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 # 14

“If God is with us, who can be against us?”

Is the Lord strengthening you to consider the grace of a vocation to the priesthood

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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Lenten Lunchtime Theology Talks

Ossory Adult Faith Development are holding a series of talks in the St Mary’s Cathedral Chapter House during Lent at 1.05pm.
These Lunchtime Theology talks will be just a short input of 10 minutes on a topic - to stir a question or idea and then soup and sandwiches will be provided for those in attendance. 
Why not invite people to come along. It is a chance for us to journey together during Lent.
•Monday 2nd March: A Book Faith: How can the bible root faith in our days?: Olivia Maher (Ossory Diocesan Pastoral Council)
•Monday 9th March: A Nourished Faith: How do we strengthen our faith? Dan Bollard (Parish Priest Thomastown)
Monday 16th  March: An Active Faith: What is our role in the Christian Community? - Jemma Mulligan (Middle Deanery, Chairperson)
•Monday 23rd March: A Lived Faith: What can our beliefs offer our daily lives? - Dan Cavanagh (Parish Priest Rosbercon)

Ministers of the Word Training Course

A Minister of the Word Course is currently being arranged by the Adult Faith Development Office for the 42 parishes.
A Ministers of the Word list will be collated similar to that of the Ministers of the Eucharist, i.e.  Readers will be commissioned for three, three year terms and then retire.    This Course is planned for new readers and also for ALL current readers in our parish, so that a complete list can be compiled. We will be notified by the Adult Faith Development Office as soon as dates have been arranged.

Parish Pastoral Council

A meeting will take place next Wednesday at 7.30 pm in the Presbytery.

Ministers Of The Eucharist Training Course

The training nights for new Ministers Of The Eucharist are as follows below. Please note that the three training nights (for our parish in St Patrick’s Centre, Loughboy) will take place consecutively.

  • Monday 9th March, 7.30 p.m. – Speaker: Fr Ollie Maher.
  • Tuesday 10th March, 7.30 p.m. – Speaker: Sr Anna Corcoran.
  • Wednesday 11th March, 7.30 p.m. – Speaker: Mr Ken Maher.
  • PLEASE NOTE: A Saturday Morning Session (to facilitate those away,  in College, etc.) will also take place in St Patrick’s Centre at 10.00 a.m.


Trócaire Boxes are available in our churches for charitable donations from your family during Lent to help alleviate poverty in the Third World...

Lenten Stations

Many thanks to all who have given in their ‘Lenten Station’ Offering. As envelopes are not  fully distributed, you can return yours as soon as you can.

The Ossory Times

“We are currently working on the next edition of the Ossory Times.  It will be published for Easter  I’d obviously welcome and encourage any parish or group in the diocese to submit an article that you would like to see included.  Any article should be around 300/400 words and have at least one, and preferably more, colour picture(s). 
“It is good to draw attention to the Gospel/Church alive in our midst. So if you have something why not ask someone involved to pen an article on it.  We need these, for this edition, by the middle of March (15th). Many thanks.” D. Ryan, Ed.

First Friday

Friday next is the First Friday of  March.  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 Committee

A meeting will take place on Wednesday at 7.00 pm in the presbytery.

Blessed Edmund Rice

Monthly Edmund Rice Mass in Westcourt on Mon, 2nd  at 7.30pm.  

Johnswell Active Retirement

Meeting will be held in Johnswell Hall on Wednesday 4th March at 7.30pm.  New members are always welcome.

Monthly Rosary

The Monthly Rosary in James Green at the Statue of our Lady this Sun. 3.00pm.


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

St Mary’s Cathedral Restoration Fund Draw

The first Cathedral Restoration Fund Draw first draw will take place in the Chapter Room at 8.00pm on Wed. 25th March.  The annual prize fund is €60,000 and the subscription is €120 per annum or €10 per month.
Tickets are available locally at the Parish Office; the Sacristy; or from:  
Áine Butler; Teresa Trehy; Paul McKiernan; Peggy Wall; Veronica McGuane;
Jane Dineen; Mgt. Hanlon; Marian Eardly; Ann Marie Hogan; Kay Foley;
Eddie Langton; Linda Nolan; Brian Roche; Tracey Maher & John Lennon.

Together we can do this work of restoration and renovation.


Your Reflection This Week


Lord, we pray today for all those whom your Spirit has driven out into the wilderness:
– who have been betrayed by a loved one;
– who have lost their job with no hope of getting another;
 – who find themselves in prison;
– who have just learnt that they are terminally ill.
The days seem long to them, they feel battered by demons,
surrounded by wild beasts.
Lord, send them your angels to look after them.

Lord, we embark on projects easily and confidently:
– a new relationship;
– a leadership role in our community;
– a new movement, a political party.
But the good feeling does not last.
Your spirit must drive us out into the wilderness
and we must remain there forty long days,
tempted by Satan and surrounded by wild beasts
while angels look after us.
Only then are we fit to commit ourselves.
Lord, during the course of the year we turn our eyes to many ugly things about ourselves:
– our meanness and envy;
– the hurts we have not forgiven;
– the desire to take revenge.

During this Lent, let your Spirit drive us into the wilderness
and keep us there for forty days,
where we will face up to the demons within us and the wild beasts tearing at us,
knowing all the time that your angels are looking after us.

Lord, we thank you in the name of all those for whom this Lent will be a season of grace, when Jesus will come into their lives.
They will know that the moment they were running away from has finally come, a life of holiness will seem within their grasp, they will turn away from their sin and give themselves trustingly to the new vision you have brought them to.

© St John's Presbytery Dublin Road, Kilkenny - Tel 056-772 1072 - E-mail: stjohns@ossory.ie