Tuesday 23 July 2019

Around the districts: Bray

Odhrán and Donncha Mac Maoiláin who took part in the New Year’s Day swim in Bray
Odhrán and Donncha Mac Maoiláin who took part in the New Year’s Day swim in Bray

Bray - Christ Church COI: Services of Worship for this Sunday - Epiphany 1: 8.30 a.m. - Holy Communion One; 11 a.m. - Morning Prayer.

Confirmation Classes: As our Confirmation Service is on Sunday, April 14, at 3 p.m., we are planning to re-start our classes at 12.15 p.m. each Sunday listed as follows - Classes will be held this Sunday and on Sundays January 20, January 27; February 3, 10th ; March 3, 10th, 24th, 31st, and April 7.

Mothers' Union: The AGM takes place next Monday night at 8 p.m. in the PLC.

Holy Redeemer Parish

Call 01 2868413. Website: Email

Prayer Opportunities: Holy Rosary Group - Monday after 10 a.m. Mass led by Antoinette Farrell in the Main Church; Miraculous Medal and Rosary - Monday after 7 p.m. Mass in the side chapel;Lectio Divina Group - Tuesday in the Presbytery from 11 a.m. to midday; The Nazarine Community Charismatic Prayer Group - Wednesday in the Little Flower Hall at 8 p.m.; Silent Holy Hour in the Side Chapel - Friday from 11 a.m. to midday.

Refurbishment of Holy Redeemer Church and Parish Centre: As announced recently plans are being prepared to refurbish our church and Parish Centre during this year subject to raising the required funds. You are invited to pick up our special pamphlet on the way out of Mass today, if you haven't received one already. All contributions, large or small, will be greatly appreciated. Thanks to all of you who have already contributed to this worthwhile project. If you haven't done so yet you can return your donations/pledge form to the parish office or drop it into the sacristy at your convenience. Where your contribution exceeds €250 in any one year a refund of tax paid can be claimed by the parish from Revenue under the Charitable Donations Scheme. The parish office will make the necessary arrangements to make this claim.

Signed Mass Cards: Are looked after by the priests of the parish and are available only in the parish office or in the sacristy.

Confirmation 2019: This Sunday at the 6 p.m. Mass we extend a warm welcome to the children and their parents who are preparing for Confirmation in 2019.

Masses for the Beginning of January 2019: Today (Wednesday) to this Friday: 10 a.m. Mass only. No Evening Mass.

The Coffee Dock: The Coffee Dock re-opened last Monday after the 10 a.m. Mass.

Postage Stamps for the Missions: Save all your postage stamps for the Missions. Please leave a minimum of 1/4' around the stamp and hand them into the sacristy or parish office.

St Peter's Parish

Hall Bookings and To Book a Mass: To book a room in the Parish Hall or a Mass, please contact Sharon in the parish office at 01 282 9467. Mass cards available at the parish office.

Confirmation Preparation Mass: Will take place this Sunday at 11.30 a.m. We look forward to welcoming all the children and their parents/guardians.

Young at Heart Dinners: These have now ceased and will recommence in January/February 2019 subject to weather. Date to be confirmed/announced.

Used Stamp Collection: Please drop in any of your used stamps into the parish office. They are a great source of income for the missions. Thank you to all who have left their used stamps into the parish office to date.

St Vincent de Paul Society: Anybody looking for assistance from the SVP please do so by ringing SVP Dublin at 01 8550022.

Wicklow Dementia Support Group: Meets in St Peter's Parish Hall every Monday from 10.30 a.m. to 12.30 p.m. The Monday Club is a social club for people with memory loss and their family carers. Support activities, fun and outings. For more information contact 089 428692.

St Fergal's Parish

Parish Information: Moderator, V.F.: Rev Larry Behan. The Parochial House, St Fergal's, Killarney Road, Bray.

Team Assistant: Fr Hugh O'Donnell OFM Sacristy: telephone 2768194. Telephone 01 2860980. Email

Web: Baptisms: First and third Saturday of each month at midday. Three week's notice before the preparation meeting is required. Preparation meeting is normally held on the Monday before the First Saturday Sacrament.

Novena to St Anthony: On Tuesday Mornings, during the 9.30 a.m. Mass. Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament: On Friday Mornings from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Family Offering Boxes 2019: For those who have no collector, the boxes are now available for collection from the table at the back of the church. Thank you.

Facebook page. for the Bray and Enniskerry Pastoral Area: Check out 'Bray and Enniskerry Pastoral Area' for all the news and information of our Pastoral Area.

Our Lady Queen of Peace

Villa Pacis Room Booking: Call 01 2760045 or

Website: Please visit our Parish Website:

Christmas Stamps: If you have any used stamp, please leave them into the Villa Pacis during office hours. Please leave at least a quarter - inch around each stamp. Thank you.

Divine Mercy Mass: The next Divine Mercy Mass will take place in our church on Friday, February 1, at 8 p.m. All are welcome.

Perpetual Eucharistic Adoration: As you know we are always looking for new adorers and would be very grateful for help during the night hours from 3 a.m. to 4 a.m. and 4 a.m. to 5 a.m. and 5 a.m. to 6 a.m. Please contact the sacristy at 01 2723865.

Our Lady Queen of Peace Bethany Bereavement Support Group: Will have an additional drop in morning at the Villa Pacis on the first Friday of every month for those affected by grief and loss.

Our Facebook page: Please visit and like our Facebook page: Bray and Enniskerry Pastoral Area.

QOP youth club

Queen of Peace Adventure Youth Club reopens on Friday, January 11, with a proposed and enlarged programme for the year for ratification by the membership. The number of events proposed are well in excess of 120 with many new and challenging items.

Diving club

Wicklow Aquanauts (Bray Divers) is the least expensive sub-aqua club in the country to join at the present. The instructors enjoy training new members to partake in the sport, and the certification is recognised worldwide. A dive trip to Lanzarote is planned for the middle of February, and trainees who join now may be experienced sufficiently to come along on this holiday. Call Albert at 087 6756439, and get off to a great start.

Bray Library

Bray Library opening hours are - Monday/Wednesday/Friday/Saturday - 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Tuesday and Thursday - 10 a.m. to 8.30 p.m. Borrowers are reminded that books can be renewed by phone - call 01 2862600.

Ballywaltrim Library

Branch opening hours are 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.,and 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Wednesdays - the library is closed on Mondays and Fridays. Borrowers are reminded that books can be renewed by phone - call 01 2723205.

Cualann Society

Meetings of the Bray Cualann Historical Society, the local history society for Bray and North Wicklow will resume at 8 p.m. on January 16 in the Royal Hotel, Bray when the AGM of the society will take place and will be followed by a talk by James Scannell recalling 'The Closure of the Harcourt, Street, Dublin - Bray line, December 31, 1958' to mark the 60th anniversary of the line's closure. All members are requested to attend the AGM - admission for visitors to the talk - €5.

In the meantime three events which may be of interest to members and supporters of the Bray Cualann Historical Society are tonight's (Wednesday) 8 p.m. AGM of the Rathmichael Historical Society in Rathmichael National School, Stonebridge Road (Dublin Road end), Shankill, Co. Dublin, after which Richard Dolan will present his talk 'Rathmichael: Past, Present and Future'. All welcome - admission €4; tomorrow (Thursday) night's 8 p.m. lecture by Frank Barry on 'The Leading Manufacturing Firms in South Dublin in the 1920s' to the Kilmacud Stillorgan Local History Society in the Glenalbyn Sports Centre, Stillorgan - all welcome; the 8.30 p.m. lecture by Chris Corlett on 'Powerscourt in the Middle Ages' to the Enniskerry History Society in the Powerscourt Arms and Country House Hotel, Enniskerry - all welcome, admission €5; and Friday night's 8 p.m. lecture by Marcus de la Poer Beresford on 'Marshall William Carr Beresford - the ablest man I have seen with the army' to the Military History Society of Ireland, Griffith College, South Circular Road, Dublin eight. All welcome, admission free - wheelchair access available; and next Tuesday night's 8 p.m. lecture by Harry Bradshaw 'John Feeney, Forgotten Irish Tenor from Mayo' to the Foxrock Local History Club in Foxrock Parish Pastoral Centre, rere Foxrock RC Church, Foxrock, Co. Dublin. All welcome - admission €5.

Members and supporters of the Bray Cualann Historical Society are asked to note that January 12 is the last date to obtain a copy of the Old Bray Society's special issue of the Bray Historical Record - 'First World War Special Issue' which recalls those from county Wicklow, who took part in this conflict from the Town Hall Bookshop, 23 Florence Road, Bray, before this renown bookshop closes.

Further information on the Bray Cualann Historical Society programme available on the Society's website:

One Act Drama Festival

The Bray One Act Drama Festival 2019 will be bringing a wonderful mix of comedy and drama to the stage. Performed by both newcomers and seasoned performers, these plays are sure to provide five nights of entertainment, with all proceeds going to charitable causes.

We are delighted to welcome Chrissie Poulter back to the festival as our adjudicator, and of course, the loyal festival audience who support the Bray One Act Festival each year.

The dates of the festival are Tuesday, January 22 - Saturday, January 26, If you like to become a patron of the festival please contact Joan Gregg, Glen Ridge, Kilmacanogue, County Wicklow, or Jenny Lynch at -

BIFE Careers open day

On Friday, January 18, the Bray Institute of Further Education (BIFE) will hold a Careers open day from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Online Enrolment Applications for 2019-2020 now open.

Bray People