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, 5th July 2020

Categories: Newsletter


Fr Dan Cavanagh PP Tel 051-421515 087 2335432: Office Hours: Monday to Thursday, 10.30am- 2.30pm   E Mail:

Parish Office Phone 051-425093: Office Hours Monday to Friday, 9.30am- 12.30pm

E Mail: Rosbercon

Fourteenth Sunday of the Year

At times all of us find life burdensome. But Jesus invites us to bring our burdens to him and he will give us rest. We come to him now in a spirit of love and trust.

Theme of the Weekend Readings: We can bring our troubles to God and find rest.

First Reading: God’s prophet promises peace to his people.

Second Reading: Life is given to us through God’s spirit.

Gospel: Jesus promises rest to the overburdened.

Weekend Masses:

Saturday 11th July   7.00pm Mass in Rosbercon

Sunday 12th July     9.30am Mass in Mullinarrigle

                              11.00am Mass in Rosbercon

Weekday Masses:


Wednesday 8th July and Friday 10th July:       10.00am

Recent Death:

Mary Saunders (nee Butler), Manchester and Raheen


Margaret Phelan, Shanbogh

Jim, Jack and Matty Phelan, Shanbogh

Brian O Neill, Tinnaranny

Michael Hanrahan, Tullogher

Peggy Long, Listerlin

Public Masses will resume in Rosbercon Church on Saturday 4th July at 7 pm. Mass was last celebrated publicly in our Parish on Friday 13th March. So, it is very good news that this weekend we are able to pray together and celebrate Mass and the Sacraments. We were very blessed that the Churches of our Parish were able to remain open during the 16 weeks of lockdown.

The Weekly Programme of Masses for the month of July will be: Rosbercon Church: Wednesday & Friday at 10am: Saturday at 7pm except the 1st Saturday of the month (from August).  Sunday at 11am. Listerlin Church: Sunday at 9.30am: Tullogher Church: First Saturday of the month at 7pm (beginning in August)

What preparations are needed for the resumption of Mass? Because of the two-meter social distancing   regulation, the calculated capacity of the Churches is as follows:   Rosbercon: 52, Listerlin: 62 (two galleries) Tullogher: 40.

For the month of July, the number allowed in any Church has been restricted to fifty.

Entering the Church: Enter the Church through the main door only. Sanitize hands on entering the Church. Ushers will monitor numbers and show you to your seat.  Enter the seats from the Centre Aisle and exit from the Side Aisle. Cordoned off seats may not be used. Two people may sit in each seat one at each end. However, a family or people from the same household may use the same seat.  Maintain a 2-metre distance at all times.

Holy Communion: The celebrant will distribute Holy Communion at the altar and a Eucharistic Minister will    distribute Holy Communion at the Entrance Door of the Church.  People come to Communion in single file maintaining the two-metre distance. People who are unable to come for Communion will receive in their seat. The Priest/Eucharistic Minister will wear a face mask and sanitise their hands   before and after Communion. Communion will be dropped in the hand of those receiving, without hands touching. Communion will be taken in the hand only.

Church Collections: Collection Boxes will be left at the doors of the Church for your offerings.

Please Note: The challenge we face is to accommodate the people who wish to come to Mass. The numbers allowed into the Church are relatively small. We have to respect the regulations. Our first obligation is to safeguard the health of our people. The Sunday obligation has been lifted so Fr Dan asks that as many as can would attend Mass on Wednesday and Friday leaving the Saturday and Sunday Masses for those who can only come on weekends.

Many thanks: Fr Dan wishes to thank those who supported us through their prayers and special thanks to those who visited the Churches faithfully and lit candles. Thanks to those who have sent generous donations over the last months. These donations have been very important because parish and priest’s income have decreased for obvious reasons. So, thanks for your generosity. Finally, we thank God for bringing us safely through this very uncertain time.

Funerals were restricted in numbers during lockdown; at first only ten people could attend. Recently this number has increased to twenty-five. This has been a very difficult time for all bereaved families and for all those whose loved ones passed away. We remember our deceased and their families in our prayers. 

Celtic Prayer for the Close of the Day

As the rain hides the stars,

As the autumn mist hides the hills,

As the clouds veil the blue sky,

So, the dark happenings of our days

Hide the shining of God’s face from us.

Yet, if we hold Christ’s hand in darkness,

It is enough, since we know that,

Though we may stumble in our going,

God does not fall

To make you Smile: -Turning vegan would be a big missed steak! -I have a chicken proof lawn. It’s impeccable! -Drink wine. It’s not good to keep things bottled up! -Electricians have to strip to make ends meet!   -Our mountains aren’t just funny. They’re hill areas! -Puns about communism aren’t funny unless everyone gets them! – Well to be frank…. I’d have to change my name! -Wishing you a happy whatever-doesn’t-offend you! (From the Irish Catholic 25th June 2020)

Dates for your Diary:

Sunday 19th September 2020: First Eucharist in Listerlin.

Sunday 26th September 2020: First Eucharist in          Rosbercon

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.


Blessed are we in times of darkness.  

At times in life we will all experience confusion and darkness.

This should not over worry us.

It is in our emptiness that we are filled.

It is in our confusions that we are guided.

It is in our weakness that we are strengthened.

It is in our failings that we are forgiven.

It is in our hunger that we are fed.

We believe that God has a homeland prepared for us

where all our hungers will be satisfied

and all our hopes will be fulfilled.

So, we travel onwards with joy in our hearts and a spring in our steps.

And with a great desire to live life to the full.

Wisdom: Don’t start every day with a broken piece of    yesterday. Every day is a fresh start. Every day is a new beginning. Every morning you wake up is the first day of your new life.

Humour: Lord, give me coffee to change the things I can change and wine to accept the things I can’t!

Tullogher Rosbercon GAA Development Draw

June 2020 Winners

1st Prize of €250 – Billy Gorey, Tinneranny

2nd Prize of €100 – Darragh Moore, Rosbercon

3rd Prize of €100 – Michael & Mary Barron, Brownsford

South Kilkenny Historical Society

The society have kindly reminded us that Sunday July 12th is Fraochan Sunday, when traditionally people climbed Tory Hill. Climbing Tory Hill on Fraochán Sunday is an ancient tradition, dating back many centuries and is associated with the ancient festival of Lughnasa. 

*** PLEASE NOTE: DUE TO COVID-19 restrictions the office is manned for certain periods of the day only and the phone may not always be answered. If you would like family members prayed for or anniversaries placed in the newsletter please email – ***

Employment Opportunity

Rosbercon CE Scheme has a vacancy in the New Houghton Hospital, New Ross for an Activities Assistant. DEASP Community Employment terms and conditions apply. Please phone 086 3642592 for further details.

Employment Opportunity

Rosbercon CE Scheme has a vacancy in New Houghton Hospital, New Ross for a Caretaker/Groundskeeper. DEASP Community Employment terms and conditions apply. Please phone 086-3642592  for further details.

Childminder wanted:

Childminder wanted to mind 4 children (2 of whom are school going) in their own home preferably. Own transport necessary. Full time position (teacher hours) starting in September. Phone 0871251474 for more details. Listerlin area.

Author: Eamon Kissane