ROSBERCON PARISH NEWSLETTER 10th May 2020
Fr. Dan Cavanagh P.P. 051 421515 087-2335432
Parish Office: Phone 051-425093 Opening Hours 9.30 am—12.30 am
Fifth Sunday of Easter
Everybody needs a home. Jesus assures us that ultimately all of us have a home to go to, namely, the Heavenly Father’s house. He even promises to prepare a place for us in that house. This is a cause of hope.
Theme of the Weekend Readings: Jesus tells us He is the Way, the Truth and the Life.
First Reading: The first deacons are selected in response to a need in the early Church.
Second Reading: St. Peter writes about our calling as Christians.
Gospel: Jesus prepares a place for us in God’s Kingdom.
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 9th May at 7pm and again on Sunday 10th May at 11am. Mass will also be celebrated on Wednesday 13th 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.
Fr Dan says thanks to all who contributed so generously to the Lenten and Easter Offering. Much appreciated! Outstanding envelopes may be handed in at the Parochial House or placed in the strong box at the back of the Church.
Michael Curran, Hoodsgrove
Thomas & Teresa Hendrick, Flower Hill
Dick Gaule, Slievecorragh
Stephen O Connor, Rosbercon Hill
Margaret Fleming, Shanbough
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
This weekend’s gospel is often read at funerals. In the gospel Jesus tells us, ‘In my father’s house there are many rooms. Were it not so I would have told you! I am now going to prepare a place for you so that where I am you may be too’.
The gospel presents us with the love, mercy and compassion of a kind and caring God. Death is the end of our life on earth, but Jesus reassures us that death is the beginning of a new way of life in the world to come!
The Preface of the Funeral Mass tells us; ‘For us Life is changed not ended’.
Christ’s resurrection gives us hope and courage. Resurrection is not only about a future life but about a Christian way of living our present life. Lord, help us to break down the barriers, to dig away the ditches, to pull down the fences that separate us from one another.
The resurrection of Christ reminds us that the end of the day and the end of life are all about coming home. The tired ploughman returns at dusk, the tired emigrant comes home at Christmas, the tired Christian goes home at death. The love that they find, in the welcome they receive, more than makes up for the waiting and the travelling. Then, as Saint Julian of Norwich reveals, “All shall be well, and all manner of things shall be well”.
Prayer for Peace.
Let nothing ever disturb you,
Nothing affright you;
All things are passing,
God never changes.
Attains to all things;
Who God possesses
In nothing is wanting;
Alone God suffices.
Saint Teresa of Avila
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 shall not go to HEAVEN when I die.
I shall not go to heaven when I die.
But if they let me be
I think I’ll take the road I used to know
That goes to Shanagarra and the sea
And I shall hear the west wind blow
And I shall hear nothing but the curlews cry
And the waves talking in the sea below
I think it will be winter when I die.
For no one from the North could die in spring.
And all the heather will be dead and grey.
And the bog cotton will have blown away,
And there will be no yellow on the whin.
But I shall smell the peat
And when it’s almost dark I’ll set my feet
Where white track goes glimmering to the hills,
and see far up a light…
Would you think heaven would be so small a thing
As a lit window on the hill at night?
And I come stumbling from the gloom,
Half- blind, into the fire lit room
Turn, and see you and there abide.
If it were true
And if I thought they would let me be.
I almost wish it were tonight I died.
To make you Smile:
People share lots of fun messages on social media:
– Afraid of Santa? You might be claus-trophobic
– The trouble with political jokes is that they sometimes get elected.
– Is irony the opposite to wrinkly?
– I’m terrified of lifts and I’m taking steps to avoid them.
– Cows have hooves because they lactose.
– I’m friends with 25 letters of the alphabet. I don’t know Y.
– Just because you are offended doesn’t mean you are right.
– For chemists’ alcohol is not a problem, it’s a solution.
– Dogs can’t operate MRI scanners, but catscan.
From the Irish Catholic
Not so fragile Baby:
‘It’s a little-known fact,
The second baby’s not so breakable’
Wisdom: May the flowers remind us, why the rain was so necessary!
Humour: A mother was teaching her four-year-old daughter the Lord’s Prayer. For several evenings at bedtime the little girl repeated it after her mother. One night the girl said she was finally ready to do it herself. The mother listened carefully as she enunciated each word right up to the end. ‘Lead us not into temptation’ she prayed ‘and deliver us some email. Amen’.
Þ TULLOGHER ROSBERCON GAA CLUB DEVELOPMENT DRAW (held on video)
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
Þ TULLOGHER-ROSBERCON 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 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.