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 # 34

Good and evil exist together in the world.
Pray that good may grow and take root in you like a mustard seed that, when full-grown, is the largest of plants. What are you doing to nurture good in our world?

(Matthew 13: 24-43).

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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“Kilkenny’s Involvement”

To remember the thousands of people from Kilkenny City and County who left home and family to participate in the ‘Great War’, and to pray for the hundreds who never returned, a special Centenary Memorial Mass will be celebrated in St John’s Church on Wednesday week (July 30th) at 7.30 p.m.
The keynote speaker on “Kilkenny’s Involvement” will Mr Paddy Neary, Wolfe Tone Street. The wreath laying ceremony in honour of those who perished will be jointly conducted 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 and Talk on Wednesday week, July 30th at 7.30 p.m. when we join in prayer for all the Kilkenny people involved, especially those who died in W.W.1.


A Samaritan volunteer will be coming to speak at all masses next weekend the 26th and 27th July to acknowledge World Mental Health Week.

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.

Feast Day of St. Joachim & St. Anne

Joachim & Anne are traditionally named Parents of  the Blessed Virgin Mary and Grandparents of our Lord.  The 10.00am Mass in St. Mary’s Cathedral, on Saturday 26th July, will be offered up to all Parents and Grandparents.  All welcome.

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

Home Instead Senior Care

Carers required to assist Seniors with day to day living activities including companionship, light housekeeping, meal preparation, transport and assistance with personal care needs. Part Time hours and Live In (2/3 days) positions available. FETAC Care Qualifications and Patient Moving and Handling experience desirable. Full Training provided. Fluent English. Please call 056 – 7800508 or email marie.anderson@hisc.ie.

The Mustard Seed Revolution

The mustard seed parable is often explained away by stating how God takes a tiny seed and makes a big tree out of it.  There is, as usual, a lot more going on here.  Matthew strategically places a mustard seed parable in the middle of a story about gardening.  Jesus surprises his listeners by telling them not to cut the weeds out of the wheat.  The mustard seed’s growth could also be compared to wild weeds that grow through cracks in footpaths or a vine that vigorously takes over an area.  There is an ancient text which forbade planting mustard seeds in Palestinian gardens because the shrub takes over, like how yeast works its way through dough!  It is wild, out of control, and attracts unwanted birds.  Author and activist, Shane Claiborne, compares it to Kudzu, a wild vine that could blanket entire mountain areas, smother trees, even crack cement buildings. 
People of Jesus’ time may have preferred the image of the ‘lofty cedars of Lebanon’ to explain God’s Kingdom, where the nations could build nests like the eagles do.  Now that image may have gotten a few cheers from the crowd! Mustard plants however, only stand a few feet tall.  Jesus is turning the ideas of power and triumph on their head again.  The image we have here is of the unwanted, detestable birds who find a home in this little shrub which cannot be curtailed.  It will grow even where it is not wanted.





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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

No Fr Tomasz this Summer

We regret to inform you that Fr Tomasz, who has been with us for the past four years during August and part of September, is unable to assist as ‘holiday supply’ this Summer. Instead, he is caring for his ill mother at home in Krakow since last Lent, while still continuing to write his PhD. He requests that you keep his mother in your prayers and says he’ll miss the highlight of his year – the St John’s experience – very much indeed.
However, the Kiltegan Missionary Society has graciously given us a priest, Fr Billy Fulton, from August 4th to 29th which encompasses three weekends and four weeks. We look forward to meeting Fr Billy, who, incidentally had a Seminarian brother in St Kieran’s that some of you might remember (a great soccer player with EMFA), Ray Fulton, ordained for the Diocese of Down and Conor in 1976.


Your Reflection This Week

Lord, we thank you for those who educated or guided us from youth.
They saw that we had bad traits as well as good ones,
that darnel was mixed in with the good wheat they sowed in us.
There were people who wanted to weed out the darnel but they said no, lest the wheat be pulled up also:
- if they did not let us mix freely with others, we might no longer be open and generous;
- if we were not allowed to make mistakes, we would never take risks;
- if we did not feel free to ask foolish questions, we would never learn.
We thank you for those who let wheat and darnel grow till harvest time,
and now we have gathered the wheat and can let the darnel be burned.
Lord, forgive us that we write off people as if there is nothing to them but
- their selfishness;
- their insincerity;
- their arrogance.
We forget that they are good seed that you sowed in the world.
The evil in them is only weeds that some enemy sowed
while others were asleep.
Those sins which colour our judgement about them
will be tied up in bundles and burnt, while you gather them like precious wheat into your barn.
Lord, we thank you for the church today, our own community and the world-wide church.
What a big tree it has become,
and so many birds of the air come and shelter in its branches.
We remember that it was once a mustard seed,
but people of faith took that seed and sowed it:
Jesus, the apostles, the first Christians, the founder of our community.
We pray today for all those committed to making the world more human:
- those who are spreading the spirit of cooperation and community;
- human rights organizations;
- those who uphold the ideal of chastity.
They often feel that the seed they are sowing in the world
is the smallest of all seeds,
but they do it in trust that it will be a big shrub,
and will eventually become a tree
and birds of the air will come and shelter in its branches.
Lord, we thank you for mothers:
- endlessly correcting and reproving,
- repeating the old sayings and proverbs,
mixing them into the daily lives of the family,
so that today we recognize that their teaching has touched
every part of our society.

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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