Our Annual Parish Social
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or Patrick Bookle, Ossory Youth at (056) 7761200, (087) 2129006 or email@example.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.
“The Low Self-Esteem Support Group will meet next Thursday from 7.00 to 8:30p.m. Please use the back door.”