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Rosbercon Parish Newsletter, 31st 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

Pentecost Sunday

This is the day when, true to his promise, Jesus sent the Holy Spirit to the Apostles. The coming of the Spirit changed the Apostles and saw the launching of a new community (the Church). This day renews the gift of the Spirit in each of us and in the Church as a whole.

Theme of the Weekend Readings: The coming of the Holy Spirit.

First Reading: The Spirit descends.

Second Reading: The effects of the Spirit.

Gospel: The gospel of John links Easter with the coming of the Holy Spirit.

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 30th May at 7pm and again on Sunday 31st May at 11am. Mass will also be celebrated on Wednesday 3rd June 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


John Ryan, Guilgough

Jim Ryan, Guilgough

Lena Rochford, Bullawn

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

A message from Fr. Dan:

Wisdom: When God asked the young King Solomon, ‘What would you like me to give you?’ as he was beginning to rule his people after his father David’s death, the young king answered, ‘give me a wise and understanding heart’.

And God we’re told, was pleased with Solomon’s request and the fact that he hadn’t asked for wealth or power and God promised him ‘a heart wise and shrewd as none before you had and as none will have after you’.

The wisdom offered to Solomon is the pearl of great price and is the first gift of the Holy Spirit whom we are celebrating this weekend.

Imagine God asking you the same question, what would you choose? How do you want your life to be measured? Many people long for possessions, money, property. Many dream of a good position in life, with power and influence. The question is what kind of person am I?

The world measures greatness by power, prestige and property. For God wisdom and understanding are the true measure of greatness. We all know the kind of person we would like to be friends with, one with an understanding heart. Love and laughter, kindness and consideration are worth everything and in the end are the only things of  lasting value. 

Humour: ‘Some people live their life and they worry about their destination. I enjoy the trip. Wherever you’re going is where you’ll end up. Don’t worry about that. Enjoy the   scenery on the way – Noel Gallagher.

More Wisdom: “If I were to follow my natural impulses, I would continue as your pastor for as long as I live, because I am aware of the many lonesome hours this self-imposed exile will bring to me. But the cause is greater than the man and the salvation of people must come before all other considerations. While still in possession of my mental     faculties, I am making this decision to retire, lest, perhaps later on, my judgement might become obscured by old age and I might begin to consider myself indispensable.”

Fr Edward O’Reilly of Moyne, Co Tipperary on his retirement in 1946, to his parishioners in Wisconsin, USA.

Act of Spiritual Communion

My Jesus, I believe that you are present in the Most Holy Sacrament of the Eucharist.

I love you and I desire to receive you into my soul.

I cannot at this time receive you sacramentally, Come,   spiritually into my heart.

I wish to experience your presence and unite myself      spiritually to you.

Never permit me to stray far from you.

To make you Smile:

The Bishop of a Diocese once stepped in when the local priest was taken ill. At the end of the Mass the people went to thank him; ‘It was good of your Lordship to help us out today’ one said. ‘A lesser man would be better, but we couldn’t find him.’


Death Overcome

As long as the sun comes over the hills,

scatters the darkness, and fills the world with light;

As long as the fields get green again,

and the primroses and violets return;

As long as the trees fill up again with leaves,

there is hope for us and for the world.

So, come, let us follow the footsteps of spring,

for the snow has melted,

and life is awakening from its sleep

and wanders through the hills and valleys.

Come, let us ascend the heights

and gaze upon the waving greenness of the plains below.

O come, let us rejoice on this Easter Day,

for death has folded up its tent and gone away.

Wisdom: The best preacher is the heart; the best teacher is time; the best book is the world; the best friend is God.                                                       (Russian Proverb)

  Tullogher Rosbercon Development Draw 2019-2020

Winners of May 2020 draw which took place on video on the 26th May 2020.

1st Prize – John Lawlor, Glenpipe

2nd Prize – Greta Doherty, Raheen

3rd Prize – Georgina Prendergast, Slievecorrig

4th Prize – Daran Atkins, Listerlin

5th Prize – Richard and  Breda Aylward, Mullinakill

6th Prize – Seamus Power, Balybeg

7th Prize – Noel and Peggy Walsh, Listerlin

The next draw will take place on Tuesday 30th June 2020 via video.

The WhiteFeet

In the early 1830’s the above then illegal Agrarian Organisation was very active in many counties throughout Ireland and within our Parish. They consisted primarily of armed and dangerous locals who despised Landlordism and who’s activities were directed at those within the local community who in their opinion benefitted at the expense of the poor locals. There were a number of incidents in our Parish recorded in the newspapers of 1833; where armed Whitefeet broke in and stole money from local better of residents.

The early 1830’s was a very turbulent time in our parish with the murder of both Lundy Foote of Rosbercon Castle in which Whitefeet involvement was suspected and also an earlier attempt on his life and Mr. Leonard in Shanbogh a minor landlord who owned land in Kilbraghan. As a consequence of these events three public executions took place locally; one on Rosbercon Hill and the other two in Shanbogh.

In February 1833 a warning notice was served on Richard Conway of Tinneranny warning him not to permit any of his tenants to work for Mr. Everitt of Ross stating that in case of disobeying neither Landlord nor Tenant would escape punishment. Similar notices were also served on James Lalor, publican (Parish Pump) and on locals Patrick Kenny, Morris Shanahan and John Morris all farmers living in the neighborhood. Poor Everitt who had lived in Garranbehy and had a business of a hatter in Ross obviously crossed the local Whitefeet in some form or other.

Author: Eamon Kissane