Newsletter 3rd December 2023

What in this weeks newsletter?

  • Reflection for 1st Sunday in Advent
  • ‘The Chosen’
  • Feast of the immaculate Conception
  • St Vincent de Paul Annual Collection
  • Holy Cross Church Christmas Tree of Remembrance
  • Recent deaths and anniversaries in our parish
  • Parish Office open again
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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.



‘The Chosen’

Our next evening with ‘The Chosen’ will be held on December 4th, 2023, beginning at 7.30pm, in Glór Na Mara School Hall.
We will look at an episode depicting the Wedding Feast of Cana and we will have an opportunity to reflect together about the role of Our Lady in our lives, and in the world.
Please do consider joining us, and bring a friend!


Youth 2000 Christmas Retreat


Newbridge College, Co. Kildare. 8th – 10th December.
For 16 – 35 year olds. Donation only. Great talks, music, prayer and an opportunity to meet young Catholics from all over Ireland. More info on


LECTIO DIVINA (with the Apostles of the Sacred Heart of Jesus

Tuesdays 2:30 – 4pm St John’s Pastoral Centre, John’s Hill. Thursdays 7:30 – 9pm, Sacred Heart Convent, Newtown Road. Gathering to read and pray with the Sunday Gospel, followed by tea and a chat!



A Catholic Charismatic Outreach Movement to enable people to encounter the personal love of God Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Zoom on Wednesday with companionship, music, sharing, prayer, the odd funny story, Sacred Scripture and adoration. Zoom ID:86141473152/Password:fire/Wednesdays 8 to 9.15p.m.



The Parishes of St. Paul’s & Butlerstown present  A film presented by Patrick & Cathy on Laudate Si and how they are implementing it in their own parish in Dublin. Venue: St. Paul’s Parish Centre, Lisduggan Date: Wednesday 6th December 2023 Time: 10.30am (after 10am Mass) EVERYONE WELCOME “Rather than a problem to be solved, the world is a joyful mystery to be celebrated with gladness and praise”. Pope Francis


Eucharistic Adoration in the Diocese

Spend time in the True Presence of Jesus. For a list of locations and times for Eucharistic Adoration in the Diocese checkout


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.

Popes Monthly Intention for December

For persons with disabilities
We pray that people living with disabilities may be at the centre of attention in society, and that institutions may offer inclusive programs which value their active participation.


Holy Cross Church Christmas tree of Remembrance

This year we are decorating our Christmas tree in the church with silver Christmas decoration cards.
If you would like a loved one remembered, the name will be added to the card and it will placed on the tree in their memory.
Please drop in to the Parish office and we will be happy to assist you.
Donation for each remembrance card, in aid of Church Restoration Fund.



The annual collection for the Society of St Vincent de Paul will take place before Masses at the Parish Churches in Tramore & Carbally, on next Saturday 9th and Sunday 10th December 2023
As demands for our assistance continues to increase, donations are essential for us to respond to the needs of families and individuals in the community.
Thanks for your support.

St Lukes Tramore Christmas Appeal 2023 CONFERENCE FUNDRAISING ADDRESS





The Tramore Active Retirement Association

 Annual General Meeting will be held on Tuesday, December 5, 2023 at the Community Care Centre on the Pond Road at 11:00 a.m. All are welcome.

Parish Office


Mass Booking

The Mass Book for March 2024 is open at open at the Parish Office. 

Next week’s opening Times:

Tuesday-Thursday 9.30am – 4pm
Fri: 9.30am – 3.30pm

Contact: 051-386477


Baptism Booking

Please contact the office for further details 051-386477


Wedding- Church Booking

Please contact the office 051-386477


Christmas Stock now in!

Christmas Cards and Christmas Mass Bouquets are now available at the Parish Office

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, Declan Clerkin, Jonathan Flynn, Michael Hayes

We remember the months mind for  John Heffernan

We pray for Kathleen Kingston, Thomas & Annie Creed, Lillian & Maurice Fitzgerald & deceased members of McNeff & Robinson families, John & Peggy Power, Brigid & Paddy Burns, Helen & Paddy Costello, Patsy & Pat Doyle, Kitty & Andy Webster, Mary Connelly, Michael Walsh (1st Ann),Patricia Kirwan (1st Ann),Christine Kelly, William Wade, Bridget Wade, Jack Savage, Jimmy Corbett, Maura Boyle, Josie Kiely, Roger McGrath, Elizabeth Teehan Noel & Mary Prendergast ,  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.


Reflection for 1st Sunday of Advent

The Invitation
I like these words of the late Cardinal Hume: “There are times when I can visualize Our Lord at the break of day standing by my bed and saying: “Get up, follow me.” Whether I am conscious of it or not, in effect that invitation, that loving but insistent command, is given to me every day. Each new morning is the opportunity to start again. Yesterday there may have been inadequacies and failures but today Christ renews his call: “Follow me. I have chosen you. I need you.” Who can fail to respond to the thought that God needs our willing collaboration.”
We are carers of creation and of his people. Take this seriously, it is our world. God has made himself so vulnerable and this gospel reading is just before the passion. An area or parish improves if enough people do something. We look at areas in a locality which are now clean of drugs, more prosperous and just. This has been the work of people co-creating the world with God. Making it a better place. Doing the world a world of good.
Gospel today says – Don’t give up. God is always near! Live in hope and preparation. Stay awake to the season – the ways we can deepen and grow in our faith — maybe do a retreat, do something good for others with your time or finance, notice God in the events of the next few weeks, pray a bit every day, make time to be awakened to the centre of our world who is God, and to his central action in creating the world each day, sending Jesus Christ his Son.
A question for the first week of Advent:
How can I help someone today?
Lord, send me, use me, create me for your work in the world.
Donal Neary SJ