Newsletter 28th January 2023

What in this weeks newsletter?

  • Reflection for 4th  Sunday in Ordinary Time.
  • Alpha
  • Rev. Mark O’Farrell Ordained Deacon
  • Recent deaths and anniversaries in our parish
  • Prayer for Springtime
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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


Ordination to Diaconate

Congratulations to Rev. Mark O’Farrell who was ordained a Deacon this weekend in the Cathedral of the Most Holy Trinity in Waterford by Bishop Cullinan.
We extend our good wishes and every blessing to Mark as he continues his studies to priesthood later in the year.


Feast of St Brigid

Wednesday February 1st

Feast of St Blaise

Friday February 3rd
Blessing of the Throats will take place after 10.00am Mass


First Saturday Devotion

Holy Cross Church, Tramore

Saturday 4th February 2023
9:30am Rosary,
10:00am Mass
10:30am Confession and 15 minute silent Meditation
on the Mysteries of the Rosary.
11:00 am Communal prayer to make reparation to
Our Lady.
11:05 am Devotion finishes.

Cherished Retreat

Catholic Women’s Ministry Retreat: Glencomeragh House, Kilsheelan: Jan 20th – 22nd 2023. Led by the Dominican Sisters of St Cecilia, (Limerick). Mass, Adoration, rosary, confession, healing service, talks, testimonies, creative workshops, fellowship, tea and chats! Full Board & Accommodation €210 pps. For more info contact Shauna (087) 1378364. To book email


Lectio Divina (with the apostles of the Sacred Heart of Jesus)

Lectio Divina is a time of reading the Sunday gospel, prayer and sharing, followed by conversation over a cuppa. Queries: Sr. Kathryn 087 404 2784. Tuesdays, 2:30-4pm- St. John’s Pastoral Centre or Thursdays, 7:30-9pm Sacred Heart Convent, Cedar Lodge
(Newtown Rd.)


“Adore my Son” Night Vigil for Our Lady’s Intentions

Third Monday of Each Month at Glencomeragh House [Rosary 7.30pm, Mass 8pm]. Vigil begins after Holy Mass and ends after 3am Hour of Mercy with prayers of Our Lord’sPassion. For further info: Imelda (085)8509715


Men’s Prayer Group

St Saviour’s Church, Bridge Street, Waterford City. Every Wednesday evening, starts at 7pm: Exposition, Benediction, Faith Formation and Group Sharing. Led by the Servant Priests of the Home of the Mother


Pope’s monthly intention for January

For educators
We pray that educators may be credible witnesses, teaching fraternity rather than competition and helping the youngest and most vulnerable above all.


“The Secret of Mary” at the Foyer of Charity

You are invited to join Fr. Kilian Byrne & the Foyer of Charity, (Dunmore East, X91FC65) as we journey together into the Secret of Mary.
Saturdays 11am – 12 midday for 12 weeks.
Beginning Saturday, February 25th
Prayer, Teaching, Cuppa
Registration Essential:


The Alpha programme begins Monday 6th February at 7.30pm at the Majestic Hotel. Discuss your faith in a friendly environment. Alpha is for everybody! Each meeting starts with tea & chat free of charge. More info is available at

If interested please contact the parish office by phone or email to register or attend on the night.



Introduction to Theology of the Body Study Group 2023

Tuesdays 11am – 12.30pm
February 21, 28 | March 7, 14, 21, 28 | April 4, 18
Prayer, DVD, Discussion, Tea/Coffee
Theology of the body provides a lens through which to view the whole mystery of human life. If you have a body this theology is for you!
Venue: Foyer of Charity, Dunmore East, Waterford,
X91 FC65. Registration Essential: Helen 086 1678027 /


School Enrolment

Enrolment Forms for September 2023 for Holy Cross N.S, Glór na Mara & Gaelscoil Philib Barún will be available from the school’s offices from 1st February onwards.
The closing date for receipt of applications is Tuesday 28th February


Prayer for Springtime

Your message of hope to a world tiring of winter’s starkness longing for that first crocus to push through snow’s icy blanket and spread its leaves like arms outstretched to its creator.
Springtime our yearly reminder, if we needed one that to a world that was dark and cold a world devoid of love’s sweet warmth
you sent your Son to break through sin’s icy blanket and, arms out stretched on a cross he brought us hope.

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 May will open on Wednesday 1st February at the parish office.
Bookings will be 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, Peter J. Thomas

We remember the months mind for  Michael Walsh, Sweetbriar

We pray for Jack & Margaret O’Leary, Tom Furlong, Nicky Dunphy, Paddy Connors, Richard & Hannah, Power Beryl & Ray Phelan whose anniversaries occur about this time.

Reflection for the 4th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Day- to- day Compassion
Today’s gospel is described by Pope Francis: ‘This is the new law, the one we call the “ the Beatitudes.”It’s the Lord’s new law for us’ (February 2016). It highlights attitudes of the heart rather than just a set of rules to be followed.
We do not stay just with the words of Jesus. His life and teaching was a commentary on this sermon. Jesus invites us to watch how the sermon is lived out in his life. All the qualities – being poor in the spirit, able to mourn our losses and work for peace – are qualities of the human person. This is how we know our need for God, our need for each other. Even in his risen life he was the humble one who could listen to the doubts of his disciples and guide them to further faith, each in his or her own way.
The church is called to live these qualities, which lead us to the compassion of Jesus and to bring compassion in our lives. Compassion and understanding come from listening deeply to others, especially their joys and sorrows.
Compassion also grows in prayer – by asking for it, and by watching the compassion of Jesus in his life.
Someone working with young people once said that ‘an ounce of compassion is worth a ton of exhortation.’ Marriage, friendship and family life are all enriched by the quality of compassionate listening.
Sometime today notice how you are feeling:
share that with Jesus in prayer.
Notice too how these feelings affect
how you are with others during the day.
Thank you, Lord, for your compassion for me in all times of my life.

Donal Neary SJ