Newsletter 17 March 2024

What in this weeks newsletter?

  • Reflection for St Patrick’s Day
  • Sacrament of Reconciliation for Easter
  • Confirmations in Holy Cross Church
  • Faith @Home Activities for Children
  • Recent deaths and anniversaries in our parish
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Reflection for St Patrick’s Day

Today we celebrate the wonder of God’s grace in the life of St Patrick – captured as a slave he turned to the Lord and was liberated in a deep and inner way that led to his being sent as the one who would lead the Irish to know the living God. We also celebrate his success in being the very instrument of God’s love and care for the Irish people of the 5th century. He, with many others, began a faith tradition in Ireland which has endured through highs and lows up to the present day. Bringing the Irish to know the true God could be described as his vocation.St Patrick’s success came because he opened his heart to the tender care and love of God our Father, and like St Paul, became passionate and convincing in his desire to bring people to Christ. He knew from his own experience the goodness, kindness and mercy of God; he came to know Jesus through reading the Gospels and by reflecting on his own experience. He was humble man, knowing that God had prepared him for this mission and so he could count on God’s supportive care at all times. “Who am I, Lord, and what is my calling that you should cooperate with me with such divine power? Today, among heathen peoples, I praise and proclaim your name in all places, not only when things go well but also in times of stress”.
We ask St. Patrick and all the Irish saints for a deep renewal of faith in God’s power to lift us up out of this present crisis, to keep us safe, to keep our hearts set on new horizons of hope and possibility and to gift us with a humble trust in Christ’s power to heal and renew in spite of our human weakness.

Mother Marie Fahy, Abbess of St. Mary’s Abbey, Glencairn



Sacrament of Reconciliation

This weekend the opportunity for the Sacrament of Reconciliation will be offered at the end of 7.30pm Mass on Saturday & 8.30am Mass on Sunday & on Palm Sunday 24th March, after 12noon Mass in preparation for Easter.

In Carbally after 11.00am Mass this weekend 17th March

Stations of the Cross

Stations of the cross will take place every Friday morning during lent, after the 10am  mass in Holy Cross Church

Trócaire boxes are available in the porches

Please take home a Trócaire box for Lent and give it a prominent place somewhere in the home.


On Wednesday next, March 20th, Bishop Alphonsus Cullinan will confirm the Children from The Holy Cross & Glór na Mara Primary Schools.
We wish them every blessing for the day.

Parish Office Opening Hours For Next Week

The parish office will be closed on Bank holiday Monday 18th March 

Let’s Dive in!

Activity Sheet available in the porches.
Parents, please take one home for your child/children or Grandparents please feel free to take one for you grandchild or grandchildren

Faith @Home, Resources for Children.

Children’s Ministry | Diocese of Waterford & Lismore (

Diocese of Waterford and Lismore – Prayers and Reflections for Lent

Lent is the time of preparation for Easter and it commemorates the forty days which, according to the Gospels of Matthew, Mark and Luke, Jesus spent fasting in the desert before beginning His public ministry where He endured temptation. During Lent – through prayer, penance (including participating in the Sacrament of Reconciliation/Confession), acts of charity and self-denial- we are called to renewal of our Christian life in preparation for Easter

Further information & Resources on

‘The Chosen’

An Evening with The Chosen Tramore Parish invites you to see Jesus through the eyes of those who lived with and knew Him. Come along to watch a special episode of the popular “The Chosen” series with us at Glór na Mara School, Convent Hill, Tramore beginning with tea & coffee at 7.15pm. March 11th, April 8th, May 13th.

Eucharistic Adoration

Every Thursday, we have Eucharistic Adoration from 10.30am to 4.45pm. We are dedicating our hours of adoration over Lent to praying for vocations to the Priesthood and for Priests themselves.

The first hour of this adoration is led by a prayer group who have been offering prayers for Priests and vocations since 1982.

If you have some time to spare, and are willing to spend it before the Lord in prayer, please do consider joining this group or others, who every Thursday keep watch with Christ, present to us through the Eucharist.

“Arise” Contact:

Coffee Morning

Coffee Morning in aid of The Waterford Hospice will be held in the Golf Club Tramore on Thursday morning 21st March at 11.00am. We have had wonderful Coffee Mornings at this venue and look forward to another enjoyable morning.

Pope’s Monthly Intention for March

For the new martyrs.
We pray that those who risk their lives for the Gospel in various parts of the world inflame the Church with their courage and missionary enthusiasm.

Tax Rebate on Weekly Contributions

The parish benefits under a Scheme of Tax Relief for Eligible Charities.

If your contributions are over €250 in a year and you pay tax you qualify. It would be very beneficial for our parish funds if you sign and return the Enduring Cert, which are being sent out at present to all eligible contributors.

If you do not receive a letter your cert is still valid.

The Enduring Cert covers 5 years so we can claim for previous years. There is no cost to you.

We hope everyone who qualifies will return the Enduring Cert; in the envelope provided, to the parish office as soon as possible so that we can proceed with the claim.

Also if your details have changed please amend on slip provided so that we can update on our Parish system.

If you are not eligible for tax please let us know on slip provided and we will not send you any letters in the future.

All details are treated in the strictest confidence.
We thank your most sincerely for your continued support.


Please remember those who died recently, Denis Maguire, Michael Mick Cleary, Connie O’Sullivan, Anne Dunphy

We remember the months mind for Rita (Margaret) Fahey née Hennebry, Michael Richardson, Thomas Bo Murphy

We pray for Tommy Kiely, Noel Molloy, Terry, Anne & Patrick O’Brien, Dick Hannigan, Michael Slattery, Dick Power (Westown),Paddy Roche, John Byrne, Jim Hogan 1st Anniversary 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.



Holy Cross Parish Mass Times & Services

Mass Times:
Saturday 10am & 7.30pm (Vigil)
Sunday 8.30am, 10.30am and 12 noon
Monday – Thursday 10.00am
Friday 7.30am & 10.00am

Saturday 10.30am & 7pm and upon Request

Novena to Our Lady of Perpetual Help:
Mondays after 10am Mass

Holy Face Devotion:
Tuesday after 10am Mass

The Divine Mercy Prayer Group:
Wednesday at 3pm.

Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament:
Thursday after 10am Mass until 5pm

Church Closing Times:
Church closes at 4pm Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday & Friday and at 5pm Thursday


Our Lady’s Church, Carbally

Mass Times:
Sunday at 11.00am


Church of the Immaculate Conception, Fenor

Mass Times:
Saturday Vigil at 6pm
Tuesday at 9am. (No 9am Mass on 20th March due to Confirmations )


Sacred Heart Church, Dunhill

Mass Times:
Sunday at 9.30am
Thursday & Friday at 9am


Holy Cross Church-Live Streaming

Live Streaming facility 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.

Tramore Parish Radio

Services are broadcast from Holy Cross Church, Tramore at from Monday to Sat,7.30pm Sat evening, 8.30am, 10.30am & 12 noon 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.

Parish Facebook Page

CLICK HERE to open Facebook Page, where we share Parish information, news, prayers and reflections with you all. You may also access via the link on the very top of the page on the parish  Please LIKE and SHARE with your family and friends.

Donate Online

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.

Parish Office Opening Hours

The parish office is usually open from 9am to 4 pm Monday -Thursday & 3.30pm on Friday. However, opening times may change temporarily, Please check the newsletter for updates.


We strongly recommended, that parishioners continue to sanitize their hands upon entry and leaving the church.

PRIEST ON DUTY – CALL 086-6004384


Tramore Parish, Waterford