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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:

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  • 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…


Saturday 7th October is the Feast Day of Our Lady of the Rosary. We are encouraged by many Popes to pray the Rosary. The Rosary is like the ordinary person’s Gospel. During the days when Mass was outlawed, the Rosary was the people’s lifeline to God. They could celebrate joy and new life. Often we don’t know how to pray, or what to say. It is consoling to pass on our concerns to Mary who prays for us.

Reasons to pray the family Rosary

  1. Children learn their prayers: how to bless themselves, the Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory Be to The Father, Apostles Creed, Hail Holy Queen.
  2. Praying the Rosary brings peace and calm. It is an opportunity to slow down and be quiet. Repetitive prayer brings great peace of mind.
  3. Praying the Rosary brings us close to Our Lady. It helps us to know and experience her love for us. It helps us experience her motherly protection. Prayer offered to Jesus through Mary.
  4. It affirms and helps relationships in the family. ‘The family that prays together stays together’ [Fr. Patrick Peyton]
  5. Praying the Rosary teaches us about the scriptures. As we pray the Rosary and reflect on the mysteries we come to understand more the life story, passion, death and Resurrection of Jesus.

There will be Rosary for children in the parish church at 2.30pm on Saturday 7th October, Feast Day of Our Lady of the Rosary. All are welcome.


Sally Simpson, Kinsale Parish Assembly writes


September 1st to October 4th 2023

The Season of Creation has a special significance for the Catholic Church, particularly since Pope Francis established 1 September as an annual World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation. The Season of Creation is marked throughout the Christian world from 1 September to 4 October (Feast of St. Francis of Assisi) and celebrates the joy of creation as well as encouraging awareness-raising initiatives to protect the natural environment.

This year’s theme is “Let Justice and Peace Flow” taking inspiration from the Prophet Amos who declares: “Let justice roll on like a river, righteousness like a never-failing stream!” (Amos 5: 24). And so we are called to join the river of justice and peace, to take up climate and ecological justice, and to speak out with and for communities most impacted by climate injustice and the loss of biodiversity. As the people of God, we must work together on behalf of all Creation, as part of that mighty river of peace and justice.

There will be a number of events in the parish during the Season of Creation. Full details of all events will be in the Beacon and on the parish facebook page and the parish website.

Fr. Robert writes…
The Family of Parishes comprising Ballinhassig, Clontead, Courceys and Kinsale will have to make changes in Mass times to accommodate sick leave and holiday leave for priests. The new schedule will have to be arranged in such a way that two priests can cover the four parishes and the eight churches in them.
The significant change for Kinsale parish is that we will no longer have a 10.00am Sunday Mass in St. John the Baptist church. There will be inconvenience for you the people and for us all, priests and people. There is sadness in having to do this. The new Mass schedule will come into effect on the weekend of the 3rd/4th June. It will be reviewed in August.
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



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.6th Sunday Easter Cycle A – 14May23_Holy Spirit[1]


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

October is Safeguarding month in the Diocese. The parish and Diocesan Safeguarding Teams work hard all year to assure our Churches are a safe space for children. As part of the Safeguarding structure in the Diocese, each parish has Safeguarding Representatives in place. The Safeguarding reps in our parish are Susan O’Hanrahan and Fiona Sinclair. They can be contacted through the parish office. Their role is to promote safeguarding, such as:
• Raising awareness of what safeguarding is within the parish / Diocese;
• Ensuring Church activities are provided in a way that ensures the safety and well-being of the children involved;
• Ensuring that the contact details of the DLP, Gardaí and Tusla are widely publicised.
We welcome all children and young people to participate fully in the life of the parish, whether it be attendance at Mass and the Sacraments, as Altar Servers, Choir, Children’s Liturgy, Children’s Rosary, Youth Ministry etc. Feel free to contact the parish office for details 0214773821 or parishoffice@kinsale-parish.org

Friday 29th September 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.
Monday 2nd October 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 3rd October 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
Monday 23rd October 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 Hgts


 Saturday 30th September: Day Of Reflection on how God speaks through nature on in the Friary Centre. Facilitated by Jane Mellet, Laudato Si Officer, Trócaire. Registration at 9.30am, start at 10am. Lunch provided. Suggested donation €15. Booking essential. For queries and booking email: kinsalelsi@gmail.com or phone Sally 086 8255015.

Wednesday 4th October: Feast of St. Francis of Assisi. Closing of Season of Creation. Mass at 10.00am in the Carmelite Friary. Tea and coffee after Mass.

The Parish Finance Committee met on Tues. 5th Sept. Items discussed:
• Parish Financial Report
• Church collection rota
• External and internal church maintenance.

The Children’s Rosary Group meets once a month in the Parish Church for about 40 minutes.
Our next family rosary will be on Saturday 7th October – Feast of Our Lady of the Rosary at 2.30 pm.
New families are very welcome. Children are invited to pray a decade of the rosary and are supported in doing so. Afterwards we sing the children’s rosary song and finish with a chat and treats.

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.

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

We welcome new members to the Church Choir. We meet every Monday from 7pm to 8pm in the church for practice and sing at 12 Mass on Sundays. If you would like more information, please contact Frank Buckley at 086 0893118.

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