Parish Notices

CHURCH CLEANING
Church cleaning will take place on Monday 26th September at 5.30pm. Thank you to the volunteers who clean our church. New volunteers are very welcome.

PARISH FINANCE COMMITTEE
The Parish Finance Committee met on Tuesday 6th September. The following items were discussed:
• Parish Financial Report
• Review of internal and external church maintenance
• New Family of Parishes
• Co-option of two parish community members to complete the formation of the new Committee (2022 – 2025)

PARISH CHURCH CHOIR
We welcome new members to the Church Choir. We meet every Monday from 7pm to 8pm in the church for practice and sing at 12 Mass on Sundays. If you would like more information, please contact Frank Buckley at 086 0893118.

SPECIAL COLLECTION
The annual collection for the Priesthood Education Fund in the Diocese will be taken up this weekend (24th/25th Sept.) This year two new students will begin studies for the Diocese of Cork and Ross at Valladolid in Spain and another candidate will begin studies for the Permanent Diaconate. The Priesthood Education Fund will finance their studies as well as costs for ongoing training and education of priests. In the region of €110,000 will be needed to meet these costs in the coming year. Last year €34,364 was raised in this collection so you are invited to be generous to the Priesthood Education Fund Collection this year.

SACRED SPACE PRAYER BOOK 2023
The Sacred Space Prayer Book for 2023 is on sale from the parish office or the back of the church. Cost €10.

DAY OF REFLECTION: 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

PARISH ASSEMBLY UPDATE
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.

PARISH SAFEGUARDING UPDATE
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

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.

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.

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

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