Fr Dan Cavanagh PP:

Tel: 051-421515 / 087 2335432, email:

Office Hours: Tuesday – Friday 10.30am -2.30pm

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Office Hours: Monday – Friday 9.30am – 12.30pm



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Rosbercon Parish Newsletter, 3rd May 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

Fourth Sunday of Easter

This Sunday is known as Good Shepherd Sunday. Christ is our Good Shepherd. Let us pause and reflect on his unfailing love for us and how he wants us to love one another.

Theme of the Weekend Readings: We receive care from Christ, the Good Shepherd.

First Reading: St. Peter tells his followers to repent and be baptised.

Second Reading: Christ is the guardian of our souls

Gospel:  Christ came to give us life to the full.

The Churches of the Parish will be open each day for private prayer and devotions.

Fr. Dan will celebrate Mass live on Facebook on Saturday 2nd May at 7pm and again on Sunday 3rd May at 11am. Mass will also be celebrated on Wednesday 6th May at 10.00am. All Masses will be from the Church of the Assumption, Rosbercon and will be behind closed doors. Sincere thanks to all who tune in to celebrate Mass with us.

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.

Recent Death: Tony Barker, London and Cordoba, Spain.

Anniversary: Ted Culleton, Ballyknock.

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.

Message from Fr Dan: May, God bless it, is a wonderful month. May, traditionally the month of the cuckoo and the swallows, the month of flowers and wildlife.  In the ancient Irish Calendar May or ‘Bealtaine’ is the first month of summer. May is the month of new beginnings, often celebrated in   folklore and proverbs. The Celtic year was divided into two halves, darkness and light. November or ‘Samhain’ began the period of darkness. May or ‘Bealtaine’ was the beginning of the Season of Light.

We welcome the month of May, the month devoted to Our Lady. The home in Nazareth reminds us that the most important thing that people can do in a family is to mind each other. Love in the life of a family always tries to understand and when it can’t, love makes allowances and when allowances aren’t enough, love forgives. Someone once remarked that we have to learn to be good fathers or good mothers or even good children. It is       something that we have to work at daily. Having children doesn’t make one a mother or father any more than having a piano makes one a musician! 

Help us, Lord, in these times to do each day a little more than we think we can. Help us to love a little more than we think we can. Help us to forgive a little more than we think we can. Lord be with us during this month of May. Rescue us from our anxiety about the future and from our regrets of the past. Help us to find joy in the life we have been given, even when that life is very challenging!

May Hymn to Our Lady:

Bring flowers of the rarest, Bring blossoms the fairest

From gardens and woodlands and hillside and dale;

Our full hearts are swelling, our glad voices telling

The praise of the loveliest flower of the vale.

O Mary we crown thee with blossoms today,

Queen of the Angels and Queen of the May.

O Mary we crown thee with blossoms today,

Queen of the Angels and Queen of the May.

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.


I think that I shall never see a poem lovely as a tree-

A tree whose hungry mouth is pressed against the earth’s sweet flowing breast;

A tree that looks to God all day and lifts her leafy arms to pray

A tree that may in summer wear a nest of robins in her hair

Upon whose bosom snow is lain who intimately lives with rain.

Poems are made by fools like me but only God can make a tree.

Joyce Kilmer

The Joys of Married Life: A man and a woman who had not met before find that they are sharing a cabin on an overnight train. They are both very uneasy about the arrangement but they are also very tired. They both fall asleep quickly – he in the top bunk and she in the lower one.

At 2am he leans down and gently wakes the woman, saying: ‘Ma’am I am so sorry to waken you but I am freezing. Could you reach into the cupboard and get me a second blanket?

“I have a better idea” the lady says, “Just for tonight let’s pretend that we are a married couple”. “That’s a wonderful idea”, the man says. “Good,” says the lady, “Get up and get your own blanket!”. 


Greek Elegy written for Heraclitus:

‘They told me, Heraclitus, they told me you were dead,

They brought me bitter news to hear and bitter tears to shed,

I wept as I remembered how often you and I

Had tired the sun with talking and sent him down the sky.

And now that you are lying, my dear old Carian guest,

A handful of grey ashes, long, long ago at rest,

Still are your pleasant voices, your nightingales awake;

For Death, he taketh all away but them he cannot take’.

Adapted by William Cory

Wisdom: Though we live in a world that dreams of ending

That always seems about to give in

Something that will not acknowledge conclusion

Insists that we forever begin.                          Brendan Kennelly

Humour: A man fell over a cliff. He thought he was falling to this death but his fall was broken by a branch growing out of the side of the cliff. There he was swaying on the branch and he began to pray. O God, are you up there? God said ‘Yes I am’. The man said I trust you God, save me. God said ‘if you trust me let go of the branch’. The man said ‘Is there anyone else up there?

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. 


March 2020 Winners:

1st prize €250.00 Paddy Gaule, Slievecorrig

2nd prize €100.00 Emily Kennedy, Ballykenna

3rd prize €100.00 Keith Roche, Ballycurran

April 2020 Winners:

1st prize  €250.00  John Murray, Glin

2nd prize €100.00   Michael & Mary Ryan, Brownsford

3rd prize  €100.00   Kieran Barron, Brownsford


The above chapter is readily available to assist parishioners in need in whatever form at this difficult time.

Committee members:

Richard McElwee

Mary B Conway

Seamas Waters

Brid Vereker

Margaret Saunders

Catherine Cotterall

Contact no. 087 7140112


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.

Author: Eamon Kissane