Fr Dan Cavanagh PP:

Tel: 051-421515 / 087 2335432, email:

Office Hours: Tuesday – Friday 10.30am -2.30pm

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Office Hours: Monday – Friday 9.30am – 12.30pm



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Rosbercon Parish Newsletter, 6th October 2019

Categories: Newsletter


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

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

Twenty Seventh Sunday of the Year

To want to serve comes naturally to each one of us. The most important quality to bring to our service is love. We pray for a spirit of love as we come to celebrate Mass together.

Theme of the Weekend Readings: Our faith in God sustains us. We pray that our presence at Mass this weekend will be of lasting benefit in our lives.

First Reading: The Old Testament Prophet calls to God for help and God asks that he be faithful.

Second Reading: The wonder of God’s spirit in our lives.

Gospel: The Gospel reminds us of the importance of having faith.

Weekday Masses:


Wednesday and Friday:             9.30am.

Thursday:                                  9.45am

Months Mind:

Geraldine O’Sullivan, Raheen

Recent Deaths:

Kathleen Doran, Assumption Terrace

Tom Knox, Ballyneale


Pat Dooley, Garrenbehy

Paddy Malone, Ballygriffin

Bridget and Michael Croke, Brownsford and deceased Family members

Eamonn Comiskey, Thomastown

James Power, Glenballyvalley

Stasia Malone, Cooleen

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

Eily Murphy, Ballyreddy

Peggy Power, Shanbogh 3rd Anniversary

David (Daithi) Brindley, Ballybeg and School Hse Road

We are very happy that Students from Our Lady of Lourdes School will be attending daily Mass in Rosbercon Church every Thursday morning 9.45am. We welcome the students and their presence at Mass is a blessing for the Parish.

There will be a meeting of the Parish Finance Committee in the Parochial House on Tuesday 8th   October at 8.00pm.

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 are now being distributed to the homes of the Parish.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.

The September issue of the Ossory Times Magazine is available this week. Please feel free to take a copy from the back of the Church.

Collection of Parish Funds 28th/29th September 2019:

Offertory Collection:                 €790.50

Weekly Envelopes:                              €509.50

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

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

Mass Intentions for the Saturday/Sunday,

12th/13th October 2019

Rosbercon: Saturday 12th October at 6.30pm:

John and Margaret Hickey, Waterford

John Dowling, Tinnakilly 4th Anniversary

Rosbercon: Sunday 13th October at 11.00am

Nuala Kehoe, School House Road

Marie Sheridan, Waterford

Tullogher Friday 18th October at 7.30

Margaret Barron, Brownsford


True Glory

Some people have an excessive need of approval from others.

The great luminaries of stage and screen

Glow under the adulation of their fans.

But when the curtain goes down, and the lights fade,

They often feel empty and lonely.

They realise that they are valued

Not for themselves, but for their talent.

Lord, grant that I may not get carried away

When people praise me, or when I am criticised.

Help me not to become downcast when people ignore me.

Grant that I may have a lamp in my own heart,

A lamp which will enable me to see my own worth

And the dignity you have given me,

Which no one can take away from me.

Wisdom: “Our prayer should be for blessings in general, for God knows best what is good for us.”

Humour:  The old begin to complain about the conduct of the young when they themselves are no longer able to set a bad example!

¨ 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.

¨ New Ross Drama Workshop

New Ross Drama Workshop proudly presents an Evening of Comedy and Drama:

Smile Handsome, Last Panto in Little Grimley and Notes on Falling Leaves in:

Campile Hall on Wednesday 16th October at 8pm

St. Michaels Theatre, Friday 18th October at 8pm

Clonroche Parish Hall Sunday 20th October at 8pm

Tickets €10 each are available at the door on the night.

Some of the plays contain adult themes.

¨ Bingo

Next Bingo Night is Wednesday 9th October at 8pm. Lotto Prize will be €650 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 (

¨ 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.

¨ Community Alert

Tullogher Rosbercon Community Alert will hold a public information meeting on Tuesday 15th October at 7pm in the Parish Hall, Rosbercon. All parishioners are invited to attend. The Gardai will be present to outline a range of practical steps households can take to reduce the possibility of being burgled, and answered a series of  questions from those present.

Tullogher Rosbercon Community Alert have installed a number of grant aided Emergency Response Units in the homes of eligible parishioners in the past number of years and a representative of the alarm company will be present to give information about the alarm options. An outline of the use of defibrillators and the training available will also be given, in addition to an overview of the parish text alert system which has been a resounding success since the parish Community Alert was launched in October 2013. The Community Alert phone number is 083-1999585. Any suspicious activity should be reported to this number which should be added to each person’s mobile phone contact list.

The benefits of the Community Alert in a rural area like  Tullogher and Rosbercon is a reduction in opportunities for crimes to be committed through increased vigilance and communication between local people, increased communication between Gardai and the community, and a parish community that feels safer and more united in a  spirit of neighbourliness.

¨ New Ross Community Hospital

Our recent Church gate collection amounted to €270.38.
Many thanks to all who contributed.

¨ St. Michaels Theatre

Saturday Matinee:  October 19th at 3pm “The Lion King 2019”

Author: Eamon Kissane