Newsletter 23rd June 2024

What in this weeks newsletter?

  • Reflection for 12th Sunday in Ordinary Time
  • Message from Fr Richard
  • Mass Booking update and changes
  • Good News Faith Camp
  • Faith @Home Activities for Children
  • Recent deaths and anniversaries in our parish
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Reflection for 12th Sunday in Ordinary Time

The storm at sea offers the perfect metaphor for expressing our doubts about faith. The power of nature can leave us feeling utterly insignificant; we are powerless and totally at the mercy of the elements. So too life can appear incredibly challenging because of illness, bereavement, broken relationships, and shattered dreams. At times the sailing in a small boat, on a dark night, into the eye of a storm, perfectly describes how we are. At such times Jesus invites us to trust and it is only in doing that that we learn how.
Sleeping Jesus
In what for the apostles was a very bad storm, Jesus slept. It’s like he seems asleep in the deep darknesses of life
– people’s darkness of self-esteem,
– long-term illness,
– an addiction,
– migration,
Things that causes big storms in our lives.
But in the friendship and love of God we find we can survive and even grow through them, especially the troubles we have little control over. Even when Jesus was asleep the apostles felt his protective presence.
They found calm only when they were in the middle of the storm. We will find Jesus in the middle also of our storms, when we try not to hide our troubles from him. This was how Job got a bit better in the first reading – his friends were trying to help him avoid his troubles, like take a few drinks, enter a transitory relationship – all the things we do to avoid our troubles. In the middle of the tempest, God spoke to them.
We sit with him in prayer and let him know how we are, and just allow his calm come over us. We find courage and hope at the Mass and other sacraments, like the great peace of a young man when he received the anointing of the sick, who had left church practice for years, Or the help we can get from the community of people in parish and in the church at bad times. It gives us the courage and strength to deal with what are storms in our lives.
Remember a bad time when God seemed to help you.
Be grateful.
Prayer: Protect us from all anxiety as we wait.
Donal Neary


Message from Fr Richard

Parish of Tramore & Carbally

Dear Parishioners & Friends,
Some weeks ago, Bishop Cullinan issued a letter to all Parish Groupings in the Diocese of Waterford & Lismore, asking for a serious reflection on the schedule of masses in each grouping.
We belong to a Pastoral Grouping of Tramore & Carbally, Dunhill & Fenor, Portlaw & Ballyduff, and Newtown, Kill, Kilmacthomas & Saleen. Within this grouping there are five Priests covering fifteen weekend Masses alone. As Bishop Cullinan stated in his letter, this schedule is just not sustainable moving forward. Each grouping of Parishes needs to have a schedule of Masses that can be covered in cases of illness, holidays or emergencies, and each grouping must be able to sustain itself in providing this cover.
At the time when we presented every parishioner with Bishop Cullinan’s letter, we asked for feedback, comment, and any and every observation which people might have. We received little in reply except for some people to reflect on how they expected such decisions about the reduction of Masses long before now.
In consultation with our Parish Pastoral Councils, with Bishop Cullinan, and the other Priests in our Pastoral area, a reduction of four Masses in our Grouping has been agreed upon. Here in Tramore, we will be reducing our regular four weekend Masses to three. We propose a new rota of a Vigil Mass on Saturday evening at 7.30pm and two Sunday Masses at 8.30am & 11.00am. The 11.00am Mass will replace and combine our former 10.30am & 12 Noon Masses. We hope to commence this new timetable beginning on the first weekend of this October.
I am conscious that change, though inevitable, is never easy.
These are the only changes I will make to our weekend timetable. If, in the future, further steps have to be taken, they will be taken in regard to the other Churches under my care and responsibility. At present, those Churches all have only one weekend Mass each, but that too may change.
Weekday Masses will remain the same except for the 7.30am Mass on Fridays, which will now cease. To facilitate Anniversary Masses, Month’s Minds, and rescheduled Masses because of funerals, from October all Masses will be shared, limited to two intentions. More details about this are in the Newsletter and through the Parish Office.
Friends, I sincerely hope that you, our faithful and loyal Parishioners, and friends will continue to attend and support our weekday and weekend Masses. We have an opportunity through these changes for fuller congregations and involved celebrations. These changes should bring a renewed sense of vibrancy and full communion to our celebrations. Our ceremonies might be less in number but hopefully richer than they already are in our participation, celebration, and sacredness.
I thank you for your constant support, generosity, and involvement with your Parish community in so many ways. May the times ahead see us uniting, supporting, and praying deeper than we ever have had before. We ourselves, our faith, our Church, remain at the heart of this community and always will. It was St. Augustine who said: “To fall in love with God is the greatest of romances; to seek God is the greatest adventure; to find Him is the greatest achievement.” May many join us in our romance, adventure, and achievement of loving, seeking, and serving God here in Tramore.

With every good wish and blessing,
Fr. Richard O‘Halloran PP

Mass Booking Update and Changes

The September Mass book has been on hold while the New Autumn Mass schedule was being considered.
We are now in a position to continue our Mass bookings.
The Mass books for September and October will open on Monday July the 1st at the Parish office from 9.30am.
Going forward from October we are going to have shared Masses (limited to 2 intentions)
The Saturday 7.30pm evening Mass will be held back for Months mind & Mass changes due to a funeral on the day of your booked Mass. (This used to be on Wednesdays )
Going forward the 3 month booking in advance will remain unchanged.
Details of Mass book opening will be in the Newsletter and on the website as usual.


The Annual Cemetery Mass & blessing of the graves

The Annual Cemetery Mass & blessing of the graves for all those interred in our cemeteries will take place over the month of June/July as follows:

Carbally: Wednesday 26th June at 7.30pm
Tramore: Thursday 27th June at 7.30pm
(Blessing of graves immediately after Mass in Holy Cross, St Patricks & St Declan’s)

Fenor: Wednesday 3rd July at 7.30pm.
Dunhill: Thursday 4th July at 7.30pm.
(Blessing of graves immediately after Mass)


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 (


Good News Summer Faith Camp for boys and Girls aged 6-12 years will take place at Glór na Mara school, Tramore from Monday 8th -11th July. Please book early to avoid disappointment. Contact Pam 086-0726232/ Olivia 086-3438467. More info


The Collection for the Needs of the Diocese will be taken up on Saturday 6th and Sunday 7th July 2024.
This annual collection is held every year on the Sunday closest to the Solemnity of Ss Peter and Paul.
62.5% of this collection, along with the diocesan levy, goes towards the funding of Diocesan Needs. The remaining 37.5% of the income from this collection is given to the Peter’s pence collection. The Faithfull’s offerings to the Holy Father through the Peter’s pence Collection are destined to Church needs, to humanitarian initiatives and social promotion projects, as well as to the support of the Holy See.


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

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



Sacred Heart Church, The Folly, Waterford City. Every Friday: 3 – 3.45pm.
Mass every first Friday at 3pm



Monthly HEALING CEREMONY (with Sacrament of the Sick) Cathedral of the Most Holy Trinity on the Second Saturday of every month, beginning at 3pm and will include the Anointing of the Sick, Confession, and time for individual prayer and blessing
“Christian Education meeting focusing on concerns Christian parents have on the new SPHE curriculum – The Park Hotel, Dungarvan on Tuesday June 4th at 8pm in the Estuary suite. All welcome! Organised by Family & Life.”


Pope’s Monthly intention for June

For migrants fleeing their homes
We pray that migrants fleeing from war or hunger, forced to undertake journeys full of danger and violence, find welcome and new opportunities in the countries that receive them.

Parish Office Opening Hours For Next Week

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

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


Men’s Retreat

Men’s Retreat featuring talks by Fr Patrick Cahill & Pat Reynolds
28-30th June
Cost €220 Full board and accommodation
To Book: 052-61331881 or  Holy Family Mission
Glencomeragh House Kilsheelan, E91H584



Foyer of Charity, Leperstown, Dunmore East X91FC65 – Sat 29th June 6am to 10pm Sun 30th June. Mass Saturday
6am, Sunday 10am. To sign up for an hour or more information: Helen 086 1678027 All are welcome


YOUTH 2000

YOUTH 2000 SUMMER FESTIVAL: August 15th-18th at Clongowes Wood College, Co Kildare. Ages 16 – 35. Donation only. Faith, fun, fellowship! For more info including bus routes go to



Please remember those who died recently, 

We remember the months mind for Tom Manton

We pray for Morris & Murphy Families Anne Tyers (1st Ann),Paddy Halley, Michael Walsh, Timothy & Mary Slattery, Terrie Walshe, Denis Cullinane, Joan, Seamus & Eamon Trayers, Paddy Murphy, Patricia Clifford whoes 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