Issue 1335 December 6th 2020

SECOND SUNDAY OF ADVENT 6th December – The message of repentance during this season of Advent is a call to each one of us to look deeply into our lives, to renew and deepen our relationship with God.

Mass Intentions this Week

Georgia Gormally (RD)  Manchester , Michael (Mick)  Eustace (RD) Manor Kilbride

Saturday 6pm: Micheline & Peter Comey (A) Seamus & Josie Byrne (A)

Sunday 10am: Mary Brennan (1st A) Teresa Byrne (A) Dora Byrne (A)

We also remember: Essie Hanlon, Michael & Irene O’Donnell, Michael & Elizabeth O’Toole

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

 Tuesday 8th December – Feast of the Immaculate Conception

10am Seamus Joyce (RD) Jim Winters (RD)

8pm  Deceased Members of Blessington GAA

Wednesday: Barry O’Donnell (Rem) Jack Thomas (RD)

Thursday: Madelene O’Donnell (A) Peggy O’Conner (RD)

Friday: Michael Malone (RD) Ken Cullen (RD)

►Daily Mass at 9.30am, Monday to Friday

►Saturday 5th December: Mass at 6pm

►Sunday 6th December: Mass at 10am

Feast of the Immaculate Conception

Tuesday 8th December – Mass Times:

10.00am & 8.00pm in Blessington ***

10.00am in Crosschapel

11.00am in Manor Kilbride

11.15am in Valleymount

***►Rosary & Adoration from 7pm to 7.45 pm (followed by the Holy Day Mass at 8pm)

►The Parish Office will remain closed for the Holy Day

Our Churches have re-opened for public Mass. A ticket is required to attend weekend Masses in Church of Our Lady Blessington, available from the Parish Office: 045 865 327. Parish Office from 9am to 1pm – Monday to Friday. A ticket will also be needed for the 8pm Mass on Tuesday 8th December, Holy Day, the Feast of the Immaculate Conception.

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

A Message from St Vincent de Paul: Please support the SVP Collection next weekend Saturday 12th & Sunday 13th December. The funds raised will be spent in the local community helping those who need it most with food, heating and education costs throughout the winter and beyond. We rely almost entirely on the support of our generous parishioners. 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 YOUR SUPPORT IS VERY MUCH APPRECIATED, All donations will be acknowledged where details are supplied.

The Annual Senior Citizens Draw which is held in Hennessys Public House is cancelled due to Covid. We would like to wish all our supporters & sponsors a very happy & safe Christmas & New Year.  We will see you all in 2021. Tom, John, Barry, Tara Karen, Edel, Lilly, Bernadette and Geraldine.

Small Sum of Money Found in a little zipped purse on the path opposite St Mary’s Junior School. Enquiries: School Office 045 865 501 or Parish Office: 045 865 327

Sum of Money Found in Church On Friday 20th November Call Parish Office: 045 865 327

Good Dry Kindling for Sale at Blessington Men’s Shed – €3 for 1 Bag. €10 for 3 Bags. For collection information phone: John Flynn at 087 297 7678. All money raised for upkeep of Shed during these difficult times.”

Blessington Parish Office WE ARE OPEN 9am to 1.00pm Monday to Friday. You may still call or email if you wish to have someone prayed for at Mass. Email: Office: 045 865 327 Jean: 087 235 0835 – 9am to 5pm. Blessington Parish Christmas Mass Bouquets, Christmas Cards and other gift items on sale. All items can be ordered over the phone and collected later.

Winners of Valleymount & Lacken Parish Members Draw for November – Seamus Doyle, Jane Broe, Breda O’BrienJohn Holmes, Mary Fitzpatrick. The FINAL DRAW will be held in Valleymount Church after 11.15am Mass on Sunday December 13th

The Annual Senior Citizens Draw which is held in Hennessys Public House is cancelled due to Covid. We would like to wish all our supporters & sponsors a very happy & safe Christmas & New Year.  We will see you all in 2021. Tom, John, Barry, Tara Karen, Edel, Lilly, Bernadette and Geraldine.

Blessington Library has re-opened under Level 3 of the Plan for Living with Covid-19. Our usual opening hours apply: Mon/Wed/Fri/Sat: 10am – 5pm. Tues/Thurs: 10am – 8.30pm The library is open for browsing and borrowing only. Study spaces & computers are not available at this time.

Gaelscoil na Lochanna- Oíche Oscailte agus Chlárúcháin, 14ú Eanáir 2021. Our Open/Enrolment night for places in school for next Sept is on 14th January 7:30pm by Zoom Webinar. Webinar will be open from 7pm. Please see our website to click and join the Zoom, Enrolment period lasts from 14th Jan to 3th Feb, 2021. We have a new website for parents FAQ about joining a Gaelscoil: 087 938 8651 for any enquiries.  Fáilte!

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

Home sharing Give a Little Time- Make A Big Difference have you the time to offer breaks to an adult with an intellectual disability in your home for mid-week and weekend overnight BREAKS? You don’t need a qualification, just energy, commitment & the desire to support a person with a disability in your community. Information & support are PROVIDED, & you will be paid an allowance. If you are interested in hosting, please contact: Jennifer Alfa Ogbaje, Social Worker, KARE,  Mc Mahon Centre, Kilcullen, Co. Kildare. Email;  45 480 200 or 087 720 6779

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

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

Crosscare Appeal for Support this Christmas as their normal food collections have been cancelled. Crosscare is appealing to people to support them online this Advent as they will be unable to hold their annual Parish Food Collection for those most in need. Every December, Crosscare collected thousands of Euros worth of non-perishable foods to restock their foodbanks and support their community cafés. This year, due to Covid 19 restrictions Crosscare will not be able to launch a food collection in the Diocese of Dublin as usual. However, in order to ensure they have adequate supplies, they are asking people to support them by making a donation online to make sure families struggling to cope can have food on the table this Christmas. Archbishop Diarmuid Martin has appealed to priests and parishes to encourage those parishioners who would ordinarily have supported food drives and the unwanted gifts appeal to go on line and make a donation

St Vincent de Paul local number 087 181 1579


LORCAN CLARKE Christmas Trees. Outside Blessington Community College from 1st December to 24th December, 085 121 9449

Flowers by Enda has moved…. just down the road beside SuperValu – OPENING Friday 4th December. 045 851 000 or 083 002 0088

CHRISTMAS TREES – Direct from FARM Only €30 to €39 each, Opposite entrance to Slade Valley Golg Club, Brittas. (1 mile off the N81 Blessington Road Brittas or 2 miles off the N7 Saggart) EirCode: D24 TEP6. Phone 087 925 0064

MARTIN CRAUL & CO, STATUTORY AUDITORS, Accountants and Chartered Tax Advisors – NOW AT: Block One, Unit 1F, Blessington Business Park, W91 XT18 (near Fire Station). 045 891 505 or 045 891 507  087 279 1325 (Martin) Delivery Box 1 in lobby, letterbox 2 Millbank still in use.

FUNBUGS CHILDCARE CHILDCARE EDUCATORS REQUIRED FULL & PART TIME Requirements: Fetac /QQI Level 6 essential / level 8 an advantage. Ability to work on own Initiative. Fun & Creative Personality with Excellent Communication Skills. Genuine Love of Children. Desirable: First Aid & Manual Handling, Child Protection Training, Awareness of Aistear & Siolta, Experience of working in a Childcare Setting, Suitable applicants please forward your C.V. to Sinéad Tobin, FUNBUGS CHILDCARE, Rathmore, Eadestown, Naas, Co. Kildare. Or via email: Phone: 045 862 929

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

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

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

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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