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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, Seventh Week in Ordinary Time
We can easily find ourselves identifying with the father of the disturbed boy in today’s gospel reading. His prayer comes easily to us, ‘I do have faith. Help the little faith I have’. We can all be aware that we have faith in the Lord, but that it is not all it could be. We sense that we have a relationship with the Lord, but that it has a long way to go. We recognize that in some ways we live as the Lord’s followers, but in other ways we do not. We are a work in progress. We reveal the Lord’s love to people in various ways, but then we have moments when we speak and act in ways which display more self-love than love of others or love of the Lord. We can easily get discouraged by those moments of personal failure. When we don’t live up to the ideals we have for ourselves, we can easily get very down. We can allow our failures to define us. We forget the first part of the father’s prayer, ‘I do have faith’, and become focused only on our ‘little faith’. Another way of saying that is that we become very aware that we have sinned but forget that we are a loved sinner. At those times when we are tempted to focus only on how we have failed, how we are lacking, we need to keep turning from ourselves towards the Lord. In the gospel reading, Jesus’ disciples failed to help the father’s seriously disturbed son. Jesus did not rebuke the disciples for their failure, but, rather, he called them to prayer. ‘That is the kind that can only be driven out by prayer’. In prayer we turn towards the Lord in our weakness and we discover his strength in our weakness.
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, 27th May, we will be looking for volunteers to replenish the ranks of our various parish ministries. We need more Ministers of the Eucharist, some new members for the Baptism Team and some musicians to play at the Sunday Family Mass. The Finance Committee needs someone with an accountancy background. These are just […]
Our annual Ecumenical Walk around the six Clontarf churches takes place this Pentecost Sunday, starting at the Presbyterian church on the corner of Howth Road at 2.30 pm and concluding in Saint Gabriel’s church. There will be a moment of prayer in each of the six churches. This is an opportunity to express our unity […]
Tickets for the World Meeting of Families events in the RDS are now on sale through www.worldmeeting2018.ie/tickets You may purchase a one day or a three-day ticket. This ticket will also give you access to Saturday’s Festival of Families in Croke Park and to the Mass on Sunday in the Phoenix Park. Tickets just for […]
We are all very aware of the momentous decision we will be asked to make on Friday, 25th May. We need to make as informed a decision as possible. There will be an evening in our parish centre at 7.30 pm on Thursday, 17th May, focusing on the issues raised by the forthcoming referendum. Three […]
This group meets every Tuesday morning at 10.45 am in the Parish Centre. It is a great opportunity for men to come together and serve the parish community and the wider community with their energy, enthusiasm and gifts. There is also a very worthwhile social dimension to it for all involved.