Issue 1383 December 5th 2021

SECOND SUNDAY OF ADVENT 5th December 2021. The message of repentance during this season of Advent is a call to each one of us to look deeply into our lives, to renew and deepen our relationship with God & our fellow sisters & brothers.

Mass intentions this week: Marion Fallon (RD) Manor Kilbride, Stephen Masterson (RD) Manor Kilbride

Saturday 6pm Mass: Eamon Tully (Month’s Mind), Ellie & James Hanlon (A), Carmel Costelloe (A)

Sunday 10am: Christopher Enright (Months Mind), Chrissy & Noel Cummins (A), Tom & Ellen Cummins(A), Maisie O’Reilly (A),Jim & Kathleen Hamilton (A)

We remember the following:

Monday: Mass for Blessington List of the Sick

Tuesday: Mary McCarthy (A), Kathleen Ramsey (RD)

Wednesday 8th December: HOLY DAY 10am: Brian O’Reilly (RD) Siobhan McStay (RD) 8pm: Deceased Members of Blessington GAA

Thursday: Mary Conway (RD), Des Higgins (RD)

Friday: Teresa O’Gorman (RD Co Clare, Fr Michael Sheedy (RD)

Saturday 4th December: 6pm Mass in Blessington, 7.30pm in Lacken.

Sunday 5th December: 10.00am Mass in Blessington, 11.00am Mass in Manor Kilbride, 11.30am Mass in Crosschapel, 11.15am Mass in Valleymount.

Tuesday 7th December: Holy Hour & Rosary offered for the intentions of our families from 7pm to 8pm in, Blessington. This is the final one before Christmas and will resume on Tuesday 13th January

Wed 8th December: Holy Day Feast of the Immaculate Conception.

Holy Day Mass Times:

11.00am Manor Kilbride

11.30am Crosschapel

10.00am Blessington

11.15am Valleymount

8.00pm Blessington

2021 Private Members Draw in aid of Valleymount & Lacken Churches October Peter Kelly, May Nolan, Caroline & Mick Maguire, Peg Geoghegan, Edel Kelly November Teresa & John Reid, Nicola & Steven Byrne, Jenny & Glen Cullen, Mags & Mattie Browne.The final Private Members Draw will be held before Christmas.

Society of St. Vincent de Paul Annual Church Collection will be held on Sat 10th & Sun 11th December to raise funds for those who are struggling to manage this Christmas.

St Mary’s Schools & Blessington Parish Lotto. Numbers drawn on 2nd Dcember 3, 9,15, 29. Winner of €25 was Siobhan Cullen. Next week’s jackpot is €1700.

Crosscare Food Services This Christmas we really need your help forhundreds of families who struggle to get nourishing food. We work with families to help them out of food poverty & crisis situations. We help with budgeting, healthy eating, housing & welfare to support families in the long term. We provide urgent support through our Foodbanks & Community Cafés. This year, as we cannot hold our parish food appeal,we are asking for your financial support to help ushelp them.Please donate if you can at or Call 01 836 0011

The Community Pool for West Wicklow are delighted to return to Russborough House & Park with our Outdoor Christmas Market from 12pm to 4pm on Saturday December 11thWe will have over 30 stalls from local artists, crafters & artisans located in the Hippodrome & East Courtyard selling everything from handmade soaps & Christmas Stockings to hand painted bonbons! It’s the ideal place to find that perfect gift for your loved ones this Christmas. Our friends from Swim Ireland will be joining us this year too so make sure to give them a warm West Wicklow Welcome! Grab some lunch from the Love Food Catering hanging BBQ, pick up your Christmas Tree from the Blessington Lakes Garden Centre Stall & enjoy some Christmas Classics performed by the Blessington Community Choir! Don’t forget to visit Santa in the Hippodrome. Please note that this is a cash only event & there are no ATM facilities on site. Admission to the Outdoor Christmas Market is free but all donations are welcome to support our campaign for a pool for West Wicklow.This is an outdoor event so we advise all guests to dress appropriately for the weather & request that all Covid 19 guidelines are adhered to. There is a charge of €3 to park at Russborough House & Park. We hope to see you all there!

St. Mary’s Schools Parents Association are offering scenic Christmas cards with beautiful cover photos taken by two staff members of the Junior School. The cards are €6 for a pack of 10 cards, with 5 cards of each style. Available now to purchase through the Parish Office, the Tourist Office and from both schools. Many thanks for your support.

Congratulations Lacken Tidy Village Group for being awarded a certificate of recognition for their work on “Clean Up the Uplands” initiative in the Pure Mile. The group regularly organise litter picks and clean ups over 17k in the village & neighbouring townlands.

Advent Daily Reflections, Prayers & Advent Calendars

New weekly events running in Blessington Library. Spaces are limited so please book to avoid disappointment. TUMMY TIME: Thursdays – 11.30am. For babies who haven’t started to crawl yet. Babies can play beneath the beautiful light projections of Tovertafel. TODDLER TIME: Fridays – 11.30am Song, movement and rhymes for toddlers. Suitable for children aged 1 – 3-year-olds. CHILDREN’S STORY-TIME: Sat 11.30am. Join us for some tall tales and fun stories. Suitable for children aged 3 – 6-year-olds

Parent & Toddler Group Tuesday & Wednesday – 10am to 12 noon in St Kevin’s Community Centre, Blessington. Covid Cert Required.

We are delighted to announce details of this year’s Christmas Fair. Blessington Tourist Office Christmas Fair 1st to 23rd December, Opening hours Monday – Friday 9am to 5pm, Saturday – Sunday 10am to 4pm. Loads of new stock all by Local Artists with 10% of everything sold going to Pieta. Ending Suicide. Beginning Hope. We will also be selling raffle tickets for wonderful prizes. Drop by from the 1st of December & Support Pieta & Local Artists while also picking up some unique Christmas Gifts.

Due to the increase in Covid Cases Blessington Youth Theatre have taken the decision to record our Show: The Magic of Musicals. It is with a heavy heart that we made this decision but feel it is the best decision for the safety of our members, leaders & the community. Therefore, we are offering a refund on tickets previously purchased for our amazing show which was planned for March 2020. If you decide to avail of the refund please text with your name, contact details & the number of tickets to the BYT phone: 087 465 0835. We are planning to stream the recording of ‘The Magic of Musicals ‘to your sitting rooms during December!! Watch out for dates & link to be announced very soon. This promises to be a great show, that will lift your spirits, & giving our dedicated members the chance to showcase their talent. Thanking you, BYT Committee

The Committee & Members Blessington Men’s Shed would like to thank, most sincerely, the management & staff of Aldi in Blessington for their most generous donation of €500 to Blessington Men’s Shed. We are most grateful for this donation.

Rugby at Russborough for age groups U6, U7, U8, U9, U10, U11, U12, U13, boys & girls! Tuesday 7pm to 8pm and Sat 11am to 12:30pm. All Welcome to Blessington Mini-Rugby!

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


Lacken National School is looking for a Bus Escort 5 days a week, 2 hours 20 min per day. Please send your application to  by 13th December.

BLESSINGTON LAKES GARDEN CENTRE – Christmas Trees now in Sizes from 2ft to 14ft all non-shed. Living Christmas Trees in Pots. Open every day 9am to 5pm – 045 865 403 or 087 931 9111

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

NutriQuick is Expanding and is now looking for General Operatives to join their team: You will be working on a food production line and carrying out processing and packing duties as required.Previous experience in the food industry is an advantage but not essential. The rate of pay is €11.00 per hour. For further information please email nqhr@nutriquick.ieNutriQuick Ltd is an Equal Opportunities Employer.

Gift Vouchers Available for Professional Car Valeting Service. Get Christmas sorted stress free. Contact Mick’s Mobile Auto Cleaning on 086 371 2328or see our Facebook page.

Interior Designs by Elizabeth – Creative, Unique, Personal Please phone: 086 088 1806. Email:

CHRISTMAS TREES Direct from FARM Only €30 to €39 each. Opposite entrance to Slade Valley Golf Club, Brittas (1 mile off the N81 Blessington Road Brittas or 2 miles off the N7 Saggart) EirCode: D24 TEP6. Phone 087 925 0064

Chair Yoga Breathing, Movement & Relaxation. 10.45am every Tuesday in the Coimin Centre, Phone Patricia: 086 071 7384

Blessington Airport Taxi: Standard Taxi €83 – One Way. Large Seven-Seater €93 – One Way. Minimum Charge €30 for other Taxi Journeys. Call Richard: 087 255 7993

Rods + Cones Opticians Blessington. Beside the GARDA station. Formerly Cullinane Opticians. Open 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.

Septic Tanks Emptied and Digger Hire. Call Dermot or Adam Phibbs 087 799 5320 / 083 037 4750 license no. NWCPO-21-12619-01

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

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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