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 # 51

What are your
God-given talents?
Help them to grow by sharing them with others.
Discover the
joy of service in ministry.
(Matthew 25: 14-30).

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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Did You See The State Of His Face Lately?

November is Prostate Cancer Awareness Month during which the biggest fundraising activity for the Irish Cancer Society's Action Prostate Cancer programme happens – and it’s called MOVEMBER.
Movember is a global, not-for-profit, charitable event, in which those involved (with the required neck and the upper lip)grow a moustache only to have it shaved off at the end of the month. Truly incredible!!
Anyway, if you’d like to support the Irish Cancer Society's Action Prostate Cancer Programme, you can sponsor our own “Fr Movember” himself by throwing him a few bob. And who knows, with a bit of luck, he might do us all a favour and get rid of it before the end of the month!
IRISH CANCER SOCIETY: ‘You really can make a difference.’

Annual Bereavement Mass

The St John’s Parish Annual Bereavement Mass will be celebrated in St John’s this Wednesday, November 19th, at 7.30 p.m. All are invited to this important event, particularly for those who were bereaved in the past year.

Dates For Your Diary

29th November -
Remembrance Mass for those who died through Substance abuse during the past year 6.30pm.

5th December  - 
Revenue Choir lunchtime Christmas Recital in aid of St  Vincent de Paul and Amber Women’s Refuge in St John’s Church at 1.00pm Sharp. Tickets €10 in sacristy/office.

14th December -
RTE Radio Mass in St John’s at 11.00am. No 10.30 mass

21st December
Kilkenny Choir 4.00 p.m. Concert in St John’s.

2nd January     - 
Suicide Awareness Gathering 7.30pm. in St John’s.

Best Of Luck To Our Minors

We send sincere best wishes to our Minors who take on Dicksboro in the County Final today, Sunday. Throw-in is at 12:45 and it promises to be a great occasion. We urge you to get to Nowlan Park and cheer on the Boys from St John's Parish.

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.

Parish Pastoral Council
Meeting will take place next  Thursday  at 7.30pm in the Presbytery.

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.  All are very welcome.

Choir Practice

Choir practice for Radio Mass in St John’s, Monday, 7.30 p.m.

O’Loughlin Gaels Christmas Shop

Christmas Club Shop Tuesday and Friday: 8.30 to 9.30 p.m. for all your club gear!

Retired Nurses Association

Mass for Retired Nurses and deceased nurses will be celebrated in St Fiacre’s Church, Loughboy on Wednesday 19th November at 10.30am.  After Mass a Tea/Coffee Morning will be held for the Carlow / Kilkenny Home Care Team.

The Carers Association

There will be a FREE 4  week course for carers of people with dementia in St Patricks Parish Centre from Mon 17th Nov. 2 – 4 pm
Places are limited so bookings or further info please contact Caroline Clifford on 056-7784008 or Teresa Hennessy on 087-9693297.

Kilkenny Horticultural society

Kilkenny Horticultural society Gardening talk by Pat Comerford Flower power Garden Center takes place in Clubhouse Hotel on Wednesday November 19th at 8 pm. Admission 5 Euro  Plant sale and Raffle.




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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

Ministry a Call to Serve
An evening for all in ministry in our parish

For: Readers, Eucharistic Ministers, Baptismal Teams,
Sacristans, Choirs, Pastoral Councils, Liturgy Groups,
Collectors, Finance Committees, Altar Societies
and all volunteering in our parishes takes place in St Patrick’s Parish Centre, Loughboy on Monday 24th November at 7.30pm.  The guest speaker is Rev Liam Power of St John’s Parish in Waterford City


Your Reflection This Week

Your Talents

In today’s Gospel Jesus uses a parable of the talents to illustrate how we should live our lives to the fullest if we are to be pleasing to God.
In the parable the rich man, before he leaves for a journey gives incredible sums to three servants –the first, ten talents, the second, five talents and the third, one talent, which alone equaled the wages of an ordinary worker for twenty years! Without further instructions the man departs.
Hurriedly, the first two servants doubled their gifts, while the one-talent man dug a hole in the ground and hid his.
Upon returning the rich man asked his servants what happened to his money. After identical responses about doubling his gift, the first two are called ‘good and faithful servant’ and are placed in charge of even more possessions and welcomed into the joy of the master.
While the first two servants were praised the third servant was treated differently. When he was asked what he had done with the talent received he said “I went off and buried your talent in the ground.” The master berates the man as wicked and lazy, and tells him that he should have invested the money with bankers, and then he takes the one talent and gives it to the one who already had ten, and exiles the timid servant to the outer darkness.
Why was the timid servant condemned? The tragic flaw of the timid one is that he lived out of fear even when gifted.
Every gift of God is also a mandate to bear fruit in God’s vineyard. Some people are so good that they are good-for-nothing!
It does not matter how many talents we have but how well we use them. We also need to realize that life and everything we have is a gift from the Lord and we have to be accountable for the gifts received.

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