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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Rosbercon Parish Newsletter, 26th January 2020

Categories: Newsletter


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

Parish Office:  Phone 051-425093   Opening Hours 9.30 am—12.30 am

 Third Sunday of the Year

‘The people that lived in darkness have seen a great light’. This is how St. Matthew describes the impact of Jesus’ coming. That light shines on us now as we gather in the Lord’s name.

Theme of the Weekend Readings:  The beginning of Jesus’ Ministry.

First Reading: Isaiah looks forward to the light that Christ will bring.

Second Reading: St. Paul appeals for unity among his followers.

Gospel: Jesus begins his public life.

Weekend Masses:

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

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

11:00 am Mass in Rosbercon

Weekday Masses:


Wednesday and Friday:     9:30 am

Thursday:                           9:45 am


Bob Quinn, Rosbercon

Gerry Sinnott, Tinneranny

Patrick Phelan, Garrenbehy,

Pat Ryan, Guilcough and Kilbrahan—1st Anniv.

John Maddock, Rahora, Listerlin

Kitty, Kevin and Paddy Foley, Rahora

Martin and Cissie Nolan, Rosbercon

Agnus Hayes, Ramstown, Fethard-On-Sea

Pat Downey, The Rower

Michael Ryan, Glentiroe

Pat and John Wilkinson, Ballybeg

Months Mind:

Stephen Mullally, Listerlin—Mths Mind

The Feast of the Presentation of Our Lord, Candlemas Day will be celebrated on Sunday 2nd February. Candles will be blessed during Mass. Donations welcome.

The Feast of St. Blaise is celebrated on Monday 3rd February. Fr. Dan will bless throats at the weekend Masses Saturday 1st /Sunday 2nd February.

Fr. Dan will bring Holy Communion to the sick and housebound of the parish on Friday 7th February 2020.

Fr. Dan is available to visit parishioners especially those who are sick. Please contact Fr. Dan at 051-421515 or 087-2335432

We welcome into the Christian Community Aoife Nora Mooney, daughter of Andrew and Phyllis, Tinneranny, Rosbercon, who was baptised in Rosbercon Church on Saturday 18th January 2020.

There will be a meeting of Rosbercon Parish Finance   Committee in the Parochial House on Monday 27th January at 8.00 pm. Please note change of date.

A Concert, featuring New Ross HFC Brass Band, Cairdeas Cheoil, the Nomads and special guests will be held in Rosbercon Church on Saturday, February 15th, at 8 pm. Tickets at €5.00 are available in the Sacristy after Mass. This Concert has been      graciously organised to raise funds for Rosbercon Parish.  A great night is promised and we ask for your support.

Fr. Dan is very happy to pray for deceased parishioners as their anniversaries occur during the year. November is the Month of the Holy Souls and we remember our beloved dead especially during this time. In 2020, we will remember only those who died during the year at our Christmas Masses.

We are all looking forward to the Celebration of the Sacrament of Confirmation in Rosbercon Church on Sunday 8th March 2020 at 11:00 am.To help us all to prepare, the following Celebrations have been arranged and it is a requirement that all families attend:

Saturday 8th February at 7:00 pm: Confirmation Preparation Mass in Rosbercon Church for Parents and Children.

Monday 17th February at 7:30 pm: Talk for Confirmation Parents. Details to follow.

Saturday 22nd February at 7:00 pm:

Preparation Mass in Rosbercon Church for Parents and Children.

Tuesday 3rd March at 7:30 pm: Ceremony of Light in Rosbercon Church for Parents, Children and Sponsor.

Sunday 8th March at 11:00 am: Celebration of the Sacrament of Confirmation in Rosbercon Church by Bishop Dermot Farrell.

Diocese of Ossory Pilgrimage to Lourdes 2020: Bookings for our Pilgrimage, May 17th to 22nd inclusive, can be now made    directly with Liz Molphy, Joe Walsh Tours, 143 Lower Baggot Street, Dublin 2.  Tel: 01-2410800 Email: Anyone wishing to travel as an Assisted/Sick Pilgrim, should contact the Co-ordinator, Anna Corr on 086-0744675.  All bookings should be made and paid for before Good Friday, April, 10th 2020.  Fare €790 pps.

Rosbercon Parish First Eucharist Programme 2020

Sunday 26th January at 11:00 am: First Eucharist Enrolment Mass – Rosbercon

Sunday 9th February at 9:30 am:

First Eucharist Enrolment Mass – Listerlin

Sunday 16th February at 11:00 am: First Eucharist Preparation Mass– Rosbercon

Sunday 1st March at 9:30 am: First Eucharist Preparation Mass – Listerlin

Thursday 12th March at 7:30 pm: First Penance – Rosbercon

Friday 13th March at 2:15 pm: First Penance – Shanbogh

Thursday 19th March at 7:30 pm: First Penance – Listerlin

Sunday 22nd March at 11:00 am:

First Eucharist Preparation Mass – Rosbercon

Sunday 29th March at 9:30 am:

First Eucharist Preparation Mass – Listerlin

Tuesday 28th April at 7:30 pm:

First Eucharist Preparation Mass – Rosbercon

Saturday 2nd May at 11:00 am:

First Eucharist Mass – Rosbercon

Tuesday 12th May at 7:30 pm:

First Eucharist Preparation Mass – Listerlin

Saturday 30th May at 11:00 am:

 First Eucharist Mass – Listerlin

 Mass Intentions for the Saturday/Sunday 1st /2nd February, 2020:

Tullogher: Saturday 1st February at 7:00 pm

James Phelan

James and Mary Cummins, Cooleen and deceased members of the Cummins Family.

Paddy and Breda Cummins

Mullinarrigle: Sunday 2nd February at 9:30 am

Seamus and Sionhan Barron, Darbystown and deceased    members of the Barron Family.

Rosbercon: Sunday 2nd February at 11:00 am

Bill and Jimmy Purcell, Kilbrahan

Tommy Gaule, formally of Annfield Lane, Rosbercon—1st Anniv.

Bridget Purcell, Kilbrahan—1st Anniv.

Irene Lynch, Tinneranny, Rosbercon


Prayer to Saint Brigid

You were a woman of peace.

You brought harmony where there was conflict.

You brought light to the darkness.

You brought hope to the downcast.

May the mantle of your peace

Cover those who are troubled and anxious

And may peace be firmly rooted in our hearts

And in our world

Inspire us to act justly and to reverence all God has made

Brigid, you were a voice for the wounded and the weary.

Strengthen what is weak within us.

Calm us into a quietness that heals and listens.

May we grow each day into greater wholeness

Of body, mind and spirit.

A Celtic Prayer

I rise today with God’s strength to direct me

God’s wisdom to guide me

God’s eyes to look before me

God’s word to speak to me

God’s hand to uphold me

God’s pathway before me

God’s shield to protect me

God’s host to save me

From temptation

From one man or many

That seek to destroy me


Collection of Parish Funds 18th/19th January 2020:

Offertory Collection:                       €403.00 

Weekly Envelopes:                        €400.00

Parish Building Fund on 20th January 2020:  €560,234.40

Parish Debt on 30th December 2019: Figures will be issued by the Diocese shortly.

Wisdom: “It takes nothing to join the crowd. It takes everything to stand alone”.

Humour: A dad was reading Bible stories to his young son. He read, “the man named Lot was warned to take his wife and flee out of the city, but his wife looked back and was turned into a pillar of salt.” His son asked, “What happened to the flea?”

¨ Employment Opportunity

Rosbercon CE Scheme has a vacancy in Rosbercon   Parish for a horticultural and building maintenance worker. DEASP Community Employment terms and conditions apply. Please phone 086-3642592 / 051-425093 for further details.

 ¨ Bingo

Next Bingo Night is Wednesday 29th January at 8 pm. Lotto Prize will be €1000.00. Also Split the Pot.

¨ Shanbogh National School

We are currently accepting applications for the school year 2020/21. Please call to the school for an application form or contact us on 051-880308 or at Forms can also be downloaded from our website,    Closing date for applications is Wednesday 19th February 2020.

¨ St. Canice’s National School

The closing date for the receipt of applications for the enrolment into Junior Infants for August/September 2020 in St. Canice’s National School is Friday, 7th February 2020. Application forms can be obtained from the school office by phoning 051-422813 or email:

¨ South Kilkenny Historical Society Lecture

Title: Hitler’s Voices in Ireland.

Date and Time: Thursday 30th January 2020 at 8:00 pm

Speaker: Dr. David O’Donoghue

Venue: Mullinavat Parish Hall (opposite the church)

Admission: €5.00

¨ Family Carers Ireland

Family Carers Ireland are holding their first support group meeting of 2020 on Thursday 30th January at 11:00 am in the Springhill Clinic, Waterford Road, Kilkenny. This is open to all new and current carers. Please contact 056-7721424 if you would like more information.

¨ Family Carers Ireland

The Parents of Children with Disabilities Support Group meeting is taking place on Wednesday 29th January at 10:30 am in the Springhill Clinic, Waterford Road, Kilkenny. Please contact 056-7721424 if you would like more information.

¨ Pulsewave Ireland Heart Screening

Parish Heart Screening Offer – Pulsewave Ireland Heart & Artery screening in Kilkenny & Carlow next week. Normal cost of screening is €50.00 per person, Parish offer €30.00 per person for that we check your; Blood Pressure, Heart Rhythm, Casp of heart, arterial flexibility, blood flow and irregular heartbeat.  We can access the risk of heart attack or stroke with a simple non-invasive test. The Screening is medically approved and a full printout of the results are given on the day which can be discussed with your own GP. Venues as follows: Thursday 30th January Hotel Kilkenny, Monday 3rd February The Talbot Hotel Carlow. Appointments available from 11:00 am to 8:00 pm daily Call 087-7151623 to make an appointment spaces are limited. With your help we continue to save lives. Many thanks for helping us help people to a healthier heart.

¨ Parenting Course

Five-week programme for Parents. The focus will be on balancing family needs and self-care for parents. Week 1 will outline the programme and is FREE. The full course thereafter is €60.00. For Further Information please contact Clare on 086-8203521.

¨ Mullinavat Bridge Club

Mullinavat bridge Club are seeking new members, Mixed ability welcome. Beginner Classes will be arranged if there is enough interest. For further information please contact: 087-9614946 or 085-7509591

Author: Eamon Kissane