Pope Francis’ Message for the World Day for Grandparents and the Elderly  Dear Elderly Friends, “I am with you always” (Mt 28:20): this is the promise the Lord made to his disciples before he ascended into heaven. They are the words that he repeats to you today, dear grandfathers and grandmothers, dear elderly friends. “I am with you always” are also the words that I, as Bishop of Rome and an elderly person like yourselves, would like to address to you on this first World Day of Grandparents and the Elderly. The whole Church is close to you – to us – and cares about you, loves you and does not want to leave you alone.   Lord Jesus, You were born of the Virgin Mary, the daughter of Saints Joachim and Anne. Look with love on grandparents the world over. Protect them! They are a source of enrichment for families, for the Church and for all of society. Support them! As they grow older, may they, continue to be for their families, strong pillars of Gospel faith, guardians of noble domestic ideals, living treasuries of sound religious traditions. Make them teachers of wisdom and courage, that they may pass on to future generations the fruits of their mature human and spiritual experience. Lord Jesus, help families and society to value the presence and role of grandparents. May they never be ignored or excluded, but always encounter respect and love. Help them to live serenely and to feel welcomed in all the years of life which you give them. Mary Mother of all the living, keep grandparents constantly in your care, accompany them on their earthly pilgrimage, and by your prayers, grant that all families may one day be reunited in our heavenly homeland, where you await all humanity for the great embrace of life without end.  Amen        Summer Dues Thank you to all those who have contributed to the Summer Dues Collection. Please note that like Christmas and Easter Dues this a once off contribution for which we are very grateful. Some people have apparently thought that it was an on-going week by week collection but the envelopes are available for those who wish to contribute in this way.    Church of the Holy Child    It is great that people are returning to public worship in our Churches. However, our maximum number in the Church of the Holy Child is 150, comprised of 3 pods of 50.   In Blessed Margaret Ball the maximum is 50.  On recent weekends our numbers have been at capacity. We have to abide by the regulations and close entry when we reach our total.  PLEASE DO NOT BE OFFENDED IF YOU ARE REFUSED ENTRY AND RESPECT OUR STEWARDS WHO ARE VOLUNTEERS, GIVING THEIR TIME FOR THE PROTECTION OF EVERYONE.   Please remember we are still living in a pandemic situation and have to continue to maintain the various precautions - hand washing/sanitising, wearing a face covering and keeping our distance.  Please note the Sunday obligation to attend Mass is still suspended at the present time.  Funerals (and weddings if there are any) will be capped at 50 regardless of the size of the building. Funerals are still regarded as private family gatherings. Communion will continue to be received in the hand only - please keep your hand as flat as possible to avoid contact between you and the Minister of Communion. Follow the one way system in operation and leave the building in an orderly way after Mass as directed by the stewards to avoid crowds or small gatherings of people inside or outside.  The Parish Centre continues to be closed and unavailalbe for any gatherings or meetings.  All our liturgies will continue to be live streamed. This has been a great blessing and benefit for so many but it is not the same as gathering together in person to celebrate what we are as Church and as the People of God.  Public daily morning Mass Monday to Friday at 9.15a.m. Funerals in these days will be at 10.30a.m. to allow for the exiting of people after the 9.15a.m. Mass and the cleaning and sanitising of the building before the funeral.   Our weekend Masses will be the anticipated Sunday Mass at 7.00p.m. on Saturday evenings here in Holy Child, and on Sundays we will celebrate the 10a.m. Mass in Blessed Margaret Ball; and 10.30a.m. and 12.30p.m. Mass here in Holy Child.   We need to be reminded of the various protocols that are in place for the health and safety of all. We are doing all we can to ensure your safe return to public worship. Please play your part by following the directions given by the stewards - remember they are ordinary parishioners like yourselves, who have volunteered to be of assistance to you in these times.    Fr. Paul Kenny - Moderator   Donating to the Parish of Larkhill, Whitehall and Santry during the COVID-19 crisis 

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. 


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. 

Mass Times 


Church Of The Holy Child 

Saturday 7.00p.m. Vigil 
Sunday 10.30a.m. Mass 
12.30p.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. 
Church Of The Holy Child services are streamed live and are available to view online HERE 
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