Fr Dan Cavanagh PP:

Tel: 051-421515 / 087 2335432, email:

Office Hours: Tuesday – Friday 10.30am -2.30pm

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Tel: 051-425093, email:

Office Hours: Monday – Friday 9.30am – 12.30pm



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Fr. Dan Cavanagh P.P.  051 421515 087-2335432

PARISH OFFICE:  Phone 051-425093   Opening Hours 9.30 am—12.30 am

Second Sunday of the Year

In the Gospel we hear Jesus saying to his first two   disciples, ‘Come and see.’ They accepted his invitation and meeting Jesus changes their lives. Each time we celebrate the Eucharist we have an opportunity to meet the Lord. We now prepare ourselves for today’s meeting.

Theme of the Weekend Readings: We are called by God to live a particular Christian way of life.
First Reading: The boy Samuel learns how to answer God’s call.
Second Reading: Saint Paul warns his followers against fornication.
Gospel:  Jesus calls the first disciples.

Weekday Masses:
Wednesday & Friday:       9.30am
Thursday                          9.45am

Paddy Hennessy, Hoodsgrove
Mary McCormack, Begerin Loftus
Séamus Barron, Darbystown and London
Bridget Fluskey, Shanbogh
Michael Ryan, Glentiroe

Christmas Offerings: Once again many thanks to   parishioners for your generosity at Christmas Collection.  Outstanding envelopes may be handed in at Mass or to the Parochial House. May the New Year which stretches out before us be especially blessed for you.

We are all looking forward to the Celebration of the Sacrament of Confirmation in Rosbercon Church on Saturday, 20th January, 2018 at 11.00 am. This year, as our new Bishop has not yet been ordained, the Sacrament of Confirmation will be administered by The Parish Priest, Fr Dan Cavanagh. To help us all to prepare, the following Celebrations have been           

Tuesday 16th January at 7.30 p.m: Ceremony of Light in Rosbercon Church for Parents, Children and Sponsors

Saturday, 20th January, 2018 at 11. 00 am:          Celebration of the Sacrament of Confirmation in Rosbercon Church.

Many thanks to all, who are supporting The Annual Giving Tree in Rosbercon Church this year. Through the tree, gifts are brought to the patients of the two local hospitals in New Ross.  The gifts were presented to the Patients on Sunday 7th January, 2018. The generosity and thoughtfulness of the families who donated the gifts is much appreciated.

Rosbercon Church is blessed with a wonderful team of Church Cleaners. Their work keeps the Church in an      immaculate condition which we all enjoy. They now need help! Please contact Fr Dan if you are willing to be involved. The commitment is one and a half to one and three quarter hours every six weeks. Many thanks!

God’s Call
God’s call is mysterious; It comes in the darkness of faith.
It is so fine, so subtle, that it is only with the deepest silence within us that we can hear it. And yet nothing is surer or stronger, nothing is so decisive and overpowering as that call.
This call is uninterrupted. God is always calling us.

Dates for your Diary:
Saturday 20th January, 2018 Sacrament of Confirmation in Rosbercon Church  
Saturday 12th May 2018: First Eucharist Rosbercon
Saturday 26th May 2018: First Eucharist Listerlin.

Thank You and Good Wishes.  Fr. Dan thanks you sincerely for your generosity and loyalty to Rosbercon Parish during 2017. May Our Lord grant you many blessings during 2018.

Collection of Parish Funds 5th/6th/7th January, 2018:
Offertory Collection:    €1,113.10
Weekly Envelopes:    €1,952.90
Parish Building Fund on 10th  January 2018  €554,213.84
Parish Debt on 1st January 2018: €74,426.26

Wisdom: If all the good people were clever, and all clever people were good, the world would be nicer than ever we thought that it possibly could.

Humour: They say that age is all in your mind. The trick is to keep it from creeping down your body!

Mass Intentions for Saturday/Sunday
20th/21st January 2018

Rosbercon: Saturday, 20th January at 6.30pm
Bob Quinn, Millbanks
Patrick Phelan, Garrenbehy
Pat, John and Kitty Wilkinson, Ballybeg
Mullinarrigle: Sunday 21st January at 9.30am
Kevin, Kitty and Paddy Foley, Rahora and all Deceased Foley Family members
Rosbercon: Sunday 21st January at 11.00am
Patrick Long, Curraghmore


Journey of the Magi
‘A cold coming we had of it, just the worst time of the year for a long journey, and such a long journey: The ways deep and the weather sharp, the very dead of winter’.
And the camels, galled, sore-footed, refractory lying down in the melting snow.
There were times we regretted our summer palaces on slopes, our terraces and the silken girls bringing sherbet.
Then the camel men cursing and grumbling and running away and wanting their liquor and women.
And the night-fires going out and the lack of shelters and the cities hostile and the towns unfriendly, and the villages dirty and charging high prices
A hard time we had of it.

At the end we preferred to travel all night, sleeping in snatches, with the voices singing in our ears, saying, that this was all folly.
Then at dawn we came down to a temperate valley, wet below the snow line, smelling of vegetation; with a running stream and a watermill beating the darkness and three trees on the low sky, and an old white horse galloped away in the meadow.

Then we came to a tavern with vine leaves over the lintel, six hands at an open door dicing for pieces of silver, and fellows kicking the empty wine skins.
But there was no information, and so we continued and arrived at evening, not a moment too soon. Finding the place; it was (you may say) satisfactory.

All this was a long time ago, I remember and I would do it again, but set down this, set down
This: were we led all this way for birth or death? There was a birth certainly.
We had evidence and no doubt. I had seen birth and death but had thought they were different.
This birth was hard and bitter agony for us, like death, our death.
We returned to our places, these kingdoms.
But no longer at ease here, in the old dispensation with an alien people clutching their Gods.
I should be glad of another death.                             T. S. Eliot

The Giving Tree
The Rosbercon Parish Pastoral Council would like to sincerely thank all parishioners who kindly contributed to the Christmas Giving Tree. On Sunday 7th January the gifts were distributed to over 60 residents at the Community and New Houghton Hospitals in New Ross. As the gifts were distributed The Rosbercon Folk Choir sang Christmas  Carols under direction of Jack Stacey. Your generosity is much appreciated and reflects the goodwill spirit of the Christmas season. Happy New Year to all.

Shanbogh National School
Shanbogh National School is now accepting applications for the school year 2018/2019. Shanbogh N.S. Is a very well resourced, small school just 5 minutes from New Ross. Please call to the school for enrolment application. Alternatively you can contact us on 051 880308 or by email at Closing date for applications is Friday 9th February 2018.

Rosbercon Tullogher Chapter St. Vincent de Paul wish to express our deepest gratitude and appreciation to all who contributed to our recent annual collection which enabled us give a few bags of coal and other gifts to elderly and needy parishioners this Christmas. We also wish to express our gratitude to the young ladies of the Holy Faith Convent who organised a very generous Christmas food collection which we donated to a number of needy families. Whilst it may not be obvious there is    genuine need in our parish especially amongst those with young families who’s sole income is Social Welfare especially when it comes to such items of expense as  electricity, clothing and firing. Should any parishioner become aware of such need within our parish please    inform any of the following committee members who will act very discreetly. The people of this parish have always being very generous to Vincent de Paul and by doing so are helping their own parish neighbours and friends.
Committee members: Richard McElwee, Mary B Conway, Seamus Waters and Catherine Cottrell.

Emily’s Hair Salon
Emily’s (Kennedy) Hair Salon would like to thank all her customers for their support since her Opening in 2017. We look forward to seeing you all in the New Year.
Emily’s Hair Salon 051-425777

Next Bingo Night is Wednesday 17th January at 8.00pm
Lotto Prize will be €850

Author: Eamon Kissane