Issue 1344 February 21st 2021

Mass Intentions next Week

Andrew O’Hanlon (RD) Brittas, Catherine Bermingham (RD) Tallaght

Saturday 6pm: Anna Bergin (Mths Mind) Paddy Hennessy (A) Margaret Hall (A) Vera Byrne (A) Maree McEvoy (A) Jane Miley (Birthday Rem) Thomas Miley (Birthday Rem) Pat Byrne (Birthday Rem)

Sunday 10am: Vera Byrne (A) Maree McEvoy (A) Barry Kavanagh (A) Mary Cruise (A) Jane Miley (Birthday Rem) Thomas Miley (Birthday Rem) Pat Byrne (Birthday Rem)

Sunday 11.30am: Joe Dowling (RD) Mary Callan (RD)

We also remember: Tim Bryan, Toddy & Kathleen Hennessy, Hugh, Alicia & Billy Hamilton, Michael, Betty & Jim McDonnell, Bridie & John Richardson, Peter, Mary, William, & Pat Brady, William & Elizabeth Coyle, Jane Miley (Birthday Rem) Thomas Miley (Birthday Rem) Pat Byrne (Birthday Rem) Christopher and Mary Lambert, Josephine  O’Toole, Ita Gaughran

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

Tuesday: Hugh, Alicia & Billy Hamilton (A) Nancy Mearns (RD)

Wednesday: Anna Bergin (Mths Mind) Birthday Mass, Birthday

Thursday: Mass offered for all on the Blessington Deceased, Mass Card List

Friday: Margaret Lennon (RD) Birthday Mass

All Masses & Services via Webcam

Daily Mass at 9.30am, Monday to Friday please join us in prayer for The Rosary at 9am

Saturday 20th  February: Mass at 6pm

Sunday 21st February Mass at 10am and 11.30am

Children’s Prayers Every Thursday at 11am we have prayers for children from Church of Our Lady Blessington. All children & families are invited to join via webcam .

Stations of the Cross. Join us every Friday during Lent when we will pray the Stations of the Cross at 12 noon via webcam

Evening Prayer Join the parish team on Mon, Wed & Fri for evening prayer via zoom 7:30pm to 8:10pm (Parish Pastoral Parish Website)

Divine Mercy Conference 2021 – Friday 19th February from 6pm to 9pm, Saturday 20th February from 10am to 9pm and Sunday 21st February 10am to 4.30pm. This years conference is available FREE on via audio or Saorview 210 This year’s contributors include: Archbishop Dermot Farrell D.D. Bishop Eamon Walsh Emeritus Sr Briege McKenna, Fr Hayden Williams,  Fr Brendan Walsh, Fr Eunan McDonnell,  Fr Eamonn McCarthy, Fr Columba Jordan, Christy May and Aoife Pedreschi. If you would like to make a donation towards the cost of the conference you may do so via the ‘Donate’ button on the website Any further queries to 085 221 6128

Here are Pope Francis’ simple tips to fast this Lent:

  1. Fast from hurting words and say kind words.
  2. Fast from sadness and be filled with gratitude.
  3. Fast from anger and be filled with patience.
  4. Fast from pessimism and be filled with hope.
  5. Fast from worries and trust in God.
  6. Fast from complaints and contemplate simplicity.
  7. Fast from pressures and be prayerful.
  8. Fast from bitterness and fill you heart with joy.
  9. Fast from selfishness and be compassionate to other
  10. Fast from grudges and be reconciled.
  11. Fast from words and be silent so you can listen.

LENT 2021 Our Hope Renewed” It is time to renew our hope! For we are a Community of Faith, Hope & Love. This Lent let’s take the opportunity to connect with God and each other. We may be confused by Zoom and Social Media… but God is not… let’s do what we can whilst keeping everyone safe. We are in this together. Full Information on Lenten initiatives throughout the Diocese are available on  all in the ‘Living Lent’ section……….  Book Club (‘Return to Me with all Your Heart’), Guided Meditation, Scripture, Lenten Talks, Evening Prayer, Whatsup for Lent, (Daily Ponder Point), LOL (Lent-On-Line) Personal Reflections, There is something for everyone to take part in this Lent – for Teens, Young Adults and Families

Let’s Live Lent: Bringing The Gospel To Life. Five Pastoral Conversations on Zoom.  Presented by a team from the Office for Evangelisation and the Diocesan Liturgical Resource Centre. Tuesdays 16th Feb, 23rd Feb, 2nd Mar, 9th Mar and 16th Mar 2021 at 8.00 p.m. Full details including booking information shortly.

The Church is open from 10am on Monday to Saturday and after 11.30am Mass on Sundays for quiet prayer or to light a candle. There is a Collection Point at the back of the Church to collect Mass Cards ordered by phone or by email 045 865 327

Blessington & District Forum AGM will take place on Monday 8th March at 7:30pm via zoom.
Anyone wishing to attend must register on or  to receive a zoom ID.

Lacken National School are now accepting enrolments for Mainstream and Early Intervention classes for September 2021. School bus runs daily from/to Blessington. The school offers afterschool care for Junior and Senior Infants until 2.30pm. Lacken School also has a pre-school facility which is ECCE and NCS approved. Enrolment forms can be downloaded from or please contact the school office on 045 865086 or

BLESSINGTON LIBRARY are running an ORIGAMI WORKSHOP for Adults at 11am Thursday 4th March. The workshop will take place on Zoom and the paper will be posted to you in advance. Register at 045 891 740 or

Do you have a small piece of land in or around Blessington? We are a community group looking to start allotments in the area. Please contact us at or 0862371290

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

COVID-19 Support Line for Older People. ALONE manage a national support line and additional supports for older people who have concerns or are facing difficulties relating to COVID-19 Professional staff are available to answer queries and give advice and reassurance where necessary. The support line is open  7 days a week, 8am – 8pm, by calling 0818 222 024. Calls to the ALONE National Support Line cost no more than a local call to a landline. Calls from Vodafone or landline bundles, PAYG bundles, and mobile contracts are free.

Financial Support for our Parish is very important at this time and we are most grateful for your contributions. You can make donations to support all our Churches via the DONATE BUTTON on the Blessington parish website(options available for all our Churches.) 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 the1st & 2nd collections may also be made via the DONATE BUTTON on our websitethe 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.

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.”

While the Parish Office is  Closed to the Public. We are available by telephone or email  for Mass Bookings, Mass Cards, & General Enquiries Monday to Friday. Email: Carol: 045 865 327 from 9am to 1pm. Jean: 087 2350835 from 9am to 5pm

St Mary’s Schools and Blessington Parish Lotto Jackpot next week : €4050 –  Congratulation to the weekly winner of €25 on 12th February: Sarah Shannon – Numbers Drawn 4, 6, 11 27. If you’re not in you can’t win! Text the word Blessington to 51444 or go to Thanks to all for the support!



Childminder Needed for two kids aged 9 and 10 in Blessington from June to September fulltime but also may need part time afterwards. Would be needed from 7:45am to 4:30pm Monday – Friday I am looking for someone local with childminding experience. Contact Greg on 086 052 2222 if interested

Online Maths Grinds available for JUNIOR /LEAVING Cert Students. Contact Chris on

Rods + Cones Opticians Blessington Beside the GARDA station. Formerly Cullinane Opticians. We are open during COVD for all your eyecare needs. FREE Eye Exam + Glasses with PRSI + Medical Card. Large selection of Designer Frames + Sunglasses. Special Offers + Discounts on 2nd Pairs. Varifocal Experts – try them with our 30 Day Guarantee. Wishing all our loyal customers a safe 2021. Call 045-981 056 for an appointment.

NEED TO TALK? Blessington Counselling & Psychotherapy Offer you  a friendly & confidential service Call Mandy 0851349814

Furniture For Sale – 2 Corner Display Units, Solid Mahogany and a 3 piece Leather Suite. Both items in excellent condition. Phone 086 160 9293

Looking to upskill, learn a new skill, unsure of what course to do? Here at Blessington Further Education Centre we offer free, confidential career guidance to help you. For more information, please email or contact Irene on 086 806 1569

Just Got Engaged ? Elegant & Stylish Wedding photography. €1250 for full digital package + free Engagement photo session. Ring Jim on 087 679 9008. Instagram jimschofieldphotography

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

Gardening – For Hedge clipping, Beds overhauled, Fruit Tree pruning, Painting etc Phone Mark 085 133 7714

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

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:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Newsletter Advertising Rates, For just 50c per word per week you can reach a large, local audience. Cut-off for receiving adverts is Wed 10am. You can email the copy to and pay in the Parish Office, or via the Donate button on our website or by bank transfer. Call the Parish Office: 045 865 327


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