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

“Peace be with you. 
As the Father has sent Me, so I send you.”

Will you respond to God's call to be sent as priest, who proclaims the truth and peace of Jesus Christ? 

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

Lourdes Pilgrimage 2015

The Lourdes Pilgrimage will take place from May 22nd to May 27th inclusive.

Cost: €755 P.P.S.

Booking at Glenmore Parish Office, 051 880414.



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St Luke’s Hospital Remembrance Ceremony

St Luke’s Hospital will hold it’s the annual remembrance ceremony for families who have been bereaved by the death of their child through miscarriage, still-birth or in early infancy.
This ceremony will take place on Tuesday, April 14th  in St Fiacre’s Church, Loughboy, Kilkenny at 7.30pm. 
While we issue a special invitation to all families who have been bereaved during the past year, this ceremony is for all families who have been bereaved, regardless of how long ago.
Refreshments will be available for everyone after the ceremony.

Eucharistic Ministers Meeting

A meeting of all Eucharistic Ministers for St John’s Church will take place on Thursday week (23rd April) in the church at 7.30 p.m. This will comprise of a Prayer Service followed by settling rota arrangements for the coming year and any other practical issues that may arise.

Pastoral Council Meeting

The April meeting of the Parish Pastoral Council takes place on Wed.  at 7.30pm. in the Presbytery. All members are requested to attend.

Ossory Times

The Ossory Times magazine is on sale after all masses this weekend.

Cosmology/ Spirituality Workshop

Explore how faith and science need not be in opposition to each other.
Join Colette Cullinan RSM on Saturday 18 April, 10am – 4pm to consider: Who is God?  Who are we?  How shall we live? Parish Centre, Loughboy. Cost €10. Bring packed lunch. Contact: 056 7722870 by 14th April.

Divine Mercy Celebration

Divine Mercy Sunday Celebration in The Friary Church this Sunday, from 2.00 p.m. to 5.00 p.m. Rosary, Holy Hour, Mass and blessing with Relic of St Faustina. Celebrant: Fr Willie Purcell. All are welcome to attend.

Society of St Vincent De Paul

Monthly collection takes place next weekend. Thanks for your support.

Home Instead Senior Care – Caring people needed

We are seeking compassionate, dependable and experienced Carers to assist our clients with day to day living activities including companionship, light house keeping, 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 Moving and Handling Experience Desirable but not essential. Full Training provided. Please call 045-484623 or email philomena.fennelly@homeinstead.ie

Kilkenny Coeliac Group

The Kilkenny Coeliac Support Group will hold its next meeting in St. Patrick's Parish Centre, Loughboy, om Monday at 8.00pm. All affected by this disease are most welcome to attend.

Marriage Encounter

Marriage Encounter Weekend from 17th to 19th April (8:00 pm Friday to 4:30 pm Sunday) at the Cork International Hotel, Cork. www.corkinternationalairporthotel.com  Details of weekend on website www.marriageencounter.ie   or phone Ph. 086-8334382

Kilkenny Musical Society

Kilkenny Musical Society's 42nd Production:   Sweeney Todd The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, 12th-18th April - Watergate Theatre,
 8pm nightly. Tickets:15 euro (Sun-Tues)/ 20 euro (Wed/ Sat). 

M.S. Ireland

M.S. Ireland are currently recruiting Volunteers to help out by giving 1 hour of their time to help out in the World M.S. Day flag collection which will be held in your area on June 5th. Your support to people living with multiple sclerosis would be greatly appreciated. For more information please ring 086-8393964 or email annette@havocconsulting.com.

Divine Mercy Apostolate

Service for Healing of the Generations takes place in St Brigid’s Church, Coon this Wednesday evening. Adoration at 6.30pm.  Mass at 7.30pm, concluding with Benediction.  Led by Fr John Delaney & Team.

Kilkenny Active Retirement Association

….will hold a meeting next Monday at 2.30pm in the Club House Hotel.

Medjugorje Evening of Prayer

Mass and Adoration, Prayer for Healing will take place at Mill Hill, Waterford Road on Monday 13th April at 8pm.  All are Welcome.

Some Sunday Bulletin Bloopers!

The Rev. Merriweather spoke briefly, much to the delight of the audience.

At the evening service tonight, the sermon topic will be "What is hell?" Come early and listen to our choir practice.

Missionary from Africa speaking at Calvary Memorial Church:
Name: Bertha Belch. Announcement: Come tonight and hear Bertha Belch all the way from Africa".


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Our Mission Statement
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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

Catholic Marriage Care Service

Time For A New Challenge In 2015. A Certificate In Marriage Education Is Possible Through St. Patrick’s College Maynooth.

If you are interested in becoming a Facilitator with Accord Marriage Education Services please contact: Accord Kilkenny for an Application Form at Accord, Seville Lodge, Callan Road. Office: 0567722674
e-mailaccordkilkenny@ossory.ie Applications to be returned by 17th Apr.


Your Reflection This Week

Divine Mercy in action: 

 A TIME magazine issue in 1984 presented a startling cover. It pictured a prison cell where two men sat on metal folding chairs. The young man wore a black turtleneck sweater, blue jeans and white running shoes. The older man was dressed in a white robe and had a white skullcap on his head. They sat facing one another,  up-close and personal. They spoke quietly so as to keep others from hearing the conversation. The young man was Mehmet Ali Agca, the pope’s would-be assassin (he shot and wounded the Pope on May 13, 1981); the other man was Pope John Paul II, the intended victim. The Pope held the hand that had held the gun whose bullet tore into the Pope’s body. This was a living icon of mercy. John Paul’s forgiveness was deeply Christian. His deed with Ali Agca spoke a thousand words. He embraced his enemy and pardoned him. At the end of their 20-minute meeting, Ali Agca raised the Pope’s hand to his forehead as a sign of respect. John Paul shook Ali Agca’s hand tenderly. When the Pope left the cell he said, “What we talked about must remain a secret between us. I spoke to him as a brother whom I have pardoned and who has my complete trust.” This is an example of God’s Divine Mercy, the same Divine Mercy whose message St. Faustina witnessed.  

"Well, then,
I will have mercy" 

Emperor Napoleon was moved by a mother's plea for pardon for her soldier son. However, the emperor said that since it was the man’s second major offense, justice demanded death. "I do not ask for justice," implored the mother, "I plead for mercy." "But," said the emperor, "he does not deserve mercy." "Sir," cried the mother, "it would not be mercy if he deserved it, and mercy is all I ask for." The compassion and clarity of the mother's logic prompted Napoleon to respond, "Well, then, I will have mercy."

The Second Sunday of the Easter season invites us to reflect on God’s infinite love and mercy for His people, as detailed in the Bible and as lived and taught by Jesus, and to practice the corporal and spiritual works of mercy.  

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