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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

Tuesday, Seventh Week in Ordinary Time

There are times in all our lives when, looking back, we say to ourselves, ‘That wasn’t my best moment. My response to that situation or person left a lot to be desired’. Such a realization can easily leave us feeling very discouraged and downhearted. We can find it hard to lift ourselves up again. At such times, the final words of James in today’s first reading might speak to us, ‘Humble yourselves before the Lord and he will lift you up’. In times of personal failure and weakness, the Lord can lift us up if we turn to him. Whereas we can easily focus just on our failure, the Lord sees us with more generous eyes. Whereas we can engage in self-condemnation, the Lord invites us to learn from the experience and to move on, to grow in our relationship with him, through this painful experience of failure. When we look at Jesus’ first disciples in our gospel reading, I think we can say of them, ‘That wasn’t their best moment’. Jesus had just told them how he would be delivered into the hands of men who would put him to death; he would end up as one of the least. Immediately, the disciples begin to argue as to which of them is the greatest. Jesus did not rebuke his failing disciples, but patiently began to instruct them so that they could learn from this experience of failure. Jesus explained to them that becoming first or great in his community involves becoming the servant of others, and, especially, the servant of the most vulnerable, symbolized by the child. The disciples had much to learn. We all have much to learn when it comes to following the Lord, but, at least, we have a patient teacher who sees who we can become and works to bring us there.

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

Volunteering Sunday

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 […]

Ecumenical Walk, Pentecost Sunday, 20th May

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 Pope’s visit to Ireland

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 […]

Evening in preparation for the forthcoming vote on the 8th amendment

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 […]

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.