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Office Hours: Tuesday – Friday 10.30am -2.30pm

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Rosbercon Parish Newsletter, 22nd 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 Fifth Sunday of the Year

Of all the idols people worship, money is probably the most common. Jesus says ‘You cannot be the servant both of God and of money.’ We are here because we want to recognise our God, not just with our lips, but with our hearts.

Theme of the Weekend Readings: The proper use of our worldly goods.

First Reading: The Prophet condemns the injustice of the rich of his day.

Second Reading: Paul reminds us to offer prayers for everyone.

Gospel: Jesus does not condemn the steward who  provided for his future.

Weekday Masses:                   


Wednesday and Thursday:                      No Mass

Friday:                                                 9.30am

Recent Deaths:

Teresa Clark, Fethard-On-Sea

Carmel Farrell, Castletown Geoghegan


Stephen and Peggy Walsh, Smithstown

Larry Walsh, Smithstown

Annette Kavanagh, Tinahely and Smithstown

Pat Doyle, Glenpipe

Michael Molloy, Tinneranny

We welcome into our Christian Community Cillian Patrick O’ Neill, son of John and Joan, Guilcough Mór, Tullogher, who was baptised in St. David’s Church   Listerlin on Saturday 14th September 2019.

Sr. Mary Crowley of the Missionary Sisters of Our Lady of Apostles from Ardfoyle, Cork has written to thank the parishioners of Rosbercon for your generosity to her appeal last weekend. Her Collection realised €525.00 which is a great achievement. Your generosity and your support for her Community in their Missionary Work is greatly appreciated.

There will be a meeting of the Parish Pastoral Council in the Parochial House on Tuesday 1st October at    7.30pm.

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.

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. 

The Opening Mass for the School Year for Our Lady of Lourdes School will be celebrated in Rosbercon Church on Wednesday 2nd October at 12.00pm.  All welcome

The Opening Mass for the School Year for Saint Canice’s Primary School will be celebrated in Rosbercon Church on Thursday 3rd October at 11.30am. All welcome.

Just a Thought: Who do you say that I am? Jesus asks this question of his followers. The gospel writers in their fashion attempted to answer this most fundamental      question. They said that Jesus was: Son of God, Son of Man, Divine Physician, king, prophet, bridegroom, light of the world, the vine, the high priest, the first born of creation, the bright morning star…. What concerns Jesus now is what your answer is to this question! Can we say with Saint    Peter, ‘You are the Christ the Son of the living God’.

Mass Intentions for the Saturday/Sunday,

28th/29th September 2019

Mullinarrigle: Sunday 29th September at 9.30am:

John Furlong, Smithstown

Paddy Lawlor, Glenpipe



When we forgive we free ourselves of the burden of bitterness,

and we free the other person of the burden of guilt.

But our forgiveness must come from the heart,

which means it must be true, sincere and warm.

A cold forgiveness is not much use.

Forgiveness should start now.

Putting it off only deepens the wound,

prolongs bitterness, and postpones happiness.

Life is short, time is fleeting.

Today is the day to forgive.

Lord, deliver us from the poison of bitterness,

and give us the grace to forgive from the heart

those who have offended us.

Then we will know the warmth of your forgiveness.

Wisdom: “I sought my soul, the soul I could not see.

I sought my God and God eluded me.

I sought my brother and found all three”

Humour: The old believe everything; the middle-aged   suspect everything; the young know everything!

Collection of Parish Funds 14th/15th September 2019:

Offertory Mission Collection:   €525.00

Weekly Envelopes:                 €582.60

Parish Building Fund on 17th September 2019:  €559,054.40

Parish Debt on 17th September 2019:  €44,781.40

Dates for your Diary:

Sunday 8th March, 2020: Sacrament of Confirmation in Rosbercon Church 

Saturday 2nd May 2020: First Eucharist Rosbercon

Saturday 16th May 2020: First Eucharist Listerlin.

  • GAA Draw Results

Winners of the August 2019 Draw

1st Prize €250         John and Norma Lyng, Ballyknock

2nd Prize €100        Pierce Handrick, Millbanks

3rd Prize €100         Pat and Margaret Ryan, Guilcough

4th – 7th Prize €50   Paddy Grennan, Ballycurran

                                Robert and Helen Forristal, Shanbogh

                                Thomas and Bridget Ryan, Listerlin

                                Paddy Ryan, Listerlin

Next Draw: September and Annual 2019 Draws, Tuesday 24th September at 8.30pm in the Clubhouse.

  • Bingo

Next Bingo Night is Wednesday 25th September at 8pm. Lotto Prize will be €600 and also Split the Pot on the night.

  • 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.

  • Day Pilgrimage to Knock

The Legion of Mary Day Pilgrimage to Knock will take place on Sunday 29th September 2019. Bus Fare €30 – Meals extra and a matter for the Pilgrim. Bus will stop at Bridge House Hotel, Tullamore on the way to and from Knock. Bus pick up points – Murphy’s Machinery, Glenmore 6.15am, Slieverue Church 6.20am, Ferrybank Church 6.25am, Super Valu Hypermarket, Waterford (Heatons/ PTSB entrance) 6.30am and Rising Sun, Mullinavat 6.50am. Contact May on 087-7148100 ASAP.

  • 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 this Sunday 22nd September at 10am in Holy Trinity Cathedral, Barronstrand Street, Waterford City.
All are most welcome.

  • Historical Society

South Kilkenny Historical Society lecture

‘An immigrant family’s memories of South Kilkenny who helped shape a modern Ireland’

Speaker: Senator Ivana Bacik

Thursday, 26th September, 2019 at 8pm.

Venue: Mullinavat Parish Hall (opposite church)

  • Childminder Available

Childminder available, Rosbercon, Glenmore area. Full days or just after school. Full driving licence and garda vetted, Phone 087-3169966

  • Kilkenny Support Group

Our support group for Parents of Children with Disabilities is being held next Wednesday, 25th September at 10.30am in our Resource Centre at the Springhill Clinic, Waterford Road, Kilkenny.

The following week our support group for Relatives of a Loved One with a Mental Health Issues will be meeting on Wednesday, 2nd October at 7pm in our Resource Centre in the Springhill Clinic, Waterford Road, Kilkenny.

Unfortunately, due to unforeseen circumstances, our Kilkenny Carers Support Group meeting will not be held this month. The next group meet up will be at the end of October.

Author: Eamon Kissane