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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

Tuesday, Twenty Ninth Week in Ordinary Time

The gospel reading today calls on us to be alert to the Lord’s coming and his presence. It is a call to be faithful, to be found attentive to the Lord, whenever the Lord comes and knocks. We think of the Lord coming at the end of our lives, but there is a sense in which the Lord comes and knocks on the door of our lives every day. In the book of Revelation the risen Lord says, ‘Behold I stand at the door and knock’. The Lord comes to us in and through the people and events that make up our day. If we are attentive and alert to the Lord’s daily coming, we will be alert to his coming to us at the end of our lives. There is an extraordinary reversal of roles in the gospel reading. The Lord who finds his servants faithfully watching and waiting becomes their servant, putting an apron on himself, sitting his servants down at table, and waiting on them. It would have been unheard of in that culture for a master to behave like a servant towards his servants, treating them effectively as if they were the master. Jesus is saying to us that if we are faithful to him, if we are attentive to the various ways that he comes and knocks on the door of our lives, he will serve us in ways that will amaze us. In giving to the Lord, we will receive from him in greater abundance.

Fr Martin Hogan

Saint John the Baptist Parish, Clontarf, Dublin, Ireland

Parish Website:  www.stjohnsclontarf.ie Join us via our webcam

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Mass Times

Weekend Masses:  

Saturday: 6pm

Sunday: 10.00 am, 12:00 pm

Weekday Masses:

Monday to Saturday: 10am

Sacrament of Baptism:

Second Sunday of the month: 12.00pm 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

Holy Hour:

3rd Sunday of the month 7.30pm

Parish Events

Collection for Parish Funds, Sunday, 15th October

We have two outdoor collections a year to support the day to day running expenses of the parish. The second collection this year will take place after all the Masses this Sunday. As you are aware, both indoor collections taken up at Mass go to the Diocese and not the parish, as do the Christmas […]

A Christian View of Animal Welfare: Pope Francis’ letter on the environment

Chris Fegan, General secretary of the UK organization Catholic Concern for Animals (www.catholic-animals.com) will give a short talk and lead a discussion on “Laudato Si and the Christian approach to Animal Welfare” at St. John the Baptist Parish Centre, Clontarf Road on Thursday 2nd November, at 4.30 p.m.

Holy Hour, Sunday, 15th October

There will be a Holy Hour this Sunday, 15th October, in Saint John the Baptist church, Clontarf Road, at 7.30 pm. Light refreshments will be served afterwards in the Parish Centre. We are reflecting on two passages from Matthew’s gospel, the gospel of this liturgical year.

Ecumenical Bible Study Group, Wednesday, 18th October

This group will meet again this Wednesday, 18th October, in our own parish centre at 7.30 pm. We will meet in the parish centre, Seafield Road, on 1st November. There is no meeting on 25th October. This year we are exploring the Book of Psalms from the Jewish Scriptures. It will be an opportunity to […]

Programme for young people

We are running a programme for young people based on a new resource called NUA, which has been authorized by the Diocese. ‘NUA’ is a series of eight short films which will help and equip young people to take an honest look at the questions they have about Jesus, the Bible and what it means […]