Newsletter 7th July 2024

What in this weeks newsletter?

  • Reflection for 14th Sunday in Ordinary Time
  • Good News Faith Camp
  • Community Blessing
  • Faith @Home Activities for Children
  • Brown Scapula enrolment
  • Recent deaths and anniversaries in our parish
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Reflection for 14th Sunday in Ordinary Time

In the Ordinary
It’s easy to think you know people. Then they can surprise you. We can find ourselves making opinions and judgements easily on people on colour, race or age. Or we know them for a long time and then something happens like a marriage or a death and we see another side to them.
We think the same even about Jesus – was Jesus a carpenter? No! He could work in wood, metal or stone! So immediately we are challenged by this gospel like they were. Here was the ordinary man, going every week to work in Sepphoris, a few kms from his home, now taking on the role of preacher and prophet. Nothing divine about that – or maybe it’s one of the most divine things we can do! Work and family bring us close to God who is working all the time and who is loving all the time.
How might you see God today – creation, love, silence, care? A new baby in the family – God’s creation of new life with us, or someone who is very ill but in weakness of the body is also finding peace in the prospect of heaven….that is God at work. God is around in the depth moments of life.
What does this gospel make of Jesus? He makes sense of our lives with us and for us, teaching and healing with compassion and love. We do not know him fully, we don’t know all he said, but live by the echo of his words.
Think over yesterday – what gave you a lift in the heart,
a sense of peace, the presence of God.
Lord, I thank you for the wonder of us all!

Donal Neary




The Collection for the Needs of the Diocese will be taken up on Saturday 6th and Sunday 7th July 2024.
This annual collection is held every year on the Sunday closest to the Solemnity of Ss Peter and Paul.
62.5% of this collection, along with the diocesan levy, goes towards the funding of Diocesan Needs. The remaining 37.5% of the income from this collection is given to the Peter’s pence collection. The Faithfull’s offerings to the Holy Father through the Peter’s pence Collection are destined to Church needs, to humanitarian initiatives and social promotion projects, as well as to the support of the Holy See.


Mass Booking Update and Changes

The September and October Mass book are now open at the Parish office.

 From October we are going to have shared Masses (limited to 2 intentions)
The Saturday 7.30pm evening Mass will be held back for Months mind & Mass changes due to a funeral on the day of your booked Mass.(This used to be on Wednesdays )
Going forward the 3 month booking in advance will remain unchanged.
Details of Mass book opening will be in the Newsletter and on the website as usual.



Thanks to all who attended the Cemetery Mass. It was a very memorable occasion.
In recent times we have been struggling to maintain the graveyard in Holy Cross. Now that we are on top of it, we need your help to maintain it to the standard we all would like.
I would ask you kindly, please remove and  take home any flowers or plants when they are spent and please keep the ornaments to a minimum as they hinder the strimming of the grass around the headstones and also we cannot be responsible for any damage caused.
Thank you in anticipation.
Fr Richard

Let’s Dive in!

Faith @Home Activities for Children.
Activity Sheet available in the porches.
Parents, please take one home for your child/children or Grandparents please feel free to take one for your grandchild or grandchildren
Further resources for Children on Diocesan website:


Good News Summer Faith Camp for boys and Girls aged 6-12 years will take place at Glór na Mara school, Tramore from Monday 8th -11th July. Please book early to avoid disappointment. Contact Pam 086-0726232/ Olivia 086-3438467. More info


The Brown scapular of Our Lady of Mount Carmel

Saturday 13th July, after 10am Mass at Holy Cross Church,
Enrolling in the Scapula for those interested.


Sisters of Mary Morning Star

Craft Sale at Waterford Friary
Artisanal products made by the Sisters
July 12th – 14th
Friday: 1.30pm – 5pm
Saturday: 10am – 5pm
Sunday: 10am – 2pm
087 6077173


The Society of St Vincent De Paul  Annual Summer Collection

The Annual Summer Church Gate Collection will take place next weekend 13/14 July
We thank you for your support in the past and ask you to be as generous as possible.
All contributions go to help the less well off in our community. We may be contacted in confidence on 051-391966 or Lo-Call 0818 200 551 or by post to 6A Convent Hill, Tramore.


Enlighten: (young adult event – age 18 – 35)

Rosary, Lectio Divina, Adoration & Tea! Sisters of Mary Morning Star, Wadding House, Lady’s Lane, Waterford. Friday 21st June &12th July



Sacred Heart Church, The Folly, Waterford City. Every Friday: 3 – 3.45pm.
Mass every first Friday at 3pm



Monthly HEALING CEREMONY (with Sacrament of the Sick) Cathedral of the Most Holy Trinity on the Second Saturday of every month, beginning at 3pm and will include the Anointing of the Sick, Confession, and time for individual prayer and blessing


Parish Office Opening Hours For Next Week

The parish office open Monday to Thursday 9.30am – 4pm & Friday 9.30am-3.30pm.

Home of the Mother Formation Evenings for Adults

Every Tuesday at 7:00 pm, 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.


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 check out



YOUTH 2000 SUMMER FESTIVAL: August 15th-18th at Clongowes Wood College, Co Kildare. Ages 16 – 35. Donation only. Faith, fun, fellowship! For more info including bus routes go to

The Blessing of Marian Tce and
St. Otteran’s Tce, and Community

Will take place at the Marian Grotto (opposite Centra)
on Thursday 1st August 7pm 2024

Dear resident,
The Legion of Mary on behalf of Fr Richard O’ Halloran P.P., Fr. Mark O’ Farrell and Fr Tadeusz invite you and your family and friends to the blessing of Marian Tce & St Otteran’s Tce.

The blessing will also include; –
Upper Crobally, Ardhaven, Tankfield, Springmount, Old Waterford Rd, Springfield and Pond Road.
A special blessing of children and animals will also take place and there will be light refreshments and music




We are urgently looking for volunteer drivers.
Please contact Mary @ 087-0507481 or the centre @ 051-381126


Please remember those who died recently, Patrick Heffernan, Ellen Sheehan née Horgan, Alan Kirk,

We remember the months mind for: Catherine Curran née Daniels,Valerie Fleming, Larry Flavin, John McNeill

We pray for Eddie O’Neill ,Eugene & Marjorie Power, J.D. Hally, Noel (Jess) Walsh, Maureen Coyne, Joe Browne (50th Anniversary),Toni O’Kelly (Birthday Remembrance), Francy Walsh, Olga & Jimmy McMahon, Madeleine McGrath , Paddy Quinn 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.




Holy Cross Parish Mass Times & Services

Mass Times:
Saturday 10am & 7.30pm (Vigil)
Sunday 8.30am, 10.30am and 12 noon
Monday to Thursday 10.00am
Friday 7.30am & 10.00am

Saturday 10.30am & 7pm and upon Request

Novena to Our Lady of Perpetual Help:
Mondays after 10am Mass

Holy Face Devotion:
Tuesday after 10am Mass

The Divine Mercy Prayer Group:
Wednesday at 3pm.

Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament:
Thursday after 10am Mass until 5pm

Church Closing Times:
Church closes at 4pm Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday & Friday and at 5pm Thursday


Our Lady’s Church, Carbally

Mass Times:
Sunday at 11.00am

Church of the Immaculate Conception, Fenor

Mass Times:
Saturday Vigil at 6pm

Sacred Heart Church, Dunhill

Mass Times:
Sunday at 9.30am

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 Facebook Page

CLICK HERE to open Facebook Page, where we share Parish information, news, prayers and reflections with you all. You may also access via the link on the very top of the page on the parish  Please LIKE and SHARE with your family and friends.

Donate Online

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.

Parish Office Opening Hours

The parish office is usually open from 9am to 4 pm Monday -Thursday & 3.30pm on Friday. However, opening times may change temporarily, Please check the newsletter for updates.


We strongly recommended, that parishioners continue to sanitize their hands upon entry and leaving the church.

PRIEST ON DUTY – CALL 086-6004384


Tramore Parish, Waterford