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Ser­vices of Wor­ship for Sun­day, Fe­bru­ary 19 – The Sec­ond Sun­day Be­fore Lent: 8.30 a.m. – Holy Com­mu­nion 2; 11 a.m. – Holy Com­mu­nion.

Christ Church Fash­ion Show: Takes place in Fish­ers, New­town­moun­tkennedy, on Thurs­day, Fe­bru­ary 23, from 7 p.m. Tick­ets, €20, avail­able from the Travel Bou­tique, Bray, or the Christ Church Par­ish Of­fice. The ticket price in­cludes wine and nib­bles and a 10% dis­count on all pur­chases made on the night.


Holy Redeemer Youth Cen­tre: We would like to in­vite all se­condary school stu­dents to join us in the Holy Redeemer Youth Cen­tre on any Wed­nes­day (1 p.m. to 5 p.m.); Fri­day Night (6 p.m. to 9 p.m.) or Satur­day (2 p.m. to 6 p.m.). A great at­mos­phere to make new friends in a lovely en­vi­ron­ment with loads of fun filled ac­tiv­i­ties, movies and pool.

Fr Donal Dorr On the Popes En­cycli­cal On the En­vi­ron­ment: There will be a short meet­ing to dis­cuss plans for the fu­ture to­mor­row (Thurs­day) at 7.30 p.m. in the Preys­btery (the house be­hind the church).

AC­CORD an­nual Col­lec­tion: The an­nual col­lec­tion for the Dioce­san Agency for Mar­riage and the fam­ily, will be taken up at all Masses this Sun­day. This Col­lec­tion re­places the usual Share Col­lec­tion.

Prayer Ser­vice Min­istry Train­ing: A train­ing ses­sion will be held for those in­ter­ested in lead­ing prayer ser­vices in your par­ish. The train­ing will cover the dif­fer­ent as­pects of par­ish life, both litur­gi­cal and pas­toral, and aims to give an un­der­stand­ing of the need for lay peo­ple to step into the breech in the ab­sence of a priest. The fol­low­ing top­ics will be cov­ered – Why now? – Grow­ing our faith com­mu­ni­ties – Work­ing through the prayer ser­vice book­let – Ques­tions and con­clu­sions. We will of course have the prover­bial ‘cuppa’ and it will be a light hearted and in­for­mal gath­er­ing. It is ideal for those al­ready in­volved in read­ing at Mass but all are wel­come. Date: Satur­day, Fe­bru­ary 25, in the Lit­tle Flower Hall, Holy Redeemer, Bray, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. For cater­ing num­bers, please in­form the par­ish of­fice if you are at­tend­ing.

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. The Cof­fee Dock also of­fers a great source of com­mu­nity and friend­ship for peo­ple within the par­ish and out­side the par­ish. We would like to ex­tend a warm wel­come to all. Come in for a chat and a cuppa and per­haps make new ac­quain­tances while you are there.

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.

Lour­des Pil­grim­age – Septem­ber 7 to Septem­ber 12: The par­ish will once again join the Dioce­san Pil­grim­age to Lour­des in Septem­ber. The fully in­clu­sive price is €725pps. Sin­gle Sup­ple­ment €150 – Limited Sin­gle Rooms Avail­able. In­stall­ments ac­cepted. Fi­nal pay­ment is due first week of July 2017. For de­tails, please see poster in the church Porch or con­tact Michael Con­nolly in the sac­risty at 01 2868649 or at 01 2868413.

Can­tóirí Chualann: New mem­bers are wel­come to join any Sun­day morn­ing, please con­tact Pat Mor­ris­sey at 087 9839763 or just come along to the 9 a.m. Mass any Sun­day.

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.


Con­fir­ma­tion Mass: For St Peter’s, Ravenswell, and St Ger­ard’s schools will take place this Sun­day at 11.30 a.m.

AC­CORD: The an­nual col­lec­tion for AC­CORD, The Dioce­san Agency for Mar­riage and the fam­ily, will take place at all Masses this Sun­day and will re­place the Share Col­lec­tion. We need your help, please give gen­er­ously.

Young at Heart Din­ners: Every Fri­day at 12.30 p.m. En­joy great food and a game of Bingo.


Par­ish Of­fice: The St Fergal’s Par­ish Of­fice can be con­tacted at 01 2860980, email info@stfer­gals­ The Par­ish Of­fice is closed to the pub­lic on Fri­days to al­low for Ad­min­is­tra­tion and Ac­counts Work to be com­pleted in line with Dioce­san re­quire­ments.

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.

The an­nual col­lec­tion for AC­CORD: The an­nual col­lec­tion for AC­CORD – The Dublin Dioce­san Agency for Mar­riage and the fam­ily through­out the dio­cese which of­fers Mar­riage Prepa­ra­tion Cour­ses, Coun­selling for cou­ples and in­di­vid­u­als ex­pe­ri­enc­ing dif­fi­cul­ties in their re­la­tion­ships and Re­la­tion­ship and Sex­u­al­ity Pro­gramme in Schools, will re­place the Share Col­lec­tion this week­end. AC­CORD Dublin needs your sup­port – please give gen­er­ously.

Min­is­ters of the Eucharist Meet­ing: This will be a meet­ing of the Min­is­ters of the Eucharist Team to­mor­row (Thurs­day) at 7.30 p.m. in the church. Could all Min­is­ters please try to at­tend. New ap­pli­cants would also be wel­come.


Villa Pacis Room Book­ing: Call 01 2760045 or email­vil­

Web­site: Please visit our Par­ish Web­site: queenof­

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.

Prayer Books: Prayer books for the World Day of the sick will be avail­able this week­end. Do­na­tion of €2 to cover costs. Please put do­na­tion in the box for books and pa­pers.

Con­fir­ma­tion Prepa­ra­tion Mass: The fifth Con­fir­ma­tion Prepa­ra­tion Mass will take place this Satur­day at 6.30 p.m. in our Church. All Con­fir­ma­tion can­di­dates and their par­ents/guardi- ans are re­quested to at­tend.

Garda Vet­ting: The task of re-vet­ting all in­volved in par­ish min­istries will be­gin in the com­ing weeks. This is to com­ply with le­gal re­quire­ments.

Lour­des 2017: Book­ings for our par­ish pil­grim­age to Lour­des are now be­ing taken in the Villa Pacis.

An­nual Col­lec­tion for AC­CORD: The Dioce­san Agency for Mar­riage and the fam­ily, AC­CORD, will hold their an­nual col­lec­tion this week­end and it will re­place the usual Share Col­lec­tion. AC­CORD Dublin through­out the dio­cese of­fers: Mar­riage Prepa­ra­tion Cour­ses, Coun­selling for cou­ples and in­di­vid­u­als ex­pe­ri­enc­ing dif­fi­cul­ties in their re­la­tion­ships. We need your help, please give gen­er­ously.

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.

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.)

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

Our Lady Queen of Peace Par­ish Con­fer­ence of St Vincent de Paul So­ci­ety: The des­ig­nated con­tact num­ber for those in the par­ish seek­ing as­sis­tance is 086 2567236.


Queen of Peace Ad­ven­ture Youth Club Are seek­ing the as­sis­tance of ca­noe in­struc­tors dur­ing the months from the start of May up to the end of Septem­ber. Nor­mally for these months there up to thirty-six young mem­bers need­ing in­struc­tion for the var­i­ous lev­els. Any­one, who would like to help for an hour a week could call 2860837, and the club would be very grate­ful.


Bray Divers Sub-Aqua Club is cur­rently train­ing two new divers, and next month they hope to re­cruit up to 10 new ju­nior snorkel­ers. Dur­ing the month of April of­fers of free swim­ming pool in­tro­duc­tory snorkel train­ing will be made to var­i­ous lo­cal groups. Fur­ther in­for­ma­tion will be avail­able re­gard­ing this af­ter Fe­bru­ary 22. Call Al­bert at 087 6756439, and he will gladly ar­range ap­pli­ca­tions, and en­rol­ments.


Bray Li­brary open­ing hours 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.


2017 Com­mit­tee mem­bers of the Bray Cualann His­tor­i­cal So­ci­ety, the lo­cal his­tory so­ci­ety for Bray and North Wicklow, are: pres­i­dent – Ms. Eva Sut­ton; chair­per­son and Hon. Trea­surer – Brian White; Vice-chair­per­son – Dave Mur­phy; Hon. Sec­re­tary – Ms. May Harte; PRO – James Scan­nell; Com­mu­ni­ca­tions and Tech­nol­ogy – Mark Mur­phy; Vis­i­tor Re­cep­tion – Ms. Nancy Ma­hony.

The Fe­bru­ary meet­ing of the Bray Cualann His­tor­i­cal So­ci­ety will take place to­mor­row (Thurs­day) at 8 p.m. in the Royal Ho­tel, Bray, at which James Scan­nell will re­veal the re­mark­able story of ‘Cap­tain Her­mann Go­ertz: The Ger­man WW2 Gatherer, who landed in full mil­i­tary uni­form’ in 1940 and had con­tacts with nu­mer­ous peo­ple and stayed in safe houses in the North Wicklow and South Dublin area, and re­mained in cir­cu­la­tion for over 15 months till fi­nally ar­rested in Clon­tarf, Co.Dublin. 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.

Mem­bers of the Bray His­tor­i­cal So­ci­ety are in­vited to at­tend the Wed­nes­day, Fe­bru­ary 22, 6.30 p.m. meet­ing of the Old Dublin So­ci­ety in the Con­fer­ence Room of Dublin City Li­brary and Archive, 138 – 144 Pearse Street, Dublin two, at which Gre­gory Young will present his lec­ture ‘Fran­cis Smyth and Sons, um­brella man­u­fac­tur­ers, Dublin, 1836-1967’. All wel­come – ad­mis­sion free.

Mary and Pat Killilea at the Bray Cam­era Club Ex­hi­bi­tion at the Mer­maid Arts Cen­tre.

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