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 # 31

“The measure that you measure with will be measured back to you.”

Has Christ chosen you to be a priest? Call or Email.  Fr. Willie Purcell Ossory Vocations Director:  ossoryvocdir@gmail.com 
056 7770261.




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It’s Ordination Day! Pray for Fr Brian

“Behind and before every vocation to the priesthood or to the consecrated life there is always the strong and intense prayer of someone: a grandmother, a grandfather, a mother, a father, a community … Vocations are born in prayer and from prayer; and only through prayer can they persevere and bear fruit.” — Pope Francis  – Easter  2013.
Today is ordination day here in Kilkenny! Brian Griffin will be ordained to the priesthood this afternoon at 3.00 p.m. in the Cathedral. We all join with Pope Francis’ prayer intention is for vocations:
That the personal encounter with Jesus may arouse in many young people the desire to offer their own lives in priesthood or consecrated life.
Please offer a prayer for Brian today AND commit to continued intentional prayers for vocations from your family and parish community. Come, Holy Spirit!

Fr Brian’s “First Mass & First Blessing”
Brian will celebrate his “First Mass” and give his “First Blessing” in St John’s next Wednesday, 1st July, at 7.00pm.
All are very welcome.

First Friday

Friday next is the First Friday of  July.  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.

Cemetery Masses Next w/e

The Annual Cemetery Masses in Dunmore and Johnswell cemeteries will be celebrated next  Friday, July 3rd  at 7.30 p.m.

The Six Berkeley Students – R.I.P.

We thank the 650 people who signed the Book Of Condolence at our parish church during the past week on behalf of Olivia Burke, Eoghan Culligan, Ashley Donohoe, Lorcán Miller Niccolai Schuster and Eimear Walsh – R.I.P.
This Book is important insofar as it helps us, as a community, to express our sorrow and sympathy for the families. And, in some small way, it may comfort  the families to know that our parish is thinking and praying for them at this time.
It will be sent for circulation – like other books throughout the country – to the families during the coming week.

St Kieran’s Cemetery Mass

Many thanks to all who attended the huge gathering for Mass & Prayer in St Kieran’s Cemetery on Friday evening. We were blessed, thank God, with the weather, and we thank all those involved in the arrangements in any way: choirs, Gray’s sound, Murphy Bros., readers, sacristans, collectors, caretakers, county council and Fr Jackie Robinson for being chief celebrant on the occasion.

All Ireland Rally for Life

Join the All Ireland Rally for Life at 2.00pm next Saturday, 4th July at Parnell Square, Dublin. There will be a bus leaving Super Valu, Loughboy at 12 noon - €10. To book your place ring Ron on 0866696632.

St Mary’s Cathedral – Fourth Draw Results

Prize                           Winner                                   Parish             1st  Prize   €2,000        Margaret Murphy                  Muckalee
2nd Prize   €1,000        John Ryan                            Gowran
3rd Prize   €500           Tom & Mary Butler               Lisdowney
4th Prize   €300            Dick & Berna Walsh             Tullaroan
5th Prize   €300            Dermot Kelly                       Bennettsbridge
6th Prize   €200            Tom Purcell                          Muckalee
7th Prize   €200            Joe Moore                            B. in Ossory
8th Prize   €100            Jim Ryan                              St Kieran’s
9th Prize   €100            Denis Croke                         B. in Ossory
10th Prize €100            Ina Redmond                        Ballacolla

Baptismal Team

New members are urgently needed for our Baptismal Team Ministry.
If you’re generous enough to join please call the office on 7721072.

Game, Set and Fun with Parks Tennis

Coaching and fun for girls and boys aged 6-17 years in Presentation Secondary School, Loughboy.  Just €20/€25 for two weeks.
Starts 6th July to 31st July. Call 085-282 8846 (6-8pm only).

Lost Item

Charm bracelet lost around Christmas. Charms included miraculous medals, St Catherine of Sienna Medal and a small cross.  Sentimental value. Reward. Phone 086 0811941.

Where do we come from?

A little girl asked her mother, "Where did people come from?"
Her mother answered, "God made Adam and Eve and they had children and that's how all mankind was made."
A couple of days later she asked her father the same question.
The father answered, "Many years ago there were lots and lots of monkeys, and the human race evolved from them."
The confused little girl returned to her mother and said, "Mommy, how is it possible that you told me that we were created by God, and Daddy said we came from monkeys?"
The mother answered, "Well, dear, it is very simple. I told you about my side of the family and your father told you about his."


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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


Loving God,
You speak to us
and nourish us through
the life of Your Church community. 
In the name of Jesus,
we ask you to send
your Spirit to us,
that men and women
among us will respond
to your call to service
in the Church. 
We pray especially
in our day,
for those who hear your invitation to be a priest
in our Diocese. 
May those who are
opening their hearts
and minds to your call
be encouraged
and strengthened
through our enthusiasm
in your service.



Your Reflection This Week

Touching The Hem
Of Christ’s Garment

Ronald Rolheiser has a lovely way of using the story of the woman touching the hem of Christ’s garment to encourage parents whose children no longer practise the faith or who find themselves estranged from the Church.
He stresses that what each of us does for others (as the Body of Christ, his Church and in Christ’s name), is an extension of Christ’s ministry. When we forgive someone, we communicate Christ’s forgiveness; when we comfort someone, we extend Christ’s comfort to them.
When parents continue to love, care for, comfort, listen to, and forgive their adult children, these family members, although no longer practising are nevertheless touching them with Christ’s garment.


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