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Office Hours: Tuesday – Friday 10.30am -2.30pm

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Rosbercon Parish Newsletter, 22nd March 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

Fourth Sunday of Lent

 There is an amount of darkness in our country and in the world. But the Gospel of today’s Mass contains the       wonderful words of Christ: ‘I am the light of the world.’ Christ is indeed the light of the world and the light of his love brightens our lives.

Theme of the Weekend Readings: This weekend we celebrate Mother’s Day while in the Gospel Jesus offers sight to the man born blind.

First Reading: Samuel chooses David to be King of Israel.

Second Reading: God’s people live in the light.

Gospel:  The cure of the man born blind.

Public Masses:

Bishop Dermot Farrell sent the following message to the Priests and People of the Diocese on Wednesday 18th March, 2020: “Given the rapidly progressing nature of this lethal virus, and our response to it, I am asking that no public Masses be celebrated on any day- weekday or weekend-from tomorrow, 19th March, the Feast of Saint Joseph, at 12 noon.

There can be no exception whatsoever to this norm, save for now, funeral Masses and Weddings – noting that when these are celebrated, these should be strictly limited to immediate family members.

It is imperative that these norms be adhered to for the safety of the people we serve , and as a means to contain the spread of this virus”.

The Churches of the Parish will be open each day for private prayer and devotions.

Weekday Masses: No Masses will be celebrated this week.


Thomas Lawlor Glenpipe and London

Josie and Tom Cassin Tinnakilly

Derek Lewis Rosbercon

Mary O Neill Ballyknock

Jack Mernagh Windmill Lane New Ross

Charles Curran New Ross

This weekend we celebrate Mother’s Day. We wish all mothers a joyful and wonderful day.

We wish every blessing to Pat Hartley, Brabstown and Sarah Shore, Coon, who were recently married in Coon Church. May they enjoy a long and rewarding married life.

Lenten Station Envelopes together with Trocaire    Boxes have been distributed to the homes of the      Parish. Please return Lenten Station Envelopes at your convenience.  The Trocaire Boxes should be returned to the Church on Holy Thursday.

Rosbercon Parish Safeguarding Representatives are Brid Vereker, Millbanks Close and Anne O’ Sullivan,                   Ballykenna. If you have a Safeguarding concern, contact Brid or Anne. Please note Safeguarding Statements are displayed in the porches of the Churches of the Parish.

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.

St Mary’s Cathedral, Kilkenny Restoration Fund 2020/2021: Given the medical crisis that we are facing    because of the Covid-19 Outbreak, Bishop Dermot Farrell has decided to   postpone the launch of the Diocesan Draw 2020/21. The first draw, scheduled to take place on Wednesday, 25th March 2020, will be held at a later date which will not be fixed now due to the rapidly evolving      situation. Bishop Farrell thanks all who have supported the draw.

Please note New Ross Singers have postponed their       Puccini Mass (Messa di Gloria) until a later date. Watch this space!

In the company of Bishop Dermot Farrell, the Ossory Adult Faith Development group are leading a Pilgrimage to Rome (August 24th – 29th 2020). These days in the Eternal City are an opportunity through art and sacred sites to     unlock knowledge of our faith and to deepen our understanding of God.  Anyone interested can contact or 056 7753624. The cost of the pilgrimage is €859 pp sharing (€25pp/per night single-room supplement).

Diocese of Ossory Pilgrimage to Lourdes 2020: The        Ossory Pigrimage to Lourdes scheduled for May 17th to 22nd has been cancelled. All enquiries to Liz Molphy, Joe Walsh Tours, 143, Lower Baggot Street, Dublin 2.  Tel: 012410800Email: 

You will notice that we have marked two spaces for      drivers with disabilities in the front of Rosbercon Please keep these spaces free for those who need them.

Mass Intentions for the Saturday/Sunday 28th/ 29thMarch, 2020:

O Leary and Saunders families Garrenbehy

Bridie and Bobby Richardson Rosbercon

Deceased members of Richardson and Carthy families

Joe Lawlor School House Road

Maura Young Cooleen Months Mind

Moses Murphy Assumption Terrace

A Pray in the time of the Coronavirus

Dear Lord, in 1879 the Apparition in Knock gave comfort and hope to your people in a time of distress and worry.

We ask that Our Lady may now protect your beloved     people from the Coronavirus. Help our medical personnel to bring the virus to a swift end and bless them in their work. We ask healing and recovery to be given to all who are suffering from the virus and their families.

May all of us, Lord, be strengthened by the spiritual support of the Christian community at this time through prayer and concern for one another. May we never abandon hope in the face of adversity and trust in your love for us. Amen

Our Lady of Knock, pray for us.


For a Mother


Your voice learned to soothe

Your new child

Your voice was the first sound

I heard before even I could see


Your young eyes gazed on me.

Your eyes were the first mirror

Where I glimpsed

My image in your face


Your nearness filled the air,

You eased and calmed

The longing that stirred in my infant heart


You nurtured and fostered me

With a love and care

That could come from nowhere else


I was formed from the depths beneath your heart,

You know me inside out

No deeds or no seas, nothing

Could ever erase your love for me.

Wisdom: Mother’s hold their children’s hands for a while but their hearts forever.

Humour: In school, little Johnny was asked about saying prayers at home. The teacher

asked, “do you say prayers before eating?”. “No Miss”, said Johnny, “I don’t have to,

my mum’s a good cook!”

Dates of Cemetery Masses in Rosbercon Parish, 2020:

Thursday, 25th June:                  Ballyneale Cemetery

Monday, 29th June:                    Shanbogh Cemetery.

Tuesday, 30th June:                   Listerlin Old Cemetery

Friday, 3rd July:                          Rosbercon New Cemetery

Tuesday, 7th July:                      Rosbercon Old Cemetery

Friday, 10th July:                        Mullinarrigle Cemetery

Sunday, 23rd August:                 St Moling’s Well 

All Evening Masses at 8.00 p.m. and Sunday Masses at 2.00 p.m.




Childminder available locally, Garda Vetted and has a full drivers licence. Please contact 087-3169966.


Scoil Mholinge Listerlin are now accepting enrolments for    Junior Infants for September 2020. Enrolment forms can be obtained by contacting the school at 051-427305 or                alternatively by email


Tullogher-Rosbercon Community Alert would like to inform all elderly parishioners that the emergency response     button is available for all interested parties. It is free of charge for the first year. For further details please call or text 087-9020552. As always the contact number for   Community Alert is 083-1999585 where all suspicious  activities can be reported. This number should be added to each persons contact list. The text alert system has been an overwhelming success since its initiation just over six years ago. Increased vigilance is the key to reducing    opportunities for crimes to be committed.


Experienced child minder /Garda vetted available to mind in your home for period 16th March -17th April. Please text Louise on 085-1269299”

Author: Eamon Kissane