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


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Times of Holy Week Liturgies

 Holy Thursday, 18th April Morning Prayer at 10.00 am Confessions, 10.15 am to 11.00 am Family Mass at 5.00 pm Solemn Mass of the Lord’s Supper at 7.00 pm Holy Hour from 8.15 pm to 9.15 pm. Good Friday, 19th April Morning Prayer at 10.00 am Confessions, 10.15 am to...

Grant received for work on our Parish Church

We received good news from Dublin City Council recently. We have been offered a grant of €7,000 towards the proposed repair works on our parish church, under the Built Heritage Investment Scheme 2019. Every little helps!                  Fr Martin

Parish Volunteer Evening, Tuesday, 21st May

We will be having an evening to say thanks to all our parish volunteers on Tuesday, 21st May, at 7.30 pm in the Hall of Holy Faith School. A light warm meal will be served. Please keep the date free in your diaries. Everyone has enjoyed this gathering for the past two...

Ecumenical Sunrise Service, Easter Sunday morning

This year sunrise is just at 6.13 am, so we will be gathering at the Statue at the end of the Bull Wall at 6.00 am for our ecumenical prayer service next Sunday, 21st April. There will be representatives of the three Catholic parishes in Clontarf, as well as the...

Flowers for the Easter Garden

We would welcome donations of flowers for the Easter Garden. Our Lenten Garden in Saint Anthony’s chapel is visually very striking and many people have been drawn to it. Many thanks to Bernadette, Claire and Pauline for conceiving and executing it. With the help of...

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

Reflection on Today’s

Gospel Reading

Easter Monday

It has often struck me that in all of the gospels whereas men are largely to the fore in the story of Jesus’ passion and death, it is women who are to the fore in the story of Jesus’ resurrection. Nearly all of the men in the story of Jesus’ passion and death fare badly, whereas the women in the story of Jesus’ resurrection are portrayed in a very positive light. The strong association of women with Jesus’ resurrection reminds us that so often it is women who have proven to be the guardians and protectors of life. In Matthew’s gospel, a group of women are the first to hear the good news of Easter from an angel in the tomb of Jesus, ‘He is not here, for he has been raised’. It is to these women that the risen Lord first appears, as in our gospel reading. ‘The women came up to him and, falling down before him, clasped his feet’. It is these women who are the first to be sent by the risen Lord to proclaim the Easter gospel, ‘go and tell my brothers that they must leave for Galilee; they will see me there’. All of this is happening against the background of a group of men, chief priests and soldiers, conspiring together to spread a false story about Jesus’ disciples stealing his body during the night. Today’s gospel reading might prompt to thank God for all those women who, in our own lives, have revealed the risen Lord to us in a whole variety of ways. It is time that women’s profile in the Easter story was reflected more clearly by their profile in the structures of the church. All of us as followers of the Lord, men and women, have a vital role to play in proclaiming the Easter message of the triumph of life over death. We are all called to be life-givers in some way, people who care for and protect life, the life of each other, the life of the vulnerable, the life of our common home, our environment. This mission of proclaiming the Lord of life, the God of the living, by our lives is all the more vital in a world where the taking of life has become more commonplace, as is evidenced by the shooting of that young female journalist in Derry last week. The world needs the life proclaiming ministry of the risen Lord now more than ever.

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