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Issue No. 1215

15th July 2018

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Sunday 15th July 2018

Car Boot Sale. (Des Redmond Charities) in St. Kevin’s Community Centre Blessington from 7am to 4pm. Bargains Galore Free Car Park, Tea & Coffee. Pat Conlan: 086 075 2072

Monday 16th July 2018

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

Tuesday 17th July 2018

Adoration / Silent Prayer in Church of Our Lady after 9.30am Mass until 11am

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

Wednesday 18th July 2018

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 Church of Our Lady, Blessington, all welcome.

Thursday 19th July 2018

Naas Flower & Garden Club Coffee Evening and Flower Demonstration by our Bloom Medal Winners on Thursday 19th July at 7.45 pm  at the Care of the Aged Centre, Newbridge Road, Naas, beside Naas Fire Station - Adm €5 – raffle on the night. SUPPORTING PIETA HOUSE AND FRIENDS OF THE HOSPICE


Neighbourhood Collection Envelopes for the month of June are now due we would appreciate it collectors could drop the envelopes into the Parish Office during the week. 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

World Meeting of Families and Pope Francis -
Please call the Parish Office as soon as possible if you wish to go to the Mass in Phoenix Park as there are not many places left

Open to all parishioners in Blessington, Crosschapel, Manor Kilbride, Valleymount, Lacken & Eadestown/Kilteel
There will be a charge for the bus transport; to be advised later. 045 865 327

Baltinglass Day Care Committee
Annual Walk is taking place on July 29th at 3pm, leaving from Fishers and finishing at the Day Care Centre with light refreshments.

St Anne’s Church in Bohernabreena is celebrating 150 years this year. Anniversary Mass on Sunday 16th Sept at 3pm. Archbishop Diarmuid Martin will celebrate Mass on this occasion, and all are welcome. Many families in the area have some connection with St Anne’s and you can renew acquaintances and celebrate together with old friends on this special day. Refreshments will be served after Mass. For more information see or 

Irish Museum of Modern Art’s
‘Azure Programme’

of free, guided tours of our exhibitions for people living with dementia and their families, friends and carers.
We recognize the vital role played by churches and parish communities in linking people and maintaining communication amongst neighbours, whether in towns, small villages or urban areas.
There may be someone in your parish who is living with dementia or knows a person who is; we would appreciate your help in getting the word out that IMMA is a dementia-inclusive gallery and we run specially tailored tours, called Azure tours.
IMMA Azure tours are free for people living with dementia, their families, friends and carers.
These tours last 45-60 minutes and are followed by a cup of complimentary tea/coffee and biscuits in Itsa, our café.
Azure tours are facilitated by guides who have received specific training to best accommodate people with dementia. Participants can book in advance or, if booking in advance doesn’t suit you, you’re also more than welcome to come along to our tours as a ‘drop-in’ attendee.
Our next Azure tours will take place on:
Friday 13th July at 11am,
Friday 10th August at 11am
We also provide free, bookable tours for groups.
Bookings can be made by email at
or phone at 01-6129955..

Looking to Carpool to Bray or Blackrock Monday to Friday from September.  Happy to contribute to petrol/ diesel, please text or phone 087 942 4208.

The Happy Hare are looking for preloved school uniforms from primary and secondary schools in Blessington. All money raised will be passed on to Blessington Community College in aid of Mental Health Awareness.

Blessington FC is seeking an experienced Senior Team Manager. LSL major1 Sunday level, excellent facilities and full club back up provided. Contact Vinny on 0876309172

The Annual Mass & Blessing of the Graves Baltyboys 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.

The Lakes 10k (and Half Marathon) in Blessington, Co Wicklow celebrates its 10 year anniversary on Saturday 8th September 2018 and we are delighted that this year’s event will also include a half marathon. The route, on closed roads, takes you around a section of the scenic Blessington Lakes.  Starting on the bridge crossing the lake, the route heads towards Manor Kilbride, before you turn back toward Blessington to face the only climb on the route from the 6th to 7th km (you meet the climb twice if you’re running the half marathon). It’s then downhill to the finish line – be sure to enjoy the views over Blessington Lake! The half marathon route is two loops of the 10k route, plus that little bit extra. At the finish line, you can enjoy a tradition of The Lakes 10k – muffins!
There will be cash prizes for the 1st, 2nd & 3rd male & female, in both the 10k & half marathon. Entry includes a t-shirt (if you register by 17th Aug) and a finisher’s medal.
Register at
All race updates will be posted on Facebook – visit The Lakes 10k and Like the page to keep up-to-date.  We’d also be grateful if you could Share the event with your friends. Our website, will be updated shortly. If you have any queries send us an email at the

Blessington Allotments Would you be interested in an allotment in Blessington? Along with Blessington Tidy Towns, we are looking to gauge interest from the community in order to formally look for suitable land in the vicinity of the town. If interested, please contact

Blessington Library has had a hectic first fortnight of Summer Stars 2018. Over 300 children have signed up already and we are growing and growing! We've had some great Storytime & Craft sessions and have lots more planned. We will also be inviting our Summer Stars to a Puppet Show in July and a Magic Show in September. If you still haven’t got your reading pack drop in to collect one. Remember it is free to join, and also free to sign up to Summer Stars for all young people from 0 to 12!  All you have to do is read lots of books between now and the end of August.

Listen via FREE App “RADIO MARIA IRELAND”, streaming on or via PHONE – get live radio feed by calling 01 437 3277 Please join our growing faith family!

Transition Year Student Available for Babysitting Honest, Reliable and Trustworthy Phone: 083 446 8265

Courses in the Further Education and Training Centre Blessington (Old Tech)
We are currently enrolling for courses for our new term in September
Choose from Full or Part Time

Full time Courses
Business Studies with Sage 50 Accounting
QQI Level 5 and Healthcare/Pre Nursing
QQI Level 5 - can be completed in 1 or 2 years

Part Time Courses
E Business, Childcare Level 5 & 6,
Healthcare Support, Computer Systems, Office Skills, Pathways to Employment,
Tourism with Business and Horticulture
If you are interested in any of the above please contact Anne McGrath on 045 891099 or 086 8503833 or email

Blessington Sea Angling Club. We are a Fishing Club based in Blessington area of Wicklow set up to promote fishing, hiking and camping all over Ireland. We are looking for dedicated members interested in days out, weekends away, boat, pier and shore fishing as well as competitions etc. Monthly meetings & workshops will be held to help out younger members & those preparing for competitions etc. Anyone from the surrounding area can become a member just drop us a line! 086 066 2245 - just in the set up stages at the moment so message or call us today or find us on Facebook

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

Manor Kilbride Drama Society are looking for new members. Any takers? It’s great fun! Contact Marlyn 087 660 8138. Meet twice a month @ 8:30pm Kilbride Hall

 Local St Vincent de Paul 087 181 1579

Volunteers are seldom paid………
not because they are worthless
but because they are priceless!
Thank you Blessington Parish Volunteers!



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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