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 # 44

“Would that all the
Lord's people
were prophets,
and that
 the Lord
would put His spirit
on them.

All Catholics share the prophetic ministry of the Lord through baptism.  Is He calling you to bear witness to His truth as a priest ?

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

Vocations Awareness Afternoon

An afternoon of conversation and reflection for men 18+ on becoming a priest in the Diocese of Ossory will take place in the Chapter Room St Mary’s Cathedral Kilkenny on Sunday 4th form 2pm to 5pm

Information from Fr Willie Purcell, Vocations Director. Tel: 087 628 6858,  ossoryvocdir@gmail.com.


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Monster Bingo

A Monster Bingo with €15,000 prize money will be held in Cillin Hill, Kilkenny on Sunday 18th October at 3.00pm in aid of St Mary’s Cathedral Restoration Fund.  Gowran Parish Bingo Committee will be taking charge of staging this Bingo.  Books €15 and €20 Single Sheets (3 in number) €2.  Raffle tickets €2 or more.  Please support.

First Penance and First Communion
St John’s Junior School

An enrolment meeting for  parents of First Holy Communion Children will take place in St John’s Junior School on Monday 5th October at 7.00pm. Please  bring your enrolment form along if it has not been completed already.

First Friday

Friday next is the First Friday of  October.  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.

Eucharistic Adoration

Eucharistic Adoration takes place in Dunmore Church every Tuesday from 3-4pm. All are welcome.

10.30am  Choir

10.30am choir will be resume on Sunday 4th October. New members are welcome.

St Joseph’s Young Priest Society

A meeting will take place in St John’s Presbytery next Monday 28th September at 11.00am (immediately after the 10.30am Mass) with a view to forming a Branch of the St Joseph’s Young Priests Society in St John’s Parish.  All who are interested are asked and encouraged to attend.

The Chosen Path

Rita Shore Author of ‘The Chosen Path’ will be promoting her book this weekend a book of Prayer, Reflection & Poetry.  The book is on sale for €10.  All proceeds from the sale of her book goes to the Thomas Hayes Trust.

St Mary’s Restoration Fund Draw

The Seventh Draw for the Restoration fund takes place this coming Wednesday in the Chapter Room, James Street.  All are welcome to attend. 
Parish promoters: Ann Brennan, 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.

St Luke’s Hospital Memorial Mass

St Luke’s Hospital, Carlow and Kilkenny will be holding its Annual Memorial Mass for all deceased patients of the Hospital on Tuesday, October 13th at 7.30pm.  This year, the Mass will take place in the Parish Church of St Clare, Graiguecullen, Carlow.  We extend a very warm welcome to all families who have been bereaved during the past year.  The names of those who died between September 1st 2014 and August 31st 2015 at St Luke’s Hospital will be displayed close to the Altar. 
All attending the Mass will be invited to light a candle on arrival at the Church and place it close to the display of names before Mass begins. 
The Choir of Graiguecullen Parish will provide the hymns. 
Family members and Staff members of the hospital will also participate. 
All are invited to tea and refreshments afterwards.

Six Week Suicide Grief Awareness Programme

Kilkenny Bereavement Support are running a six week programme (1 ½ hours per week) that could support you and your family and friends. The programme will cover a range of  themes including the stages of grief.  Venue: Villa Maria, Talbot’s Inch, Time & Dates: 8.00pm Tues. 29nd Sept, Tues. 6th, 13th, 20th, 27th Oct and 3rd November.  Enquiries to Kilkenny Bereavement Support 77565 38.


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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

Future of our Church

A series of important public talks will take place in
St Patricks Parish Centre, Loughboy
in the coming weeks:-

Talk One -
“A Poor Church for The Poor” by Fr Peter McVerry.
Does Pope Francis challenge our understanding of God and traditional spiritually we have inherited?
Monday 28th September @ 8.00pm.

Talk Two
“The Church of Pope Francis” by Fr Eamonn Conway
Explore the direction in which Pope Francis wishes to lead the Church, drawing in particular on The Joy of the Gospel and Laudato Si.
Monday 5th October @ 8.00pm.

Talk Three
“Woman, The Elephant in the Church” by Dr Mary T. Malone.
How women can take a necessary and vital place in renewing the Church.
Monday 12th October @ 8.00pm.

Admission €10 for each talk or €20 for the Series.
In aid of – Fr Peter McVerry Trust, Aiseiri Aislinn Adolescent Treatment Centre and the Good Shepard Centre.


Your Reflection This Week

Carry Someone with You

There was a tribe of Indians who lived a long time ago in the state of Mississippi. They lived next to a very swift and dangerous river. The current was so strong that if somebody happened to fall in or stumbled into it they could be swept away downstream.

One day the tribe was attacked by a hostile group of settlers. They found themselves with their backs against the river. They were greatly outnumbered and their only chance for escape was to cross the rushing river. They huddled together and those who were strong picked up the weak and put them on their shoulders; the little children, the sick, the old and the infirm, those who were ill or wounded were carried on the backs of those who were strongest. They waded out into the river, and to their surprise they discovered that the weight on their shoulders carrying the least and the lowest helped them to keep their footing and to make it safely across the river.

Jesus is trying to teach the disciples an object lesson about greatness, about servanthood, about leadership. He is saying to them and to us, "Have you lost the childlike joy and love and faith that once were yours?" He is also saying to them and to us, "If you want to walk on secure ground in this world it helps to carry someone with you."

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