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St. John's Parish

The foundation stone for St John's Church was laid in 1893. The church was offically opened on 2 August 1896.

St. John's was the name given to the whole Sligo Church area and this is the only church which kept the orignial Titular name "St. John's". The church was commenced by the late Most Rev. Bishop of Elphin, Dr.Gillooly. He was concerned at the long distances local people had to travel to church.

The church was built in Gothic style. The builder was Mr. John Clarence of Ballisodare. The stained glass windows were presented by parishioners.

Funds were liberally given by the late Peter O'Connor of Kevinsfort House. The people of the division of the Parish and Sligo town also contributed generously.

Most Rev. Dr. Clancy, Bishop of Elphin at the time officated at the opening. After the blessing, High Mass was celebrated by Rev. Father Harte assisted by Rev. Father McManus and Rev. Father Geraghty.

The Cathedral Choir conducted by Mr. Delaney provided a selection of music. Most Rev. Dr.Healy, Co-adjutor Bishop of Clonfert, preached the dedication sermon.

The interior of St. John's Church was badly damaged by fire on 8 December 1993. Consequently, it was completely refurbished and re-decorated. The original Tabernacle and Stations of the Cross still remain. The church was re-opened at Easter, 1995. It now stands as one of the most beautiful churches in the diocese.

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Carraroe Church

Welcome to St. John's Parish, Carraroe, Co. Sligo

In line with all Catholic Church’s all Masses are suspended until after 29th March. Sunday Mass and St Patrick’s Day Mass will be broadcast on 107FM at 11.30am. Please let people in the local area know. Keep well and support each other. Keep an eye on our Facebook page for more updates.
Weekly Newsletter
Weekly Newsletter

For the latest news from St. John's Parish check out the weekly newletter available from the back and side porch after mass.

The newsletter also details weekly mass times.

It is available onlinte here.


A massive congratulations to Sr Mary Olivia Kelly who celebrated her profession of vows at the Carmelite Community in Knock 3rd September 2016. Olivia is a native of Carraroe parish. To view Fr Jim's homily at this occasion, please click here where photos are also available.

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Parish History Book

St John's Parish Through The Years!
If you have any old pictures of Tobernalt or sites from around St. John's Parish we would love to hear from you. We would also be interested to hear any stories that you have of events throughout the years in the parish. Please email us at carraroe@holywellsligo.com

Church Radio

All Masses and Holy Hours are celebrated in Carraroe Church are available to the sick and Housebound by tuning in locally to 107FM. No special radio or extras is needed. Just tune your radio to 107FM before the Mass. Some religious music, reflections and prayers will also be broadcast from time to time

Tobernalt Holy Well
The Holy Well is a wonderful place to visit during the New Year period and meditate on the Mysteries of the most Holy Rosary. For more details on Tobernalt, please click on the link www.holywellsligo.com

Tobernalt Holy Well Sligo


Lend A Helping Hand
If you would like to become involved in any aspect of our parish life, please contact Fr. Jim on 071-9162136 or call into the Presbytery or Sacristy after Mass.
Directions To Carraroe Church

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