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
Promotion # 43

You cannot serve
two masters. 
Whom do you
to follow? 
You have to make a choice. 

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

At a recent conference of Vocations Directors in Dublin Bishop Denis Brennan said that fostering Vocations is the task of some and the responsibility of all.  The Vocation Crisis of those called is also a crisis, today, of those calling.  If no one calls, how can anyone respond?

Statement of the
Summer 2016

General Meeting of the
Irish Catholic Bishops’ Conference

Topics covered:

  • Supporting persecuted Christians, refugees and migrants
  • Vocations
  • Appointment of Secretary General to the World Meeting of Families in Ireland
  • Publication of Apostolic Exhortation Amoris Laetitia ‘The Joy of Love’
  • Bishops to undertake their ‘Ad Limina’ visit to Pope Francis in January 2017
  • World Youth Day in Krakow, Poland, in July
  • Centenary of Cumann na Sagart
  • Trócaire
  • Irish Church Music Association Summer School
  • Ukraine collection
  • Michael Keane RIP

Click below for full statement


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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

Saturday 11th March at 11.00am.

Pilgrimage to Knock

Legion of Mary Pilgrimage to Knock takes place next Sunday 25th September.  Bus leaves the Parade at 8am.  For bookings phone Pat 7764783 or Kay 087 9428305.  Fare €20 and all are welcome.

Kilkenny Archaeological Society

An illustrated lecture on the excavations of St Mary’s Church off High Street., will take place in the Springhill Hotel on Wednesday, September at 8.00pm given by Coilin O’ Drisceoil M.A, M.I.A.I. who have conducted a major exploration of the medieval church and surroundings over the last year.

The Artesian String Quartet

Project Music Management presents the Artesian String Quartet from London whose concert will place in The Black Abby on Monday 26th September at 7.30pm.  Tickets €15.  Reservations email: pmmtickets@mail.com or at the door.


Danesfort Pilgrimage to Knock

Danesfort Parish St. Vincent de Paul Pilgrimage to Knock on Thursday 29th September. Bus leaving St. Fiacre’s Church at 8.15am.  Fare including dinner €40.  Contact Alice 086 344 5984 or Dymphna 086 337 5759.  

Apparition Hill

A showing of this movie which is based on the happenings at the sacred mountain side village of Medjugorje takes place on Sunday 25th September in the visual arts centre, Carlow at 3.00pm & 8.00pm.  Admission €10.  Tel:059 9172400.

Grow Mental Health

The amount collected from our recent church gate collection in St John’s was €575.22.  We would like to thank you for your support which helps to keep our services available to the public.

Table Quiz in aid of Grow

Table Quiz in Aid of GROW Mental health takes place on Thursday 22nd September @ 8.30pm in Billy Byrnes.  Load of Fun, Food and Prizes, €5 per person, Table x 4.

Medjugorje Retreat Weekend

Retreat weekend hosted by Medjugorje Council of Ireland at Knock Shrine takes place from Friday 28th October to Sunday 30th. Holy Mass, Adoration, Talks and Testimonies.  Guest Speaker: Fr Leon Pereira O.P. Chaplin to the English Speaking Pilgrims in Medjugorje.  email medjugorjecouncilofireland@gmail.com.

Loreto Secondary School

1st Year Enrolment – The closing date for application for a First Year Place is Thursday 13th October 2016.  Application forms and Admissions Policy can be obtained from our website www.loretokk.ie of the school office.
Open night for 6th Class Girls – Open night takes place on Monday 26th September at 6.30pm.  This is a ticketed event and tickets are available by either emailing your request to office@loretokk.ie or by calling to the school office.

Certificate in Theological Studies 2016/17

Do you want to know more about your church and your faith.? If so why not take part in a course offered in St Kieran’s college for the coming year, two nights a week Oct to Dec and Jan to May. This course will explore areas such as scripture, moral theology, the Church, liturgy, the sacraments and Church history.  It is intended for those who are new to theology and those who want to explore it a little further. For information see www.ossory.ie or contact 7753624 or 087 9081470.

Be Still and Know that I am God

Christian Meditation will resume in St Patricks Parish Centre next Wednesday 21st at 4pm.  All are welcome.

Barrow Walk

The annual Barrow Walk takes place on September 24th This year’s event will take you on a breath-taking walk along the Barrow towpath from Ballyteigelea Bridge to historic St. Mullins.  Registration is €10.  Transport is provided from James Stephens GAA Club, Larchfield at 10.30am to Borris where the walk begins.  Please feel free to contact Margaret or Louis on fundraising@firstlight.ie  or 01-8732711 to register and receive your Walking Pack!

Camphill Community

The Annual Open Day at the Camphill Community in Ballytobin near Callan takes place on Sunday 18th September from 2pm to 5pm.  All are welcome.

Saint Mary’s Cathedral Restoration Draw

The 7th of the Diocesan Monthly Draws in aid of St. Mary's Cathedral Restoration Fund will take place on Wednesday, 28th September in the Chapter Room. Subscribers and Promoters very welcome. €10 per month.
Tickets are available locally at the Parish Office; the Sacristy; or from:  
Ann Brennan; Aine Butler; Jane Dineen; Marian Eardly; Fr Brian Griffin; Margaret Hanlon; John Lennon; Jody Murphy; Veronica McGuane;
Paul McKiernan; Linda Nolan; Fr Seán O’Connor; Irene Purcell; Brian Roche; Peggy Wall; Eddie Langton.




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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

E: stjohns@ossory.ie

W: stjohnskilkenny.com



Dear Parishioner,

As you are probably aware two weeks ago I was elected as Administrator of the Diocese of Ossory while we await a new Bishop. It is, therefore, my responsibility to ensure that the day-to-day affairs of the Diocese are managed. I am humbled to be asked to take on this new role and I hope to continue the good work in our Diocese.

Thankfully many good things are going on. In these past days we have appointed our first lay pastoral worker who will act as Co-ordinator of the Diocesan Pastoral Plan. It is an exciting venture for Ossory as this plan was drawn up by the people of the Diocese and therefore should help us to better serve you and your needs.

There are also excellent initiatives in our parishes, schools and various communities and these bring life to our Diocese and put flesh on our faith. Major work has also been undertaken on St Mary’s Cathedral, its campus and Blessed Felix House. As you know this project, which was first started in 2008, is to help protect, restore and develop these areas. It is a massive undertaking and the realisation of the complete vision for this project will take many years to achieve. For now we have completed work on various stages: the Blessed Sacrament Chapel, the restoration of the apse of the main Cathedral, the work on the Chapter House providing a Catholic book and gift shop and tea rooms and Blessed Felix House which serves as the Bishop’s residence and meetings rooms for the Diocese. These projects have cost €3.9 million for the Cathedral and its campus and €1.3 million for the purchase of the site of 1.1 acres, intended for future development, and the restoration of Blessed Felix House. From the very beginning of this project it was envisioned that the sale of the original Bishop’s residence and lands on Sion Road (14 acres) would be used to cover the cost of Blessed Felix House and to offset the major cost of the Cathedral project. An amazing €1.1 million has been raised through fundraising for the Cathedral since this began a number of years ago and we intend to continue to fundraise before undertaking any new developments. All these works bring new life to the grounds of our Cathedral which lies at the heart of our Diocese. I thank you for your support for this venture and for all other works in the Diocese.

As we await the appointment of a new Bishop I ask for your continued prayers and support for all we do together. In this time all in our Diocese will continue to serve each other in the spirit of the Gospel.

Mgr Michael Ryan
Adm. Diocese of Ossory
12th August 2016


Your Reflection This Week


Lord, we thank you for free spirited people you send us in our families, workplaces, parish communities, neighbourhoods.
Like the steward in Jesus’ parable, they are often labeled wasteful or
dishonest but, like the master, we feel admiration for them, ecognizing
that they know how to deal with people better than we church people who are supposed to be children of the light.
So often we make a fuss about having accounts right, and everything in our house in the right place, whereas for them it is people who count.
We end up respected but lonely;
they however, even though earthly success fails them, win themselves many friends who welcome to them into their hearts and are forever faithful to them.
They value secondary virtues as secondary not primary,
– punctuality, good order, neatness, obedience to authorities –
but they can be trusted to value what is truly important
– courtesy to the poor, trust, the willingness to admit mistakes.
They know that power, popularity and influence are always tainted,
and not to be made much of – just like money;
they can be trusted with genuine riches like good friends, children, health, nature.
They set no great store by things like clothes, fancy houses and cars
Which are not part of the people who own them;
they have a good share of what is their very own
– honesty, sincerity, integrity, openness.
They know that in life we have to choose our values.
We cannot have two sets of priorities;
if we try, we end up not making one of them a priority.
They are not subject to any material thing, truth is their only master and
they find freedom in being its servants.


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