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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
Monday, Twenty Ninth Week in Ordinary Time
The parable Jesus tells in today’s gospel reading is the story of a man who sought to make his life secure by holding on to and enhancing what he owns. At the beginning of the story he is already a rich man; he has more than he needs. When he has an even bigger harvest than expected, his only problem is how to store this unexpected bonus. The answer he comes up with is to tear down his perfectly good barns and to build bigger ones. His preoccupation with storing his surplus blinds him to other more important considerations, such as, ‘What might God be asking me to do with my surplus?’ ‘How can I serve others with this surplus?’ He was looking for security in the wrong place. He thought that a greater abundance of possessions would make his life more secure. However, death came to him in the midst of his abundance; his life could not be secured in the way he thought. Jesus is saying to us that what makes our life really secure is making ourselves rich in the sight of God. We become rich in the sight of God by recognizing that all we have is ultimately a gift from God to be shared with others. God graces us so that we in turn can grace others. If we make ourselves rich in the sight of God by living generously out of the abundance that God has given us, then our lives will be truly secure with a security that endures beyond this earthly life into eternity.
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
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
On Sunday, 11th November, we will have our annual parish Mass at 5.30 pm to remember in a special way all who have been buried from our parish church in the past year. Their relatives and friends will receive a personal invitation to this Mass. All parishioners who have lost a loved one at any […]
The Lectio Divina Prayer group meets in the oratory of the Holy Faith sisters in the basement of 182 Clontarf Road every Tuesday at 8.00 pm. Lectio Divina means ‘Sacred Reading’. The gospel reading for the following Sunday is read and the group reflect quietly on how it may be speaking to them. There is […]
Fr Alan Hilliard, a priest of the Diocese of Dublin, has written a short commentary on the Pope’s recent apostolic letter on the call to holiness. He will preach on this significant letter at the 10.00 am and 12.00 pm Masses on Sunday, 4th November, and he will offer us a fuller insight into the […]
The next meeting of the Parish Film Club is this coming Thursday, 18th October, in the Parish Centre at 7.30 pm. We will be showing the film Ladies in Lavender, starring Judy Dench, Maggie Smith and Daniel Brühl. Aging sisters Ursula and Janet discover a young man near death on the beach by their home […]
The next meeting of the Parish Book Club is on Thursday, 25th October, in the Parish Centre at 7.30 pm. The title of the book we are reading this month is ‘The Quiet Revolution of Pope Francis’ by Fr Gerry O’Hanlon SJ, a theologian and former Provincial of the Irish Jesuits. He has written extensively […]