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Luan Roddy helps out at the Bray Community Garden at the Festina Lentes walled garden.

Luan Roddy helps out at the Bray Community Garden at the Festina Lentes walled garden.

Luan Roddy helps out at the Bray Community Garden at the Festina Lentes walled garden.


The blessing of palms will take place at all Masses this Sunday – Passion / Palm Sunday.

For the Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday of Holy Week Masses will be at 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. During the 10am Masses there will be a guest speaker, Mr. Terence Hartley, who is a specialist in contemporary spirituality.

On Holy Thursday there will 10 a.m. Morning Prayer and 7 p.m Mass of the Lord's Supper – the church will remain open until 8.30am for private prayer.

Good Friday: 10 a.m. Morning Prayer; at 12 Noon a Passion Pageant by children followed by soup and rolls in the Little Flower Hall; at 3 p.m. The Lord's Passion and at 7pm Reflective Prayer.

Holy Saturday: 10 a.m. Morning Prayer; 12 Noon Communal Celebration of the Sacrament of Reconciliation; 2-3 p.m. Individual Confessions at 9 p.m. Easter Vigil Mass.

Easter Sunday: 6 a.m. Ecumenical Dawn service at Bray Head car park followed by breakfast in Christ Church. Masses will be as on a Sunday but there will be no Evening Mass. On Easter Monday Mass will be at 11 a.m. - no evening Mass.


Urgent Notice: Please be very careful around the Church ( i.e. building site). Due to Heath and Safety requirements no-one is allowed on site without the express permission of the site manager. Also it is essential that all authorised visitors wear a special hat and clothing.

Holy Week: As the Parish has now only the use of a small temporary church which is limited in space, the following are the Easter arrangements.

Palm Sunday April 5 - Palms will be blessed at all Masses (Saturday 6.30 p.m. Vigil Mass, Sunday 9 a.m., 10.30 a.m., 11.30 a.m., 12.30 p.m. and 5.30 p.m); Monday to Wednesday of Holy Week - masses at 10 a.m, 1.05 p.m. and 7 p.m.; Holy Thursday (April 9) - 5 p.m. Children's Mass and Mass of the Lord's Supper at 6.30 p.m. and 8 p.m. Individual Confessions will be heard after the 5pm, 6.30pm and 8pm Masses.

Good Friday - There are no Masses and it is a day of Fast and Abstinence. Ecumenical Stations of the Cross at 10 a.m., commencing in the temporary Church. There will be Stations of the Cross in the Church at 10 a.m. Celebration of the Lord's Passion will take place at 3 p.m and 5 p.m.

On Holy Saturday the Easter Vigil Masses will be at 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. There are refreshments after the 9 p.m. mass in the Villa Pacis. On Easter Sunday there will be an Ecumenical Dawn Service (Bray Head Car Park) at 6 a.m. Easter Sunday Masses will be at 9 a.m, 10.30 a.m., 11.30 a.m. and 12.30 p.m. No Evening Mass.

For Easter Week Monday April 13 to Friday April 17 daily Mass will be at 10 am only – there is no 1.05 p.m. Mass.

Easter Pack: Help is needed with the distribution of the Easter Pack which contains a time-table for Holy Week, an Easter Card and Easter Dues envelope.

Volunteers can call into the Villa Pacis or contact Chrissie in the Church.

Church Painting: The colour consultant has recommended colors for the Church. These are on view in the Parish Centre – please view and inform the Parish of your opinion.

Fundraising: A meeting will take place tomorrow night ( Thursday) at 7.30 p.m. in the Villa Pacis.

Altar Servers: There is a meeting today ( Wednesday) at 4.30 p.m. in the Villa Pacis and all altar servers are asked to attend. Those unable to do so are asked to telephone Laura.

Family Mass: The Family Mass Group has been asked to prepare a special Children's Liturgy for the 5 p.m. Mass on Holy Thursday and the 12.30 p.m. Mass on Easter Sunday.

The Easter Sunday Mass will be followed by an Easter Egg Hunt in the Church grounds. The Group will meet tonight (Wednesday) at 7 p.m. in the Villa Pacis.

Bugisi: Currently Sister Anne has written to say that a new school year has started after the long holidays and that it is cold and wet at the moment. Students are still straggling in as the school has got a name for itself with good results with only 3 failures out of 43 candidates in the state exams.


Baptisms: First and second Sunday of the Month after 12 noon mass. Three weeks notice required. Preparation Meeting on the Monday before the 1st Sunday.

Advocate Collection: The Sunshine Fund of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul is holding is annual collection this weekend.

Each year the Sunshine Fund provided much needed sea side holidays for approximately 1300 of Dublin's less fortunate children in Sunshine House, Balbriggan and this annual Advocate Collection is the only source of income for the Sunshine Fund which finances these holidays.


Baptisms: Baptisms are celebrated in St. Peter's Parish on the first Saturday and last Sunday of the month.

Those thinking of having their babies baptised are required to complete an application form which must be returned at least 2 weeks before the date of Baptism. These forms are available from the Parish Office, the Sacristy or St. Kevin's Mass Centre.

Newsletter: Items for the weekly parish newsletter should be handed into the Parish Office by Wednesday mornings and subject to space should appear the following Sunday.

Easter Cards: Easter cards giving full details of all the Parish Easter Celebrations are currently being distributed.

Additional volunteers are needed to assist with their distribution especially in Cois Cairn, Corke Abbey, Fassaroe, Beech Road, The Groves, Hawthorn Road, The Dargle Road area, Wilford Court, Roselinn, Dublin Road, Connawood, Thornhill and Ballyman. Anyone who can assist in asked to contact 282 9467 as soon as possible.

Advocate Collection: The Sunshine Fund of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul is holding is annual collection this weekend.

Hymn Books: Hymn book users are asked to leave them on the pew after Mass so that they are available for the next Mass


Ballywaltrim Library, Boghall Road, Ballywaltrim, is open on Tuesday, Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m., and on Wednesday and Thursday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. and from 6pm to 8pm. Phone 2723205 for enquiries / renewals.

The Library will be closed Good Friday to Easter Monday.


Opening hours for Bray Library, Eglinton Road, Bray, are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 8.30 p.m. on Tuesday and Thursday. Enquiries and renewals, phone 2862600 or email

The Library will be closed Good Friday to Easter Monday.


Bingo takes place on Monday nights at 8.30 p.m. in Presentation College, Bray. Top Prize €500. Most Full House Games €100.


Bray's Farmers Market takes place on Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. beside the Bray Heritage Centre and Tourist Office.


Currently on view during normal opening hours in Bray Public Library is An Exhibition of Photographs by Neil

Banks and Nick Warrington.


Bray Cancer Support and Information Centre is looking for people to take part in this year's marathon on June 1st in Dublin. Contact the Centre at 36b Main Street, Bray, at 012866966 for sponsorship cards.


The National Collection Day is Friday April 24 and volunteers are urgently needed in the Dublin area to help with the Collection and anyone who has a few hours to spare on this day are asked to contact Ms. Maeve O'Brien at 01-8691638 / 0851618729 ; Ms. Karen Piper at 018691611 / 085-1617500 or Ms. Susann Hayes at 01 – 8691611 / 0851619638.


Bray Churches Together On Good Friday an Ecumenical Stations of the Cross to Bray Head will depart from Our Lady Queen of Peace Church at 10am. On Easter Sunday there will be an Ecumenical Dawn Service at Bray Hear followed by breakfast in Christ Church.


Following coverage in this paper last February of Brian White's lecture 'Hidden Secrets of the Dargle Valley to the Bray Cualann Historical Society, a San Diego U.S.A. reader has been in touch with Brian the Carrigonna Water Divining Experiment.


Since last Sunday the Dublin Bus Route 45 services now operates to and fromBallsbridge (RDS) only and to a revised timetable – details from or 01-8734222.


Kilbride Church, Kilcroney, will be the setting for Friday's April meeting of the Kilmacanaogue History Society, in which Rod Goodbody will present his lecture 'Kilbride Church – A Dargle Gem' and all are welcome to attend.


The Old Bray Society will be publishing a photo-book on Presentation College, Bray, and is appealing for information, photographs, reminiscences etc. for possible inclusion in it – these can be left into the Town Hall Bookshop, Monday to Saturday during normal trading hours.


AWARE is working to help defeat depression. Anxious or Depressed ? The Local Support Group Bray meets on Mondays at 7.30 p.m. in the Holy Redeemer. Helpline No is 1800-303 302.


Tomorrow night (Thursday) the AGM of the Bray Cualann Historical Society takes place in the Bray Chamber of Commerce House at 8 p.m. and all members are requested to attend. The AGM will be followed by a talk from Diarmuid Breathnach on 'Surnames of County Wicklow.' Those interested in joining the Bray Cualann Historical Society can do so at the meeting.


Bray youth centre is now located on the Herbert Road opposite the Holy Redeemer Parish Centre, beside Bray Medical Centre. The Youth Information Officer will be located in ' The Seomra ' Youth Centre on Adelaide Road – further information from 01-2050502.