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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
Thursday, Second Week in Ordinary Time (Year 2)
According to today’s gospel reading, ‘all who were afflicted in any way were crowding forward to touch’ Jesus. People wanted to get as close as possible to Jesus because they recognized God’s life-giving power at work in his ministry. They recognized Jesus as the Life-Giver, as one who could heal their brokenness. In the first reading, Saul, the first king of Israel, takes on the opposite role to that of Jesus. Far from being a life-giver, he shows himself to be a death-dealer. He grew jealous of the young David’s success on the battlefield, especially when people began to compare David’s successes favourable to Saul’s. The jealousy of Saul fuelled his anger, and his anger led him to resolve to kill David. It took Jonathan, Saul’s son, to restrain Saul’s murderous intent. We are told that Jonathan held David in great affection. Jonathan’s affection for David was a truly life-giving power. Because of Jonathan’s affection, David was preserved from Saul’s murderous intent. In this way, Jonathan showed that he possessed something of the life-giving quality of Jesus. There are many Sauls in our world who are driven by jealousy and anger to bring death to others. There are also Jesus figures to be found, like Jonathan, who bring life to those who are threatened by death. We are all called to share in Jesus’ life-giving ministry. As in the case of Jonathan, that will often mean having the courage to stand up to the forces of death.
Saint John the Baptist Parish, Clontarf, Dublin, Ireland
Parish Website: www.stjohnsclontarf.ie Join us via our webcam
Sunday: 10.00 am, 12:00 pm
Monday to Saturday: 10am
6.00 pm Vigil Mass and 10.00am Mass.
Sacrament of Baptism:
Second Sunday of the month: 11.00am 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 Book Club is on Thursday, January 25, at 7.30 pm, in the Parish Centre. We are reading How we killed God and other tales of modern Ireland by David Quinn, one of the country’s best-known commentators on religious and social affairs, and one of our own parishioners. Congratulations to […]
On Sunday, December 31 and January 7, the 10.00 am Mass will not be the usual Family Mass. The Family Mass team are taking a well-deserved break after Christmas. I would like to take this opportunity to thank the Family Mass team for their great service to the children who come to the 10.00 […]
A few weeks ago, the Parish Justice and Peace group hosted the film, ‘Lady in a Van’, in the Parish Centre. A great crowd turned up to see a wonderful film. People were invited to make a donation as they left, which would go towards the Capuchin Day Centre in Church Street. Almost €950 was […]
This Christmas, the Penitential Service for the three parishes will be celebrated in Saint Anthony’s church this Tuesday, 19th December, at 7.30 pm. It is a very good opportunity to celebrate the Sacrament of Reconciliation as part of our spiritual preparation for Christmas.
Every Christmas the children act out the Christmas gospel at the 6.00 pm Mass on Christmas eve night and the 10.00 am Mass on Christmas morning. They dress up as Mary, Joseph, angels and shepherds. It is always very special. There is a practice for the children who wish to be involved in the pageant […]