Issue 1313 July 5th 2020


The presence of Christ in our world and our lives is a friendship, companionship and love that gives peace to the restless hearts and hope and meaning in times of stress and trouble. You may feel overburdened at times. Even as you read this, you may be getting a bit of ‘time off’ from different cares – children, grandchildren, pupils in your school, parents. While you may love the people who you care for, it can be wearing. You may have the burden of redundancy, homelessness, addiction, or prison. In such times, people have found the words, ‘come to me all you who are overburdened, and I will give you rest’. It’s rest not just for the body, but for the soul. The rest Jesus offers is his love and his word. He also has been through times of heavy burdens. He knows what is the worst of our lives and he will give the best of himself just as he did for the many who came his way in search of healing and of peace. The rest Jesus provides often comes through others. We can offer a listening ear when those near to us are burdened. We can offer help in many ways to those burdened with poverty, discrimination, or injustice.

 ‘Once we have received the refreshment and comfort of Christ, we are called in turn to become refreshment and comfort for our brothers and sisters, with a gentle and humble attitude, in imitation of the Master.’ Pope Francis, (July 2014).

Donal Neary SJ, Editor Sacred Heart Messenger

Mass Intentions this Week

Teresa Clarke (RD)

Saturday 6pm: John McNamara (1st A) John Geoghegan (A) Teresa Ball (A)

Sunday 10am: Eddie Conroy (1st A) Rita Toner(A)

We also Remember the following: Ray O’Donnell, Christy Keogh, John & Nora Moran, Martin & Bridget McDonald, Denis & Mary-Ann Byrne

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

Tuesday: Eddie Conroy (1st A) John & Nora Moran (A) Martin & Bridget McDonald (A) Rita Toner (A) Ann Walsh (A)

Thursday:  Charlie Dunne (1st A) Sean & Hester Dunne (Rem) Eloise Dunne (Rem)

Friday: Margaret Ellis (nee Atkinson) London (Rem)


1st Anniversary – Tuesday 7th July 2020

EDDIE CONROY, late of Beechdale, always remembered & sadly missed by your loving family, relations & many friends.

His wife PAT & family would like to thank everyone for their kindness & support throughout the last year.

Will those who think of Him today, a little prayer to Jesus say!

Saturday and Sunday Masses in Blessington

Due to the restrictions on numbers allowed to gather indoors we feel it necessary that people apply for a ticket if they wish to attend 6pm Mass on Saturday or 10am Mass on Sunday in Church of Our Lady, Blessington. Tickets must be collected in the Parish Office between 9.30am & 12.30pm Mon to Fri – 045 865 327

Adoration & Rosary will take place from Tuesday 14th July, 7pm to 8pm in Church of Our Lady, Blessington. If you are unable to come to the Church, you can join us via webcam on

St Mary’s School 1st CommunionDay 2020

Saturday 25th and Sunday 26th July,  Saturday 11am and 1pm – Sunday 1pm.  The details of the class groupings will be sent to parents from the school.

Monthly Envelopes for July are now due, they 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.

Valleymount Private Members Draw Results for June: Margaret & Theo Clarke, Catherine & Sean Miley, Bernie & Jimmy Reid, Paul Farrell, Maria Gallagher

Cruthú Gallery at Russborough 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 9.00am 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.

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

Courses in the Further Education and Training Centre Blessington Are you considering doing a course, changing your career? Do you need Guidance? Here at Blessington Further Education and Training Centre we provide a free, professional, impartial career guidance and information service to all adults. For further information on upcoming courses or changing your career please contact our Guidance Service, Irene Hayden on 086 806 1569 or or contact Karen Townsend on 086 850 3833 or

As we can only have 50 people in the Church for Mass it is necessary to book a ticket for weekend Masses. Tickets must be collected in the Parish Office between 9.30am & 12.30pm Mon to Fri – 045 865 327

A bit of good humour is very beneficial for us, for the feast of St Thomas More which fell on July 1st  it is advantageous to remember his prayer for good humour. I pray it every day and find it a great help, hope you do as well. Fr. Richard.

Prayer for Good Humour

By St Thomas More

Grant me O lord, good digestion,

And also, something to digest.

Grant me, a healthy body,

And the necessary good humour to maintain it.

Grant me a simple soul,

That knows to treasure all the good things,

And doesn’t frighten easily at the sight of evil.

Give me a soul that knows no boredom,

Grumblings, sighs and laments,

Nor excess of stress,

Because of that obstructing thing called ‘I’.

Grant me, O Lord, a sense of good humour,

Allow me the grace to be able to take a joke,

To discover in life a bit of joy,

And to be able to share it with others.




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Great value in packs of A4 Hardback & Softback Copies, Pencil Cases, School Bags and Lunch Boxes/Bottles but only while stocks last

Fantastic value on all Stationary Packs for St. Marys Junior & Senior Schools we are keeping our prices at 2019 rates

We are happy to help with stationary requirements for all other schools in the area please drop into the shop or call 045 865 878


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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


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


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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


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