Newsletter 15th Aug 2021

What in this weeks newsletter?

  • Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary
  • Bereavement Counselling  Service
  • Recent deaths and anniversaries in our parish
  • Alpha on-line via Zoom
  • Mass booking & Baptism Updates
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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 – Friday

Saturday 10.30am & 7pm and upon Request

Mondays after 10am Mass

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

Our Lady’s Carbally
Sunday at 11.30am


Church of the Immaculate Conception Fenor
Saturday Vigil at 6pm

Sacred Heart Dunhill
Sunday at 9.30am



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 Click on “Live Stream” on the homepage when the services are on.

We are still having a problem with the live stream. We hope to resume the service as soon as possible. Our sincere apologies for any inconvenience caused.


Tramore Parish Radio Services are broadcast from Holy Cross Church, Tramore at from Monday to Sat and 10.30am 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.




The Priests Autumn Collection will take place at all Masses this weekend Sat 14th & Sunday 15th Aug.

We thank you for your continued support

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.


Alpha online

Try Alpha online. via Zoom
Explore life, faith and God

We invite you to join us for Alpha on-line via Zoom
Experience Alpha in the comfort of your own home

Thursday 2nd September  8pm -9.15pm.

For more information contact
 St Joseph & Benildas Parish Office: 051-878977


Remembering Fr Rufus Halley (1944-2001) Peacemaker

A Special edition of the FAR EAST magazine Remembering Fr Rufus Halley (1944-2001) Peacemaker
Available at the Parish Office. Price €2

Also available is the Book by Jean Harrington
Murder in the Missions A True Story. Price €15

Murder in the Missions is the true story of two Irish priests whose lives were forever changed when they moved to an island devastated by corruption and greed. Frs Des Hartford and Rufus Halley left Ireland in the 1960s to work in dialogue and conflict resolution between Muslim and Christian communities in the Philippines, a country which was rapidly descending into civil war. For many years the priests lived peacefully as Christians in a Muslim-dominated region on the island of Mindanao, their mission not to convert but rather to serve the local people. But despite their commitment to peace and non-violence, both were targeted by Muslim insurgents. Fr Hartford was kidnapped by the Moro National Liberation Front and used as a bargaining tool in their negotiations with the Philippine government. Fr Halley was murdered by Islamic extremists. Recreated from interviews, diaries, letters and testimony, Murder in the Missions tells their story.

Bereavement Counselling / Support Services

Following the recent changes to the Government guidelines on the lifting of Covid 19 restrictions, we are pleased to let you know that our face-to-face bereavement support and counselling services are once again available Family Ministry St. John’s Pastoral Centre Waterford In addition to this, our online services will continue to operate. You may contact us at – 051-858772

Parish Office

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:
Monday to Thursday 9.30am-4pm.
Friday 9.30am-3.30pm
Contact : 051-386477

Mass Bookings Update
Mass booking for January is now open at the Parish Office.
Booking will take place by phone: 051-386477

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

Recent Deaths

Please remember those who died recently: Derek Meade, Richie Pyne

We remember the months mind for  William (Willie) Murphy

We pray for: John Power & his parents Kathleen & James Power, Richard Power, Walter Slattery, Angela Legg, Noel Hannigan, Matthew & Anna Harpur, William Molloy, Bridie, Paddy & John O’ Brien, Teasie, Francie & Kieran Walsh, Teddy Power, Larry Foy, Mick Dowling, Nelly Hedley, Paddy Sheehan  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.


Those who were married recently:

Ronan Doyle & Stephanie McDonald

We wish the every happiness in their married life together.



The Assumption of the Blessed
Virgin Mary

The slow work of God

‘Only God could say what this new spirit gradually forming within you will be. Give Our Lord the benefit of believing that his hand is leading you, and accept the anxiety of feeling yourself in suspense and incomplete.’ (Pierre Teilhard de Chardin)

These beautiful words from French philosopher Pierre Teilhard de Chardin SJ speak to the sometimes-tortuous experience of waiting. In it the author gives us permission to not have all the answers, to allow our faith time to grow and develop. Above all, he invites us to do that most difficult of things: live in the present moment, and surrender ourselves to God in that moment.
This poem comes to mind as I think about today’s celebration of the Feast of the Assumption, when we recall Mary’s role in the life of Jesus and in salvation. In our Gospel extract we meet Mary, pregnant and celebrating with her relative Elizabeth. Given the circumstances, it would be understandable if she was unsure and fearful. Her future is uncertain, as is that of her soon-to-be-born son. She cannot yet comprehend the enormity of what is to come. But Mary seems content to wait. When Elizabeth proclaims Mary as ‘blessed’, Mary bursts into prayer, praising God for his greatness and for ‘looking upon his lowly handmaid’.
In modern terms, it is a lesson in mindfulness. When we find ourselves impatient, struggling to comprehend or to trust God’s ways, let us turn to Mary who accepted God’s plan with trust and hope, allowing it all to unfold one step at a time.
Tríona Doherty



Pope Francis’ Universal Intention for August: Evangelisation:

Let us pray for the Church, that she may receive from the Holy Spirit the grace and strength to reform herself in the light of the Gospel.