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Office Hours: Tuesday – Friday 10.30am -2.30pm

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Rosbercon Parish Newsletter, 17th May 2020

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Fr Dan Cavanagh PP Tel 051-421515 087 2335432: Office Hours: Monday to Thursday, 10.30am- 2.30pm   E Mail:

Parish Office Phone 051-425093: Office Hours Monday to Friday, 9.30am- 12.30pm

E Mail: Rosbercon

Sixth Sunday of Easter

As we move into the latter half of the Easter Season our attention moves from the appearances of the Risen Christ to the presence of Christ with us through the power of the Holy Spirit.

Theme of the Weekend Readings: We are disciples of Jesus when we listen to his Words and do our best to live by them.

First Reading: The Samaritans receive the word of God with joy and enthusiasm.

Second Reading: Peter encourages Christians to remain steadfast.

Gospel: Loving Jesus means listening to his word and putting it into practice.

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 16th May at 7pm and again on Sunday 17th May at 11am. Mass will also be celebrated on Wednesday 20th 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.


Gerry Hennessey Glensensaw and Marshmeadows

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.

A message from Fr. Dan:

It is no secret that the best sort of food is home-made; the nicest jam, the best cakes, the tastiest scones! “Did you make them yourself?” and “Ah sure you’d know it was home-made” are always sure compliments.

And what’s true of jam is also true of saints, that the best are home made. The best and holiest people work in a homely way moving quietly, prayerfully, quickly and above all giving quietly as people do at home.

Through the saints in our community, God becomes flesh again and dwells among us. And it’s more than their generosity. God is present in the faith that prompts the generosity. That is the faith that forms the Christian community. Saints should not underestimate themselves or the part they play in the Church. It is their prayer and their kindness that keeps us in communion with God. 

Our present quarantine is an opportunity for all us to grow in our relationship with God. It is offering us a happy chance to spend more time with God in prayer. Our new more silent world invites us to be still. We can listen and come to know God as our Creator. We have time to enjoy creation, read the Scriptures and to know ourselves better. Jesus himself preferred quiet places to pray. He suggested in Matthew 6.6 that we “go into your room and shut the door and pray to your Father who is in that secret place…”                                                                                                                               

We find God every day in what we see, hear and understand but we experience God at a much deeper level when we halt our activities to pray in silence. I hope we won’t miss this opportunity.

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.

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.

The Cares of Life:

The little cares that fretted me

I lost them yesterday

Among the fields above the sea,

Among the winds at play,

Among the lowing of the herds,

The rustling of the trees,

Among the singing of the birds,

The humming of the bees.

The foolish fears of what may happen,

I cast them all away,

Among the clover-scented grass,

Among the new-mown hay;

Among the husking of the corn

Where drowsy poppies nod,

Where ill thoughts die and good are born,

Out in the fields of God.


To make you Smile: Two cannibals are discussing recipes. The first one says ‘You know I just can’t seem to get a missionary tender, I’ve baked ‘em; I’ve roasted ‘em; I’ve stewed ‘em; I’ve barbecued ‘em. I’ve tried every sort of marinade on ‘em. Nothing works.’ The second cannibal asks, ‘What kind of missionary do you use?’ The other replied ‘You know the ones that have those brown cloaks with a rope around the waist and they’re sort of bald on top’. ‘Ah’ the second cannibal replies, ‘That’s your problem. Those are friars!’

Wisdom: Nothing will ever be attempted if all possible objections must first be overcome.

Humour: Two elderly women eating breakfast one morning when one of them noticed something funny about her friend’s ear. ‘Mildred, do you know you’ve got a suppository in your left ear’? ‘Do I really?’ ‘A suppository?’ Mildred pulls it out and stares at it. ‘Ethel, I’m glad you saw this thing. Now I know where my hearing aid is’!


Pray for my soul:

Pray for my soul.

More things are wrought by prayer

Than this world dreams of.

Wherefore let thy force

Rise like a fountain for me night and day.

For how are men better than sheep or goats

That nourish a blind life within the brain,

If knowing God, they lift not their hands in prayer

Both for themselves and those who call them friend?

For so the whole round earth is every way

Bound by gold chains about the feet of God.

Alfred Lord Tennyson

The IDA Fever Hospital

The older part of the present-day Holy Faith Convent was originally constructed as the local Fever Hospital known at the time as the IDA Fever Hospital. It accommodated 24 beds and was built by subscription and County grant. The necessity for the hospital arose as a consequence of patients from the Co. Kilkenny being inadmissible into the larger New Ross Fever Hospital. According to a surviving report by the IDA Hospital Treasurer to the Poor Law Commission stated that patients admitted were generally supported by their friends and received good treatment, The Rosbercon Dispensary was located beside the Hospital entrance on the hill. During the famine years the IDA Hospital served as an overflow to the Ross Poor House Hospital and was extensively used and having additional fever shed construction somewhere within the grounds for the sick. There is a reference in the minutes of the Ross Poor House records dated 16th October 1847 to approach the Rosbercon Hospital management to take in excess sick patients, a further entry of 19th January 1848 tells us that Dr. Mahon was paid 17 pounds for treating fever patients at the Rosbercon Hospital. The IDA Hospital strangely closed in the year 1850 at a time when the Ross Poor House had in excess of 2000 inmates and an additional 400 sick people some of whom came from our Parish. There is no surviving record of where the deceased patients of the Hospital were laid to rest most likely somewhere in the old Rosbercon Church yard on Rosbercon Hill. Following closure, it was modified structurally and became a private residence known as Ida House. This residence having been acquired by the Sisters of the Holy Faith in 1924 became their new Convent and Secondary School under the patronage of the most Rev. Dr. Brownrigg Bishop of Ossary and sponsored by Rev. Canon Coghlan. 

Author: Eamon Kissane