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 # 04

“Be it done unto me according to your word.”  Docile obedience to the Lord’s will is the fruit of humble prayer.

Is God’s work in you to be of service to Him as a
priest in the Diocese of Ossory.  Call or Email.  Fr. Willie Purcell Ossory Vocations Director:  ossoryvocdir@gmail.com 
056 7770261.

Lourdes Pilgrimage 2015

The next 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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Christmas Eve: No Morning Masses
6.30 p.m. (Family Mass)
9.00 p.m.

7.00 p.m.
8.30 p.m.
St John's
St John's
St John's

Christmas Day: 8.00 a.am
10.30 a.m.
12.00 Noon

10.00 a.m.
11.00 a.m.
St John's
St John's
St John's

St Stephen's Day: 10.30 a.m. St John's
Saturday (27th) 10.30 a.m.
6.30 p.m.
St John's
St John's
Sunday (28th) Normal Mass Times All Three Churches
Monday - Friday
(29th - 2nd)
10.30 a.m. Daily St John's

The Kilkenny Choir and
Kilkenny Youth Orchestra

This Sunday, the day of the winter solstice, the Kilkenny Choir and
Kilkenny Youth Orchestra will be presenting a selection of early carols and plainchant, wishing  light into this darkest day.
This year the choir is delighted to be accompanied by Kilkenny Youth Orchestra.
The concert takes place in  St John’s Church, this afternoon at 4.30pm.
Lullabies for the Christ Child.   Rheinberger; Byrd and various; Lullabies, Carols and Plainsong. Conductor: Philip Edmondson.  Tickets €8/€5 at the door.

There’s One For Everyone In The Congregation!

To help our families and visitors keep Jesus where he belongs – the centre and the ‘raison d'etre’ – of our Christmas Celebrations, we have put together a ‘Grace Before and Grace After Meals’, free of charge, for this celebratory season, and especially for Dinner on Christmas Day.
Many of us are a little bashful when it comes to praying out loud, or leading others in prayer before or after meals. But this is the answer, and everyone can join in and pray a ‘Grace’ that’s different to the usual ones we pray.
These prayer cards will be given out to each member of the congregation at Christmas Masses, and our hope is that families would pause for a moment and pray together before launching an attack on these (awful) Brussels sprouts!

Our Parish Calendar

The ‘St John’s Parish Calendar’ (again free of charge!) is given out at all masses this weekend. Once again, kindly sponsored by Sammy Johnston, of Johnstons Funeral Directors – thanks, Sammy, on all our behalf.
This year’s calendar has a very ‘retro’ theme running through it. You’ll notice a great picture of St John’s church, from 1904 (four years before completion). This picture was taken at the time of the Royal Visit of King Edward VII and Queen Alexandra. Other pictures include the former St John’s Church, the Home Rule Club, John Street, and Kilkenny’s Workhouse.

Parish Newsletter

There will be no newsletter until the week ending 10th/11th January. Listings of the deceased will be announced as usual.

Ossory Times

The Christmas edition of the Ossory Times is now on sale: €2.00 per copy. This Christmas edition is packed with fantastic newsworthy articles – including a centrefold (‘page 3’ wasn’t good enough for him) by Fr Movember himself :-)

Adoration Chapel

The Adoration Chapel in St John’s will reopen on the 6th January.

The Celtic Tenors

The Celtic Tenors Christmas concert with special guests Kilkenny College Chamber Choir will take place in St Canice’s Cathedral on Monday 22nd at 8 pm.  Tickets €22.50 available in St Canice’s Cathedral.

Kilkenny Cribs

The Walking to the Cribs of Kilkenny will take place on Saturday 27th December at 11.00am from the Parade. Led by Fr. Willie Purcell, all are welcome to join in.


Parish Newsletter
Mass Times
Baptism Schedule
Events Calendar
Our Mission Statement
Centenary Calendar
Virtual Tour


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

‘The Church
On The Streets’

The Kilkenny Solemn Novena, run by our parish, and conducted by The Redemptorists, is just around the corner. This year’s theme is: The Church On The Streets.
It begins, as usual, on the Feast of St Blaise (Feb. 3rd) and concludes on the Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes (Feb. 11th).


Your Reflection This Week

Lord, we thank you

Lord, we think today of all who are faced with a difficult decision:
- can they attempt a reconciliation?
- take on some new responsibility?
- engage themselves in a work of human liberation?
Send them an angel to walk with them as Gabriel walked with Mary,
- to call them by name;
- to speak a word of encouragement -
“Rejoice, so highly favoured, do not be afraid”; 
- to assure them that what they have conceived will be great and a Son of  the Most High;
- to remind them that nothing is impossible to you,
and finally, when they have accepted your will, to leave them.

Lord, we thank you today for those who have conceived a child
and received it as a sign that they are highly favoured.
Even if they feel deeply disturbed,
called to bring forth a holy child who is destined to live forever,
they see themselves as humble servants of this great mystery,
and give themselves trustingly to the fulfillment of your word.

Lord, we thank you today for the many great women of our world.
They conceived a vision within themselves, trusting that it came from you.
They struggled with feelings of infertility, imposed on them by society,
but they took courage from knowing that they were servants of a sacred work,
bringing to birth the rule of your Son.

Lord, we thank you for the precious moments of contemplative prayer,
when after a long journey with many doubts and hesitations,
with you at our side calming fears and answering questions,
we finally felt able to let the word you had spoken be done to us
and you could withdraw your sensible presence from us.
© St John's Presbytery Dublin Road, Kilkenny - Tel 056-772 1072 - E-mail: stjohns@ossory.ie