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


Watch Us Live

Sacred Space

Parish Events

& Mass Times

Sign of Peace

The sign of peace is a moment when we become aware of one another as members of the body of Christ in need of his peace, before receiving the body of Christ in the Eucharist. Many parishioners prefer to wish others the Lord’s peace by means of a simple bow rather than...

Parish Pastoral Council report

Some of the items discussed at the recent PPC meeting on Monday, 20th January included the following: 1. We looked at the need to train suitable parishioners to pray the prayers at the graveside at a funeral in the absence of a priest; 2. We agreed to make a fresh...

Full programme of Six Lenten talks: Reflecting on our faith

Fr. Joe McCann, Science and Religion: The priest who discovered the “Big Bang”; Wednesday, 19th February, 7.30 pm, Saint John the Baptist Parish Centre. Fr Joe McCann CM is a retired lecturer from Saint Patrick’s Training College, Drumcondra, now living in the...

Renovation work on church

We sincerely regret the inconvenience to you during the current works. These works are critical to the long-term future of our beautiful Church. The works will likely continue for most of the present year. We intend if at all possible to keep the Church open for...

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, Third Week in Ordinary Time

The bringing of the ark of God, or the Ark of the Covenant, in procession to Jerusalem was a very significant event for the people of Israel under their king, David. The ark of God was a container which held the two tablets of stone on which the Ten Commandments were written. On Mount Sinai, God had promised the people of Israel that he would be their God, and they in turn promised God that they would be his people by living according to the Ten Commandments. This container with its contents symbolized God’s covenant with his people and theirs with him. It embodied God’s choice of the people of Israel in the service of all humanity. As the ark of God is brought to the citadel of David in Jerusalem, it is celebrated with elements with which we are very family from our own liturgy, especially the Eucharist. There is music and song, there is sacrifice and there is communion, the sharing of food. At every Eucharist, we generally have some singing. At every Eucharist, the sacrifice of Christ on the cross, his loving surrender to God and to humanity on Calvary, is sacramentally present to us. At every Eucharist, we enter into communion with the Lord as Bread of Life and with each other. So much of our faith has deep roots in the religion of Israel. In the gospel reading we have another element that is central to our Eucharist, the ministry of the word. Jesus is in a house in Capernaum with people sitting around him listening to him preaching, proclaiming God’s word, God’s will. He identifies those sitting around him as his brothers and sisters and mother, his new spiritual family. We all belong to that family and at the Eucharist we both celebrate and consolidate our belonging to the Lord’s family.

Parish Website:  www.stjbclontarf.ie   Join us via our webcam
Twitter:  @SJtBClontarf RC
Facebook: @SJtBClontarf
Tumbler: St-John-the-baptist-Clontarf-Rd