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 # 11

Holiness is a gift of God.  Open yourself to the gift.  When God calls,
be ready to respond:
“Here I am, send me!” 
(Isaiah 6:1-2, 3-8

If you think God is calling you to priesthood, call Fr. Willie Purcell Ossory Vocations Director. 056 7770261 or email ossoryvocdir@gmail.com. 


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Ash Wednesday & Lent

Next Wednesday is Ash Wednesday and the beginning of Lent. 
Blessing and Distribution of Ashes at 8.00am, 10.30am and 7.30pm masses.Fasting, and Abstinence from the eating meat, are to be observed on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday.

Lent offers us all a very special opportunity to grow in our relationship with God and to deepen our commitment to a way of life, rooted in our baptism. 
In our busy world, Lent provides us with an opportunity to reflect upon our patterns, to pray more deeply, experience sorrow for what we've done and failed to do, and to be generous to those in need. 

2016 is the Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy. During this year we are invited asfollowers of Christ to become ‘Missionaries of Mercy’.
According to Pope Francis, mercy is the foundation of the Church’s life.
Pope Francis says that we do not just show mercy, we ‘do’ mercy and act for justice. In his Encyclical Letter Laudato Si’ he urges all people to take action at local, national and international levels to end the destruction of the environment and, in particular, the devastation being caused by climate change.

The Penitential Season of Lent.

Ash Wednesday is the first day of the penitential season of Lent. Its true name is actually not "Ash Wednesday" but "The Day of Ashes."
Whichever name is used, the reference to ashes comes from the ceremony of placing ashes on the forehead in the shape of the cross as a sign of penitence.
This custom was introduced by Pope Gregory I, who was Bishop of Rome from 590 A.D. to 604 A.D.
It was enacted as a universal practice in all of Western Christendom by the Synod of Benevento in 1091 A.D.

Gala Concert

Gala Concert Thomastown Parish Church Celebrating the newly refurbished Organ takes place this evening at 7pm with St. Patrick’s Brass & Reed Band, Sospiro Male Voice Choir, featuring Organ solos by Derek Verso and Dr. Frank Lawrence. Admission Free. Donations welcome.

Lourdes 2016

Bookings are now being taken for the Ossory Diocesan a Pilgrimage to Lourdes from May 22 to 27. For information please ring Eleanor at 051 880414 or glenmore@ossory.ie

Enable Ireland, O'Neill Centre

Church Gate Collection will take place next weekend 6th & 7th February.

Kilkenny Active Retirement Association

A.G.M. will be held in Club House Hotel on Monday 2.30pm.

Monthly Rosary

The Monthly Rosary in James Green takes place this Sunday 3.00pm.

Divine Mercy Apostolate

Service for Healing of the Generations takes place Wed. in St Brigid’s Church, Coon. Adoration at 6.30pm. Mass at 7.30pm, concluding with Benediction.

Medjugorje Evening of Prayer

Rosary, Mass and Adoration, takes place in Mill Hill, Waterford Road on Monday 8th at 8pm.  All are welcome.


Carlow Kilkenny Samaritans will hold an information evening in Butler House, Patrick Street, at 7.30pm next Tuesday 9th.  If you have considered volunteering with us or just would like information, you will be most welcome.

Why, Why, Why?

Why do we press harder on the remote control when we know the batteries are getting weak?
Why do banks charge a fee due to insufficient funds; when they already know you're broke?
Why is it that when someone tells you that there are one billion stars in the universe you believe them, but if they tell you there is wet paint you have to touch it to check?
Why did Kamikaze pilots wear helmets?
Whose cruel idea was it to put an "s" in the word "lisp"?
If people evolved from apes, why are there still apes?
Why is it that, no matter what colour bubble bath you use, the bubbles are always white?
Why is it that no plastic bag will ever open from the first end you try?
Why is it that whenever you attempt to catch something that's falling off the table you always manage to knock something else over?
How come you never hear father-in-law jokes?


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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

Message from Trócaire

Lent is a blessed opportunity to review our life. We know in our heart that despite our best intentions there is always room for change and improvement.
Lent is a blessed opportunity also because we can share in this journey of discernment and decision. Together we can grow in awareness and insight which will enable us with God’s grace ‘to make all things new’ again.
We have now a new consciousness of the world as a global village and like any village community we are dependent on one another.
No longer can we deny that the action and practices of the richer countries is having a huge negative impact on the poorer countries. That is why this lent, Trócaire are talking about climate justice.
While Lent invites us to personal spiritual renewal it also invites us also to be mindful of the poor, oppressed and persecuted sisters and brothers and to reach out to them in their hour of need.
In March 2013, Pope Francis wrote: ‘The Church is likewise conscious of the
responsibility which all of us have for our world, for the whole of creation, which we must love and protect. There is much that we can do to benefit the poor, the needy and those who suffer, and to favour justice, promote reconciliation and build peace’.
Trócaire’s work is being done on behalf of the Irish Catholic Church.
Trócaire’s work makes a difference. So please join with us in continuing to make a difference. May this Lenten Season be for all of us a time of grace and renewal.


Your Reflection This Week


Lord, we remember the day when your son Jesus found us washing our nets, discouraged since we were toiling all night and catching nothing.

He said to us, “Put out into deep water,” and because he said so, we paid out our nets there.
We netted such a huge quantity of fish that our nets began to tear
so that we signaled to companions in other boats to come and help us and even theirs were filled to sinking point.
We were completely overcome at the catch we made and we fell on our knees in awe before you.
We knew then that we must make a change in our lives,
and focus on leading people into your net.
We brought our boats back to land and left everything and followed Jesus.

Lord, our country is toiling all night to solve our problems of crime, domestic violence and unemployment and catching nothing.
Send us leaders like Jesus who will challenge us to put out into the deep waters of building a culture of love and pay out our nets there, so that we may experience a miraculous catch, and be so completely overcome that we will fall at your knees saying, “Leave us Lord, we are sinners.”
But we need not be afraid, just bring those boats of selfishness to the land, leave them there and follow you.


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