What in this weeks newsletter?
- Reflections 33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time
- Novena for the Faithfull Departed
- Diocesan Resources for November
- Recent deaths and anniversaries in our parish
- Advent Online Series
Novena for the Faithful Departed
The Novena of Masses for the souls of the Faithful Departed will commence in Holy Cross Church at the 10.30 am Mass this Sunday Nov 15th and will continue until Monday Nov 23rd.
Envelopes are available in the church porch. Completed lists may be handed into the parish office or any of the presbyteries.
In November We Remember
During this November, we remember our dead in a special way in our homes, as we cannot attend the usual remembrance services that would be in our Churches.You may create a remembrance space at home, with your memory cards or a name list. Find a space where you can honour them with a candle and gather to pray the Evening Prayer of Remembrance together.
You may have been aware of Bishop Phonsie’s daily -Messages of Hope during the lockdown, and there are still videos that are coming out almost every day.
If you haven’t seen it yet, there is a new video of Bishop Alphonsus blessing the graveyard in Cahir.
Advent – Online Series – “The Joy of Anticipation”
Each night will include a video presentation followed by small group discussion. Please include the name of your parish when registering. Parishes across the diocese are invited to register and join as a group. Ages 18+.
To register email: firstname.lastname@example.org
December 1 | 8 | 15 | 22
Dec 1: A God who speaks
Dec 8: Who is Jesus?
Dec 15: Creation, Fall, Salvation
Dec 22: The Gift of Faith
The parish office is closed to the public due to Covid 19 restrictions but you may ring the office between 10.30 am-1pm with any inquiries.
Contact : 051-386477
Holy Cross Church-Live Streaming
We are happy to announce that our new Live Streaming Service is now in operation, where you may join us for Tramore Parish Services online from Holy Cross Church.
Please visit the parish website www.tramoreparish.ie Click on “Live Stream” on the homepage when the services are on.
Please spread the word to people who are house bound.
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 Sunday: 11.30am-5pm.
WELL DONE, GOOD AND FAITHFUL SERVANT.…”
HOW ARE YOU CALLED
TO USE YOUR TALENTS?
Perhaps Christ is inviting you to use your talents in faithful service as a priest or consecrated religious? Speak to your local priest, or call your Diocesan Vocation’s Director, or email the National Vocations
Office on email@example.com
Please remember those who died recently, Breda Hennessy née O’Gorman
We remember the months mind for
We pray for Paddy Walsh ,Kathleen Kingston, Thomas & Annie Creed, Mary Flanagan, Edward & Sean Flanagan, Maurice & Kitty Kelly &deceased members of the Kelly Family, John Power (The Doneraile ),Joe, Mary & Tom Crowley, Barbara Frisby, Thomas & Alice Connors, Lily Murphy, Connors & Delaney Families, Frank Bourke, Ann O’ Connor, Michel Hannon whose anniversaries occur about this time.
Reflection for the 33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time
What type of people are we? Would we describe ourselves as predominantly adventurous or overly cautious? How creative are we with the talents that God has given us? These are relevant questions to ask when determining whether or not we use and develop God’s many and varied gifts.
The parable of the talents has universal application. It is a parable for all people and for all times. It teaches us much about human nature and the numerous types of people in our world and in our Church. In particular, it invites us to reach our full human potential by using creatively the gifts with which God has blessed us.
Our various talents are an expression of God’s love for us as, indeed, is life itself, which is the greatest of all God’s gifts. As expressions of God’s love, our talents are not intended to be hidden or to remain unused. Rather, they are meant to be developed by us as a sign that we appreciate God’s love and blessing.
God does not give us talents just for ourselves. Our strengths and talents are best used for the good of other people and for the good of the Church. This is how we honour and glorify God. Unfortunately, many of us may hide our talents or, even worse, we may waste them by using them in useless and often sinful ways.
For example, we may know that we are effective communicators. Yet we choose not to use our gift of communication to convey the teachings of the gospel and the Church because we do not want to be unpopular. We prefer to remain undisturbed. Nevertheless, if we took a risk and communicated the truth we might bring another person consolation and happiness. Ultimately we might be God’s instrument in guiding that person to salvation.
Similarly, we may have been blessed with gifts of listening and patience. But if we do not use these talents to bring peace and harmony to troubled relationships around us, we are wasting God’s wonderful gifts.
Occasionally, we think that other people are more talented than we are and we envy them. Or we observe people ignoring and wasting their obvious strengths and talents — strengths and talents that we do not have — and we are moved to self-pity. We always remember, however, that God has blessed each one of us with a unique combination of gifts and talents that he expects us to use and develop. These talents vary considerably and we do not all receive the same gifts and strengths, either in kind or in abundance.
The invitation is to trust God by using and developing our talents and strengths to the best of our ability. Thus our personal talents complement the talents that other people lack and we enable them to share with us the strengths that we lack. In effect, by refusing to be creative and generous, we cause our talents to die. By using them well we demonstrate that we are faithful and trustworthy.
What type of people are we? Do we use our talents creatively or do we hide them? The challenge of the parable of the talents is to recognise our God-given talents and strengths so that we can use and develop them as we help to build the kingdom of God in our world.
You have shown you can be faithful in small things. I will trust you with greater; come and join in your master’s happiness. (Mt 25:21) John Litteton