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.
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.

Donal Neary SJ writes…
We look for the fullness of life in money, food, sex, travel, security, reputation – none last. Only the simplest joys of life really satisfy in the end, like the joy of love, the thrill of friendship, the caring in family and the ways we enjoy the goodness of creation.
A man in the hospice at the end of his life was asked – ‘what is happiness?’ ‘Find happiness now’ was his answer – ‘be satisfied, be grateful, for what you have, for what you have received, for what God has given you.’ There is a fullness of life in being happy with who I am, what I have … and asking God for what he knows I need.
No matter what our age, we can do good for others, we can share the graces of life and the soul can grow. That’s what I hope can happen for me as life goes on. In any group of people, some look happy and some look miserable. The happiest are not always the ones who had or are having the easiest life. They are the ones who have found peace with themselves, others and God. [source: Sacred Space Prayer Book 2022]

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. Feast of the Trinity Cycle C – 12Jun22

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

From Monday 4th July

There will be no 8.30am weekday Mass or Saturday morning 11.00am Mass in the Parish Church from Monday 4th July until September.
Sunday Mass times in the Parish Church will be as normal.
There will be no 11.00am Sunday Mass in the Friary from Sunday 10th July until September.
• Parish Church: Vigil 6.30pm (Sat.) 10.00am & 12 Noon.
• Friary Centre: 8.30am
DAILY MASS (Monday to Saturday)
• Friary Centre: 10.00am

Many thanks to all the parishioners who nominated people from the parish for the Finance Committee for the period July 2022-2025. 47 names were put forward and all were contacted to see if they would be willing accept the nomination. We are grateful to Michael Creedon and Oliver Gray for accepting the nomination. They will be part of the new Finance Committee for the next term. The Committee will now seek to appoint two others from the parish and we will report further when this is completed.
The members of the current committee remaining in place for the next term
are; Fr Robert, John Buckley, Seamus McCarthy, Myra O’Leary and Chris Cronin.
Many thanks to outgoing committee members Anne Wright, Dan Forde, Owen Murphy and Louise Coughlan for their service and commitment to the parish.

SAVE THE DATE: Saturday 1st October 2022
Learning to Listen for God, a day of reflection on how God speaks through nature.
Venue: Carmelite Friary, Kinsale.
Cost: €10.
Facilitators: Jane Mellet, Laudato Si Officer Trócaire, Noirín Lynch, Director FCJ Spirituality House, Co. Clare.
For further information email Sally, kinsalelsi@gmail.com

The Parish Assembly met on Monday 13th June at the Friary Centre.
The following items were discussed:
• Corpus Christi Procession
• Review of Synodality meeting
• Season of Creation – September
• Autumn Stations
• Ways of welcoming newly baptised children and their families into the community
• Re-starting prayer services in Haven Bay Care Centre
There will be no Parish Assembly meetings during July and August.

The Parish Safeguarding Representatives Fiona Sinclair and Susan O’Hanrahan met with Fr. Robert on Friday 27th May. There have been no safeguarding incidents / events reported to date. Items discussed:
• The areas that young people are involved in the Church.
• Altar Servers – development of a written policy regarding parent supervision, signing the register book on arrival and collecting Altar Servers after Mass.
• Fiona will work with Mary Broderick on induction for new Altar Servers and the paperwork that needs to be completed.
• Susan and Fiona will complete a monthly audit of the Altar Servers Register.
• Susan will audit the Folk Group register.
• Children’s Liturgy Group are currently working online.
• Fiona will contact Cleo Yates, Diocesan Director of Safeguarding, to formally add Susan and Fiona as parish safeguarding representatives.
• Fiona and Susan will check that the Safeguarding Statement is displayed at all entrances to the church.
The next meeting of the Safeguarding Representatives and Fr. Robert will take place on Friday 30th September. The Safeguarding Representatives can be contacted through the parish office (021) 4773821 or parishoffice@kinsale-parish.org

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.

We are blessed to have a great group of Altar Servers in our parish.
Children and young people are eligible to become Altar Servers after they have received their First Holy Communion. Altar Servers serve at Mass about once every three weeks and full training is provided. The parish follow all child-safeguarding guidelines.
If your child would like to be an Altar Server please contact the parish office 0214773821, email parishoffice@kinsale-parish.org or download the application form Altar Servers letter and form
Application forms will also be distributed to the local primary schools. Thank you.

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.

‘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

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