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 # 20

Are you willing to stay
with Jesus/with others through difficult times?
Pray for the strength
endure hardships.

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.



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St John’s Parish  –  Holy Week  –  2014

MONDAY – 14th April                      
Mass          ....................................... 8.00 & 10.30 a.m.

TUESDAY – 15th April                      
Mass         ........................................ 8.00 & 10.30 a.m.

WEDNESDAY – 16th April
Mass         ........................................ 8.00 & 10.30 a.m.
Mass of the Chrism, St Mary's ........ 7.30 p.m.          

HOLY THURSDAY – 17th April                         
(No morning Masses)
Mass of the Lord's Supper (Family) 4.00 p.m.

Mass of the Lord's Supper ...............7.30 p.m.

Mass + Confessions, Dunmore ........ 8.00 p.m.

Mass + Confessions, Johnswell ....... 8.00 p.m.

GOOD FRIDAY – 18th April
Stations of the Cross ..................... 12.00 noon

Confessions, St John’s ................... 12.30 p.m.  

Liturgy of the Passion ..................... 3.00p.m. 

Confessions, St John’s ..................... 4.00 p.m.

Stations of The Cross ...................... 7.30 p.m.

Liturgy of the Passion, Dunmore .... 8.00 p.m.

Liturgy of the Passion, Johnswell ... 8.00 p.m.

HOLY SATURDAY – 19th April
Polish Blessing of Easter Baskets ... 11.00 & 11.15 a.m.

Confessions, St John’s ...................... 7.00 to 8.0 0 p.m.

Easter Vigil Ceremonies, St John’s ... 9.00 p.m.

Easter Vigil Ceremonies, Johnswell .. 8.00 p.m.

St John’s 8.00 & 10.30 a.m., Midday & 7.30 p.m.

Johnswell 10.00 a.m.

Dunmore 11.00 a.m.

Polish Mass  1.30 p.m.

Holy Week

The celebration of Holy week, beginning with Palm Sunday, is the ultimate high point of the Church’s Year. We commemorate the events by which we are saved.
We encourage everybody to prepare prayerfully for these celebrations. We urge everyone,  particularly families, parents and children, to participate fully in the ceremonies of Holy Thursday, Good Friday and Holy Saturday.

Blessing of Easter food – Polish tradition

The blessing of food at Easter is a very old custom in the Church. It recalls the words of St. Paul: “Whether you eat or drink, whatsoever you do, do all to the glory of God.” Eating a meal is a sacred act, a sign of unity and friendship. That’s why we and our ancestors pray before and after our meals.
Every year at Easter, the great feast of the Resurrection, we bring food to be blessed. Lent is over, our fasting is over. We rejoice with the Risen Christ as we come together to share this blessed food – bread, meat, sausages, sweets, eggs which are a sign of new life and salt which preserves us from corruption.
You are welcome to join the Polish & English Blessing of Food Baskets on Holy Saturday in the Parish Day Centre at 11.00 and 11.15 a.m.

‘John Paul 2 Awards’

All 22 young people from our parish who are involved in the John Paul 2 Awards are invited to present themselves to be  involved in the Holy Week Liturgies.

Trócaire Boxes

Please return your Trócaire Boxes on Holy Thursday or Good Friday. If you cannot, please drop in your Box to the Sacristy or the Parochial House.

Eucharistic Adoration Chapel

Adoration Chapel closed from Wed. 16th 7.00pm. Reopens 8.00am Tues. 22nd.

Annual Good Friday Walk

The annual Good Friday walk led by Bishop Freeman will take place on Good Friday from St John’s to St Mary's Cathedral at 7 pm. All are welcome.

St Vincent de Paul

St Vincent de Paul monthly collection will be held on next Saturday 19th and Sunday 20th April.  We thank you for you continued support.

GROW Community Mental Health

… are looking for prizes in order to carry on their necessary work. All donations welcome at GROW Mental Health, Ormonde Home, Barrack Street, Kilkenny.

Alzheimer's Kilkenny

Please raise funds for local services for people with Alzheimer's or dementia by taking a sponsorship card for the Stoneyford 10K Challenge, 11th. For cards, entry form and T-Shirt contact The Village Day Centre on 0567771230.

Ossory Times

The latest edition of the Ossory Times will be on sale after masses next weekend.

Divine Mercy

Hour of adoration and prayer in the Friary Church on this Sunday between 3-4pm.




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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

Mass of The Chrism
on Wednesday

We are all invited to join in the Mass Of The Chrism in St Mary’s Cathedral on Wed. at 7.30 p.m. Tea/Coffee will be available in the Chapter House afterwards. 


Your Reflection This Week

What a curious mixture the Mass liturgy of Palm Sunday is!
The introductory reminder that Lent is over and Holy Week upon us, the processional entry, symbolising Christ’s own entrance into Jerusalem has an aspect of expectant joy, the Gospel showing us the joyful attitude of the disciples proclaiming blessings on the King.
Yet the rest of the liturgy shifts the mood to focus on humility and preparation for that last supper, his last journey, his passion and death. He is, as Isaiah points out the suffering servant and will still be found amongst the little ones of the earth, but because we are a people of the resurrection there remains that ultimate hope which we will celebrate next week at the feast of feasts.

Pope Francis has in so many ways these past few days reminded us of the words of Paul to the Philippians, Christ emptied himself to become as one of us, yet became humbler yet accepting death for our sake so that his name should be known throughout the world and that salvation can come through him. This is at the heart of our proclamation and worship, it is, as we are being reminded what the mission of the Church and the People of God is really about, to proclaim and live the good news, to become servants of one another in humility and love.

As we enter Holy Week it would do us good to mediate on those two first readings from the Mass, not to enter into any maudlin and forced emotional place, but to let the word of God speak to our own hearts, renewing us again. We can all identify with those moments of distress and difficulty, we can also see them in others and recognize the Christ present in our midst but also in our brothers and sisters throughout the world.

The Long Passion narrative from Luke takes us through the dramatic events of those last hours of Jesus, but it doesn’t leave us in a bad place, it takes us through the events of our salvation and reminds us that in our dark times and at our own ending, God in Christ does not abandon us, we can focus on these powerful and hope filled words:
’Jesus, remember me when you come into your Kingdom’
and the answer,
‘Indeed, I promise you. Today you will be with me in paradise!’



Kilkenny Active Retirement Association
April  meeting will be held at the Club House Hotel on Mon. 14th at 2.30pm.


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