ROSBERCON PARISH NEWSLETTER 16th December 2018
Fr. Dan Cavanagh P.P. 051 421515 087-2335432
Parish Office: Phone 051-425093 Opening Hours 9.30am—12.30am
Third Sunday of Advent
There is a clear note of rejoicing in today’s liturgy. (This is known as Gaudete Sunday. The word Gaudete means rejoice!) The basis for this rejoicing is the nearness of the Lord. As we gather to celebrate the Eucharist, the Lord is very close to us.
Theme of the Weekend Readings: The day of the Lord’s coming is near. We rejoice.
First Reading: The prophet wants us to be happy, to shout for joy.
Second Reading: Be happy, says St. Paul, and be tolerant. .
Gospel: John the Baptist announces the good news of Christ’s coming.
Wednesday & Friday: 9.30am
Monday – Christmas Eve, Vigil Mass: 8.00pm
Tuesday – Christmas Morning: 11.00am
Christmas Morning: 9.30am
Christmas Eve, Vigil Mass: 6.00pm
Philly Lawlor, Rosbercon
Richard Hennessy, Hoodsgrove
Ned and Mary Mernagh, Rosbercon
Pat Scarff, Garrenbehy
Kevin O’Brien Ballyknock
Jim Ryan, Ballyconnaught
Julia Murphy, Brownsford and her Daughter Catherine French.
In preparation for Christmas, Fr Dan will attend his sick and housebound on Friday 21st December, 2018.
Christmas Reconciliation Services: Confessions for Christmas will be heard after the weekend Masses in Rosbercon, and Mullinarrigle on Saturday/Sunday for the remaining weekends of Advent.
The Christmas Offering Envelopes for the Priests of the Parish and the Boxes of Weekly Envelopes for Parish Funds for the coming year will be available next weekend. Many thanks for your loyalty and generosity to the Parish and to Fr Dan.
The Annual Mass and Christmas Pageant will take place in Shanbogh School on Tuesday 18th December at 11am
Scoil Mholainge Christmas Carol Service will take place in St. David’s Church, Listerlin on Wednesday 19th December at 7pm.
St. Canice’s School Carol Service will take place in Rosbercon Church on Thursday 20th December at 1pm.
Our Lady of Lourdes Annual Christmas Carol Service will take place in Rosbercon Church on Friday 21st December at 11am.
The Rosbercon, Mullinarrigle Tullogher Christmas Draw took place in the Parish Hall on Sunday 9th December 2018. The Draw was very successful and realised €7,495.00. We thank all parishioners for your generous contribution and your continued loyalty to the Draw and to the Parish. Special thanks to the Promoters, and to those who sold and bought tickets. The level of co-operation and good will shown is very encouraging. Again, many thanks.
Fr Dan and the Parish Finance Committee sincerely thank our generous sponsors of the Christmas Draw: Stafford Fuels, Stafford Industrial Estate and Black Bee Investments.
The prize winners were:
- 1st €600 Cash: Joan Murphy Robinson, Rosbercon.
- 2nd €500 Cash: Marty Murphy, Ballyfoyle, New Ross.
- 3rd Voucher for Stafford’s Coal: James Fitzpatrick, Ballinarahy, Mullinavat.
- 4th €150 Cash: Michael Dorgan, Middleton, Co. Cork.
- 5th €100 Cash: Veronica Bennett, Hoodsgrove.
The Special Mass with Anointing of the Sick for the ‘Over 55s’ in Rosbercon Hall on Sunday was a most enjoyable and uplifting occasion. The cakes for the reception were donated by ‘The Bakehouse’ and ‘Molloy’s SuperValu’ in New Ross. We are very grateful to them and to those who catered for Sunday’s Reception.
Just a thought: Advent is a time of patience, a time to quieten our hearts, a time of waiting to be filled with joy, a time of hope, a time to believe, a time to know that we are beloved by God.
Advent Encircling Prayer
Circle me Lord
Keep protection near; keep danger afar.
Circle me Lord.
Keep hope within; keep doubt without.
Circle me Lord.
Keep light near; keep darkness afar.
Circle me Lord
Keep peace within; keep strife without.
Circle me Lord
Keep love within; keep hate without.
There is a clear note of joy in today’s Readings.
Joy is a blend of laughter and tears
It consists of having a love affair with life.
It is having a heart aglow with warmth
For all one’s companions on the road of life.
It is looking for the happiness that comes in small packages,
Knowing that big packages are few and far between.
It is making the most of the present,
Enjoying what is at hand right now.
Joy is love bubbling over into life.
And it coexists with pain.
Joy is the flag we fly when Christ, the Prince of Peace
Has taken up residence in our hearts
Wisdom: ‘The morning ray, though it lasts but for one moment, differs not at heart from the great oak that lives a thousand years.’
Collection of Parish Funds 8th/9th December 2018:
Offertory Collection: €1,090.00
Weekly Envelopes: €1,265.00
Parish Building Fund on 11th December 2018: €557,744.40
Juvenile Hurling Club
The Juvenile section of Tullogher Rosbercon GAA Club recently submitted a summary of their year’s activities and achievements for 2018 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 second year in a row achieving the top award and the Chairman Tom Murphy would like to thank all the Committee, Mentors and Selectors for all the work done during 2018. 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 2019.
The Club will hold their annual AGM on Tuesday 22nd January 2019 at 8pm in the Clubhouse. If you would like to get involved with the Club in 2019, please come along on the night. All families of the parish are welcome to attend.
Next Bingo Night is Wednesday 19th December at 8pm with lots of Sit Beside Prizes. Lotto Prize will be €500
St. Josephs AC
St. Josephs AC will hold their Annual Stephens Day 5k fun walk and run at the Pink Rock, starting at 12 Noon. Burn off the turkey with a family walk or run. No need to register, just give a donation on the day.
A Traditional Latin Mass with Gregorian Chant will take place at Holy Trinity Cathedral, Barronstrand Street Waterford City on Sunday the 16th December at 10am. (3rd Sunday of the month). Celebrant Fr. Adrian Debow
FSSP. All are most welcome.
An exhibition of Paintings and Crafts, by Oldcourt Painting Group and local Crafters, will be held in the Brandon House Hotel (Paddy Murphy Suite) on Saturday 15th and Sunday 16th December, from 10am to 5pm each day. All are welcome.
Epilepsy Ireland Annual Church Gate Collection takes place on Saturday 22nd and Sunday 23rd December 2018.
There will be a Special Christmas Double Bingo Night in Campile Hall on Monday Night next December 17th starting at 8 o’clock at which Prize Money for Nine of the Eleven Games will be doubled on the Night which is over €2,100 in total also our in house Lotto stands at €925 for the normal admission price of Double book €10 Single book €7 and small book €3. All support would be very much appreciated.
South Kilkenny Historical Society
Winter Solstice at Knockroe on Friday, December 21st
Meeting time and place: 2pm, Owning Church
A free shuttle bus will operate from Owning Church car park to Knockroe, returning at approximately 5pm.
Clay Pigeon Shoot
An Open Clay Pigeon Shoot will be held at Bishops Mountain Clay Pigeon Grounds, Mullinavat on St. Stephens Day from 10.30am to 3.00pm . All are welcome including beginners. All the proceeds from the day will be donated to the Oisin O’Shea Dunphy Autism Assistance Dog Fund. Come along for a fun day out and support a good cause.
This office will close on Friday 21st December at 12.30pm and re open on Wednesday 2nd January 2019. We would like to wish all the Parish a Happy Christmas and a Peaceful New Year.