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Rosbercon Parish Newsletter, 23rd 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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Twenty First Sunday of the Year

Christ chose Peter to be the chief shepherd of his flock. Peter had many strengths but he also had weaknesses. We too have weaknesses. When those weaknesses cause us to fall, Christ forgives us and helps us to go forward again.

Theme of the Weekend Readings:

Peter professes faith in Jesus as Saviour.

First Reading:

God replaces one leader of the people with another.

Second Reading: A beautiful hymn in praise of God.

Gospel: Peter’s act of faith.

Weekend Masses:

Saturday 29th August:             No Mass

Sunday 30th August: 9:30 am Mass in Mullinarrigle

                                                11:00 am Mass in Rosbercon

Weekday Masses:


Wednesday 26th August:  NO MASS

Friday 28th August:   10:00 am


Sean Rochford, Shanbogh—Months Mind

Jimmy Bookle, Mullinakill

Calvin Walsh, Smithstown—Months Mind

Bridie Gaule, Slievecorrig

Annette Kavanagh Tinahely and Smithstown

Jim Vereker Jnr., Assumption Terrace

We welcome into the Christian Community Seán Patrick Kilbane, son of Brendan and Bridget, Rahora, Via New Ross, who was baptised in Listerlin Church onSaturday 15th August 2020.

A Message from Fr Dan: To stand apart from public opinion in the search for Truth, Goodness and Beauty’: “God warned the people about an earthquake that would so affect the water supply that those who drank it would go crazy. One monk who lived on the mountain by himself laid in a supply of good water to last his lifetime. When the earthquake did occur, the monk went down to find that the people were, as God had foretold, crazy and they rejected the monk as different. After some years in his mountain retreat, the monk got so lonely that he left it to join the people. He drank their water and like them became crazy”.

To make you Smile: Mrs Brown was shocked to learn that her son had told a lie. Taking the youngster aside she explained the consequences of falsehood. ‘A big tall man with red fiery eyes and two sharp horns grabs little boys who tell lies and carries them off to Mars where they have to work in a dark canyon for fifty years! ‘Now’ she concluded, satisfied, ‘you won’t tell a lie again, will you, dear? ‘No Mum’ replied her son. ‘You tell better ones!’.

Guidance for Attending Mass, August 2020

1. Hand sanitisers are available at each Church. We ask you to avail of these as you enter and leave the Church.

2. We ask you to adhere to social distancing and follow signage.

3. Seats available for use are not cordoned off. Please only sit on these seats. Families are welcome to sit together.  Two people per seat from different household. (seated on either side of the seat).

4. Holy Communion will be distributed at the altar. The Priest/Eucharistic Minister will wear a face mask and sanitise their hands before and after distributing Holy Communion.

5. Entry to the Churches will only be through the main door.

6. Exit using all doors.

7. When capacity of the Church is filled, a sign at the entry will state “Full capacity”.

8. The collection at weekends will take place as you enter the Church.

9. Holy water fonts are not currently in use.

10. The sign of peace is suspended.

These measures are to keep everybody safe and will constantly be reviewed.  We are very happy to welcome you to Mass.

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.

Just a Thought: Sometimes we struggle with persistence. We can give up when things become difficult. We can lose hope when things don’t turn out as we planned. We can even stop praying when we don’t get what we ask for. Whatever our situation let us be persistent in our efforts and never giving up and recognising God is always with us.

Prayer by Cardinal Newman:

May Our Lord support us all the day long,

till the shadows lengthen,

and evening comes,

and the busy world is hushed,

and the fever of life is over,

and our work is done!

Then in his mercy

may He give us a safe lodging,

a holy rest,

and peace at the last!


Mass Intentions for the Saturday/Sunday 29th/30th August 2020:

Mullinarrigle: Sunday 30th August at 9:30 am

Jim Conway, Listerlin—3rd Anniversary

Collection of Parish Funds 15th/16th August 2020:            

Offertory Collection:                                           €476.66

Weekly Envelopes:                                        €753.00

Parish Debt on 17th August 2020: €58,102.59

Envelopes for the Summer Collection for the support of Fr. Dan have been distributed to the homes of the Parish. Envelopes may be handed in at the Parochial House or returned at the weekend Masses. Many thanks to our parishioners for your generosity and support.

Harvest Prayer

Loving Father you have given us many things

All good things come from your hands.

We often take your goodness for granted

And often fail to say thanks.

Help us to realise that we do not own the earth

But are its custodians.

Thank you for the richness of our soil

And the opportunity to work the land.

May we harvest abundantly

And in gratitude share the fruits of our labour.

We give you glory and thanks

Through Christ Our Lord

Wisdom: “Courage is not the absence of fear, but rather the judgement that something else is more important than fear”.

A Bit of Humour: A deaf man heard that a great doctor had come to the city with a cure for deafness. He made an appointment with the doctor and took the new treatment. To his amazement his hearing came back. When he went for his check up the doctor said to him, ‘Your family must be thrilled that you can hear again’. The man said, ‘I    haven’t told them. I love listening to what they are saying about me’.

¨ 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.


Housekeeper wanted in Tullogher, ideally afternoons for 3 hours Monday—Thursday to cook  for children aged 9—15 coming in from school and general cleaning. Contact     087-1723154 if interested. Thank you.


Family Carers Ireland are now accepting nominations for the 2020 Netwatch Carer of the Year. If you know of someone who is looking after a loved one at home and would like to recognise them for everything that they do, you can nominate them online at or contact the local office on 056-7721424 for a form.      Nominations are also being accepted for Young Carer of the Year. Now more than ever it is time to recognise the valuable contribution that family carers bring to society.


The Tullogher Rosbercon Vintage Road Run due to take place on Sunday 30th August 2020 will NOT take place due the COVID-19 pandemic and the latest restrictions in        Government Guidelines.


The following letter sent by the Glenmore Famine Relief Committee to the Waterford Union headquarters appealing for funds to alleviate starvation within the Parish provides an account of the degree of poverty which prevailed at the height of the famine not just in Glenmore alone, Rosbercon and Tullogher were no different. An old man once told me his Grandfather as a young child remembered a family   living in Ballyneale being fed some meagre food on a   long-handled shovel by neighbours in through a window as famine disease prevailed in the home.

“We beg to lay   before you the following statement. The relief district of Glenmore is situated between New Ross and Waterford and is one of the most neglected districts in the whole of Co. Kilkenny. In August last great distress prevailed in Glenmore and the committee collected the sum on the list sent herewith and by employing the most destitute at  quarrying stones and disposing of same they kept 100 families for three weeks from starvation, the   public work then commenced and relief was afforded to all the destitute at the time. The committee in December last   fearing thar the relief so afforded was not sufficient in   consequence of the great rise in price of provisions to keep the families of persons earning only 5 shillings per week from starvation applied to the landlords of the Parish for subscriptions to enable them to assist the poor; which   application was altogether unattended to. The poor men some of them with their children strapped on their backs in order to enable them to support their families.

Within the last few days some of the workmen have fallen sick and there is no prospect whatsoever of anything but starvation for them and their families unless some relief in addition to that of public works is afforded of which the wages of the men is on 2 pence per day whereas on the opposite side of the river in Co. Wexford the wages is from one shilling to one and nine pence per day. The committee feel bound to represent the peaceful state of the district. The sufferings are bearing with the greatest of patience and not a single breach of peace has occurred within the last three months. The committee therefore request that you will advise his excellency to forward to the treasurer the Rev. Thomas Carey P.P and Doctor James Boyd a donation as will afford the required relief and also to direct that a soup and rice kitchen be immediately placed at Glenmore”.

Signed: Peter Strange, Chairman

                James Boyd, Secretary

Author: Eamon Kissane