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 # 52

Tending the needs of others is a gift of service to God
as well as those in need.
Imagine that you
chose to serve God as a priest.
What do you think/feel about this
(Matthew 25: 31-46).

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

Lourdes Pilgrimage 2015

Next year’s 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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Ministry – A Call to Serve
An evening for all in ministry in our parish

All Readers, Eucharistic Ministers, Baptismal Teams, Sacristans, Choirs, Pastoral Councils, Liturgy Groups, Collectors, Finance Committees, Altar Societies and all volunteering in our parish are invited to St Patrick’s Parish Centre, Loughboy this Monday at 7.30pm. Guest speaker: Liam Power, Waterford.

Enrolment For Sacrament Of Confirmation

Candidates for Confirmations will be enrolled for the sacrament next Saturday evening’s 6.30 p.m. Mass. All parents and candidates are asked to attend.

Substance-Abuse Remembrance Mass

Also, at the 6.30 p.m. Mass next Saturday, special prayers will be offered for those who died during the past year through substance abuse, and for their families.

Senior School Penitential Service

A Penitential Service for the pupils of St John’s Senior School will be celebrated on Thursday morning at 11.15 a.m.

Johnswell Sale of Work
Johnswell Development Committee will hold their annual Sale of Work on Sunday November 30th in Johnswell hall at 2pm. The usual sideshows include wheel of fortune, cake sale, bottle stall, raffle, books and vegetables, followed by an auction for sticks, farm produce etc.

November Offerings
Thanks to all who returned their November Offerings so far. If you have forgotten, you can still hand them in to the Sacristy or Presbytery.

Dunmore Annual Bake/Cake Sale
Dunmore Annual Bake/Cake Sale will take place after 11am mass on Sunday 7th December.  Please drop in baked goods and raffle prizes before Mass to the Hall. 

St John’s Homes for the Elderly
A vacancy has arisen at Homes for the Elderly located on the grounds of
St John’s Church. Applications are invited in writing from suitable candidates to: St John’s Homes for Elderly Committee, The Presbytery, Dublin Road, Kilkenny. Closing date for application Tuesday 2nd December.

Towards Healing
Towards Healing Counselling & Support Service (Formerly Faoiseamh). Eighteen years of listening and learning (1996 – 2014).
CONTACT DETAILS: Freephone: 1800 303 416; www.towardshealing.ie
OPENING TIMES: Monday - Thursday 11am - 8pm; Friday 11am - 6pm.

O’Loughlin Gaels Lotto

Numbers:7, 10, 21, 24.  Bonus 3.  No Jackpot winner. 10 x €40 winners.

Readers Rota

The new readers rota is available for collection from the sacristy.

St John’s Prayer Group

St John’s Prayer Group mass will be held in the Day Centre at 8.15pm next Wednesday 26th November.  All are welcome.

Fr Movember’s Tash Under Threat

And the good news is that Fr Seán’s “handlebars,” grown for cancer fundraising, are soon to be history as the blades  are sharpened for Friday night’s shave off!

Revenue Choir Christmas Recital

For the first time in its history the Revenue Commissioners’ Christmas Recital takes place outside Dublin. This year, they have chosen St John’s Church as the venue.  
This Lunch Time recital will take place on Friday, 5th December, from 1.00 to 2.00 p.m. Tickets €10 are available in the parish office or the sacristy. Patrons are requested to be seated by 12.55 p.m. The chosen beneficiaries of the proceeds are the Amber Women’s Refuge and St John’s Parish St Vincent de Paul Society.

School Coffee Morning

The School Of The Holy Spirit, Callan Road (near the SOS Centre), hosts a Coffee Morning, THIS SUNDAY, from 11.00 a.m. to 1.00 p.m

Fibromyalgia Support group

Carlow Fibromyalgia Support group will host an information afternoon on fibromyalgia in the Seven Oaks hotel Carlow on Saturday November 29th  from 3 to 5 pm. This information afternoon is to help people suffering with fibromyalgia, their families and friends gain a better knowledge of the condition. Admission free. Contact Katharine 089 4387283, Mary 086 1693887

South Kilkenny Historical Society lecture

A lecture on the 19th Century Church Building Programme in the Diocese of Ossory takes place on Thursday, November 27th  at 8pm in Mullinavat Parish Hall. Speaker is Rev. Dr. Feargus O Fearghaill, Admission: €5 (members free). During the period 1810-1820 ten churches were built in the Diocese of Ossory and the lecture coincides with the bi-centenary of Templeorum church (1814).

Susie Long Hospice Fund

Third Memorial Walk - Sunday, 30th  at 12pm in the  Castle Park. Free T-shirt for every donation over €5 .Sponsorship cards from Eamon on 085 148 7736. 


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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

Community Alert Area
Public Meeting

A Public meeting will be held in Dunmore Community Centre next Sunday, November 30th at 11.45am (after 11am Mass) with a view to setting up a Community Alert Area and Text Alert Scheme. Margaret Quinn, Muintir na Tire Community Alert Development Officer for the South East, will attend and is happy to explain what the programme entails and answer any relevant questions. Local Gardaí have also been invited to attend. All welcome.


Your Reflection This Week

Go right in…

There was a queue of people outside the gates of heaven. Each person was asked the question: ‘Why do you think you should be admitted?’
The first person in the queue, a very religious man, said, ‘I studied the Bible every day.’ ‘Very good,’ said the Lord. ‘However, we’ll have to carry out an investigation to see why you studied the Bible. So please step aside for a moment.’
The second was a very pious woman who said, ‘Lord, I said my prayers every day without fail.’ ‘Very good,’ the Lord answered. ‘However, we’ll have to see if your motives were pure. So step aside for a moment.’
Then an innkeeper approached. He just said, ‘Lord, on earth I wasn’t a very religious man, but my door was always open to the homeless, and I never refused food to anyone who was hungry.’
‘Very good,’ said the Lord. ‘In your case no investigation is needed. Go right in.’


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