Issue 1371 September 12th 2021

24th Sunday-Ordinary Time. Suffering was the way for Christ to enter his glory. It was the way for him to show his love for God’s people. His risen life is our hope in face of sorrow, death and suffering.

Mass intentions this week: Bill Cooper (RD) Drimnagh & Avoca, Fr Oliver Crotty (RD) Glendalough, Fr Gerry Foley C.S.Sp (RD) Kimmage Manor & Blessington

Saturday 6pm Mass: Katie Kelly (A), William Kelly (A) Maryann Sargent (A), Deceased Members of the Kelly & Sargent Families, Mary Ryan (A) Annie Doyle (A), Frank Sexton (A), Eileen Cox (A), Deceased Members of the Cox Family

Sunday 10am: Jane Lombard (RD), Patsy Touhy (RD), Seamus Barrett (A)

We remember the following:

Monday: Mass for Blessington List of the Sick

Tuesday: Barry O’Donnell (REM), Noel Walsh (RD)

Wednesday: Sean Cummins (RD), Jacob Rafferty(RD)

Thursday: Thanksgiving Mass Int, Get Well Mass Int, Special Int

Friday: Myles Wilson (RD), Fr Gerry Foley C.S.Sp (RD)

Saturday 11th September: 6pm Mass in Blessington, 7.30pm Mass in Lacken

Sunday 12th September: 10.00am Mass in Blessington, 11.00am Mass in Manor Kilbride, 11.15am Mass in Valleymount & 11.30am Mass in Crosschapel

Tuesday 14th September: Holy Hour & Rosary offered for the intentions of our families from 7pm to 8pm in, Blessington

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

The Annual collection for Crosscare the Social Support Agency of the Archdiocese of Dublin will be taken up at all Masses next weekend 18th & 19th September. It will replace the Share Collection. This collection is vital for Crosscare Services to the Homeless, Youth, Migrants & Refugees. Crosscare helps people when they need it most, through foodbanks & cafes, food parcels & meals. Donation Envelopes also available in the Church porches

Monthly Envelopes for the Month of September 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.

St Mary’s Schools & Blessington Parish Lotto. Numbers drawn for on 9th September: 3, 4, 15, 19. Weekly winner of €25 was Geraldine McCormack. Next week’s jackpot is €1025. If you’re not in, you can’t win! Text the word Blessington to 51444 or

* Footballers Wanted! * Blessington AFC are looking for Children born in 2008 or 2009 to join their exciting Under 14 Squad. All levels welcome. Please contact or 083 870 1926

 Bayside Alpha are running a free 7-week Zoom course on prayer starting on Wednesday 22nd of Sept at 7.30pm. 40 Days of Prayer – 60 minutes weekly meeting on Zoom. Scripture to reflect on at home on each of the 40 days. If you’d like to join email Paul at

“Ceiliuradh” Culture Night. St. Kevin’s Church, Hollywood Friday 17th September. Blessington Comhaltas celebrate Comhaltas 70th Birthday with a Special Concert. Many thanks Rev. Leonard for the use of the Church Mile buiochas, daoibh go leir. Info: Pat Conlan: 086 075 2072.

Blessington Outdoor Car Boot Sale. St. Kevin’s Hall on Sunday 26th September from 7am to 4pm. (Des Redmond Charities) Free Car Parking. Toilets. Tables €10. Bigi Linn.Bargains Galore!

CRUTHÚ ART GROUP 15th BIRTHDAY CELEBRATIONS & END OF SEASON SALE. Cruthú Art Group is celebrating its 15th birthday.  To mark the occasion,  we are offering 15% off all art & craft in our Russborough gallery, & in our display in Blessington Tourist Office.  This will be Cruthú’s last season in Russborough, please visit us on Saturdays & Sundays 11am-5pm during September before we finalise our exhibition in our home of 11 years. Thank you to everybody who has supported Cruthú over the years at Russborough.  We look forward to sharing our work with you going forward.  Keep an eye on our Facebook & Instagram for news. Contact us at

The Community Pool for West Wicklow Committee will be taking part in this year’s Virtual VHi Women’s Mini Marathon on Sunday September 19thThree of the committee will be walking 10km around the Russborough House Parklands dressed as PENGUINS!!!! Please support our committee by sponsoring them through GoFundMe or visit our website

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

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

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


“Very nice self-contained private office to let at Aran Centre. €130 + VAT per week all-in. Tel. 087 817 5227.”

Job Vacancy – R&H have vacancies for full and part-time general operatives. Please email your CV to Tom for further information.

Office Worker Required with typing skills in Blessington, full or part-time. Contact 087 231 0082.

Semi Permanent Make Up – Natural Enhancement  Eye Brows – New Technique, Hombre, Hair Stroke, Eye Liner, Lips, 10 Years Fully Qualified. Call Pam on 085 754 7214

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.

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

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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