"Come to me all you who are burdened and I will give you rest."

Our parish is part of the Diocese of Westminster and is situated in the heart of London.

It is home to a vibrant, exciting and culturally diverse community, sharing our lives and growing in faith together. Our website aims to provide a taste of our spirit and parish life and touches on all the many different groups we are very fortunate to have, all of which are centred firmly in The Good News of Christ.

Our Lady of Fatima isn't just a Church, it's also a home and a village and everybody who enters is an important element in making it fully functional, bringing the spirit of Christ to the community.

We strive to provide a loving welcome to all who pass through our doors as well as care, protection and refuge for people of all races and all ages, young and old, but nothing can substitute for coming and sharing in our worship with us.

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    A Time for Building Peace

    Last week we lit the first Advent candle – that fragile flickering flame in the darkness reminding us of God’s gift of hope. This week the second candle reminds us of his gift of peace. We think of Jesus’ words at the Last Supper: “Peace I leave you, my peace I give you. A peace which the world cannot give, this is my gift to you.” (John, 14:27). And we remember that the first words which Jesus spoke to the same disciples in that same upper room after the resurrection were: “Peace be with you.” It is a precious gift. 

    2019 has seen world news dominated once again by images of violence with street demonstrations across the globe from Chile to France, Lebanon to Iraq, Zimbabwe to Hong Kong. So many around the world feel they are victims of injustice and oppression. There is so much anger but not much reconciliation. How urgently we need a new generation of world leaders who will learn from the wisdom of people like Nelson Mandela. Here was a man who came to understand Jesus’ path to peace. In his youth he fought the injustice of apartheid through violence but during his long years in prison his faith showed him that he would need to walk a different path on his “long road to freedom”. As he famously wrote after his release from prison: “As I walked out the door towards the gate that would lead to my freedom, I knew that if I didn’t leave my bitterness and hatred behind, I would still be in prison.” And later: “If you want to make peace with your enemy, you have to work with them. Then they become your partner.” 

    In today’s Gospel we hear John the Baptist’s cry from the desert: “Repent for the kingdom of heaven is close at hand.” Repentance simply means coming back to God, and, like Nelson Mandela, recognising what it is that we need to leave behind if we are to be truly free and once more walk in God’s ways and with his grace be reconciled with others. What is it that you need to leave behind? Let us also pray particularly for all those, of every political party, who will be elected to represent us in this Thursday’s General Election - that they will have the wisdom & humility to walk in the paths of reconciliation and peace – a peace which only Christ can give.

    With warmest wishes & prayers from Fr Richard, Fr Ephrem & the parish team.
    Posted 9 Dec 2019, 04:12 by Our Lady of Fatima Church - White City London
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