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Local Notes

Local Notes

Local Notes



Christ Church COI

Services of Worship for this Sunday – The First Sunday of Advent: 11 a.m. Family Service with Holy Baptism. In-Church Services are subject to social distancing guidelines. Services are also available to view live or watch a recording later at: churchservices.tv/christchurchbray. Service sheets available to view or download from our website christchurchbray.ie. Keep an eye on the parish website for updates on services and Covid-19 related restrictions.

Parish office: The parish office can be contacted at 01 286 2968 or info@christchurchbray.ie between 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday to Friday.

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Connect Online.: Our most active communication tools currently are our Website christchurchbray.ie which contains information on our live streamed worship services, weekly Blogs, events and news, and our Facebook page @christchurchbray.

Christmas Cards: Christmas Cards are available to purchase at the back of the church. Pack of eight cards (three different scenes) €5. Proceeds are in aid of parish funds.

Classics by Candlelight – this Sunday at 7.30 p.m.: Classics by Candlelight makes a very welcome return, now in its twelfth year, this Sunday. Once again, the church will be filled with wonderful music for string quartet and lit by candlelight. In order to keep people safe, we are unfortunately unable to enjoy the usual mince pies and mulled wine afterwards. The reduced price of tickets reflects this. As far as the musicians are concerned, in addition to Francis and Sheelagh Harte, we are lucky to have again secured the services, given freely, of David and Elaine Clark. All are present or past members of the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra and RTÉ Concert Orchestra. Tickets are priced at only €5 this year. All proceeds will go towards parish funds and Purple House. In order to make this event as safe as possible, the following will be necessary: Tickets will need to be pre-booked. To book a ticket make a donation of at least €5 per ticket at the following link idonate.ie/classicsbycandlelight or buy a ticket and register at the back of the church. Face coverings must be worn. Covid Certificates will be required to be shown on the night.

Holy Redeemer Parish

Contact Holy Redeemer Parish: Call 01 2868413. Website: holyredeemerbray.ie; Email office@holyredeemerbray.ie.

Parish office: Is open 9.30 a.m. to 11 a.m. Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday. If you need to contact us email office@holyredeemer.ie.

Mass Times: 10 a.m. – Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Sunday Masses: 10.30 a.m., midday, and 6 p.m. To book a Mass please call into the sacristy before or after our Masses.

Baptism: Baptism ceremonies for 2021 are fully booked. Please choose a Second or a Fourth Saturday of the month in 2022. Registration for baptism can be made online via the parish website holyredeemerbray.ie.

First Holy Communion 2022: Please complete the online form at holyredeemerbray.ie which is the first step in registering a child for First Communion. When you have done this, you will be invited to attend a meeting in the parish to complete the registration.

Confirmation 2022: Please complete the online form at holyredeemerbray.ie which is the first step in registering a child for First Confirmation. When you have done this, you will be invited to attend a meeting in the parish to complete the registration.

St Peter’s Parish

To Book a Mass: To book a Mass, please contact Sharon in the parish office at 01 282 9467 or email stpeterslittlebray1@gmail.com.

Parish office: The parish office is open from 9.30 a.m. to 12.30 p.m. Monday to Friday and can be contacted by calling 01 282 4967 or by email stpeterslittlebray1@gmail.com.

Mass Times: All Masses continue to be streamed online at churchservices.tv/braystpeters at 10 a.m. on Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings and at 9.30 a.m. and 11.30 a.m. on Sunday. The church and parish office remains closed till further notice.

Church/Parish Centre car park: The car park is open from 9 a.m. to 12.30 p.m. Monday to Friday and will only be open at weekends for Church Ceremonies. Outside of these times the cemetery can be accessed via the Pedestrian Laneway.

St Peter’s Cemetery: There is strictly No Dumping allowed/permitted in any area of the cemetery. We request visitors to the cemetery to take any sort of rubbish home with them to keep the cemetery tidy and appreciate your co-operation in this matter.

St Fergal’s Parish

Altar List of the Dead Lists and envelopes: These are now available at the back of the church. All those whose names are listed will be remembered at Masses 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.

Mass Times: Mass times are 9.30 a.m. Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. Saturday: 7.30 p.m. Vigil Mass; Sundays: 8 a.m. and 10.30 a.m. In the interest of safety please use the hand sanitizers on entering and exiting the church. Please use your facemask at all times. When attending Mass in our church, please comply with the stewards, and fill the seats row by row, using the seat numbers and markings outlined. We must ensure that social distancing is observed at all times, so as to alleviate close proximity/passing’ and where as many people as possible may be seated at Mass. This is a requirement from the HSE and the Archdiocese and must be observed at all times. We would appreciate your co-operation during this time as we endeavour to keep everyone safe. Thank you so much for your co-operation – Fr Jimmy McPartland, co-PP.

Baptism: Baptisms will take place on the first and third Saturday of each month at midday. In the interests of safety, there will only be two babies Baptised on each day, and the number of attendee’s are limited to parents, Godparents, and grandparents only. No older siblings or small children are allowed to attend due to current restrictions. Bookings can be made through the parish office Only. No telephone or email bookings will be accepted. Four week’s notice before Preparation meeting is required preparation meetings are cancelled at the moment. Please call to the parish office four weeks in advance of the baptism with a copy of the Child’s Birth Certificate (Essential Requirement).

Confessions: Heard on request after Masses.

Marriage: All couples must give notice to the priest or parish secretary at least three months prior to the date of marriage.

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

Website: Please visit our Parish Website: queenofpeace.ie.

Mass Bookings: Anyone, who wishes to book a Mass can now do so by contacting the parish secretary via email at secretary@queenofpeace.ie or call 2745497.

Parish office: The parish office is open Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, from 9.30 a.m. to1 p.m., closed Wednesday.

Mass: Weekday Masses are at 10.30 a.m. on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. Weekend Masses will be at 6.30 p.m. on Saturdays and 10.30 a.m. and midday on Sundays.

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

QOP youth club

The Queen of Peace Adventure Youth Club has had an increase in the number of young people seeking to get involved with the club. Unfortunately it is looking likely that we are again facing restrictions due to covid 19. Despite this some members are having think tanks on club expansion for when we get back to the new normal. For information on the club call Mike at 086 08555151, and he will organise getting anyone into activities as a member or as a leader.

Diving club

Congratulations to Oisin Dutton, who had his first sea scuba diving session with Bray Divers in Greystones. For the occasion the water was calm and clear with below water visibility in excess of three metres. Oisin at 15 years of age is the youngest member of the club. Underwater training with the Irish Underwater Council affiliates is available to persons of 14 years of age upwards. For more information about the enjoyment of diving locally and nationally call Albert at 087 6756439.

Bray Library

Opening hours Monday to Saturday are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. with late opening on Thursday to 8.30 p.m. The library can be contacted at 01 2862600 or email braylib@wicklowcoco.ie. Online services including e-books, audio-books, digital magazines and newspapers and e-learning are available via the library website.

Ballywaltrim Library

New opening hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Wednesday 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. The library can be contacted at 01 2723205 or by email at: ballywatrimlibrary@wicklowcococ.ie. Online services including e-books, audio-books, digital magazines and newspapers and e-learning are available via the library website.

Bray Cualann Historical Society.

Members of the Bray Cualann Historical Society, the local history society for Bray and North Wicklow are asked to note the following forthcoming events.

Today (Wednesday) the Genealogical Society will host its ‘November Open Morning Meeting’ at 11 a.m. on Zoom – members only; The Old Dublin Society will host ‘Irish Servicewomen in the First World War’ by Dr Barbara Walsh at 7.30 p.m. on Zoom – email registerwitholddublinsociety@gmail.com by 2 p.m. today to receive a link to it. The AGM of the society will follow this lecture and will take place on Zoom.

Tomorrow (Thursday) Rathmines, Ranelagh and Rathgar Historical Society will host ‘Warrenmount House through time: 300 years at a Liberties’ house’ by Maria O’Reilly at 7.30 a.m. on Zoom; next Wednesday night the Old Dublin Society will host ‘Fact and Fiction: Arthur Griffith’s leadership of the Treaty Talks’ by Colum Kenny at 7.30 p.m. Zoom – email registerwitholddublinsociety@gmail.com by 2 p.m. that day to receive a link to it; Rathmichael Historical Society will host ‘A book and a Bell: Glendalough on the morning of May 15, 1106’ by Mary Kelly at 8 p.m. on Zoom – go to rathmichaelhistoricalsociety.ie for further information.

Members and supporters of the Bray Cualann Historical Society wishing to catch up on their local history reading will be interested in ‘Wicklow and the War of Independence’ published by Wicklow County Archives as part of the Wicklow Decade of Centenaries – The Historians Project. This excellent fascinating and interesting book, launched last August which has been reprinted after the first run was a sell out, brings together a collection of essays by local historians from all over the county, including Bray Cualann Historical Society members James Scannell and Brian White, who have researched the revolutionary period in their respective localities from a variety of perspectives resulting in a series of interwoven studies that bring the complex tapestry of this significant part of Wicklow history into new and sharper focus. Copies are available in Bray from DuBray Books, and from booksellers in Greystones and Wicklow Town.

Bray Camera Club

Bray Camera Club welcomes everyone over 18 years of age with an interest in photography whether you use a phone camera or a high-end digital SLR Until such a time as meetings can be reconvened in the Mermaid Arts Centre, the club will continue to meet online on Monday evenings. If you wish to sample some meetings with a view to joining or you would like more information about the club, please email info@braycameraclub.ie.