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Welcome to the website of Saint John the Baptist Catholic parish in Clontarf. John the Baptist understood his role as bringing people to Jesus. The local church is now called to bring people to Jesus and to reveal him by how we live, serve one another and worship. As a parish community we are called to support one another in our call to bear witness to Jesus as the Light of the World, as the Way, the Truth and the Life. We hope that our parish website helps you to feel a sense of belonging to our parish community.

Fr Martin

Reflection on Today's Gospel Reading

Saturday, Seventh Week in Ordinary Time

This is the only passage in all of the gospels in which Jesus is described as being indignant. The gospel reading says that Jesus was indignant with his disciples. He had been investing himself in instructing them but they do not seem to be absorbing Jesus’ mindset. In the previous chapter of Mark’s gospel Jesus had declared to his disciples that whoever welcomes a child in his name welcomes him. Yet now the disciples try to turn children away when people brought them to Jesus for him to lay his hands on them. Jesus is understandably indignant at his disciples’ unwelcoming attitude towards children. He corrects his disciples, ‘Let the children come to me; do not stop them’. Jesus wanted people to bring children to him. They have as much of a right to the gift of God’s kingdom as anyone, ‘it is to such as these that the kingdom of God belongs’. If children have a right to all God is offering us through Jesus, we have a duty to lead children to Jesus. Every effort we make to open up children to the person of Jesus and to help them respond to his presence in faith is pleasing to Jesus. It is what he wants. Children are receptive to faith in the Lord in ways that adults often are not. If the Lord wants to be generous towards children and they are naturally receptive to what the Lord is offering, then it falls upon us to bring children to Jesus. Indeed, Jesus goes further in the gospel reading. He declares that adults have a lot to learn from the openness and readiness of children to receive the gift of the kingdom of God through Jesus, ‘anyone who does not welcome the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it’.

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Mass Times

Weekend Masses:  

Saturday: 6pm

Sunday: 10am, 11:15am, 12:30pm

Weekday Masses:

Monday to Saturday: 10am

Sacrament of Baptism:

Second Sunday of the month: 12.30pm Mass.

Third Saturday of the month: 12.00pm

Sacrament of Reconciliation:

Thursday before first Friday after 10.00 am Mass

Saturday, after 10.00 am and 6.00 pm Mass

Holy Hour:

3rd Sunday of the month 7.30pm

Parish Events

Wednesday Craft and Coffee morning

This gathering has resumed from 10.30am to 12.30pm in the parish centre. All are welcome to drop in for a chat over a cuppa. Donations of wool would be very gratefully received. The wool is used to knit small blankets for stillborn babies and also to knit Easter Chicks for the Hospice Foundation. Please contact […]

Outdoor Collection for parish funds this weekend

The first of two outdoor collections for parish funds this calendar year will take place after all the Masses this weekend. We have a number of important projects in the pipeline, including insulating the roof of the, upgrading our CCTV cameras and upgrading the alarm system.

Cluster Group Talk, Manresa House, Thursday, March 9, 7.30 pm

The Cluster Group with representatives from the three Clontarf Parishes have organized an evening in Manresa House on Thursday week, March 9, to be given by Fr Peter McVerry SJ on the topic: ‘The scandal of homelessness: How can we respond as a Christian community?’

A Lenten Programme beginning this week, Thursday, March 2

A programme entitled, Ignatius of Loyola for today. Following Jesus day by day, will be offered in the Parish Centre, Saint John the Baptist Church, Clontarf Road, for the five Thursdays of March, 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30 from 7.30 to 8.45 pm. The director of the programme is Fr Donal Neary S.J. Fr […]

Ash Wednesday

The season of Lent begins this Wednesday, March 1. As well as the usual 10.00 am Mass, there will be an evening Mass at 6.00 pm. Ashes will be distributed at both Masses. Ash Wednesday is a day of fast and abstinence.