"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.

For more parish information see About Us.

  • 3rd SUNDAY OF LENT

    A Call to Us All from the Rubble and the Blood

    There has been no shortage of shocking news stories from around the world in recent weeks – the Ethiopian plane crash, the massacre at the two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand and most recently the shocking loss of life and devastation caused by Cyclone Idai in Mozambique, Zimbabwe and Malawi. Such stories cut across national and religious identities and unite us all in sadness, shock and concern for all those affected. In the face of suffering we rediscover our shared humanity.

    In today’s Gospel Jesus speaks of two disasters of his own day – the massacre ordered by Pontius Pilate of a group of Galilean pilgrims in Jerusalem and the death of eighteen construction workers when a tower they were building collapsed in Siloam, a suburb of Jerusalem. Jesus speaks directly to the popular belief of his day that such suffering must be a punishment for sin. Jesus emphatically rejects this way of thinking. Disasters and accidents are not inflicted on people by God to punish them. The God whom Jesus speaks about and reveals to us is a God of mercy who wants people to turn back to him and discover their true selves – to be fully alive! Jesus argues that everyone shares a basic similarity with those who were executed or died in the accident: every one of us is a sinner who is in need of repentance. And unlike the people killed in these two events, the people who are listening to him (and that includes us today) are being forewarned of their/our need to change. Their deaths should wake us up to our urgent need not to waste our lives here on earth.

    Jesus urged us passionately to build a new kind of civilisation, which he called the Kingdom of God, rooted in love, truth, compassion and justice – whereas most people of his day (and ours!) continued to focus purely on their own earthly ambitions. Lent is a call to redirect the focus of our lives, to get our priorities right again, to live for each other and for God. Jesus calls us to change and to repentance – which is not a threat but a call of love.

    With best wishes & prayers from Fr Richard, Fr Ephrem & the parish team.

    Posted 23 Mar 2019, 16:13 by Our Lady of Fatima Church - White City London
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