Newsletter 10th December 2023

What in this weeks newsletter?

  • Reflection for the 2nd Sunday in Advent.
  • Christmas Schedule of Ceremonies
  • Christmas Tree  Of Remembrance
  • Recent deaths and anniversaries in our parish
  • Wlr Christmas Concert
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Holy Cross Parish Mass Times

Holy Cross Tramore

Saturday 10am &
7.30pm (Vigil)
8.30am, 10.30am and
12 noon
Monday – Thursday 10.00am
Friday-7.30am & 10.00am

Saturday 10.30am & 7pm and upon Request

Mondays after 10am Mass

Tuesday after 10am Mass

Wednesday at 3pm.

Thursday after 10am Mass until 5pm
Church closes at 4pm Monday – Wednesday and Friday & 5pm Thursday

Our Lady’s Church Carbally
Sunday at 11.00am

Church of the Immaculate Conception Fenor
Saturday Vigil at 6pm
Tuesday & Wednesday at 9am

Sacred Heart Church Dunhill
Sunday at 9.30am
Thursday & Friday at 9am


Holy Cross Church-Live Streaming

Live Streaming facility is in operation, where you may join us for Tramore Parish Services online from Holy Cross Church.
Log in to the parish website Click on “Live Stream” on the homepage when the services are on.


Tramore Parish Radio

Services are broadcast from Holy Cross Church, Tramore at from Monday to Sat,7.30pm Sat evening, 8.30am, 10.30am & 12 noon on Sunday on your radio 105.4FM. (It may be tuned in only when service is on.


CCTV/Live Stream

Please be aware that for the protection and security of all, CCTV Cameras are in operation in Holy Cross Church. All Masses are live streamed and broadcast over the internet.


Parish Face book Page

We would like to welcome you to the our Parish Facebook page-
Parish of Tramore & Carbally You may also access on parish
This will allow us to share Parish information, news, prayers and reflections with you all. Please LIKE and SHARE with your family and friends.



We strongly recommended, that parishioners continue to sanitize their hands upon entry and leaving the church.


Donate Facility

We have an online donate facility on our parish website:, where you can make your Sunday offering to the parish.
Please quote your envelope number, if applicable, when you make your donation. All contributions are gratefully received, and we thank you in advance for your generosity.



Christmas Arrangements 2023


Holy Cross Church, Tramore & Our Lady’s Church, Carbally


Sunday 16th/17th December: Tramore: Mass of Reconciliation at all Masses.

Sunday 17th December: Carbally:
Mass of Reconciliation at11.00am.

Saturday 23rd December:
Tramore Mass: 10am & 7.30pm

Sunday 24th December: Christmas Eve Tramore Mass: 8.30am, 10.30am & Christmas Vigil 7.30pm
Carbally Mass: 7.30pm Vigil

Monday 25th December: Christmas Day Tramore: Mass at 8.30am, 10.30am & 12noon
Monday 25th December: Christmas Day
Carbally Mass: 11.00am

Tuesday 26th St Stephen’s Day
Tramore Mass: 10.00am


We wish all our Parishioners a very Happy Christmas & every Blessing in the New Year


Parish Of Dunhill & Fenor Christmas Arrangements 2023

Saturday 16 December: Fenor:
Mass of Reconciliation at 6pm Vigil.

Sunday 17th December: Dunhill: Mass of Reconciliation at 9.30am.

Saturday 23rd December: Fenor: Mass: 6pm Vigil

Sunday 24th December: Christmas Eve, Dunhill Masses: 9.30am & 7.30 pm Vigil

Monday 25th December: Christmas Day Fenor: Mass at 10am.



The annual collection for the Society of St Vincent de Paul Tramore, will take place before Masses at the Parish Churches in Tramore & Carbally this Saturday 9th and Sunday 10th December 2023
As demands for our assistance continues to increase, donations are essential for us to respond to the needs of families and individuals in the community.
Thanks for your support.

St Luke’s Tramore Christmas Appeal 2023 CONFERENCE FUNDRAISING ADDRESS






Christmas concert in The Holy Cross Church in Tramore


Join Waterford soprano Caroline Reid O Brien as well as local band The Kalimbas as they host a magical Christmas concert in The Holy Cross Church in Tramore on Tuesday 12th December.
There will also be musical entertainment from choirs from three local schools; Gaelscoil Philip Barún, Holy Cross NS and Ardscoil Na Mara.

Kicking off at 7:30pm. This is a free concert. There will be a bucket collection for St Vincent De Paul on the night.


LECTIO DIVINA (with the Apostles of the Sacred Heart of Jesus

Tuesdays 2:30 – 4pm St John’s Pastoral Centre, John’s Hill. Thursdays 7:30 – 9pm, Sacred Heart Convent, Newtown Road. Gathering to read and pray with the Sunday Gospel, followed by tea and a chat!



A Catholic Charismatic Outreach Movement to enable people to encounter the personal love of God Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Zoom on Wednesday with companionship, music, sharing, prayer, the odd funny story, Sacred Scripture and adoration. Zoom ID:86141473152/Password:fire/Wednesdays 8 to 9.15p.m.



Saturday 23rd December – Cathedral of the Most Holy Trinity Waterford. Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament, candle light, music, silence, confessions available. Time to be confirmed.


Eucharistic Adoration in the Diocese

Spend time in the True Presence of Jesus. For a list of locations and times for Eucharistic Adoration in the Diocese checkout



Every Tuesday at 7pm, in St. Saviour’s Church, Bridge Street, Waterford City led by the Servant Priests and Brothers and Servant Sisters. Adoration at 6.30pm. Each week we will reflect and chat about different topics that will help us deepen our knowledge of the Catholic faith and live our Christian lives to the full! All are welcome.


Popes Monthly Intention for December

For persons with disabilities
We pray that people living with disabilities may be at the center of attention in society, and that institutions may offer inclusive programs which value their active participation.


MEDJUGORJE EVENING at Glencomeragh House

Beginning with the Holy Rosary at 8pm during which confessions will be available, followed by Holy Mass, Adoration and prayers for healing. Second Thursday of each month.


Carol Service

Christ Church Cathedral Waterford is holding a Carol Service this Sunday 10th December at 3pm.

Advent Prayer Resources


Please see below some resources that will help you to prepare your heart and mind for Christmas as we journey through the weeks of Advent available on the following links:                                                   Advent-Prayer-Leaflet-2023-1




Holy Cross Church Christmas tree of Remembrance

This year we are decorating our Christmas tree in the church with silver Christmas decoration cards.
If you would like a loved one remembered, the name will be added to the card and it will placed on the tree in their memory.
Please drop in to the Parish office and we will be happy to assist you.
Donation for each remembrance card, in aid of Church Restoration Fund.


Carbally Collection for Flowers

Carbally Collection for fresh flowers for Christmas will take place on Sunday next 17th December.
We thank you in advance for your generosity as always.


Parish Office

Mass Booking

The Mass Book for March 2024 is open at open at the Parish Office.

Next week’s opening Times:

Monday Thursday 9.30am – 4pm
Fri: 9.30am – 3.30pm

Contact: 051-386477


Baptism Booking
Please contact the office for further details 051-386477

Wedding- Church Booking
Please contact the office 051-386477


Christmas Stock now in!

Christmas Cards and Christmas Mass Bouquets are now available at the Parish Office & Limited selection of gift ideas including Children’s Christmas Books for Christmas

Lost property

If you have lost reading glasses or sunglasses gloves recently or in the past number of months please call to the parish office where we have numerous items that we would like to unite with their owners.



A piece of Jewelry found on the Church grounds was handed in to the Parish office. If you are missing same please call in to the office

Recent Deaths

Please remember those who died recently, Capt. Michael Maguire, Fr Jerry Condon (Stradbally, Ballylaneen & Faha Parishes)

We remember the months mind for  Celine Myles

We pray for Willie O’Sullivan, Hugh Wilson, Annie Wall, Ted & Nellie Wall, son Eammon, daughter Veronica & grandson Alan Lyons, Roger Murphy, Maureen & Michael Coyne, Aidan Lawlor, Paddy Dunne, Tom Williams & Margaret Williams, Kathleen Dunford, PJ & Bridget Harvey, Nick Harvey & deceased family members, Ann & Tommy Kelly, Laura Rowland, Thomas Dunne, Ellen Maguire whose anniversaries occur about this time.

We pray for those who mourn, immerse them in your love and lead them through this darkness into your arms and light.
For those who comfort, be in both the words they use and all that’s left unspoken;
Fill each heart with love.


Reflection for 2nd Sunday of Advent

Weeks of Mercy

There’s a family expectancy on the air about Christmas, people looking forward to the celebration just now. Even if we dread bits of Christmas, and many do, we know that there is something very good about it. We look forward to it, as we look forward to the visit of someone we love, or a holiday afterwards, or the break from work.
The people at Jesus’ time were like that – looking forward to the ‘one who is to come’. It would all take time, and the last of the messengers was John the Baptist. His mother would await his birth with huge expectation.
He preached forgiveness. This is one of the special gifts of God, and one of the big celebrations of Advent. We are a forgiven people, and we welcome the forgiveness of God in our repentance. This means we are firstly grateful for forgiveness, that we do not have to carry forever the burden of sin, meanness and our faults and failings. God covers them over in mercy. The second step of welcoming forgiveness is to try to do better in life – to move on from this sinfulness and meanness to a life of care, compassion, love and joy. It is a call and a challenge to forgive others.
Advent is not complete without some admission of sin and our need for mercy. The parish celebrations of the sacrament of Penance (Reconciliation) in common or individually is step which makes our celebration of Christmas complete.

For this week: say the angelus on wakening, at noon and at 6 p.m.
May our good and gracious God have mercy on us all,
forgive us our sins
and lead us to everlasting life together. Amen
Donal Neary SJ