Brief History of Knocknacarra Parish
The Church of St. John the Apostle church was dedicated on the 5th of April 1992 by Bishop Eamom Casey. It was then incorporated into Salthill Parish. It became a parish in its own right, as the local population continued to grow, in 1995.
The architect was Conor Kelly of Simon J. Kelly and Partners. The builder was Michael Fitzgerald and Sons Ltd.
On entering the Church one is struck by the modern style, simplicity and excellent maintenance. The eye is drawn to the triptych panels on the back wall of the Santuary by the Artist Vicki Crowley,also to the rare and magnificent Tabernacle obtained through a dealer in England and purchased by Fr. Tadhg Quinn P.P. in 2009. It was refurbished and restored by Michael Shanely, Brass Works Co., in Dromod, Co. Leitrim, is stunning in style and size mounted on a Sandstone Pillar.
The altar is the centrepiece of our worship and is centred on an open Santuary designed in Sandstone as is the Ambo, Baptismal Font, Chair and Holy Water Font. The church building also includes a Crying Chapel, a Community room and facilities for the disabled.
The Church of St. John the Apostle is the focus of the Spiritual Life of our ever growing parish.