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Rosbercon Parish Newsletter, 4th October 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 Seventh Sunday of Year

The Old Testament tells us that God cared for his people as a good gardener cares for his vineyard, yet they failed to produce the desired fruits. We are the new people of God, the vineyard planted and cared for by Christ. God looks to us to produce the fruits of justice, holiness and peace. This is a great privilege and a great challenge too.

Theme of the Weekend Readings:

The Lord expects us to give service in our lives.

First Reading: God gets little in return for his love.

Second Reading:

SaintPaul promises peace to all who ask.

Gospel: The parable of the ungrateful tenants.

Weekend Masses:

Saturday 10th October:        7:00 pm in Rosbercon

Sunday 11th October:          9:30 am Mass in Mullinarrigle

                                                11:00 am Mass in Rosbercon

Weekday Masses:


Wednesday 7th October:                     10:00 am

Friday 9th October:                               10:00 am

Months Mind:

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


Tommy and Mikey Doolan, Curraghmore

James Power, Glenballyvalley

Fitzgerald Family, Cooleen, Tullogher

Bridget and Michael Croke, Brownsford

Eamon Comiskey, Brownsford

Anastia Malone, Cooleen, Tullogher

Eily Murphy, Ballyreddy—7th Anniversary

Paddy and Helen Malone, Ballygriffin

David Brindley, School House Road, Rosbercon

Kathleen Doran, Assumption Terrace—1st Anniversary

Face Coverings in Church: 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

To make you Smile:

Ways to avoid some of the frustrations of life:

Take a pen to the bank.

Take toilet paper to the pub.

Never book a flight on bank holidays. 

Get a gas barbecue.

Give up supporting teams that never win.  

Take your own radio when staying in hotels. 

Concrete the garden. 

Have a meal before going out to eat at a nouvelle cuisine restaurant.

Fr. Brian Darcy

A Message from Fr Dan: In his novel Callanash, William Horwood tells the story of the eagles caged in London Zoo. The eagles are well looked after with food, shelter and they are safe from being attacked. However, they have become so accustomed to having all their material needs met that they know that they are no longer able to survive in the wild. Much of Horwood’s story is about an old eagle, Minch, who is determined to keep alive her memory of her old life before she came to the zoo. One day a young eagle, named    Creggan, arrives from Callanash in the Northern Highlands of Scotland. The old eagle, Minch, takes Creggan under her wing. She says to him, “When you are young, Creggan, freedom seems outside, beyond the cages. When you get older like me, you find freedom is inside. Minch insists that the young eagle keeps telling her where he came from in the Highlands because, she says, he must keep alive his memories, however distant they may be. Minch tells Creggan that his memories will strengthen him and help him to survive within the limitations of the cage where he is confined. The young eagle is constantly tempted to forget the mountains in Scotland where he came from because the memories bring so much pain and loss with them. Yet like us all it is our memories and our roots that make us who we are!

The Feast day of Saint Michael the Archangel was celebrated on 29th September. Saint Michael was the leader of the angels who were faithful to God when the other     angels, through pride, rebelled. In October 1884 Pope Leo X111 composed the following prayer to Saint Michael and it was said at the end of every Mass worldwide until 1969 when changes were made in the Liturgy after the Second Vatican Council. Older parishioners will remember the   prayer being read as follows at the end of Mass: “Blessed Michael the Archangel defend us in the hour of battle. Be our safeguard against the wickedness and snares of the devil; May God restrain him, we humbly pray; And do thou, O Prince of the Heavenly Host, by the power of God, thrust Satan down to Hell and with him all the other wicked spirits who wander through the world for the ruin of souls. Amen”.

You cannot compare… “No one else has access to the world you carry round within yourself; you are its custodian and entrance. No one else can see the world the way you see it. No one else can feel your life the way you feel it. Thus, it is impossible to ever compare two people because each stand on such different ground.” 

John O’Donoghue

Rosbercon Parish Safeguarding Representatives are Brid Vereker, Millbanks Close and Anne O’ Sullivan, Ballykenna. If you have a Safeguarding concern, contact Brid or Anne. Please note Safeguarding Statements are displayed in the porches of the Churches of the Parish.

Humour:  The old begin to complain about the conduct of the young when they themselves are no longer able to set a bad example!

Mass Intentions for the Saturday/Sunday 10th/11th October 2020:

Rosbercon: Saturday 10th October at 7:00 pm

John Dowling, Tinnakilly

Kathleen O’Mahoney, The Stripe, The Rower—1st Anniv.

Pierce O’Mahoney, The Stripe, The Rower

Pierce O’Mahoney, late of Fethard On Sea

Mullinarrigle: Sunday 11th October at 9:30 am

John and Margaret Hickey, Waterford

Rosbercon: Sunday 11th October at 11:00 am

Nuala Kehoe, School House Road, Rosbercon

Marie Sheridan

Jo Malone, Hoodsgrove—Months Mind

Collection of Parish Funds 26th/27th September 2020

Offertory Collection                           € 275.00

Weekly Envelopes:                            € 863.00

Parish Debt on 29th September 2020: € 58,102.59

The October Station and November Offering Envelopes will be distributed to the homes of the parish this week. These collections are for the support of Fr Dan and a small part supports the retired priests and the priests of the Diocese whose income needs to be supplemented. Many thanks to all who supported the Easter and Summer collections so generously. Much appreciated! Go raibh mile maith agaibh.  The usual distributors are asked to oblige. Envelopes may be handed in at the weekend Masses or to the Parochial House.

The November Offering Envelopes contain a sheet for the names of your deceased family and friends.  The names of your dead will be placed in the Memorial Box in front of the altar for the month of November.

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 €500.00 to a 10th Prize of €100.00 in descending order. If you feel you can   contribute, we would be very grateful.

Fr. Dan wishes to acknowledge two contributions of €100.00. to the above. Again, much appreciated!

St Mary’s Cathedral, Kilkenny Restoration Fund 2020/2021: The first draw for St Mary’s Cathedral Restoration Fund took place Wednesday 30th September in the Chapter Room at St Mary’s Cathedral. See noticeboards for details. We thank our very generous    parishioners who have donated 20 tickets at €120.00 each. Tickets are still available from Fr Dan or by phoning the Parochial House, Phone 051-421515: Monday- Thursday, 10.30am-2.30pm.

Wisdom: “Our prayer should be for blessings in general, for God knows best what is good for us.”


Building on a Rock:  

There is nothing sure or lasting in this world.

Human opinions change from day to day,

but the words of Christ do not change or pass away.

However, those who listen to His words

but do not act on them, are building on sand.

Time will erase His words from their minds;

Nothing will remain, nothing will come of them.

On the other hand, those who listen to His words

and who do act on them, are building on rock;

They will have something to show for their efforts,

something to be proud of,

and something that will last, last forever.

For friendship is important,

the most special thing by far.

A friend is warm and wonderful

and everything you are.                      Anonymous


Computer class has resumed in Rosbercon Parish Hall and Sports Centre. If you would like to get some more information please contact Geraldine on 086 1915915 or email

  • 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.


We are currently accepting applications for the school year 2021/2022. For an application form, contact us on 051-880308 or email Closing date for applications is Friday 23rd October 2020.


Winners of the September 2020 and Annual Draws which were held on the 29th September 2020.

1st. Brian and Martina Furlong

2nd. James Freeman

3rd. Jimmy Cummins, Tullogher

4th. Greta Doherty, Raheen

5th. Anthony Cotterell, Ballykenna

6th. Fr. Dan Cavanagh, Rosbercon

7th. Don Dowling, Shanbogh

Annual Draw Winners

1st. Brian and Martina Furlong

2nd. Maurice Aylward, Shanbogh

3rd. John Barron, Cooleen

The next draw will take place on Tuesday 27th October 2020 at 08:30pm.

Author: Eamon Kissane