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Office Hours: Tuesday – Friday 10.30am -2.30pm

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Rosbercon Parish Newsletter, 6th September 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 Third Sunday of the Year

Jesus says, ‘Where two or three meet in my name I will be there with them’ – words we hear in today’s Gospel. We are meeting in the Lord’s name. So we know that he is with us.

Theme of the Weekend Readings:

In our dealings with others we aim to show trust,  forgiveness and love.

First Reading: The prophet is held accountable for his message.

Second Reading: What is done in love cannot hurt.

Gospel: Love can sometimes include confrontation.

Weekend Masses:

Saturday 12th September:7:00 pm in Rosbercon

Sunday 13th September:             9:30 am Mass in Mullinarrigle

                                                        11:00 am Mass in Rosbercon

Weekday Masses:


Wednesday 9th September:      10:00 am

Friday 11th September:                                10:00 am

Recent Deaths:

Nicholas (Noel) Doyle, Gaulestown, Glenmore

Tony Fitzgerald, Rickardsland

Paddy Fitzgerald, Rickardsland and Thurles


Harry Doherty, Mount Carmel, New Ross

Andy Murphy, Brownsford

Michael Phelan, Tullogher—13th Anniversary

Christy Ward, Ballymartin

Jack Power, Brownstown—20th Anniversary

Nancy Power, Ballybeg

Geraldine O’Sullivan

Catherine Mernagh—7th Anniversary

James Waters, Shanbogh

Brian Fortune, Shanbogh

We welcome into the Christian Community Sadhbh Margaret Phelan, daughter of Donal and Mairéad, Shanbogh Upper, who was baptised in Rosbercon Church onSaturday 29th August 2020. We also        welcome Ava Kate Mullally, daughter of Eddie and Claire, Ballyconnaught, who was baptised in Tullogher Church onSaturday 29th August 2020.

Baptisms:  Arrangements for Baptisms can be made through the Parochial House. Phone 051-421515:  Monday- Thursday, 10.30am-2.30pm.  Baptisms are celebrated individually for each family. At present we are booked out until mid-December 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: A Prayer as our Schools Reopen: Loving God, we ask you to wrap our school family in a cloak of love and protection as our schools reopen at this time. Bless our Boards of Management and Staff as they        continue the work that they have already begun to ensure a welcoming and safe environment for all. Bless our parents as they again entrust their children to our schools. Help us to work together to help the children and young people to become the very best that they can be. Above all, God of Love, we ask you to extend your hand of blessing on our pupils as they joyfully reunite with their friends and all in the school community. May they continue to progress in their studies and always know that they are safe, secure and   protected. We know that much is very different this year, but we are confident that through the efforts of so many       dedicated people, God’s love and care for each of us will never change. May we show the same love and care for one another in all we do and say this year. Amen.

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.

A Prayer for Balance for Students and others!

Help me, God, to find a balance

between study and leisure.

When work must be done,

let me realise that I am here to learn

and cannot be going to parties.

Let me also see that

life is more than books

and being a person comes before grades.

A snowball fight, a walk around a lake

or a simple talk with a friend

will do wonders when studies get me down.

Lord, guide me along this balanced line.


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 by never giving up and recognising that God is always with us.

Mass Intentions for the Saturday/Sunday 12th/13th September 2020:

Rosbercon: Saturday 12th September at 7:00 pm:

Ellen Kennedy, Irishtown Heights

Rosbercon: Sunday 13th September at 11:00 am:

Tom and Bessie Doyle, Waterford Road

Collection of Parish Funds 29th/30th August 2020:              

Offertory Collection:                                                  €254.59

Weekly Envelopes:                                                     €501.00

Parish Debt on 1st September 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


‘O that today you would listen to his voice, harden not your hearts’

To adopt a hard heart-hearted attitude is to maim oneself.

A hard heart is a closed heart, so it can’t receive.

A hard heart inevitably becomes a barren heart.

A soft heart, on the other hand, is a blessing.

A soft heart can receive and can respond.

Lord, grant that softened by the rain of your grace,

and warmed by the sun of your love,

Our hearts may be turned from a desert into a garden.

Wisdom: The best preacher is the heart; the best teacher is time; the best book is the world; the best friend is God.

Humour: A little girl walked to and from school daily. One day, though, the weather that morning was okay, but by the afternoon the winds had whipped up, bringing thunder and lightning. The little girl’s mother was worried and got into her car and drove to meet her. As she did, she saw the little girl walking along the sidewalk. At each flash of      lightning, the child would stop, look up and smile. The mother pulled up next to her daughter, opened the door and asked ‘what are you doing honey? Why are you stopping and smiling every time there is a flash of lightning? ‘God keeps taking pictures of me’ the little girl said. ‘Don’t you think he wants me to smile?’

  • 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 Rosbercon Parish Hall and Sports Centre for a Caretaker/Groundskeeper. DEASP Community Employment terms and conditions apply. Please phone 086-3642592 for further details.


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.


Amber Womens Refuge are still here. Offering 24/7 support during this COVID-19 pandemic. If you or someone you know is experiencing domestic abuse please make contact with us on 1850 42 42 44 or email when its safe to do so.


Winners of the August 2020 Draw held on the 31st August 2020.

1st             Tullogher Camogie Club

2nd           Georgina Prendergast, Slievecorrig

3rd            Robert and Eileen Forristal, Shanbogh

4th-7th     Seamus Forristal, Shanbogh

                  Paddy Ryan, Glentiroe

                  Anthony Connick, Millbanks

                  Brendan Lawlor, Ballymagill

The next draw is the Annual Draw and September 2020, which will be held on Tuesday 30th September 2020 at 08:30 pm.


As a young man James was described as a very strong and nimble man low in stature who in his early years fell ill with the much feared pox which was very prevalent in those days and following a lengthy period of recovery left him with a heavily scarred face, a pronounced limp, with sight in one eye only which it was said did not impede his blunderbuss aiming ability. One of his first of many victims was the Rev. Collier clergyman of Rosbercon who he    hated with a vengeance having fallen foul of him in earlier years. James died in New Ross in 1788 and his wife Ann duly collected his outstanding salary of £1.72. In 1905 a blunderbuss surfaced somewhere in Cork bearing the    following inscription on the barrel “Happy is he who escapes me – James Freney”. Tradition has been kind to James telling us he was very chivalrous to the ladies no doubt he was after relieving them of their valuables. It has also been said he never actually shot any person yet in his memories, he tells us he shot and wounded a pursuing military man near Inistioge whilst attempting to escape his clutches. Whilst on the run towards the end of his keeping career he informs us he hid some of his ill-gotten gains up on the side of Mount Alto just above Ballycocksoost, so now if you have a few hours to spare on a Sunday afternoon and in need of a few bob you now know where to start digging and should you fail to return the proceeds the Revenue will be aiming their blunderbuss in your direction.   


We must teach our children to dream with their eyes open.

Harry Edwards

Author: Eamon Kissane