Thursday 14 November 2019

Around the districts: Bray

Nadia Ramoutar and Neil Condron at the Schoolhouse For Art event as part of the inaugural National Wood Sculpting Festival ‘The Big Chiseller’ in Enniskerry.
Nadia Ramoutar and Neil Condron at the Schoolhouse For Art event as part of the inaugural National Wood Sculpting Festival ‘The Big Chiseller’ in Enniskerry.

Bray: Christ Church COI. Services of Worship for this Sunday - The Fourth Sunday before Advent - All Saints Sunday: 8.30 a.m. - Holy Communion One; 11 a.m. - Holy Communion Two.

Save the Date: Our annual Classics by Candlelight concert will be on Sunday, December 1, details following.

Holy Redeemer Parish

Prayer Opportunity: Holy Rosary Group: Monday to Saturday after 10 a.m. Mass led by Antoinette Farrell in the Main Church; Miraculous Medal and Rosary: Monday to Friday at 7 p.m. in the Side Chapel; Holy Face Devotions: Tuesday after the Rosary in the Main Church (Prayer booklets available for new members); Prayer group with Exposition: Wednesday after the Rosary in the Side Chapel; The Nazarine Community Charismatic Prayer Group: Wednesday in the Little Flower Hall at 8 p.m.; Silent Holy Hour: Friday in the Side Chapel 11 a.m. to midday: Gospel Study Group: Thursday at 8 p.m. in the Parish Centre.

Regular Mass Times In Holy Redeemer: Sundays - 0.30 a.m., midday, 6 p.m. Monday to Saturday - 10 a.m. No Evening Mass.

Holy Day Mass: Tomorrow (Thursday) there be a 7 p.m. Vigil Mass for All Saint's Day (Friday) which is a Holy Day of Obligation. Masses on Friday will at 10 a.m. and midday.

Irish Mass Venue and Time Change: From next Sunday Irish language Sunday Mass will be celebrated in St Peter's Church, Little Bray, at 9.30 a.m.

Annual Bereavement Mass: The annual Bereavement Mass to remember all our love ones, especially those who died during the last year, will be celebrated on Monday, November 18, at 7 p.m. Light refreshments will be served in the Coffee Dock afterwards.

Wall of Remembrance: If you wish to bring memorial cards or photographs for our Wall of remembrance, please leave them into the sacristy during the week.

Photos for the Sacred Space: If you loved one's funeral took place in Holy Redeemer, please feel free to bring a photo (if you have not already done so) and hand it into the sacristy. This will them be placed in the folder at the Sacred Space. - As we live, they took shall live as we remember them.

November Altar List of the Dead: The envelopes for the November altar list of the dead are available on the tables around the church. All those whose names re listed, will be remembered at Masses on the feast of All Saints, All Souls, and the first Friday of every month. Please return envelopes to the sacristy or place in the boxes in the walls at the back of the church.

Do This in Memory of Me Mass: At the 10.30 a.m. Mass this Sunday we welcome all children and their parents/guardians who are preparing for their First Holy Communion 2020.

Life in the Spirit Seminars: Continue in the Little Flower Hall on Wednesdays for the next seven weeks from 7.30 p.m. to 9.30 p.m. See church notice board for further information.

Cairde Na Gaeilge: Takes place in the Coffee Dock on Wednesday mornings after the 10 a.m. Mass. Failte roimh gach duine.

Literature and Leaflets: Please do not leave literature in the church Porch, Notice Boards, Book Rack, Tables at the back of the church or near the Statues as it will be removed. Please go to the parish office for permission to put literature and notices around the church.

Stamps for the Missions: Please bring your used stamps to the War on Want Shop on Brighton Terrace, Bray. The parish office and the sacristy no longer accept stamps.

Confirmation and Communion 2020: Last date for registration is tomorrow (Thursday). Registration forms are available in the parish office from 9.30 a.m. to 12.30 p.m. Monday to Friday. Please see the website for further details -

Gala Ball Auction and raffle in Aid of the Church of the Most Parish Bray Building Fund: Takes place on Saturday, November 23, in the Summerhill House Hotel, Enniskerry, Co. Wicklow. Sparkling Reception at 7.30 p.m.; Dinner 8 p.m. Special Guest Niamh Murray, international soprano, followed by music and dancing with 'Perfect Day.' Dress Code: Cocktail.

Price per table of 10 people is €500 or €50 per person sharing a table. Tickets on sale in the 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.

St Peter's Cemetery, Little Bray: It is requested that visitors help to keep the cemetery tidy by bringing any rubbish home with them. There is strictly 'No Dumping' in force in any area of the cemetery. Your co-operation is appreciated.

Church Cleaning: Volunteers are urgently needed for one hour per week to assist cleaning the church.

Mass Time Change: From this Sunday our 10 a.m. Mass will change to the Irish Mass at 9.30 a.m. If you have booked a 10 a.m. Mass for after last Sunday these bookings will automatically be transferred to the 9.30 a.m. Mass. If you have any queries, please contact the parish office.

November Altar List of the Dead: Envelopes are available at the back of the church. All those listed will be remembered at Masses on the feast of All Saints, All Souls and the first Friday of each month. Please return envelopes to the sacristy or the parish office.

Wicklow Dementia Support Group: Meets in St Peter's Parish Hall every Monday from 10.30 a.m. to 12.30 p.m. 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 4286928.

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

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.

Altar List of the Dead - Envelopes and Sheets: Altar list of the dead envelopes and sheets are available for collection at the back of the church. All, whose names are listed will be remembered at Masses celebrated on the feast of All Saints, the feast of All Souls, and at the 9.30 a.m. Mass on the First Monday, of every month throughout the year. Next Monday at 7 p.m. Mass will be celebrated to remember all of our parishioners who have died during the past year. 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

Villa Pacis Room Booking: Call 01 2760045 or

Website: Please visit our Parish Website:

Kids Club: Our Lady Queen of Peace Family Mass Group meet every Wednesday from 2.45 p.m. till 3.30 p.m. in the Villa Pacis in preparation for family friendly Mass starting in September. Children of all ages are welcome for gospel stories, arts and crafts, prayers and hymns.

Sacrament of Confirmation 2020: The parish is now enrolling candidates. All parents must complete an application form and return it to the parish office by tomorrow (Thursday). Forms are available on Parish Website or from the parish office.

The Perpetual Adoration Team: New members are invited to join. There are three easy ways to get involved. Firstly, you can leave your name and details. Secondly, just email '' with your contact details. Thirdly, fill in a card and drop in into the box marked 'Adoration' on the table in the middle of the church. The team will get in touch with you shortly thereafter. There is will a special hour in the church this Friday from 8 p.m. which will include prayerful meditation, some worship music, Confession, and of course quiet time, in the presence of Our Lord. It is open to everyone, but it is especially geared to people who are thinking of joining the Perpetual Adoration team to come together for a special hour of worship.

November Altar of the Dead: Envelopes are now available at the doors of the church.

Christmas Fair: Takes place on Sunday, December 8, If you have any new or unwanted gifts that you would like to donate. Please drop them into Villa Pacis.
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QOP youth club

The Queen of Peace Adventure Youth Club has used sit-in kayaks for more than 50 years. First they were made of fibre glass, and at the end of each year much repairing had to be carried out to have them ready for the following season. Plastic canoe era arrived and what a blessing that was with no repairs required, and no fibre glass splinter wounds to be endured. Now the ride-on canoes are here which are safer, easier to use, and easier to train in. We are getting softer but it is certainly the easier or perhaps the better option, especially for the trainers. The club is holding on to a couple of the old ones which they expect will just gather dust.

Diving club

Bray Divers/Wicklow Aquanauts Scuba Dive Club has vacancies for at least four more trainee members. Training is individualised to suit the new members, and the course is at the pace that the participants enjoy. Recent new members are preparing for a dive trip to Portroe Slate Quarry, and to Lanzarote. All the training and the certification is to international standards and has worldwide recognition. To begin call Albert at 087 6756439 and you will soon add another dimension to holidays at home and away, and of course locally.

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. 'It's Storytime' takes place every Monday, except Bank Holiday Mondays, at 10 a.m.

Today (Wednesday) a Halloween Children's Event - Stories and crafts - takes place in the library at 3 p.m. Booking essential.

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. Join us for story time every Saturday at 11.30 a.m.

Cualann Society

Guest speaker for the Thursday, November 21, meeting of the Bray Historical Society, the local history society for the Bray and North Wicklow Area, will be Dr Rachel Moss, who will discuss 'Fassaroe and related Crosses' at 8 p.m. in the Royal Hotel, Bray, Co. Wicklow. All welcome - admission €5.

In the meantime some other events taking place which may be of interest to members and supporters of the society are tomorrow (Thursdays) 7.30 p.m. lecture by James Brady on 'The sixth (South County Dublin) Battalion Dublin Brigade' in the Dún Laoghaire Club, three Eblana Avenue, Dún Laoghaire, Co. Dublin. Admission free - voluntary donation. Reserve a place via; the 8 p.m. lecture by Brendan Langley on 'Plaques and memorials of the Rathmines and Ranelagh area' to the Rathmines, Ranelagh and Rathgar Historical Society in Rathmines Town Hall, Rathmines Road, Rathmines, Dublin six. Admission €3 - Swan Centre car park Evening Rate, €3 (Total) from 5 p.m. to Midnight; next Monday nights 7.30 p.m. talk by Ms Therese Hicks on 'Surviving the 17th Century? The Kennedys of Mount Kennedy Cork' to the Royal Society of Antiquaries of Ireland in the Helen Roe Theatre, Society House, 63 Merrion Square South, Dublin two. All welcome - admission free; next Tuesday night's 8 p.m. lecture by Philip Boucher-Hayes on 'The Hunt for the Spanish Armada Falcon Blanco' to the Kilmacanogue History Society in the Glenview Hotel, Glen of the Downs, Delgany, Co. Wicklow - all welcome, admission €3, and next Wednesday night's 8 p.m. lecture by Rob Goodbody about 'Howth Harbour' to the Rathmichael Historical Society in Rathmichael National School, Stonebridge Road (Dublin Road end), Shankill, Co. Dublin. All welcome - admission €5.

Bray 125

On Wednesday, October 5, 1904, work on laying a new electric cable between Novara Terrace and the Florence Road commenced. Some 30 men were employed in this work which gave much needed employment to some of the unemployed in the town.

At that time Bray Urban District Council had its own coal fired generating plant located in the present day Maltings which provided power for public lighting within the town. In time this electricity supply was made available to businesses and private residences in the town.

Bray People