Newsletter 22nd January 2023

What in this weeks newsletter?

  • Reflection  for the 3rd Sunday in Ordinary Time.
  • Ordination to Diaconate
  • Alpha 2023
  • The Secret of Mary
  • Recent deaths and anniversaries in our parish
  • Our Christmas Crib
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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.



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


 Our cemeteries 

You can help to keep our cemeteries tidy by removing any withered wreaths or plants which you brought into the cemetery over the Christmas season.
Thank you.


Ordination to Diaconate

We extend our sincerest congratulations to our diocesan student Mark O’Farrell who will be ordained a Deacon next Saturday, January 28th, in the Cathedral of the Most Holy Trinity in Waterford by Bishop Cullinan.

When a man is ordained deacon, he has entered upon the last stage in his preparation and formation for the Priesthood. The office of deacon however, is far more than just another milestone on the road to Priesthood. Through the descent of the Holy Spirit and the imposing of hands, the ordained becomes an official minister of the Church, a co-worker with bishops and priests in the service of God and of the people.
A deacon mainly assists at the altar, administers the Sacrament of Baptism, assists and blesses marriages and can perform other functions in the name of the Church.
The word “deacon” means “one who serves”.

Next Saturday Mark solemnly consecrates himself to the service of the Lord for the rest of his life. He will be ordained Priest later this year.

Let us pray that his service will be sincere, fruitful and fulfilling for Mark himself and all whom he will serve in the years to come.

We wish Mark and his family’s every blessing at this happy time.

Our Christmas Crib

With the holy Season of Christmas now at an end, our beautiful Crib will be removed this Sunday. The priceless figures dating back to 1880 will once again be cleaned, covered and stored away in their press, for yet another year.
Roofs, wood logs, stones, scenes of Bethlehem, Herod’s palace, constructed from a drawing, as it was at this period all of those are reminders to us of Christmas. The simple message of the Birth of Christ once more reached out to the great number of Parishioners and visitors, who paid a visit to our Crib during the Christmas Period. We hope all found peace and renewed faith for the coming year.
We thank Noel and his team who erect the crib every Advent and take care of it all through the Christmas season.



The Alpha programme begins Monday 6th February at 7.30pm at the Majestic Hotel. Discuss your faith in a friendly environment. Alpha is for everybody! Each meeting starts with tea & chat free of charge. More info is available at

If interested please contact the parish office by phone or email, or attend on the night.

Cherished Retreat

Catholic Women’s Ministry Retreat: Glencomeragh House, Kilsheelan: Jan 20th – 22nd 2023. Led by the Dominican Sisters of St Cecilia, (Limerick). Mass, Adoration, rosary, confession, healing service, talks, testimonies, creative workshops, fellowship, tea and chats! Full Board & Accommodation €210 pps. For more info contact Shauna (087) 1378364. To book email


Lectio Divina

Lectio Divina (with the apostles of the Sacred Heart of Jesus)
Lectio Divina is a time of reading the Sunday gospel, prayer and sharing, followed by conversation over a cuppa. Queries: Sr. Kathryn 087 404 2784. Tuesdays, 2:30-4pm- St. John’s Pastoral Centre or Thursdays, 7:30-9pm Sacred Heart Convent, Cedar Lodge
(Newtown Rd.)


“Adore my Son”

“Adore my Son” Night Vigil for Our Lady’s Intentions
Third Monday of Each Month at Glencomeragh House [Rosary 7.30pm, Mass 8pm]. Vigil begins after Holy Mass and ends after 3am Hour of Mercy with prayers of Our Lord’s Passion. For further info: Imelda (085)8509715


Men’s Prayer Group 

St Saviour’s Church, Bridge Street, Waterford City. Every Wednesday evening, starts at 7pm: Exposition, Benediction, Faith Formation and Group Sharing. Led by the Servant Priests of the Home of the Mother


Pope’s monthly intention for January

For educators
We pray that educators may be credible witnesses, teaching fraternity rather than competition and helping the youngest and most vulnerable above all.


“The Secret of Mary”

“The Secret of Mary” at the Foyer of Charity
You are invited to join Fr. Kilian Byrne & the Foyer of Charity, (Dunmore East, X91FC65) as we journey together into the Secret of Mary.
Saturdays 11am – 12 midday for 12 weeks.
Beginning Saturday, February 25th
Prayer, Teaching, Cuppa
Registration Essential:


Give blood, save a life!


Monday 23rd January 23
Tuesday 24th January 23
From 15.45pm – 20.00pm (appointment based clinic)
Call 1800 222 111 to book an appointment.
Check your eligibility at


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.

Next week opening times:
Mon – Thurs 9.30am-4pm
Friday 9.30am –


The Mass booking in Holy Cross is taken 3 months in advance.
The Mass book for April is now open at the parish office.

Mass booking for May begins on Wednesday 1st February at the parish office.

Please note the minimum stipend is €15.

Bookings will be taken by phone from 9.30am


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: Tom Lacey Waterford/Tramore, Kathleen Bryant née O’Neill, Peter J. Thomas.

We remember the months mind for  Anne Campbell


We pray for Noeleen Flanagan, Vera Jones (1st Anniversary),Statia & Jack Comerford, Bridget Daly, Chrissie Moylan, Elaine Shilton née Corcoran, Edward Flynn 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.


Love and call

We notice a big change of Life for the disciples – they leave the past to follow the Lord, leaving behind their old jobs and roles but also what might block them from living fully. To follow the Lord joyfully we need to believe in ourselves as valued in the sight of God. We pick up messages about ourselves from significant people and we have to let them go.
A child whose parents separate often feels unloved and needs the care and love that shows they are okay. Many addicted people have, deep down, a sense of not being loved. Every child coming into the world deserves to know that he or she is loved. We believe that the first gift of our faith is the love of God, the humble God who became one of us in love. In religion we need to touch into the love and the call of God, by gradually letting go of the things in the world that prevent from knowing God’s love. The first of the apostles had something new.
Each of us, week by week can get this new thing, the love of God.
Everything else flows from that. To know the love of God is a huge gift, and to know the love and acceptance of another or a few others in life is also a huge gift. Both are one, in every love and friendship we have.
Is there anything keeping you from living in God’s love?
Ask his help in this.
Lord, Let me know your love day by day and share with all I meet.

Donal Neary SJ