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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Night Fever

Night Fever is an evening of prayer and outreach which is held in different countries including Ireland. Night Fever will be held in St John the Baptist parish on Friday the 28th June from 7.15-9pm. We are looking for volunteers to go out on the streets around the...

DCU Adult Faith Development Survey

Have your Say – What do Adults think – DCU Adult Faith Development survey is now live. Researchers at the Mater Dei Centre for Catholic Education (MDCCE) at Dublin City University are embarking on an exciting three-year project which aims to explore the nature, scope...

Kenya Orphan Aid Collection

This coming Sunday the outdoor collection will be in support of Kenya Orphan Aid, a charity that has been very close to the heart of parishioners here in Saint John the Baptist parish.

Holy Hour

The next Holy Hour will take place in our parish church on Sunday, 23rd June at 7.30 pm. The following day, 24th June, is the feast of the birth of Saint John the Baptist. We will be reflecting on two gospel passages relating to his ministry.

Annual Parish Fair

The annual Mid-Summer Fair and Raffle will take place in the Parish Centre on Sunday, 30th June, from 10am to 2pm, the Sunday after the parish feast of the birth of Saint John the Baptist on 24th June. Great stalls, cakes, Bric á Brac & Crafts. Bargains Galore....

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, Eleventh Week in Ordinary Time

In today’s gospel reading Jesus’ call on his disciples to ‘love your enemies and to pray for those who persecute you’ would have been shocking at the time. It retains its shock value today. Jesus is calling on his disciples, calling on us, to be loving people, full stop. We are to be as loving towards those who hate us and wish us harm as we are towards those who love us and wish us well. The kind of people we are is to be shaped not by how people relate to us but by how God relates to us and to all humankind, the God who causes his sun to shine on good and bad alike. There was a bishop in southern Mexico between 1960 and 2000, named Don Samuel Ruiz. He was well known for having empowered the indigenous people of his diocese and for his role as mediator in the conflict between the Zapatista rebels and the Mexican government. For this work, he had received many death threats. In an interview he gave before his death in 2011 he was asked how he had come to live so completely the command to love one’s enemies, when he had so many. He replied, ‘I have no enemies. There are some who want to make themselves enemy to me, but I have no enemies’. Here was certainly someone who related to people out of something much deeper than how they related to him; he related to all, even his enemies, with a divine kind of love. He lived to the full the calling of Jesus at the end of today’s gospel reading to be perfect as our heavenly Father is perfect.

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