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Office Hours: Tuesday – Friday 10.30am -2.30pm

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Rosbercon Parish Newsletter, 20th 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 Fifth 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 26th September: 

First Eucharist Mass:             11:00 am in Rosbercon

Saturday 26th September: 7:00 pm in Rosbercon

Sunday 27th September:       9:30 am Mass in Mullinarrigle                                        11:00 am Mass in Rosbercon

Weekday Masses:


Wednesday 23rd September:            10:00 am

Friday 25th September:                     10:00 am

Recent Deaths:

Brigid (Biddy) Roche (née Morrissey), Glenpipe

Johanna (Jo) Malone, Hoodsgrove


Stephen and Peggy Walsh, Smithstown

Annette Kavanagh, Tinahely

Michael, Molloy, Tinneranny

We welcome into the Christian Community Ada Alice Cody, daughter of Daniel and Emer, Ballalog, Tullogher, who was baptised in Listerlin Church on   Saturday 12th September 2020.

Request for Sponsorship: In the years 2018/2019 we refurbished and redecorated the Parish Hall to secure its Fire Certification and we installed external lighting in Rosbercon Church and Parochial House.

The support of the people of the Parish made these works possible. We still have a debt and also our     income is down this year due to the Covid Virus. It means that our Christmas Parish Draw needs to be successful. With this in mind Fr Dan is asking Parishioners to sponsor or help to sponsor the prizes. The prizes range from a 1st Prize of €500 to a 10th Prize of €100 in descending order. If you feel you can make a contribution, we would be very grateful.

We are aware that so many have been most generous already and we are very appreciative of your continued support of the Parish.

Congratulations to all who received their Leaving Certificate Results on Monday of last week. Schools had many difficulties to overcome because of the Corona virus. Congratulations also to teachers and parents who helped the students achieve their aims. May they have God’s blessings and graces in the future, in college or in the    workplace and may they have the courage to stand up for what is just and right. May the Holy Spirit bless them with strength and courage.

First Holy Communion: On Saturday 26th September the pupils of St. Canice’s, Rosbercon and Shanbogh National School will celebrate their First Holy Communion in Rosbercon 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.

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. Dia ár Lámh

A Message from Fr Dan: Ernest Hemingway, the great American writer, wrote a short story called “The Capital of the World.” In this story, Hemingway told the story of a    father and his teenage son. The son had sinned against his father and in his shame, he ran away from home. The father searched all over Spain for him, but still he could not find the boy. Finally, in the city of Madrid, in a last desperate attempt to find his son, the father placed an ad in the daily newspaper. The ad read: “PACO MEET AT HOTEL     MONTANA NOON TUESDAY ALL IS FORGIVEN. –       PAPA.” The father prayed that maybe the boy would see the ad and maybe, just maybe, he would come to the Hotel Montana. On Tuesday, the father in Ernest Hemingway’s story arrived at the Hotel Montana and he could not believe his eyes. A group of police officers had been called out to keep order among the eighty young boys named “Paco” who had come to meet their father in front of the Hotel  Montana. Eighty boys named Paco read the ad in the   newspaper and hoped it was for them. Eighty “Pacos” came to receive the forgiveness of their father. Thanks be to God for the forgiveness that is available to us through the     message of Christ. If there is a person you need to forgive, seek out that person while there is time! 

Wisdom: “I sought my soul, the soul I could not see.

I sought my God and God eluded me.

I sought my brother and found all three”

Mass Intentions for the Saturday/Sunday 26th/27th September 2020:

Mullinarrigle: Sunday 27th September at 9:30 am

Bernadette Phelan, Tullogher—1st Anniversary

John Furlong, Smithstown

Collection of Parish Funds 12th/13th September 2020:        

Figures for Offertory and Envelope collections will be given next week.

Parish Debt on 14th 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.

Copies of the Income and Expenditure Account for   Rosbercon Parish the year ended 31st December 2019 are now available at the back of the Church. We thank our   Parishioners for their continued support and generosity.

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.

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’.

Humour: A catholic couple in Chicago made plans to visit Florida. They planned to stay in the same hotel where they had their honeymoon. Their busy schedule made it impossible for the couple to travel together. So, the husband checked into the hotel on Thursday and the wife planned to arrive the following day. The husband decided to email his wife but he mistyped the address. Meanwhile in Dallas a widow had just returned from her husband’s funeral and checked her emails expecting messages of condolence from relatives and friends. She read the message and  fainted. The message read:

To: My Loving Wife

From: Your Departed Husband

Subject: I’ve arrived.

I know you are surprised to hear from me so soon, but they have computers here now and I thought I’d let you know I’m already here and checked in. Everything is ready for your arrival tomorrow. P.S Sure is hot down here!


Nutty Scientists Wexford are back with their afterschool fun Science workshops. Classes will start in Rosbercon community centre on Tuesday the 29th  of September for 4 consecutive Tuesdays. For booking information and prices please go to- or contact our office on 087-9116117


Mernagh Academy of Irish Dance is now recruiting new members all ages, both boys & girls. Classes held at   Rosbercon Parish Hall and will be run under Covid-19 Government Guidelines. Children MUST be pre-registered. Further information Is available from  Séamas Mernagh TCRG at:0876729435 or email: Garda Vetted / Fully Insured / Covid-19 Compliant and Certified 

¨ 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.

¨ 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.


Let those who are at peace with you be many,

but let your advisers be one in a thousand.

When you gain a friend, gain him through testing,

and do not trust him hastily.

For there is a friend who is such at his own convenience,

but will not stand by you in your day of trouble.

And there is a friend who changes into an enemy,

And will disclose a quarrel to your disgrace.

And there is a friend who is a table companion,

but will not stand by you in your day of trouble.

In your prosperity he will make himself your equal,

and be bold with your servants;

But if you are brought low he will turn against you,

and will hide himself from your presence.

A faithful friend is a sturdy shelter;

He that has found one has found a treasure.

There is nothing so precious as a faithful friend,

and no scales can measure his excellence.

                     Old Testament Book of Sirach: 6.6-12, 14-15


The greatest failure is to end up bitter, negative, ungrateful and narrow-minded.

Brendon Burchard

Author: Eamon Kissane