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Rosbercon Parish Newsletter, 14th 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

Corpus Christi

We are the people of God journeying in faith towards the Promised Land of eternal life. We need food for our journey. We receive this food in the Eucharist. Christ nourishes us with the Word of God and the Bread of Eternal Life.

Theme of the Weekend Readings

God cares for us, his family, especially by providing us with spiritual food and drink.

First Reading: Moses reminds the people of how God sustained them in the desert.

Second Reading: By sharing the bread of life at Mass, we become one people.

Gospel:  Jesus tells us that He is the living bread for his believers.

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 13th June at 7:00 pm and again on Sunday 14th June at 11:00 am. Mass will also be celebrated on Wednesday 17th June at 10:00 am. 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: We have already forwarded to Trocaire the money so far donated to the Trocaire Lenten Campaign by our generous parishioners. 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 so before this Sunday, 14th June. 

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.


Helen Bermingham, Southknock

Thomas O Neill, Glenmore

Jack O Leary, Waterford Road

Jim Vereker (Snr.) Assumption Terrace

Mary Saunders, Ballyknock

John Hamilton, Ballyneale

Message from Fr Dan:

Feast of Corpus Christi 2020: Over fifty years ago on the 29th July 1969 two astronauts, Buzz Aldrin and Neil Armstrong, landed on the moon. While Armstrong prepared for his historic moon-walk Aldrin unpacked bread and wine and placed them on the ‘Abort Guidance System’ computer.

 He describes what he did next; “I poured the wine into the chalice. In the one sixth gravity of the moon the wine curled slowly and gracefully up the side of the cup. It was interesting to think that the very first liquid ever poured on the moon and the very first food eaten were communion elements”.

Just before eating and drinking the bread and the wine, Aldrin (who was a Presbyterian Elder from Texas), read a passage from St. John’s Gospel, ‘I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing’.

When he commented afterwards on this communion experience, he said, “Doing so, I sensed especially strong unity with my church back home and the church              everywhere”.

 Back in 1969 the moon landing stretched our human minds and opened up our vision of the creation of the universe in Christ and through Christ. In the same way the feast of    Corpus Christi should move us out of the necessary restrictions of the tabernacle where we hold the reserved sacrament to marvel at the range of Christ’s body, far beyond the limits of planet earth.

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.

Corpus Christi, Body of Christ: Throughout Ireland there are countless Mass Rocks where people gathered to celebrate Eucharist and to break the bread of life for each other. Those places are holy ground made sacred by the faith and love of the people who gathered there. We remember our ancestors for the love they had for the Eucharistic presence of Jesus among them.

To make you Smile: A government that robs Peter to pay Paul can always depend on the support of Paul!

God made us a Family

We need one another

We love one another

We forgive one another

We work together

We play together

We worship together

Together we use God’s Word

Together we grow in Christ

Together we love all men

Together we serve our God

Together we hope for Heaven

These are our hopes and ideals

Help us to attain them, O God

Through Jesus Christ, Our Lord. Amen


The Good by Brendan Kennelly

“The good are vulnerable

As any bird in flight.

They do not think of safety,

Are blind to possible extinction

And when most vulnerable

Are most themselves.

The good incline to praise,

They have the knack of seeing that

the good is not destroyed

although forever threatened.

The good go naked in all weathers,

and by their nakedness rebuke

the small protective sanities

that hides men from themselves.

Always they retain a kind of youth.

The vulnerable have the grace of any bird in flight,

Content to be itself,

accepting what the earth or sky intends.

I think I know one or two among my friends”.

Wisdom: “The world in its concern with ‘Left and Right’ has forgotten that there is an ‘Above and a Below’”.

Humour: The secret of a good sermon is to have a good beginning and a good ending; and to

have the two as close together as possible.

Rosbercon Assizes 17th January 1891

Commencing in the late 1850’s the Rosbercon Court Assizes were held in one of the back-yard buildings of Rosbercon Castle off Annfield Lane. The respective court room complete with the presiding Judge’s bench and restraining rings fixed to the wall for difficult offenders though long out of use all survived prior to modern renovation in the early 1950’s. The New Ross Standard of 17th January 1891 gives a detailed account of the petty court cases of that era.

The main hearing of the day involved a man from Ross who crossed the bridge and swept a bag of flour from   Bridie Sullivan’s cart parked outside Doyle Bro’s Stores, local Constable Doherty immediately commenced         investigations to be informed a man was observed     struggling up the high hill of Ross under the weight of a large bag of flour, unfortunately for the culprit the bag was    leaking a trail of flour which led the observant cop right to the poor man’s front door in the Irishtown who was fined 5/- and told to be a good man with no compensation for poor Bridie Sullivan. In a more serious case James O Neill of Tullogher -V- Jim Cashin, Mr. O’Neill on no less than four occasions found 26 hens of Cashin’s trespassing on his land and on each occasion hunted them home. The      defending solicitor for Cashin stated trespassing was proved in only one occasion and besides there were only 24 hens, Cashin was fined 2/-.

J Purcell and J Merrigan of Kilbraghan were up for fighting on the street of Rosbercon, Purcell said; “we had a good drink together but were not drunk, begor I don’t know how we were fighting at all” and Merrigan responded ‘’nor I begor because we are good next door neighbour’s”, fined 2/6 each. Michael Keegan fined 2/6 for being drunk in charge of a horse and seven other locals were each fined 1/- for the trespassing of their goats and eating the neighbour’s hedges. James Nolan was fined 5/- for allowing 100 pigs on the footpath at Rosbercon.

One night in the 1930’s Tom Doolan of Ballyknock was summonsed for having no light on his bike whilst on his way home from the pictures in Ross. Tom much to his    surprise did not receive the expected summons to appear in the Ross Court. One evening sometime later Tom was having a few drinks in Maggie Scally’s Pub (Parish Pump) in the presence of his neighbour Tom (Sharkey) Doolan and a few others when Sharkey informed the group he had that week been up in Court and fined 5/- for no light on his bike and was not even out that night!

…Tom from Ballyknock kept his mouth shut.

Author: Eamon Kissane