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Rosbercon Parish Newsletter, 16th August 2020

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Fr Dan Cavanagh PP Tel 051-421515 087-2335432

Office Hours: Tuesday to Friday 10:30 am- 2:30 pm   E Mail:

Parish Office Phone 051-425093: Office Hours Monday to Friday, 9:30 am- 12:30 pm

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Twentieth Sunday of the Year

In today’s Gospel we meet a pagan woman who had the most extraordinary faith in Jesus, a faith that was rewarded with the cure of her sick daughter. During the Mass let us bring our needs and concerns to God, whose children we are.

Theme of the Weekend Readings:

We are reminded that persistent faith is fruitful.

First Reading: God’s laws are simple to understand.

Second Reading:

Paul longs for the Jews to realise that Jesus is their Messiah.

Gospel: The Canaanite woman is persistent.

Weekend Masses:

Saturday 22nd August:         7:00 pm Mass in Rosbercon

Sunday 23rd August:            9:30 am Mass in Mullinarrigle

                                                11:00 am Mass in Rosbercon

Weekday Masses:


Wednesday 19th August:                    10:00 am

Friday 21st August:                              10:00 am


Margaret Malone (née Maddock), Listerlin—Months Mind

Pat, Alice and Dave Long, Ballalog

Phil Rogers, St. Canice’s Terrace

George Peters, Slievecorrig—Months Mind

The envelopes for the Summer Collection for the support of Fr Dan will be available this week. The usual distributors are asked to oblige again. Fr Dan will contact you in the coming days.  We thank our parishioners for their generosity and support.

Listerlin Tidy Towns Committee: Many congratulations to the Listerlin Tidy Towns Committee who have made such a marvellous contribution to the appearance of the village of Listerlin and to the beauty of the Church and the Church Grounds.  Even during Lockdown their hard work kept the place looking wonderful. We support their work in any way we can. Please help by cleaning up your grave plots, especially by bringing home all withered wreaths and flowers. Thank you for your support!

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 8 am-8 pm, by calling 0818 222 024. Hours may be extended to meet the demand.

A message from Fr. Dan: ‘Love and Power’: “What is love but a face, instantly recognisable in a sea of faces? A spotlight rather than a panning shot. This is very different to power, which is a matter of numbers, of crowd scenes. I heard of an inscription on a stone set up in North Africa over two thousand years ago which reads: ‘I, the captain of a legion of Rome, have learned and pondered the truth, that there are in life two things, love and power, and no man can have both.’ Some twenty centuries later I add my own name to that inscription”.   Malcolm Muggeridge

The Dead

They do not leave us; they are not gone.

They look upon us still.

They walk among the valleys now,

They stride upon the hill.

Their smile is in the summer sky

Their grace is in the breeze.

Their memories whisper in the grass

Their calm is in the trees.

Their light is in the winter snow

Their tears are in the rain.

Their merriment runs in the brook

Their laughter in the lane

Their gentleness is in the flowers

They sigh in autumn leaves.

They do not leave; they are not gone,

Tis only we who grieve            

To make you Smile: ‘Life is a jest, and all things show it.

I thought so once, but now I know it’.

                               Inscription on a Tombstone

Prayer for forgiveness: Prayer found pinned to the jacket of a small Jewish child found dead in the Camp of Ranevstobok during the Second World War: ‘O Lord, remember not only the men and women of good will, but those of ill will. But do not remember all the sufferings they have inflicted upon us; Remember the fruits we have bought thanks to this suffering    our comradeship, our loyalty, our humility, our courage,  our greatness of heart which has grown out of all this, and when they come to judgement, let all the fruits which we have borne  be their forgiveness.’

God, Faith and Me: Faith is a wonderful treasure of a belief in the things which we have not yet seen, and yet have experienced. Faith is like a journey along a road. At times it can be level, at times it can throw up hills and obstacles and we may not know what is around the next bend. Yet, faith is what accompanies us in those difficult times. It is the promise that we hold in our hearts of hope in troubled times, of a light in the dark to guide our steps. Faith is a truly precious pearl, given to us by the King of Heaven, a King who humbled himself to share in our humanity. Let us rejoice in our faith and pray that it will remain with us.

Mass Intentions for the Saturday/Sunday 22nd/23rd

August 2020:

Rosbercon: Saturday, 22nd August at 7:00 pm:

Sean Rochford, Shanbogh, Rosbercon—Months Mind

Mullinarrigle: Sunday 23rd August at 9:30 am:

Jimmy Bookle, Millinakill

Calvin Walsh, Smithstown— Months Mind

Collection of Parish Funds 1st/2nd August and 8th/9th      August 2020:                            

Offertory Collection:                              €561.00 

Weekly Envelopes:                                  €1,519.00

Parish Debt on 10th August 2020: €58,102.59

Listerlin Church Altar Society: Fr Dan will be setting up an Altar Society for Listerlin Church during the month of August. He is asking for volunteers to help maintain the beauty of our historic Church. All enquiries welcome!

Just a Thought: One ofgifts that many of us inherited from our parents and grandparents is a sense of the presence of God in our lives. God is a God who loves, supports and cares for us every moment of our lives. We believe that God is with us here and now in the world that God has created. This belief leads us to constant communion with God. Those of us who are old enough to remember our parents and grandparents know that they had a prayer to cover every chore of the day. Each action was done in partnership with God and became a prayer. In our very busy lives today, it would be good to reflect now and again on our God as we go about our work. ‘My life is God’s precious gift to me. I live enclosed in God and God is enclosed in me’.


An Irish Wish

God be good to you in all your days,

God be kind to you in all your ways.

God give strength to you when crosses lean,

God send light to you, the clouds between.

God give peace to you in times of strife,

God bless everything that fills your life.

God send joy to you when grief is o’er,

God make way for you at Heaven’s door

Wisdom: Courage is fear holding on a little longer.

Humour: The great comfort of turning 49 is the realisation that you are now too old to die young!!

  • Employment Opportunity

Rosbercon CE Scheme has a vacancy in Tullogher Rosbercon GAA Club for a Groundskeeper/Caretaker DEASP Community Employment terms and     conditions  apply. Please phone 086-3642592  for further details.

  • 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.


The St. Moling’s Well Annual Pattern Mass in Mullinakill due to be celebrated on Sunday 23rd August 2020 will NOT take place due the COVID-19 pandemic.


New Ross Dramea Workshop presents “Evening of Drama and Laughter”. Our summer sessions are family friendly outdoor events taking place in various locations in New Ross this July, August and September. This is a free event starting at 7 pm on Tuesday 18th August, Thursday 20th   August and Friday 21st August.


1657 TO 1841

The Wexford County Archives recently published online for all to see the minute books of the New Ross Corporation meetings of the period 1657 to 1841 giving us a good insight into life within the town during those years. The prime administrative function of the Council was drafting of the town laws and the enforcement of the same contravention of which was quiet savorly punished by heavy cash fines or a ducking in the river Barrow. For example the council in 1668 ordered a new ducking stool to punish any inhabitant for causing annoyance on the streets in addition to a new pillory whipping post and a cage which was to be positioned in the towns   market place for all to view the imprisoned offenders, many would agree the old ducking stool would not go astray today. There was a law that dealt with any inhabitant found guilt of what was described as a hue and cry’s such as smoking, dancing and singing at any wake shall pay a fine of 5/- or be ducked. Pigs loose on the streets appears to have been a frequent occurrence for which offence a law stated any animal so found be impounded until the owner paid a fine of 6p per pig, later it increased to 2/6 as the fine did not appear to rectify the problem. Town residents were ordered to clean the street in front of their dwelling on Mondays and Wednesdays of each week or face a fine of 4p for each offence. In those times a good measure of law and order was applied within the towns but once you exited the gates, the countryside was rough and the road were just tracks and dangerous so much so the council in 1685 approved a fund of £60 to encourage men to go out in pursuit of wolves and Tories that frequented the hills about the town. Crossing the rivers from Rosbercon on the ferry would cost out a halfpenny per person and 1p for a horse or cow in addition entering the town cost a further 1p levied at the gates. The town Bellcryer went about the streets on a daily basis ringing his bell apart from announcements his main job was to ensure the town laws were kept and to eject any strange beggars. In 1689 John Joyce from Inistioge Council promised to send two salmons for the next two years being an acknowledgement of the authority of the Admiralty of Ross who claimed jurisdiction over the river from Inistioge to the tower of Hook then called the tower of Ross. In 1724 poor Francis Rooke was sentenced to be ducked and in the same year the three canon balls sticking in the walls of the Three Bullet Gate be removed. At night the military patrolled the town to protect the inhabitants from attack by the Tories. The Councils in those times were exclusively of the ascendency class and all male who controlled all aspects of authority in the town.


It always seems impossible until its done.

Nelson Mandela

Author: Eamon Kissane