Fr Dan Cavanagh PP:

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Office Hours: Tuesday – Friday 10.30am -2.30pm

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Rosbercon Parish Newsletter, 2nd August 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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Eighteenth Sunday of the Year

The people followed Jesus to a lonely place, forgetting everything else in order to listen to his words and to seek healing for their sickness. We too have left everything, if only for a while, and have come here to listen to the Lord’s words and be healed by him

Theme of the Weekend Readings:

Great promises are made in today’s Scripture readings.

First Reading:

The Lord invites the hungry and thirsty to eat and drink.

Second Reading: The love of God for us has no end.

Gospel: Jesus shows compassion for the people by healing their sick and feeding the hungry.

Weekend Masses:

Saturday 8th August:           7:00 pm Mass in Rosbercon

Sunday 9th August:             9:30 am Mass in Mullinarrigle

                                           11:00 am Mass in Rosbercon

Weekday Masses:

Rosbercon:                       NO MASS

Recent Deaths:

Calvin Walsh, Smithstown


Tom and James Murphy, Trinaree

We welcome into the Christian Community Katie Michelle Boyle, daughter of Philip and Bianca, Shanbogh, who was baptised in Rosbercon Church onSaturday 25th July 2020.

Listerlin Tidy Towns Committee: Many congratulations to the Listerlin Tidy Towns Committee who have made such a marvellous contribution to the appearance of the village of Listerlin and to the beauty of the Church and the Church Grounds.  Even during Lockdown their hard work kept the place looking wonderful. We support their work in any way we can. Please help by cleaning up your grave plots, especially by bringing home all withered wreaths and flowers. Thank you for your support!

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.

Listerlin Church Altar Society: Fr Dan will be setting up an Altar Society for Listerlin Church during the month of August. He is asking for volunteers to help maintain the beauty of our historic Church. All enquiries welcome!

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 Message from Fr Dan: ‘The Eagle that thought it was a Chicken’: There was once a poultry farmer who was   given a present of an eagle’s egg. He decided to experiment with it, so he put it among some eggs a hen was hatching out. In due course the young eaglet emerged with the other chicks and grew up with them. Even though it was never quite the same as the others, it adapted itself to their ways thought of itself as one of the chickens. So, it spent its time with its companions within the confines of the barnyard.

One day when the young eagle was about a year old its eye was caught by the inspiring sight of an eagle in full flight and something stirred within it. However, its gaze was soon brought back down to earth by the cock telling it to stop star-gazing and get on with what it was meant to be doing.

Now, there are two endings to the story. One has the young eagle putting its head back down as it had been told to do and continuing for the rest of its days within the very limited area of the barnyard. The other ending is that, inspired by the vision in the sky, it stretched its wings and took off. From then on it was no longer confined to the barnyard but had the sky for its limits.

(This story highlights the choice facing us today as that of living our lives relying on the material world to satisfy us rather than of pursuing our dream of establishing loving relationships that we are made for)

To make you Smile: An elderly lady was invited to an old friend’s home one evening for dinner. She was impressed by the way her friend preceded every request to her       husband with endearing terms such as; honey, love darling etc. The couple had been married for 60 years and clearly, they were still very much in love. While the husband was out of the room the lady friend leaned over to her hostess to say ‘I think it’s wonderful after all those years that you still call your husband all those loving names’. The elderly lady replied, ‘I have to tell you the truth. His name slipped my mind about ten years ago and I’m scared to death to ask the cranky old so and so what his name is!’.

Collection of Parish Funds 25th/26th July 2020

Offertory Collection:                     € 380.50

Weekly Envelopes:                         €1,369.50

Parish Debt on 27th July 2020:       €58,102.59

The Annual Summer Collection Envelopes for the support of Fr Dan will be available on the weekend of the 8th/9th August 2020. The usual distributors are asked to oblige.

Dates for your Diary:

Saturday 19th September 2020:

First Eucharist in Listerlin.

Saturday 26th September 2020:

First Eucharist in Rosbercon


Fiddler of Dooney

When we come at the end of time

To Peter sitting in state

He will smile on the three old spirits

But call me first, through the gate.

For the good are always merry

Saved by an evil chance

And the merry love to fiddle

And the merry love to dance

And when the folk there spy me

They will all come up to me

With here is the Fiddler of Dooney

And dance like a wave of the sea.

W B Yeats

Wisdom: ‘Our lives are like the course of the sun. At the darkest moments there is the promise of daylight.

Humour: A boy asked his father: ‘What is a man?’ The father replied ‘A person who takes responsibility for his family and his house and takes care of them’. Then the child said ‘I hope I will be a man like Mum one day’.

In Memory of my Mother

I do not think of you lying in the wet clay

Of a Monaghan graveyard; I see

You walking down a lane among the poplars

On your way to the station, or happily

Going to second Mass on a summer Sunday

You meet me and you say:

‘Don’t forget to see about the cattle’

Among your earthiest words the angels stray.

And I think of you walking along a headland

Of green oats in June,

So full of repose, so rich with life

And I see us meeting at the end of a town.

On a fair day by accident, after

The bargains are all made and we can walk

Together through the shops and stalls and markets

Free in the oriental streets of thought.

O you are not lying in the wet clay,

For it is a harvest evening now and we

Are piling up the ricks against the moonlight

And you smile up at us – eternally

Patrick Kavanagh

  • 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.

  • New Ross Parish Bethany Bereavement Support Group

Support is available from the 6th August to all who are grieving or suffering a lass of any kind. Contact: 087-3846577. Their drop-in-centre is held in the Legion Mary Hall, New Ross on the 1st Thursday of every month, between 11 am and 12 noon.

Highway Robbery Rosbercon 1752—Pt 1

James Freney the notorious highway man of the early 1750’s who operated primarily in the south of the county is recorded as causing havoc amongst the wealthy of that time. James assisted by his blunderbuss which was a short gun with a wide bore that fired anything from small nails to pieces of metal and his favorite sledgehammer was unlikely to be refused a few bob on the highway. An old man once told me according to local tradition James was frequent visitor to Ballyneale most likely for a few sheebeen pints where he is long remembered as the Boyo.

Just above Ballyneale on the Straelaun Road there is a discrete grove in Hennessy’s field where he is reputed to have lodged at times whilst on the run from the law. From here he had an excellent view of any military activity on the nearby Ross road. Now about his Rosbercon venture as outlined in his memoires which he is reputed to have    written following his retirement from his keeping which lasted approximately six years. James according to himself was financially successful in relieving many a highway traveler of surplus funds just like the taxman of today who has not quite yet got around to blunderbuss tactics but who knows.  James learned from his many associates the   Parish Priest of Rosbercon was in fund for he most likely had a Sunday envelope collection and so deserved a friendly visit.

Accompanied by a trusty accomplice he failed to knock politely on the parish priest’s front door instead having first surveyed the house from a safe distance proceeded to burst in a window with his sledge on doing so James fearful of being recognised by the parish priest who appears to have known his threw his assistant head first in the window, however all to no avail. Poor James on searching the house got absolutely nothing for all his trouble as the cute parish priest had sent his WIFE to Waterford the day before to bank his money for fear of visitors like James. In keeping with the parish priest’s down to the present day wasn’t he a cute fella.


Success is not final, failure is not fatal, it is the courage to continue that counts.

Winston Churchill

Author: Eamon Kissane