Our Parish & Location

St John's Catholic Parish, Kilkenny,
is one of the forty two parishes of the Diocese of Ossory.

It consists of a city area and two rural areas, Dunmore and Johnswell, each with its own church.

The main church, St John’s, is situated opposite MacDonagh Shopping Centre and the Railway Station on the Dublin Road (N77).




Ossory Vocations
Promotion # 35

“Lead a life worthy of the calling to which you have been called,
with all humility
and gentleness.”

Have you considered a vocation to the priesthood ?

Call or Email.  Fr. Willie Purcell Ossory Vocations Director:  ossoryvocdir@gmail.com 
056 7770261.




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Thanksgiving Mass
St John's Church, Wednesday, 2nd September,
at 7.30 p.m.
All are invited, with refreshments in
Langtons afterwards.


Join St Mary’s Restoration Fund Draw

The Draw is doing well but could be a lot better. The reason is probably that enough people don’t hear about it or aren’t invited to buy a line or two, €10/month.
It’s never too late to join, so buy a line or take a card and become a promoter.
This month’s Draw is Wednesday evening. Parish promoters: Ann Brennan, Áine Butler; Teresa Trehy; Paul McKiernan; Peggy Wall; Veronica McGuane; Jane Dineen; Mgt. Hanlon; Marian Eardly; Ann Marie Hogan; Kay Foley;  Eddie Langton; Linda Nolan; Brian Roche; Tracey Maher & John Lennon.

St John’s Homes for the Elderly

A vacancy has arisen at Homes for the Elderly located on the grounds of
St John’s Church. Applications are invited in writing from suitable candidates to: St John’s Homes for Elderly Committee, The Presbytery, Dublin Road, Kilkenny. Closing date for application 12th August.

Blackwatch Studio

Artist Julie Moorhouse is hosting a one day Introduction to Painting workshop at
Blackwatch studio on Saturday 1st  August 11am - 4pm.  €50 including Materials
Tea/Coffee, biscuits.  Please bring own lunch(use of microwave)
Why not come along for the fun,  and unleash your creative side
To book call Vicki on 086 837 0205 or  blackwatchstudiokk@gmail.com.

Foulkstown Cemetery Mass

The annual Cemetery Mass in Foulkstown Cemetery takes place next Thursday 30th July at 7.30pm.


….. will hold its church gate collection on the weekend of 29th and 30th August.  All funds raised go to the running cost of the organisations services.

St. James of Santiago de Compostela

“To celebrate the Feast of St. James of Santiago de Compostela, a pilgrim mass of blessing will be held in St. Mary’s Cathedral, James Street at 11.00am on Sunday 26th July. Afterward a Camino walk will take place beginning at Jenkinstown Church at 2.00pm and walking through the park. Later that evening a showing of the film ‘The Way’ will take place in the Chapter Room, St. Mary’s Cathedral at 7.00pm. All welcome.”


Big or small?
Why does a €10 note looks so small at the shop, but so big at church?
The building fund
A priest got up one Sunday and announced to his congregation:
"This morning, I have good news and bad news for you all.
The good news is, we have enough money to pay our Church expenses. The bad news is, it's still out there in your pockets."
A good sermon?
The secret of a good sermon is to have a good beginning and a good ending; and to have the two as close together as possible.
Lot again?
The School teacher was describing that when Lot's wife looked back at Sodom she turned into a pillar of salt, when Bobby interrupted.  "My mummy looked back one time while she was driving, and she turned into a lamp post."



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St John's Presbytery
Dublin Road

Tel: 056 772 1072

Fr Frank Purcell: 086 601 0001

Fr Seán O'Connor: 086 389 5911

E: stjohns@ossory.ie

W: stjohnskilkenny.com

Bishop Séamus Freeman, SAC

Certificate in
Theological Studies

faith – seeking – understanding

Saint Kieran’s College offers its new course in Theological Studies beginning in September and finishing in May (Level 7 – 20 credit ECTS).
Aims of the Course:

  • To provide general theological education and formation in the main aspects of the faith.
  • To provide the theological background needed for lay involvement and leadership roles at parish and diocesan level.

Course Duration:

  • 100 hours, part-time, over one academic year from September to May.

For application form and further information please contact Declan Murphy M.A., St Kieran’s College.
Email: declanmurphy@ossory.ie Telephone: 056-7753624 or 087-9081470.
Forms can be downloaded from: www.stkieranscollege.ie  or  www.ossory.ie


Your Reflection This Week

The Loaves And Fish

The multiplication of the loaves and fish did not start with nothing; Jesus was able to feed the crowds because a little boy was willing to share all he had;, and from his gift, small though it was, Jesus worked a miracle - and a new community of faith was formed as a result. 
We are called by Christ to become the Eucharist we receive at this altar: giving thanks for what we have received by sharing those gifts - our talents, our riches, ourselves - to work our own miracles of creating communities of joyful faith.  
The scene on that grassy plain mirrors the gathering at this table today.  In the miracle of the loaves and fish, Jesus transforms a crowd of all ages, talents, abilities and backgrounds into a community of generosity.  That vision of being a Eucharistic community is re-created each time we gather as family, as church, or prayer groups, as Christians. 
Eucharist is possible only when self defers to community, only when serving others is exalted over being served, only when differences dissolve and the common and shared are honoured above all else. 


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