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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.
Reflection on Today's Gospel Reading
Wednesday, Twenty Eighth Week in Ordinary Time
In the gospel reading Jesus is very critical of the Pharisees because they take the seats of honour in the synagogues. Looking for honours was very deeply rooted in the culture to which Jesus belonged. Most of the generous giving that went on was with a view to getting honour. If someone built a public baths, for example, their name was clearly inscribed on it for all to see. Perhaps things haven’t changed all that much in that regard. Jesus had a very different attitude to honour. He certainly did not seek it for himself and he did not encourage his disciples to seek honour for themselves, even though they were prone to doing so. On one occasion they argued among themselves as to which of them was the greatest, and James and John asked Jesus for seats on his left and right in his kingdom. Rather than getting honour from others, Jesus put the emphasis on giving honour or showing honour to others. The primary one to whom honour was to be shown was God. We are to live in such a way that we bring honour to God and not to ourselves. Even our good works for others are to bring honour to God and not to ourselves. At the beginning of the Sermon on the Mount in Matthew’s gospel Jesus tells his disciples, ‘let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father in heaven’. Jesus assures us that in living in a way that brings honour and glory to God, we will receive honour from God, which is the only honour worth having.
Saint John the Baptist Parish, Clontarf, Dublin, Ireland
Parish Website: www.stjohnsclontarf.ie Join us via our webcam
Sunday: 10.00 am, 12:00 pm
Monday to Saturday: 10am
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
3rd Sunday of the month 7.30pm
The Lectio Divina Prayer group meets in the oratory of the Holy Faith sisters in the basement of 182 Clontarf Road every Tuesday at 8.00 pm. Lectio Divina means ‘Sacred Reading’. The gospel reading for the following Sunday is read and the group reflect quietly on how it may be speaking to them. There is […]
Fr Alan Hilliard, a priest of the Diocese of Dublin, has written a short commentary on the Pope’s recent apostolic letter on the call to holiness. He will preach on this significant letter at the 10.00 am and 12.00 pm Masses on Sunday, 4th November, and he will offer us a fuller insight into the […]
The next meeting of the Parish Film Club is this coming Thursday, 18th October, in the Parish Centre at 7.30 pm. We will be showing the film Ladies in Lavender, starring Judy Dench, Maggie Smith and Daniel Brühl. Aging sisters Ursula and Janet discover a young man near death on the beach by their home […]
The next meeting of the Parish Book Club is on Thursday, 25th October, in the Parish Centre at 7.30 pm. The title of the book we are reading this month is ‘The Quiet Revolution of Pope Francis’ by Fr Gerry O’Hanlon SJ, a theologian and former Provincial of the Irish Jesuits. He has written extensively […]
As part of the new data protection legislation (GDPR) we are required to keep a record of the consent of our parish volunteers to process their personal data. This data includes name, address, email address and phone number. As a result, all of our volunteers need to complete a form which is available in the […]