Issue 1345 February 28th 2021

Mass Intentions next Week

Diane Little (RD)(Burgage Manor) Rita Curran (nee McNamara) (RD) Athgarret Eadestown, Maureen Philpott (RD) Douglas, Cork, Sheila Horgan (RD) Rylane, Cork)

Saturday 6pm: Kathleen Coyle (RD) Special Intention

Sunday 10am: Margaret Lennon (Mths Mind) Matthew Lennon Snr (A) Matthew Lennon (1st A) Jim Lennon (A) Michael & Jack  Lennon (Rem) Jim Luttrell (A) John Phelan (Mths Mind) Sheila Phelan (Mths Mind) Trevor Kinsella (A) Kathleen Kinsella(A)

Sunday 11.30am: Peadar Hopkins (A) Cyril Kavanagh (A)

We also remember: Shay Mills, Mary & Breen, Mick Reid, Siobhan & John Warren, Family & Friends (of a parishioner)

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

Tuesday: Teresa Byrne (Birthday Rem) Jim Luttrell (A) Shay Mills (A)

Wednesday: Denis Dennehy (A) Rensie McCarthy RD)

Thursday: Mary Breen (A) Special Intentions

Friday: First Friday, Mass offered for all on the November list of the dead.

All Masses & Services via Webcam

Daily Mass at 9.30am,

Mon to Fri please join us for Rosary at 9am.

Saturday 27th February: Mass at 6pm

Sunday 28th February: Mass at 10am &           11.30am

Thurs 4th March: Holy Hour / Benediction with Deacon Gerry 7.30pm in Church of Our Lady, Blessington

Fri 5th March – 1st Friday: Masses offered for all on the Altar List of the Dead

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

Stations of the Cross: Every Friday during Lent 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

2021 Private Members Draw in aid of Valleymount & Lacken Churches

We will soon begin a new year for the Parish Private Members Draw for Valleymount & Lacken. This fundraiser is vitally important to the smooth running of the parish and it also enables us to continue with maintenance work on both Churches. Valleymount Parish is rightfully proud of its two beautiful churches, but they are reaching an age when work will need to be done to ensure good upkeep of the beautiful windows in Valleymount Church and general maintenance on damp issues in Lacken Church. I am very grateful to the committee and collectors for your work thus far and I hope you will be able to continue with this important work. May I take this opportunity to thank all the parishioners who continue to support this draw and maintain our buildings for future generations. With renewed thanks and every blessing. Fr Richard Behan P.P. Blessington & Valleymount

Community Pool for West Wicklow are organising West Wicklow’s Virtual St Patrick’s Day Parade  We want you to get involved! We want everyone across West Wicklow to take part, businesses, schools, community groups, sports clubs & families! All you have to do is send us a photo or a drawing of you getting ready to celebrate St Patrick’s Day. It can be a photo from a previous year or you can pop up your decorations a bit early & take a new picture. We will put all of the photos & pictures together to make a virtual St Patrick’s Day Parade which will be posted on our social media pages on March 17th. Email your photos & pictures to by Saturday March 13th & help West Wicklow celebrate St Patrick’s Day 2021! If you are taking a new photo please remember to adhere to social distancing guidelines.

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.

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:

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

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

St Mary’s Schools and Blessington Parish Lotto Jackpot next week : €4100 –  Congratulation to the weekly winner of €25 on 19th February: Brona Tracey – Numbers Drawn 9, 13, 21, 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!

ACCORD DUBLIN: VACANCY – DIOCESAN DIRECTOR. Reporting directly to the Chairperson of the Board, or any other member as designated by the Chairperson, the Diocesan Director will be responsible for the overall operations and resources of the organization and for ensuring its long-term sustainability. As a senior executive you will have the authority to carry out the management and responsibilities of the day-to-day operations of ACCORD Dublin in accordance with the direction and policies established by the Board. You will also work collaboratively with the other ACCORD companies on the Island of Ireland. Dublin based; this is a full-time permanent role. Some flexibility is required as the role requires working at weekends and some evenings on occasion. Further details on this significant opportunity including remuneration, duties and responsibilities, are available on request. To pursue your interest, please email a comprehensive CV and supporting letter to Sinéad Connolly, Osborne Executive Search in confidence at For a confidential discussion please contact Sinéad at 086 012 6618. Candidates for this role will be sourced through both advertising and executive search processes ACCORD Dublin and Osborne Executive Search are equal opportunities employers.


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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

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

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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