What in this weeks newsletter?
- Reflections for the 5th Sunday in Lent
- Lenten Prayer for Spiritual Renewal
- Prayers for Vocations
- Recent deaths and anniversaries in our parish
- Mass Booking update
Holy Cross Church Mass Times
Because of the re-imposition of the government restrictions, there will be no public masses in any of our churches until further notice.
The only exceptions are funerals and weddings, where there is only limited congregation allowed.
Masses will be streamed from Holy Cross church each week day at 10.00am, Sundays and Holy days at 10.30am.
Visit the parish website www.tramoreparish.ie Click on “Live Stream” on the homepage when the services are on.
For anyone who does not have access to online services:
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
The Church will be open for private prayer on Mon to Sat: 11.00am-4pm (except Thurs 11.00am -5pm) EXPOSITION OF THE BLESSED SACRAMENT on Thurs from 11am until 5pm. Sunday opening 11.30am-4pm.
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.
*Due to government restrictions at the moment not all Masses are live streamed.
PRIEST ON DUTY
Prayer for vocations
For all those being called to the priesthood, diaconate and consecrated life, that they may deepen their faith in Christ who calls them to glorify God in a profoundly personal way through their vocations, we pray to the Lord.
Fifth Sunday of Lent 21st March 2021
“I am the resurrection and the life…whoever believes in Me will have eternal life.”
Do you feel called to nourish others in their faith in Christ, as priest, deacon or in consecrated life? The gift of a vocation is discerned through prayer and grace. Speak to your local priest or Diocesan Vocations Director, or email the National Vocations Office: email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Lenten Prayer for Spiritual Renewal
God, heavenly Father, look upon me and hear my prayer during this holy Season of Lent. By the good works You inspire, help me to discipline my body and to be renewed in spirit. Without You I can do nothing. By Your Spirit help me to know what is right and to be eager in doing Your will. Teach me to find new life through penance. Keep me from sin, and help me live by Your commandment of love. God of love, bring me back to You. Send Your Spirit to make me strong in faith and active in good works. May my acts of penance bring me Your forgiveness, open my heart to Your love, and prepare me for the coming feast of the Resurrection of Jesus. Lord, during this Lenten Season, nourish me with Your Word of life and make me one with You in love and prayer. Fill my heart with Your love and keep me faithful to the Gospel of Christ. Give me the grace to rise above my human weakness. Give me new life by Your Sacraments, especially the Mass. Father, our source of life, I reach out with joy to grasp Your hand; let me walk more readily in Your ways. Guide me in Your gentle mercy, for left to myself I cannot do Your Will. Father of love, source of all blessings, help me to pass from my old life of sin to the new life of grace. Prepare me for the glory of Your Kingdom. I ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, Your Son, Who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, forever. Amen.
Children’s Prayer to St. Joseph
You are that loving and caring man whom God called to be protector of the Holy Family. With a husband’s love you cherished Mary, with fatherly care you loved and educated Jesus. Holy Saint Joseph, be our help and guide in our work and in our play, be with us, side by side. Help us to give others our love with happy hearts and smiling faces. Pour out your tender loving care on us, our family, and on every single person and our world, that means so much to us. We praise and thank you God, for giving us Saint Joseph to watch over us and protect us. Amen. (Antoinette Dilworth rsj)
The Annunciation of the Lord • 25 March
Lord, within me there is a new spark of life.
With this new life you have given me the gift of motherhood.
You have chosen me to be the mother of this child.
Help me to say, like Mary: ‘Be it done unto me.
Alethea Hayton – Prayer in Pregnancy
“Here are my hands, hold them. Please don’t leave South Sudan alone. We need your prayers. We need your support. We need your love.” Fr. James Oyet Latansio, South Sudan Council of Churches.
Trócaire boxes are available in the church porches.
Please take home a Trócaire box for Lent and give it a prominent place somewhere in the home
Diocesan Newsletter March 2021
Newsletter for March may now be downloaded by visiting www.waterfordlismore.ie
The Parish Office
The Parish office is closed to the public due to Government Covid 19 restrictions but you may ring the office between 9.30 am-4pm Monday Wed, Thurs. Tuesday 9.30am-1pm. & Friday 9.30am-3.30pm for any inquiries.
Contact : 051-386477
Mass Bookings Update
Due to government restrictions the Mass books for April to Aug were not opened as per normal six months in advance.
Mass booking for April and May is now open Booking will take place by phone: 051-386477
(Mass Books for June and July & Aug will not open for the moment. Date will be confirmed later).
New Donate Facility
In response to a number of enquiries from our parishioners, we now 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.
Please remember those who died recently,
We remember the months mind for Pat Hearne
We pray Una Collins 1st Anniversary, Dick Hannigan, Michael Slattery, Mark Hayden, George & Mary Cashell, Helen Douglas, Terry, Ann & Patrick O’Brien, Catherine O’ Connor, Hannah Griffin, Hal Sherlock, Nora & Thomas Sherlock for whose anniversaries occur about this time.
Reflection for the 5th Sunday in Lent
‘We should like to see Jesus’
Those poor Greeks! Did you notice that they never actually get to meet Jesus? At the start of today’s gospel, some Greeks who are followers of Jesus come to Jerusalem. They are travellers, outsiders, and would like to meet Jesus in person. But when Philip and Andrew relay the request, Jesus begins to talk about how his ‘hour’ is coming. It is the last we hear of the Greeks, who disappear from the story altogether.
But they are important nonetheless. Firstly, they indicate that word about Jesus is spreading. More importantly, they prompt Jesus to reveal that, when his hour comes, he will draw ‘all people’ to himself. In the space of a few short verses, we go from a brief mention of a group of foreigners seeking Jesus, to Jesus making it clear that his saving mission is for all people, of all nations, both Jews and Gentiles – including these Greeks! There is no suggestion from Jesus that some groups are ‘in’ and others ‘out’. All are included. All are invited. All are welcome.
I remember once hearing someone describe their home as a domestic church, a place of ‘indiscriminate welcome’. As we continue our journey through Lent and soon into Holy Week, we listen carefully to these words of Jesus. He came for everyone. He wishes to draw all people to himself. Notwithstanding the current restrictions on gatherings and public worship, let us take this time to reflect on the world we would like to build when things open up again. Are we open to everyone, including ‘outsiders’? Do our homes, parishes and communities radiate welcome, where all who enter experience God’s love?
‘For some, the good news is that there are insiders and outsiders and they are the insiders. For others, the good news is that there are no outsiders.’ (Rachel Held Evans)