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Rosbercon Parish Newsletter, 11th October 2020

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Fr Dan Cavanagh PP Tel 051-421515 087-2335432

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Twenty Eighth Sunday of Year

We are gathered here to participate in the banquet of the Eucharist. We are here because God, in his love, has invited us, and we have accepted his invitation. Let us try to bring a spirit of thankfulness and joy to our   celebration

Theme of the Weekend Readings: A great banquet awaits us in heaven.

First Reading: An Old Testament vision of this banquet

Second Reading:   Saint Paul speaks of his confidence in Christ.

Gospel:   We are invited to the Lord’s banquet.

Public Masses: On Monday 5th October Taoiseach Micheal Martin announced that, in the light of the very worrying increase in infection, the entire Country would be placed on Level 3 of the Government’s COVID-19 Recovery Plan from midnight on Tuesday 6th October. This means that Places of Worship will have to remain closed except for private prayer, weddings and funerals. Attendance at weddings and funerals will be limited to 25.

Fr. Dan will celebrate Mass live on Facebook on    Saturday 10th October at 7pm and again on Sunday 11th October at 11am. Mass will also be celebrated on Wednesday 14th October at 10.00am. All Masses will be from the Church of the Assumption, Rosbercon and will be behind closed doors. Sincere thanks to all who tune in to celebrate Mass with us. Please share this  information to let anyone who may be interested know.

Our Masses for the next three weeks are as follows: Wednesday mornings 10am, Saturday evenings 7pm and Sunday mornings 11am.

Months Mind: Jo Malone , Hoodsgrove

Recent Death: Mary O Neill, Bramblestown, Gowran

Anniversaries: Kathleen O’Mahoney , The Stripe, The Rower, her husband Pierce and their son Pierce, late of Fethard on Sea.

John Dowling, Tinnakilly

Sean Phelan, Curraghmore

Richard & Roseanne Dollard, Smithstown

Anna Dollard Kearney, Smithstown

Jim Cody, Smithstown

Nuala Kehoe, School House Road

Marie Sheridan

John and Margaret Hickey, Waterford

We welcome into the Christian Community Nina Rose     Margaret Scully, daughter of Ivor and Sarah, Mountgarrett, who was baptised in Rosbercon Church on Saturday 3rd October 2020.

The October Station and November Offering Envelopes have been distributed to the homes of the parish. We thank the envelope distributors for their work on our behalf.

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.

A Message from Fr Dan:

Sunday last, 4th October, was the feast of Saint Francis of Assisi. When many people think of St. Francis, they think of a saintly absent-minded figure who used to speak to the animals! This image couldn’t be further from the truth! It is true that on one occasion, Francis was reported as having preached to the birds, when the people were not interested in what he had to say. The reason for this particular event of preaching is quite simple; Francis saw every living creature, human, animal and indeed all of creation, as brother and sister. He saw God in everything and indeed all of God’s creation was a companion to Francis. In the Canticle of Brother Sun, composed by Francis, we see this sense of companionship played out explicitly – Brother Sun, Sister Moon, Brother Wind, Sister Water, Brother Fire, Mother Earth and Sister Death. Francis had a unique awareness of God present in the world.

Pope Francis remarked once: “Some people want to know why I wished to be called Francis. For me, Francis of Assisi is the man of poverty, the man of peace, the man who loves and protects creation.” In this month of October, we think of and care for creation. We embrace that same vision of St. Francis; to see God in everything around us and moreover to realise that we are all created in the image and likeness of God Himself. Like Francis of Assisi, we too are called to be people of peace, love and of joy, caring for ourselves, one another, and the world around us. May the Lord give us Peace at this time. 

Last week we welcomed the month of October. October is the month of the Rosary. The Feast of Our Lady of the Rosary was celebrated October 7. Our Lady appeared to Saint Dominic in 1208 and instructed him to teach the Rosary to the people. It would help them to reflect on the life, death and resurrection of Our Lord. The Rosary is a protective shield for Christians. We can show our love for Our Lady by saying the Rosary during the month of October as our ancestors did.

To make you Smile:

A nine-year-old boy asked his father, ‘Dad, how do wars start?’. ‘Well son’ said the Father ‘World War 1 began when Germany invaded Belgium.’ His wife interrupted, ‘Just a minute’, she interrupted, ‘World War 1 began when      Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria was assassinated by a Serbian nationalist’. ‘I know,’ said the husband, that is what started the fighting but the causes of the war went back much farther than that’. ‘I know, dear,’ said the wife but that is not the question our son asked’. The husband snapped back, ‘Are you answering his question, or am I?’ At this the wife turned on her heel, walked out of the room and slammed the door. The nine-year-old boy commented, ‘Dad, I know now how wars start!’.                                                                                                                                         Fr Brian Darcy

Prayer for Peace:

Let nothing ever disturb you, Nothing, affright you;

All things are passing, God never changes.

Patient endurance Attains to all things;

Who God possesses In nothing is wanting;

Alone God suffices.

Saint Teresa of Avila

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.

Fr. Dan wishes to acknowledge two contributions of €100. 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.

Just a Thought: ‘Whoever we are, let us celebrate the goodness that abounds in people and let people be free to express this goodness in a variety of ways’. These are the words of Saint Vincent de Paul whose feast day was on 27th September. The Saint Vincent de Paul Society has a branch in Rosbercon Parish.

Wisdom: ‘Nobody is excluded from the Kingdom of       

                 Heaven except through human fault.”

                                                                                                                                                (St. Thomas Aquinas)

Hymn in honour of Our Lady: O Mary of graces and mother of Christ; May you direct me and guide me aright. And may you protect me from Satan’s control; And may you protect me in body and soul.

And may you protect me by land and by sea; And may you  protect me from sorrows to be; A strong guard of angels above me provide; May God be before me and God at my side. Amen.

Humour: An elderly Catholic woman who had never married stipulated in her will that there be no male pallbearers at her funeral Mass. She wrote ‘They wouldn’t take me out while I was alive. I don’t want them to take me out when I’m dead’


God’s Call

God’s call comes to us in many ways

And at many different levels.

However, his call is not so much a voice

as a tug at our hearts, which we feel

At quiet and reflective moments in our lives.

He is calling us to a more authentic life.

He is calling us into intimacy with Himself.

He is calling us into community with others.

And at death he will call us into eternal life.

To accept means to admit our need.

Jesus said ‘Woe to you who are full now

For you will go hungry.

But blessed are you who are hungry now,

For you will be filled’.

A sense of something missing in our lives

Is not a curse, but a blessing;

A spiritual hunger

Is God’s way of inviting us to his banquet.

Mass intentions for Sunday 18th October:

Listerlin – John and Mary Knox, Brownstown

Collection of Parish Funds 3rd/4th October 2020

Offertory Collection               €299.00 Weekly

Envelopes:                           €856.00

Parish Debt on 6th October 2020:       €54,728.78 


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Author: Eamon Kissane