Newsletter 31st Dec 2023

What in this weeks newsletter?

  • New Year Prayer
  • Feast of the Epiphany
  • History of the crib
  • Recent deaths and anniversaries in our parish
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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

Tuesday after 10am Mass

Wednesday at 3pm.

Thursday after 10am Mass until 5pm
Church closes at 4pm Monday – Wednesday and Friday & 5pm Thursday

Our Lady’s Church Carbally
Sunday at 11.00am

Church of the Immaculate Conception Fenor
Saturday Vigil at 6pm
Tuesday & Wednesday at 9am

Sacred Heart Church Dunhill
Sunday at 9.30am
Thursday & Friday at 9am

Holy Cross Church-Live Streaming

Live Streaming facility 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 are broadcast from Holy Cross Church, Tramore at from Monday to Sat,7.30pm Sat evening, 8.30am, 10.30am & 12 noon 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.

Parish Face book Page

We would like to welcome you to the our Parish Facebook page-
Parish of Tramore & Carbally You may also access on parish
This will allow us to share Parish information, news, prayers and reflections with you all. Please LIKE and SHARE with your family and friends.



We strongly recommended, that parishioners continue to sanitize 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.



Feast of the Epiphany Saturday 6th January 2024

Mass Times:
Holy Cross Church Tramore
Saturday 6th Jan: 10.00am & 7.30pm

Our Lady’s Church, Carbally
Friday 5th Jan: 7.30pm (Vigil Mass)

Dunhill Church
Sat 6th Jan: 9.30am

Fenor Church

Friday 5th Jan: 6pm (Vigil Mass)



The priests of the parish would like to thank you for your continued support and contribution to the recent Christmas Collection.

May we also take this opportunity to thank everyone who was involved at our Christmas liturgies, those who decorated and cleaned the churches, and to the sacristans, ministers, readers, servers, choirs, singers and musicians who all enhanced our liturgies.

We wish you every good wish and blessing for 2024.


Pope’s Monthly Intention for January

For The Gift of Diversity in the Church
Let us pray that the Holy Spirit helps us recognize the gift of different charismas within the Christian community, and to discover the richness of different ritual traditions in the heart of the Catholic Church.


A Prayer for the Family

O God, who was pleased to give us the shining example of the Holy Family, graciously grant that we may imitate them in practicing the virtues of family life and in the bonds of charity, and so, in the joy of your house, delight one day in eternal rewards. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever.



Every Tuesday at 7pm, in St. Saviour’s Church, Bridge Street, Waterford City led by the Servant Priests and Brothers and Servant Sisters. Adoration at 6.30pm. Each week we will reflect and chat about different topics that will help us deepen our knowledge of the Catholic faith and live our Christian lives to the full! All are welcome.


Tramore Crib

A Christmas crib in any church is reminder of that wonderful event which took place in Bethlehem over two thousand years ago .Our crib has a history stretching back over one hundred years. The present position of the crib outside the sacristy door, has occupied this location for a number of years.
Simple in Design, the crib is made of natural greenery. The roof is made up of reeds located locally; the stones are unique limestone causations similar to those found on the Burren in Clare.
The figures are beautifully hand carved in minute detail and are made of Austrian Oak, and have a long history given to the Holy Cross church Tramore around 1880.



Parish Office

The Parish office will reopen on January 3rd 2024.

We wish all our parishioners a very Happy New Year.

Next week’s opening Times:
Wed & Thurs 9.30am – 4pm
Fri: 9.30am – 3.30pm


Mass Booking

The Mass Book for March 2024 is open at open at the Parish Office.
The next book to open will be for April which will open on January 3rd at the Parish Office from 9.30am.
Phone bookings taken after 10am. 051-386477


Baptism Booking

Please contact the office for further details 051-386477


Wedding- Church Booking

Please contact the office 051-386477


Lost property

If you have lost reading glasses or sunglasses gloves recently or in the past number of months please call to the parish office where we have numerous items that we would like to unite with their owners.



Recent Deaths

Please remember those who died recently, Mary Kiely, Toni Kelly, Bridie Ronayne

We remember the months mind for  Jonathan Flynn, Michael Hayes

We pray for Jim Goodwin, Pat Woodbyrne, Toddy Murray, Pascal Cuddihy, Winnie & Bill Carroll, Claire Winkle, Helen Hutchinson, Noel Kavanagh (1st Ann),David McGrath (1st Ann),Michael Fleming, John McEneaney, Michael McDonagh, Bridie O’Brien whose anniversaries occur about this time.

We pray for those who mourn, immerse them in your love and lead them through this darkness into your arms and light.
For those who comfort, be in both the words they use and all that’s left unspoken;
Fill each heart with love.


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

What in this weeks newsletter?

  • Reflection on ” a simple cup of water”, for the 13th Sunday in Ordinary Time.
  • Church reopening information, and diocesan framework document for resuming church services
  • Volunteers required for stewarding in church
  • Recent deaths and anniversaries in our parish
  • Parish Office open again
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Our Churches will re-open on June 29th.

Please read the Framework document for a return to the public celebration of Mass and the Sacraments on the Diocesan website:

  •  Holy Cross Church will open for 10.00am Mass from Monday June 29th.
  • We kindly ask all parishioners please follow the directions of the stewards so we all can return to worship in a safe way.
  • Please observe Social Distance, Cough Etiquette and Hand Hygiene.


Volunteers Urgently Required

In order to safely re-open our Church and to comply with the government regulations, we are looking for volunteers to help with stewarding at the Masses. We thank those who have volunteered but we would be grateful for a few more. Please contact any of the priests or contact the Parish Office 051-386477.

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Parish Office

The Parish Office will re- open to the public on Monday 29th June. We look forward to welcoming you all back. We would kindly ask for your patience as we return to business which will be different to what we were all used to.

Please observe Social Distance, Cough Etiquette and Hand Hygiene. Only 1 person at a time to enter the office.

If anyone wishes to collect their weekly contribution box of envelopes or return envelopes or Trócaire boxes we will be happy to receive them from that date forward.

At the weekend Masses on 4th/5th July the office will be open for you to collect your new envelopes after the Masses. Please have your current number with you.

Recent Deaths

Please remember those who died recently, John (Doc) Dalton , Marian Tce and Martin (Sonny) O’Meara, Moonvoy Valley.

We remember the months mind for  Cliodhna Dillon , Ann Leahy , Stephen Raine & Kathleen Baldwin.

We pray for Margaret Fitzgerald, Des Healy, Karen Murphy, Patrick Doran, Tom & Lily Martin, Patricia Dreelan, Edward & Kitty McGrath, Maura Arnold, Patrick & Mary Morrissey, George Chambers, Olivia Fitzgerald Walsh, Kitty & Eddie Mooney, Christopher & Breda Delaney and Sean Kelly whose anniversaries occur about this time.

The Acts of the_Apostles

13th Sunday In Ordinary Time

The simple cup of water 

The examples are stark in the gospel today: about not preferring mother and father to Jesus; about how, in our care for others, we care for Jesus, and how, in our neglect of others, we neglect him. We need to go beyond the practical example to finding out what is central in our lives and how we see God as central. When God is central, our love can be in the smallest of services to people, like ‘the cup of cold water’.
Jesus is not central outside our humanity, and our human relationships. In the real needs of ordinary people we meet his needs. We give the ‘cup of cold water’ to the person who needs it, not just to Jesus. It’s like many stories in the gospel of Jesus helping those in real need. This is the central point of faith.
We help in simple ways.
This is what Pope Francis refers to in his encouragement of simple love:
like the warm supper we look forward to at night, the early lunch awaiting someone who gets up early to go to work. Homely gestures. Like a blessing before we go to bed, or a hug after we return from a hard day’s work. Love is shown by little things, by attention to small daily signs which make us feel at home. Faith grows when it is lived and shaped by love’ (September 2015).
Recall a time when someone helped you in a small way.
Be grateful. Offer yourself to do the same when you can.
Make me, O Lord, a channel of your peace and love when I see the needs of others. 
Fr Donal Neary, S.J