Newsletter 26th Dec 2021

What in this weeks newsletter?

  • Reflection for the Feast of the holy Family
  • Alpha
  • Recent deaths and anniversaries in our parish
  • Parish Office Notice
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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 – 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 11.30am


Church of the Immaculate Conception Fenor
Saturday Vigil at 6pm

Sacred Heart Dunhill
Sunday at 9.30am



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 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.


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.

Pope Francis’ Universal Intention December – Catechists.
Let us pray for the catechists, summoned to announce the Word of God: may they be its witnesses, with courage and creativity and in the power of the Holy Spirit



Have you ever asked questions such as: What is the point of life? Is death the end of life? The Alpha course is a chance to explore these questions and to discuss the basics of the Christian faith in a friendly, non-challenging atmosphere. The course is for everybody: committed Christians, wavering Christians and non-believers. All points of view welcome. The course will run online using Zoom on Monday evenings at 7.30pm starting 10th January 2022 for 13 weeks. Please register your interest with the Parish Office Tel: 051-386477 or email

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, Wed, Thurs 9.30am -1pm
Tues 9.30am – 1pm
Closed for Christmas break until January 4th at 9.30am


Mass Bookings Update
Mass booking for June 2022 will open on Jan 5th at the Parish Office.
Booking will take place by phone: 051-386477


Baptism Update
Please contact the office for further details 051-386477


Recent Deaths

Please remember those who died recently, Francis Comber, Elizabeth (Betty) Flint, Anna Mary (Maureen) O’Keeffe, Patrick (Pat) Purcell

Months Minds; Peter Halligan

We pray for  Pat Woodbyrne, Larry Kelly, Tommy & Angela Flanagan & sons Tommy & Eamon, Richard Crowley, Mary Butler, Peter Kiely, Bernard McGivney & Kett Family, Paddy & Sheila O’Brien, William Billy Power, (The Terrace ),John Matthews, Mary & Patrick O’Donohue ,The Power Family, The Magee Family, Maureen McGarrie, Mary McNally, Bridget King, John McEneaney Snr, Pat Drohan 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.



Reflection for the Feast of the Holy Family

Natural attachments
The regular presence of parents is a constant assurance of safety for every young child. The family, no matter what its shortcomings, is the fundamental human connection. There are flaws in every human connection, but even the most fragile families tend to be more supportive to a young child than an institutional upbringing. No matter how much the institution cares, it can never replace the natural bond between mother and child. We know that the warm, intimate relationship the child has with his or her mother is essential for the growth of the child’s inner life. This is not to underestimate the role of the father: it is simply to admit the truth that in most homes it is still the mother who feeds and cleans her young child, keeps her child warm, comforts her child in distress. Above all it is the mother who is there for the young child.
Parents are the first teachers of love; their attachment to their children shows them that they are worthy of love, shows them how to love. It is very hard for a child to grow up without caring support of that attachment. And Luke shows us in today’s Gospel how the parents of Jesus fulfil the requirements of their religious tradition, and how the child Jesus grows in wisdom and maturity under their care.
From the mutual love between Mary and Joseph and from their love of him, the child Jesus will be schooled in love and grow in the security of their attachment to him. To know the meaning of love, Jesus will only have to consult his experience.
That love will give him the security and the freedom which will enable him to become himself, and although he is more than Mary and Joseph can ever give him, their influence on him can never be underestimated. The time will come when Jesus- like all children-must separate himself from his family to make his own way in life; but as a child he is wholly dependent on the love that is offered from his own family. That is the glory and the limit of his humanity.
In remembering the Holy Family, we look to our own family in gratitude for what we have received. The feast of the Holy Family we celebrate today is not an old one-it was introduced to the whole Church in 1921; but the Christian family has been celebrated by all who care to admit their indebtedness to it as the lively place where they were at home with God and an assortment of weird and wonderful relatives. In the Christian family we learn that God never comes alone-God is always accompanied by a legion of others who, in their own shy and halting way show us something of the God who accepts us as we are and who keeps on loving us stubbornly to the end.