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 # 23

If we love, we know the presence of God. 
Take time to be aware of God’s loving presence. 
Are you open to the Holy Spirit? 
(John 14:23-29)

If you think God is calling you to priesthood, call Fr. Willie Purcell Ossory Vocations Director. 056 7770261 or email ossoryvocdir@gmail.com.

Statement of the of the Irish Catholic Bishops’ Conference

At the Spring 2016 General Meeting of the Irish Catholic Bishops’ Conference in Saint Patrick’s College, Maynooth the following issues were discussed:
1. Prayers for (i) nuns who were murdered in Yemen (ii) Blessed Mother Teresa
2. Protection of unborn human life
3. General Election 2016
4. Centenary of the Easter Rising of 1916
5. Proposed NCCA curriculum ‘Education about Religions & Beliefs and Ethics’
6. Publication of the Irish Language Missal An Leabhar Aifrinn Rómhánach
7. World Meeting of Families in Ireland in 2018
8. Trócaire’s Lenten campaign 2016
9. Safeguarding Children
10. Saint Patrick’s Day
11. Good Friday collection to support the persecuted people/places in Holy Land
12. Lent and preparation for Holy Week and Easter
13. Episcopal Ordination of Bishop Paul Tighe.

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Our Lady of Perpetual Help

The Kilkenny Novena – this Tuesday to Wednesday week

The time has come and we’re all set for the Ninth Annual Novena facilitated by Redemptorists Frs Brendan Keane and Denis Luddy. They too look forward to a great turnout this year, especially as we’ve changed to the month of May.


Petition and Thanksgiving Leaflets are also now available – you are asked to place them in the boxes in front of the shrine to Our Lady of Perpetual Help. Novena Candles and New Novena Booklets (€1) will be available at each Mass.

Jockey Johnny Murtagh

On Tues week at 7.30pm, as part of our Novena, we are delighted to welcome Johnny Murtagh, former flat race champion jockey and current successful horse trainer, to give his personal faith testimony - a witness that's fuelled by his rich spirituality connected to his recovery from addiction. Johnny challenges us to appreciate the gift of every Moment of Life. An inspirational and challenging man.
“Be grateful and appreciate life.”


The Diocese of Ossory
invites applications from suitably qualified persons for the position of Coordinator of the Diocesan Pastoral Plan

This co-ordinator will be given the task of implementing the Diocesan Pastoral Plan 2016-2020 across the forty-two parishes of the Diocese.
This will be a temporary part-time post for a three-year term. Prospective candidates should hold a degree in Theology or a commensurate discipline, have excellent communication skills, both verbal and written, be holders of a valid driving licence with the use of a car and have proven experience of active engagement and leadership within the Church.
The applicant will be committed to the ethos of the Catholic faith. Please send your CV and cover letter, specifying your suitability for the position of Coordinator of the Diocesan Pastoral Plan, by post, in confidence, quoting ref Coordinator of the Diocesan Pastoral Plan, to
Fr Dermot Ryan,
Selection Committee Chairperson,
St Kieran’s College,
College Road, Kilkenny.
Closing date for applications Friday 6th May 2016, 5.00pm
Interviews will be held Friday 20th May 2016 and Saturday 21st May 2016
Shortlisting will apply. The Diocese of Ossory is an equal opportunity employer. Canvassing will disqualify.

Thank You

Thanks to all who contribute to the Parish and Diocesan collections during 2015.
We thank those who support the ‘Envelope Collection’ on a weekly or yearly basis, and those who contribute by means of a Standing Orderthrough the Bank. All proceeds of the Envelope Collection and Standing Orders go exclusively towards the running costs of the parish.
If you have become irregular in your support of the upkeep of your parish, we urge you to think again. Our wish is to maintain the same high standard of services, facilities and infrastructure that we are blessed to have in St John’s Parish. We are very grateful to you for the sacrifices that you make via your regular contributions in order to maintain these standards. We are also aware that some find life financially very difficult.
However, we appeal to all parishioners, if at all possible, to maintain, commenceor recommence, some regular contribution towards the running costs of our parish.           St John’s Parish Finance Committee

Ossory Vocations Information Day

An Information Day with Fr Willie Purcell will take place on Saturday May 14th   at 10. 30 am in The Chapter Room, St Mary’s Cathedral.

Cois Nore Charity Shop

The Kilkenny Cancer Charity Shop, John St seek volunteers. Call 0567715001.


Epilepsy Church Gate Collection next weekend. Your support will be appreciated.

Bank Holiday Monday – 10.30 a.m. Mass only.

First Friday

Next Friday is the First Friday of May. Holy Communion at the normal times.

St John’s Prayer Group

Prayer group will not meet on the 4th & 11th May.  Back to normal Wed. 18th May.

Adoration Room

Adoration Room closed for the duration of the Novena. reopens on 12th May.

Dominican Black Abbey

May Rosary Vigil will take place today Sunday at 4.15pm.

Monthly Rosary

The Monthly Rosary in James Green takes place this Sunday at 3.00pm.

Blessed Edmund Rice

Feast of Blessed Edmund Rice: mass in Westcourt Thursday, 5th May at 7.30pm.

St Mary’s Cathedral – Second Draw Results

Prize                            Winner                                    Parish 
1st Prize    €2,000         Mem Dunphy                           Ballyragget
2nd Prize   €1,000         Monica Murray                         St Mary’s
3rd Prize   €500             Fr Noel Maher                         Aghaboe
4th Prize   €300             Cardinal C. Murphy O’Connor   St Mary’s
5th Prize   €300             Mary Sullivan                          Mooncoin
6th Prize   €200             Michael & Mary O’Connor         Muckalee
7th Prize   €200            Kate Morris                              Callan
8th Prize   €100             Michael Hyland                        Aghaboe
9th Prize   €100             Brendan Walshe                      Ballyragget
10th Prize €100             Sr Imelda                               St Mary’s



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

Saint Mary’s Cathedral Restoration
Diocesan Draw

The 2nd of the Diocesan Monthly Draws for the coming year in aid of St. Mary's Cathedral Restoration Fund will take place on Wednesday, 27th April in the Chapter Room. Subscribers and Promoters very welcome. 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:  
Ann Brennan; Aine Butler; Jane Dineen; Marian Eardly; Fr Brian Griffin; Margaret Hanlon; John Lennon; Jody Murphy; Veronica McGuane;
Paul McKiernan; Linda Nolan; Fr Seán O’Connor; Irene Purcell; Brian Roche; Peggy Wall; Eddie Langton.





Your Reflection This Week

Jord, Teach Us To Know You

Lord, many people in our country feel alienated,
they would like to be different from who they are,
to have lived at a different time, or belonged to a different culture.
forgive them.
We pray that they may come to love someone like Jesus
who will assure them that their stories, far from being drab or uninteresting, are sacred stories,
and that they need not feel ashamed of who they are
because you, the great Lord and God, you feel at home with them.
Lord, the apostles often felt frustrated with Jesus;
they could not understand why he spent so much time with them alone.
They wanted him to hurry and let the whole world know what he was teaching them.
At one time, we too thought that the message of Jesus could be packaged into a few brief commandments and marketed by radio and television.
Now we know from our experience that becoming his followers is a personal journey that each one of us must make for ourselves.
We get a feel for the man Jesus and gradually we learn to love his words so that they sink into our consciousness, until one day we know that you have come into our lives and whatever happens you will never leave us again.

Lord, we could know all the teachings of Jesus by heart,
but if we don’t have a personal relationship with him we will not keep them.
Lord, when Church leaders or State leaders become cruel or violent it is because they have come to think that they are indispensable and have forgotten that they are only your instruments.
Teach them to be like Jesus,
aware that their word is not theirs but the word of the one who sent them; that they are here on earth for a short while saying what they have to say, and they will soon move on.
But that will not be the end of your work, because you will send the Holy Spirit, the Advocate,
and all the things they have taught he will teach again,
and he will remind people of whatever they have forgotten or not understood.


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