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Office Hours: Tuesday – Friday 10.30am -2.30pm

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Rosbercon Parish Newsletter, 12th July 2020

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Fr Dan Cavanagh PP Tel 051-421515 087-2335432: Office Hours: Tuesday to Friday,           

 10:30 am- 2:30 pm   E Mail:

Parish Office Phone 051-425093: Office Hours Monday to Friday, 9:30 am- 12:30 pm

E Mail:

Fifteenth Sunday of the Year

God speaks his word to us in many ways. Jesus compared the word of God to a seed which can make our lives fruitful. However, if a seed is to produce a    harvest it must be planted in good soil. What kind of soil do we offer God’s word?

Theme of the Weekend Readings: God’s word is  never empty or false. It is like rain that freshens the soil.

First Reading: God’s word gives life.

Second Reading: St Paul tells us that present suffering cannot be compared to future glory.

Gospel: The parable of the Sower.

Weekend Masses:

Saturday 18th July:               7:00 pm Mass in Rosbercon

Sunday 19th July: 9:30 am Mass in Mullinarrigle

                                                11:00 am Mass in Rosbercon

Weekday Masses Rosbercon:

Wednesday 15th July: 10:00 am

Friday 17th July:    10:00 am

Recent Deaths:

Denis Murphy, Cardiff, Wales (brother of the late Danny Murphy, Millbanks)


John Connick, Millbanks, Rosbercon

William McDonald , Ballyneale

Michael Fleming Snr., Shanbogh

Patrick and Elizabeth McDonald, Ballyneale

A Message from Fr Dan – Public Mass: It was a cause of joy for many people that last weekend, we had the opportunity to return to public worship. For so long, we missed joining in the celebration of Mass and the other Sacraments with family, friends and neighbours.

We thank sincerely the members of our parish community who worked hard to ensure that everything was in place to help us to feel safe when we returned to our churches.  Every parish and every church is different so it is important that we observe the advice and guidelines that are given at a local level.

We appreciate that many people may still feel anxious and concerned about taking part in large gatherings of people. You may prefer to wait for a few weeks before joining us for weekend Mass. In the meantime, you may wish to be present at Mass on Wednesday or Friday morning when the number attending is fewer. If you feel unwell it would be best to remain at home for your own safety and that of others.

The Weekly Programme of Masses for the month of July will be: Rosbercon Church: Wednesday & Friday at 10 am: Saturday at 7 pm except the 1st Saturday of the month (from August).  Sunday at 11 am. Listerlin Church: Sunday at  9:30 am: Tullogher Church: First Saturday of the month at 7pm (beginning in August).

Entering the Church:  Please take time to sanitize your hands as you enter and leave the Church. As we meet friends and neighbours we remember to use non-contact greetings. We are very aware of the need to keep social distancing in line with public health advice especially outside the Church after Mass. 

Holy Communion: People come to Communion in single file maintaining the two-metre distance. Communion will be dropped in the hand of those receiving, without hands touching. Communion will be taken in the hand only.

Church Collections: Collection Boxes will be left at the doors of the Church for your offerings. The boxes will not be passed during Mass so we invite you to make your          contribution on entering or leaving the Church. Many thanks for your generosity to all our collections. 

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.

Many thanks: Fr Dan wishes to thank you for your continued support of your parish and priest. The present restrictions are a new experience for all of us. We appreciate your kindness, generosity and patience as we try to make our Churches as safe as possible for everyone. We look forward to being together again this weekend. You are all most welcome.

Funerals were restrictedin numbers during lockdown; at first only ten people could attend. Recently this number has increased to twenty-five. This has been a very difficult time for all bereaved families and for all those whose loved ones passed away. We remember our deceased and their       families in our prayers. 

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.

Mass Intentions for the Saturday/Sunday 18th/19th July 2020:

Rosbercon: Sunday 19th July at 11:00 am

Tom Mullally, Ballyeden

Margaret and Edward Mullally

Dates for your Diary:

Saturday 19th September 2020

First Eucharist in Listerlin.

Saturday 26th September 2020

First Eucharist in Rosbercon

Collection of Parish Funds 4th/5th July 2020:            

Offertory Collection:                        € 186.20

Weekly Envelopes:                            €1,750.00

Parish Debt on 8th July 2020:         €58,102.59

To make you Smile:

St Jerome in his study kept a great big cat.

It’s always in his pictures with his feet upon the mat.

Did he give it milk to drink in a little dish?

When it came to Fridays did he give it fish?

If I lost my little cat I’d be sad without it;

I should ask St Jerome what to do about it;

I should ask St Jerome just because of that,

For he’s the only saint I know who kept a pussy cat .

Turning enemies Into friends:

When Abraham Lincoln was running for president of the United States. There was a man called Stanton, who never lost an opportunity to vilify him. Yet, when Lincoln won the election he gave Stanton a post in his cabinet. Why? Because he considered him the best man for the job! And Lincoln was proved right. Stanton gave him loyal service. Asked why he didn’t destroy his enemies, Lincoln replied, ‘Do I not destroy my enemies when I make them my friends?’


Success in Life

‘To laugh often and much;

To win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children;

To earn the appreciation of honest critics,

and endure the betrayal of false friends;

To appreciate beauty, to find the best in others;

To leave the world a bit better,

whether by a child, a garden patch or a redeemed social condition;

To know that even one life breathes easier because you lived,

This is to have succeeded’.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Wisdom: Life is full of irony; it takes sadness to know what happiness is, noise to appreciate silence and absence to value presence.

Humour: Never laugh at your wife’s choice, look who she married!

¨ 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.


The New Ross Standard of January 1891 tells us of a most awful tragedy that happened on the bridge of Ross back in June 1815. This terrible tragedy was mentioned in the newspaper with the passing of an elderly local man Michael Keating who was said to be the first postman in New Ross. As a young man back in 1815 Michael conveyed the daily post from Ross to Waterford and back which was then regarded as a very dangerous occupation as the high road via Glenmore and Slieverue was subject to quiet frequent robberies by what was described as Highwaymen. To protect the post which often contained sums of money in the form of gold and silver coinage as paper money had not yet arrived Michael rode armed with two loaded pistols. One summer’s afternoon in June 1815 Batty’s Circus which was famous in Ireland at the time was performing in the field opposite Dooley’s establishment in Rosbercon more recently (Roche’s Pub). The afternoon performance had just completed, and the large crowd of men, women and children were heading home across the then timber bridge. Pedestrians crossing the bridge had to pay a halfpenny toll at the narrow toll gate at the Ross end of the bridge which only allowed one person through at a time. As the large crowd began to gather about the gate Michael arrived with the post from Waterford which was already late commenced to cross the bridge calling out loudly to make way hence the term (Post Haste). He quickly came to a halt on reaching the congested toll gate, in the gathered crowd were a number of youths armed with sticks who began to prod the horse. The animal reared up kicking widely and, in the attempt, to avoid the flailing horse the people began to push back against the timber side railings which collapsed under the pressure sending many crashing into the river. Frantic efforts ensued to save those struggling in the deep water, many live were sadly lost the exact number is not mentioned, the bodies of some were never recovered. The Standard reported the following week the rotten state of the bridge was the cause of so many lives lost. The old bridge survived until the Winter of 1867 when it was totally washed away by heavy down river flooding and pack ice. It was later said many farmers in Shanbogh and Glenmore built fine sheds with good oak timber, of course it had nothing to do with the old bridge timber washed down the river, of course not.   Shanbogh farmers wouldn’t do such a thing whatever about the Glenmore fellas.

Author: Eamon Kissane