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 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.
The 10.30am Choir will resume on the 16th October. New members are very welcome.
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.
Adoration & prayer in the Friary Church today from 3-4pm. All welcome.