Welcome to Kinsale Parish

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. 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.

MISSION SUNDAY, 24 OCTOBER 2021
World Mission Sunday is the one Sunday of the year when the entire global Church comes together in support of mission.
On World Mission Sunday we pray for and remember all our sisters and brothers around the world who gather this weekend to celebrate Mass often in difficult circumstances, sometimes facing oppression or persecution. It is a moment in time, when we can pause and reflect on the essence of the Gospel preached by Jesus which continues to change and liberate our world. The call to discipleship, by virtue of our own baptism, beckons us as Christians to proclaim the gospel message of love and compassion through our own words and deeds while respecting others.
Missio Ireland (Pontifical Mission Societies) coordinates World Mission Sunday. We are the Holy Father’s official charity for overseas mission; his chosen instrument for sharing the Gospel and building the Church throughout the world. This weekend, thousands of people in Ireland will contribute to World Mission Sunday. Through the generosity of parishioners and donors, we can reach out to offer aid to struggling communities helping them to grow and thrive by bringing hope to places where there is often turmoil, poverty and uncertainty. We can provide mission dioceses with the essential support they need to become self-sufficient. Working through the local bishops, churches and missionary congregations, we ensure resources are distributed equitably and justly, based on need – local church directly helping local church! We thank people for their great generosity and kindness.
All donations from this worldwide papal collection support churches, hospitals, schools and vocations in countries where the churches are too new, young or poor to sustain themselves fully.
[Source: Liturgical Calendar for Ireland 2021]

Sally Simpson, Kinsale Parish Assembly writes…
WHAT IS COP26 AND WHY DOES IT MATTER TO US?
The 26th United Nations Climate Change Conference is an opportunity for the world to make good on the historic Paris climate agreement and establish new targets that protect our common home. But what exactly will happen in Glasgow in October and November, and why is this meeting so vital for all of God’s creation, including humankind? COP stands for Conference of the Parties. The “parties” refer to the signatories of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). 2021 will have relevance in our future since, after the COVID-19 pandemic that has devastated millions of people in the world, it is necessary and urgent to take immediate actions in the care of creation and raise our voices to implement immediate actions to overcome the climate crisis. The climate crisis has worsened and continues to threaten life on Earth, being the greatest risk we face today. Considering the various risks arising from climate change, the aim of this conference is for countries to present ambitious emission reduction targets for the year 2030, and to keep the temperature increase to 1.5 °C, in order to reach zero by mid-century. These goals require strong actions such as divestment from fossil fuels, adaptation measures, ecosystem restoration, early warning systems and disaster risk prevention to increase the resilience of populations, as well as financial aspects to be considered. It is necessary and urgent to work together to achieve these goals and turn ambitions into actions, accelerating collaboration between governments, businesses and civil society to meet our climate targets more quickly, which is why as Catholics we raise our voice to care for our common home.
What can we do?

  • Sign the Catholic petition, this is a unique opportunity to be heard by the world’s great leaders and actively participate in the care of creation https://thecatholicpetition.org/
  • Pray, as a family and join the prayer service being organised by the Parish Assembly.
  • Fast, perhaps consider fasting from red meat during the COP meeting.
  • Kinsale Candle for COP, switch off electric lights for 10 minutes each day, light a candle and pray.
  • Check the Beacon and parish Facebook page for updates.

CHILDREN’S LITURGY GROUP – RESOURCES FOR PARENTS/GUARDIANS TO EXPLORE THE GOSPEL WITH CHILDREN
On the second weekend of each month, the Kinsale Parish Children’s Liturgy Group prepare resources for parents/guardians to explore the Gospel with younger children (pre First Communion). Please find attached the resources for this Sunday’s Gospel. 28th Sunday Ordinary Time Cycle B – 10Oct21

BIBLE STUDY ONLINE
There are currently two groups in the parish who meet online 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.

TRÓCAIRE
Thank you to everyone who returned their donations to the parish for Trócaire’s Lent Campaign. €5,033 was donated to Trócaire on behalf of Kinsale parish.

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

SPECIAL COLLECTION
Mission Sunday is this weekend (23rd/24th Oct). The Mission Sunday collection goes to the Society for the Propagation of the Faith and is used to support the young churches throughout the world in the establishment of parishes, dioceses, training catechists and building of seminaries etc.

PUBLIC HOLIDAY MASS TIMES
Monday 25th October is a public holiday. Mass times are as follows:
Parish Church: 11.00am
Friary Church: 10.00am

HOLY SOULS DEVOTIONS
A Novena of Masses will be offered for the Holy Souls from November 2nd to 10th.
MASS TIMES
Parish Church: Mon – Tues: 8.30am; (No Mass Wed – Fri.)
Sat: 11.00am and 6.30pm; Sun: 10.00am and 12.00pm
Friary Church: Mon – Sat: 10am; Sun: 8.30am and 11am
Envelopes are at the back of the church for you to write the names of your loved ones, and they will be remembered during the Novena.
GRAVEYARD PRAYERS
Prayers will be said at the local graveyards on Sunday 7th November as follows:
Tissaxon: 2.00pm.
Dunderrow: 2.30pm
Forthill: 3.00pm
St Eltin’s: 3.30pm
Abbey: 4.00pm followed by prayers at the Famine Graveyard.

ADULT SAFEGUARDING POLICY
An ‘Adult Safeguarding Policy, Safeguarding Adults at Risk of Abuse ‘ has been written and implemented for all the Dioceses in Munster.
‘Inspired by gospel values, the commitment of Pope Francis, and in compliance with law we will strive to ensure the participation and welfare of all adults who may be vulnerable in the life of the Church. We are committed to fostering a safeguarding culture characterised by empowerment, collaboration and zero tolerance of abuse.’  
You can find a copy of the policy at  www.corkandross.org /safeguarding

SACRED SPACE PRAYER BOOK
Sacred Space prayer and reflection book for 2022 costs €10. Available from the parish office.

AUTUMN STATION MASSES
The theme of our Autumn Station Masses this year is ‘Care for the Earth’.

  • Tuesday 26th at 7.30pm for: Brownsmills, Camphill, Farm Lane, Waterlands, Knockduff, Snugmore, Garraha, Kilcaw.

Mairead Ruane, on behalf of the Parish Assembly, writes…
THANKFUL LEAVES
We welcome all of you to leave some Thankful Leaves on our tree on the Altar. In this way, we can give thanks to God for His many gifts, for the beauty of creation with its rich and varied fruits, for clean water and fresh air, for food and shelter, and for animals and plants. We invite you to read the short pieces of Scripture and meditate on the wonder and abundance of God’s provision for us.

STEWARDS REQUIRED FOR JOHN THE BAPTIST CHURCH
We would appeal to anyone who would be willing to help with stewarding at weekend Masses to contact the Parish Office 0214773821 or parishoffice@kinsale-parish.org  This help would be greatly appreciated.

PARISH ASSEMBLY UPDATE
The Parish Assembly met via Zoom on Tues. 5th Oct. Topics discussed:
• Season of Creation update
• COP 26
• Easing of Covid restrictions
• First Holy Communion and Confirmation updates
• Pew cards for Church Volunteer roles
• Synod of the Church

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.

FINANCE COMMITTEE UPDATE
The Parish Finance Committee met on Monday 6th September. The following matters were discussed:
• Parish Finance Report
• Church maintenance
• Grounds maintenance
• Collectors rota
• Stewards for Masses
• Summercove school
• Autumn Station Masses
The Parish Finance Committee members are very grateful to all who send in contributions for the upkeep and running of the parish through the offertory, envelope and online donate systems. We really want our parish community to know to that the Finance Committee deeply appreciates the ongoing support that allows us to maintain God’s House to the best of our ability. There is a reflection at the start of every Finance Committee meeting and we always remember our parish community  in our prayer. This committee sees its role as acting on your behalf to maintain the Lord’s house as a place of welcome for all and your generous support helps us to achieve this.

MASS ATTENDANCE IN ST. JOHN THE BAPTIST CHURCH
Since Monday 10th May we have had the joy of welcoming people back to Mass. Sincere thanks to the volunteers who steward at weekend Masses to ensure the safety and welfare of the congregation, and who sanitise the church after each Mass.
In recent weeks, the 12 Noon Sunday Mass has been busier than the 6.30pm Vigil Mass and the 10.00am Sunday Mass. It would be ideal if attendance was spread more equally across the three weekend Masses to ensure the safety and comfort of all. Thank you.

TRÓCAIRE
Thank you to everyone who returned their donations to the parish for Trócaire’s Lent Campaign. €5,033 was donated to Trócaire on behalf of Kinsale parish.

JOHN THE BAPTIST CHURCH GUIDELINES FOR ATTENDING MASS
The church is open for Mass with restrictions in place.

  • Safety for everyone is the top priority. We need to be patient, tolerant and respectful of each other.
  • Face masks must be worn inside the church.
  • Be guided by signage and stewards. Enter through the centre aisle. Exit by the side aisles.
  • Families can sit together. Children remain with parents at all times.
  • Sanitise hands on entry and exit.
  • Maintain social distance of 2 metres.
  • Observe cough and sneeze etiquette.
  • Receive Communion in the hand only.
  • Take Mass leaflet home with you after Mass, as people are not encouraged to use leaflets that have already been used.
  • No gathering of people outside the church before or after Mass.

MASS BOOKS
‘My Mass Book’ is on sale at the back of the church and in the Parish Office for €3. The book contains:
• The Order of Mass
• Morning, Night & Occasional Prayers
• Prayers for Confession and Communion
• Novenas & Devotion to the Saints

BIBLE STUDY ONLINE
There are currently two groups in the parish who meet online 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. Call David 0861727747 or Ger 0876775126 for more information.

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.

AL-ANON MEETINGS
The Al-Anon group will meet every Monday evening @ 7.30 pm in the Carmelite Friary, Kinsale (this will include bank holidays.) Everyone is welcome and the only requirement is that ones life is affected by another persons drinking.

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