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Issue No. 1207

20th May 2018

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Saturday 19th May 2018

1st Communion at 11am for the boys and girls from St Mary’s JNS

Sunday 20th May 2018

1st Communion at 11.30am for the boys and girls from Gaelscoil na Lochanna

Confirmation Mass at 11.15am for Boys & Girls from Valleymount NS, we welcome Bishop Eamonn Walsh, their families & friends.

Manor Kilbride Music School Guided Hill Walk to Seefin Passage Tomb Minibus available to Athdown base from Manor Kilbride Hall at 12 noon. Info: Maria 087 965 6257 Email:

The Annual Mass and Blessing of the Graves will take place in BURGAGE CEMETERY at 3pm

Monday 14th May 2018

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

Blessington Community 1st Responders AGM will take place at 7pm up-stairs in McGreals Main Street, Blessington 

Tuesday 15th May 2018

Adoration / Silent Prayer in Church of Our Lady after 9.30am Mass until 11am  PLEASE NOTE: Call in or phone Aine in the Parish Office to select your available dates for the new rota for the next few months.

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

Blessington & District Active Retirement meeting at 2:30pm in the Coimín Centre

Wednesday 16th May 2018

Christian Meditation Group 11am in Mass Centre, Brittas. Info: Brenda 086 155 2941

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

Blood Bank Clinic: Community College from 5pm to 8.30pm. Blood Bank always looking for Donors, please support.

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

Blood Bank Clinic: Community College from 5pm to 8.30pm. Blood Bank always looking for Donors, please support.

Caring for the Earth – Think Global, Act Local - Blessington Interfaith Group host a discussion evening in the Coimín Centre, Blessington 8pm to 9.30pm. All are welcome.


Ordination of Gerry Malone to the Permanent Diaconate on Saturday 2nd June at 10.30am in the Pro-Cathedral in Dublin

If you would like to attend this ceremony to support Gerry on this very special day, a bus will be travelling from Valleymount & Blessington.
Please call in or phone the Parish Office to reserve a seat – 045 865 327

There will be a reception for Gerry in the Coimín Centre after 6pm Mass in Church of Our Lady, Blessington. All welcome

Family Prayer Day

in preparation for the Pope’s Visit & the World Meeting of Families will take place on Tuesday in
Church of Our Lady Blessington.
Theme: Based on the Icon of the Holy Family.

Morning Session for Adults 10am to 11am. Afternoon Session for Parents & their children 1.45pm to 2.30pm.
Evening Session for Adults 8pm to 9pm

Congratulations to the boys & girls who are receiving 1st Communion in Manor Kilbride next Saturday 26th May at 11am and also to the boys & Girls in No 1 School and Blessington Educate Together NS who are receiving 1st Communion on Sunday 27th May at 10am Mass in Blessington

Annual Trip to Knock Sunday 27th May. Bus leaving at 8am from The Square, Blessington. Contact Mary: 087 606 1729 for booking & Info

Church Gate Collection next weekend 26th & 27th May in aid of Touch Ireland. All the money raised will go towards building a new hospital for children with mental health problems in Kathmandu, Nepal. Please support.

West Wicklow Cancer Support
wishes to make you aware that we are available by phone & in person to support you if you have been affected emotionally by the
Cervical Cancer Testing statement. 
Our contact number is 087 434 6004.
Specific enquiries should be directed to the HSE helpline on 1800 454555, OR your GP.

Blessington Parish Finance Committee would like to thank all who are supporting the Parish Neighbourhood Collection & the Parish Development Fund Boxes (PDF boxes) inside the doors of Church of Our Lady. The personal information you provide is used by the parish to process the contribution in line with revenue guidelines.  It is not shared with any other person or organisation.  The information is kept only for as long as necessary and is then deleted from our systems.  The money raised through the Neighbourhood Collection and the PDF boxes stays in the parish so by your contributions you are supporting your local parish and we are most grateful. If you have ANNUAL Envelopes & MONTHLY Envelopes that have not been collected, please drop them into the Parish Office or into one of the collection bags at Mass on Sunday. Parish Office – 045 865 327 Many Thanks

Blessington Forum in conjunction with Interpretative Artists Ireland has scheduled a Festival of Dance for the weekend of 29th June to commemorate the 120th Anniversary of the birth of Dame Ninette De Valois born Idris Stannus at Baltyboys House. Dame Ninette is best remembered as founder of English Ballet & became known across Europe as the mother of ballet.  During her career she worked on plays at the Abbey with Yeats.

Blessington History Society. Margaret Cully of Manor House, Kilbride will give a talk in her home on the history of the house on Wed 23rd May at 10.30am. All welcome.

Happy Faces Open Day Thursday 31st May from 12.15pm to 1.30pm.

POETRY BUS – jump aboard! PoulaPoetry & Blessington Library are teaming up again for a unique outing. Leaving from Blessington Library on Saturday 26th May at 10am, a bus will take us on a tour of some of the places that members of PoulaPoetry have been writing about in their work recently, including Glen Ding, the Lakes, Black Hill, Russborough, Poulaphouca, Hollywood, Blessington, the King's River. At each location, one of the poets will chat about the place and read their poem. We will have music from local musicians, an open mic slot for anyone to read a poem or sing a song, spot prizes, and lots of fun. We will return to the Library at 3pm for a cupán tae & the official launch of an exhibition of the poems & corresponding photographs. Contact Paul on 086-8135672 to reserve your spot. Tickets €5. Subsidised by Wicklow County Council Library Services.

The Annual Mass & Blessing of the Graves
Templeboden Sunday 1st July at 3pm
Baltyboys Cemetery Sun 2nd Sept at 12 noon.

St Kevin’s Community College Dunlavin are now enrolling for 2018/2019 courses in Office Administration and Medical Administration. For info contact the college by email to or call 045 406 000.

GAA Academy at 10am every Saturday until October. Contact 086 831 7164 for further details

Reservoir Cogs Cycling Club are running Cycling for Beginners from May 20th - learn to cycle in a group, gentle pace.  All adults with a road bike welcome, meet at Moody Rooster, 9:30am on Sundays.

The Blessington Community First Responder Unit would like to thank everybody who helped out & those who supported our collection on behalf of the Irish Heart Foundation on Friday May 11th. Through the hard work of our volunteers & the generosity of the public a total of €2,435 was raised through the sale of Happy Heart Pins an amazing achievement considering the day that was in it, 30% of funds raised are retained in our community through the BCFRU.

Caring for the Earth – Think Global, Act Local
Is caring for the earth an essential part of being a Christian? Was this always the case and if so why has it become such an issue today? What does caring for the earth involve? To consider in depth the above theme, the Blessington Interfaith Group are organising a one day think-in at the nearby Kippure Estate on Saturday 26th May, (9am to 4.30pm), proceeded by a preliminary discussion evening in the Coimín Centre, Blessington on Wednesday May 23rd (8pm to 9.30pm). All welcome. Further info from any of the following: Gerry Curran 087 284 1009 - Anton Trant 087 338 9553 or the Parish Office 045 865 327

80s Disco in Avon Ri in aid of Blessington Rescue Boat on Friday 22nd June. Admission €15 paid at door. Full bar & raffle with great prizes. From 9pm til late.... Event Sponsored by Avon Ri.

Holywood Annual Sports Day on Sunday 8th July in GAA Field. Volunteers needed. This is our 49th Sports !!!

St. Kevins Parish in Hollywood will be celebrating a Family Mass/Mass Rock on May 27th at 7am from the Church gates with Mass starting upon arrival in Corragh.

Blessington RFC Mini-Rugby for U6’s to U9’s at Blessington GAA Astro at 7pm every Wednesday and at Russborough House at 11am every Saturday. All Welcome! Contact:

Learn a new skill, make new friends & become a part of one of the fastest growing water sports in Ireland, all at Blessington Sailing Club. We are running Summer sailing courses for children aged 7-18 of all abilities. Courses are running from the 2nd of July to the 10th of Aug To book your place or find out more ring Alex Pocock on 086 235 4927 or check out our facebook page Blessington Sailing Club

Blessington RFC Mini-Rugby indoors for ‘Tots’ aged U5  at St Kevin’s Centre at 11am every Sat. All Welcome

Fundraising Theatre Productions available for Charities or Clubs: ‘From the Shoulders Down’ (builders labourer, revived show) ‘Face the Short Kick Out’ (G.A.A. footballer), ‘An Evening with Oscar Wilde’ (Classic Victorian Evening-Dress Optional) Contact 045 865 693 or 087 289 5383.

Blessington GAA Indoor Hurling for 5 to 9yr olds on Wed from 6 to 7pm in the Community College. Hurl & Helmet supplied, Info: Sean 086 108 5879

Supper Dance in Valleymount Community Hall scheduled for May 25th has been postponed until further notice

Recent Winners of €100 Parish Draw in aid of Valleymount Church Renovation Fund. Stephen Kavanagh, John Mahon, Gerry & Ann Malone, John & Angela Richardson, Sadie & Seamus Miley

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Local St Vincent de Paul 087 181 1579




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 second 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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