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Issue No. 1185

26th November 2017

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Saturday 25th November

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

Cruthú Art Group, Russborough ANNUAL CHRISTMAS ART EXHIBITION.  Open 12 noon to 5pm.   Saturday & Sunday

1st Communion Preparation Mass
at 6pm in Church of Our Lady, Blessington.

Sacramental Preparation Mass at 7.30pm in Lacken Church.

Blessington St Patrick's Day Parade Church Gate Collection at all Masses this weekend, Please support.

Sunday 26th November

Blessington St Patrick's Day Parade Church Gate Collection at all Masses this weekend, Please support.

Sacramental Enrolment Mass at 11am in Valleymount Church

Baltinglass Hospital Christmas Bazar will be held in the Hospital from 2pm.

Monday 27th November

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

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

Tuesday 28th November 2017 

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.

Lectio Divina Advent Prayer Meeting in the Presbytery in Manor Kilbride  from 7.30pm to 8.30pm All Welcome

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

Wednesday  29th November 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.

Coimin Management Meeting at 8pm

Thursday 30th November 2017

Walks from Coimín Centre every Thurs at 7pm, all fitness levels welcome. (Meet 6.45pm)

West Wicklow Cancer Support Drop-In meeting 7.30pm in the Coimin Centre, Blessington. Theme: “Coping with Caring over Christmas".  Please do drop in & bring a friend

Friday 1st December 2017

Coffee Morning Lacken Community Centre 10.30- 12.30. Come for a chat and a cuppa

Bethany Bereavement Support Group are available in the Coimín Centre Blessington for caring confidential support from 10am to 11am

1st Friday of the Month. The Masses will be offered for all those whose names are on the Altar List of the Dead. The priests will visit the sick & housebound. If you would like visit please contact the Parish Office, 045 865 327

Padre Pio Mass at 8pm in Church of Our Lady Blessington.

1st Friday Mass in Valleymount at 8pm. Confessions 7.30 pm.

Blessington Forum Community Awards 2017 Community Group of the Year BLESSINGTON YOUTH THEATRE are proud to present
“CHRISTMAS SELECTION BOX” in Tramway Theatre on Fri 1st Dec at 8pm & Sat 2nd Dec at 6.30pm.Tickets €10 Adults & €8 children. Only two performances so don’t delay getting your tickets at the usual outlets, The Office Shop & Hennessey’s Next Door, Blessington.  Info: 087 855 1055

Saturday 2nd December

Blessington Lights up Christmas.
Festive fun from 1pm by “The Rockabilly Rebels” SANTA arriving at 1.30pm in his new transport! Entertainment all afternoon. Our NEW Lights will be officially turned on at 4.30pm & don’t forget Macari Half Price Kids Meals on the day. Gifts Sponsored by Tinsley Carpentry Bray 

Blessington Forum Community Awards 2017 Community Group of the Year BLESSINGTON YOUTH THEATRE are proud to present
“CHRISTMAS SELECTION BOX” in Tramway Theatre on Fri 1st Dec at 8pm & Sat 2nd Dec at 6.30pm.Tickets €10 Adults & €8 children. Only two performances so don’t delay getting your tickets at the usual outlets, The Office Shop & Hennessey’s Next Door, Blessington.  Info: 087 855 1055


The Blessington Millennium Choir
present Let There Be Christmas”a seasonal celebration of song in Church of Our Lady, Blessington on Saturday 9th December at 7.30pm. FREE admission, tickets available from the Parish Office or from the Sacristy after Masses.Donations & Raffle on the night in aid of the Coimín Centre. Musical Director: Yvonne O’Connor, Soloists: Irene Kavanagh, Barbara Broderick, David Parkinson, Ursula Conlon Accompanists: Harry Carpendale & Audrey O’Reilly

Archbishop Martin is seeking practical support for this year’s Annual Parish Food Appeal on December 2nd & 3rd for the Crosscare Foodbanks.
Crosscare work with many individuals and families throughout the Archdiocese who are struggling to make ends meet. The Food Banks provide support with essential food & household items which are distributed in hampers in good time for Christmas to hundreds of families. Items most needed at this year  include:
           Shampoo & Hygiene Products
           Tinned meats
           Seasonal Biscuits
           Cleaning Products

We invite you to a gathering in the Coimín Centre on Monday 4th December at 8pm for Mulled Wine & Mince Pies.

ALL Parishioners are encouraged to attend but we extend a special welcome to all our Church Volunteers: Sacristans, Readers, Eucharistic Ministers, Church Cleaners, Baptism Team, Newsletter Distributers, Neighbourhood Collectors, Parish Office Afternoon Helpers, Gardeners, Musicians, Singers, PPC & Finance Committee members, Coimín Management &  Day Care Committee, Church Collectors, Counters, Stewards, Tea Room Volunteers and also to Blessington & District Forum Members, Teachers, Staff,  PTA & Board Members of our Schools & ALL the local Voluntary Groups who use our facilities. The Parish Finance Committee will give a short presentation of 2017 Accounts.

Tramway Treasures would like to thank all who supported their recent Christmas Open Day. €700 was raised for the Coimín Centre in the raffle!

Gaelscoil Na Lochanna- 10 mbliain ag fás Open/Enrolment night for Sept 2018 is on 18th January 7:30pm in Gaelscoil - Enrolment period lasts from 18th Jan 2018 to 7th Feb 2018. PPS & birth cert required., Info: 087 938 8651.  Fáilte

The Halo Project St Joseph’s Hall, Blessington Every Friday - Tel 045 872 500 Free Confidential Help & Support for Adolescents Struggling with Substance Misuse. In Kildare & West Wicklow Contact: The Halo Project, Wolfe Tone House, Naas. Monday to Friday 9am to 5.30pm.

Blessington Mini-Rugby for Under 5 to Under 8 boys & girls is at the GAA Astro from 6pm to 7pm & at Russborough House at 10.30am every Sat. New members welcome. Contact:

Christmas Bazaar and Raffle Sun Dec 10th after 11am Mass in Community Hall Valleymount in aid of Church Renovation Fund. Info: Marie Mc Donnell:  087 975 5061

Lacken & Valleymount are preparing to set up a Defibrillator in the area. If you would like to volunteer for training contact Parish Office, Blessington 045 865 327

Local Branch of St Vincent de Paul: 087 181 1579

The Tramway Theatre are hosting a Christmas Concert on Fri 8th Dec in aid of St. Vincent De Paul Blessington & the Peter McVerry Trust for the Homeless. We are delighted to have the Roscommon Solstice Choir perform, St. Brigid’s Children’s Choir of Manor Kilbride & special guests, Music Generation!!! Tickets €10 at the door or from The Office Shop & Hennessy’s Off-Licence

West Wicklow Day Care Committee will be erecting a Christmas Tree in the grounds of Baltinglass Hospital in celebration of the lives of our friends & family who are no longer with us you can shine a light in their memory by sponsoring a light for €5 on this Christmas Tree. Please call Valerie 045 865 412 to sponsor a light. Christmas Tree Lighting & Carol Service is on Sun 3rd Dec at 5pm.

Crooksling Nursing Home Public Meeting in Brittas Mass Centre at 3pm on Saturday 2nd December. Architects Plans will be on display, TD’s & Councillors in Attendance.

Hollywood Friendship Club meet every Wed from 2.15pm to 4.15pm. New members always welcome.

The Tramway Theatre, Blessington ask you to Vote for Sean & Conor Price in the XFACTOR this weekend see

Christmas Cookery Demonstration by Margo Griffin on Sun 3rd Dec in St Kevin’s Community Centre, Blessington at 3pm Adm: €10, Raffle on the evening with some great prizes, including a Cookery Demonstration at Ballymaloe Cookery School. An enjoyable afternoon guaranteed. This event is being held in conjunction with the Lip Sync Battle Fundraiser for Hollywood National School

Christian Meditation Group every Wed 11am at Mass Centre, Brittas. Contact Brenda 086 155 2941. All are welcome.

Christmas Flower Demonstration, sit back & relax at the Library on Tues 5th Dec at 7pm. Watch Christine Hughes transform flowers, foliage & other materials into gorgeous Christmas arrangements. Pick up some ideas to decorate your own home for the festive season.

Naas Flower & Garden Club Christmas Gala Night, Supporting St Brigid’s Hospice Kildare on Thursday 30th November at 7.45pm in St. Mary’s College, Naas. Demonstrator Alan Beatty NIGFAS Theme: "Yuletide Salutation" Adm. €15 incl Refreshments

Blessington Community College are seeking enrolments for a course on basic IT skills for the over 50’s. This is a 5 week course beginning on Wednesday 29th November from 2pm to 4pm. For further information and registration please contact 045 865 170

Christmas Fair Lacken Community Centre: Sunday December 10th from 3pm to 5pm. Santa will be there! Stallholders welcome at €15

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

Sunday 19th November at Punchestown Race Day Sponsored by Dunnes Stores.
1st Prize €1,200 Dunnes Stores Voucher Kevin Fitzgerald, Dublin Crystal. C/o Breda Brophy
2nd Prize €800 Dunnes Stores Voucher Andrew Rennicks, C/o Eamonn Elliott
3rd Prize €600 Dunnes Stores Voucher
Niamh Quigley, 124 Burgage Manor, Blessington
4th Prize €200 Cremin’s Butchers Voucher
Clare Hennessy, Blessington
5th Prize €200 Supervalu Voucher Linda Reddy, C/o Martin Shannon
6th Prize €100 Hennessy’s Hardware Voucher
Breege Caldwell, 70 Blessington Orchard
7th Prize €100 Blessington Pharmacy Voucher
Breege Caldwell, 70 Blessington Orchard.
8th Prize €100 Texaco Blessington Voucher Liz Phibbs, 15 Woodleigh Park, Blessington.
Thanks all those who supported the Draw


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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