Issue 1320 23rd August 2020

21st SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME 23rd August 2020.

Our Christian life will call on us at times to make a decision for or against Jesus, as for the apostles in today’s gospel.We know with him we have the message of the deepest human love we are capable of.

Peter got the keys of heaven. We think that these are keys to let people into heaven. We often see pictures of Peter with a bunch of keys in his hand. Keys are given when a person is trusted – the privilege of getting the keys of the house. Jesus entrusts Peter with being able to unlock the kingdom of heaven.

It is not just the afterlife. The kingdom of heaven is what Jesus brings on earth. He gives each of us keys to unlock that door to his kingdom. We unlock the door from the inside. Pope Francis has said when Jesus knocks at the door, he is asking to be let out from inside each of us: ‘ I think about the times in which Jesus knocks from within so that we will let him come out.’ (Address before the Conclave 2013).

Like Peter, we have the keys to let his message out – in our words and in what we do. The love of God is given to us to be shared in service, just as the word of God is given to us to be spoken both in our human words and in our lives. I can imagine Peter each day going inside himself to pray and think over what Jesus had done for him in his life, and opening his heart so that the love and mission he had received, would be given for the community of disciples. May I recognise your love in my life O Lord, and share this whenever I can, in word and deed.

Donal Neary SJ, Editor Sacred Heart Messenger

Mass Intentions this Week: Michael Davey (RD) Sligo Maura Mary Lynch (RD) Saggart

Saturday 6pm: William (Teddy) Shirran (A) John, Julia & Sean Carroll (A) Rose Hastings (A) Mary Jo & Patrick Deasy (A) Johnny Brown (A)

Sunday 10am: Maurice Moore (A) Margaret Toomey (A)

We also Remember the following Cora Stoodly, Larry, Mary & Matthew Lennon, Michael & Ann-Mary Norton, Dec mem of Norton Family

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

Tuesday: Laurence & Gertrude Keogh, Sp Intentions, Sp Intentions, Living Intentions,

Wednesday: Peter McNabb (RD) Teresa Ryan (RD)

Thursday: Phyllis Nixon (A) Johnny Doyle (RD)

Friday: Blessington Deceased Mass Card List

Congratulation to the girls and boys from St Mary’s SNS, No 1 School & BETNS  who received the Sacrament of Confirmation this weekend in Church of Our Lady Blessington

Due to the extended Covid-19 Restrictions for Kildare, Crosschapel, Eadestown & Kilteel Churches will remain closed until further notice

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

Lacken-Kilbride Juvenile GAA Club – SEEKING PLAYERS for new Juvenile members from Under 7’s upwards (5 years old & upwards). Especially at Under 11’s, for boys & girls (players born in 2009, 2010 or 2011). And up to Under 14’s girls. Training is every Monday at 6.30pm in Kilbride & most Wednesday’s at 6.30pm. Any enquiries you can contact Diarmuid Haughian direct on 086 3113 443 or Joeann Gahan on 086 845 0247 or Donal Gahan on 087 979 2354. Or just turn up at training & speak to one of the coaches in order to get registered.  Everyone is welcome at all levels. To protect yourself & to protect others, please wear a face mask when attending Mass & other services in all our Churches

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

 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


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 The Parish Office Opening Hours Monday to Friday  9am to 12.30pm for Mass Bookings, Mass Cards, & General Enquiries. Email: Carol: 045 865 327 – 9am to 12.30pm Jean: 087 235 0835 – 9am to 5pm Please observe social distance & please use hand sanitiser when entering & leaving


Saturday & Sunday Masses in Blessington Due to the extended restrictions on numbers allowed to gather indoors we will continue to issue tickets for weekend Masses: 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


Dear Lord, so far today I’m doing alright.

I have not gossiped,

lost my temper,

been greedy, grumpy, nasty or selfish

I have not moaned, complained, cursed or eaten any chocolate.

I haven’t charged anything to my credit card.

But I will be getting out of bed in a minute,

and I think that I will really need your help then!!



Ruth Shine School of Dance Ballet, Modern, Contemporary and Acrobatic Arts Classes Ages 3 to Adult We pride ourselves on the beautiful, confident and happy dancers our students become! Join our dance community, based in our newly renovated, state of the art studio ‘DanceTrax Studios’ Contact Ruth on 086 406 2618, look us up on Instagram/Facebook or visit   website:  ‘Make Your Soul Shine!’


If Your Child Has A Diagnosis of Autism and requires an early intervention preschool email: in Naas


Primary School Teacher Wanted to help family with homework and additional tutoring in the afternoons, in Blessington.May also suit retired teacher. If interested please call to discuss. Ph: 087 6865632.



Blessington Library is Open Each Week Monday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday 10am till 5 pm, Tuesday 1pm till 8.30 pm. Our customers are welcome to come in, browse and borrow books.

Week is running from 15th August until 23rd and we are inviting children to take part in a Blessington Local Heritage Quiz, (prizes awarded) finding places of interest in the town

From Monday 24th August we will resume our 6-day working week with late nights Tuesday and Thursday, again, for browse and borrow.  We are observing social distancing and face coverings, and we are looking forward to seeing you.


OFFICE CONTENTS to include – selection of sturdy desks, with or without returns & drawers, computer desks, solid mahogany dining table & 6 chairs, selection of seats & chairs, large & small shredders, printers, Panasonic KX-T7730 phone system with 7 extensions, filing cabinets with folders, notice boards, some old computers and other bits & pieces such as cd rack, staplers, etc., from as little as €1. Total clear-out everything must go!  087 290 7992.


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


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:


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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