What in this weeks newsletter?
- Reflection for the 4th Sunday in Advent
- Christmas mas Schedule
- Protocol for the Christmas Masses
- Christmas Stewarts Meeting
- Recent deaths and anniversaries in our parish
Holy Cross Parish Mass Times
Holy Cross Tramore
Saturday 10am &
8.30am, 10.30am and
Monday – Friday
7.30am & 10.00am
Saturday 10.30am & 7pm and upon Request
NOVENA OUR LADY
OF PERPETUAL HELP
Mondays after 10am Mass
EXPOSITION OF THE BLESSED SACRAMENT
Thursday after 10am Mass until 5pm
Church closes at 4pm Monday – Wednesday and Friday & 5pm Thursday
Our Lady’s Carbally
Sunday at 11.30am
OTHER LOCAL CHURCHES MASS TIMES
Church of the Immaculate Conception Fenor
Saturday Vigil at 6pm
Sacred Heart Dunhill
Sunday at 9.30am
WE REQUEST THAT SOCIAL DISTANCE, HAND SANITIZING & FACE COVERING PROTOCOLS ARE OBSERVED AT ALL TIMES.
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 www.tramoreparish.ie Click on “Live Stream” on the homepage when the services are on.
Tramore Parish Radio
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. (It may be tuned in only when service is on.)
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 have an online donate facility on our parish website: www.tramoreparish.ie, 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.
PRIEST ON DUTY
CHRISTMAS & NEW YEAR MASS TIMES
HOLY CROSS TRAMORE
Dec 20th Reconciliation Service with Confession at 7.30pm
Dec 24 Christmas Eve (Fri) Mass 10.am
Vigil Masses: 7pm & 9.00pm
Christmas Day Masses: (Sat)
8.30am, 10.30am & 12noon
Please note the church will close after 12noon Mass Christmas Day & will reopen for 8.30am Mass on
St Stephen’s Day 26th Dec
St. Stephen’s Day: Mass 8.30am, 10.30am, & 12noon
Dec 27 -30 Mass 10.00am
OUR LADYS CHURCH CARBALLY
Dec 24 Vigil Mass 7pm
Christmas Day Mass 11.30am
Sunday 26 Mass 11.30am
SACRED HEART CHURCH DUNHILL
Dec 24 Christmas Eve Vigil Mass 7pm
St Stephens Day Mass 9.30am
IMMACULATE CONCEPTION CHURCH FENOR
Christmas Day Mass at 9.30am.
St Stephens Day Mass 9.30am
PROTOCOL FOR CHRISTMAS MASSES
This year, once again, as we prepare for our Christmas Masses, we are blessed to have the help of so many volunteers in our parish. As churches are currently exempt from the requirement of fifty-percent capacity, we hope to use every seat in the church. We do ask, however, that people wear face coverings and sanitise upon entering and leaving the church. We would also ask those who feel unwell or who may have Covid symptoms to refrain from coming. For Holy Communion, we will follow the procedures we have adopted during the past year (coming up the central aisle to receive, and down the side aisles, one pew at a time). It is not permitted for us to have people standing at the back of the church; all people must be seated. Please follow the directions of the stewards at all times. Once again, we thank all our volunteers, who are helping to make our celebrations as safe and smooth as possible.
MEETING FOR CHRISTMAS STEWARDS
There will be a brief meeting on Tuesday 21st December in Holy Cross Church for all who are volunteering with stewarding at our Christmas Masses this year.
The meeting takes place at 7.30pm.
A big ‘thank you’ to those who have agreed to help.
Collection to purchase fresh flowers for the Church in Carbally for Christmas will be taken up at Mass on Sunday 19th Dec.
For the Christmas Masses, there will be limited seating available. Priority should be given to parishioners from Carbally. No tickets are needed, but seats will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis. Every second seat will be in use. For Holy Communion, please come up to the front, one pew at a time. Please follow the instructions of the stewards at all times.
Pope Francis’ Universal Intention December – Catechists.
Let us pray for the catechists, summoned to announce the Word of God: may they be its witnesses, with courage and creativity and in the power of the Holy Spirit
SOCIETY OF ST VINCENT DE PAUL TRAMORE
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.
The Parish office is open to the public with entry restricted. Please knock on the door and we will be happy to help you.
Next week opening Times:
Mon, Wed, Thurs 9.30am -1pm
Tues 9.30am – 1pm
The office will Close at 1pm on Thursady 23rd for the Christmas break until January 4th at 9.30am.
We wish you all a very Happy and Safe Christmas
Mass Bookings Update
Mass booking for May 2022 is now open at the Parish Office.
Booking will take place by phone: 051-386477
Please contact the office for further details 051-386477
Please remember those who died recently, Sean Doyle, Margaret (Agnes) Drohan, Denis Sullivan, Massachusetts USA
We remember those whose months mind Occurs:
We pray for May Keane, Stanley Couch (1st Anniversary),Michael Cusack, Janice Kiely, Joan Walsh, Teresa O’Donoghue, Lucy Hennessy. Anne Wright, Mary Roche. Tom & Ciss Cusack, John & Elsie Power 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.
Reflection for the 4th Sunday in Advent
Sharing and celebrating faith
One of Mary’s first recorded journeys was after the announcement to her that she was to be the mother of God. It was a journey of service, a visit to her cousin who needed help. When dealing with such challenges as pregnancy bereavement redundancy a son in prison or a daughter on drugs – we want to talk and we want support.
Mary and Elizabeth had something else to share – their faith. The prayers they said have been said ever since. The stage was small but the audience has been millions ever since. They were not shy about their faith in their God.
In a time like ours we need to externalise our faith – to go to Church, send a card with a Christmas greeting, not just a season’s wish – not to parade, but to make present our faith.
The meaning this week is – Jesus is born, and we celebrate that together, with thanks, music, socialising, prayer and Mass. We need to find God again, and let ourselves be open to him in the deepest areas of life, just like the husbands of both, these women, Joseph and Zechariah, as well as their wives, were open to God.
Nothing need keep us from God or from the crib at Christmas. All are welcome. The real meaning of Christmas is to meet with God and to help our neighbour.
Come Lord Jesus and bring joy and laughter among us.
Come with the music of eternity and the songs of the earth.
Come among us and make us truly grateful for your birth and your love.
Donal Neary SJ