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 # 43

God calls people at different times and in various ways. You’re never too old or too late to giveyour life to God. Generosity is his hallmark. (Matthew 20: 1-16).

If you think God is calling you to be a  priest, visit our website at www.ossory.ie/vocations or contact Fr. Willie Purcell at ossoryvocdir@gmail.com.  Facebook: ossoryvocdir 
Tel: 056 7770261


September Literature Course

Evening literature class exploring the work of Seamus Heaney and William Trevor.  Eight-week course starts Thursday, Sept 25th, 7-9 pm, at Kilkenny Campus, located at St Kieran’s College. Course fee €130, incl. tea/coffee. To book, please email margaret.irish@nuim.ie or call
087 3445388.



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St John’s Senior School

The annual  Beginning Of Year Mass, offered for all the pupils and staff of St John’s Senior School, Ballybough Street, will be celebrated next Thursday morning in St John’s Church at 10.30am (providing there’s no funeral, DV).
All are invited to attend this very special occasion, especially the families of pupils, as we join in prayer for the growth, welfare and success of all our children, including those of various faiths, cultures and backgrounds.

Parish Pastoral Council

The first meeting of the PPC’s new term will take place on Thursday next at 7.30 p.m. in the Presbytery. All members are urged to attend as the first meeting usually sets the goals, targets and agenda for the forthcoming year.

Like To Advertise With Us?

If you’d like to place an advertisement in the Parish Newsletter, please make contact with Áine, the Parish Secretary. Currently, ads are usually taken for a two-month period and are a 1 to 1¼  inch spread on the bottom of the back page.

Stress Management Course

Stress Management Skills Course – 8 weeks – St. Fiacre’s Parish Community Centre, Loughboy, Kilkenny – starts on Thursday, 9th October 2014 (7pm – 9pm) - €90 – Phone: 087 680 9428 for further information.

Alzheimers Talk

Alzheimer’s/ Stroke related/Dementia, are you providing extra support for a loved one? Could you do with additional support ? If so come along to our talk On Monday 13th October at 3.00p.m. At The Carers Association  Centre, Springhill Clinic, Waterford Road.

Taken the Virtual Tour Yet?

Log onto our parish website – stjohnskilkenny.com – and click on Virtual Tourto see the beautiful wide-angled views of the exteriors and interiors of our three parish churches.

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 30th September.

Camphill Community

Annual open day for Camphill Community, Callan takes place this Sunday 21st from 2pm to 5pm.  Wheel of Fortune, Cake Sale, numerous stalls & huge range of children’s activities/ entertainment.

Pulsewave Ireland

Pulsewave Ireland is offering Bpro medically approved non-invasive heart & artery screenings (recently featured on BBC NEWS) in Hotel Kilkenny on Wednesday 24th September. Affordable & Accurate.  Call 087-7151623 for appointments or log onto www.pulsewaveireland.net . Prices as follows: Adults €40, Couple €60,Medical Card/OAP's €30, Child €20. Screenings are carried out by a qualified technician who will go through your results and provide you with a printout which you may discuss with your GP.

Kilkenny Leader Partnership Courses

KLP are taking registrations for a Benefit 4 Computer Class which they will be delivering in O’Loughlin Court Community Centre.
The course is a good basic computer course covering topics such as using the internet, emails, digital photography, skype and using social media such as facebook and twitter.
The course is for 5 weeks commencing on Monday 29th September  from 4pm -6pm.For more information or to register for course please contact Connie McGee on 0867718040.

Loreto Secondary School

1st Year Enrolment September 2015: 
The closing date for application for a First Year Place is Wednesday 8th October 2014.  Application forms and Admissions Policy can be obtained from our website www.loretokk.ie or the school office.
Open Night for 6th Class Girls:An open night will take place on Wednesday 24th September at  6.45pm.  This is a ticketed event and tickets are available by either emailing your request to office@loretokk.ie or by calling to the school office.




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Our Mission Statement
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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

Christian Meditation
in Peace In Christ

An evening on Christian Meditation will be held in Peace In Christ Retreat House, Sion Road, next Wednesday at  7.30pm. The speaker will be  Fr. Donagh O’Shea O.P. Donation:  €10 – Light Refreshments will be served. All are welcome and newcomers to meditation will be especially welcome.


Your Reflection This Week

Is the Secret to Our Joy

There is an old rabbinic parable about a farmer that had two sons. As soon as they were old enough to walk, he took them to the fields and he taught them everything that he knew about growing crops and raising animals. When he got too old to work, the two boys took over the chores of the farm and when the father died, they had found their working together so meaningful that they decided to keep their partnership. So each brother contributed what he could and during every harvest season, they would divide equally what they had corporately produced. Across the years the elder brother never married, stayed an old bachelor. The younger brother did marry and had eight wonderful children. Some years later when they were having a wonderful harvest, the old bachelor brother thought to himself one night, "My brother has ten mouths to feed. I only have one. He really needs more of his harvest than I do, but I know he is much too fair to renegotiate. I know what I'll do. In the dead of the night when he is already asleep, I'll take some of what I have put in my barn and I'll slip it over into his barn to help him feed his children.

At the very time he was thinking down that line, the younger brother was thinking to himself, "God has given me these wonderful children. My brother hasn't been so fortunate. He really needs more of this harvest for his old age than I do, but I know him. He's much too fair. He'll never renegotiate. I know what I'll do. In the dead of the night when he's asleep, I'll take some of what I've put in my barn and slip it over into his barn." And so one night when the moon was full, as you may have already anticipated, those two brothers came face to face, each on a mission of generosity. The old rabbi said that there wasn't a cloud in the sky, a gentle rain began to fall. You know what it was? God weeping for joy because two of his children had gotten the point. Two of his children had come to realize that generosity is the deepest characteristic of the holy and because we are made in God's image, our being generous is the secret to our joy as well. Life is not fair, thank God! It's not fair because it's rooted in grace.


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