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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

Monday, Twentieth Week in Ordinary Time

The gospel reading today presents us with an idealistic young man. He wants to be sure of possessing eternal life, and he asks Jesus what is the one good deed he must do to ensure his entering into eternal life. He is clearly a young man who took his religion seriously. He tells Jesus that he has kept the commandments that Jesus quotes to him. Jesus declares that this is sufficient to enter into life. The conversation could have ended there. Yet, this young man ensures that the conversation does not end here by pressing Jesus further, ‘What more do I need to do?’ He senses in himself that he is capable of even more than what he is already doing. Jesus respects his desire for ‘more’ and there and then calls on him to sell what he owned, give it to the poor and become one of that group who follow Jesus in a very close and personal way. If he wanted ‘more’, Jesus would give it to him. However, the young man couldn’t live with Jesus’ answer to his second question. He was too attached to his possessions to be free to do what Jesus invited him to do, and a great sadness came over him. We can probably all find within ourselves the same longing to be better, to do more, that was so evident in the life of this young man. After all, our hearts are restless until they rest in God. Yet, like this young man, we too often find that within ourselves obstacles to the Lord’s call to grow towards that more we so desire. We discover that we are not as free as we need to be. Attachments of various kinds hold us back. We don’t yet have the glorious freedom of the children of God, in the words of Saint Paul. We need to keep praying to grow in the freedom to fully become the person the Lord is calling us to be.

Saint John the Baptist Parish, Clontarf, Dublin, Ireland

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Mass Times

Weekend Masses:  

Saturday: 6pm

Sunday: 10.00 am, 12:00 pm

Weekday Masses:

Monday to Saturday: 10am

Sacrament of Baptism:

Second Sunday of the month: 12.00pm 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

You may have noticed that the ground surrounding the church has all been cleaned and it has greatly brightened up the church surrounds. For your information, we used the following company: Horizon Cleaning – Professional Window, Gutter, Power Washing, Patio, Decking and Concreate Cleaning Services. Local and Competitive Rates! Fully Insured Phone: 086 2556513 Email: info@horizoncleaning.ie […]

Holy Communion to the Housebound

If any of you are aware of housebound people in your neighbourhood who you think would appreciate having Holy Communion brought to them by myself or a Eucharistic Minister, you might let me know or contact the parish office.   Fr Martin

House Blessings

If any parishioner would like to have their house blessed, please let me know and I will be very happy to arrange it. You could phone the presbytery, 8338575, or the Parish Office, 8334606 or email the parish office at sjtbclontarf@eircom.net                 Fr Martin

Change in Mass times for the Summer

From 2nd July until 3rd September the number of Masses on Sunday morning will reduce from three to two. The times of Masses during this period will be 10.00 am and 12.00 pm. The Saturday Vigil Mass will continue at 6/00 pm.

Help needed for September peace event

The Royal Norwegian Navy Band are returning to contribute to a major Peace Event in both our church and Saint John the Baptist’s, Seafield Road, on Friday and Saturday, 29th and 30th of September. We are looking for parishioners with cars who would be willing to collect them at the airport and to bring them from the […]