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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.
Reflection on Today's Gospel Reading
Tuesday, Thirtieth Week in Ordinary Time
In this morning’s gospel reading Jesus speaks two parables, one featuring a man and the other featuring a woman. Both suggest that something very small can produce effects far beyond what might have been expected. The farmer threw a mustard seed into his garden and from it grew a tree whose branches provide shelter for the birds of the air. A woman places a small piece of yeast in a batch of dough and the result is a leavened batch of bread which feeds several people. Jesus is saying that the kingdom of God is like that. God can work powerfully through the smallest of gestures. The little good that we do can have consequences far beyond our imagining. The small initiatives we take in the service of another can bear fruit that we could never have intended. The small step to reach out in love towards someone can launch a movement of love that we never anticipated. In the course of his ministry the Lord did not usher in the kingdom of God in a blaze of glory. Rather in his day to day encounters with ordinary people he sowed seeds of the kingdom and eventually those seeds went on to produce a wonderful harvest. We are all called to sow seeds of the kingdom in the day to day circumstances of our lives; we are called to act out of the values of the kingdom in our daily encounters with others. In so doing we are sowing the seeds of a harvest beyond our imagining.
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Sunday: 10am, 11:15am, 12:30pm
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
3rd Sunday of the month 7.30pm
Little children of Ireland have a lovely day to look forward to this week. The National day of Prayer for Children takes place on Friday, the 14th October.Organised by the Society for Missionary Children, the occasion gives children a good opportunity to think of those children who are less fortunate, to pray for those less […]
Sunday, 16th October, is the Sunday for our monthly Holy Hour in our parish church. We will focus our prayer on the parable of the persistent widow from Luke’s gospel, which is the gospel reading for next Sunday, and on a related passage in Luke’s gospel. Refreshments are available afterwards in the parish centre.
The next meeting of the Parish Pastoral Council will take place on Wednesday week, 19th October, at 7.30 pm in the Presbytery, 187 Clontarf Road. If there is any issue you would like raised at the meeting, please bring it to any member of the PPC. The current membership is: Fr John Callanan, Daniella Guascone, […]
The group of parents who volunteered to plan the special Family Masses of the Do this in Memory programme for the first communion children will be meeting on Monday, 17th October in the Parish Centre at 8.00 pm. We are very grateful to all the parents who came forward for this important ministry group. Your […]
The Sacrament of the Sick will be celebrated at the 11.15 am Mass on Sunday, October 9. If you know of any sick person who would like a lift to this Mass, please let contact the Parish Office, Fr Martin or Fr John and we will arrange for them to be collected.