Fr Dan Cavanagh PP:

Tel: 051-421515 / 087 2335432, email:

Office Hours: Tuesday – Friday 10.30am -2.30pm

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Office Hours: Monday – Friday 9.30am – 12.30pm



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Rosbercon Parish Newsletter, 2nd February 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

The Presentation of the Lord

Theme of the Weekend Readings: In the Beatitudes we see the values that a Christian could live by. While they present a great challenge they also offer great rewards.

First Reading: The Lord will enter his Temple.
Second Reading: Jesus is one of us.
Gospel: Jesus is presented in the Temple.

Weekend Masses:
Saturday 8th February: 7:00 pm Mass in Rosbercon
Sunday 9th February: 9:30 am Mass in Mullinarrigle
11:00 am Mass in Rosbercon
Weekday Masses:
Friday: 9:30 am
Wednesday and Thursday: NO MASS

James Phelan, Tullogher
James and Mary Cummins, Cooleen
Paddy and Breda Cummins
Seamus and Siobhan Barron, Darbystown
Bill and Jimmy Purcell, Kilbrahan
Bridget Purcell, Kilbrahan—1st Anniv.
Tommy Gaule, formally of Annfield Lane —1st Anniv.
Irene Lynch, Tinneranny, Rosbercon
Mary Long, Ballywairy
O’Dwyer Family, Listerlin
Peter, Mary and Thomas Quinlan, Mullinakill
Fr. Paddy Prendergast, Tullogher
Tim Breen, Tinnakilly

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.

Many thanks to all who contributed to the Annual Christmas Giving Tree. The gifts were distributed to all the residents at the Community and New Houghton hospitals on Saturday 18th January. The Cairdeas Ceol Choir under direction of Jacky Stacey sang familiar songs for the patients and these were much enjoyed. It is wonderful to see the joy that your kind contribution brings to the residents and again we thank you.

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 are €5.00 and are available now in the Sacristy after mass and or call Brid Vereker on 087-2356850 or Jack Stacey on 087-2256881. This Concert has been graciously organised to raise funds for Rosbercon Parish. A great night is promised and we ask for your support.

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.

The Feast of St. Blaise is celebrated on Monday 3rd February. Fr. Michael 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.

Family Carers Ireland are holding a support group titled “Relatives of a Loved One with a Mental Health Issue” on Wednesday 5th February at 7pm in The Springhill Clinic, Waterford Road, Kilkenny. All are welcome.

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:
‘You and your Child’s Confirmation’ Talk for Confirmation Parents in Rosbercon Parish Hall by Fr. Eamon O’ Gorman, PP Ballyragget, Co. Kilkenny. (One hour)
Saturday 22nd Feb at 7:00 pm:
Preparation Mass 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.

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.

Rosbercon Parish First Eucharist Programme 2020
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 8th /9th February, 2020:

Rosbercon: Saturday 8th February at 7:00 pm
Cissie Furlong and Noel Furlong, Brownstown
Johanna Murphy, Trinaree

Mullinarrigle: Sunday 9th February at 9:30 am
James Gaule, Listerlin
May Hartley, Brabstown—1st Anniv.
Baby Oisin Mc Loughlin, Smithstown

Rosbercon: Sunday 9th February at 11:00 am
Pascal Dooley, Hoodsgrove
Tony Murphy, Tinneranny—1st Anniv.

Humour: Walking with Grandma.
I like to walk with grandma. Her steps are small like mine
She doesn’t say ‘now hurry up’, she always takes her time.

I like to walk with Grandma, her eyes see things like mine do.
Wee pebbles bright, a funny cloud, half hidden drops of dew.

Most people have to hurry; they do not stop to see.
I’m glad that God made Grandma, unrushed and young like me.

Wisdom: Difficult roads often lead to beautiful destinations.
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.

Grace by H. W. Longfellow.
“As torrents in summer,
half-dried in their channels,
suddenly rise, tho’ the
sky is still cloudless,
for rain has been falling
far off at their fountains.
So hearts that are fainting
grow full to o’erflowing,
and they that behold it
marvel, and know not
that God at their fountains
far off has been raining”.

Collection of Parish Funds 25th/26th January 2020:
Offertory Collection: €946.00
Weekly Envelopes: €805.00
Parish Building Fund on 29th January 2020: €560,234.40
Parish Debt on 30th December 2019:
Figures will be issued by the Diocese shortly.

• Irish Dance Classes
The Mernagh Academy of Irish Dance is currently recruiting new students for the new dance season. Classes are held at Rosbercon Parish Hall and instructed by Séamas Mernagh TCRG, Fully qualified, Garda vetted, Túsla Children First Certified and Insured teacher. Class times are Monday & Friday 4-5 pm and “Tots Academy” Saturday 10-11 am. Please see Mernagh Academy on Facebook or call 0876729435 for further information.

• Bingo
Next Bingo Night is Wednesday 5th February at 8 pm. Lotto Prize will be €1000.00. Also Split the Pot.

• 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.

• Irish Wheelchair Association
The Irish Wheelchair Association would like to thank the people of the Parish who contributed so generously. They raised €302.00. Thanks to the collectors Anthony Connic, Pat Walsh and Bob Saunders.

• Tusla
Tusla Fostering Information Event. Foster Care providers Emergency/Short/Medium/Long Term and Supported Lodgings to children and young people in our communities who require alternative care. If you would like to find out further information about Fostering in your area please come along and meet some of our team in Thomastown Library, on February 7th from 2:00 pm until 5:00 pm.

• Listerlin Tidy Towns
Listerlin Tidy Towns Committee will hold a fund-raising cake sale after 09:30 am Mass on Sunday 9th February. Your continued support is greatly appreciated.

• 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:

• Family Carers Ireland
Family Carers Ireland are holding the relatives of a loved one with a mental health issue support group on Wednesday 5th February at 7:00 pm in The Springhill Clinic, Waterford Road, Kilkenny. All Welcome.

• 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