Location: Rosbercon Parish, New Ross, Co. Wexford
Phone: 051 425093
Fax: 051 425093
Email: rosberconparish@gmail.com




23rd December  2018

Fr. Dan Cavanagh P.P.  051 421515 087-2335432   
Parish Office:  Phone 051-425093   Opening Hours 9.30am—12.30am      
 www.rosberconparish.com         rosberconparish@gmail.com

4th Sunday of Advent

In a few days we celebrate the birth of Christ. Christ comes most readily to those who believe in him. Let us draw near to him now, bringing with us our needs, our hopes, and our gifts too.


Theme of the Weekend Readings:  The celebration of Christ’s birth is very near.


First Reading:  Bethlehem will be the birthplace of the Saviour of Israel.


Second Reading: Jesus offers his life to God and     dedicates Himself to do God’s will.


Gospel: Mary visits her cousin Elizabeth.


Weekday Masses:

Rosbercon: No Mass


Christmas Masses:


Monday – Christmas Eve, Vigil Mass:  8.00pm.

Tuesday – Christmas Morning: 11.00am.



Christmas Morning: 9.30am.



Christmas Eve, Vigil Mass: 6.00pm.



Biddy Doyle, Harbour View, Rosbercon


The Christmas Offering Envelopes for the Priests of the Parish and the Boxes of Weekly Envelopes for Parish Funds for the coming year have now been   distributed. 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 Priests. We thank our envelope distributors for their    fidelity.


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 2018. It is of the utmost importance that gifts are returned by this date so that they can be distributed to the patients.


Request for Funding: The Parish Building Fund now stands at €557,744.40 which is a wonderful achievement. We have so many reasons to be grateful.  We still have to make repayments on our loan so you might like to help out the Building Fund at Christmas!


Rosbercon Parish Pastoral Council have sent twenty three Christmas Cards and Greetings to parishioners who have emigrated from the parish down the years. We thank those who gave us the names of their family members and we will remember our emigrants at our Parish Christmas Masses.


Parishioners who wish to make their contributions to the Parish/Priest of Rosbercon for 2019 by Standing Order can do so by giving their name to Fr. Dan. People may find this facility useful as it eliminates all envelopes and also simplifies parish administration.


A Few Little Moments

The moment the angel appeared,

Mary grew worried and yet,

The moment she first heard the news,

Was a moment she’d never forget


The moment she left on her journey

Mary grew worried and yet,

The moment Elizabeth hugged her

Was a moment she’d never forget


The moment Joseph said “Bethlehem”,

Mary grew worried and yet,

The moment he said “I’ll be with you”,

Was a moment she’d never forget


The moment the keeper said “No Room”,

Mary grew worried and yet,

The moment the little lamb bleated

Was a moment she’d never forget


The moment her baby first cried,

Mary grew worried and yet,

The moment he baby first smiled

She thought, “Tis is the best moment yet”.


Thank You and Good Wishes.  Fr. Dan thanks you      sincerely for your generosity and loyalty to Rosbercon    Parish during 2018. May Christmas be wonderful for you and your family and may Our Lord grant you many blessings during 2019.


Mass Intentions for the Saturday/Sunday,

29th/30th December 2018


Tullogher: Saturday 29th December at 8.00pm:

William and Stasia Malone, Cooleen, Tullogher


Mullinarrigle: Sunday 30th December at 9.30am:

Ellen Long, Ballalog

Mary Doyle, Thomastown

Alfred and Ann Lambert, Arthurstown


Rosbercon: Sunday 30th December at 11.00am:

Tommy Power, Shanbogh




A Star is Born

The Magi were led to Christ by the light of a star.

But they saw the star only because

They were not afraid to travel in the dark.

The fact is, we cannot see the stars

In the bright light of day,

But only in the darkness of night;

And the darker the night,

The brighter they shine.

In a sense, all of us are night-time travellers.

However, we need no longer fear the darkness.

A light has come into the world,

A light that shines in the dark,

A light that no darkness can overpower


Wisdom: “We come to love, not by finding a perfect     person, but by learning to see an imperfect person        perfectly.”


Humour: What if there had been Three Wise Women   instead of Three Wise Men? They would have: been on time, helped deliver the baby, brought practical gifts, cleaned the stable and made a casserole.


Collection of Parish Funds 15th/16th December 2018:

Offertory Collection: €   514.00

Weekly Envelopes:             €1,819.00

Parish Building Fund on 18th December 2018:  €557,744.40


The Loop System, for the hard of hearing, is in             operation in Rosbercon Church. Hearing aid wearers with a ‘T’ (telecoil) can now hear directly through their hearing aids if they turn their aid to the setting marked T


Please note there will be no Bingo next week, 26th     December. Next Bingo Night is Wednesday 2nd January at 8pm. Lotto Prize will be €525


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. St Joseph’s will donated some of the money raised to the Oisin O’Shea Dunphy Autism  Assistance dog Fund.. We hope everyone will come out and enjoy a walk or run while supporting Oisin’s plight to receive his assistant Dog.


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.


Epilepsy Ireland

Epilepsy Ireland Annual Church Gate Collection takes place on Saturday 22nd and Sunday 23rd December 2018.


New Ross Parish Office

Robert Street, New Ross

Tel: 051-421348  

General gifts, Religious items and cards for all occasions available throughout the year.

Opening Hours: Mon – Fri 10:30am to 2:00pm. Closed Holy days and Bank Holidays

E-mail: newross-parish@hotmail.com www.newrossparish.ie


Tullogher/Rosbercon GAA Hurling Club

Tullogher Rosbercon GAA Hurling Club would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone in the Parish for all their help and support during 2018.  We had a fantastic year.

Happy Christmas to all.


This office will close on Friday 21st December at 12.30pm and reopen on Wednesday 2nd January 2019.  We would like to wish all the Parish a Happy Christmas and a Peaceful New Year.

Rosbercon Parish Newsletter, 23rd December 2018

Categories: Newsletter

Author: Eamon Kissane