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Office Hours: Tuesday – Friday 10.30am -2.30pm

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Rosbercon Parish Newsletter, 15th September 2019

Categories: Newsletter


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

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

Twenty Fourth Sunday of the Year

To sin is to turn away from God. Which of us can say that we have never strayed from God? But Jesus, the Good Shepherd, comes looking for us and is overjoyed when he finds us.

Theme of the Weekend Readings: God seeks out  sinners to forgive them.

First Reading: Moses intercedes with God for leniency for the people because they rebelled.

Second Reading: Paul insists that Jesus came into the world to save sinners.

Gospel: Through telling three parables Jesus justifies his concern for sinners.

Weekday Masses:


Wednesday and Friday:         9.30am

Thursday                                   9.45am


Ellen Kennedy, Irishtown Heights

John Hayes, Ramstown, Fethard-On-Sea

Legion of Mary: ‘The object of the Legion of Mary is the Glory of God through the holiness of its members developed by prayer and active cooperation in Mary’s and the Church’s work.’  If you would like to know more about the Legion of Mary in New Ross, contact Des or Marie at 051-420523.

Taizé Prayer services will resume on Friday 20th September at 8pm in Good Counsel College Chapel, New Ross, and continue every 1st and 3rd Friday of the month thereafter. All are warmly invited. For more    information visit Taizé Wexford on Facebook or

Fr Dan is asking for volunteers, male and female, to help clean the Church in Rosbercon. Please contact Fr Dan if you can help keep the Church beautiful.

Collection of Parish Funds 7th/8th September 2019:

Offertory Collection:     €518.50

Weekly Envelopes:      €666.50

Parish Building Fund on 10th September 2019:  €559,054.40

Parish Debt on 10th September 2019: €44,781.40

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: ‘Draw close to God and he will draw close to you’. James 4:8. One of the gifts we have inherited from our Celtic ancestors is a vivid sense of the presence of God in our lives. Those of us who remember our parents and grandparents praying, know that they had a prayer to cover every chore of the day. They had little time for long formal prayers. Instead each action was done in partnership with God and became a prayer. ‘My life is God’s precious gift to me. I live enclosed in God and my God is enclosed in me’.

Mass Intentions for the Saturday/Sunday,

21st/22nd September 2019

Mullinarrigle: Sunday 22nd September at 9.30am:

Stephen and Peggy Walsh, Smithstown

Larry Walsh, Smithstown

Annette Kavanagh, Tinahely and Smithstown

Pat Doyle, Glenpipe

Rosbercon: Sunday 22nd September at 11.00am

Michael Molloy, Tinneranny


Signing with the Cross

Lord Jesus, I sign my heart with the sign of the cross,

Reminding myself of your love for each person.

I ask that I may grow in faithfulness as your friend.

I sign my lips with the sign of the cross

So that I may speak as you would speak.

I sign my hands with the sign of the cross,

Asking that you enable me to do your work,

And be your hands in our world which you love so much.

I sign my eyes with the sign of your cross

That I may really see, Lord, and be aware

Of all that is around me

I sign my ears with the sign of your cross

That I may listen and really hear

The communication that comes to me in different ways

From you and from the people you place in my life.

I sign my shoulders, Lord, with your cross

Knowing that you call me to carry

My own cross each day and support others

In the burdens and difficulties that they have.

All that I do today I do

‘In the name of the Father, and of the Son

And of the Holy Spirit, Amen’

Wisdom: “Don’t let yesterday take up too much of today”.

Humour: Little Philip was spending the weekend with his grandmother after his first week in infant school. His  grandmother decided to take him to the park on Saturday morning. The sun was shining and everything looked  beautiful. His grandmother commented, ‘Doesn’t it look like an artist painted this scenery? Did you know God painted this just for you?’ ‘Yes’ replied Philip, ‘God did it and he did it left handed’. This confused his grandmother so she asked him ‘What makes you say God did this with his left hand?’ ‘Well’ said Philip, we learned in school that Jesus sits on God’s right hand’.

  • Irish Dance Classes

The Mernagh Academy of Irish Dance is currently recruiting new students for the new dance season. Classes are held at Rosbercon Parish Hall and instructed by Séamas Mernagh TCRG, Fully Qualified, Garda Vetted, Túsla Children First Certified and Insured teacher. Class times are Monday and Friday 4pm to 5pm and “Tots   Academy” Saturday 10am to 11am.

Please see Mernagh Academy on Facebook or phone  087-6729435 for further information.

  • Bingo

Next Bingo Night is Wednesday 18th September at 8pm. Lotto Prize will be €575 and also Split the Pot on the night.

  • Coffee Morning

Scoil Mholainge Listerlin NS are holding a coffee morning in aid of Waterford Hospice on Friday 20th September, from 11am to 12.30pm.

Everyone welcome to attend and donations gratefully   received.

  • St. Josephs Fun Day

St. Joseph’s Athletic Club are hosting their first Fit family Fun Day this Sunday 15th September from 2pm to 7pm. In Rosbercon Parish Hall and Sports Centre.

Cheer on our family teams as they complete obstacle courses and relays.

Entry to the Mature Mile Walk Challenge is €2 (Age 60+)

FREE gate entry with this notice when you name the family team you are supporting!

More Info: Whatsapp 087-9431359 or Facebook St.       Joseph’s A.C.

  • Community Hospital

Our annual Church gate collection in aid of the Community Hospital will take place on the weekend of 28th and 29th of September. You support is greatly appreciated.

  • Latin Mass

A Traditional Latin Mass with Gregorian Chant will be  celebrated on Sunday 22nd September at 10am in Holy Trinity Cathedral, Barronstrand Street, Waterford City.
All are most welcome.

  • Shanbogh National School

Shanbogh N.S. 75th Anniversary Celebrations 1944—2019

Shared Memories takes place on Friday 20th September 2019 in Rosbercon Parish Hall, Rosbercon beginning with Mass at 7:00pm, followed by talks, light entertainment, food, reminiscing and a raffle with lots of great prizes.

Everyone is invited and we would ask you to invite anyone you know associated with the school down through the years. This is another chance to reconnect with your neighbours and friends following the very successful reunion last year. In addition the New Ross Standard   Photographer will be in attendance so expect beautiful photos capturing the essence of this special occasion.

If you have old photos or memorabilia we would ask permission to display in Rosbercon Parish Hall that evening and return them promptly. A wonderful opportunity to mark 75 years and relive the happy memories of school days in Shanbogh N.S.

Spread the word near and far!

Suggestion— if you are free that afternoon why not relive your happy memories with a visit to Shanbogh N.S. between 2pm and 5:30pm. Take a tour of the old classrooms and grounds, see roll books and memorabilia on display.

Author: Eamon Kissane