Sunday 17 December 2017

Parish notes

This Sunday's Services of Worship - The Fourth Sunday after The Epiphany; 8.30am - Holy Communion Two; 11am - Family Service.


This Sunday's Services of Worship - The Fourth Sunday after The Epiphany; 8.30am - Holy Communion Two; 11am - Family Service.


Pope Paul II Awards; Through the Pope John Paul II , young people will be enabled to take an active part in the life of their Church, in the life of their community and also become more awwre of the reaching and role of the Catholic Church in the world. This will enable young people to engage at a deep level with Christ, whose body the Church is. It will allow young people to understand that religion and faith is not just for learning, nor is it a list of rules, but that it is for living.

We in the Parish of Hold Redeemer pray that many young people will be touched through this programme by the love of Christ. You can earn your Award by taking part in activities through each of these key areas - 1- Parish Involvement; 2 - Social Awareness; 3 - Preparation of a Final Presentation.

The Award is for Students in 4th Year; Students in full time education who have completed Junior Certificate; Students in Transition Year; Anyone aged between 16 and 18, not in post-primary education. The Award is non-competitive, flexible and voluntary and requires an on-going commitment.

There are four Awards - The Papal Cross, Gold, Silver and Bronze. To enroll in the Award download an application form from the web-site (www.the on collect one from the Holy Redeemer Parish Office. Completed forms with the enrolment from should be returned to the Holy Redeemer Parish Office. Information leaflets are available from the tables at the doors of the church.


Feast of St.Brigid on Saturday: Mass will be at 9.30am. Feast of St. Blaise on Monday: The blessing of throats will take place during the 9.30am Mass.

Praying with Icons: This take place with Fr. James. St. Peter's Church. Little on Wednesday February 5th at 7.30pm in St. Fergal's Church.

The Knights of St. Columbanus: Thank you from the Knights of St. Columbanus for the for the generosity of the parishioners of St. Fergal's. The amount raised for the Christmas Day Dinner Appeal in November was €1,240.

Thank You: Bray Women's Refuge would like to thank the parishioners of St. Fergal's for the king and generous donation of gifts for the benefit of those who use the services of the refuge. " Your very kind donation will enable us to continue to provide a safe, secure and homely environment in progressively difficult and challenging times for the women and children using the services.


Confirmation 2014: Confirmation candidates have started participating in ' Faith Friends ' in the Villa Pacis. The next session will take place on February 4th . Three meetings rooms are involved from 7pm to 9pm.

Blessing of Candles: This Sunday is the Feast of the Presentation of the Lord. Traditionally candles are blessed at this Mass for use in the Church and in the home. If you would like candles blessed that are used for the prayer purpose, please bring them to Mass this weekend.

St. Blaise: The Blessing of Throats will take place next Monday February at the 10.30am Mass.

Christmas Dues: Thank you to all those who returned their Christmas Dues. Spare envelopes are in the porches of the Church for anyone who did not receive one.

Church Gate Collection: This weekend's Church Gate collection is in aid of the Our Lady Queen of Peace Society of St. Vincent de Paul Society.

Hospitality Team: The Team for this Sunday is Team D.


Queen of Peace Adventure Youth Club activities for February include Small Sugarloaf night walk, talent competition, swimming, football, snorkel lectures, and pool snorkelling training. Members congratulated committee member Cara on her recent engagement to be married. To avoid a waiting list for new members the club is setting up an associate membership. This means that anyone waiting for a vacancy for full membership will be able to participate in most of the club activities.


Councillors David Grant, and Eugene Finnegan organised a meeting in the Harbour Bar to discuss the possibilities of having a hostel and an adventure sports centre in the harbour area. Attendees included representatives from the V.E.C., Bray Youth Services, East Coast kayaks, and Queen of Peace Adventure Youth Club. Outcome was to organise a feasibility study which will be arranged by the two councillors who attended.


Bray Divers are carrying out a survey of the underwater habitat in Greystones Harbour and Carrig Eden Bay. It will involve two dives each month in the areas. It is expected that the practical work will be finished in twelve months, and the survey will be completed in eighteen months. The survey will be available to interested parties. Well done, the hole in the road outside the Esso garage on the road from Bray to Greystones has been filled in. Many cars and motorists can now breathe a sigh of relief.

Happy Birthday to Oisin McManus and to Malachy Kerr. Both recently celebrated their birthdays.


The anxiety and panic support group's meetings take place in The Ballywaltrim Community Centre on Wednesday nights at 7.30pm. Please register as places are limited.

This is a self help group that teaches people how to recover from anxiety and panic attacks. Many are living full lives because they have had the courage to attend our group. For more details contact Michael at 0879144775 or visit our website:


Elected as committee of the Bray Cualann Historical Society, the local history society for Bray and North Wicklow, for the coming year at the recent AGM were Colm McCormack, Brian White, Jim Lynch, May Harte, Eva Sutton, Sybil Connolly, Nancy Mahony, and James Scannell.

The committee officer post will be filled at the first meeting of the new committee in February. Lsst Tuesday night week Society Vice-Chairman & PRO gave a short talk on ' An Attempted Assassination on Michael Collins at Stillorgan, Co. Dublin - August 1922 ' to the Foxrock Local History Club

The next meeting of the Bray Cualann Historical Society will take place on Thursday February 20th at 8pm in the Bray Chamber of Commerce House, Bray, when Alan Carthy will present his lecture on ' TB in Ireland and Sanatoriums ' - all welcome, Admission €4.

Members of the Society have been invited to attend the 8 p.m. Wednesday February 5th meeting of the Rathmichael Historical Society in Rathmichael School, Stonebridge Road, Shankill, Co. Dublin, at which Stephen Harrison will present his lecture on ' The Irish Viking Graves Project: Old Finds & New Findings '. All welcome.


There will be a table quiz on Friday night in Bray Golf Club on Friday night at 8pm - tables of four €40. Organised by Bray & District Soroptimists in aid of local charities.


The Organisers of the Bray Sea Swim 2014 are looking to recruit swimmers for the postponed 31st New Years Day Charity Swim which had to cancelled for safety reasons due to the prevailing weather conditions that day and will now be held on Sunday February 9th at 12 Noon. We are fundraising for 5 Bray based charities. If you would like to support the charities by splashing out, please telephone / text 086-8561 888; email - for a sponsorship card.



Services of Worship for This Sunday - The 4th Sunday after the Epiphany: 8.30am - Holy Communion; 11am - Holy Communion, and 7pm - Evening Prayer.


Resource Centre Hours: St. Anne's Resource Centre is open 9am to 8.30pm Monday to Thursday and on Friday from 9am to 3pm. Those requiring Baptism / Confirmation certificates or application forms for Baptism can obtain them during the above hours. Please note that the Parish Office is the only place where certificates and application forms can be processed.

Parish Office Hours: The Parish Office is open from 9am to 5pm Monday to Thursday and Friday from 9am to 3pm.

Mass Times: Mass is celebrated in St. Anne's Church at 10am and 7.30pm Monday to Friday, (except during July & August). Weekend Mass times are Saturday 6.30pm Vigil Mass and on Sunday at 8am, (9am in St. Patrick's Church in St. Columcille's Hospital), 10.30am (Family Mass), 12 Noon, and 6pm.

Confessions are heard on Saturdays after the 10am Mass, between 12.30pm and 1pm and after the 6.30pm Mass. Mass is now broadcast on-line and can be viewed by logging onto the parish and then clicking onto video link.

Baptisms: Baptisms take place in St. Anne's Church at 12.45pm on the 1st Sunday of the Month and at 5pm on the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th Saturdays of the Month. A month's notice is required. Please contact the St. Anne's Parish Office located in St. Anne's Resource Centre to make your arrangements. Please note that when visiting the Parish Office to arrange a baptism, the child's birth certificate should be brought as it necessary to photocopy it for the parish records but it will be returned immediately.

Bethany Bereavement Group: The Bethany Bereavement Group is a voluntary parish-based ministry who are trained to listen and to help the bereaved and grieving. The Group holds a Drop-in Centre on the First Friday of the Month at 10am in St, Anne's Resource Centre, and can be contacted via St. Anne's Resource Centre by calling 01-282 2704.

Youth Mass: The February Youth Mass will be celebrated at 7.30pm this Saturday in St. Anne's Resource Centre.

Weekly Family Offerings: The envelopes for 2014 have been distributed in the parish and if you did not receive a box of envelopes or would like to contribute in this way, please contact Maureen in the St. Anne's Parish Office from 9am to 1pm or call 01-2822277.


This Saturday morning the February First Saturday Book Sale, which aids the Shankill Old Folks Association and Meals on Wheels, will take place between 10am and 1pm in the Shankill Old Folks Centre on Lower Road so make a point of calling in during that Saturday morning and avail of the opportunity to obtain some excellent reading material as you never know what you might find. All welcome. Donations of books, other than school/text books, appreciated and accept on the day.


The opening hours for Shankill Library are 10am to 1pm and from to 5pm on Mondays and Wednesdays and on alternate Fridays and Saturdays. The library is open on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 2pm to 8pm. To renew or inquire about a book call 01-2823801 or


The next meeting of the Rathmichael Historical Society, Shankill's own local history society, takes place on Wednesday February 5th at 8pm in Rathmichael School, Stonebridge Road (Dublin Road end)at which Stephen Harrisson who will present his lecture on ' The Irish Viking Graves Project - Old Finds and New Findings', All welcome to attend.


The Unit will celebrate the passing of 50 years of its presence in Shankill with a special celebration Mass at 3pm on Saturday February 8th followed by a presentation of awards in St.Anne's Resource Centre. The Unit would be delighted to see as many ex-members at possible at this historic event. Please confirm tour intention to attend to Rachael at 086-8344023 or Noeleen at 086-3034591 by Tuesday February 4th.

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