Welcome to Kinsale Parish

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

FATHERS DAY SUNDAY 20th JUNE 2021
A prayer for Fathers
God bless all the fathers in this world. Guide them to be good role models and loving to all their children. Help them to be a father like You are. Give them grace and patience to handle situations in a loving way.
God our Father, in your wisdom and love you made all things. Bless men, that they may be strengthened as Christian fathers. Let the example of their faith and love shine forth. Grant that we, their sons and daughters, may honour and respect them always.
[Source: ‘My Mass Book’ published by CBC Distributors]

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.

PRAYER TO ST. JOHN THE BAPTIST
Feast Day 24th June
Oh God, you gave St. Elizabeth, in her old age, the gift of a son, St. John the Baptist, who would prepare the way for Jesus to begin His ministry here on earth.
Lord, Fill Your people with the joy of possessing graces like those of Saint John the Baptist, and direct the minds of all us in the way of salvation and peace. St. John was martyred for truth and justice, so may we Dear God, energetically profess our Faith in You, and help us to lead others to Your Way, Your Truth, and Your Eternal Life. Amen.
[Source: www.catholicreadings.org]

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

GUIDANCE FOR DIOCESE OF CORK AND ROSS ON RETURN TO MASS
Bishop Fintan Gavin has issued guidance for the Diocese of Cork and Ross on return to Mass and public worship. Visit http://corkandross.org

CARRIGALINE BASED CHARITY MAKES INDIA COVID APPEAL
Carrigaline based charity Edith Wilkins Street Children Foundation India (EWSCFI) is working tirelessly trying to relieve the horrendous suffering of sick and dying Covid-19 victims – many of them children – in Darjeeling, India and seeking the support of the people of Cork and Ireland.
Donations can be made through the registered charity’s account at AIB Douglas Road, Cork sort code 934348, account no 21439006.  You can also donate online at https://www.idonate.ie/edithwilkins79

 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 LENT 2021 CAMPAIGN
Every year Trócaire asks for your help during Lent to fund lifesaving programmes around the world. Families in South Sudan need your support now more than ever. Trócaire are appealing to you to continue your support this Lent. Resources, prayers and videos are available on www.trocaire.org and donations can be made to the Lent campaign in the following ways:
1. Donations and Trocaire Boxes can be returned to the parish office.
2. Online at www.trocaire.org
3. By phone: 1850 408 408 (ROI) or 0800 912 1200 (NI)
The contents of each and every Trócaire box, no matter how small, come together to make a significant difference. This virus knows no borders, but neither does our compassion.

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

CLOSURE OF MYROSS WOOD RETREAT HOUSE, LEAP, CO. CORK
Myross Wood, the former Seminary and Retreat House run by the Missionaries of the Sacred Heart Order from 1946, finally closed its doors on the 17th August 2020. There is a narrative on YouTube, with video and photo montage, regarding the history of Myross Wood. The Missionaries of the Sacred Heart Order are looking forward to a new use for the property, in line with its recent history. Google YouTube and type ‘Myross Wood Retreat House’ in the search box.

DUNDERROW NATIONAL SCHOOL
Now enrolling for September 2021
Tel. 021 4774041
Email: info@dunderrow.ie
www.dunderrowns.ie

VIRTUAL MEDJUGORJE PILGRIMAGE
Visit Medjugorje every Wednesday and Sunday night at 8pm to take part in Rosary at the Blue Cross (Wednesdays) and Torchlight Procession (Sundays) via Joe Walsh Tours Pilgrimages Facebook page in company of Philip Ryan and Sean O’Shaughnessy.
https://www.facebook.com/joewalshtourspilgrimages/

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

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.

BINGO AT THE FRIARY
Bingo at the Friary is cancelled until further notice.

MAKING INTERNET ACCESS SAFER IN OUR HOMES AND SCHOOLS
See ehtrust.org or es-ireland.com

FRIENDLY CALL CORK
A free phone call service for older people who are living alone and perhaps feeling lonely, isolated or vulnerable. The aim is to provide a listening service and offer direction to relevant support agencies and medical practitioners. Receiving a simple phone call a few times a week can make a huge difference to an individual who is living alone. If you or someone you know would like to find out more, please contact Brenda Barry on 021 430 1700 or 087 636 6407, email Brenda.Barry@partnershipcork.ie

Parish Notices

DATES FOR FIRST HOLY COMMUNION AND CONFIRMATION
We are delighted that we can celebrate Confirmations and First Holy Communions from 5th July next.
Monday 5th July Confirmation for Dunderrow N.S. at 10.00am
Tuesday 6th July Confirmation for Scoil Naomh Eltin at 10.00am
Wednesday 7th July First Holy Communion for Summercove N.S. at 10.00am
Wednesday 7th July Confirmation for Summercove N.S. at 12 Noon
Thursday 8th July Confirmation for Gaelscoil Chionn tSáile at 10am (5th class)
Thursday 8th July Confirmation for Gaelscoil Chionn tSáile at 12pm (6th class)
Friday 9th July First Holy Communion for Scoil Naomh Eltin at 10.00am
*Children in 2nd class will receive their First Holy Communion in September.

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

ALTAR SERVERS
Our parish is blessed to have a group of young people who give up their time at weekends and special Holy days toserve at Mass. They are an inspiration to all ages with their generosity, commitment and reverence.
There will be a special Mass for Altar Servers on Saturday 19th June at 11am in the parish church. We would like to:

  • Thank and support our current group of Altar Servers
  • Thank the Altar Servers who retired in 2019 and 2020 and present them with certificates after the Mass
  • Welcome our new Altar Servers

CONGRATULATIONS
Congratulations to the children from Gaelscoil Chionn tSáile, Summercove N.S., Scoil Naomh Eltin and Dunderrow N.S. who recently celebrated the Sacrament of First Reconciliation.

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.

PARISH ASSEMBLY UPDATE
The Parish Assembly met on Monday 10th May via Zoom. The following topics were discussed:
• Reopening of the church for public worship
• Update on safeguarding procedures
• Possibility of improving the webcam
• A Bereavement Group
• Bishops’ request for submissions regarding Synodality

BAPTISMS
Baptisms take place on Saturday afternoons at 4pm in the parish church. If you wish to organise a Baptism, please contact the parish office 021 4773821

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.

PARISH FINANCE COMMITTEE UPDATE
There was an online meeting of the Parish Finance Committee on Monday 12th April. The following matters were discussed:
• Parish Finance Report
• Installing new pump for heating system in the church
• Grounds maintenance
• Summercove School
• Kinsale Community Hospital prayer space
• “Donate: button on parish website to enable people to make online payments
www.kinsaleparish.org/donations/

THANK YOU
Sincere thanks to all who have sent in Easter offerings and Station Dues, and to all who continue to support the running of the parish. May the Lord bless you and reward you for your generosity.

PARISH ASSEMBLY UPDATE
Kinsale Parish Assembly had an online meeting on Tuesday 6th April. The following items were discussed:
• Feedback from the Spring Stations
• Appreciation for the St. Patrick’s Day video prepared by members of the Parish Assembly
• Review of the Parish Assembly
• Update on Trócaire Laudato Si meetings
• Update on Parish Accounts

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