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Welcome, and thank you for visiting Kinsale Parish. We hope that our website highlights the wide variety of worship, fellowship and service opportunities available. Please feel free to read more about our church on this site, or come in for a visit. We would love to greet you and share with you our love for Jesus Christ and for you, our neighbour.


You can use the Donate button on this website to make a donation securely to the parish.
There are also a number of other services available including:

  • Make a donation for a Mass offering
  • Send a Mass card and offering
  • Pay for Baptismal or Confirmation certificates

We have upgraded the system so now you can make a donation without creating an account. Click on “Proceed as Guest”. Then you don’t need to create an account. This is great for once-off donations or offerings. Thanks.

Deirdre Curran, Secretary of Kinsale Parish Pastoral Council, writes …
Kinsale Parish Assembly to be called KINSALE PARISH PASTORAL COUNCIL
It was decided at the meeting of the new Parish Assembly on Monday 8th April to change the name of the group to Kinsale Parish Pastoral Council. It is hoped that in this way the role of the group will be more easily understood.
We are delighted to announce that the Parish Pastoral Council has gained several new members who will be commissioned at the Masses on the weekend of 11th and 12th May.
Volunteers are required for various Ministries in the parish: Ministers of the Word, Ministers of the Eucharist, Baptism Team, Funeral and Bereavement Team. Please contact the parish office (021 4773821) if you would like to help.
There was positive feedback on evaluation of recent parish events (Spring Stations, St. Patrick’s Day and Holy Week ceremonies), even though the numbers attending were down in comparison to previous years.
Confirmations and First Communions will take place during April and May. Two Confirmation ceremonies will take place on Friday 26th April at 10.00am and 12.30pm; First Communion for Gaelscoil Chionn tSáile will take place on Saturday 27th April at 11am; First Communion for Scoil Naomh Eltin will take place on Saturday 11th May at 11am; First Communion for Dunderrow will take place on Saturday 18th May at 11am and First Communion for Summercove will take place on Saturday 25th May at 11am.
There will be an Initiation Ceremony for Paul Ryan, who is studying to be a Permanent Deacon, on Sunday 19th May at the 12 Noon Mass which will be celebrated by Bishop Fintan. Paul has been assigned to Kinsale parish for pastoral experience.

SCHEDULE OF MASS TIMES IN THE FAMILY OF PARISHES

KINSALE
Parish Church                                  Carmelite Friary

Saturday Vigil: 6.30pm                  Sunday: 8.30am and 11.00am
Sunday: 12 Noon

COURCEYS
Ballinspittle                                      Ballinadee

Saturday Vigil: 8.00pm                  Sunday: 10.00am

CLONTEAD
Riverstick                                          Belgooly

Saturday Vigil: 6.00pm                 Sunday: 9.00am

BALLINHASSIG
Ballyheada                                       Ballygarvan                      Goggins Hill

Saturday Vigil: 7.30pm                 Sunday: 10.30am             Sunday: 12 Noon

 

BISHOP PUBLISHES PASTORAL LETTER SETTING A NEW DIRECTION FOR PARISHES IN CORK AND ROSS DIOCESE

Bishop Fintan Gavin, Bishop of Cork and Ross, has published a pastoral letter which outlines the context and vision for changes being made this summer.
The pastoral letter entitled Putting Out into Deep Waters introduces a new model for the relationship between parishes and a new emphasis on teams of priests, deacons and lay people ministering together in families of parishes.

BISHOP’S STATEMENT ON PRIESTS’ APPOINTMENTS AND THE INTRODUCTION OF FAMILIES OF PARISHES
Click here to read Bishop Fintan Gavin’s statement on priests’ appointments and the introduction of Families of Parishes.

SGN Special edition on Synodal Pathway June 2022[2]
This Special edition of Sharing the Good News on the Synodal Pathway includes a profile of Dr. Nicola Brady’s cover story interview from the June issue of Intercom magazine. It also includes a piece on the Day of Prayer on Sunday 5th June which was offered in thanksgiving for the Diocesan phase of the Universal Synod.
A Prayer for the Synodal Pathway
Lord of all hopefulness, as we embark on this journey together, may we listen and discern and be guided by the Holy Spirit, who constantly breathes new life into our world, our hearts, our families, homes and parishes.
May renewal and reform, fresh hope and healing come for all people of God in Ireland.
By virtue of our baptism may we each play our part in transforming the church through a fresh outpouring of the Holy Spirit which is your gift and promise, upon our land.
Grant us the encouragement we need to bring faith, hope and love in abundance to meet the challenges before us and to fulfil the Church’s mission of proclaiming to the world, God’s love and salvation in Jesus Christ.
A Mhuire Mháthair, mother of the Church, guard and guide us on our pilgrim way. Amen.
[source: Liturgical Calendar for Ireland 2022]

GLOBAL PRAYER FOR PEACE IN UKRAINE
On Friday 25th March which was also the Feast of the Annunciation, Catholics around the world were invited to join their prayers with those of Pope Francis as he consecrated both Ukraine and Russia to the Immaculate Heart of Mary.
This Act of Consecration places the warring countries under the protection of Mary our Mother, trusting in the power of her intercession.  Such an act looks towards God, the source of all peace, and seeks God’s peace through Mary.
People are invited to pray the Prayer of Consecration with family or on one’s own. The text of the Prayer of Consecration is available here.

PRAYER FOR UKRAINE
God of peace and justice, we pray for the people of Ukraine today. We pray for peace and the laying down of weapons. We pray for all those who fear for tomorrow, that your Spirit of comfort would draw near to them. We pray for those with power over war or peace, for wisdom, discernment and compassion to guide their decisions. Above all, we pray for all your precious children, at risk and in fear, that you would hold and protect them. We pray in the name of Jesus, the Prince of Peace. Amen.
[Archbishop Justin Welby, Archbishop Stephen Cottrell]

SYNOD OF THE CATHOLIC CHURCH 2021 – 2023
An invitation to think, discuss and discern
Come Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your faithful and kindle in them the fire of your love. Send forth your Spirit and they shall be created. And You shall renew the face of the earth.
Pope Francis has invited the whole Church to reflect on some fundamental questions in preparation for the Synod of Bishops in Rome in October 2023 and so that every baptised member of the Church is more aware of his or her mission and calling.
Pope Francis often talks about a “Synodal Church” – by this he wants to draw attention to the fact that each of us, because of our baptism, has a role to play in the Church; we are all together on the same road. (This is what the word Synodality means – it comes from the Greek words syn meaning together and hodos meaning way.) Because we have received the gift of the Holy Spirit we are asked to reflect on these questions with the Spirit’s help, speak about them with the Spirit’s inspiration and listen to what others say, understanding that the Spirit may be speaking to us in what we hear from others.
The Fundamental Questions that Pope Francis wishes to consult the whole People of God about are:
A synodal Church, in announcing the Gospel, “journeys together.”

  • How is this “journeying together” happening today in your local Church?
  • What steps does the Spirit invite us to take in order to grow in our “journeying together”? (Par 26, Synod Preparatory Document)

There is an animated explanation of what the synod is at www.https://synod.ie/multimedia-resources/ scroll to the bottom to “synod on synodality-all you need to know through sketches”

 

HEARING LOOP SYSTEM AVAILABLE IN ST. JOHN THE BAPTIST CHURCH
Hearing loops are assistive listening systems that exist in many public venues all over the world to assist those with hearing loss. This inductive loop system provides a magnetic, wireless signal that is picked up by hearing devices with telecoils. The hearing loop system is available in the main body of St. John the Baptist church.

BIBLE STUDY
There are currently two groups in the parish who meet to study the Bible every week. These groups are ecumenical and meet for about an hour. One group meets on Wednesday mornings and the other group meets on Sunday evenings. Newcomers are always welcome. Call David on 0861727747 or Ger on 0876775126 for more information.

 IRISH HOSPICE FOUNDATION BEREAVEMENT SUPPORT LINE
Many people have experienced the death of someone they love during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Irish Hospice Foundation Bereavement Support Line, in partnership with the HSE, is there to provide connection, comfort and support for anyone grieving in these exceptional times. It is a national freephone service 1800 807077, available from 10am to 1pm, Monday to Friday.

SVP KINSALE AREA
The contact number for St. Vincent de Paul, Kinsale Area is 085 2186966

KINSALE NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH
Applications for Pendant Alarm for the Elderly
Alarms are provided free. Only monitoring fee to be paid. Contact:
• Kinsale Neighbourhood Watch; or
• Your local Community Alert; or
• Kinsale Garda Station

COVID 19 SUPPORT LINE FOR OLDER PEOPLE
ALONE manage a national support line and additional supports for older people who have concerns or are facing difficulties relating to the outbreak of COVID-19 (Coronavirus). Professional staff are available to answer queries and give advice and reassurance where necessary. The support line is open seven days a week, 8am – 8pm, by calling 0818 222 024.
To volunteer your help, visit www.alone.ie

Parish Notices


PARISH FINANCE COMMITTEE
The Parish Finance Committee met on Tuesday 26th March. The following items were discussed:
• Parish financial report
• External and internal church maintenance
• Rota for collectors and counting
• Centre for social gatherings after Mass

THANK YOU
Sincere thanks to all who have sent in Easter offerings and Station Dues. May the Lord bless you and reward you for your generosity.

PREPARATION MASSES FOR CONFIRMATION
Preparation Masses for Confirmation take place this wknd 13th/14th Apr:
Dunderrow & Summercove: Saturday 13th April at 6.30pm
Scoil Naomh Eltin: Sunday 14th April at 12 Noon

DATES FOR CONFIRMATION
Ceremony of Light
for young people preparing for Confirmation will take place on Tuesday 16th April at 7.30pm in the parish church.
There will be two Confirmation ceremonies in the parish church on Friday 26th April:
• 10.00am for Scoil Naomh Eltin
• 12.30pm for Summercove NS and Dunderrow NS

PREPARATION MASSES FOR FIRST COMMUNION
First Communion preparation Masses take place next wknd 20th/21st Apr:
Scoil Naomh Eltin & Summercove: Saturday 20th April at 6.30pm
Dunderrow & Gaelscoil: Sunday 21st April at 12 Noon

SPECIAL COLLECTION
The quarterly collection for the diocesan funds will be held next weekend (20th/21st April). This special collection is to enable the diocese to fund the variety of programmes it provides in areas such as education, parish pastoral development, diocesan administration & social services.

CHILDREN’S ROSARY
We meet on the 3rd Saturday of each month at 2.30pm in the Parish Church. The children take turns praying and are guided in the prayers so don’t be concerned if your children don’t know the prayers.
Our next Children’s Rosary will be on Saturday 20th April at 2.30pm in the parish church, followed by a few treats. All welcome.

PARISH CHOIR
St. John the Baptist Church Choir is welcoming new members. If you enjoy singing, you might like to join us! We practise on a Monday night from 7pm to 8pm and sing at 12 noon Mass on Sundays and on Feast days.
If you are interested, please contact Frank Buckley, 086 0893118.

PARISH FOLK GROUP
Would you like to join the Parish Folk Group? Everyone is welcome. Please contact Trina 0851403847 or Paul 086 3773512.

ALTAR SERVERS
We are fortunate to have a great group of Altar Servers in Kinsale parish. They serve approximately one Mass every third weekend on a rota basis. They are always supervised and all child protection guidelines are followed. If anyone wishes to become an Altar Server or would like more information, please contact Mary @ 0857459011 or the parish office 021 4773821.

BIBLE STUDY
Two Bible study groups meet in Kinsale each week. One group meets on Wednesday mornings, the other group meets on Sunday evenings. For the past two years the groups have been meeting online, but the Sunday evening group is returning to meeting in person. Contact David 0861727747 or Ger 0876775126 for details.

KEEPING CHILDREN SAFE ONLINE
One of the impacts of Covid was a rise in the amount of “screen time”, finding ourselves spending more time ‘looking down than looking up’. This is especially worrying for our children. Please check out these useful websites with resources for keeping our children safe online:
Office for internet Safety; Webwise; That’s not cool; Think you know; Net lingo; Translate it; Laya Healthcare Online Safety; Screen Time app; Connect Safely; Google Family Safety Centre; PEGI Rating System; Kid Rex (safe search); YouTube Policy & safety; ICIA’S Parents Guide to Mobile Phones Irish Mobile Phone Operators Code of Practice. (Courtesy of Dr Maureen Griffin)

PARISH ALTAR SOCIETY
We are very grateful to the Parish Altar Society who enhance the beauty of our church with wonderful flower arrangements.
If you would like to volunteer to help please contact Eileen O’Brien 0214773256.

BIBLES
Bibles are on sale in the parish office. Cost €25

BEACON NEWSLETTER AVAILABLE ON PARISH WEBSITE
The Beacon newsletter is available on www.kinsaleparish.org (go to the ‘News and Notices Page’ tab at the top of the homepage). If you would like to receive a copy of the newsletter by email, please contact the parish office parishoffice@kinsale-parish.org

‘YOU CAT FOR KIDS’
Catholic Catechism handook for 8 – 13 year olds and their parents
This beautifully illustrated book is written in a language suitable for children.
The material is structured in question and answer format.
The book is available from the parish office at a cost of €15.

SAFEGUARDING
All Clerics and Religious are Mandated persons. The Children First Act 2015 places a legal obligation on them to report child protection concerns to Tusla – Child and Family Agency. These mandated persons must also assist Tusla, on request, in its assessment of child protection concerns about children who have been the subject of a mandated report.
The Diocese recognises and upholds the dignity and rights of vulnerable adults and is committed to safeguarding all our members. Therefore, the Diocese has introduced Guidelines for Clergy, Staff and Volunteers for Safeguarding Vulnerable Adults which can be found at www.corkandross.org and click the safeguarding tab.
The Diocese continues to ensure and maintain compliance with the Safeguarding Children Policy and Standards for the Catholic Church in Ireland 2016. For more information on the policy please visit www.corkandross.org and click the safeguarding tab.

REMEMBERING OUR PARISHIONERS WHO HAVE DIED
The parish has started a special book of remembrance for parishioners who have died recently, so that they remain in a tangible way a part of our parish and its memories. If you would like a family member to be included please contact the parish office, with a photograph of your loved one and the date of death.

CCTV IN OPERATION
CCTV is in operation in the church and church grounds. Unacceptable behaviour is captured on camera and will be brought to the attention of the Gardai