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Rosbercon Parish Newsletter, 15th December 2019

Categories: Newsletter


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

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

Third Sunday of Advent

In today’s Gospel we see Jesus at work; enabling the blind to see, the deaf to hear and the lame to walk. It is a marvellous display of compassion for suffering     humanity. At Mass we meet the same compassionate Jesus.

Theme of the Weekend Readings:  We are moving through Advent and the day of the Lord’s coming is close.

First Reading: The coming of the Lord is a time of great joy for the world.

Second Reading:  St. James reminds us to be patient.

Gospel:  Jesus brings relief to the suffering.

Weekend Masses:

Saturday 21st December:                                                                                                         7 pm Mass in Rosbercon

Sunday 15th & 22nd December:
9:30 am Mass in Mullinarrigle
11:00 am Mass in Rosbercon

Weekday Masses:


Wednesday and Friday:   9:30 am.

Thursday:                         9:45 am.

Christmas Masses:


Tuesday – Christmas Eve, Vigil Mass:           8:00 pm.

Wednesday – Christmas Morning:                 11:00 am.


Christmas Eve, Vigil Mass:                                          6:00 pm.


Christmas Morning:                                                                                                                                                                        9:30 am.


Julia Murphy, Brownsford and her daughter Catherine French, Gorey

Patrick Scarff, Yorkshire and Bray (2nd Anniv.)

Richard Hennessy, Hoodsgrove

Con Tobin, Listerlin

Dick and Stasia Ryan and their daughter Bridget Fitzpatrick, Ballycurran

Bill and Nora Power, Ballyneale

Kevin O’Brien, Ballyknock

Johnny Hartley, Ballyneale

In preparation for Christmas, Fr Dan will attend his sick and housebound on Friday 20th December, 2019.

Christmas Reconciliation Services: Confessions for Christmas will be heard after the weekend Masses in Rosbercon and Listerlin for the remaining weekend Masses of Advent.

Christmas Masses: 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.

 The Mission of the Church in Changing Times: Due to unforeseen circumstances, Mass will be celebrated in Rosbercon and Glenmore on the same Saturdays 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.

The Traditional Latin Mass—St. Nicholas Church  Faithlegg. Traditional Latin Masses for Christmas Week are as follows:    Sunday 22nd December at 11:00 am teas and coffees in the Reading Room after Mass. Christmas Eve Night—1st Mass of Christmas 12:00 midnight, preceded by Carols at 11:30 pm.   Christmas Day Mass 11:00 am. All masses will be sung with    Gregorian Chant. Celebrant on all dates is Fr. Stewart FSSP. All are welcome to attend. God Bless, thank you and Happy Christmas.

St. Canice’s School Carol Service willtake place in Rosbercon Church on Thursday 19th December at 1:00 pm.

Listerlin Church and Children’s Choir will present “A Taste of Christmas”, A Concert of Christmas Music in Listerlin Church on Thursday 19th December at 7:30 pm. Your support is greatly appreciated.

The Annual Christmas Pageant willtake place in Shanbogh Schoolon Friday 20th December at 11:00 am.

Our Lady of Lourdes Annual Christmas Carol Service willtake place in Rosbercon Churchon Friday 20th December at 11:00 am.

The Annual Giving Tree will be in Rosbercon Church this year. Through the tree, gifts are brought to the patients of the two local hospitals in New Ross. Parishioners are asked to take a tag from the tree and return the gift requested with the tag on or before the 31st December 2019.

Advent is: a time of patience- quieten our hearts; a time of waiting – be filled with joy; a time of hope – the blind recovers their sight; a time of healing – lepers are cured; a time to believe – we are    beloved by God. (See today’s gospel)

The Rosbercon Mullinarrigle Tullogher Christmas Draw to help meet the cost of the Renovations of the Churches and the Parish Hall was a fantastic success and Fr. Dan and the Parish Finance Committee thank you very sincerely for your generosity and loyalty to the Draw took place on Sunday last, 8th December and realised €6,740.00. We thank our generous sponsor Stafford Fuels.

The Parish Hall Committee sincerely thanks Suttons Bake House and Molloy’s Supervalu for their generous sponsorship of the cakes and confectionery for the Senior citizens Party on Sunday 8th December, 2019

The prize winners were:

1st:  – €500 Cash – Walter Walsh, Brownstown

2nd: – €250 Cash – Regina Moore, School House Road

3rd: – Voucher for 10 bags of coal – Jennifer Walsh, Coolroe,   Graiguenamanagh

4th: – €150 – Meadhbh O’ Dwyer, Glenbarra

5th: – €100 – Anthony Saunders, Tinneranny

6th: – €100 – Katelyn Flynn Tobin, Ballyneale

7th: – €100 – John Kennedy, Glenpipe

8th: – €100 – Ciaran Holohan, Listerlin

Mass Intentions for the Saturday/Sunday,

21st/22nd December 2019 

Rosbercon: Saturday 21st December at 7 pm:

Philly Lawlor, Ballybeg, Rosbercon

Mullinarrigle: Sunday 22nd December at 9:30 am:

Ellen Long, Ballalog

Mary Doyle, Thomastown

Rosbercon: Sunday 22nd December at 11:00 am:

Ellen, Michael and Catherine Cashin, Shanbogh

Stephen Murphy

Collection of Parish Funds 7th/ 8th December 2019:

Offertory Collection:                                     €1,168.00

Weekly Envelopes:                                       €663.00

Parish Building Fund on 10th December 2019: €559,954.40

Parish Debt on 10th December 2019:           €44,781.40

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


John the Baptist was no reed swaying in the wind.

A reed swaying in the wind is a symbol

Of those who are easily influenced,

Who go along with whatever is popular,

And who have no conviction of their own.

But the humble reed can teach us something.

The fact that it is light means that it is

At the mercy of every wind that blows.

But it has great strength too.

The greatest storm cannot uproot it.

Even when giant oaks comes tumbling down,

The slender reed still stands secure.

Lord, teach us that there is strength

In weakness and suppleness

And give us the wisdom to know

When to bend and when to stand.

Wisdom: Have a heart that never hardens, and a temper that never tires, and a touch that never hurts.

¨ Rosbercon Tullogher Chapter St. Vincent De Paul

Rosbercon Tullogher Chapter St. Vincent De Paul wish to express our appreciation to all who donated to our recent Church door annual collection which enables us to assist those within our parish who experience genuine difficulty throughout the coming year. We also wish to sincerely thank the ladies from our parish who assist on a weekly basis in the local St. Vincent De Paul shop. This shop has since its commencement proven a           resounding success. The financial profits of which are shared amongst local St. Vincent De Paul chapters including our chapter. Any parishioner wishing to assist in the shop need only call on the manageress, by doing so you are in affect assisting us and your less well off neighbours. Last week alone we had to assist a single mother of three young children who urgently needed food, heating and other assistance as her Social Welfare weekly income failed to arrive leaving her in a very distressed state,  however thanks to your generosity we rescued the situation with immediate affect. Committee members: Mary B Conway, Catherine Cotterell, Bríd   Vereker, Seamus Waters and Richard Mc Elwee, special helpline: 087-7140112.

 ¨ Bingo

Next Bingo Night is Wednesday 18th December at 8 pm.  Lotto Prize will be €900.00 and also Split the Pot and other fantastic prizes on the night.

¨ Special Double Christmas Bingo

There will be a special Christmas Double Bingo Night in Campile Hall on Monday 16th December at 8 pm. There will be prize   money for nine of the eleven games will be doubled on the Night which is over €2,100 in total also our in house Lotto stands at €550 and snowball at €450 in 46 numbers for the normal admission price of Double book €10 Single book €7 and small book €3 all support would be very much appreciated.

¨ Tullogher Rosbercon Community Alert AGM

The AGM of Tullogher Rosbercon Community Alert was held last month in the Parish Hall. The outgoing officers were thanked for their years of sterling service. Afterwards the meeting was addressed by Garda Conor Cleeere and the following officers were elected for the year ahead: Chairman: Joe Conway, Vice-Chairman: Pierce Handrick, Secretary: Irene Woods,   Treasurer: John Kent, PRO: Luke Grennan Jnr.  The Seniors Alert Scheme will be overseen by Brigid Healy and Bríd Doyle. As always the number to contact for TR Community Alert is 083-1999585. Its planned to hold the next meeting in February. TR Community Alert wish all parishioners a Happy and Safe Christmas and 2020.

¨ St. Joseph’s AC—Annual Stephen’s Day Run

St. Joseph’s AC will host their Annual St. Stephen’s Day Festive 5k Fun Run at the Pink Rock at 12 noon. St. Joseph’s AC will be donating to Sophie Walsh, Glenmore/New Ross. Sophie is     receiving Cancer Treatment and in the only child of Tom Walsh Glenmore, (formally Priests House) and Sandra Dwyer Walsh New Ross.  Enjoy a stroll or jog or whatever way you fancy after the indulgements of Christmas Day. The view of the  nearly   completed Bridge will be on route so make it a Family Day out and bring all the relations along. Lots of Spot prizes, Prizes for the Best Fancy Dress Adult and Child. Donations accepted on the day.

¨ All Ireland Drama Production

The new Ross Drama Workshop performed at and won the All Ireland One Act Drama Festival finals last Saturday night with their production on “Notes on Falling Leaves” by Ayub Khan Din, under the direction of the much experienced director and group stalwart, Peggy Hussey. “Notes on Falling Leaves” is an elegiac piece and tells the story of a son tormented by his mother’s early diagnosis with dementia. On the night the adjudicator said that the New Ross production demonstrated great truth and integrity. At the presentation of  awards New Ross Drama Workshop was awarded first place in their section with Nancy Rochford Flynn winning best actress and Edward Hayden was nominated for best actor. Thank you to the capable backstage team led by Bríd Walsh as stage manager, Paul Walsh on sound, John Caulfield on lighting design, Kitty Warren on hair and make-up with Seona O’Connor and Carmel Furlong completing the backstage team.

¨ Winter Solstice at Knockroe

South Kilkenny Historical Society are holding a Winter Solstice at Knockroe on Saturday 21st December at 2 pm in Owning Church. A free shuttle bus will operate from Owning Church car park to Knockroe and returning at approx. 5 pm.

¨ Epilepsy Ireland

Epilepsy Ireland’s Annual Church Gate Collection is on Saturday 21st December and Sunday 22nd December.

Author: Eamon Kissane