What in this weeks newsletter?
- Reflections for Nov 2nd Feast of the Holy Souls
- Novena for the Holy Souls
- Prayers & resources
- Recent deaths and anniversaries in our parish
November Prayer & Remembrance
On Nov. 1st at 3pm the bishops and priests of Ireland will lead a service of prayer to dedicate the month of November to ‘Remembrance of the Dead’ and prayer for the Bereaved.
This service will be live streamed from Holy Cross Church Tramore on Sunday next Nov. 1st.
Please note the church will close at 2.30pm and reopen for personal prayer at 3.40pm approximately
The Novena of Masses for November
The Novena of Masses for the souls of the Faithful Departed will commence in Holy Cross Church at the 10.30 am Mass on Sunday Nov 15th and will continue until Monday Nov 23rd.,Envelopes are available in the church porch.Completed lists may be handed into the parish office or any of the presbyteries.
Holy Cross Church-Live Streaming
We are happy to announce that our new Live Streaming Service is now in operation, where you may join us for Tramore Parish Services online from Holy Cross Church.
Please visit the parish website www.tramoreparish.ie Click on “Live Stream” on the homepage when the services are on.
Please spread the word to people who are house bound.
For anyone who do not have access to online servicesTramore Parish Radio Services are broadcast From Holy Cross Church, Tramore at 10.am from Monday to Sat and 10.30am on Sunday on your radio 105.4FM
The Church will be open for private prayer from Mon to Sat: 11.00am-5pm Sunday: 11.30am-5pm.
The parish office is closed to the public due to Covid 19 restrictions but you may ring the office between 10.30 am-1pm with any inquiries.
Contact : 051-386477
Prayers and resources
Prayers and resources are offered to assist the faithful during the threat of the coronavirus. Please visit:
Pope Francis’ Prayer to Mary during the coronavirus pandemic
you always shine on our path
as a sign of salvation and of hope.
We entrust ourselves to you, Health of the Sick,
who at the cross took part in Jesus’ pain, keeping your faith firm.
You, Salvation of the Roman People,
know what we need,
and we are sure you will provide
so that, as in Cana of Galilee,
we may return to joy and to feasting
after this time of trial.
Help us, Mother of Divine Love,
to conform to the will of the Father
and to do as we are told by Jesus,
who has taken upon himself our sufferings
and carried our sorrows
to lead us, through the cross,
to the joy of the resurrection. Amen.
Please remember those who have died recently: Margaret Murphy née Walsh, Bernadette Chestnutt nee Nolan, Paul Vollrath (Innsbruck, Austria),James (Jim) McCarthy (Sandymount)
We pray for: Kitty Flynn, Paddy, Ronnie & Alfie Hearn ,Marie Purcell (1stAnniversary) &,Liam Purcell, Christine Doughan (1st Ann),Lillian O’Keeffe who’s anniversaries occur at this time.
Prayer for Vocations
“REJOICE AND BE GLAD,
FOR YOUR REWARD
WILL BE GREAT IN HEAVEN.”
HOW ARE YOU CALLED
TO USE YOUR TALENTS?
If Christ may be inviting you to faithful, rewarding service as a priest or consecrated religious, speak to your local priest, or call your Diocesan Vocation’s Director, or email the National Vocations Office on email@example.com
Reflection for all Souls Day 2nd November by Frank Downes OP
A wise man once wrote ‘I find the great thing in this world is not so much where we stand but in what direction we are moving’. The direction is all important; the direction beyond. In St Luke’s Gospel Chapter 7:12 Jesus stands near the gate of the town. Gates are significant in our lives; closed, computerized; open. They clarify our boundaries for others and ourselves. We also speak of the gates of Heaven.
In November we honour the souls of our deceased loved ones; those remembered; those forgotten; those surrounded; those abandoned in their dying and their death. Each of us recalls as appropriate the ‘souls’ of those who loved us and whom we have loved. The souls, some of whom have already reached Heaven and some of whom are still on their way to that blessed place. The Feast of All souls (November 2nd) calls us forth in prayer. We are called forth within our faith tradition and in this case (Roman Catholic). We pray for; we honour the souls of our loved ones.
Where there is soul there is beauty;
where there is soul there is love
Where there is soul there is life;
where there is soul there is hope.
Soul surrounds so many dimensions of our lives; soul holds together all of life. We speak of a person being a kindly or a lovely soul. What do we mean? They reflect for us something of the inner life that is so necessary that is void of the mess of the external and a beauty shines from within them.
So we honour; we remember; we pray for the souls of our faithful departed brothers and sisters. We do so very specially within our faith tradition in the context of the Mass which is our source of comfort; unity and healing. Through the gift of the Mass we receive healing and hope. It is in this great sacrament that we receive the gift of hope. A hope in ourselves and a hope to continue living just for today. We are gifted with an inner strength. The Prophet Isaiah 25:9 speaks to us ‘The Lord is the one we have hoped in’ In Psalm 17 we pray ‘Hope in Him; hold firm and take heart; hope in the Lord’
Again if we go back to Luke & where we experience the powerful healing of Jesus in the lives of a mother and her son. What consolation. There is many a parent that would give anything to have the life of their son/daughter back. Jesus gave the young boy to his mother. We give our loved ones to God or at times they are taken from us; the giving is not ours. The Hymn prays: ‘Remember those O Lord who in your peace have died’ we do so this November time; this darkened time; we do so in Hope that they are at peace and that we will be consoled and healed. May their spirits support and console us.