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Rosbercon Parish Newsletter, 27th 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 Sixth Sunday of Year

We have the freedom to say ‘Yes’ or ‘No’ in life. But this means we are responsible for our actions. We sometimes abuse our freedom, but God helps us to change and   repent.

Theme of the Weekend Readings:

God shows us the right and the wrong path in life.

First Reading: Our attitudes have consequences.

Second Reading: Paul’s ancient hymn toChrist.

Gospel: The parable of the two sons.

Weekend Masses:

Saturday 3rd October:          7:00 pm in Tullogher

Sunday 4th October:            9:30 am Mass in Mullinarrigle

                                                11:00 am Mass in Rosbercon

Weekday Masses:


Wednesday 30th September:             10:00 am

Friday 2nd October:                              10:00 am

Recent Deaths:

Biddy Nolan, Tinneranny

Peggy Porter (née O’Leary), Luton, England and Waterford Road, Rosbercon

Christy Fitzgerald, Coolnahaw


Bernadette Phelan, Tullogher—1st Anniversary

John Furlong, Smithstown

Paddy Lawlor, Glenpipe

Johnny Boland, Ballycroney,

Minnie and Billy Boland, Ballycroney,

Stasia, Nell, Tom and Mick Boland, Ballycroney

To make you Smile: If you are not sure that you qualify as a true senior citizen, check the following:

  • Everything hurts and what doesn’t hurt doesn’t work.
  • You look forward to a dull evening.
  • You need glasses to find your glasses.
  • You sit in your rocking chair but you can’t make it work.
  • Your house is too big and your medicine cabinet is too small.
  • Your children begin to look middle aged.
  • You get winded playing cards and your address book contains only the names of medical specialists.
  • You feel like the morning after …but you haven’t been anywhere.
  • You have so many answers but no one is asking you any questions.

Fr. Brian Darcy

 First Holy Communion: Over the last two Saturdays, children from Scoil Mholinge, Listerlin, from Saint Canice’s and from Shanbogh Schools celebrated their First Holy Communion. We congratulate the children, their parents and guardians. We thank the teachers who prepared the children so beautifully for the sacrament.

A Message from Fr Dan:  There once was a little boy who wanted to meet God. He knew it was a long trip to where God lived, so he packed his bag with biscuits and a six-pack of juice and started his journey. When he had gone a short distance, he met an old woman. She was sitting in the park just staring at some pigeons. The boy sat down next to her and opened his bag. He was about to take a drink from his juice when he noticed that the old lady looked hungry, so he offered her a biscuit. She gratefully accepted it and smiled at him. Her smile was so pretty that the boy wanted to see it again, so he offered her a juice also. Once again, she smiled at him. The boy was delighted! They sat there all afternoon eating and smiling, but they never said a word. As it grew dark, the boy realized how tired he was, and he got up to leave but before he had gone more than a few steps, he turned around, ran back to the old woman and gave her a hug. She gave him her biggest smile ever. When the boy opened the door to his own house a short time later, his mother was surprised by the look of joy on his face. She asked him, “What did you do today that made you so      happy?” He replied, “I had lunch with God.” But, before his mother could respond, he added, “You know what? She’s got the most beautiful smile I’ve ever seen!” Meanwhile, the old woman, also filled with joy, returned to her home. Her son was stunned by the look of peace on her face and he asked, “Mother, what did you do today that made you so peaceful?” She replied, “I ate biscuits and drank juice in the park with God.” But, before her son responded, she added, “You know, he’s much younger than I expected.” Moral: God is everywhere. We just need to share our happiness and make others smile to feel him.

St. Matthew was one of the Apostles and his feast day was celebrated on the 21st September. Matthew was a Tax Collector. The Jews despised those who collected taxes for the Romans or for Herod. When Jesus met Matthew, he said to him “follow me”. Matthew wrote his Gospel in Aramaic for his own people, the Jews, to prove to them that Jesus of Nazareth was the Messiah whom the prophets foretold in the Old Testament. He shows how the prophesy was fulfilled in Jesus. Matthew followed Jesus and tradition tells us that he died willingly for the sake of Jesus and is faith. St Matthew pray for us today. Amen.

Wisdom: Life is a like a book. Some chapters are sad, some are happy and some are exciting. But if you never turn the page, you will never know what the next chapter holds.

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

Mass Intentions for the Saturday/Sunday 3rd/4th October 2020:

Tullogher: Saturday 3rd October at 7:00 pm

James Power, Glenballyvalley

Bridget and Michael Croke, Brownsford

Eamon Comiskey, Brownsford

Mullinarrigle: Sunday 4th October at 9:30 am

Eily Murphy, Ballyreddy—7th Anniversary

Pat O’Neill, Abbey Park, Ferrybank—Months Mind

Rosbercon: Sunday 4th October at 11:00 am

Kathleen Doran, Assumption Terrace—1st Anniversary

David Brindley, School House Road, Rosbercon

Collection of Parish Funds 12th/13th & 19th/20th September  2020:                             

Offertory Collection                                           € 636.00

Weekly Envelopes:                                            €1359.00

Parish Debt on 21st September 2020:           €58,102.59

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.

The October Station and November Offering Envelopes will be distributed to the homes of the parish next week. The usual distributors are asked to oblige. Envelopes may be handed in at the weekend Masses or to the Parochial House.

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 this Wednesday 30th September 2020. Tickets are available from Fr Dan or by phoning the Parochial House, Phone 051-421515: Monday- Thursday, 10.30am-2.30pm.

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   contribute, we would be very grateful.

Humour: “The secret of a good sermon is to have a good beginning and a good ending; and to have the two as close together as possible!”                              

George Burns


A friend is many different things

to each and everyone,

Someone to share your worries with,

someone to share your fun.

A friend will always be there

to lend a helping hand,

and when you need to think things out

your friend will understand.

A friend will give opinions,

discuss things and advise,

and when you feel uncertain

a friend will say what’s wise.

And when you want to cry

your friend will give a shoulder

and the bond between the two of you

will deepen as you grow older.

For once a friendship is started

it goes from strength to strength,

and you’ll always treasure special times

that both of you have spent.

For friendship is important,

the most special thing by far.

A friend is warm and wonderful

and everything you are.                     



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.

Author: Eamon Kissane