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Rosbercon Parish Newsletter, 13th 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 Fourth Sunday of Year

At the beginning of our Weekend Masses we ask God to forgive us our failings and to help us to forgive      others.

Theme of the Weekend Readings:

God is generous with his forgiveness. So, it follows that we forgive one another.

First Reading: The Old Testament writer tells us that we must let go of anger and wrath and instead forgive others. 

Second Reading:

St Paul tells us how we influence each other.

Gospel: If we want God to forgive us, we must be willing to forgive one another.

Weekend Masses:

Saturday 19th September:

First Eucharist Mass:             11:00 am in Mullinarrigle

Saturday 19th September: No Evening Mass

Sunday 20th September:       9:30 am Mass in Mullinarrigle

                                             11:00 am Mass in Rosbercon

Weekday Masses:


Wednesday 16th September:            10:00 am

Friday 18th September:                     10:00 am


Ellen Kennedy, Irish Town Heights, New Ross

Tom and Bessie Doyle, Waterford Road

John Hayes, Fethard On Sea

We welcome into the Christian Community Sophie May O’ Donnell, daughter of Gary and Kayleigh, Tinneranny, who was baptised in Rosbercon Church onSaturday 5th September 2020.

The Birthday of Our Lady: On Tuesday, 8th           September we celebrated the birthday of the Blessed Virgin Mary. This feast of Our Lady has been celebrated by the Church since the sixteenth century. St. Romanos, a member of the Eastern Church, established the feast and composed a hymn for the   occasion. The devotion spread to Rome in the seventeenth century and after that to the Western Church. Joachim and Anna were Our Lady’s parents. According to tradition they had no other children. The people who have gone before us had great devotion to Our Lady and the Family Rosary was said in our homes in the evening before retiring for the night. We pray to Our Lady. May we have a deep devotion to the Mother of Jesus. We pray that Our Lady will always be with us and hold her loving hand over those we love. May Mary our Mother keep all of us in her care. Amen.

To make you Smile: Humour: Life would be a nobler thing if we avoided petty tittle-tattle about our neighbours, but the evenings would be terribly long.

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.

First Holy Communion: On Saturday 19th September the pupils of Listerlin National School will celebrate their First Holy Communion in Mullinarrigle Church with Mass at 11.00am. We congratulate the children, their parent & guardians. We thank their teachers who have patiently    journeyed with them over the last year. First Penance will be celebrated in the Church on Tuesday 15th September at 7.30pm. 

A Meditation

God has created me to do him some definite service.

He has committed some work to me

which he has not committed to another.

I have my mission.

I may never know it is in this life,

but I shall be told it in the next.

I am a link in a chain,

a bond of connection between persons.

He has not created me for naught.

I shall do good; I shall do his work.

Therefore, I will trust him.

Whatever I do, where I am,

I cannot be thrown away.

If I am in sickness,

my sickness may serve him.

If I am in sorrow.

my sorrow may serve him.

He does nothing in vain.

He knows what he is about.

Cardinal Newman

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.

Just a Thought: ‘Draw close to God and he will draw close to you’. James 4:8. One of the gifts we have inherited from our Celtic ancestors is a vivid sense of the presence of God in our lives. Those of us who remember our parents and grandparents praying, know that they had a prayer to cover every chore of the day. They had little time for long formal prayers. Instead each action was done in partnership with God and became a prayer. ‘My life is God’s precious gift to me. I live enclosed in God and my God is enclosed in me’.

Mass Intentions for the Saturday/Sunday 19th/20th September 2020:

Mullinarrigle: Sunday 20th September at 9:30 am

Stephen and Peggy Walsh, Smithstown

Annette Kavanagh, Tinahealy

Rosbercon: Sunday 20th September at 11:00 am

Michael Molloy, Tinneranny

Collection of Parish Funds 5th/6th September 2020:

Offertory Collection:                                    €336.00

Weekly Envelopes:                                        €729.00

Parish Debt on 7th 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. Many thanks to all who have contributed so generously.  Envelopes may be handed in at the Parochial House or returned at the weekend Masses. Fr Dan appreciates your generosity and support.

St Mary’s Cathedral, Kilkenny Restoration Fund 2020/2021: Following its earlier postponement; St Mary’s Cathedral Restoration Fund Draw will now go ahead for a Sixth Year. Bishop Dermot Farrell has asked me to thank the people of Rosbercon for their ongoing support. He is also requesting your support for Year Six of the Diocesan Draw. There will be 12 monthly draws, September 2020-August 2021, on the last Wednesday of each month in the Chapter Room at St Mary’s Cathedral.  The annual prize fund is €60,000 and the subscription is €10.00 per month or €120.00 per annum. The first draw takes place on Wednesday 30th September 2020. Tickets are available from Fr Dan or by phoning the Parochial House, Phone 051-421515: Monday- Thursday, 10:30 am-2:30 pm.


Signing with the Cross

Lord Jesus, I sign my heart with the sign of the cross,

Reminding myself of your love for each person.

I ask that I may grow in faithfulness as your friend.

I sign my lips with the sign of the cross

So that I may speak as you would speak.

I sign my hands with the sign of the cross,

Asking that you enable me to do your work,

And be your hands in our world which you love so much.

I sign my eyes with the sign of your cross

That I may really see, Lord, and be aware

Of all that is around me

I sign my ears with the sign of your cross

That I may listen and really hear

The communication that comes to me in different ways

From you and from the people you place in my life.

I sign my shoulders, Lord, with your cross

Knowing that you call me to carry

My own cross each day and support others

In the burdens and difficulties that they have.

All that I do today I do

‘In the name of the Father, and of the Son

And of the Holy Spirit, Amen’

Wisdom: “How beautiful it is to find someone who asks for nothing but your company.”

Humour: A man ninety years old was asked to what he attributed his longevity. ‘I reckon’ he said with a twinkle in his eye, ‘it’s because most nights I went to bed and slept when I should have sat up and worried!

We are delighted to announce that we received funding from Kilkenny Local Community Development Committee (Kilkenny LCDC) and the Department of Rural and      Community Development in relation to their Community Enhancement Programme 2020—Reopening of  Community Facilities under COVID-19 Restrictions Small Grant Support Scheme. The grant enabled us to carry out all necessary works required to adhere to the COVID-19 guidelines. We thank them for their support during this unprecedented time and look forward to working with them in the future. 


Tullogher Rosbercon Community Alert would like to remind all parishioners not to hesitate when it comes to reporting all suspicious activity, which is especially important as   people are no longer spending as much time at home due to the reopening of our schools and the lifting of the various Covid 19 restrictions. The contact number for Community Alert is 083-1999585. As always, all elderly parishioners may avail of the emergency response button which is free of charge for the first year. For further details please call or text 087-9020552. The contact number for Community Alert is 083-1999585.

Parishioners are also warned to beware of telephone, SMS or email scams where a caller states they are from Revenue and informs members of the public that they are entitled to a tax refund or that they are seeking an immediate payment of a tax bill over the phone. The caller may also request credit card or bank account details. This caller is not from Revenue and it is a scam. Neither Revenue nor any financial institutions will ask you for your details in this manner. Anyone who receives such a call is advised to hang up immediately or delete the email or SMS. Please continue to stay safe and look out for each other in these strange and unprecedented times. 

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


Amber Women’s 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 it’s safe to do so.


Exams and grades are temporary, Education is permanent. 

Author: Eamon Kissane