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 # 35

God invites us to ask for what we need. Consider what Solomon requested – an understanding heart. What do you need as you seek to follow Jesus?
(1 Kings 3:5, 7-12).

If you think God is calling you to be a priest, visit our
website at www.ossory.ie/vocations or contact Fr. Willie Purcell at ossoryvocdir@gmail.com.  Facebook: ossoryvocdir  Tel: 056 7770261.


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World War One – “Kilkenny’s Fallen”
Wednesday 7.30 pm in St John’s

We take this opportunity to remind you of the Centenary Memorial Mass commemorating the thousands of people from Kilkenny City and County who left home and family to participate in the ‘Great War’, 1914 – 1918, and to pray for the hundreds who never returned home alive.
Mr Paddy Neary, Wolfe Tone Street, will present a paper on “Kilkenny’s Involvement” during this memorial.
A wreath in honour of those who perished will be jointly laid by Bishop Séamus Freeman SAC, Bishop of Ossory, and Mr Andrew McGuinness, Mayor of Kilkenny.
Thukolo Gospel Choir will provide music and song for the liturgy.
We invite people from all across the City and County: lay, religious and clergy, to join in this Centenary Memorial Mass on Wednesday at 7.30 pm. You are invited to refreshments in the Parish Centre afterwards.

First Friday

Friday next is the 1st of August and obviously the First Friday of the month. The sick and the housebound will be visited with Holy Communion at the normal times. Please let the office or one of the priests know if a relative or neighbour of yours would like to avail of this service.


In celebration of World Mental Health Week, The Samaritans would like to highlight their new free telephone number 116123. 
Samaritans, who provide a listening service in the community, operate this service 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.  They would like to extend an invitation to all to visit the Samaritan centre in Dean Street, on Sunday 27th July between 18.30 and 20.00. Volunteers will be very happy to show you around the centre, and answer any of your questions.

Medjugorje Pilgrimage

Medjugorje Pilgrimage €450: 11th-18th October and 18th-25th October. 7 nights B&B + Flight + Airport transport Tel 00353 1 4434510 /
048 82 241 888  www.med-irishcentre.com, noelle@med-irishcentre.com.

Alzheimer Day Centre

The Village Day Centre, Kilkenny City, for People with Alzheimer's Disease/Dementia. Open Mon-Fri 9.30am-4pm. Lots of activities to suit all services users; bingo, music, cards, art. garden walks, quizzes, reminiscence, day trips, and rings... For more information contact your local GP/PHN or phone Ruth on 0567771230.

Please Note: No Newsletter During August

From this weekend, through the month of August, the Parish Newsletter will not be printed. Therefore, please do not send in items for publication.
Deaths, month’s minds and anniversaries will be announced as usual.
We will resume publication of the Newsletter on the w/e of 6/7 September.
Thank you in anticipation of your cooperation in this matter.




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


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

Certificate in Theological Studies
faith – seeking – understanding

Saint Kieran’s College offers its new course in Theological Studies beginning in September and finishing in May (Level 7 – 20 credit ECTS).
For application form and further information please contact Declan Murphy M.A., St Kieran’s College.
Email: declanmurphy@ossory.ie Telephone: 056-7753624 or 087-9081470.   Forms from: www.stkieranscollege.ie  or  www.ossory.ie


Your Reflection This Week

The Good, The Bad and The Important

Different Needs
We have different needs in life – food, shelter, education, meaning, love…..one does not replace the other, but we can live without some.
As people, do we look for what’s most important in life?
The love of God; deep and enduring friendships. Success after hard work in school.
These are the treasures, the pearls. These are what cannot be lost and are worth sacrificing others good things for.

Good and Bad
Then the other parable – things good and bad – old and new.
The net – prawns and salmon and shrimps in the same net. Ever see them throwing back or throwing away the small fish?
Not everything in the old Ireland or old church was bad – we need to find new ways of living, legislating, dealing with some awful situations, but knee jerk reactions to any situation lead to nowhere lasting.
The treasure is in our people.
So much hidden generosity comes out at bad times like floods, power cuts, illness and death.
We need always to find the hidden treasures in our own people and even in our history. The kingdom of God is close, near and is within us.

Volunteer in Africa

Humanitarian Volunteers are looking for volunteers to travel to East Africa in Sept 2014. The volunteers will work on a humanitarian project for two weeks. No experience required and no age restrictions.
No large fundraising. Volunteers will pay their own costs. In addition, the Group will visit the resting place of the Venerable Edel Quinn during the mission. Contact Denis – 0868520271.


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