Around the districts: Bray
Christ Church COI. Lenten Service for today (Wednesday): 11 a.m. - Holy Communion one. Services of Worship for this Sunday - The second Sunday in Lent: 8.30 a.m. - Holy Communion 1; 11 a.m. - Holy Communion two.
Church Concert: Ladies in the Blues with Special Guests Bree Harris and Paul Fairclough, for one night only, in the church, at 8 p.m. on Saturday, March 30, Tickets are available from the parish office, Fleurtique, Florence Road, Bray, The Travel Boutique, two Killarney Villas, Main Street, Bray, and Hot Spot, Greystones.
Holy Redeemer Parish
Refurbishment of Holy Redeemer Church and Parish Centre: Thanks to all of you who have already 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.
The Mad Lenten Jellybean Challenge: During Lent, get and set aside an empty Jam Jar. Each day you can earn a jellybean of any colour for each Act of Kindness, each little kind deed that you do - but you can't eat them till Easter. Each colour can represent a different thing. Your mission - should you choose to accept it - is to fill your Jam Jar before Easter. On Easter morning, fill the jar to the top with white jellybeans (if not full already) to represent the Love of Jesus and share them with others.
Lent Mass Times In Holy Redeemer: Sundays - 9 a.m. Irish language Mass, 10.30 a.m., midday, and 6 p.m. Monday to Friday - 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. Saturday - 10 a.m.
Lourdes Pilgrimage - September Monday, September 4, to Wednesday, September 9: The parish will once again join the Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes in September. The fully inclusive price is €759 per person sharing. Single room Supplement is €155 - €180 and is subject to availability. Instalments accepted - final payment due on June 14. For further details, please see poster in the church Porch or contact Michael in the sacristy at 01 286 8649 or 01 286 8413.
St Peter's Parish
Young at Heart Dinners: Every Friday at 12.30 p.m. Come along and enjoy great food and a game of bingo. Volunteers needed.
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
St Fergal's Gospel Choir: St Fergal's Gospel Choir are looking for new members. Choir Practice takes place every Monday evening in the church at 8 p.m. If you are interested in joining our group please come along to one of our rehearsals, or leave your name with Jenny in the parish office, or speak to Jean or Helen, who are choir members. We would love to have you be part of our group.
Lent - 2019: During Lent weekday Masses will be at 7.30 a.m. and 9.30 a.m. No Mass on Saturday - Morning's Prayer Service at 9.30 a.m.
Easter Mass Bouquet Cards: Are now available from the parish office, or from the sacristy. The intentions of those who receive these cards will be remembered at the 9.30 a.m. Mass on Monday, April 22 (Easter Monday).
St Patrick's Day: This Sunday is the feast of St Patrick. Masses will be at the same time as on Sundays.
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 for six 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.).
St Patrick's Day: This Sunday is St Patrick's Day. Weekend Masses as usual.
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 interested.
Space for God in a Busy Life: During Lent there will be an experience of Guided Reflective Prayer in Loreto Convent, Bray, starting this week. It is a meeting on a One to One to basis with a trained Prayer Guide for half an hour once a week at a time that suits you. It is an opportunity for you to take time out of a busy day and allow God to speak to your heart and listen to Him at a deeper level. This time of quiet reflection is based on Scripture and through it we come to know Jesus better. It is closely related to daily living and no previous experience is necessary. I encourage you to avail of this opportunity. More information and booking forms are available in the porches of our church. Contact Sr. Marie Carr, 086 6086347, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Trócaire: Trócaire boxes are available in the church porches.
A request from Muintir Scoil Chualann: Pope Francis has expressed his concerns for our planet many times. He asks us to look after the environment. We all need to make an effort to save our planet. Scoil Chualann has been working very hard with this in mind. We are working towards our fifth green flag. This flag is awarded to schools who can show and prove that they are embracing biodiversity. We know a lot about biodiversity now. We are getting a polytunnel and we will be planting flowers and vegetables. We look forward to a healthy harvest and hope to have a little plant sale later this year. We will be cleaning the area also. We would ask you all to support us by praying for us and by making an effort to embrace biodiversity yourselves. Thank you.
Our Lady Queen of Peace summer Project 2019: Our ever popular summer project will take place again this July in Villa Pacis under the supervision of Anne Nolan. Week 1: July 8 to July 12 ; Week 2: July 16 to July 19. Open to boys and girls aged eight to 14 years of age. €35 per child per week. Forms can be collected any morning from the Villa Pacis office, Mondays to Fridays or contact Anne at 087 7772127. Our activities include cookery, quiz, crochet, ball games, arts and crafts, table tennis, 'The DISCO.' and lots extra. Child protection policy in place. You can donate your Tesco Bray blue tokens to help this project.
Our Facebook page: Please visit and like our Facebook page: Bray and Enniskerry Pastoral Area.
QOP youth club
Queen of Peace Adventure Youth Club have a warm welcome for new members. All that is required is a spirit of adventure, energy, and enthusiasm for challenge in non-competitive sports. All the members are winners in achievement in all kinds of events which include sports, cultural, educational, artistic and lots more items taking in up to 140 events during the year. To get going call Paul at 086 3516630.
Well done to Cormac Brierton, and to Ryan Fegan, both of these junior snorkelers were the first this year to enter the cold chilly sea water in Greystones with Bray Divers/Wicklow Aquanauts. The club welcomes new member Shane O'Carroll. Next week a new diver course will begin and the recruits will most likely be scuba diving at Easter.
Dive trips this year will include Hook Head, Wexford, St John's Point, Donegal, Clifden, Galway, Portroe, Tipperary, and Lanzarote. This is in addition to the weekly local dive. Want to dive with us then call Albert at 087 6756439, and let your diving begin.
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. The library will be closed next Monday.
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.
The next two weeks will be busy ones for the Bray Cualann Historical Society, the local history society for the Bray and North Wicklow Area, starting this Saturday with a free guided tour of the Church of the Most Holy Redeemer, Main Street, Bray, led by Brian White, chairman of the Bray Cualann Historical Society - meet inside the church.
This will be followed next Monday with a 3 p.m. Free guided tour of Bray's Main Street, led by Brian White - meet at Bray Town Hall and please dress appropriately for the day's weather condition. These tours will be followed by the 8 p.m. Thursday, March 21, meeting of the Bray Cualann Historical Society, which will devoted to a 'Genealogy Workshop' presented by a number of speakers including Mark and Dave Murphy on 'Worldwide Search Using DNA'; John Brazil on 'Searching Brazil's' and Brian White with 'Tips for Local Research'. 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 Kurt Kullmann on 'The First Irish Railway: From Westland Row to Kingstown' to the Old Dublin Society in the Conference Room of Dublin City Library and Archive, 138 - 144 Pearse Street, Dublin two. All welcome - admission free; and the 7.45 p.m. lecture by Stephen Ferguson covering 'The GPO, 200 Years of History' to the Knocklyon History Society in the Iona Centre, beside St Colmcille's Church, Knocklyon, Templeogue, Dublin 16. All welcome - admission charge; tomorrow (Thursdays) 8.30 p.m. lecture by Frank Tracy recalling ''Killarney - the Royal Visit of 1861 that put Killarney on the Tourist Map' to the Enniskerry History Society in the Powerscourt Arms and Country House Hotel, Enniskerry Village - all welcome, admission €5; next Tuesday night's 8 p.m. lecture by Trevor White to the Foxrock Local History Club in Foxrock Pastoral Centre the rere of Foxrock RC Church, Foxrock Co. Dublin. Norah Glynn will give a short talk on 'The Murder of the McMahon Brothers in 1922'. All welcome - admission €5; and next Wednesday night's 8 p.m. lecture by Rob Goodbody on 'The Houses of Dún Laoghaire' in the Royal Marine Hotel, Dún Laoghaire - all welcome, admission €3. Members and supporters are asked to note that the March issue of An Cosantoir magazine is a special one devoted to the War of Independence and copies can be ordered through newsagents.
Further information on the Bray Cualann Historical Society programme available on the Society's website braycualannhistoricalsociety.ie.
New Dublin Bus Route 155
On Sunday, March 24, Dublin Bus will commence operating a new bus route, Route 155, from Ballymun to Bray, operating seven days a week between the IKEA furniture superstore in Ballymun on Dublin's northside, all the way to Bray Rail Station in Co. Wicklow. The new bus route, which will operate every 20 minutes, will service Dublin City University, Phibsborough, the city centre, Donnybrook, University College Dublin, Stillorgan, Cabinteely, Shankill, and Bray. The first 155 bus will depart at 6 a.m. Monday to Saturday with an 8 a.m. start on Sundays. Last full departure will be 10.40 p.m. while the 11 p.m. and 11.20 p.m. will only go as far the city centre.