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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Please Take Note

The new-format of the parish newsletter will be published next w/e.
After some ‘brainstorming’, the Parish Pastoral Council settled on the name
The Evangelist as its title.
Please note that the absolute deadline for items to be included is the Wednesday at 1.00 p.m. prior to its publication each week.
This is normal practice in most parishes as the document must be sent to the publishing company (LPi) who then arrange printing and its return by Friday evening.
Naturally, deaths and late anniversaries will be announced but will not be included in the printed edition.

Ash Wednesday & Lent

Next Wednesday is Ash Wednesday and the beginning of Lent. 
Blessing and Distribution of Ashes at 8.00am, 10.30am and 7.30pm masses.
Fasting, and Abstinence from the eating meat, are to be observed on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday.
Lent offers us all a very special opportunity to grow in our relationship with God and to deepen our commitment to a way of life, rooted in our baptism. 
In our busy world, Lent provides us with an opportunity to reflect upon our patterns, to pray more deeply, experience sorrow for what we've done and failed to do, and to be generous to those in need. 

First Friday

Friday next is the First Friday of March.  The sick and Housebound will be visited at the normal times. Please inform the Parish office or one of the Priests if you have a relative or neighbour who would like this service.

Pioneer Lenten Challenge!

Many people abstain from alcohol and take the Short-Term Pledge for the duration of Lent.  Make your Lenten pledge. Visit www.pioneerassociation.ie and joining online or by contacting your local Pioneer centre representative.
Take this opportunity to help someone you know/love with an alcohol or drug problem by offering up your Lenten sacrifice as a prayer for their freedom and well-being. Go for it and make a difference to someone’s life!

Time for A New Challenge

Are you interested in becoming a Facilitator with ACCORD Catholic Marriage Care Service?  ACCORD is a voluntary Catholic organisation that aims to promote a deeper understanding of Christian marriage and to offer people the means to safeguard and nourish their marriage and family Relationship. ACCORD - Providers of Marriage Preparation Courses for the Catholic
Bishops’ Conference in Ireland.
Certificate in Marriage Education
Accredited by The Pontifical University, St Patrick’s College Maynooth and ACCORD Catholic Marriage Care Service.
Contact: Aisling Dignam, ACCORD Catholic Marriage Care Service, Columba Centre, Maynooth, Co. Kildare. T:  01 5053111

O’Loughlins Gaels Victory Dinner Dance

O’Loughlin Gaels GAA will host its Club Dinner Dance in the Club Hall on Friday March the 10th.
As 2016 was a special year for the Club with the Senior Hurlers been crowned County Champions, this will also be a night when the players will officially be presented their medals.
A three-course meal, music, dancing, disco and a year full of positive memories to recount it promises to be a special night. Tickets available from club bar and committee members. Details available on www.oloughlingaels.gaa.ie/notice-board. Music by Drops of Green followed by DJ Seanie-D. 

Arthritis Ireland

The Arthritis Ireland Kilkenny branch hold their local coffee chat on Saturday 25th February. It’s on every Saturday morning from 11am - 12 noon in the Ossory Park Community Centre.  Do you live with Fibromyalgia or Arthritis? Don't suffer alone!  Come for a chat, get out of the house, make new friends & know you're not alone – For more information you can call or text 087 1491767"

Pilates Dunmore Hall

Strengthens core muscles, improving muscle control, flexibility, coordination, strength and tone as well as alignment and breathing.  Classes commencing on Thursday 2nd March in Dunmore Hall. 6 weeks for €50.00. Booking 086 8547710.

St Mary’s Cathedral –Twelfth Draw Results

Prize                            Winner                                   Parish            
1st Prize   €2,000          Tommy Sharkey                     Johnstown
2nd Prize   €1,000         Liam Mahony                          St Mary’s
3rd Prize   €500             Kathleen Collier                     Borris-in-Ossory
4th Prize   €300             Chris Hayes                           St Mary’s
5th Prize   €300             P.J. Lupton                             Borris-in-Ossory
6th Prize   €200             Marie McKee                          St Mary’s
7th Prize   €200             Caroline Phelan                     Johnstown
8th Prize   €100             Sr M. Helen Hicks                   St Patrick’s      
9th Prize   €100             Tullaherin Choir                      Tullaherin
10th Prize €100             Kitty & Liam Hanrahan             St Mary’s

Would You Like a Career in Horticulture?

Newpark Close Family Resource Centre offer place on QQI level 4 accredited. 40 weeks 9.00am to 4.30pm daily.  Applicants must be in receipt of a Social Welfare payment. Mary or James 7723309.

Teac Tom

Coffee Morning every Thursday from 10.30 a.m. – 12.30 p.m. Lovely fresh scones and jam from our local farmers market. All welcome,15 Ormonde Road.

Knock Pilgrimage to New York

Knock to New York Pilgrimage 8th – 14th May 2017
Knock Shrine will lead a historic pilgrimage to New York in May. Flight-only tickets are now available, price €599 (icl. taxes and charges) direct from Ireland West Airport. Contact Joe Walsh Tours for more information (01) 241 0800 or email: bronwyn.clinton@joewalshtours.ie

The School of the Holy Spirit

Annual church gate collection will take place this weekend. Thank you.




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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


Ash Wednesday (dies cinerum), is the Church’s Yom Kippur or the “Day of Atonement.” Its very name comes from the Jewish practice of doing penance wearing “sackcloth and ashes.” The Old Testament tells us how the people of Nineveh, King Ben Hadad of Syria, and Queen Esther fasted wearing sackcloth and ashes. In the early Church, Christians who had committed serious sins were instructed to do public penance wearing sackcloth and ashes.

The Church instructs us to observe Ash Wednesday and Good Friday as days of full fast and abstinence. Fasting is prescribed to reinforce our penitential prayer during the Lenten season. The prophet Joel in the first reading insists that we should experience a complete conversion of heart, and not simply regret for our sins. Saint Paul, in the second reading, advises us “to become reconciled to God.” Today’s Gospel instructs us to assimilate the true spirit of fasting and prayer.

The blessing of the ashes and the significance of the day:The priest, dipping his thumb into ashes (collected from burnt palms of the previous Palm Sunday), marks the forehead of each with the sign of the cross, saying the words, "Remember that you are dust and to dust you will return" or “Repent and believe in the Gospel.” By marking the sign of the cross with ashes on the foreheads of her children, the Church gives us:

1- a firm conviction that a) we are mortal beings, b) our bodies will become dust when buried and ashes if cremated, and c) our life-span is very brief and unpredictable;

2- a strong warning that we will be eternally punished if we do not repent of our sins, become reconciled with God, asking His pardon and forgiveness, and do penance; and

3- a loving invitation to realize and acknowledge our sinful condition and return to our loving and forgiving God with true repentance and a renewal of our life as the prodigal son did.

Ash Wednesday messages:
# 1: We need to purify and renew our lives during the period of Lent by repentance, which means expressing sorrow for sins by turning away from occasions of sins and making a right turn to God.We need to express our repentance by becoming reconciled with God daily, by asking for forgiveness from those whom we have offended and by giving unconditional forgiveness to others who have offended us.

# 2: We need to do prayerful fasting and little acts of penance for our sins,following the example of Jesus before his public ministry. Fasting reduces our “spiritual obesity” or the excessive accumulation of “fat” in our soul in the form of evil tendencies, evil habits and evil addictions. It also gives us additional moral and spiritual strength and encourages us to share our blessings with the needy.



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