What in this weeks newsletter?
- Reflection for the 2nd Sunday in Advent
- The Immaculate Conception -Dec 8th
- Advent Calendar
- Advent Resources
- “Grow in love”
- Recent deaths and anniversaries in our parish
- St Vincent de Paul-Tramore
Holy Cross Parish Mass Times
Holy Cross Tramore
Saturday 10am &
8.30am, 10.30am and
Monday – Friday
7.30am & 10.00am
Saturday 10.30am & 7pm and upon Request
NOVENA OUR LADY
OF PERPETUAL HELP
Mondays after 10am Mass
EXPOSITION OF THE BLESSED SACRAMENT
Thursday after 10am Mass until 5pm
Church closes at 4pm Monday – Wednesday and Friday & 5pm Thursday
Our Lady’s Carbally
Sunday at 11.30am
OTHER LOCAL CHURCHES MASS TIMES
Church of the Immaculate Conception Fenor
Saturday Vigil at 6pm
Sacred Heart Dunhill
Sunday at 9.30am
HOLYDAY OF OBLIGATION- WEDNESDAY 8 DECEMBER
The Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary
Holy Cross Tramore: 8.30am, 10.30am & 7.30pm.
Our Lady’s Carbally: Vigil Mass Tuesday Dec 7th at 7.30pm
WE REQUEST THAT SOCIAL DISTANCE, HAND SANITIZING & FACE COVERING PROTOCOLS ARE OBSERVED AT ALL TIMES.
Holy Cross Church-Live Streaming
Live Streaming Service is in operation, where you may join us for Tramore Parish Services online from Holy Cross Church.
Log in to the parish website www.tramoreparish.ie Click on “Live Stream” on the homepage when the services are on.
Tramore Parish Radio 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. (It may be tuned in only when service is on.)
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.
PRIEST ON DUTY
We have an online donate facility on our parish website: www.tramoreparish.ie, 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.
“GROW IN LOVE”
This weekend 4/5 December we welcome the boys and girls making their First Holy Communion in 2022
At the 7.30pm Mass on Saturday Dec 4, we welcome the children from Holy Cross School
and on Sunday Dec 5 at 12 noon Mass, children from Glór na Mara & Gaelscoil Philib Barún will join us for our Masses.
We welcome them & their parents, & we wish them every good wish and blessing on their journey to meet Jesus at their First Holy Communion
CONFIRMING OUR CHILDREN
Next weekend 11/12 Dec, we welcome the children who are making their Confirmation in 2022, and their parents to the Mass of our parish preparation program
At the Mass Sat 11th Dec at 7.30pm, we welcome the Children from Holy Cross School.
On Sunday 12 Dec at 12.00 noon we welcome the children from Gaelscoil Philib Barún & Glór na Mara.
Please remember them in your prayers at this important time in their lives.
Pope Francis’ Universal Intention December – Catechists.
Let us pray for the catechists, summoned to announce the Word of God: may they be its witnesses, with courage and creativity and in the power of the Holy Spirit
Have you ever asked questions such as: What is the point of life? Is death the end of life? The Alpha course is a chance to explore these questions and to discuss the basics of the Christian faith in a friendly, non-challenging atmosphere. The course is for everybody: committed Christians, wavering Christians and non-believers. All points of view welcome. The course will run online using Zoom on Monday evenings at 7.30pm starting 10th January 2022 for 13 weeks. Please register your interest with the Parish Office Tel: 051-386477 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Advent Resources for Home and Parish
The season of Advent is upon us, and we look forward in anticipation to the birth of Jesus. Below is the link to resources that may be used both at home and in parish, or indeed in schools. Advent Prayer Leaflet 2021 Advent Family Prayers Advent-Christmas.https://waterfordlismore.ie/advent-resources/
The Advent Calendar provided to us by the Bishop’s Conference is now live on their website.
“Our digital Advent calendar is a helpful resource on our ‘journey’ towards Christmas. By clicking on a virtual door we are inviting people to take just five minutes for reflection so as to find moments of peace and to rediscover the true meaning of Advent and Christmas.
SOCIETY OF ST VINCENT DE PAUL TRAMORE
The annual collection for the Society of St Vincent de Paul will take place before Masses at the Parish Churches in Tramore & Carbally, on Saturday 11th and Sunday 12th December 2021.
As demands for assistance continues the Society are hopeful donations will be as generous as possible. Thanks for your support.
Tramore I.C.A. Notes
Tramore ICA are having a meeting with a difference this month. To celebrate Christmas it will be held at the Majestic Hotel on Wednesday 8 December. at 6.30 pm, for a short meeting and dinner will follow. Hopefully you have already confirmed your attendance. This will go ahead unless the government Covid information changes. We will of course keep you updated.
For the start of 2022 we have decided to hold the meetings in the afternoon at 2.30 pm. More details will follow.
If you are looking to make new friends why not come along to our meetings, or if you enjoy crafting, our classes take place every Tuesday and Thursday morning at 10am in Tramore House, there is always warm and friendly welcome and of course we are still adhering to HSE guidelines.
The Parish office is now open to the public with entry restricted. Please knock on the door and we will be happy to help you.
Next week opening Times:
Mon, Wed, Thurs 9.30am – 4pm
Tues 9.30am – 1pm
Fri 9.30am – 3.30pm
Mass Bookings Update
Mass booking for May 2022 is now open at the Parish Office.
Booking will take place by phone: 051-386477
Please contact the office for further details 051-386477
Please remember those who died recently, Peter Halligan, Gerard (Gerry ) Power
We remember the months mind for Teresa Hedigan, Mary Byrne, Mary Halley
We pray for Jo White nee Murray, Ted & Nellie Wall, son Eamon & grandson, Alan Lyons, Rita Power, Jack Savage 1st Ann, Jimmy Corbett, Teresa & Larry Swift, Betty McCarthy, Kathleen Dunford, Roger McGrath, Bridget Melvey, Jimmy Flynn,, Catherine, Burke, Mary Lynch, Jerry Goodwin 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.
Reflection for the 2nd Sunday in Advent
All reminds us God is near
A poet wrote: ”when I am an old woman I shall wear purple’, to remind her that life can be different day by day or that she might be personally noticed and change her life. This time of the year the Church wears purple and we remind ourselves that Jesus is near, that life can be different and that we can change our lives.
The gospel from John the Baptist encourages a change in our lives. We would look on ourselves and regret what we should regret – our sins, our meanness, our minor faults and failings, our injustices and hurt of others. In his time the people would immerse themselves in the river and be forgiven. We can immerse ourselves in the healing and forgiving love of God in many ways, including the sacrament of reconciliation (penance, confession). We can immerse ourselves in the mood of waiting for Christmas, and take this on the spiritual level and well as the ordinary.
All of the weeks of Advent can be a preparation for the way of the Lord, which we will hear of during the readings of the coming year. This is a time of joyful waiting, knowing we cannot be let down. The purple of Advent is not the purple of mourning but of joyful anticipation – like when we dress in the football team’s colours early in the morning to look forward to a match.
If we take time for the spiritual preparation with some prayer, sacraments (maybe go to Mass once or twice a week, or daily for Advent), and if we help our neighbour a bit more than usual, then nothing of all the preparations can be just secular. Everything of this month can remind us of God… trees, lights, carols, parties, Santa hats, cards, gift-buying – big reminders that God is near.
Give us this day our daily bread and daily truth, Lord God.
Donal Neary SJ