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 # 26

The love of God is being poured forth into our hearts. 
Open yourself to receive and share that love. 
Is God calling you to spread love through a Church vocation? 
(Romans 5:1-5)

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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Ossory Lourdes Pilgrimage

The Lourdes Invalid Fund Collection
will take place at all masses this w/e.

The annual diocesan pilgrimage to Lourdes departs from its five-day pilgrimage on Sunday, May 27. Please remember all those travelling in your prayers. In total 275 people are making the pilgrimage including 56 sick and assisted pilgrims, ten priests and 48 young people as well as many staff and ordinary pilgrims. The intentions of all who continue to support the pilgrimage or contributed to the collection for the pilgrimage held in each parish, will be remembered in prayers.

Church Bell at St John’s

A request by the Pastoral Council of Camross Parish and its P.P., Fr John Lalor, has been received for the return of the church bell on the grounds of St John’s. This bell was given to the parish for a nominal donation many years ago when Fr Lar Dunphy was Adm. here - (Camross, Co. Laois being Fr Lar’s home parish).
This matter was discussed by our Parish Pastoral Council and our Parish Finance Committee; and as the bell has not been used for many years (except by the occasional passer-by on high octane late at night!), it was unanimously agreed to return the bell to its original home with Camross bearing all consequential costs.

Diocese of Ossory 6th Annual Corpus Christi Procession

The Annual Corpus Christi Procession will take place on the Feast of Corpus Christi, next Sunday, 29th May. The faithful are asked to gather at the Capuchin Friary, Friary Street, at 2.20. p.m.
The Procession will leave the Capuchin Friary at 2.30 p.m. and process through Parnell Street to gather in prayer at James’s Green before continuing to St. Mary’s Cathedral for Solemn Benediction. All welcome

Saint Mary’s Cathedral Restoration Draw

The 3nd of the Diocesan Monthly Draws in aid of St. Mary's Cathedral Restoration Fund will take place on Wednesday, 25th May 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.
Pay monthly by standing order? No problem.
Contact the parish office or any of the promoters

St John’s Junior School

Clothing Collection Fundraiser for the School will take place next Monday and Tuesday, 9.30am-2.30pm in the (GP room).  Please donate all your clean, unwanted, re-usable clothes, including bed linen, towels, curtains, shoes, bags and belts. Thank you for your support.

Newpark Close Family Resource Centre

The will be the Presentation of BenefIT IIII Certificates by Mayor Joe Malone in the Newpark Close FRC next Wednesday at 7.30pm.  Light refreshments will be served.

Rothe House & Garden

Rothe House & Garden will hold its annual plant sale on Saturday May 28th from 10.30am to 5pm.  All are most welcome.

K.E.Y. Community Training Centre

Kilkenny Employment for Youth Ltd. (K.E.Y.) is a Community Training Centre based just off High Street.  The Centre provides young people (aged 16 to 23) with a chance to participate in Training and Education courses.  For more information, contact Walter Piggott on 7762774 or Will Lennon on 086 0427050.

Rosary at the Grotto

Rosary recited each Sunday in of May at 3pm at the Grotto on the Callan Road.

Family Carers Ireland

Family Carers Ireland are looking for staff in Carlow & Kilkenny who hold a full cert in FETAC / QQI Level 5 Healthcare Support.  Interested people who are qualified in healthcare support can send in their CV by email to mwalsh@familycarers.ie

Computer Classes

Bishop Birch Place Community Centre is offering computer classes.  For more information, contact Julie on 056 7756022/0876708958 Mon -Thurs from
9 30am to 1 30pm.

Kilkenny Alerts

Kilkenny County Council has launched Kilkenny Alerts which is available online at www.kilkennycoco.ie.  The service is free of charge to the public and once registered Kilkenny residents will receive alerts on any Water Outages, Flood Alerts, Road Closures etc. that are relevant to them.

Kilkenny Gospel Choir

A free Gospel Festival concert of music for Healing and Hope will take place in the Black Abbey Church on Sat evening May 28th at 7.30 pm with Mark Anthony Henry, Kilkenny Gospel Choir, In Caelo choir and Angus McNally.  

A Little Humour
The Deaf Italian Bookkeeper...

A Mafia Godfather finds out that his bookkeeper, Guido, has cheated him out of $10,000,000.00. His bookkeeper is deaf, and that’s the reason he got the job in the first place. It was assumed that Guido would hear nothing so he would never have to testify in court.
When the Godfather goes to confront Guido about his missing $10 million, he takes along his lawyer who knows sign language.
The Godfather tells the lawyer, "Ask him where the money is!"
The lawyer, using sign language, asks Guido, “Where's the money?” Guido signs back, "I don't know what you are talking about."
The lawyer tells the Godfather, "He says he doesn't know what you're talking about."
The Godfather pulls out a pistol, puts it to Guido's head and says, "Ask him again or I'll kill him!"
The lawyer signs to Guido, "He'll says he’ll kill you if you don't tell him."
Guido trembles and signs, "OK! You win! The money is in a brown briefcase, buried behind the shed at my cousin Bruno's house.
The Godfather asks the lawyer, "What did he say?"
The lawyer replies, "He says get lost, you don't have the nerve to pull the trigger." ………………………………… Don't you just love ITALIAN lawyers!!




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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

Camp Veritas

Camp Veritas is a one week 'play and pray' sleep away summer camp for teens 12 to 18 years old.  This is its second year running in Ireland and it is being held in Maynooth University Campus from the 26th June to July 1st this year.  Cost is 450 dollars with an early bird reduction for early registration.  Volunteers are also needed and can be aged 18 and upwards... (free for volunteers).  Lots of fun and lifelong friendships to be made and a chance to deepen your relationship with Jesus.  A week not to be missed!!!  For more information and registration log on to www.campveritas.ie.

Saint Mary’s Cathedral Restoration
Diocesan Draw

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


Lord, you treat us like members of your family,
and share everything you have with us.
When we think we must earn goodness by our hard work,
– we become jealous of others;
– angry that they do not recognize what they owe us;
– self-righteous that our words have been proved right.
If, like Jesus, we remember that everything you have is ours,
we rejoice in the gifts of others.
one in Jesus
Lord, forgive us that as followers of Jesus,
we think we have a monopoly, or even a first option, on the truth.
Teach us to welcome truth wherever we find it;
remind us that Jesus was not possessive of the truth;
he knew that everything you have is his,
and so everything the Spirit would tell the world until the end of time
would be taken from what was his.
Lord, noble ideals are handed on to us by great people who went before us.
When we strive for those ideals, we glorify them,
since all we do is taken from what is theirs.

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