What in this weeks newsletter?
- Reflection for the 4th Sunday in Lent
- St Patrick’s Day Mass
- Prayers for the Lenten Season
- Recent deaths and anniversaries in our parish
- Mass booking update
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)EXPOSITION OF THE BLESSED SACRAMENT on Thurs from 11am until 5pm. Sunday opening 11.30am-4pm.
PRIEST ON DUTY
St Patrick’s Day
Mass will be celebrated in Irish by Fr Shane on live stream from Holy Cross Church at 10.30am on St Patrick’s Day Wishing all our parishioners a very happy St Patrick’s Day
Prayers for Season of Lent
Prayer for God to bring beauty from ashes:
In this season of Lent, we’re reminded of our own difficulties and struggles. Sometimes the way has seemed too dark. Sometimes we feel like our lives have been marked by such grief and pain, we don’t see how our circumstance can ever change. But in the midst of our weakness, we ask that you would be strong on our behalf. Lord, rise up within us, let your Spirit shine out of every broken place we’ve walked through. Allow your power to be manifest through our own weakness, so that others will recognize it is You who is at work on our behalf. We ask that you would trade the ashes of our lives for the beauty of your Presence. Trade our mourning and grief for the oil of joy and gladness from your Spirit. Trade our despair for hope and praise. We choose to give you thanks today and believe that this season of darkness will fade away. Thank you that you are with us in whatever we face and that you are greater than this trial. We know and recognize that you are Sovereign, we thank you for the victory that is ours because of Christ Jesus, and we are confident that you have good still in store for our future. We thank you that you are at work right now, trading our ashes for greater beauty. We praise you, for you make all things new. in Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Prayer for vocations
Just a Jesus was the light that came into the world, we pray that we may have faithful priests. deacons and consecrated religious to guide. We pray that those who are being called by the Lord to serve as priests, deacons or consecrated religious will hear His call.
Fourth Sunday of Lent 14th March 2021
“For God sent his Son into the world not to condemn the world, but so that through him the world might be saved.” (John 3: 17) Are you being invited to share the mission of Jesus as a priest or in the consecrated life? Speak to your local priest or Diocesan Vocations Director, or email the National Vocations Office: email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Children’s Prayer to St. Joseph
You are that loving and caring man whom God called to be protector of the Holy Family. With a husband’s love you cherished Mary, with fatherly care you loved and educated Jesus. Holy Saint Joseph, be our help and guide in our work and in our play, be with us, side by side. Help us to give others our love with happy hearts and smiling faces. Pour out your tender loving care on us, our family, and on every single person and our world, that means so much to us. We praise and thank you God, for giving us Saint Joseph to watch over us and protect us. Amen. (Antoinette Dilworth rsj)
“Here are my hands, hold them. Please don’t leave South Sudan alone. We need your prayers. We need your support. We need your love.” Fr. James Oyet Latansio, South Sudan Council of Churches.
Trócaire boxes are available in the church porches.
Please take home a Trócaire box for Lent and give it a prominent place somewhere in the home
Mass Bookings Update
Due to government restrictions the Mass books for April to Aug were not opened as per normal six months in advance.
Mass booking for April and May is now open
Booking will take place by phone: 051-386477
(Mass Books for June and July & Aug will not open for the moment. Date will be confirmed later).
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.
Please remember those who died recently,
We remember the months mind for Jim Sheehan
We pray for Tommy Flanagan, Gaye Walton, Dick O’Riordan, Patrick & Mary Hackett, Aibhe McCormack, Ameena & Alice (Special Intention),Peg Power, John M. Power, Martin & Pauline Kiely, Gerry Dineen, Marian Mackey, Della Hayden, Tommy Kiely whose anniversaries occur about this time.
Reflection for 4th Sunday in Lent
Out into the light
Today, the ‘middle’ Sunday of Lent, is known as Laetare Sunday – Laetare means ‘Rejoice!’ We tend not to think of Lent as a time to rejoice, but signs of joy are central at Mass today, such as the use of flowers on the altar and rose-coloured vestments for the priest instead of the usual Lenten purple. The shadow of the cross still looms large, but we look forward with hope to Easter, when light will conquer the darkness.
We are offered an opportunity today to pause and reflect on our Lenten journey. In our gospel we hear that ‘the [person] who lives by the truth comes out into the light’. On the other hand, Jesus says that those who ‘prefer darkness to the light’ live in fear that their actions will be exposed.
We hear a lot of talk these days about transparency. We have seen the damage caused by those whose private actions gravely contradict the message they proclaim in the public sphere. Some questions we might ask ourselves this Lent are: Am I living a truthful life ‘in the light’? Am I honest in my dealings with others, trying always to choose what is right and just, or are there things I do in secret that are unkind or dishonest? Am I attentive to the needs of others or am I more inclined to think of myself? Lent offers us the opportunity to step out into the light, to allow the light of Jesus to sweep away any darkness or destructive habits and to begin again.
‘We proclaim the resurrection of Christ when his light illuminates the dark moments of our existence, and we are able share it with others; when we know when to smile with those who smile, and weep with those who weep; when we accompany those who are sad and at risk of losing hope; when we recount our experience of faith to those who are searching for meaning and happiness… and there – with our attitude, with our witness, with our life – we say ‘Jesus is Risen,’ with our soul.’ (Pope Francis)