Issue 1312 June 28th 2020


Christ is no farther away than the people we meet every day. His cry for help is heard in the needs of the poor, homeless, and those rejected by society. Help us to hear and respond to His cry.

Mass Intentions this Week

Tom Wilson (RD) Knocklyon, Brendan Griffin (RD) (Tipperary), Grainne McGill (RD) Dublin, Det Garda Colm Horkan (RD)

Saturday 6pm – Gerry O’Connor (3rd A), Aisling Earley (RD)

Sunday 10am – Michael Kennedy (1st A), John & Margaret Clarke (A)

We also Remember the following:  – Paddy Whelan, Mary Maguire Margaret Glennon, Sarah, Mary & Roger Keogh, Grainne Tipper, Tom Tipper, James McDonald, Mary Anne McDonald, Thomas McDonald, William McDonald, John McDonald, Deceased friends & relations of McDonald Family, Hannah & Myles Wilson

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

Tuesday – Special Intentions, Special Intentions

Wednesday – Michael Kennedy (1st A), Larry, Mary & Matthew Lennon Michael & Mary Anne Norton & deceased members of Norton Family

Thursday – Alan Fleming (A), John Davis (RD)

Friday – 1st Friday, Mass offered for all on the November List of the dead

►As of Monday 29th June 2020, we are allowed to return to the public celebration of Mass in the Parishes of Blessington & Valleymount.

  • In accordance with the HSE prescribed guidelines we have posted the optimum number of places that each Church can hold.
  • We have marked out the seating to promote physical distancing and these are supported by appropriate signage.
  • We have established separate entrance & exit doors & we have ground markings indicating directions for the reception of Holy Communion.
  • The Church has been deep cleaned & sanitised & there are hand sanitisers available at entrance & exits.
  • There will be no sign of peace at Mass & Holy Communion will be received in the hand only.
  • The passing of baskets for collections will not take place. Your contributions will be collected at the entrance/exits
  • The Sunday obligation is suspended at present. However, if you wish, you can come to Mass on a weekday to fulfil your obligation during this time.
  • Toilets are not available at this time.
  • Confessions by appointment & will take place in the Crying Room, Church of Our Lady, Blessington.

May I take this opportunity to thank you all for your support, understanding and co-operation at this strange and difficult time.

“The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make his face shine upon you and be gracious to you; the Lord turn his face towards you and give you peace” (Numbers 6:24-26)

With every blessing, Fr Richard.

When the Church re-opens again next week we need to have teams available to sanitise the church after each Mass is celebrated. Many thanks to those who have already volunteered but more are needed to help as there really are not enough volunteers  to spread the burden. If you are willing to volunteer for this very important service, please contact the Parish Office for further arrangements.

Thank you from Trocaire, a cheque for €729 was sent to Trocaire this week from the Blessington group of Parishes. Many thanks to all who returned Trocaire Boxes & Envelopes to the Parish Office. It is your kindness and support, which ensures that our work on behalf of the Irish Catholic Church continues overseas.  May God bless your generosity. “You will be enriched in every way so that you can be generous on every occasion, and through us your generosity will result in thanksgiving to God.  (2 Cor 9:11)

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

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 9.30am to 12.30pm for Mass Bookings, Mass Cards, & General Enquiries. Email:, Call: 045 865 327. from 9am to 1pm. Please observe social distance & please use hand sanitiser when entering & leaving.

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, Friday 9am to 5pm

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

Patience is not the ability to wait, but the ability to keep a good attitude while waiting.



Cleggs Locksmith Service

  • Locked Out
  • Multipoint Lock Repairs
  • All Keys Cut
  • Spare Parts

Handles – Cylinders – Multi-Point Strips – Letter Boxes. Sallin’s Road, Naas. Shop: 045 876 702 Mobile: 087 232 3663


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!


Paying too much to SKY or UPC? We install & Repair Free to Air and Saorview!!  No more bills!! Call Billy: 086 868 0053


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


BLINDS. Roller, Vertical and Venetian. For all your requirements home or office Contact Seamus 087 4060 434 Email:


Eagle Cleaning Solutions. Chimney Cleaning, Exterior Power Washing, Window Cleaning, Gutter Cleaning and Repairs. Call for appointment: 087 247 4388. Email: Find us on Facebook


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



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 045 865 327

for assistance


Pro-Cathedral – Sunday Lunchtime Recitals. via webcam. Sunday 28th June, 5th & 12th July a core ensemble of orchestral players & professional singers –

Aisling Kenny, soprano,

Andrew Gavin, tenor

have volunteered to perform a lunchtime recital at 12 noon.

Music to relax, inspire & uplift from composers Bach, Handel, Vivaldi, Albinoni & Mozart. Each recital will last 30-35 minutes.   Do join us as we live stream on the Pro-Cathedral webcam at

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