What in this weeks newsletter?
- Reflection for the 3rd Sunday in Advent
- Christmas Carol Service
- Christmas Mass Schedule
- Confirming Our Children
- Recent deaths and anniversaries in our parish
Holy Cross Parish Mass Times
Holy Cross Tramore
Saturday 10am &
8.30am, 10.30am and
Monday – Friday
7.30am & 10.00am
Saturday 10.30am & 7pm and upon Request
NOVENA OUR LADY
OF PERPETUAL HELP
Mondays after 10am Mass
EXPOSITION OF THE BLESSED SACRAMENT
Thursday after 10am Mass until 5pm
Church closes at 4pm Monday – Wednesday and Friday & 5pm Thursday
Our Lady’s Carbally
Sunday at 11.30am
OTHER LOCAL CHURCHES MASS TIMES
Church of the Immaculate Conception Fenor
Saturday Vigil at 6pm
Sacred Heart Dunhill
Sunday at 9.30am
WE REQUEST THAT SOCIAL DISTANCE, HAND SANITIZING & FACE COVERING PROTOCOLS ARE OBSERVED AT ALL TIMES.
Holy Cross Church-Live Streaming
Live Streaming Service is in operation, where you may join us for Tramore Parish Services online from Holy Cross Church.
Log in to the parish website www.tramoreparish.ie Click on “Live Stream” on the homepage when the services are on.
Tramore Parish Radio Services
Tramore 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. (It may be tuned in only when service is on.)
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.
PRIEST ON DUTY
We have an online donate facility on our parish website: www.tramoreparish.ie, 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.
Pope Francis’ Universal Intention December – Catechists.
Let us pray for the catechists, summoned to announce the Word of God: may they be its witnesses, with courage and creativity and in the power of the Holy Spirit
Collection to purchase fresh flowers for the Church in Carbally for Christmas will be taken up at Mass on Sunday 18th Dec
Have you ever asked questions such as: What is the point of life? Is death the end of life? The Alpha course is a chance to explore these questions and to discuss the basics of the Christian faith in a friendly, non-challenging atmosphere. The course is for everybody: committed Christians, wavering Christians and non-believers. All points of view welcome. The course will run online using Zoom on Monday evenings at 7.30pm starting 10th January 2022 for 13 weeks. Please register your interest with the Parish Office Tel: 051-386477 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
CONFIRMING OUR CHILDREN
This weekend 11/12 Dec, we welcome the children who are making their Confirmation in 2022, and their parents to the Mass of our parish preparation program
At the Mass Sat 11th Dec at 7.30pm, we welcome the Children from Holy Cross School.
On Sunday 12 Dec at 12.00 noon we welcome the children from Gaelscoil Philib Barún & Glór na Mara.
Please remember them in your prayers at this important time in their lives.
Advent Resources for Home and Parish
The season of Advent is upon us, and we look forward in anticipation to the birth of Jesus. Below is the link to resources that may be used both at home and in parish, or indeed in schools. Advent Prayer Leaflet 2021 Advent Family Prayers Advent-Christmas.
SOCIETY OF ST VINCENT DE PAUL TRAMORE
The annual collection for the Society of St Vincent de Paul will take place before Masses at the Parish Churches in Tramore & Carbally, this weekend Saturday 11th and Sunday 12th December 2021.
As demands for assistance continues the Society are hopeful donations will be as generous as possible. Thanks for your support.
The Advent Calendar provided to us by the Bishop’s Conference is now live on their website.
“Our digital Advent calendar is a helpful resource on our ‘journey’ towards Christmas. By clicking on a virtual door we are inviting people to take just five minutes for reflection so as to find moments of peace and to rediscover the true meaning of Advent and Christmas.
The Magic of Christmas in Tramore
Wednesday December 15th | 8pm in the wonderful surroundings of the Holy Cross Church, Tramore
Staring Soprano Vanessa Whelan & Tenor Glenn Murphy
with special guests
“Intonations” choir & Caoimhe Power.
Musical Director – Dylan Browne.
Violinist – Barry Kennedy.
With special thanks to the event sponsors
All donations on the night going to the Wlr Christmas appeal in aid of the St Vincent de Paul Tramore.
Covid Certs required for admission
CHRISTMAS & NEW YEAR MASS TIMES
HOLY CROSS TRAMORE
Dec 20th Reconciliation Service with Confession at 7.30pm
Dec 24 Christmas Eve (Fri) Mass 10.am
Vigil Masses: 7pm & 9.00pm
Christmas Day Masses: (Sat)
8.30am, 10.30am & 12noon
Please note the church will close after 12noon Mass Christmas Day & will reopen for 8.30am Mass on
St Stephen’s Day 26th Dec
St. Stephen’s Day: Mass 8.30am, 10.30am, & 12noon
Dec 27 -30 Mass 10.00am
OUR LADYS CHURCH CARBALLY
Dec 24 Vigil Mass 7pm
Christmas Day Mass 11.30am
Sunday 26 Mass 11.30am
SACRED HEART CHURCH DUNHILL
Dec 24 Christmas Eve Vigil Mass 7pm
St Stephens Day Mass 9.30am
IMMACULATE CONCEPTION CHURCH FENOR
Christmas Day Mass at 9.30am.
St Stephens Day Mass 9.30am
The Parish office is now open to the public with entry restricted. Please knock on the door and we will be happy to help you.
Next week opening Times:
Mon, Wed, Thurs 9.30am – 4pm
Tues 9.30am – 1pm
Fri 9.30am – 3.30pm
Mass Bookings Update
Mass booking for May 2022 is now open at the Parish Office.
Booking will take place by phone: 051-386477
Please contact the office for further details 051-386477
Please remember those who died recently
We remember the months mind for Frank Dineen, Maurice Gavin, Mary Halley
We pray for Suzanne Fox, Roger Murphy, Tom Browne, Brian Power, Bill Nash, Martina Stewart, Fr. Martin Kane, Patrick & Margaret Wallace, Francis Mooney, Josie Kiely, John O’Rourke 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 the 3rd Sunday in Advent
Brings Out Our Best
This mid-point of Advent alerts us to issues of justice and equality. The prophet John has been asked as a sort of trick by people who exploited others with tax bills,, and soldiers who often used their brute force on others,, how they should repent. His words were tough but quite ordinary – don’t overcharge,, share your surplus with the needy and don’t exploit people. It’s another, but more figurative way, of stating the basic demands of ‘Love one another’.
Christmas can bring out the best in us to care for the needy. We are surrounded by charities looking for aid. We know that Jesus hears the cries of the poor, and he joins every carol singing group trying to help.
Christmas also asks us to consider our honesty and integrity, for we know that many are poor, at home and abroad, because of the greed of others. Christmas is a reminder and a challenge that all can live with the dignity we have come to regard as human rights – education, safety, shelter, food, water, employment, freedom. The Christ child who was born poor represents all the poor of the world, especially children. As he was bom ordinary, he represents that God meets, greets and helps us in the ordinary aspects of life.
The one who is to come is the one who will live and love according to these truths of human dignity and equality.
Come, Lord Jesus, child of the earth, child of God.
Come into our world of joy and sorrow.
Stay with us always,
now and at the hour of our death. Amen.
Donal Neary SJ