Issue 1352 April 25th 2021

FOURTH SUNDAY OF EASTER Day of Prayer for Vocations. Today is a day of prayer to deepen our own sense of vocation, & to pray to the Lord to call men and women into a life of ministry & service within religious life

Mass Intentions this week

Valerie Smyth (RD) Valleymount, John Kelly (RD) Newbridge, Ann O’Grady (nee Coogan) (RD) Blessington & late of Kill & Alicante, Charles Gary Swift (RD) Manor Kilbride, Bill Kelly (RD) (Brittas)

 Saturday 6pm: Maisie Brown (A), Molly Keogh (A), Julia O’Connor (A)

Sunday 10am: William Brady (Manor Kilbride) (1st A), Maisie Miley (A)

Sunday 11.30am: Maureen McIntyre (RD), Patrick Carroll (RD)

We remember the following: Dora Tully, John Hunt, Katie McEvoy, Brigid McEvoy (Birthday Rem), Mary & Owen Keogh, Michael & Ann Farley, Anna Whittle

Monday: Mass for Blessington List of the Sick

Tuesday: Dora Tully (A), Mary Jo Boyle (RD)

Wednesday: Intentions Mass, Birthday Remembrance

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

Friday: Paschal Morrison (RD), Maureen Donnelly (RD)

All Masses & Services via Webcam

Saturday 24th April, 6pm Mass

Sunday 25th April, Mass at 10am & 11.30am

Daily Mass at 9.30am Monday to Friday. Join us for the Rosary at 9am each morning.

Monday & Friday: Evening Prayer, join the parish team for evening prayer via zoom: 7:30pm to 8:10pm on the Parish Pastoral Website

Support for PARISH FINANCES – Blessington, Crosschapel, Manor Kilbride, Valleymount / Lacken

Monthly / Weekly Envelopes: Contact Jean in the Parish Office if you would like to make a monthly/weekly envelope contribution or if you would like to re-join if you used to contribute.

Online: Donations / Contributions can be made  via the “Donate” button on the parish website (options available for all our Churches.)

 Bank Standing Order: If you would like to set up a monthly standing order through your bank, please contact Jean in the Parish Office

Parish Development Fund (PDF): Donations through the black PDF boxes in Blessington Church also go towards the running of the parish.

Shrines: The donations to shrines remains in the parish.

Burgage Cemetery Mass 2021 – In accordance with Government guidelines on public gatherings, the Annual Cemetery Mass at Burgage cannot take place in the cemetery. A Memorial Remembrance Mass will be held on 16th May at 3pm in Church of our Lady, Blessington, via Webcam only

Valleymount GAA Club is running a Zoom Quiz  on Saturday 24th April at 8:30pm. This is a fun quiz to suit families, friends etc participants can make up a team from separate locations. Entry for a team is just €25 and you can join us by clicking on the following link: There will be video questions, music questions, local questions etc so a great night is guaranteed. Hopefully, you can join us but if you cannot, you can support us by buying raffle tickets on the same link. Please note closing date for entries is Wed 21st April.

St Mary’s Schools and Blessington Parish Lotto. Jackpot: €4625 –  Congratulations to the recent weekly winner of €25 on April  April 22nd  Anne-Marie Russell – Numbers drawn: 8, 11, 21, 29 – If you’re not in you can’t win! Text the word Blessington to 51444 or go to Thanks to all for the support!

Lakeside Community Games Virtual Events. Lakeside Community Games are delighted to announce that they are an affiliated area this year & therefore all children living in our area can participate in the National Community Games virtual events which include art, model making, handwriting, recitation, dance, music & singing. All details about these virtual events as well as online entry forms are available on the National Community Games Website Information can also be found on the Lakeside Community Games Facebook Page. Remember: Lakeside Community Games Area includes Blessington, Kilbride, Lacken, Hollywood and Valleymount. Please contact Maura Reid or message the Lakeside Community Games Facebook page with any queries.

Blessington Union of Parishes are available on the parish YouTube channel by searching for “Blessington Union” or at this link

SVP Blessington Appeal: Families in our local community are facing mounting financial pressure to put food on the table, pay utility bills, rent and mortgages due to the impact of Covid 19. SVP Blessington is appealing to everyone to assist people in need in your local community. Please give what you can to this very worthy cause by making your donation, payable to SVP Blessington Ulster Bank IBAN: IE36 ULSB 98534015436018 BIC:: ULSB: IE 2D  through any financial institution. 100% of all donations goes towards supporting the local community.

Good Dry Kindling for Sale at Blessington Men’s Shed. 1 bag for €3 and 4 bags for €10. Information & collection: John Flynn at 087 297 7678. All money raised will go towards the upkeep of Shed during these difficult times.

St Brigid’s N.S. Manor Kilbride are accepting enrolments for the next school year: 2021 – 2022. To enrol your child, please call Charlotte in our school office 01 458 2550 or find the enrolment documents on our school website

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 2.30 pm. 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 045 865 086 or

West Wicklow Cancer Support – If your life has been touched by cancer in any way, we are here for you, contact us on 087 434 6004 / or find us on Facebook. “Nobody is exempt from the trials of life but everyone can always find something positive in everything even in the worst of times. Keep smiling and moving, we are stronger together”

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

St Vincent de Paul Blessington, local number 087 181 1579


Luxury Irish Gift BoxesSolace Sister Gifts. Our gift boxes are perfect for all occasions; Birthdays, New Mothers & Babies, Thank You Gifts, Sympathy Gifts or simply ‘Just Because’. Website:

Rods + Cones Opticians Blessington. Beside the GARDA station. Formerly Cullinane Opticians. We are open during COVID lockdown 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. Many Thanks to all our loyal customers. Call 045-981 056 for an appointment.

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

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

Tús Programme Job Opportunities in Blessington.  County Wicklow Partnership’s Tús Programme has a number of work placement opportunities in Blessington and surrounding areas. Blessington town and from Hollywood to Manor Kilbride. Roles available in: Caretaking & Maintenance – Administration – Retail Charity – Social Care. While on Tús you can gain valuable work experience and contribute to your community at the same time. The placement will be for 1 year and participants will be required to work for 19½ hours per week and are free to take up other employment outside of their 19½ hours. To qualify for Tús, you must be fully unemployed for 12 months. Tús payment is at the full rate of Jobseekers Allowance plus €22.50 top-up. Information: You can self-select for a position with Tús. For more information or to apply contact Neil Doyle on 087 640 9273 or

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

HOME SHARING – Give A Little Time – Make A Big Difference Have you the time to offer breaks to an adult or child with an intellectual disability in your home for mid-week and weekend overnight breaks? You don’t need a qualification, just energy, commitment and the desire to support a person with a disability in your community. Information and support are provided, and you will be paid an allowance. If you are interested in hosting, please contact: Jennifer Alfa Ogbaje, Social Worker, KARE. Email; 045 480 200 / 087 720 6779 or 045 448700

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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