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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
29th June, Solemnity of Saints Peter and Paul
The two saints whose feast we celebrate today were key members of the early church. Peter was the leader of the twelve. According to the gospel reading, it was to Peter that Jesus gave the keys of the kingdom of heaven, a symbol of Peter’s authoritative role in the early church. Paul never met Jesus before Jesus’ death. Whereas Jesus called Peter by the Sea of Galilee, it was the risen Lord who called Paul on his way into the city of Damascus. Whereas Jesus called Peter to be the authoritative rock on which he would build his church, the focal point of the church’s unity, the risen Lord called Paul to be the apostle to the pagans. Each of these great disciples had very different experiences of Jesus and each received a very different mission from Jesus. Yet, it is clear from today’s first reading and second reading that both Peter and Paul had one thing in common. They both suffered in the exercise of their mission. The first reading tells us that King Herod Agrippa imprisoned Peter and in the second reading Paul writes from prison to Timothy in the awareness that his life is coming to an end. Indeed, both men were executed because of their preaching of the gospel. The two basilicas of Saint Peter and Saint Paul in Rome today stand over their tombs and are places of pilgrimage. The particular way the Lord calls us to follow him will be unique to each one of us. Yet, what we can all have in common is a dedication to the Lord’s way, even though it may mean the way of the cross. When Peter and Paul took this way, they both discovered the Lord was supporting and sustaining them. Peter says in the first reading, ‘The Lord has saved me from Herod’, and Paul declares in the second reading, ‘The Lord stood by me and gave me power’. When we try to be faithful to the Lord’s way, we will make the same discovery of the Lord’s sustaining presence in our lives.
Saint John the Baptist Parish, Clontarf, Dublin, Ireland
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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
The next meeting of the Parish Pastoral Council is this Wednesday, 22nd March at 7.30 pm in the Parish Centre. If there are any issues you would like raised at the meeting, please mention them to any member of the PPC.
In co-operation with the organization Alone, we are trying to set up a befriending service in the parish. It is hoped that a small group of parishioners would liaise with Alone in making available a support person, trained and resourced by Alone, to parishioners who feel they could benefit from such a support person. If […]
There will be a joint three parish pilgrimage to Lourdes in September. For further details, please see the Notice on the Church Notice Board. If you would like to book, please contact Joe Walsh Tours and leave your name with the Parish Office.
The next meeting of the parish book club is on Thursday, 6th April in 187 Clontarf Road, at 7.30 pm. We are reading for this coming meeting, What is the point of being a Christian? by Timothy Radcliffe OP. We would welcome more members
There will be a Holy Hour in Saint John’s Church next Sunday, 26th March, at 7.30 pm. We will be reflecting on the gospel reading for that Sunday, Jesus’ healing of the man born blind in John’s gospel.