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.

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Parish Pastoral Council Meeting

The next meeting of the Parish Pastoral Council takes place on Monday, 21st October, at 7.30 pm in the Parish Centre. If any parishioner would like to place an item on the Agenda, please mention it to Fr. Martin, Fr. John, Liam Nolan, the chairperson, or to any other...

Moderator of the three Clontarf/Dollymount parishes

Archbishop Diarmuid Martin has accepted the resignation of Fr Pat McManus as Moderator of the Parishes of St Anthony, St Gabriel and St John the Baptist, and he has appointed Fr Martin as Moderator, effective 12th/13th October 2019. Fr Pat will continue to serve as a...

Holy Hour, 20th October

The next Parish Holy Hour will be celebrated on Sunday, 20th October, at 7.30 pm in our parish church. Our prayerful reflection will be based on two gospel passages from Luke, one of which is the gospel reading for that Sunday. This is a good opportunity for a moment...

Parish Film Club

The next meeting of the Parish Film Club takes place on Thursday, 24th October, at 7.30 pm in the Parish Centre. We will be showing the 1954 film, ‘Rear Window’, directed by Alfred Hitchcock and starring James Stewart and Grace Kelly. A recuperating news photographer...

Catholic Truth Society Stall

As you may be aware, we have a Catholic Truth Society stall at the back of the house. In the past few days it has been refilled with some excellent publications, each costing the small sum of €2.50. The aim of the CTS is to spread the Catholic faith through the...

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

Tuesday, Twenty Eighth Week in Ordinary Time

We have become more aware in recent times of the damage we are doing to the environment. Pope Francis has written a wonderful encyclical on care for our common home. The Scriptures often celebrate the created world as a revelation of God. A glimpse of God can be caught in the natural world that God has created. A little booklet has been written by an Irish Jesuit entitled, ‘Seeing God in a leaf’. That understanding of creation is present both in today’s first reading and in the psalm. The responsorial psalm declares that the heavens proclaim the glory of God and the firmament shows forth the work of God’s hands. According to today’s first reading from Paul’s letter to the Romans, ‘ever since God created he world, his everlasting power and deity … have been there to see in the things he has made’. There is an understanding of the world here which invites us to look deeper than the surface of created things, seeing beyond creation to the Creator. Many poets have had that contemplative view of nature. I am fond of the poem of Joseph Mary Plunkett which begins, ‘I see his blood upon the rose, and in the stars the glory of his eyes’. In the gospel reading, Jesus challenges his host to see deeper, in a different sense. The Pharisee who invited Jesus to his table was preoccupied with the fact that Jesus did not observe traditional Jewish washings before eating. Jesus declares that such external cleanliness is a symbol of a deeper form of cleanliness of mind and heart. What is within is more important than externals. The heart is where God wants to reside and that is what we need to get right. As Jesus says in one of the beatitudes, ‘blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God’.

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