Newsletter 7th July 2024 Issue 1508

Mass intentions in Blessington

Margaret Heery   Dublin

Saturday:  Micheal Dunne… Months Mind, John Geoghegan…A, Ray O Donnell…A, Martin & Lyla Curley…A Catherine Daly…A

Sunday: Seamus Reid…A, Martin McManamon…RD

At Masses This Weekend, We Remember the Following John & Nora Moran…A, Larry, Mary & Mathew Lennon…A, Micheal & Annemary Norton…Rem, Elizabeth Lennon …RD, John Curran…10th A,

Monday: Mass for the Sick & those in Hospital

Tuesday: Get Well Mass, Una Hannigan Bolger…RD

Wednesday: Amelia Belle Ferguson…RD, Rose Hayes…RD

Thursday: Shay Monaghan…RD, Martin Whelan…RD

Friday: Sr Kate O Connor…RD, Patrick McMahon…RD

Friday: 1st Friday of the month, Mass offered for all on the November List of the Dead

Rosary & Holy Hour  on Every Tuesday  7pm to 8pm in Church of Our Lady Blessington

Minister of Eucharist July 2024. Church of Our Lady Blessington. SAT 6PM: Mary McCormack, Mary Fenton & Margaret Keogh. SUNDAY 10AM: Margaret Flynn, Mary McHugh & Charmaine Quinn.

Blessington & Valleymount Parishes, Wish to extend a warm welcome to Fr. Gerry Kane, who takes up his appointment this weekend. We look forward to working with Fr. Gerry on many Parish and Pastoral initiatives over the coming years. We hope Fr. Gerrys time in this Parish will be happy and fruitful.

Cemetery Sunday will take place in Templeboden Cemetery Lacken Today Sun July 7th at 3pm In the event of wet weather, the mass will be celebrated in Lacken church.

Pilgrimage to Knock There are a few seats available on the bus for the Pilgrimage to Knock on July 14th. The pilgrimage includes a walk through the Creation garden, followed by the anointing of the sick at 2.30pm and mass in the basilica at 3pm to mark the International day of St Theresa. Bus will depart from the carpark in Blessington church at 7.30 am. Cost 25 /30 euro depending on numbers. For enquiries contact 086 1609293.

Valleymount Draw Results for June Kathleen O’ Connor, Jake Kavanagh, John Moriarity, Myles Clarke, Liz Broe, Marie Morrisey.

Women’s Breakfast Dates for your diary Our next two dates for our breakfast will be September 21st And November 23rd Looking forward to seeing you there.

Blessington Parish Lotto Numbers on 27th June: 3,5,19,27. €25 Winner: Irene Farrell. Next Jackpot €1,800.

At a ceremony in St Peter’s Basilica on Ascension ThursdayPope Francis solemnly proclaims the upcoming Jubilee Year 2025, “Hope” is the overarching theme. Pope Francis announces that the Jubilee Year will begin with the opening of the Holy Door of St Peter’s Basilica on Christmas Eve, 2024.


A prayer labyrinth is a circular path that leads to a center and back out again. It is a metaphor for the spiritual journey and a way of praying with the body and the soul12. A prayer labyrinth can be used to worship and praise God, intercede for others, and seek personal and spiritual transformation2. Walking meditation gives us time and space to listen and respond to the Lord . The earliest examples of labyrinths go back nearly 5,000 years.  There is one in Glendalough. Steps of praying with a Labyrinth you can begin your walking meditation with the following steps. 1. Name your intention Since we embark on a walking meditation in order to hear and respond to the Lord, invite God to walk with you during this prayer period. Ask for the grace to hear and respond to him. If you have any particular intentions on your heart, name them to God at this time and tell him that you will carry these intentions with you during the walk. 2. Walk the path Enter and follow the path of the labyrinth, knowing that God is with you. Go at a pace that feels natural. let your prayer unfold as you go and trust in God’s guidance. If your mind wanders to thoughts that seem like distractions, name the distraction, lift it up to God and ask God to guide your mind and heart back to him. If the distraction returns, explore it with God. 3. Give thanks When you reach the centre of the labyrinth, thank God for having walked with you along the way. 4. Reflect Afterwards, take time to reflect on your walking meditation.

A Prayer for our Parish Heavenly Father, Bless our Church and our parish, And all the good work that goes on in them. May all who are Christians live and work together for the good of each other and  the glory of your Name. May those who do not know you be brought by our example to a loving knowledge and peace with you. Amen

CARE OF THE EARTH  All-Ireland Pollinator Plan, Avoid using insecticides, fungicides and herbicides These potent chemical cocktails are designed to kill various organisms. One of the best things you can do for pollinators is avoid using them. Why: Insecticides have been found to kill, harm, and disorientate pollinators. Herbicides kill the ‘weeds’ that provide them with important food. top-ten-ways-to-help-pollinators/

Thought for the week Being positive isn’t pretending that everything is ok-its seeing the good in everything

The Great Amen It is the Amen we use at the end of the Eucharistic prayer. It is known as the Great Amen. Amen means “so be it”. This means you are not a spectator at Mass. You, like the priest. Are offering the Body and Blood of Jesus to the Father. When you say the word Amen you are giving your assent to what has been happening throughout the Eucharistic prayer. As it is so important it should be said with devotion and conviction

How often can you receive the Anointing of the Sick? As often as a person needs. You can receive the Anointing of the Sick if you are seriously ill, especially when the condition is worsening. It does not matter whether you are old or young. In serious spiritual need or before an operation, people often ask for the Anointing of the Sick.

A Summer Prayer Long warm days… The pace of life slows… A time for picnics and rest in the shade… Lord, help me to rest awhile in the cooling shade of your presence. Slow down my restless heart and fill me with gentle compassion for all your people. Amen.

POPES INTENTION FOR JULY For the pastoral care of the sick. Pope Francis’ intention for July 2024 is “For the pastoral care of the sick”12. He prays that the sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick will give strength from the Lord to those who receive it and their loved ones, becoming a visible sign of compassion and hope for everyone

AWARE SUPPORT & SELF CARE GROUPS If you or those with whom you work wish to connect with people in relation to your mental wellbeing, consider using Aware’s phone-in and Zoom support and self-care groups, support line or support mail. For more information, visit

Accord Prayer for Marriage & Family Life God of love, show us our place in this world as channels of your love. Give to us the gift of respect, empathy and understanding. Bless and strengthen our love for each other. Help us to appreciate the value of family life and to live in harmony with all whom we come in contact with. Encourage us, we pray, to act justly, love tenderly and walk humbly with the Lord. Praise be to the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. Amen

BEREAVEMENT SUPPORT The Irish Hospice Foundation provides a free Bereavement Support Line. This National Freephone Service is available from 10am to 1pm, Monday to Friday, by calling 1800 807077. Visit for more information.

ALZHEIMER CAFÉ NAAS The Alzheimer Café evening takes place on the last Wednesday of every month from 7pm to 9pm in the Convent Tea Rooms at McAuley Place, Sallins Road, Naas (Beside Parish Church). Those living with a dementia, families, carers and professionals with an interest in the area are all welcome to attend. Each month a different speaker will give a perspective on Alzheimer disease and an open discussion takes place with questions and answers.

Reek Sunday 2024 July 28, 2024 in Ireland Croagh Patrick, also known as the Reek, in Ireland. Reek Sunday is celebrated on July 28, 2024. Reek Sunday (or Garland Sunday) is an annually pilgrimage in Ireland. On the last Sunday in July, pilgrims climb Ireland’s “holiest mountain”, Croagh Patrick (Cruach Phádraig) in County Mayo, traditionally in their bare feet. The pilgrimage has been held yearly for about 1,500 years. It is held in honour of Saint Patrick who, according to tradition, spent 40 days fasting on the mountain in the year 441, following Jesus and Moses.

Blessington Library Bring your children to Blessington Library and sign up for Summer Stars.  Here’s how you take part:

  1. Sign up and collect your reading card.
  2. Borrow some books from the library
  3. Write the names of your books in your summer stars card as you finish reading them
  4. Return your card to the library to get rewards and enter our BIG PRIZE DRAW!

Movie Afternoon Every Wednesday during July and August at 3 pm All welcome. Limerick Writing Workshop Thursday 4th July at 3 pm Booking essential Call 045 891740 or Yoga with Katie Fu -Twinkle Kids Children 6-9 years old Tuesday 9th July 2.30 pm Booking essential Call 045 891740 or Batik Glue T-Shirt Design Kid’s  Summer Craft. Children 7+ Thurs 11th and Fri 12th July at 3pm (Children must be available to attend both afternoons) Booking essential Call 045 891740 or Story time (Age 3+) Every Saturday at 11.30 am No booking required All welcome.

Blessington Community Employment Vacancies These are developmental opportunities, no experience necessary. Caretaker, Hollywood Community Centre. Duties include, but not restricted to, preparing hall for meetings and events, cleaning, light maintenance, and painting. CES 2341099 Closing Date: 28/06/2024 Caretaker, St. Johns Cemetery, Ballymore. Duties include, but not restricted to, grass cutting, light maintenance, key holding and cleaning. CES 2339500 Closing Date: 28/06/2024 Barista/ Customer Service, Kilbride GAA. Duties include, but not limited to, serving tea/ coffee, meeting and greeting, light cleaning, phone/ message taking. CES: 2339656 Closing Date: 28/06/2024 Caretaker, Hollywood Cemetery. Duties include, but not limited to, grass cutting, light maintenance, key holding. CES: 2341100 Closing Date: 28/06/2024 Secretary Hollywood Parish Office Duties include, but not limited to, administration, message taking, key holding. CES: 2341101 Closing Date: 28/06/2024 Admin/ Project Worker West Wicklow Cancer Support Duties include, but not limited to, administration, social media, promotional work. CES: 2341103Closing Date: 28/06/2024 Please contact us on 085-2523563 or  Please note *You must be in receipt of a social welfare payment for the last 12 months to qualify for these positions. * CE Rates Apply.”

Blessington Bridge Club Meets every Monday at 7.30pm in the Kare Centre. All new players welcome.

Blessington Bowls Club meet every Thursday night at 7.30pm in St Kevin’s Hall, Main Street Blessington. Guests are most welcome, why not come along and bring a friend

For Sale Sturdy flatbottomed adult canoe for sale. Good buoyancy, 2 new paddles. €250. phone 087 797 3650

OPEN DAY  at Kildare Animal Foundation, South Green Rd, Kildare Town R51 YE00 Sunday 14th July at 1pm. Plants, cakes, antiques, bottle stalls, Kiddies games, crafts, face painting, pet gifts, and much much more. FREE ADMISSION AND FREE PARKING. Every cent raised goes directly to the care of sick and injured animals at the shelter. Please do NOT bring your own dog on the day as it upsets the resident animals.

Local Lady  willing to mind cats and/or walk dogs in own home Ph 085-7111342

The Valleymount Community shed invites you again to come & join the fun on our next night of music/song/poems. Saturday 13th July at 7.30pm sharp in the Community shed. Looking forward to meeting you all for a wonderful, packed night again. Bring along a friend.

FUEL STAMP SAVING SCHEME 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. Start saving the €5 Stay Warm Saving Stamps on the savings card and use the stamps to pay (in full or part payment) for fuel with the listed suppliers on the card. A new supplier to the scheme but not listed on the card is Tom Phibbs Fuels Tel: 01 2118469.  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 and Savings Card are only available from Hennessy’s Hardware and SVP Shop.

Ustore @ Hollywood Large storage area available Phone 087-356-7601 €100 Per month

At Blessington Self-Storage we make storing your goods simple,  cost effective and convenient. All our units are 20ft x8ft – Open 7 days a week.  Visit our website or call 085 196 1659 us for more information.

Tulfarris Hotel and Golf Resort Spa Now Open. Booking online contact us directly 045 867633

Gardening For Hedge clipping, Beds overhauled, Pruning, etc Phone Mark 085-1337714 (Greenleaf Garden Care)

Catriona Byrne & Co Solicitors BESIDE AIB – OVER 20 YEARS ESTABLISHED FOR ALL YOUR LEGAL NEEDS 3 Mill Bank, Blessington County Wicklow Tel: 045 857 537

Septic Tanks Emptied & Digger Hire Call Dermot or Adam Phibbs 087 799 5320 – 083 037 4750      License no: NWCPO-21-12619-01

Blessington Counselling & Psychotherapy – Mandy Downes MAPCP 085 134 9813 Specialist in CBT & Solution focused Therapy

Wicklow & Kildare Mental Health Services  Counselling & Psychotherapy. Aran Centre, Blessington, Co. Wicklow. For Bookings please contact, by phone: 089 274 4920 or e-mail:

To Let Very nice self-contained private office at Aran Centre, Blessington opposite Aldi.  From €125 per week plus VAT.  Contact Sean on 087 8175227.

Building & Roofing Contractor Available All Roof Repairs, Slates, Tiles, Lead Valleys, Velux Windows, PvC Fascia & Soffit, Extensions, Attic Conversions & Renovations. All Work Guaranteed Niall Kearns 0862746969.

Driving instructor RSA and ADI approved.  Contact Michael 087 459 4258  for bookings.

GF Services Tile Cleaning Upholstery Cleaning Carpet Cleaning 0899889861

The Avon has a number of functions rooms available to hire for your next special occasion. Email us at and we can send on our 2024 brochure Mark Hyland Solicitors Main Street, Blessington Phone number: 045-851149 Email:

Painter & Decorator Interior & Exterior Call Damien 085 826 0431

HEADSTONES McEvoy Monumental Works Blessington. Headstones, Inscriptions, Renovations. Serving the people of Blessington for over 40 years. Call to our workshop at Millbank Blessington Call: Mick 045 865 487 – 086 843 8832 or Gary 087 933 3487

Local Builder Available All services under one roof, Windows & Doors, Plumbing, Tiling, Roofing, Plastering, Electrical, Carpentry, Insulation. All levels of construction services available. Fully registered. Call Paul: 086 309 1829

Paying too much for SKY or Virgin Media? We Install or Repair Free to Air & Saorview! No more Bills! Call Billy 086 868 0053

Eagle Cleaning Solutions Chimney Cleaning, Exterior Power Washing, Window Cleaning, Gutter Cleaning & Repairs. Find us on Facebook! Call for appointment: 087 247 4388.

German Autoworks – Service Specialist VW/Audi, Mercedes, Skoda, Seat, Opel – Call 087 286 3997

JK Jamie Kershaw —Plant & Agri — Our services – Plant hire, Agri Services, Land Drainage, Land reclamation, Tractor Hire, Site clearance, Bulk excavation, Driveways, Mulchers, Tree Shears, Roch Breakers, Tree Surgery, Concrete Works, Demolition. We provide the choice of ECO Friendly fuels and oils in out Machinery Contact 087463 2228

Local Handyman Commercial & Residential Property Management Citywest-Naas-West Wicklow Mobile:089 211 9881 Email:




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