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 # 44

Actions speak louder than words. What are your actions saying? Can your word be trusted?Turning from evil and doing good is what God wants.
(Matthew 21: 28-32).

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 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.



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The Cats were crowned Liam MacCarthy Cup winners for a 35th time, with all-conquering manager Brian Cody masterminding a 10th success and Henry Shefflin picking up a 10th winners medal.
The man of the match award went to Kieran Joyce.
81,753 spectators were present to see Cody’s men pick up the silverware once again and it was the Power siblings who did the damage in a devastating four-minute spell.
Richie Power struck the first goal in the 59th minute and younger brother John, one of three pre-match changes to the starting team, pounced from close range after Darren Gleeson pulled off a save to keep out a deflected Michael Fennelly effort.
Tipperary battled valiantly all the way to the end, and when Seamus Callanan scored his second goal of the evening in the 69th minute, a grandstand finish looked certain.
Second-half goals from brothers Richie and John Power inspired Kilkenny to a 2-17 to 2-14 All-Ireland SHC final replay victory over Tipperary at Croke Park.
But Colin Fennelly crowned Kilkenny’s win with the final score of the game as the clock ran out on Tipp, who missed their chance three weeks ago.

First Friday

Friday next is the First Friday of October. The sick and housebound will be visited at the normal times. Please inform the parish office or one of the priests if you have a relative or neighbour who would like this service.

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.

Thukolo Choir

Thukolo Choir will sing in St John’s on 5th October at the 7.30pm Mass.

Kilkenny Forum

Kilkenny Forum for Social Inclusion & Participation (KFSIP) invites you to the Parade Tower Kilkenny Castle on Tuesday 30th September from 1.30pm to 4pm to discuss Rural and Urban transport in the company of Minister of Rural Affairs Ann Phelan TD.
The Grow Community thank you for your support on their recent church gate collection. €358.56 was collected for which they are truly grateful.

World War poetry

Internationally renowned local poet Mark Roper will discuss World War poets & poetry at City Library, John’s Quay on Thursday 2nd  October from 11.30am -12.30pm. All are welcome to this free event.

Like To Advertise With Us?

If you’d like to advertise in the Parish Newsletter, make contact with Áine, the Parish Secretary. Currently, ads are 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.

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.

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.

Black Abbey Rosary Sunday

Rosary Sunday 5 October, Day for Life, (in response to Pope Francis' request and linking with those gathered in Rome for the Synod on the Family) Rosary Vigil being held in the Dominican Black Abbey, Kilkenny. Sunday October 5 at 4.00pm concludes with Holy Mass at 6.00pm.


CSB Parents Council AGM

The AGM of the Parents’ Council will take place in the school on Thursday 2nd October at 7.30pm.  Our guest speaker will be Ms Caroline Seales, nutritionist, who will speak on the topic “Less Sugar for Healthy Happy Teens”.




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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

Blood Pressure Check

The Irish Heart Foundation road show will be at the Newpark Close Family Resource Centre on Tuesday 30th September from 3.30pm to 6.00pm.  You are encouraged to take this opportunity to get your Blood Pressure checked.  This is a FREE service.


Your Reflection This Week

I know a man who thinks that he fools people easily, especially his supervisor at work. Whenever he is asked to do a task, he says ‘Yes’ immediately but quickly ignores the request. He tries to be popular by creating the impression that he is obliging and dedicated. In reality, however, he has no commitment to work.

His colleagues sometimes disagree with the supervisor, but at least they are honest. While this man initially impressed the supervisor and his colleagues because of his apparent willingness to do what he was asked to do, his credibility diminished when they realised that he was not a man of his word. We all know people who are like that. We may be like that ourselves!

Our word matters greatly in our relationships, whether in our family or at work or among our friends or with God. When we do not have our word, then we have nothing because we cannot be trusted with even the smallest responsibility. We become unreliable, like the second son in the gospel parable about the father asking his two sons to work in his vineyard. The father depended on him. But he assumed that he could easily fool his father. His word was meaningless and he lacked sincerity.

Dependability is a desirable character trait for all genuine Christians. Otherwise, people are wasting their time with us. God depends on each one of us to help him achieve his plan for the salvation of all people, just as the father in the gospel parable depended on his two sons.

The parable teaches us that it was the first son, who initially said ‘No’ but then thought better of it, who actually did what the father requested. That son had undergone conversion. He had the honesty and the humility to realise his mistake and to change his decision. He became reliable.

Perhaps too often we are like the second son who initially said ‘Yes’ to his father’s request, and then quickly ignored the request. We easily say ‘Yes’ to God without meaning what we say. Then our word becomes meaningless. The parable of the father and the two sons challenges us to do God’s will in action and not only to concur with it verbally. This requires that, like the first son, we are continually open to the possibility of conversion in our lives and that we are honest and humble enough to change our decisions when we recognise that they are wrong decisions, especially in matters relating to our salvation and the salvation of others.

Are we people of our word? How do we speak to our loved ones, to our friends, to our colleagues at work, to God? In what ways does our sincerity manifest itself? It would be good to be people of our word. Let us decide to be honest and humble enough to undergo conversion every day and to change our wrong decisions.



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