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Zoom Prayer Meeting

The Zoom prayer meeting begins again on Thursday, 15th April at 7.30 pm. It is based on the gospel reading for the following Sunday. If you would like to attend, please email the parish office and we will send you on the Zoom link.

Using the Webcam to keep in touch: Important notes

You can view the webcam via our parish website www.stjohnsclontarf.ie Alternatively go to www.churchmedia.tv You can view the webcam on any mobile device. Should you have issues on devices such as Ipad/Tablet please use Google Chrome as your browser to view the webcam...

Parish Pastoral Council Meeting

The next meeting of the PPC takes place on Monday, 19th April, at 7.30 p.m. via Zoom. If any parishioner would like to place an item on the Agenda, please mention it to Fr. Martin, Fr. John, Liam Nolan, the chairperson, or to any other member of the PPC.

Parish Holy Hour

The next hour of prayer before the Blessed Sacrament will take place on Sunday, 18th April, at 7.30 pm, and will be accessible via the Parish Web Cam. We will be reflecting on the inspiring Easter story of the journey to Emmaus from Luke chapter 24.

Reflection on Today’s

Gospel Reading

Saturday, Second Week of Easter

There is a sense in which we are always trying to get to the other side, like the disciples in the boat who were trying to reach the other side of the Sea of Galilee. We often feel the call to move beyond where we are, to reach for a different shore. However, once we set out for that other side, we often find ourselves struggling, like the disciples. In the gospel reading, darkness came over the disciples in the boat, and they found themselves facing into a strong wind and having to sail through a sea that was getting rougher. Whenever we take on some new enterprise, or go in a new direction of some kind, we will sometimes find ourselves battling with the equivalent of a strong wind and a rough sea, perhaps with a kind of darkness coming over us. It was at that moment when they were battling with the elements in the darkness that the disciples saw Jesus coming towards the boat, saying to them, ‘It is I. Do not be afraid’. The Lord comes to us all in our moments of struggle, when we sense our vulnerability, our frailty, when a darkness of spirit threatens to engulf us. That may have been the experience of many during these Covid times. The Lord is there with us at those moments in all his risen power, calling on us not to be afraid but to trust in his presence. Once the risen Lord spoke to the disciples, they seem to have reached the shore they were making for immediately. The Lord’s presence to us and our awareness of his presence always makes the journey to the other side, the far shore, seem that bit shorter. Like Saint Paul, we can find ourselves saying, ‘I can do all things through him who strengthens me’.

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