CONFIRMATION PREPARATION MASSES
Preparation Masses for the young people making their Confirmation take place next wknd (9th/10th Dec.):
Dunderrow and Summercove: Saturday 9th December at the 6.30pm Mass.
Scoil Naomh Eltin: Sunday 10th December at the 12 Noon Mass.
PARISH FINANCE COMMITTEE
The Parish Finance Committee met on Tuesday 21st November. The following items were discussed:
• Financial report
• Rota for collectors and counting
• External and internal church maintenance.
St. John the Baptist Church Choir is welcoming new members. If you enjoy singing, you might like to join us! We practise on a Monday night from 7pm to 8pm and sing at 12 noon Mass on Sundays and on Feast days.
If you are interested, please contact Frank Buckley, 086 0893118.
PARISH FOLK GROUP
Would you like to join the Parish Folk Group? Everyone is welcome. Please contact Trina 0851403847 or Paul 086 3773512.
During November there will be a Remembrance Tree in the parish church. There will be doves on the tree with the names of those whose funerals took place from our parish church during the past year as a reminder to us to pray for them.
There are also labels on a table beside the Remembrance Tree. You are welcome to write the name of a loved one and hang it on the tree.
We meet on the 3rd Saturday of each month at 2.30pm in the Parish Church. The children take turns praying and are guided in the prayers so don’t be concerned if your children don’t know the prayers.
Our next Children’s Rosary will be on Saturday 16th December at 2.30pm in the parish church, followed by a few treats. All welcome.
We are fortunate to have a great group of Altar Servers in Kinsale parish. They serve approximately one Mass every third weekend on a rota basis. They are always supervised and all child protection guidelines are followed. If anyone wishes to become an Altar Server or would like more information, please contact Mary @ 0857459011 or the parish office 021 4773821.
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.
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.
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
‘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.
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