ONLINE ALPHA COURSE
For more information click here alpha-2021
The Alpha course starts on Thursday 21st January at 8.15pm.
To register or if you have any questions, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call Gearoid on 086 2564069
PARISH ASSEMBLY UPDATE
Kinsale Parish Assembly met online on Monday 11th January.
Items discussed included:
• First Holy Communion and Confirmation during Covid-19
• Ash Wednesday and Lenten booklets
• Spring Stations
• Re-opening of Church for Mass
• Crib in Church and Town Crib to remain up until Candlemas Day (2nd February)
• Parish Facebook page
A WORD OF APPRECIATION
Sincere thanks to all who support the parish financially and those who give of their time voluntarily to the parish.
PARISH FINANCE COMMITTEE UPDATE
An online meeting of the Parish Finance Committee was held on Monday 9th November. It was agreed that, due to the current circumstances, the existing Parish Finance Committee will continue to serve until such time as Church attendance returns to normal. Sincere thanks to the Parish Finance Committee for their invaluable support during these uncertain times.
KINSALE PARISH ASSEMBLY UPDATE
Kinsale Parish Assembly held an online meeting on Tuesday 10th November. Items discussed:
• Feedback from the Autumn Station Masses
• The upcoming Service of Light for those who have been bereaved.
• Possible ways to celebrate our faith at Christmas together in these restricted times.
• Fr. Robert gave an update on the recent renovations of the Church.
• A ‘Welcome to Kinsale’ booklet will be delivered to all the new houses in Radharc an tSaile (the new housing estate near Saile Community Centre) – Welcome to you all
SACRED SPACE PRAYER BOOK 2021
The Sacred Space prayer and reflection book for 2021 is available at the back of the church after weekend Masses and can also be bought from the parish office at a cost of €10.
A WORD OF THANKS
A huge thank you to all who have continued to send in parish offerings. Thanks to all who have helped out in so many different ways over the past few months.
May the Lord reward you all for your help in the upkeep of His House and His work.
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 AND SUNDAY MISSALS
Bibles and Sunday Missals are on sale in the parish office.
• Bibles cost €25
• Sunday Missals cost €15
TRÓCAIRE LENT CAMPAIGN
Thank you to everyone who returned their Trócaire Boxes to the parish.
A total of €1,950 was raised.
You can still donate to Trócaire in the following ways:
1. Online at www.trocaire.org
2. By phone: 1850 408 408
3. By post to Trócaire, Maynooth, Co. Kildare
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