SHALOM – PEACE
We do not come through suffering and difficult times unscarred. We are changed by them. Often it brings some sort of growth into our lives and usually it is not a pleasant experience. We only have to think of the past year of lockdowns and isolation and fear. In Pope Francis’ new book, Let us Dream, he says, ‘To enter into crisis is to be sifted. Your categories and ways of thinking get shaken up; your priorities and lifestyles are challenged. You cross a threshold, either by your own choice or by necessity, because there are crises, like the one we are going through, that you can’t avoid.’
This Sunday’s Gospel shows us that even the most difficult situations can be transformed. The Risen Christ stands amongst the disciples even though the doors were firmly closed. The peace that he gives them (Shalom) is a peace of body, of mind and of spirit and it moves the disciples from despair and being ‘locked away’ to ‘rejoicing’. Jesus then asks the disciples to be an unending witness to God’s love. They, and we, are invited to be for others what Jesus has been for them. The Risen Jesus is active in all our lives and in the world around us, but we must be careful not to close ourselves off or let fear take over. John [who wrote the Gospel] tells us that we may come to believe and have life. Our call is to bring this peace and joy to others, ‘so I send you’. Who can you reach out to today?
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The Covid-19 Pandemic has led to the repeated closure of our church for Sunday Mass for considerable periods of time. As a result, people have been unable to contribute to the upkeep of our parish through the weekly offertory collection. The weekly offertory collection helps pay most of our bills: light and heating for the church, insurance, supplies, general maintenance, the parish office, parish wages and day to day bills.
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Sincere thanks to all the parishioners who have continued to leave their weekly offerings in the box in the church, Parochial house or parish office. You may still donate this way if you prefer.
IRISH CATHOLIC BISHOPS’ CONFERNECE SUBMISSION ON DYING WITH DIGNITY BILL 2020
Click here to read the submission to the Oireachtas Committee on Justice from the Council for Life and the Consultative Group on Bioethics, of the Irish Catholic Bishop’s Conference 26 January 2021
KINSALE PARISH CHILDRENS LITURGY
On the second Sunday of each month the Kinsale parish Children’s Liturgy group kindly prepares resources and ideas for parents and guardians to help explore the Gospel with children of the parish.
2nd Sunday Easter Cycle B – 11Apr21
STATEMENT FROM BISHOP FINTAN GAVIN ON THE PUBLICATION OF THE REPORT OF THE COMMISSION OF INVESTIGATION INTO MOTHER AND BABY HOMES
CORK AND ROSS AUTUMN SAFEGUARDING NEWSLETTER
The month of October has always been the safeguarding month in the Diocese. Normally we would be holding a safeguarding conference, sending out the yearly safeguarding parish audits, visiting parishes, training etc. However given these difficult times with Covid, things have changed and almost all our connection to the parishes is by way of online forms of communication, which brings its own challenges.
It remains important for us to continue to reassure, implement and promote the Churches safeguarding message. So we hope you find this newsletter interesting and informative.
A CORONAVIRUS PRAYER
Loving God, Your desire is for our wholeness and well-being. We hold in tenderness and prayer the collective suffering of our world at this time. We grieve precious lives lost and vulnerable lives threatened. We ache for ourselves and our neighbours, standing before an uncertain future. We pray: may love, not fear, go viral. Inspire our leaders to discern and choose wisely, aligned with the common good. Help us to practice social distancing and reveal to us new and creative ways to come together in spirit and in solidarity. Call us to profound trust in your faithful presence, You, the God who does not abandon.
[Sister Christine Koelhoffer, IHMVia JesuitSource.org]
PRAYERS TO PRAY AT HOME DURING THIS PANDEMIC
Pope Francis has composed two prayers to Our Lady and asks us to to pray them with him, especially during the Month of May this year. He also asks people across the world to pray the Rosary. http://corkandross.org/pope-francis-let-us-pray-together-to-mary-in-may/
HOME PRAYER SERVICE WHEN WE CANNOT ATTEND MASS
How do you pray at home alone or with family when you can’t go to Mass? This is a short service of prayer which can be prayed at home. It’s formatted in A5 size so it can be printed as a leaflet for use by individuals or for distribution.
Recently Pope Francis spoke about what we can do when we cannot go to confession because of the current restrictions. He advised: ‘It is very clear: If you cannot find a priest to confess to, speak directly with God, your Father, and tell him the truth. Say, “Lord, I did this, this, this. Forgive me,” and ask for pardon with all your heart.’ Make an act of contrition, the pope said, and promise God, ‘I will go to confession afterward, but forgive me now.’ And immediately you will return to a state of grace with God.’ (Pope Francis, 20 March 2020)
PRAYING FOR A PERSON WHEN WE CANNOT ATTEND THE FUNERAL
How do you pray for someone who dies but you cannot attend the funeral? This is a short prayer service which can be prayed at home with one or more people present (with attention to social distancing requirements).
It is in A4 size and can be printed off on ordinary paper.
Welcome! Thank you for visiting Kinsale Parish’s website. 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 and our community 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.
WELCOME TO KINSALE – INFORMATION BOOKLET
This booklet has been prepared by Kinsale Parish Assembly to provide newcomers to our parish and our community with essential information about our area and its people. You are welcome to download it here as a free PDF file.
Click to download the information-booklet.