What in this weeks newsletter?
- Reflections for 3rd Sunday in Advent
- Christmas Mass Arrangements
- Prayer Service of Reconciliation
- Recent deaths and anniversaries in our parish
- Advent in the Scriptures
- Advent Prayer Resources
Prayer Service of Reconciliation
Prayer Service of Reconciliation with the opportunity of Confession will be held at Holy Cross Church on Monday Dec 21st at 7.30pm.
Christmas Mass Arrangements
All Masses at Christmas are by ticket only.
There are a limited number of tickets still available which may be booked after the Masses this weekend. The Parish office will be open after all Masses to take your booking.
Advent in the Scriptures: Preparing our Hearts for Immanuel
Join Fr. Shane as he reflects on the key Scriptural passages of Advent,
helping us to prepare our hearts for Christ’s coming and to truly appreciate
all our God has done for us.
Friday 18th December
Each night begins at 7.30pm.
Please contact the parish office for the ‘Zoom’ link to access the session.
Advent Calendar 2020
The first day of Advent heralds the beginning of the Catholic Church’s new year. Advent (from ‘ad-venire’ in Latin or “to come to”) is the Church season encompassing the four Sundays and weekdays leading up to the celebration of Christmas. Advent is a time of spiritual preparation for the Lord’s coming at Christmas. Advent also prepares us for the second coming of Christ at the end of time.
We are delighted to be bringing you our online interactive Advent Calendar again this year. It will go live on the First Sunday of Advent on 29 November 2020.
Click https://www.catholicbishops.ie/adventcalendar/ and join us in this Advent Season.
Advent Prayers and Resources
On the Diocesan website you will find prayer resources and reflections for Advent, as we begin our spiritual journey towards Christmas and the birth of Jesus. We hope these resources will help you ‘prepare the way’ during these strange times as we experience the restrictions that Covid-19 has brought to us.
These resources are shared to you by our own Diocese and other Munster Dioceses as we each shared our resources during this time of pandemic. Christmas resources will follow as we get closer to that special time.
Click www.waterfordlismore.ie for Diocesan Advent Prayer leaflet 2020
Society of Saint Vincent de Paul
Annual Collection –This Weekend Saturday, 12th and Sunday, 13th December 2020
Collections will take place at entrances to Tramore, Carbally, Fenor and Dunhill churches before masses.
Donations may also be handed into:-
Parish Office, Holy Cross Church, Tramore – during opening hours.
Donations may be posted to:-
Society of Saint Vincent de Paul,
6a, Convent Hill, Tramore Co. Waterford X91 NA0F
An addressed envelope is enclosed for this purpose.
Donations may be made to Allied Irish Bank:-
Account – Society St. Vincent de Paul, Sort Code – 934291, a/c No. – 27971132
Donations may be made online to:-
Allied Irish Bank, IBAN IE97AIBK93429127971132
Your support this year is more vital than ever to help us assist those in need.
Due to Covid we regret we cannot provide the Christmas Poinsettias this year.
The Parish Office
The parish office is now open to the public Monday, Wed, Thursday 9.30am-4pm.
We kindly ask: Please adhere to social distance, cough etiquette and face covering as per government regulations.
Contact : 051-386477
Due to Covid the Mass books for April/May have not opened
The Mass Book for April 2021 will open Monday 11th January
Monday 18th Jan for May 2021
Monday 25th Jan for June 2021
Mass Streaming from Holy Cross Church Tramore
Masses are streamed at the following times:
MONDAY – SAT
Visit the parish website www.tramoreparish.ie Click on “Live Stream” on the homepage when the services are on.
For anyone who does not have access to online 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
The Church will be open for private prayer from Mon to Sat: 11.00am-5pm .
PRIEST ON DUTY
Cathedral of the Most Holy Trinity
Please remember those who died recently: Vina Lyons, Sheila Jordan, Maura Lehane (nee Cantwell) Tramore/Cork, Jimmy Whelan
We remember the months mind for John Paul Gaffney & Bill O’Brien
We pray for Helen Paisley (1st Ann),Tom Browne & grandson Brian Power, Dylan McConnell, Suzanne Fox, Martina Stuart (1st Ann),McCarthy family, Agnes & Joan Nugent, Gerry & Hannah Griffin, Bill Nash (USA),Josie Kiely, Mary, Michael & Eddie Hearne anniversaries occur about this time.
Reflection for 3rd Sunday in Advent
Gaudete Sunday- A bearer of light
Last week we were introduced to John the Baptist as part of our Advent journey. We hear his story again but this time from the fourth Gospel. Light and darkness is a key theme of the fourth Gospel and in its opening verses proclaims that this light has always shone in the dark; the darkness cannot overpower it. The evangelist goes on to tell us that John the Baptist’s mission is that he has been sent by God to ‘speak for the light’. John is a light bearer, he is not the light, but he points to the light. He is a witness to the light of God in our world, a light that cannot be put out.
We celebrate this light today on Gaudete Sunday, Gaudete which means ‘rejoice’. We light the pink candle and we celebrate with joy. As our world continues to battle this pandemic, there is much fear about. People might not feel like celebrating or being joyful. But nature shows us that Spring always follows Winter. Like John, we are called to be light-bearers. To carry Christ’s love and light to those we meet in our daily lives. Our world needs light-bearers, especially in these Winter months. It might be a good opportunity to ask today ‘Who have been the light bearers for me in these past months?’ And also, ‘To whom can I carry light to this week?’ In this way we observe Christ’s ongoing incarnation in the world today.
‘Lord there is much darkness in society and in our church. We thank you that someone always comes on the scene, sent by you as a witness to speak for the light … teachers, community leaders, grandparents, children, a friend … they bear witness to the rest of us that somewhere in the dark a light shines that darkness cannot overcome.’
Michel de Verteuil