Newsletter 5th February 2023

What in this weeks newsletter?

  • Reflection for the 5th Sunday in Ordinary Time
  • The Secret Of Mary
  • Alpha Programme
  • Recent deaths and anniversaries in our parish
  • St Anthony Novena
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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

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

Our Lady’s Carbally
Sunday at 11.00am

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

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


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 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 from Monday to Sat and 10.30am 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.



We strongly recommended, that parishioners continue to wear face covering and sanitise 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.

Holy Cross Church closes at 4pm: Monday – Wednesday and Friday & 5pm Thursday



Lectio Divina

Lectio Divina (with the apostles of the Sacred Heart of Jesus)
Lectio Divina is a time of reading the Sunday gospel, prayer and sharing, followed by conversation over a cuppa. Queries: Sr. Kathryn 087 404 2784. Tuesdays, 2:30-4pm- St. John’s Pastoral Centre or Thursdays, 7:30-9pm Sacred Heart Convent, Cedar Lodge
(Newtown Rd.)


“Adore my Son” Night Vigil for Our Lady’s Intentions

Third Monday of Each Month at Glencomeragh House [Rosary 7.30pm, Mass 8pm]. Vigil begins after Holy Mass and ends after 3am Hour of Mercy with prayers of Our Lord’s Passion. For further info: Imelda (085)8509715


Men’s Prayer Group

St Saviour’s Church, Bridge Street, Waterford City. Every Wednesday evening, starts at 7pm: Exposition, Benediction, Faith Formation and Group Sharing. Led by the Servant Priests of the Home of the Mother


Pope’s Monthly intention

For parishes
We pray that parishes, placing communion at the centre, may increasingly become communities of faith, fraternity and welcome towards those most in need.


“The Secret of Mary” at the Foyer of Charity

You are invited to join Fr. Kilian Byrne & the Foyer of Charity, (Dunmore East, X91FC65) as we journey together into the Secret of Mary.
Saturdays 11am – 12 midday for 12 weeks.
Beginning Saturday, February 25th
Prayer, Teaching, Cuppa
Registration Essential:


Family Day At Holy Family Mission

Sunday 26th February, 10am – 3pm. Prayer, Talk, Mass,
Music, Fun and Games for all the Family! Bring a packed lunch! Booking is essential: email

Got a Minute Series (YouTube)

Have you checked out Bishop Phronsie’s newest YouTube series, “Got a Minute?” covering a range of topics and questions posed in short videos on the Diocese of Waterford & Lismore YouTube channel.


St. Anthony’s Novena

St. Anthony’s Novena and Blessing with the Relic of St. Anthony
St. Anthony’s Novena and Blessing with the Relic of St. Anthony on Tuesdays in the Cathedral after 10.30am Mass
The Franciscans have asked that the Cathedral continue the Tuesday Novena Prayer and Blessing with the relic of St. Anthony. All are welcome to the 10.30am Mass which will conclude with the prayer and hymn to St. Anthony and the blessing with the relic.

The Alpha programme

The Alpha programme begins Monday 6th February at 7.30pm at the Majestic Hotel. Discuss your faith in a friendly environment. Alpha is for everybody! Each meeting starts with tea & chat free of charge. More info is available at

If interested please contact the parish office by phone or email to register or attend on the night.


Introduction to Theology of the Body Study Group 2023

Tuesdays 11am – 12.30pm
February 21, 28 | March 7, 14, 21, 28 | April 4, 18
Prayer, DVD, Discussion, Tea/Coffee
Theology of the body provides a lens through which to view the whole mystery of human life. If you have a body this theology is for you!
Venue: Foyer of Charity, Dunmore East, Waterford,
X91 FC65. Registration Essential: Helen 086 1678027 /

School Enrolment

Enrolment Forms for September 2023 for Holy Cross N.S, Glór na Mara & Gaelscoil Philib Barún will be available from the school’s offices from 1st February onwards.
The closing date for receipt of applications is Tuesday 28th February


Active Retirement Group

The Active Retirement Group Tramore Monthly meeting will be held on Tuesday, February 7th, 2023 at the Community Care Centre on the Pond Road at 11:00am. All are welcome.


Tramore ICA 

The meeting will take place on Tuesday 8th February at 2.30pm

Parish Office

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 – Thurs 9.30am-4pm
Friday 9.30am –


The Mass booking in Holy Cross is taken 3 months in advance.
The Mass book for May is open at the parish office.

Please note the minimum stipend for a booked Mass is €15.
The price of Mass Cards has not changed.


Baptism Booking
Please contact the office for further details 051-386477


Wedding- Church Booking
Please contact the office 051-386477

Recent Deaths

Please remember those Patrick (Paddy) Hennessy The Terrace ,Patricia Robinson New Zealand, Mary Lye née Kirby

We remember the months mind for  David McGrath, Patrick Ryan, Noel Kavanagh ,Mary French née Hannigan, Teresa Flynn

We pray for Vera Lambden, Richard Flynn, Margaret Fitzgerald, Stephen O’ Donohue, Ann Power, Claire Brown, Pat Drohan, Nicholas, Catherine & Mary Cheasty, Michael Power Westown, Dan Cowman, William, Mary & Patrick Murphy, Bernadette Myers, Donal Sheehan, Mary (Peter) Hally, Brendan Hally, Mary Cheasty, Mary B O’Gorman whose anniversaries occur about this time.


Reflection for the 5th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Salt for the Eucharist

In Galilee around the time of Jesus, there was a flourishing fish¬ing industry. Peter, James and John were part of it, and they were big-time fishermen. Fish from Galilee went all over the then known empire, and to Rome along the trade route, which went through Galilee. It was kept fresh, as much food was, as we kept food fresh for years before freezers – by salting it. The word of God is kept fresh within us by prayer; otherwise our Christian life may become weak and tasteless.
A big food of Jesus is the Eucharist. His bread of life can go stale unless we ‘salt’ it. We salt the Eucharist by our lives. We keep the Mass alive by the way we live.
The Eucharist is entrusted to us. God gives us his Son, his food, and leaves it to us how we live by it.
Jesus invites us to be the ‘salt of the earth’ – to be people whose lives are centred on helping others and making the places around us places of kindness, compassion, hope, fun and life. We don’t say ‘You’re salt of the earth’, if someone just receives communion. We are the salt of the earth if we live out our com¬munion. The bread of Jesus is salted with the goodness of men and women, young and old, everywhere.
Our response then links in with the first reading – if we feed, shelter, clothe and help our neighbour, we are ‘the light that rises in the darkness’.
Recall when you helped someone recently.
Give thanks you could do this.
Donal Neary