Welcome to our Parish

Welcome to St. John the Baptist Church in the parish of Blackrock, Co. Dublin, Ireland.

The church is built on land given for the purpose by Valentine Lawless, 2nd Baron Cloncurry, whose summer residence was nearby Maretimo House. The building of the church commenced with the laying of a single foundation stone on the feast of St. John the Baptist, 24 June 1842. Building completed in 1845 and the church was dedicated on 14 September 1845 by the Most Rev. Dr. Daniel Murray, Archbishop of Dublin.

The church was built as a replacement of the chapel of the Carmelite monastery on Sweetman's Avenue. The old chapel was demolished and another chapel built in its place which can now be seen as part of the Blackrock Hospice.

The area the church occupies, first came under the parish of Monkstown. Later, after the reformation, the area came under the parish of Booterstown. It was 1922 when the parish of Blackrock came into being.

Mass Times

St. John The Baptist, Blackrock

Daily Mass available via webcam. Sunday:
10.00 a.m.
12.00 noon (Cantor)

Monday to Friday:
1. 05 p.m.

6.30 p.m. Vigil Mass. (Cantor)



June 18, 2021

This weekend an appeal for Summer Dues is being made throughout every parish in the Archdiocese of Dublin. The contribution to the Summer Dues will go towards the salaries of the priests.

Once again as Administrator I thank our parishioners for the great support they have already given with the Christmas and Easter dues, which has been exceptional under the current circumstances.

The other method of supporting the clergy’s salaries is by the first collection at Mass. This collection supports the priests of our parish, sick and retired priests,priests in low-income parishes, and priests working in special ministries throughout our Diocese.  Due to the pandemic this collection has not been taken up for nearly a year due to the lockdowns, and has left a huge shortfall in the fund that supports the clergy. You can read the archbishops letter, which is available in the Church, as to why he is making an appeal for a collection called the Summer Dues.

If you feel you are in a position financially to contribute to the appeal, Summer Dues envelopes are available at the door ways in the Church. You may also contribute through the dues donate button online at sjb.ie

Envelopes may be left in the safe at the back of the church or in the letter box or dropped into the Parish Office.

Fr. Peter O’Connor, Adm.

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