St. Fergal's Parish, Bray, Co. Wicklow, Ireland

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St. Fergal’s Parish

bids farewell to the 

Sisters of

Saint-Gildas des Bois

with a Mass of

Thanksgiving and Appreciation

 

L to R

Sr. Margaret Mary Maher, in the Parish since 2003, Sr. Adile, a visitor to the Parish on many occasions,

Sr. Anne Hogan, Regional Co-ordinator for Ireland and England, and Sr. Breda Lalor, in the Parish since 2008

The Sisters of Saint-Gildas photographed with Very Rev. Fr. Jimmy McPartland, Co-PP, St. Fergals Parish, Ballywaltrim, Bray who celebrated Mass

On left, Mary Bolger , Sacristan for the Mass and on the right Mary Breen and Sheila Plunkett along with Mary Bolger provided the refreshments after Mass

On left, Maire Therese Kennan O’Dowd, Minister of the Word who proclaimed the Readings during Mass and who organised the Mass, on right seated Mary Breen and standing Sheila Plunkett  along with Mary Bolger provided the refreshments after Mass

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St. Fergal’s Parish bids farewell to the Sisters of Saint-Gildas with a Special Mass of thanksgiving and appreciation celebrated by Very Rev. Jimmy McPartland, Co-PP, St. Fergal’s Parish, Ballywaltrim, Bray, on Tuesday 23rd August 2022. All the parishioners who attended were invited to refreshments in the St. Anthony Room after the Mass provided by the sacristans.

During Mass in his homily Fr. Jimmy thanked the Sisters of Saint-Gildas for all the service they gave to the parish in the past three decades and wished them well in their new Ministry.

The last two remaining Sisters Sr. Breda Lalor and Sr. Margaret Mary Maher are going to continue their Ministry in convents in England.

Sr. Anne Hogan, during Mass thanked all the clergy and community of St. Fergal’s for all the kindness and support shown to the Sisters through the years. She recalled how the Sisters of Saint-Gildas came to Bray in 1993 and spent their first year in the Most Holy Redeemer Parish. They stayed in temporary accommodation in one of the small red brick houses opposite the Town Hall. In the year 1994 they acquired permanent accommodation in the Parish of St. Fergal and were warmly welcomed by the then Parish Priest, Fr. Pascal Nevin, OFM.

First to arrive in Bray were Sr. Catherine Hyland, St. Anne Madigan and Sr. Gisele Merot, retired Mother General. Sr. Gisele stayed for one year.

Sr. Margaret Mary Maher arrived in 2003 and Sr. Breda Lalor in 2008. Sr. Anne Hogan, Regional Co-ordinator for Ireland and England, came to visit on occasions as did Sr. Odile.. Sr. Josephine was also in St. Fergal’s for a short while Sr. Margaret Mary was involved in the Monday Club which met in the St. Clare’s Centre. Sr. Anne Madigan and parishioner Bernie McGrane were involved in Casa and their work involved visiting housebound people and to develop friendships. Sr. Catherine and Sr. Eileen of the Marist Sisters who were then also in the Parish and Sr. Margaret Mary were involved in the Cardas Group. Sr. Breda was a member of St. Fergal’s Parish Pastoral Council for many years and her work also involved visiting housebound people. She was also a member of the Funeral Team. All the Sisters were Ministers of the Eucharist and Sr. Anne brought Holy Communion to the sick.

St. Fergal’s Mens Choir under musical Director, Michael Byrne and solo pieces by flautist Eimear Hegarty added beautifully to this very special Mass

A special word of thanks from all of us parishioners for all your work and friendship throughout the years and we also wish you well

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Concelebrated

Holy Mass 

Day Three

on the occasion of

The Triduum

in honour of

St. Anthony

Celebrants:

Very Rev. Fr. Jimmy McPartland, Co-PP

Chief Celebrant

and

Archbishop Emeritus

Liam Slattery, OFM

of Pretoria, South Africa

Fr. Jimmy incenses the altar

at the beginning of Mass

Fr. Jimmy made reference to the

prayers of the congregation

rising to Heaven like the incense

Archbishop Liam Slattery, OFM

proclaims the First reading

Fr. Jimmy

proclaims

the Gospel

Archbishop Liam Slattery, OFM

blesses the lilies

He then sprinkles them with Holy Water

Fr. Jimmy

incenses the congregation

The Consecration

 

Archbishop Liam Slattery, OFM

blesses the congregation

with the relic of

St. Anthony

 

After Mass

members of the congregation

had the opportunity of  receiving 

the

Sacrament of Annointing

in the

St. Anthony Room

Fr. Jimmy

first annoints the forehead

and then the hands

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Floral Decorations

on the occasion of

The Triduum

in honour of

St. Anthony

June 2022

 

 

Floral Decorations

courtesy

Betty Burke

and her team

Photos: Peter Growney

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Floral Decorations

on the occasion

of the

 Sacrament

of

First Holy Communion

at

St. Fergal’s Church

May 2022

Floral Decorations 

courtesy

Betty Burke

and her team

Photos: Peter Growney

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Floral Decorations

on the occasion

of the

 Sacrament of Confirmation

at

St. Fergal’s Church

May 2022

Floral Decorations

courtesy

Betty Burke

and her team

Photos: Peter Growney

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Easter

Floral Decorations 

at

St. Fergal’s

2022

Fr. Jimmy McPartland Co-PP

officiating at 

The  Easter Vigil Mass

Cross

at the

back of the church

made by 

Tom Prenter 

New Easter Cross

made by

Tom Prenter

One of the

Floral Garlands

used on the sidewalls of the Church

Floral Decorations

by

Betty Burke

and her team

Photos by Peter Growney

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St. Fergal’s Church

Ballywaltrim

Bray

Co. Wicklow

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Floral Decorations

on the occasion of

Confirmation

at

St. Fergal’s 

Thursday 31st March 2022

 

Floral Decorations

by

Betty Burke and her team

Photos: Courtesy Mary Breen

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Floral Decoration 

for

St. Patrick’s Day

at

St. Fergal’s Church

by Betty Burke and her team

Photo courtesy Mary Breen

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Floral Decorations

for

Christmas 

2021

 

Christmas wreaths adorning the columns

at the back of the Church

 

Floral Decorations

by

Betty Burke 

and her

Team

Photos: Peter Growney

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