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.

Mairead Ruane, Kinsale Parish Assembly, writes…
FORGIVENESS AS A SPIRITUAL GIFT
My sorrow is a soft kind thing
Like love
Or like the rain of forgiveness
Or the crusted hate
That I yesterday gloried in. [Patrick Kavanagh]
Patrick Kavanagh expressed an ambivalence in his poetry relating to his childhood that many of us share, although he later acknowledged that he could be a better poet and Christian if he looked at the world through the eyes of a child. Some of us do not want to think about forgiveness in the aftermath of painful experiences, we may feel that we never have to forgive, that an abuser, for example, does not deserve to be forgiven. We may never forget what has happened and therefore cannot forgive. In the eyes of some childhoods, there is a vision of betrayal, loss of innocence and trust.
Forgiveness is a spiritual gift; the compassion, empathy, and forgiveness available to us in a relationship with Jesus is infinite. Research has shown that anger and resentment can restrict our immune systems and forgiveness is an act of self-care. We can encourage each other in our Faith Community to forgive because we care about ourselves and others. We also follow the example of Jesus. There is a freedom that comes with forgiveness, but it takes time and can involve four phases: Anger, Hatred, Reframing and Conciliation. Reframing is the core process; past experiences have not changed but the perspective has. St. Paul invited us to ‘be transformed in the renewing of our minds’. Forgiveness does not require reconciliation or restoring a relationship because we can forgive the person, but do not have to have a relationship with them.
Forgiveness is a spiritual gift; it requires patience and the transcendence of the Holy Spirit. Forgiveness does not wipe away the memory or responsibility for abusive experiences, but Jesus can help us reframe them.
Tell me again
When the victims are singing
And the laws of remorse are restored
Tell me again
That you know what I’m thinking
But vengeance belongs to the Lord. [Leonard Cohen]

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. 33rd Sunday Ordinary Time Cycle B – 14Nov21

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

CONFIRMATION PREPARATION MASSES
The Masses for the young people preparing for Confirmation will take place next weekend (4th/5stDecember):
Dunderrow N.S.:
Saturday 4th December at 6.30pm
Scoil Naomh Eltin:
Sunday 5th December at 10.00am
Summercove N.S:
Sunday 5th December at 12 Noon

KINSALE PARISH FINANCE COMMITTEE UPDATE
The Kinsale Parish Finance Committee met on Friday 12th November. The following items were discussed:
• Parish Finance Report
• Church maintenance: roof, ceiling and heating
• Grounds maintenance
• Collector’s rota

SERVICE FOR THE BEREAVED
This service will take place in the Parish Church on Monday 29th November at 7.30pm.
The Service will consist of readings, hymns and prayers. The night will be for all who have known the pain of grief and loss. Those bereaved over the past twelve months will get a special invitation but the night is not just for those alone. It is equally for those who still struggle with a past bereavement. Indeed often it is those bereaved for some time who derive most benefit from such nights.
The service will also be live-streamed on the parish webcam www.churchservices.tv/kinsale

PARISH RADIO
The parish radio was not working for quite some time recently. The equipment in the church has been repaired and the parish radio is now working again. Sincere apologies for the inconvenience.

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)

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

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