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Office Hours: Tuesday – Friday 10.30am -2.30pm

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Rosbercon Parish Newsletter, 30th 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 Second Sunday of the Year

To follow Christ is inevitably to suffer. But there are great rewards too. However, we are weak and         cowardly. Without God we can do little. Let us turn to God and ask pardon for our failures and strength in our weakness.

Theme of the Weekend Readings:

Is there a meaning to suffering!

First Reading:

The prophet Jeremiah suffers for preaching God’s word.

Second Reading:

St. Paul advises us to offer our lives to God.

Gospel: Jesus will suffer.

Weekend Masses:

Saturday 5th September:    7:00 pm Mass in Tullogher

Sunday 6th September:      9:30 am Mass in Mullinarrigle

                                           11:00 am Mass in Rosbercon

Weekday Masses:


Wednesday 2nd September:             10:00 am

Friday 4th September:                       10:00 am


Jim Conway, Listerlin—3rd Anniversary

Michael Aylward, Assumption Terrace

We welcome into the Christian Community Riley Michael Mylett, son of Barry and Maria, Brooklawn, New Ross, who was baptised in Rosbercon Church onSaturday 22nd August 2020.

Mass Cards signed by Fr Dan are available at the   Parochial House, in the Parish Office and in the Sacristies of the three Churches. Offering: €10.00 Signed Mass Bouquets are also available. A record is kept of all donors’ intentions.

A Message from Fr Dan: In the film Shirley Valentine, the main character Shirley laments her stay- home life which is mostly spent in the kitchen of her home. Her husband Joe is out working all day and her two children have left home: “I’ve led such a little life and even that will be over pretty soon. I’ve allowed myself to lead this little life when inside me there is so much more and it’s all gone unused, and now it never will be. Why do we get all this life if we never use it? Why do we get all these feelings, and dreams and hopes? That’s where Shirley Valentine disappeared, she got lost in all this unused life.

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.

Face Coverings in Church: In solidarity with the vast    majority of our people who actively promote and pursue as safe an environment as possible – in their homes, their places of work and places where they shop or gather, the Diocese of Ossory now ‘strongly recommends’ the wearing of face coverings in addition to the continuation of social distancing and sanitising in all its Churches and buildings as public Masses and services continue.

To make you Smile: An undertaker was annoyed that a rival had got the job of burying a well-known local man. As the funeral passed by, he said to a friend ‘If the man inside that coffin was alive, it’s I who would have his funeral!

Just a Thought: It’s hard to believe that the summer holidays have come and gone. The children are beginning another year in school. The following is a Parents’ Blessing for their children as they go to school: ‘Father, we thank you for the gift of our children. Bless them as they go off to school. May they remember we love them and that you love them too! In school help them to be good listeners, and to love and respect themselves and those around them. As they grow on the outside, may they grow on the inside too, in knowledge and love for you and others! Be with them and help them to learn today all the things you need them to know. We ask this through Christ Our Lord, Amen’.

Celtic Prayer:

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 my lot

Hide the shining of God’s face from me.

Yet, if I may hold Christ’s hand in darkness,

It is enough, since I know that,

Though I may stumble in my going,

God does not fall

Wisdom: “What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.”

Humour: Mother to daughter going back to school: ‘Of course I am sad you’re going back to school because I have to stay at home, all alone, where it is quiet and I can do whatever I want’!

Mass Intentions for the Saturday/Sunday 5th/6th September 2020:

Tullogher: Saturday 5th September at 7:00 pm

Harry Doherty, Mount Carmel, New Ross

Andy Murphy, Brownsford

Mullinarrigle: Sunday 6th September at 9:30 am

Christy Ward, Ballymartin

Rosbercon: Sunday 6th September at 11:00 am

Nancy Power, Ballybeg

Geraldine O’Sullivan

Collection of Parish Funds 22nd/23rd August 2020: 

Offertory Collection:                                    €314.60

Weekly Envelopes:                                      €700.40

Parish Debt on 24th 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.

Dates for your Diary:

Saturday 19th September 2020:

First Eucharist in Listerlin.

Saturday 26th September 2020:

First Eucharist in Rosbercon


A Time for Promises

Promise to be strong that nothing can disturb your peace of mind

Promise to make all your friends feel that there is something special about them

Promise to look at the sunny side of everything and make your optimism come through

Promise to think of the best, to work only for the best and to make the best come true

Promise to be just as enthusiastic about the success of others as you are about your own

Promise to forget the mistakes of the past and press on to the greater achievements of the future

Promise to wear a cheerful expression at all times and give every person you meet a smile

Promise to give so much effort to the improvement of yourself that you have no time to criticize others

Promise to be too large for worry, too noble for anger, too strong for fear and too happy to permit the presence of trouble in your life

  • 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.


Throughout his keeping years from approximately 1748 to 1754 James caused havoc in this part of Co. Kilkenny operating to a large degree on the roads leading from   Kilkenny City to Waterford via the three friars cross and to New Ross via Ballyneale on which no traveler was safe. According to his memories James lived at Ballyduff near Inistioge where his father John worked on the estate of the local big man and Landlord Mr. Robbins who was of Cromwellian origin. Mrs. Robbins who was a kindly lady took a liking to young James and took him into her big house as a pantry boy and also educated him along with her own children. However, as he grew into his late teens James became careless about his job and cared more for hurling, horse riding, gambling and in his own words quite fond of the ladies. In his early twenties he married and moved to Waterford City where aided by his young wife’s dowry set up a sheebeen which soon attracted the        attention of the city authorities one of whom whilst interviewing James duly received a belt in the gob following which James was forced to rapidly depart the city and retreated to Thomastown deeply in debt and being pursued on a daily basis by his creditors which led him to seek financial advice from his friend John Reddy who was an informer and well known for his involvement with the much feared Kellymount Gang. Having reviewed his financial situation Reddy duly advised him the only answer to his difficulties was to go on his keeping and he would get 2 or 3 to assist him and so it all began. In his memories James mentions no less than 37 individual gang members spread over the keeping years who he ruled with a fist of iron.


“Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind”.

Dr. Seuss

Author: Eamon Kissane