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Rosbercon Parish Newsletter, 19th 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

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Sixteenth Sunday of Year

We go to Church, not because we are saints, but because we are sinners, sinners who know that we are sinners, but who are willing to strive for something better. And God is patient with us and lenient in his judgments.

Theme of the Weekend Readings:

How God cares for the weak and sinful.

First Reading:

God is a lenient judge.

Second Reading:

The Spirit helps us in our weakness.

Gospel: The parable of the wheat and the weeds.

Weekend Masses:

Saturday 25th July: 7:00 pm Mass in Rosbercon

Sunday 26th July:   9:30 am Mass in Mullinarrigle

                                  11:00 am Mass in Rosbercon

Weekday Masses:


Wednesday 22nd July:         No Mass

Friday 24th July:                    10:00 am


Kathleen Mackey, Mullinakill

Baby Jimmy Shortall Dalton, Pondsfield, New Ross

Tom Mullally, Ballyeden

Margaret and Edward Mullally, Ballyeden

To make you Think: Take time to think, it is the source of power. Take time to read, it is the foundation of    wisdom.  Take time to play, it is the secret of staying young.

Take time to be quiet, it is the moment to seek God. Take time to be aware, it is the opportunity to help others. Take time to love and be loved, it is God’s greatest gift.

Take time to laugh, it is the music of the soul. Take time to be friendly, it is the road to happiness. Take time to dream, it is what the future is made of. Take time to pray it is the greatest power on 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 8 am-8 pm, by calling 0818 222 024. Hours may be extended to meet the demand.

Guidance for Attending Mass, July 2020:

  1. Hand sanitisers are available at each Church. We ask you to avail of these as you enter and leave the Church.
  2. We ask you to adhere to social distancing and follow signage.
  3. Seats available for use are not cordoned off. Please only sit on these seats. Families are welcome to sit together.  Two people per seat from different household. (seated on either side of the seat).
  4. Holy Communion will be distributed at the altar. The Priest/Eucharistic Minister will wear a face mask and sanitise their hands before and after distributing Holy Communion.
  5. Entry to the Churches will only be through the main door.
  6. Exit using all doors.
  7. When capacity of the Church is filled, a sign at the entry will state “Full capacity”.
  8. The collection at weekends will take place as you enter the Church.
  9. Holy water fonts are not currently in use. The sign of peace is suspended.

These measures are to keep everybody safe and will constantly be reviewed.  We are very happy to welcome you to Mass.

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.


A Prayer at the end of the Day

Grant, O Lord, that each day

Before we enter the quiet and peace of sleep,

We may reflect on the day that is just passed.

Grant, O Lord that every wrong deed may be forgiven,

And every unkind thought set right.

Let nothing go down into the depths of our being

Which has not been forgiven and sanctified.

Then we shall be ready for the new day that will dawn,

So that we may enjoy each day in its turn.

Help us to look forward with love and hope

to the events that each day brings.

who art both judge and saviour

holy judge and loving saviour.

Mass Intentions for the Saturday/Sunday 25th/26th July 2020:

Mullinarrigle: Sunday 26th July at 9:30 am

Maura and Walter Ryan, Listerlin

Rosbercon: Sunday 26th July at 11:00 am

John Cullen, Garranbehy, Rosbercon

Dates for your Diary:

Saturday 19th September 2020:

First Eucharist in Listerlin.

Saturday 26th September 2020:

First Eucharist in Rosbercon

A Message from Fr Dan: ‘A Flower Mister’:

A wealthy young man was on his way to work when he heard an old lady selling flowers saying to him, ‘A flower Mister!’. He brushed her aside but was afterwards troubled about this, as it appeared to him on reflection that he had lost his composure.

On subsequent days he began to notice the old lady even though she still disturbed his usual calm control. She, with her gentle smile in spite of her age and occupation        confronted him with something that disturbed him. She was such a contradiction of all he stood for, his cold brusque manner, his youth and his successful career.

As time went by be noticed he was less irked by her and that he made it his business to pass her way each day. It was as if he needed to listen to something important, she was saying to him. Then one day he found himself planning a surprise for her and so on his way to work he met her smile with a rose he had gone to great trouble to buy as it was the first of the new season. It also marked the beginning of a new season in his own heart. 

God’s Providence

So, do not look forward in fear

To the changes, and chances of life.

Rather look forward with full hope,

that – as situations arise – God, whose you are,

will help us through them all.

Do not look forward in fear

To what may happen tomorrow;

The same everlasting Father,

who cares for us to-day,

will take care of us tomorrow and every day.

For, God will either shield you from suffering,

or He will give you the strength to bear it.

Be at peace then and put aside all anxious thoughts,

let God’s will be your peace

Saint Francis de Sales


“Life is mostly froth and bubble.

Two things stand like stone:

Kindness in another’s trouble

Courage in your own.”                                       


No labourer in the world is expected to work for room, board and love – except the housewife. 

¨ 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.


The Winter of 1866/67 was very severe and was long   remembered in Rosbercon for the following reason. It all started at the bridges of Ross which was first constructed by Samuel Cox in 1796 of solid oak and timber, it was quiet a large bridge 508ft in length and 40ft wide supported by 24 sets of pillars with a drawbridge to allow large ships above the bridge. In the month of January 1867, the river froze solid particularly further upriver resulting in a buildup of ice floes above the bridge.

The outgoing tide on the morning of 24th January and the accumulated ice floes began to move and pile up around the bridge supports which eventually were unable to    withstand the pressure and collapsed and gradually the entire bridge was washed away down river except for a few supports remaining at each end. Two years later in 1869 a new solid iron bridge was constructed which      survived until Feb 1967 in the meantime locals had to   depend on a ferry service to and fro across the river.     According to the Newspaper account of the disaster the Cats were gathered in big numbers on this side of the bridge whilst the poor Yellowbellies were over on the other side all watching the exciting event which now deprived them of the bright city lights of Rosbercon.

The Cats thought it all great fun and crack UNTIL the six pubs in Rosbercon soon ran out of beer and severe thirst set in. The Yellowbellies being such a shrewd lot seized the opportunity to get one over on the Cats by refusing to transport beer from the local breweries across the river by boat which from a Cat perspective was a very nasty and unforgivable crime and the poor publicans had to get their horse and carts and plod all the way to Waterford for supplies to quench the local thirst. Up the Yellowbellies.

Author: Eamon Kissane