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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
Monday, Thirteenth Week in Ordinary Time
When people show enthusiasm for some project we are involved in, we would normally welcome their enthusiasm and give them every encouragement. This would be especially true if there was a general lack of enthusiasm for what we were doing or, even, a great deal of opposition towards it. In the gospel reading this morning, Jesus encounters a man who shows great enthusiasm towards Jesus and all he stands for. He comes up to Jesus and says to him, ‘I will follow you wherever you go’. In monetary terms it is the equivalent of giving Jesus a blank cheque! Yet, rather than respond to this man’s enthusiasm with an equal display of enthusiasm, Jesus almost seems to pour cold water on his enthusiasm. He reminds this potential disciple that the person he is so enthusiastic to follow will often find himself with nowhere to lay his head. If that is true of Jesus, it will also be true of anyone who would follow him. Jesus is suggesting that the man’s enthusiasm needs to be tempered with a good dose of reality. As disciples of the Lord today, we need both something of this man’s enthusiasm and something of Jesus’ somber realism. We may be fortunate to have a place to lay our head, but following Jesus remains a challenging path. Taking the way that Jesus calls us to take will involve a readiness to deny ourselves in the service of the Lord and his people, a willingness to empty ourselves so that others can be filled. Our enthusiasm for the Lord and our recognition that following him will not be easy are two contrasting poles that we need to keep holding in tension.
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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
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 […]
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 […]