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 # 09

“Let each of you lead the life that the Lord has assigned,
to which God has called you.”

Could it be that you are being called to point out the Lord to others as a priest?

Call or Email.  Fr. Willie Purcell Ossory Vocations Director:  ossoryvocdir@gmail.com 
056 7770261.

Lourdes Pilgrimage 2015

The next Lourdes Pilgrimage will take place from May 22nd to May 27th inclusive.
Cost: €755 P.P.S.
Booking at Glenmore Parish Office, 051 880414.



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Our Annual Parish Social
Next Sunday

The Annual Parish Social takes place in Langton House Hotel next
Sunday, 1st February, starting at 8.30 pm.
This is always a very sociable and enjoyable occasion for members and friends of the parish.
Tickets at €7 each, for which you get dinner, followed by music and dancing to the popular ‘Cúpla’ band.
Tickets can be bought from any member of the Pastoral Council (names on top of page), from the Sacristy or at the Presbytery.
Please don’t leave it too late in making your decision as numbers are required fairly soon for catering purposes.
This year, the proceeds of the raffle at the social will be donated to the Kilkenny Special Olympics Committee.

Fr Laurence Gallagher CSsR
Introduces The Kilkenny Novena This Weekend

We welcome the Leader of this year’s Novena – Fr Laurence – to the parish this weekend. He will address the congregations at all masses in St John’s Church, and introduce the theme of the eighth Kilkenny Novena which is: ‘The Church On The Streets.’
Please pick up a copy of the promotional leaflet in the porch which contains the full timetable of Novena Services, including Special Services during the nine-day annual event.
The Novena begins on Tuesday week, the feast of St Blaise, and concludes on Wednesday, February 11th, on the feast of Our Lady of Lourdes.
Please make every effort to participate in this year’s Novena, an event which has become a very important source of Spiritual Renewal for so many people: in the parish, in the city and in surrounding areas.
Also, try to do your own bit of promotion by bringing along other family members or friends with you.

Parish Finance Meeting

A meeting of the Parish Finance Committee takes place on Thursday evening in the Presbytery at 7.30 p.m. All members are requested to attend.

Johnswell Badminton Club

Annual Table Quiz takes place on Friday 30th January at 8.30pm in the Local Community Hall.  Tables of Four, lots of prizes.  All are welcome.

Taizé Diocesan Youth Pilgrimage

The third youth pilgrimage to Taizé in France organised by Ossory Youth and under the patronage of the Bishop of Ossory will take place from 16th to 23th August 2015. The Taizé community is an ecumenical monastic order in Taizé, Saone-et-Loire, Burgundy, France. Over 100,000 young people from around the world make a pilgrimage to Taizé each year.
The pilgrimage is open to Transition year, 5th year and Leaving Cert students and the closing date for applications is Fri 13th Feb 2015. Numbers are confined to 25 young people. For additional information, including cost, and application forms, contact Joseph Mguni, Ossory Youth at (056) 7761200 (087) 9379546 and jmguni@ossoryyouth.com or Patrick Bookle, Ossory Youth at (056) 7761200, (087) 2129006 or pbookle@ossoryyouth.com

St  John’s Junior School

St  John’s Junior School is currently accepting enrolments for September 2015. Please contact the school at 056 7762888 for an application form. An information meeting for parents will take place on Thursday 5th February at 8.00 pm in the school. Closing date for receipt of applications is 31st January.

On The Family

“Family Dynamics and our Emotional Well-being” is the title of a talk on the family which Dr. Fergus Heffernan will present at St. Fiacre’s Church on Thursday, 29th January at 8.00pm. Whether you are a parent trying to cope with young children, or a parent struggling with teenagers, or a parent whose children have left the nest, this talk is particularly suited to you. It helps us to make sense  of the many life challenging situations that are facing families now and offers simple strategies that we can implement to create greater balance and contentment in our families. Cost €10 at the door.  Proceeds in aid of Irish Pilgrimage Trust.

Pro Life Campaign

The Pro Life Campaign is holding a public information meeting at Hayes Hotel Thurles at 8.00pm on Wednesday 28th January 2015.
This public meeting will be addressed by Ms. Caroline Simons who is the Legal Consultant to the Pro Life Campaign

The Kilkenny Fed.

The Kilkenny Fed. for Victim Assistance are here to provide emotional and practical service to all victims of crime in Kilkenny and surrounding areas. The Kilkenny Fed. for Victim Assistance is a free and confidential service.  If you or someone you know has been affected by a crime; Phone or text us anytime at 083-1254461.

Newsletter Bloopers!

“The Low Self-Esteem Support Group will meet next Thursday from 7.00 to 8:30p.m. Please use the back door.”


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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

Dates for your Diary

Solemn Novena
February 3rd  – February 11th
Saturday 25th April, 11am.
First Holy Communion:
(St John’s) Saturday 16th May, 10:30am.
First Holy Communion:(Johnswell): Sunday May 17th, 10am
Pilgrimage to Lourdes
May 22nd  - 27th
Cemetery Masses:
St Kieran’s Cemetery - Friday June 26th, 7:30pm
Dunmore and Johnswell:
Friday July 3rd


Your Reflection This Week

An epitaph to God’s grace

In the small cemetery of a parish churchyard in Olney, England, stands a granite tombstone with this inscription:
“John Newton, clerk [pastor], once an infidel & Libertine,
a servant of slavers in Africa, was, by the rich mercy of our Lord & Saviour Jesus Christ, preserved, restored, pardoned, and appointed to preach the Faith he had long labored to destroy.”

You may not remember his name, but all of us know the song he wrote as a testimony of his life:  Amazing Grace.”

Four reasons why people
do not catch fish

There are basically four reasons why people do not catch fish:

(1)Some people are using the wrong bait. 
(2)Some people are fishing in the wrong lake, that is, they don't know where the fish are.
(3)Some people have got the right bait and they're in the right lake, but they don't know how to fish. 
(4)Then there are some people who have the right bait, and they're in the right lake, and they know how to fish but they're just not going fishing. 

The Lord Jesus came not only that we might put our faith in Him, but that we might go fishing with Him. You see, our problem is not that we have the wrong lake. The water is full of fish.
The problem is not that we have the wrong bait. We have the gospel which can hook any fish. Our problem is one of ignorance and apathy.
There are many Christians who believe they do not know how to share the Lord Jesus, and then there are many who just don't want to go. 
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