ROSBERCON PARISH NEWSLETTER, 24th December 2017
Fr. Dan Cavanagh P.P. 051 421515 087-2335432
PARISH OFFICE: Phone 051-425093 Opening Hours 9.30 am—12.30 am
Fourth Sunday of Advent
As the birth of a child draws near attention focuses on his mother. Since we are nearing the celebration of the birth of Christ, it is no surprise to find that Mary is at the centre of today’s Gospel. Mary’s only concern was to do the will of God. She will help us when we pray to her.
Theme of the Weekend Readings: The celebration of Christ’s birth is very close.
First Reading: God will build a house for His people.
Second Reading: Jesus Christ is God’s gift to us.
Gospel: The story of the Annunciation.
Christmas Masses, Rosbercon:
Sunday – Christmas Eve, Vigil Mass: 8.00 p.m.
Monday Christmas Morning: 11.00 a.m.
Mullinarrigle: Christmas Morning: 9.30 a.m.
Tullogher: Sunday Christmas Eve,Vigil Mass 6.00 p.m.
Rosbercon: Weekday Masses:
Wednesday and Friday: 9.30 a.m.
Thursday: 9.45 a.m
Recent Death: Pat Scarff, England, formerly of
Mary McCormack, Begerin Loftus
Ellen Long, Ballalog
Kevin O Brien,Ballyknock
Jay Murphy,Cloneigh formerly Ballyfoyle (1st Anniversary) and his wife Ann Murphy
Cead Mile Failte: We welcome into our Parish Community Logan Thomas Cullinane son of Thomas and Paula nee Britton, Shanbogh, who was baptised in Rosbercon Church on Saturday 16th December, Also baptised in Listerlin Church on Saturday 16th December were Delia Bridget Dollard daughter of Richard and Caoimhe nee Langan, Smithstown, and Stephen Robert Cotterell, son of Stephen and Mary nee Aylward, Ballykenna.
We are all looking forward to the Celebration of the Sacrament of Confirmation in Rosbercon Church on Saturday, 20th January, 2018 at 11.00 am. This year in the absence of a Diocesan Bishop the Sacrament of Confirmation will be administered by The Parish Priest, Fr Dan Cavanagh. To help us all to prepare, the following Celebrations have been arranged;
Saturday 13th January at 6.30 p.m: Preparation Mass in Rosbercon Church for Parents and Children.
Tuesday 16th January at 7.30 p.m: Ceremony of Light in Rosbercon Church for Parents, Children and Sponsors
Saturday, 20th January, 2018 at 11. 00 a.m.: Celebration of the Sacrament of Confirmation in Rosbercon Church.
The Bell Tower of Tullogher Church is being repaired, cleaned and sealed at this time. Damaged gutters, slates and tiles are being repaired/replaced. We are confident that these works will enhance the Church and preserve the fabric of the building for many years to come.
The Statues of Saint Anthony and Saint Joseph in Mullinarrigle Church have been repaired and repainted. A beautiful Statue of The Sacred Heart has been secured for Saint Aidan’s Church, Tullogher.
The Christmas Offering Envelopes for Fr Dan and the Boxes of Weekly Envelopes for Parish Funds for the coming year have been distributed to the homes of the parish. Envelopes may be handed in at Mass or to the Parochial House. We thank our parishioners for their continued loyalty and generosity to the Parish and to the Priest. We thank our envelope distributors for their fidelity.
The Rosbercon Mullinarrigle Tullogher Christmas Draw was a fantastic success and Fr. Dan and the Parish Finance Committee thank you very sincerely for your generosity and loyalty to the Parish. The Draw took place on Sunday last, 17th December and realised €7,750. We thank our generous sponsor Stafford Fuels.
The prize winners were:
1st: – €600 Cash –Paddy Heffernan, Ballyneale
2nd: – €500 Cash – Richard McElwee, Ballyknock
3rd: Voucher for 10 Bags of Coal – Eddie Ryan, Tinnakilly
4th: — €150 Cash – Paddy Grennan, Ballyreddy
5th: – €100 Cash – Maureen Malone, Ballyneale
The Annual Giving Tree will be in Rosbercon Church again this year. Through the tree, gifts are brought to the elderly patients of the two local hospitals in New Ross. Parishioners are asked to take a tag from the tree and return the gift requested on or before the 31st December 2017. It is of the utmost importance that gifts are returned by this date so that they can be distributed to the patients.
Weekend Masses in Tullogher Church: Masses will be celebrated in Tullogher Church on Sunday 24th December, on Saturday, 30th December and on Saturday 6th January, 2018.
Collection of Parish Funds for 16th/17th December, 2017:
Offertory Collection: €1,294.09
Weekly Envelopes: €571.91
Request for Funding:
The Parish Building Fund now stands at €551,983.84 which is a wonderful achievement. We have so many reasons to be grateful. We still have to make repayments on our loan and pay for Works to the Three Parish Churches during 2017 so you might like to make a small donation to the Building Fund at Christmas!
Dates for your Diary:
Saturday 20th January, 2018 Sacrament of Confirmation in Rosbercon Church
Saturday 12th May 2018: First Eucharist Rosbercon
Saturday 26th May 2018: First Eucharist Listerlin.
Mass Intentions for 30th/31st December, 2017:
Tullogher: Saturday 30th December 8.00 p.m
Billy Malone and his wife Statia, Cooleen
Rosbercon: Sunday 31st December at 11.00 a.m.
Tommy Power, Shanbogh
Greetings: Fr Dan and Parishioners send special Christmas and New Year Greetings and prayers to all our emigrants who have left Ireland over the last number of years. We hope and pray that you are settled and happy in your new country. We miss you and will be thinking of you in the Christmas Season.
Thank You and Good Wishes. Fr. Dan thanks you sincerely for your generosity and loyalty to Rosbercon Parish during 2017. May Christmas be wonderful for you and your family and may Our Lord grant you many blessings during 2018.
The light has come on in our streets and in our homes in preparation for Christmas.
Light is a very appropriate symbol of Christmas.
The coming of the Saviour is described in the Scriptures as the coming of a great light,
A light that no darkness can overpower.
Lord, may we welcome you as the light of the world.
May your light shine in our hearts
And be reflected in our words and deeds this Christmas.
Wisdom: Feed your faith and your doubts will starve to death.
Humour: The religion teacher was explaining to her class the difference between right and wrong. ‘All right children, let’s take an example. If I were to put my hand into a man’s pocket and take his wallet, what would I be?’ Little Johnny raised his hand and blurted ‘His wife.’
St Josephs Athletic Club
The annual St Stephens Day St Josephs Athletic Club family fun run will take place at the Pink Rock on next Tuesday at 12 noon.
Walk, jog or run. Bring the buggy or the dog. Fancy dress optional, spot prizes and light refreshments. Donations welcome.
Tullogher Rosbercon GAA
Tullogher Rosbercon Juvenile Hurling Club
The Juvenile section of Tullogher Rosbercon GAA Club recently submitted a summary of their year’s activities and achievements for 2017 to the County Board for the Club Cill Chainnigh Initiative. This is run every year in Kilkenny to recognise all the efforts and hard work done by Clubs and Committees throughout the County. For their efforts, Tullogher Rosbercon Juvenile Club was presented with the Three Star Award, the highest accolade that can be given. This is the Club’s first year achieving the top award and the Chairman Seamus Kennedy would like to thank all the Committee, Trainers and Selectors for all the work done during 2017. He would also like to thank the parents and all the people of the parish who have contributed to making this a great year for the Club. Roll on 2018.
The Tullogher Rosbercon Juvenile Hurling Club will hold their annual AGM on Monday 8th January 2018 at 8pm in the Clubhouse. All families of the parish are welcome to attend.
Family Carers Ireland will be holding their annual church gate collections in Kilkenny town & county on Saturday 30th & Sunday 31st December.
Next Bingo Night is Wednesday 3rd January 2018 at 8.00pm – Lotto Prize will be €800
Visit the Kennedy Homestead this Christmas season. We are offering a two for one visit to the Kennedy Homestead across December and January 2018. We would love to welcome you to our attraction.