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.


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."




Child Safeguarding Policy Statement

The Archdiocese of Dublin and the Parish of Larkhill/Whitehall/Santry value and encourage the participation of children and young people in parish liturgies and in Diocesan activities in order to enhance their spiritual, physical, emotional, intellectual and social development.

We recognise the dignity and rights of all children and are committed to ensuring their protection from all forms of abuse.

This is a commitment binding on all priests and on those who work in our Diocesan offices and agencies,  and in our parishes. It extends to all the many and varied ways that children share in the life of the Church in our  Diocese.

Your Parish Safeguarding Representatives -  Derek Scott and Anne Flanagan are contactable through the parish office.

  If you have a concern about child abuse, please contact:

Diocesan Child Safeguarding & Protection Service (CSPS)

Designated Liaison Person

Mr. Andrew Fagan, Director, Child Safeguarding and Protection Service, Holy Cross Diocesan Centre, Clonliffe College, Dublin 3.    Tel:  01 8360314  (Mon—Fri 09:00—17.00)

Deputy Designated Liaison Person

Ms. Julie McCullough, Child Protection Officer, Child Safeguarding and Protection Service, Holy Cross Diocesan Centre, Clonliffe College, Dublin 3.   Tel:  01 8360314 (Mon –Fri 09.00-17.00)

Tusla Office:  Tusla Child and Family Agency, 22, Mountjoy Square, Tel:  01 8566856

Local Garda Station:      Santry Garda Station.  Tel: 01 6664000







Newsletter 1st May 2016


The Gift of Peace



During the Last Supper Jesus said to the apostles, ‘Peace I leave with you, my own peace I give you.  A peace which the world cannot give, this is my gift to you.  So do not let your hearts be troubled or afraid.’ These are some of the loveliest words in the Gospel. 


The Hebrew word for peace is shalom, a word very widely used in the Bible.  It is so rich in content that the English word ‘peace’ conveys only a fraction of what it means.  In general it conveys a sense of universal completeness, a condition in which nothing is lacking.  The state of perfect well-being which the word signifies belongs only to God.  When one possesses peace, one is in perfect communion with God. 


The false prophets prophesied peace when there was no peace.  Jesus, on the other hand, is sometimes referred to as a ‘disturber of the peace’. But the peace he disturbed was a false peace.  Peace does not consist in mere prosperity and well-being.  An essential component of peace is righteousness.  So, where there is no righteousness, there is no genuine peace.  Hence, there is no peace for the wicked. 


Peace is not just the absence of war or dissension.  Nor is it simple harmony.  True peace is not the same as tranquillity.  Tranquillity is external.  Peace is essentially internal.  Peace is a state of inner calm, and designates right relations with God and with others.  Peace in this complete sense, a peace which surpasses all human thought, cannot be created by human effort alone.  It is a gift of God. 


God desires the peace of those who serve him.  God speaks peace to his people.  In biblical times shalom

was an ordinary greeting.  But it was more than that.  It was an expression of good wishes.  Peace is one of the greatest gifts we can give to one another.  But we can’t give it if we haven't got it, just as we can’t give money to a beggar if our own pocket is empty.  And we can’t give it to someone who doesn’t want it or who is unable to receive it.  We can create the conditions where peace is able to take root, but we can’t impose peace.


 Jesus was able to offer peace to his apostles because he had it himself: ‘My own peace I give you.’ Peace is a communion with God.  Since Jesus is in perfect communion with God, he can give us the gift of peace.  What other peace can we give but our own?  The Christian has a vocation to peace.  But often, alas, instead of giving peace to others, we inflict on them our own unrest and unhappiness. 


When Jesus appeared to the apostles after the resurrection he didn’t blame them or even scold them for failing him. Instead, he broke through the closed doors of fear and doubt and spoke the words they desperately needed to hear.  He said, ‘Peace be with you.’ And by means of those lovely words he turned their despair into hope, and their sadness into joy. 


Fortunate are we if we taste the peace of Jesus – the peace which passes all understanding, the peace which this world cannot give, a peace no one can take away from us, a peace which can exist in the midst of a troubled world, and even in the midst of unresolved problems.  Peace is God’s gift to us, but it can also be our gift to one another.

Fr. Flor McCarthy SDB






























































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































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