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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
Thursday, Seventeenth Week in Ordinary Time
The parable of the dragnet cast into the sea suggests that at the end of time there will be a separation out of the good from the wicked. However, this is God’s work and it will happen at the end of time. We often make the mistake of thinking that it is our work and that it should happen in the course of time. We can be prone to deciding who is good and who is bad here and now and behaving in the light of that judgement. Yet, when we make such a judgement, we are prone to getting it wrong. We see the good in ourselves more easily than the good in others and the bad in others more easily than the bad in ourselves. We also fail to appreciate that people can change for the better, with God’s help. The image of God as the potter in this morning’s first reading suggests that God can take what comes out wrong in our lives and reshape it into something good. We are all a work in progress. God may have begun a good work in us but God has yet to bring it to completion. Judgement belongs to God at the end of time, and the judging God is also the creator God who is constantly at work to bring good out of evil and new life out of what has come out wrong. As humans, we should be very slow to take on God’s work of separating the good from the evil. As Paul says in his first letter to the Corinthians, ‘Do not pronounce judgement before the time, before the Lord comes, who will bring to light the things now hidden in darkness’.
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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
Mass arrangements for the Summer Due to a reduced number of priests available for the Summer months, there will be no 10.00 am Sunday Mass in Saint John’s from Sunday, August 7th to Sunday August 28th, inclusive. Saint Gabriel’s will drop two of their Sunday Masses, 9.00 am and 12.00 pm for all of July […]
Child minder wanted A local family is looking for a trusted childminder two days/week. References required. If interested, please phone: 083 4015702 Irish Course Week-long INTENSIVE Irish language courses in June, July and August from Monday to Saturday in Parish Resource Centre. Options: 10- 1.00pm OR 2.00-5.00pm. OR 6- 9.00pm. All welcome. Contact Ciarán Ó […]
Examination Prayer Box If you would like prayers for young people doing examinations in the coming weeks, please write their names on a piece of paper and place in the box over by the pulpit. The names will be placed in a basket before the altar and we will pray for all who are named […]
The Clontarf Historical Society will host their lecture for April on Monday the 4th. (Note change to first Monday of the month). This Lecture will be led by Dennis McIntyre and is entitled “Irish Nationalism/Republicanism and the 1916 Rising” – the story of this battle and the reason why it took place. Meetings for the Clontarf […]
The 10.00 am Family Mass on Sunday 17th April will have a focus on the children who are to be confirmed this May. All the children of the parish who are due to be confirmed are invited to this Mass or to the 7.00 pm Vigil Mass on 16th April in Saint Anthony’s or the […]