Season of Creation 2021 The Season of Creation has a special significance for the Catholic Church, particularly since Pope Francis established 1st September as an annual World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation. The Season of Creation or Creation Time, is marked throughout the Christian world from 1 September to 4 October (Feast of Saint Francis of Assisi) and celebrates the joy of creation as well as encouraging awareness-raising initiatives to protect the natural environment. The theme for the Season of Creation 2021 is ‘Restoring Our Common Home’. During this season we are asked to join together to celebrate creation and protect our common home through prayer, reflection and action. The global Christian family is called to awaken to the urgent need to heal our relationships with creation and with each other and to encourage our parish communities to do the same, “for we know that things can change!” (Laudato Si’, 13). This year we celebrate this season mindful of the fact that our world continues to deal with the Covid-19 pandemic as well as a devastating climate and biodiversity crisis. We look towards two UN Conferences in the Autumn, COP15 (on Biodiversity, due to take place in China) and COP24 (on climate change, Glasgow) in the hope that world leaders take the urgent action that is needed to Restore Our Common Home. Catholics are urged to sign the “Healthy Planet Healthy People” petition as a key action for this year’s Season of Creation. This petition has been endorsed by the Vatican Dicastery for Integral Human Development in the hope that millions of Catholics will raise their voices in the public sphere to help Restore Our Common Home in the run up to these vital UN Conferences. Archbishop Dermot Farrell publishes pastoral letter on the climate crisis “Faith and science are not opponents; in a truly Christian view, faith and reason—Fides et ratio—go hand in hand” Archbishop Farrell This pastoral letter, which I have titled, The Cry of the Earth, the Cry of the Poor, approaches the climate catastrophe from the perspective of faith. That is not to say, it excludes the insights and contributions of the natural sciences. On the contrary, healthy faith takes on board what God says through creation (see Dei Verbum §3). Faith and science are not opponents; in a truly Christian view, faith and reason—fides et ratio—go hand in hand. God reveals himself through the world. That is the heart of our Catholic faith. Scientists have issued a “code red” not just for the environment, but for humanity itself. God now calls us, individually and collectively, to work for the good of the planet and the good of all. Let us not fool ourselves: there can be no enduring response to the cry of the earth without responding to the need for justice and dignity. The Cry of the Earth, the Cry of the Poor now available in Veritas bookshops
We are delighted that so many parishioners are staying connected to our Parish community by tuning in for Mass via the webcam and the Parish radio.
A number off parishioners have enquired about how donations to the parish can be made during the crisis. We are grateful for these enquiries and we will be glad to receive financial donations. For more information please click on Find Out More
Church Of The Holy Child
Chapel of Blessed Margaret Ball
Vision for our Parish
"A family of God's people
reaching out to all,
encouraging and enabling all,
to become good people
as God is good."
The Church of the Holy Child
01 837 5274
Blessed Margaret Ball
01 862 0792
Welcome The Parish of Larkhill, Whitehall, Santry is a community of two Church buildings; the Church of the Holy Child & the Chapel of Blessed Margaret Ball each different but both visible expressions of God’s presence among us and our response as God's people in worship and service.
TASK FORCE: BUILDING HOPE – PUBLIC CONSULTATION
Archbishop Farrell has set up a Task Force under the title of Building Hope. The Task Force aims to stimulate engagement with the whole diocesan family and shape an inclusive approach to a pastoral strategy appropriate to our times. It is intended to support parish communities to undertake a radical renewal, looking to the future with creativity, enabling the Archdiocese of Dublin to act now, so as to give effective witness and service in the years ahead.
You are invited to take part in this consultation. There is a video, a prayer and a form on the www.dublindiocese.ie website. Please watch the video from the Archbishop and join with your family to pray and to discuss the future of the Church together. It is hoped that you might nominate one member of your family to return to the website and make a contribution by filling out the form. The consultation form will remain online until the 18th July 2021.
PLEASE SEE IMPORTANT NOTICE REGARDING MASS TIMES HERE
Church Of The Holy Child
Saturday 7.00p.m. Vigil
Sunday 10.30a.m. Mass
Monday to Friday 9.15am Mass
Monday Bank Holiday - 10.00a.m.
All services in Holy Child available via live streaming.
Please note the Sunday obligation to attend Mass is still suspended at the present time.
Blessed Margaret Ball
Sunday 10am Mass
Wednesday 10am Mass
For more information please contact us
NOTICE: Live Streaming of Church Services
Streaming from Church of the Holy Child started on Monday, 12th November 2018. This development means that parishioners unable to physically attend services for whatever reason, will be able to do so from their location. It allows those who have moved abroad to keep in touch with their home parish.
Access is via the parish website http://whitehall.dublindiocese.ie/ and https://www.churchservices.tv/whitehall.
The camera is focused on the sanctuary area with rows near the top of the church visible.