Newsletter 17th Dec 2023

What in this weeks newsletter?

  • Reflection for the 3rd Sunday in Advent .
  • Christmas schedule of Ceremonies
  • Advent resources.
  • Priests Christmas Collection
  • “Lightfever”
  • Recent deaths and anniversaries in our parish
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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 – Thursday 10.00am
Friday-7.30am & 10.00am

Saturday 10.30am & 7pm and upon Request

Mondays after 10am Mass

Tuesday after 10am Mass

Wednesday at 3pm.

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

Our Lady’s Church Carbally
Sunday at 11.00am

Church of the Immaculate Conception Fenor
Saturday Vigil at 6pm
Tuesday & Wednesday at 9am

Sacred Heart Church Dunhill
Sunday at 9.30am
Thursday10am (21st Dec only) & 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 Face book Page

We would like to welcome you to the our Parish Facebook page-
Parish of Tramore & Carbally You may also access on parish
This will allow us to share Parish information, news, prayers and reflections with you all. Please LIKE and SHARE with your family and friends.



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

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.



Christmas Arrangements 2023


Holy Cross Church, Tramore & Our Lady’s Church, Carbally

Sunday 16th/17th December: Tramore: Mass of Reconciliation at all Masses.

Sunday 17th December: Carbally:
Mass of Reconciliation at11.00am.

Saturday 23rd December:
Tramore Mass: 10am & 7.30pm

Sunday 24th December: Christmas Eve Tramore Mass: 8.30am, 10.30am & Christmas Vigil 7.30pm
Carbally Mass: 7.30pm Vigil

Monday 25th December: Christmas Day Tramore: Mass at 8.30am, 10.30am & 12noon
Monday 25th December: Christmas Day
Carbally Mass: 11.00am

Tuesday 26th St Stephen’s Day
Tramore Mass: 10.00am

We wish all our Parishioners a very Happy Christmas & every Blessing in the New Year



The annual Christmas collection for the Priests of the Parish will be taken up at all Masses over the Christmas.
We are very grateful for your continued support.




The annual collection for the Society of St Vincent de Paul, Tramore took place last weekend in all our parish churches
We thank you most sincerely for your generous contribution.

St Lukes Tramore Christmas Appeal 2023 CONFERENCE FUNDRAISING ADDRESS



Saturday 23rd December – Cathedral of the Most Holy Trinity Waterford. Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament, candle light, music, silence, confessions available. Time to be confirmed.



Every Tuesday at 7pm, in St. Saviour’s Church, Bridge Street, Waterford City led by the Servant Priests and Brothers and Servant Sisters. Adoration at 6.30pm. Each week we will reflect and chat about different topics that will help us deepen our knowledge of the Catholic faith and live our Christian lives to the full! All are welcome.

Popes Monthly Intention for December

For persons with disabilities

We pray that people living with disabilities may be at the centre of attention in society, and that institutions may offer inclusive programs which value their active participation.


Advent Prayer Resources

Please see below some resources that will help you to prepare your heart and mind for Christmas as we journey through the weeks of Advent available on



Holy Cross Church Christmas tree of Remembrance


This year we are decorating our Christmas tree in the church with silver Christmas decoration cards.
If you would like a loved one remembered, the name will be added to the card and it will placed on the tree in their memory.
Please drop in to the Parish office and we will be happy to assist you.
Donation for each remembrance card, in aid of Church Restoration Fund.


Our Cemeteries

As Christmas approaches it is wonderful to see all the preparation happening-with decorations in Our Homes, Our Churches and with flowers and Christmas wreaths in Our Cemeteries.
When Christmas is passed we respectfully ask you to remove the Christmas wreaths and withered flowers from your family graves and please take them home.
Please do not dispose of them on the Church Grounds.
We thank you for your help in keeping our cemeteries neat and tidy.


Christmas Prayer

“O sweet Child of Bethlehem,
grant that we may share with all our hearts
in this profound mystery of Christmas.
Put into the hearts of men and women this peace
for which they sometimes seek so desperately
and which you alone can give to them.
Help them to know one another better,
and to live as brothers and sisters,
children of the same Father.
Reveal to them also your beauty, holiness and purity.
Awaken in their hearts
love and gratitude for your infinite goodness.
Join them all together in your love.
And give us your heavenly peace. Amen.”
Pope John XXIII


Parish Office


Mass Booking

The Mass Book for March 2024 is open at open at the Parish Office. The next book to open will be for April which will open on January 3rd at the Parish Office from 9.30am

Next week’s opening Times:

Monday Thursday 9.30am – 4pm
Fri: 9.30am – 12noon

Contact: 051-386477

The Parish office will close for the Christmas break on Friday 22nd December at 12 noon and will reopen on January 3rd 2024.
We wish all our parishioners a very happy Christmas and every blessing in the New Year


Baptism Booking

Please contact the office for further details 051-386477


Wedding- Church Booking

Please contact the office 051-386477


Christmas Stock now in!

Christmas Cards and Christmas Mass Bouquets!

Some nice gift ideas ,Children’s  books for Christmas are now available at the Parish Office

Lost property

If you have lost reading glasses or sunglasses gloves recently or in the past number of months please call to the parish office where we have numerous items that we would like to unite with their owners.



A piece of Jewellery found on the Church grounds was handed in to the Parish office. If you are missing same please call in to the office



Recent Deaths

Please remember those who died recently: Jim O’Neill, Tom (Thomas ) Brophy, Christy Herbert, Jack Dreelan, Geraldine Cleere nee Grant

Please remember the Months mind Catherine Jackson

We pray for John Harty Jnr, Kaye Kennedy (1st Ann),Eileen Hogan, Billy Power, The Terrace, Patrick & Mary O’Donohue, Teresa O’Donohue, Lucy Hennessy, Thomas Lyons, Frank Gillane, Eddie O’Neill, Gerry McCarthy, Patrick McDonald, Dan Cowman, Denis, Ellen, Kathleen & Tony Rockett ,Pat Purcell, Clive Noblett (1st Ann),Nicholas Cheasty, Catherine Cheasty, Janice Kiely, John Power, Mary Kiely


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.

Reflection for 3rd Sunday of Advent

The Joy of Waiting

Advent is a time of joy – joy in the waiting and this Sunday we wear the joyful rose-coloured vestment. The messenger in the first reading is the ‘joyful messenger’, and his joy is that God is near and God is coming. This would be the message of Jesus –that he was the joyful messenger of his Father’s love. He would be the shepherd – the one who cares, knows and actively looks after the sheep. John the Baptist is the voice of joy and energy, preaching the new message.
Voices of Advent to bring God near – The central message within all the voices of Christmas.
God’s Christmas voice is saying I love you, you are all brothers and sisters, and nothing except love is final.
Not just a voice…but actively loving in word and deed. One way of touching that love is the Mass. Jesus is not really love from the sky, but food of the Eucharist, that nourishes us and makes a difference. We bring our ordinary concerns to Mass, and let God lighten them and transform them, and enlighten us with his word. The voice of God makes sense of and brings light into the ordinariness of life.
God is present in his word, and in his body – we wait in joy for the Word to be made flesh.
Remember this week what makes you joyful about the coming
feast of Christmas and be grateful.
Lord I believe your word was made flesh and appeared among us.
Donal Neary SJ