Issue 1321 August 30th 2020

22nd SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME  30th August 2020

All the laws, customs and regulations of religion have only one end: to love God and our neighbour. Jesus is adamant that love is at the heart of true religion.

Jesus was a man who knew his own mind. Our first reading describes a man certain of his mission in life even when putting it into practice and it looks ahead to Jesus. His conviction ‘wearied him’ and made a mockery of him. The gospel incident has the apostles upset, especially their leader Peter, at what was the mission of Jesus in death and resurrection. Following him would involve the same sort of dedication, even to carrying the cross. Finding a goal in life is a grace from God. We hope we have found a goal ourselves, something big enough to live for. We want to hand this on to our younger people. We receive hundreds of different messages about what makes for meaning and happiness in life we want to discern what brings true meaning.

A good guide is from Pope Francis, with echoes of St Ignatius’ Spiritual Exercises: ‘God’s voice, instead, never promises cheap joy. It invites us to go beyond our ego to find that true good, peace.’

“God’s voice and the tempter’s speak in different “surroundings”. The enemy (of the goodness of our human nature) prefers darkness, falsehood, and gossip; the Lord loves sunlight, truth, and sincere transparency.” (May 3rd, 2020). Maybe we can watch this week for what brings an uplift of peace and joy in our lives and follow the pathways of this peace and joy. Your will be done, o Lord, on earth as it is in heaven. Donal Neary SJ, Editor Sacred Heart Messenger

Mass Intentions this Week – Colm Foxe, (Naas)

 Saturday 6pm: Peter McNabb (Mths Mind) Denis Toomey (A) Kathleen & Hubert Costello (A)

Sunday 10am:  Peter Whelan (A) Seamus Hayden (A)

 We also remember: Tommy McDonald(A) Alfie Zeller (A)

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

Tuesday: Frank O’Neill, Get Well Intentions, Special Living Intentions

Wednesday: Eugene Winters (A) The deceased members of the Ryan Family.

Thursday: Douglas Shirran (RD) Sean Dowling (A)

Friday: 1st Friday … Mass offered for all those on the November List of the Dead

Congratulation to the girls and boys from St Joseph’s NS, Valleymount & St Mary’s SNS, Blessington who received the Sacrament of Confirmation this weekend

Thursday 3rd September –  There will be no Holy Hour / Benediction with Deacon Gerry.

Friday 4th September – 1st Friday of the Month. The Masses will be offered for all those whose names are on the Altar List of the Dead. The priests will visit the sick & housebound. If you would like a visit please contact the Parish Office, 045 865 327

Padre Pio Mass will take place at 8pm 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

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

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

St. Marys’ Schools & Blessington Parish Lotto Jackpot next week €2650 sign up for €2 per week on parish 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.

The Migraine Association of Ireland would like to invite you to join us on Wednesday 9th September at 7 pm for an online seminar via Zoom with Dr Edward O’Sullivan – Director of the Migraine Clinic in CUH. We will be discussing: New Daily Persistent Headache, (NDPH) Pathophysiology, Management Treatments and Medication Overuse Headache (MOH) For you to gain the most from this event please email us your questions before the event to ensure they are discussed on the night. You can send your questions to us via or via Facebook and Twitter and they will be answered on the night. The event will take place via zoom and you must sign up for a place via Eventbrite through this link The login details for the event will be issued on the afternoon of 9th September, only to those who have signed up for the event. 10% discount off Migraine Association Membership for those who live in West Wicklow, using code MAI-WW1. Valid until 30th September. This talk has been made possible by a National Lottery Grant from HSE office in CHO 7 West Wicklow

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

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

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.

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Anna Nagle B.Ed, E.M.T.,Dip.l.T.EC.,P.T. COUNSELLING for CLARITY. Main St, Blessington. 087 227 3925


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 our website ‘Make Your Soul Shine!’


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


Cleaner Required for St. Mary’s Junior School Monday to Friday, from 3pm till 7:30pm Please contact Jelena 086 157 0143


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




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.


Blessington Library has now resumed the 6-day working week with late nights Tuesday and Thursday,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.


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


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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