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Sunday 26 May 2019

Around the districts: Bray

Ophelia Lynne joins in the singing for Mary Loftus at the last assembly for Ms Loftus as she retired from St Fergal’s NS
Ophelia Lynne joins in the singing for Mary Loftus at the last assembly for Ms Loftus as she retired from St Fergal’s NS

Ballywaltrim Library - This Saturday 'Healthy Eating Made Easy' with Patricia Fahy takes place at 11am in the library.

Christ Church COI

Services of Worship for this Sunday - The Third Sunday Before Lent: 8.30 a.m. - Holy Communion One; 11 a.m. - Holy Communion Two.

Parish Camera Club: Meets next Monday 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. This Saturday and Sunday 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.

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.

New Rector: Rev Cathy Hallissey has been appointed as Rector of Powerscourt and Kilbride. Rev Hallisssey will be instituted at 8 p.m. on Friday, March 1 (St David's Day) in Powerscourt Church. The preacher will be Rev Cannon Appelbe, who will retire as rector of Rathmichael Parish at the end of this month. Pending the appointment of a new rector to Rathmichael Parish, the Archbishop of Dublin has appointed Rev Terry Lilburn to take up parochial duties during the interregnum from March 1.

Holy Redeemer Parish

Altar Servers: We are currently looking for new Altar Servers to expand our team. If you have already celebrated your First Communion and would like to join the team, please contact Michael in the sacristy or call in to the parish office Monday to Friday between 9.30 a.m. and 12.30 p.m.

Where Are We At Now?: This Saturday on foot of the Welcome Ministry Training that took place a couple of years ago, a seminar day will be held 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.

Refurbishment of Holy Redeemer Church and Parish Centre: Thanks to all of you who havealready 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 this Saturday from 11 a.m. to 12.30 p.m. in the Parish Hall. Please note attendance is mandatory.

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.

Welcome Ministry Training: A Seminar Day will be held this Saturday 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.

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

St Fergal's Parish

Welcome Ministry Training: A Seminar Day will be held this Saturday 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.

Women's World Day of Prayer Service written by the women of Slovenia: Will take place at St Peter's Church, Little Bray on Saturday, March 2, at 11 a.m. All are welcome.

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

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.

Parish Pilgrimage to Lourdes: Takes place from September 3 to September 9 to September 6 Nights - Full Board - in the Hotel Solitude. Fully Inclusive Price €809 - Single room available at a supplement of €36 per night. Bookings 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 A.

Where Are We At Now?: The review day for parish welcome will take place this Saturday in the Little Lower Hall, Holy Redeemer parish, Bray, between 10.30 a.m. and 2.30 p.m. Some of the items which will be covered - What does parish welcome mean?; How important is parish welcome in growing faith communities?; Can we be better at it?; What are the stumbling blocks to being more welcoming communities? Resource material that each parish can take with them to work on over the coming year will be available for each parish in the Bray pastoral area (Enniskerry and Kilmacanogue, St Peter's, St, Fergal's, Our Lady Queen of Peace and Holy Redeemer). All and as many as possible are welcome. Please let Aideen know at 086 8182241 know if you are definitely attending for catering purposes.

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 intereste.

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

QOP Youth Club

It was a cold frosty dark evening with a few small snowflakes drifting down slowly from above. Twelve young people with all the right gear awaited their main leader Paul to arrive at the clubhouse. Suddenly he arrived with a broad grin on his face, and stated that this was going to be a great trip up the small Sugarloaf Mountain. His assisting leaders were Elaine and Stephen. Paul has been enjoying events like this for more than four decades with the Queen of Peace Adventure Youth Club.

Diving Club

So far this year two young people have had an exciting try a scuba dive in Shoreline Swimming Pool, and next week another six persons will also take the advantage free of charge to have this experience. To book a place call Albert at 087 6756439, and have a sample of one of the most exciting sports on the planet.

Cualann Society

Bray's maritime history is the subject for this month's meeting of the Bray Cualann Historical Society, the local history society for Bray and North Wicklow, at which 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) 6 p.m. lecture by Brian McCabe on 'Dublin to Kilcullen: Ireland's First Toll Road' to the Old Dublin Society in the Conference Room of Dublin City Library and Archive, 138-144 Pearse Street, Dublin 2; the 7 p.m. lecture by Tom Conlon on 'Kingstown - the Second Decade (1831-1841):the development frenzy continues' in Marlay House, Marlay Park, Rathfarnham, Co. Dublin - admission is free but must be pre-booked via email dlrheritageevents@dlrcoco.ie; tomorrow (Thursday) 8.30 p.m. presentation by Ken Finlay from the Old Dublin Society recalling 'Sir Charles Cameron - Saving the City (Dublin)' to the Enniskerry History Society in the Powerscourt Arms and Country House Hotel, Enniskerry Village - admission €5; next Tuesday night's 8 p.m. lecture by Cormac Lowth on 'Richard Bridges Beechey: Naval Officer and Maritime Artist' to the Foxrock Local History in the Foxrock Parish Pastoral Centre beside Foxrock RC Church, which ail also include a short talk by Declan Ryan on 'Horace Plunkett - his life and work and his Foxrock connections' - all welcome, admission €5; next Wednesday night's next Wednesday night's 7 p.m. lecture by Rob Goodbody 'On the Borders of the Pale - a history of the Kilgobbin, Stepaside and Sandyford area' 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 Catherine Scuffil looking at 'The South Circular Road on the eve of the First World War' to the Dun Laoghaire Borough Historical Society in the Royal Marine Hotel, Dun Laoghaire - all welcome, admission €3.

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

Table quiz

On Thursday, February 21, the Sugarloaf Lions Club will hold a table quiz in aid of Open Door at 8 p.m. in Greystones Rugby Club. Tables of four - €40. To book a place contact Suzanne Cox at 086 6250823 or Mick Lernihan at 086 8121860.

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