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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, 28th 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

Thirteenth Sunday of the Year

Theme of the Weekend Readings: Today we celebrate the gifts God has given us especially the joys of summer.

First Reading: The prophet Elisha rewards with a blessing a woman who offers him care and hospitality. 

Second Reading: Saint Paul tells his followers that baptism saves them from the power of sin and death.

Gospel: Jesus instructs his followers.

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 27th June at 7pm and again on Sunday 28th June at 11am. 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. 


Ted O Neill, Ballyknock

John and Ellen Walsh, Ballybeg

A Message from Fr Dan: Public Masses will resume in   Rosbercon Church on Saturday 4th July at 7 pm. It has been three months since we last assembled for Mass and it is very good news that next week, we will be able to pray together and celebrate Mass and the Sacraments.

The Weekly Programme of Masses for the month of July will be: Rosbercon Church: Wednesday & Friday at 10am: Saturday at 7pm except the 1st Saturday of the month (from August).  Sunday at 11am. Listerlin Church: Sunday at 9.30am: Tullogher Church: First  Saturday of the month at 7pm (beginning in August)

What preparations are needed for the resumption of Mass? Because of the two-meter social distancing   regulation, the calculated capacity of the Churches is as follows:   Rosbercon: 52, Listerlin: 62 (two galleries) Tullogher: 40. Sanitisers have been installed at the entrance doors to the churches, signs have been placed to direct the movement of people and seating arrangements have been prepared to respect social distancing. A sign will be placed at the door of the Church when the number allowed have been admitted.

Entering the Church: Enter the Church through the main door only. Sanitize hands on entering the Church. Ushers will monitor numbers and show you to your seat.  Enter the seats from the Centre Aisle and exit from the Side Aisle. Cordoned off seats may not be used. Two people may sit in each seat one at each end. However, a family or people from the same household may use the same seat.  Maintain a 2 Meter distance at all times.

Holy Communion: The celebrant will distribute Holy Communion at the altar and a Eucharistic Minister will    distribute Holy Communion at the Entrance Door of the Church.  People come to Communion in single file maintaining the two-metre distance. People who are unable to come for Communion will receive in their seat. The Priest/Eucharistic Minister will wear a face mask and sanitise their hands before and after Communion. Communion will be dropped in the hand of those receiving, without hands touching. Communion will be taken in the hand only.

Exiting the Church: Leave the Church by the side aisles, (also by the side doors in Listerlin.) Sanitise hands. Be aware of the need to keep social distancing outside the Church after Mass. 

Lighting Candles: Only one person at a time may light  candles at the shrine. Light candles from candles already lighting.

Church Collections: Collection Boxes will be left at the doors of the Church for your offerings.

After Mass: After Mass, seats and other surfaces that   people touch will need to be cleaned. 

Volunteers needed: Volunteers will be needed to clean the church after Mass. Ushers will be needed to maintain the safe movement of people.

Eucharistic Ministers will remain in the Sanctuary during Mass and will sanitise their hands before and after Holy Communion.

Readers will remain in the Sanctuary during Mass.

Altar Servers: Because of social distancing in the sacristy, altar servers will not be resuming their duties for the moment.

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

Please Note: The challenge we face is to accommodate the people who wish to come to Mass. The numbers     allowed into the Church are relatively small. We have to respect the regulations. Our first obligation is to safeguard the health of our people. The Sunday obligation has been lifted so Fr Dan asks that as many as can would attend Mass on Wednesday and Friday leaving the  Saturday and Sunday Masses for those who can only come on        weekends. We also hope to have the outside microphones working so people can attend Mass in the Church foreground. People who are vulnerable and who have    underlying medical conditions are asked not to attend Mass for the moment. 

A Prayer: During the week I will be organizing the Weekend  Masses. I know that our Parishioners are willing to help. 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.

Wisdom: “Love is everywhere, I see it.

You are all that you can be, go on and be with it. Life is perfect, I believe it. Come and play the game with me.”

                                                John Denver

Humour: An Irish man explaining to some friends that he thought he saw a ghost one night and took up his gun and shot it. When he got up in the morning he found that it was only his shirt. ‘What did you do then?’ asked his friend. ‘I knelt down and thanked God that I was not in it.  

To make you Smile: A priestsaid to a bride who was  holding up a sozzled groom at the altar: ‘Take him away and bring him back when he’s sober.’ ‘But father’ she replied ‘when he’s sober he won’t come.’


May your mornings bring joy and your evenings bring peace.

May your troubles grow few as your blessings increase.

May the saddest day of your future

Be no worse than the saddest day of your past.

May your hands be clasped in friendship

And your hearts joined in love.

Our lives are very special,

God has touched us in many ways.

May his blessings rest upon us

And fill our coming days

In Memory of my Mother

You will have the road gate open, the front door ajar,

the kettle boiling and the table set

by the window looking out at the sycamore

and your loving heart lying in wait.

You will know I am coming, though I sent no word.

For you were lover who could tell

a man’s thoughts, my thoughts though I hid them.

Through you I knew Woman and did not fear her spell             

Patrick Kavanagh

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.

*** 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 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