Newsletter 7th February 2021

What in this weeks newsletter?

  • Reflection for 5th Sunday in Ordinary Time
  • John McEneaney to be admitted to Holy Orders
  • World Day for Consecrated Life
  • Recent deaths and anniversaries in our parish
  • Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes
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Holy Cross Church Mass Times

Because of the re-imposition of the government restrictions, there will be no public masses in any of our churches until further notice.
The only exceptions are funerals and weddings, where there is only limited congregation allowed.

Masses will be streamed from Holy Cross church each week day at 10.00am, Sundays and Holy days at 10.30am.

Visit the parish website Click on “Live Stream” on the homepage when the services are on.

For anyone who does not have access to online 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

The Church will be open for private prayer on Mon to Sat: 11.00am-4pm (except Thurs 11.00am -5pm)
Sunday: 11.30am-4pm.

PRIEST ON DUTY  086-6004384


John McEneaney To Be Admitted to Holy Orders

Next Sunday (14th February) we celebrate a special event in the life of our parish. John McEneaney, our local seminarian, will be admitted to Candidacy for Holy Orders at the 10.30am Sunday Mass. The Mass will be celebrated by Bishop Cullinan, and will mark the beginning of John’s admission to Holy Orders, where it is expected that he will be ordained a deacon after Easter and to priesthood later in the year. This is a major step for John, as he asks to be admitted as a candidate for diaconate and priesthood, and so we pray for him and his family at this special time.

New Donate Facility

In response to a number of enquiries from our parishioners, we now 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.


World Day for Consecrated Life- Feb 7th

 In 1997, Pope Saint John Paul II instituted a day of prayer for women and men in consecrated life. This celebration is attached to the Feast of the Presentation of the Lord on February 2nd. This Feast is also known as Candlemas Day; the days on which candles are blessed symbolizing Christ who is the light of the world. So too, those in consecrated life are called to reflect the light of Jesus Christ to all peoples. The celebration of World Day for Consecrated Life is transferred to the following Sunday in order to highlight the gift of consecrated persons for the whole Church.  Let us keep all those in consecrated life in our prayers and we ask the Lord to continue to bless them and keep them in his loving care, as they continue to give witness to their faith and love of Christ.  Bishop Cullinan will celebrate Mass at 12.00noon from the Cathedral and will be live streamed

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Quo Vadis

Where is your life going? Does it have meaning? Come find out!
Sundays from 7 – 8pm on Zoom, from 14 February – 28th March.
An invitation for young adults in the Diocese of Waterford & Lismore and beyond to get together with other young Catholics for an informal hour-long gathering each week. Guest Speakers, Testimonies, Time for Chat, and Prayer. If you can’t make every week, no problem! You are welcome to join whenever you can!
For more information contact: or 085 8623704

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Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes-11th Feb 2021

This is also a day named World Day of the Sick. Bishop Cullinan will celebrate Mass from the Cathedral of the Most Holy Trinity at 10.30am.
Stations of the Cross will be celebrated from St Mary’s Church, Clonmel at 3pm by Fr Billy Meehan.
Mass will be celebrated at 7.30pm from Newtown parish by Fr martin Keogh, Diocesan Lourdes Pilgrimage director.


School Enrolments 2021

For information regarding school enrolments for September 2021for Holy Cross N.S., Glór na Mara and Gaelscoil Philib Barún please see school blogs.

Mass Bookings

Mass Booking for the months of April, May, June & July have not opened due to the lockdown.
No booking will take place until further notice and when the restrictions are lifted



Recent Deaths

Please remember those who died recently, 

We remember the months mind for  William (Billy) Power, Ann Flanagan, Brian Coyle, Ingrid Corcoran, John (Jet) O’Sullivan

We pray for  William, Patrick & Mary Murphy, Nadia Duggan(1st Anniversary), Edmond Drea, Nora McCormack, Michael Power (Westown),Donal Sheehan, Billy Hopkins (Birmingham),Denis Ahearne, Daniel Doyle, Charles & Anastasia White, Michael & Catherine Leahy, Michael & Joan McCarthy, David Hodge, Paddy & Sheila O’Brien, Mick Delaney, Mary Flanagan anniversaries occur about this time.

Reflection for 5th Sunday in Ordinary – Time Darkness and Light

The first reading is tough to hear and we admire Job. We talk of ‘the patience of Job’. Job is the example and the hero of depression. He just had it bad. All had gone wrong and he felt no good, no hope, no meaning. His family collapsed, his wealth disappeared and he cursed the day he was born. He went through all of the depressions people have, but somehow kept that glimmer of light alive. He never totally lost God, and God never lost him.
Depression is a huge illness. Many suffer; many are affected. Treatment can be of help, and the listening times of friends as well as therapy are healing.
A great priest wrote
…. At the worst of the burn out I couldn’t say mass, never mind preach. Dry, empty, without light or life. Thanks again for the card you sent. It means a lot to me now. Funny, in the worst of my anxiety, nothing, no compliment, and no reassurance… meant anything to me.
There are many helps on the human level. There is the help also of faith and prayer at times. And the help of someone who listens, sympathises, doesn’t judge nor give easy cures. Love from God never ends even though it may not appear near just now. This is the Jesus of the gospel – bringing the grace of healing, of freeing from any evil, of constant love.
Imagine a time of darkness in life; picture it in its colour,
and imagine the bright light of Jesus penetrate that darkness.
Ask for help and give thanks for help. Give light, Good Lord,
to all who live in the valley of darkness and the shadow of doubt.

Fr Donal Neary, S.J