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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, Second Week of Advent
Weddings and funerals are very much part of what goes on in every church. There is obviously a great difference between the mood of a wedding and the mood of a funeral. In this morning’s gospel reading, Jesus associates the mood of John the Baptist’s ministry with that of a funeral and the mood of his own ministry with that of a wedding. He criticizes his contemporaries for rejecting both the ministry of John the Baptist and that of Jesus. They reject John the Baptist as being too sorrowful and severe, ‘He is possessed’, and they reject Jesus as being too joyful and lax, ‘Look, a glutton and a drunkard, a friend of tax collectors and sinners’. Jesus compares his contemporaries to truculent children in the market place who refuse to join in other children’s games, whether it is the game of funerals or the game of weddings. These children, like Jesus’ contemporaries, will neither dance or be mourners. It is striking that Jesus identifies his ministry with the joy of a wedding feast and with the dance that is inspired by the playing of flutes. Jesus’ ministry was good news; it celebrated the presence of the compassionate mercy of God. This was certainly good news for ‘tax collectors and sinners’, and for all those felt that God had cast them aside. Jesus’ ministry remains good news for us today. He continues to make present to us the compassionate mercy of God. He calls us to join in this celebration of God’s merciful love for sinners, to dance with joy to the music of the kingdom of God.
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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
Little children of Ireland have a lovely day to look forward to this week. The National day of Prayer for Children takes place on Friday, the 14th October.Organised by the Society for Missionary Children, the occasion gives children a good opportunity to think of those children who are less fortunate, to pray for those less […]
Sunday, 16th October, is the Sunday for our monthly Holy Hour in our parish church. We will focus our prayer on the parable of the persistent widow from Luke’s gospel, which is the gospel reading for next Sunday, and on a related passage in Luke’s gospel. Refreshments are available afterwards in the parish centre.
The next meeting of the Parish Pastoral Council will take place on Wednesday week, 19th October, at 7.30 pm in the Presbytery, 187 Clontarf Road. If there is any issue you would like raised at the meeting, please bring it to any member of the PPC. The current membership is: Fr John Callanan, Daniella Guascone, […]
The group of parents who volunteered to plan the special Family Masses of the Do this in Memory programme for the first communion children will be meeting on Monday, 17th October in the Parish Centre at 8.00 pm. We are very grateful to all the parents who came forward for this important ministry group. Your […]
The Sacrament of the Sick will be celebrated at the 11.15 am Mass on Sunday, October 9. If you know of any sick person who would like a lift to this Mass, please let contact the Parish Office, Fr Martin or Fr John and we will arrange for them to be collected.