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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
Friday, Twenty Sixth Week in Ordinary Time
In this morning’s gospel reading Jesus seems very frustrated with some of the towns of Galilee, Chorazin, Bethsaida and, even, Capernaum where Jesus engaged in a great deal of his ministry. He is exasperated at the response of many in these towns to him has been so ungenerous. They witnessed his deeds of power and, yet, were unmoved by what they saw. They heard his preaching and teaching and, yet, were unresponsive to what they heard. We might be tempted to ask, ‘How could people be so resistant to all that Jesus said and did?’ Yet, we are of the same flesh and blood as the people of those towns named by Jesus. We too can be unresponsive to the Lord who continues to speak and work among us. At the end of the gospel reading, Jesus identifies himself very closely with his disciples, ‘whoever listens to you, listens to me’. We are being reminded that the Lord continues to come to us in and through his followers, the community of his disciples, which we call the church, just as he came in person to the people of Chorazin, Bethsaida and Capernaum. Yet, like them, we can be blind and deaf to his coming to us, his daily coming. The Lord may be as frustrated with us at times as he was with them. We need to keep our ears and our eyes open to the many ways the Lord speaks to us and moves among us, and, then, respond to his presence with that generosity of heart which many of his contemporaries lacked.
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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
New Monthly Parish Newsletter Our three churches, Saint Anthony’s, Saint Gabriel’s and Saint John’s are producing a joint monthly newsletter with the help of Liturgical Publications of Ireland (LPI). They will print the newsletter at no cost to our three parishes and will be seeking local sponsorship. We are grateful to LPI and hope they […]
There will be a welcome home reception for Ellen Keane and Mick Clohisey to mark their participation and achievement in Rio at 4.00 pm, Wednesday, 21st September, in Clontarf Rugby Club. It is being hosted by the Clontarf Business Association and the Clontarf Residents Association. A presentation will be made to both athletes.
There will be an exhibition of paintings by Nieves Fernández in Smock Alley Theatre, 6/7 Exchange Street Lower which will be opened by his Excellency the Ambassador of Spain on Monday, 26th September 2016. The exhibition will run until 1st October. Nieves often comes to the 11.15 am Mass. We wish her well with this […]
The first meeting of the Parish Book Club after the Summer break takes place this Thursday, 22nd September, at 7.30 pm in the Presbytery, 187 Clontarf Road. We are reading the book, ‘Deep Magic, Dragons and Talking Mice: How Reading C.S. Lewis can change your life’, by Alister McGrath, who is the Andreas Idreos Professor […]
There will be a meeting for the members of the Parish Pastoral Councils for the three Clontarf parishes this Tuesday, 20th September, at 8.00 pm in the parish centre of Saint Gabriel’s Parish. The purpose of the meeting is to plan together for the life of the three parishes for the year ahead and beyond. […]