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Welcome to Kinsale Parish

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.

INVITATION FROM POPE FRANCIS TO YOU
It’s not every day that the Holy Father asks every Catholic in the world to have a say in the life of the Catholic Church!
During this month of May, the Diocese of Cork and Ross is opening up ways for people to have a say and to listen and have an input into next year’s Synod meeting in Rome which is called by Pope Francis.
The easiest way to find out more and to have your say is to go to synod.corkandross.org where an online confidential questionnaire is available to be filled in. (It’ll take about 15 minutes.)
It’s open until May 24th. All the responses will be collated and added to the feedback from meetings being held across the diocese with randomly selected groups during May.
A summary document will be forwarded from our diocese at the end of May.
So, it’s time to have your say at synod.corkandross.org/questionnaire
A Prayer for the Synodal Pathway
Lord of all hopefulness, as we embark on this journey together, may we listen and discern and be guided by the Holy Spirit, who constantly breathes new life into our world, our hearts, our families, homes and parishes.
May renewal and reform, fresh hope and healing come for all people of God in Ireland.
By virtue of our baptism may we each play our part in transforming the church through a fresh outpouring of the Holy Spirit which is your gift and promise, upon our land.
Grant us the encouragement we need to bring faith, hope and love in abundance to meet the challenges before us and to fulfil the Church’s mission of proclaiming to the world, God’s love and salvation in Jesus Christ.
A Mhuire Mháthair, mother of the Church, guard and guide us on our pilgrim way. Amen.

[source: Liturgical Calendar for Ireland 2022]

LAUDATO SI’ WEEK 22nd – 29th May
2022 is the 7th anniversary of Pope Francis’ landmark encyclical on creation care. This global celebration will unite Catholics to listen and respond together to the cry of creation and rejoice in the progress we have made in bringing Laudato Si’ to life.

Prayer for the 7th Anniversary of Laudato Si’
Loving God,
Creator of heaven and earth and all that is in them,
You created us in your own image and made us stewards of all your creation.
You blessed us with the sun, water and bountiful land so that all might be nourished.
Open our minds and touch our hearts, so that we may attend to your gift of creation.
Help us to be conscious that our common home belongs not only to us, but to all of your creatures and to all future generations, and that it is our responsibility to preserve it.
May we help each person secure the food and resources that they need.
Be present to those in need in these trying times, especially the poorest and those most at risk of being left behind.
Transform our fear and feelings of isolation into hope and fraternity so that we may experience a true conversion of the heart.
Help us to show creative solidarity in addressing the consequences of this global pandemic.
Make us courageous to embrace the changes that are needed in search of the common good.
Now more than ever we feel that we are all interconnected and interdependent.
Enable us to listen and respond to the cry of the earth and the cry of the poor.
May the present sufferings be the birth pangs of a more fraternal and sustainable world.
Under the loving gaze of Mary Help of Christians, we make this prayer through Christ our Lord.
Amen.

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. 4th Sunday Easter Cycle C – 08May22

GLOBAL PRAYER FOR PEACE IN UKRAINE
On Friday 25th March which was also the Feast of the Annunciation, Catholics around the world were invited to join their prayers with those of Pope Francis as he consecrated both Ukraine and Russia to the Immaculate Heart of Mary.
This Act of Consecration places the warring countries under the protection of Mary our Mother, trusting in the power of her intercession.  Such an act looks towards God, the source of all peace, and seeks God’s peace through Mary.
People are invited to pray the Prayer of Consecration with family or on one’s own. The text of the Prayer of Consecration is available here.

PRAYER FOR UKRAINE
God of peace and justice, we pray for the people of Ukraine today. We pray for peace and the laying down of weapons. We pray for all those who fear for tomorrow, that your Spirit of comfort would draw near to them. We pray for those with power over war or peace, for wisdom, discernment and compassion to guide their decisions. Above all, we pray for all your precious children, at risk and in fear, that you would hold and protect them. We pray in the name of Jesus, the Prince of Peace. Amen.
[Archbishop Justin Welby, Archbishop Stephen Cottrell]

SYNOD OF THE CATHOLIC CHURCH 2021 – 2023
An invitation to think, discuss and discern
Come Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your faithful and kindle in them the fire of your love. Send forth your Spirit and they shall be created. And You shall renew the face of the earth.
Pope Francis has invited the whole Church to reflect on some fundamental questions in preparation for the Synod of Bishops in Rome in October 2023 and so that every baptised member of the Church is more aware of his or her mission and calling.
Pope Francis often talks about a “Synodal Church” – by this he wants to draw attention to the fact that each of us, because of our baptism, has a role to play in the Church; we are all together on the same road. (This is what the word Synodality means – it comes from the Greek words syn meaning together and hodos meaning way.) Because we have received the gift of the Holy Spirit we are asked to reflect on these questions with the Spirit’s help, speak about them with the Spirit’s inspiration and listen to what others say, understanding that the Spirit may be speaking to us in what we hear from others.
The Fundamental Questions that Pope Francis wishes to consult the whole People of God about are:
A synodal Church, in announcing the Gospel, “journeys together.”

  • How is this “journeying together” happening today in your local Church?
  • What steps does the Spirit invite us to take in order to grow in our “journeying together”? (Par 26, Synod Preparatory Document)

There is an animated explanation of what the synod is at www.https://synod.ie/multimedia-resources/ scroll to the bottom to “synod on synodality-all you need to know through sketches”

HEARING LOOP SYSTEM AVAILABLE IN ST. JOHN THE BAPTIST CHURCH
Hearing loops are assistive listening systems that exist in many public venues all over the world to assist those with hearing loss. This inductive loop system provides a magnetic, wireless signal that is picked up by hearing devices with telecoils. The hearing loop system is available in the main body of St. John the Baptist church.

BIBLE STUDY
There are currently two groups in the parish who meet 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.

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

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