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 Vocatios
Promotion # 46

Gratitude leads to praise.  For what are you thankful?  How do you share your gratitude?  

If you think God is calling you to priesthood, call Fr. Kieran O'Shea, Ossory Vocations Director. ossoryvocdir@gmail.com. 

Statement of the
Summer 2016

General Meeting of the
Irish Catholic Bishops’ Conference

Topics covered:

  • Supporting persecuted Christians, refugees and migrants
  • Vocations
  • Appointment of Secretary General to the World Meeting of Families in Ireland
  • Publication of Apostolic Exhortation Amoris Laetitia ‘The Joy of Love’
  • Bishops to undertake their ‘Ad Limina’ visit to Pope Francis in January 2017
  • World Youth Day in Krakow, Poland, in July
  • Centenary of Cumann na Sagart
  • Trócaire
  • Irish Church Music Association Summer School
  • Ukraine collection
  • Michael Keane RIP

Click below for full statement


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First Holy Communion &
Confirmation Dates 2017 

First Holy Communions –  

St John’s:              Sat. 13th May, 10.30am. 
                             (for St John’s Junior & Model Schools):
Johnswell:            Sunday 14th May at 10.00am.

Confirmations in St John’s

Sunday 12th March at 11.00am.


Fr Lorcan Moran for St John’s

We are all very pleased to welcome Fr Lorcan Moran back to his home parish of St John’s in two weeks’ time as the fourth member of our Parish Team.
His appointment will commence on the weekend of October 22/23 and we are very blessed to have him minister with us in the parish.
Son of Mrs Aileen Moran, Michael Street, a daily member of our congregation, Lorcan was ordained to the priesthood for service in the Diocese in 1982, thirty-four years ago. Since then he has served in parishes such as Thomastown, St Canice’s, St Mary’s and as Chaplain to St Luke’s Hospital.
For the past four years, Fr Lorcan has be Parish Priest of Ballycallan Parish, a parish which includes churches at Ballycallan, Kilmanagh and Killaloe.
Sadly, however, he hasn’t enjoyed great health in recent months. His doctors have declared him unsuitable to drive a car (he must be the only non-drinker we know of to be off the road) but he’s still declared okay to ride a bike – happy days!
We look forward to him working with us, and should you ever spot a ‘wandering Cleric’ thumbing a lift to Johnswell or Dunmore on a Sunday morning, be a sport and give him an auld lift!!

October Stations

October Station & November Offering envelopes are being distributed at this time. These collections go towards the salary of the Priests of the parish and the Bishop. Your contributions and support are greatly appreciated.
We would like to thank, in a special way all the Envelope Distributors for their loyalty and cooperation.

World Mission Sunday – In Two Weeks’ Time

World Mission Sunday takes place on the second last Sunday of October each year
This year Mission Sunday will be celebrated globally on the 23rd October.
The theme is ‘Every Christian is a missionary’.
Throughout the world the faithful will reflect on the universal call to Mission of all the baptized.
We will be invited to contribute what they can to support the development and growth of young churches internationally at the Second Collection at all masses.
Mission Sunday is celebrated by every Church worldwide, including the poorest. This special Sunday in October provides Catholics with the opportunity to unite with their missionary sisters and brothers overseas, and to recommit themselves to bringing the Joy of the Gospel to everyone they meet in their daily lives at home and at work.
In October 2015, Irish Catholics contributed more than €1.7 million on Mission Sunday. The Mission Sunday collection is made available to be distributed to as many as 1,100 young Churches who are supported by the generosity of Churches that have been blessed with a greater quantity of financial and material gifts.
On Mission Sunday, in a special way, we celebrate the work of circa 1,300 Irish born missionaries and all missionaries throughout the world.
We thank God for them, for all who support them in our own country and during mission month we unite ourselves in prayer with them and with the communities with whom they work.

Finance Committee Meeting

A meeting of the Finance Committee will take place next Thursday 7.30pm in the Presbytery. All members are requested to attend.

10.30 Choir

The 10.30am Choir will resume on the 16th October.  New members are very welcome.

Newpark Residents

A public meeting will take place in The Orchard House next Wednesday 12th at 8pm for those interested in forming a residents’ association.

Voices of Hope

Reflections for October at St Canice’s Parish, each Wednesday during October at 7.30pm.
12th October -  Ms Joan Freeman
19th October - Rev. Desmond O’Donnell
26th October -  Sr Consilio

Irish Heart Foundation

Annual Church Gate collection will take place this weekend; your support is greatly appreciated.

Get Ireland Walking

A Free 10 week walking programme, open to all, under the guidance of a walk leader.
Groups will meet at the following locations:
Paulstown Hall, Fridays @7.30pm, starting 7th October,
Kilkenny City, Mondays @7.00pm starting 10th October and
Kilkenny City (Canal Square) on Tuesdays @11am (ongoing).
Call Deborah, Kilkenny Recreation and Sports Partnership on 056 779 4991 for more information.

Diabetic unit in Our Lady's Children's Hospital

We would like to sincerely thank all your parishioners who so generously support this cause and a total of €1,984 was collected between all the churches in Kilkenny over the weekend. Please note all proceeds collected went straight to the above charity.  

Rosary at the Grotto

The Rosary will be recited each Sunday during October at the Grotto on the Callan Road at 3pm. All are welcome.

Divine Mercy Apostolate

Service for Healing of the Generations takes place in St Brigid’s Church, Coon next Wednesday 12th.  Commences with Adoration at 6.30pm, Holy Mass at 7.30pm, concluding with Benediction.

The Life Institute

The Life Institute, Dublin will host a meeting in St Patricks parish hall on 20th Oct at 7pm. This will open the conversation for a balanced and informed debate on the protection of life issues.  All most welcome.

Kilkenny Flower Club

Demonstration by Maeve Duke at Kilkenny Flower Club in Butler House next Thursday 13th Oct. at 8 pm. All welcome.

Divine Mercy

Adoration & prayer in the Friary Church today from 3-4pm. All welcome.






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Our Mission Statement
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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

Fr Brian Griffin: 087 064 4158

E: stjohns@ossory.ie

W: stjohnskilkenny.com



Dear Parishioner,

As you are probably aware two weeks ago I was elected as Administrator of the Diocese of Ossory while we await a new Bishop. It is, therefore, my responsibility to ensure that the day-to-day affairs of the Diocese are managed. I am humbled to be asked to take on this new role and I hope to continue the good work in our Diocese.

Thankfully many good things are going on. In these past days we have appointed our first lay pastoral worker who will act as Co-ordinator of the Diocesan Pastoral Plan. It is an exciting venture for Ossory as this plan was drawn up by the people of the Diocese and therefore should help us to better serve you and your needs.

There are also excellent initiatives in our parishes, schools and various communities and these bring life to our Diocese and put flesh on our faith. Major work has also been undertaken on St Mary’s Cathedral, its campus and Blessed Felix House. As you know this project, which was first started in 2008, is to help protect, restore and develop these areas. It is a massive undertaking and the realisation of the complete vision for this project will take many years to achieve. For now we have completed work on various stages: the Blessed Sacrament Chapel, the restoration of the apse of the main Cathedral, the work on the Chapter House providing a Catholic book and gift shop and tea rooms and Blessed Felix House which serves as the Bishop’s residence and meetings rooms for the Diocese. These projects have cost €3.9 million for the Cathedral and its campus and €1.3 million for the purchase of the site of 1.1 acres, intended for future development, and the restoration of Blessed Felix House. From the very beginning of this project it was envisioned that the sale of the original Bishop’s residence and lands on Sion Road (14 acres) would be used to cover the cost of Blessed Felix House and to offset the major cost of the Cathedral project. An amazing €1.1 million has been raised through fundraising for the Cathedral since this began a number of years ago and we intend to continue to fundraise before undertaking any new developments. All these works bring new life to the grounds of our Cathedral which lies at the heart of our Diocese. I thank you for your support for this venture and for all other works in the Diocese.

As we await the appointment of a new Bishop I ask for your continued prayers and support for all we do together. In this time all in our Diocese will continue to serve each other in the spirit of the Gospel.

Mgr Michael Ryan
Adm. Diocese of Ossory
12th August 2016


Your Reflection This Week


Almost every age has had its social outcasts, people barred from normal society whether through physical illness or national origin. One person who stepped across these barriers in India was pioneer missionary Mary Reed. Already working in India, Mary visited a leper colony and was deeply moved by the people's plight. Later Mary contracted leprosy herself and went to work with the lepers, eager to tell them that she knew firsthand their pain and trauma. She became head of the leper colony she had visited, and in the years following many were saved and a church built. Mary retired at the age of eighty-four after many years of faithful service to these social outcasts.

Once upon a time there was a man who was struck down in his early thirties who was diagnosed with brain cancer. He had a wife and young children and a promising career. Suddenly all of that was swept away from him. He could barely talk or walk. He was in constant agony. His friends and his family, except for his wife and mother, avoided him. The doctors shook their head. It was too bad. He was a nice man and deserved longer life. But there was nothing they could.
At last he went to a very famous doctor who offered to operate on him, even though everyone else said the tumor was inoperable. The doctor warned the patient and his wife that he could very well die during the operation, though he (the doctor) was pretty sure that he would survive and return to health. They decided that they should take the risk.

After nine hours of surgery, the doctor came into the waiting room, grinned at the man’s wife and said, “Got it!” The man recovered and went on to a happy and successful life. Twenty years later the surgeon died. We should go to the wake, the patient’s wife said. I’d like to, her husband replied. But it’s on the weekend and I have an important golf tournament.

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