Issue 1370 29th August 2021

22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time

The heart of religion is found in the heart of God. Love is seen in deeds not words’.

Mass intentions this week:

Breda Daly (RD Rockypool

Saturday 6pm Mass: Suzanne & Tomas Eustace, Thomas & Ann Eustace, Special Intention, Mairead Hudson (Rem), Deceased Members of the Hudson & Carroll Families

Sunday 10am: Maurice Moore (A), Helen O’Brien (RD)

We remember the following:

Monday: Mass for Blessington List of the Sick

Tuesday: Special Intentions, Special Intentions

Wednesday: Carol Byrne (RD), Cora Mitchell (RD)

Thursday: Joe Gleeson (RD), Rose Collins (RD)

Friday: First Friday of the Month Mass will be offered for all on the November List of Dead

Saturday 28th August: 6pm Mass in Blessington, 7.30pm Mass in Lacken,

Sunday 29th August: 10.00am Mass in Blessington, 11.00am Mass in Manor Kilbride, 11.15am Mass in Valleymount & 11.30am Mass in Crosschapel

Tuesday 31st August: Holy Hour & Rosary offered for the intentions of our families from 7pm to 8pm in, Blessington

Thursday 2nd Sept: Holy Hour and Benediction with Deacon Gerry 7.30pm in Church of Our Lady, Blessington

Friday 3rd Sept: 1st Friday: Masses offered for all those on the November Altar List of the Dead

Daily Mass: 9am Manor Kilbride, 9.30am Blessington, 10am Crosschapel

Final Weekend for Summer Dues. If you would like to make a donation to support all our priests please use the envelopes in the back of the Churches. There has been a wonderful response to this collection, and we are all most grateful for your support

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

Clothes Collection supporting Friends of Calcutta ( CHY No: 13218 ) on Wednesday September 1st outside Church of Our Lady Blessington. All items of clothing, footwear, curtains etc most welcome. Sleeping bags & track suits will be especially appreciated which will later be distributed to the homeless. The collection takes place between 10am-3pm in Blessington Church Car Park. All enquiries to Michael Hopkins 087 907 3074

Blessington Outdoor Car Boot Sale in St. Kevin’s Hall on Sunday 29th Aug 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!

Community Pool for West Wicklow would like to remind you that the deadline for the Wicklow County Development Plan Public Consultation Period is Mon August 30th 5pm. For details on how to make a submission, including a step-by-step video, visit our website or email us at

St Mary’s Schools & Blessington Parish Lotto. Numbers drawn for on 19th August: 5, 10, 26, 28. Weekly winner of €25 was Karen Bolger. Next week’s jackpot is €875. If you’re not in, you can’t win! Text the word Blessington to 51444 or

Blessington FC Under 16’s are looking for a Goalkeeper with a little bit of experience. Must be born in 2006. Goalkeeper training will be provided, and you get the chance to join an exciting team and a great bunch of lads. Please reply to Tony: 087 610 6096

Blessington AFC are looking for new players born in 2008 for their under 14 teams. Training twice weekly and playing Dublin District Schoolboy League (DDSL) matches on Saturdays. Please contact 083 870 1926

West Wicklow Cancer Support are a community group who provide support & information to people affected by cancer in a safe & caring environment.  We are constantly striving to develop the services we offer & expand our volunteer group. If you have an interest in volunteering with us, we are looking for caring & committed individuals who can communicate with people of all ages & are interested in making a difference in your community. You could benefit in meeting new people, undertaking new challenges, developing your career & gaining a sense of achievement that you are making a real difference. If you think this person could be you give us a call or meet us for a cuppa.  We are a friendly inclusive group & would welcome your interest. Contact us on or 087 4346004

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


Native Italian Speaker  sought in Blessington by learner (intermediate standard, retired teacher) to help improve conversational skills in relaxed setting. Call Séamus 086 890 8917

Student Seeking Lift from Blessington to Maynooth College weekdays. Willing to share petrol etc. Please call Ray 087 250 3244.

Childminder/nanny required  to mind 3 children (2,4,6) from 1pm to 5.30pm, Tuesday to Friday in Manor Kilbride. Will need to drive as pick-ups from school/Montessori are required. If interested please call 086 874 3642.

Freelance work (Starting: September) KIPPURE  ESTATE. Instructors needed, to work on a freelance basis. To instruct Leaving Cert students in field study work on rivers, guide them through the experiments in line with the syllabus and help them interpret what they record. Required: Qualification in Sciences, geography, anthropology, outdoor education or related discipline. Own transport as we are 8km from public transport. Must like the outdoors, Good communication skills, Be reliable. All training will be provided. For further information and to send CV, please contact: The Environmental Education Manager

Cleaner Wanted for Lacken National School. Those interested please apply to the Chairperson of the BOM of Lacken School on or before 10th September.  Please include relevant qualifications with your CV. Applications can be sent by post or email:

Ruth Shine School of Dance – Celebrating our 15-year anniversary! Why not join our creative, intelligent, confident & hardworking dance family?We offer classes in ballet, contemporary, modern & acro for both children and adults in our purpose-built studios, Dancetrax Studios. Check out our Facebook & Instagram pages to stay updated or visit Ph: 086-4062618 Email: ‘Make Your Soul Shine’

Back to School Blues Let nature help balance your emotions, build resilience and confidence. Call Anna Nagle 087 227 3925 for a BACH FLOWER ESSENCE consultation, and remedy mixed especially for you to assist in times of change and uncertainty.

Hollywood Café are recruiting now! We are looking for waiting staff, full time, weekdays, with only occasional weekend days. If you have front of house waiting experience, energy, great customer service skills and want to work in a friendly and vibrant environment, email your cv to Experience is a definite advantage, as are barista skills, but training will be given to the right applicant.

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

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

COURSES IN YOUR LOCAL EDUCATION & TRAINING BOARD THIS AUTUMN Blessington Further Education & Training Centre. Why not try something new this autumn? We have a range of courses available for you as life begins to return to normal: Basic and improver computer skills. Introduction to art, Help with reading, writing, spelling & maths, English for speakers of other languages Gardening – C.V. preparation. Get the most from your smart phone. Our courses are free of charge & open to those who never fully completed their formal education. Classes run during the day & at night. A great way to learn, meet others & have fun in a safe & friendly environment. All Covid-19 guidelines strictly adhered to. For further information on all the above please give us a call:  Annette at 086 846 2771  or Caroline at 045 851 494.

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


Church of Our Lady, Blessington – Mass Times: Saturday 6.00pm.  Sunday 10.00am

Weekdays: Monday to Friday 9.30am – Fr. Richard Behan PP. Tel: 045 865327

Church of Our Lady of Mercy, Crosschapel – Mass Times: Sundays 11.30am

Weekdays: Monday to Saturday 10.00am – Archdeacon Kevin Lyon. Tel: 045 865215

St. Brigid’s Church, Manor Kilbride – Mass Times: Sundays 11.00am

Weekdays: Monday to Friday 9am – Fr. Paraic McDermott C.S. Sp., Tel: 01 4582154

St. Joseph’s Church, Valleymount – Mass Times: Sunday 11.15am.

Our Lady of Mount Carmel, Lacken – Mass Time: Saturdays 7.30pm

Parish Office: 9am to 1pm Monday to Friday Tel: 045 865 327


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