What in this weeks newsletter?
- Reflections for the 2nd Sunday of Christmas
- Church Closed for Public Masses
- New Year prayer
- Recent deaths and anniversaries in our parish
Our Churches are Closed for Public Masses
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 .
The Church will be open for private prayer from Mon to Sat: 11.00am-4pm (Except Thursday when it closes at 5pm.)
Visit the parish website http://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
PRIEST ON DUTY
Interested in exploring the deeper meaning of life?’
– try Alpha Online starting Monday the 11th of January from 7 30- 9 pm
The course runs for 11 weeks on Monday nights with an additional 12th session ( information on details to be given later) to enrol please email firstname.lastname@example.org or contact Parish office 051-386477 from Tuesday 5th January in Holy Cross Church, please note that places are limited!
Due to Government restrictions Mass Books for April May and June will now not open untill futher notice.
SOCIETY OF ST VINCENT DE PAUL TRAMORE
The Society of St Vincent de Paul, wish to thank all those from the parishes of Tramore, Carbally, Fenor and Dunhill, who contributed to our annual collection recently
The Society is very grateful for the continued support which allows us to help the less well off in our community. Thanks to all the collectors.
Please remember those who died recently, Stan Couch,Sidney Guest,Larry Kelly,Eileen Hogan
We remember the months mind for Jimmy Whelan,John Paul Gaffney,,Maura Boyle,Jack Savage,William (Bill) Clancy
We pray for Toddy Murray,Michael Fleming & Michael Jnr,Tom & Kathleen Cheasty,Tom & Mary Carbery,John Matthews,Pat Woodbyrne,Austin Costello 1st Anniversary,Mary & James Caulfield,Gerry Kelly,Jim & Jerry Goodwin,Michael Cusack,McNally & Hackett Families,Frank & Millie Casey,John & Claire Mulally,Michael Mooney,Breda Walsh,Bridie O’Brien,Patrick & Maura Hackett,Claire Winkle whoes anniversaries occur about this time.
2nd Sunday of Christmas
We talk about having ‘roots’ as a way of describing our connection to a place or people. Being rooted somewhere means we are part of that place. When we are ready to settle down, to become part of a community, maybe to buy a house or start a family, we talk about ‘putting down roots’. It means we are making this place our home. It is a rich metaphor from the plant world. The roots of a tree or plant represent its relationship with the soil it is planted in and the elements around it. The deeper the roots, the more connected a plant is to its environment. It becomes part of the place where it’s planted. We use this expression in everyday language too – when an idea ‘takes root’ in us, it is something that becomes a part of us, inseparable from our very selves.
Today’s first reading speaks of the wisdom of God ‘taking root in a privileged people’. It describes it another way as ‘pitching a tent’. These images offer us a way into understanding the complex language of today’s gospel, which talks about God’s relationship with us by sending Jesus: ‘The Word was made flesh, he lived among us’.
By becoming human, God put down roots not just in our physical world, but in humanity itself. God pitched a tent among us and became one of us. It is a connection that cannot be broken – the roots go too deep. We are in God, and God is in us. This is the mystery we celebrate in this season of Christmas – that in Jesus, God became part of the very world that God created, and part of us: ‘He was in the world that had its being through him.’ We are indeed a privileged people!
‘Christ asks for a home in your soul, where he can be at rest with you, where he can talk easily to you, where you and he, alone together, can laugh and be silent and be delighted with one another.’
New Year Prayer
As the dawn breaks on a new year, let us give thanks for all we hold dear: our health, our family and our friends.
Let us release our grudges, our anger and our pains, for these are nothing but binding chains. Let us live each day in the most loving ways, the God-conscious way. Let us serve all who are in need, regardless of race, colour or creed.
Let us keep God of our own understanding in our hearts and to chant God’s name each day. Let us lead the world from darkness to light, from falsehood to truth and from wrong to right.
Let us remember that we are all one, embracing all, discriminating against none.
May your year be filled with peace, prosperity and love. May God’s blessings shower upon you and bestow upon each of you a bright, healthy and peaceful new year.
— Rev. Marcy Sheremetta