Newsletter 18th December 2022

What in this weeks newsletter?

  • Reflection for the fourth Sunday in Advent
  • Christmas Arrangements
  • Christmas tree of Remembrance
  • Advent with Ascend Youth & Youth Ministry
  • Recent deaths and anniversaries in our parish
  • St Vincent de Paul. Thank you!
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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

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

Our Lady’s Carbally
Sunday at 11.00am

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

Sacred Heart Dunhill
Sunday at 9.30am
Thursday & Friday 9am


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.

Tramore Parish Radio Services

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.



We strongly recommended, that parishioners continue to wear face covering and sanitise 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 2022

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

Saturday & Sunday 17/18 December:
Tramore: Mass of Reconciliation at all Masses.

Saturday 24th December, Christmas Eve:
Carbally: Vigil Mass at 7pm
Tramore: Carol singing 7.30-8pm.
Vigil Mass at 8pm.

Sunday 25th December: Christmas Day
Tramore Masses: 8.30, 10.30 & 12 noon.
Carbally Mass: 11am.

Monday 26th December St Stephens Day
Tramore: Mass at 10am.


Parish of Dunhill & Fenor

Dec 24th Christmas Eve
Fenor: Mass 7pm (Vigil Mass)

Dec 25th Christmas Day
Dunhill: Mass 10.00am


Holy Cross Church closes at 4pm: Monday – Wednesday and Friday & 5pm Thursday




Advent & Christmas Prayers for the Home

As we approach Advent & Christmas, let us allow ourselves some quiet time each day to pray and be still.
To download your prayer leaflet follow link



The Society of St Vincent de Paul, wish to thank all those from the parishes of Tramore, Carbally, Fenor and Dunhill, who contributed to our annual collection recently
The Society is very grateful for the continued support which allows us to help the less well off in our community. Thanks to all the collectors and special word of thanks to Mossy Fitzgerald who took up the collection in Carbally.


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.

Advent with Ascend Youth & Young Adult Ministry

Follow Ascend Youth & Young Adult Ministry in the diocese for daily thoughts, prayers, music and video suggestions for each day of Advent to Prepare a Way for the Lord!
Facebook: AscendWaterfordLismoreYM
Instagram: ascendwaterfordlismore.ym


Prayer for 4th Sunday in Advent

Father, all-powerful God, your eternal Word took flesh on our earth when the Virgin Mary placed her life at the service of your plan. Lift our minds in watchful hope to hear the voice which announces his glory and open our minds to receive the Spirit who prepares us for his coming. We ask this through Christ our Lord


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.

The Parish office will close for the Christmas break on Thursday Dec 22nd at 12noon and reopen on Tuesday January 3rd


Next week’s opening Times:

Mon Dec 19th 9.30am-4pm

Tues Dec 20th 9.30am-4pm 

Wed Dec 21st 9.30am – 4pm

Thurs Dec 22nd 9.30am – 12noon.

Mary & Catherine wish you all a very Happy Christmas

& every Blessing in the New Year.



The Mass booking in Holy Cross has changed from 6 months in advance to 3 months.
The Mass book for March is open at the parish office.

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


Wedding- Church Booking
Please contact the office 051-386477



Recent Deaths

Please remember those who died recently, Margaret (Peggy) Cheasty née Power, Drumcannon, Aidan Lawlor, Westbrook, Margaret Williams née Murphy, Westbrook.


We remember the months mind for: Rev John Dooly SJ, John Marshall, Nicholas Molloy May O’Reilly.


We pray for Pat Drohan ,John & Hannah Byrne, Gerry McCarthy, Willie Piper, Francis Comber (1st Ann) John Harty, Patrick & Mary O’Donoghue, Lucy Hennessy, Teresa O’Donoghue, Paddy Dunne, May & Jack Keane, Michael Howard ,Chris Walsh, Tommy & Ciss Cusack, John Power, Janice Kiely whose anniversaries occur at 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.




Reflection for 4th Sunday in Advent

The Call to Joseph
In religious terms we would call Joseph a faithful type of guy, observant in religious thought and practice. The visit from the angel tests his faithfulness to God and to Mary. He doesn’t let them down. He was called to be the carer of Jesus and Mary and to find a new openness to the mystery of God.
A temptation of religion is to tie things down too much. The law in Joseph’s time was strict – if a woman was pregnant the man would cancel the betrothal, and she might be stoned to death! Joseph went beyond law to love and the mystery of God’s call. Good religion is open to the mystery of life, however life challenges us and calls us.
Some of the most open-minded people I have met have been very religious, and some of the most narrow-minded people have also been religious! Like good and bad medicine, there is good and bad in religion.
True religion is open to mystery. We need a church lit with the light of God, as Joseph was. His burden was lifted when he was open to God, to take Mary home as his wife, no matter what others might think
This is the annunciation to Joseph – the word of God from the angel to Joseph in a dream. It opened him to a huge new mean¬ing in life. We accept this word as a central part of our lives, and the next time we meet the word, it will be made flesh.
Picture your house, and all who live in it.
Imagine the light of Christ in each room and on all.
Lord, you are the word of God, who is made flesh,
have mercy on us.
Donal Neary SJ