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Office Hours: Tuesday – Friday 10.30am -2.30pm

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Rosbercon Parish Newsletter, 18th August 2019

Categories: Newsletter


Fr. Dan Cavanagh P.P.  051 421515 087-2335432

Parish Office:  Phone 051-425093   Opening Hours 9.30am—12.30pm

Twentieth Sunday of the Year

The Lord calls on us to choose God before all else and offers us the strength and encouragement to follow God faithfully.

Theme of the Weekend Readings: The Gospel today is a great challenge. It challenges us to shun darkness and to opt for the light and to be with Christ.

First Reading: This describes the persecution of the prophet Jeremiah, who Christians see as a figure of Christ.

Second Reading: The author exhorts his readers to persevere in their faith, and to draw strength for  those who have gone before them.

Gospel: The coming of Christ marks a time of division in which people may be called on to declare their loyalties.

Weekend Masses:


Wednesday – Friday:     9.30am.

Many congratulations to Aoife Ryan, Ballalog and  Patrick Keating Kearney, Limerick, who were married in Listerlin Church on Saturday 10th August 2019. We pray that Our Lord will bless their marriage and grant them happiness.

St Moling’s Well Pattern Mass takes place next Sunday, 25th August at 2pm. Please pray that the weather will be favourable. Many thanks to the Saint Moling’s Well Committee for their wonderful work in  preparing the grounds and the shrine for the Mass. Please note the time of the Mass.

Change of Mass: Please note that due to the Marriage in Tullogher on Saturday 24th August the Mass    scheduled for that evening has been cancelled. There will be no Mass in Tullogher on Saturday 31st August or on Saturday 7th September due to holidays.

Fr. Dan will bring Holy Communion to the sick and housebound that he attends on Friday 13th September 2019 rather than on the first week of September due to holidays. Please note this later September date.

We welcome into our Christian Community Alexa May Ryan, daughter of Philip and Louise nee Walsh, Barrett’s Park, New Ross, who was baptised in Rosbercon Church onSaturday 27th July 2019.

The Mission of the Church in Changing Times: In his letter to the people of the Diocese in May 2019, Bishop  Farrell explained that the Diocesan survey in October 2018 showed that only 24% of the people of the Diocese attend weekend Mass. He further pointed out that the Diocese has 40 Priests under the age of 75 and that number will halve in the next ten years.

At Easter this year, Bishop Farrell formed 13 Pastoral Areas or groups of Parishes to work together.  Rosbercon has been grouped with Glenmore, Slieverue and Ferrybank  Parishes. Parishes will keep their own identity and will work and plan together in the years ahead. Representatives from the Parish Pastoral Councils of the Parishes involved will meet to discuss how their Pastoral Area will work and one of their tasks will be to address the reduction in the number of Masses in the Pastoral Area, with a view to allowing a  maximum choice for parishioners to attend Mass in their own Parish.

As the number of priests decline, the new Mass schedule must allow the reduced number of priests to cover Masses in neighbouring parishes. The Bishop proposes that the new schedule of Masses will be introduced across the Diocese on the First Sunday of Advent 2019.

The Sunday schedule in Rosbercon Parish will remain the same, with Mass in Listerlin at 9.30am and in Rosbercon at 11am. On Saturday evenings, Rosbercon will have Mass on the second and fourth Saturday of each month while Glenmore will have Mass on the first, third and fifth Saturday. These Masses will be celebrated at 7pm. Tullogher will have Mass on the Saturday of the first Sunday of each month, also at 7pm. At the beginning of each month those who attend Mass in Tullogher will be able to celebrate the anniversaries of their loved ones which occur that month. A special devotion will be provided. 

Just a Thought: One ofgifts that many of us inherited from our parents and grandparents is a sense of the presence of God in our lives. God is a God who loves, supports and cares for us every moment of our lives. We believe that God is with us here and now in the world that God has created. This belief leads us to constant communion with God. Those of us who are old enough to remember our parents and grandparents know that they had a prayer to cover every chore of the day. Each action was done in partnership with God and became a prayer. In our very busy lives today, it would be good to reflect now and again on our God as we go about our work. ‘My life is God’s precious gift to me. I live enclosed in God and God is enclosed in me’.

Mass Intentions for the Saturday/Sunday,

24th/25th August 2019

Rosbercon: Saturday 24th August at 6.30pm:

Michael Aylward, Assumption Terrace

Andy Murphy, Brownsford Castle

Rosbercon: Sunday 25th August at 11.00am

Jim Vereker Jnr., Assumption Terrace 5th Anniversary

Alice Flynn, Ballyneale 2nd Anniversary

Bridie Gaule, Slievecorrig


A Blessing

Maythe light of your soul guide you.

May the light of your soul bless the work you do

with the secret love and warmth of your heart.

May you see in what you do the beauty of your own soul.

May the sacredness of your work

bring healing and renewal to those who work with you

and to those who see and receive your work.

May your work never weary you.

May it release within you wellsprings of refreshment,

inspiration and excitement.

May you be present in what you do.

May you never become lost in the bland absences.

May the day never burden you.

May the dawn find you awake and alert,

approaching your new day

with dreams, possibilities and promises.

May evening find you gracious and fulfilled.

May you go into the night blessed, sheltered and protected.

May your soul calm, console and renew you.

Wisdom: The highest privilege there is, is the privilege of being allowed to share another’s pain. You talk about your pleasures to your acquaintances: you talk about your  troubles to your friends.

Humour: An Irishman writing a letter of condolence to the widow of a late colleague said: I cannot tell you how sorry I was to hear that your husband has gone to heaven. We were great friends and it is sad to think that we will never meet again.

Collection of Parish Funds 27th/28th July, 2019:

Offertory Collection:     €530.00

Weekly Envelopes:             €585.00

Parish Building Fund on 30th July 2019:  €559,054.40

Parish Debt on 30th July 2019: €44,781.40

  • Annual Pattern

The annual St Moling’s Well pattern mass will be held on Sunday 25th August at 2pm in Mullinakill.

  • Historical Society

South Kilkenny Historical Society Heritage Week 2019 Event

‘Mystery Tour’ of Inistioge, led by Mr Andy Cotterell

Sunday, 25th August.

Meeting point and time: Inistioge Church at 3pm

Free – all welcome

  • Bingo

Next Bingo Night is Wednesday 21st August at 8pm. Lotto Prize will be €475 and we also have Split the Pot .

  • Shanbogh National School

Shanbogh National Schools 75th Anniversary celebrations take place on Friday 20th September 2019 in Rosbercon Parish Hall, beginning with Mass at 7:00pm, followed by talks, light entertainment, food and lots of reminiscing. Everyone invited, spot prizes on the night. This is another great chance to reconnect with your neighbours and friends following the very successful reunion last year.

Earlier in the day to early evening, people are invited to visit the school and take a tour of the old classrooms and grounds, see roll books and memorabilia on display. If you have old photos we would ask permission to display them in Rosbercon Parish Hall that evening and return them promptly (085-8129882). A wonderful opportunity to mark 75 years and relive the happy memories of friends and acquaintances made in Shanbogh N.S. Spread the word near and far!

  • Traditional Latin Mass

A Traditional Latin Mass with Gregorian Chant will be  celebrated on Sunday 25th August at 10am in Holy Trinity Cathedral, Barronstrand Street, Waterford City.
All are most welcome.

  • Job Opportunity

Qualified or 3rd year Apprentice required for Painting contracts. Please contact 087-7709655 for further information.

  • Development Draw

The July winners of the Development Draw:

1st Prize €250        John O’Sullivan, Ballyfoyle

2nd Prize €100       Darren Walsh

3rd Prize €100       John & Norma Lyng, Ballyknock

4th/7th Prize €50    Stephanie Grennan, Ballycurran

                                David Kennedy, Castlefield

                                John & Margaret Barron, Brownsford

                                Ollie McLaughlin, Smithstown

Next draw takes place in the Clubhouse on Tuesday 27th August at 8.30pm.

  • Tullogher/Rosbercon LGFA

Tullogher Rosbercon Ladies Football Club will hold a   fundraising cake sale on Sunday 1st September after 9.30am Mass in Listerlin. All support would be greatly    appreciated on the morning.

  • 50th Anniversary

The count down is on……

Assumption Terrace will celebrate its 50th Anniversary on 31st of August 2019.

Mass will be held at 1.30pm for all the Deceased residents of the estate. There will be a tree planting after the mass. Plenty of activities taking place on all the greens, including games, and lots more. There will be a marquee serving teas, coffees and refreshments. Plenty of free parking on the day.

Music and refreshments in the Parish Pump on the night with a local band and a disco.

All are welcome on the day.

Author: Eamon Kissane