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"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 all the many different groups in our parish, all of which are centred firmly in The Good News of Christ.

We strive to provide a loving welcome to all who pass through our parish, but nothing can substitute for coming and sharing in our worship with us.



    In today’s Gospel we are back once again with Jesus in the Upper Room in Jerusalem on the evening of the Last Supper as he shares his final thoughts and instructions for the disciples before he is taken away to be tried and put to death. He speaks openly about this to them but at the same time he tries to help them understand that his departure is not only necessary but will ultimately be a great blessing for them and all humanity. Jesus explains how it is necessary for them to let go of his physical presence so that he could give them even greater gifts. They are promised special gifts from the Father, Son and Spirit…

    The Father’s gift would be an intimate relationship of the heart, with a deep inner sense of his merciful, fatherly love for us. Jesus, the Son’s gift would be his peace, his ‘shalom’ – his own inner strength within us which would allow us to face the crosses and trials of life knowing that he will always be with us. “Do not let your hearts be troubled or afraid,” he says to each one of us. And the Spirit’s gift would be the light of faith, the inspiration to understand the teaching of Jesus and the very mind of God.

    Jesus speaks openly to the disciples about the coming of the Holy Spirit – who will bring to fulfilment Jesus’ mission on earth. Next Sunday we will celebrate the Feast of the Ascension – Jesus’ physical return to the Father in heaven 40 days after the Resurrection and in two weeks we will celebrate the outpouring of the Holy Spirit on the Feast of Pentecost. So we too must firstly “let go” of Jesus before we can receive a deeper experience of the Holy Spirit in our lives. “Letting go” is at the heart of our relationship with God – letting go of our pride, our selfishness, our small-mindedness, our resentments and our sinfulness. Love, if it is true and unselfish, knows how and when to let go. This is a lesson which every parent must learn as their children grow up. As we come to these final days of our Easter journey, may we ask God to help us let go of all that is not of Him in our lives, and so to live more fully in His Spirit.

    With Easter blessings from Fr Richard, Fr Ephrem & the parish team.

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