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Issue No. 1179

15th October 2017

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Saturday 14th October

Sacrament of the Sick & Healing Mass at 12 noon in Church of Our Lady, Blessington. Refreshments afterwards in the Coimín Centre.

Walks from Primary Care Centre every Sat Morning at 10am, all fitness levels welcome.

Church Gate Collection for Community 1st Responders at all Masses. Please support

VARIETY CONCERT at 8pm in Tramway Theatre, Blessington in aid of Blessington-Baltinglass Day-Care. Acts: Richie, Lorraine Young Willoughbys, Blessington Community College, The Ballymore Eustace Prelude Ensemble, Millennium Choir and Feidhlim & Muirine. Tickets €12 from Parish Office & Hennessy’s Office Shop or call: 087 293 4806

Sunday 15th October

Church Gate Collection for Community 1st Responders at all Masses. Please support

Blessington GAA Seniors have reached the County Final for the first time in 29 years!! Match will be held in Joule Park, Aughrim at 3pm. It would be great to have big support! Plan to arrive as early as possible to reduce the risks of parking problems. Patience will be required exiting the ground. #blessoformiley2017.

Monday 16th October

Holy Hour in Crosschapel every Monday after 10am Mass. (ex Bank Holidays)

Walks from Coimín Centre every Mon at 7pm, 4km, all fitness levels welcome. (Meet 6.45pm) Enjoy tea/coffee for a donation of €2.

Tuesday 17th October 2017 

Blessington U3A Meeting at the usual time, 10.30am in Education Centre. Tea & Coffee available from 10.15am. Speaker: Pat Murphy on topic " The Story of the Asgard". All welcome

Citizens Information Centre in Blessington Library from 1pm to 4pm. Legal advice service on 1st & 3rd Tuesdays of month by appointment

Blessington & District Active Retirement Association meeting in the Coimín Centre at 2.30pm. New Members Welcome.

Adoration / Silent Prayer in Church of Our Lady from 7.30pm to 8.30pm

Wednesday  18th October 2017

The Citizens Information Centre is open in Blessington Library today 10am to 12.30pm.

The Rosary at 7.30pm for the intentions of our families in Church of Our Lady, Blessington.

Thursday 19th October 2017

Walks from Coimín Centre every Thurs at 7pm, all fitness levels welcome. (Meet 6.45pm) Enjoy tea/coffee for a donation of €2.

Quiet Holy Hour of Prayer in Eadestown Church from 8pm to 9pm

Blessington Parish Finance Committee Meeting at 8pm in the Coimín Centre

Saturday 21st October 2017

1st Communion Enrolment Mass at 6pm on Sat Oct 21st for children preparing for First Penance & Communion attending St Mary’s JNS, Gaelscoil na Lochanna, Blessington Educate Together NS and the No 1 School.

Christmas Lights Appeal: Blessington & District Forum Christmas Lights sub Committee are having a Main Street / Estate Bucket Collection on Saturday 21st October between noon and 6pm. The intention is to replace our existing stock of very old Christmas Street Lights with new upgraded LED Lights and new connections. Help us continue to brighten the Christmas Season by supporting our appeal. SANTA will visit all estates on the day in a HORSE DRAWN CARRIAGE!!!

Dates for your Diary:
Harvest Thanksgiving Mass: Lacken Church
on Sat 28th Oct at 7.30pm. The Church will be open from 3pm to 4pm for donations of food or local produce. All offerings will be sold after mass and proceeds will be shared between St Vincent de Paul and Lacken Church.

 Blessington Children’s ChurcBlessington & District Forum Annual Community & Tidy Towns Awards 2017 will take place in Avon Ri on Friday 3rd November at 7.30pm. Nomination forms available shortly and closing date for receipt of forms is Friday 27th October.h will be resuming shortly. We need your help to keep this valuable Liturgy going each month, we are looking for volunteers to join our team. If  you can spare 30 mins once a month please call the Parish Office: 045 865 327

Ciaran Jones Memorial Mass and Walk is on Sunday 22nd October in Manor Kilbride at 11am and walk starting at 12noon. Reception in Community Hall at 2pm after the walk. Everyone welcome

Blessington & District Forum Annual Community & Tidy Towns Awards 2017 will take place in Avon Ri on Friday 3rd November at 7.30pm. Nomination forms available shortly and closing date for receipt of forms is Friday 27th October.


World Mission Sunday Collection:  On Sunday, 22nd October, Pope Francis invites all Catholics to contribute to a special collection for Mission Sunday. World Missions Ireland is the Holy Father’s official charity for overseas mission here. Please note World Missions Ireland special Mass will be televised on RTÉ on Sunday, 22nd October at 11am

The Parish 1st Communion & Confirmation Classes will begin shortly for any children attending No 1 School or BETNS who wish to receive the Sacraments. To enrol your child; please contact the Parish Office: 045 865 327 or

Selected Works’ Art Exhibition by Cruthú Art Group 12th to 26th October at McAuley Arts & Culture Centre, Naas.  All welcome to drop in. Open Monday to Saturday.

Scor na nOg – Blessington GAA will proudly host the Scor na nOg on Fri 20th Oct. There are eight events/disciplines in Scór that cover all aspects of Irish culture: Solo Singing, Ballad Group, Figure/Céilí Dancing, Recitation/Scéalaíocht, Léiriú Stáitse/Stage Presentation, Instrumental Music, Set Dancing and Table Quiz. The competition is for young people under 17. If any of our local schools would like to nominate an individual(s) or Group(s) please contact Catherine Behan on 087 1224019 There’s amazing talent in Blessington let's show it off! This traditional Irish competition is open to all of Wicklow and we hope to see all clubs participating. Please contact your local club secretary for info and registration.

November is traditionally a month for remembrance. The Irish Hospice Foundation are hosting a free public event which aims to provide information about grief & the range of supports available to the  bereaved. All invited to attend on Thurs 2nd Nov from 5.30pm to 8pm in the Alexander Hotel, Fenian Street, Dublin 2.There will be an opportunity to chat to voluntary bereavement support services about the supports they provide. During the evening Laura Kennedy will address the gathering & speak on the theme ‘Living with Loss’.

Sing Song Group in Blessington Library. Fancy a sing song? Here’s your chance to sing well-known traditional type songs, oldies from days gone by, songs we learned at school as well as some as Gaeilge and all in the name of Fun!! If you and your children would like to sing, come along and join in with the Kilbride and Lakeside singing group in Blessington Library on the first Thursday of every month at 5 p.m. All ages welcome and no admission.

Pedal Powered Cinema. Blessington Community College is presenting a pedal powered cinema screening of ‘Sing’ on Wednesday 18th October at 6pm in aid of the upcoming B.C.C. Musical. This is a unique experience where the cinema screen will be powered by teams of cyclists. Tickets are available at the door from 5pm priced Adult €8, Child €5, Family (2 Adults 2 children) €20. Treat  yourself to face painting, a photo booth, games and refreshments in our market place. Limited availability so arrive early to avoid disappointment.

The Gormanstown Choir and guests will perform in St Kevins Church, Hollywood on Friday 13th Oct at 8pm. Tickets €10, available at Hollywood Parish Office 045 264528, 9.30am – 1pm, from 4th Oct. Proceeds in aid of the Cemetery upkeep.

Camino de Santiago Information Evening on 17th October in Charles Camping, Blessington at 7pm. will be here to answer your questions about travel, culture, gear, fitness or indeed anything else. Tickets are free but limited in number. Book through the Charles Camping Facebook page or on For anyone contemplating all or some of the way of St James this is a valuable evening.

Blessington Bowls Club on Thursdays at 8pm in St Kevin’s Hall.  Please come and join us for a fun night and pass some time with friends during the winter months.

Players Wanted - Naas Rugby Club. Registration Saturday mornings 10am-12pm. U7's to U18's, Boys and Girls.  For details, visit: or the club facebook page:

Blessington Mini-Rugby for Under 5, Under 6, Under 7 and Under 8 at St Kevin’s Community Centre at 11am every Saturday. All  Welcome.

Blessington Comhaltas Sundays at 5pm in Tramway Theatre, St.Marys Senior School. Classes in, Bodhran, Concertina, Whistle, Flute, Beginner Fiddle, Intermediate Fiddle  @  Tunes, with monthly workshops for all...NEW CLASSES for Ceili Band. Classes begin Sunday 1st October. We wish to express our sincere thanks to Gerry Browne, Principal, for his support and encouragement. For more info, call, Pat 086 075 2072 or Rachel 087 625 1752

The Hilarious Pat Shortt returns to the Tramway Theatre Blessington for one night only, with his fast-paced, brilliant new show ''HOW'S TINGS'', on Sat 11th November @ 8pm. Tickets €28 available from Hennessy's Next Door and The Office Shop Blessington or contact 087 6793159, or Not to be missed, get your tickets quickly


The Sacrament of the Sick – Healing Mass is offered on the 2nd Saturday of every 2nd month in Church of Our Lady, Blessington, unless otherwise announced.
February / April / June / August / October / December

The 9.30am Mass in Church of Our Lady, Blessington every Monday morning is offered for the sick and those in hospital. A Prayer Card is available free of charge at the Parish Office. 

Thinking of Advertising in the Parish Newsletter?
Small Adverts 50c per word If you wish to have your advert included on the Parish Website Commercial Section, €2 extra for the small ad.

Gluten Free Hosts are available on the Altar in Church of Our Lady, Blessington for Coeliacs who would like to receive the Blessed Sacrament.

Parish Meeting Room Facilities
The Coimin Centre opened its doors on 19th March 2015. It houses the Parish Office and Day Care facility for the elderly. We also have rooms to rent by day/evening for local groups and organisations. This is a modern, attractive and convenient venue and offers the possibility of a wide variety of meetings, gatherings and events.
You may also be interested in rooms to rent in a more traditional setting. St. Josephs Hall, Blessington has been at the heart of Blessington social and community life for almost 70 years, and today continues to be a thriving hub of activity for users of all ages. The Hall has been extensively refurbished in recent times and is in excellent condition throughout.
Both venues are serviced by Caretakers who are available to facilitate access to the venues, and to assist with particular user requirements.
All groups or organisations using the Coimin Centre and St. Josephs Hall must provide an up-to-date copy of their Insurance Cover.
Rates and availability can be checked by contacting the Parish Office 045 865327 or email:

Please Note: Blessington Parish Pastoral Council wish to advise that anyone requesting to hold collections outside the Church can only do so with Garda permission and no distribution of leaflets/Literature can take place on Church Grounds without prior permission.

Baptisms in Church of Our Lady, Blessington take place on the 1st Sunday of every month at 12 noon and the 2nd Saturday of every month at 4.30pm. All bookings must be made through the Parish Office 045 865327. The Parish Baptism Team, Fiona & Karen, host a Baptism Preparation Meeting for parents each month in the Meeting Room of Church of Our Lady. All parents who wish to have a baby baptised are requested to attend the Preparation Meeting.  

St Vincent de Paul – Blessington. Any donations intended for the local conference of the Saint Vincent de Paul should be sent to, or left in the Parish Office, c/o SVP Blessington Conference. All donations received will be acknowledged and receipted by the local conference.

Please Note: Bookings for St. Josephs Hall are to be made at Blessington Parish Office. Monday to Friday 9.00am to 1pm. Tel: 045 865327

The Bethany Bereavement Support Group is a voluntary parish based ministry which aims to help the bereaved and grieving. The name Bethany recalls the visit of Jesus to Mary and Martha on the death of their brother Lazarus. Although grieving is a natural process which can be helped by the sympathy and understanding of friends, sometimes one may need support to work through it in a positive way. Friends don’t always know how to help; they may be embarrassed by one’s grief; they may even avoid meeting one in the mistaken belief that a meeting may increase distress. It is quite normal to feel anger, guilt, fear and depression as well as the awful pain of loss. These feelings need to be expressed rather than repressed, to be talked out, cried out and put in some sort of perspective. It helps the healing process to talk with a trained listener and confront the very strong feelings associated with grief. Many Bethany members have themselves been bereaved. They are trained to listen with understanding. They accept those suffering loss as they are, and support them through the grieving process. Members of the Parish Bethany Group are available in the Parish Centre (rear of Parish Office) on the 1st Friday of each month from 10.00am to 11.00am and on the 2nd Wednesday of each month from 8.00pm to 9.00pm. This is a free, confidential service.

The Archdiocese of Dublin Child Safeguarding & Protection Service information
Diocesan Designated Liaison Person:
Mr. Andrew Fagan, Holy Cross Diocesan Centre, Clonliffe College, Dublin 3. Tel: 01 8360314 (Mon to Fri 9am to 5pm)
Deputy Liaison Person: Ms. Julie McCullough, Tel: 01 8360314 (Mon to Fri 9am to 5pm).
Local Area Tusla Office: 045 907891
Local Garda Station: 045 857620
Parish Safeguarding Representatives are: Sean Feely & Fidelma Hogan and they can be contacted through the Parish Office 045 865327

The Mens Shed - to meet old friends and  make new friends. Get involved in social activities and projects. Mens Shed offers a new interest in life. For details, call Sean 086 250 8230

Blessington Scouts - Are you looking to get involved in your local community?
Or are you someone who loves the outdoors and enjoys working with young adults? Blessington Scouts need Adult Leaders for the Scout Section (11-15 yr olds). A typical meeting is mainly lead by the youth members so no skills are necessary. For further information call Derek Brophy on 087 773 1581 Email: or Malcolm Beresford on 087 2993419, Email:

IRISH CANCER SOCIETY – Attention all patients undergoing Chemotherapy Treatment Is transport a problem for you, either getting to or from your appointments? If so, contact any member of staff on the ward or the Oncology Social Worker or phone 01 231 0522.

Blessington Voluntary Cardiac Response Unit regrets that we cannot be contacted directly in an emergency. If you suspect that someone is in respiratory or cardiac distress do not delay as minutes do count in an emergency situation. Remember call 999/112 and they will contact us.At present our response time to a 999 call is approx 5 minutes but we are having great difficulty in some areas where estates or streets have no name signs or houses have no numbers. When you ring 999 the Ambulance Service ask us to respond to your emergency call. The person on duty will reach your area in a matter of minutes so please watch out for us. We will be driving our own cars and will be wearing a highly visible Ambulance Jacket. If someone could be at your door or gate waiting for us, it would save considerable time when time really counts. Please help us to help you!  

Some helpful support numbers
Aware Helpline 1890 303 302 E-mail;
Samaritans Helpline 116 123 or E-mail
Pieta House (Daytime Hours) 01 6010000
1Life Helpline 1800 247 100
HSE information line 1850 24 4850 (24hour)
Console (Bereaved) 1800 201 890
Teenline 1800 833 634 available 7 days from 8pm to 11pm and Wednesdays 4pm to 11pm.
ISPCC Childline 1800 666 666 / Text talk to 50101

ALONE – Helping older people in need.
If you need help contact us on 01 679 1032. Supportive Housing, Befriending, Community Response, Campaigning. Full details of our services on
St Vincent de Paul – Blessington.
Any donations intended for the local conference of the Saint Vincent de Paul should be sent to, or left in the Parish Office, c/o SVP Blessington Conference. All donations received will be acknowledged and receipted by the local conference


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