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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

Wednesday, Ninth Week in Ordinary Time

In this morning’s first reading Saint Paul declares that Jesus ‘abolished death, and proclaimed life and immortality through the Good News’. This was one of the ways Paul understood the ministry of Jesus, the proclamation of eternal life and immortality through the good news or gospel. In this morning’s gospel reading the Sadducees who question Jesus were a Jewish group who did not believe in eternal life or immortality. They rejected Jesus’ proclamation and by means of their questioning they try to show how foolish belief in life after death is. A woman had seven husbands. Whose wife will she be in the afterlife? Their question presupposes that life after death is some form of extension of this earthly life. In his answer, Jesus indicates that our existence after death will be very different to our present existence and this life cannot simply be transposed onto the next life. As Jesus says, we will be like the angels in heaven. We cannot say what that will be like. As Paul says in his first letter to the Corinthians, ‘eye has not seen, nor ear heard, nor the human heart conceived, what God has prepared for those who love him’. When Paul does try to speak about this life beyond death he often speaks of it in terms of an experience of communion, a communion with the Lord and with each other. In one of his letters he simply says, ‘we will be with the Lord forever’. Perhaps that is as much as we need to know.

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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

Clontarf Historical Society Meeting

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 […]

Mass for Confirmation children

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 […]

Holy Hour

The next Holy Hour will take place in the parish church on Sunday, 17th April, at 7.30 pm. We will take as our theme one of the ‘Stations of Light’, the appearance of the two disciples on the road to Emmaus. It will be followed by some refreshments in the parish centre. It is an […]

Communion under both forms

Most parishioners appreciate that the opportunity is given at every Mass in our parish church to receive Communion under the form of both bread and wine, for those who wish. Some parishioners prefer to dip the host into the chalice before consuming it rather than to drink directly from the chalice. The church’s liturgical guidelines […]

Parish Book Club

The next meeting of the Parish Book Club is Thursday, 14th April, at 7.30 pm, in the presbytery, 187 Clontarf Road. We are reading the book Rediscover Catholicism by Matthew Kelly which has been on sale at the back of the church. ‘At a time when many Catholics are disillusioned, questioning their faith, and filled […]