CHRIST CHURCH COI
Services of Worship for Sunday, February 5: 8.30 a.m. – Holy Communion 2; 11 a.m. – Holy Communion.
BRAY CHURCHES TOGETHER
The annual service of Prayer for Christian Unity takes place on Wednesday, February 15, at 8 p.m. in Bray Methodist Church, Florence Road, Bray. Theme: Reconciliation: The Love of Christ Compels Us.
HOLY REDEEMER PARISH
The Coffee Dock: Is open each morning Monday to Friday after 10 a.m. Mass and on Sundays after the 10.30 a.m. Mass. Tea, coffee, biscuits and occasionally cake is served.
Volunteers are needed to help in the Coffee Dock Monday to Friday mornings. The commitment is from 9.30 a.m. to approximately 11.30 a.m.. One morning every second week. Please phone Philippa at 087 1442969 if you think you can help.
Feast Of St Blaise: This Friday is the feast of St Blaise. The Blessing of the Throats will be offered to all at the 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. Masses.
Church Gate Collection: The monthly collection in aid of the society of St Vincent de Paul will take place this Sunday after all Masses.
Many Hands Church Cleaning Group: Would welcome volunteers after 10 a.m. Mass on Wednesdays for approximately one hour cleaning. Your help is much needed and appreciated. Please contact Anne Byrne at 086 3438873/
Loreto Cake Sale: The organisers of last Sunday morning’s fundraiser in aid of Loreto Secondary School, Bray in the Little Flower Hall, wish to thank all those who supported this event.
ST PETER’S PARISH
St Vincent de Paul Monthly Collection: The monthly collection will take place this Sunday at all Masses. Your support is greatly appreciated.
Church Collections: The First collection at Sunday Mass and Holy Days of Obligation, coupled with Christmas and Easter Dues goes to support all priests in the diocese including those in our area, and also the sick retired priests, and those working in the poorest parishes of the diocese.
The Share Collection at Sunday Mass and Holy Days of Obligation is for the Diocesan Development Fund SHARE and supports parishes in the greatest need and pastoral services throughout the diocese. St Peter’s Parish Funds: Our parish is primarily funded from the regular contributions by parishioners via Standing Orders, Envelopes or direct payments. It is this fund which pays for the day-to-day running costs for the maintenance of the church and parish buildings and funding for the many pastoral activities throughout the parish.
Young at Heart Dinners: These resume on Friday, February 10, at 12.30 p.m. Come along and enjoy great food and a game of bingo.
Christmas Dues: Thank you to all who have returned their Christmas Dues to – date. It is greatly appreciated.
ST FERGAL’S PARISH
New Parish Office Arrangements: Commencing from the First Week in February 2017, the Parish Office will be closed to the public on Fridays. This is to allow for Administration and Accounts Work to be completed in line with Diocesan requirements. Thank You.
Family Offering Boxes 2017: For those who have no collector, the boxes are available for collection from the table at the back of the church. Thank you.
St Fergal’s Parish Trip 2017 to Seville: From May 27 to June 3 – eight Days and seven Nights Trip. The price includes seven Nights Dinner, bed and Breakfast at 4* Hotel America Seville Coach transfer to and from Airport. Tour guide for the duration of the trip. Plus three Day Trips: (1): Day Trip to Córdoba; (2): Day Trip to Cádiz; (3): Day Trip to Ronda. Cost: €959 per person sharing (based on 31-35 people); Cost: €935 per person (based on 36-40 people); Cost: €925 per person (based on 41-50 people). Single Room Supplement – (€196 for seven nights). There are a couple of places left on this trip, If you are interested Booking Deposit: €325 required this week (refundable, if minimum persons required are not met). Final payment due seven weeks prior to travel. See Posters at the back of the church.
Christmas Dues 2017: Thank you to all who have returned their Christmas Dues. There are some Envelopes still available at the back of the church if you have not already received one. Many Thanks.
The feast of St Brigid – Today (Wednesday): Mass at 9.30 a.m.
The feast of St Blaise – This Friday: The Blessing of Throats will take place during the 9.30 a.m. Mass.
St Vincent de Paul: The church Gate Collection this weekend is in aid of our local St Clare’s Conference of St Vincent de Paul. Your continued support is greatly appreciated.
OUR LADY QUEEN OF PEACE
New Parish Office Opening Hours: The Parish Office will now be closed on Wednesdays and Fridays to allow for administration and accounts work to be completed in accordance with Diocesan requirements.
Feast Day of Our Lady of Lourdes: Mass in our Church on Saturday, February 11, at 10.30 a.m. There will be an opportunity to venerate a first class relic of St Bernadette.
Perpetual Adoration: To promote and continue this wonderful gift of Perpetual Adoration in our parish, we are appealing for your help. If you can do one hour a week, please contact the Sacristy.
Christmas Dues: Thank you to all who have returned their Christmas dues envelopes. Spare dues envelopes are available in the church porches for anyone who did not receive one. Our sincerest thanks to all who helped to deliver the cards throughout the parish.
Feast of the Presentation of the Lord: Traditionally candles are blessed for use in the church or the home, if you would like candles blessed that are used for a prayerful purpose, please bring them to the 10.30 a.m. Mass tomorrow (Thursday).
Feast of St Blaise: The Blessing of Throats will take place after the 10.30 a.m. Mass this Friday.
Prayer Cards: Prayer cards for the World Meeting of families are available at the back of the church for anyone who would like to take one.
Memorial Plates: It has been a long church tradition to have a plate fitted to a seat in memory of a loved one. Full details regarding such plates are available from the parish office. (€250 donation towards the running costs of our Church.)
Facebook Page: Please visit and like our Facebook page: Bray and Enniskerry Pastoral Area.
QOP YOUTH CLUB
Thirty-five members of the Queen of Peace Adventure Youth Club went night walking to the top of the Glen of the Downs. As usual Paul led them through the tunnel which only he seems to successfully find in the night darkness. This was one of six night walks planned for the year. The first of five swim and football sessions was enjoyed by thirty two young members.
Work has begun on Bray Divers Sub-Aqua Club building in Greystones Harbour. It is hoped that the premises will be completely fitted out within the next six weeks.
Congratulations to Michelle O’Hare, who has just enjoyed her first snorkel dive with the club. The club welcomes the return of divers James O’Gorman and Paul Wafer. A number of diving courses are being run during the months of February, March, and April. For details call Albert at 087 6756439, and you could be a diver before Easter.
Grow Community Mental Health Movement meets every Tuesday at 11 a.m. in the Parish Centre, Our Lady Queen of Peace Church, Putland Road/ Vevay Road) Bray. If you are lonely, isolated or suffering from stress why not come learn a practical psychology of mental health. Contact Leo 086 8033124.
Are you 65+ and living alone? Would you like to be contacted on a regular basis for a chat with a friendly member of our HOMElink team? We can also organise minor repairs, garden maintenance, alarm pendants, guide rails for fall prevention and can share other useful information and advice with you. Contact our Home Link team today Tel: 01 2014473 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
New opening hours for Bray Library are – Monday/Wednesday/Friday/Saturday – 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Tuesday and Thursday – 10 a.m. and 8.30 p.m. Borrowers are reminded that books can be renewed by phone – call 01 2862600.
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.
The February meeting of the Bray Cualann Historical Society, the local history society for Bray and North Wicklow, will take place on February 16 at 8 p.m. in the Royal Hotel, Bray, when James Scannell will reveal the remarkable story of ‘Captain Hermann Goertz: The German WW2 Gatherer, who landed in full military uniform.’ All welcome to attend.
Annual Membership of the Bray Cualann Historical Society is €15 and covers two Adults+2 Children, and can be taken out at any meeting of the society. Admission to lectures is €5 visitors – members free.
In the meantime members of the Bray Cualann Historical Society are invited to attend several events including tonight’s (Wednesday) 8 p.m. meeting of the Rathmichael Historical Society in Rathmichael National School, Stonebridge Road, Shankill, Co. Dublin, at which Ms. Nicola Gordon Bowe will present her lecture on ‘Harry Clarke’ – admission €4.
At tomorrow (Thursday) night’s 8 p.m. meeting of the Mount Merrion Historical Society in the Mount Merrion Community Centre, North Avenue, Mount Merrion, Co. Dublin, Dr Angus Mitchell will present his lecture ‘Casement/Alice Stopford Green’ – admission €4.
At next Tuesday night’s 8 p.m. meeting of the Kilmacanogue History Society in the Glenview Hotel, Glen of the Downs, Delgany, Co. Wicklow, Joe Mooney will present his lecture ‘Seán Keating: Art, Politics, and Building the Irish Nation’ – admission €4.
EDWARD LEE EXHIBITION
Currently on view in Bray Library during normal opening hours is a new exhibition ‘Edward Lee and the Lee Family’, curated by Michael Lee.
Edward Lee was a businessman who, in the 1880s built up a chain of drapery shops in Dublin, Rathmines, Bray, and Dún Laoghaire. Recognised for his caring attitude towards his employees, he was credited with introducing the half-day holiday to Ireland in 1889.
He also had a strong social conscience and during the 1913 Lockout profoundly disagreed with the tactics to break the strike used by William Martin Murphy and other employers against the strikers and was a man of moral courage. Edward Lee was also a member of the Bray Urban District Council and was responsible for the building of the Council’s first municipal houses. He also served as chairman of the council.
Copies of Michael Lee’s book ‘Edward Lee – Model Employer and Man of Moral Courage’ which accompany this exhibition are available from Bray Library, Ballywaltrim Library, and the Town Hall Bookshop, Florence Road, Bray.
Christie Lee and Yuxin Li at the 10th Annivesary of the Southside Chinese Residents Associations and New Year Celebration Gala.