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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, Third Week of Lent
It is always an inspiration to meet people who recognize the good in others, while not being blind to their failings. They have an eye for the presence of God in the lives of others. They can perceive the ‘finger of God’ at work there, in the image of today’s gospel reading. As a result, the good that is there is affirmed and strengthened. In contrast, it can be very dispiriting to be in the company of someone who can only see the negative in the life of someone else. The exclusive focus on what is wrong makes them blind, and can make others blind, to the good that is also there. An extreme example of this kind of seeing is to be found in today’s gospel reading. Jesus had healed someone with a speech impediment and some people concluded that this showed the working of Beelzebul or Satan in Jesus’ life. If the finger of God could be seen anywhere, it was in the ministry of Jesus, and, yet, these people were blind to it. It is often the case that we see what we want to see rather than seeing what is really there, because to see what is really there would be to allow our basic assumptions to be challenged. At the end of the gospel reading Jesus calls on us to be with him in a wholehearted way, ‘he who is not with me is against me’. Being with Jesus entails seeing with his eyes, recognizing the finger of God even in places and people where it seems absent.
Saint John the Baptist Parish, Clontarf, Dublin, Ireland
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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
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.