Issue 1311 June 21st 2020


God is always with us. He knows our every thought, word and deed. He loves us and constantly cares for us. He looks upon us and says, ‘Do not be afraid.’

Be proud of Jesus! In the gospel today Jesus says not to be ashamed of him or the word of God. We often say to someone, ‘I was really proud of you’; at other times we find ourselves standing up for an individual or groups of people who are being criticised. Jesus knows that in following him, we will find opposition, in what we might sometimes say or in our way of life. A person, young or old, may find themselves the only one in a family group who is a regular mass-goer, or who stands up for the principles in some moral issue. We find support in like-minded and like-believing people, or in people who may disagree with us but respect our point of view. We find support also in our practice of faith where we meet such people, also in prayer; as Jesus says, ‘every hair of your head has been counted’ by the Father who knows us and loves us through and through. We have a lot to be proud of in Jesus: his love and concern for all, especially the poor; his giving us a meaning in life, and his love which brought him against the powerful, even to death. Like Jesus, we too will find ‘the Lord at our side’ as the first reading proclaims, as we live our Christian life as best we can.

Donal Neary SJ, Editor Sacred Heart Messenger

Mass Intentions this Week – James (Jimmy) Mahon (RD) Mary Bohan (Belmullet)(RD) Paul Osborne UK & late Ballyknockan (RD)

Saturday 6pm – John & Sarah Magee (A) Daragh Rowan (A) Paddy Byrne (A) Marie McEvoy (A)

Sunday 10am – John Boylan (Mths Mind) Jospehine Horgan (1st A) Kevin Shiels (A) Walter Shirran (A)

We also Remember the following: Peter Nolan (Jnr) Vincent, Bohan, Patrick Boylan, Thomas McNally, Martin & Nora Murphy, Gabriel Murphy, Seamus Murphy, Lilian Darcy

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

Tuesday – John & Sarah Magee (A) Daragh Rowan (A) Special Living Intention,

Wednesday – John Magee (RD) Kieran Stynes (RD)

Thursday – Maura McNally (A) Tommy Nolan (Rem) John Reynolds (RD)

Friday – Mass offered for all on Blessington Deceased Mass Card List

In a Framework Document from the Irish Bishopsconcerning the return of the public celebration of Mass and the sacraments, an important requirement for this to take place in 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.  Many thanks to those who have already volunteered but we will need more people…… 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

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

The Parish Office has re-opened to the Public  – Monday to Friday 10am to 12.30pm for Mass Bookings, Mass Cards, & General Enquiries. Email: Call: 045 865 327 from 9am to 1pm Please observe social distance & follow one-way system & please use hand sanitiser when entering & leaving

We are so happy to confirm that Cruthú Gallery at Russborough will reopen the week of 29th June!!! Open Fridays/ Saturdays/Sundays from 12 noon.Our members have been very creative during the lockdown so we will start posting soon some exciting new art pieces that will be available for purchase.We look forward to seeing you soon and please remember to mind the social distancing rules. or contact us at

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.

St. Marys’ Schools & Blessington Parish Lotto. Jackpot next week €2150 sign up for €2 per week on parish website

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.

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

Many people are hanging on by the very thinnest of threads. Be kind…….

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 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

Coronavirus Poem. 

We live in a scary

World today

It’s different than


No more hugs kissing

Our happiness gone away

Like never before

The virus has taken our

Loved ones away

Families suffering

Like never before

The fear of the unknown

Has arrived

The worry of what will happen

Tomorrow to you and me

Coronavirus on our mind’s

Coronavirus everywhere

Our lives in danger

Like never before

We practice social distancing

Every day to keep the virus

At bay as we shop in different ways

Were asked to stay at home

Like never before

When will this

Virus ever go away

But I promise

I’ll love and pray for everyone


Every day.

David P Carroll



The Blessington Bookstore is delighted to offer our school book service this year from a temporary location in St. Mary’s School in Blessington.  Order online at or call us on 083 8486745 (Mon-Fri 10.00am to 4.00pm) Alternatively, email your list to us at  Looking forward to helping everyone again!


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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 @


Noel Nolan Blessington Heating & Plumbing Service. Call Noel: 087 243 1499 or email


German Autoworks. Service Specialist VW/Audi, Mercedes, Skoda, Seat, Opel. Call 087 286 3997


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


HEADSTONES – McEvoy Monumental Works, Blessington. Headstones, Inscriptions, Renovations. Serving the people of Blessington for over 40 years.Call to our workshop at Millbank Blessingtonor phone: Mick 045 865 487 or 086 843 8832 or Gary 087 933 3487


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:


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


Gardening. For Summer Tidying, Hedge Clipping, Lawn Care, Beds overhauled Phone Mark 085 133 7714


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