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Fr. Robert writes…
PARISH FINANCES 2023
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.
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.
SCHEDULE OF MASS TIMES IN THE FAMILY OF PARISHES
Parish Church Carmelite Friary
Saturday Vigil: 6.30pm Sunday: 8.30am and 11.00am
Sunday: 12 Noon
Saturday Vigil: 8.00pm Sunday: 10.00am
Saturday Vigil: 6.00pm Sunday: 9.00am
Ballyheada Ballygarvan Goggins Hill
Saturday Vigil: 7.30pm Sunday: 10.30am Sunday: 12 Noon
BISHOP PUBLISHES PASTORAL LETTER SETTING A NEW DIRECTION FOR PARISHES IN CORK AND ROSS DIOCESE
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.
BISHOP’S STATEMENT ON PRIESTS’ APPOINTMENTS AND THE INTRODUCTION OF 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
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]
GLOBAL PRAYER FOR PEACE IN UKRAINE
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.
PRAYER FOR UKRAINE
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]
SYNOD OF THE CATHOLIC CHURCH 2021 – 2023
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 LOOP SYSTEM AVAILABLE IN ST. JOHN THE BAPTIST CHURCH
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.
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.
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