What in this weeks newsletter?
- Message of welcome from the Priests of the Parish
- Church re-opening for public Masses
- Prayers for Vocations
- Recent deaths and anniversaries in our parish
- Mass Booking update
- Baptism Booking update
Message of Welcome
It is great to be able to welcome you back to public Masses once again, from Monday 10th. It has felt like a very long time since we were last able to gather, on Christmas Day. A lot has happened since then, but thank God we are able to re-open once more.
As you return to Mass, you will notice that our safety measures are still in place: hand sanitizing upon entering and leaving the church, social distancing (every second pew) as indicated by the green stickers, and a one-way system for Holy Communion (down the sides and up the centre aisle). It has worked well for us before and it should hopefully continue to do so.
We welcome back in particular our readers, Eucharistic ministers, cantors and volunteers as your role in our re-opening will be invaluable. It is hoped that stewards will be present once again each day to assist people in getting to their seats, to guide people up to receive Holy Communion, and to sanitize the church after each Mass. Given the size of Tramore church, we are permitted to return to ‘pods’ of 50 people, in the main section at the front of the altar, and at both sides. The side doors will be used for these two side areas. In Carbally, Dunhill and Fenor churches, a single pod of 50 people is permitted in each.
Once again, it is advised that people wear a protective shield or face mask when inside the church, and to restrict movement around the church as much as possible, i.e. by remaining in your ‘pod’. Ministers of the Eucharist will come to your section at Holy Communion, so there should be no need to cross from one part of the church to another. We thank you for your co-operation last time, as things worked very well.
We thank all of you who have been joining us each week via live-streaming, and all who have contributed to the upkeep of our parishes, whether through envelopes or our new donate facility on our website. Your generosity is greatly appreciated in these testing times.
Every blessing and good wish,
Mgr. O’Mahony, Fr. Shane, Fr. Tadeusz, Fr Paul
Church re-opening for Public Masses from Monday May 10th 2021
Holy Cross Tramore
Saturday 10am &
8.30am, 10.30am and
Monday – Friday
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
PRIEST ON DUTY
Prayer for Vocations
“For all those chosen by the Lord to go and bear fruit as priests, deacons and in the consecrated life, that they will respond to His love with conviction in their vocations. We pray to the Lord.”
God’s love for us was revealed when God sent into the world his only Son, so that we could have life through him.” Are you open to the call to be sent into the world as a priest or consecrated religious, that others might live in Christ? If you think God may be offering you this grace, speak to your local priest or Diocesan Vocations Director, or email the National Vocations Office: email: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Parish Office
The Parish office is closed to the public due to Government Covid 19 restrictions but you may ring the office between 9.30 am-4pm Monday Wed, Thurs. Tuesday 9.30am-1pm. & Friday 9.30am-3.30pm for any inquiries.
Contact : 051-386477
Due to the Covid 19 government restrictions, bookings for Baptisms have been on hold over the last number of months.
We are now taking bookings again.
Please contact the Parish Office for further information: 051-386477
Mass Bookings Update
Due to government restrictions the Mass books for May to Sept were not opened as per normal six months in advance.
Mass booking for Aug & Sept will open at the Parish Office on Wednesday 12th May.
Booking will take place by phone: 051-386477
(Mass Books for October will not open for the moment. Date will be confirmed in due course).
Weekly Contributions Envelopes
The new envelopes for 2021/2022 (Beginning May 16) are now available at the Parish Office for collection.
PLEASE HAVE YOUR CURRENT NUMBER WITH YOU WHEN YOU ARE COLLECTING YOUR BOX OF ENVELOPES.
When the new contribution year begins on May 16th, please discard any unused 2020/2021 envelopes.
Any parishioner who is not registered for the weekly contribution envelopes, and would like to be, please contact the Parish Office.
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.
Please remember those who died recently, Patricia Pat Harrington née Cusack (Gortahilla and Indiana USA)
We remember the months mind for Tina Adamson née Power, Anne Rushling
We pray Bridget Butler, Molly Harper, Michael Cusack (Ballykinsella),Jack & Kathleen Bates & Meehan Family, Teresa O’ Connell, Kitty Qeally whose anniversaries occur about this time.
Sixth Sunday of Easter 9 May 2021
by Tríona Doherty
All you need is love
‘Love? Above all things I believe in love. Love is like oxygen. Love is a many-splendored thing. Love lifts us up where we belong. All you need is love.’ In an attempt to express the depth of his love, the character Christian from the film Moulin Rouge pulls together the lyrics of some of the most famous love songs of recent decades. Since time began, poetry, prose, and song have attempted to put into words the great mystery that is love. ‘At the touch of love, everyone becomes a poet,’ the philosopher Plato put it.
Today’s Gospel offers one of the most eloquent passages on love in the Gospels. It reveals the vision of Jesus for his followers and explains how we should treat one another. We are to love each other with the same love Jesus showed during his time on earth, that great and generous love that culminated in his ‘laying down his life for his friends’. It is in the way we love one another, the way we understand and forgive and support one another, that we experience the life and love of Jesus.
There are more than 20 references to love in today’s readings. In the second reading we hear that ‘everyone who loves is begotten by God and knows God’. That love that God showed by sending his Son for us, is the same generous, wholehearted, self-sacrificing love we are called to show others – all others. God does not have favourites.
‘We find it so hard to accept the revelation that it is God’s delight to be worshipped in the way we touch and look at each other, in the way we listen and talk to each other, in the way we forgive and promise to start all over again.’ (Daniel O’Leary)