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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
22 February, Feast of the chair of Peter
Today’s feast, ‘The Chair of St Peter’ is an ancient feast that has been kept at Rome since the fourth century; it celebrates the role of the Bishop of Rome as a symbol of unity for all Christians. In the gospel reading, Simon Peter is singled out as the Rock on which Jesus wants to build his church. In his first letter to the Corinthians, Paul identifies Jesus as the foundation on which the church is built, and he declares that no one can lay any other foundation. Yet, here in Matthew’s gospel, Jesus identifies Peter as the rock, the foundation, on which the church is built. How can Matthew and Paul be reconciled? In the gospel reading, although Jesus singles out Peter as the rock on which the church is built, Jesus refers to the church as ‘my church’. The church is the church of Jesus; it is not the church of Peter or of anybody else. If Peter is the rock on which Jesus’ church is built, he is so as the representative of Jesus, the true rock. His calling is to represent Jesus, to embody Jesus, in a unique way, to provide for Jesus’ church. That is the special calling of every bishop of Rome, every Pope, since the time of Peter. Anyone who knows anything about church history will be aware that not every Pope has lived up to that very special and challenging calling. Indeed, Peter himself was far from perfect, denying Jesus three times. Yet, the gospels show that after rising from the dead Jesus kept faith with Peter. It seems that Jesus is content to entrust great responsibility for his church to those who are prone to failure. Our present Pope Francis has a deep sense of himself as a loved and forgiven sinner. That is true of all of us. As loved sinners, we each have a vital role to play in the Lord’s church.
Fr Martin Hogan
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
This gathering has resumed from 10.30am to 12.30pm in the parish centre. All are welcome to drop in for a chat over a cuppa. Donations of wool would be very gratefully received. The wool is used to knit small blankets for stillborn babies and also to knit Easter Chicks for the Hospice Foundation. Please contact […]
The first of two outdoor collections for parish funds this calendar year will take place after all the Masses this weekend. We have a number of important projects in the pipeline, including insulating the roof of the, upgrading our CCTV cameras and upgrading the alarm system.
The Cluster Group with representatives from the three Clontarf Parishes have organized an evening in Manresa House on Thursday week, March 9, to be given by Fr Peter McVerry SJ on the topic: ‘The scandal of homelessness: How can we respond as a Christian community?’
A programme entitled, Ignatius of Loyola for today. Following Jesus day by day, will be offered in the Parish Centre, Saint John the Baptist Church, Clontarf Road, for the five Thursdays of March, 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30 from 7.30 to 8.45 pm. The director of the programme is Fr Donal Neary S.J. Fr […]
The season of Lent begins this Wednesday, March 1. As well as the usual 10.00 am Mass, there will be an evening Mass at 6.00 pm. Ashes will be distributed at both Masses. Ash Wednesday is a day of fast and abstinence.