Issue 1413 July 31st 2022

Mass intentions this week

Mary Tully (RD) Blessington

Saturday 6pm: Alex McDonnell (Months Mind), Frank O’Neill (A), Charlie & Molly Keogh (A)

Sunday 10am: Simon Hopkins (A), Rebecca Hopkins (Rem), Maisie Hopkins (Rem), Peter McNabb (2nd A)

We also Remember

Monday: Mass offered for the Sick & those in Hospital

Tuesday: Cathy Fisher (RD), Joe Hearns (RD)

Wednesday: Get Well Intentions, Special Intentions

Thursday: Roger, Phyllis & Tom Farrell (A) Rem. Dec. Mem. of the Kelly, Farrell, Moran & Miller Families.

Friday: First Friday of the Month, Masses will be offered for all on the November Altar List of the Dead

Mass Times this week

Saturday 30th July: Blessington: 6pm, Lacken: 7.30pm

Sunday 31st July: Blessington: 10am, Manor Kilbride: 11am, Valleymount: 11.15am, Crosschapel: 11.30am.

Monday 1st Aug: Bank Holiday Mass will be at 10am in Church of Our Lady, Blessington

Tuesday 2nd August: Holy Hour & Adoration 7pm to 8pm in Church of Our Lady.

Friday 5th August: First Friday of the Month, Masses will be offered for all on the November Altar List of the Dead

Pope’s Intentions for August: We pray for small & medium sized businesses; in the midst of economic and social crisis, may they find ways to continue operating, & serving their communities

St Mary’s Schools & Blessington Parish Lotto. Numbers drawn on 28th July: 9, 20, 23, 25. Weekly €25 Winner: Nicola Kane. Next Jackpot is €1500

Summer Dues Envelopes are now available in all our Churches to support the priests of the Diocese. You can take one as you visit the Church during the summer months and return to the Parish Office or to the collection boxes in the Church.

Blessington Parish Office is open from 9am  to 1pm, Monday to Friday. Mass Cards & Gift Items available. Bookings for Mass Intentions. Newsletter Items. Call: 045 865 327 or Email:

Deirdre Keogh would like to thank everyone who sponsored her in the Women’s Mini – Marathon.  A total of €5,300 was raised for local charities!

PATHWAYS: EXPLORING FAITH AND MINISTRY. Application is now open for the next intake of participants for Pathways. The programme, run by the Dublin Archdiocese, begins this year on Thursday, September 29th in DCU St Patrick’s Campus. Places are limited so early application is advisable Pathways is a two-year, one evening a week course, for adults of all ages who wish to explore their faith. It runs from late September to May each year, with breaks for Christmas, Easter and mid-terms. There are no exams and no written work. The only requirement is an openness to listening to others and to participate. The cost is €400 per year which may be paid in instalments throughout the year. For more information visit   or contact Pathways director Eileen Houlahan, CHF, PhD, at 01 808 7594 or

World Youth Day – Lisbon 2023. Parishes & Individuals are now invited to register their interest in either attending WYD Lisbon or organising a parish group to participate. Over the past year many parishes & people have noted in submissions for the Task Force & also preparatory meetings on Synod the importance of reaching out to younger people. World Youth Day will take place from 1st to 6th in August Lisbon 2023. Package options and costs are still being determined and the registration system will open in September. At present it is intended to have the option for teenagers aged 16-18 to participate as well as those aged 18-29. The Archdiocese of Dublin has a great tradition in participation at World Youth Day. This is a great opportunity to reach out to young people & connect them to young people in many parishes that will participate at WYD.

FIGHTING WORDS – Two free, fun-filled, creative writing workshops are taking place in Blessington Library on Saturday 6th August. 10am to 12 noon: 7 to 9 years. 1pm to 4pm: 10 to 12 years

DESIGN YOUR OWN SUPERHERO with Alan Nolan. Join author & illustrator Alan Nolan as you learn how to draw a super-powered animal & design your very own superhero. Thursday 11th August at 11amCall or email to book your spot 045 891 740

FUEL STAMPS are a great way to help budget for your fuel costs. Start saving now towards your fuel bills during the winter months.  The Stay Warm Saving Scheme is an easy payment option plan which enables households to budget for their central heating oil & or solid fuel by saving €5 Stay Warm Saving Stamps on the savings card & using the stamps to pay (in full or part payment) for fuel supplies. The Scheme is open to all households in the Blessington area and full details are available on the card. This initiative is in association with the Department of Communications Energy & Natural Resources. The €5 Stay Warm Saving Stamps & Savings Card are only available from Hennessy’s Hardware and SVP Shop. 

Blessington Chess Club Improve your memory & Concentration. Learn Chess. Blessington Academy Starting Summer 2022,  For All Ages & Levels. Info Email:

The Summer Stars Reading Programme is kicking off this week & Running until 31st August in Blessington Library. All children who sign-up receive a free library bag & reading card to track their reading progress. At the end of the summer, there’s an award ceremony, certificate & medal for all participants. There are lots of events planned too!

Blessington AFC – The club are looking for players for the new season 22/23 for the following age groups. If interested, please contact the coaches listed below for the relevant age groups: U10 Boys Team (born 2013)  Contact Keith 085 211 8319 U10 Girls Team (born 2013) Contact Marie 087 7525877 U13D Team (born 2010) Contact Mick 087 8341371 U13A Team (born 2010)  Contact Ross 087 251 0084 U14 Team (born 2009) Contact Cathal 087 2356045 U15 Team (born 2008) Contact Ken 083 870 1926 U16A Team (born 2007) Contact Lar 087 2653519 U16B Team (born 2007) Contact Sean 086 1629756 U17 Team (born 2006)  Contact Paul 087 6706236 U18 Team (born 2005)  Contact Stephen 086 606 0677 Senior Saturday Team Contact Len 086 4066894

St Vincent de Paul Blessington, local number 087 181 1579


Baby Walker FREE to take away 087 362 6706

U – STORE – IT – HOLLYWOOD – Convenient Storage Units to Rent. Individual Lockups. CCTV on All Units. 15 X 10 and 25 X 15. Suitable for Furniture etc Call: 087 356 7601

Calling Lifeguards, Swimming Teachers & Assistant Swimming Teachers, Community Pool for West Wicklow & Swim Ireland need YOU! Swim Ireland launched the Pop-Up Pool initiative in May 2022 & are now recruiting for staff for Blessington. Part Time & Full-Time Positions Available. National Pool Lifeguard Qualification, Level 1 Assistant or Level 2 Swimming Teacher qualification or equivalent required (If you don’t currently hold these qualifications or are awaiting a practical – please get in touch as Swim Ireland can support with training in these locations in the run up to the start of the programme!) Please send a CV or email queries to Please share this for those who wish to take a step on the ladder in the Leisure Industry!   Check out the pool!!

The Office Shop Blessington Now have the full range of Back-To-School Stationery at reasonable prices. Special offers  on some school bags and pencil cases. Stationery Packs for St. Mary’s Junior & Senior Schools already made up. We can make up packs for all schools in the area. Feel free to drop in your list or email to

Available for dog walking or cat feeding while you’re away on holidays or working from home call 087 446 1082.

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

FOR SALE – Leafy, 5 Bed Home, including Garden Apartment and Bespoke Office. ‘Orchard View’, Kilteel, Naas, Co Kildare. W91 XRF9. €695,000 Tel: 01 2478851

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

Very nice Self-Contained Private Office to let at Aran Centre from 1st July. €115 per week all-in. Tel. 087 8175227.

Gardening – For Hedge clipping, Beds overhauled, Strimming, etc Phone Mark 085 133 7714 (Greenleaf Garden Care)

SEETHRU Solution – Your local trustworthy cleaning service for: Windows, Gutters, Fascia, Pressure Washing, Softwash, Carpet & Upholstery. Greg: 085 858 1850

BLESSINGTON Airport Taxi Plus, Hospital and City Run’s, Standard Taxi €87 one way, Large 7- Seater €97 one way. All other Runs prices on the meter. Call Richard: 087 255 7993

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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