What in this weeks newsletter?
- Reflection for 5th Sunday of Easter
- Prayer for Vocations
- John McEneaney -Thank you
- Recent deaths and anniversaries in our parish
- Rooted Lectio Divina for beginners
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 11.00am -5pm)
Sunday: 11.30am-4pm. EXPOSITION OF THE BLESSED SACRAMENT on Thurs from 11am until 5pm. Sunday opening 11.30am-4pm.
Thank You from John McEneaney
Dear Friends. I am overwhelmed by the support, prayers and good wishes that I received on preparation and ordination to the diaconate. Thank you. We have a long tradition of praying for vocations in the parish, and I believe that my vocation is rooted in and nurtured by these, your prayers. I am very fortunate to be from a parish where so many have been strong witnesses’ and have shared their faith with me. I also thank the priests and religious of the parish, past and present for passing on the Faith, but in a particular way to Mgr.O’Mahony, who, since knocking on his door in January 2015 has been of great help and encouragement. This week I return to Cork for twelve weeks to complete my Chaplaincy training. Please continue to pray for me as I continue my journey towards priesthood. Buíochas le Dia.
Prayer for Vocations
Prayer for those discerning their Vocation
God, I know you love me and are calling me to choose life.
But sometimes, I am overwhelmed by the thoughts of my future.
Help me to listen to your call, in all the ways you speak to me:
through prayer and the scriptures,
through the Church and the circumstances of my life,
through those who love and care for me,
and through my own hopes and desires.
Guide me to search openly and learn about life’s choices,
so that I may respond generously to your call,
and choose the vocation and career
that will enable me to love wholeheartedly,
and serve others with the special gifts you have given me.
God, today, I thank you for your love
and for all things, Amen.
Pray for vocations to the priesthood and consecrated life, especially for our diocese. If you are considering such a vocation, speak to your local priest or Diocesan Vocations Director, or email the National Vocations Office: email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Lechio Divina for beginners
Do you want to start reading the Bible, but unsure how to begin?
Would you like to learn to pray with Scripture?
Would you like to connect with others while you learn?
“Rooted” is a Catholic Lectio Divina Zoom Series for Adults, Wednesdays 8pm – 9.15pm, May 5th – June 16th.
Register by emailing email@example.com or contacting 085 8623705
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. Tuesday 9.30am-1pm. & Friday 9.30am-3.30pm for any inquiries.
Contact : 051-386477
Mass Bookings Update
Due to government restrictions the Mass books for April to Sept were not opened as per normal six months in advance.
Mass booking for June and July is now open at the Parish Office
Booking will take place by phone: 051-386477
(Mass Books for Aug & Sept will not open for the moment. Date will be confirmed shortly).
Weekly Contributions Envelopes
The new envelopes for 2021/2022 (Beginning May 16) are now available at the Parish Office for collection.
PLEASE HAVE YOUR CURRENT NUMBER WITH YOU WHEN YOU ARE COLLECTING YOUR BOX OF ENVELOPES.
When the new contribution year begins on May 16th, please discard any unused 2020/2021 envelopes.
Any parishioner who is not registered for the weekly contribution envelopes, and would like to be, please contact the Parish Office.
Due to the Covid 19 government restrictions, bookings for Baptisms have been on hold over the last number of months.
We are now taking bookings again.
Please contact the Parish Office for further information: 051-386477
Please remember those who died recently, Anne O’Brien née Giles,Very Rev. Robert Arthure AP, Cappoquin.
We remember the months mind for Jim Cullinane. Paula Burns
We pray for Jim Cullinane. John Harty, Vera O’ Hagan, Cahir McNallyJim & Kitty Gilligan, son Eugene & daughter Joan, Allie Murphy née Power, Jimmy, Hannie & Seamus Kent whose anniversaries occur about this time.
Have you ever visited a vineyard, with its rows of vines, heavy with clusters of ripe grapes? If you’re not familiar with vines, think of an apple tree laden with apples, or a fruit bush ripe for picking. In today’s Gospel, Jesus uses the metaphor of a vine to describe his relationship with his disciples. He tells them that he is the vine, and they are the branches. The life of Jesus flows into us and sustains us, and this is the reason our lives can bear fruit in love, in kindness, patience, compassion and welcome.
The symbolism of the vine works on many levels. If a branch is separated from the vine, it cannot flourish on its own. It must be connected to the vine from which it gets its nourishment. Each of us must be firmly rooted in Jesus and nourish that relationship. He invites us to ‘remain’ in him – to rest in him, to be part of him. And if you look at a vine plant, often its branches are so entangled, it can be hard to know where one ends and another begins. We note that Jesus is addressing the disciples as a group rather than as individuals: ‘you are the branches’. We are a community, and we grow together, bound together by the love of God.
Today, we reflect on what it means to be so intimately connected with Jesus, the true vine. We bring to mind the many gifts he has given us, and the ways in which his love bears fruit in our lives.