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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.


Fr. Robert writes…
In this edition of the Yellow Beacon we feature the parish accounts for the year ended 31st December 2023 which were presented, considered and unanimously approved by the Parish Finance Committee on Tuesday 23rd January. Following approval and sign-off by the Kinsale parish auditors Bambury, Fitzgerald & Co., a copy of the accounts has been forwarded to the Diocesan office. Despite the considerable challenges being experienced by all, contributions to the parish continue to demonstrate the ongoing generosity of our parishioners and we are grateful for your continued support.

Financial Position and completed Capital Projects
Our overall financial position continues to be satisfactory despite a reduction in Donation funding. Significant work was carried out in our church over the past two years. Some major capital projects undertaken in 2023 include:
• Continuing repairs to ceiling cornicing
• Floor covering following leak repairs
• Obsolete oil tank removal
• Repairs to presbytery
• Installation of handrails on stairs to organ gallery in the church
• New screens in the church and attendant electrical work

Further essential works to be completed in 2024:
• Presbytery underpinning repairs
• Guttering repairs
• Enhancement of audio system

Year End Figures 2023
Our year-end figures show a levelling-off in our offertory collections [primary source of parish income]. While a reduction in our Donation funding sees an overall decrease, nevertheless, our overall annual income does show a welcome return to pre-Covid levels, which reflects the ongoing generosity of our parishioners. Our satisfactory position, therefore, allows us to continue our programme of maintenance and enhancement of our church. A detailed analysis of our income and expenditure is included overleaf in this Beacon. It should also be acknowledged that besides contributions to our own parish, we have also undertaken special collections on behalf of the Diocese [including a Syria appeal] amounting to over €18,500 [listed overleaf].
Envelope Collection and Tax-Back System and Tap and Go
Our parish, an approved charity, continues to benefit greatly from the Envelope, Standing Order and tax-back system which has resulted in an income of €16,500 in 2023. Once a parishioner, who is a taxpayer, either PAYE or self-employed, contributes over €250 per year [€5 per week] to the parish, the tax back [31%] can be reclaimed from the Revenue Commissioners at no cost to the donor. The scheme continues to be totally confidential and has no implications for the participating taxpayer. We thank sincerely all contributors to the scheme and invite others to join for 2024. Further information can be sourced from the parish office or from members of our Finance Committee – your participation in the scheme would make a significant difference. The financial landscape continues to change and, with the ongoing use of cards and phone payments, the Diocese will introduce a ‘Tap and Go’ system during the year on a pilot basis. Kinsale parish will hope to participate.
Thank You
I wish to thank the members of the Finance Committee who endeavor to maintain standards of maintenance and comfort in our church thus ensuring that your visit to our place of worship continues to be an enriching experience in an environment that remains comfortable and inviting for all. I would also like to thank the church collectors, the volunteers who count and lodge the weekly offertory collections, the volunteers who deliver the Dues envelopes and Christmas and Easter cards, and you, the parishioners, who contribute in so many ways to our parish. May the Lord reward you.


Parish Church                                  Carmelite Friary

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

Ballinspittle                                      Ballinadee

Saturday Vigil: 8.00pm                  Sunday: 10.00am

Riverstick                                          Belgooly

Saturday Vigil: 6.00pm                 Sunday: 9.00am

Ballyheada                                       Ballygarvan                      Goggins Hill

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



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.

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]

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.

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]

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 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.

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.

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.

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

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

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

Sincere thanks to Lorraine Buckley, Faith Development Coordinator for Cork and Ross Diocese, who facilitated three Formation Meetings for the new Parish Assembly during February.
The next meeting of the new Parish Assembly will take place on Thursday 8th March at 7.30pm in the Friary Centre.
The new Parish Assembly will be helping to prepare for the Holy Week ceremonies – Palm Sunday, Holy Thursday, Good Friday and the Easter Vigil Mass on Holy Saturday. If you wish to assist with the ceremonies for Holy week please contact the parish office 021 4773821 or email parishoffice@kinsale-parish.org
Thank you.

Preparation Masses for First Holy Communion take place next weekend (9th/10th March):
Scoil Naomh Eltin & Summercove NS: Saturday 9th March at 6.30pm
Dunderrow NS & Gaelscoil: Sunday 10th March at 12 Noon

Special collection next wknd (9th/10th March) for the Bishops’ Commission. This collection helps fund the work of the Irish Bishops’ Conference and its agencies and commissions.

SPRING STATIONS – Theme: Praying for Peace

  • Tuesday 5th March at 7.30pm in Dunderrow N.S. for: Farrangalway, Ballyvrin, Ballinamona, Mellifontstown, Ballythomas, Ardcloyne, Dunderrow, Whitecastle, Knocksmall, Horsehill, Ballyregan, Puckane, Hollyhill, Killaney, The Doon, Ballywilliam, Tissasson, The Weirs.
  • Tuesday 12th March at 7.30pm in Kinsale Soccer Club for: Summercove, Ardbrack, Fort View, Haven Hill, Ringcurran Rise, Ringcurran Grove, Rathmore, Prehane, Sallyport, Clonlea, Lower and Middle Cove, Bawnavouta, Forthill, Brownsmills, Camphill, Farm Lane, Waterlands, Knockduff, Snugmore, Garraha, Kilcaw.
  • Friday 15th March at 7.30pm in the Temperance Hall for: Ballinacubby, Commogue, Knocknacurra, River Meadows, Rose Abbey Park, Abbey Crescent, Presentation Pl, Rose Abbey, Radharc an tSaile, The Orchards, Eltin’s Wood, Springmount, Compass Quay, Hogan’s Row, Monastery Gardens, Pine Grove, St. Joseph’s Tce, St. Mary’s Tce, St. Patrick’s Tce, St. Multose Walk, Guardwell Homes, Guardwell, Blindgate, Mansfield Land, Church Lane, Church Square, Winter’s Hill, Compass Hill, Dromderrig, The Mall, St. John’s Hill, The Green, The Ramparts, Rampart Court, Rampart Lane, Rampart Manor, Rampart Mews, Higher & Lower O’Connell St, World’s End, The Wharf, Denis’ Quay, Viking Wharf, Ferryview, The Gift Houses, St. John’s Tce, Lobster Cottages, Shearwater, Sean Hales Tce, Collins Tce, Eastern Rd, St. Eltin’s Crescent, Admirals Walk, The Glen, Main St., Market St., Market Sq, Marian Tce, Assumption Tce, Pearse St, Newman’s Mall, Sleaveen Hgts, Sleaveen Pk, Scilly, Featherbed Lane, Market Place Apts, Market Ln, Barrack Hill, Glanbeg, Trooper’s Close, Malt House Apts, Meadowlands, Short Quay, Pier Rd
  • Tuesday 19th March at 7.30pm in Scoil Naomh Eltin for: Cork St, Barrack St, Catholic Walk, Friary Lane, Friary Ave, Friar’s St, Chairman’s Lane, The Rock, Stonewell, Barrack Green, O’Brien Tce, The Kennels, The Belfry, Rock St, Carmelite Tce, O’Neill’s Villas, Finian Kelly Tce, Friary Court, Abbey Fort, Kinsale Manor, Bandon Rd, Ardcarrig, Abbey Place, Abbey Lane, Mandeville Tce, Friar’s Gate, Butcher’s Row, Abbey View, Hillcrest, Woodlands, Kippagh, Abbeycourt, Ard na Mara, Harbour Heights
    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 16th March at 2.30pm in the parish church, followed by a few treats. All welcome.

    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.

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

    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.

    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.

    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)

    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 are on sale in the parish office. Cost €25

    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

    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.

    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.

    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 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