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, 7th June 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 Most Holy Trinity

Today we celebrate the greatest mystery of our faith, namely, the mystery of the Trinity. God is Father, Son and Spirit. We celebrate the family of God; the love of the Father, the friendship of Jesus and the guidance of the Holy Spirit.

Theme of the Weekend Readings: We reflect on the character of our God: Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

First Reading: The Lord is a God of tenderness and compassion.

Second Reading: Speaks of God as Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

Gospel:  Jesus came to show his love for the world.

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 6th June at 7pm and again on Sunday 7th June at 11am. Mass will also be celebrated on Wednesday 10th 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 Joe Lewis, Rosbercon

Martin Cullenton, Ballyknock

Neddy O Sullivan, Shanbogh

Recent Death:

Jo O Shea, Glenmore

Trocaire Boxes: We have already forwarded to Trocaire the money so far donated to the Trocaire Lenten Campaign by our generous parishioners.  Sincere thanks again to all.  We will send any remaining money that we receive to Trocaire on Monday 15th June. If you wish to donate to Trocaire through the parish this year, please do so before Sunday 14th June.

Message from Fr Dan:

Bread and Cheese or a Banquet: There was once a family that decided to emigrate from where they lived in Eastern Europe to the United States. They sold their home and land and just had enough money to pay their fare. Their neighbours were poor people, but they gave them lots of bread and cheese as food for the journey.

During the second week of their journey, when they were crossing the Atlantic, one of the children could no longer take any more of the stale bread and cheese so the father gave him a little money to buy himself an apple. When the son did not come back the father went searching for him and at last found him in the dining hall surrounded by all kinds of food.

When the father complained to his son that they could never afford this meal he was told that the whole family could have had it every day because it was all included in the price of the ticket.

The culture we live in today tends to confine us to the ‘bread and cheese’ of material things. If we wish to enjoy the banquet of good and loving relationships, gratitude for love remembered, kindness, gentleness and patience, we must set aside time and energy for talking and listening to those we love and those who love us.

In the school of life many branches of knowledge are taught but the only knowledge that amounts to anything is just the secret of making and keeping friends. Marvels like wisdom, security, love and wonder can never be bought or sold. 

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.

What is Home

Most people have forgotten nowadays what a home can mean, though some of us have come to realize it as never before.

Home is a kingdom of its own in the midst of the world, a haven of refuge amid the turmoil of our age, a sanctuary.

A home is not founded on the shifting sands of private or public life but has its peace in God.

For it is God who gives a home its special meaning and dignity, its nature and privilege, its destiny and worth.

Home is the place that God establishes for us in the world, a place where peace, quiet, respect, acceptance, and, to crown them all, happiness, may dwell, whatever else may pass away in the world.

The Blessed Trinity: We cannot understand the mystery of God in Three Persons. We can, however, enjoy the incredible beauty of God the Father in his creation. We cannot understand how a baby born in Bethlehem could be God, but we can read with awe the life and teachings of Jesus of Nazareth. We cannot understand the Holy Spirit that Jesus said he would send us but there have been times when that Holy Spirit has enveloped us in his love.

The Trinity by Patrick Kavanagh

“Yet sometimes when the sun shines through a gap,

These men know God the Father in a tree.

The Holy Spirit is the rising sap,

And Christ will be the green leaves

That will come

At Easter from the sealed and guarded tomb”.


Let your light shine

The most important thing about each of us

is our capacity for goodness.

We can be a source of light for people.

We can have hands that can care,

eyes that can see, ears that can hear,

tongues that can speak, feet that can walk,

And above all hearts that can love.

Unfortunately, through thoughtlessness, selfishness, and cowardice, our light can be dimmed,

So that we become shadows of the people we could be.

Lord, help us to believe in our own goodness,

And to let the light of that goodness shine.

On seeing this light other’s find their way,

And you will be glorified.

Humour: A priest in Florida complained that it was very difficult to get the Christian message across to his parishioners. ‘It’s so beautiful here in winter’ he said, ‘that heaven doesn’t interest them and it’s so hot here in summer that hell doesn’t scare them’.

Wisdom: “If God were not willing to forgive sins, heaven would be empty”.

The Penal Laws and Rosbercon Parish

The eighteenth century was ushered in with the imposition of the vile anti-Catholic penal laws which were religiously enforced in the Ross/Rosbercon Parish areas with a view to stemming the growth of popery and reducing Catholics to a permanent state of ignorance and control of landed wealth. Our parish clergy were limited to just one priest and when he died, he would not be replaced. Any priest who conformed to the Established Church was awarded with a pension of £20 to be levied on the parish where he ministered. Surviving Dominican record tell us there were three Dominican Monks living in the surrounding regions of Rosbercon engaged in itinerant preaching and regular parochial duties, they managed to survive and were possibly on the run. One such monk Andrew Molloy a native of Rosbercon who may have been anywhere at the time. From 1731 onwards there was some relaxation of the laws and Mass houses began to be built. It was then almost impossible to acquire a plot of land as a site for a chapel since the landlords were for the most part ascendancy class whilst Catholics were only tenants at will, not all landlords were bad many gave refuge to Priests on the run. In 1731 a building situated somewhere in lower Rosbercon was said to have served as a Mass house. The beautiful little church over in Clodiagh dates from this period built in a hollow in a remote area long before the adjacent main road was built. Over the entrance door is the following; “whenever you pass this house of mine please come in and stay a minute lest on the day you are carried in, I shall have to ask who is it.” 

Childminder wanted:

Childminder wanted to mind 4 children (2 of whom are school going) in their own home preferably. Own transport necessary. Full time position (teacher hours) starting in September. Phone 0871251474 for more details. Listerlin area

Author: Eamon Kissane