Issue 1333 November 22nd 2020


Jesus’ kingship is the kingship of one who is dedicated to his Father. He lives and dies for the truth. In his death and resurrection he is enthroned in the glory of his Father. This is the kingship we celebrate: one who has passed through the worst of human life to a life and joy that is eternal.

Mass Intentions this Week – Mai Heneghan (Mayo), Pamela Shortland (Santry Hill) Margaret O’Toole

Saturday 6pm: Michelle Pender (1st ) Elizabeth Coogan (1st A) Helen Dardis & deceased members of Dardis Family

Sunday 10am: Elizabeth Dunne (1st A) Shay Duffy (1st A) Mary & Matthew Lennon, Michael & Ann Mary Norton (Rem) Larry Lennon (Birthday Remembrance) Deceased Members of Norton Family

We also remember: Bridie Coughlan (A) Liz McGinnity (A) Myles & Hannah Wilson

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

Tuesday: Bridie Coughlan (A) Betty Collins (RD)

Wednesday: Sharon O’Brien (Birthday Remembrance) Liz McGinnity (A) Get Well Intentions Mass

Thursday: Maureen Cooney (RD) Owen McGovern (RD)

Friday: Mass offered for all on the Blessington Deceased Mass Card List

All Masses & Services via Webcam

►Daily Mass at 9.30am, Monday to Friday please join us in prayer for the rosary at 9am

►Saturday 21st November 2020: Mass at 6.00pm

►Sunday 22nd November 2020 Mass at 10am

The family of the late Michelle Pender of Lake View, wish to acknowledge the huge expression of sympathy & kindness shown to the family. on our very sad loss of Michelle. We are truly grateful to our extended family, neighbours & friends for their continued emotional support, which has given the family great strength & comfort during our time of grief. For the cards, Mass intentions & charitable donations, please accept our heartfelt thanks. A special thank you to the staff of Naas Hospital, Fr. Behan, Tony & Regina Clarke for their sensitive handling of Michelle’s funeral arrangements. Mass will be offered for your Intentions. Ar Dheis De go raibh a anam, Eileen and Tommie & Family.

On this, the first Anniversary of Elizabeth Coogan, John Coogan & family would like to thank all the Doctors & Nurses in Naas hospital for taking such great care of her during her final illness, we would like to thank the Byrne & Coogan families for all the support they gave & continue to give since her passing.  Thank you to all who came to her wake & funeral to sympathise with us, it meant a great deal to us to see so many neighbours, family & friends, to those who gave Mass cards, flowers etc It was greatly appreciated. We would especially like to thank Tony & Regina Clarke for the dignity & respect they showed Elizabeth & our family, also thank you to Fr Richard for a lovely funeral mass. Thanks to Enda Carmody for the beautiful flower arrangement & also to Lorraine Willoughby for her wonderful singing. A mass will be offered up for you all. John Coogan & family.

November List of the Dead – Envelopes available in Blessington, Manor Kilbride, & Valleymount Churches. They can be returned to Blessington Parish Office. Masses offered on the 1st Friday of every month throughout the year.

November Remembrance Mass – The candles we lit for our Parishioners who died in the past year during our November Mass are available for collection from the back of the Church. Perhaps a neighbour or friend could collect one and drop it off.

Join with Fr. Richard & Fr. Joe, in evening prayer via Zoom Monday, Wednesday, & Friday at 7.30pm. Log on to and click on the Zoom button. If you have any difficulty logging in, please contact us at

Financial Support for the Parish – Blessington, Crosschapel, Manor Kilbride, Valleymount & Lacken. During this time, you can make donations to support all our Churches via the DONATE BUTTON on the parish website All SHRINE MONEY remains in the parish Donations through the black PDF BOXES in Blessington Church also go towards the running of the parish. We are very grateful for your ongoing support. Support for our Diocese  through the 1st & 2nd collections may also be made via the DONATE BUTTON on our website. The 1st collection goes to towards the support of the parish. The 2nd collection goes to the Diocese. There are also envelopes available in all Churches for these donations.

Blessington Parish Office will remain closed to the public during the current restrictions. Please call or email if you wish to have someone prayed for at Mass. Blessington Parish Christmas Mass Bouquets, Christmas Cards and other gift items now on sale. Email: Carol: 045 865 327 – 9am to 12.30pm Jean: 087 235 0835 – 9am to 5pm Call or email for Mass Bookings, Mass Cards, Baptisms, Weddings & General Enquiries. All items can be collected…………

SAINT VINCENT de PAUL BLESSINGTON  – URGENT APPEAL – Unfortunately, due to Covid-19 restrictions SVP Blessington could not carry out their regular annual fundraising activities to raise much needed funds to service the people & families in hardship in the local community of Blessington, Valleymount, Lacken, Ballyknockan, Manor Kilbride & the surrounding areas. SVP Blessington is appealing to the community to give what you can to help families in need during this critical time. Your donation will make all the difference. Donations can be made by dropping your donation in an envelope marked SVP Blessington to the Parish Office or by making a lodgement to Ulster Bank Blessington A/c: 15436018, S/c: 985340 All donations will be acknowledged where details are supplied. YOUR SUPPORT IS VERY MUCH APPRECIATED

Collection for the Capuchin Day Centre for the Homeless. Saturday 21st November – Lakeshore Striders A.C Annual Charity Collection for the Capuchin Day Centre for the Homeless will take place on Saturday 21st November  at the back entrance to SuperValu, Blessington from 12pm to 3pm (NOTE new collection point) Items requested by the centre include toiletries (shampoo, shower gel, deodorant, razors, toothpaste, tooth brushes, etc), nappies, baby food & formula, hats, socks, gloves, scarves as well as canned foods such as beans, peas, fruit etc. Please note the centre does not require sleeping bags this year. Cash donations also accepted on the day.  For further information please email or call Edel on 087 961 8337

Fr Kevin’s Homilies are always available on our website:


St Marys Junior N.S. Parents with children for junior infants starting in September 2021 please submit an application form by 20th November 2020. Forms are available for downloading by clicking on the Parent Info tab on our website: Pre-printed copies of the form can be picked up from school reception. Completed forms may be emailed to the school office: or posted to St Marys JNS, Main Street, Blessington W91YN0P.  If you have any questions or require an application form by post, please phone the school office 045 865 501.Go raibh míle maith agat.

St. Joseph’s National School Valleymount are now taking applications for Junior Infants starting September 2021. Phone the office at 045-867289 or email valleymountns@gmail.comm for enrolment forms. Closing date for applications – November 30th, 2020

Lacken Naíonra NOW ENROLLING. Emphasis is on the holistic development of pre-school children through outdoor activity. ECCE and NCS approved. Enquiries  to or phone 045 865086

Lacken National School has places available in the Early Intervention Class. Enquiries to or phone 045 865086

Blessington Lights up for Christmas 2020 Your Community needs your help!! We are looking for each household to make a small donation to ensure we can light up our Christmas Tree and Streetlights this December. We need to raise €4,500. Nobody wants to drive down the Main Street in Darkness this December. We need plenty of Christmas cheer. Come on Blessington Community, dig deep!! Donation Buckets in McGreals, The Credit Union and Wonkas, alternatively, please donate via

Calling all Local Businesses, Artists & Crafters! Community Pool for West Wicklow are hosting an online Christmas Market and we would like you to be part of it! Every day from early November we will be posting a new video to our social media pages, like an extended Advent Calendar. Each video will showcase a different local business or artist and their products. We hope that our online Christmas Market will help to encourage people to shop local and support local businesses this Christmas. If you think this is something you would like to get involved in, then email us at

Community Pool for West Wicklow have taken our Christmas Market online this year! Join us every day when we will showcase a new local business or artist and help you to shop local and support local businesses this Christmas! Videos can be viewed on our Facebook page @PoolforWestWicklow Instagram @westwicklowpool Twitter @poolforWestWic1 and on our brand new You Tube Channel Christmas will be a little different this year, but we can still spread a bit of magic & cheer!

SUPPORT OUR LOCAL SMALL BUSINESSES THIS CHRISTMAS: follow our New Instagram page BLESSINGTON BUSINESS WOMEN.  A page set up for women in business & also other local  businesses in Blessington & surrounding areas to network, connect & support one another. Find out more about all the amazing small businesses we have in our fantastic village from highly talented nail salons, beauty salons, hair salons, make-up artists, eyelash specialists & holistic therapists, our local cafe & health shop. Or introduce yourself to some of the top fitness specialists, nutritionists, dance & yoga studios, photographers & nutritionists. We even have our very own Doula! Take the hassle & stress out of Christmas Shopping this year and help to support our community by treating someone special to a Gift Voucher for some wonderful pampering or buying a gift from one of our many talented businesses.

Senior Line If you are an older person and would like someone to talk to, consider phoning Senior Line.  A National Confidential Service for Older People. Open every day from 10am -10pm.  We are older people too, trained to listen & support.  Freefone 1800 80 45 91

St Vincent de Paul local number 087 181 1579


Wanted – Teaching Council Registered Teacher/s for Leaving Cert student for DES approved 10 hrs of Home/Online Tuition. Subjects include Maths, Biology, Business & Home Economics. Phone 087 952 4659

Beautiful, Outdoor Family Photography. By the lake or in the woods. Just in time for Christmas. €120 for full digital package,mRing Jim on 087 6799008Instagram jimschofieldphotography

Martin Craul & Co, Statutory Auditors, Accountants & Chartered Tax Advisors, Now at: Block One, Unit 1F, Blessington Business Park, W91 XT18 (near Fire Station). 045 891 505 or 045 891 507 (unchanged) 087 279 1325 (Martin) mcraulco@gmail.comm (Post Box 1) Any data to 2 Millbank still in order.

Junior Office Administrator with experience is currently looking for work. Phone Orla 087 3190779

GasHome – Boiler Servicing and Repairs – RGI Registered. Phone Stephen 087 9060 894

Career Guidance Service for students and parents with experienced qualified guidance counsellor, individual attention Phone Gary: 086 857 4262

Gardening- For Winter Tidying, Hedge clipping, Beds overhauled, Fruit Tree pruning, Painting etc Phone Mark 085-1337714

McGreal’s Hearing Centre – Our Clinical Audiologist & Rehabilitation Specialist, Justine Rae, is based at our Main Street Pharmacy in Blessington. To book a hearing test phone 1890 92 92 59 or visit

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

Noel Nolan Blessington Heating & Plumbing Service Call Noel: 087 243 1499 or email

 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

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

Castle Canine Cuts – Dog Grooming Service. Clipping, Trimming, Shampooing for all Breeds. Nail and ear care included. Appointments Monday-Saturday. Contact Gillian on 087 764 1911 or find us on Facebook.

Talbot Chimneys Ltd – Family Run Business Since 1978, Insurance Claims Handled, Chimney Repairs / Reline / Rebuild, CCTv Surveys, Chimney Cleaning, Descaling of Soot & Tar Build Up, Fully Insured, No Call-Out Charge for OAPs on Mention of this Ad. Freephone 1800 406 700, Office 045 850 957

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

Paying too much to SKY or UPC? We install & Repair Free to Air and Saorview!! No more bills!! Call Billy: 086 868 0053

German Autoworks – Service Specialist, VW/Audi, Mercedes, Skoda, Seat, Opel. Call 087 286 3997

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

COVID-19 Support Lines for Older People ALONE manage a national support line and additional supports for older people who have concerns or are facing difficulties relating to the outbreak of COVID-19. Professional staff are available to answer queries and give advice and reassurance where necessary. The support line is open seven days a week, 8am – 8pm, by calling 0818 222 024.

Blessington Parish Office Christmas Mass Cards, Christmas Cards & other gift items now on sale. Carol: 045 865 327 9am to 12.30pm Jean: 087 235 0835 9am to 5pm.


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