Welcome to our website

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

Saturday, Eleventh Week in Ordinary Time

We all have worries and anxieties and preoccupations. It is part and parcel of living. In the gospel reading, Jesus suggests that there needs to be a sense of proportion about our anxieties. We need to be more preoccupied about what is more important and less preoccupied about what is less important. What is most important is what Jesus refers to in the gospel reading as the kingdom of God and his righteousness. We are to set our hearts on those realities first. In comparison to those realities the material needs of life for food and clothing are much less important. What Jesus says here corresponds to the prayer that he gave his disciples to pray, where we are taught to pray first for the coming of God’s kingdom and that God’s will would be done on earth as in heaven, and only then to pray for our own material needs, our daily bread. What Jesus refers to in the gospel reading as God’s righteousness is simply another way of referring to the doing of God’s will. If everyone did God’s will on earth, as it is done in heaven, then the kingdom of God would be fully present on earth. It is clear what Jesus’ own priorities are and he wants us to make his priorities our own. Our primary preoccupation is to be the seeking and doing of God’s will. This priority of Jesus is there again in the Beatitudes, ‘blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness’. If we were to ask ‘What does doing God’s will mean?’ Jesus would point to himself, and he would say to us, ‘Learn from me’. He is the one human being in whom God’s will was done on earth as it is in heaven.

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

World Youth Day, Panama, January 22-27, 2019

Pope Francis has invited young people from all over the world to join him in Panama for World Youth Day, 2019. The theme will be “I am the servant of the Lord. May it be done to me according to your word” (Luke 1:38).  The Dublin diocesan travel dates are 18 – 30 January 2019. We are […]

World Meeting of Families, Final Mass in Phoenix Park

Those who wish to attend the Mass in the Phoenix Park with the Pope on Sunday, 26th August, will need a ticket for access. These tickets are free and can be booked on the World Meeting of Families website from Monday, 25th June, www.worldmeeting2018.ie Tickets will be emailed at a later date and can be […]

Annual Parish Fair

The annual Mid-Summer Fair and Raffle takes place in the Parish Centre on Sunday 1st July from 10am to 2pm. Great stalls, cakes, Bric á Brac & Crafts. Bargains Galore. Please support this great event.

General Data Protection Regulation

A new European Data Protection law, the General Data Protection Regulation (“GDPR”), is being introduced on 25 May 2018.  This new law applies to any organisation, including our parish that manages and processes people’s personal information.  We are now working on ways of ensuring that what we do with your information is compliant with this […]

Men’s Sheds

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.