What in this weeks newsletter?
- Ash Wednesday-History & Prayer
- Quo Vadis?
- John McEneaney – Holy Orders
- Recent deaths and anniversaries in our parish
- New Donate Facility
Holy Cross Church Mass Times
Because of the re-imposition of the government restrictions, there will be no public masses in any of our churches until further notice.
The only exceptions are funerals and weddings, where there is only limited congregation allowed.
Masses will be streamed from Holy Cross church each week day at 10.00am, Sundays and Holy days at 10.30am.
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 on Mon to Sat: 11.00am-4pm (except Thurs 11.00am -5pm)
PRIEST ON DUTY
John McEneaney To Be Admitted to Holy Orders
This Sunday (14th February) we celebrate a special event in the life of our parish. John McEneaney, our local seminarian, will be admitted to Candidacy for Holy Orders at the 10.30am Sunday Mass. The Mass will be celebrated by Bishop Cullinan, and will mark the beginning of John’s admission to Holy Orders, where it is expected that he will be ordained a deacon after Easter and to priesthood later in the year. This is a major step for John, as he asks to be admitted as a candidate for diaconate and priesthood, and so we pray for him and his family at this special time.
New Donate Facility
In response to a number of enquiries from our parishioners, we now 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.
Where is your life going? Does it have meaning? Come find out!
Sundays from 7 – 8pm on Zoom, from 14 February – 28th March.
An invitation for young adults in the Diocese of Waterford & Lismore and beyond to get together with other young Catholics for an informal hour-long gathering each week. Guest Speakers, Testimonies, Time for Chat, and Prayer. If you can’t make every week, no problem! You are welcome to join whenever you can!
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The Parish Office The Parish office is closed to the public due to Government Covid 19 restrictions but you may ring the office between 9.30 am-1pm Monday to Friday for any inquiries.Contact : 051-386477
Please remember those who died recently, Jim Sheehan
We remember the months mind for James Kennedy
We pray for Eileen Harty, Tom Mulcahy, Andrew & Anastasia Crowe, John B Sheridan, Jack & Nan Flavin, Anne O’Brien whose anniversaries occur about this time.
Ash Wednesday, the Wednesday six weeks before Easter Sunday – February 17, 2021, – is a Christian holy day of fasting, sacrifice, and prayer. Followers of Jesus, of several sects and denominations, often forgo a regular meal schedule, instead eating only one normal-sized meal and two very small ones over the course of a given 24-hour period, especially on Good Friday. The most devout Christians are known to eat even less than that, limiting themselves to bread and water to signify their recognition of Christ’s 40-day, 40-night fast as recounted in the Gospels. Abstinence from alcohol is also stressed on Ash Wednesday and throughout the Lenten period. Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of the season of Lent.
HISTORY OF ASH WEDNESDAY
We know that the idea that believers must repent for their lacks or misdeeds goes back over two thousand years. But the custom of ashes on the head is a little more recent, being attributed to Pope Gregory I the Great (circa 540-604 A.D.) who accompanied the ceremonious symbolism with a verse that loosely translates to, “Remember that you come from dust and that to dust you will return.” In the 20th century it became more common for a priest to intone, “Repent, and believe in the Gospel.”
In modern times, some clergy have seen Ash Wednesday as a chance to do some guerrilla evangelism, going out into their cities and offering ashes to passers-by on sidewalks, even to drivers stopped at traffic lights.
The main thrust overall is that when the faithful set aside certain bodily comforts, they may settle into an attitude of penitence, recognizing their past sins and the sacrifice that Jesus made to cleanse them of those sins. The physical expression of the day, administered by priests and pastors, is palm ashes on the head, either sprinkled onto the scalp or smudged in crucifix form onto the forehead.
ASHES UNFORTUNATELY CANNOT BE DISTRIBUTED SAFELY AT THIS TIME. WE ARE ENCOURAGING PEOPLE TO MARK THE DAY IN A MEANINGFUL WAY AT HOME USING THIS PRAYER AS FOLLOWS:
ASH WEDNESDAY PRAYER
Lord, on the first day of Lent, we begin a time of preparation for and reflection on the meaning of the Lord’s Passion, Death and Resurrection. I give myself wholeheartedly to you these Lenten days.
Help me renew my love for you and reach out to others who are in need. I make the sign of the cross on my forehead, as a reminder of the signing with ashes on the day- in the name of the father, and the son and the Holy Spirit
I take to heart the words of the Gospel: Repent and believe the Gospel’ and I acknowledge that “I am dust, and into dust I shall return ”, I make my own prayer from today’s Mass; ’Come back to the Lord with all your heart; leave the past in the ashes, and turn to God with tears and fasting, for he is slow to anger and ready to forgive as I walk in the world with my eyes on eternal life’.
Have mercy on me, O God.