our sick, comfort their families,

give wisdom to our leaders,

energy & reward to our doctors,

nurses & volunteers,

eternal life to the dead.

Do not abandon us in the moment of trial

but deliver us from all evil.

We asked this of Thee,

who with his son & the Holy Spirit,

live & reign forever & ever.




The Blessington Bookstore is committed to redeeming any outstanding vouchers.

Email the voucher number(s) and outstanding amount to giving your name and address.

We will post you out a National Book Token for the full unused value of the vouchers.

If you have any questions phone 045 857 730 or 083 848 6745


Time to get your Ride-On/Lawnmowers serviced

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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



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

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Roller, Vertical and Venetian.

For all your requirements home or office

Contact Seamus 087 4060 434




For Summer 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!!

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Fitted kitchens & wardrobes & custom-made units

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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


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