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. 

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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Looking Forward to Victory for O’Loughlin Gaels

‘Go out and make your own piece of magical history for the club!’

That was the battle cry from one of O’Loughlin Gaels most celebrated players, Andy Comerford, as the latest bunch of high achievers from the St John’s Park club prepared for the Leinster senior hurling final against Cuala, (Dublin) in Portlaoise today at 2pm. Come out and support them!

Thursday - Feast of The Immaculate Conception

Thursday is the Feast of the Immaculate Conception/Holyday of Obligation. 
Vigil Mass in St John’s on Wednesday at 6.30pm.
Thursday Masses are at the usual Sunday times in St John’s Church.

St Vincent De Paul Society

The annual Christmas Collection will take place next weekend.  Thank you for you continued support.

Christmas Offerings
& Weekly/Yearly Envelopes for Parish Funds

The Weekly/Yearly Envelopes & Christmas Offering Envelopes are now available for distribution. We would appreciate if Distributors, whose generous help is always valued, would collect their respective Areas from the presbytery.

  • The “Weekly/Yearly/Standing Order” contributions go in their entirety to capital expenditure, the maintenance of the three parish churches & buildings, and all the running costs of the parish.
  • The “Christmas Offering Collection” goes towards the salaries of the Priests of the parish, the Bishop of the Diocese.
  • If you have let the practice of supporting your Parish or Personnel slip, we urge you to recommence and play your part in running this very fine parish.
  •  Once again, we take this opportunity to express our sincere gratitude to all of you who our parish each year.

Dunmore Annual Bake / Cake Sale

The annual bake/cake sale will take place next Sunday 11th Dec. after the
11 am mass to raise funds for Christmas time in our Church. 
All donations of cakes and buns gratefully accepted and raffle prizes appreciated.  Please come along on the morning for a cuppa and get dessert sorted for the dinner.   

Johnswell School Craft Sale & Coffee morning

The annual craft sale and coffee morning will take place in Johnswell School on Sunday 18th December after 10am Mass. There will be a great variety of crafts and home baking for sale and as this is in aid of Johnswell School your support would be greatly appreciated.

Troyscourt Meals on Wheels

Volunteer drivers are required to deliver dinners from Troyscourt to the St John’s Parish area.  Troyscourt would be able to provide more dinners if they had more drivers from this area.  Thanks to all from the Parish who currently provide this service.  Please contact the parish or one of the Priests

Shoe Box Appeal for Homeless

A collection after each of the masses next Sunday 11th for the homeless.  Items might include hats, gloves, scarves, toothpaste, roll-on deodorant, toothbrush, shower gel, chocolate, sweets, cereal bars, Christmas Cards.  A box will be left in the porch. Any queries to 087 669 3674.  Boxes delivered to Help the Homeless.

Johnswell Active Retirement

A meeting in Johnswell Hall will take place on next Wednesday 7th at 7.00pm, followed by a flower arrangement class at 7.15pm.  Everyone is welcome.

Monthly Rosary

Monthly Rosary at James Green this Sunday at 3.00pm.

The Three Tenors – Next Saturday
St Mary’s Cathedral Restoration Fund

Christmas Concert with the Three Tenors at St Mary’s Cathedral, next Saturday 10th December, in aid of St Mary’s Cathedral Restoration Fund.
Tickets €25 available in Sacristy, Parish Office or online at www.ossory.ie

Advent Resources Now Available

Ossory Advent Pack - €1; Sunday Reflection Booklet - €2;
Thought for the Day Booklet - €2; Sign up for daily Advent Text – Free; Advent Tweet - Free

Kilkenny Flower Club

Christmas Demonstration by Helen Dooley takes place next Thursday at 8pm in Butler House.  All welcome.   €10 for non-members.

Samaritans Information Evening

An information session will be held in Butler House next Wednesday 7th at 7.00pm. If you would like information or have thought of volunteering with us, you will be most welcome.

Kilkenny Choir & Kilkenny Youth Orchestra

The Kilkenny Choir & Kilkenny Youth Orchestra will host their Annual Concert/Recital in St John’s Church next Sunday afternoon at 4.30 p.m.

St Mary’s Cathedral –Ninth Draw Results

Prize                            Winner                                   Parish            
1st Prize   €2,000          Adam Ellis                              Borris in Ossory
2nd Prize   €1,000         Anna Nolan                            Callan
3rd Prize   €500             Lilliam O’Hanlon                     St Mary’s
4th Prize   €300             Brian Dunlop                          St Patricks
5th Prize   €300             Kathleen Maher                      Lisdowney
6th Prize   €200             Martin Purcell                         Johnstown
7th Prize   €200             Mary Hackett                          St John’s
8th Prize   €100             Seán Lowry                            Camross          
9th Prize   €100             Ann Roberts                           Ballyragget
10th Prize €100             John Flynn                              St Canice’s




Parish Newsletter
Mass Times
Baptism Schedule
Events Calendar
Our Mission Statement
Centenary Calendar
Virtual Tour


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

Second Week of Advent

Christmas is coming!
If you are not already busy preparing, then you will have at least heard many people telling you it is time you started getting ready.
As the people of God we too need to start thinking about the welcoming of the Christ and the preparations that we are called upon to make as disciples.
We must prepare the way for the Lord to enter our lives, to enter the lives of those around us, and to enter into our world with his word of peace and forgiveness.

John the Baptist’s ministry focused on preaching conversion and proclaiming a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sin.
Repentance is a fundamental change of heart, or attitude, which results in leaving sin behind and embracing God’s freely shared life and love.
Such change is only possible with the gift of God’s grace. There was urgency in John’s preaching about repentance.
The time for repentance, he said, is now, not in the future.
Repentance through prayer, fasting and charitable works leads to conversion, and conversion is an important aspect of people’s preparation if they are to meet Christ when he comes.

In what ways are we repentant people? How do we demonstrate our sincerity as witnesses to the teaching of Christ and the Church?
What does it mean to be courageous and unapologetic about our convictions?
The reality is that some of us are unrepentant for our sins.
We are reluctant to speak about our faith and share it with others.
Advent challenges us to become people of hope and expectation as we await Christ’s coming.

As we prepare for Christmas, how will we prepare ourselves and help others to prepare for the arrival of the Messiah?
If we follow the example of John the Baptist, we will truly be Advent people.



(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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