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Office Hours: Tuesday – Friday 10.30am -2.30pm

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Rosbercon Parish Newsletter, 29th 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 Sixth Sunday of the Year

Jesus tells the story about a rich man who refused to share even the crumbs from his table with a starving beggar who sat at his gate .One great evil in the world today is the terrible indifference towards one’s neighbour. All of us stand in need before God.

Theme of the Weekend Readings: We gather to praise God’s goodness for giving us a fruitful harvest and to ask his mercy for our shortcomings.

First Reading: The Prophet, Amos, warns the wealthy about their selfishness.

Second Reading: St. Paul instructs his young follower, Timothy.

Gospel: The Gospel reminds us that wealth can        insulate us from seeing the needs of others.

Weekday Masses:


Wednesday, Thursday & Friday:    9.30am.

Recent Death:

Bernadette Phelan, Tullogher


John Furlong, Smithstown

Paddy Lawlor, Glenpipe

Michael Phelan, Tullogher

Tommy and Michael Doolan, Curraghmore

Holy Communion will be brought to the sick and housebound of the parish on Friday, 4th October 2019.

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.

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

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

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. 

October Station Envelopes and November Offering   Envelopes will be distributed to the homes of the Parish shortly.The November Offering Envelopes contain a sheet for the names of your deceased family and friends.  The names of your dead will be placed in the Memorial Box in front of the altar for the month of November. The usual   distributors are asked to oblige and we thank them for doing this work on behalf of the parish.

Collection of Parish Funds 21st/22nd September 2019:

Offertory Mission Collection:         €536.25

Weekly Envelopes:                         €750.75

Parish Building Fund on 24th September 2019:  €559,054.40

Parish Debt on 24th September 2019: €44,781.40

Mass Intentions for the Saturday/Sunday,

5th/6th October 2019

Tullogher: Saturday 5th October at 8pm

Paddy Malone, Ballygriffin

Bridget & Michael Croke, Brownsford & Deceased Family

Eamonn Comiskey, Thomastown

James Phelan, Glenballyvalley

Mullinarrigle: Sunday 6th October at 9.30am

Paddy & Katie Power, Brownstown & their three sons, Jack, Jim and Ned.

Eily Murphy, Ballyreddy

Rosbercon: Sunday 6th October at 11.00am

Peggy Power, Shanbogh 3rd Anniversary

David (Daithi) Brindley, Ballybeg & School House Road

Geraldine O’Sullivan, Raheen – Months Mind


How wealth is judged

A week ago the sycamore tree was loaded with gold.

However, instead of sitting back and enjoying it

The tree began to give it away.

At first it was just a leaf here and a leaf there,

Whenever the wind asked for a contribution.

But soon it was giving it away in fistfuls

without being asked,

And without a thought for a wintry tomorrow.

Wealth is judged,

not by the amount that is accumulated,

But by the amount that is given away.

The only wealth that is worth having

Is the wealth of the heart.

To close one’s heart is to begin to die;

To open it is to begin to live.

Humour:  The teacher asked her class to sketch a picture of their favourite Bible stories. She was puzzled by Sam’s picture, which showed four people sitting in a plane, so she asked him which Bible story it was meant to represent. ‘The flight to Egypt’, said Sam. ‘I see and this must be Mary, Joseph and the baby Jesus,’ the teachers said, ‘but who is the fourth person? ‘Oh that’s Pontius – the Pilot’, replied Sam!

¨ Computer Classes

Carlow Kilkenny ETB will re commence their Free Computer classes for beginners on Wednesday 2nd October in Rosbercon Parish Hall and Sports Centre, from 10am to 12pm. All are welcome to attend. For further    information please contact: 086-3642592.

¨ Fund Raiser

Our Lady of Lourdes Secondary School is having a clothes collection to fund raise money to replace the tarmac in the yard used for Physical Education and other school events. Any donations of clothes, paired shoes, handbags, hats, scarves, bags, ties, belts, soft toys and bed sheets would be greatly appreciated. (No rags accepted please). If you have any of the items above that you no longer require, please put them into a black sack and bring them into the school office (8.30-4pm)

¨ Bingo

Next Bingo Night is Wednesday 2nd October at 8pm. Lotto Prize will be €625 and also Split the Pot on the night.

 ¨ Employment Opportunity

Rosbercon Community Employment Scheme has the following vacancies:

2 x Environmental Workers – New Ross Tidy Towns

2 x Office Assistant –  1 x New Ross Parish Office

                                      1 x Rosbercon Parish Office

For further information please contact: 051-425093 or   086-3642592.

Department of Social Protection, Community Employment Terms and Conditions Apply.             See (

¨ 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 this 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.

¨ Childminder Available

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

¨ Line Dancing Classes

Fancy a little bit of exercise whilst at the same time having a bit of fun? Why not try Line dancing every Tuesday and Thursday nights in Rosbercon Parish Hall. Beginners from 7pm to 8pm all other dancers from 8pm to 9.30pm. Both Men and Women from age 15 years and up are welcome.

¨ Kilkenny Support Group

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.

Kilkenny Carers Support Group meet up will be at the end of October.

Author: Eamon Kissane