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Office Hours: Tuesday – Friday 10.30am -2.30pm

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Rosbercon Parish Newsletter, 24th 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

Feast of the Ascension of Our Lord

On this day we celebrate the glorification of Jesus, our Brother, when the Father called him home to heaven.  Jesus wants us to share in his glory. Let us reflect for a      moment on the glory to which we are called.

Theme of the Weekend Readings: Christ ascends into Heaven.

First Reading: Saint Luke describes the Ascension.

Second Reading: Christ is present at the Father’s right hand.

Gospel:  St. Matthew’s Ascension story.

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 23rd May at 7pm and again on Sunday 24th May at 11am. Mass will also be celebrated on Wednesday 27th 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. 

Recent Death:

Eily Rockett (née Grant), Slieverue


Matt and Nan Flynn School House Road

Gerry Hennessey Glensensaw and Marshmeadows

Philip Wall Rosbercon

Michael Wall Rosbercon

Baby Jack Kelly Rosbercon

Charles Curran New Ross

Theresa O Leary Waterford Road

James Murphy Glensensaw

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.                                         

The Feast of Saint Anthony of Padua falls on Saturday 13th June in just over three weeks’ time. Anthony’s statue stands in practically every Catholic Church throughout the world including the Churches of Rosbercon and Listerlin. It is said of Anthony that he is “Beloved of God and a friend of the people’. Anthony is popular because people have a real and wholesome relationship with this saint whom they believe to have the ear of God. 

Who is Saint Anthony of Padua? Anthony was born in 1195, not in Padua but in Lisbon in Portugal. Anthony came from a well-to-do family. Early in his life he dedicated himself to God becoming an Augustinian monk and later being       ordained priest. 

Anthony was deeply moved by news of the new movement of friars, dedicated to poverty and simplicity, founded by Saint Francis of Assisi. He crossed to Italy where he met Francis and joined his community.  Anthony quickly became famous in Italy as a brilliant communicator with a great love for the poor. Everywhere he went he sought out people who had lost their way in life and restored them to life and love. He challenged the rulers because of their neglect of the poor and outcasts in their territories. This of course made him unwelcome in many of the Italian States and Cities   Anthony became well known for his simple and humble   lifestyle. He was as much at home scrubbing floors and washing up as he was on the altar. He became famous as the finder of all lost things which is how we think of him   today.  

Anthony taught the people to believe in a good and loving God and he offered to speak to God on their behalf. His love of Jesus was so great that we see him depicted always with the young Jesus in his arms – an image of closeness and tenderness. 

Anthony was only thirty-six when he died and to this day, he holds the record as the fastest saint ever canonized, nine months! 

Anthony keeps in touch with us from heaven and that is why so many people have a deep devotion to him. May the memory of Saint Anthony of Padua always be held as a blessing. 

Love is a popular Word: ‘If I speak the languages of men and of angels, but don’t have love, I have become a   sounding brass or a clanging cymbal…, If I give all my goods to feed the poor, and if I give my body to be burned, but don’t have love, it profits me nothing.’ St Paul

Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening

Whose woods these are I think I know.  

His house is in the village though;   

He will not see me stopping here 

To watch his woods, fill up with snow.

My little horse must think it queer   

To stop without a farmhouse near   

Between the woods and frozen lake   

The darkest evening of the year.  

He gives his harness bells a shake   

To ask if there is some mistake.   

The only other sound’s the sweep   

Of easy wind and downy flake.

The woods are lovely, dark and deep,   

But I have promises to keep,   

And miles to go before I sleep,   

And miles to go before I sleep.

Robert Frost


Ár nAthair atá ar neamh,

Go naofar t’ainm.

Go dtaga do ríocht

Go ndéantar do thoil

Ar an dtalamh mar a dhéantar ar neamh.

Ár n-arán laethúil tabhair duinn inniú,

Agus maith dúinn ár bfiacha,

Mar a mhaithimidne dár bhféichiúna féin,

Agus ná lig sinn i gcathú

Ach soar sinn ón olc.



“Always trust your fellow man.

And always cut the cards.

Always trust God.

And always build your house on high ground.

Always love your neighbour.

And always pick a good neighbourhood to live in.

The race is not always to the swift, nor the battle

to the strong, but you’d better bet that way.

Place your bet somewhere between turning-the-other 

cheek and enough-is enough-already.

Place your bet somewhere between haste-makes-waste

and he-who-hesitates-is-lost.

About winning; it isn’t important.

What really counts is how you play the game.

About losing; it isn’t important

What really counts is how you play the game.

About playing the game; Play to win.”

Wisdom: We are not all in the same boat, but we are in the same storm.

Humour:  A man was reading the Bible. He read in the Holy Book that if you prayed for anything for seven years you would get it. So, he prayed for seven years to win the Lotto, but did not win. So, he went back to the Good Book and read, ‘If you do not receive what you prayed for after seven years, pray for a further seven years and it will be granted’ So the man prayed for a further seven years but did not win the Lotto. So, in his desperation he called out to God, ‘O God, give me a break’. And he heard a voice call back ‘You give me a break, buy a lotto ticket’!

New Ross Railway Station

Plans for the new Greenway development along the old Railway Line commencing from the site of Rosbercon  Railway Station on to Waterford in one direction and up line towards Macmine in the other direction are now  thankfully well advanced. 

The Rosbercon Station was first opened on the 19th     September 1887 connecting up line to Macmine and      onwards to Dublin and was extended to Waterford opening on the 15th February 1904. The coming of the railway was at the time as occasion of great celebration in the town of New Ross by all sections of local society. Prior to the opening the main method of transport to and from the town for both goods and passengers was by the paddle steamer IDA to Waterford or by horse and cart. The railways were slow in coming to New Ross as most towns and large   villages throughout Ireland had a station by the 1880’s all at a time when the country was gripped by railway        construction fever. In 1856 plans were drawn up to       construct a branch railway line leading from just below Thomastown Station on the Dublin to Waterford railway line leading across country to Rosbercon with a station on the high ground above Inistioge and a further station at Mullinarrigle, the New Ross station was to be constructed on the grounds of today’s Assumption Terrace. However, the New Ross Traders and Council soon threw a spanner in the works by insisting on the station to be located on their side of the river consequently the project was     abandoned, and New Ross was railway-less for a further thirty years.

Quiet a number of locals who worked on the construction of the Waterford extension which commenced in 1897 were still alive in the 1950’s. According to surviving records over 200 men and some forty horses were involved in the construction work. At various times during construction there were requests for additional stations at Ballyverneen, Rathpatrick and Curraghmore; however, Aylwardstown won out though quiet a distance from Glenmore Village. We are all now looking forward to the new Rosbercon in Co. Kilkenny based Greenway and making sure those   Yellowbellies across the bridge do not grab the limelight. 

Author: Eamon Kissane