Parish Notices

ROSARY FOR CHILDREN
Rosary for children in the parish church on Saturday 21st May at 3.15. Children and parents very welcome.

SPECIAL COLLECTION – MISSION AWARENESS
We welcome Sr. Mary Crowley and Mary Usifoh of the Missionary Sisters of Our Lady of Apostles from Ardfoyle, Cork to our Parish next weekend (21st/22nd May) to promote Mission Awareness at all Masses in the parish church and Friary church.
The Sisters of Our Lady of Apostles were founded in 1876 as a group of international women religious dedicated to spread the Good News through service and witness of their lives.
Promoting of women and the marginalized is a priority in their apostolate. Led by Christ’s message to “bring good news to the poor”, the Sisters strive to reach out through education, health care, inter-religious dialogue, care of the Earth and involvement in non-violent action for Justice.
The OLA Sisters thank the people of the Irish Church for their contributions in so many ways, and they encourage you to continue in that support.
A special collection will be taken up after Masses this weekend.

NOMINATIONS FOR PARISH FINANCE COMMITTEE
Please return nomination forms to the box at the back of the church or to the parish office by this Sunday, 21st May. Thank you.

PLANT AND SEED SALE AND SWAP WITH REFRESHMENTS
To mark Laudato Si’ week, the Parish Assembly will hold a plant and seed sale and swap with refreshments after the 10am Mass on Sunday 29th May.
If you have plants and/or seeds to swap, bring them along.
All plants cost €1 and money raised will go to the Kinsale Ukrainian Refugee funds. Please bring bags etc. for your buys.
Further information from Sally 0868255015.

PARISH ASSEMBLY UPDATE
The Parish Assembly met in the Friary Centre on Tuesday 10th May. The following items were discussed:

  • Synodality Process – upcoming meeting in Rochestown Hotel
  • ‘Connect’ gathering for young people
  • Corpus Christi Procession
  • Pledge of Abstinence for Confirmation young people
  • Tea/coffee/plant swap after Masses on Sunday 29th May

PARISH FINANCE COMMITTEE UPDATE
The Parish Finance Committee met on Tuesday 19th April. The following items were discussed:
• Financial Report for 2021
• Update on repairs to the church heating system
• Ongoing maintenance of church & church grounds

BIBLE STUDY
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.

DATES FOR FIRST HOLY COMMUNION
Gaelscoil Chionn tSáile:
Saturday 14th May at 11.00am
Summercove N.S:
Saturday 21st May at 11.00am
Scoil Naomh Eltin:
Saturday 28th May at 11.00am

DATE FOR YOUR DIARY
May 23rd to 29th is Laudato Si Week. To mark this there will be a plant and seed sale/swap with refreshments after Mass on Sunday 29th May. We are asking all gardeners to pot up and divide with a view to bringing plants to the event. More details to follow. Contact Sally Simpson on 0868255015 for further information.

ALTAR SERVERS
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.

CHANGES TO SEATING ARRANGEMENTS IN ST. JOHN THE BAPTIST CHURCH
Following the removal of the requirement for physical distancing announced on Friday 21st January, all the pews in the church are now open.
To ensure the safety of everyone attending church:

  • Please continue to wear face masks inside the church
  • Use the hand-sanitiser provided when entering and leaving the church
  • Observe cough and sneeze etiquette.
  • Receive Communion in the hand only.
  • For now, the weekly offertory collection will continue to be taken up as people are leaving the church after Masses to avoid passing baskets around.

NEW PARISH SAFEGUARDING REPRESENTATIVES
The Parish Safeguarding Representatives ensure that all guidelines for child and vulnerable adult safeguarding are met with the various parish groups.
Sincere thanks to Helen Kiely and John Thuillier who are stepping down after 3 years as parish safeguarding representatives, and to Angela O’Sullivan who is stepping down after 6 years as parish safeguarding representative.
The new parish safeguarding representatives are Fiona Sinclair and Susan O’Hanrahan. The representatives can be contacted with any safeguarding issues/concerns that you may have through the Parish office on 021 4773821.

PARISH RADIO
The parish radio was not working for quite some time recently. The equipment in the church has been repaired and the parish radio is now working again. Sincere apologies for the inconvenience.

KEEPING CHILDREN SAFE ONLINE
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)

PARISH ALTAR SOCIETY
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.

MASS BOOKS
‘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

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. Call David 0861727747 or Ger 0876775126 for more information.

BIBLES
Bibles are on sale in the parish office. Cost €25

BEACON NEWSLETTER AVAILABLE ON PARISH WEBSITE
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

‘YOU CAT FOR KIDS’
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.

SAFEGUARDING
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.

REMEMBERING OUR PARISHIONERS WHO HAVE DIED
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 IN OPERATION
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