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Rosbercon Parish Newsletter, 26th 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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Seventeenth Sunday of Year

The theme of wisdom dominates today’s liturgy. Wisdom is a priceless thing and is something

we all need. All of us act foolishly at times.

Theme of the Weekend Readings:

 We are told what is of value in life.

First Reading: King Solomon asks God for wisdom.

Second Reading:

God turns everything to good for those who love him.

Gospel: The Parable of the Treasure and the Pearl.


Maura and Walter Ryan, Listerlin,

Simon Kennedy, Ballymagill

John Cullen, Garranbehy, Rosbercon

Michael Ryan, Schoolhouse Road

Recent Deaths:

Margaret Malone (née Maddock), Listerlin

Sean Rochford, Shanbogh, Rosbercon

George Peters, Slievecorragh, Rosbercon

A Message from Fr Dan  

‘The Prodigal Son’: Around 1668 Rembrandt painted his fourth picture on the Parable of the Prodigal Son. It is called The Return of the Prodigal Son and was one of the two pictures of his mature years on the theme of love.

Attention in this picture is focused on the father’s hands which express his love for his son despite his sorry state. Very distinctive about the hands is the fact that one is a woman’s hand, the other a men. In this way they represent the whole tradition about the mind and heart of love. The mind of love is characterized by strength and the heart of love by tenderness. The two kinds of love reflect the male and female in each of us. The two hands of the father in the painting image the two sides of God’s love, forgiveness and compassion. Even though they are two they are made to be one person.

In our human state, it is difficult for us to prevent one hand becoming too dominant at the expense of the other. We can miss the wholeness of being made strong and tender, in God’s image, and fail to discover the mind and heart of God in whose likeness we are made. A copy of Rembrandt’s painting, The Return of the Prodigal Son, hangs in the children’s’ room at the back of the church in Rosbercon.

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.

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.


“The diamond cannot be polished without friction, nor the man perfect without trials.”

To make you Smile:

You can’t stay young forever but you can be immature for the rest of your life!                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                

Weekend Masses:

Saturday 1st August:           7:00 pm Mass in Tullogher

Sunday 2nd August:            9:30 am Mass in Mullinarrigle

                                           11:00 am Mass in Rosbercon

Weekday Masses:


Wednesday 29th July:         10:00 am

Friday 31st July:                  10:00 am

Dates for your Diary:

Saturday 19th September 2020:

First Eucharist in Listerlin.

Saturday 26th September 2020:

First Eucharist in Rosbercon

Collection of Parish Funds:

11th/12th July and 18th/19th July 2020:                       

Offertory Collection:                     €871.44

Weekly Envelopes:                         €3127.00

Parish Debt on 20th July 2020: €58,102.59

In Memory of my Mother

 (Died 15th November1945)             

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 sycamores

And your loving heart lying in wait

For me coming up among the poplar trees.

You’ll know my breathing and my walk

And it will be a summer evening on those roads,

Lonely with leaves of thought.

We will be choked with the grief of things growing,

The silence of dark-green air

Life too rich – the nettles, docks and thistles

All answering the prodigal’s prayer.

You will know I am coming though I send 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

A Blessing

Maythe light of your soul guide you.

May the light of your soul bless the work you do

with the secret love and warmth of your heart.

May you see in what you do the beauty of your own soul.

May the sacredness of your work

bring healing and renewal to those who work with you

and to those who see and receive your work.

May your work never weary you.

May it release within you wellsprings of refreshment,

inspiration and excitement.

May the day never burden you.

May the dawn find you awake and alert,

approaching your new day

with dreams, possibilities and promises.

May evening find you gracious and fulfilled.

May you go into the night blessed, sheltered and protected.

May your soul calm, console and renew you.

  • Employment Opportunity

Rosbercon CE Scheme has a vacancy in Tullogher Rosbercon GAA Club for a Groundskeeper/Caretaker DEASP Community Employment terms and conditions apply. Please phone 086-3642592 for further details.

Rosbercon on the day of the Big Match

The village of Rosbercon was the commercial centre of the town of New Ross during the 1950’s. Both Albatros Factory and Stafford Stores and docks were in the process of development giving much good employment. The railway station particularly in the morning and afternoon was a very busy place as practically all goods and passengers to and from the town and surrounding areas moved by rail.

There were then five pubs in the village starting with Maggie Scally’s (Parish Pump) known as the green lounge. Maggie was a very observant lady who exploited a loophole in the Sunday prohibition law by selling her beer out of a side window in the pub to her many happy customers who happily sat about the ditches of Shay’s Fields now Assumption Terrace. Further down the hill we had Pat Roche’s pub on the corner, Gorman’s with the one and only Jamsie behind the counter and just around the corner we had Tom Doyle and Joe Phelan. There was always a bit of excitement about Rosbercon particularly at times of Wexford/Kilkenny hurling clashes above in Barret’s Park. The crowds of supporters, Cat’s and Yellowbellies returning to the railway station was a huge headache for the station staff in keeping the peace. The station though quite large was easily congested with the crowds of Yellowbellies’ packed on the upside of the     platform and the Cat’s crammed on the opposite platform, trouble was sure to erupt. The fragile peace usually came to a hasty halt when some Yellowbelly would shout – “Pee on the powder”, there was never any shortage of Cat’s ready and willing to prove they had no problem with their kidneys on that day in 1798. “Hould me back and let me at him” was the call to battle, sleeves rolled up often spilling over down onto the tracks between the carriages. Prior to departure the staff had to carry out an inspection to ensure there was no one struggling underneath the train.

Poor Mr. Mac, the Stationmaster would be called on to restore order, blows were rarely exchanged usually a lot of pushing and shoving, in those times the site of a uniform did the trick and order would be quickly restored for a while. The following Monday invariably brought a much more difficult problem for Mr. Mac. Win, lose or draw the Tyler a great worker and staunch Kilkenny man and railway goods delivery man had to hurl the match in the streets of Ross over and over again irrespective of the urgency of his Monday morning deliveries. Poor Mr. Mac who had to bear the brunt of the irate shop keepers telephone calls usually had to get up on his bike and go look for the Tyler who would be easily found with his horse and dray blocking the street traffic whilst the Tyler hurled away, no Yellowbelly was allowed to get one over on Tyler. The coming and going of the steam trains and related movement of goods and passengers were times of much activity and excitement.

Author: Eamon Kissane