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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“Two Lives, One Love”

Submission to the Citizens’ Assembly by the Irish Catholic Bishops

Please take home and be informed of the full submission of the Irish Catholic Bishops’ Conference to the Citizens’ Assembly on the topic of the Eighth Amendment. It’s very important to study and be aware of our Church’s thinking, stance and rationale on the topic of the Eighth Amendment.
You will find your copy at the back of the church or on: stjohnskilkenny.com

Laudato Si’

The theme for Catholic Schools Week 2017
On Sunday 29 January Bishop Denis Nulty, Bishop of Kildare & Leighlin, will be the chief celebrant and preacher at Mass to mark the opening of Catholic Schools Week 2017.  This Mass will be broadcast by RTÉ on radio and television from the Church of Saints Peter & Paul, Portlaoise.
This year’s theme, ‘Catholic schools: Learning with Pope Francis to care for our common home’ has been informed by Laudato Si’, the 2015 encyclical by Pope Francis on care for our common home.

Annual Parish Social

The Annual Parish Social takes place in Langton House Hotel on Sunday,
29th January, commencing at 8.30 pm.
Admission: €10 each, which includes Dinner followed by Music and Dancing.
Tickets can now be purchased from any member of the Pastoral Council, or at the Sacristy, or at the Parish office.
We hope you can attend this most enjoyable Annual Parish Community event.

St Vincent De Paul Society

Monthly collection will take place this weekend.  Thank you for your support.

Maynooth University, Kilkenny Campus

Would you like to study the first year of your BA degree in a unique learning environment with small class sizes and a fantastic student community?
You can do that through our 1st Year Bachelor of Arts programme (CAO: MH901).
We are holding a Drop-in Day on Saturday 21st January at our Kilkenny Campus, College Road. Drop in anytime from 10am – 2pm.
For more information email kilkennyfirstarts@nuim.ie or call 01 7086755.

EFT/Tapping Workshop

Relieve stress, anxiety, depression, addictions. Half day workshop on EFT/Tapping as a self-help tool to deal with the problems many of us face daily. Saturday 21st January Clubhouse Hotel. Ring 0868203521.

Family Carers Ireland

Family Carers Ireland are proving the QQI Level 5 Healthcare Support Award in your area based on demand in February 2017.  One Day workshops on Mental Health, Nutrition, Dementia & Emergency First Aid also available. For more info contact 0579322920.

Are you interested in stopping smoking?

HSE 6 week stop smoking group in Kilkenny commencing on Thursday 19th January in St Patricks Parish Centre.  If you are interested contact Bernie O’Brien phone 087-2514531.

Knitting Classes

Knitting Classes will commence mid-January for details Tel: 086 8359425.

Saint Mary’s Cathedral Restoration Draw

The 11th of the Diocesan Monthly Draws in aid of St. Mary's Cathedral Restoration Fund will take place on Wednesday, 25th January in the Chapter Room. Tickets are available at the Parish Office and at the Sacristy.

‘Look, there is the lamb of God’

Two central characters, Jesus and John the Baptist, dominate the opening chapter of John’s Gospel. (The gospel was written by John the Apostle and Evangelist, not to be confused with John the Baptist who features in the gospel.)
The chapter reveals the essential aspects of Jesus’ identity. He is the Word made flesh and the Lamb of God. Both are crucial for an understanding of who he is and what he does.
The first of the characters is Jesus. In the chapter, John the Baptist is quoted as having made one of the most remarkable professions of faith that is recorded in the New Testament. During his preaching, on seeing Jesus in the distance, he said to his listeners: ‘Look, there is the lamb of God that takes away the sin of the world’ (Jn 1:29). But John’s profession of faith did not stop with that affirmation of Jesus. He elaborated further and then concluded: ‘Yes, I have seen and I am the witness that he is the Chosen One of God’ (Jn 1:24).

20/20 Vision!

“Harry,” whined Mary, to her husband of 20 years. “What should I do?!
I’m not ready for old age! I’m only 40 years old but I look and feel like I’m over 55!
My face is all wrinkly, my back is bent over, and my hair is all thinned out.” “Well,” said Harry after looking her up and down, “There is one thing about you that still works as good as new.”
“Oh Harry!” said Mary sitting down next to her husband, “you always know just what to say! What are you referring to?”
“Never mind” said Harry looking down.
“C’mon Harry, please tell me what you were referring to.”
“Mary, please don’t make me.” “Harry I insist.”   
“Well I was going to remark about how your eyesight seems to be still working just fine!”

Newsletter & Christmas Candles in St John’s Church, kindly sponsored by

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Bennettsbridge, Co. Kilkenny - Tel: 056-772 7826
“Candles for every occasion”
“Sale now on until the end of January




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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

OF THE WORLD . . . .

“The death of a single human being is too heavy a price to pay for the vindication of any principle, however sacred.” ….Dan Berrigan

Lord, forgive us for thinking that you want us to destroy people
in order to take away some evil from our community.
Send us John the Baptists who will tell us to focus on the Jesus among us who takes away the sin of the world not through violence
but as your precious lamb.
“I find it troubling that we say so readily, ‘Well, there aren’t any alternatives, we have to do it the way we’re doing it.” …Bishop Thomas Gumbleton of Detroit, commenting on the US bombing of Afghanistan.

Lord, we thank you for church leaders who affirm the message of Jesus with conviction so that people can have the experience of John the Baptist, see Jesus coming into their community and say,
“Look, there is the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of our world.”
“The Word of God is red-hot iron. And you who preach it, you’d go picking it up with a pair of tongs lest you burn yourself.” …George Bernanos, ‘Diary of a Country Priest”

Lord, forgive us that we are afraid of being like Jesus, lambs led to the slaughter house as we take away the sins of the world.
Lord, forgive us that as leaders we look to the members of our community to give us our identity
so that we cannot risk being unpopular by telling the truth.
Send us John the Baptist to remind us of the day when your Spirit came down from heaven and rested on us.
“A time will come when we will once again be called so to utter the Word of God that the world will be changed and renewed by it. It will be a new language, perhaps quite non-religious, but liberating and redeeming.” …….Dietrich Bonhoeffer

Lord, we pray that your church will be truly John the Baptist
saying to the world, “Look, there is the Lamb of God who transforms the world by taking away its sins.”
“The old man repeats the prayers he recited as a child, but now with the experience of a lifetime.” …Hegel

Lord, we thank you that today we can look back on our lives
and say like John the Baptist, “Yes, I have seen, and I am the witness that Jesus is your Chosen One.”
“He is the unseen seer, the unheard hearer, the unthought thinker, the unknown knower. There is no other seer than he, no other hearer than he, no other thinker than he, no other knower than he. ……….The Upanishads.

Lord, fill us with a spirit of awe in our ministry. When we minister to others help us to remember
that though they come after us they rank before us because there is something within them which existed before us.
“To understand the Scriptures we must stop acting like mere spectators.” …Karl Barth.

Lord, send us John the Baptist to remind us that we must see and be witnesses that your Spirit came down from heaven and rested on the sacred Writers and that the Bible is your Chosen Book.
“I don’t like that man; I have to get to know him better.” ….Abraham Lincoln.

Lord, teach us to wait for one another.
When we don’t know people, say to us as you said to John the Baptist,
That we will see the Spirit come down from heaven and rest on them
And discover in them the capacity to complete what we have done,
Baptising with the Holy Spirit where we only baptise with water.



(Please pray this prayer frequently as we await the selection of
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.



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