Issue 1318 August 9th 2020

19th SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME  9th August 2020

At times God is to be found where we least expect him. He appears in joy and anguish, in the mountain breeze and the sea storm. In our prayer we need the patience to wait for God to speak to us, and the faith to walk towards him when he calls.

Many times in life we need help from others. The sponsor in AA, the one who loaned a bit of money to get a house, the one who listened in times of stress and loss, the school run, a help to pray; we get through life with helping hands. The gospel today is about that. Jesus saves Peter from drowning. We all walk on water at times and need this help. Help in life comes from prayer – from Jesus himself and from Jesus in others.

There is the ordinary day to day help in family and among friends. In solidarity with our fellow human beings. Like neighbourliness, or just friendliness. We need to show solidarity not just with our immediate neighbours but with the world far and near.

When we show solidarity, we can be more than human. When we show solidarity, we are doing the work of God – we are our brother’s keeper, our sister’s keeper! God works through us. The helping hand of God is your hand and mine. Many are sinking today in addictions, mental health issues and poverty. They are like the sinking Peter – but together and like Jesus, we can lift up the sinking Peter! With solidarity, neighbourliness, friendliness and friendship.

Donal Neary SJ, Editor Sacred Heart Messenger

Mass Intentions this Week: Stefan Maszota (RD) Poland

Saturday 6pm: Sheila Zellar (1st A) Jane Cahill (A) Stephen Cahill (A) Ann Glennon (1stA) John & Bridget Tipper (A) Frank O’Neill (A) Jim, Kathleen & Seamus Corry (A) Pat Keogh (A)

Sunday 10am: Danny Horgan (A) Maryann Flanagan (A)

We also Remember the following:  Mary & John Crickley, Julia Fitzgerald, Mick Clarke, Peg Clarke, Peter Finnegan (A)

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

Tuesday: Martin Curley (A) Catherine Daly (A) Get Well Intentions

Wednesday: Fr Edward Whelan (RD) Margaret Tallon (RD)

Thursday: Peter McNabb (RD) Gerard Argue (RD)

Friday: Special Intentions, Birthday Remembrance

 Saturday 15th August, Feast of the Assumption,  Mass at 10am: Special Living Intentions, Get Well Mass

Congratulations to the boys & girls from Valleymount & Lacken who receive 1st Holy Communion this weekend, we wish them every blessing.

Congratulations to Darragh, Jack, Kyle, Patrick, Ryan & Summer who are celebrating their 1st Holy Communion on Saturday 8th August at 11am in Lacken Church.

Hollywood Mass Rock Sunday 9th August the pilgrimage will start in the  Church car park at 7am and will proceed from here to the Mass Rock at Corragh.  Mass celebrated by Bishop Eamonn Walsh at approximately 9am. All are welcome.

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

Monthly Envelopes for August are now due, they may be dropped into the PDF Boxes in the Church, the post-box or into Parish Office. Many thanks to all who are making a special effort to return their envelopes this time it is greatly appreciated.

We don’t have missalettes at Mass at the moment but Fr Kevin’s Homilies are always available on our website.

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

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

St. Marys’ Schools & Blessington Parish Lotto Jackpot next week €2525 sign up for €2 per week on parish website

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

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

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

A New Pilgrimage on Lough Derg’s Lakeshore – Walk & Pray in the Lough Derg Tradition on 16th, 18th, 22nd, 26th & 30th August. At times in the 1600’s & 1700’s when Station Island was closed by the Penal Laws, pilgrims undertook a form of pilgrimage on the lough shore. Walk in their footsteps. Contact 071 9861518 or for details. Numbers are limited.  Advance booking essential.

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




Happy Faces Pre School Blessington – Situated in the Further Education Centre (old Tech) is a fun, stimulating & welcoming environment with a curriculum focusing on the best care & education for your child. Our staff are highly trained within the childcare sector, child led & Montessori methods of learning & development, limited ECCE & part time places available for Sept 2020. Find us on Facebook or email us for more information


ROBOTIC LAWNMOWERS now available locally. Free garden assessment. Installation service also available. Contact or call 086 834 4332 for more information


Want to do your own Garden or Building Project? Hire the machines, save time & labour mini diggers, dumpers & other equipment available. Contact Padraig BALLYMORE TARMAC on 087 271 6749 or


Childminder Wanted for 2 children – One starting school & one in 2nd class (No1 School) would require morning drop off (7:30 ish) & collection from school till 5:30/6pm – 5 days a week (earlier on a Friday) Preferably in minders own home but open to child’s home. Would also consider a Nanny/au Pair, please phone to discuss. 087 647 8687


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


Sakura Montessori and Afterschool, Blessington are looking to Employ Enthusiastic Self-Motivated, Kind Staff.  Minimum Child Care Education of Level QQI5 and Maximum Education Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Early Childhood Studies or Retired National School Teachers who wish to work part-time.

Positions Available:

After School Leader / Teacher part-time

4 ½ hours per day for 5 days

After School Leader / Teacher part-time

5 ½ hours per day for 2 days

Aims Practitioner X 2 – LINC an advantage

Full-time Childcare Practitioner / Teacher –

Montessori Qualification and Advantage. Availability to start 25th August 2020.

Please apply with CV and Cover Letter to: Antionette Byrne, Sakura Montessori by email to


Closing Date for School Book Orders August 15th order now on Free covers and discounted, high quality stationery packs. Choose free collection in Blessington or flat rate delivery charge of €2.95


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



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


Gardening For Summer Tidying, Hedge Clipping, Lawn Care, Beds Overhauled etc Phone Mark 085 133 7714


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


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:


HEADSTONES 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


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


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


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


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


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