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 # 48

How do you enflesh the great commandment of love? Be aware of how others show this vitalcommandment.
Encourage those who you respect to dedicate their lives to ministry in theChurch.
(Matthew 22: 34-40).

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


Kilkenny Access Group

Kilkenny Access is a Voluntary Group and are looking for new members. Are you having difficulty getting around the city? Contact John on 087 6221490.



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Feast of All Saints

Saturday next is the feast of All Saints and is a Holyday of Obligation. Masses in St John’s as follows:
Vigil – Friday 6.30 p.m.; Saturday – 8.30 & 10.30 a.m. 12.00 noon; and Saturday evening at 6.30pm.

Feast of All Souls

Next Sunday is the Feast of the Commemoration of the Faithful Departed, commonly called ‘All Souls.’ Please place the names of your loved ones you wish special remembrance of in the basket in front of the Altar. There are handy slips of paper for your use in the church porch.

Clocks Go Back

If it’s Saturday evening when you get this – remember you have an extra hour in bed tonight –  so put the clocks back one hour.
And if it’s Sunday and you’re one of those who forgot to change the clock,  you have an extra hour to say your prayers before Mass begins!

Bank Holiday

There will be no 8.00am mass on Monday. Mass as usual at 10.30am.


Game of 25’s commencing on Tuesday the 4th November in Dunmore Hall from 10.30am to 12.30pm. For details contact Stephanie Butler on
085 2072641 or 056 7767869.  All are welcome.

Parish Pastoral Council

A meeting of the parish pastoral council will take place on Thursday at 7.30pm in the presbytery.  All members are requested to attend.

Book Launch

Join Tom Burnell and the Kilkenny Great War memorial committee for the launch of his book commemorating the 778 Kilkenny war dead. Attending will be the journalist and author Kevin Myers at 4.30pm Sun. 2nd  Nov. at Springhill Hotel.
Come and take part in the centenary march with veteran groups, see a display of vehicles, and re-enactments on The Parade at 2pm.

Bangers & Mash

The Samaritans Kilkenny Branch are hosting a  BANGERS & MASH FUND RAISING LUNCH on Thursday 6th November 2014 at The Pembroke Hotel, Patrick Street, Kilkenny – from 12.30p.m. to 2.30p.m. – donation only €10.00.
Please drop by for a quick lunch in an ideal location to support this very worthy cause.
Samaritans Ireland provides 24-hour emotional support to anyone struggling to cope. Samaritans can be contacted on Lo call 116 123   email: jo@samaritans.org  or SMS  087 260 90 90

Ossory Times – Sixth Edition

The Sixth Edition of the Diocesan Magazine, Ossory Times, is now available at €2.00 per copy in the Sacristy or the Presbytery.

South Kilkenny Historical Society

Dr. Pat McCarthy will be giving a lecture on 1914 - Ireland and the Coming of War next Thursday, October 30th at 8pm in  Mullinavat Parish Hall. Admission: €5 (members free).  All welcome.

Home Instead Senior Care

We are seeking compassionate, dependable and experienced Carers to assist our clients with day to day living activities including companionship, light housekeeping, meal preparation, transport and assistance with personal care needs. Flexible Part Time hours and Live In (2/3 days) positions available. FETAC Care Qualifications and Patient Full Training provided. Fluent English. Please call 045-484623 or email helen.hatfield@homeintead.ie

Short Mat Bowls

Short Mat Bowling and Go For Life games are resuming in the Watershed on Tuesday the 4th November from 8 until 9pm.  No experience is necessary. First night is free to all! Come along and try it out!

New Pilates Session

Commencing Wed 5th November, 2014 in the Dunmore Hall  from 8.00 - 9.00 p.m. (7 weeks €55). All abilities catered for. Fully qualified Pilates Instructor.   Places are limited so booking is essential. For further information please call Margaret at 086 8547710.



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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

500 relics of Saints for
St. Mary's Cathedral

On November 1st in St Mary's Cathedral, 500 hundred relics of saints will be  on display for veneration.  Among the saints are Padre Pio, St Therese, St Dominic, St. Peregrine, Relic of the true cross, St Martin De Porres, Blessed Edmund Rice and many other popular saints.  The relics will be displayed during the 10 am mass on the Feast of All Saints.


Your Reflection This Week

Love them anyway!

In Calcutta, India, there is a children’s home named Shishu Bhavan (Children’s Home), founded by Mother Teresa. The home continues to be operated by her community, the Missionaries of Charity. On the wall of the home hangs a sign which reads:

People are unreasonable, illogical, and self-centered.
If you do good, people will accuse you of selfish ulterior motives,
If you are successful, you win false friends and true enemies,
The good you do will be forgotten tomorrow,
Honesty and frankness make you vulnerable,
What you spent years building may be destroyed overnight,
People really need help but may attack you if you help them,
Give the world the best you have and you’ll get kicked in the teeth,

Mother Teresa counsels her young charges that the challenges offered by this sign can be met only if human beings are motivated by a love and a respect for one another which looks beyond faults, differences, ulterior motives, success and failure. Mother Teresa once said of herself,
“By blood and origin, I am all Albanian. My citizenship is Indian. I am a Catholic nun. As to my calling, I belong to the whole world. As to my heart, I belong entirely to the heart of Jesus.”

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