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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Sacraments Survey

Many people from our parish and schools will have participated in the online survey on the Sacraments organized by the Diocese. The 1,800 responses from across the Diocese have been collated and a meeting has been planned for all those who participated in the survey,...

Book Launch, Thursday, 30th May

One of our parishioners, Bill Hogan, has just published a book entitled, A different Dublin, 1960s through the Lens. It is a collection of breathtaking photographs of Dublin in 1960s, portraying emotional, moving moments and quirky glimpses into the everyday lives of...

Prayers for those doing exams

If you would like to pray for someone doing an examination in the coming weeks, please write their name on a piece of paper and place it in the box beside the old pulpit in the church. We will remember all the names at our Masses during the week.

The Eucharist, What do we believe? Wednesday, 22nd May

There will be a talk in the Parish Centre on Wednesday week, 22nd May, at 7.30 pm, entitled, The Eucharist: What do we believe? It will be given by Dr. Fáinche Ryan who is the current Director of the Loyola Institute, Trinity College. Fáinche was Tutor in Theology at...

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

Friday, Fifth Week of Easter

The ministry of encouragement is a very important one in the church. It is one we are all called to engage in. We find that ministry at work in the early church in today’s first reading. The members of the church in Antioch were mostly of pagan background. They had been disturbed by other members of the church whose background was Jewish; they felt pressured to submit to certain aspects of the Jewish Law. As a result, the leaders of the church in Jerusalem wrote a letter to the members of the church of Antioch of pagan background. According to our reading, when the church in Antioch read this letter, they were delighted with the encouragement it gave them. They had been unnecessarily disturbed by some and now they were greatly encouraged by this letter from the leaders of the Jerusalem church. Encouraging one another on the journey of faith is one expression of the commandment of Jesus in the gospel reading to ‘love one another, as I have loved you’. Jesus refers to this love as the love of friendship. Jesus has befriended us by laying down his life for us, by revealing God to us, and now he calls on his disciples, on us, to befriend one another as he has befriended us. We have an image here of the church as a community of friends, a community of believers who love one another as the Lord loves us, who encourage one another as the Lord keeps encouraging us. There are many ways of thinking about the church; there are many models or images of the church. However, I have always found that image of church as a community of friends to be one of the most appealing of all.

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