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Office Hours: Tuesday – Friday 10.30am -2.30pm

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Rosbercon Parish Newsletter, 10th November 2019

Categories: Newsletter


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

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

Thirty Second Sunday of the Year

The liturgy today is dominated with the assurance of an afterlife. It is a splendid hope. It is a journey to the promised land of eternal life. This hope rests, not on anything human, but on the word of Christ and on the power of God.

Theme of the Weekend Readings: We believe in eternal life after death.

First Reading: A woman and her sons have the strength to endure martyrdom because of their faith in the resurrection.

Second Reading:  St. Paul prays that God may strengthen his people.

Gospel: Jesus answers those who doubt the resurrection of the dead.

Weekday Masses:


Wednesday and Friday:            9:30am.

Thursday:                                  9:45am.

Recent Deaths:

Stasia Cody, Glenmore

Martin Kennedy, Glenmore


Stella Culleton, Ballyknock

Tom Murphy, Ballyfoyle 5th Anniversary

Betty Walsh, Assumption Terrace

Paul Davey Snr., & Paul Davey Jnr., Assumption Tce.

Dolly Hennessy, Hoodsgrove

Richard and Alice Cody, Ballycurran

We welcome into our Christian Community Cillian Patrick Coleman, son of Patrick and Joanne nee Mooney, Millbanks, Rosbercon, who was baptised in Rosbercon Church on Saturday 2nd November 2019.

The Mission of the Church in Changing Times: The new schedule of Masses for Advent is as   follows. The Sunday Mass remains 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.

Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament takes place in the Blessed Sacrament Chapel every Wednesday morning from 10am to 12pm. All are welcome to attend.

There will be a meeting of the Parish Pastoral Council in the Parochial House on Thursday 14th November at 7:30pm.

We thank all who have contributed so generously to the October Stations. Please hand in remaining envelopes either at Mass or to the Parochial House.Fr Dan thanks you very sincerely for your continued loyalty and generosity.

A Novena of Masses for the Holy Souls will be offered during the month of November. The November Offering  Envelopes, which contain a sheet for the names of your  deceased family and friends, have been distributed to the homes. The names of your dead will be placed in the Memorial Box in front of the altar and will be remembered at all Masses celebrated during November. Envelopes may be handed in at the weekend Masses or to the Parochial House.

A Special Remembrance Mass will be offered for those who died in the last year (Nov 2018 – Nov 2019). The Mass will be offered in Rosbercon Church on Friday 29th November at 7.30pm. The Mass is being organised by the Parish Pastoral Council who will be in touch with the families of the deceased. We emphasise that all parishioners are invited to this Mass.

Rosbercon Parish Pastoral Council would like to send a Christmas Greeting Card for 2019 to parishioners who have emigrated from the parish down the years. Please let us have the names and addresses of any family members, friends or neighbours whom you wish to receive a card. The emigrants will also be remembered at our Parish Christmas Masses. Names may be handed in to the Parochial House or to the Parish Office. Names may be posted, texted or Emailed to Fr. Dan or Emailed to Jamesie Murphy at

There will be a Special Mass with Anointing of the Sick for the ‘Over 55s’ of the parishin Rosbercon Hall on Sunday 8th December at 3:00pm. followed by a reception and music.  The Mass and Reception will be followed by the Parish Draw at 4:30pm. All are welcome to attend.

Renovation of the Parish Hall: Over the next year we need to raise in the region of €40,000.00 to meet the cost of further renovations to the Parish Hall at Albatross to comply with the new standards of safety required by the Fire Officer and recent Health and Safety Legislation. The works involve the constructing of Emergency Exit Access Ramps and the fitting of Fire Safety Doors and Fire Shields. We are also installing new alarm systems and improved lighting. With the putting down of the Tarmacadam in October this year we now have a Parish Hall we can all be proud of.

 Mass Intentions for the Saturday/Sunday,

16th/17th November 2019 

Rosbercon: Saturday 16th November at 6:30pm:

Luke Hennessy, Glensensaw

Mullinarrigle: Sunday 17th November at 9:30am:

Tom Doherty, Listerlin

Stasia Lawlor, Glenpipe

Rosbercon: Sunday 17th November at 11:00am:

Paddy and Winnie Barron, Tinneranny

Ken Rogers Snr., Old Ross

Christopher Rogers, Old Ross and London


Surviving Failure

Can a man grow from the dead clod of failure

Some consoling flower

Something to wear as a buttonhole in Heaven?

Under the flat, flat grief of defeat maybe

Hope is a seed.

Maybe this is what he was born for,

This  hour of hopelessness

Maybe it is here he must search

In this hell of unfaith

Where no one has a purpose

Where the web of meaning is broken threads

And one man looks at another in fear.

O God, can a man find you where he lies with his face downwards

And his nose in the rubble that was his achievement?

Is the music playing behind the door of despair

O God, give us a purpose.

                                                   Patrick Kavanagh

Wisdom: “Opportunity may knock once but temptation bangs on the door forever.”

Humour: A little girl was sitting on her grandfather’s lap as he read her a bedtime story. From time to time, she would take her eyes off the book and reach up and touch his wrinkled cheek. She was alternately stroking her own cheek, then his again. Finally she spoke up “Grandad, did God make you?” “Yes, sweetheart,” he answered, “God made me a long time ago”. “Oh,” she paused, “Grandad, did God make me too?” “Yes, indeed,” he said, “God made you just a little while ago.” Feeling their respective faces again, she said, “God’s getting better at it, isn’t he!”

Collection of Parish Funds 2nd/3rd November 2019:

Offertory Collection:                €1,182.40

Weekly Envelopes:                 €737.60

Parish Building Fund on 5th November 2019:  €559,054.40

Parish Debt on 5th November 2019: €44,781.40

¨ 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 & Friday 4-5pm and “Tots Academy” Saturday 10-11am. Please see Mernagh Academy on   Facebook or call 087-6729435 for further information.

¨ Bingo

Next Bingo Night is Wednesday 13th November at 8pm.  Lotto Prize will be €775.00 and also Split the Pot on the night.

¨ Community Alert

The Tullogher Rosbercon Community Alert AGM will take place in the Parish Hall on Monday 11th November at 8pm. The Community Alert has been serving the parish well for the past six years through the hugely successful text alert service and the installation of Emergency Response Units in homes. All parishioners are invited to attend the AGM.

¨ Tullogher Rosbercon St. Vincent De Paul

Our annual Church door collection will take place at all Masses within the parish on the weekend of the 30th    November/1st December next. We greatly  appreciate all donations received. It is important to note all money     received without exception goes towards the assistance of those resident within our parish in urgent need usually in the form of food or assistance towards children’s clothing, footwear or school books costs.  At Christmas time we also like to give a few bags of coal primarily to elderly and deserving persons living alone within our parish who’s sole income is usually their pension which provide little money for winter heating costs. Any parishioner who becomes aware of such need within our parish please let any of the following committee members know; Seamus Waters, Mary B Conway, Bríd Vereker, Catherine Cottrell and  Richard McElwee, who will deal with the situation with discression or by contact on our special help line 087-7140112.

¨ Rosbercon Parish Draw

It is Parish Draw Time of the year again!  To help meet our financial commitments and continue to maintain the    Buildings of the Parish we will be holding our usual   Parish Draw on Sunday 8th December 2019. Tickets will be distributed to the homes of the parish during the coming weeks at a cost €2.00 each or a book of 6 for €10.00. Each household and wage earner is asked to buy three books or as many as you can!! This Draw has been very successful over the years and Fr Dan is confident that it will be      successful this year also.

¨ Missing Bullock

Black Limousin Bullock missing from Ballybeg. Tag No: 222166-40259. Any information please to 087-9172870

¨ St. Michael’s Theatre

Saturday 16th  November  “Secret Life Of Pets 2”

¨ Men’s Shed

In an effort to seek to go about the forming of a Men’s Shed in Glenmore there will be an open meeting taking place in Glenmore hall on Wednesday 20th at 8pm. All   support would be very welcome, perhaps you would like to be actively involved as part of the working group with a view to bringing about a Men’s Shed and would like to see a Men’s Shed starting up in Glenmore that would also welcome persons from the neighbouring parishes. The venture will be supported by Kilkenny County Council and State Agencies and official personnel will be present at the meeting to talk about the various aspects of a Men’s Shed and how it all works and is sustained into the future.

Author: Eamon Kissane