Newsletter 24th Dec 2023

What in this weeks newsletter?

  • Message from Fr Richard and the Priests of the Parish
  • A Christmas Prayer
  • Annual Christmas Priest’s Collection
  • Lightfever in the Cathedral
  • Recent deaths and anniversaries in our parish
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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 10.00am


Saturday 10.30am & 7pm and upon Request

Mondays after 10am Mass

Tuesday after 10am Mass

Wednesday at 3pm.

Thursday after 10am Mass until 5pm
Church closes at 4pm Monday – Wednesday and Friday & 5pm Thursday

Our Lady’s Church Carbally
Sunday at 11.00am

Church of the Immaculate Conception Fenor
Saturday Vigil at 6pm
Wednesday 27th Dec at 10am

Sacred Heart Church Dunhill
Sunday at 9.30am
Thursday 28th Dec 10am

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 Face book Page

We would like to welcome you to the our Parish Facebook page-
Parish of Tramore & Carbally You may also access on parish
This will allow us to share Parish information, news, prayers and reflections with you all. Please LIKE and SHARE with your family and friends.



We strongly recommended, that parishioners continue to sanitize 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.




Christmas Arrangements 2023


Holy Cross Church, Tramore & Our Lady’s Church, Carbally

Saturday 23rd December:
Tramore Mass: 10am & 7.30pm

Sunday 24th December: Christmas Eve Tramore Mass: 8.30am, 10.30am & Christmas Vigil 7.30pm
Carbally Mass: 7.30pm Vigil

Monday 25th December: Christmas Day Tramore: Mass at 8.30am, 10.30am & 12noon
Monday 25th December: Christmas Day
Carbally Mass: 11.00am

Tuesday 26th St Stephen’s Day
Tramore Mass: 10.00am

Church of the Immaculate Conception Fenor & Sacred Heart Church Dunhill

Sat 23rd Fenor 6pm Vigil

Sunday 24th Christmas Eve Dunhill 9.30am &n 7.30p, (Vigil)

Monday 25th Christmas Day Fenor 10am

We wish all our Parishioners a very Happy Christmas & every Blessing in the New Year




The annual Christmas collection for the Priests of the Parish will be taken up at all Masses over the Christmas.
We are very grateful for your continued support.



Saturday 23rd December – Cathedral of the Most Holy Trinity Waterford. Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament, candle light, music, silence, confessions available. Time to be confirmed.



Every Tuesday at 7pm, 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.


Popes Monthly Intention for December

For persons with disabilities
We pray that people living with disabilities may be at the centre of attention in society, and that institutions may offer inclusive programs which value their active participation.


Advent Prayer Resources

Please see below some resources that will help you to prepare your heart and mind for Christmas as we journey through the weeks of Advent available on



Our Cemeteries

As Christmas approaches it is wonderful to see all the preparation happening-with decorations in Our Homes, Our Churches and with flowers and Christmas wreaths in Our Cemeteries.
When Christmas is passed we respectfully ask you to remove the Christmas wreaths and withered flowers from your family graves and please take them home.
Please do not dispose of them on the Church Grounds.
We thank you for your help in keeping our cemeteries neat and tidy.


Christmas Prayer

“O sweet Child of Bethlehem,
grant that we may share with all our hearts
in this profound mystery of Christmas.
Put into the hearts of men and women this peace
for which they sometimes seek so desperately
and which you alone can give to them.
Help them to know one another better,
and to live as brothers and sisters,
children of the same Father.
Reveal to them also your beauty, holiness and purity.
Awaken in their hearts
love and gratitude for your infinite goodness.
Join them all together in your love.
And give us your heavenly peace. Amen.”
Pope John XXIII



Parish Office

The Parish office is closed for the Christmas and will reopen on January 3rd 2024.

We wish all our parishioners a very happy Christmas and every blessing in the New Year


Mass Booking

The Mass Book for March 2024 is open at open at the Parish Office.
The next book to open will be for April which will open on January 3rd at the Parish Office from 9.30am . Phone booking taken after 10am 051386477


Baptism Booking

Please contact the office for further details 051-386477


Wedding- Church Booking

Please contact the office 051-386477


Lost property

If you have lost reading glasses or sunglasses gloves recently or in the past number of months please call to the parish office where we have numerous items that we would like to unite with their owners.



Recent Deaths

Please remember those who died recently, John Legg

We remember the months mind for  Declan Clerkin

We pray for Annie & Paddy Dunphy, Richard Crowley, Mary Butler, Stella & Willie Piper, Patrick O’Mahony, Mary & Paddy O’Donoghue, Lucy Hennessy, Austin Costello, John Matthews, Thomas Lyons ,Teresa & Lucy O’Donohue, Tom & Mamie Mackey, Annie, Martin, Michael & Nena Boran, Patrick & Maura Hackett, William Dunphy, Penny Phelan, Patrick & Josephine O’Brien & son Patrick, Paddy O’Brien , Richie & Anne Power, Maurice & Peggy Cheasty 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.



Christmas Message 2023 – God with us everywhere.

Friends, at this time of the year, two hugely different experiences converge in spectacular fashion. There is the hustle and bustle of present buying and other preparations of our homes, towns, and streets; and then there is the more reflective focus of our Church upon the journey of Mary and Joseph, the birth in a stable, the song of the Angels, the arrival of the Shepherds and the Magi.
How can there be any connection between what looks like two vastly different worlds? Quite simply, the connection is Jesus. In Him, Emmanuel, ‘God is with us’. The mystery of the Incarnation reminds us that God shares every aspect of our humanity from our physical needs to our enjoyment of the world, to our spirituality, our hunger for the sacred which is at the heart of every human soul. When Christ was born over two millennia ago, He joined with us everywhere.

As we look at the world around us, it is important to remember that Jesus came to be with us not just for the good times, but for the difficult times too. Jesus is ‘God with us’ everywhere– in trenches in Ukraine, in rubble and shelters in Gaza and Israel, in hospital wards where loved one’s rest, in sheltered accommodation and none, in distressed families and relationships, in lonely and grieving hearts, in lives that search for meaning, purpose, and place.
The infant Christ stands with us in all that we experience. Jesus Christ offers us the possibility of opening every part of our lives to the transforming power of God’s love. He comes so that we can grow into His likeness in every place in which we find ourselves – from our churches to our homes, to the world in which we live. We ask God to give us joy in our hearts, hope in our faith, and peace across the world.
It is my privilege on behalf of Fr.Tadeusz, Fr.Mark and our Parish Pastoral Council to extend to you and your families every peace and blessing for this Christmas and New Year.

We are grateful to all who make life in our faith communities vibrant and faithful. We are blessed with many people who share of their time, talent, and gifts to make our parishes the wonderful places that they are. Many take an interest in all that is celebrated and organised, and they support us in our endeavours. We are thankful for people’s involvement and support in any way. Everything done and given makes a big difference.

We thank our Sacristans, Readers, Eucharistic Ministers, Choirs, Cantors, Organists and Musicians, Church Carers, Collectors, Counters, Secretaries, Finance & Building Committees, Child Protection Officers, Baptismal Teams, Prayer Groups, Faith Representatives, Alpha Team, Cemetery/Church Grounds keepers, and Crib design, preparation, and decoration. To them and to all who help in our Parish, we “Thank You.”
May you and those closest to you be blessed with peace and joy this Christmas and for the year ahead.
Fr. Richard