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Issue No. 12340

20th January 2019

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Saturday 19th January 2019

3rd & 4th Class Children
in Lacken school are invited to 7.30pm Mass in Lacken

Sunday 20th January 2019

Invitation to 3rd Class Children
in all Blessington Schools who celebrated their 1st Communion last year are invited to 10am Mass in Church of Our Lady, Blessington or for Valleymount School, 11.15am Mass in St Joseph’s Church, Valleymount.

Monday 21st January 2019

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

Children’s Choir 1st Rehearsal from 3pm to 3.45pm in Church of Our Lady Blessington

Confirmation Programme – St Mary’s SNS 7.30pm to 9pm in Church of Our Lady Blessington

Tuesday 22nd January 2019

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

Eucharistic Adoration from 7.30pm to 8.30pm in Blessington Church.

Wednesday 23rd January 2019

Christian Meditation
in the Mass Centre Brittas at 11am. All Welcome

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

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

Thursday 24th January 2019

Coimin Management Meeting at 7pm

Blessington PPC Meeting at 8pm

Saturday 26th January 2019

Morning of Reflection
for all Eucharistic Ministers & Ministers of the Word, on Sat 26th Jan from 10am to 1pm in the Coimín Centre. This is open to all in Blessington (Crosschapel, Manor Kilbride) Valleymount (Lacken) Eadestown (Kilteel) we hope it will be a time of reflection & prayer to help deepen our faith & appreciate the importance of our ministry as a service to the Catholic Community when we celebrate the Eucharist. We hope you can join in on the day of reflection.


Visitation of the Sick: If there are any parishioners ill, at home or in hospital who would like a visit from a priest, please contact the Parish Office to let us know and to make arrangements 045 865 327

Calling Young Adults
Christian Meditation Sessions – A taster for 3 Wednesday evenings at 7.30pm in Church of Our Lady, Blessington (“Crying Room”) on following dates: Jan 30th, Feb 6th and Feb 13th Take a break from Social Media………………..

Confirmation Programme – St Mary’s SNS
Monday 21st January 7.30pm.
Tuesday 19th     February 7.30pm
Tuesday 12th March 7.30pm.

Service of Light: Monday February 11th at 7.30pm in the Church.
Reconciliation Service: Thursday 28th February 11.30am in the Church

St. Mary's Junior NS Open Day takes place on Wednesday 30th January. From 3pm to 4pm and from 7pm to 8pm. Grandparents Day will take place on the same date. Mass at 9:30am in the Church followed by tea/coffee in the school hall.  All welcome

West Wicklow Cancer Support – Has your life been touched in any way by cancer. We are holding an “Inner transformation” with Essential Oils 6 weeks Meditation sessions hosted by Gemma Deeny of Yogagym commencing on Wednesday 23rd January from 11.30am to 12.30pm in the Primary Care Centre, Blessington. Please come along, no charge, all are welcome and do feel free to bring a friend. "The best cure for the body is a quiet mind"

The Kilbride Book is now available from Craul’s Shop Manor Kilbride.

Blessington Mini-Rugby for ‘Rugby Tots’ Under 5 boys and girls at St Kevin’s Community Centre at 10.30am Rugby training resumes every Sat. Come and enjoy. 

Blessington Mini-Rugby for Under 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11’s boys & girls rugby practice resumes at Russborough Hse at 10am on Sat & at Blessington GAA Astro on Tues at 7pm. and facebook.

Happy Faces Community Playgroup: was your child born between 1st January 2014 and 31st December 2015 if so we have limited ECCE & part time places still available, at Happy Faces we support & encourage young children through a planned play-based curriculum, to grow into independent little people, who have a love for life and learning, to enquire please phone 085 128 1605, email or find us on Facebook.

The Parish Book Club will meet at 10am in the Coimín Centre on Thursday 7th February. The book chosen is 'A Cry is Heard' by Jean Vanier. Available in paperback

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

World Day of the Sick 2019 will take place on 9th February in All Hallows, Drumcondra (9:30am to 1.00pm) on the topic “Community struggle with addiction - A Pastoral Response”.  Mass for World Day of the Sick will be held on 10th February in Corpus Christi 3.00pm. More details closer to the time please save the dates!

Blessington Parish Finance Committee
would like to thank all who are supporting the Parish Neighbourhood Collection & the Parish Development Fund Boxes (PDF boxes) in Church of Our Lady.

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.

Standing Order Forms are available if anyone would like to set up a regular monthly payment.
Please contact the Parish Office – 045 865

St Brigid's N.S. Manor Kilbride
are now accepting enrolments for all pupils wishing to start in September.  Please contact the school office on 01 458 2550 for an enrolment form. St Brigid's will also be having an open evening for all prospective students and their families on Tuesday 19th February.  The school will be open from 7pm till 8pm. All the staff look forward to seeing you there.

Gaelscoil na Lochanna- Enrolments for new pupils being accepted from 17th Jan to 6th Feb. PPS & birth cert required to enrol., 087-9388651 for enquiries.  Fáilte!

Upcoming Fundraising Events for “OsKaRs Night” in aid of Blessington FC & Blessington Community College.
Sparkling Afternoon Tea on 26th January in the Kilteel Inn from 4:30pm.  €20 per head & all proceeds are going to the Football Club & Community College.   A raffle will be held on the night of some lovely gifts just in time for Valentine’s Day.  All very welcome.
Cake Sale & Book Sale on Sunday 3rd Feb in the Coimin Centre, Blessington after 10am Mass.
Blessington Oskars will take place on 23rd Feb in Citywest Hotel, Saggart

 Blessington Community Walking Group meets every Mon & Thurs in the Coimin Centre at 7pm (€2 for tea/coffee on Mondays) All ages and fitness are welcome. Walks on Saturday from Primary Care Centre at 10am

 Blessington Comhaltas: Classes in Bodhran, Concertina, Whistle, Flute, Beginner Fiddle, Intermediate Fiddle, Tunes Class, Singing Class with Phil Callery of The Voice Squad for all ages, Guitar Lessons, Ceili Band, Ballads with Bat Kinane (Songwriter). We have 2 Harps to loan + lessons through Wicklow Music Generation / Blessington Comhaltas. Classes begin on Sunday 13th Jan at 5pm in Tramway Theatre, St. Mary’s SNS. We wish to express our sincerest thanks to Gerry Browne, Principal, for his support & encouragement. Bigi Linn! Info: Pat 086 075 2072 or Rebecca 087 228 2012

Our Lady of Lourdes Novena, Mary Immaculate Parish in Inchicore is holding a Novena with  Fr Brian de Búrca,  OMI from 2nd to 11th February. Mass & Novena Prayers from Monday to Friday at 10am, Saturday 11am and Sunday 11:30am & 7pm.  Novena Prayers & Devotions will be held each night at 7pm. On Saturday 9th Mass & Anointing of the Sick takes place  at 11am and on Monday 11th  there will be a Torchlight procession following the 7pm Mass.  List of hymns are available from All most welcome.

Further Education and Training Centre Blessington
We are currently enrolling for courses for our new term starting in January 2019

Full Time Courses - Monday to Friday
QQI Level 5 Business Studies with Sage 50 Accounting
QQI Level 5 Nursing Studies
Part Time Courses
Looking to up-skill or learn something new? We have part time courses available in the following:
eBusiness QQI Level 5    (Mon & Thurs 9.30am to 12.30)
Tourism QQI Level 5       (Wed & Fri 9.30am to 12.30)
Childcare QQI Level 5     (Mon & Wed 7pm to 10pm)
Childcare QQI Level 6     (Mon & Thurs 7pm to 10pm)
Healthcare QQI Level 5   (Mon & Wed 7pm to 10pm)
Horticulture QQI Level 4 (Wed & Thurs 9.30pm to 12.30)
Computer Science QQI Level 5 (Mon & Wed 7pm to 10pm)
Office Skills QQI Level 4 (Wed & Fri 9.30 am to 12.30)
If you are interested in any of the above please contact Anne on 045 891099 or 086 8503833 or email

 Help Others: Hold open a door for someone, let a car out in traffic, drop in to visit a friend, smile at a stranger … however small your gesture, it can make a huge difference to someone else’s day…………

Local St Vincent de Paul
087 181 1579