St. Fergal's Parish, Bray

22 November 2015

The Deep End

The end of the world
Next week we come to the end of the Church’s liturgical year and therefore on this Sunday the readings traditionally speak about the end of the world and the final coming of Jesus. There is a lot of symbolic language in today’s Gospel, some of it which may distress us. The opening verses tell us of great destruction of things that we know we cannot survive without – the sun, the moon. The Gospel goes on to speak about the gathering of a great community. People in Jesus’ time believed that the end would come in their life-time. Jesus says that no one will know when this is to happen and that it is not for us to worry about. What we should be concerned about is how to live every day in God’s love and service.
 
Today, we might recall times where we thought our worlds had ended because we lost something so important to us or we were suffering in some way. During that time it may have seemed like nothing would be the same again, but it was temporary; a new or different way of life was opened up to us as a result. The parable of the fig tree in the middle of this Gospel speaks to us about life and hope. In the midst of winter a small sign of hope was there even though we may not have seen it.

When you see these things taking place, you know that he is near.
Mark 13:29


An Evening with St. Fergal’s Men’s Choir

A Fundraising Concert in aid of The Shane Vickers Trust
Friday 20th November 2015 8pm
St. Mochonog’s Church, Kilmacanogue
Admission: Adults €10 / Students €5
Accompanying Children Free
A sing along evening of your favourite songs in a beautiful setting with spectacular lighting and visual backdrops
Tickets available at the Parish Office


Thirty – Third Sunday in Ordinary Time

Some of the images in today’s readings, may appear incomprehensible to many but they give us hope. God had promised to bring about the transformation of this fallen world, the resurrection of the dead.   The timing belongs to God.   Wor part is to oive in hope, through the difficulties of our life and history.


St. Fergal’s Parish CHRISTMAS RAFFLE

Great Prizes to be Won
1st Prize: Christmas Food Hamper
2nd Prize: Liquid Hamper
3rd Prize: Wicklow Carrig Fruit Bowl
4th Prize: Tyrone Irish Crystal Bowl
5th Prize: The White Bathing Collection
6th Prize: Soft Toy
and many more...

Tickets go on sale in the church this weekend €1 per strip or 6 strips for €5.
The draw will take place in the Church after the Christmas Carol Concert in December.


Parish Christmas Cards

Packs of assorted Parish Christmas Cards are available to purchase in the Church and the Parish Office. €3 for 6 cards.
Those who receive the cards will be remembered in the Christmas Masses being offered in the Parish


Christmas Mass

Bouquet Cards
The intentions of those receiving the cards will be remembered at the 9.30a.m. Mass on Tuesday 29th December 2015.


HAND CRAFTED CHRISTMAS CRIBS FOR SALE

€30.00 AVAILABLE AT ALL MASSES
November 14th & 15th
ALL PROCEEDS TO PARISH FUNDS
Limited Number Available


BAPTISMS

We welcome into our community and pray God’s blessing on
Max Patrick Vickers
Lewis Christopher Veevers
Freddie Colin Devlin
Who will abe baptised in the church this Sunday 15th November 2015


The Carmelite Sisters, Delgany

invite you to join the Maynooth choir on Saturday 28th November at 3.00 p.m. to begin the Season of Advent with a blessing of Advent wreath, Evening Prayer and Benediction.
All welcome to bring your own wreath for the blessing. Refreshment afterwards.


Carrickmines Fire Tragedy

Months Mind
10th November 2015
Parishioners are asked to kindly remember The Lynch, Gilbert, and Connors Families and their deceased loved ones in prayer at this time


November – Month of the Holy Souls

Many people choose to abstain from alcohol for the month of November and offer this prayerful act in honour of their deceased loved ones and for someone they know or love with an addiction.  Take the short-term pledge for November.  www.pioneerassociation.ie or contact (353) 1 8749464.  Small fee applies for certificate and emblem.


December Parish Day Trip

Saturday 5th December 2015
Coach departs at 9.00 am from St Fergal’s
Tea/Coffee & Scones in the Valley Inn Monasterboice
Visit the Battle of the Boyne Centre
& Oldbridge House
Visit Drogheda Town
18.00 Evening Meal in the Valley Inn Monasterboice
19.30 Entertainment
21.00 Depart and Head Back to Bray
Cost: Price Per Person
41-53 People – €47.00
33-40 People – €53.00
Please book at parish office.
Deposit required when booking
Balance of payment by 28th November

 

Help me, eternal God, to accept your gift of the present moment. It is the only moment I will ever have, so let me inhabit it richly and fully, and celebrate your gift of life in abundance.

 

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