Best of luck to Kiely Lehane who has reached the final of an international harp competition. Kiely regularly sings and plays her harp at Mass in the parish church. Please support her in this competition by watching this YouTube clip https://youtu.be/6ZtRkZSsypM and clicking the “Thumbs Up” symbol. Every “Like” counts. Thank you.
EASTER HOLY WATER
Bottles of Easter Holy Water were blessed at Masses on Easter Sunday and are available in the parish church.
‘DO THIS IN MEMORY’ FIRST COMMUNION PREPARATION MASS
Mass for children preparing for First Reconciliation and First Holy Communion will be live-streamed from the parish church on Saturday 10th April at 6.30pm
Sincere thanks to all who have sent in Easter offerings and Station Dues, and to all who continue to support the running of the parish. May the Lord bless you and reward you for your generosity.
PARISH ASSEMBLY UPDATE
Kinsale Parish Assembly had an online meeting on Tuesday 6th April. The following items were discussed:
• Feedback from the Spring Stations
• Appreciation for the St. Patrick’s Day video prepared by members of the Parish Assembly
• Review of the Parish Assembly
• Update on Trócaire Laudato Si meetings
• Update on Parish Accounts
‘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
Sincere thanks to all who helped organise the Spring Station Masses, the readers and musicians, the volunteers who distributed the Mass leaflets and dues envelopes to the homes in the parish, all who participated in the Masses through the parish web-cam and parish radio and to all who sent in parish dues.
May Our Lady, Mother of Divine love, ask her Son to protect all the people of our community and give us fresh hope so as to persevere through these challenging times.
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 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 email@example.com
THE LEGION OF MARY
Meetings cancelled until further notice due to Covid-19 restrictions
The Legion of Mary is a lay Catholic organisation whose members give service to the Church on a voluntary basis in almost every country, founded by an Irishman Frank Duff. The Legion of Mary was re-activated in this parish 3 and a half years ago and is in need of volunteers.
Our work also involves home to home visitation where members share their faith in how Our Lady helps them in their daily lives and offer a miraculous medal to the homes.
Our meetings are held in the library in the Friary Centre on Monday nights at 7.15pm. New members are always welcome to come to our ministry and see if this is for you. For further information or any enquiries contact Mary @ 085 7459011.
On Friday 8th November Bishop Fintan Gavin commissioned forty catechists for our Diocese. Three are from Kinsale: Carmel Murphy, Tom O’Sullivan and Colm O’Rourke.
The primary ministry of catechists in parishes is to accompany and offer faith formation to parents whose children are preparing for the sacraments of Reconciliation, First Eucharist and Confirmation as well as offering other faith development initiatives for all parishioners.
We are privileged to have 45 young people assisting in Altar Server duties in Kinsale. The safety and well-being of all church volunteers is of paramount importance. In accordance with child protection and best practice guidelines there is a duty of care on all guardians to:
(a) escort their child to the upper sacristy,
(b) sign in their child,
(c) wait with their child until there are 2 adults present, and
(d) collect their child from the upper sacristy after Mass.
Our children are the future of our Church, it is our responsibility to ensure that we consistently ensure their safety.
‘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.
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.
The Al-Anon group will meet every Monday evening @ 7.30 pm in the Carmelite Friary, Kinsale (this will include bank holidays.) Everyone is welcome and the only requirement is that ones life is affected by another persons drinking.
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