Newsletter 19th May 2024

What in this weeks newsletter?

  • Reflection for Pentecost Sunday
  • Safeguarding Sunday
  • Tramore Summer Proms-Concert
  • Faith @Home Activities for Children
  • Mediating with Mary in the month of May
  • Recent deaths and anniversaries in our parish
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Pentecost Sunday Reflection

Spirit of Unity
The effect of the Holy Spirit at the first Pentecost was to create unity – the incident of people understanding different languages should not be taken literally, but that some deep divisions among people can be overcome by the Spirit of God. Many of the gifts of the Spirit in the second reading are about a deep unity among us – trust, love, patience. These and other gifts of the Spirit bring unity at a deep level in families, friendships, all kinds of relationships and communities.
The effects of disunity can lead in the end to murders, violence and wars. No wonder Jesus prayed so often for unity, and his Spirit would unite us.
Disagreements may happen in the best of relationships, and lead often to peace in the end. Dividedness never leads to peace and is never from God.
Another unity of Pentecost was the reconciliation between Jesus’ natural family and the new family of the apostles. Another gospel account says that in the upper room were people like James, his family ‘brother’, and Mary his mother, who was the uniting love of all Jesus’ followers.

On the inbreath, breathe in the Spirit of God,
the wind that blows where it wills.
Come Holy Spirit;
Fill our hearts.
Bring your peace and unity to our world.
May your kingdom come and your will be done.
Donal Neary SJ



FIRST HOLY COMMUNIONS – Holy Cross Church Tramore.

Congratulations to the boys and girls from Holy Cross National School who received their First Holy Communion last weekend.

This weekend the children from Glór na Mara will be making their First Holy Communion & on May 25th we will welcome the children from Gaelscoil Philib Barún

We welcome them and their parents and families and all present with them on this, their special day.

We wish them every blessing at this important time in their lives.


Child Safeguarding Sunday

The Diocese of Waterford & Lismore has nominated this Sunday, May19th as Child Safeguarding Sunday. This simply gives us an opportunity to communicate the message about the importance of Safeguarding Children and Vulnerable Adults and what Safeguarding means at Parish level.
Last summer the National Board for Safeguarding Children in the Catholic Church conducted an audit of Safeguarding of all the Parishes of our Diocese. The findings of their report were very positive. We can be rightly proud of how we are providing and encouraging safe places for our young people to worship God in our community. The good report was the fruit of endless work and consideration on both a Diocesan and Parish level. I am very thankful for the diligent work of our Local Safeguarding Representatives – Colin O Brien, Mary Manton, Rita Byrne and Paul Lynch. Their assistance, advice and commitment has been very helpful.
However, we can never become complacent and we continue to be committed together to ensuring the safety and well-being of children and young adults within our Parishes.
If you have a child safeguarding concern or wish to report an allegation, please contact one of the following:
Tusla: Tusla, Child & Family Agency: 051-842827
The Gardaí: 051 – 305300 / Garda National Protective Services Bureau: 01-6663430 / 01-6663435
The Designated Liaison Person (DLP) for the Diocese of Waterford & Lismore is Fr. John Harris: 087-9661959
The Deputy Designated Liaison Person (DDLP) is Ms. Anne Walsh 089 4858845



Join us to pray the Rosary for the month of May at the Marian Grotto, Marian Park Wednesday’s at 3pm.


Church Gate Collection for Tramore Community Care

Church Gate Collection for Tramore Community Care – Meals on Wheels will take place on Saturday 18th May & Sunday 19th May.


Tramore Community Care AGM

AGM will be held on Wed 22nd May At 7.30pm in the Community Centre on Pond Road.



SETU Orchestra with Special guests TOUCAN
Holy Cross Church Tramore on Thursday 23rd May 2024 at 8pm
Admission €10 (Children & OAP free) Tickets available from


Hospice Coffee Morning

Our next Coffee Morning in aid of The Waterford Hospice will be held in O’Shea’s Hotel Tramore on Thursday 23rd May at 11.00am. All monies collected go to Waterford Hospice
There will be teas coffees and tasty bites available.
Please come along and join us for another great morning.
As usual there will be a raffle with some exciting prizes to be won.


Riverstown Grotto

The Riverstown Grotto is now open for prayer.
It is normally closed from the month of October until May. All are welcome


Rosary Procession and Crowning of Our Lady -Sunday May 26th

Leaving Ballybricken Green at 3pm and proceeding to the Dominican Church Bridge Street for the Crowning and a short prayer finishing with Benediction.
All welcome especially the children who received their First Holy Communion.


Minister of the Word

‘Enriching your experience of being a Minister of the Word’ will take place in Sacred Heart Parish Centre on Monday 27th May at 7pm. The first hour will be a reflection hour with Fr. Billy Swan. Fr. Billy is a Priest of the Diocese of Ferns. He was ordained to the Priesthood in 1998, and awarded a Licentiate and Doctorate in Systematic Theology from the Gregorian University. He was director of Seminary Formation at the Pontifical Irish College, Rome and now serves as Administrator of a Wexford Parish.The second part of the evening will be facilitated by Mary Dee, as we move to the Church setting and go through the practical elements of proclaiming the Word of God.
If you are interested please contact the parish office with your details 051-386477

Let’s Dive in!

Faith @Home Activities for Children.

Activity Sheet available in the porches.
Parents, please take one home for your child/children or Grandparents please feel free to take one for your grandchild or grandchildren
Further resources for Children on Diocesan website: Resources | Diocese of Waterford & Lismore (


Meditating with Mary in the month of May

Prayer, reflection and a cuppa! Friary Church, Lady Lane, Waterford X91R234 following 1.05pm Mass on 17th, 24th and 31st May. All are welcome. One time donation of €5 for materials. Queries: Sr Kathryn


ENLIGHTEN: (young adult event – age 18 – 35)

Rosary, Lectio Divina, Adoration & Tea! Sisters of Mary Morning Star, Wadding House, Lady’s Lane, Waterford. Friday 24th May, 21st June &12th July



Friday 31st May, 8pm at St John’s Church, Parnell Street, Waterford. Talk, Adoration and Music, followed by Pizza and Fellowship! For 18 – 35 year olds .Newcomers always welcome. More info on


Parish Office Opening Hours For Next Week

The parish office open Tuesday to Thursday 9.30am – 4pm & Friday 9.30am-3.30pm.


The Mass Book for August is open at the Parish Office.

From May 2024 the 7.30pm Vigil Mass and the 10.30am on Sunday may be booked as shared Masses.
(Limited to 2 intentions).


At the Parish Office/Shop

Lovely selection of Cards, Rosaries, Rosettes & gifts for First Holy Communion, are now available.


Theology Open Day

Theology Open Day, is this for you? The Priory Institute provides online Theology courses to degree level. Attend Saturday lectures in Tallaght or from the comfort of your own home. Click here or visit our website to find out more about our Open Day on Saturday 25 May.


Pope’s Monthly Intention for May

For the formation of religious and seminarians
We pray that religious women and men, and seminarians, grow in their own vocations through their human, pastoral, spiritual and community formation, leading them to be credible witnesses to the Gospel


Home of the Mother Formation Evenings for Adults

Every Tuesday at 7:00 pm, 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.


Eucharistic Adoration in the Diocese

Spend time in the True Presence of Jesus. For a list of locations and times for Eucharistic Adoration in the Diocese check out




Please remember those who died recently, Marie Keoghan

We remember the months mind for Melissa Butler, Mary Dalton née Flavin, Roddy Crehan, Ger Parkinson, Rory O’Shea


We pray for John & Claire Mullaney ,Mattie & Molly McGee, Seamus Murphy, Christine Doyle, Declan Dunford, Paddy Power (The Terrace),Mary Butler, Maureen Hayden & son Mark, David Flavin 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.



Holy Cross Parish Mass Times & Services

Mass Times:
Saturday 10am & 7.30pm (Vigil)
Sunday 8.30am, 10.30am and 12 noon
Monday to 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 & Wednesday at 9am.


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