Welcome to our website

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

Saturday, First Week of Lent

Occasionally we come across people who have taken Jesus’ teaching in today’s gospel reading to heart and have lived it out. They have suffered at the hands of their enemies, those who hate them and reject all they stand for. Yet, they appear to hold no bitterness towards those who have persecuted them. They have no desire to inflict on their enemy what their enemy has inflicted on them. They wish their enemy well and pray to God for their enemy’s present and ultimate well-being. Whenever we come across such people, we feel a profound respect and admiration for them. We know that there is something remarkable about their attitude. We sense that it demonstrates what is best in human nature. We feel ennobled and empowered by such people. The teaching of Jesus in the gospel reading to love our enemy and pray for them can seem very unrealistic, but, when we see the Lord’s teaching take flesh in a human life, we recognize its value, we sense its attractiveness. It has been said that if we can learn to love our enemy, then no one is beyond our love. Jesus identifies the love that he calls for as a divine love. If you love like this, Jesus says, you will be like your Father in heaven. Saint Paul says that God demonstrates his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. The cross reveals God’s love even for his enemies. If something of this divine love can be in our lives, through the power of the Spirit, then we will indeed show ourselves to be sons and daughters of God.

Saint John the Baptist Parish, Clontarf, Dublin, Ireland

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Mass Times

Weekend Masses:  

Saturday: 6pm

Sunday: 10.00 am, 12:00 pm

Weekday Masses:

Monday to Saturday: 10am

Holy Days:

6.00 pm Vigil Mass and 10.00am Mass.

Sacrament of Baptism:

Second Sunday of the month: 11.00am

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

Ecumenical Bible Study Group

The next meeting of our ecumenical bible study group is on Wednesday, 21st February, in the Parish Centre, Saint John the Baptist, Seafield Road. The following meeting is on Wednesday, 7th March, in our own Parish Centre. This Lent we will be looking at a section of the Jewish Scriptures known as the Wisdom Literature. […]

Trócaire Romero Family Award

Trócaire has collaborated with the World Meeting of Families to produce a resource specifically for families. This award aims to help Irish families as they make their pilgrimage towards the World Meeting of Families in Dublin in August. In the church porches you will find colourful bookmarks with information about the Trócaire Romero Family Award. […]

PATRICK WAS A REFUGEE: Welcoming the stranger

On Thursday, 22nd March, at 7.30 p.m. in St John’s Parish Centre, Clontarf Road, there will be an evening consisting of presentations and discussion on issues faced by Refugees and Asylum Seekers in Ireland. Speakers include Tian Yu Lloyd of City of Sanctuary (www.cityofsanctuary.org), Nick Henderson, CEO, Irish Refugee Council (www.irishrefugeecouncil.ie) and Peter Sheekey who […]

‘Hosanna!’, an exciting parish fund-raising concert

Habemus, a Dublin based chamber choir, are performing an evening of song entitled ‘Hosanna’ in our parish church on Saturday 24th March at 7.30pm. Habemus is a chamber choir full of professional and semi-professional singers, brought together with a shared passion for a wide range of musical styles. The concert will be a celebration of song, […]

‘Men’s Sheds’ Group

The Wednesday Craft and Coffee morning is in full swing in the Parish centre after the 10am Mass. It is a time for all to gather for a coffee/tea and to meet other members of the community for a chat. The Wednesday group is trying to organise a mini “Men’s Sheds” in the Parish Centre […]