Fr Dan Cavanagh PP:

Tel: 051-421515 / 087 2335432, email:

Office Hours: Tuesday – Friday 10.30am -2.30pm

Parish Office

Tel: 051-425093, email:

Office Hours: Monday – Friday 9.30am – 12.30pm



Keep up to date with the latest newsletter for the parish here.

Rosbercon Parish Newsletter, 5th January 2020

Categories: Newsletter


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

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

Second Sunday after Christmas

The lights of Christmas are beginning to fade. But the mystery of Christ’s presence among us remains. Today’s Gospel reminds us of this: ‘The word was made flesh and dwelt among us….. From his fullness we have all received.” Let us draw close to Christ so that he may enrich us from his abundance.

Theme of the Weekend Readings:  

We praise God because we have lived to see 2020.

First Reading: A hymn in praise of God’s wisdom.

Second Reading: St. Paul speaks of the blessings that come through Jesus.

Gospel: The marvellous opening verse of St. John’s Gospel.

Weekend Masses:

Saturday 11th January: 7:00 pm Mass in Rosbercon

Sunday 12th January:  9:30 am Mass in Mullinarrigle

11:00 am Mass in Rosbercon

Weekday Masses:

Feast of the Epiphany – Little Christmas is celebrated on Monday 6th January this year.

Masses as follows:

Mullinarrigle: Monday 6th January at 9:30 am.

Rosbercon:    Monday 6th January at 7:00 pm.


Wednesday & Friday:                         9:30 am.

Thursday:                                                                                                                                                                                                                    9:45 am.         


Billy Malone and Wife Stasia, Cooleen, Tullogher

Lar Murphy, Ballyfoyle

Sean O’Neill, Tinneranny

Bridget O’Neill, Tinneranny

Maria O’Neill, Tinneranny

Holy Communion will be brought to the sick and housebound of the Parish on Friday, 10th January 2020. Please note date

We wish every New Year blessing to Marie Hartley, Brabstown and Vincent Mackey, Ballycullane, who were married in Listerlin Church on Saturday 28th December 2019. May they enjoy a long and rewarding married life.

Getting married in the Catholic Church –what is needed? The couple must first contact their local Parish Priest where they live and book the Church where they wish to marry. They must ensure they have a priest to perform the ceremony. A Pre-Nuptial Enquiry Form must be completed for each person by the priest.  For this the following are required: Baptismal Certificate, Confirmation Certificate and Proof of Freedom to Marry. The couple will be required to complete a Marriage Preparation Course. It is always best to check with your priest regarding local regulations and practices in the Parish and Diocese.

Rosbercon Parish Safeguarding Representatives are Brid Vereker, Millbanks Close and Anne O’Sullivan, Ballykenna. If you have a Safeguarding concern, contact Brid or Anne. Please note Safeguarding Statements are displayed in the porches of the Churches of the Parish.

Dates for your Diary:

Sunday 8th March, 2020:

Sacrament of Confirmation in Rosbercon Church. 

Saturday 2nd May 2020:

First Eucharist Rosbercon.

Saturday 16th May 2020:

First Eucharist Listerlin.

Christmas Offerings: Once again many thanks to all parishioners for your generosity atChristmas. May the New Year be generous to us all.

Collection of Parish Funds 21st/22nd December 2019:

Offertory Collection:             € 738.70

Weekly Envelopes:                 €1,696.30

Collection of Parish Funds 24th /25th December 2019:

Offertory Collection:             €2,690.00

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

Offertory Collection:             €  895.00

Weekly Envelopes:                €1,990.00

Parish Building Fund on 30th December 2019:  €559,954.40

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

A Prayer for the New Year

Lord, in this New Year which we have begun

May we have enough happiness to keep us      agreeable,

Enough trials to keep us strong,

Enough sorrow to keep us human

Enough freedom to keep us happy,

Enough failure to keep us humble,

Enough success to keep us eager,

Enough wealth to meet our needs,

Enough faith to banish depression,

Enough hope to look forward,

Enough love to give us comfort,

And enough determination to keep going


The Wild Geese

Then I saw the wild geese flying

In fair formation to their base in Inchicore

And I knew that these wings would outwear the wings of war

And a man’s simple thoughts outlive the day’s loud lying.

Don’t fear, don’t fear, I said to my soul,

The bedlam of time is an empty bucket rattled,

‘Tis you who will say in the end who best rattles,

Only they who fly home to God have flown at all.


The child is not likely to find a father in God, unless he finds something of God in his father.


In the Garden of Eden, in that brief, happy period before the fall, the First Man and God who created him would sometimes talk about things. One day Adam asked God ‘Why did you make Eve so beautiful?’ ‘So you would love her’ God answered. Adam thought about this for a while and said ‘Why did you make her so unintelligent? ‘So she would love you’ came the reply!

Mass Intentions for the Saturday/Sunday 11th/12th January, 2020:

Rosbercon: Saturday 11th January 7:00 pm.

Paddy Hennessy, Hoodsgrove

Paula Leahy, Árd Mhícíl—3rd Anniv.

Rosbercon: Sunday 12th January at 11:00 am.

Gerry Moore, Tinnakilly, Rosbercon—1st Anniv.

Imelda Delahunty, Nash/Assumption Tce—1st Anniv.

¨ Bingo

Next Bingo Night is Wednesday 8th January at 8 pm. Lotto Prize will be €925.00. Also Split the Pot.

¨ Epilepsy Ireland

Epilepsy Ireland would like to thank the people of the Parish for their recent generosity. The amount raised was €174.55.

¨ Childminder Required

Childminder required for 2 school going children, Tullogher area, after school 3 days per week, must have their own car for school pick-ups. Also, some availability for school holidays. Tel: 086-8094541 or 087-7855856.

My Wish for the New Year

That You have someone to love,

Have meaningful work to do,

And have greater things than yourself to believe in;

That you have a reason to smile every day and

A shoulder to cry on when you need it;

That you keep your integrity even when the choices are hard;


Give freely, forgive willingly, laugh easily and live well enough to be grateful for every day.

Margaret B. Moss, 2016

Author: Eamon Kissane