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
Fr. Robert writes…
WHAT DO WE DO WITH PAIN?
These days I am watching the Netflix series on Bolivar. He is considered to be one of the great liberators of South America. The country Bolivia is named after him. 200 years ago the campaign was on to get rid of the colonial power of Spain in Latin America. There was so much suffering and death in the process.
Next year, 2022, it will be 100 years since our civil war (28th June 1922 to 24th May 1923). It led to untold suffering.
When we look back at history there has scarcely been a time when some country was not experiencing war and the dreadful consequences of it: death, destruction, family division, injustice against people, enslavement, persecution and genocide.
Then there are natural disasters, disease, domestic abuse and sexual abuse to add to people’s suffering and pain.
All these experiences are emotionally traumatic. We hold these memories in our bodies. We speak today of ‘Post Traumatic Stress Disorder’.
Could this be what our Church describes as Original Sin, which is not something we did, but the effects of something done to us?
Our faith teaches us what to do with our pain. The suffering that some people endure in life is tragic and unjust. Jesus teaches us about forgiveness, about healing. He helps us to forgive and bring healing. His crucifixion and death on the cross led to His resurrection. He forgave those who treated Him so badly. The lesson from Jesus is that if we do not transform our pain we will transmit it in revenge, resentment, bitterness and anger. May the Lord help us to acknowledge the pain we carry, help us carry our cross, transform it rather than transmit it in anger.
KINSALE PARISH CHILDRENS LITURGY
On the second Sunday of each month the Kinsale parish Children’s Liturgy group kindly prepares resources and ideas for parents and guardians to help explore the Gospel with children of the parish.
6th Sunday Easter Cycle B – 09May21
On our Parish Facebook page you will find resources, prayers, thoughtful scripture passages, all the weekly Beacon newsletter updates and a wide range of notices from other parishes, dioceses, Pope Francis, charities and local groups. It’s a great place to keep close to our wonderful Kinsale community, to stay connected to what’s going on, and a great way of supporting your faith journey.
DONATE BUTTON ON PARISH WEBSITE
The Covid-19 Pandemic has led to the repeated closure of our church for Sunday Mass for considerable periods of time. As a result, people have been unable to contribute to the upkeep of our parish through the weekly offertory collection. The weekly offertory collection helps pay most of our bills: light and heating for the church, insurance, supplies, general maintenance, the parish office, parish wages and day to day bills.
We are now piloting new ways through which people can contribute financially. There is a new ‘Donate’ button on the parish website
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When you click the donate button, you will be transferred to a secure page on Easy Payments Plus where you can choose to make a once-off donation today or set up a recurring monthly payment. You will be asked to fill in your contact details so that we can acknowledge your donation. (Your details and your donation will not be published or shared.)
Sincere thanks to all the parishioners who have continued to leave their weekly offerings in the box in the church, Parochial house or parish office. You may still donate this way if you prefer.
HOW MIGHT ALL VOICES BE HEARD ABOUT CHURCH?
How do we bring about a faith community where everyone has an equally respected and valued voice? This is what the bishops – and Pope Francis – are calling ‘synodality’.
The hope is to have everyone share their insights on the Catholic Church in Ireland and through that process also bring about renewal.
The bishops are asking for suggestions between now and Pentecost Sunday (May 23rd).
Find out more here: https://www.catholicbishops.ie/synod/
You are invited to send your thoughts to the bishops by typing it at this page: https://www.catholicbishops.ie/synod/submissions/
IRISH CATHOLIC BISHOPS’ CONFERNECE SUBMISSION ON DYING WITH DIGNITY BILL 2020
Click here to read the submission to the Oireachtas Committee on Justice from the Council for Life and the Consultative Group on Bioethics, of the Irish Catholic Bishop’s Conference 26 January 2021
STATEMENT FROM BISHOP FINTAN GAVIN ON THE PUBLICATION OF THE REPORT OF THE COMMISSION OF INVESTIGATION INTO MOTHER AND BABY HOMES
CORK AND ROSS AUTUMN SAFEGUARDING NEWSLETTER
The month of October has always been the safeguarding month in the Diocese. Normally we would be holding a safeguarding conference, sending out the yearly safeguarding parish audits, visiting parishes, training etc. However given these difficult times with Covid, things have changed and almost all our connection to the parishes is by way of online forms of communication, which brings its own challenges.
It remains important for us to continue to reassure, implement and promote the Churches safeguarding message. So we hope you find this newsletter interesting and informative.
A CORONAVIRUS PRAYER
Loving God, Your desire is for our wholeness and well-being. We hold in tenderness and prayer the collective suffering of our world at this time. We grieve precious lives lost and vulnerable lives threatened. We ache for ourselves and our neighbours, standing before an uncertain future. We pray: may love, not fear, go viral. Inspire our leaders to discern and choose wisely, aligned with the common good. Help us to practice social distancing and reveal to us new and creative ways to come together in spirit and in solidarity. Call us to profound trust in your faithful presence, You, the God who does not abandon.
[Sister Christine Koelhoffer, IHMVia JesuitSource.org]
PRAYERS TO PRAY AT HOME DURING THIS PANDEMIC
Pope Francis has composed two prayers to Our Lady and asks us to to pray them with him, especially during the Month of May this year. He also asks people across the world to pray the Rosary. http://corkandross.org/pope-francis-let-us-pray-together-to-mary-in-may/
HOME PRAYER SERVICE WHEN WE CANNOT ATTEND MASS
How do you pray at home alone or with family when you can’t go to Mass? This is a short service of prayer which can be prayed at home. It’s formatted in A5 size so it can be printed as a leaflet for use by individuals or for distribution.
Recently Pope Francis spoke about what we can do when we cannot go to confession because of the current restrictions. He advised: ‘It is very clear: If you cannot find a priest to confess to, speak directly with God, your Father, and tell him the truth. Say, “Lord, I did this, this, this. Forgive me,” and ask for pardon with all your heart.’ Make an act of contrition, the pope said, and promise God, ‘I will go to confession afterward, but forgive me now.’ And immediately you will return to a state of grace with God.’ (Pope Francis, 20 March 2020)
PRAYING FOR A PERSON WHEN WE CANNOT ATTEND THE FUNERAL
How do you pray for someone who dies but you cannot attend the funeral? This is a short prayer service which can be prayed at home with one or more people present (with attention to social distancing requirements).
It is in A4 size and can be printed off on ordinary paper.
Welcome! Thank you for visiting Kinsale Parish’s website. 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 and our community 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.
WELCOME TO KINSALE – INFORMATION BOOKLET
This booklet has been prepared by Kinsale Parish Assembly to provide newcomers to our parish and our community with essential information about our area and its people. You are welcome to download it here as a free PDF file.
Click to download the information-booklet.