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Office Hours: Tuesday – Friday 10.30am -2.30pm

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Rosbercon Parish Newsletter, 9th 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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Nineteenth Sunday of the Year

In times of difficulty we find it natural to turn to God. But God wishes us to turn to Him at all times. We are     especially aware of the presence of God at Mass…

Theme of the Weekend Readings:

God takes away our fears and gives rest to our souls.

First Reading: Elijah finds God in the gentle breeze.

Second Reading:

Paul reaches out to the Jews, his own people.

Gospel: Jesus calms a storm at sea.

Weekday Masses:


Wednesday:      10:00 am


Friday:             7:00 pm Vigil of the Assumption

Saturday:          11:00 am Feast of the Assumption


Saturday:          9:30 am  Feast of the Assumption

Weekend Masses:

Saturday 15th August:7:00 pm Mass in Rosbercon

Sunday 16th August:  9:30 am Mass in Mullinarrigle

                                 11:00 am Mass in Rosbercon

The Feast of the Assumption of Our Lady, this year falls on Saturday 15th August and is a Holy Day of    Obligation. The Vigil Mass will be celebrated in       Rosbercon on Friday at7:00 pm and the Mass of the Feast will be on Saturday at 11:00 am Mass in         Mullinarrigle will be on Saturday at 9:30 am.

We welcome into the Christian Community Cathal    Foley, son of Adrian and Linda, Tinnakilly, Rosbercon, who was baptised in Rosbercon Church onSaturday 1st August 2020.

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.

The Envelopes for the Summer Collection for Fr Dan will be available in the coming days. The usual         distributors of the envelopes are asked to oblige. Many thanks to all who support the priest and the parish.

A Message from Fr Dan ‘Them and Us’: We grow up   believing that we live in a hostile world, divided between ‘them’ and ‘us’. The way that this belief affects us is put very neatly by Doc in John Steinbeck’s novel, Cannery Row: “It has always seemed strange to me,” said Doc, “The things we admire in men – kindness and generosity, openness, honesty, understanding and feeling – are the companions of failure in our system. And those things we detest – sharpness, greed, acquisitiveness, meanness, egotism and self-interest – are the traits of success. And while men    admire the quality of the first, they love the produce of the second”. To stand outside today’s culture that dominates life is very difficult for to seek truth, goodness and beauty is to walk alone!

To make you Smile: A Jesuit, a Dominican and a        Franciscan were marooned on a desert island. Under a palm tree they discovered a magic lamp. Sceptical, they rubbed it and sure enough a genie appeared and offered them three wishes. Since there were three of them, they decided that it would be fair for each to get one wish. The Jesuit thought for a moment and said he wanted to teach at the world’s most famous university. Poof, he was gone. The Dominican wished to preach in the world’s largest church. Poof, he was gone. The Franciscan looked around and thought, ‘Gee, I already got my wish.’

Guidance for Attending Mass, August 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.

Mass Intentions for the Saturday/Sunday 15th/16th August 2020

Mullinarrigle: Sunday 16th August at 9:30 am

Margaret Malone (née Maddock) – Months Mind

Dates for your Diary:

Saturday 19th September 2020:

First Eucharist in Listerlin.

Saturday 26th September 2020:

First Eucharist in Rosbercon 


The Value of a Smile

It costs nothing but creates much.

It enriches those who receive without impoverishing those who give.

None are so well off that they can get along without it,

and none so poor but are richer for its benefits.

It creates happiness in the home,

fosters good will in business,

and is the countersign of friends.

It is rest for the weary, daylight to the discouraged,

sunshine to the sad,

and nature’s best remedy for trouble.

Yet, it cannot be bought, begged, borrowed or stolen,

for it is of no earthly good to anybody,

until it is given away.

To smile then is to look at others with the eyes of Christ.

To know how to love them and smile at them

through our tears, if needs be,

is to breathe in advance the atmosphere of Heaven.

Slow me down Lord:

Slow me down Lord.

Ease the pounding of my heart by the quieting of my mind.

Steady me with the vision of the eternal reach of time.

Give me, amid the confusion of my days

the calmness of the everlasting hills.

Break the tension of my nerves

with the soothing of the streams.

Help me to know the restoring power of sleep.

Teach me the art of taking one-minute holidays.

Slow me down to look at a flower;

to chat with a friend,

to read a few lines from a book.

Slow me down Lord.

Slow me down.

Slow me down.

Wisdom: How beautiful it is to stay silent when everyone expects you to be enraged.

Humour: Lord, give me coffee to change the things I can and wine to accept the things I can’t!


Winners of July Draw 2020 which was held on Teams on the 4th August 2020. 

1st—Seamus Forristal, Shanbogh

2nd—Paddy Ryan, Glentiroe

3rd—John and Margaret Barron, Brownsford

The next draw will take place on Tuesday 25th August 2020 at 08:30 pm.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.


A short time later James committed the ultimate crime by crossing the river at Ross on the then ferry and proceeded on his horse all the way down to Dunmain where he      deprived a poor Yellowbelly of his surplus funds having first removed the man’s back door and entered unopposed at the house guard had fled for his life. James soon       located the poor man upstairs in his bed and commenced to chastise him for not knowing better than keeping money in his house for fear of robbers. Having filled his pockets with whatever cash he could find and other valuables    returned home casually via the ferry.

On another such occasion he visited one of his neighbours Mr. Joyce who lived in Inistioge, poor James obviously  disguised once again suffered failure as all he got was a small pot of halfpennies however; James being somewhat of a gentleman returned the next day to commiserate with the poor man for his misfortune and financial loss. On a further venture he robbed a local tax collector of his          ill-gotten gains which of course was quite acceptable. On his keeping retirement and unlike many of his highway friends survived the rope and went on thanks to friends in high place to secure a position of importance in New Ross employed as a Customs Official by the Ross Harbor      Authority boarding incoming vessels and assessing the cargo for tax; effectively setting a thief to catch thieves. James passed away in 1788 his remains lie in an          unmarked grave within the old graveyard in the beautiful village of Inistioge. Now to conclude this story and to     relieve both current and future Parish Priests of any anxiety this old Parish Priest of the 1750’s was not of our Kin.


With the new day comes new strength and new thoughts.

Eleanor Roosevelt

Author: Eamon Kissane