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A PRAYER OF AUTUMN WELCOMING
In its annual pilgrimage around the sun, the earth starts to cool after the autumn equinox. The tilt on the earth’s axis is then away from the sun, lowering the angle of the sun’s rays. In the northern hemisphere the season of autumn begins around 23rd September. It marks the time when leaves and fruit start to “fall” from northern trees and vines. While we rejoice in this harvest season of fullness and thanksgiving, our brothers and sisters in the southern hemisphere welcome the season of spring.
Welcome, Autumn, arms full of summer’s blessings,
carrying the seeds of life for next year’s planting.
Come, enter my home with your golden wisdom; be my guest and share my table.
Welcome, Old Wise One, may I be your student in the school of gratitude.
Guide me in reflecting upon the summer now gone,
that I might give thanks for all the many gifts
that have enriched me in that season of growth.
My life is a feast that overflows with the delights of your presence.
In thanksgiving, I rejoice in that river of gifts
that flows from taste, smell, touch and sight.
May my life be an endless song of gratitude.
May this, my life song, be a magnet
that draws me ever closer to you,
O Divine One, who has whispered
in the silent spaces of my heart
words that speak the gift of gifts:
“You are my beloved.”
Sally Simpson, Kinsale Parish Assembly, writes…
Pope Francis established the Season of Creation as a special time of celebration in the Church’s year, just like Lent, Easter, Advent or Christmas. It begins on the World Day of Prayer for Creation (September 1st) and ends on the Feast of St Francis of Assisi (October 4th). Christians all over the world celebrate the wonder of creation and joy of God’s creation. In celebrating this we become more aware of our duty as Christians to care for creation and our common home. It is a time when we can increase our awareness of the damage being done by hurricanes, fires, floods and crop failures and humanity’s role in this devastation. We also keep in mind the devastation and impact of the Covid-19 pandemic.
The theme for the Season of Creation 2021 is “Restore our Common Home”.
“the Church calls all households and societies to turn our political, social and economic systems towards just, sustainable economies of life, which respect the limits and life giving ecological boundaries of our common home. ” [quote from Laudato Si Movement]. We are called to prayer and to action. We are called to be aware of the need for healing in our relationships with God’s creation and our neighbour.
Our Parish Assembly invites you to join together in prayer and action.
All-powerful God, you are present in the whole universe and in the smallest of your creatures. You embrace with your tenderness all that exists. … O God of the poor, help us to rescue the abandoned and forgotten of this earth, so precious in your eyes. Amen
Look for Season of Creation prayers on the parish Facebook page www.facebook.com/kinsaleparish/
Action and Advocacy
United Nations conference COP15 on biodiversity will take place in China from 11th to 24th October 2021.
United Nations conference COP 26 on climate change will take place in Glasgow from 31st Oct to 12th Nov 2021.
The Pope has called Catholics to sign an online petition: Healthy Planet, Healthy People.
- Protect and respect human rights, including the rights of Indigenous Peoples and Local Communities in climate and biodiversity action
- Tackle the climate emergency and biodiversity crisis together
- Limit warmingto 1.5 degrees Celsius and promise no more biodiversity loss
- Sign athttps://thecatholicpetition.org
How can I change and make a difference? Look in the Beacon and parish Facebook page for tips for how we can all do small acts that make a difference .
Please click on this link for further information Season-Of-Creation-Brochure
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. You will also find two pages on the theme of The Season of Creation. 24th Sunday Ordinary Time Cycle B 12Sep21 and Season of Creation
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.
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.
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.
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