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Ser­vices of Wor­ship for Sun­day, Fe­bru­ary 5: 8.30 a.m. – Holy Com­mu­nion 2; 11 a.m. – Holy Com­mu­nion.


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.


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 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.


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.


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.


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 home­linkbray@eir­


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.


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.

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