Issue 1359 June 13th 2021

ELEVENTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME 13th June 2021. The presence of God in our world is not always visible and His kingdom grows slowly. We are invited to grow in the confidence that God is always with us, even in the face of trials and evils.

Mass Intentions this week

Marie Healy (RD) Hollywood

Saturday 6pm: Jimmy Keogh (A) Dick Byrne (A) Christopher Brady Jnr (A) Siobhan Warren (A)

Sunday 10am: Kathleen Kelly (A) Paddy Howlin (A) John Jameson (A) Tom Cullen (A) Paddy Cullen (A)

We remember the following:

Monday: Mass for Blessington List of the Sick

Tuesday: Una Broe (RD) Nancy Murphy (RD)

Wednesday: Peter Healy (RD) Sadie O’Riordan (RD)

Thursday: Andy Farrington (RD) John Lipsett (RD)

Friday: Brendan Clarke (A) Bill Kelly (RD)

Saturday 12th June: 6pm Mass in Blessington, 7.30pm in Lacken

Sunday 13th June: 10am Mass in Blessington, 11am in Manor Kilbride, 11.15 in Valleymount

Daily Mass: 9am Manor Kilbride, 9.30am Blessington

SATURDAY & SUNDAY MASSES. Due to the continued restrictions on numbers allowed to gather indoors it necessary that people apply for a ticket if they wish to attend 6pm Mass on Saturday or 10am Mass on Sunday in Church of Our Lady, Blessington. Tickets must be collected in the Parish Office between 9.30am & 1pm, Mon to Fri 045 865 327

All Masses & Services are still available via Webcam

Blessington, Valleymount & Lacken Parishes are members of Eco Congregation Ireland. Last year we were awarded a certificate of Awareness for our efforts to promote Care of the earth & sustainable living through practical & spiritual means. In recent weeks we have planted bee pollinator plants & wildflower seed in the grounds of Valleymount & Lacken churches. We hope this will provide our bees with a good source of pollen & nectar. We also encourage people to pray for the earth especially in the all-important growing season of the summer months Pope Francis asks us to introduce these prayers regularly in our prayer of the faithful & in a Communion Reflection.

Cruthú Art Gallery at Russborough will be open Saturdays/Sundays/Bank Holidays throughout the summer from 12 noon – 4pm. Our members have been very creative over the last 12 months and we are looking forward to exhibiting exciting new art pieces that will be available for purchase. We look forward to seeing you soon and please remember to mind the social distancing rules. or contact us at Also check out the Cruthú Art display at Blessington Tourist Office.

Blessington Food, Arts & Crafts starts this Saturday 12th June @Brew21 from 10am till 2pm. Join us for a browse a brew and a belly full this Saturday.

Blessington Library is open for browsing and borrowing. Opening hours for May:  Monday, Wednesday, Friday 10am to 5pm Tuesday, Thursday 10am to 8.30pm We look forward to seeing you! 045 891 740

MARY’S SCHOOLS PARENTS ASSOCIATION present a VIRTUAL 5K  A fun based event which you can walk, jog or run or even put the little ones on their bikes or scooters! Taking place on the weekend of Friday 18th to Sunday 20th June. Registration is now open.  This is a virtual event, which means you can complete the 5km where and when you like, once it is within the designated weekend.  You are invited to register at Justruns Events website  and when finished, post your results to the results page. There will be spot prizes for a number of categories. To be eligible you need to submit a time for completing the 5km.  Some of the Spot prizes will be photo based, such as Fancy Dress or Family Photo. To be in with a chance of winning enter a time for completing the 5km to the results page & share a photo to our Facebook page. More details on this will follow as we get closer to the event. EVERYONE IN THE COMMUNITY IS WELCOME TO JOIN IN!

Hennessey’s of Blessington – This year, 2021 Hennessey’s celebrate 100 years of business in Blessington.  To commemorate this special year, we have a museum in our Hardware Store with artifacts and photographs of local people, old family photos, unusual items of interest etc. We will be open on Tuesday evenings from 7pm to 9pm. If you would like to visit our museum, we will allocate a time slot. Please TEXT 087 674 1286 to book a time. Remember to wear a mask. Looking forward to welcoming you all.

Blessington Educate Together National School are accepting limited enrolments for our Junior Infants, older Mainstream classes and our Junior ASD class for the next academic year 2021-2022. Enrolment forms are available on our website   You can also contact us in the office on 045 865 281 or email

Gaelscoil na Lochanna (established 15 years) is now accepting enrolments for the new school year. Our children learn to speak Irish quickly and learn everything through Irish. A Brand new school building is on the way. We are launching a New “Aistear” Infant play room in September. Parents do not need Irish to start children in school., All enquiries to 045 900 525, or 087 938 8651 or via website. Fáilte

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

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

St Mary’s Schools and Blessington Parish Lotto. Jackpot: €5000 – Congratulations to the recent weekly winner of €25 on 10th June, John Carron – Numbers drawn: 2, 13, 21, 30 – If you’re not in you can’t win! Text the word Blessington to 51444 or go to Thanks to all for the support!

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:

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.

St Vincent de Paul Blessington, local number 087 181 1579


We are delighted to announce we have 3 positions on the Blessington & District Community Employment Scheme. Please note you must be in receipt of a Social Welfare payment to qualify.

Job Ref: CES2182390, Closing Date 13th July 2021. Burgage Cemetery Groundskeeper.

Job Ref: CES 2182391, Closing Date 1st July 2021. Ballymore Parish Secretary.

Job Ref: Ces2182393, Closing Date 1st July 2021. St Vincent De Paul Retail Assistant

Contact Martin Cahill 085 252 3563 or email

Jones Power Tools Ltd. Sales, Service and Repairs. Specialises in Stihl and Honda. Stockists of Fleetwood Paint. Contact:- Phone:- 059 648 1033

Tatty Tails Dog Grooming Salon. Professional dog groomer and veterinary nurse. Have your pet pampered in a purpose built salon. IPDGA member and insured. Call Avril – 087 358 7275

Happy Faces is seeking relief staff, mornings only 9.15am to 12.15pm minimum Level 5 required. Please email

Castle Canine Cuts – Dog Grooming Service, 1-to-1 grooming for small to large breeds, open Monday to Saturday by appointment only, find us on Facebook or call Gillian 087 764 1911

Painter & Decorator, Interior & Exterior. Ph: Damien 085 826 0431

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 045-891 056 for an appointment.

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

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

KARE – Community Employment Vacancies in the following areas: Support Workers, Childcare Assistants, Clerical/Administration, Receptionist, Accounts/Finance, Maintenance, Caretakers/Grounds Maintenance. Various locations in Kildare/Newbridge, Naas/Clane, Kilcullen/Athy, Baltinglass/Blessington/Tinahely. For further information contact: KARE CE Adult Supports Team KARE CE Childcare Phone: 045 448 700

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