Fr Dan Cavanagh PP:

Tel: 051-421515 / 087 2335432, email:

Office Hours: Tuesday – Friday 10.30am -2.30pm

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Tel: 051-425093, email:

Office Hours: Monday – Friday 9.30am – 12.30pm



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Rosbercon Parish Newsletter, 22nd December 2019

Categories: Newsletter



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

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

 Fourth Sunday of Advent

As we approach Christmas, the pace of things speeds up, so that the spiritual side tends to get lost. Let us pause to make room in our minds and hearts for the coming of Christ our Saviour.

Theme of the Weekend Readings:  The celebration of Christ’s birth is very close.

First Reading: Isaiah foretells the birth of a very special child.

Second Reading:  St. Paul gives the message of Christmas.

Gospel:  An account of Christ’s birth.

Weekend Masses:

Saturday 28th December: No Mass in Rosbercon

Sunday 22nd December: 09:30 am Mass in Mullinarrigle

11:00 am Mass in Rosbercon

Sunday 29th December:  09:30 am Mass in Mullinarrigle

11:00 am Mass in Rosbercon

Christmas Masses:


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

Wednesday – Christmas Morning:             11:00 am.


Tuesday – Christmas Eve, Vigil Mass:       6:00 pm.


Wednesday – Christmas Morning:               9:30 am.


Philly Lawlor, Ballybeg, Rosbercon

Ellen Long, Ballalog

Mary Doyle, Thomastown

Ellen, Michael and Catherine Cashin, Shanbogh

Stephen Murphy

Lar Murphy and deceased members of the Murphy Family, Ballyfoyle

The Christmas Offering Envelopes for Fr Dan and the Boxes of Weekly Envelopes for Parish Funds for the coming year will bedistributed to the homes of the parish this week. Envelopes may be handed in at Mass or to the Parochial House.We thank our         parishioners for their continued loyalty and generosity to the Parish and to the Priest. We thank our envelope distributors for their fidelity.

Greetings: Rosbercon Parish Pastoral Council has sent twenty-six Christmas Cards and Greetings to parishioners who have emigrated from the parish down the years. Fr Dan and Parishioners send special Christmas Greetings and prayers to all our Emigrants. We hope and pray that you are settled and happy in your new country. We miss you and will be thinking of you in the Christmas Season.

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

Thank You and Good Wishes.  Fr. Dan thanks you  sincerely for your generosity and loyalty to Rosbercon Parish during 2019. May Christmas be wonderful for you and your family and may Our Lord grant you many blessings during 2020.

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.

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 recover 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 Parish. 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 Molloys 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,

28th/29th December 2019  

Rosbercon: Sunday 29th December at 11:00 am:

Tommy Power, Shanbogh

Luke Doyle, Ramsgrange

Collection of Parish Funds 14th/ 15th December 2019:

Offertory Collection:                             €577.20

Weekly Envelopes:                              €462.80

Parish Building Fund on 17th December 2019:                                                                 €559,954.40

Parish Debt on 17th 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.


A Star is Born

The Magi were led to Christ by the light of a star.

But they saw the star only because

They were not afraid to travel in the dark.

The fact is, we cannot see the stars

In the bright light of day,

But only in the darkness of night;

And the darker the night,

The brighter they shine.

In a sense, all of us are night-time travellers.

However, we need no longer fear the darkness.

A light has come into the world,

A light that shines in the dark,

A light that no darkness can overpower.

Wisdom: A gracious word may smooth the way; a joyous word may light the day; a timely word may lessen stress; a lovely word may heal and bless

Humour:  It is better to keep your mouth shut and to appear stupid, than to open it and remove all doubt.

¨ 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.

¨ Computer Class

Computer Classes starting Wednesday 8th January 2020. Beginners and Improvers welcome. Classes are from 10:00 am to 12:00 noon. Contact Geraldine for more    information email or phone 086-1915915.

¨ Bingo

Please note there will be no Bingo next week, 25th December or the 1st January. Next Bingo Night is   Wednesday 8th January at 8pm. Lotto Prize will be €925.00. Also Split the pot. Happy Christmas to All.

¨ Tullogher Rosbercon Juvenile Hurling Club

The Juvenile section of Tullogher Rosbercon GAA Club recently submitted a summary of their year’s activities and achievements for 2019 to the County Board for the Club Cill Chainnigh Initiative. This is run every year in Kilkenny to recognise all the efforts and hard work done by Clubs and Committees throughout the County. For their efforts, Tullogher Rosbercon Juvenile Club was presented with the Three Star Award, the highest accolade that can be    given. This is the Club’s third year in a row achieving the top award and the Chairman Tom Murphy would like to thank all the Committee, Mentors and Selectors for all the work done during 2019. He would also like to thank the parents and all the people of the parish who have contributed to making this a great year for the Club. Roll on 2020.

The Tullogher Rosbercon Juvenile Hurling Club will hold their annual AGM on Tuesday 14th January 2020 at 8 pm in the Clubhouse. If you would like to get involved with the Club in 2020, please come along on the night.  All families of the parish are welcome to attend.

¨ Clay Pigeon Shoot for Charity

The annual Clay Pigeon Shoot for Charity will be held again this year on St. Stephen’s Day between 10:30 am and 15:00 pm at Bishop’s Mountain Shooting Grounds. All funds raised this year will go to support the family of 4-year-old Sophie Walsh, who has been receiving treatment at Crumlin’s Children’s Hospital for the past two years. Sophie is the daughter of Thomas and Sandra Walsh who live in new Ross. Thomas is originally from Glenmore   parish. Come along on the day for great craic or make a donation and support a great cause.

¨ Memory Technology Resource Room

The HSE Memory Technology resource Rooms (MTRR’s) are run by an Occupational Therapist and showcase a variety of assistive technology equipment. The MTRR is free to attend and provides people with memory difficulties and their carers the opportunity to see and discuss the benefits of assistive technology equipment. The Occupational Therapist will be able to provide the person with memory difficulties or carers with information on devices and strategies that promote independence, safety and quality of life (sample devices   include: Medication Reminders, electronic calendars/clocks, safety devices, pendant alarms and simplified phones). If you would like to schedule an appointment please contact: Lisa Farley, Occupational Therapist, The Healthy Living Centre, Hospital Grounds, New Ross, Co. Wexford. Phone: 051-440209

This office will close on Monday 23rd December at 12.30pm and reopen on Thursday 2nd January 2019.  We would like to wish all the Parish a Happy Christmas and a Peaceful New Year.

Author: Eamon Kissane