Fr Dan Cavanagh PP:

Tel: 051-421515 / 087 2335432, email:

Office Hours: Tuesday – Friday 10.30am -2.30pm

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Tel: 051-425093, email:

Office Hours: Monday – Friday 9.30am – 12.30pm



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Rosbercon Parish Newsletter, 21st 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

Twelfth Sunday of the Year

Theme of the Weekend Readings: We have nothing to be afraid of. God knows all our needs.

First Reading: Jeremiah is under pressure but he knows God is on his side.

Second Reading: Sin affects everyone. We are saved through Christ.

Gospel: Jesus reassures his followers and asks for their loyalty.

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 20th June at 7pm and again on Sunday 21st June at 11am. Mass will also be celebrated on   Wednesday 24th 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.

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 strongbox at the back of the church.


Johanna Holden, Shanbogh

Dr. Charlie Kehoe, School House Road

Michael Whitty Jnr. Glenbarra

Maisie Rochford, Shanbogh and deceased members of Byrne family

A message from Fr. Dan:

Mass will be back soon: Last week the Government announced that places of worship can reopen on Monday the 29th June with precautions. This means that we will be in a position to resume public Masses during the month of July on a gradual basis. It has been three months since we last assembled for Mass and it is very good news that soon we will be able to pray together and celebrate Mass and the Sacraments.


What preparations are needed for the resumption of Mass? Because of the two-metre social distancing regulation, the capacity of Rosbercon and Listerlin Churches is fifty persons. Also, people at Mass have to be protected from contracting the Covid disease. So, sanitisers are installed at the entrance door to the churches, signs will be in place to direct the movement of people and seating arrangements have been prepared to respect social distancing.

Volunteers needed: Before we resume public Masses, we need volunteers to clean and sanitise the church after each Mass. Seats in use need to be wiped, along with door     handles and other surfaces that people touch.

Ushers: Because the number of people who can be in the Church is greatly reduced, we need ushers to maintain safe movement of people. Once all the available seats are taken, people will not be allowed to enter the Church building.   Also, Mass-goers must leave the Church after Mass in a slow, safe and orderly way.  

Eucharistic Ministers: Eucharistic Ministers will remain in the Sanctuary during Mass and will sanitise their hands  before and after Holy Communion. They may also wear a visor / face mask. Because of social distancing in the sacristy, altar servers will not be resuming their duties for the moment.

Please get in touch: Over the next two weeks we will be getting organised for Sunday Mass. I am appealing to anyone who is willing to help out to please get in touch with me. Many hands make light work! As we look forward to returning to Mass, we thank God for bringing us safely through this very uncertain time.

Gaining and Losing

There is a way of losing by gaining.

You can win an argument but lose a friend.

Through competition and promotion

I may advance in my profession,

but in terms of relationships I can be impoverished.

My energies may be so focused on efficiency and success

that I haven’t time to grow emotionally

and to develop my capacity for relationships.

In one’s drive to attain power,

a person may sacrifice friendship and loyalty,

so much so that one ends up alone.

Lord, let me never forget your haunting words:

‘what good will it do you to gain the whole world

if you lose your soul?’

COVID-19 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.

Make you Smile: Gossip is when you hear something you like about someone you don’t like.

A Celtic Prayer

I rise up today

with God’s strength to direct me,

God’s wisdom to guide me,

God’s eye to look before me,

God’s ear to hear me,

God’s word to speak for me,

God’s hand to uphold me,

God’s pathway before me,

God’s shield to protect me,

God’s host to save me –

from temptations,

from one man or many

that seek to destroy me.     Amen.

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.


Pierre in,Tolstoy’s novel, War and Peace, discovered in his wife’s love for him what was really good about himself. He had already experienced in an earlier marriage how fickle his own love was. After seven years of married life, Pierre had a firm and joyful    consciousness that he was not a bad fellow, and he felt this because he saw himself reflected in his wife.

In himself he felt all the good and bad mingled together, and obscuring one another.

But in his wife, he saw reflected only what was really good; everything not quite good was left out. And this result was reached not by way of logical reflection, but by way of a mysterious, direct reflection of himself.

Wisdom: is learning to let go when you want to hang

on. Courage is learning to hang on when you want to

let go.

Humour: Nothing flatters a man as much as the  

happiness of his wife; he is always proud of

himself as the source of it.

*** PLEASE NOTE: DUE TO COVID-19 restrictions the office is manned for certain periods of the day only and the phone may not always be answered. If you would like family members prayed for or anniversaries placed in the newsletter please email – ***

Employment Opportunity

Rosbercon CE Scheme has a vacancy in the St. Vincent De Paul Shop, New Ross for a shop/warehouse assistant. DEASP Community Employment terms and conditions apply. Please phone 086-3642592 for further details.

Employment Opportunity

Rosbercon CE Scheme has a vacancy in the New Houghton Hospital, New Ross for an Activities Assistant. DEASP Community Employment terms and conditions apply. Please phone 086 3642592 for further details.

Employment Opportunity

Rosbercon CE Scheme has a vacancy in New Houghton Hospital, New Ross for a Caretaker/Groundskeeper. DEASP Community Employment terms and conditions apply. Please phone 086-3642592  for further details.

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