ROSBERCON PARISH NEWSLETTER 26th April 2020
Fr. Dan Cavanagh P.P. 051 421515 087-2335432
Parish Office: Phone 051-425093 Opening Hours 9.30 am—12.30 am
One of the loveliest stories in the Gospel is the story of how the Risen Jesus joined two of his disciples on the road to Emmaus. He explained the Scriptures to them and revealed himself in the breaking of bread. The same thing happens for us when we celebrate the Eucharist. Jesus speaks to us in the Scriptures and nourished us in Communion.
Theme of the Weekend Readings: We continue to celebrate with joy the Resurrection of Jesus.
First Reading: St. Peter’s speech on the day of Pentecost.
Second Reading: Christ paid the price of our salvation.
Gospel: Jesus appeared to two disciples on the Road to Emmaus
The Churches of the Parish will be open each day for private prayer and devotions.
Fr. Dan will say Mass live on Facebook on Saturday 25th April at 7pm and again on Sunday 26th at 11am. Both Masses will be from the Church of the Assumption, Rosbercon and will be behind closed doors. Sincere thanks to all who tried to tune in and watch our live Mass last weekend. Unfortunately, due to poor internet connection our first attempts were unsuccessful. We are hopeful of better success this weekend.
Trocaire Boxes: Now that Lent has concluded the challenge of collecting Trócaire Boxes and your contributions to the poor begins. This year when our Churches re-open and it is safe to come out again, please bring your Trócaire box, so that the poorest of the poor are not forgotten.
Sincere thanks to all who contributed so generously to the Lenten and Easter Offering. Outstanding envelopes and boxes may be handed in at the weekend Masses or to the Parish Office.
Message from Fr Dan – This Sunday’s gospel gives us the well-known story of Jesus meeting his two disciples on the Road to Emmaus. Jesus had been crucified on Good Friday and his followers felt that it would be wise for them flee Jerusalem in case the authorities began rounding up anyone associated with Jesus. These two particular disciples were escaping along the road to the village calledEmmaus.
As they walked along a stranger caught up with them. He joined in their conversation and asked, “what matters are you discussing as you walk along?” The disciples answer quickly that surely there can be only one topic of conversation; the trial and crucifixion of Jesus! They are shocked and taken aback that the stranger appears not to have heard about the terrible events in Jerusalem. The disciples then add that there are now rumours that Jesus is alive, that he has risen from the dead.
The stranger then distracts the two companions by discussing the Scriptures with them. He explains to the preoccupied friends how it was ordained that the Christ should suffer and so enter into his glory. Later they would comment on how their ‘hearts burned within them’ as the stranger talked to them on the road and explained the Scriptures to them.
Eventually, their eyes are ‘opened’ when they reach Emmaus and invite the stranger in for a meal. At the table he takes bread and breaks it and gives it to them. This action of breaking bread and giving it to them brings their minds back to a few evenings before, when at the Last Supper Jesus had blessed, broken and shared the bread with them saying, ‘Do this in memory of me’.
After the stranger had distributed the bread at the table in Emmaus, he ‘vanished’ from their sight. Even though the stranger, whom the companions now knew to be the Risen Christ had gone from them, they were reassured by his presence. Now that they knew that Jesus was with them, their courage was restored and they were able to return to Jerusalem to encourage the others.
These past weeks we find ourselves in the same anxious and confused situation that Jesus’ followers found themselves in after the crucifixion. The Corona Virus has come to dominate our lives. The virus is the only topic of conversation.
Through Holy Week and Easter, we too remembered the evening of the Last Supper when Jesus not only washed the disciples’ feet but gave us the Eucharist. We remember too how Jesus instructed his followers that they must do for one another what he had done for them. These past weeks in the midst of the tragic news of the Covid 19 suffering and deaths, we remember those words of Jesus, ‘What I have done for you, you must do for one another’ and ‘Do this in memory of me….’
Every generous and heroic act, and there have been tens of thousands since the Pandemic began, brings to life again the wondrous generosity and courage of Christ. We see again that the seeds of love and care, which Jesus plants in our hearts, come to fruition in every generation. This is particularly so in times of great suffering and tragedy. The Kingdom of God and the goodness of people continue to flourish in the world.
COVID-19 Support Line for Older People: ALONE has launched a national support line and additional supports for older people who have concerns or are facing difficulties relating to the outbreak of COVID-19 (Coronavirus). Professional staff are available to answer queries and give advice and reassurance where necessary. The support line is open Monday to Friday 8am-8pm, by calling 0818 222 024. Hours may be extended to meet the demand.
Recent Death: Mary Fripps, Mooncoin, mother of Margo Walsh, Smithstown
Anniversary: Larry Leacy, Ballyeden.
Rest in Peace: Those we love don’t go away. They walk beside us every day. Unseen, unheard but always near; still loved, still missed and very dear.
A Prayer for Inner Strength
Please give me the strength
to endure this situation,
and to find the blessings
and lessons that it contains.
Please give me the endurance
to continue ahead.
Please guide my thoughts,
words and actions,
so that I walk your
path of peace and love.
Easter Wishes: Fr Dan thanks all parishioners for the many wonderful ways that we journey together throughout the year. He thanks those who have read his Facebook messages and posted gracious comments. May we continue to pray for each other and support each other at this very challenging time.
Reflection: A special prayer at this time: We pray every day for our parishioners that our faith will be alive in our hearts and that the message of Jesus will influence our daily lives. In these days we have time to think about our faith and we have extra time to pray.
We see more clearly how fragile our lives are and how easily everything can be disrupted. We are doing our best to practise the Christian virtues at home. We are called upon above all to be patient and kind to one another.
What helps us is the support of our relationship with God and with those nearest and dearest to us. Every day we make the effort to relate to God and to our loved ones. We relate to God in many ways, through prayer, praising God, being grateful to him for everything and asking him for his help and protection from the Coronavirus.
The generations that have gone before us lived in simpler times. They were very devoted to God and to their faith. They lived constantly in God’s presence. Their devotion is summed up in prayers like Saint Patrick’s Breastplate as follows:
‘Christ with me. Christ before me. Christ behind me. Christ within me. Christ below me. Christ above me. Christ on my right hand. Christ on my left hand. Christ in my sleeping. Amen’.
Wisdom – Hold fast to dreams, for if dreams die,
Life is a broken-winged bird that cannot fly;
Hold fast to dreams, for when dreams go,
Life is a barren field, frozen with snow
Humour: When asked why she always bowed her head when Satan was mentioned, the old woman replied ‘It costs nothing to be polite.’
Þ TULLOGHER-ROSBERCON COMMUNITY ALERT
Tullogher-Rosbercon Community Alert would like to inform all elderly parishioners that the emergency response button is available for all interested parties. It is free of charge for the first year. For further details please call or text 087-9020552. As always, the contact number for Community Alert is 083-1999585 where all suspicious activities can be reported. This number should be added to each person’s contact list. The text alert system has been an overwhelming success since its initiation just over six years ago. Increased vigilance is the key to reducing opportunities for crimes to be committed.
Þ ROSBERCON CHAPTER ST VINCENT DE PAUL
The above chapter is readily available to assist parishioners in need in whatever form at this difficult time.
Mary B Conway
Contact no. 087 7140112
Þ ROSBERCON VINTAGE CLUB
The hosting of this years All Ireland Vintage Championships has been postponed until further notice.