(Kerry Diocesan Youth Service) will be taken up this weekend, November 30th—December 1st, as a joint Offertory Collection to support the vital youth work services including youth clubs, youth centres and a range of programmes and supports for young people in the Diocese. Your support of this valuable work is much appreciated.
will not celebrated this year on the 8th of December as the Second Sunday of Advent takes precedence. The Immaculate Conception will be celebrated on Monday the 9th of December and is not a Holy Day of Obligation. Masses at the usual Monday times.
CRIB ON THE MOVE: Many thanks to the Presentation Sisters for the use of their crib figures for our "CAROLS ON THE MOVE" events during December:
A sincere thanks to everyone who entered our Christmas Card design project. The six entries chosen are artistic designs by the following: Claudia Crowley, Isabelle Curran, Candy Fitzgerald, Eoin Griffin, Caoilinn Kenny O’Sullivan and Allen Ybanez. All entries received will be on display at the back of St. John’s Church at Masses next weekend. Parish Christmas Cards illustrating the designs chosen will also be available to purchase at the Church porch next weekend and available at the Parish Centre from Monday.
Inviting all young adults to St. John’s Side Chapel for a prayer gathering (Adoration/Rosary) followed by a social gathering. Every Thursday at 7.30pm.
As part of the celebrations to mark the 150th anniversary of the dedication of St. John’s Church, the parish hope to hold an exhibition and produce a publication relating to the religious, social and cultural life of the parish over the past 150 years. We would be delighted to receive from parishioners any photographs, memorabilia, ephemera etc. All items submitted will be returned to the owner as soon as they are scanned/photographed. Please contact the parish office .
There has been a number of complaints recently regarding some organisations collecting for their church gate collection at the entrance doors of churches in the parish. We ask all organisations to ensure that collections take place outside church grounds and entrances. The only exception by diocesan stipulation is St. Vincent de Paul.
Stained Glass Windows in
St. John’s Church
Stained glass is often referred to as the poor man’s Bible as it was used from the Early Middle Ages to illustrate scriptural stories and the lives of the saints to largely uneducated congregations. Interestingly, at least sixty-five fragments of glass, including some painted medieval pieces, were found during the excavations in Ardfert Cathedral in the 1990s. In more recent times, stained glass is viewed as a spectacular art form to enlighten, inspire, console and instruct those who look upon them.
As we strive to walk in the ways of The Lord we will most certainly make some mistakes along the way. We will stumble and fall. We will try to act in earnest and yet we will say or do the wrong thing. This however is part of the human condition. We make mistakes. We say the wrong thing. We can be selfish even when we try not to be. We can be lacking in kindness and compassion. However, we pray that no matter how much we fall short, that The Lord God will bless us with renewed courage and strength to continue to keep trying to be a reflection of he who is our creator and guide...…Margaret Theresa Naughton