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Sunday 24 February 2019

Around the districts: Bray

Zanfi and Jonny O’Brien from Bray Choral Society who took part in Give Us a Song for the Caroline Foundation at the Holy Redeemer
Zanfi and Jonny O’Brien from Bray Choral Society who took part in Give Us a Song for the Caroline Foundation at the Holy Redeemer

Christ Church COI: Services of Worship for this Sunday - The Fourth Sunday Before Lent: 8.30 a.m. - Holy Communion Two; 11 a.m. - Morning Prayer.

Mothers' Union: Meets next Monday night at 8 p.m. in the PLC.

Mothers' Union Special Visitors: One of the enduring legacies of the Mothers' Union is the bonds of friendships that form across the world. On Saturday, February 23, and Sunday, February 24, we get the opportunity to make new friendships and worship side by side with our sisters and brothers from the fellowship of Mothers' Union members from Zimbabwe. This group of members who now live in the UK and Ireland are made up of members of the Methodist Church, the United Reformed Church and the Anglican Church. Their current link to our parish is our enrolling member/convenor Daphne Danga - our future link will be the friendships that we form together as we gather to worship. The programme of events begins at 10 a.m. in Christ Church Bray and will include a service of Holy Communion - to which all who are members of the MU and those who aren't are warmly invited to join us. This fellowship numbers over 70 members and we are really looking forward to hosting this group.

Annual Register of Vestry Persons: Every year we revise our register of parishioners. If you are new to the parish, or have reached the age of 18, you are entitled to become a registered member of the parish. (This entitles you to vote at the annual Easter Vestry meeting and is quite different from being a member of the Select Vestry) The current list is available to review at the back of the church.

Holy Redeemer Parish

Where Are We At Now?: On the foot of Welcome Ministry Training that took place a couple of years ago, a seminar day will be held on Saturday, February 16, between 10.30 a.m. and 2.30 p.m.

in the Little Flower Hall at Holy Redeemer Parish to review where we are at with our parish all welcome. The day will cover what initiatives have worked so far for you and what didn't. What stumbling blocks were encountered and what more needs to be done to support parish welcome initiatives. Anyone, who would like to attend is very welcome, as the first part of the day will review the training programme. This is such an important aspect of growing our faith communities and as many people as possible are encouraged to come along. To confirm attendance please contact Aideen at 086 8182241. This is essential for providing light refreshment on the day.

Memorial Cards/Photos: Can you please collect any memorial cards or photos left for the Sacred Space in November 2018 from the sacristy.

Refurbishment of Holy Redeemer Church and Parish Centre: Thanks to all of you who have already contributed to this worthwhile project. If you haven't done so yet please remember to return your donations/pledge form to the parish office or to the sacristy. All contributions, large or small, will be greatly appreciated.

St Peter's Parish

Young at Heart Dinners: Will not recommence till further notice due to cold weather. Volunteers needed.

Child Safeguarding: An Update Session for all volunteers will be held on Saturday, February 23, from 11 a.m. to 12.30 p.m. in the Parish Hall. Please note attendance is mandatory.

Christian Mothers: The next meeting will take place today (Wednesday) in the Parish Hall after the 11 a.m. Prayer Service.

Child Safeguarding: An Update Session for all volunteers will be held on Saturday, February 23, from 11 a.m. to 12.30 p.m. in the Parish Hall. Please note attendance is mandatory.

Parish Cell Group: The aim of the Parish Cell Group is to foster within a parish a greater community spirit and an awareness of God in a more personal way - parishcellsireland.ie. The next meeting will take place in St Peter's Parish Hall next Monday at 7.45 p.m. - for further information contact Colin at 085 1746601.

Welcome Ministry Training: A Seminar Day will be held on Saturday, February 16, between 10.30 a.m. to 2.30 p.m. in the Little Flower Hall in Holy Redeemer Parish to review where we are with our parish welcome. The day will cover what initiatives have worked so far and what didn't. Anyone, who would like to attend is very welcome as the first part of the day will review the training programme. To confirm attendance please contact Aideen at 086 8182241. This is essential to determine numbers for providing light refreshment on the day.

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

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.

Welcome Ministry Training: A Seminar Day will be held on Saturday, February 16, between 10.30 a.m. to 2.30 p.m. in the Little Flower Hall in Holy Redeemer Parish to review where we are with our parish welcome. The day will cover what initiatives have worked so far and what didn't. Anyone, who would like to attend is very welcome as the first part of the day will review the training programme. To confirm attendance please contact Aideen at 086 8182241. This is essential to determine numbers for providing light refreshment on the day.

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

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.

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 of Lourdes: Next Monday is the Feast Day of Our Lady of Lourdes and World Day of the sick. Mass in our church is at 10.30 a.m.

Parish Pilgrimage to Lourdes: Bookings for our Parish Pilgrimage to Lourdes are now being taken in the Villa (weekdays 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.).

Our Lady Queen of Peace Bethany Bereavement Support Group: We meet in the Villa Pacis on the second Tuesday of the month between 8.30 p.m. and 9.30 p.m. and also on the first Friday of every month after 10.30 a.m. Mass for those affected by grief.

Hospitality: The hospitality team this Sunday is Team D.

Where Are We At Now?: On the foot of Welcome Ministry Training that took place a couple of years ago, a seminar day will be held on Saturday, February 16, between 10.30 a.m. and 2.30 p.m. in the Little Flower Hall at Holy Redeemer Parish, Bray, to review where we are at with our parish welcome. The day will cover what initiatives have worked so far for you and what didn't.

What stumbling blocks were encountered and what more needs to be done to support parish welcome initiatives. Anyone, who would like to attend is very welcome, as the first part of the day will review the training programme. To confirm attendance please contact Aideen at 086 8182241. This is essential for providing light refreshment on the day.

Church Cleaners: We are seeking volunteers to help with church cleaning. The cleaners meet on Wednesday after the 10.30 a.m. Mass. Please contact the sacristy or the parish office if interested.

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

QOP youth club

Queen of Peace Adventure Youth Club during the month will introducing drift wood art to members, a trip to St Michan's to see the Dublin Mummy, night walking, hill walking, and swimming. There are a lot more vacancies for new members for boys, and girls from 10 years of age upwards.

New leaders are very welcome. Give Paul a ring at 086 3516630, and you could be up to your neck in adventure in no time.

Diving club

Having had 140 scuba dives in 2017, and 137 in 2018 and with 10 this year to date Bray Divers offer more to the club members than any other club in Ireland. On Monday, February 11, a free try a dive in Shoreline Swimming Pool in Greystones will be the second such opportunity for interested persons to experience what it is like to be an underwater diver. Just call Albert at 087 6756439 and he will be glad to facilitate you.

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

Maritime history will be the subject for this month's meeting of the Bray Cualann Historical Society, the local history society for Bray and North Wicklow, when historian/author Brian White will present an illustrated talk at 8 p.m. on 'The Maritime History of Bray, County Wicklow' in the Royal Hotel, Main Street, Bray, on Thursday, February 21.The talk will trace the history of the five harbours of Bray, include stories of smugglers and reveal the development of the esplanade and the Grand Marine Promenade and the three Martello Towers, and how a how a church spire in the town played an important role in calculating pilotage fees for Dublin Port, the role of the Coastguard Station in Bray and various maritime clubs and societies including Bray Sailing Club, Bray Rowing Club, Bray Swimming Club, Bray Cove Swimming Club, Fishermen and Anglers of Bray, and Sea Scouting. In 1957 the lighthouse at Bray Harbour was washed into the sea, prompting the saying that 'Bray was the only place in the world with a lighthouse for submarines'. All welcome - admission €5.

In the meantime some events taking place which may of interest to members and supporters of the Bray Cualann Historical Society are tonight's (Wednesday) 7 p.m. lecture by Tom Conlon on 'Kingstown - the First Decade (1821-1831): from green fields to active town' in Marlay House, Marlay Park, Rathfarnham, Co. Dublin - admission is free but must be pre-booked via email dlrheritageevents@dlrcoco.ie; the 8 p.m. lecture by Fergus Mulligan on 'William Dargan - An Honourable Life' to the Rathmichael Historical Society in Rathmichael National School, Stonebridge Road (Dublin Road end), Shankill, Co. Dublin. All welcome - admission €4.; and Friday night's 8 p.m. lecture by Brigadier John Powell on 'General Sir Edward Bulfin: Ireland's forgotten general of World War 1' to the Military History Society of Ireland in Griffith College, South Circular Road, Dublin eight. All welcome - admission free.

Further information on the Bray Cualann Historical Society programme available on the Society's website braycualannhistoricalsociety.ie.

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