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 # 25

“And they went out and proclaimed the good news everywhere, while the Lord worked with them.”

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

Lourdes Pilgrimage 2015

The 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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New Vicar General

Bishop Seamus Freeman has appointed Fr. Frank Purcell as Vicar General of the Diocese of Ossory.
Fr. Frank as with Mgr. Michael Ryan, Vicar General, will assist the Bishop with the governance of the Diocese of Ossory. We wish him all the best in his new ministry.

First Holy Communicants

Congratulations to all the fifty-four girls and boys who received their First Holy Communion in the Parish Church this weekend.
We wish them and all their families every blessing on the road to full, faithful and mature membership of our parish and the Catholic Church. Thanks to all the teachers and schools and all who assisted in making this a great occasion.

The Lake School
Saibh Barry                                         Patrick Bergin
Elizabeth Bizane                                 Ellen Breathnach        
Charlie Butler De Costa                      Craig Constantin
Conor Coyne                                      Dawid Dankowski
Ella Delaney                                        Abbie Doyle
David Doyle                                       James Evans
Chelsea Folan                                      Joshua Frayne
Katie Geoghegan                                 Rachel Heckova
Jack Holohan                                      Tommy Holohan       
Matthew Howe                                  Kaylem Hughes         
Piotr Kawka                                        James Kerwick           
Arkadiusz Kowalski                           James Larkin
Mia Larkin                                          Patryk Liszka                        
Evan Maher                                        Corey Middleton
Sam Molloy                                        Zack Molloy
Wiktoria Musczynski                         Eli O’Dwyer              
Isabelle O’Callaghan                           Alex O’Sullivan
David Palczynski                                Rafal Palczynski        
Anton Jose Patricio                            Emma Power
Hugo Pronobis                                    Jan Redzikowski        
Natalie Ryan                                       Igor Sijka
Tania Sousa                                         Jakub Sura
Martin Sweeney                                 Mark Szilagyi
Dawid Tomkow                                  Leon Walsh
Itan Wilczynski

The Model School
Tadhg Berry                                         Darragh Powell
Tom Clarke                                         Joe Pielow
Jerry O’Donovan

Johnswell First Holy Communicants
Stephen Butler, Megan Farrell, and Sheena O’Keeffe.

Congratulations to the three girls and boys who received their First Holy Communion in Johnswell this weekend.
We wish them and all their families every blessing. Thanks to the teachers, school and all who assisted in making this a great occasion.

The Marriage Referendum

Copies of Bishop Seamus Freeman’s Pastoral Letter to the faithful in the Diocese of Ossory on the upcoming Marriage Referendum are available in the porch after all masses. (Letter on right of this page)

Summer Camp

"Bí Beo Sports and Irish language summer camp at Loreto Secondary School. 29th of June - 3rd of July and 13th of July - 17th of July. Suitable for 11-15 year olds. Please contact 083-4690239 for more information. Beatha teanga í a labhairt."

Speech and Drama

Speech and Drama Classes for boys and girls from 1st to 6th class.  Developing Confidence and Communication Skills, through Drama, Puppet Theatre, Mime and Public Speaking; with emphasis on correct speech.  Contact Ann O’Grady 056 7765282.

Computers Made Easy

One-to-one tuition or group sessions. Learn the basics about computers and apply it to your everyday life. Contact Majella on 086-3713573.

Ossory Lourdes Pilgrimage & Collection

Next Friday, our Ossory Pilgrimage leaves for Lourdes. In all, almost 300 people including 61 assisted pilgrims and 50 youth. If you are not one of those pilgrims and would like a Petition placed at the grotto, please write that intention put it in an envelope marked Lourdes petition and leave it in the Sacristy or Presbytery by next Thursday.


You, and all who helped us, will be included in our prayers, Masses and the lighting of the Diocesan candle while in Lourdes.  Some of the ceremonies are steamed live on www.en.lourdes-france.org  especially the Blessed Sacrament procession at 4pm (Irish time).  On Sunday 24th  at 7.30am the Grotto Mass in English, involving Ossory, will be streamed.

We unite our prayers with those from our diocese who are on pilgrimage to Lourdes.  May the sick find comfort and healing, may the young find direction in their lives and may all of us have our faith strengthened through the prayers of St Bernadette and the intercession of Our Lady of Lourdes, through Christ our Lord. Amen.


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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

Dear Brothers and Sisters
in Christ,

On my appointment as Bishop of Ossory in December 2007, I chose the words Libertas in Veritate, The truth will make you free (John 8: 32), from scripture to guide me in my ministry. Now, over seven years later, these words resonate with me more strongly than ever as we prepare to vote on the changes proposed by the Marriage Referendum on 22nd May 2015.

Marriage is of fundamental importance for children, mothers, fathers, and society. I ask the faithful in our diocese to consider very carefully the profound implications which this constitutional amendment would have on the family environment and on our understanding of parenthood.  Marriage is important – Reflect before you change it.

We come to this debate believing that the union of a man and a woman in marriage, open to the procreation of children, is a gift from God who created us “male and female”.  Reason also points to the truth about human sexuality that makes the relationship between a man and a woman unique.  Mothers and fathers bring different, yet complementary gifts and strengths into a child’s life.

There can be no doubt that those seeking a yes vote are motivated by love and care for their homosexual brothers and sisters and this is entirely good and Christian.   All of us must value each other and be caring and respectful.  We must honour the views of people who think differently to us, trusting that our own sincerely held views, grounded in faith, will also be heard and respected.

Our desire to protect marriage and the family as it is currently understood in the Constitution is not intended to block or deny equality for others.  In fact, although it is presented as such, this Referendum is not about equality.   After all true equality recognises difference.

In his recent teachings, the Holy Father, Pope Francis, stressed the importance of this when he speaks of the ‘the dignity of difference’.  He refers to the difference between men and women and the beautiful, God given plan of how their complementarity leads to the new life of children.  It is not a judgment on same-sex unions to say that there are intrinsically different to a union between a man and a woman.     Being different does not make us any lesser or unequal.   

In fact, a real search for equality requires us to be truthful about differences so as to then ensure that we are just and compassionate in how we respond to these differences.  To vote No in this Referendum is not, therefore, contrary to the value of equality. It is to be truthful about the genuine difference between a union of a man and a woman and a union between two people of the same sex.  To vote No is simply to remain true to the understanding of marriage as between one man and one woman. 

This understanding of marriage occupies a unique place of esteem in the Irish Constitution: it is provided there with the strongest possible legal support and protection. Despite what many think, the reason for this is not the esteem in which married love is held but rather, it is because the Constitution designates marriage as the institution upon which the family is founded (Article 41.3.1).

We are now being asked to recognise same-sex unions as marriage.   If we think of marriage merely in terms of the public expression of adult love, this might make sense.  This is not however how the Constitution understands marriage and, as the Referendum Commission has told us, the constitutional status of marriage, by which has to be meant its status as the foundation of the family, is not being altered.    Where the Constitution is concerned, marriage is, and will remain, inextricably linked with having children. 

The Marriage Referendum proposal is that we are being asked to vote Yes in order to recognise all loving adult relationships equally, whether homosexual or heterosexual, conferring exactly the same rights on both when it comes to procreation. 

On May 22nd we are not voting on inequality and we are not voting simply on the real love of two adult people.   In truth, our vote will have real implications for the family, for children and for our future as a nation.   It is important that we cast our vote on the 22nd May 2015.     I ask the faithful in our diocese to read the pastoral statement published by the Irish Bishops at our Spring General Meeting, “Marriage is Important - Reflect before you change it.This Statement was distributed in parishes over several week-ends and is also available on our website www.ossory.ie

With every blessing of the Lord to all the faithful in our diocese, the Diocese of Ossory.

Yours faithfully in Christ,

+ Séamus Freeman, SAC
Bishop of Ossory


Your Reflection This Week


We unite our prayers
with those from our diocese
on pilgrimage to Lourdes. 
May the sick find comfort
and healing,
may the young find direction
in their lives
and may all of us
have our faith strengthened
through the prayers of
St Bernadette
and the intercession of
Our Lady of Lourdes,
through Christ our Lord.


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