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 # 50

“Out of her poverty
she has put in
everything she had.”

Will you respond with generosity should the Lord choose you for priesthood ?

Call or Email.  Fr. Willie Purcell Ossory Vocations Director:  ossoryvocdir@gmail.com 
056 7770261.


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Annual Bereavement Mass

The St John’s Parish Annual Bereavement Mass will be celebrated in St John’s Church on Wednesday November 18th, at 7.30pm.

Ossory Priests Society

The Ossory Priests Society is responsible for making suitable financial provision for the care of the priests in the Diocese of Ossory in infirmity, sickness and old age. The Annual Collection for this good cause takes place next weekend, 14/15th November outside church.
A contribution to Ossory Priests Society is an opportunity to show appreciation for the many years of service our retired priests have given to God and to the faithful in our parishes throughout the diocese. The priest is a part of every Catholic family. They offer counsel and comfort, and they lead us in celebrating the sacraments. Your support is very much appreciated.                              Declan McCann, Ossory Priests Society

Frances Black and Kieran Goss In Concert
Watergate Theatre next Sunday, 15th

Frances Black, founder of the RISE Foundation which runs here in St John’s, and Kieran Goss will be performing in concert next Sunday, 15th November in the Watergate Theatre. Frances has become a friend of the parish through her captivating contribution to the Kilkenny Novena two years ago, and also through her ongoing and successful program, RISE, which she founded to assist families who struggle to overcome addictions of various kinds, as well as coping with the fallout caused by these addictions.
This concert promises to be a great ‘reunion’ - a gig not to be missed. You can book tickets at watergatetheatre.com/events/frances-black-kieran-goss-reunion/


A Super Auction in aid of St Mary’s Restoration Fund will take place on Saturday, 28th Nov. in O’Loughlin Gaels Complex.
Viewing from 10.00 am; Auction 11.30 am. Catalogue: €3.
Contributions of Original Paintings; Garden & Household Furniture; Antiques; Firewood; Crockery; Lamps; Toys, etc. would be most welcome.
‘Every Little Helps’ and your support in any manner will help this event for the Diocese to be a great success.

November Offerings

Please return your November Offerings at this time. Blank forms for the list of your deceased are available in the church porch – Place them in the basket in front of the Altar.. Please do not leave your November Offerings in the basket because it’s only for the list of your loved ones. 

St John’s Young Priests Society

A meeting of the St John’s Young Priests Society will take place in the Presbytery on Monday at 11.00am (immediately after the 10.30am Mass)  for 30 minutes approx.  All are welcome and encouraged to attend.

The Thomas Hayes Trust

Giving Light and Hope service to commemorate the lives lost through Suicide.  Join with us Fri. 20th November at 7.00pm in St Canice’s Church.

Service for Healing of the Generations

Service will take place in St Brigid’s Church, Coon next Wednesday.  Commences with Adoration at 6.30pm.  Mass at 7.30pm.

Camphill Community

Annual craft fair at Camphill takes place next Sunday from 1pm to 5pm.

Retired Nurses Association of Ireland

Mass for Retired and Deceased Nurses will be celebrated in St Fiacre’s Church, Loughboy on Wednesday 18th at 10.30am. After Mass a Tea/Coffee morning will take place in the Parish Centre.  All proceeds to the Carlow/Kilkenny Homecare Team.

Kilkenny Flower Club

Flower Demonstration by Teresa Collins (AOIFA) will take place next Thursday in Springhill Court Hotel at 8 pm. Entrance: €15 includes refreshments. Proceeds in aid of Irish Motor Neurone Disease Assoc.

Fibromyalgia Group

There will be a talk by Dr. Pat Crowley about the use of LDN in the treatment of fibromyalgia in the Ossory Park Community Centre on Wednesday 11th at 7pm. All are welcome. Please contact Doris -  086 62346491 or Tommy - 086 1080291.

Sharing Fair

The annual Sharing Fair Craft Sale and Coffee Morning to support the work of Kilkenny nun, Sr Mary Hayden in Thailand, will take place at Langton’s of John Street next Saturday from 10am to 1pm. 


The monthly Blessed Edmund Rice Mass will take place in Westcourt on Monday, 9 November at 7.30pm. Please note the change of date. 

Forthcoming Events To Note

Sat 28th Nov: Auction in aid of St Mary’s – O’Loughlin Gaels Complex.
Sun 29th Nov: Celebrating Religious Life in our Diocese – St Kieran’s College.
Tues 24th & Tues 1st Dec: Formation for Readers of The Word – St Fiacre’s.
Sun, 31st Jan: Annual Parish Social – Langton House Hotel.


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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

Understanding the
Papacy of Francis

The Papacy of Francis has attracted the attention, and captured the imagination, not only of Catholics but also of the wider world.  His words, spoken clearly and simply, seem to offer hope to a world in need of it.
Searching for a common theme or thread around which his papacy can be understood is not a difficult task.  The Mercy of God and a resulting merciful Church is at the heart of his faith and teachings. 
Through this series of talks and Ossory Faith Development group hope to explore this important topic and how it is to be lived/experienced in our Church today.
Venue: St Patrick’s Parish Centre, Loughboy.  Adm. Free.

Wednesday 11th November: Albert McDonnell
The new process of marriage annulments – a mercy applied.

Wednesday 18th November: Seán McDonagh
Laudato Si’ and caring for our world – Mercy lived.


Your Reflection This Week

In the modern era it is no doubt hard for us to relate to language about the blood of animals and sacrifices by priests in the temple. However, the language of sacrifice is still very relevant to our world. Ironically this can be seen in the first reading where the actions of a poverty-stricken widow show us that the only sacrifice that matters is self sacrifice. God is not interested in the spilling of blood for this makes no change either in him or us.
Rather God is concerned about whether we live for ourselves or for others, and Jesus in offering his life, not just by his death on the cross but by everything he did, has shown us the way.

Lord, Jesus was such a balanced person.
He pointed out the faults of the powerful, those who made a show if lengthy prayers and at the same time swallowed the property of widows.
But he was also constructive.
By praising the poor widow who gave everything she possessed,
he showed us all the way we could go.

Lord, when we find people using lengthy prayers to cover up the fact that they are swallowing the property of widows we are more severe in our judgment of them,
Now we know that Jesus felt the same way.

“A society that does not value women turns likewise a deaf ear to its children;
in other words, it cuts off its own future.” Jeanne Henriquez of Curaçao

Lord, we pray that like Jesus we may always notice the women of our society who give themselves unreservedly to bringing up their families.
From the little they have, they put everything they possess,
All they have to live on.

“A young woman asked an old woman,
‘What is life’s hardest burden?’
And the old woman replied,
‘To have nothing to carry.’”

Lord, we feel sorry for people who only know about giving what they have left over.
They do not know the joy of giving everything they possess to a cause they believe in.


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