Issue 1317 August 2nd 2020

18th SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME 2nd August 2020

The gift of Jesus is different to material wealth; It is more than that. He Promises meaning to life, hope, love that is everlasting He promises himself in friendship to us.

At the finish of the meal, when Jesus fed the crowds, all the leftovers were gathered up, probably for the journey home. Food was not wasted. He knew that nobody should go hungry in a world which has more than enough to feed its population. The waste of food is often a theme of Pope Francis. Addressing the World Food Programme in November 2019, he said “in many places, our brothers & sisters do not have access to sufficient & healthy food, while in others, food is discarded”. He also says that “each human being has a right to healthy & sustainable nutrition”. Our care & respect for food can make a difference. Supermarkets give leftover food each evening to food centres, food which might otherwise have been bought & later thrown out. A care for food means that we become aware of the huge hunger in the world, where 821 million people, or one in nine, still go to bed on an empty stomach each night. The gospel of Jesus calls on us simply not to waste food.

So, we can look in our food recycle bins & decide how we can buy only enough food to use. Food chains can help, for example, selling in quantities that are suitable for single people or a couple. When we thank God for food, we are also saying we are committed to respect for food. Pope Francis again: ‘Families, schools, & the communications media have an important task in educating & raising awareness in this regard.’ Give us this day our daily bread; may all have enough for daily food. Donal Neary SJ, Editor Sacred Heart Messenger

Mass Intentions this Week: Peter McNabb (RD)

Saturday 6pm: Dick Haughton (A) Sr Margaret Burke (RD)

Sunday 10am: Tom McGreal Snr. (A)

We also Remember the following: Charlie Keogh, Peter Cummins

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

Tuesday: Betty Bevan (RD) Get Well Intentions

Wednesday: Special Intentions, Get Well Intentions

Thursday: Frank O’Neill (A) Special Intentions

First Friday: Masses will be offered for all those on the November List of the Dead

Congratulations to the boys & girls from Blessington No 1 School who receive  1st Holy Communion this weekend, we wish them every blessing.

Bank Holiday Monday Mass will be at 11am in Church of Our Lady Blessington

Adoration & Rosary will take place every Tuesday from 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

Saturday and Sunday Masses in Blessington. Due to the extended restrictions on numbers allowed to gather indoors we will continue to issue tickets for  6pm Mass on Saturday & 10am Mass on Sunday in Church of Our Lady, Blessington. Tickets must be collected in the Parish Office between 9am & 12.30pm Mon to Fri – 045 865 327

Happy 7th Birthday to my wonderful Great Grandson Calum Flynn Martin on Friday 31st July. Calum is the Blessington Forum “Person of the Year 2019” and I love him so much!! Gaga Owen XXX

Hollywood Mass Rock is on the 9th of August 2020, the pilgrimage will start in the Church car park at 7am and will proceed from here to the Mass Rock at Corragh.  The Mass will be celebrated by Bishop Eamonn Walsh upon arrival at approximately 9am.  All are welcome.

Results of the Valleymount and Lacken Draw for July: Deirdre Ryan, Fr Richard, John Holmes, Liz Cullen, Ita & Jim Hill

Blessington AFC. Notice to all coaches, managers, members, and parents. The Blessington AFC AGM will take place on Monday 10th August 2020 in St Kevin’s Hall Blessington. It will start at 8pm sharp.

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

SENIOR LINE – National Confidential Listening Service for Older People provided by trained older volunteers. All Calls are Free. Open 365 days a year from 10am to 10pm. A telephone listening service for older people. We do not ask for or pass on any information about our callers. FREEPHONE 1800 80 45 91

Annual Novena to Knock Shrine. “It is with great disappointment that we have to postpone the highlight of the annual pilgrimage season at Knock Shrine. I take this opportunity to encourage the people of Ireland & beyond to pray the Novena prayer in their own homes & parishes for the month of August so that we may be united in prayer. The Novena prayer can be found on our website. The proposed theme for this year’s Novena was ‘Faith in Changing Times’ Here at Knock Shrine as we respond to the present challenges of the coronavirus, we continue “to pray with you & for you” as we look forward with faith & hope to brighter days.  We thank everyone for their patience & cooperation. May Our Lady of Knock keep you all safe” Fr Richard Gibbons

Blessington AFC are looking for young footballers and goalkeepers born in 2008 to join (or re-join) the Under 13 teams. if you would like to join please contact

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

St. Marys’ Schools & Blessington Parish Lotto. Jackpot next week €2475, sign up for €2 per week on parish website



Hardware Sales Assistant Required. Experience in DIY / Hardware Desirable. Must have full clean driving licence. Send CV to


Part Time Book Keeper Required – VAT Returns, Bank Reconciliations and general book-keeping. Knowledge of Sage 50 Accounts Required. Please email for further details.


Are you struggling with the administrative aspect of your growing business? I am available remotely for everything from filing to sales administration, data input and expenses. Call me: 087 620 2590


CARETAKER x 3 – Hollywood Community Centre ref: CES 2152793 closing date August 10th – Blessington Tidy Towns Ref: CES 2152795 closing date August 10th – Blessington Soccer Club Ref: CES 2152799 closing date August 24th

HANDYMAN VARIOUS PROJECTS- Ref: CES 2152797 closing date August 17th

TOURIST OFFICE ASSISTANT- Ref: 2152798 closing date August 24th

For further information, please contact Martin Cahill on 045 891 348 or email on Please note the candidates must be in receipt of social welfare payment for at least 12 months.


Painter & Decorator Interior & Exterior – Phone: Damian 085 826 0431


Eyelash Extensions: Classic Russian lashes – Full set €45 – Refills €30 – 087 950 9074 for appointment


Affordable Live-in Homecare provides live-in carers for the elderly in your area. If you are looking for a live-in carer for your relative, please call Eileen or Tom today on 087 9916791 or 087 7440729. Our website is


Gardening – For Summer Tidying, Hedge Clipping, Lawn Care, Beds Overhauled etc 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


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:


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


“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 045 865 327 for assistance

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