What in this weeks newsletter?
- Reflections for the 2nd Sunday in Lent
- Lenten Prayers
- Recent deaths and anniversaries in our parish
- Mass Booking Update
Holy Cross Church Mass Times
Because of the re-imposition of the government restrictions, there will be no public masses in any of our churches until further notice.
The only exceptions are funerals and weddings, where there is only limited congregation allowed.
Masses will be streamed from Holy Cross church each week day at 10.00am, Sundays and Holy days at 10.30am.
Visit the parish website www.tramoreparish.ie Click on “Live Stream” on the homepage when the services are on.
For anyone who does not have access to online services:
Tramore Parish Radio Services are broadcast From Holy Cross Church, Tramore at 10.am from Monday to Sat and 10.30am on Sunday on your radio 105.4FM
The Church will be open for private prayer on Mon to Sat: 11.00am-4pm (except Thurs) .
EXPOSITION OF THE BLESSED SACRAMENT on Thursdays from11am until 5pm. Sunday Opening 11.30am-4pm.
PRIEST ON DUTY
STATIONS OF THE CROSS via live stream from Holy Cross Church on Friday mornings after 10.00am Mass during Lent
Lenten Prayer for Sundays during Lent
As I enter another week of my Lenten journey, guide me to the path that leads to you. Fill my heart with gratitude, patience, strength, and peace as I strive to become the-best-version-of-myself, honestly admitting my shortcomings and sins.
As I renew my resolve each day to become a better person, let me hear your voice in the deepest reaches of my heart. Give me rest in you.
Help me to accept others, showing them your great love instead of casting judgment.
Stay with me through the busy days this week and remind me that when I need comfort, solitude, wisdom, or guidance, I can always turn to you.
Help me develop discipline and generosity through fasting and almsgiving, and come closer to you through prayer this Lent.
In your name I pray, Amen.
DO YOU WANT TO FAST THIS LENT?
IN THE WORDS OF POPE FRANCIS
Fast from hurting words and say kind words.
Fast from sadness and be filled with gratitude.
Fast from anger and be filled with patience.
Fast from pessimism and be filled with hope.
Fast from worries and trust in God.
Fast from complaints, contemplate simplicity.
Fast from pressures and be prayerful.
Fast from bitterness; fill your hearts with joy.
Fast from selfishness and be compassionate.
Fast from grudges and be reconciled.
Fast from word; be silent and listen.
Trócaire campaign began on Wednesday 17th February.
“Here are my hands, hold them. Please don’t leave South Sudan alone. We need your prayers. We need your support. We need your love.” Fr. James Oyet Latansio, South Sudan Council of Churches.
Trócaire boxes are available in the church porches.
Please take home a Trócaire box for Lent and give it a prominent place somewhere in the home
The Parish Office
The Parish office is closed to the public due to Government Covid 19 restrictions but you may ring the office between 9.30 am-4pm Monday Wed, Thurs & Friday 9.30am-3.30pm for any inquiries.
Contact : 051-386477
Mass Bookings Update
Due to government restrictions the Mass books for April to July have not been opened.
Mass booking for April and May will take place by phone : 051-386477
from Wednesday 3rd March.
Mass Books for June and July will not open for the moment. Date will be confirmed later.
School Enrolments 2021
For information regarding school enrolments for September 2021for Holy Cross N.S., Glór na Mara and Gaelscoil Philib Barún please see school blogs.
Please remember those who died recently, Patrick (Paddy) O’Neill, Mary Butler née Crowley, Richard Crowley.
We remember the months mind for Edward (Ener) Murphy, Bridget Kearney, Eithne Kenny
We pray for Sean & Lily Kelly, Maurice & Lillian Fitzgerald, Hedigan & Kelly Families, Finian P Mongey, Denis J O’Mahony, Amy O’Mahony, Timothy & Margaret O’Mahony, Tony Nangle ,Dessie Grubb, Tommy Coffey, Maura Ryan, Maurice Daly whose anniversaries occur about this time.
Reflection for 2nd Sunday in Lent
Can you recall a time when you had an ‘ahah! Moment ? One of those moments when something suddenly makes perfect sense to you. It may have been a long time coming, a combination of various pieces of a jigsaw fitting together or it may be an insight you received from spiritual practice. These are special moments. We are never quite the same afterwards, something changes, even a small thing, but something in us changes. These moments move us outside of ourselves or beyond ourselves in some way. They are moments of transfiguration.
In the Gospel today, Peter is desperate to stay on the mountain in that blissful moment with Jesus, so much so that he offers to build tents. One can understand Peter’s request, after such an experience of course he would want to stay there. What moments of encounter in your own life do you recall? An encounter where you simply did not want it to end? It may be something very deep and meaningful which gave you a glimpse of God or a moment of complete contentment?
As with all blissful moments, the disciples must come down from the mountaintop. Jesus’ way involves walking a very different path, a path that will not be so easy. Jesus’ way is different to what Peter may have had in mind. These moments of Transfiguration strengthen us all for walking the more difficult paths, sustaining us on the way.
‘The Lord is more constant and far more extravagant than it seems to imply. Wherever you turn your eyes the world can shine like transfiguration. You don’t have to bring a thing to it except a little willingness to see. Only, who could have the courage to see it?’ (Marilynne Robinson)