October is designated as Mission Month. There are approximately 1,300 Irish born missionaries working in more than 80 countries. During mission month we unite ourselves in prayer with them and with the communities with whom they work. A special collection will be taken up next Sunday, October 20th, as a joint Offertory Collection to support missionaries and their mission projects.
GAA star Alan Kerins will speak in St Johns Parish Centre on the 17th of October from 8pm to 9.30pm about his involvement in missionary work in Zambia.
Invitation to those who have worked on the Missions: Bishop Ray invites all who have worked in the Developing World as a missionary or development worker to an Evening of Celebration on Tuesday, Oct 22nd at 8pm in St John’s Parish Centre, Tralee, to acknowledge their contribution to the lives of so many. Refreshments on the night. If you wish to attend, please contact John Paul II Pastoral Centre, Killarney at 064 6632644.
Bookings for 2020 are now being taken at the Parish Office
We are pleased to announce that religious goods such as rosary beads, statues, medals, baptismal and marriage candles etc will be available for sale in the Parish Centre. Opening hours: Monday - Saturday, 9.15am - 1.00pm & 2.00pm - 4.45pm.
|Groups, schools and parishioners of all ages are invited to submit self or collectively created images (eg: art, photograph etc - A5 size) focussing on and celebrating 150 years of St. John's Church. Six entries will be chosen and re-produced for our 2019 Parish Christmas Cards which will be sold in the Parish Centre prior to Christmas. Entries must be submitted by Friday 25th October 2019. Further details and entry forms are available at the Parish Centre.|
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 .
Saturday April 25th: Moyderwell Primary, 10.30am St. John's Church .
Saturday May 2nd: Blennerville NS 11am, St. Brendan's Church Curraheen.
Saturday May 9th: C.B.S. Primary, 10.30am St. John's Church.
Caherleaheen NS. 11am Church of the Immaculate Conception:
Derryquay N.S. 11am St. Brendan's Church, Curraheen.
Saturday May 16th: Gaelscoil Mhic Easmainn. 10.30am St. John's Church
Saturday May 23rd: Presentation Primary. 10.30am St. John's Church.
Dates for Confirmations in 2020 will be announced in the comming weeks.
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.
It is easy to have faith in a loving God when life is going well for us. However, it is much more challenging to have faith and trust in God when times are tough, when we find ourselves in turmoil or when we are faced with life and death situations. Faith in God can be difficult to maintain when we witness or experience injustice, tyranny or pain. However, it is during these dark moments of life when we can find ourselves riddled with doubt that God shows himself to us. It is during these heart-breaking moments that we truly come to learn the meaning of faith...…Margaret Theresa Naughton