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 # 47

God has called you by your name. You are a child of God. Are you aware of your strength in God? (Isaiah 45:1, 4-6).

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 Cancer Support
Charity Shop

We urgently require volunteers for our shop due to expansion. We need men and women who have four hours a week to spare. You will be fully trained in retail and customer service. Please call Margaret on 085171100 or 0567715001.



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Parish Pastoral Council

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

RTE Radio Mass for St John’s

On Sunday, 14th December (3rd Sunday of Advent) Mass will be broadcast by RTE Radio from St John’s Church. Mass-goers should note that RTE’s weekly broadcast is always at 11.00 a.m. So, to facilitate this, Mass that Sunday will change from 10.30 a.m. to 11.00 a.m., with the congregation in place at 10.45 at the latest. Liturgical singing will be performed by the joint 10.30, 12.00 noon and Vigil choirs, directed by Séamus Brennan.

Ossory Times – Sixth Edition

The Sixth Edition of the Diocesan Magazine, Ossory Times, is now available at €2.00 per copy after Mass, or in the Sacristy or Presbytery.
Contained therein are many topical, informative and newsworthy articles from around the Diocese of Ossory, including an article by our own Paddy Neary, Wolfe Tone Street, who presents a column on the recent Great War Commemoration Mass at St John’s and some of the lecture he delivered on that occasion.

October Stations

A big ‘Thank You’ to all of you who have returned your October Stations so far. They are much appreciated. If you haven’t gotten round to it yet, you may do so at your convenience.

Dunmore Community Hall Committee

The Dunmore Community Hall Committee  is pleased to announce that the Hall and facilities are available for use by groups. Anyone wishing to organise an event or a series of events should contact one of the following to discuss details. Helen O' Neill (0871306976), Martin Gibbons (0868360782) or Rodger Curran (0862428715).

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.

Rockfall Festival

The 26th Rockfall Festival is taking place in Kilkenny 24-27 October. All proceeds from this Festival are donated to Enable Ireland, O’Neill Centre, Kilkenny. Programme of events can be seen on www.rockfallfestival.com

MEND Programme

Men, are you concerned about your behaviour? Does abusive behaviour cause difficulties in your relationship with your partner? MEND programme is a free service operating in Carlow offering a weekly programme for men form County Carlow & Kilkenny.  A new programme starts shortly. Contact: 086-8751131.


Thank you to all who contributed to the SOS Church Gate collection recently.  The amount raised was €641.93.

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.

Mission Sunday

October is Mission Month, the time when we highlight the sharing of the Good News of Christ as a fundamental element of our Christian call. “This month must be regarded in all countries as the Month of Universal Mission. The penultimate Sunday, proclaimed as World Mission Day, is the high point of the month.” (Congregation of Rites 1926)
“World Mission Day, which seeks to heighten awareness of the missions, as well as to collect funds for them, is an important date in the life of the Church, because it teaches how to give” (Redemptoris Missio 81). World Missions Ireland is the vehicle of this communion, bringing the prayers, solidarity and financial help of the Church in Ireland to Christian communities in other parts of the world, especially those in greatest need.
The theme “That You May Have Life” (John 10:10) has a particular resonance among Irish people in recent years. Many people have lost their jobs, their security for old age; they have experienced the pain of emigration, of separation and stress of all sorts. Many live with uncertainty and sadness, seeking a meaning to life.
Mission month provides us with an opportunity to reach out here at home, in order to assure our neighbours that their pain has not gone unnoticed. Being missionary is bringing Christ to others, proclaiming in our behaviour the dignity, specialness and beauty of every human life, while allowing ourselves to be touched and guided in our daily lives by the values of the Gospel. Our daily choices bring either life to others and ourselves, or they result in darkness.
Mission month directs us primarily to foreign shores, to that part of the Body of Christ often lacking in material resources. Unfortunately, in our world we often find God’s children suffering because of wars, hunger or a lack of trust between nations, religions and peoples. It is hard to imagine that in 2014 we are living in a world where c. 16,000 babies are dying every day from malnutrition and nearly one billion people going to bed hungry every night. Let us be conscious of this suffering in the Body of Christ during Mission Month as we unite ourselves with all of God’s people around the Eucharist on Mission Sunday.



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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


How can prayer transform my life? with Peter Hannan S.J. on Wednesday, October 22nd at 8.00 p.m in Integritas, Ennisnag, Stoneyford.  Study of the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius of Loyola, which greatly inform the life and work of Pope Francis and the renewal of the Catholic Church at this time. The evening is free and is open to anyone to attend. Contact 056-7728902.


Your Reflection This Week

Rendering to Caesar

It is always heartening when a bully comes off the worse for wear in a confrontation. And it is all the better if there is a comical element in the situation.

Some people might perceive a humorous element in the conversation between Jesus and the Pharisees when they were trying to entrap him by asking him if it was lawful to give tribute to the Roman Emperor Caesar. Matthew informs us that the Pharisees were up to no good. They were discussing among themselves how they could ensnare Jesus when he was teaching the multitudes.

They knew that if Jesus said anything that could be interpreted as criticising Caesar, they would be able to accuse him of treason, although they hated the Roman occupiers and the Emperor themselves. They were blatantly duplicitous and were shameless in their plotting and planning to outwit Jesus.

Cunningly, they began by praising Jesus, telling him that he was a truthful preacher and that he taught God’s will. Therefore, they said mischievously, they would welcome his thoughts about the issue of paying tribute to Caesar.

But Matthew revealed that Jesus knew their wickedness and, instead of answering directly, he asked them for a coin. Then Jesus asked them to look at the coin and explain whose image was on the coin, whose inscription. He was forcing them to confront the truth. When they replied ‘Caesar’s’, Jesus told them, famously, that the answer to their question was to ‘give back to Caesar what belongs to Caesar — and to God what belongs to God’ (Mt 22:21).


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