ROSBERCON PARISH NEWSLETTER 1st December 2019
Fr. Dan Cavanagh P.P. 051 421515 087-2335432
Parish Office: Phone 051-425093 Opening Hours 9.30am—12.30pm
1st Sunday of Advent
Advent is a time of watchfulness. We are waiting for the final coming of Christ at the end of time. Since this time is hidden from us, we maintain a state of watchfulness so that we are ready to meet the Lord when he comes. Today as we begin a new liturgical year, the Church invites us to come to the House of God, so that God may teach us his ways and help us to walk in the light.
Theme of the Weekend Readings: The Church’s New Year begins this weekend. Advent is a time of preparation for Christmas.
First Reading: Isaiah regrets that God’s people stray.
Second Reading: Paul thanks God for the graces the people have received.
Gospel: Jesus tells us to be on our guard.
Saturday 7th December: 7 pm Mass in Rosbercon
Sunday 8th December: 9:30 am Mass in Mullinarrigle
11:00 am Mass in Rosbercon
Wednesday and Friday: 9:30 am.
Thursday: 9:45 am.
Joan Dillon, New Jersey USA.
Peg Mackey, Mullinakill
Kate Lee, Kilbraghan
Lucy Dillon, Rosbercon
Imelda Delahunty, Rosbercon
The Feast of the Immaculate Conception will this year be celebrated on Sunday, 8th December.
Holy Communion will be brought to the sick and housebound of the parish on Friday 6th December, 2019.
The Mission of the Church in Changing Times: Due to unforeseen circumstances, for the month of December (ONLY) Mass will be celebrated in Rosbercon and Glenmore on the same Saturdays, 7th and 21st December. There will be no Mass in Rosbercon or Glenmore on Saturday 14th or 28th December. The usual Sunday Masses in Rosbercon and Listerlin will be celebrated every weekend.
Christmas Reconciliation Services: Confessions for Christmas will be heard after the weekend Masses in Tullogher and Mullinarrigle on Saturday/Sunday, 30th November/1st December and after the remaining weekend Masses of Advent.
Christmas Masses: Due to health and safety concerns, the Christmas Eve Vigil Mass this year will be celebrated in Listerlin (Mullinarrigle) at 6:00 pm and the Christmas Morning Mass will be celebrated in Tullogher at 9:30 am. The Christmas Eve Mass in Rosbercon will be at 8:00 pm and the Christmas Day Mass in Rosbercon will be at 11:00 am.
Bishop Dermot Farrell’s letter to the people of the Diocese entitled Pastoral Letter: Our Living Church Winter 2019 is available at the back of the Churches of the Parish. This short letter deals with change in the church since its beginning. Change is a fact of life for all of us. Bishop Dermot’s letter also deals with recent changes in parish structures and in the times of our Masses.
There will be a meeting of the Parish Cemetery Committee in the Parochial House on Thursday 5th December at 7:30 pm.
There will be a meeting of the Parish Hall Committee in the Parochial House on Tuesday 10th December at 7:30 pm.
We thank all who attended The Special Remembrance Mass in Rosbercon Church on Friday 29th November. It was a lovely way to come together to remember our loved ones who died in the last year. The Mass was organised by the Parish Pastoral Council.
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 or posted, texted or emailed to Fr. Dan or emailed to Jamesie Murphy at firstname.lastname@example.org
Rosbercon Parish Draw. 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 are being distributed to the homes of the parish at present. Tickets 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!!
Living Liturgy – An evening for Choirs and Musicians: Fr Liam Lawton, (Kildare and Leighlin) is offering a workshop for the Choirs and Musicians of the Parishes of our Diocese in St Kieran’s College on Monday 2nd December commencing at 7:30 pm. The theme of the evening is ‘Exploring Advent and Christmas Music and more…’ Fr Dan hopes that some of the wonderful people from our parish who will be providing our Christmas music might be able to attend this workshop. Expenses will the covered by the parish.
Mass Intentions for the Saturday/Sunday,
7th/8th December 2019
Rosbercon: Saturday 7th December at 7 pm:
Noel Banville, Shanbough (Months Mind)
Robert Snr/Jnr and Marty Doyle
Ned and Mary Mernagh, Assumption Terrace
Pat O’Neill, Tinneranny
Biddy Doyle, School House Road
John Sinnott, Raheen, Rosbercon
Mullinarrigle: Sunday 8th December at 9:30 am:
Margaret (Peg) Ryan, Guilcough
Rosbercon: Sunday 8th December at 11:00 am:
Enid Wright, Bristol,
David Wilson, Ardross,
Nan Wilson, Castlemoyle,
Hanora Kenneally, Glensensaw and London (1st Anniv) and Daniel Kenneally.
A Support group meeting for Relatives of a Loved One with Mental Health Issues will take place on Wednesday, 4th December at 7 pm in the Resource Centre, Springhill Clinic, Kilkenny.
The Word Became Flesh: Fr Jim Murphy, Kilkenny and Fr Billy Swan, Wexford will lead two evenings of prayer and reflection on the Word of God in Saint Kieran’s College on Wednesday, 4th December and on Wednesday 11th December. Both evenings will begin at 7:30 pm. These evenings of prayer and reflection will be particularly helpful and uplifting for Ministers of the Word who read in the Churches of our Diocese. Again Fr Dan would appreciate if Rosbercon Parish could be represented at these evenings. All are most welcome.
Just a thought: “What is Christmas? It is tenderness for the past, courage for the present, hope for the future. It is a fervent wish that every cup may overflow with blessings rich and eternal, and that every path may lead to peace.”
Advent Encircling Prayer
Circle me Lord
Keep protection near; keep danger afar.
Circle me Lord.
Keep hope within; keep doubt without.
Circle me Lord.
Keep light near; keep darkness afar.
Circle me Lord
Keep peace within; keep strife without.
Circle me Lord
Keep love within; keep hate without.
Fire, by Pope Francis
A fire does not burn by itself;
It has to be fed or else it dies;
It turns into ashes.
If everything remains as it was,
If we spend our days content
That ‘this is the way things have always been’,
Then the gift vanishes,
Smothered by the ashes of fear,
And by the anxiety of defending the ‘status quo’
At the opening of the Amazon Synod, October 2019
There will be a Special Mass with Anointing of the Sick for the ‘Over 55s’ of the parish in Rosbercon Hall on Sunday 8th December at 3:00 pm. followed by a reception and music. This will be followed by the Parish Draw at 4:30 pm. 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 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.
¨ Collection of Parish Funds 23rd/24th November 2019
Offertory Collection: €985.50
Weekly Envelopes: €814.50
Parish Building Fund on 26th November 2019: €559,054.40
Parish Debt on 26th November 2019: €44,781.40
Next Bingo Night is Wednesday 4th December at 8 pm. Lotto Prize will be €850.00 and also Split the Pot on the night.
¨ Santa Cruise
This Sunday, December 1st, Santa Cruise will be held at Rosbercon Aboretum at 3:00 pm. (Beside New Ross Boat Club in Rosbercon). Santy will arrive by boat to New Ross Boat Club where he will meet and greet the kids and they will receive a gift. There will be singing and Christmas music and photo opportunity, face painting and glitter tattoo. Santy and his Disney characters will then parade to the Parish Pump for a disco and opportunity to dance with Santy. The event is FREE !
¨ Christmas Trees
Christmas trees for sale ranging in size from 5ft to 7ft. Please contact Michael Grennan on 0876101161. Delivery also available.
¨ Table Quiz
Tullogher-Rosbercon Ladies Gaelic Football Club are having a fundraising Table Quiz in Paddy Ryan’s on Saturday 7th December starting 8:00 pm. €20 per table of 4. We will be pre-selling some tickets. All support would be very welcome!
¨ Healing and Worship
In honour of Our Lady on The Feast of the Immaculate Conception. A day of Holy Spirit filled Healing and Worship with Catholic Evangelist Brendan Walsh on Sunday December 8th, Bridge Hotel Waterford 11 am 4:30 pm. Admission is free. All are welcome.
¨ St. Michael’s Theatre
Saturday 7th December at 3 pm: “Dora and the Lost City of Gold”.