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St. Fergal’s Newsletter

The Deep End

Light and Darkness

Last week we were introduced to John the Baptist as part of our Advent journey. We hear his story again today, and in this account, from the fourth gospel, we hear John’s voice and his testimony about Jesus. Light and darkness is the key theme of the fourth gospel and its opening verses proclaims that this light has always shone in the dark; the darkness cannot overpower it. The evangelist goes on to tell us that John the Baptist’s mission is that he has been sent by God to ‘speak for the light’. John is a light-bearer, he is a witness to the light of God in our world, a light that cannot be put out.

We celebrate this light today on Gaudete Sunday. Gaudete means ‘rejoice’; we light the pink candle and we celebrate with joy. It might be a good opportunity to ask today: ‘who have been the light-bearers on your own faith journey’? Who testified to the Light of God and passed the torch on to you? We thank God for them.

Lord there is much darkness in society and in our church… We become cynical and settle for mediocrity. We thank you that someone always comes on the scene, sent by you as a witness to speak for the light….teachers, community leaders, grandparents, children, a friend…..they bear witness to the rest of us that somewhere in the dark a light shines that darkness cannot overcome.

Michel De Verteuil

Jane Mellett

mellettj@gmail.com

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MASS INTENTIONS

Saturday Vigil Mass 16th December 2017.

7.00 pm Richard Ward (Month’s Mind)

Joan Matthews (B.Day Rem.)

Sunday 17th December 2017

8.00 am   Sr. Freda Parkinson (Rec.Dec.)

10.30am  Frank Kennan (Rec.Dec.)

Gordon Nolan (Rec. Dec.)

Antonio Riccio (Rec. Dec.)

Rev. John Baptist Todd (Rec.Dec.)

Philomena Rodrick (Rec. Dec.)

Frank Mc Carthy (Rec.Dec.)

Marisa Mroczkowska (Rec.Dec.)

Ron Curran (Rec. Dec.)

Thomas Geraghty(Rem.)

Neil Mc Cann (Rem.)

Special Intention for Sr Aideen

& Sr Donal

Margaret Campbell (Mass Bouquet)

Val Curran (Mass Bouquet)

Marian Kelly (Get Well Intention)

We are also asked to remember in our prayers John Anthony Murphy.

Those who die in grace go no further from us than God and God is very near.

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LAST WEEKEND’S COLLECTION

Last weekend the Family Offering Collection amounted to: €905.

The Annual Christmas St Vincent de Paul Collection which replaced the usual Share Collection amounted to €5,082.20

which was wonderful.

Thank you for your generosity.

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Parish Office Christmas Arrangements

The Parish Office close on Friday 22nd December 2017and will

reopen on Monday 2nd January 2018

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Christmas Flowers

If you would like to offer a donation towards the Christmas flowers and decorations in the Church please take an envelope marked Christmas Flowers at the back of the Church.

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READINGS & INTENTIONS

18th – 23rd December 2017.

 Monday 18th December

9.30 am Lucy Broxson-McHugh (Rec. Dec.)

Jer 23: 5-8. Ps 71:1-2, 12-13, 18-19,

R/ cf v 7. Mt 1:18-24.

Tuesday 19th December

9.30 am John Donnelly (Rec.Dec.)

Jg 13: 2-7, 24-25. Ps 70: 3-6, 16-17,

R/ cf v 8. Lk 1: 5-25.

Wednesday 20th December

9.30 am Ruari De Buitlear (Rec. Dec.)

Is 7: 10-14. Ps 23: 1-6, R/ v 7, 10.

Lk 1: 26-38.

Thursday 21st December

9.30 am Marie Geraghty (Rec. Dec)

Song 2: 8-14 or Zeph 3: 14-18. Ps 32: 2-3, 11-12, 20-21,

R/ vv 1, 3. Lk 1: 39-45.

Friday 22nd December

9.30 am Norman Wright (Rec. Dec.)

1 Sm 1: 24-28. Ps 1 Sam 2: 1, 4-8,

R/ v 1. Lk 1: 46-56.

Saturday 23rd December

9.30 am Helen Farrelly (Rec. Dec.)

Mal 3: 1-4, 23-24. Ps 24: 4-5, 8-9,10, 14,

R/ Lk 21: 28. Lk 1: 57-66.

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Christmas Timetable Cards &

Christmas Dues Envelopes

Christmas Timetable Cards, and Christmas Dues Envelopes,

are available for collection at the back of the church.

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WORLD MEETING OF FAMILIES 2018

 The World Meeting of Families is taking place in Ireland in 2018.   For details of this important event please see:-   www.worldmeeting2018.ie .

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BAPTISMS

We welcome into our community and pray God’s blessing on:

Fergus Vincent Lollback

who was baptised in the church on Saturday 16th December 2017.

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ROTAS FOR NEXT WEEKEND

23rd/24th December 2017

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Ministers of the Eucharist:

7:00 pm         William Hogan, Vicky Byrne, Tony Bohan

8:00 am          Peter Growney, Monica Cornejo

10:30 am       Aine McHugh, Marie Kelly, Marie Lee,

Billy Carnahan, Eileen Fox

Nursing Home Rota:

                   Tina Ryan, Mary Bishop, Teresa Ormond

Ministers of the Word

7.00pm          Maire Hegarty

8:00am          Marie Dunphy

10.30am

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Parish Christmas Cards

Packs of assorted Parish Christmas Cards are available to purchase in the Church after all Masses and the Parish Office.   €4 for 6 cards.   Those who receive the cards will be remembered in the Christmas Masses being offered in the Parish.

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Every Monday is “Senior Day”

From 10.30 am-2.30 pm at St Clare’s Centre, Ballymorris Estate, Killarney Road, Bray.

Warm meal provided.

Music, Dance, Bingo and more…

New Members Welcome.

Admission Free.

For further information contact Eleanor 086-0563243.

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CHRISTMAS TIMETABLE 2017

Saturday 16th Dec:               Mass at 9.30a.m. & 7.00pm

                                                   Christmas Carol Concert at 7.45

Sunday     17th Dec:              Masses at 8.00a.m. & 10.30a.m.

Monday     18th Dec:            Mass at 9.30a.m.

Tuesday     19th Dec:             Mass at 9.30a.m.

PENITENTIAL SERVICE 7.30p.m.

Wednesday 20th Dec:        Mass at 9.30a.m.

Thursday    21st Dec:          Mass at9.30a.m.

Friday         22nd Dec:         Mass at 9.30a.m.

Saturday     23rd Dec:        Mass at 9.30a.m.

Confessions 10.00a.m. – 11.00a.m.

Vigil:                  Mass at 7.00

Sunday 24th  Dec:              Masses at 8.00a.m. & 10.30a.m.

Christmas Eve                                                                           

Vigil Masses for Christmas

6.00p.m. Family Mass (Family Mass Choir)

9.00p.m. Vigil Mass (Parish Choir)

Monday 25th Dec:                               Masses at 8.00a.m. 10.30a.m. (Men’s Choir) and

Christmas Day                                          12.00pm (Gospel Choir)

Tuesday 26th Dec:                               Mass at 9.30a.m.

St. Stephen’s Day                                    Mass at 9.30 –

           (Intentions of all who received Christmas Mass Bouquet Cards)

Wednesday 27th Dec:                         Mass at 9.30a.m.

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Christmas Mass Bouquet Cards

The intentions of those receiving the cards

will be remembered at the 9.30a.m. Mass on Tuesday 26th December 2018.

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ST FERGAL’S PARISH

Moderator: Rev Larry Behan. The Parochial House, St Fergal’s, Killarney Road, Bray.

Team Assistant: Fr. Hugh O’Donnell O.F.M.

Sacristy: Tel. 2768194

Parish Office: Mon, Wed, &Thurs 10.00a.m.-3.00p.m.

Tuesday 10.00-5.00p.m.

Friday- CLOSED. Tel. 2860980

Email: info@stfergalsbray.ie

Web: www.stfergalsbray.ie

Masses: Sundays- Saturday 7.00 p.m., Sunday 8.00a.m., & 10.30 a.m. Holy Days – Vigil 7.00p.m., Holy Day 8.00a.m. & 10.30 a.m.   Weekdays: 9.30 a.m.

Baptisms: 1st & 3rd Saturday of each month at 12.00 noon. Three week’s notice before the preparation meeting is required. Preparation meeting is normally held on the Monday before the First Saturday Sacrament.

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