Issue 1367 August 8th 2021


The companionship of Christ is “food for the journey”. He is the one who strengthens us to live in his love and according to his gospel. When I give to another in love, I am giving communion. I am a minister of the Eucharist

Mass intentions this week

Fr Conn Cronin (RD) Cork

Saturday 6pm Mass: Frank O’Neill (A), Pat Keogh (A), John & Mary Cruise (A), In remembrance of friends, family & ancestors of theCruise Family

Sunday 10am: Peg Clarke (A) Seamus Corry (RIP), Jim & Kathleen Corry (A), Danny Horgan (A), Julia Fitzgerald (A), John & Mary Crickley (A) Michael Conway (A)

We remember the following: Peter Finnegan (33rd A)

Monday: Mass for Blessington List of the Sick

Tuesday: Kevin Osborne (A), Thank You Intentions

Wednesday: William Ryan (A), Pat Kavanagh (A)

Thursday: Peggy Lambe (RD), Ted Woolhead (RD)

Friday: Get Well intentions, Special Living Intentions

Saturday 7th August: 6pm Mass in Blessington, 7.30pm Mass in Lacken

Sunday 8th August: 10.00am Mass in Blessington, 11.00am Mass in Manor Kilbride, 11.15am Mass in Valleymount & 11.30am Mass in Crosschapel

Tuesday 10th August: Holy Hour & Rosary offered for the intentions of our families from 7pm to 8pm in, Blessington

Daily Mass: 9am Manor Kilbride, 9.30am Blessington

PRAYING FOR VOCATIONS. Archbishop Farrell is asking for people & priests to pray for vocations to the Priesthood & Religious Life on a regular basis.   As you are well aware, the need is great, so let’s answer God’s call “Pray the Lord of the harvest to send labourers into his harvest”

Please Support all our Priests by contributing to the Summer Dues. Envelopes are now available in our Churches. You can take one as you visit the Church during the summer months & return to the Parish Office or to the collection boxes in the Church.

PLEASE BOOK A TICKET for 6pm Mass on Saturday & 10am Mass on Sunday and collect from the Parish Office 9am to 1pm Monday to Friday. Ph: 045 865 327

St Mary’s Schools & Blessington Parish Lotto. Numbers drawn for on 6th August: 4, 9, 16, 28. Weekly winner of €25 was Emma Murphy. Next week’s jackpot is €775. If you’re not in, you can’t win! Text the word Blessington to 51444 or

Blessington Outdoor Car Boot Sale. St. Kevin’s Hall on Sunday 29th August from 7am to 4pm (Des Redmond Charities) Free Car Parking. Toilets. Tables €10 …. Bigi Linn……Bargains Galore! Info: 086 075 2072 – Covid Restrictions in Operation!

Outdoor story-time with Blessington Library, taking place on Thursday, 12 & 19th August 2021 at 3pm. Join us under the Library Gazebo to listen to some tall tales and adventures. Suitable for children aged 2 – 6 years. Booking is required. Contact Blessington Library to book your space: or 045 891 740.

Your donations help to keep our parish facilities running. Thank you to everyone who has donated so far through the Donate button on

Blessington FC INTERSPORT Elverys FAI Summer Soccer Schools. Blessington Camp will be at our Crosschapel pitches running from 9th to 13th August from 10am to 1pm. To book a place go to

Lakeshore Striders: Our website is updated and OPEN FOR ENTRIES. We are gearing up for a great event on11th September and hope to see as many locals as possible on the day. At present the entries are capped to 200 but if public health guidelines allow this may be increased so get your entry in fast to ensure your slot.

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.

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

Thank you to all parishioners who have donated through our online donation facility so far. You can donate by simply visiting and click on the Donate button.

St Vincent de Paul Blessington, local number 087 181 1579


Person Required for House Cleaning and possibly some Cooking. Phone: 087 356 7601

CHILDCARE  EDUCATORS  REQUIRED 1 x Full time Educator position Minimum Level 5. 1 x Afterschool carer required for 5 afternoons a week. Requirements: Ability to work on own Initiative. Fun & Creative Personality with Excellent Communication Skills. Genuine Love of Children. Desirable: First Aid & Manual Handling, Child Protection Training. Suitable applicants please forward your C.V. to Sinéad Tobin FUNBUGS CHILDCARE, Rathmore, Eadestown, Naas, Co. Kildare. Or via email: Phone: (045) 862929

Ustoreit@hollywood: Convenient Storage Units to Rent. Individual Lock-Ups. CCTV on All Units. 15 X 10 and 25 X 15. Suitable for Furniture, Vintage Cars or Motor Bikes etc Call: 087 356 7601

NEW- Affinity Plus Home Support is a community-based service offering, Senior Care, Mother Care, Recovery Care and a unique Concierge Service. We can assist with personal care, domestic tasks, meal preparation and assistance to and from appointments. Please contact us on 045 916 060 or visit our website on  to find out more.

We are delighted to announce that we have two positions on the Blessington and District Community Employment Scheme. Applicants must be in receipt of a social welfare payment to qualify. Burgage Cemetery Groundskeeper. Job Ref. 2187579. Closing Date: 05/08/21. Hollywood Parish Secretary. Job Ref: 2187580. Closing Date: 26/08/21.

Job Vacancy – R&H have vacancies for full and part-time. General Operatives. Please email your CV to Sharon for further information

Mick’s Mobile Auto Cleaning. New venture by a local man in the Blessington area, providing mobile car wash and wax; mini-valet and full valet. Follow on Facebook or call 086 3712328 for rates and appointments.

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

Gardening – For Hedge clipping, Beds overhauled, Strimming, 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

New Courses at the Further Education and Training Centre Blessington. We are now recruiting for courses starting in September. If you are interested in up-skilling or learning something new we have the course for you! New ** Back to work course ** 3 days a week – must be over the age of 21 & in receipt of a social welfare payment for at least 6 months. Level 6 in Payroll and Bookkeeping, full time (Day course) Horticulture Level 5 – Mondays Part time courses in the following: Childcare Level 5 & 6 (2 evenings a week), Healthcare Level 5 (2 evenings a week), E Business Level 5 (2 mornings a week), Business with Tourism Level 5 (2 mornings a week), Office Skills Level 4 (2 mornings a week), Horticulture Level 4 (2 mornings a week), For more info on any of the above please, contact us or 086 806 1569 or 086 850 3833. Looking forward to welcoming you all in September 2021

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