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St. Fergal’s Newsletter

THE DEEP END

‘The First of His Signs’

This is a familiar story, rich in symbolism.  It is the first ‘sign’ recorded in John’s Gospel.  These ‘signs’ in John’s Gospel are miracle stories but John prefers to use the term ‘sign’, as they point to something far more than just the miracle itself.  John used these signs to encourage belief in his readers but they are also an invitation for us to understand something more of how God operates in our lives.

Jesus transforms the water, which would be used for the Jewish purification rite. He takes something used to give life to people, and transforms it into something which brings joy, celebration and new life to the party.   There are many messages we can take from this account: the ability of God to transform our lives, to transform that which is dead and stale.  The abundance of wine (approx. 700 litres!) is a significant reminder of the abundance of God’s love for us, beyond our comprehension.

We could also focus on the role of Mary in the Gospel – she is the one who notices, she is attentive to the needs of those around her and brings this concern to Jesus.  We might pray today that we too may be able to notice, to see, to intervene when we are faced with situations that need attention.  This may be a situation where something in our own lives or in our church has become dead and stale and is in desperate need of new wine.

Jane Mellett       

mellettj@gmail.com

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MASS INTENTIONS

Saturday Vigil Mass 19th Jan 2019

7.00pm Aidan Kane (Anniv)

Michael Leggett (Month’s Mind)

Sunday 20th Jan 2019

8.00 am  Mary Jameson (Rec Dec)

10.30am  Gerry Maxwell (Month’s Mind)

Leo O’Reilly (Rec Dec)

Eddie Mitchell Rec Dec)

Tommy Webster (Rec Dec)

Pat Wholohan (Rec Dec)

Peter O’Neill (Rec Dec)

Mary Keating (1st Anniv)

Kathleen Maxwell (Anniv)

Charles & Elizabeth O’Malley (Anniv)

Michael McHugh (Anniv)

Alice Boyle (Anniv)

Mrs Byrne (100th B.Day Living)

(A Special Intention)

We are asked to remember in our prayers, Paul McHugh, Leo O’Reilly, Peter Cooling, and John Vaughan, who died recently, we offer our sympathy and prayerful support to their families. Those who die in grace go no further from us than to God, and God is always very near.

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LAST WEEKEND’S COLLECTIONS

Last weekend The Share Collection amounted to €832.00

Family Offering Collection amounted to: €822.00

Thank you for your generosity.

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Novena to St Anthony

On Tuesday Mornings during the 9.30am Mass.

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Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament

On Friday Mornings from 10.00am to 1.00pm

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Second Sunday in Ordinary Time

World Day of Migrants and Refugees-

Sunday within the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity

A wedding is a time for joyful celebration, it is a time of hope and promise.   According to John the wedding at Cana marked the beginning of Jesus’s ministry.   It showed the joy and plenty that his coming brings because in him, God’s promised love is a present reality.

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Family Offering Boxes 2019

For those who have no collector, the boxes are now available for collection from the table at the back of the church.

Thank you.

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Thought for the day

The (extra) ordinary experience of “everyday” love is itself a sacrament. As such, it mediates the love of God and gives us both an experience, and a language by which we may speak of God, God who is love itself.

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Bray Soroptimist Club

TABLE QUIZ

Raffle-Prizes-Brain Teasers-Trivia

Friday 25th January 2019

BRAY GOLF CLUB – 8.00PM

TABLE OF 4 €40

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Parish Cake Sale – 2019

And Raffle

The first of our monthly Cake Sales and Raffle’s for 2019,

will take place Next Weekend, the 26th & 27th of January.

We really are in need of some extra volunteer bakers, so, if you could help, we would be most grateful.

Thank you for your support throughout the year

                                                                                                                                                         Bray Cualann Historical

Society ‘Re-reading the Classics’ in, Bray Library.

How well do you know the classic’s ? Do you know your ‘Crime and Punishment’ from your ‘Pride and Prejudice’? What can a budding writer learn from the great writers? And was Mark Twain right when he defined a classic book as ‘something that everybody wants read and nobody wants to read’?  Throughout 2019 the great works of authors as varied as Jane Austen and James Joyce, Dickens and Dostoevsky, the Brontës and Crason McCullers will be discussed.  Sessions which will take place  from 11am to 12pm on the last Monday of the  month in Bray Library, Eglinton Road, Bray, chaired by award-winner writer and creative  writing tutor David Butler, whose most recent novel, ‘City of Dis’ published by New Island, was shortlisted for the Irish Novel of the Year, 2015. Free but booking required – call 01-2862600 to reserve a place.

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WHERE ARE WE AT NOW?

On the foot of Welcome Ministry Training that took place a couple of years ago, a seminar day will be held on Saturday 16thFebruary, Between 10 30 am and 2 30 pm in The Little Flower hall at Holy RedeemerParishto review where we are at with our parish welcome.

The day will cover what initiatives have worked so far for you and what didn’t.

What stumbling blocks were encountered and what more needs to be done to support parish welcome initiatives.

Anyone who would like to attend is very welcome, as the first part of the day will review the training programme.

This is such an important aspect of growing our faith communities, I would really encourage as many of you as possible to come along.

To confirm attendance please contact me (Aideen) at 0868182241. This is essential for providing light refreshment on the day.

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READINGS AND INTENTIONS

Mon 21st Jan  – Sat 26th  Jan 2019

Monday 21st Jan

St Agnes – Martyr

9.30am. Sean Healy (Rec Dec)

Heb 5:1-10. Ps 109:1-4, R/ v 4.

Mk 2:18-22.

Tuesday 22nd Jan

St Vincent – Martyr

9.30am. Gertie McKeever (Anniv)

Heb 6:10-20. Ps 110:1-2, 4-5, 9, 10,

R/ v 5. Mk 2:23-28.

Wednesday 23rd Jan

9.30am Liam Keogh (Rec Dec)

Heb 7:1-3, 15-17. Ps 109:1-4,

R/ v 4. Mk 3:1-6.

Thursday 24th Jan

St Francis de Sales – Bishop

9.30am Thank You Mass Bouq

Heb 7:25-8:6. Ps 39:7-10, 17,

R/ cf. vv 8,89. Mk 3:7-12.

Friday 25th Jan

9.30am: Margaret Carthy (Rec Dec)

Acts 22:3-16 or Acts 9:1-22. Ps 116:1-2,

 R/ Mk 16-15. Mk 16:15-18.

Saturday 26th Jan

Ss Timothy & Titus – Bishops

9.30 am: Prayer Service

2 ™ 1:1-8 pr Ti 1:1-5. Ps 95:1-3, 7-8, 10, R/ v 3. Lk 10:1-9.

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PRAYER

God of wonders, at Cana in Galilee, you revealed your glory in Jesus Christ and summoned all humanity to life in him. Show to your people gathered on this day your transforming power and give us a foretaste of the wine you keep for the age to come. Amen.

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ROTAS FOR NEXT WEEKEND

Ministers of the Eucharist:

26th & 27th January 2019

7:00 pm      Mary Keegan

Brendan Fisher

Eileen O’Donnell

8.00 a.m.    Bridget Waters

Mary Bolger

10:30 am    Michael Lyons, Mary Keogh,

Margaret Broderick, Mary Breen,

Pat Martin

Nursing Home Rota:

Mary Bolger

Margaret Broderick

Billy Carnahan

Ministers of the Word

7.00pm   Marie Therese Kennan O’Dowd

8.00am   Marie Dunphy

10.30am First Communion Prep Mass

Altar Servers Rota

7.00p.m.

10.30a.m.

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ST FERGAL’S PARISH

Moderator, V. Rev Larry Behan

The Parochial House, St. Fergal’s, Killarney Road, Bray.

Sacristy: Tel. 2768194

Parish Office: Mon, Wed, & Thurs 10.00am-3.00pm,

Tuesday 10.00am-5.00pm

Friday:- CLOSED Tel: 2860980

Email:info@stfergalsbray.ie  Web:www.stfergalsbray.ie

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

Baptisms: 1st & 3rd Saturday of each month at 12.00Noon.  Three weeks notice before thepreparation meeting is required. Preparation meeting is normally held on the Monday before the first Saturday Sacrament.

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