Newsletter 2 August 2020

Reflection for the 18th Sunday in Ordinary

Time. Feeding the needy.

We find Jesus’ wounds in carrying out works of mercy caring for the body of your wounded brother, because he is hungry because he is thirsty because he is naked, because he is humiliated, because he is a slave, because he is in jail, because he is in the hospital. Those are the wounds of Jesus today. And Jesus asks us to take a leap of faith, towards him, but through his wounds in his people today. We need to touch the wounds of Jesus, we must caress the wounds of Jesus, we need to bind the wounds of Jesus with tenderness, and we have to kiss the wounds of Jesus, and this literally. Just think of what happened to St Francis, when he embraced the leper. – Pope Francis May 2016

This is what is behind Jesus’ wish to feed the hungry. He feeds bread for physical hunger, but the story of the gospel today is more than bread for hungry people. It is getting fully involved in the lives of those in need. It is the calling of the church: to practice the works of mercy.

Any Christian group, parish or otherwise, tries to reach out to those most in need in their area. Today the hungry need to be fed, refugees and homeless need a home, and those wounded by life need healing. The call of the church is truly to be ‘the field hospital’ of Jesus and his disciples in the world.

Think of someone really poor;

see Jesus beside him or her.

Pray as you feel drawn.

Give us today, O Lord, and to all our world, our daily bread.

Donal Neary,SJ


The season of creation 1st September-4th October.

The Season of Creation has a special significance for the Catholic Church, particularly since Pope Francis established 1 September as an annual World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation.
The Season of Creation or Creation Time, is marked throughout the Christian world from 1 September to 4 October (Feast of St. Francis of Assisi) and celebrates the joy of creation as well as encouraging awareness-raising initiatives to protect the natural environment.
Resources are available by clicking on Catholic Bishops Season of Creation 2020.

First Friday Visits

The priests of the parish will be visiting the sick and those confined to their homes on the first Friday of the month.

Weekly Contribution Envelopes

For anyone who have not used the Weekly Contribution envelopes in the past and would like to use them going forward, please drop in to the office and we will be happy to organize a box for you.


A Lightfever event will be taking place Saturday 8th Aug 1.45pm – 4.45pm in the Cathedral of the Most Holy Trinity, Waterford. Lightfever involves Eucharistic Adoration, Confession, music ministry and a candlelit Church.

Community Employment.

Would you like to work in the community?, positions are always coming up on the Tramore Community Employment Scheme in a number of Community and Voluntary groups across the town. For more information please contact or ring 085 875 0343

Weekly Remembrances

Please remember in your prayers those who have died recently:Lillian Delaney née Dooly, Conor Walshe, Madeline Finn

Those whose Months mind Occurs:Arthur Richardson
Those whose’ Anniversary Occurs:Jo Jo Brophy & baby sister Esther, Michael McDonald

Those who were baptised recently: Luke McGrath, Alexandra June Daly, Amber Stephanie Rellis
Congratulations to their parents and godparents.