Child Protection: A full copy of the Holy Redeemer Parish Child Protection policy can be viewed in the Parish office or on www.holyredeemerbray.ie.
Seats Reserved: For the 6.15 p.m. Mass on Saturday all the seats above the crossroads will be reserved as this is a special blessing Mass for the parish Confirmation candidates and their families.
Ash Wednesday: Today (Wednesday) is Ash Wednesday and an day pf Fast and Abstinence. Ashes will be distributed at all the Masses. The weekday Masses for Lent will be 10 a.m. and 7 p.m.
Trocaire: Trocaire boxes are available at the doors of the Church after Mass, Please take one if you have not received one through the schools.
Booklet: A booklet called ‘Seeking God, Finding God’, containing daily prayers and reflections is available with the catholic papers at a cost of just €1.
Prayer Group: This Group continues to meet in the Side Chapel every Monday at 8pm.
Silent Holy Hour: This take place in the Side Chapel each Friday from 11 a.m. until 12 Noon.
Guided Prayer: A week of guided prayer based on scripture and a oneto-one basis will take place in Loreto Convent from Sunday March 8 to Friday March 13. Contact Sr. Valerie Walsh at 2862921 for further details.
Lectio Divinia Group: This group meets on Tuesdays between 11am and 12 Noon in Room 3 of the Parish Centre. All are welcome to attend to join this group exploring scripture with Fr. Joe Murphy – just come along any Tuesday.
Lourdes: The annual pilgrimage to Lourdes takes place from September 712 this year. The cost is €709pps. Limited single supplements available at €175. Contact the Parish Office with Booking Deposit of €100 from 9.30 a.m. to 12 Noon Monday to Friday. Phone 2868413 for information.
SVP: Members of the Holy Redeemer Conference of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul can be contacted at the Parish Centre on Tuesday evenings from 8 p.m. to 8.45 p.m. or by calling 087-9724668.
OUR LADY QUEEN OF PEACE
Parish Office Hours: The opening hours are 9.30 a.m. to 12.30 Monday to Friday. Masses can only be booked during these hours.
New Mass Times: Saturday 6.30 p.m. Vigil Mass and Sundays at 9 a.m., 10.30 a.m., 11.30 a.m., 12.30 p.m. and 5.30 p.m. Weekdays at 10am and 1,05pm. For the duration of the refurbishment work all Masses will be held in the temporary church in the church grounds.
Parking restrictions will be in force. Confessions will be heard in the Villa Pacis after the 10 a.m. and 6.30 p.m. Masses on Saturdays. Rite 2 Reconciliation Service will take place on the last Saturday on the month at the 10am Mass.
Funerals: During the current refurbishment funerals will take place in either St.. Fergal’s Church or the Church of the Most Holy Redeemer. This priests of the parish will continue to organize and officiate at these funerals – all funeral Masses will be at 11.30 a.m.
Child Protection Policy: A copy of the Parish Child Protection policy can be viewed in the Parish Offices.
ST. FERGAL’S BALLYWALTRIM
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.
Parish Office: Open Monday to Friday 10 a.m. to Friday 3.30 p.m.; Tuesday Evenings 4-7 p.m.
Extra Masses: During Lent there is extra Masses on Monday and Tuesday evenings at 7.30 p.m. and on Wednesdays at 8.20 a.m.
CTS: A selection of books from the CTS (Catholic Truth Society) are now available from the stand at the back of the church. The price of each book is on the back. Please place the money in thee container at Our Lady’s Shrine.
ST PETER’S, LITTLE BRAY
Baptisms: Baptisms are celebrated in St. Peter’s Parish on the 1st 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.
Ash Wednesday: Today, Wednesday February 26 is Ash Wednesday and ashes will be blessed and distributed at both Masses.
At the back of the church there are Trocaire boxes annd during Lent you are asked if possible to support the work of Trocaire. This year the focus is on Somalia where people are forced from the homes and are now living in many camps in the Gedo region.
Trocaire is working with local partners in the Gedo region to provide food, access to clean water and med- ical supplies within the camps. Your generosity and solidarity during Lent will make a real and lasting difference to some of the most vulnerable communities in the developing world.
Lent: During Lent there will daily Mass at 7.30am.
Parish Pilgrimages: This year the Parish will have two pilgrimages – the first takes place on June 19 to Rome and Sorrento for 7 nights, price €999 per person sharing.
The second takes place on August 4 to Lourdes for seven nights, and price is €759 per person sharing.
If you wish to book or obtain further information please contact Mary or Alice in the Parish Hall on Sunday mornings or call Alice on 2894169.
Defibrillator: The Parish is looking for people to be trained into using the Defibrillator which can save a person’s life. There will be day’s training and the certificate course someone to use the machine for two years.
Ideally the Parish would like to have at least 2 people from every Mass to be trained including the 7.30 a.m. and 10 a.m. weekday Masses. If you are willing to be trained please give you your name to either Fr. Ben or the Parish Office.
Churches Together: Bray Churches Together have arranged a day of prayer and reflection / retreat on Saturday March 14 in the Dominican retreat centre, Tallaght, from 10 a.m. to 4.30 p.m. The cost is €25 which includes tea and coffee.
As this is being arranged by all the Churches in Bray, places are limited so those interested in taking part are asked to contact their respective Parish Office as soon as possible.
Women’s Breakfast: The Women’s Breakfast will take place in Saturday March 28 in Bray Golf Club, Greystones Toad, Bray, at 8.30 a.m. for breakfast at 9 a.m. The cost is €12. The theme this year is ‘ Time and Priorities, putting first things first’. The speaker is Trish Dodd. As places are limited, all tickets must be purchased by March 22. Tickets can be obtained from the various Bray parish offices.
World Day of Prayer: The Women World Day of Prayer takes place on Friday March 6 at 11am in Bray Methodist Church (opposite Bray Public Library) with the theme this year ‘ In Christ there are many members yet one body ‘ which has been arranged by the women of Papua , New Guinea.
The guest speaker will be Sr. Patricia from St. Peter’s Parish, Little, Bray. Next year (2010) St. Peter’s Parish will host this event.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Last Thursday night there was a large attendance for the February meeting of the Bray Cualann Historical Society in the Bray Chamber of Commerce House, Quinsboro Road, Bra.
Brian White screened an updated version of his illustrated presentation ‘Hidden Secrets of the Dargle Valley’, incorporating additional information on people, places and events on this part of Co. Wicklow since Brian launched it last December at the monthly meeting of the Enniskerry History Society.
Brian’s presentation will included information on the Carrigonna water diving experiment, a banking scandal and corruption in public office, paranormal experiences and accounts of some accidents that befell people the area.
Brian was assisted by his son Cormac for this presentation which had the audience fascinated for its entire duration and led to a very lively open section of the meeting at the end of the presentation.
Louis O’Rourke concluded this memorable evening by reading a ballad about the River Dargle recalling the 1950’s incident when fishermen destroyed many weirs along the river which had been built by poachers.
James Scannell’s short talk on‘The Night of the Big Wind’ was deferred for time reasons and will be presented at the April meeting of the Society when the Society’s AGM will take place and will be followed by a presentation from Diarmuid Breathnach on surnames associated with North Wicklow.
For the March 19 meeting the Society will host a special lecture on the artist Paul Henry is association with the National Gallery of Ireland, Merrion Square West, Dublin 2, with internationally renown art lecturer Ms. Olive Knox as the main speaker. All are welcome to attend.
Admission is €3. Those interested in joining the Bray Cualann Historical Society can do so at the meeting.
Members of the Society have been invited to next Tuesday night’s 8.30pm meeting of the Kilmacanogue History Society in the Glencormac Inn, Kilmacanogue Village, at which Joe Kelly will present his lecture on ‘ The Irish Honeybee – a fascinating history.’
Members have also been invited to attend next Wednesday night’s meeting of the Rathmichael Historical Society in Rathmichael School, Stonebridge Road, Shankill, at which Ms. Mary Kelly will present her lecture ‘Cum Passione Contraria – The Glendalough Manuscript.’
FAIR TRADE DINNER
On Friday night the Bray Town Annual Fair Trade Dinner will take place at 7.30 p.m. on Friday February 27 in the Royal Hotel, Bray. Guest of Honour will be Chris De Burgh.
Tickets are €60 and proceeds are in aid of Bray Cancer Support. For tickets contact Ms. Caroline Burrell at 0863140453, the Royal Hotel Bray, or Bray Cancer Support.
Bray Youth Information 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. For further information call 01-2050502.
ORDER OF MALTA
The Order of Malta Hall, beside St. Peter’s Boys National school, has recently been renovated and is now available for use by community groups.
Further information is available by contacting Frank McGuinness at 086871 9538 or Damien Meaney at 087-628 6563.
Niall and Fionn O'Malley take a spin on their bikes at the raising of the Green Flag in St. Cronans.