What in this weeks newsletter?
- Reflections For the 1st Sunday in Advent
- Catholic Bishops Advent Calendar online
- Advent prayers and resources
- Volunteers required for Church Cleaning
- Recent deaths and anniversaries in our parish
Holy Cross Masses
Due to Covid 19 Government Restrictions, there are no Public Masses at the Holy Cross Church until further notice.
Masses will be streamed at the following times:
MONDAY – SAT
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 from Mon to Sat: 11.00am-5pm .
As soon as restrictions are lifted the 10.00am weekday Mass will resume at Holy Cross Church
Church Cleaning- Volunteers required
We would greatly appreciate your help on Friday morning December 4th at 10.45am to get the church cleaned and ready for the weekend services. It should take no more than 30 minutes. We thank you for all you help .
The Parish Office
The parish office is closed to the public due to Covid 19 restrictions but you may ring the office between 10.30 am-1pm with any inquiries.
Contact : 051-386477
The Mass Book for May 2021, which is due to open on Tuesday 1st December will not open until further notice.
Advent Prayers and Resources
On the Diocesan website you will find prayer resources and reflections for Advent, as we begin our spiritual journey towards Christmas and the birth of Jesus. We hope these resources will help you ‘prepare the way’ during these strange times as we experience the restrictions that Covid-19 has brought to us.
These resources are shared to you by our own Diocese and other Munster Dioceses as we each shared our resources during this time of pandemic. Christmas resources will follow as we get closer to that special time.
Click www.waterfordlismore.ie for Diocesan Advent Prayer leaflet 2020
Advent Calendar 2020
The first day of Advent heralds the beginning of the Catholic Church’s new year. Advent (from ‘ad-venire’ in Latin or “to come to”) is the Church season encompassing the four Sundays and weekdays leading up to the celebration of Christmas. Advent is a time of spiritual preparation for the Lord’s coming at Christmas. Advent also prepares us for the second coming of Christ at the end of time.
We are delighted to be bringing you our online interactive Advent Calendar again this year. It will go live on the First Sunday of Advent on 29 November 2020.
Click https://www.catholicbishops.ie/adventcalendar/ and join us in this Advent Season.
Prayer during Coronavirus Pandemic
Almighty and All–loving God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, we pray to you through Christ the Healer for those who suffer from the Coronavirus Covid–19 in Ireland and across the world. We pray too for all who reach out to those who mourn the loss of each and every person who has died as a result of contracting the disease. Give wisdom to policymakers, skill to healthcare professionals and researchers, comfort to everyone in distress and a sense of calm to us all in these days of uncertainty and distress. This we ask in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord who showed compassion to the outcast, acceptance to the rejected and love to those to whom no love was shown. Amen.
(Archbishop Michael Jackson, United Dioceses of Dublin and Glendalough
Please remember those who died recently, Vincent Power
We remember the months mind for Margaret Murphy, Bernadette Chestnutt, Paul Vollrath, James (Jim) McCarthy, Eileen Hickey
We pray for Roger McGrath, Jo White née Murray, William & Alice Murphy, Kathleen Flynn, Edna & Bill Aughney, Jack, May & Ted Kennedy, Catherine Burke, Terence, Susan & Sean Joy, Patrick Paddy O’Brien, John & Rita Hanrahan & granddaughter Amanda Hanrahan whose anniversaries occur about this time.
Reflection for 1st Sunday in Advent
Finding our feet
It can be very hard to live with uncertainty. Back at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, a counsellor was interviewed on radio about how people were coping with the ‘lockdown’. People were anxious and fearful, she said. Many were experiencing loneliness, as their normal routines and social life came to an abrupt halt.
Another thing that people really struggled with was the inability to make decisions. They felt trapped and stuck, unable to plan ahead. They couldn’t make plans to visit family or go on holidays. They didn’t know if their jobs were secure, or if their children would return to school. When things are up in the air, it is hard to find your feet and feel grounded. Many of us are still struggling with these feelings.
Today we enter a new church year, and our first Advent season since the pandemic hit. Many of us are feeling more subdued than normal as we begin our preparations for Christmas. It will be very different from the usual family and social occasion, and we are saddened and worried by this.
In today’s gospel, Jesus urges his disciples to ‘stay awake’. We might feel we have no choice at the moment – the feeling of not knowing what is coming is very familiar. We are on our guard, on edge, waiting for the latest news. Yet already, there are initiatives springing up to support those who are vulnerable or in need this Christmas. In our own families, we are plotting ways to ensure no one is alone or isolated. We are ‘awake’ to the strange circumstances, and we are finding ways to cope. We pray today for the strength to guide us through the coming weeks, and for the peace and joy of Christ to lift our hearts and carry us onwards.
‘In this time of tribulation and mourning, I hope that you will be able to experience Jesus, who comes to meet you, greets you and says: ‘Rejoice.’