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 Vocatios

Patient endurance will see you through to the end.  God will give you the wisdom and the words to speak. What is holding you back from a wholehearted “yes”? (Luke 21:5-19)

If you think God is calling you to priesthood, call Fr. Kieran O'Shea, Ossory Vocations Director. ossoryvocdir@gmail.com. 

“Two Lives,
One Love”

Submission to the
Citizens’ Assembly
by the
Irish Catholic Bishops

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(Pray this prayer as we await a new Bishop for our Diocese)

Loving Father,
Our Diocese is alive with those who care for others in the service of the Gospel;
so many offer themselves, their talents and their time in Ossory.

Our parishes are places of welcome for all;
our schools, communities, groups and homes, work to bring the Christian message of hope alive so that it is felt by those who need it most.

  • Bless our parishes where we live, work and celebrate faith.
  • Bless our homes where faith is first taught.
  • Bless our schools where youn gpeople learn to grow as you
    intended them.
  • Bless all who care for the sick and those in need, bringing hope and healing to the lives of so many of our brothers and sisters.
  • Bless all those entrusted with the task of ministering to your people as parents, teachers, priests, religious, members of pastoral councils and many other community groups.
As we await a new Bishop we pray that you will help find for us a man to lead with vision for our future, understanding for our present and compassion for our past. 
Until then, may we work actively together to continue to realise not only your desire for us but also for your kingdom.

We ask this through the intercession of St Kieran and through Christ our Lord. Amen.



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Thank You

Thanks to all who contributed to the Parish & Diocesan collections during 2016.
We thank those who support the ‘Envelope Collection’ on a weekly or yearly basis, and those who contribute by means of a Standing Orderthrough the Bank. All proceeds of the Envelope Collection and Standing Orders go exclusively towards the running costs of our parish.   
If you have become lax in your support, we urge you to reconsider. Our wish is to maintain the high standard of services, facilities and infrastructure that we are blessed to have in St John’s Parish.
We thank those who do contribute for the sacrifices you make through your regular contributions and we appeal to all parishioners, if at all possible, to maintain, commenceor recommence, some regular contribution towards the running costs of our parish.
St John’s Parish Finance Committee

Parish Council Meeting

The February meeting of the Parish Pastoral Council will take place on Thursday evening at 7.30pm in the Presbytery.  All members are requested to attend.

Valentine Night Dinner

Valentine Night Dinner in Langtons on Tuesday 14th February.
Tickets €30.00, 4 Course Meal, Music by The Uptown Band
Spot Prizes & Auction on the Night.  Tickets €30.00 available from the O’Neill Centre 7762326.  All proceeds on the night will go to Enable Ireland, O’Neill Centre

Kilkenny Active Retirement

The February meeting will take place this Monday 13th in the Club House Hotel at 2.30pm.

Celebrate the Joy of Love!

We are eighteen months away from celebrating World Meeting of Families 2018, a major worldwide event that gathers families and individuals from across the world to celebrate, pray and reflect upon marriage and family.
Put World Meeting of Families 2018 in your diary and start planning to join us in Dublin, Ireland from 22 to 26 August 2018!

Celebrate the Joy of Love This St Valentine's Day!
Pope Francis refers directly to St Valentine's Day as an opportunity to make the most of traditional religious practices, invite couples to grow in love and help their children to prepare for their future married life. This is why, as part of the preparations for World Meeting of Families 2018, we invite you to mark this St Valentine's Day in a special way.
There are six gift tokens that you can give to your loved one this St Valentine’s Day. These tokens are a special gift of your time and gestures to celebrate love and to help it grow. They include a commitment to:
– A technology-free evening to do an activity of your choice
– Set aside time for prayer
– Go for a hand-in-hand walk together
– A special dinner cooked by me
– Loads of tender hugs
– A journey down memory lane: take time to remember how we met and have grown together
The tokens are free and are available in the church porch.

Volunteer for World Meeting Of Families 2018
Over 900 people have already expressed their interest to volunteer for World Meeting of Families 2018! Please consider registering your interest if you haven’t done so yet, as we will need over 2,000 volunteers, not only for the event itself but in the office and at various events starting now.

Getting Involved Locally
We invite you to put together a team of people in your parish or local community and register your team/individual’s email address here for us to be able to forward you resources in future.

Become A Volunteer Translator
We are looking for people to assist us in translating into various languages, especially Spanish, French, Italian and Irish. Help with any other language is also welcome. You do not need to be a professional,just have an advanced level of written English and of the language that you would be translating into. If you are interested, please email us at marketing@worldmeeting2018.ie Thank you!

St Vincent De Paul Society

Monthly collection will take place next weekend.  Thank.

Inside & Out

A half day conference on how to save energy expenses and new ways to improve your church environs will take place next Saturday 18th February from 10.00am to 1pm in Kilkenny College, Castlecomer Road.  Free admission, ample parking and refreshments served.




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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

Fr Brian Griffin: 087 064 4158

Fr Lorcan Moran: 086 855 0521

E: stjohns@ossory.ie

W: stjohnskilkenny.com




Your Reflection This Week


Lord, we thank you for those wonderful moments when something we believed in half-heartedly
and from the surface of ourselves
suddenly touches us deeply.
We move from head to heart conviction, feel passionately committed, see the implications for every aspect of life.
Sometimes it is a teaching of Jesus:
– we must forgive seventy times seven times
– our neighbours and ourselves are linked in a common destiny
– the gentle will inherit the earth
– only those who mourn will be comforted.
At other times it is traditional wisdom:
– the importance of family and friendship
– love is more powerful than selfishness
– we can trust the future.

At other times we recognise the full implications of a cause we had given ourselves to:
– democracy, feminism, ecology, human rights, non-violence.
It is a conversion experience, sudden, unexpected.
We are touched, as Jesus was when, in a burst of emotion, he celebrated the greatness of the Law of Moses,
exclaiming that not one dot, not one little stroke, would disappear from the Law until its purpose is achieved.
Like him, we feel tremendous gratitude for the great people who kept the vision alive and taught it;
we feel sad that anyone could think of infringing one of the least of these commandments and teach others to do so.
How sad it is, Lord, to see a noble, idealistic enterprise fall into the hands of scribes and Pharisees
who follow the letter of the law but go no deeper, so that the enterprise loses its savour, is no longer a city built on a hilltop, ushering in your kingdom.

The sign of this happening is that people start being content with the minimum, playing it safe, avoiding evil rather than doing good,
concerned mainly with being respectable and making a good impression.
In Jesus’ day is was not killing, not committing adultery, not breaking oaths; but Moses’ law, like all authentic renewal movements, intended to do away with
– anger and contempt in any form whatsoever, calling one another fool or renegade,
– looking at other lustfully, seeing them as objects of conquest
who will satisfy our ambition, or compensate for our insecurities,
– acting because we feel bound by an external force, in heaven, on earth, in some holy city, even in ourselves, rather than from our inner conviction, our own yes or no.
We remember when our virtue too went no deeper than that of the scribes and Pharisees.
We thank you that we experienced a conversion, and our priorities are now quite different from what they were. We realise how much we used to be concerned with external rituals.
Now, if brothers or sisters have something against us, we leave our offering on the altar, go and be reconciled with our brothers and sisters first, and then come back and present our offering.
We feel a new urgency about living according to our beliefs, it becomes a matter of life or death.
We are like litigants who come to terms with their opponents in good time when they are still on the way to the court, for fear that they will be handed over to the judge and be thrown into prison until they have paid the last penny.
We thank you that we feel fulfilled and have no problems giving up
things we had thought we could not do without:
– being popular or surrounded by a group of friends,
– making a lot of money,
– having our name in the newspapers.
We had thought it would be painful to give up these goals, almost like tearing out our right eye or cutting off our right hand.
We thank you for the grace of seeing that they were causing us to betray our integrity, that we are better off without them than having them and living empty lives, like people having their bodies intact and being thrown into hell.
Lord, we thank you for that person you sent into our lives, that Jesus who brought us to conversion.
We pray that we in our turn may bring his message of conversion
to those we live and work with – our church communities, the great renewal movements of our time,
our families, neighbourhoods and schools.



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