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.

CELEBRATION OF THE SACRAMENT OF BAPTISM RESUMES IN THE DIOCESE
Bishop Fintan Gavin has advised parishes that arrangements can be made for the celebration of the Sacrament of Baptism in parishes to take place from Thursday 5th August next, limited to immediate family members to include parents, siblings, sponsors and grandparents.
Every effort should be made to keep the number in attendance to less than ten people for individual baptisms. The guidance further states that celebrations ‘must follow all protective measures and social gatherings afterwards should be avoided’.
First Holy Communion and Confirmation
The celebration of the Sacraments of First Holy Communion and Confirmation in parishes ‘should not take place at this time’.  It is hoped that further guidance will become available shortly.

Celebrations of the Sacrament of Baptism resume in the diocese

Sally Simpson, Kinsale Parish Assembly, writes…

The Season of Creation has a special significance for the Catholic Church, particularly since Pope Francis established 1st September as an annual World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation in 2015, the year he also wrote Laudato Si, the encyclical on care for our common home, urging us to listen to the cry of the earth and the cry of the poor.
The Season of Creation starts on the 1st September, the World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation, and ends on the 4th October, the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi.
This year, the world’s 2.3 billion Christians are uniting around the theme: “A home for all. Renewing the Oikos of God.” (oikos is Greek for home or household)
The Season of Creation theme focuses on the fact that the Earth belongs to God, and each beloved creature belongs to this common home  (Psalm 24:1)
As the climate emergency and ecological crisis persist at dangerous levels, it is clear that more purposeful and unified prayers and actions are needed.
We know that habitats and ecosystems are being destroyed, which results in the extinction of animals and plants vital to us, at an alarming rate. Members of the human family are being forced to flee their homes due to climate induced insecurity and conflict.
Pope Francis, along with scientists and ecologists are encouraging us to create a just home for all creatures for life on our planet to thrive. This requires ecological, economic, and technological solutions that are rooted in a faithful vision of justice for the dignity of every creature.
The Parish Assembly invite you to join with us in prayer and action to celebrate the Season of Creation. Our celebration will be based on:

  • Prayer; there will be daily prayer and liturgies, check out the parish Facebook page.
  • Sustainability, look out for clean ups/plantings etc.
  • Advocacy, how do we speak out for climate justice?

If you would like to be involved with this event please contact any member of the Parish Assembly or email kinsalelsi@gmail.com

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.

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.  11th Sunday Ordinary Time Cycle B – 13Jun21

 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

LAST BEACON OF THE SEASON
The Beacon newsletter will not be published during July and August.
Sincere thanks to all who proof read and distribute the Beacon – míle buíochas. The next Beacon will be published for the weekend 28th/29th August 2021. You can keep up to date on parish news on the website www.kinsaleparish.org and Facebook page www.facebook.com/kinsaleparish/

FIRST HOLY COMMUNION AND CONFIRMATION POSTPONED
First Holy Communions and Confirmations have been postponed following the government announcement on 29th June regarding the postponement of the lifting of restrictions on Monday 5th July.

BAPTISMS POSTPONED
Baptisms have been postponed following the government announcement on 29th June regarding the postponement of the lifting of restrictions on Monday 5th July.

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.

THANK YOU FROM THE PARISH FINANCE COMMITTEE
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.

FINANCE COMMITTEE UPDATE
The Parish Finance Committee 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.
A small number of remedial projects are taking place:
• Painting of the hallways leading to the galleries will take place shortly
• The pump on the heating system was replaced and sealant applied to fix the leakage
• The roof of the Church on Our Lady’s Statue side requires some works and is being assessed. We will receive a grant to financially support some of this work under the Historic Structure Fund 2021 for which we are very grateful to Cork County Council and the assistance of Cllr. Kevin Murphy.
• The windows of the Church were cleaned externally
• We are replacing the old oil tank and removing some stone and shale debris which has fallen at rear of the church.

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.

PARISH ASSEMBLY MEETING
There was a meeting of the Parish Assembly (via Zoom) on Tuesday 8th June at 7.30pm.
Items discussed included:

  • Season of Creation 2021
  • Life in the Spirit Seminars
  • Aims and hopes for September
  • Stewarding at Mass
  • First Communion and Confirmation programme

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