What in this weeks newsletter?
- Reflections for 2nd Sunday in Advent
- Church reopening for Public Masses
- Advent in the Scriptures
- Advent Calendar
- Recent deaths and anniversaries in our parish
- Parish Office open again
Advent in the Scriptures: Preparing our Hearts for Immanuel
Join Fr. Shane as he reflects on the key Scriptural passages of Advent,
helping us to prepare our hearts for Christ’s coming and to truly appreciate
all our God has done for us.
Friday 4th December
Friday 11th December
Friday 18th December
Each night begins at 7.30pm.
Please contact the parish office for the ‘Zoom’ link to access the sessions.
Advent Calendar 2020
The first day of Advent heralds the beginning of the Catholic Church’s new year. Advent (from ‘ad-venire’ in Latin or “to come to”) is the Church season encompassing the four Sundays and weekdays leading up to the celebration of Christmas. Advent is a time of spiritual preparation for the Lord’s coming at Christmas. Advent also prepares us for the second coming of Christ at the end of time.
We are delighted to be bringing you our online interactive Advent Calendar again this year. It will go live on the First Sunday of Advent on 29 November 2020.
Click https://www.catholicbishops.ie/adventcalendar/ and join us in this Advent Season.
Advent Prayers and Resources
On the Diocesan website you will find prayer resources and reflections for Advent, as we begin our spiritual journey towards Christmas and the birth of Jesus. We hope these resources will help you ‘prepare the way’ during these strange times as we experience the restrictions that Covid-19 has brought to us.
These resources are shared to you by our own Diocese and other Munster Dioceses as we each shared our resources during this time of pandemic. Christmas resources will follow as we get closer to that special time.
Click www.waterfordlismore.ie for Diocesan Advent Prayer leaflet 2020
Society of Saint Vincent de Paul
Annual Collection – Weekend Saturday, 12th and Sunday, 13th December 2020
Collections will take place at entrances to Tramore, Carbally, Fenor and Dunhill churches before masses.
Donations may also be handed into:-
Parish Office, Holy Cross Church, Tramore – during opening hours.
Donations may be posted to:-
Society of Saint Vincent de Paul,
6a, Convent Hill, Tramore Co. Waterford X91 NA0F
An addressed envelope is enclosed for this purpose.
Donations may be made to Allied Irish Bank:-
Account – Society St. Vincent de Paul, Sort Code – 934291, a/c No. – 27971132
Donations may be made online to:-
Allied Irish Bank, IBAN IE97AIBK93429127971132
Your support this year is more vital than ever to help us assist those in need.
Holy Cross Church-Live Streaming
We are happy to announce that our new Live Streaming Service is now in operation, where you may join us for Tramore Parish Services online from Holy Cross Church.
Please visit the parish website www.tramoreparish.ie Click on “Live Stream” on the homepage when the services are on.
Please spread the word to people who are house bound.
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
The Church will be open for private prayer from Mon to Sat: 11.00am-5pm Sunday: 11.30am-5pm.
The parish office is now open to the public Monday, Wed, Thursday 9.30am-4pm.
We kindly ask: Please adhere to social distance, cough etiquette and face covering as per government regulations.
Contact : 051-386477
The Mass Book for May 2021, which is due to open on Tuesday 1st December will not open until further notice.
Please remember those who died recently, Maura Boyle née Murphy,Mary (Maisie) Kirwan nee Power,Jack Savage,William (Bill) Clancy
We remember the months mind for Breda Hennessy
We pray for Ted & Nellie Wall, son Eamon & grandson Alan Lyons, John O’Rourke, Kathleen Dunford, Jim Corbett, Rita Power,Dayrell Gallwey & parents Tommy & Nora Gallwey whose anniversaries occur about this time.
Reflection for 2nd Sunday in Advent
The beginning of the good news
The second Sunday of Advent turns our attention to John the Baptist. John was an interesting individual. We are told he dressed a bit strangely and spent a lot of time in the desert, ‘the voice of one crying out in the wilderness’. Yet it seems he was very popular with ‘all the people of Jerusalem’ who went out to hear him. John must have been a dynamic speaker and one in whom people found hope and inspiration. In John the Baptist’s time, the people lived under the oppression of the Roman Empire and were waiting for someone who would liberate them. John points to one that is greater than he, he points the people to Jesus.
When Pope Francis released the encyclical Fratelli Tutti in October this year he noted that dark clouds hang over our world and he urged everyone to embrace a spirit of friendship, kindness, compassion and solidarity as we move forward, to help ensure the dignity of every person and a more sustainable world for all. We have certainly experienced a type of wilderness this year as we continue to battle the effects of COVID19 and find a way forward. Our communities need messengers, like John, who bring good news, hope and a vision for the future, who point us towards a new way forward.
As we prepare to welcome Christ into our lives once more, let’s make the most of this advent time, the most of this waiting time. May we use this space to reflect on what type of world can be born out of this wilderness we find ourselves in. May we reach out to those who are crying out for hope during these difficult months, like John the Baptist, offering a positive vision for the future.