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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

Thursday, Fifteenth Week in Ordinary Time

Today’s gospel reading has spoken very personally to believers of every generation. There is something about that invitation of Jesus, ‘Come to me, all you who labour and are overburdened’, that makes us feel it is addressed to each one of us personally. In its original setting, Jesus was addressing himself to those who had come to feel overburdened by the very strict interpretation of the Jewish Law that the religious authorities were attempting to impose on them. However, that invitation of Jesus speaks to us all whenever we feel burdened for whatever reason. As we hear Jesus’ invitation, ‘Come to me’, and respond to it, we also hear the promise that he makes to us, ‘I will give you rest’. When we hear the word ‘rest’ the experience of sleep might come to mind, or, at least, inactivity. However, on the lips of Jesus, the word ‘rest’ would suggest the experience of suddenly coming upon an oasis of refreshment, having travelled through a desert terrain. It is the experience that is referred to in the Psalm, ‘the Lord is my Shepherd’, ‘near restful waters he leads me to revive my drooping spirit’. The Lord is promising that if we come to him, we will experience a renewal of our spirits, a greater fullness of life, which is a foretaste of that fullness of life, that eternal rest, that awaits us beyond this earthly life. Jesus speaks of himself as gentle and humble in heart, qualities that will prove truly refreshing and life-giving for those who labour and are overburdened. Of course, Jesus’ way of life is demanding, but Jesus is suggesting that it is not burdensome because he travels this way with us. He calls us to walk in his way out of the strength we receive from deeply personal relationship he desires to have with each one of us.

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

Ministers of the Eucharist for the Papal Mass in the Phoenix Park

The parish Ministers of the Eucharist will have received an email from Mary Costello, who co-ordinates the rota, forwarding an email from the World Meeting of Families Office. As you can imagine, a huge number of Ministers of the Eucharist will be needed for the Papal Mass. Hopefully, the email from the World Meeting of […]

Parish Fair

The Annual Parish Fair on the weekend of 1st July raised the sum of €1,600 towards parish funds. Many thanks to Bernadette and her team for organizing this lovely event and to all the parishioners who supported it by dropping by and making a purchase.

Pathways: Exploring Faith and Ministry Programme

Pathways is a two-year, one evening a week, Adult Faith Development course on Thursday evenings in Holy Cross College, Clonliffe Road. September to May (7.00 p.m. – 9.30 p.m). Booking now open. Early application advised. Contact: Pathways Director, Eileen Houlahan at 01 8087594 or pathways@dublindiocese.ie.   Web: www.evangelisation.ie

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

Three buses that have been hired to take parishioners to the Papal Mass in the Phoenix Park. A seat on the bus costs €10 and a parishioner will be taking money from those who have booked places after all the Masses in the Parish Centre. Folding camping chairs with backs on them have also been […]