Fr Dan Cavanagh PP:

Tel: 051-421515 / 087 2335432, email:

Office Hours: Tuesday – Friday 10.30am -2.30pm

Parish Office

Tel: 051-425093, email:

Office Hours: Monday – Friday 9.30am – 12.30pm



Keep up to date with the latest newsletter for the parish here.

Rosbercon Parish Newsletter, 18th October 2020

Categories: Newsletter


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

E Mail:

Mission Sunday

We give God something that we do not give to any earthly ruler. That thing is worship. And this is precisely why we are gathered here – to worship God, Creator of the universe and Lord of all. As we gather for Mass we pray to put God first in our lives.

Theme of the Weekend Readings: On this Mission Sunday, we pray that the good news of Christ’s salvation will reach all people.

First Reading: God chooses Cyrus to be a good leader.

Second Reading:   The opening of St. Paul’s letter to the Thessalonians.

Gospel:   The Gospel shows Jesus using a coin to teach an important lesson

Public Masses: On Monday 5th October Taoiseach Micheal Martin  announced 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 17th October at 7pm and again on Sunday 18th October at 11am. Mass will also be celebrated on Wednesday 21st 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.


John and Mary Knox, Brownstown

Margaret Barron, Brownsford

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.

Mission Sunday this year falls this weekend on Sunday the 18th October. The Annual Collection for the   Propagation of the Faith will be taken up.  Please note that there is an envelope for your contribution to the Missions in your box of weekly envelopes. Also special envelopes are available at the back of the Churches of the Parish. Many thanks for your generosity.

The theme of Mission Sunday this year is ‘Every Christian is a Missionary’ Please be as generous as you can to the Missions as 1,096 Dioceses in mission territories are heavily dependent upon the Mission Sunday Collection.

A Message from Fr Dan: The Irish writer, Mary Lavin, in her short story entitled, ‘Brother Boniface’, tells how the   persistent call of God influenced the young Boniface to   enter religious life. Brother Boniface, as an old monk, often recalled how as a young lad he had discovered the stars but, in his struggle to make a living had lost sight of them. Boniface’s father, who owned a shop, to keep his son busy, would send him every day to deliver messages to the local monastery. Delivering messages was not very exciting for the young boy but the sight of the monastery and the monks gave him a chance to dream.

Cycling home in the evenings, Boniface would reflect on how his work in the shop or on the farm kept him so busy that he would totally forget that there was a sky overhead and earth under his feet. He often thought that when he was weighing rice, or sowing seeds in the garden or leading a colt round and round in a ring that he was so focused on what he was doing that he did not see the flowers growing in the meadow or hear the small birds singing in the     hedges.

As a young man Boniface left his ancestral home and business and joined the Monastery. He knew he wanted to move beyond making a living to reflect on the wonder of life and the beauty of creation. But, after a few years in the Monastery he realized that God had used his life at home to lead him to achieve his goal in life. It was through doing the simple tasks of his youth that his eyes were opened to the wonder of life, the beauty of creation and the wonder of God.

World Mission Day, Sunday 18th October 2020: On this Sunday each year Pope Francis appeals for spiritual and financial support for our overseas missionaries. The       Pandemic has made the work of our missionaries so much more difficult. In the poorer and more remote countries of Africa, Latin America and Asia, it is the Missionaries who are on the front line. Our support of our Missionaries will provide them with essential aid to help them to relieve suffering and distress. Envelopes for this appeal are available at the back of the Churches of the Parish. Please put a donation for the Missions in these envelopes and   return them to the Church or to the Parochial House during the month of October. Thank you for your generosity.

Anniversary for Saturday 24th October:

John Handrick, Rosbercon

Saint Gerard’s Prayer for Mothers: Saint Gerard, you were especially sensitive to the needs of mothers. Pray for mothers and children! Ask our Good Lord to keep all      families safe, and bring all mothers joy in life. Amen.

To make you Smile:

Two old Dublin ladies were talking about saints. One of them leaned across the fence and said, ‘Mary, you know my husband is a pure saint.’ To which Mary replied, ‘Well Bridget you are lucky, because mine is still alive.’

I suppose that’s what makes a saint anyway. You have to be dead first.

Fr Brian Darcy

Prayer for Forgiveness.

‘O Lord, remember not only the men and women of good will,

but those of ill will.

But do not remember all the sufferings they have inflicted upon us;

Remember the fruits we have bought thanks to this suffering –

our comradeship, our loyalty, our humility, our courage,

our greatness of heart which has grown out of all this,

and when they come to judgement, let all the fruits which we have borne 

be their forgiveness.’

(Prayer found pinned to the jacket of a small Jewish child found dead in the Ravensbruck Concentration Camp     during the Second World War.)

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.

Just a Thought: Success in Life: ‘To laugh often and much;

To win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children;

To earn the appreciation of honest critics,

And endure the betrayal of false friends;

To appreciate beauty, to find the best in others;

To leave the world a bit better,

Whether by the birth of a child, a garden patch or a redeemed social condition;

To know that even one life breathes easier because you lived,

This is to have succeeded’. Ralph Waldo Emerson

What makes a Christian Home

A Christian Home is a place of love, consideration and      


It is a place where family members communicate easily with

one another.

It is a place where parents and children are at ease together.

A home is a place of family fun and enjoyment.

It is a place where visitors are welcome.

It is a place of warmth and hospitality.

A home is a place where a stranger can feel at home.

It is a place where the family can bring their friends.

It is a place where God is given thanks for all things.

A home is a place where children can learn to pray.

It is a place where Jesus himself would feel at ease.

A home is a place where Jesus lives.

It is a place where people cope with the fears and sorrows of life.

A home is a place of faith, hope and love, company and    


Wisdom:  Don’t feel bad if people remember you only when

they need you. Feel privileged that you are like a candle that

comes to their mind when they are in the dark.

Humour: A man has reaches middle age when he is warned    

to slow down by his doctor instead of by the police!

¨ Shanbogh National School

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.

¨ Slimming World

Brand new Slimming World group opening Friday 30th October in Rosbercon Parish Hall. Please see our Facebook page or contact Sue on 083 3341284 for further details. Times will be confirmed closer to the date. The group will be operating under strict Covid 19 operational guidelines as per HSE  public health protocols.

Author: Eamon Kissane