Issue 1360 June 20th 2021

TWELFTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME 20th June 2021. The gospel is an invitation to faith; to believe in the presence of Christ even when he seems far away. This is part of the darkness of our relationship with God; faith in him is the dawn that follows darkness.

Mass Intentions this week

Marie Healy (RD) Hollywood, John Joseph Ryan (RD) Clonmel, Donnagh O’Brien (RD) UK, Gerry O’Hanlon (RD) Canada, Sheila Hearns (RD) Blessington

 Saturday 6pm: Noel Kelly (Months Mind), Jimmy Mahon (1st A), Paddy Byrne (20th A) Mary Brady (A)

Sunday 10am: Paddy Byrne (20th A), Tim & Teresa Murphy (A), Kevin Shiels (A) James Kavanagh (A), Larry, Mary & Matthew Lennon (A)Michael & Ann-Mary Norton (Rem)

We remember the following: John & Sarah McGee, Daragh Rowan, Bridget Moorhead, Walter Shirran, Vincent Bohan, James, Ellen & Denis Bohan, Dick Keogh, Margaret Glennon

Monday: Mass for Blessington List of the Sick

Tuesday: John & Sarah McGee (A), Daragh Rowan (A)

Wednesday: Josephine Horgan (A), Angela Toomey (RD)

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

Friday: Pat McNamara (RD) James Rooney (RD)

Saturday 19th June: 6pm Mass in Blessington, 7.30pm in Lacken

Sunday 20th 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

The Rosary will resume on Wednesday 7th July from 7pm to 8pm in Church of Our Lady, Blessington and will be offered for the  intentions of our families.

Dear Parishioner, The last year has been a very strange one & much of what we have taken for granted in our Church has changed. One of the areas where the impact of lower numbers & ongoing months of Church closures has had an effect is on the first collection which supports the priests of the Parish & the sick & retired priests of the Diocese. We have been very grateful for your financial support online and through donations left in the post-box in the Church. This, with your commitment to the Christmas & Easter Dues, has enabled the Common Fund (Diocesan Fund) to support the Priests here in our parish & in other parishes. However, the Common Fund, which is made up of the first collection, Christmas & Easter dues, is at an all-time low. We have been asked by the Diocese to introduce a ‘Summer Dues’ to  help with this. We will not be posting out envelopes for this, but we will have envelopes in all our Churches that you can take as you visit the Church during the summer months. We are very aware that everyone’s situation has changed, & we appreciate all your support. Your continued support is very much appreciated. Fr Richard.

Blessington Outdoor Car Boot Sale at St. Kevin’s Hall on Sunday 27th June from 7am to 4pm (Des Redmond Charities) Free Car Parking. Toilets. Tables €10. Info: 086 075 2072 – Pat Conlan. Bigi Linn…Bargains Galore! Covid Restrictions in Operation!

St Mary’s Schools and Blessington Parish Lotto. Jackpot: €5000. Congratulations to the recent weekly winner of €25 on 17th June, Sarah Flynn – Numbers drawn: 5, 21, 27, 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!

Monthly Envelopes for the Month of June can be dropped into the Parish Office, Post Box in Church or to the collection boxes at Mass. Many thanks to all contributors for your continued support. Contact the Parish Office if you would like to begin a monthly donation.

MARY’S SCHOOLS PARENTS ASSOCIATION present a VIRTUAL 5K THIS WEEKEND! A fun-based event which you can walk, jog or run or even put the little ones on their bikes or scooters! Friday 18th to Sunday 20th June.  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 your 5km time. 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.  EVERYONE IN THE COMMUNITY IS WELCOME TO JOIN IN!

West Wicklow Cancer Support continues to offer a support service remotely to our service users and the wider Blessington Community. If your life has been touched by cancer in any way by a diagnosis or caring for someone our volunteers are here for you. We continue to offer weekly meditation and Art Canvas painting and will endeavour to assist you should you need any information or advice.  Contact us on 087 4346004 or by email  “The greatest healing therapy is friendship and love” stay well and stay safe.

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 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

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

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.

For the first time in over 50 years, the development of a swimming pool in West Wicklow is included in a Wicklow County Development Plan! This is a huge achievement which was made possible because of the support that our campaign for a pool for West Wicklow has received from our community. Thank you. The Wicklow County Development Draft Plan is now open for Public Consultation.  and we need your help!We need EVERYONE to make a submission about how much we need a Pool for West Wicklow & remind Wicklow County Council how important it is for our community! There are 3 ways that you can make a submission:

By Post:  Write/Draw why a Pool for West Wicklow is important to you & post it to Wicklow County Development Plan, County Development Plan Review, Planning Department, Wicklow Co Council, Station Road, Wicklow Town

Online: Create an account at the Wicklow County Council Consultation Portal at & submit your letter of support there.

As Part of Community Pool for West Wicklow’s Submission: Email us your letter and/or drawing of support for a Pool for West Wicklow and we will include it as part of our submission. Our email address is Make sure to include your name and address in your submission. Tell Wicklow County Council why having a Pool in West Wicklow is important for you, your family, your Sports Club, your Community Group, your Business, or your School. You must be over 16 to make a submission but children can write letters or draw pictures about why having a swimming pool in West Wicklow is important to them and these letters and drawings can be included in a family or group submission. Your children can send us their letters and pictures and we will include them in our submission! The Draft County Development Plan can be viewed online at https://consult.wicklow.ieOr You can view the Draft Wicklow County Development Plan in person at the following locations:

  •  Town Wicklow County Council, County Buildings, Station Road,  Wicklow Town
  • Arklow Arklow Municipal District Office, Castle Park, Arklow Town
  • Blessington Blessington Civic Offices, Blessington Business Park, Blessington
  • Bray Bray Municipal District Office, Civic Offices, Main Street, Bray
  • Greystones Greystones Municipal District Office, Mill Road, Greystones

Please check the Council’s website or call 0404 20100 for arrangements to access to these buildings as appointments may be necessary having regard to prevailing COVID precautions. The DEADLINE for submissions is Monday August 16th at 5pm! We plan to host a number of online information sessions on how to make a submission to the Wicklow County Development Plan to talk you through the online Consultation Portal. More details about these to follow soon. If you have any questions or need any help with your submission, please email us at Thank you for your continued support. Together we will get a Pool for West Wicklow! Deirdre, Jane, Marion, Sue & David, Community Pool for West Wicklow Committee

Show kindness to unkind people. Forgive people who don’t deserve it. Love unconditionally. Your actions always reflect who you are.

St Vincent de Paul Blessington, local number 087 181 1579


Experienced, Friendly, Fun Local Babysitter Available; contact Holly 085 827 7177

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


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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