HEATING SYSTEM IN CHURCH
The heating system is working again in our church.
Further work will be needed next month to repair a number of leaks. Thank you for your patience and understanding over the past week. Apologies for any inconvenience caused.
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. 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.
CATHOLIC SCHOOLS WEEK 2022
Catholic Schools Week will be celebrated in schools across the island of Ireland from Sunday 23rd January to Sunday 30th January. During this week, we aim to celebrate the unique contribution that Catholic schools, both primary and post-primary, make to supporting each other and living out Jesus’ message of the Gospel. This year’s theme is ‘Catholic Schools: Living Life to the Full’.
Resources for Catholic Schools Week are available on https://www.catholicschools.ie/catholicschoolsweek2022/
‘A good school provides a rounded education for the whole person. And a good Catholic school over and above this, should help all its students to become saints.’ Pope Benedict XVI
‘The life of a teacher, as I know from personal experience, is very challenging and demanding, but it is also profoundly satisfying. It is more than a job, for it is rooted in our deepest convictions and values. To be intimately concerned in the development of a young person, of hundreds of young people, is a highly responsible task. As teachers, you kindle in your students a thirst for truth and wisdom. You spark off in them a desire for beauty. You introduce them to their cultural heritage. You help them to discover the treasures of other cultures and peoples. What an awesome responsibility and privilege is yours in the teaching profession.’ Saint Pope John Paul II
CATHOLIC SCHOOLS WEEK – Grandparents’ Day – Wednesday 26th January
Prayer for Grandparents
Lord Jesus, you were born of the Virgin Mary,
the daughter of Saints Joachim and Anne.
Look with love on grandparents the world over.
Protect them! They are a source of enrichment for families,
for the Church and for all of society.
Support them! As they grow older,
may they continue to be for their families strong pillars of Gospel faith,
guardians of noble domestic ideals,
living treasuries of sound religious traditions.
Make them teachers of wisdom and courage,
that they may pass on to future generations
the fruits of their mature human and spiritual experience. Amen.
[Pope Benedict XVI]
SUNDAY OF THE WORD OF GOD
Third Sunday in Ordinary Time – 23rd January 2022
Saint Luke tells us that, just before his Ascension, the Risen Lord appeared to the apostles, and broke bread with them. ‘He then opened their minds to understand the Scriptures’ (24:45). This is how Pope Francis begins his apostolic letter, Aperuit illis, issued 30 September 2019, the feast of St Jerome, instituting the Sunday of the Word of God. ‘The relationship between the Risen Lord, the community of believers and sacred Scripture is essential to our identity as Christians. Without the Lord who opens our minds to them, it is impossible to understand the Scriptures in depth. Yet the contrary is equally true: without Scriptures, the events of the mission of Jesus and of his Church in this world would remain incomprehensible. Hence, Saint Jerome could rightly claim: “Ignorance of the Scriptures is ignorance of Christ.”’
At the end of the Year of Mercy Pope Francis had proposed setting aside ‘a Sunday given entirely to the word of God, so as to appreciate the inexhaustible riches contained in that constant dialogue between the Lord and his people.’ He declares the Third Sunday in Ordinary time to be devoted to the celebration, study and dissemination of the word of God. He notes this as a fitting time ‘to strengthen our bonds with the Jewish people and to pray for Christian unity.’
[Source: Liturgical Calendar for Ireland 2022]
‘The Holy Scriptures are our lesson from Home.’ St. Augustine
‘Love Sacred Scripture and wisdom will love you; love it tenderly, and it will protect you; honour it and you will receive its caresses. May it be for you as your necklaces and your earring’ (Ep. 130, 20). St Jerome
PRAYER FOR THE CHURCH SYNOD
This prayer called the ‘Adsumus, Sancte Spiritus’, has been traditionally used before all Synods, Councils and other Church gatherings. The Vatican is suggesting this prayer is used across the world to pray for the Church Synod 2021 – 2023.
We stand before You, Holy Spirit, as we gather together in Your name.
With You alone to guide us, make Yourself at home in our hearts;
Teach us the way we must go and how we are to pursue it.
We are weak and sinful; do not let us promote disorder.
Do not let ignorance lead us down the wrong path
nor partiality influence our actions.
Let us find in You our unity so that we may journey together to eternal life and not stray from the way of truth and what is right.
All this we ask of You, who are at work in every place and time,
in the communion of the Father and the Son, forever and ever. Amen.
STRATEGIES FOR IMPROVED MENTAL HEALTH DURING COVID
Sincere thanks to Mairead Ruane, Kinsale Parish Assembly, for preparing Strategies for Improved Mental Health during COVID
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. Baptism of the Lord Cycle C – 09Jan22
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