ROSBERCON PARISH NEWSLETTER 29th March 2020
Fr. Dan Cavanagh P.P. 051 421515 087-2335432
Parish Office: Phone 051-425093 Opening Hours 9.30 am—12.30 am
Fifth Sunday of Lent
In today’s Gospel we see a familiar scene, namely, people weeping over the death of a loved one. Jesus is at the centre of that scene. He is the one who gives hope to those who are surrounded by the shadows of death
Theme of the Weekend Readings: This weekend focuses on the Resurrection from death
First Reading: God raises his people from their graves.
Second Reading: The Spirit of God gives light.
Gospel: The raising of Lazarus.
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.
Maura Young , Cooleen, Months Mind
O Leary and Saunders families, Garrenbehy
Bridie and Bobbie Richardson, Rosbercon
Deceased members of Richardson and Carthy families
Joe Lawlor, School House Road
Moses Murphy, Assumption Terrace
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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: email@example.com
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 Sunday 05/04/2020
Nickey Murphy, Millbanks Grove, Rosbercon (1st Anniv.)
Katty Vereker, Assumption Terrace,
Jimmy, Kitty , Tommy and Jack Cassin, Rosbercon
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.
Prayer: At times like this, when we feel so fragile and vulnerable, we find strength and peace in prayer. We know that we are not alone. Our Saviour Jesus Christ feels and carries our suffering with us.
Prayer of Blessing for the World:
May your servants be shielded, O Lord by the protection of your loving kindness,
That, doing what is good in this world, they may reach you, their highest good.
Through Christ Our Lord, Amen
Prayer for those Away from Home:
Loving God, we pray for those whom we love,
But who are absent from us.
Keep them safe from all harm, stress and danger.
Bless them with peace, laughter, wisdom, love and joy.
Grant that we may be reunited in the fullness of love;
In Christ’s name we pray. Amen
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.
Wisdom: We must learn to live together as brothers and sisters or perish together as fools.
Humour: A man, who always hadmoneytroubles, asked by a creditor to pay at least the interest on the money he owed. He replied: My dear fellow, it is not in my interest to pay the principal or in my principal to pay the interest.
I arise today
Through the strength in the sky:
Light of the sun
Dazzle of fire
Speed of lightning
I arise today
With God’s strength to pilot me
God’s might to uphold me
God’s wisdom to guide me
God’s eye to look ahead for me
God’s ear to hear me
God’s word to speak to me
God’s hand to defend me
God’s way to lie before me
God’s shield to protect me
God’s hand to safeguard me (John O’Donohoe)
PLEASE NOTE THAT BINGO IS CANCELLED.
Þ TULLOGHER-ROSBERCON COMMUNITY ALERT
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.
Þ ROSBERCON CHAPTER ST VINCENT DE PAUL
The above chapter is readily available to assist parishioners in need in whatever form at this difficult time.
Mary B Conway
Contact no. 087 7140112