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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

19th March, Feast of Saint Joseph

The image of the twelve-year old Jesus sitting among the doctors of the law in the Temple, which we find in today’s gospel reading, is a striking one. It doesn’t say that Jesus was teaching these doctors of the law. Rather, he was listening to them and asking they questions. He was receptive to what they were saying. No doubt Jesus was also receptive to what Joseph said to him. In the Jewish family, the father was the one responsible for passing on the religious tradition to the children. Joseph may not have been a doctor of the law, but he was a teacher within his own home. Yet, the gospel reading suggests that at twelve years of age, Jesus was moving on from receiving the wisdom of his superiors to taking his own path in life. Having travelled with his family from Nazareth to Jerusalem, for the feast of Passover, he decided not to travel back with them, apparently without informing any member of his extended family. Mary and Joseph ended up searching for him everywhere. Eventually, they decided to head back to Jerusalem where they did eventually find him in the Temple. Their disappointment in Jesus and the distress he caused them is very evident in the question Mary put to him. Yet, his answer to their question caused them a different kind of distress. ‘Did you not know that I must be busy with my Father’s affairs?’ They didn’t understand what he meant. By, ‘my Father’s affairs’, the boy Jesus was not referring to his father Joseph, but to his heavenly Father, God. If Jesus was learning from the doctors of the law, Joseph had his own lesson to learn from his young son. He was beginning to realize that his influence on his son would have to take second place to God’s influence. He and his wife, Mary would have to learn to let Jesus go to God’s purpose for his life. We can learn from Joseph that gentle art of letting go, of surrendering those we cherish to God’s purpose for their lives, even though it may leave us with a great sense of loss. Joseph learnt to allow God to be God in his own life and in the life of his Son. We pray for something of that same generosity of spirit that Joseph clearly had.

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

Holy Days:

6.00 pm Vigil Mass and 10.00am Mass.

Sacrament of Baptism:

Second Sunday of the month: 11.00am

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

Parish Film Club

We are starting up a film club in the parish of Saint John the Baptist. For a modest annual fee, we have a licence to show films in public, on condition we do not charge. We hope to show films that have some significance for our lives as followers of the Lord. Our first film […]

‘Heaven Sent’, a play based on the Book of Tobit, Palm Sunday, 7.30 pm

The Clontarf Players are putting on the above play in the Church of Saint John the Baptist, Clontarf Road, on Palm Sunday, March 25, at 7.30 pm. The play is a comedy of not-quite biblical proportions, adapted from the Book of Tobit, and written by Patrick Rainville Dorn. The action of the play takes place […]

Three Parish Cluster Group Meeting

The next meeting of the Three Parish Cluster Group representing the three Clontarf Parishes will be on Tuesday, 20th March, at 7.30 pm, in the Parish Office, Saint John the Baptist Church. This group, composed of parishioners and priests from the three Clontarf parishes looks at the three parishes as a unit and considers ways […]

Holy Hour

Our next Holy Hour will take place in our Parish Church on next Sunday, March 18, at 7.30 pm. We will be reflected on two gospel passages which feature Mary, the Mother of Jesus, the gospel passages relating to the annunciation to Mary and to Mary’s visitation to Elizabeth.

Masses for Saint Patrick’s Day

There will be Mass at 6.00 pm on Friday, March 16, for the feast of Saint Patrick. There will be the usual 10.00 am Mass on Saturday, March 17. There is no 12.00 pm Mass on that day.