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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.

Fr Martin

Reflection on Today's Gospel Reading

19th December

Yesterday’s gospel reading from Matthew was the story of the annunciation of the birth of Jesus to Joseph. Today’s gospel reading from Luke is the story of the annunciation of the birth of John the Baptist to Zechariah. Joseph was a carpenter in the small village of Nazareth in Galilee. Zechariah was a priest who was carrying out his duties in the Temple of Jerusalem. The Lord spoke to both of these men as they went about their very different tasks. The Lord always meets us where we are, wherever that is. Although a priest, familiar with the world of the sacred, Zechariah’s response to God’s messenger was one of disbelief. As the angel Gabriel declared to him, ‘you have not believed my words’. Zechariah was rendered dumb, as if to indicate that this experience left him speechless. It was such a mysterious experience that he could say nothing about it to anyone. Some months later when his child was born and he had started to come to terms with the mystery of it all, he would speak, and, how he would speak! He would burst forth in the praise of God, in the wonderful prayer that we have come to call the Benedictus and that has become part of the morning prayer of the church. Sometimes, the Lord can touch our lives in very mysterious ways, in ways that leave us speechless. We struggle to put words on the experience. Saint Paul once referred to some mystical experience in which ‘he heard things that are not to be told, that no mortal is permitted to repeat’. Silence is often the only response we can make to the Lord touching our lives in some mysterious way. Like Zechariah, it is only over time that we may find words to proclaim such experiences to God and to others.

Saint John the Baptist Parish, Clontarf, Dublin, Ireland

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Mass Times

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

Parish Events

Belgrove Infant Girls’ School Enrollment Policy

Belgrove Infant Girls’ School The closing date for Junior Infants 2019 is 22 February 2019. Application forms are available on the school website or can be collected from the school office. In accordance with the updated Education (Admissions to Schools) Act 2018, the new admission criteria are as follows: Category 1 · Girls resident in […]

Christmas Penitential Service

This Christmas, the Penitential Service for the three parishes will be celebrated in our own parish church on Tuesday, 18th December, at 7.30 pm. It is a very good opportunity to celebrate the Sacrament of Reconciliation as part of our spiritual preparation for Christmas.

Carol Service

The parish Christmas Carol Service will be celebrated this Sunday, 16th December, at 4.00 pm. The choir have been preparing for this event for some weeks now. We thank them for all their work and we hope there will be a good gathering on the day.

Children’s Choir and String Orchestra

Marysol, a parishioner from Brazil, who plays the violin at the Family Mass, is forming a children’s choir and a children’s string orchestra. Rehearsals for the children’s choir take place in the Parish Centre every Friday at 5.30 pm and, immediately afterwards at 6.15 pm, rehearsals for the children’s string orchestra. If parents would like […]

Parish trip to Rome and Assisi: New dates

We are exploring the possibility of organizing a parish trip to Rome and Assisi from June 11 to 18, 2019. Some details of the proposed trip are available on the Parish Notice Board. We would like to gauge the level of interest in such a trip. If you are interested, please put your name and […]