Newsletter 26th February 2023

What in this weeks newsletter?

  • Reflection for the 1st Sunday in Lent
  • Lent at Holy Cross Church
  • Healing Mass
  • Arise
  • Recent deaths and anniversaries in our parish
  • Strategic Plan for Youth & Young Adult Ministry
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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


Lent – Holy Cross Church, Tramore

Stations of the Cross:
Every Friday morning during Lent after 10am Mass

Holy Hour with Holy Face Lenten Devotion
Every Tuesday at 3pm for Lent. Beginning Tuesday 28th February. The Holy Face devotion will consist of 30 minutes vocal prayer at the start. The remainder of the hour will consist of silent adoration of the Most Blessed Sacrament. Please come for some, or all of the Holy hour.

Divine Mercy Prayer Group: Every Wednesday at 3pm


Mass of Healing & Anointing of the Sick

Friends, during the month of February one of the Church’s most significant feast days are celebrated. This is the feast day of Our Lady of Lourdes. Lourdes holds a special place for all who suffer and for all who are in need of healing, regardless of the manner in which that healing is needed. The Lord Jesus was continually healing people wherever He went and sought to heal people completely in mind, body, and spirit regardless of their ailment. He continues to do so.
Trusting in the Lord’s willingness to heal and comfort, over the next weeks we shall celebrate in our Churches masses of Healing with the Anointing of the Sick. All are welcome to attend and to seek the Lord’s healing and comfort in whatever way people may need it through the anointing of sacred oil.
Mass in Holy Cross – Tuesday 28th Feb 10.00am & 7.30pm


Trócaire boxes are available in the porches

Please take home a Trócaire box for Lent and give it a prominent place somewhere in the home



Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes 2023

7-12 June
Enquiries Joe Walsh Tours
01-2410800 or email


Pope’s Monthly intention

For victims of abuse
We pray for those who have suffered harm from members of the Church; may they find within the Church herself a concrete response to their pain and suffering



The Alpha programme continues on Mondays at 7.30pm at the Majestic Hotel. Come along, bring a friend and discuss faith questions in a friendly setting. Each meeting
begins with free tea & coffee and everyone is welcome



St. Anthony’s Novena and Blessing with the Relic of St. Anthony

St. Anthony’s Novena and Blessing with the Relic of St. Anthony on Tuesdays in the Cathedral after 10.30am Mass
The Franciscans have asked that the Cathedral continue the Tuesday Novena Prayer and Blessing with the relic of St. Anthony. All are welcome to the 10.30am Mass which will conclude with the prayer and hymn to St. Anthony and the blessing with the relic.


Got a Minute Series (YouTube)

Have you checked out Bishop Phonsie’s newest YouTube series, “Got a Minute?” covering a range of topics and questions posed in short videos on the Diocese of Waterford & Lismore YouTube channel.


The Diocese is preparing to launch a three-year Strategic Plan for Youth & Young Adult Ministry 

Three information sessions will be held throughout the diocese to present the vision and plan for youth and young adult ministry in the Diocese of Waterford & Lismore and outline the volunteer role of the Parish Faith Representative. If you are interested in this role, please talk to your parish priest and join us for any of the following sessions:
Monday 27th February, 7.30 – 9.00pm: St John’s Pastoral Centre, John’s Hill, Waterford, X91HW9D
Thursday 2nd March, 7.30 – 9.00pm: St Mary’s Parish Pastoral Room, Presentation Centre, Mitchell St, Dungarvan, X35DE98 (beside Deise Day Care Centre)
Friday 3rd March, 7.30 – 9.00pm: St Oliver’s Parish Centre, St Oliver’s Square, Elm Park, Clonmel. Tipperary

Lent, a time of grace, growth and gratitude (Zoom Input)

Please join us on the 8th March @ 7.30pm as we listen to a Lenten Talk by Fr. Brian McKay OCarm entitled ‘Lent, a time of grace, growth and gratitude’.
Fr. Brian is a Priest and resides in the Carmelite Monastery, Moate, Co. Westmeath.
Join the zoom meeting (just click on the link).


Desert Fathers A Lenten Program for men •••               

A Lenten program for men has been developed by an Irish priest to help men make this Lent different. The program contains 4 pillars – Prayer, Penance, Spiritual reading & Charity. To find out more and join an online group a zoom information meeting is scheduled for Sunday Feb 19th at 8:30pm. Meeting ID 494 625 9738 Password: 997298. Email for a copy of the program.


Requiem Concert- in Memory of Victims of the Russian war in Ukraine 2014-2023

Cathedral of the Most Holy Trinity Within, Waterford.
Sunday Feb 26th 2pm-3pm Church Mass 3.15-4.30pm Requiem Concert.  All welcome.


Arise Catholic Family Festival 2023

Calling families to come and join us in Tramore, Co.Waterford as we celebrate Easter together in the Sunny southeast. Make new friends with other families, share in wonderful celebrations of Holy Mass, and experience great teaching and seminars. Age-appropriate content is offered across the age groups. Dates April 10-13th 2023.
This is an initiative of the Diocese of Waterford and Lismore and the Tine Network. For more details go to


Tramore Active Retirement

Active Retirement Trip to Tralee on 23rd April
5 days 4 nights
Transfers by Luxury Coach to and from Kerry
For further details contact Mary 087-9882327


Whist is back !

Tramore Community Care
Pond Road Tramore at 7pm sharp every Monday night. All welcome.


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 June will open on Wednesday March 1st at 9.30am.   Booking taken by phone from 9.30am

Please note the minimum stipend for a booked Mass is €15.
The price of Mass Cards has not changed.


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, Michael Morrissey, Bernadette (Berna) Walsh


We remember the months mind for

We pray for James Cantwell, Springfield, Maurice Fitzgerald, John O’Connor ,James Burke, Richard Crowley, Mary Butler, Patrick & Bridget Callanan, Tony Dunphy 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 1st Sunday of Lent

Jesus is tempted to use creation just for himself.
This can happen with money, other people, the environment and religion. We are called to look after God’s creation, not con¬trol it.
To be co-workers with God is our call – to focus on people as well as plans, to feel the needs here and abroad.
One view of God is that he looks after the world for good or bad, and we are just the receivers. The other is that we are co-workers in developing the world and God’s creation. Jesus was tempted to throw himself away from the world as he knew it, but he did not. He would live by the word of God, and God would care for him as for the parents in the first reading.
‘A Christian who doesn’t safeguard creation, who doesn’t make it flourish, is a Christian who isn’t concerned with God’s work, that work born of God’s love for us’ (Pope Francis, 2015).
The temptation to Jesus was to take him off the path of his father. Like him, we are often tempted to use the creation of God just for our benefit. Our call is to be co-creators of the world with God.
Imagine a garden where everything is beautiful. It is the ‘creation’ of a gardener.
Then imagine that someone has ruined one corner of it
– notice the difference.
Apply this to how we treat God’s creation.
May we care for your creation, O Lord, with the love you have
for creation and for us.
Donal Neary SJ